Amaia J. Gavica
Amaia J. Gavica Pronunciation (she/her/hers)
News Digital Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Amaia Gavica expects to graduate in December 2025 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. Gavica aspires to be a war correspondent and is a youth soccer coach.

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Arizona farmers turn to solar panels to shade crops, save water and generate power

WASHINGTON – With Arizona’s blazing sunshine and depleting water sources, agrivoltaics could be used to grow healthy crops in a sustainable way. Federal funding under IRA and REAP is helping farmers get started.

Rows of crops grow under solar panels while farmers work on the side of Spaces of Opportunity’s agrivoltaic plot in Phoenix. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Bendok)

20-run win for Republicans in Congressional Baseball Game with Arizona lawmakers in supporting roles

WASHINGTON – Republicans defeated Democrats, 31-11, in the Congressional Baseball Game, an annual charity event, extending their winning streak with a blowout at Nationals Park.

Reps. Juan Ciscomani, left, and Greg Stanton discuss the purpose of the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on June 12, 2024. (Photo by Morgan Kubasko/Cronkite News)

As farmers age and the number of farms shrinks, new growers struggle to get started in the agriculture industry

WASHINGTON – New farmers struggle to find affordable land and markets for their produce as they try to break into the agriculture industry. The USDA offers programs to address some of the hardships.

A patch of cucumber plants on the Shamba AZ farm in north Phoenix. (Photo courtesy of Avrile Remy)

In rare bipartisan agreement, House and Senate push to lift ban on felons with drug-related convictions receiving SNAP benefits

WASHINGTON — The Farm Bill advancing in the U.S. House would lift the 28-year ban on felons with drug-related convictions receiving SNAP benefits. Ex-offenders and prison advocates say this will make rehabilitation and returning to life after incarceration easier.

The number of Arizonans in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or food stamps – surged in the past year, as the pandemic hit the economy. But a new report says not everyone eligible for SNAP is able to access the system, and advocates worry that may still be happening despite increasing need. (Photo by USDA/Creative Commons)