With the national parks shutting down Tuesday, Arizona’s state parks
are preparing to pick up the slack. Spokeswoman Ellen Bilbrey said they are
getting ready for an influx of people who have had their camping plans upset.
Arizonans are driving fewer miles these days, and technology
and ride-sharing programs are making it easier to get around without relying
on a car. A report released Tuesday
by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund said Arizonans have reduced their driving by
more than 9 percent per person since 2006.
Arizona Game and Fish is offering up to $1,000 in reward
money for information leading to an arrest in a javelina poaching incident over
the weekend in the mountains west of Tucson.
Spokesman Mark Hart said the animal was killed with a bow and arrow.
The Arizona Department of Transportation says recent improvements
to the design of the servicearizona.com website should make it easier to skip
a visit to the MVD for many common transactions. ADOT spokesman Harold
Saunders said you will be able to get the answers you need without paying any
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 20 more
workers at a Phoenix janitorial business for identity theft. Sheriff Joe Arpaio
said deputies conducted the raid at Proserve, the same company it raided in
August, arresting four suspects for stealing IDs.
The federal government
shutdown has furloughed employees, forced some agency websites to go dark,
and delayed funding for social services. The standoff is likely to hurt needy
of Arizona’s 42,000 federal employees are considered essential and will still
be showing up to work -- people like members of the military and border agents.
government is just hours away from potentially shutting down, and that means
national parks could be closing too.
Visitors to the Grand Canyon could be affected if the federal government shutdown occurs.
By Aaron GlantzThe Center for Investigative ReportingBefore dawn, a government van picked up paratrooper Jeffrey Waggoner for the five-hour drive to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern Oregon.
Maricopa County launched a new project that will change the cookie-cutter look of restaurants. It is aimed at getting new restaurants into unusual and old commercial spaces. Maricopa County will grant six month trial permits to new restaurants opening in buildings not designed for eateries.
An infestation of bed bugs forced the closure of parts of the Main Library at the University of Arizona for a time late last week. The first dead bug was noticed by a library employee, in the downstairs computer lab area last Wednesday, according to UA Facilities Management.
tourism industry stands to lose millions of dollars a day if national parks
close as part of a possible federal government shutdown. Cronkite News says
visitors to Arizona’s
national parks spend an average of $2.
A new report on climate change says here in Arizona, it’s already
happening. Julie Cole is a Geoscientist at the University of Arizona.
“We’re warming as fast as anywhere in the lower 48; faster
than most of the lower 48 states,” Cole said.
Despite the steady improvement in the Valley’s real estate market, the commercial real estate market has a long way to go. Mark Stapp, of ASU’s
W.P. Carey School of Business, says it’s not for a lack of investors.
A website is now available to help Arizonans navigate the
new federally-subsidized health insurance marketplace.
Tara Plese says coveraz.org is getting a lot of response and she suggests not
trying to sign up on the first day, tomorrow, because of the number of people
expected to use the system.
Despite the monsoon rains this summer, Arizona still faces a water supply crisis. Last
month, a group of Hispanic teens rafted the Colorado River
to better understand its challenges and importance to their heritage and their future.