Hot Links: APS Rates, Joe Shirley, and the Postal Service

The Arizona Corporation Commission will vote today on a possible rate hike for Arizona Power Systems (APS) customers. The proposed increase would raise customers' rates by an average of more than $6 a month. An administrative-law judge has already recommended approval of the rate hike...A judge in Window Rock issued a permanent injuction against a Tribal Council resolution that placed Navajo President Joe Shirley on leave, effectively returning Shirley to his seat as tribal president. Lawmakers placed Shirley on leave in October, pending an investigation into allegations of criminal wrongdoing involving two companies with tribal contracts. A tribal council spokesman says an appeal of the judge's decision is likely...The owners of a drug-and-alcohol-treatment facility in Sedona are awaiting sentencing after a federal court jury found them guilty of tax evasion. Dr. William Howard Steiniger and his wife, Diane Steiniger, were each convicted of four counts of tax evasion, totaling almost $390,000 in federal taxes from 2002 to 2005. The Steinigers plan to appeal...

The United States Postal Service has stopped deliveries in a West Valley neighborhood after two mail carriers were attacked by a dog. People in the neighborhood, near 62nd Drive and Hubbell Street, say they've been without mail for almost 10 days. A USPS spokesperson says delivery was suspended following the dog attacks, and that investigators plan to return to the area to decide if it's safe to resume mail service...The Arizona Snowbowl ski resort in Flagstaff is scheduled to open on Thursday. Roughly 80 percent of the slopes will be open, and a Snowbowl spokesman says the resort's calling in as many of the 400 to 500 employees it hired this fall to help staff the ski area...Scottsdale-based company Taser International Inc. received an order from the Cleveland Police Department for 400 electronic stun-guns. The order includes accessories for the stun-guns. The full amount of the contract was not disclosed. 

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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