Tucson Electric Power proposes $6 million cut to energy conservation programs

Tucson Electric Power proposes $6 million cut to energy conservation programs

By Alexis Kuhbander / Cronkite News Tucson Electric Power proposes to slice $6 million from energy efficiency programs, a move an Arizona consumer-interest group said would hurt residents, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. The utility is seeking a 26 percent cut from a $23 million budget for two energy conservation programs and is no longer accepting […]

Ducey declares State Of Emergency for Goodwin Fire

Ducey declares State Of Emergency for Goodwin Fire

By SoAzNewsX Governor Doug Ducey today declared a State of Emergency in Yavapai County in response to the Goodwin Fire. The fire has burned more than 20,000 acres, forcing evacuations and the closure of portions of State Route 69. More than 650 emergency personnel are involved in the fire suppression response. “My office continues to […]

Arizona Independence Day travel expected to climb to a 10-year high

Arizona Independence Day travel expected to climb to a 10-year high

By SoAzNewsX Fireworks are flying this Independence Day, as AAA is projecting the highest travel volume in Arizona since 2007. According to the travel source, more than 865,000 Arizonans are projected to travel over the Fourth of July holiday, representing an increase of 2.5 percent from last year. AAA projects a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel nationwide. “Fourth […]

McSally, and McCain introduce bill to preserve and revive public lands

McSally, and McCain introduce bill to preserve and revive public lands

By SoAzNewsX Rep. Martha McSally and Sen. John McCain today introduced bipartisan legislation to help facilitate restoration projects on public lands, such as Saguaro National Park. The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act will enable federal agencies, like the National Park Service (NPS), to partner with national service corps organizations in order to complete projects faster […]

Hot, dry temperatures drive wildfire dangers

Hot, dry temperatures drive wildfire dangers

By Devin Conley / Cronkite News Soaring temperatures and dry conditions are increasing the danger of wildfires in Arizona. About 850 wildfires ripped through more than 200 square miles in Arizona this year, according to Jeff Whitney, director of the Arizona State Forestry Division. None of the wildfires have been as catastrophic as the Yarnell […]

Navajo plant gives Donald Trump chance to save coal industry

Navajo plant gives Donald Trump chance to save coal industry

An aging power plant in remote Arizona could offer the Trump administration a unique opportunity: the chance to back up its rhetoric about saving the U.S. coal industry with concrete action. The federal government could be the last, best hope to save the Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired facility on Navajo Nation land near the […]

CBP seizes more than a half-million dollars in hard drugs at Port of Nogales

CBP seizes more than a half-million dollars in hard drugs at Port of Nogales

By SoAzNewsX U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales seized a combined $598,000 in heroin and cocaine during three recent incidents. Officers working at the Mariposa crossing Thursday referred a 21-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Ford SUV. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine’s alert led officers to […]

Arizonans more likely than most to use vacation days

Arizonans more likely than most to use vacation days

By SoAzNewsX Project: Time Off, an initiative of the U.S. Travel Association, released new research that provides a look at the vacation behavior in all 50 states and the 30 largest metro areas in the country. As the largest leisure travel agency in North America, AAA is a travel industry coalition partner of this initiative. […]