Q&AZ - Questions Our Reporters Have Answered

Q&AZ: Why does Homeowner Assistance go to utilities?
In early November, the state housing department launched the Homeowner Assistance Fund, meant to help people affected by the pandemic avoid foreclosure. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked: Why has the fund mostly helped homeowners with utilities and not mortgage payments, so far?
Jan. 17, 2022
Q&AZ: Are political campaign signs allowed on public land now?
There are more than 1,000 days until the next presidential election. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Are campaign signs for 2024 allowed on public land now?
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Jan. 10, 2022
Q&AZ: Why do Phoenix homes have big block fences?
The many sprawling suburbs of Phoenix strive to be unique, whether it’s about neighborhood parks, shopping centers or public art. But there is one thing almost all of them have in common: tall block fences.
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Dec. 28, 2021
Q&AZ: How did Apache Junctions Silly Mountain get its name?
Arizona is home to many peaks, and the name of one popular point in Apache Junction has sparked some curiosity. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ project, a listener asked: How did Silly Mountain get its name?
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Nov. 14, 2021
Q&AZ: Can COVID-19 masks help prevent Valley fever?
Valley fever has sickened nearly 9,000 Arizonans this year. It’s more common in Arizona than in any other state. Since it’s a respiratory illness, one listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, if the masks we wear to prevent COVID-19 might also prevent Valley fever.
Oct. 20, 2021
Q&AZ: Which cultural institutions require vaccinations?
Through our Q&AZ Project, a listener asked: What are the mask and vaccination requirements for Phoenix cultural institutions like the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Art Museum?
Oct. 11, 2021
Q&AZ: Is Palo Verde Generating Station still active?
Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked: Is the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station still active, and, if it is, how is it performing against the original goals?
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Oct. 3, 2021
Q&AZ: Why Is The Worlds Largest UFO Convention In AZ?
The Southwest has a reputation its hot weather, expansive deserts — and supernatural phenomena. This abundance of supernatural discourse prompted one KJZZ listener to ask our Q&AZ project, "Why is the international UFO convention always in Arizona?"
Sept. 10, 2021
Q&AZ: Where Can I Start A Campfire When I Go Camping?
During Arizona’s peak wildfire season, the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Management puts restrictions in place to prevent campers from accidentally starting fires. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Where in Arizona can I have a campfire when I am tent camping?
Aug. 16, 2021
Q&AZ: When Can Arizonans Who Failed To Pay Fines Get Their Drivers Licenses Reinstated?
After the passage of recent legislation, a listener used KJZZ's Q&AZ project to ask when and how people can go to the MVD and get their driver’s licenses reinstated.
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Aug. 5, 2021
Should Kids Under 12 Go To School In Person?
Arizona students are heading back to school as concerns grow over rising COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked what infectious disease experts recommend for children not old enough to get a vaccine: remote or in-person classes?
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July 24, 2021
Q&AZ: Why Are There 2 KJZZs?
In 1985, KMCR became KJZZ, using call letters to reference the station’s late-night jazz programming. In 1993, a TV station in Utah adopted the same name, for a different reason. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked: Why is there a TV station in Utah with the same call letters as this radio station?
July 10, 2021
Q&AZ: Why Has San Carlos Lake Gone Dry?
While Arizona’s farmers have been preparing for extreme drought conditions, water shortages in some areas have reached drastic lows. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ Project, a listener asked: Why has San Carlos Lake behind Coolidge Dam gone dry?
July 2, 2021
Q&AZ: How Do Wildfires Get Their Names?
During this wildfire season, Arizona has seen the likes of the Boggy Creek Fire, the Backbone Fire and the Shamrock Fire. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ Project, a listener asked: How do these new fires get their names?
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June 19, 2021
Q&AZ: Why Is George Gervin Prep School In Phoenix?
In 2012, the George Gervin Prep Academy opened its doors in Phoenix, despite the fact that '70s ABA and NBA star George Gervin has no connection to the city. Through our Q&AZ Project, one listener asked: Why is there a George Gervin Prep School in Phoenix? Wasn’t he based in San Antonio?
May 24, 2021
Q&AZ: Can I Store A Can Of Gas In My Car This Summer?
Temperatures are reaching triple digits, and reports of potential gas shortages have come from around the United States this week. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Is it safe to keep a full gas can in my trunk during a Phoenix summer?
May 24, 2021
Q&AZ: What Happens If Chiricahua Becomes A National Park?
Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly proposed a bill in the U.S. Senate last month to upgrade Chiricahua National Monument to Arizona's fourth national park. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Would this upgraded status to national park mean additional funding or just a name change?
May 20, 2021
Q&AZ: How Often Does Phoenix Redraw Its Districts?
With the 2020 census results collected, states and cities are close to drawing new district boundaries. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: How often do Phoenix City Council districts get redistricted? Who draws the new lines?
May 16, 2021
Q&AZ: Are Microchips Too Thirsty For Drought-Stricken Arizona?
In March, Intel announced a $20 billion factory expansion in Chandler, and Taiwan Semiconductor is building a new plant in Phoenix. One listener wondered why so many companies bring such a water-intensive process to drought-stricken Arizona.
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May 19, 2021
Q&AZ: Can AZ COVID-19 Death Rate Truly Be So High?
Tragically, Arizona’s rate of death from COVID-19 has been among the highest in the nation, with more than 17,000 lives lost. It’s a shocking number, so one listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project how the total gets calculated, and if it’s possible the number is inflated.
May 10, 2021

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