Flagstaff, AZ – A former Flagstaff police officer serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan has been killed in action. Twenty-seven year old Army Sergeant Eric James Lindstrom was a member of the 10th Mountain Division. Hist father told the Arizona Daily Sun that his son was killed by gunfire. Eric Lindstrom joined the Army at 17 after graduation from Flagstaff High School in 1999. After one tour of duty in Iraq, Lindstrom returned to Flagstaff where he served for four years as a police officer. He then returned to the Army and was eventually deployed to Afghanistan.
Tucson, AZ – Federal Officials say Border Patrol agents near Tucson have seized a record 1 million pounds of marijuana so far this fiscal year. Officials estimate a street value of more than 800 million dollars. Seizures during the first nine and a half months of fiscal year 2009 add up to the most ever in a single sector of the Border Patrol. The Tucson sector covers 260 miles of the Mexican border from New Mexico to Yuma County. It's the nation's busiest part of the two thousand mile southwest border for human and drug trafficking.
Phoenix, AZ – U.S. Airways plans to cut 600 ground jobs this fall as the airline continues to struggle with the slow economy. U.S. Airways officials said yesterday that the biggest cut will be 340 customer service agents nationwide. They're scheduled to lose their jobs September 14th. Other layoffs will coincide with the closing of the U.S. Airways Las Vegas Aiways Club September 13th and a reduction in staff at its club in Phoenix. The airline also plans to shut its walk-up ticket counter at its Tempe headquarters, the last remaining counter the airline has outside an airport.
Phoenix, AZ – The fight within the Republican party over how to craft a new state budget has had some political fallout.
Senate President Bob Burns said he has been trying craft a budget plan acceptable to his caucus as well as Gov. Jan Brewer. But Burns said some members of his leadership team have not been pushing in the same direction. So on Wednesday he ousted Sen. Thayer Verschoor from his position as president pro-tem.
Domestic cats tend to do exactly as they please. Wild felines are no different, as biologists learned after re-introducing lynx to Colorado's southern mountains.
Over the past decade, 218 of these wild cats with shaggy coats and tufted ears were placed in woods where they'd become regionally extinct decades ago. Each lynx wore a radio-collar that allowed scientists to follow its movements.