StoryCorps Phoenix: Jonscott Williams and Imani Williams-Vaughn
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Jul. 8, 2013
ADOT finalizes three proposed routes for Phoenix-Tucson commuter rail service
The Arizona Department of Transportation has released a new map that identifies three possible routes for its dream project, a proposed commuter rail service linking Phoenix and Tucson. ADOT plans to narrow it down to a final train route by early next year.
Jul. 8, 2013
Evacuated residents allowed to return home near "Dean Peak" wildfire at Kingman
Residents evacuated from more than 300 homes and businesses in communities near Kingman have been allowed to return to their property Sunday. They were forced to flee last week because of the “Dean Peak” wildfire that sparked during a lightning storm in the Hualapai Mountains.
Jul. 7, 2013
Feds bar some new mining claims to encourage solar development
The federal government is continuing to develop a group of so-called "solar energy zones" in Arizona and several other western states. The United States Department of the Interior announced Friday it's taking about 300,000 acres of public land off the table for new mining claims.
Jul. 6, 2013
Despite heat, thousands show up for Phoenix fireworks show
Spectators in the city of Phoenix saw 355 shells per minute explode in the night sky this Fourth of July. More than 75,000 residents watched the show at Steele Indian School Park, with thousands more lining nearby streets.
Jul. 5, 2013
Dean Peak Fire grows to 5400 acres but sees progress
Residents of about 350 homes in northwestern Arizona remain evacuated this morning, as firefighters battle the Dean Peak wildfire, in the Hualapai Mountains. Spokeswoman Jan Bardwell said the blaze has grown to about 5400 acres, but that some progress has been made.
Jul. 5, 2013
Two Mesa flight instructors, pilots help small plane with landing gear failure
Two Mesa helicopter pilots are being credited with helping the pilot of a small plane, after his landing gear failed. Officer Darren Rigsby said he and his partner, both of whom are flight instructors, were in the area when they found out about the mechanical problems with the 1970 Cessna.
Jul. 5, 2013
July Fourth in Prescott: celebrating during a somber time
Every Independence Day, thousands of people crowd into Prescott's Pioneer Park for a huge, city-sponsored blowout. They bring their folding chairs, shade tents and coolers on wheels. But this time they've brought something else, too.
Jul. 4, 2013
Mexican volcano spewing ash and rock, affecting air travel
A volcano in Mexico has forced several U.S. airlines to cancel dozens of flights, including out of Phoenix. Earlier this week, authorities recorded several tremors at the 18,000 foot Popocatepetl volcano.
Jul. 4, 2013
Hotshot autopsy results released
The medical examiners office in Phoenix has released autopsy results for the 19 hotshots who died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office performed all 19 autopsies Tuesday and called in extra staff to handle the workload.
Jul. 4, 2013
Prescott Rodeo honors fallen firefighters
As the country celebrates Independence Day, Prescott is still in mourning for the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on Sunday. Holiday festivities are continuing -- but not as originally planned.
Jul. 4, 2013
School bond provision in state budget sparks debate
Arizona voters may get to decide whether to repeal a controversial provision of the new state budget involving school bonding.  Right now, the amount school districts can borrow is tied to the value of all property in the district.
Jul. 4, 2013
Valley public transportation ramps up for July 4
Public transportation in the East Valley is ramped up for the July 4 festivities. The light rail will operate on holiday hours for those celebrating July 4. (Photo courtesy of Valley Metro)  The light rail is operating on a holiday schedule, running every 20 minutes.
Jul. 4, 2013