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Coconino National Forest Campsites, Recreation Areas Closed
If you’re planning to go camping this weekend, you might have a difficult time finding a place to do so. Now, due to a lack of federal government funding, the U.S. Forest Service has closed all campgrounds and recreation areas in the Coconino National Forest.
Oct. 12, 2013
Interior Department Considers Offers To Re-Open Park But Releases Few Details
Arizona officials are still waiting for details of any possible plan to reopen Grand Canyon National Park. And, Governor Brewer’s press aide, Andrew Wilder says even though the Interior Department has announced it would consider offers from the states to use local dollars to fund park operations, a conversation with Secretary Sally Jewell provided few details.
Oct. 12, 2013
Gilbert Now A Hotbed Of Locally Owned Shops, Restaurants
As the temperatures cool down a little we head to another of the Valley’s hot corners — spots that have something going on. Today's tour guide is Kimber Lanning, Executive Director of Local First Arizona.
Oct. 12, 2013
States Rainy Day Fund Could Help Families Affected By Shutdown
On Monday Gov. Jan Brewer ordered the Arizona Department of Economic Security to redirect $650,000 from its budget to cover the cost of issuing welfare checks to needy families. More than 5,000 low income Arizona families are entering their second week without assistance due to the federal government shutdown.
Oct. 12, 2013
Arizona Carries Out First Of Two October Executions
On Wednesday, Arizona carried out the first of two executions scheduled for this month. Edward Schad, the oldest person on its death row was put to death this morning.The 71-year-old Schad was given a lethal dose of pentobarbital at the state prison in Florence, and was pronounced dead at 10:12 a.
Oct. 12, 2013
Three Overdue Hikers Are Okay
A Coconino County Sheriff’s search and rescue team has located three people who were overdue on a hiking trip in the rugged West Fork area of Oak Creek Canyon. Spokesman Gerry Blair says the 73-year-old Flagstaff man, who was with a 31-year-old man and woman from Michigan, went out Sunday and were due back Tuesday night.
Oct. 12, 2013
Bill Bryson And The Summer Of 1927
You probably know a lot about the summer of 1927 without even knowing it. Some of the 20th Century’s most noteworthy people did their most noteworthy things that year: Charles Lindbergh made his Atlantic flight; Babe Ruth made his assault on the home run record; and the first true "talking picture" was filmed, among other things.
Oct. 12, 2013
Two Executions Move Ahead, Despite ACLUs Attempt To Stop Them
Two planned executions will proceed despite the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union to prove the drug being used in their execution does not meet standards. Pentobarbital is among the three drugs used in an execution.
Oct. 12, 2013
Local Journalist Tries Her Hand At Childrens Books
Journalist Jana Bommersbach was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Phoenix New Times, a regular columnist for Phoenix Magazine and she wrote the authoritative story of one of Arizona’s crime legends in the book "The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd.
Oct. 12, 2013
Parts Of Arizona Hit Hard By Parks Shutdown, But Others Not So Much
The U.S. Interior Department says it will consider requests from states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed as part of the federal government shutdown.The Grand Canyon has gotten a lot of love since the federal government closed its doors -- and the gates to national parks.
Oct. 12, 2013
U of A To Renovate One Of Arizonas Oldest Public Buildings
The University of Arizona is renovating a landmark that the school calls its "front porch." "Old Main" is one of the Arizona's oldest public buildings. Old Main, the oldest building on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, was originally built in 1891.
Oct. 12, 2013
Phoenix Taking In Animals From Closed Las Vegas Zoo
Last week, federal officials began removing animals from the Las Vegas zoo after the entire zoo staff quit in protest. The small zoo has had a controversial history and is shutting its doors for good.The US Department of Agriculture stepped in after a complaint was filed over the care of the animals and the conditions at the zoo.
Oct. 12, 2013
Arizona Sees First Flu Patient Of The Season
The first patient of Arizona’s flu season has been diagnosed. State and county health officials have confirmed it was an unvaccinated child with influenza type B who was not hospitalized. It is impossible to know what shape this flu season will take.
Oct. 12, 2013
Popularity Of Puppets Climbs With Peoria Show
Whether it is because of the success of "Avenue Q," Jason Segel’s character in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” or because it is just fun to watch cloth creations say unexpected things, the popularity of puppets appears to be climbing.
Oct. 12, 2013
Treating, Providing Services For Mental Illness Poses Challenge In Low-Income Areas
One of four Americans suffers with some form of mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Media Relations director Bob Carolla says one of the biggest challenges is that treatment and services are more limited in lower-income areas.
Oct. 12, 2013
Generational Housing Boom Leads To Bigger New Homes
New homes are back in a big way – literally. This summer, a typical new house in Phoenix was more than 20 percent larger than a resale home as builders across the country add more space to accommodate post-recession lifestyles.
Oct. 12, 2013

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