Reusable Doug DoucheBAGS for Sale

Categories: Ducey, Environment

Courtesy of Stacey Champion

"Arizona [Governor Doug Ducey] may hate the environment, but that doesn't mean YOU have to!" That's the message behind the reusable Doug DoucheBAG campaign. Conceived by Stacey Champion of Rogue Green -- a Valley-based environmental group -- and designed by one her friends, these canvas bags were a big "F You" Earth Day present to Governor Ducey for signing Senate Bill 1241 into law.

SB 1241, known to many as the "ban on the ban" bill, "prohibits cities, towns, and counties from enacting regulations regarding energy measuring or reporting or auxiliary containers." (Auxiliary containers, by the way, include "reusable bags, disposable bags, boxes, beverage cans, bottles, cups, and containers that are made out of cloth, plastic, extruded polystyrene, glass, aluminum, cardboard, or other materials that are used for transporting merchandise to or from a business or multifamily housing property.")

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Geology Buffs Vow to Bring Back Mining Museum Despite Governor's Veto

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Children pan for gold at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in 2007.
A group of geology enthusiasts are rallying the public after the governor vetoed a bill that would have reopened the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, which has been shuttered since 2011.

Senate Bill 1200, sponsored by Senator Gail Griffin (R-Hereford), passed nearly unanimously in both the Senate and the House.

Long-time museum supporter Dick Zimmerman is convinced the governor would have jumped on board, too -- if he only understood how important the institution is to the community. So he, along with a group of former museum volunteers, curators, teachers, and parents, has launched a website memorializing the museum with photos of children peering into display cases filled with thousands of minerals, crystals, and fossils, digging through wheel barrels of rocks, and panning for gold.

"Since we can't get through to the governor directly, we're going to have to make the people of Arizona aware of this and get his attention that way," said Zimmerman, a retired aerospace engineer who lives in Tempe.

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Top 6 Places Where Arizona Natives Move

Categories: Top Lists

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Last week, we showed you the most popular states that Arizona's transplants come from.

This week, we'll show you where native Arizonans have moved:

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Arpaio's Chief Deputy Confirms Wack Investigations of Judge's Wife, CIA, DOJ, etc.

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Here's my pick for the most ridiculous quote from MCSO Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan's testimony in federal court Friday, during day-four of his and Sheriff Joe Arpaio's civil contempt trial in downtown Phoenix:

"It depends on how you define, `investigated your wife,'" said Sheridan, his face redder than a pack of Twizzlers.

Talk about a Bill Clinton moment.

Seems Sheridan doesn't believe that interviewing witnesses about statements allegedly made by federal Judge G. Murray Snow's spouse rises to the level of an "investigation."

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Channel 12 News Splits From AzCentral, Hopes People Go to New Site

Categories: Media

Channel 12 News (KPNX-TV) has split off from AzCentral after a 14-year partnership, and now hopes people visit its own site.

The station will clearly struggle to draw a respectable amount of traffic to its site,, for years to come.

One big help would be an immediate improvement to the watered-down news the site is now offering.

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Video: Arizona Congressman's Constituents Fired Up Over Chemtrails

Categories: Politics

"Chemtrails" are apparently a hot political issue in Arizona.

Less than a year after state Senator Kelli Ward held a community meeting in her Lake Havasu district to address concerns from her constituents that the government is poisoning people with chemicals dumped from airplanes, another politician took heat over his refusal to buy into the conspiracy theories.

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MATFORCE Puts Up Anti-Marijuana Billboard With Incorrect Website Name

Categories: Marijuana

A Yavapai County anti-legalization group that claims marijuana use lowers IQ seems to be in need of an IQ boost itself.

MATFORCE, a coalition of cops and business leaders led by County Attorney Sheila Polk, put up at least one billboard in the Phoenix area recently that contains an incorrect website address.

Social media has been buzzing for the past few days over a billboard near Interstate 17 and Indian School Road that promotes, due to an unfortunately placed question mark, an unrelated California foundation that helps kids with brain tumors.

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Arpaio Cops to Investigating Federal Judge, Judge's Wife, Confirming New Times Story

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In my line of work, it doesn't get much better than a federal judge's handing your column to a public official, and getting the accused pol to confirm the column's facts, one by one, under oath.

This is what happened on day three of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's civil contempt trial, when, at the conclusion of Arpaio's testimony, U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow told Arpaio he wanted to ask him a few questions, based on one of my columns from last year.

The result? Admissions by Arpaio that he had been using a confidential informant in Seattle, Dennis Montgomery, and paying him from RICO and confidential-informant funds to do an investigation of a vaguely defined conspiracy theory involving the U.S. Department of Justice and various judges, including Snow himself.

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Maricopa County Mugshots of the Week: A Little of Everything

At the end of the week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.

This week, we bring you a little of everything, from scary, to creepy, to just plain weird, and even happy! Enjoy.

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Cheap MOOCs for Sale at ASU: Deal With edX to Offer Online Option for Freshmen

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A deal between Arizona State University and edX, a nonprofit Internet firm, aims to give future freshmen the option to take their first year entirely in MOOCs.

The announcement by edX and ASU comes after a flurry of news articles last year critical of the "massive open online courses," which allow thousands of students to take the same class at once.

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Noose Tightens Around Arpaio's Neck as He Channels Ronnie Reagan in Day Two of Contempt Trial

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Think To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch doing Jedi mind tricks on an addled Emperor Palpatine.

That's what Stanley Young, the plaintiffs' lead attorney in the ACLU's big civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio, resembled as he interrogated Sheriff Joe Wednesday afternoon during day two of Joe's civil contempt trial before federal Judge G. Murray Snow.

A veteran litigator with the Silicon Valley arm of Covington and Burling, which has partnered with the ACLU in this suit, Young began his examination of Arpaio by first having the sheriff acknowledge that he had violated the orders of the court, asking the pseudo-lawman to agree that all 21 facts both he and his Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan stipulated to in a March admission of guilt were true.

This Arpaio did, while leaving himself some wiggle room.

"With the caveat that I'm the leader of this office and take the responsibility," he said.

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Brittney Griner Arrested for Domestic Violence

Categories: Crime

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The Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner was booked into the Maricopa County Jail Wednesday after an alleged domestic-violence incident.

Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis says Griner and fiancée Glory Johnson were arrested following a physical fight. Johnson also plays in the WNBA, as a forward for the Tulsa Shock, and was jailed on the same charges as Griner.

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Phoenix to Study Feasibility of City ID Cards

Categories: News

The Phoenix City Council approved on Wednesday the study of a city identification card.

The idea behind such an ID card is to provide identification to those who don't have a government-issued ID, mainly unauthorized immigrants.

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Navajo Man Gets 35 Years for Brutal Rape and Murder of 18-Year-Old Kayenta Woman

Categories: Crime

Sankey Jim Reid of Kayenta was sentenced to 35 years in a federal prison last week for the brutal rape and murder of his friend's 18-year-old girlfriend.

As New Times reported last year, an FBI investigation showed Reid, 31, raped Nix anally in April 2014 after driving her to a dark road south of the Navajo Nation town, then suffocated her before running over her body with his car.

However, as a plea deal Reid signed with the government in January states, Reid had only tried to suffocate her. She was killed by "crushing injuries to the head and body," an autopsy later found.

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A Copper Mine Near Superior Is Set to Destroy a Unique, Sacred Recreation Area -- for Fleeting Benefits

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For centuries, Linda Thomas' ancestors walked this rugged landscape near modern-day Superior as she does today.

"We have always harvested acorns and berries and had ceremonies here," says Thomas, who lives in the small Apache town of San Carlos about 50 miles away. "My granddaughter won't be able to come here and do that anymore if it's . . . it's going to be poisoned."

Thomas talks of her granddaughter as wind whips through the 5-year-old's hair, both of them standing on a hill of rocks and cactus overlooking sites at the Oak Flat campground. Thomas says the child's Apache name is Zuhnabah. The girl says her name is Serenity, which Thomas agrees also is her name.

Yavapais and Apaches used this land for generations. With a backdrop of gnarled mesquite, volcanic rock outcroppings, meandering streambeds, and the occasional Emory oak that gives the place its name, they would go there to bury their dead, gather edible plants, and hunt for small game.

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Happy Earth Day: Governor Ducey Vetoed "Land-Grab" Bills

Categories: Environment

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When it comes to the environment, we don't often get a lot of good news in Arizona. But in honor of Earth Day, here's one victory to celebrate: Governor Doug Ducey vetoed two important "land-grab" bills.

Earlier this month, the Arizona Legislature gleefully passed a series of bills that demanded the federal government transfer the title to all lands it owns in Arizona to the state. (In Arizona, the federal government owns 42.2 percent of land.)

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Phoenix Woman, Forced Into Marriage by Family, Is Brutally Assaulted by "Husband"

Categories: Crime, Religion

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A Phoenix woman forced into an arranged marriage was brought against her will to her "husband's" apartment on Monday, where police say she was violently sexually assaulted.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, the woman's parents "married" her to 30-year-old Mohamed Abdullahi without her knowledge in November. Court documents show the marriage was done as part of a "Muslim custom called 'Nikah.'" The documents describe the two as being joined "culturally."

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MCSO Sergeant Implicates Arpaio in Willful Defiance of Federal Judge

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MCSO Sergeant Brett Palmer sang like Pavarotti on the stand Tuesday afternoon during his boss Sheriff Joe Arpaio's civil contempt trial, laying the blame for the MCSO's defiance of a federal court's orders directly at his jefe's feet.

Dressed in civilian attire, Palmer, who once helped manage the MCSO's now-defunct Human Smuggling Unit, explained that when federal Judge G. Murray Snow issued an order December 2011, enjoining the MCSO from enforcing civil federal immigration law, he thought all deputies at MCSO should receive training regarding it.

Palmer described the 2011 order as a "180-degree" turn from the HSU's policy of detaining Latinos based on suspicion they were in the country illegally.

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Suns' Morris Twins Charged With Felony Assault

Categories: Suns

The Phoenix Suns' Markieff and Marcus Morris face felony assault charges stemming from a beating that landed a man in the hospital in January.

According to police, the Morris twins were among a group of five men who assaulted 36-year-old Erik Hood outside a high school basketball tournament in Phoenix. The Morris twins have known Hood since their early high school days, and apparently have held a grudge against Hood since 2010, because of a text message sent to the twins' mother.

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Lower Tuition for "Dreamers" Won't Cost Taxpayers, Regents Chairman Says

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A controversial proposal before the Arizona Board of Regents to offer a lower tuition rate to some undocumented immigrants would not be subsidized by taxpayers, board chair Mark Killian told New Times.

Under the plan, outlined in a the agenda for the board's next monthly meeting May 4, undocumented immigrant students, who are currently charged out-of-state tuition rates, would pay 150 percent of in-state tuition. To qualify, immigrants must have attended an Arizona high school for at least three years and be approved for postponed deportation status under President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The 150 percent rate is roughly equivalent to universities' per-student expenses, Killian said.

"We were very careful," he said. "The people of Arizona voted not to subsidize these students and we're not about to violate that."

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