A drought contingency plan continues to play a vital role in determining the short- and, potentially, long-term future of the Colorado River and how much of its water several western states, including Arizona, will be eligible to use. Last week, the Colorado River Users Association wraps up its annual conference in Las Vegas.
Now we’re going to check in with the Editorial Board of The Arizona Republic. Late last week, U.S. Sen. John McCain was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center for a viral infection. He will be in Arizona this week to celebrate Christmas with his family. But speculation was rampant as recently as Saturday that McCain wouldn’t survive this latest health challenge.
The Thomas Fire in California has burned more than 400,000 acres, and the long-reaching environmental impact is still to be figured out. Short-term, though, we know that air pollution is terrible. And climate in the immediate area has been unpredictable.
A fire that broke out two weeks ago is still threatening thousands of homes in Southern California. Six more fire trucks from Arizona were dispatched Saturday, bringing the total to 168 Arizona firefighters in California right now.
The race to succeed U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona’s delegation is still wide open. At this point, former state Sen. Kelli Ward is the most well-known candidate by virtue of her losing race against U.S. Sen. John McCain in 2016.
Vice President Mike Pence will be in the Middle East this week, days after President Trump announced the U.S. would officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. That’s just one of the big international stories we’re keeping an eye on this week — here for a look at them is the BBC’s Pooneh Ghoddoosi.
The fires in Southern California have been burning close to LA, with video showing flames on the sides of the freeway on the road to the airport. Does that foreshadow anything for the Valley going forward?