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A bid to block tribal gaming on the edge of Glendale has faltered.
PHOENIX -- State transportation officials are anticipating a crush of customers Monday as "dreamers'' may flood Motor Vehicle Division offices to finally get licenses to drive.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Congress and the courts
The family says they got no notification from storage company their unit had flooded.
PHOENIX (AP) — A court is scheduled Wednesday to hear arguments in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's appeal of a ruling that concluded his officers have systematically racially profiled Latinos in vehicle stops.
Not even waiting until President Obama gave his speech Thursday night, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed suit in federal court seeking to block the announced plans to allow millions of people not in this country to remain and work here legally.
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of nearly 100 plaintiffs after a Mesa neighborhood was submerged by floodwaters two months ago.
Don’t listen to the right-wing pundits who claim “the American people have spoken” regarding Tuesday’s election results and the Republicans winning so many offices. The real winners are the Koch brothers and those hidden financiers funding Karl Rove’s various enterprises. They are the ones who spent tens of millions of dollars on the negative campaign ads that flooded our airwaves with their lies and distortions about the Democrats’ candidates. These are the people running our country now because the Republicans who benefited from their money will soon have to pay the piper. The “dark money” powers now have the best government money can buy.
FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Bureau of Reclamation, water rushes from the Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Ariz. Federal officials opened the floodgates at Glen Canyon Dam on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, sending water rushing through the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The five-day flood is meant to mimic conditions of the river before the dam was built, because the dam now blocks a majority of the sediment from traveling downstream. (AP Photo/Bureau of Reclamation, File)
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Federal officials opened the floodgates at Glen Canyon Dam on Monday, sending water rushing through the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The five-day flood is meant to mimic conditions of the river before the dam was built, because the dam now blocks a majority of the sediment from traveling downstream.
When the stock market crashed in 2008, most Americans, one way or another, were badly hurt. But not all. Barack Obama’s then chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, saw it as a golden opportunity to jump-start the new administration’s agenda.
The word watermark doesn’t tend to come up in casual conversation. Yet consciously or unconsciously, watermarks are a big part of daily life and faith. Here are a few examples. High-quality stationery has long been associated with watermarks. I can still remember my mom’s special bond-quality writing paper, with the curious watermark on every page. We all handle money regularly, but if you work in retail, banking, or any profession that deals with money frequently, then you’ll be more than familiar with the watermarks used in paper currency to help stop counterfeiting. The same is also true of those who work in airport security checking passports for the safety of all travelers. If you’re in any kind of construction work, home or building repair specialist, then watermarks have a whole different meaning, especially if you’re called in to deal with the aftermath of a flood or some other type of water damage. Then there’s digital watermarking used in audio or image data for copyright purposes. Other types of digital watermarks protect data integrity and computer security. Last, but not least, from a spiritual perspective, the word watermark reminds us of our baptism.
The small, white animals flood into Sharon Hampton’s living room in an instant. It’s Thursday morning at the Westie and Friends AZ Rescue dog shelter in Mesa.
Two high schools in Gilbert are in the midst of a competition to get a burger named after them for a month at a new downtown restaurant.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.
The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths in the 2014 fiscal year that ended in September — the lowest number since 1999. In 2013, the number of deaths was 445.
The Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector finished the 2014 budget year with 115 deaths, compared with 107 in the Tucson sector, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press. It marks the first time since 2001 that Arizona has not been the deadliest place to cross the border.
Arizona has long been the most dangerous border region because of triple-digit temperatures, rough desert terrain and the sheer volume of immigrants coming in to the state from Mexico. But more immigrants are now entering through Texas and not Arizona, driven by a surge of people from Central America.
The Tucson and Rio Grande Valley both saw their numbers of deaths decline from 2013, although Arizona's drop was more precipitous.
Border enforcement officials say the lower numbers are in part due to increased rescue efforts as well as a Spanish-language media campaign discouraging Latin Americans from walking across the border.
Tucson Sector Division Chief Raleigh Leonard says the addition of 10 new rescue beacons that were strategically placed in areas where immigrants traverse most often has been a factor in the decrease in deaths.
"I think we can all agree that crossing the border is an illegal act, but nothing that should be assigned the penalty of death," Leonard said in an interview.
Immigrant rights advocates are skeptical that it is solely the Border Patrol's efforts contributing to the decrease in deaths.
"At best, what the Border Patrol is accomplishing is a geographical shift in where these deaths are happening — rather than adequately responding to the scale of the crisis," said Geoffrey Boyce, a border enforcement and immigration researcher at the University of Arizona and a volunteer with the Tucson-based nonprofit No More Deaths.
The Rio Grande Valley sector was flooded with a surge in unaccompanied minors and families with children who turned themselves in at border crossings in Texas. Most were from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, where gang violence and a poor economy have driven out huge numbers of people. That surge has dwindled recently, however, as U.S. and Central American authorities have launched a public relations campaign warning parents against sending their children to the U.S.
Meanwhile, the Tucson Sector, once the busiest in the nation, has seen a steep decline in border crossers. Fewer Mexicans are crossing into the U.S. as the economy here has faltered and drug violence at home has improved.
The Border Patrol also responds to hundreds of cases each year of immigrants who need to be rescued while crossing the desert, long an issue in the Arizona desert. The Border Patrol conducted 509 rescues in the 2014 fiscal year in the Tucson sector, compared to 802 in 2013.
Some of the rescues are made with the help of beacons that were activated 142 times this year. The beacons are 30-feet tall, solar-powered and have sun reflectors and blue lights on top that are visible for 10 miles. The beacons also have signs in three languages directing users to push a red button that sends out a signal for help. Agents respond usually within 10 minutes to an hour.
The agency has a team dedicated solely to rescues, called Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue.
Agents in this elite group spend their days searching for immigrants and responding when one seeks help. They assist not only those who cross the border in search for jobs, but also drug mules and smugglers who become injured or dehydrated in the summer heat.
It was only 10 a.m. and already 95 degrees on a day in late June when the unit's agents provided medical assistance to a 28-year-old man suspected of smuggling drugs near Sells, Arizona.
The thin man had an ID from El Salvador and said he lived in Tucson. He oscillated between Spanish and English, but his message was the same: He was in extreme pain.
The agents gave him a gallon of a sports beverage. He was to drink it slowly, they told him, or else it would make him sick. Next, they connected a saline bag intravenously and checked his vitals.
The agents monitored him and re-examined his vitals, concluding that he wasn't dehydrated but suffering from muscle fatigue. Minutes later, agents who used a drug-sniffing K-9 to search the area found several bundles of marijuana and another suspected smuggler.
The men were arrested on suspicion of being in the country illegally, but were not charged with smuggling because the loads of marijuana were not found on them.
"To us, it could be a mule, an illegal immigrant. They're all the same. They're human beings," Leonard said.
At the Save the Lakes meeting Monday morning at 9:30 there was standing room only. Chairs were brought into the Ahwatukee Recreation Center main hall for many homeowners eager to hear anything positive about the ongoing debacle between Mr. Gee and the homeowners themselves.
While traveling in Central America, I had the opportunity to worship at an international, interdenominational, English-speaking church. The congregation contained Africans, Italians, Spaniards, Latinos, Americans, and Asians. We sang old Irish hymns and modern, Australian worship choruses. The service was a mixture of Lutheran, Reformed, and Pentecostal elements. The welcome was given by a Canadian, a German read the Scripture lesson, and an American did the preaching. It was a wonderful, diverse experience, and for a little while I thought the kingdom of God had come.
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Storms dropped heavy rain in parts of southern and central Arizona, flooding roadways in some low-lying areas and leading firefighters to rescue a man whose van got stuck.
The National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of rain fell early Thursday in Apache Junction, a city on the eastern fringe of the Phoenix area.
That's where the man's van got stuck in high water in a low spot on a street. Helicopter news video shows firefighters helping him climb from his van into a fire truck amid rushing water. Other footage shows intersections and parts of neighborhood roads underwater.
Storm runoff also briefly closed one lane on the U.S. 60 freeway in the same area.
The weather service said motorists shouldn't drive into areas where water covers the roadway.
Over an inch and a half of rain fell in the Apache Junction area on Thursday morning alone.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's barrage of rain storms in recent months has created an unlikely pest infestation for the desert region: mosquitoes.
The storms — including one that began Wednesday — have created a breeding ground for mosquitoes that some longtime Phoenix residents say are as bad as they can ever remember.
Maricopa County environmental officials say they have received more than 10,000 mosquito-related complaints so far this year. County Environmental Services Department spokesman Johnny Dilone said that is nearly double the number of calls from the same period in 2013.
"We're working a lot of hours and spraying in more places," Dilone said. "We've been seeing a lot of mosquitoes, a majority of them are floodwater mosquitoes. Those are the ones that have been generating most of the calls."
The uptick has left some residents scratching their heads — as well as arms, legs and other body parts — at having to deal unexpected insect bites. Jennifer Weller, a Scottsdale sales executive, said she feels like every day brings three to five mosquito bites more.
"I'm a native of Arizona and I can't remember getting eaten like this," she said. "So I'm wearing my OFF! right now instead of my perfume."
Other residents, like Leslie Meehan, are considering their own preventive measures. Meehan, of Maricopa, said nothing has worked to get them out of her yard and she is mulling a $149 mosquito trap.
"We're a smorgasbord for these heat-seeking missiles with wings," Meehan said. She compared it to a mauling — "I've got 32 bites on one arm."
Dilone says the county sets out about 640 traps each week. Most of them go to areas that the department monitors year-round as part of a more aggressive effort that began two years ago. But more will be deployed as officials come across new areas.
The county uses the trapped mosquitoes to test for West Nile Virus. Workers go to sites that test positive and conduct fogging measures.
More than 180 mosquito samples taken from traps this year have tested positive for the virus, Dilone said. The virus can cause severe illness in people and animals, although only about 20 percent of those infected will develop any symptoms. The flu-like symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and muscle weakness. More severe symptoms can include inflammation of the brain, which can lead to paralysis or death. There have been 44 cases of people infected with the virus this year in Maricopa County. Six people have died.
Standing water created by rain and flooding can lead to a surge in mosquito breeding. Hundreds of thousands of them can emerge in as little as three days if mosquito larvae are left in a pool of water.
That's why homeowners need to inspect their property after it rains, Dilone said. Clearing debris from swimming pools, draining pet water dishes and buckets or other containers are some ways to stop mosquitoes from laying eggs.
Many people still don't realize that mosquitoes can grow even in the desert, Dilone said.
"Most of us don't think we have a mosquito problem here or that there are many mosquitoes. Most of us don't know that even as little the water that may be in a bottle cap would be enough for a mosquito to breed," Dilone said.
Arizona's barrage of rain storms in recent months has created an unlikely pest infestation for the desert region: mosquitoes.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's barrage of rain storms in recent months has brought in an unlikely pest to the desert region: mosquitoes.
The storms — including one that began Wednesday — has created a breeding ground for infestations that some longtime Phoenix residents say are as bad as they can ever remember.
Maricopa County environmental officials say they have received more than 10,000 mosquito-related complaints so far this year.
County Environmental Services Department spokesman Johnny Dilone says that is already twice more than last year.
Officials say standing water created by rain and flooding can lead to a surge in mosquito breeding.
Dilone says the county sets out hundreds of traps each week.
More than 180 mosquito samples taken from traps this year have tested positive for West Nile virus.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Gates are now unlocked and tape has been taken down in much of northern Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon with the reopening of many areas that were closed nearly three months because of a major wildfire.
That's good news for visitors and businesses alike, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.
The threat of flooding prompted the Forest Service to close its land within the canyon in July, but most developed recreation sites, vehicle pullouts, swimming holes and hiking trails reopened last week.
The heaviest monsoon rains skirted the area during late summer, so there was little flooding.
Operators of businesses serving visitors are pleased to have the canyon reopened.
"It's starting to feel like a normal fall," said Frank Garrison, owner of The Butterfly Garden Inn and a critic of the closure.
Much of the canyon located between Sedona and Flagstaff wasn't scarred by the nearly 33-square-mile Slide Fire, but thousands of acres inside the canyon and above its rims were.
"There was a time when a lot of us in Sedona were weeping thinking it was lost," said Web Middleton, a Sedona photographer.
Middleton recently prowled a trail in the canyon to capture the forest as it starts to regrow. Ferns and grasses are springing up around blackened tree trunks, while other frees appear untouched by fire.
"It's remarkable how intact it is," Middleton said.
Recovery efforts included targeted seeding in mulching in severely burned areas.
It'll take about three areas for grass and shrubs in areas that weren't mulched and seeded to begin functioning like a normal ecosystem, said Rory Steinke, assistant team leader for the response effort.
It'll take decades longer for the trees to start to recover, Steinke said.
While the popular West Fork trail was relatively unharmed, the A.B. Young trail will be closed for two or three years for completion of repairs, Steinke said.
Arizona business owners and residents affected by flooding earlier this month can apply for federal loans.