Monday's record rainfall in the Phoenix area spurred officials to warn parents against letting their kids play in standing water. But with many schools closed across the Valley due to the historic deluge, what else is there to do? At Harmony Park in Mesa near Val Vista Drive and the U.S 60 freeway ... More >>
Although the fire is no more, the 21,000-acre Slide Fire is still affecting the area between Sedona and Flagstaff.State Route 89A -- undoubtedly one of the state's best highways as far as scenery and driving excitement are concerned -- is now having problems with floods.
The wildfire that started nearly two weeks ago near Slide Rock State Park, north of Sedona, is now 90 percent contained.According to information released by the Forest Service, the fire was about 21,200 acres yesterday, about the same size it was two days prior. Officials don't expect the fire to sp ... More >>
A wildfire started yesterday afternoon just north of Sedona, near Slide Rock State Park.The "Slide Fire" was estimated to be 400 to 450 acres as of about 7:30 p.m. yesterday, according to information provided by the Forest Service.
The Arizona State Forestry Division is contesting the "serious" safety violations another state agency claims the forestry division made in fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire."On that day the fire burned over 8,000 acres of wildland, over 114 structures, and resulted in multiple instances of firefighter ... More >>
Bryan Teague, who started last year's Mistake Peak Fire by kicking a propane tank into a campfire, should spend 30 days in prison and pay $487,000 in restitution, federal officials say. The 56-year-old Peoria resident was convicted in May after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts for causing ... More >>
Following John Dougherty's report on the growing evidence that the Granite Mountain Hotshots never should have been deployed to the fire that killed almost the entire crew, some interesting responses to the story showed up in New Times' mailbag.A former Prescott mayor, a former hotshot, and others s ... More >>
Comedian Doug Stanhope, a Bisbee resident, ended up raising more than $125,000 for a woman whose house was destroyed in the Oklahoma tornado in May.Stanhope told New Times that he started raising funds for Rebecca Vitsmun after the widely seen interview on CNN in which anchor Wolf Blitzer asked her ... More >>
If you've read mainstream media accounts of the moments leading up to the death of 19 firefighters in Yarnell, then you've been led to believe that a "sudden" thunderstorm is what sent the Granite Mountain Hotshots into harm's way.That's not the case, former New Times reporter John Dougherty has dis ... More >>
Since drive-thru salads were introduced at Gilbert's health-minded Salad and Go in January, the Valley's pull-up-to-the-window offerings have stayed mostly on the conventional side. Until now. See also: - Chandler's Living Room Wine Café Expanding to Northwest Valley - New Korean Barbecue Spot O ... More >>
The end of Phoenix metro area may be nigh, at least, according to one guy.A writer who focuses mostly on environmental affairs in the Southwest says that Phoenix just keeps getting hotter, and among other problems, it could lead to a Superstorm Sandy-like or Hurricane Katrina-like disaster.
Jamie PeacheyTrash heaps left by homeless campers usually becomes a problem for residents and law enforcementTo escape the hellish Valley heat, thousands of homeless men and women make the uphill trek to sunny Flagstaff during the summer months. This week's New Times cover story looks at the rel ... More >>
Joe Arpaio plans to question illegal immigrants about Arizona wildfires.Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be more aggressive when it comes to questioning illegal immigrants about wildfires, echoing Senator John McCain's baseless claim that immigrants started fires currently burning in south ... More >>
CNNMcCain, digging the hole deeper after his racist comments over the weekend When white nationalist websites and racist minutemen with erstwhile ties to child killers are championing your cause, you know you've made a serious error. Particularly when you're a failed presidential candidate still des ... More >>
fortressofbaileytude.comDon't be an idiot. Just pay attention to what Smokey says and everything will be alright.Fire crews are having a hell of a time putting out the second largest forest fire in Arizona history, which is currently burning in eastern Arizona. So, naturally, we've made a list of ... 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 >>
It's that time of year again: the McDowell Mountain Music Festival is here! Each year the festival brings in big names from all over the map, and this year is no exception, with Australian indie-folker Xavier Rudd playing. Rudd's multi-instrumentalist approach will surely add a special touch ... 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: AP /Kyodo News Tsunami as it hits Natori, Miyagi.We just saw some of the video footage trickling in from the epic disaster that hit Japan last night. Unbelievable. Gut-wrenching. Scary as hell. Nice to be safe here in the deep desert. Just called a friend who lives near Half Moon ... More >>
www.ebaumsworld.comOn Monday night, Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that legalizes the sale and use of certain types of fireworks in Arizona.The bill doesn't permit cool fireworks like bottle rockets, or M-80s, but allows Arizona residents to buy, sell, and use things like sparklers an ... More >>
Phoenix police Sergeant Andy Hill, a 26-year veteran of the agency whose last assignment was in the "media relations" unit, is about to retire. Though Hill's last official day is May 27, he's already cleaned out his cubicle and is ready (with vacation time) to call it a day after what ... More >>
How could I not immediately fall in love with this coffee shop?Nestled in that stretch of 5th Avenue between Scottsdale Road and Stetson (7124 E. 5th Ave.), Sola Coffee Bar struck me as a refreshingly indie antidote to typically Southwestern-y Old Town businesses nearby. When I stopped by a coupl ... More >>
An early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives. Today from 5 pm till close, Sens Asian Tapas and Sake Bar in downtown Phoenix will be hosting a fundraiser along with the American Red Cross to raise money for Haiti relief and development efforts. One hundred pe ... More >>
A lot of local restaurants have really stepped up to help out with the Haiti earthquake relief effort, but Sens Asian Tapas & Sake Bar is going all the way. Chef-owner Johnny Chu says that 100 percent of food proceeds from his charity event next Tuesday, February 23, will be ... More >>
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By Jonathan McNamara Houston Press, part of our Village Voice Media family, has shown true fortitude in its coverage of Hurricane Ike over the weekend. Read the Press' stories, see its photos and pass on the news about how our Texas neighbors are faring with the links below. Hurricane Ike Slams ... More >>
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