Dr. Michael Desmond, Harvard University Sociology Professor and former wildland firefighter in Northern Arizona, considers the vital role firefighters play in protecting the land. He also reflects on the inherent danger in the job and his sadness at the loss of 19 lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Scientists who study the Southwest drought said the extremely dry conditions will likely increase the danger of catastrophic wildfires. University of Arizona Climate Science Professor Gregg Garfin talked about whether the conditions are expected to get worse and how government planning should take that into account.
The Glendale City Council has approved an agreement for the management of Jobing.com Arena, freeing up the National Hockey League to approve a new Phoenix Coyotes ownership group.One of the Coyotes' new owners, Anthony LeBlanc, discussed why he thinks the Valley will be a successful market for professional hockey.
The anticipated merger of American Airlines and Tempe-based U.S. Airways has many in the Valley worried about the effect on the economy, considering the combined airline is going to be headquartered in Dallas, but analyst Holly Hegeman said Phoenix may be used as a hub to the West Coast, a significant benefit to the Valley.
The latest edition of The New Yorker magazine has led to a lot of debate about same sex marriage and childhood icons. It features Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street cuddling on the couch watching the Supreme Court on television, a reference to the high court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Glendale City Council has voted 4-3 to approve an
arena lease agreement with Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, the group that
is purchasing the Phoenix Coyotes. The $225 million, 15-year deal, represents a
big step in keeping the Coyotes in Arizona.
People and companies from across the country are
donating to the families of the 19 firefighters killed battling the Yarnell
Hill Fire. Corporations like Motorola, the Arizona Cardinals and media
personality Glen Beck have contributed thousands of dollars to the 100 Club of
Arizona, an organization that provides financial and emotional support to the
families of first-responders who are killed
or injured in the line of duty.
The Arizona Farm Bureau Federation says a typical
market basket of products, cost a little less last quarter. The total was $47.97.
That was $1.78 less than in the first quarter, and off more than $3 from a year
Phoenix residents set a new record for water usage last weekend because of the high
heat. The water department says 420 million gallons of water were used Sunday,
up from last year's record of
382 million gallons.
Hatch comes home from work, she is greeted by powerful, predictable barks.
Kindred the Basset Hound survived Valley fever a few years back -- but only after his owner, Suzie Hatch, lost a previous dog to the illness.
Weather experts working with fire crews in Yarnell say current forecast shows wind gusts are at about 15 to 20 miles per hour. But they say wind direction and speed could change quickly. It can go as high as 80 miles per hour.
If you were thinking the monsoon arrived a bit
early in the year, you are right. Weather experts said temperatures in the last
two weeks seem to signal the approach of the season. Meteorologists say high temperatures, dry lighting storms and
the muggy humidity are not uncommon when monsoon approaches.
Advocates Wednesday will launch an effort to sign up more
kids for a program that offers health insurance to children whose families
cannot afford private insurance but make too much money to qualify for
drought has hit the Navajo Nation. Nation President Ben Shelly signed a
declaration of emergency Monday. Shelly is
directing all executive branch agencies of the Nation to develop plans for
responding to the drought and educating the public about the effects.
gambling at the Navajo Nation’s casino in Arizona just got the green light to
drink. Nation President Ben Shelly signed the bill expanding alcohol
consumption Monday. The move
follows the Navajo Nation Council’s Friday vote to allow drinking on casino
A new report says Arizona's Department of Insurance needs more authority to protect consumers
from unreasonable and unjustified
health insurance rate increases. The
Arizona PIRG Education Fund gives the department credit for doing what it can
given its limited powers.
Rangers at the Grand Canyon are investigating the death of a woman who collapsed while hiking near the
canyon floor. Spokeswoman Vanya Pryputniewicz said she was part of
a group that had just begun an outing in very hot weather.
Attorney General of Texas and his counterparts in 18 other states have
joined a U.S. Department of Justice review of the proposed merger between
American Airlines and Tempe-based U.S. Airways.It's not
unusual for states to join a federal merger review.
Last weekend’s high temperatures had Valley residents reaching for the thermostat. Because of overnight lows in the high 80s and extreme day-time temperatures, Salt River Project spokesman Jeff Lane said the company reported record-setting energy use.
Nineteen firefighters died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire, even though they were using protective fire shields. The devices are a last resort in life-threatening situations.
Phillip Maldonado, a squad leader with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, helps crew member learn the finer points of setting up emergency fire shelters in April 2012.