Over the weekend, if you haven't heard, the city of Denver was swarmed with brewers and beer nerds celebrating the 2014 edition of the Great American Beer Festival, the largest celebration of American craft beer in the country. While a grand beer-tasting set up in the main hall of the Denver Convent ... More >>
Drunk driving is bad. With that out of the way, here's where police will be setting up "saturation patrols" around the Valley, looking for impaired drivers this weekend:
We're at that point of the year where some people won't stop complaining about the heat until October.Believe it or not, there are plenty of places where the summer season is much more miserable than it is in Phoenix. Check out 10 prime examples:
The sold out Real, Wild, and Woody beer festival is going down on Saturday, July 19 at Tempe Center for the Arts. And if you're a beer lover and don't already have your ticket just stop reading now. Because the lineup of specialty brews is pretty impressive and you're going to be sad. Attendees, yo ... More >>
A community forum actually took place between employees of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and believers of "chemtrails."The "chemtrail" believers are under the impression that the streams of vapor left behind by airplane engines are actually government poison sprays.
Republican Senator Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City has organized a forum in her district to address concerns about "chemtrails.""Chemtrails" are them white trails left behind by them there aero-planes up in the sky, used by the gubmint to poison us common folk, conspiracy theorists say.The trails of ... More >>
In the past, pumpkin beers were rare -- a seasonal sideshow, showing up only in the breweries daring enough to make them and enjoyed only by drinkers willing to take a chance on the oddities. Today, however, brews made with pumpkin have officially become mainstream, with nearly every brewery worth i ... More >>
See also: Daniel Cook, Convicted Murderer With Tortured Past, Executed in Florence Daniel Cook was executed in Florence yesterday for the 1987 strangulation murders of 16-year-old Kevin Swaney and 26-year-old Carlos Cruz-Ramos in Lake Havasu City. Cook was representing himself when he was original ... More >>
Daniel Cook was executed today in Florence for the 1987 strangulation murders of 16-year-old Kevin Swaney and 26-year-old Carlos Cruz-Ramos in Lake Havasu City.Appeals made by Cook's defense team were denied by a state board for the final time on August 3, and by the U.S. Supreme Court before his ex ... More >>
Just days after Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu announced he's running for Congress in Arizona's fourth district, Republican state Senator Ron Gould announced that he, too, is entering the race. "After talking to residents of Arizona's Fourth Congressional District during my exploratory phase, on ... More >>
Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's OfficeDNA evidence in the case of rape suspect Phonesavanh Nakhokkong, 36, was almost nonexistent, which resulted in an extra-long delay to complete an analysis, says a DPS official. "Extremely low levels" of DNA in a 2009 Buckeye rape case made for a difficu ... More >>
Daniel Wayne Cook was scheduled to be executed today.Convicted murderer Daniel Wayne Cook was scheduled to be put to death this morning for the brutal 1987 murders of two men in Lake Havasu City. However, the United States Supreme Court granted Cook a last-minute stay delaying -- or potentially r ... More >>
Daniel Wayne CookAs convicted murderer Daniel Wayne Cook's date with death inches closer, a state clemency board has denied his request for mercy.Cook's lawyers claim he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and brain damage that wasn't diagnosed at the time of his sentencing. His att ... More >>
Eric John KingThe state has finally put convicted murderer Eric John King to death after sitting on death row for nearly 20 years for the 1989 murders of two men during a convenience store robbery that netted about $72.Arizona Republic reporter Michael Kiefer witnessed the execution and gives the ... More >>
There are two executions scheduled to take place in Arizona in the next week, and Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference aren't happy about it.The group issued a statement on the matter this morning, which you can read in its entirety below.
Daniel Wayne CookThe execution of convicted murder Daniel Wayne Cook, who has been sitting on death row for more than two decades, will go forward after a last-ditch petition filed by his lawyer was denied by the state Supreme Court yesterday.Earlier this month, Cook's attorneys filed a petition ... More >>
Arizona SenateIs your senator a Russell Pearce dingleberry, like Steve Smith?Five anti-immigration bills sponsored by Senate President Russell Pearce and dingleberry right-wing senators went down in defeat yesterday as sanity prevailed in the Arizona legislature. The rejected measures were S ... More >>
Daniel Wayne Cook really doesn't want to die.Give it up, bub...After sitting on death row for more than two decades, Daniel Wayne Cook is still fighting to avoid his date with the executioner's needle, which happens to be less than a month away.Cook's attorneys filed a petition to review his deat ... More >>
Daniel Wayne Cook will be put to the death on April 5.It's on.After nearly 24 years on death row, convicted murderer Daniel Wayne Cook finally has been assigned a date with death.The Arizona Department of Corrections announced today that Cook will be executed on April 5, at 10 a.m ... More >>
Daniel Wayne Cook's 24 years on death row could be coming to an end.The Arizona Supreme Court ruled this afternoon that the execution of a convicted murderer -- who's been sitting on death row for nearly 24 years -- can finally go forward.The court approved the death warrant for Daniel Wayne Cook ... More >>
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is fighting for her life.The Saturday shooting rampage in Tucson that felled Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others, six of whom died, wasn't the first such mass-killing spree in Arizona.Listed below are other Arizona mass shootin ... More >>
Daniel Wayne Cook The Arizona Supreme Court delayed a decision yesterday on whether to go forward with setting a date for the execution of convicted murderer Daniel Wayne Cook -- but not because of a controversial sedative used in the process, rather, the court is waiting to find out the status o ... More >>
Daniel Wayne Cook is afraid dying might hurt a little.The Arizona State Supreme Court is expected to rule today on whether to allow the execution of a convicted murder -- on death row for the last 24 years -- to go forward.The hangup isn't determining whether Daniel Wayne Cook is guilty of ... More >>
www.agingerbel.comEight members of Vagos, a rival motorcycle gang of the Hells Angels, were arrested yesterday in a massive roundup of alleged motorcycle gangsters -- dubbed "Operation Sand Castle" -- believed to be involved in a July brawl at Rio Lomas Beach in Bullhead City.On July 18, police r ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Shantal ChaseThe business: Carte Blanche Gourmet TacosWhat they're packin': Braised meats, a multitude of salsas and fresh slaws make these girls' version of the Mexican staple unparalleled to anything else you've had off a cart (sober or otherwise). Also keep an eye out ... More >>
www.roflrazzi.comCriss AngelCriss Angel, the over-dramatic, often-shirtless "magician" and star of A&E's Criss Angel Mindfreak, performed a "death-defying" stunt in Lake Havasu on Saturday, and, as we predicted last week, nothing too cool happened and Angel's still alive -- despite ruthlessly ... More >>
A Lake Havasu City man was injured after his boat exploded and threw him onto the dock. James Tucker, 65, suffered back pain and was taken to Laka Havasu City Regional Medical Center. The explosion is under investigation...The Deer Valley Unified School District will lay off 69 teachers, mostly k ... More >>
A new U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint opened near Tubac yesterday. The $1.5 million interim checkpoint along Interstate 19 is supposed to help catch illegal immigrants and drug runners, but residents in the Santa Cruz Valley say it will hurt businesses and endanger neighborhoods...A former Rhodes J ... More >>
Rips: do the math.For many, the time in March when schools suspend classes for a week (commonly referred to as "spring break") is just around the corner; and nothing screams "SPRING BREEEEAAAAK!!!!" (sorry, can't resist an opportunity) quite like guzzling icy booze in the warm sunlight amongs ... More >>
A massive project is planned for 230 acres of desert near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Phoenix-based Kitchell Development Company proposes to build offices, shops, and hotels on the land, ultimately stretching the Gateway 202 Airpark to 3.3 million square feet. Mesa's Planning and Zoning Boa ... More >>
VIN NewsLake Havasu City Councilman Lee BarnesAt a meeting to discuss whether or not to fire Lake Havasu City Manager Richard Kaffenberger, a member of the city council had an interesting excuse for how he handles city finances.He's just a little too Jewish.At least that's what Councilman Lee Bar ... More >>
There's nothing like knowing something is worth an expensive pricetag -- as long as you've got little choice but to pay for it. Days after a prominent Arizona Republic story about how lawmakers are scrambling to find funds for the cash-poor Arizona Department of Public Safety crime lab, the age ... More >>
Officials at Arizona's three public universities warn students to avoid Mexico during spring break, citing high crime rates in border towns like Nogales and Juarez. An ATF spokesman says that most violence doesn't take place at Mexico's popular tourist spots, which, not surprisingly, don't include N ... More >>
When I arrive at the Brickhouse Theatre to see Lake Havasu City band Blackmarket open for Eisley, there’s a line winding around the side of the venue. It’s hot outside and “I’m on the list,” so I push my way through the crowd of fresh-face ... More >>
I first saw Blackmarket at the 2007 SxSW festival. The band was performing on a bill with retro-metal monsters Danava, and they went on early, to a mostly-empty club. What struck me about that performance was all the heart Blackmarket put into it -- they sounded as professional as any arena band, a ... More >>
Lurid Lifestyles of the Broke and Not-So-Famous
Letters from the week of January 8, 2004
Strong Beer & Ale Festival isn't for the weak of heart
Nevada's wastewater is causing sex problems in fish. But will Arizona get screwed by the solution?
XXX marks the spot at Lake Havasu, "amateur porn capital of America"
Local girl-rock showcase puts a tangible face on the music industry's "Women in Rock" hysteria
Arizona is awash in crystal methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant that makes the weak strong, the lazy motivated, the fat thin, the trivial profound. Abuse it enough, and it can also make you psychotic.
It's named after Kemper Marley, the apparent inspiration for the murder of newsman Don Bolles. It's full of inaccuracies, racism, Chamber of Commerce blather and third-rate gimmickry.
For Kay Torrez and her fellow New Age wanderers, meandering through sprawling desert labyrinths is anything but a lost cause
NOT EVEN MTV AND THOUSANDS OF DRUNKEN KIDS CAN TURN WASTE-TAINTED LAKE HAVASU INTO A SPRING-BREAK MECCA
THE STATE HAD GRAND HOPES FOR DEVELOPING ITS $80 MILLION ISLE IN LAKE HAVASU. IT'S BEEN A REAL BEACH.
ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER, WINTER IS OPEN SEASON ON POLITICIANS