Late last month, the Obama Administration announced a new senior advisor position, the first-ever liaison to Native American tribes on environmental issues, and the man filling the position will be Arizona state Senator Jack Jackson Jr.
Drivers in the West Valley will have some new freeway miles to explore starting Monday. It is part of making the Loop 303, a freeway. The Arizona Department of Transportation closed the Loop 303, southbound, for most of the weekend to prep three new freeway lanes.
A large thunderstorm in the East Valley last night has
left the city of Ahwatukee,
and the surrounding area, with quite a bit of damage. KJZZ Managing Editor Al
Macias went to Desert
School this morning to report on the storm’s
The scoreboard fell onto the track at Desert Vista High School.
How often are you tempted to eat something that may not be very good for you? Many scientists, doctors and journalists have blamed process foods for the obesity epidemic in the U.S. The current issue of The Atlantic explores whether ignoring Americans' taste for so-called junk food instead of fruits and vegetables is exacerbating food-related health problems.
It’s July, and that means the summer monsoon season is upon us. Dust storms of Biblical proportions may assault Phoenix the same way they always have, but what’s new is the way we hear about them. For some of us, those automatic smartphone warnings are getting downright annoying.
Park rangers at the Grand Canyon
are warning visitors to be on the alert for thunderstorms after a river guide
was struck by lightning. Spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, says the guide had
to be airlifted out of the canyon Sunday night.
Another longtime Valley institution of higher learning, the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, is also going to
undergo dramatic changes. Earlier this month, the Glendale-based school
announced a partnership with for-profit Laureate Education Inc.
Do you remember what kinds of activities you did in high school? We would be willing to bet they were not anything like what Alexandra Melikian has been doing. An example of some of the historic playing cards Alexandra created.
Online retailer Amazon is hiring a few hundred people for its operations in the Phoenix area. It is part of Amazon’s effort to create 5,000 new positions nationwide. Officials with Amazon say the new hires are needed to meet increasing customer demand.
The Mohave County Sheriff's Office says it'll take several
more days to decide whether a tour bus driver will be charged for trying to
cross a flooded wash, Sunday, near Dolan Springs. Spokeswoman Trish Carter says the driver may
be responsible for rescue efforts if it's found he ignored barriers or warning
signs to cross the flooded area, but that it'll be up to the county attorney's
office in the end.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Peach Springs to help dozens of Havasupai men, women and children who had to be evacuated from Supai Village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Flooding there knocked out their fresh drinking water and ruptured a sewage leak.
School starts this week for several Valley districts.The Phoenix Union High School District is looking at a spike in enrollment this year with as many as 500 new students. While some students may end up as no-shows once school starts, the influx may signal overcrowding.
More than 80 students may have to call a
four-star hotel their “home” when classes start at Arizona State University’s
Downtown Phoenix Campus August 22. For the first time, Taylor Place, the only
dorm on campus, is overcrowded.
A few weeks ago, we talked with the longtime artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company, David Ira Goldstein, about his plans to retire from the company following two decades in charge. It was around that time The Arizona Republic reported the company was $1 million in the red.
President Obama is scheduled to sign a bill Friday that will lower college student loan rates. After months of congressional wrangling and a missed deadline, loan rates doubled on July 1. The Senate and House approved a new bill just before the summer recess.
The Tucson City Council is fed up with abandoned shopping carts, and it is reviewing a proposal to fine retailers who are repeat offenders. Store owners would see the fines added to their city water bills each month.
The home furnishing industry is starting to pick up again as the nation’s housing market continues to improve. According to Furniture Today, an industry newspaper, sales are expected to increase more than 4 percent this year.
Hill Top Motel is getting a renovation. It was recently awarded Arizona’s only
National Park Service Route 66 grant. Hill Top Motel has been around since the 1950s and is now undergoing a renovation.
Arizona State University resume next week, but a push to discourage excess and
underage drinking at the school has already begun.“Operation Safe and Sober” is
a collaboration between ASU and the Tempe Police Department.
A new report released Tuesday said a better plan is needed to deal with
the U.S. Forest Service’s airtanker shortage. The Government Accountability
Office said the Forest Service should work with the Department of the Interior
to develop a more coordinated approach, but not everyone is sold on that strategy.