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Tucson police try to control a crowd on University Boulevard after a Wildcat basketball game in March 2014.

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»

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»

A U.S. Military M9 Bayonet affixed to an M4 Carbine.

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

Federal, private and local agencies have reached an agreement to use forest-thinning, prescribed burns and other measures to protect the watershed around the C.C. Cragin Reservoir north of Payson. Officials say the measures will prevent runoff from burned areas from fouling water and damaging waterworks.

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»

Phillip Maldonado, a squad leader with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, helps crew member learn the finer points of setting up emergency fire shelters. Training is key as the crew prepares for what’s expected to be a busy wildfire season.

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

A remote-control camera captured this image of a black bear at Tonto National Monument in 2009.

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»

The lodge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, built around 1927, has been undergoing renovations for years.

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»

The Gila County Republican Party took the opportunity of the Republican National Convention to sell tickets for its Colt .45 raffle to raise money for local offices. County party officials say they have sold more than 700 tickets over the last few months.

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

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»

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»

Officials say feuding between federal agencies has delayed maintenance on the pipeline that feeds water from the C.C. Cragin Dam and reservoir to the town of Payson, leading to problems like this 2007 break in the pipeline.

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»

As of Dec. 1, a state law will make sales of sparklers and certain other fireworks legal to those 16 and older. Some communities are adopting ordinances banning the sale of the devices, which is allowed under the law. Other fireworks allowed under the law include cylindrical and cone and fountains, illuminating torches, wheels and spinners and toy smoke devices.

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»