Independent music venues struggle to stay afloat during pandemic
LOS ANGELES – Months without revenue have hurt independent music venues around the globe and multiple other professions within the music industry.
In crossing Arizona’s last free-flowing river, border wall construction also erodes trust
BISBEE – Cochise County officials and conservationists are frustrated that Customs and Border Protection is ignoring local input as it pushes ahead with a barrier across the San Pedro River, which flows north from Mexico and is one of the last undammed rivers in the Southwest.
Arizona volunteers plant hope for the future of monarch butterflies
PHOENIX – As part of a 50 year plan to revive the population of migrating monarch butterflies, Arizona Game & Fish Department is working with volunteers and other organizations to plant milkweed to make “waypoints” for the insects.
Revived stretch of Santa Cruz River provides oasis for wildlife
TUCSON – Dragonflies, toads and birds are just some of the wildlife showing up since treated wastewater began flowing into the Santa Cruz River channel in June.
DHS to send migrants from Tucson to El Paso, to be sent back to Mexico
WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security said it will bus asylum seekers from Tucson to El Paso, Texas, where they will be sent back to Mexico to await a decision on their claims under the Trump administration's Migration Protection Protocols.
‘Large and in charge’ drag queen inspires youth, other queens of color
PHOENIX – Black, “large and in charge” drag queen Rosie Cheeks wants to encourage other people of color and people of all sizes to be comfortable in their skin.
Arizona school districts can’t find enough bus drivers
PHOENIX – On any given school day, Mesa Public Schools, the largest school district in Arizona, is short about 80 bus drivers. Glendale, Payson and Prescott school districts have confirmed shortages as well.
Board of Education declines changes to sex education policy
PHOENIX – No further changes will be made to Arizona’s sex education classes, the Board of Education decided Monday.
Federal, Arizona tribal leaders seek solutions to violence against women
SACATON – Federal officials met Tuesday with tribal leaders in Sacaton in the Gila River Indian Community to discuss the violence faced by native women in Arizona.
‘Rock crispy treat’: Mesa students design storm-drain grate that blocks trash
MESA – Using gravel and epoxy, two Red Mountain High School seniors have come up with storm-drain grate that traps trash but lets the water flow through easily.
Poll shows parents want climate change taught – what that looks like in one Arizona classroom
PHOENIX – A new poll shows Americans want schools to teach climate change. One Chandler high school teacher says she has talked about how the Earth’s climate is shifting for nearly 20 years in her earth and environmental science classes.
Produce rescue: Nogales group feeds vulnerable communities as it fights food waste
TEMPE – A nonprofit organization in Nogales assists elderly, low-income, undocumented and disabled people in Arizona by giving them affordable fruits and vegetables.