Advocates are asking the Arizona Legislature to reconsider spending nearly $50 million for a private prison expansion plan. Earlier this year, lawmakers allocated the money to accommodate 2,000 new medium security prisoners.
This year’s spring rains and snow have eased New Mexico’s drought and made it less likely that we’ll see huge, damaging wildfires this season. But in the big picture, fire ecologists say it’s not a matter of if there will be fire, it’s when. They're trying to use flames now to protect watersheds for years to come.
In a $400 million deal, Maryland-based Host Hotels and Resorts has acquired the Phoenician, which was built in 1988. The 643-room resort is set on 300 acres at the base of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale.
San Juan County volunteer firefighters respond to about 2,000 calls a year on the Navajo Nation. And they’ve done it for more than two decades. But the New Mexico county fire department said it can no longer afford to provide emergency services to the eastern portion of the Navajo Nation.