Author Archives: Cronkite News


Gilbert apartment complex joins ‘smart home’ movement, but will the trend take off?

smart home
by in AZRE Magazine | Multi-Family

The apartments at Vistara at San Tan Village look like many other “luxury” units available in the Valley with its granite countertops and walk-in closets. But step inside one of the Gilbert complex’s apartments, and you can control the thermostat, turn on the lights, lock the door and blast music with the press of a… Read More →

Michele Reagan hopes other officials learn from her rough year

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan said she had to learn a lot in a hurry during a hectic 2016 election year, but had pointers for other elections officials. (Photo by Anthony Marroquin/Cronkite News)
by in AZ Business Magazine | Politics

It was a rough year for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, who told a national group Friday that after learning the hard way how to deal with election issues, she hoped her experience would keep them from going through the same turmoil. Reagan was the featured speaker at a National Association of Secretaries of… Read More →

Number of guns seized at Sky Harbor continues to grow

A TSA spokesman said it is not unusual to shuffle officers between airports, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport should not see a change in delays after the redeployment of 27 officers there.

Transportation Security Administration officers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport have confiscated at least 13 guns since the first of the year, most of them loaded, at security checkpoints. That puts Sky Harbor on pace to match or surpass the 101 seizures last year, when the airport ranked fourth in the nation for confiscated firearms.… Read More →

Navajo Generating Station to close by 2019, plant owners say

The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined coal to generate power for the Central Arizona Project, among other clients. But competition from low-priced natural gas will lead to the plant’s closure by 2019, its owners say. (Photo by Bill Morrow/Creative Commons)
by in AZ Business Magazine | Energy

The owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page voted today to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on reclamation of the site. The coal-fired plant has been under financial pressure from historically low natural gas prices, but closing it would mean the loss… Read More →

Library coding clubs prepare kids and teens for growing job market

A sign promoting the code club at Tempe Public Library on January 26, 2017. (Photo by Emily Balli/Cronkite News)
by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

PHOENIX – With employment opportunities for software, application and system developers expected to grow, and most schools still not offering computer programming classes, dozens of Arizona libraries are beginning to turn themselves into more than just a place to check out books. “It’s no longer OK to just sit around with books and wait for… Read More →

County on Diamondbacks: ‘We’re not sure what they’re after’

Diamondbacks
by in AZ Business Magazine | Sports

Maricopa County is unclear on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ end goal in their ongoing dispute over Chase Field. “We’re hoping to sit down and go over what exactly it is (the Diamondbacks) want,” Maricopa County Public Information Officer Fields Mosley told Cronkite News Friday. “We’re not sure what they’re after.” In the latest development in a… Read More →

Is microblading eyebrows risky for customers?

Erin Cook, 34, a behavior analyst who works with autistic children,  said she routinely relies on microblading to have her eyebrows shaped.  (Photo by Saeed Alshamisi/Cronkite News)

Microblading, an eyebrow-shaping trend popping up on social media feeds, isn’t regulated and may come with health risks, according to experts. “Generally, microblading is small incisions into the skin, implanting pigment under the skin in the upper dermal layer,” said Adele LaVoie, a licensed aesthetician and owner of French Method Salon in Phoenix. The procedure… Read More →

ASU professor predicts ‘Obamacare’ repeal could send state into health care recession

Obamacare

A new report from an Arizona State University professor predicts that repealing “Obamacare” could cut Arizona jobs and send the state into a “health care recession.” Lee McPheters, a research professor of economics, discussed the findings of his January study in a conference call Wednesday. Since 1995, one out of every five new payroll jobs… Read More →

Effort to boost trade with Mexico faces hurdle under Trump administration

Dexcom

Arizona is caught in the middle as President Donald Trump tries to limit foreign trade with Mexico while the state tries to boost cross border business. “What bothers me is that we are really not understanding where we came from and respecting where we are going,” said Jaime Chamberlain, president of J-C Distributing Inc., a… Read More →

Education and health services showed most job growth in Arizona in 2016

job growth

Arizona has shown job growth in a majority of its employment areas in the past year, which experts hope will continue through 2017. The Office of Economic Opportunity’s latest jobs report indicated six of the 11 employment sectors gained jobs over the year. Nonfarm employment gained about 32,000 jobs over the year, according to the… Read More →

Valley psychologist creates wearable tech to reduce anxiety, stress

wearable tech

Paradise Valley neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin believes she’s found a new way to help people deal with stress and anxiety. Serin created a small device named Buzzies that you can wear on your wrists or in your pockets. Buzzies send signals to the brain and these signals help change the way information is processed, she… Read More →

Arizona tourism officials want to capitalize on unused vacation time

Jamie Daer and Scott Dunn with the Arizona Office of Tourism discuss their virtual reality experience, which simulates mountain biking in Sedona and skydiving at the Grand Canyon. (Photo by Erica Apodaca/Cronkite News)
by in AZ Business Magazine

Visiting from Denmark, Gitee Sorensen and Gitte Ottosen came to Phoenix for an international craft and hobby trade show, but the pair extended their trip a few extra days to have a mini vacation. They made the most of their time, hitting hotspots such as Tombstone, Tucson, Apache Trail and Camelback Mountain. They said they… Read More →

Higher education leaders stress degrees as important for Arizona economy

Maria Harper-Marinick, chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges, and Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University, spoke about the intersection of higher education and the economy in Arizona at Gateway Community College on Tuesday. (Photo by Erica Apodaca/ Cronkite News)

Arizona State University President Michael Crow and Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick on Tuesday stressed the importance of a college degree in obtaining a well-paying job – the types of jobs that it takes to stimulate the economy. But the state lags behind educational achievement. “Arizona needs a prepared workforce,” Harper-Marinick said.… Read More →

You can hear the dribble now: Final Four closing in on first Valley visit

The official Final Four Phoenix 2017 logo on the podium at the Phoenix Convention Center on Jan. 25, 2017. (Photo by Nicole Praga/Cronkite News)
by in AZ Business Magazine | Sports

There’s a skill that’s important both in playing basketball and in hosting major sports events. Being nimble. And thus Arizona leaders and event organizers feel confident they are as prepared as possible to host the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four for the first time. As Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton pointed out today, championship events regularly… Read More →

Tribes eye Trump to better economic conditions

Navajo Code Talkers

Peter MacDonald Sr. is a Navajo code talker, a lifelong Republican – and an unabashed supporter of President Donald Trump. “The Navajo tribe, like most Indian tribes, is very conservative,” said MacDonald, who was in Washington last week to march in Trump’s inaugural parade. He said Thursday that the Navajo philosophy, “to do things for… Read More →