Crossing guards and school zone signs will be out in the East Valley this week as several districts return from summer break. Sixty-three thousand students will head to school in the Chandler, Higley and Queen Creek unified school districts.
This is National Day of the Cowboy, honoring the ranching icon born out of the Civil War era. As the country grew, the beef industry did, too, and the cowboys moved west bringing livestock to market. Longtime Benson rancher and cowboy poet Baxter Black says you may not see as many cowboys these days, but, they’re still out there. He’s even written a poem about it.
Authorities in Gila County have identified the remains of the 10th victim of a flash flood near Payson. Hector Garnica and other members of his family were swept away from a crowded swimming hole on July 15.
The Algonquians invented lacrosse, and the Hopis ran long distances, but if you try to think of a Native American Olympian, not many come to mind. But this weekend, here in the Valley, more than 3,200 athletes will come together to celebrate that long history. The Lori Piestewa National Native American Games is in its 15th year and starts Saturday at venues all over the East Valley.
The owners of Phoenix Rising continue to make their bid to be accepted into Major League Soccer, and one of their selling points appears to be their stadium plan. According to SoccerNation, ownership is looking at a 25,000 seat stadium near Loops 101 and 202 and says it’d be privately funded.
Wanna feel old? It’s been 30 years since we were first introduced to The Simpsons of Springfield, somewhere. And while Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have evolved somewhat from their earliest days, they don’t seem to have aged a bit.
Post-recession America has Arizona in growth mode again. The numbers that came out earlier this year show that Phoenix is No. 1 in the nation for population growth, adding more than 32,000 residents between July 2015 and July 2016. And with new people comes the need for more apartments and houses.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a health-care bill next week, possibly on Tuesday. But it’s not yet clear what they’ll actually be voting on — a straight-up repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a repeal and replace plan, or something else altogether.
This week a new bi-partisan Dream Act was introduced in the Senate that by some estimates would make 1.8 million people immediately eligible for conditional legal status, protecting those who are currently benefitting from DACA.
Here to discuss Senator John McCain’s cancer diagnosis, health care reform efforts in the Senate and former Representative Ann Kirkpatrick’s decision to run for Congress again are former lawmaker David Lujan of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress and Marcus Dell’Artino, partner at the firm First Strategic.