Too little water and too many trees is a combination leading to mega-fires. Arizona's forest experts gathered to discuss solutions to the state's forest and watershed problems. The two-day Finding Solutions Conference, hosted by Salt River
Project in Scottsdale focused on investment
strategies to fund forest preservation.
Hundreds of civilian employees at Arizona’s military bases returned to work Monday after they were furloughed last week in the federal shutdown. They were called back by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel over the weekend.
man has been arrested for selling counterfeit high-end brand name items at swap
meets and other places. Phoenix
police Detective James Holmes says 40-year-old Rafael Castro and a woman
identified as a person of interest were taken into custody after 921 knockoff
items were seized following a five-month-long investigation.
South Phoenix is getting some transportation attention: Valley Metro has plans for a light rail line in the area. It’s holding two public hearings next week on the proposal. Spokeswoman Susan Tierney said the line would connect to the existing one at Jefferson, and then head south on Central, to about Baseline.
An iconic Southern Arizona landmark is celebrating a big anniversary this year — and it’s opening for the season Friday. I’ll spare you a really dreadful John Wayne impression and just say Old Tucson turns 75 years old.
Arizona State University football fans will find fewer seats at Sun Devil Stadium next fall. After years of planning, the university has announced plans to demolish part of the north end of the stadium.
If you’re planning to go camping this weekend, you might
have a difficult time finding a place to do so. Now, due to a lack of federal government funding, the U.S. Forest Service
has closed all campgrounds and recreation areas in the Coconino National Forest.
Arizona officials are still
waiting for details of any possible plan to reopen Grand Canyon National Park.
And, Governor Brewer’s press aide, Andrew Wilder says even though the Interior
Department has announced it would consider offers from the states to use local
dollars to fund park operations, a conversation with Secretary Sally Jewell
provided few details.
Many people who traveled thousands of miles to hike, camp or paddle in a national park aren’t letting a government shutdown spoil their vacation. They’re finding there are ways around the park closures.
An online search for electronic
cigarette stores shows nearly 20 in the Phoenix area.
Two of the many models of electronic cigarettes Vape Escapes sell. (Photo by Alexandra Olgin-KJZZ)
Electronic cigarette businesses have been popping up all over the Valley.
By Aaron GlantzThe Center for Investigative ReportingBefore dawn, a government van picked up paratrooper Jeffrey Waggoner for the five-hour drive to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern Oregon.
Phoenix International Raceway has been part of the Valley
sports scene since January 1964. Next
year, the track will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Track President Bryan
Sperber promises it will be a year to remember.
For as much rancor as Phoenix’s temporary food tax has generated, public hearings on the issue have not been well-attended. As of Wednesday afternoon, the city had received 14 public comments over the course of nine meetings.
The Arizona Board of Regents is asking for a nearly 15 percent hike
in next year’s budget for the state’s three universities and the Board
of Regents itself. The regents said the nearly $100 million increase
does not make up for the massive cuts made by the legislature during the
recession, but that budget may not make it through intact.
government is just hours away from potentially shutting down, and that means
national parks could be closing too.
Visitors to the Grand Canyon could be affected if the federal government shutdown occurs.
As the shutdown of the federal government enters its second
day, Gov. Jan Brewer says she and her staff are keeping the pressure on Washington to break the
logjam. The governor says both sides are to blame and that there are several
places where the shutdown is impacting Arizona.
Arizona farmers are upset with Congress for not approving an extension to the Farm Bill before the government shutdown. Some farmers are now worried about getting government loans for next year’s crops.