Summers in Northern Arizona are some kind of magical. I spent my childhood helping my dad load our battered red farm truck up with alfalfa bails, unloading them under building monsoon clouds, racing from the barn to the house as the rain fell, hay hooks in hand. As idyllic a scene as that is, that's ... More >>
If you didn't happen to be in Casa Grande when Jimmy Eat World played this show, back in May, you may find it more convenient to head out to Tucson for a show from this year's Readers' Choice for Best Local Band. If you weren't really into "The Middle," for some reason, fear not--there's more going ... More >>
Tea party activists are celebrating as one of their own successfully got a book banned from a southern Arizona school district.Debbie Stoner, a tea party organizer in the small community of Palominas, near Sierra Vista, alleged that her son, a sophomore at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, was told ... More >>
The effort by some right-wingers to repeal the Medicaid expansion championed by Governor Jan Brewer does not seem to be going well.The group trying to gather signatures to put the repeal on the ballot, which calls itself United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives, seems to be hoping to g ... More >>
Jimmy Eat WorldParamount Theatre, Casa Grande, ArizonaThursday, May 9, 2013 Jimmy Eat World's Arizona tour turned out to be excellent news for local fans of the band, who get a belated chance to see them in the kind of venues they played before their national breakout more than a decade ago. The gr ... More >>
One of the bands you can see this week around Phoenix has a famous song called "A Praise Chorus." Another of the bands you can see this week titled the first song of their first album "Penis." See which one of those bands is Jimmy Eat World after the jump!
There's definitely something special about carnival rides and deep-fried foods that brings out the inner kid in all of us. I still remember living near 19th Avenue and Grant in Phoenix, about three miles south of the Arizona State Fairgrounds, and during that cool time of the year I would walk to th ... More >>
Jimmy Eat World's new album is due out this June, and the Arizona natives announced today that they'll be touring the state in May. If you're in Phoenix or Tucson, though, you might have a drive ahead of you -- they're eschewing the usual venues for dates in Yuma, Flagstaff, Casa Grande, Wickenburg ... More >>
Pictures from Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever's fatal September 18 crash and published by a southern Arizona news site show open containers of liquor -- and Dever's lifeless body. Click here to see the report by the Cochise County Record. David Morgan, a semi-retired news blogger and political ... More >>
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever's memorial service was held yesterday in Sierra Vista. Dever died last week after he lost control of his truck on a dirt road near White Horse Lake.See also:-Larry Dever Is a Real Arizona Sheriff-Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County Dies in One-Car Wreck on Dirt R ... More >>
Congressman Jeff Flake posted on his Facebook page on Thursday that during his campaign trail travels all over the state -- to places such as Superior, Miami, Globe, Payson, Show Low, Prescott, Flagstaff, Williams, Lake Havasu, Sierra Vista, Tucson, Kingman -- he had a revelation. "What I've found i ... More >>
It should be noted that ostriches scare the hell out of me. My first up-close encounter with the large flightless birds from Africa happened, oddly enough, at a petting farm in Park Rapids, Minnesota. As soon as I approached the enclosure, where about 20 or so of them were clustered, the group spi ... More >>
Next Tuesday, February 14, Arizona celebrates 100 years of statehood. So where are the eats? The official state food eats? Sadly, there's not one to be found. Which is why, after this long, it's time to get hungry for an official state food. Here's an excerpt from my column in this week's specia ... More >>
There's seriously nothing I enjoy more than an hour or two killed in a good record store, but you know, this new-fangled interwebs-thing is pretty good for finding music, too. A couple weeks ago I read something interesting about a power pop artist named Carl Rusk (of The Nashville Ramblers, fe ... More >>
We remember Debra Weyermann from our long-ago days trolling for stories for the Sierra Vista and Bibsee dailies down at the Mexican border. She was known as "D" in those days when she covered the courts for the Arizona Daily Star, and did a bang-up job. Kick-ass book by veteran journal ... More >>
We first met Rod Petersen in 1983 in what used to be the press room at Phoenix Police Department, just inside the front doors of 620 West Washington. Rod Petersen was The Valley's top radio crime reporter for more than a quarter-century Rod was grizzled even then, a garrulous big f ... More >>
Believe it or not, back in the day (three decades or so ago), the big news at the U.S.-Mexico border down in Cochise County wasn't illegal immigration--it was a religious cult led by a charismatic woman preacher named Frances Thomas. In 1979, Rev. Thomas moved her flock to a ... More >>
Tamara AustinIf you ask us, doing meth probably isn't the best idea. Doing meth when you're pregnant, in our humble opinion, is just disgusting.A Sierra Vista woman might disagree.Police in Sierra Vista say a woman gave birth to a baby over the weekend, which would have been good news had doctors ... More >>
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will speak in Mesa today to dedicate a new municipal court. The court, located at 250 E. 1st Avenue, is a 97,000 square-foot facility. O'Connor will be joined by Arizona Supreme Court Justice W. Scott Bales...The Arizona Diamonbacks lost last ... More >>
A Mesa police officer is accused of shoplifting at Sportsman's Warehouse in east Mesa. Officer Mark Cormier was cited this week for stealing an item from the store and has been placed on administrative reassignment while an internal investigation is conducted. A security manager for the store say ... More >>
www.bigbooster.com If you're planning on cruisin' around town with about 200 pounds of weed in the backseat of your car, there are a few things you should do, in case you get stopped by the police: Get a valid driver's license, make sure the car you're driving doesn't have cracks ... More >>
An Arizona ATF agent who infiltrated the Hells Angels has won a civil complaint against the ATF. The agent, Jay Dobyns, says that his bosses failed to protect him after he received death threats from the notorious motorcycle club. But federal lawyers have filed a counterclaim against Dobyns, alle ... More >>
A judge in Utah has ordered the sale of Arizona land belonging to a property trust established by followers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs. The trust has about $3 million in debt. The 400-acre parcel of land in northern Arizona will be sold to the highest bidder, but the Fundamentalist Ch ... More >>
Its one great forward, two steps back for lady flappers
The office manager of a Sierra Vista drywall firm was sentenced to jail today for hiring illegal immigrants in the case of the first worksite enforcement bust in Arizona by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. According to this news release by the U.S. Attorney's office in Ar ... More >>
By Ray Stern A Border Patrol checkpoint nailed Paul Newman, an Arizona Corporation Commission candidate and current Cochise County Supervisor, for driving with pot residue in his county car four years ago. According to the article by Arizona's one-man news service, Howard Fischer, a report by Bord ... More >>
It ain't hard proving state Representative Russell Pearce is a bigot when the guy does the job for you on a regular basis. As Feathered Bastard readers know, the prejudiced Pearce has been photographed arm-in-arm in the past with Mesa neo-Nazi J.T. Ready and has been caught forwarding e-mails to his ... More >>
The Southwest's last free-flowing stream ran dry for eight days in mid-July. It's time to act
Congratulations, you're Miss Arizona. Better keep your friends close and your enemies closer
Here's an idea, county supes: Audit the freakin' sheriff's office for the first time ever!
Rick Renzi's hoping people buy his line that an amendment he's sponsoring has nothing to do with his father's defense business
Who's behind Arizona's nonstop oddball rock time capsule?
From the Week of July 27, 2000
The Valley is now the prime way station for ruthless smugglers engaged in the lucrative trafficking of human cargo -- illegal immigrants
If He Only Had a Brain Next: CPS Case Workers See the Darndest ThingsBut Strangely, There Was No "I WAS GREENFIELD ELEMENTARY'S IDIOT OF THE MONTH" Sticker Urine LuckSoul on IceAscent of a Woman?Lawn OrderCrime in a BottleSo That's What They
After a year on the job, U.S. Attorney Jose de Jesus Rivera looks to be in the right place at the right time
From the week of January 21, 1999
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.
From spikedaces to spotted owls, the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity has logged the legal system and rewritten the book on environmental activism
A hotheaded Border Patrol agent is the only suspect in a double slaying. One of his guns has vanished, and he's still got his job.
A gun-pointing raid in Cochise County nets only a morsel of dope