3:12 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Population Getting Older, Especially in Southwest

The U.S. census has released data showing a 15 percent increase in the population age 65 and over. That amounts to more than 40 million Americas. Western states like Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico had the fastest growth of older residents. A number of counties across the southwest experienced a more than 70 percent increase in the number of seniors. Scottsdale, Arizona is the country's oldest city, where 20 percent of the population is over age 65. The census bureau attributes most of this growth to people who move south after retirement. As a whole, the nation is getting older.

11:40 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Transportation Systems in Indian Country get Federal Grants

U-S Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico says the grants will expand much-needed services in rural and often remote communities. The federal program has awarded almost half a million dollars to the Navajo Nation to meet increasing transportation demands within the country’s largest reservation that’s the size of West Virginia. Many tribal members live far from medical or veterans services. And many tribes bus students a hundred miles or more to and from school. One tribe in Nevada, the Duckwater Shoshone, lives 75 miles from the nearest town.

2:34 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Beyond Sprawl: Can Foreign Cash Save The Housing Market?

Kevin Chu and his colleague Christian Santika work for the Hong Kong office of The Creations Group, an international investment firm that is buying up distressed properties in several U.S. cities, including Las Vegas.
Jude Joffe-Block.

LAS VEGAS — The unending rash of foreclosures and falling home prices in Las Vegas continues to cause despair. But the same housing crisis is causing some investors to see opportunity. Home prices have dropped to 1990s levels, and many homes in the area are selling for below the amount it would cost to build them.

In fact, these Las Vegas homes are getting noticed from buyers all over the world.

Kevin Chu recently toured Las Vegas for the first time to check on his investment firm’s properties.

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12:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Beyond Sprawl: Gambling On Downtown Las Vegas

The block of Fremont Street just east of Las Vegas Boulevard is arguably the most vibrant part of the downtown neighborhood. In the past few years, a string of hip bars and an independent coffee house have cropped up and become popular hangouts for locals
Jude Joffe-Block

LAS VEGAS — Like most Southwest cities, the Las Vegas growth model was to expand out, creating sprawling suburbs and quiet gated communities.

But one trendsetting local business – the online shoe company, Zappos – thinks an urban setting would be a better fit for its employees and industry.

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12:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Beyond Sprawl: Rethinking Residential, Cul-De-Sacs For The Future

ASU graduate students' vision of a cul-de-sac for the future is based on an actual cul-de-sac in Avondale, Ariz.

PHOENIX — Pigs will probably fly in the Southwest before homebuilders stop constructing new homes here. But the types of homes people will need in the next 20 years might look very different.

We’re staying single longer. We’re having fewer children. We’re paying more for gas and utilities. Is it time to re-think the all-American suburb? Arizona State University graduate students in design and architecture think so.

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12:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Beyond Sprawl: The Southwest Zombie Problem

A solitary manhole cover in a stalled development in suburban Phoenix.
By Peter O'Dowd

PPHOENIX — Homebuilders have long made a living expanding the edges of Southwestern cities. But look around these days and you’ll find construction projects that have screeched to a halt.

Up to 1 million lots in Central Arizona were in some stage of approval for new homes when the market crashed, according to the Sonoran Institute.

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9:44 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Mexico and the United States working toward deal to help revive Colorado River Delta

The Colorado River at Parker Basin in Arizona.
Photo courtesy Arizona Dep't of Water Resources.

Mexico and the United States are working toward a broad package deal that would help revive the Colorado River Delta.

Seven years ago, the U.S. began working on the project to line an earthen portion of the All-American Canal in Imperial Valley and send the saved water to San Diego. Many in Mexico and the U.S. opposed the lining, saying it prevented seeping water from reaching fields and wetlands in Mexico. The lining project was completed in 2010.

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9:24 am
Mon November 14, 2011

The last of the Navajo Code Talkers

Chester Nez, seen here during Wold War II, is 90 and the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers. Photo courtesy Judith Avila.
Judith Avila.

Only one veteran Navajo code talker remains of the original 29 Navajo Marines who used their native language to devise an unbreakable code during World War II.

Growing up in New Mexico, Chester Nez and many of his fellow Navajo were punished for speaking their language. In the 1920s, Nez attended one of many government run boarding schools that attempted to erase Indian culture and language.

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1:46 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Pearce first state lawmaker to lose seat in an election recall

Paul Atkinson

On the night he lost his seat as President of the Arizona senate, Russell Pearce sounded more reserved than usual.

“We’re the envy of this nation,” Pearce said. “I’ve got patriots from across this nation that email me and write me everyday thankful for what Arizona has done leading the way.”

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9:52 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Strange Bedfellows Hope to Save Forests

Flagstaff, AZ – Over the last decade forests in the Southwest have seen more catastrophic fires, like the one burning right now in Eastern Arizona. Scientists say it's a result of unhealthy forests. A new effort aims to restore the landscape. And if it works in Arizona, it could be used on the 180 million acres of ponderosa pine forests across the west.

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