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Federal program fuels police militarization

Millions of dollars in military-grade armaments are flowing into Arizona communities with minimal standards for training or oversight on how the equipment is being used.... Read more»

Az's Rim Country seeing surge in teen heroin use

Even in Arizona’s Rim Country, in a city of just 16,000 people, heroin abuse is surging among teens and young adults just as it has across the state. “We had some issues with other drug problems in the past, but this is just encompassing our whole community,” Payson Town Councilwoman Su Connell said.... Read more»

Az agencies received 447 bayonets from feds

A review of state-level data for the Department of Defense Excess Property Program shows the Pinal County Sheriff's Office receiving 257 bayonets and police departments in Tucson, Pinetop-Lakeside and Payson receiving 150, 30 and 10, respectively. ... Read more»2

Agreement signed to protect Payson water source from wildfires

Federal, private and local agencies signed an agreement Wednesday that will help protect a crucial water source for Payson from the effects of wildfires.... Read more»

For hotshot crews, training key to safe firefighting

Firefighters working in remote locations to get ahead of the most dangerous sections of fires rely on hard training to stay out of perilous situations. Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, of whom 19 were killed Sunday fighting a wildfire near Yarnell, had never had to use emergency shelters when they received training in 2012.... Read more»1

Wildlife experts making campsites safer after 2012 bear attacks

After the Payson area saw three black bear attacks last year, officials are rolling out a Bear Aware campaign. It includes bear-proof storage containers and tips for keeping bears from visiting campsites. ... Read more»

After lean years, Arizona State Parks looks to spruce up facilities

State parks around Arizona have faced lean times for the past several years as lawmakers grappled with the budget deficit. Now park officials and supporters would like to make some improvements. ... Read more»

Rain halts convention, but doesn’t stop GOP conventioneers

The politicking went on as usual Monday for Arizona delegates at the Republican National Convention, despite some events being canceled because of the weather. ... Read more»1

Az man gets nearly 22 years for drug trafficking

An Arizona man was sentenced to 21 years, 10 months in prison for his part in a drug trafficking cell that used tractor trailers to move heroin, marijuana and cocaine from Mexico for distribution across the United States.... Read more»

Centennial book details state's history

An Arizona native spent half a decade compiling 100 years of Arizona's history into the official book of the Arizona centennial, "Arizona: 100 Years Grand."... Read more»

Senate clears way for Cragin Dam projects

The Senate has passed and sent to the president a bill that should end years of confusion over which federal agency has jurisdiction over the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir in Coconino County.... Read more»

Some communities move to ban fireworks as state law looms

The ponderosa pine forest around Payson has survived years of drought. It has survived bark beetles. Town officials want to make sure it survives Arizona's new law allowing the sale of sparklers and certain other fireworks.... Read more»