New homes are back in a big way – literally. This summer, a typical new house in Phoenix was more than 20 percent larger than a resale home as builders across the country add more space to accommodate post-recession lifestyles.
Prickly Pear, Agave,
Cholla. These familiar names are cactuses we often see in the desert, and there are hundreds more cactuses of
various types in Arizona and across the Western hemisphere.
Cactuses in a bed at the Desert Botanical Garden.
Too little water and too many trees is a combination leading to mega-fires. Arizona's forest experts gathered to discuss solutions to the state's forest and watershed problems. The two-day Finding Solutions Conference, hosted by Salt River
Project in Scottsdale focused on investment
strategies to fund forest preservation.
A Yavapai County Superior Court jury has convicted a Prescott stockbroker of first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his ex-wife. The jury also found Steven DeMocker guilty of six other charges related to the 2008 death of Carolyn Kennedy.
Border Patrol Statistics show that illegal immigration along the Southwest border has shifted to the east in recent years. The number of people caught crossing the border illegally in Texas rose from 125,000 in fiscal 2009 to more than 225,000 this past fiscal year.
There may be fewer of those charity drop boxes you see in commercial parking lots around Phoenix. A new fee on the boxes goes into effect Jan. 1. Until the city council approved the new permitting fee this week there was no regulation on who could place those large collection boxes or where.
While other Arizona
lakes with federal connections are closing, one big one, close to home remains
open. Lake Pleasant Park Supervisor David Jordan says the lake is open and expects
a large influx of visitors who are unable to enjoy other parks.
A Federal judge Thursday threw out a challenge to a 2011
state law that bans abortion, based on the race or sex of the child. The NAACP
and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum had challenged the law,
claiming its premise that Asian women abort girls because they prefer boys, and
black women are more likely to be talked into terminating a pregnancy, was
based on racial stereotypes.
The cost of gas continues to drop in Arizona, with the statewide average down
four cents from a week ago, at $3.31. And AAA spokeswoman Michelle Donatti
says the declines could be even more dramatic in the next couple months.
Don’t look for Grand
Canyon National Park
to reopen during the government shutdown, even if somebody comes up with the
cash to operate it. In 1995,
then-Governor Fife Symington negotiated a deal
to keep part of the Canyon open with $17,000 a day in donated
Mining has been a staple of Arizona’s economy for the past century. But recent state and federal budget cuts have put the Arizona Mine Inspector’s Office in a deep hole symbolic of the mine shafts it monitors.
The University of Arizona is renovating a landmark that the school calls its "front porch." "Old Main" is one of the Arizona's oldest public buildings.
Old Main, the oldest building on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, was originally built in 1891.
For as much rancor as Phoenix’s temporary food tax has generated, public hearings on the issue have not been well-attended. As of Wednesday afternoon, the city had received 14 public comments over the course of nine meetings.
Arizona farmers are upset with Congress for not approving an extension to the Farm Bill before the government shutdown. Some farmers are now worried about getting government loans for next year’s crops.
Gov. Jan Brewer and the director of Arizona’s Medicaid
program have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state’s plan to
expand its health care program for the poor. The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit last month on behalf
of some state lawmakers and others.
The continued federal government shutdown is starting to affect some of Arizona's state agencies. According to the current state budget, the Arizona Department of Transportation is set to get about $178 million from the U.
A court-appointed monitor will oversee the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to make sure the department ends discriminatory practices. MCSO was accused of racial profiling as part of a civil suit. This is the result of a six year legal battle over a racial discrimination case against the sheriff’s department.
Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman announced he was running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Then last month, he was convinced by a number of supporters to run for treasurer instead. Secretary of State Ken Bennett has had an exploratory committee, and almost every Capitol-watcher fully expects him to run for governor, but it seems some people would prefer him as a corporation commission candidate.
MLB's regular season just ended, and NHL's year is getting started this week. In Arizona, that has fans optimistic, primarily because the Phoenix Coyotes are actually owned by private investors who really wanted the team, not just the NHL.
Nearly 20 people
sorted trash to separate recyclables for over two hours Wednesday morning.
Arizona State University School of Sustainability and Salt River Project employees sort through SRP's trash Wednesday morning at 27th Avenue Phoenix Transfer Station to pick out recyclable materials.
We hear from Meryl Streep who's nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods," and J.K. Simmons who's nominated for his performance in the film "Whiplash."