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Lawmakers: Obama won’t OK Grand Canyon monument before leaving

Like Bears Ears, the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado River in the Grand Canyon has spiritual and cultural importance to tribes, one reason that groups want the president to make 1.7 million acres around the canyon a new national monument. (Photo by Sophia Kunthara/Cronkite News)
by in Experience AZ Magazine

President Barack Obama will leave office Friday without declaring a new 1.7 million acre national monument around the Grand Canyon, Arizona lawmakers said this week. Both congressional opponents and supporters of the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Act said Obama will not make the declaration, which would permanently put affected lands off-limits to new… Read More →

Western mayors talk water conservation, stay mum on drought allotments

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Nearly a dozen Western mayors gathered Wednesday to discuss anything and everything “water” except the region’s drought contingency plan – what Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called “the 800-pound gorilla in the room.” Stanton, speaking after a panel on the issue at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting here, said the federal contingency plan is under… Read More →

Arizona charters excited by DeVos nomination

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Public school advocates in Arizona are withholding judgment – for now – on school-choice champion Betsy DeVos, who faces a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday on her nomination to become the next secretary of Education. “Perhaps when she realizes she’s responsible for where 80 percent of American parents send their kids, public schools, she’ll work to… Read More →

Teaching the teachers to stay in Arizona

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In a poorly-financed education system, Arizona teachers are battling low salaries, the pressures of mandatory testing and a lack of respect for their profession, making it harder for the state to entice and retain teachers, advocates say. One Paradise Valley mentoring program is trying to grow teachers at home and repair a broken pipeline. Volunteers… Read More →

Scottsdale-based fantasy sports company thrives despite legal challenges

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Sports

The popularity of daily fantasy sports games is exploding across the country, but Arizona residents are among those who have been left out of the action. Arizona is one of five states in which pay-to-play fantasy games are considered a form of illegal gambling. However, that hasn’t stopped Scottsdale-based Head2Head Sports from providing such games… Read More →

Arizona defense firms may see Trump spending bump, but not soon

Apache helicopters are produced in Arizona, where defense contract spending fell from $13 billion in fiscal 2012 to $9 billion in fiscal 2016, mirroring a national drop in spending. (Photo by Audrey Weil/Cronkite News)

Defense businesses in Arizona that have been hit hard in recent years by a downturn in contract spending are looking to a Trump administration for possible relief – but experts said that could take years to arrive. Even if President-elect Donald Trump can work with Congress to fulfill campaign pledges, he likely will not be… Read More →

Arizona still a power in solar power, despite other states’ gains

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A month after it announced plans to develop a new solar power plant in Gila Bend, Vasari Energy was back in November to double down on its Arizona investment, expanding the plant’s capacity to power more than 7,000 homes. For California-based Vasari Energy it was a smart business move to bolster the company’s planned solar… Read More →

Can ex-foes Trump and McCain, Flake get along?

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Politics

Of the 20 states with two Republican senators, only one state had both of those senators publicly declare they would not vote for their party’s presidential nominee this year – Arizona. But political experts said the state should not worry about retribution from President-elect Donald Trump for the well-publicized squabbling between him and Arizona Sens.… Read More →

San Carlos Apache Tribe, environmentalists battle Oak Flat copper mine bid

Oak Flat copper mine
by in AZ Business Magazine

Oak Flat, a desert landscape and 90-minute drive from Phoenix, lies in the midst of an environmental and economic controversy. Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe revere the federally owned land as sacred. Environmentalists consider it a sanctuary for wildlife and vegetation. Climbers, hikers and campers gravitate to Oak Flat for outdoor recreation. And Resolution… Read More →

Sky Harbor had 24,247 noise complaints in 2015 after flight-path shift

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Neighbors of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport filed 24,247 complaints about noise at the facility in 2015, one of the highest rates among airports studied in a recent George Mason University report. The report by the university’s Mercatus Center looked at airports like Sky Harbor, where the FAA’s implementation of its NextGen navigational system led to… Read More →

Obama actions on public lands may be difficult for Trump to undo

Like Bears Ears, the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado River in the Grand Canyon has spiritual and cultural importance to tribes, one reason that groups want the president to make 1.7 million acres around the canyon a new national monument. (Photo by Sophia Kunthara/Cronkite News)
by in Experience AZ Magazine

President Barack Obama could cement his environmental legacy by taking executive action to designate nearly 4 million acres of Western land as national monuments before leaving office next month. And it may be one legacy of the Obama administration that incoming President Donald Trump will have a hard time unraveling after he takes office. But… Read More →

Millennial migration a boon for AZ cities, loss for rural areas

Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States. (Photo by Preston Scott-Hall/Cronkite News)
by in AZ Business Magazine

Taryn Martin, 21, grew up in Vail, a small town in Pima County with approximately 10,000 residents. Her family’s land stretched across the countryside. She rode horses during the day and enjoyed starry skies at night. But at 18, Martin decided to leave her home and move to Phoenix, one of the largest cities in… Read More →

Korean businesses are expanding in AZ with shift in customer base

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When John Chung opened his first restaurant, Gogi, in Chandler, only 10 percent of his customers were American. He was primarily focused on Korean consumers. But that is no longer the case. “Now our main customers are Americans and Chinese. Families, friends and companies of all different groups now come to eat their meals here,”… Read More →

Sky Harbor flies high in ranking of busiest U.S. commercial airports

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport did not claim the top prize in any one category but was good enough across the board to get ranked as the best commercial airport in the nation in a recent report. The November report by travel website The Points Guy said Sky Harbor’s relatively few flight delays and cancellations,… Read More →

Thanks, giving: Nonprofits look to profit from ‘Giving Tuesday’

The Salvation Army is kicking off its seasonal red kettle fundraising drive on Thanksgiving, but the organization is also asking for gifts on Giving Tuesday. (Photo by Salvation Army USA West/Creative Commons)
by in AZ Business Magazine | Nonprofit

After the unbridled consumerism associated with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, nonprofits are hoping to appeal to supporters’ generosity and capture some donations, since their wallets are already open. More than 400 Arizona nonprofits are registered to participate this year in Giving Tuesday, a loosely organized day that calls on people to… Read More →