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Appeals court upholds conviction in Flagstaff police officer’s murder

The court rejected Eric Michael Clark’s argument that lawyers did not push his claims of mental incompetence aggressively enough. Clark, who thought aliens had invaded Flagstaff at the time of the 2000 shooting, needed years of treatment before he was able to stand trial.... Read more»

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Boom in Pandora moths a bust for pines of far northern Arizona

Researchers at NAU are studying a population boom among Pandora moths, an insect that in its caterpillar stage dines on pine needles. It’s the most Pandora moths seen in 20 years.... Read more»

Tucson scientist touts 2015 visit to ‘dwarf planet’ Pluto

Tucson scientist David Grinspoon joined a panel Monday talking about NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto – but the scientists were most animated when talking about the feud over the status of the recently classified “dwarf planet.”... Read more»

2.8 million Arizonans live within zones vulnerable to toxic leaks

More than 2.8 million Arizona residents — or 44 percent of the state’s population — live within areas that are most vulnerable to a catastrophic accidental release of gaseous, and sometimes explosive hazardous chemicals. The toxic agents, which the EPA deems extremely hazardous, are stored in more than 100 facilities and, when released, can cause temporary blindness, searing pain, suffocation, and even death.... Read more»

Census: Coconino led nation in births to single moms

Almost three in four babies born in Coconino County in 2011 were born to unmarried women, the highest rate in the nation, if Census Bureau estimates are correct. Experts question that number, but most agree that births to single moms is an issue for the state.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Designate highways to honor Native American vets

Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, an Army veteran, says honoring Native American veterans by renaming stretches of U.S. 89, U.S. 160, State Route 264 and Interstate 40 also would help build connections between tribes and the rest of Arizona.... Read more»

Mild winter has rabies season off to fast start

The unusually mild winter is fueling a rabies outbreak among skunks in southern Arizona, and one expert said it’s only a matter of time before the problem begins in northern Arizona.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Doubling down on Az's dangerous development

One must give the Real Estate Industrial Complex credit for chutzpah. It will not go down with a whimper, but with a bang. And many fires. Or rather, Arizona. The elites behind the growth machine will be long gone, safely behind their gates and walls in more hospitable climes.... Read more»

Northern Az tourism feeling impact of Grand Canyon shutdown

In the first 10 days of the shutdown, Grand Canyon National Park lost 120,000 visitors and the roughly $11.8 million they would have spent, by one estimate. The impact has been felt at hotels, restaurants and outdoor guides.... Read more»

Norwegian swim champ, 26, dies in Flagstaff

Alexander Dale Oen, Norway’s world swimming champion, died suddenly while at a training camp in Flagstaff on Monday.... Read more»

Paton to seek CD1 seat in Congress

Rather than seek to replace the retiring Gabrielle Giffords, Tucson Republican Jonathan Paton will run for Congress in Arizona’s sprawling new First Congressional District, which runs from Oro Valley to the Utah border.... Read more»1

Law makes year-round operations easier for ski areas

No snow? No problem for three Arizona ski resorts on federal land that will now have an easier time operating slopeside activities year-round. President Obama on Monday signed a law making it easier for such facilities to operate in the summer — activities such as mountain biking and disc golf — without having to go through extensive paperwork first.... Read more»1

At Flagstaff clinic, women seeking abortions told to go to Phx

A nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Flagstaff says patients sometimes break down and cry when they hear the news: If they want abortions, they now have to travel to Phoenix for a 15-minute consultation with a doctor and then stay overnight to have the procedure. It’s an expense that some can’t afford, and no other facility in the area provides abortions.... Read more»1

Ferrets find stomping ground at Phx zoo

Over the past 20 years the Phoenix Zoo has bred hundreds of black-footed ferrets, helping to revive an endangered species that was once thought to be extinct.... Read more»

Arizona cities lag far behind in economic growth

Economic growth in Arizona’s metropolitan areas was a fraction of the national growth rate for metro areas in 2010, according to figures released Tuesday. No metro area in Arizona grew more than 0.7 percent, and two regions – Yuma and Prescott – actually saw GDP shrink.... Read more»

Centennial organizers urge Arizonans to celebrate

The state’s centennial effort hits high gear this week with the first Arizona Best Fest, a free street festival that runs from Friday through Sunday in Prescott and later will visit Tucson and Phoenix, the other two territorial capitals.... Read more»1

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