The town of Snowflake in eastern Arizona is known for being the birthplace of former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake and for having a large Latter-day Saints population. And now, New York Times reporter Valeriya Safronova has revealed that Snowflake also has a very successful greenhouse that some say is the largest devoted to growing marijuana in North America.
The cannabis industry was rocked this week by news that Florida-based producer and distributor Trulieve acquired Arizona’s Harvest Health in a $2.1 billion deal. This merger creates the largest cannabis company in the United States and it’s forcing smaller companies to re-examine their market positions.
More than $5 billion is coming to Arizona state and local governments. The federal funding comes through the American Rescue Plan, also known as the COVID-19 stimulus package.
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The National Hockey League postseason gets underway later this week, and the Arizona Coyotes will again be on the outside looking in. That led to what the organization has labeled a mutual parting of the ways with head coach Rick Tocchet after four seasons.
The pandemic has forced just about everything to go virtual over the last year, and that includes visits between parents and their children who have been placed in foster care. Eli Hager reported the story for the Marshall Project, and The Show spoke with him about what parental visitation usually looks like for parents.
Monique Sandoval is the dressmaker behind Cleo + Clementine, and she’s been creating dreamy wedding dresses in Phoenix for more than a decade. The Show went to visit her new space recently and saw some of her newest collection.
Live music in the park, a re-telling of “Alice in Wonderland,” poetry, art, literature, live performances. The artists are back, as millions of Arizonans have been vaccinated against COVID-19. → More Arizona Arts, Entertainment News
On May 10, Amy Bockerstette will begin a three-day tournament in Florida, competing for the National Junior College Athletic Association women’s golf title. And in doing it, she will make history as the first athlete with Down syndrome to compete for a collegiate title.
The San Carlos Apaches have fought a proposed copper mine that would be located about an hour east of Phoenix because it will destroy an important cultural site.
But the mine could also have impacts on the Phoenix area and beyond.
Like Arizona, neighboring Sonora has a great deal of potential for solar energy development. Despite that potential, the prospects for solar there and across Mexico have gotten even more challenging since we last reported on it. → More News From The Fronteras Desk
Last week, the Arizona House advanced a bill that had previously been stalled that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates pending voter approval. The bill is expected to get a final vote early this week.
The Arizona Senate recently passed a bill that would require a retailer to receive a license to sell tobacco, vapor or alternative nicotine products. The bill received bipartisan support, but is drawing criticism due to a perceived lack of strict regulations.
Alana Yazzie studied marketing at Marquette University after growing up near the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. After a stint in HR, she quit and decided to strike out on her own as The Fancy Navajo. That’s her Instagram handle, and it has led her to a career of baking and blogging.
Danelle Plaza at Southern and Mill in Tempe is like a lot of strip malls. There’s a mix of businesses in there — a clothing shop, a restaurant, a record store, a billiards hall and perhaps the most well-known one, Yucca Tap Room. Danelle Plaza has been an important part of Tempe’s music and alternative arts scene, which is what drew Rob Moore to it.
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Arizona's utility regulators have rejected new rules that would have required most of the state's electricity providers to get 100% of their power from clean energy sources by 2050 to limit carbon emissions and address climate change.