Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has lost his bid to get his employees a raise. The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday passed a scaled-back $374 million budget that denied the sheriff’s request.Another year of tight revenues because of reduced state funding and lower property values meant that Pinal County Supervisors had to cut spending by $7 million in the new budget that starts July 1.
threat forced a Southwest Airlines flight to be diverted to Phoenix on Tuesday
afternoon. The FBI and a police bomb squad were among the agencies that responded
to the threat.
Sky Harbor International Aiport remained open after a plane was diverted to the aiport due to a bomb threat.
Tucson Unified School District is recalling some teachers and staff members it laid off last month. A total of 72 workers are getting back on the district’s payroll.TUSD let 187 employees go to cope with a $17 million budget shortfall, but cuts in other areas of the district have allowed officials to hire back almost six dozen teachers and other employees.
Authorities in northwestern Arizona are investigating dozens of brush fires intentionally set in Kingman in the past few months. Investigators said 63 brush fires have been set in open fields along roadways.
Firefighters in north central Arizona are concerned about high winds whipping the flames of the Doce Fire on Wednesday. The area, about eight miles northwest of Prescott, is under a Red Flag warning for high winds and low humidity, according to meteorologist Valerie Myers of the National Weather Service.
Fire crews have contained the Halfway Fire burning near Tusayan on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The Halfway Fire broke out Wednesday, and crews managed to contain the blaze by Thursday afternoon.
the second time in nine days, there's a fire burning near the community of
Reddington, on the Coronado
National Forest. Fire
information officer Gerry Perry says crews responded to another human caused
fire this weekend, and that it's important that stage two fire restrictions are
in place in all of the National Forests.
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.
Arizona Department of Transportation has approved its 5-year plan which
designates road projects to be completed over the next five years. Spokeswoman
Laura Douglas says the Transportation Board had several big budget challenges in making its
The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew killed Sunday battling the Yarnell Hill Fire is the deadliest tragedy in Arizona history and one of the worst on record in the United States.
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.
A volcano in Mexico
has forced several U.S. airlines to cancel dozens of flights, including out of Phoenix. Earlier
this week, authorities recorded several tremors at the 18,000 foot Popocatepetl volcano.
The state of Arizona
has retained a former immigration official as an expert in a bid to deny driver’s
licenses to ‘dreamers’ eligible for the deferred action program. That program
allows children who came to the country illegally to stay in the United States
and to work here.
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.
Janet Napolitano is the latest cabinet member to leave the Obama Administration. Napolitano announced Friday she is stepping down as homeland security director to take a new job as president of the University of California.
Low-income families who want to eat healthy are now able to use food assistance debit cards at local farmers' markets. The state is using federal funds to install wireless card readers at some outdoor produce stands.
A judge has
dismissed two federal charges against an Iraqi man accused of detonating an explosive
device outside a federal building in Casa Grande, but state and other federal charges
are still pending.
Arizona's jobless rate was up two-tenths of a point last
month, on some unexpected soft numbers
in education. It's not unusual for education to drop off at this time of the
year, as non-professional staffers are laid off over the summer.
People who live in Safford and Graham County could see their water rates increase this week. The area is dealing with a 10 year drought that forced the eastern Arizona community to start mandatory water rationing, but the demand still exceeds water supplies.