If you were thinking the monsoon arrived a bit
early in the year, you are right. Weather experts said temperatures in the last
two weeks seem to signal the approach of the season. Meteorologists say high temperatures, dry lighting storms and
the muggy humidity are not uncommon when monsoon approaches.
As the country celebrates Independence Day, Prescott is still in mourning for the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on Sunday. Holiday festivities are continuing -- but not as originally planned.
Arizona police departments were busy over the Fourth of July holiday weekend enforcing DUI and traffic laws. Last summer at this
time, more than 650 DUI arrests were made, while nearly half that
amount was reported this year.
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.
Wildfires continue to burn around the state, but there is another problem in the Phoenix area that has local health officials and some politicians worried.
Farmer Ken Singh loads mulch into a dump truck for a delivery to Arizona State University.
Air quality in Pinal County has improved enough recently to
meet federal standards. For four consecutive years, the region has failed to
meet regulations for soot and dust particles set by the Environmental
A suit filed Tuesday would overturn a new law dealing with homeowner associations, not because of what it says, but how it was enacted. The changes passed the state House of Representatives earlier this year but were stalled in the Senate.
The opportunity to buy a home at a discount, fix it up
and flip it for a profit is on the decline in Arizona. The latest RealtyTrac study of the
market shows there were 33 percent fewer single family homes flipped in the
state during the first six months of this year, and 35 percent fewer in metro Phoenix.
Eighty students symbolically entered the medical profession
on Friday with the annual White Coat ceremony for the newest class at the
University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix.
Among them was Katy Coyne who says this rite-of-passage ceremony takes
place two weeks into the first year of medical school.
is one of several cities that are committing to increase water conservation
measures. Mayor Greg Stanton signed a
statement on Colorado River Day yesterday, aimed at efficient, cost-effective
Officials say northern Yavapai County
was pelted with four inches of rain in many areas. Emergency Management Coordinator Denny Foulk
says as a result, flooding became a big problem.
“Flooding into the Kaibab Estates and Coconino County
and into Ashfork itself,” Foulk said.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding a meeting in Sierra Vista Tuesday to listen to comments from the public on a proposal to set aside more than 1,300 square miles in Arizona and New Mexico for the endangered jaguar, but the Arizona Game and Fish Department does not agree.
The Arizona State Parks want to know what you think about new fees at two parks, Kartchner Caverns and Red Rock State Park. The system has had its share of financial problems as the state went through the economic downturn, and had its budget cut by several million dollars.
Arizona schools are getting better grades. That is according to a report released on Thursday by the state department of education. More schools received A’s on their annual report card, based on the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards or AIMS test.
A Community Education Report said 53 percent of children
entering kindergarten in Coconino
County are not ready for
school, and it said that has significant implications for future educational
starting a warmer, dryer time of the monsoon, according to National Weather
Service Meteorologist Valerie Meyers, who says the only real chance of storms
Wednesday, is in the higher terrain. But, she says that could change by Saturday.
Three of the seven candidates running for a District 8 Phoenix City Council seat spoke at a KJZZ forum last night.They debated the best way to clean up contaminated land in South Phoenix and how to grow the South Phoenix economy, which historically has had fewer development opportunities.
District 2 incumbent Jim Waring and challenger
Virgel Cain talked about the pending departure of Phoenix City Manager David
Cavazos at a KJZZ election forum Thursday night. Cavazos will leave Phoenix for the same position in
Santa Ana, Calif.
Senator John McCain used the Congressional recess to lobby for immigration reform in front of business leaders in downtown Phoenix.
Senator John McCain shakes hands with Debbie Johnson, president of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.