Q&AZ - Questions Our Reporters Have Answered

Q&AZ: Arizonas Rest Stops
Last year, the only state-operated rest stop along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson was closed. A KJZZ listener submitted an inquiry through the Q&AZ reporting project.
March 21, 2019
Q&AZ: What Is The Mogollon Rim?
As Arizona celebrates the Grand Canyon National Park’s centennial, one listener wanted to know more about another of Arizona’s signature features — the Mogollon Rim.
March 4, 2019
Q&AZ: Have Geese Always Migrated To Arizona?
Much like human snowbirds, geese flock to Arizona in the winter for warmth. But, also like some snowbirds, some have set up a permanent home here.
Feb. 19, 2019
Q&AZ: How Did The Arizona Cactus League Get Started?
Fifteen teams have been training in Arizona's Cactus League since 2010, but there have been multiple teams in Arizona since 1947. According to Marshall Trimble, Arizona's state historian, the first team to train in Arizona was the Detroit Tigers in the late 1920s.
Feb. 11, 2019
Q&AZ: When Does Phoenix Decide To Replace Bus Stops?
Phoenix voters approved a transportation tax that went into effect in 2016. Part of that tax money is helping refurbish or replace existing bus stop shelters to make them more hospitable.
Feb. 6, 2019
Q&AZ: Does Mercury In Arizona Fish Come From Arizona’s Coal-Fired Power Plants?
Coal-fired power plants, vehicle emissions and mining activities release far more mercury into the atmosphere than natural sources, and it's a global issue.
Feb. 4, 2019
Q&AZ: What Shapes Saguaro Cacti?
A report on the forces that shape saguaro cacti from their start as "diamond-shaped green blobs" to adulthood as towering desert sentinels. Carol Gibson asked about the sometimes whimsical desert dwellers through our Q&AZ. Carol Gibson first saw a saguaro cactus when she was 7 years old and her family moved to Arizona from Tennessee.
VIDEO: KJZZ Explains Saguaro Science
Jan. 24, 2019
Can Lights On S. Mountain Spell Out Love?
“I moved to the Valley over 20 years ago. My fiance has lived here for 40. She insists that the lights on South Mountain can be turned on in a way the spells out 'LOVE.' Any truth to this?”
Jan. 9, 2019
5 Things To Know About AZs Private School Tax Credit
“Why does the state give me my money back when I make a donation to a private school? The state’s money should go back to the public schools.” Chris W. from Scottsdale asked us this question through Q&AZ.
Jan. 7, 2019
Q&AZ: What Makes An Ocotillos Leaves Grow?
The Sonoran-native shrub grows leaves four to five times a year. While often used as an ornamental plant, Native Americans have used the ocotillo for its practical purposes.
Dec. 31, 2018
Q&AZ: How Are HOAs Formed And Regulated?
About one third of Arizona’s housing stock is in a community association, which means almost two million Arizonans are connected a home-owners or condominium association.
Dec. 31, 2018
Q&AZ: Forming Valley Of The Sun: Digging Into Our Geological Origins
Phoenix is known for its scenic mountains and unusual weather. One listener wanted to know more about these features and how they relate to one another. The answer to this Q&AZ question explores on the geology, geography and prehistory of the Valley of the Sun.
Nov. 26, 2018
Q&AZ: Is There Still An Active Bat Colony On ASU’s Campus?
Arizona has the second largest number of bat species in the United States, behind Texas. A KJZZ listener remembered seeing these flying mammals on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus and asked about their fate via Q&AZ.
Nov. 24, 2018
Q&AZ: Will Phoenix, Tucson Ever Get Train Service?
For decades, there has been talk of a rail service linking Arizona’s two biggest cities. But will it ever happen? KJZZ listener Liana Garcia asked that via our Q&AZ reporting project.
Ask a question on Q&AZ
Nov. 23, 2018
Q&AZ: Why Is Interstate 17 Not A State Route?
Have you ever wondered why Interstate 17, which does not go beyond the state of Arizona, is called an interstate… and not a state route? Well, Brian Joseph Lesinski did and KJZZs Kathy Ritchie found an answer.
Nov. 22, 2018
Q&AZ: Are Small Rattlesnakes More Dangerous?
There are 13 species of rattlesnakes in Arizona, so it’s impossible to cover every deviation in a single saying.
Nov. 5, 2018
Q&AZ: What Happens To Items Put In Recycling Bins?
So you’ve finished a can of soda, a bottle of wine or maybe a box of cereal. You toss it in the recycling bin and put it outside to get picked up. But what happens to your recyclables once they leave the house? One listener wanted to know, and KJZZ investigated as part of the Q&AZ reporting project.
Nov. 5, 2018
Why Don’t More Apartments Offer Recycling?
A 2015 Arizona law bans cities from requiring apartment and condo complexes to recycle. ADEQ doesn’t track the percentage of apartments and condos that don’t offer recycling, but they do know the impact.
Oct. 17, 2018
Q&AZ: How Do I Recycle Clothes In Arizona?
Over enthusiastic recyclers can actually hurt recycling efforts, so residents should check with their local municipality for drop-off locations.
Oct. 19, 2018
Q&AZ: What Is The History Of Japanese-American Internment Camps In Arizona?
Laurie Jackson, Susie Karsky and Stacey Anderson all had questions about how Arizona recognizes and remembers the Japanese internment camps located here in the 1940s.
Oct. 10, 2018