Hot Links: Mesa Deaths, Missing Woman Found, and Bashas'

A famous Hopi artist from Arizona has died from the H1N1 virus. Michael Kabotie, renowned painter, silversmith, and poet, died on Friday. He was 67...Fire crews were called to a home in Mesa near Guadalupe and Dobson roads early this morning, where they responded to a first-alarm house fire and found the body of a man inside the burned home. The man was reportedly a Vietnam veteran in his 50s whose home was in foreclosure...A man is dead and a woman is wounded after a shooting in Mesa near Main Street and Gilbert Road Sunday night. Police believe the man was visiting the woman in her apartment and shot her during an argument, before turning the gun on himself....Glendale police have located missing woman Shawna Wood, 19, who was last seen at her home on Friday. Wood has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old. Deputies found the woman and her friend Sunday night, after a concerned citizen recognized Wood and called them. Wood and her friend were both in good condition and said they planned to go to California together...

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a letter advocating for the Forest Service position that it couldn't legally refuse a copper mine in southern Arizona should have never been mailed. Vilsack says the Forest Service is also examining a "no action" alternative in the review of the mine, which would be in the Santa Rita Mountains...The Bashas' store in Goodyear reopened this weekend, after a renegotiated lease with property owner Westcor. Terms of the deal were 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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