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Threatened narrow-headed garter snake gets help from the Phoenix Zoo

PHOENIX — Forty narrow-headed garter snakes were born last year at the Phoenix Zoo’s Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Conservation Center — by far the most since the program began in 2007. The center’s director is hopeful 2023 will be another successful year. The aquatic snake is threatened because of invasive species — including crawfish and frogs — climate change and development.

A Phoenix Zoo employee holds a garter snake.

Cochise sheriff comes to ‘share the reality’ of border in House testimony

WASHINGTON - Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels told a sharply divided House committee Wednesday that drug trafficking and illegal immigration is getting worse and that it's affecting the safety of residents in his border county.


Superb Bowl Sundays: Arizona has knack for delivering the goods in big game

PHOENIX – Those who have taken part in three previous Super Bowls played in Arizona remember their historical importance, the big plays and the wild finishes. Will Super Bowl LVI at State Farm Stadium in Glendale deliver again?

Arizona is set to host its fourth Super Bowl on Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium. The Valley will move into sole possession of fifth place on the list of U.S. metropolitan areas that have hosted the NFL's crown jewel. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Big shoes to fill: New Saguaro football coach Zak Hill up for the challenge

SCOTTSDALE – New Saguaro football coach Zak Hill will have his hands full with one of the best high school football teams in the state. The former ASU offensive coordinator comes in after former coach Jason Mohn’s extraordinary 11-year run with the program.

Zak Hill is taking over as the head coach at Saguaro High School after serving as offensive coordinator at Arizona State. (Photo by Reece Andrews/Cronkite News)

GCU among universities offering scholarships to build successful esports programs

PHOENIX – As Esports scholarships become more common, Grand Canyon University tries to stay ahead of the game.

The GCU Esports Arena is often filled with students and is an attractive recruiting tool. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Pitchman: Suns marketing exec Harvey Shank recalls single major league mound appearance

PHOENIX – Harvey Shank worked for the Phoenix Suns for 42 years, playing a pivotal role in securing some of the club’s most iconic sponsorships. But in 1970, he pitched a single game in the major leagues against one of baseball’s most feared lineups – and survived to tell about it.

Harvey Shank, left, Seth Sulka, Mandie Colangelo, Robert Schiller, Sydney Asmus, Tom Hecht, Felisa Israel and Rob Harris pose with the Suns' gorilla mascot for Schiller's last game in the Suns front office. Schiller went on to work with the Golden State Warriors. In 1979, Shank played an integral role in making the gorilla the official Suns mascot. (Photo courtesy of Harvey Shank)

Two good? Perry Pumas continue dominance in search of consecutive state championships

GILBERT – Perry basketball, led by Cody Williams, Koa Peat and Sam Duane Jr., are hoping to repeat as state champions this season. After an 11-0 start, can the Pumas win back-to-back titles?

Perry's Jonas Cederlind, left, Cody Williams, and Ben Egbo celebrate winning the Welcome to the Jungle tournament to open the season. The Pumas outscored opponents 317-188 in four games. (Photo by Adrian Chandler/Cronkite News)

HistoriCorps volunteers help preserve structures at Crescent Moon Ranch in Sedona

SEDONA – The nonprofit organization HistoriCorp partnered with Coconino National Forest to preserve historic buildings on the Crescent Moon Ranch in Sedona, founded in 1880.

HistoriCorps volunteer Yumi Shimizu, left, learns how to use a circular saw from project supervisor Pete Specht on Oct. 24, 2022, with Sedona’s Cathedral Rock as a picturesque backdrop. (Photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)

Last-second miss: GCU men fall to North Texas in Jerry Colangelo Classic

PHOENIX – GCU came up just short against North Texas in the Jerry Colangelo Classic, named after the former owner of several Arizona teams and the namesake of GCU’s business school.

North Texas forward Aaron Scott, left, and Grand Canyon guard Ray Harrison fight for possession during the Jerry Colangelo Classic Saturday at Footprint Center. GCU lost on a last-second shot. (Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Teqball, a mashup of soccer and pingpong, aims for Olympic status. Yes, you read that right.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – A new sport, Teqball, hopes to qualify as an Olympic competition by 2028 Olympics. The curved-table sport takes aspects of pingpong and soccer and blends them together to create something new.


Tribal leaders welcome return of White House summit, administration pledges

WASHINGTON - For the first time in six years, leaders of federally recognized tribes from across the country gathered in Washington this week to meet with Biden administration officials in a gathering one Oklahoma leader called "extremely powerful."


Growth beyond borders: Inside the NFL’s reach in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – The NFL returned to Mexico City on Nov. 21 when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Arizona Cardinals. The NFL and its clubs started to grow their presence in Mexico last year to build their brands and gain fan growth in an interest-filled region.

The stands at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City were filled with 49ers fans when San Francisco took on the Arizona Cardinals. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)