Arizona Opera’s newest production is Mozart’s "The Magic Flute," which was first performed in Austria in 1791. Since the beginning, it has had a fairy tale feel, but Arizona Opera’s take brings steampunk into the mix — sort of like dropping in the influence of H.G. Wells or Jules Verne.
The fight for survival among the Valley and state’s more traditional arts is a long-running one. When will a game-changer come along to get more people in the community to recognize that the Phoenix area is producing world-class performances?
Around this time last year, we took a trip to one of the Valley’s most endangered historic places, the Mesa Citrus Growers Association Building at Broadway and Country Club. The building closed in 2010, but Wednesday Mesa announced it had found a new tenant: Autoline Industries.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs released revised implementation guidelines this week for the Indian Child Welfare Act. The federal policy is aimed at keeping Native American children with Native American families in child custody cases.
A long-time monopoly in ambulance service in the Valley is coming to an end. The Arizona Department of Health Services issued a “certificate of necessity” to a second ambulance company, allowing them to operate.
The president’s plan to use executive action to help an additional 4 million or so unauthorized immigrants get work permits has its share of opponents. Among its critics is the union representing some 18,000 Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council.