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Businesses and others who think the Grand
Canyon should be at least partially re-opened, even while the
federal government is shut down, are planning to stage a protest this
afternoon. Clarinda Vail owns and
operates the Red Feather Lodge, just outside the park and she says the protest
will be peaceful.
Part of the intensity of the Phoenix City Council’s District 8 race has been related to the assertion by some that the council seat should be held by an African-American. Former Councilman Calvin Goode has said that when the district system in Phoenix was instituted, "It was determined that District 7 would be for Latinos and District 8 would be for African-Americans.
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.
A federal judge struck down an Arizona law Friday that bans panhandling in public places. The judge says begging on city streets is constitutionally protected free speech.Judge Neil Wake’s ruling abolishes the statute that police and prosecutors have used to remove panhandlers from public places.
The budget impasse in Washington
is starting to impact the housing recovery. ASU real estate expert Michael Orr
says it’s shutting down mortgage lending, because lenders are unable to get
income documentation from the IRS.
Arizona veterans could have their benefits cut off if the government shutdown is not over by Nov. 1. That was the message the Veterans Affairs Secretary delivered Wednesday to a congressional committee.
The city of Prescott has named an acting fire chief. He will replace the leader whose departure was announced after the release of a report on the Yarnell Hill Fire. Division Chief Eric Kriwer will take over as interim chief after Dan Fraijo steps down on Nov.
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
Arizona State University’s football team was so successful last week in a win over USC, scoring 62 points in the victory, that the Trojans’ athletic director fired the team’s head coach. Saturday the Sun Devils will be in Dallas.
Anyone interested in a proposed interstate between Phoenix and Las Vegas can learn more about the project this week. Public meetings on Interstate 11 will be held in Avondale Tuesday night and later in Kingman and Tucson.
The storm front kicking up winds and dust here in the Valley is also
bringing lower temperatures, and up north the thermometer is really
going to drop. Flagstaff residents better have their ice scrapers and
snow shovels ready when they get up Thursday morning.
first version of the Arizona State Fair took place in 1884. 129 years later,
this year’s fair is all about the bacon. Arizona State Fair’s Kristy Walsh said this year there is an entire food stand devoted to all things bacon.
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.
A study by the National Transportation Research Group says Tucson has some of the worst streets in the country.The study says 53 percent of major roads in the Tucson urban area are in poor condition. Those roads cost drivers $723 each year in additional vehicle operating costs.
A food bank in Phoenix has shipped 600 emergency food boxes to the Grand Canyon. The supplies are intended for furloughed employees at the national park. Unloading of supplies at a fire station in Tusayan.
An investigation by an independent legislative agency found that the board that licenses doctors in Arizona broke state law by not following proper licensing procedures and violated other regulations. The board has reprimanded its executive director and is making changes to the way it reviews license applications, The Arizona Ombudsman’s Office launched the investigation after a complaint from a staffer on the Arizona Medical Board.