Flagstaff, AZ – A young man has died while hiking a remote trail in the Grand Canyon. The National Park Service says a river trip was flagged down yesterday by a group of hikers stranded near Silver Grotto. They said one of the hikers in their party had died about a mile up Shinumo Wash. The Park Service flew a helicopter to the scene where rangers found the deceased, an 18 year old Native American male. His name is being withheld for positive identification and notification of next of kin.
Flagstaff, AZ – A summer monsoon in the Grand Canyon can mean extreme danger for those trapped within its walls. Thrashing water that arrives without warning can consume everything and anything in its path. Here, commentator Scott Thybony shares his first flash flood experience and his fortunate outcome.
Flagstaff, AZ – The White House says President Obama will address the nation's largest organization of combat veterans next week in Phoenix. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the President will speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention on Monday. Gibbs says President Obama will discuss the United States' responsibilities to maintain the world's finest military.
Flagstaff, AZ – The Arizona Senate has approved a budget plan that includes the repeal of a state property tax. The Senate rejected Governor Jan Brewer's proposed sales tax hike and 400 million dollars in income tax cuts sought by Republican leaders. It isn't known yet if yesterday's rejection of the sales tax hike will prompt a veto from the governor. She vetoed an earlier budget because it didn't send the tax increase to the ballot for voters to decide. The property tax has been suspended for three years but is set to restart after that.
Flagstaff, AZ – Park rangers say an Arizona man has died of exposure at Lake Mead after his SUV became stuck in the sand. A spokesman for The National Park Service said yesterday the body of 43 year old Steve Corso of Bullhead City was found by a park visitor late last week on a dirt road about half a mile from his stranded vehicle. Investigators found no food or water nearby. But there was evidence Corso tried to chew into a cactus for water. Authorities say it's unclear how long he was in the area before his vehicle became stuck in a wash. Corso was only 15 miles from his home.
Lightning is a given during the Colorado Plateau's summer monsoon season. But it's not the only kind of electricity that comes from the heavens.
St. Elmo's Fire is a peculiar phenomenon that infrequently, but memorably, shows up at the margins of thunderstorms. It forms when the atmosphere's highly charged electrical field comes into contact with grounded objects. As molecules in the air are ionized, they emit a bright blue, violet or green glow.
Phoenix, AZ – Gov. Jan Brewer had been pushing for a Nov. 3 vote to ask Arizonans to put a one-cent surcharge on the 5.6 percent tax rate for 2010 and 2011 and a half cent in 2012. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Ken Bennett said that time had simply run out. The next available date is Dec. 8.
Flagstaff, AZ – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants to increase enforcement along the border to prevent drug-fueled violence from spilling into the U.S. from Mexico. At a conference yesterday in El Paso, Texas, Napolitano announced 30 million dollars in additional funding for the border security program "Operation Stonegarden". The funds would be used to fight border violence in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. Drug violence has killed more than 11 thousand people in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006.