Flagstaff, AZ – Aspens are among the West's signature trees. Their heart-shaped leaves rustle in the slightest breeze, filling the forest with a gentle shhhushing sound. In autumn, those leaves form a golden contrast with the dark green of high-elevation conifers.
Aspen groves are resilient. They send up new trees when they're singed by fire, withered by drought, or attacked by insects. But lately, something's changing. Biologists began to notice in 2004 that aspen groves all over the west were dying at unprecedented rates.
Phoenix, AZ – Brewer had to participate in one -- and only one -- debate last month by virtue of taking public funds for her campaign. Since that time, her Democratic foe has been hoping for another crack at her. But the governor conceded that her decision to avoid another confrontation is purely political: She continues to lead in the polls.
(Maybe we would debate if my numbers started dropping dramatically. And, of course, I'm working hard to see that they don't drop dramatically.)
Phoenix, AZ – The state constitution says initiative petitions must be filed four months before the general election. That now means early July. Proposition 112 would set the deadline two months earlier. Eric Ehst, who led a successful 2004 campaign to kill a similar measure, said the civic groups who fought that one are ambivalent about this year's plan. On one hand, he said the change would give county officials more time to check the signatures or courts to review challenges.