KJZZ.org's Top 5 Most-Viewed Stories Of 2018

By KJZZ News
Published: Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 12:13pm
Updated: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 10:35am

The KJZZ News team has spent the past year reporting on breaking news, business, education, science, politics and more around Arizona.

Here is a look back at the five most-viewed stories on KJZZ.org in 2018.

1 ‘Pads And Tampons And The Problems With Periods'

Rep. Athena Salman
Jimmy Jenkins/KJZZ
Rep. Athena Salman addresses an all-male committee with her bill that would provide free, unlimited feminine hygiene products to all women in Arizona prisons.

A sensitive women’s health issue came before the Committee on Military, Veterans and Regulatory Affairs on in February: the price of pads and tampons in Arizona prisons. Not all the committee members were comfortable with the idea.


2Election Results For Arizona Propositions

prop 125 prop 127
Justin Stabley/KJZZ
Descriptions of Arizona Proposition 125 and Proposition 127 on an early ballot.

Arizonans went to the polls in November for the midterm election. Results for Arizona's ballot measures were among KJZZ.org's top articles for the year.


3 Below The Rim: Life Inside The Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch
Stina Sieg/KJZZ
Phantom Ranchers don’t just have one job, but several, which they rotate through. Sometimes, they’re cooking breakfast in the wee morning hours, while other days they’re on the “maid trail,” cleaning bathrooms and making beds.

Once you venture down one of the Grand Canyon's steep trails, you enter another world. The farther you get from the crowded overlooks and gift shops, the more the personal and intimate the canyon becomes. And like anywhere that’s hard to reach, the Grand Canyon’s backcountry is rich with stories.


4 Inmates Allege Civil Rights Abuses In Aftermath Of Deadly Riot

Inmates riot at the Yuma prison
Arizona Department of Corrections
Inmates riot at the Yuma prison March 1, 2018.

Thirty-seven people were injured. One man died. The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) officially calls what happened at the state prison in Yuma on March 1, 2018, a “disturbance.” But recently released videos, court documents, internal reports and interviews with several inmates describe a dangerous and chaotic riot.


5After Court Ruling, Uncertainty Looms Over Arizona Medical Marijuana Industry

yavapai county court
Will Stone/KJZZ
The Yavapai County Criminal Justice and Detention Center in Prescott, Arizona.

Arizona’s medical marijuana patients are on notice. That’s after a court ruled many of them could be breaking the law. The legal fight centers on whether marijuana extracts — an ingredient in some of the most popular products — are protected by Arizona’s medical marijuana law. It’s a decision that threatens to upend a multi-million dollar industry and thousands of patients' lives.