About 26 percent of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office employees are Latino, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio visited a church in Surprise Saturday to honor them on the final day of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
The city of Phoenix has a diverse population and a lot of different choices for restaurants, music and museums. But it doesn’t seem to embrace other cultures in quite the same way that Tucson or parts of Texas are seen to.
Drive about an hour north of Phoenix, turn left off of the I-17 at Orme Road, and the pavement turns to dirt pretty quickly. And, a few miles farther, you’ll see a wooden post with four sticks hanging from it in the shape of a cattle brand.
On Wednesday, an Arizona woman named Michelle Bastian was booked on suspicion of terrorism after police say she mailed bomb-making instructions from Al-Qaida and the Islamic State to the prison where her husband is currently incarcerated. Mia Garcia, spokeswoman for Attorney General Mark Brnovich, says this will be the second time Brnovich will prosecute a state level terror charge.
Tribal leaders from across the country got a chance to air their concerns about how federal decisions are made at a first of its kind meeting this week. It was scheduled in response to issues raised by the Dakota Access Pipeline project and a proposed copper mine near the Oak Flat Campground.