Q&AZ - Questions Our Reporters Have Answered

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.
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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.
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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
Q&AZ: Will Phoenix Airport Mural Be Saved?
As Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport moves forward with plans to demolish Terminal 2, listener Corrine Wilson asked if a historic mural will be saved.
Oct. 8, 2018
Q&AZ: Why Don’t Homes In Arizona Have Basements?
It’s very rare to find a home in Arizona with a basement, and multiple KJZZ listeners asked why through our Q&AZ reporting project. There’s three main reasons: regulations, soil and cost.
Oct. 8, 2018
Q&AZ: Where Did The Recovery Devices On Gas Station Nozzles Go?
Gas stations pumps across the United States used to have rubber boots on the nozzles. KJZZ listener Tom Kovacevich noticed the absence and asked about it via Q&AZ. In 2012, the EPA issued updated rulings on vapor recovery devices, calling the rubber boots redundant.
Oct. 2, 2018
Q&AZ: Why Did Goodyear Tire Company Come To Arizona?
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company came to Arizona to grow its own long staple cotton, which was more difficult to get in the late 1910s.
Oct. 30, 2018
Q&AZ: How Much Money Is Allocated For Public Mental Health Services?
Ninety-one percent of the $2,344,672,606 spent by the The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment system in fiscal year 2017 went to programs connected to Medicaid and KidsCare, the state’s health insurance program for low-income children.
Sept. 21, 2018