Wet Weather Allows For Lessening of Forest Restrictions
Recent rains and higher humidity are allowing forest officials in northern Arizona to relax restrictions in the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. Spokesman Brady Smith says that'll give people using the forests some leeway.
Jul. 10, 2013
As Dean Peak Fire Is Contained, Homeowners Warned Of Flood
As firefighters wrap up work on the Dean Peak Fire, south of Kingman, homeowners are being urged to keep their eyes on the weather. The 5,000 acre fire has charred the vegetation in some Hualapai Mountain areas, leaving mud and exposed rock behind.
Jul. 10, 2013
Hopi Tribe Sues Over Navajo Tribe?s Refusal Of Access To Allotment Sites
The Navajo and Hopi tribes are back in federal court, this time over access to religious sites. The tribes have fought for more than a century over land in northeastern Arizona, but a settlement in 2006 was supposed to end the battle.
Jul. 10, 2013
Tears, Applause Flow Freely At Firefighters
Just days after 19 sons and husbands were killed on the job in Yarnell, people from around the country came together for a massive public memorial. Thousands of first responders, community members, and volunteers honored their sacrifice, and made it clear that the people who have lost loved ones are far from alone.
Jul. 9, 2013
West Nile Season Starting
As monsoon season starts in the Valley, so does the season for the West Nile Virus. Three cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in Maricopa County in June. All three people contracted encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the most serious form of West Nile.
Jul. 9, 2013
Connecting Visual Art With Immigration Reform
When the word “art” is brought up with the discussions in Washington over immigration reform, it is usually included in phrases like the “art of compromise” or the “art of politics," but a new arrangement of six murals unveiled last week as part of Phoenix’s First Friday aims to connect visual art with the economic impact of immigration reform.
Jul. 9, 2013
Kearny Fire 5 Percent Contained
The wildfire that caused the evacuation of residents from the town of Kearny Monday night is still not under control. The town of Kearny is 70 miles southeast of Florence.  Officials battling the wildfire in Kearny say the fire is now 5 percent contained.
Jul. 9, 2013
Long-Lost Snake Species Found
The northern Mexican garter snake was once thought to be extinct in New Mexico, but all that changed last month when six were found in the state. Matt Eschenbrenner sounded optimistic about the possible numbers of northern Mexican garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico, and that is his job.
Jul. 9, 2013
Governor Brewer Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for Yarnell Hill Fire
Governor Jan Brewer has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, asking him to declare a major disaster for the state, as a result of the Yarnell Hill Fire.  In her letter, the governor notes state and federal agencies recently assessed damage in the area, and that both she and Yavapai County have issued disaster declarations.
Jul. 9, 2013
Most Arizonans Live In Area Serviced By Medical Marijuana Dispensary
State health officials say about nine of every 10 Arizonans now lives in an area with a medical marijuana dispensary. The state Department of Health Services says 47 dispensaries have been inspected and approved to operate and that so far 35 of those are open and operating.
Jul. 9, 2013
Survey: Rural Residents Feel Ignored By Washington
A new poll shows a majority of the country’s rural residents feel they’re being ignored by the federal government.  The study comes in the wake of the second defeat in two years, of a Farm Bill, by the U.
Jul. 9, 2013
Case Examines Redistricting In Arizona: In Favor Of Democrats Or Inclusive Of Minorities?
The decision last month by the United States Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act could impact a bid by Republicans here in Arizona to throw out the map of legislative districts adopted by the Independent Redistricting Commission.
Jul. 9, 2013
8 Hospitalized For Heat Illness After Paying To Be Transported To Phoenix By U-Haul
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said eight suspected undocumented immigrants have been hospitalized after being found in the back of a U-Haul truck at a gas station northwest of Tucson. Chief Deputy Steve Henry said each of them had paid $5,000 to be transported from Douglas to Phoenix, but that it was just too hot inside the truck.
Jul. 9, 2013
High Speeds And Hot Temperatures Lead To Tire Blowouts
Summers in Arizona not only mean an increase in the temperature, but also in the number of tire blowouts. A new study by the Arizona Department of Transportation says tire shreds are the most dangerous road debris in the state.
Jul. 9, 2013
DACA Recipients Sue Over Inability To Get Driver?s Licenses
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.
Jul. 9, 2013
Mesa City Council To Vote On Bond Issue, Drops The Ball On Cactus League Museum
The Mesa City Council is scheduled to vote on a  $130 million bond issue Monday night. If approved, the proposal would go to voters in a November special election for public safety and road improvements.
Jul. 8, 2013