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The program for Tuesday's memorial service for the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire a week ago. Speakers included Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Jan Brewer. Read more»

The Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Education Fund will help provide for the 13 children and three unborn children who lost one of their parents in the Yarnell Hill Fire south of Prescott. Read more»

Phillip Maldonado, a squad leader with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, helped crew member learn the finer points of setting up emergency fire shelters in this 2012 photo. Nineteen members of the wildland firefighting team died last Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

The National Weather Service was tracking a powerful thunderstorm front hours before the Granite Mountain Hotshot team was killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, contrary to media accounts that have blamed a "sudden" and "unpredictable" storm for their tragic deaths. Read more»

The Yarnell Hill Fire on Monday.

Honoring the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed battling the Yarnell Hill Fire, Gov. Jan Brewer extended Monday an order to fly state flags at half staff until July 19. Read more»

The Yarnell Hill wildfire had burned over more than 8.300 acres by Monday and closed Highway 89, officials said.

Condolences and offers of assistance poured in from Washington, Phoenix and elsewhere Monday as the tragedy of the 19 Prescott-area hotshot firefighters killed in the Yarnell wildfire sank in. Read more»

Phillip Maldonado, a squad leader with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, helped crew member learn the finer points of setting up emergency fire shelters in this 2012 photo. Nineteen members of the wildland firefighting team died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

In the aftermath of the deadliest event for wildfire-fighters in modern history, here is what I don't want: Cheap sentimentalizing and cynical religiosity from politicians who are otherwise hostile to public employees, adequate government budgets and sensible land-use policies. Unless these issues are discussed seriously and intelligent responses made, then the butcher's bill for fire fatalities will keep growing. Read more» 1

Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots run during training on the use of emergency fire shelters in this 2012 file photo.

The Prescott Fire Department identified Monday afternoon the 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed Sunday while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire. (with time-lapse video of the fire) Read more»

A shot of the Arizona wildfires taken from NBC online.

Nineteen members of an elite firefighting crew were killed as fire raced through a forest northwest of Phoenix, making the Arizona wildfires the deadliest in decades. About 200 homes were destroyed in Yarnell and Glen Isla, south of Prescott, by a fast-moving fire sparked by lightning and fed by gusting winds and dry grass. Read more»

A 2010 state law that legalized sparklers and several other kinds fireworks also bars communities from prohibiting their sale.

Saying it would help reduce the risk of wildfires, a state lawmaker is trying again to give cities and towns the authority to ban the sale of sparklers and other fireworks legalized by a 2010 state law. Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, called it “a little silly” that Arizona communities can forbid the use of fireworks but by law must allow their sale. Read more»

The Prescott metro area ranks seventh-highest in the nation for the percentage of people who worked out of their homes in 2010, at 7.6 percent. Read more»

An area in eastern Arizona burned by the Wallow Fire, which officials say was started by an unattended campfire.

Campfires Limited, a grassroots organization is asking the U.S. Forest Service for an annual ban on campfires between May 1 through July 15. Read more»

Author Cathy Hufault speaks about “climate” in the Centennial Speaker Series focusing on Arizona’s 'Five Cs.'

For many, Arizona’s centennial was over Feb. 14, but Nogales and other communities around the state are using the opportunity to teach Arizona’s history and ponder its future throughout 2012. (with video) Read more» 1

Re-enactors on Allen Street in Tombstone. The 'Town Too Tough to Die' couldn't hold out to make True West Magazine's Top 10 Old West towns.

True West Magazine’s seventh annual ranking of Old West towns across the country, did not include Tombstone in the Top 10, while Prescott was named No. 1. Read more» 1

The Tonto National Forest will be affected by new planning regulations announced by the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday.

The U.S. Forest Service unveiled new planning rules Thursday that it said will emphasize the protection of forest and watersheds while maintaining and creating forest-industry jobs. Read more»

House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, awaits Gov. Jan Brewer’s State of the State address. For the first time since 2004, leaders of both houses in the Legislature are from rural Arizona, and many lawmakers from beyond Phoenix and Tucson say they hope this means more focus on issues important in their areas.

With a new Senate president and a new House speaker, Arizona's rural lawmakers are hoping for a shift in focus from Tucson and Phoenix to more concern over the state's more sparsely populated communities. Read more»

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