Editor’s Picks

In Indian Country, potholes can be a bump in the road to an education

WASHINGTON - Of all the problems facing tribal schools, impassable roads are not the biggest problem, "but it is the most annoying one." With three-fourths of Bureau of Indian Affairs roads unpaved, students are often stranded and districts are forced to spend precious resources on bus repairs.


Arizona farmers can legally grow industrial hemp, but will they take the risk?

CASA GRANDE – Paco Ollerton, a third-generation cotton farmer, is carefully looking at growing industrial hemp – a crop that has attracted many with its environmentally friendly claims – this summer, as it will be legal to grow in the state May 31.


Sewage is the real border crisis for many towns and cities

NOGALES – A failing, aging network of pipes and wastewater treatment plants that run from Mexico into U.S. cities is causing public health and environmental concerns for California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.


Why are so many horses dying? Turf Paradise looks to find answers

PHOENIX – A spike in horse fatalities at Turf Paradise have left the track searching for answers.


Report: Phoenix, Tucson among fastest-warming cities in nation since 1970

WASHINGTON - Phoenix and Tucson were two of the fastest-warming cities in the nation over the last five decades, according to a new report that said Tucson's average increase of 4.48 degrees was third-biggest in the country and Phoenix's 4.35-degree rise was good for fourth place.


Census: Maricopa County – again – saw country’s biggest population gains

WASHINGTON - Maricopa County again saw the largest population increase of any county in the nation last year, adding 81,244 residents to make eight straight years of gains, according to new Census estimates, which show every county in Arizona but Santra Cruz adding population in 2018.


University of Arizona researchers revel as photo of black hole unveiled

WASHINGTON - University of Arizona researchers were part of a team of scientists that said it had "seen the unseeable" when it unveiled first-ever images of a black hole deep in space, an image that capped years of work and a global effort to see what had been theoretical.


A long road: Opioid-addicted rural residents travel hundreds of miles to reach methadone clinics

MORENCI – Most of Arizona’s 12 methadone clinics are in the Phoenix area, leaving rural residents recovering from opioid use to travel miles for such treatment.


CBP cuts Sunday hours at Mariposa port to free officers for border duty

WASHINGTON - Customs and Border Protection said it is stopping Sunday inspection of commercial trucks at Nogales in order to shift officers elsewhere on the border, sparking an outcry from produce companies who fear damage to their time-sensitive industry.


The Art Resource Center recycles with an artistic twist

TEMPE – The Art Resource Center, a nonprofit recycling center in Tempe, offers schools and nonprofits a variety of recycled materials to use in art projects free of charge.


Targeting a killer: UA researchers discover potential birth control for mosquitoes

TUCSON – A University of Arizona research team discovered a protein in mosquitoes that could lead to mosquito birth control, reducing such mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and West Nile virus.


Needed or misguided? Permanent ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon draws mixed reaction

GRAND CANYON – A bill that could permanently prevent uranium mining on more than a million acres of land around the Grand Canyon is something conservation groups and tribes in northern Arizona call long overdue but mining companies condemn.