The seed catalog for "Native Seed Search," a Tucson-based seed source, plaintively allows that "farming in the Southwest is challenging."
Anyone who's ever tried to coax lush lettuce out of desert soils, or harvest a crimson tomato before the first frost, knows how true this is. In the upland Southwest, gardening challenges include short growing seasons, frosty nights, arid conditions, and blistering winds. But there's a one-size-fits-all solution: hoop houses.
Phoenix, AZ – Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Tuesday which spells out in detail when cities can -- and cannot -- charge what are called impact fees on new residential subdivisions. These fees are based on arguments by cities that new residents and not existing ones should pay for needed new police and fire stations, water and sewer lines, and parks and libraries. Home builders lobbyist Spencer Kamps said there is a role for these fees.
Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers directed the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to cut expenses this coming year by $520 million. The plan crafted by Gov. Jan Brewer does that by phasing out coverage for childless adults and some others. Everyone now in the program can remain. But no one else can sign up. During a two-hour hearing Monday on that plan, Sarah Kander of the Arizona Center for Disability Law told AHCCCS officials that's not fair.
Flagstaff, AZ – Indigenous people have not been able to slow tropical deforestation in Honduras. NAU Social Scientist Erik Nielsen says a global carbon credit program may be a way to empower communities and reduce greenhouse gases.
Tropical deforestation accounts for some 17 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. That's more than the exhaust from all the trucks, planes and cars on the planet.
Sedona, AZ – Sedona is not your run of the mill American small town. Its towering red rocks lure 4 million tourists every year. And Robin Kelly is not your typical local Tea Party president.
"I'm a psychic, clairvoyant, an energy healer," she says, "and I take people out on the rocks to help them empower their lives, which is exactly what the Tea Party is about, is empowering each of us as individuals to participate in the government "
Phoenix, AZ – In collaboration with KJZZ, Phoenix, KNAU looks back on the effect SB 1070 has had on Arizona, one year after it was signed by Governor Jan Brewer. This news special examines the legal impact and challenges, and how it has affected law enforcement, Arizona's immigrant community, and Hispanics. The special also looks at how the controversial law has impacted Arizona's economy, politics and immigration policy, and where we go from here.