Flagstaff, AZ – Last fall the council voted to place President Joe Shirley Junior on paid administrative leave over allegations of unethical conduct. Those allegations are still unsubstantiated. Shirley challenged the measure, and was allowed to return to office. But that decision was appealed to the supreme court. Friday Chief Justice Robert Yazzie said the Council overstepped its authority.
Flagstaff, AZ – Pitch black and cool year round, lava tube caves might seem like an inhospitable place to call home. But scientists are discovering that lava tubes shelter a surprising variety of organisms, some of which live nowhere else on earth.
A lava tube forms when molten lava flows over the ground, then cools and hardens from the outside in. The hotter, inner lava flows away and leaves behind a tube-like cavern. Lava River Cave near Flagstaff, the longest known lava cave in Arizona, stretches a mile underground.
Phoenix, AZ – Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Labor Organizing Network, said there's a need to focus attention on Arizona which he said has become the testing ground for anti-immigrant legislation.
(It is in Arizona and other similar states where the immigration debate has been polluted with hate and poisoned by bigotry. It is in Arizona where some politicians and law enforcement agents have become the folk heroes of white supremacist organizations and individuals.)
Flagstaff, AZ – Last week the Navajo Nation Council's Budget and Finance Committee approved two separate plans to use about 300 million dollars of the tribe's own money to build the casinos. Only a handful of tribes have self-financed casinos.
Bob Winter, who directs the tribe's Gaming Enterprise, says the Navajo Nation did it for two reasons.
Phoenix, AZ – Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords took credit for the president's decision, along with his request to Congress for an extra $500 million for border law enforcement. In a press release, she said it shows the administration -- quote -- is beginning to take border security seriously. The announcement came shortly before John McCain took to the Senate floor with his amendment seeking 6,000 troops.
Phoenix, AZ – The video opens with various shots of incumbent Jan Brewer, some of her from the victory celebration last week after voters approved Proposition 100.
(She just raised taxes. The billion dollar Brewer tax. But now we learn Gov. Brewer is raiding $3 million in your tax dollars to pay for her campaign. She said we're broke. So she raised our taxes. Then spends your money on herself.)