Q&AZ - Questions Our Reporters Have Answered

Q&AZ: What is the oldest Arizona ranch that is still operating?
Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: “What is the oldest Arizona ranch that is still operating?” Sierra Bonita Ranch in Willcox was the first permanent American cattle ranch in the state, and it’s still going.
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Feb. 27, 2024
Q&AZ: Are Gila monsters legal as pets in Arizona?
Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked on social media if it's illegal to keep Gila monsters as pets and breed them in Arizona.
Feb. 23, 2024
Q&AZ: Should drivers worry about leaking water in the Deck Park Tunnel on I-10 in Phoenix?
The tunnel underneath Phoenix's Margaret T. Hance Park is known for leaking water onto vehicles driving through it, but ADOT says it has no effect on the structural integrity of the tunnel.
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Feb. 5, 2024
Q&AZ: How much debris is the Fiesta Mall demolition creating?
Mesa’s Fiesta Mall has been undergoing demolition since July. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: How much debris the former mall is creating? And where does it all end up?
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Nov. 27, 2023
Q&AZ: Who is responsible for cleaning up metro Phoenix freeways?
The Arizona Department of Transportation has hired a new contractor to clean up trash along east Maricopa County freeways, but some areas remain littered.
Nov. 27, 2023
Q&AZ: Do license restrictions carry over to AZ?
Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: What should I do if I'm moving to Arizona and have a restricted driver's license in my home state?
Nov. 14, 2023
What happens to CALIPSO satellite after 17 years?
In 2006, NASA and France’s National Centre for Space Studies launched a satellite named CALIPSO. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: Now that the satellite’s mission is over after 17 years orbiting Earth, what will happen to it?
Oct. 23, 2023
Q&AZ: Why isnt there an Exit 6 going northbound on SR 51?
Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: Why isn’t there an Exit 6 going northbound on Arizona State Route 51? It all comes down to naming conventions and location.
Oct. 30, 2023
Q&AZ: Is it legal to drive while wearing headphones in AZ?
Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: Is it legal to wear headphones while driving in Arizona?
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Oct. 9, 2023
Q&AZ: Why is Seventh Avenue curved between McDowell and Camelback roads?
Drivers in Phoenix are familiar with streets following a grid like structure. But a few stretches of road break that rule. Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked why Seventh Avenue is curved between McDowell and Camelback roads.
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Oct. 2, 2023
Q&AZ What is the highest and lowest point in Arizona?
With common references to the Valley, Arizonans may be surprised to know we have unusually high elevations. Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked what is the highest and lowest point in Arizona?
Sept. 16, 2023
Q&AZ: Why are historic buildings in Globe just sitting empty?
Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: “Who owns all those big, beautiful, historic buildings and schools in old downtown Globe? Are they just sitting there empty?"
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Sept. 18, 2023
Q&AZ: Is it safe to make and drink your own sun tea in AZ?
Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: Is it safe to make and drink your own sun tea in Arizona? While Arizona's weather makes it the perfect place for making sun tea, the brewing method actually poses some health risks.
Aug. 25, 2023
Q&AZ: How did Arizona get its shape?
Arizona’s boundary history is shared with its neighbors, particularly the states of New Mexico and Nevada. At one point, Arizona had lobbied to have part of Baja California so there would be ports, but the Mexican government rejected the proposal, Riddle said.
Aug. 28, 2023
Q&AZ: How is the extreme heat affecting Arizona wildlife?
The effects of this summer's record setting heat on humans and plants have been well documented. There have been reports of shoes melting, and saguaros falling. But through our Q&AZ reporting project a listener asked, how are wildlife surviving this Arizona summer?
Aug. 21, 2023
Q&AZ: Was the city of Phoenix named after the mythical bird?
In mythology, the phoenix is a bird that famously rose from the ashes, and it has endured as a modern-day symbol of rebirth and revitalization. A listener wanted to know if this same bird inspired the name for the city of Phoenix.
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Aug. 17, 2023
Q&AZ: What should I do when I see a wrong-way driver sign on an Arizona freeway?
You may have been driving on the freeway when you saw an Arizona Department of Transportation that sign read: WRONG-WAY DRIVER AHEAD. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: What should I do when I see a wrong-way driver sign?
Aug. 15, 2023
Q&AZ: How can my garden survive Phoenixs extreme heat?
Beginning gardeners may feel nervous starting a garden in the Valley, with its extreme heat. Michael Chamberland, the assistant agent in urban horticulture at University of Arizona, gives some tips.
Aug. 14, 2023
Q&AZ: Should you keep your fridge in the garage during hot summers?
Many Arizonans put a second fridge in their garage for convenient storage, but given recent heat waves, could this be damaging the appliance? Our Q&AZ reporting project found the answer.
July 26, 2023
Q&AZ: Is it illegal to deny someone water in AZ?
Many restaurants provide free glasses of water upon request. But are they required to by law? That’s what one listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project.
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July 31, 2023

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