If you’re planning to go camping this weekend, you might
have a difficult time finding a place to do so. Now, due to a lack of federal government funding, the U.S. Forest Service
has closed all campgrounds and recreation areas in the Coconino National Forest.
man has been arrested for selling counterfeit high-end brand name items at swap
meets and other places. Phoenix
police Detective James Holmes says 40-year-old Rafael Castro and a woman
identified as a person of interest were taken into custody after 921 knockoff
items were seized following a five-month-long investigation.
It should be windy and much cooler over the next couple days
as a Pacific storm system moves through Arizona.
Darrel Onton of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff says winds will be increasing as
the storm approaches.
Governor Jan Brewer says federal officials are continuing to
refuse her request to re-open the Grand Canyon
with state funds. She says she is continuing to speak with officials in
an effort to re-open the park.
The cost of food is on the rise, and chicken is leading the
way. The Arizona Farm Bureau Federation says the cost of a typical
market-basket of items is up 6 percent from last quarter. Marketing manager
Peggy Jo Goodfellow says their shoppers found the average price of a pound of
boneless chicken breasts was up $4.
A new report shows most of the country’s death penalty
sentences come from just 2-percent of the nation’s counties, including Maricopa County. The Death Penalty Information
Center report says Maricopa
County is the fourth highest
in the country in death row inmates and 10th highest in executions over the
last 45 years.
In-state undergrads at Arizona State University can breathe a sigh of relief. President Michael Crow said he will not ask them to pay more next year. The university president said he will not ask the Board of Regents to hike tuition for Arizona undergraduate students in the 2014-2015 school year.
A food bank in Phoenix has shipped 600 emergency food boxes to the Grand Canyon. The supplies are intended for furloughed employees at the national park. Unloading of supplies at a fire station in Tusayan.
Anyone interested in a proposed interstate between Phoenix and Las Vegas can learn more about the project this week. Public meetings on Interstate 11 will be held in Avondale Tuesday night and later in Kingman and Tucson.
The budget impasse in Washington
is starting to impact the housing recovery. ASU real estate expert Michael Orr
says it’s shutting down mortgage lending, because lenders are unable to get
income documentation from the IRS.
Businesses and others who think the Grand
Canyon should be at least partially re-opened, even while the
federal government is shut down, are planning to stage a protest this
afternoon. Clarinda Vail owns and
operates the Red Feather Lodge, just outside the park and she says the protest
will be peaceful.
Facing a wave of negative publicity and mounting political
pressure, Governor Jan Brewer late Monday agreed to put up $650,000 state
dollars to cover welfare payments for some needy families. Arizona is one of only 11 states that
totally fund the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program with federal
patient of Arizona’s flu season has been diagnosed. State and county health
officials have confirmed it was an unvaccinated child with influenza type B who
was not hospitalized. It is
impossible to know what shape this flu season will take.
Voters who register without proving their citizenship will get a separate ballot on Election Day, the Secretary of State's Office said Monday. It is a response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year.
Two planned executions
will proceed despite the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union to prove the drug being used in
their execution does not meet standards. Pentobarbital is among the three
drugs used in an execution.
On Monday Gov. Jan Brewer ordered the Arizona Department of Economic Security to redirect $650,000 from its budget to cover the cost of issuing welfare checks to needy families. More than 5,000 low income Arizona families are entering their second
week without assistance due to the federal government shutdown.
Arizona State University football fans will find fewer seats at Sun Devil Stadium next fall. After years of planning, the university has announced plans to demolish part of the north end of the stadium.
Hundreds of civilian employees at Arizona’s military bases returned to work Monday after they were furloughed last week in the federal shutdown. They were called back by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel over the weekend.
The funding problems that have shut down the government and Grand Canyon National Park could just be a sign of what’s to come at Arizona’s top tourist attraction.Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga says he’s concerned about a ‘catastrophic failure’ of the canyon’s 60-year-old water pipeline, which he says could happen at any time.
As the federal government shutdown continues, the Arizona
Chamber of Commerce and Industry is condemning members of Congress and the president. CEO Glen Hammer is calling on officials in Washington to do what’s right for the country
by ending the impasse.