More than 10 million people visited Arizona's national parks last year, according to new figures released by the National Park Service.The Park Service says more than $773 million of spending occurred in Arizona thanks to tourism to the parks, supporting dozens of jobs. Check out which parks were th ... More >>
The National Parks Service estimates that communities near Arizona's national parks lost out on about $27 million in visitor spending when the federal government entered a shutdown in October.The NPS report estimates that $17 million of that lost visitor spending in Arizona was due to the closure of ... More >>
Thanks to the language differences between Anglos, Mexicans, and various Native American tribes, there are a whole lot of places around Arizona that no one really seems to know how to pronounce.Check out 10 such places, along with our best ideas for how they're supposed to be pronounced:
Republican Congressman Paul Gosar and some of his colleagues have been investigating why federal parks were closed during the federal government shutdown.Perhaps someone should send a calculator to Gosar's office to help him put two and two together.
The State of Arizona will be footing the bill for the Grand Canyon to stay open through October 27.The state's paying $93,000 a day to the National Park Service to keep the park open, and the governor's office says the state will get a refund if the federal government shutdown were to end.
Republican Representative Brenda Barton claims calling President Obama the "Fuhrer" has absolutely nothing to do with Hitler and that she just "used the German phrase for emphasis."What a coincidence. Speaking of which, we'll be referring to Barton as Adolf Barton from now on. It has absolutely noth ... More >>
Stanford Wero, Tamara Lake, and Lake's uncle, Vinton Whitehat, are three reasons why signs at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon warn people not to try to walk all the way to the Colorado River and back in one day. After setting out down the South Kaibab trail and hiking to the river with Wero and L ... More >>
The fatal rollover of a Korean War-vintage truck at Canyon de Chelly over Memorial Day weekend is still under investigation, but the problem wasn't the back-country road, the Park Service says.Tom Clark, superintendent for the Canyon de Chelly National Monument, tells New Times that it's too early t ... More >>
This morning we found a series of blog posts about a fatal rollover crash in the Canyon de Chelly National Monument that has received little media coverage. The crash of the Korean War-era truck a week ago killed Hawaiian astronomy professor Richard Crowe and injured several others. Blogger Jim Ja ... More >>
www.pollsb.comU.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona have been pretty busy in their war-against-weed, nabbing more than 1,600 pounds of the icky in three separate busts last weekend.The first of the weekend's three big busts happened Friday afternoon when agents working at a checkpoint on Hig ... More >>
The Arizona Diamondbacks fell 2-9 to the Washington Nationals yesterday. The game marked the Nationals' eighth consecutive victory and a three-game sweep against the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks open a three-game series at home against the New York Mets tonight...Arizona's bald eagle population ... More >>
National Park Service officials at the Grand Canyon rescued a Colorado man after he fell on his head during a hike. A helicopter airlifted the man to Flagstaff Medical Center, but NPS officials declined to say what the man's condition was...A Phoenix mother accidentally shot her 12-year-old daug ... More >>
Image: WikipediaCrown King Saloon A former National Park Services employee is being charged by the federal government for leaving a fire unattended that grew out of control and spurred the evacuation of Crown King, a small, mountain town northwest of Phoenix. The "Lane 2" fire burned nearly 10,000 ... More >>
One of Arizona's greatest treasures, Grand Canyon National Park, turns 90 today. If it wasn't for the protections this designation offered, by now the park would probably be strung up with cable cars, lined with resort hotels and full of reservoir water. Instead, the Grand Canyon remains in rel ... More >>
The estimates of the number of people who witnessed President Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday range from a high of 1.8 million to a low of 800,000. Arizona State University Journalism professor Stephen Doig is responsible for the lower figure. "My job as a journalist is to call them as I see ... More >>
Letters from the week of April 7, 2005
Jerry Ostwinkle's life fell apart when the government seized his golden eagle; now he's fighting for Rex and the rights of falconers.
Everyone is good at something. Dr. Laura Fulginiti's genius is her ability to determine how someone died -- even if there's very little left of him.
The Mojave Phone Booth gets disconnected
After a year on the job, U.S. Attorney Jose de Jesus Rivera looks to be in the right place at the right time
Glendale scribe dishes the dirt on world's biggest hole
Dave Wegner's career with the Bureau of Reclamation seemed to be at peak flow. He had no idea it was about to run dry.
It's crystal clear that the city of Scottsdale served its citizens water laced with a suspected carcinogen. But did city officials do it on purpose?
Where endangered Sonoran pronghorn antelope play under the roar of U.S. Air Force jets on live-fire bombing exercises
Tribes allege that archaeological and burial sites on mine grounds are being violated
Five joy riders mountain-biked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon; five federal prisoners rode back up in shackles
How 84-year-old Paul Webb and a handful of cows have buffaloed the bureaucrats and trampled an Arizona national monument
A CANADIAN MINING COMPANY WANTS TO DIG A 300-ACRE HOLE BEHIND DONNA GOODALE'S HOUSE. ALTHOUGH MOST ALL OF THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES INVOLVED THINK IT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA, THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO STOP THE EXCAVATION.
THE NEW VISITORS CENTER AT HOOVER DAM WILL COST $119 MILLION
J.D. RAN HIMSELF UP A FLAGPOLE. BUT NOBODY SALUTED.