The National Weather Service has confirmed that a "small tornado" touched down in Mesa over the weekend.According to the NWS, the tornado took a hot tub about a mile west of downtown Mesa, and several people reported watching the hot tub spinning over an apartment complex, before it landed upside-do ... More >>
In the aftermath of radiation spills from Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor in the 2011 earthquake, one question remains regarding its effect on our seafood: Is it safe to eat? In a recent article, the Los Angeles Times reports that, "according to the scientists who are studying the issue, the shor ... More >>
The wildfire burning just miles away from Yarnell -- where 19 firefighters were killed while battling another blaze -- is 85 percent contained.The fire's expected to be completely contained this evening, and the 850-acre blaze hasn't really threatened the nearest sign of civilization, which is Yarne ... More >>
Another wildfire is burning just about five miles east of Yarnell, where 19 firefighters were killed and several homes were ruined by a fire several weeks ago.Yarnell appears to be the closest community to the 850-acre French Gulch Fire, and although firefighters have been able to contain a small am ... More >>
Amid reports of a tour bus with 33 people aboard essentially being washed off a Kingman road and being flipped on its side, there are mentions of Arizona's "stupid motorist law."In many, many cases, drivers like that who decide to roll on into the flooded area don't get charged, because the state's ... More >>
If you're beginning to notice that wildfires seem to be popping up quite frequently, in Arizona and elsewhere, you're not alone.And according to many researchers, climate change is among the chief causes.
The Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 firefighters almost a week ago is now 80 percent contained.That last 20 percent of containment isn't expected to be easy, though, as the estimated date of containment is a week from now, on July 12.
The Yarnell Hill Fire burning southwest of Prescott is, by far, the deadliest wildfire in the history of Arizona.While a few wildfires in Arizona's history are marked by tragedy, others will be remembered more for their quirks -- like the Sunflower Fire last year, started by a guy shooting off a nov ... More >>
While almost an entire "Hotshot" crew of firefighters was killed this weekend by the Yarnell Hill Fire southwest of Prescott, there are now five such crews among the 448 firefighters currently battling the blaze.The most recent updates from fire officials still indicate the fire is zero percent cont ... More >>
The number of people killed by drunk drivers in Arizona went down slightly compared to last year -- but only because fewer people overall died on state roadways. As a percentage of the total fatalities, more drunk drivers were responsible for killing people in 2012 than the year before, according t ... More >>
Both occupants of one of the planes involved in the midair collision last week north of Phoenix were flight instructors.Paul Brownell and Basil Onuferko, both employees of TransPac Aviation Academy, were killed in Friday's crash, as were two occupants of another small plane, whose names haven't been ... More >>
Two small planes collided in midair this morning near New River in the north Valley.Four people, two in each plane, were killed in the crash, Phoenix Fire Department Captain Larry Nunez tells New Times.
An Arizona Department of Corrections worker is accused of ramming into an SUV with six passengers -- five of them kids -- on Interstate 10 last week, causing some of the children to be ejected from the vehicle.The reason 35-year-old Ricardo Castro allegedly ran into this SUV on November 20 was that ... More >>
Arizona shook from the tremors of nearly 1,000 earthquakes between 2006 and 2009, according to data recently published by Arizona State University researchers. New data from a National Science Foundation program recorded the seismic activity, which has scientists excited because of the unexpected f ... More >>
Phoenix police have identified 19-year-old Pedro Ramirez as the allegedly drunk driver who got in a head-on collision on the morning of April 30, killing a 5-year-old boy.The boy's mom was arrested, too, and faces child-abuse charges for putting her youngster in the car driven by Ramirez, and not pl ... More >>
See also: Pontiak Makes an Album About Driving from Phoenix to Texas The last time we blogged about the brothers Pontiak --Van, Lain, and Jennings Carney -- we discussed their EP, Comecrudos, a concept record designed for a drive through the American Southwest. It garnered an interesting comment fr ... More >>
Youtube screen grab"Reality hits you hard, bro." - George LindellValley resident George Lindell was driving to a Boston Market in north Phoenix to grab some grub last week, when he was rear-ended by an SUV. The SUV then swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle, causing the driver to lose control ... More >>
www.costumehub.com The leg found on the roof of Uncle Bob's Storage has been baking in the sun for the last four days, so it's probably slightly worse for wear than the one pictured above.The case of the missing leg has been solved.Mesa police say that the once-missing leg of a man who was ... More >>
Mesa Police DepartmentJose Padilla-RodriguezMesa police arrested a man they say is responsible for a fatal hit and run incident early Sunday morning, during which one of the victims' legs was severed.The leg, however, was not found at the scene.Police suspected the leg might have become attached ... More >>
Leonard GreggAs firefighters continue to battle the Wallow fire in eastern Arizona, the starter of half of the monstrous 2002 Rodeo-Chedeski fire is scheduled to be released from prison tomorrow. Leonard Gregg, an Apache who lived in Cibecue, admitted he'd started two fires -- Rod ... More >>
Photo by NishiokaYoshikiTo a music fan, there's nothing like having a unique piece of memorabilia from their favorite artist -- for example, an autographed guitar, or maybe the mandolin that Ministry used on three world tours, or Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis' MTV Europe Award. To a ... More >>
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Help Save Japan @ SXSWCasino Kids standing in front of the Help Save Japan at SXSW booth at the Austin Convention Center. Debilitating earthquakes. Aftershocks. Tsunamis that swept away entire towns and destroyed countless agricultural fields. Thousands of dead and missing. All of this occurr ... More >>
Image: WikipediaAbout 100 million gallons of radioactive water that spilled down the Puerco River into Arizona in 1979 -- and people are worried about a bit of smoke from Japan?Radiation from Japan shouldn't be your worry -- but maybe the sources of radiation here in Arizona should. Health st ... More >>
We settled in yesterday for an annual ritual--watching the NCAA March Madness Selection Show at a Scottsdale bar, Zipps Sports Grill up on East Greenway Parkway.It's always a hoot to see guys armed with schooners of brewskies trying to keep up with the match-ups as they flash on the big TV screen ... More >>
Pinal County Sheriff's OfficeThat weed-filled truck to the left crashed into that house (center) moving that couch (right) off the wall.Imagine sitting on your couch, relaxing, and having a truck full of weed come crashing through the wall like the Kool-Aid guy. It may sound too good to be true, ... More >>
THIS was the worst part of Bush's presidency. What that guy on the right said that night.It's soapbox time, everybody.In a recently taped interview with Matt Lauer, George W. Bush claimed that Kanye West's candid outburst on the September 2, 2005 Concert for Hurricane Relief telethon -- "George B ... More >>
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We're doomed! Probably not.The National Weather Service has issued an improbable tornado watch for Maricopa and Pinal counties until 10 p.m.Sorry, snowbirds, Phoenix isn't nothin' but sunshine all the time.According to the National Weather Service, a major tornado in Phoenix is incredibly r ... More >>
www.yimg.comDid ya feel it? We sure as hell didn't.According to the United States Geological Survey, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake rocked northwest Mexico about a 40 minutes ago, and claims of feeling the aftershocks in the Valley are coming in from everywhere.As may have been expected, many o ... More >>
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Vicki Christiansen, former Washington State Forester, has been appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to be the new Arizona State Forester and Director of the Arizona Division of Forestry.Brewer's office made the announcement today, but a Google search shows Christiansen has been off and running for week ... More >>
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