With their natural beauty and protected environments, the Grand Canyon and other national parks in the West would seem removed from having mercury in their streams and rivers.
Terri Clark says that in summer, kids “actually backtrack” on what they’ve learned.
PHOENIX — Summer vacation often means a break from schoolwork for students, but to Terri Clark it means the potential for the summer slide — and not the one at the local water park.
WASHINGTON — Indian gaming revenue in Arizona grew by 3 percent in 2012, even though no new facilities came online and the number of games in the state declined.
PHOENIX — Residents in the Sun Corridor from Phoenix to Tucson turn on faucets, water lawns and fill swimming pools without much doubt that the state’s most precious resource will always be there.
Ronald Rayner has been fascinated with water since he was a boy on his father’s farm in Goodyear. Now a partner on the family farm, A Tumbling-T Ranches, he has found a way to conserve water and double production since 1980.
A lined irrigation ditch carries water at A Tumbling-T Ranches in Goodyear.
PHOENIX — Retired orthopedic surgeon Peter Rork and his co-pilot Doyle, a black Labrador retriever, spend their free time flying precious, sometimes barking, cargo in Rork’s Cessna. His last flight in March included 30 small dogs traveling from the Valley to a shelter in Idaho.
PHOENIX — Arizona has a national reputation for hard-core conservatism, but it’s inevitable that Democrats will hold sway in the state as the Latino population grows and independent voters surge, a pollster says.
Chihuahua mix dogs wait in an enclosure at a Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter.
Conservation groups are worried that a proposed expansion of coal mining at the Four Corners Power Plant could reverse recent environmental gains at the plant, which last year was on a list of the dirtiest in the country.
A cigarette tax higher than in neighboring states and cheaper prices on American Indian reservations have helped fuel a growing black market for cigarettes in Arizona, says a study by a Washington, D.C., think tank.
SCOTTSDALE — At the Mission, a Mexican food restaurant in Old Town, the salty rims of margaritas are missing something these days: limes.
WASHINGTON — Explaining the Affordable Care Act is hard enough. Try explaining it to someone who comes from a country where health insurance itself is a foreign concept.
PHOENIX – With no funding and facing a July deadline to gather 173,000 signatures, a Tucson man is out to require labels telling consumers whether food products are genetically engineered or made with genetically engineered ingredients.
WASHINGTON — Arizonans have to earn $17.52 an hour, more than twice the minimum wage, to afford a typical two-bedroom home without spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent, a new report says.
Rodney Hu, a founder of Arizona Distilling Co. in Tempe, said making spirits in a microdistillery is a “labor of love.” He said the aim of his distillery is to “push the envelope” when it comes to liquor.
TEMPE — Arizona Distilling Co. adds a little bit of Arizona to its products. Copper City Bourbon honors a Prohibition-era brewing company in Douglas. Desert Dry Gin incorporates a different set of Five C’s in its flavor profile: coriander, cumin, cinnamon, citrus and cardamom.
PHOENIX — Federal officials say they could wind up assuming control of workplace safety in Arizona’s residential construction industry because a 2012 state law doesn’t do enough to protect workers.
Tucson jeweler Erik Stewart makes regular two-hour drives up Interstate 10 to do business in Phoenix. If a high-speed rail line connected the cities, he said he’d use it.
Jose Castillo, 74, says he realizes Ajo’s health-care system comes up short.
AJO — Jose Castillo was born here in 1939, at the old hospital that sits atop a hill. He’s lived here most of his life and worked at the open-pit copper mine that used to employ much of the town.
PHOENIX — Sixty-six firearms were confiscated at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2013, trailing only three other U.S. airports, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
Daniel Buttry, the chairman of ASU’s department of chemistry and biochemistry, says research is “a long haul.”
PHOENIX — Technology re-creating the processes of leaves could yield abundant renewable energy in the form of hydrogen fuel, according to a team of Arizona State University researchers.
PHOENIX — In another step toward their merger, American Airlines is joining US Airways in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4.
WASHINGTON — Arizona is expected to post the second-highest rate of job growth among states in 2014, trailing only booming North Dakota, according to a recent report.
Rachel Winkler said maintaining a viable career as an attorney can be difficult since military spouses often have to move frequently.
Former Tucson resident Mary Reding founded the Military Spouse JD Network to help lawyers with military spouses, just like she is.
Born and raised in Arizona, fresh out of law school, and married, Rachel Winkler said she didn’t worry at first about the unique challenges of having a spouse in the military.
TEMPE — Juliet Martinez has been using a wheelchair since age 8, after she received an overdose of chemotherapy drugs. But she doesn’t consider herself handicapped or disabled.
PHOENIX — Samantha Varner grew up in Chandler, and has always been a city dweller.
WASHINGTON — Arizona posted the second-highest number of solar-industry jobs in the nation for the second year in a row in 2013, despite losing 1,242 jobs from a year earlier, according to a new report.
PHOENIX — Google will collaborate with Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe to develop ways to bring its high-speed wireless Internet network to the Valley, the technology giant and the cities’ mayors announced this week.
Mary Black, an 86-year-old woman with dementia, drove away from her St. David home with no money, water or food more than once.
NOGALES, Ariz. — When the Border Patrol stops Arizona youths smuggling drugs through the port of entry here on behalf of cartels, Eric Cantu and other agents often find out those kids have been fed lies.
Border Patrol Agent Eric Cantu runs Operation Detour in Nogales. The program is aimed at discouraging youths from drug smuggling. “We want to tell them how it happens and what to look out for so they can stay on the right path,” Cantu says.
WASHINGTON – Maricopa County gained residents from nearly 1,000 counties across the U.S. — from Pinal County to as far away as Washington County, Maine, the Census Bureau reported.
WASHINGTON — A national group that plans to mount a multiyear campaign to improve income and household wealth among Hispanic families points to Arizona as a potential leader in that effort.
WASHINGTON — The farm bill signed by President Obama includes $8 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but experts say the cuts will not affect food-stamp benefits in Arizona.
WASHINGTON — Convenience stores will have to start stocking a variety of “staple foods” alongside the snacks and fountain drinks if they want to keep accepting food stamps, under a little-noticed section of the farm bill.
PHOENIX — Arizona’s public pension systems for state employees, public safety personnel and corrections officers are on a path toward financial stability, according to a study by a bipartisan think tank.
PHOENIX — For three years, most of the rocks, gems and artifacts once displayed by the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum have remained unseen.
WASHINGTON — More than 40 percent of Arizona households are on the brink of “financial devastation,” according to a national report that again ranked the state among the worst in terms of its residents’ financial security.
WASHINGTON — Arizona had the smallest gap between men’s and women’s pay among states in 2012, with women in the state earning about 87 cents to men’s dollar, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A state lawmaker has introduced a bill to reopen the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, which closed to make way for a centennial-themed museum that has yet to be created and was to highlight Arizona’s five C’s: copper, citrus, cotton, cattle and climate.
A train once used to haul ore is among the artifacts of Arizona’s mining history outside the former Mining and Mineral Museum.
WASHINGTON — When she got a call Friday inviting her to come to the White House and meet with first lady Michelle Obama, Gilbert resident Amanda Shelley “thought I was being pranked by my friends.”
PHOENIX — Reducing taxes and government regulation would help Arizona’s small businesses bolster the economy and create jobs, advocates said Tuesday in making their case to state lawmakers.