Arizona communities near the Grand Canyon lost out on $17 million dollars during last year's partial government shutdown. That is according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. The report found that Grand Canyon visitors typically spend $37 million dollars during October on gas, food, lodging and outfitters. That figure fell to $20 million dollars as Congress wrangled over the federal budget, forcing the closure of national parks. The report found that Arizona overall lost out on $27 million dollars, coming in second to California. About ten-days into the 16-day shutdown, the Obama administration allowed states to pay to reopen national parks to offset harm to tourism. Arizona Read More »
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The Arizona House of Representatives has given initial approval to a bill setting aside 500-thousand-dollars to create a memorial site honoring the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire last year. But House Bill 2624 was also amended Monday to give the widows of the firefighters the chance to buy the site themselves. Representative Karen Fann of Prescott says the women approached her about the proposal and she agreed. The bill also creates a committee to oversee the memorial and administer the fund and any additional donations for the purchase. The committee would include relatives of the lost firefighters, state representatives and officials from the s Read More »
One man is in custody following an alleged shooting over the weekend. The Yuma Police Department says 50-year-old Barry Douglas Todd of Yuma was arrested at the LZ Bar and Grill after he shot 33-year-old Ryan Hyatt of Yuma. Todd and Hyatt got into an argument Friday night outside the bar and that is when witnesses say shots rang out. Hyatt is in critical condition at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Todd appeared in court on charges of one count of Attempted First Degree Murder and two counts of Aggravated Assault. He is being held on a $300,000 bond.Read More »
The Yuma Police Department says several persons werea injured following an accident on Saturday morning. Police say 34-year-old Ricardo Pena-Amaya of Yuma was driving early Saturday morning, when he lost control and stuck several parked vehicles at the corner of 17th Avenue and 25th Street.
The passenger’s in Pena-Amaya’s car were extricated by the Yuma Fire Department and transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Pena-Amaya was treated and released. Alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be factors in the collision.
Nevada Governor Linking Proposed Interstate Highway From Phoenix To Las Vegas To 2016 Presidential Election
Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval, is linking a proposed Interstate Highway from Phoenix to Las Vegas to the
2016 Presidential Election. Sandoval has said that presidential candidates may be judged by voters on their support for Interstate-11, which would connect the two major Southwest cities. Damon Hodge with Nevada's Department of Transportation says the highway would likely benefit the regional economy.
Hodge says the Arizona Department of Transportation along with his agency and others are expected to complete the "Interstate-11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study" this summer. He says it considers economic, trade, and traffic issues as well as a long-te Read More »
Border Patrol Agents of Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station apprehended 12 men Wednesday and seized 20 bundles of marijuana valued at $426,000. Agents patrolling near Gila Bend spotted what appeared to be people walking toward Highway-85. Agents responding to the location arrested one man and seized 481-pounds of marijuana valued at $216,000. In another incident, agents patrolling in the same area saw a group of eleven men walking toward the Ambian Dairy. Agents responded to the area and arrested four men carrying 468-pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $210,000. The remaining men attempted to abscond but agents tracked and arrested all seven. All individuals and marijuana we Read More »
Citrus growers in Arizona are preparing for the possible outbreak of a disease that has already devastated thousands of acres of fruit trees in Florida and California.
The Arizona Republic reports that an insect known as the Asian citrus psyllid, which carries the citrus-greening disease, has been detected in western Arizona. The disease, however, has not yet manifested. Agriculture officials say the psyllids were discovered at the U.S.-Mexico border in a shipment of limes in June 2013 in Nogales. The state Department of Agriculture says citrus is a $37 million dollar industry for the state. State and federal agriculture officials say they are finding it difficult to keep up with Read More »
Arizona Legislators To Debate A Bill To Reimburse Glendale For Public Safety Expenses Following Next Year’s Super Bowl
Arizona legislators will debate a bill that would require the state to reimburse the city of Glendale for some of its public safety expenses following next year's Super Bowl.
House Bill 2547 would require the state to reimburse Arizona cities for up to $2 million dollars of public safety costs for hosting major events. The House will debate the bill by Republican Representative David Gowan of Sierra Vista today (Monday 3). The 2015 Super Bowl will be played in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Glendale officials say threats to safety such as the Boston Marathon bombings last year have significantly increased the cost of security at major events. The bill applies t Read More »
A bill granting tax breaks to private property owners who lease to churches is headed to the Senate after being narrowly approved by Arizona House Republicans. The House approved House Bill 2281 with a 33-to-25 vote on Thursday. The bill grants property owners who lease to churches but are not themselves religiously affiliated similar tax breaks to the ones churches get when they own property. The tax break applies only to space used for worship services. It would affect about one half of one percent of commercial property owners, according to a spokesman from the Maricopa County Assessor's Office.
Opponents say the bill's language is so loose there is no way to ensure property owners Read More »
The Arizona Western College Matadors saw their season come to an end Saturday night at the hands of the Mesa Thunderbirds by a final of 108-to-63 in the ACCAC Championship game. With the loss, the AWC Matadors end their season 24-and-eight overall and 17-and-five in ACCAC play.Read More »