Friday, 26 July 2019 17:31


Everyone loves a great vacation and with vacation rentals like VRBO and Airbnb joining the ranks of hotels the places to stay seem endless. In Arizona, the red rocks of Sedona are a famed destination where vacationers and residents alike enjoy the spectacular scenery and cooler temperatures the city has to offer. However, Sedona residents say state law A.R.S. 9-500.39, passed in 2016, is changing the landscape and feel of Sedona and the local residents are not happy. A.R.S. 9-500.39 mandated that Sedona, who had banned residential vacation rentals since 1995, remove the ban and allow properties to be utilized in such a manner. Now many residents argue that the law has allowed investors to move into neighborhoods and buy up multiple homes, driving up local housing costs and overall changing neighborhood dynamics. They are asking lawmakers to put the control back into the cities hands so they can decide their own laws like they did in the past. People who enjoy the vacation rental law say it provides individuals and the city with an additional revenue stream. What do you think? 
Friday, 28 June 2019 16:59


It's fireworks time! That's right, many places in Arizona allow for seasonal fireworks around this time of year but; there are a lot of laws and restrictions that you need to know before you run off to buy that bottle rocket. If your not sure about the laws in your city or town head over to the My Streets section of this website. My Streets lists the laws and types of fireworks that can be used for over 40 places across Arizona. Have a happy and safe holiday!    
Friday, 21 June 2019 17:19


Are you planning to travel anywhere in Arizona this summer? If you are you may want to plug in to the Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN). The AzEIN is a great way for you to know what is happening before your stuck having to deal with the consequences. This system notifies you of everything from fires to health alerts for air quality. Do you know what to do in a dust storm? They have you covered for that too. So, check out their website or subscribe to them on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook or Blogger and stay aware of emergencies that may impact you.
Friday, 14 June 2019 09:32


Deepfakes are becoming more and more common and their use is raising many questions; especially what is a deepfake? A deepfake is when someone uses technology to alter a video or recording to make it seem like the real thing it is impersonating. That sounds a little vague so lets put it in context. A person could create a video of a celebrity, news personality or your teacher and make them say or do something that they didn't do or say. People make deepfakes for all sorts of reasons the same way that people use cameras and computers for all purposes. The issue with deepfakes is that the technology has advanced to such a point that it is becoming hard to tell what is real and what is fake. What used to only be possible in movies is now happening all across the internet. However, researchers are coming up with new technology to help identify deepfakes by analyzing light, shadow and micro expressions. So, remember the next time you are watching a video question if what you are watching is real or if it's fake. Read "Learning How to Spot Fake News" to sharpen your sleuthing skills.    
Friday, 07 June 2019 13:38


Arizona is officially hitting its well known summer temperatures and as it does everyone is looking for a way to beat the heat; and one of the most popular ways is to hit the pool. Few things are more refreshing and more relaxing than taking a dip but you always need to remember to be safe in the water. That is why cities all over Arizona are offering free swim programs at local pools. Phoenix is carrying on it's 27 year tradition of the Itty Bitty Beach Party, which offers free swim lessons and safety information. Tucson and the surrounding area are offering free and $2 lessons for those who qualify, and Bullhead City Morning Kiwanis Club is sponsoring free swim lessons. If you would like to learn to swim or maybe just improve your current skills check out your local city's parks and recreation centers to get a free or low cost lesson. Always be safe around water.  
Friday, 24 May 2019 14:58


Charles Hall, may not be your typical high school graduate, after all he is 95. That is right after a lifetime of regretting not having his diploma Charles Hall will receives it today from his original Snowflake High School. When Charles was a Junior in high school Pearl Harbor was attacked. After the attack, the successful high school student who was part of the student body and lettered in three sports enlisted in the Marines. After serving, including being part of the battle of Okinawa, the last major battle of World War II; he came out and joined the workforce.  Charles Hall supported his family but now at 95 he gets to put one lifelong regret behind him and receive his high school diploma. Congratulations Charles Hall and all of you who have earned the right to be called graduates!
Thursday, 16 May 2019 10:36


Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 Law Day Contest! There were many great submissions and you can see them all listed in there galleries here, but there was only one winner from each category.  Grade K-2 – Superhero Bubblegum by Noelle (Mrs. Domkus) Grade 3-5: Rainbow Girl – Defender of Free Press by Briana (Ms. Layne) Grades 6-8: Macaroni Boy – Defender of Free Society by Tyler (Mrs. Taigen) Grades 9-12 – Comic Strip by Jose (Ms. Gonzaga) Each winner will receive an iPad. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry we hope to see everyone again next year!  
Thursday, 02 May 2019 17:01


Many fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spent their free time running around chasing bad guys. Some even picked up sticks to use as swords or tied a couple together with string to make Mikey's nunchucks.  What you may not have realized while you were trying to defend the world is that if you made nunchucks you may have also committed a crime. Arizona lists nunchucks under A.R.S 13-3101(A)(8) Prohibited Weapons. It is currently illegal to posses nunchucks for self defense in Arizona; however, this may soon change if Governor Ducey decides to sign SB 1291 into law. SB 1291 would remove nunchucks from being a prohibited weapon and would allow people to transport and sell the weapon, among other things. Governor Ducey will have five days to decide whether to sign or veto the bill.   
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 09:24


No more texting while driving in Arizona. Last week, Arizona was one of only three states that did not have a statewide cell phone law for all residents instead, settling for a patchwork of laws that varied from city to city. However, that all changed when Governor Ducey signed HB 2318 on April 22nd making Arizona one of the strictest no texting while driving states in the nation. According to a study from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting and driving is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Statistic like this are what made the new law, go into effect immediately. HB 2318 makes it illegal to hold a cell phone while driving. If a police officer sees you with your cell phone in your hand you can expect a fine of at least $75 for the first offense. Even though the law goes into effect immediately fines for texting while driving will not take effect until January 1st, 2021. This will give the public time to become aware of the law and install hands-free, voice activated devices in their vehicles. However, don't be surprised if you get pulled over if you are texting while driving, officers have already started issuing warnings for the new law.
Friday, 19 April 2019 15:47


Looking for a job? Well if your living in or around Scottsdale your in luck! Scottsdale has been voted the number one place to find a job in the country according to Wallet Hub. Other Arizona cities that rounded out the top were Chandler ranked 10th and Tempe ranked 14th. Gilbert, Peoria, Phoenix, Mesa and Glendale filled out the rest of the list all coming in the top 70 out of 182 cities total. Wallet Hub took two cities across the country and compared two fields job market and socio-economics. They then used 30 other relevant metrics like job opportunities, and assigned weights to each. For example "job opportunities" were given twice the amount of weight as "job security". The numbers where then crunched an totaled leaving Scottsdale Arizona number one! If you are starting a new job, and have questions about it read, Your First Day on the Job.