At the end of June, the state transportation board decided that part of Arizona State Route 260 West of Interstate 17 needed to be widened at a cost of more than $65 million. It will be the biggest rural highway project in the state over the next several years, but Arizona Department of Transportation engineers did not even recommend the work.
Late last month, the Obama Administration announced a new senior advisor position, the first-ever liaison to Native American tribes on environmental issues, and the man filling the position will be Arizona state Senator Jack Jackson Jr.
Since starting in 2008, the Valley’s Metro Light Rail has served Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. The system has been more popular among riders than many had anticipated. An Interstate-10 West extension is on the way, and a central Mesa extension is expected to be operating by mid 2015, but the idea of light rail in Scottsdale has never gained traction.
On Tuesday, a memorial service attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain and other diginitaries paid tribute to the 19 firefighters who were killed by the out of control blaze. Less than two weeks after that tragedy, residents are returning home and trying to get back to what had been normal life.
A year-long study has started for a proposed Union Pacific Railroad switch yard near Picacho Peak. The project includes the construction of multiple train tracks and commercial warehouses next to Interstate Ten between Phoenix and Tucson.
Don’t get in any rush to travel U.S. 89 between Flagstaff and Page. The highway rebuilding process is going to take some time.The Arizona Department of Transportation says it could be more than two years before you can travel the now-closed section of highway.
Recent rains and higher humidity are allowing forest
officials in northern Arizona to relax
restrictions in the Coconino and Kaibab
National Forests. Spokesman
Brady Smith says that'll give people using the forests some leeway.
As firefighters wrap up work on the Dean Peak Fire,
south of Kingman, homeowners are being urged to keep their eyes on the weather.
The 5,000 acre fire has charred the vegetation in some Hualapai Mountain
areas, leaving mud and exposed rock behind.
The Navajo and Hopi tribes are back in federal court,
this time over access to religious sites. The tribes have fought for more than
a century over land in northeastern Arizona,
but a settlement in 2006 was supposed to end the battle.
Just days after 19 sons and husbands were killed on the job in Yarnell, people from around the country came together for a massive public memorial. Thousands of first responders, community members, and volunteers honored their sacrifice, and made it clear that the people who have lost loved ones are far from alone.
season starts in the Valley, so does the season for the West Nile Virus. Three
cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in Maricopa County in June.
people contracted encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the most
serious form of West Nile.
When the word “art” is brought up with the discussions in Washington
over immigration reform, it is usually included in phrases like the “art
of compromise” or the “art of politics," but a new arrangement of six
murals unveiled last week as part of Phoenix’s First Friday aims to
connect visual art with the economic impact of immigration reform.
The wildfire that caused the evacuation of residents
from the town of Kearny
Monday night is still not under control. The town of Kearny
is 70 miles southeast of Florence. Officials battling the wildfire in Kearny say the fire is now 5 percent contained.
Mexican garter snake was once thought to be extinct in New Mexico, but all that
changed last month when six were found in the state. Matt Eschenbrenner
sounded optimistic about the possible numbers of northern Mexican garter snakes
in Arizona and New Mexico, and that is his job.
Governor Jan Brewer has sent a letter to President Barack
Obama, asking him to declare a major disaster for the state, as a result of the
Yarnell Hill Fire. In her letter, the governor notes state and federal agencies
recently assessed damage in the area, and that both she and Yavapai County have
issued disaster declarations.
State health officials say about nine of every 10 Arizonans now lives in an area with a medical marijuana dispensary. The state Department of Health Services says 47 dispensaries have been inspected and approved to operate and that so far 35 of those are open and operating.
A new poll shows a majority of the country’s rural residents feel they’re being ignored by the federal government. The study comes in the wake of the second defeat in two years, of a Farm Bill, by the U.