The U.S. Forest Service is getting more volunteer help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of wilderness, in Arizona. Another 30 volunteers were trained over the weekend, for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition’s stewardship program.
The arrival of the monsoons is good news for hikers and campers across southern Arizona. Starting Friday, fire restrictions will be lifted in the southeastern part of the state including the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park and many other federal and state lands.
The Tucson Unified School District may revise its anti-tobacco policy to include a ban on electronic cigarettes on school grounds. The district’s governing board is set to vote on the proposal this week.
Border patrol agents have rescued eight illegal immigrants
who became distressed crossing the southern Arizona desert. Spokesman Brent Cagen says a
ninth member of the group died from heat-related issues after they were
abandoned by human smugglers.
Helicopters are flying over the nearly 250 acres scorched by the Doce Wildfire about seven miles northwest Prescott, just like they were last month. But the choppers are not there to make water drops to quell the blaze, they are spreading seed and mulch in an effort to restore the area that was charred.
Parts of the Valley have gotten a real soaking this week. When it
rains, it is Tim Phillips’ job to make sure all that water passes safely
through the Valley. He is the chief engineer and general manager of the
Flood Control District of Maricopa County and said the water goes where
it is has always gone, through county’s river systems, before draining
out towards the Colorado River.
Secretary Sally Jewell has signed the last of four American Indian water rights
settlements approved by President Obama in 2010. The deal signed
Tuesday will fund a water delivery system for the White Mountain Apache Tribe
in eastern Arizona.
Supporters of public campaign finance are asking a Maricopa
County Superior Court judge to block the higher contribution limits in a new
state law from taking effect, while their legality is argued in court.
The number of firearm homicides in the Phoenix area dropped between 2006 and 2007 and 2009 to 2010, according to new numbers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2006 and 2007, there were nearly seven gun-related homicides per 100,000 residents in Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale.
Valley Metro Bus Service is back on schedule in the East Valley Monday. Union
and management negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to end the bus
strike that has mainly affected riders in the Southeast Valley
Representatives from the U.S. Government Accountability
Office are visiting the Navajo Nation this week, as part of a study mandated by
Congress into the challenges that American Indian tribes face in administering
federal housing funds.
A burglar who evaded the police for years and
netted millions in stolen property has been sentenced to two decades behind
said Robert Neese broke into hundred of homes whose owners were away by throwing
rocks through a window.
District 2 Phoenix City Council incumbent Jim Waring and challenger Virgel Cain debated each other in a KJZZ election forum Thursday night.The candidates talked about the renewal of 32nd Street, the lack of light rail in their North Phoenix neighborhoods, and phasing out the 2 percent food tax.
Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is warning about the
possible mass retention of third graders at the end of this year. Huppenthal
says based on the most recent AIMS scores, school districts need to act now to
help kids meet the minimum reading standards that will allow them to move on.
While most of the nation experiences a cool down this week,
it’s unusually hot and dry for central Arizona
and will remain that way through the weekend. But, Mark O’Malley with the National
Weather Service says the hot weather does not signal an end to the monsoon
Phoenix land company Vermaland bought 4000 acres near Casa Grande this
This map graphic highlights in yellow the land proposed for the La Osa Ranch project in Pinal County. (Map courtesy of Land Advisors Organization)
A sign of continued growth in the housing market, their master plan calls
for residential lots, parks and commercial space.
The U.S. Education Secretary will be in Arizona and New
Mexico in a few weeks, as part of the department’s annual back-to-school bus
tour.Arne Duncan will start his trip in Santa Fe on Sept. 9,
before moving on to Albuquerque, Socorro, N.
The French Gulch Fire, five miles from Yarnell, has grown to
850 acres, and containment has risen to 15 percent. Now, the area is
experiencing light showers and the chance for thunderstorms is increasing.
Sprouts is opening more stores. The health food supermarket chain made the announcement after it released a strong earnings report Thursday.
The produce section of a Sprouts store. (Photo courtesy of Sprouts Farmers Market)
The specialty food chain had net sales of $622 million in the second quarter of 2013.
Hill Fire killed 19 firefighters and destroyed about a quarter of the homes in Yarnell
at the end of June, and almost immediately the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group was
formed by local residents.