Cole Januszewski(he/him/his)News Reporter, Phoenix
Cole Januszewski expects to graduate in spring 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history.
GILBERT – Gilbert Fire and Rescue’s arson dog, Zeta, is their best investigator of suspicious fires. The 4-year-old Labrador can quickly and precisely locate accelerants, saving the fire department time and money.
PHOENIX – The EPA recently moved Phoenix up in ozone non-attainment levels, from marginal to moderate. City officials are worried they won’t meet attainment by 2024, when the restrictions get tight and some businesses may not be able to operate.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s vaccination rates, which have been declining for years, dropped sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic and haven’t rebounded since. Experts fear that could result in serious health consequences for Arizonans in the future.
PHOENIX – SRP is researching cloud seeding along the Mogollon Rim as Arizona continues to struggle with its worst drought in 1,200 years. The partnership with the White Mountain Apache Tribe could bring Arizona its first cloud seeding operation.
PHOENIX – Five seats on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District board are up for election at a time of deep drought. This 15-person board determines how 80% of Arizona's water is used.
PHOENIX – Tempe plans to use $60 million to reopen the Kyrene Water Reclamation Facility which closed in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The plant will help Tempe collect and recycle water as Arizona struggles with its worst drought in 1,200 years.