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Pet owners urged to keep close eye on animals during Arizona's extreme heat

A string of June temperatures above 115 degrees prompted extreme heat warnings, advising people to stay cool and indoors when possible, but humans aren’t the only ones at risk when it gets dangerously hot and people need to remember that the heat really affects animals also.... Read more»0

Masks can reduce risk of Valley fever, Arizona experts say

Arizona has recorded more than 6,800 cases of Valley fever so far this year, according to July data from the Arizona Department of Health Services - and cases have steadily climbed every year since 2016 - but one way to protect yourself is by wearing your mask.... Read more»0

Grand Canyon business owners: Tourists returning, but not like before the pandemic

Grand Canyon National Park has seen a rebound in domestic visitors in 2021 after the pandemic shutdown for several weeks in 2020, but not enough to compensate for the volume of international travelers the park usually attracts, officials say. ... Read more»0

Are we ‘normal’ again? Answers to 13 questions on Arizona's changing COVID-19 protocols

As vaccinations rise and safety protocols change as Arizona eases into a hopeful, post-pandemic life, here are 13 frequently asked questions about rules and regulations governing schools, businesses, activities and programs. ... Read more»0

A place at the table: Latinas in Arizona strive for representation in politics

Latinos are a growing force in the nation’s political landscape, even as they lag in election to public office in Arizona and elsewhere. Hispanics account for the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority and more than half of the total U.S. population growth since 2010, with most of the increases in the Southwest. Hispanics make up nearly one-third of Arizona’s 7.3 million residents, although their last statewide representative was Raúl Castro, who was elected governor in 1974. That 46-year drought ended Jan. 4, when Anna Tovar and Lea Márquez Peterson were sworn in as Arizona Corporation Commissioners – Márquez Peterson as the chair – and became the first Latinas elected to statewide office in Arizona. ... Read more»0

Az school sup't calls for equal funding for remote learning, help for mental health

Arizona’s top schools chief on Tuesday called for state funding for remote learning to be allocated at the same rate as funding for in-person learning, and she urged extra help for students and staff members suffering mental issues as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.... Read more»0