Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has lost his bid to get his employees a raise. The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday passed a scaled-back $374 million budget that denied the sheriff’s request.Another year of tight revenues because of reduced state funding and lower property values meant that Pinal County Supervisors had to cut spending by $7 million in the new budget that starts July 1.
threat forced a Southwest Airlines flight to be diverted to Phoenix on Tuesday
afternoon. The FBI and a police bomb squad were among the agencies that responded
to the threat.
Sky Harbor International Aiport remained open after a plane was diverted to the aiport due to a bomb threat.
Tucson Unified School District is recalling some teachers and staff members it laid off last month. A total of 72 workers are getting back on the district’s payroll.TUSD let 187 employees go to cope with a $17 million budget shortfall, but cuts in other areas of the district have allowed officials to hire back almost six dozen teachers and other employees.
Authorities in northwestern Arizona are investigating dozens of brush fires intentionally set in Kingman in the past few months. Investigators said 63 brush fires have been set in open fields along roadways.
Firefighters in north central Arizona are concerned about high winds whipping the flames of the Doce Fire on Wednesday. The area, about eight miles northwest of Prescott, is under a Red Flag warning for high winds and low humidity, according to meteorologist Valerie Myers of the National Weather Service.
Fire crews have contained the Halfway Fire burning near Tusayan on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The Halfway Fire broke out Wednesday, and crews managed to contain the blaze by Thursday afternoon.
the second time in nine days, there's a fire burning near the community of
Reddington, on the Coronado
National Forest. Fire
information officer Gerry Perry says crews responded to another human caused
fire this weekend, and that it's important that stage two fire restrictions are
in place in all of the National Forests.
Hatch comes home from work, she is greeted by powerful, predictable barks.
Kindred the Basset Hound survived Valley fever a few years back -- but only after his owner, Suzie Hatch, lost a previous dog to the illness.
Arizona Department of Transportation has approved its 5-year plan which
designates road projects to be completed over the next five years. Spokeswoman
Laura Douglas says the Transportation Board had several big budget challenges in making its
The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew killed Sunday battling the Yarnell Hill Fire is the deadliest tragedy in Arizona history and one of the worst on record in the United States.
Phoenix residents set a new record for water usage last weekend because of the high
heat. The water department says 420 million gallons of water were used Sunday,
up from last year's record of
382 million gallons.
A volcano in Mexico
has forced several U.S. airlines to cancel dozens of flights, including out of Phoenix. Earlier
this week, authorities recorded several tremors at the 18,000 foot Popocatepetl volcano.
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.
A year-long study has started for a proposed Union Pacific Railroad switch yard near Picacho Peak. The project includes the construction of multiple train tracks and commercial warehouses next to Interstate Ten between Phoenix and Tucson.
West Valley drivers could face some delays this weekend, as the Department of Transportation prepares to open three new southbound lanes on the Loop 303. Spokesman Doug Nintzel says that will require the closure of parts of the freeway.
It happened again on Interstate 17 this past weekend. An accident snarled southbound traffic Sunday afternoon leaving homebound travelers stuck in a massive jam, and geography makes the problem worse. This time the accident was near Black Canyon City.
A new court ruling says the Arizona Corporation Commission was wrong when it accepted electricity generated through the incineration of trash as renewable energy. The ruling said the utility regulating panel erred and abused its discretion with the 2012 decision.
There is a piece of presidential history parked at an Arizona airport. It is one of the first airplanes to fly President Dwight D. Eisenhower around the world in the 1950s.
This is one of three Lockheed Constellation planes President Eisenhower used during the early years of his presidency in the 1950's.
Scottsdale-based Rural/Metro fire and ambulance company said it recently missed an important payment on a bond. Rural/Metro Corporation said it is working to address the outstanding debt and is developing a new business model.