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BLM welcomes input on draft plans to modernize management of Arizona

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public input on five draft Recreation Business Plans that would modernize the way recreation fee sites are managed for the following locations: Kingman Field Office, Lake Havasu Field Office, the Arizona Strip Field Office’s Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area, the Phoenix District’s Recreational Shooting Sites, and the Vermilion […]

China and US resume cooperation on deportation as Chinese immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beijing and Washington have quietly resumed cooperation on the deportation of Chinese immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, as the two countries are reestablishing and widening contacts following their leaders’ meeting in California late last year. After China suspended cooperation in August 2022, the United States saw a drastic surge in […]

AZGFD accepting applications for 2024 fall hunts

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is accepting applications for 2024 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, bison, and sandhill crane.     To apply, visit https://draw.azgfd.com/. The deadline for the department to receive all applications is 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, June 4, 2024.  For an overview of the application […]

State is boosting efforts to protect people from expected extreme

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona’s new heat officer said Friday that he is working with local governments and nonprofit groups to open more cooling centers and ensure homes have working air conditioners this summer in a more unified effort to prevent another ghastly toll of heat-related deaths, which topped 900 statewide last year. “We don’t […]

What to know about Zyn, the tiny nicotine pouch that’s

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tiny Philip Morris product called Zyn has been making big headlines, sparking debate about whether new nicotine-based alternatives intended for adults may be catching on with underage teens and adolescents. Here’s what to know about Zyn: WHAT IS ZYN? Zyn is an oral pouch that contains nicotine powder and flavorings like mint, coffee and citrus. […]

Effort to expand broadband in rural areas takes big step

PHOENIX – The state’s goal of expanding broadband internet access in rural areas is taking a big step forward with a public-private partnership. The agreement with eX2 Technology is to operate, maintain and lease space in fiber-optic conduit installed along Interstate 17 and Interstate 19, and being installed later this year along much of Interstate 40. […]

SueAnn Mello appointed to the State Board of Investment

PHOENIX, AZ – Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced the appointment of Mohave County Treasurer SueAnn Mello to the State Board of Investment. Treasurer SueAnn Mello has devoted her career to public service in her community. Prior to her election in 2023 as Mohave County Treasurer, SueAnn served as a staff member at the Mohave County Treasurer’s […]

US wildfires are getting bigger and more complex, prompting changes

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — It’s shaping up to be a long wildfire season, with Texas already seeing its largest blaze in recorded history and firefighters becoming overwhelmed with recent blazes in Virginia. Just in the first three months of the year, more than 2,669 square miles (6,912 square kilometers) were charred in the United States. That’s more […]

Shouts of ‘Shame! Shame!’ erupt in Arizona House as fight

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature devolved into shouts of “Shame! Shame!” last week as Republican lawmakers quickly shut down discussion on a proposed repeal of the state’s newly revived 1864 law that criminalizes abortion throughout pregnancy unless a woman’s life is at risk. The state Supreme Court cleared the way on Tuesday, April 9 […]

Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty in scheme to orchestrate sexual

PHOENIX (AP) — The leader of an offshoot polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border has pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport underage girls across state lines in what authorities say was a yearslong scheme to orchestrate sexual acts involving children. Samuel Bateman also pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix to conspiring […]

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