Return to homeState site: http://www.state.az.us/ Arizona is about the same size as Italy.
(SSFC, 10/9/05, Par p.27)
The state flower is the white budding of the saguaro cactus; the
state amphibian is the Arizona tree frog; the state neckwear is the
(WSJ, 3/11/98, p.A1) The Arizona story began when the sea covered
everything and the land was an ocean floor. As the water receded and
the earth's crust began to dry and settle, volcanoes spouted
hot lava, mountain ranges were pushed high into the air, remaining
water became rivers and streams cutting deep canyons, and some areas
became so dry, deserts were formed. This process of land formation
took millions of years, and when the earth ceased its restlessness,
in Arizona it left a pattern of great variety and contrast.
The southwest corner of the state became desert, with craggy,
barren mountains rising abruptly from its level floor; while in the
southeast corner rolling hills with sparse vegetation and the
"Wonderland of Rocks" developed. Sweeping from the eastern border
and curving northward through the center of Arizona a cool, green
mountain and valley wonderland was formed. Its altitudes, varying
from 2,000 to 8,000 feet, are sharply cut by the Mogollon Rim, a
sheer cliff extending for more than 200 miles and itself rising to
heights of 7,500 feet. Here lakes and streams were formed and the
greatest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the nation grew.
Above the Rim, near Flagstaff, a part of the earth was pushed
up to a height of 12,670 feet to form San Francisco Peaks, the
highest elevation in the state. It is snow-clad most of the year. In
the northeast corner a vast desert-like plateau emerged. Millions of
years ago its edge to the south was a part of a vast forest. Through
the ages it was buried under volcanic ash, waters, sand and mud and
then uncovered again to become today's petrified forest, with fallen
trees now turned to multi-colored stone.
To the west of Navajo land the elements seem to have made a
last furious fling and left the Colorado River flowing a mile deep
through the rainbow-hued Grand Canyon. Humans lived in this area
20,000 years ago. Traces of early agricultural civilizations are
found throughout the state. High, almost inaccessible cliff
dwellings still stand in silent evidence of another prehistoric
Even the vast irrigation system surrounding Arizona's capital
city, Phoenix, follows ancient patterns of canals used to irrigate
the HoHokam farmlands with water from the Gila and Salt Rivers. From
tree ring studies, we know that from 1276 to 1299 A.D. there was a
great drought which ended the prehistoric civilization. When
Columbus discovered America, Arizona was inhabited by ancestors of
present day Indians.
The written history of Arizona began when the Spaniards sent
exploration parties northward from Mexico. The first was a
Franciscan priest named Marcos de Niza, who entered the territory in
1539. Other Spanish missionaries followed to establish missions to
bring Christianity to the Indians. Tumacacori Mission, north of
Nogales, was founded by Padre Kino at the center of an Indian
settlement. Padre Kino also laid the foundations for San Xavier del
Bac Mission on the outskirts of today's Tucson.
(Time, 1990s Almanac) 2Bil BC The Grand Canyon floor
was formed. Joseph Wood Krutch in 1957 wrote his book “Grand Canyon:
Today and All Its Yesterdays." In 1998 Stephen J. Pyne wrote: “How
the Canyon Became Grand."
(SFEC, 10/4/98, BR p.12)
6Mil BC-5Mil BC The carving of the Grand Canyon
dramatically accelerated during this period. By modern times it
stretched 277-miles, 18 miles at its widest point, with depths up to
6,000 feet. In 2008 evidence suggested that the canyon could be 17
million years old.
(SFC, 3/7/08, p.A6)
2.8Mil BC Volcanic eruptions in the area of
Flagstaff, Arizona, began building a 16,000-foot volcano. It later
became known as the San Francisco Mountain and in 2006 stood at
(SSFC, 7/23/06, p.G4)
250Mil-200Mil The Chinle Formation of sedimentary
rock was laid down by rivers in much of New Mexico and Arizona
during this period. In 2007 scientists reported that fossil bones
found in the Chinle Formation indicated that dinosaurs and their
early relatives lived side by side for millions of years before the
relatives died off leaving dinosaurs to dominate.
(SFC, 7/20/07, p.A4)
220Mil BC A long-snouted fish lived about this
time. Fossils of the fish were later found in China. In 2015 a
fossilized jawbone section of a related fish was found at the
Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.
(SFC, 9/4/15, p.A8)
190Mil BC In 2008 scientists discovered numerous
dinosaur footprints dating to this time at the Vermilion Cliffs
National Monument along the Utah and Arizona state border.
(SFC, 10/22/08, p.A4)
1.25 Mill-250,000BC Over this period there were 13 major periods of
eruption by volcanoes in the Grand Canyon with more than 150 lava
flows into the canyon. These are described in the 1997 book “Late
Cenozoic Lava Dams in the Western Grand Canyon," by W.K. Hamblin.
(NH, 9/97, p.37, 39)
1 Million BP A Grand Canyon lava dam created a
lake larger than Lake Mead and Lake Powell combined. It extended
from Toroweap Canyon back through Lake Powell to beyond Moab, Utah--
a distance of more than 400 miles.
(NH, 9/97, p.39)
740000BC The Red Mountain cinder cone at
Flagstaff, Arizona, dated to this time.
(SSFC, 7/23/06, p.G4)
50000BC Arizona’s Barringer Crater was created
about this time by a meteor. Named after mining engineer Daniel
Barringer, it measures 3/4 of a mile wide and 640 feet deep and is
suspected to have resulted from a meteor of about 100 feet in
diameter. An iron meteor 100 feet in diameter and weighing about
60,000 tons crashed into the desert at about 45,000 miles per hour
near Winslow, Az. A crater 4,000 feet wide and 570 feet deep was
created. 85% of it melted and the rest broke into bits called Canyon
8000BC About this time Vulcan’s Throne was formed
from a volcanic eruption near the rim of the inner gorge of the
Grand Canyon over Toroweap Canyon, Az.
(NH, 9/97, p.40)
8000BC In 2007 workers digging at the future site
of a Wal-Mart store in suburban Mesa, Az., unearthed the bones of a
prehistoric camel that's estimated to be about 10,000 years old.
1690BCE A kernel of corn was found in 1997 in the
McKuen Cave in Eastern Arizona that dated to this time.
(SFEC, 4/18/99, Z1 p.2)
1500BC The Basketmaker culture of the Ancient
Pueblo People began about this time and continued until about AD 500
with the beginning of the Pueblo I Era. In 2014 archeologists
discovered an ancient village built during the Basketmaker period
with 50-70 pit houses organized in rings on about 66 acres Arizona’s
Petrified Forest National Park.
(SFC, 10/11/14, p.A8)
c1,000BCE Irrigation canals were made in the
(SFEC, 4/18/99, Z1 p.2)
c800BCE Large villages with dome-shaped "pit
houses" were constructed in the American southwest and the
inhabitants made plainware pottery bowls.
(SFEC, 4/18/99, Z1 p.2)
c200-1450 The Hohokam people lived in the area of
(SSFC, 3/31/02, p.C6)
c300-1300 The Anasazis inhabited the Canyon de
Chelly and the Canyon del Muerto in northeast Arizona over this
(SFEC, 11/29/98, p.T8)
c500-1100 The Sinagua people lived in the area of
(AM, 3/04, p.48)
c1000 The Sinagua Indians made granaries in the
cliffs along the Verde River some 100 miles north of Phoenix.
(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.T6)
1040-1100 Eruptions at Sunset Crater, Az., are
believed to have lasted over this period.
(NH, 6/97, p.56)(AM, 3/04, p.50)
1040-1275 As many as 12 families occupied the
White House of Canyon de Chelly.
(SSFC, 1/7/01, p.T10)
1100 A volcano erupted about
this time in the area of Flagstaff, Arizona.
(SSFC, 7/23/06, p.G4)
1100-1300 About this period volcanic ash and
molten rock sprayed the area of the Wupatki Basin near Flagstaff,
Arizona for as long as 200 years.
(SSFC, 7/23/06, p.G5)
1125 Sinaguan people built a
5-story limestone dwelling, later known as Montezuma Castle, near
(SSFC, 7/6/03, p.C9)
1130-1150 Tree growth rings revealed that a
drought occurred in the southwest US. This period corresponded with
the abandonment of Anasazi dwelling sites in Arizona.
(Hem., 5/97, p.79)
1540 Aug 25, Explorer Hernando
de Alarcon traveled up the Colorado River.
1540 Garcia Lopez de Cardenas,
a Spanish conquistador, became the first European to know the
Colorado and the Grand Canyon.
(NG, 5.1988, Mem Forum)(SFEC, 10/4/98, BR p.12)
1691 Father Eusebio Kino
founded the Tumacacori mission 45 miles south of Tucson.
(SSFC, 3/31/02, p.C6)
1775 Sep 29, Mexican Captain
Juan Bautista de Anza (39) and his party of Spanish soldiers and
setters departed Tubac, Arizona, on a journey to the SF Bay Area
following reports of a great river flowing into the bay. Anza led
240 soldiers, priests and settlers to Monterey. Jose Manuel Valencia
was one of the soldiers. His son, Candelario Valencia, later served
in the military at the Presidio and owned a ranch in Lafayette and
property next to Mission Dolores. One of the soldiers was Don Salvio
(SFEC, 9/21/97, p.C7)(SFC, 12/31/99, p.A22)(SFC,
1776 Spanish explorers
encountered the native Havasupai Indians in Arizona.
(SSFC, 2/19/06, p.F4)
1841 Joseph Smith Jr. and some
of the Latter Day Saints settled as tenants of Mark Aldrich
(1802-1873), a former Illinois state senator, in what would be
called Warren, Illinois. Smith and Aldrich later had a falling out
and in 1844 Aldrich was accused of ordering his men to kill Smith.
Aldrich was acquitted and moved to California and then to Arizona
where he became the first mayor of Tucson.
1846 Dec 11, A herd of wild
cattle stampeded the rear companies of the Mormon Battalion near
Tombstone, Arizona. As a result of what came to be known as the
Battle of the Bulls, approximately 12 bulls were killed, two mules
were gored, and three men were wounded, including future California
governor, Lieutenant George Stoneman.
1847 Miners of Don Miguel
Peralta discovered gold about this time in the Superstition
Mountains of Arizona. His family abandoned the claim after their
mining party was massacred by Apache Indians.
(www.ghostradiox.com/qfg/legend_peralta.asp)(AHHT, 10/02, p.16)(AH,
1848 May 30, Mexico ratified
the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo giving US: New Mexico, California
and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15
1848 Mexico was forced to sell
most of the territory that is now Arizona to the United States
following its defeat in the Mexican-American war.
c1850s The immigrant Oatman
family was ambushed by the Mohave Indians near the Colorado River.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.T8)
1852 The Hopi people of
northern Arizona arranged for a diplomatic packet to reach Pres.
Fillmore via a delegation of 5 prominent men from the Tewas of
Tesuque Pueblo in New Mexico, who sought legal protection from Anglo
and Hispanic settlers.
(NH, 11/1/04, p.26)
1853 Dec 30, The United States
bought some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known
as the Gadsden Purchase. It included parts of Arizona and New Mexico
(29,640 sq. miles) south of the Gila River. The purchase was
ratified by Congress on April 25, 1854.
(AWAM, Dec. 94, p.31)(HFA, ‘96, p.28)(AHD,
1857 Army Lt. Joseph Ives
surveyed the Grand Canyon with “wondering delight," but concluded
that it was “altogether valueless." His chief scientist John Strong
Newberry declared that it was a geological paradise.
(SFEC, 10/4/98, BR p.12)
1861 Mar 16, Arizona Territory
voted to leave the Union.
1862 Jan 18, Confederate
Territory of Arizona formed.
1863 Feb 24, Arizona was
organized as a territory.
1864-1865 Army Col. Kit Carson, directed by Brig.
Gen. James Carleton, forced the move of some 9,000 Dineh Navajo from
Canyon de Chelly in Arizona to the Bosque Redondo reservation near
Fort Sumner, New Mexico. About half the people survived in what came
to be known as the Long Walk. In 2006 Hampton sides authored “Blood
and Thunder: An epic of the American West," an account of the Navaho
(SFC, 1/3/97, p.A26)(SFEC, 5/4/97, z1 p.4)(SSFC,
1/7/01, p.T9)(WSJ, 10/7/06, p.P12)
1868 Navaho Indians living
under confinement near Fort Sumner, New Mexico, were allowed to
return to their homelands in Arizona following a visit by Gen.
William Tecumseh Sherman. Some 7,100 survivors of the 1864 Long Walk
had been released onto a New Mexico reservation of 5,500 acres. The
Navajo returned to Hopi land where 3.5 million acres, 1/6th of their
former homeland, was returned.
(SFC, 1/3/97, p.A26)(SFEC, 5/4/97, z1 p.4)(WSJ,
1869 May 24, John Wesley Powell
departed Green River City, Wyoming, with 9 men on an expedition to
explore the canyons of the Green and Colorado River. Over 3 years he
led two expeditions to explore the Grand Canyon. Three members of
the first expedition were killed, reportedly by Indians. His written
account was suspected to be inflated if not fictitious. A 1997 novel
by Oakley Hall, “Separations," depicted the events.
(HFA, ‘96, p.127)(SFC, 4/23/97, p.D5)(ON, 5/02,
1870s-1880s Clarence E. Dutton, Army engineer,
surveyed the Colorado Plateau and wrote his “Tertiary History of the
Grand Canyon District."
(SFEC, 10/4/98, BR p.12)
1871 Apr 30, Apaches in Arizona
surrendered to white and Mexican adventurers; 144 died.
1871 Sep, John Wesley Powell
began a 2nd expedition to survey the Grand Canyon, this time with a
congressional grant of $10,000.
(ON, 5/02, p.5)
1872 Oct 12, Apache
(Chiricahua) leader Cochise signed a peace treaty with General O.O.
Howard in Arizona Territory.
1872 Dec 28, A U.S. Army force
defeated a group of Apache warriors at Salt River Canyon, Arizona
Territory, with 57 Indians killed but only one soldier.
Jun 8, Cochise (b.~1810), Chiricahua Apache war chief (his name
meant “his nose") and leader of the Chokonen band, died on a
reservation in the Dragoon Mountains in southeastern Arizona.
1878 Tombstone’s Boothill
was laid out as a burial plot and was originally called the
Tombstone Cemetery. On that rocky hill at the edge of town lie many
of the legendary characters of the "Town Too Tough To Die." The
Clantons, McLaurys and other legendary Western figures were buried
in Tombstone’s cemetery. During the wild and lawless years of the
settling of the West, some sort of graveyard could be found near
almost every town or camp. Because many of the people in those
settlements died rather quickly and unexpectedly, usually with their
boots on, and were buried with their boots still on, these
cemeteries became known as "boot hills."
1879 Nov 29, Wyatt Earp arrived
in Tombstone, AZ.
1880 Jan, Morgan Earp arrived
1880 Summer, Doc Holliday
arrived in Tombstone.
1880 Jul 27, Wyatt Earp was
appointed Pima County Deputy Sheriff.
1880 David King Udall
(1851-1938), while living in Nephi, Utah, was called to be the
Mormon bishop in St. Johns, Arizona, a small and primarily Hispanic
1880 Daniel Mooney, a
prospector, plunged to his death and gave his name to Mooney Falls
in Havasu Canyon, Arizona.
(SSFC, 2/19/06, p.F4)
1881 Feb 5, Phoenix, Ariz., was
1881 Jul 4, Virgil Earp was
town sheriff of Tombstone by this time.
1881 Oct 26, Wyatt Earp, his
two brothers and “Doc" Holliday showed up at the OK Corral in
Tombstone, Arizona, to disarm the Clanton and McLaury boys, who were
in violation of a ban on carrying guns in the city limits: "Gunfight
at the O.K. Corral." Billy Clanton and Tom and Frank McLowery were
killed; Earp’s brothers were wounded. This was the notorious
“Showdown at the OK Corral." In 1992 the “Encyclopedia of Western
Lawmen and Outlaws" by Jay Robert Nash was published. In 1999 Allan
Barra published "Inventing Wyatt Earp: His Life and Many Legends."
(SFC, 8/19/96, p.A3)(AP, 10/26/97)(SFEC, 6/14/98,
p.T6)(SFEC, 1/17/99, BR p.5)
1881 Nov 7, Wyatt Earp and Doc
Holliday, two participants in Tombstone, Arizona’s, famous Gunfight
at the O.K. Corral, were jailed as the hearings on what happened in
the fight grew near.
1881 Dec 1, Virgil, Wyatt and
Morgan Earp were exonerated in court for their action in the
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Ariz.
1881 Dec 28, Virgil Earp was
ambushed by Cowboys and shot twice.
1881 The only recorded
19th-century incident in which Indian scouts turned against the U.S.
Army occurred at Cibicue Creek in Arizona Territory. At Cibicue
Creek, White Mountain Apache scouts were asked to campaign against
their own kin, resulting in a mutiny against the army soldiers.
Three of the mutinous scouts were later court-martialed and
1882 Mar 18, Morgan Earp was
gunned down while playing pool.
1882 Jul 14, Johnny Ringo, a
fast draw gunman, was found dead in Tombstone.
(SFC, 4/22/00, p.E3)
1882 The US government confined
the Havasupai Indians to a 518-acre reservation in Havasu Canyon,
(SSFC, 2/19/06, p.F4)
1883 James Addison Reavis
(d.1914) began to press a claim to some 12 million acres of Arizona.
He held an alleged document from Ferdinand VI that assigned the land
to a nobleman named Peralta in 1748. In 1896 Reavis was convicted of
conspiring to commit fraud.
(AH, 4/01, p.20)
1884 David King Udall, the
Mormon bishop in St. Johns, Arizona, was indicted on charges of
unlawful cohabitation. He was never convicted, because his second
wife lived in another town, and prosecutors could not locate her to
compel testimony against him.
1885 John Wesley Powell named
Sunset Crater, a 100-foot volcano 15 miles northeast of Flagstaff,
(AM, 3/04, p.46)
1886 Apr 11, General Nelson A.
Miles arrived at Fort Bowie, Ariz., to begin his assignment to
subjugate or destroy a band of Apaches led by Geronimo.
(ON, 10/06, p.1)
1886 Apr 27, A band of Apaches
led by Geronimo attacked a ranch west of Fort Huachuca and killed 3
(ON, 10/06, p.1)
1886 Sep 4, Elusive Apache
leader Geronimo (1829-1909) surrendered to General Nelson A. Miles
(1839-1925) at Skeleton Canyon, Ariz. This ended the last major
(HN, 9/4/98)(ON, 10/06, p.4)
1887 Charles Lux died. His
firm, Miller and Lux, by this time owned some 700,000 head of cattle
in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Over 700 miles of private telegraph
lines connected their ranches.
(SSF, 1976, p.2)
1888 Jul 4, Many believe that
the first rodeo in America was held in Prescott, Arizona, on this
day. Before this, informal competitions were frequently held among
ranch hands from a single ranch or from neighboring spreads, but
they were not full-scale rodeos. The Prescott event went on to
become an annual contest.
(IB, Internet, 12/7/98)
1889 May 11, Major Joseph
Washington Wham took charge of $28,000 in gold and silver to pay
troops at various points in the Arizona Territory. The money was
soon stolen in a train robbery.
1890 Jul 13, John C.
"Pathfinder" Fremont (76), US explorer, governor (Ariz), died. He
was buried in obscurity in Sparkill, NY. Fremont (b.1830) was the
1st Republican presidential candidate in 1856. In 1999 David Roberts
authored "A Newer World: Kit Carson, John C. Freemont and the
Claiming of the American West." In 2002 Tom Chaffin authored
“Pathfinder: John Charles Fremont and the Course of American
Empire." In 2007 Sally Denton authored “Passion and Principle: John
and Jessie Fremont, the Couple Whose Power, Politics and Love Shaped
(WUD, 1994, p.567)(SFEC, 2/13/00, BR p.5)(SSFC,
12/22/02, p.M1)(SSFC, 7/1/07, p.M1)
1891-1899 During this period the Hopi of Arizona
began to produce silver jewelry. A man named Sikyatala learned
silversmithing from a Zuni man.
(NH, 11/1/04, p.30)
1892 The settlement of
Goldfield, Arizona, got its start when low grade gold ore was found
in the area between the Superstition Mountains and the Goldfield
Mounts. Low-grade or not, a town soon sprang up and on October 7,
1893 it received its first official post office.
1892 Barbed wire that fenced
the west at this time is on display at Oracle Junction, Arizona, and
includes Curtis 4 Point.
(NOHY, 3/90, p.173)
1894 Percival Lowell
(1855-1916), American astronomer, built a private observatory in
Flagstaff, Arizona and commenced a decade long series of
observations with emphasis on Mars. He "confirmed" water filled
canals and proclaimed Mars the home of an advanced civilization.
(Smith., 8/95, p.72)(SFC, 11/29/96,
1897 May 19, Frank Luke Jr.
(d.1918), WW I ace fighter, was born in Phoenix.
(AH, 6/02, p.18)
1901 Arizona ranchers Walter L.
Vail (d.1906) and J.V. Vickers bought the 84-square-mile Santa Rosa
Island, one of the Channel Islands 26 miles off Santa Barbara, Ca.
The Vail & Vickers group sold the island to the US government
for $30 million in 1986 and it became part of Channel Islands
(SFC, 12/2/11, p.C10)
1902 Sedona, Arizona, was
founded. It was named after Sedona Schnebly, the daughter of one of
the 1st settlers, wealthy landowner T. Carl Schnebly and his wife.
(SSFC, 2/8/04, p.C6)
1904 Oct, 1, Forty orphans
(aged 2-6), shipped west in the company of nuns by a New York
Foundling Hospital, arrived at the copper mining towns of Clifton
and Morenci. Anglo townspeople opposed their adoption by Mexican
American citizens, terrorized the adopting families and took some of
the children for themselves. In 1999 Linda Gordon authored "The
Great Arizona Orphan Abduction."
(SFEC, 1/9/00, Par p.6)
1906 The town of Oatman in the
western Black Mountains was founded.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.T8)
1906 Pres. Theodore Roosevelt
stood at the rim of the Grand Canyon. He descended to the bottom in
1908 and declared it a national monument.
(SFEC, 10/4/98, BR p.12)
1908 Jan 11, The Grand Canyon
National Monument was created with a proclamation by President
Theodore Roosevelt. It became a national park in 1919.
1909 Jan 1, Barry Goldwater
(d.1998) was born in Phoenix, son of Baron and Josephine Goldwater.
His grandfather was an immigrant Polish peddler and founder of the
Goldwater department store chain.
(SFC, 5/30/98, p.A3)
1911 Feb 6, 1st old-age home
opened in Prescott, Ariz.
1911 Mar 18, Theodore Roosevelt
opened the Roosevelt Dam in Phoenix, Ariz., the largest dam in the
U.S. to date.
1911 Aug 22, President William
Taft vetoed a joint resolution of Congress granting statehood to
Arizona. Taft vetoed the resolution because he believed a
provision in the state constitution authorizing the recall of judges
was a blow at the independence of the judiciary. The offending
clause was removed an Arizona was admitted to statehood on February
14, 1912. Afterward, the state restored the article in its
1912 Feb 14, Arizona became the
48th state of the Union, the final area of the continental United
States to attain statehood.
(AP, 2/14/98)(AP, 5/20/10)
1912 Nov 4, Arizona and Kansas
granted women the right to vote. Wisconsin voted against suffrage
1915 Miners near Oatman struck
a vein of gold that led to a $10 million haul.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.T8)
1918 Sep 12, Lt. Frank Luke Jr.
destroyed a German balloon. Over the next 6 days he destroyed 9 more
and earned the name “the Arizona Balloon Buster."
(AH, 6/02, p.18)
1918 Sep 29, Lt. Frank Luke Jr.
(1897-1918) against orders destroyed 3 German balloons and downed 2
pursuing fighters in a final flight of vengeance for the loss of his
wingman Lt. Joseph Wehner. Luke received a posthumous medal of
(AH, 6/02, p.18)
1919 Feb 26, Congress
established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
(SFEM, 10/12/97, p.17)(AP, 2/26/98)
1922 Jun 15, Morris “Mo" Udall
(d.1998), U.S. Congressman from Arizona (1961-1991), was born in St.
Johns, Az. He was one of 6 children in a pioneer Mormon family and
was instrumental in investigating the Mai Lai Massacre in Vietnam
and later sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976.
(HN, 6/15/99)(SFC, 12/14/98, p.A5)
1922 The Colorado River Compact
allocated 7.5 million acre-feet of water from the upper basin states
(Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico) to be delivered to the
lower basin sates (California, Arizona and Nevada) plus the rights
to divert another 1 million acre-feet from the river’s lower
(SFEC, 8/24/97, p.A10)(SFCM, 7/17/05, p.6)
1923 Aug 5, Richard Kleindienst
(d.2000), who became the attorney general under Pres. Nixon, was
born near Winslow.
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.D9)
1923 Pedro Guerrero started a
Phoenix tamale stand that grew to become Rosarita Mexican Foods. The
Mesa plant was closed in 1999 by ConAgra.
(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.C3)
1927 Mar 31, Cesar Chavez
(d.1993), California union leader of agricultural workers (United
Farm Workers), was born in Yuma, Az.
(SFEC,10/19/97, p.C3)(SFC, 3/29/00, p.A3)(MC,
1927 The 4-story Monte Vista
Hotel was built in Flagstaff, Arizona.
(SSFC, 7/23/06, p.G4)
1929 Nov 30, Joan Ganz Cooney,
television executive, was born in Phoenix, Az. She founded the
Children's Television Workshop and was the mastermind behind "Sesame
1929 The Arizona Biltmore
opened. It was designed by Albert McArthur and Frank Lloyd Wright.
McArthur, an apprentice of Wright, was declared by Wright in 1930 as
the architect of record.
(SFEM, 4/19/98, p.24)
1930 Feb 18, Planet X (Pluto),
the ninth planet of our solar system, was discovered by Clyde
Tombaugh (1907-1997) at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. It is
2.76 billion miles (5,888 million km.) from the sun at the closest
point of its orbit. Pluto was later designated a "dwarf planet."
(SFEC, 1/19/97, p.B6)(SFC, 10/23/99, p.B7)(AP,
1930 Mar 13, The Lowell
Observatory in Arizona announced Clyde Tombaugh’s Feb 18 discovery
of a new planet, later named Pluto.
(HN, 3/13/98)(NH, 6/03, p.20)
1930 Adam Goettl invented the
air cooler. The Goettl brothers began their adventure in 1926 in
Mansfield, Ohio. Several years later, the brothers Adam, John, and
Bill moved out west to Phoenix, Arizona, to seek opportunities
during the Great Depression. Hence, the Phoenix-based Goettl Air
Conditioning was founded and went on to become an internationally
known pioneer in the mass production of evaporative coolers and a
variety of other innovations in heating and cooling
1934 Jan 22, In Tucson,
Arizona, a fire broke out at the Hotel Congress, where members of
the Dillinger gang were staying. Firefighters salvaged baggage
belonging to the gang and the next day one of the firefighters
spotted one the gang’s mug shots in an issue of True Detective
magazine. Within a few days 5 members of the Dillinger gang were
arrested including John Dillinger and girlfriend Evelyn Frechette.
In 2009 Elliot Gorn authored “Dillinger’s Wild Ride: The Year That
Made America’s Public Enemy Number One."
(SFC, 7/1/09, p.E3)
1934 The Arizona governor
called out the state militia and navy (2 ferryboats) to halt
California’s construction of the Colorado River Aqueduct. It took an
act of Congress and a Supreme Court decision to get the project
(SFC, 5/26/00, p.A5)
1936 Sep 11, President
Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) by pressing a key
in Washington to signal the startup of the dam’s first hydroelectric
generator in Nevada. The Dam was completed ahead of schedule. It was
the first and most important link in a chain of dams, canals and
aqueducts built to harness the Colorado River. The colossal mass of
concrete is wedged into Black Canyon on the Arizona-Nevada border,
32 miles SE of Las Vegas. Paul L. Wattis, headed the construction
company that built Boulder Dam.
(AP, 9/11/97)(HNQ, 4/3/02)(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A22)
1936 Nov 2, Rose
Elizabeth Bird (d.1999), future California Supreme Court Justice,
was born on a chicken farm in Arizona.
1937 Frank Lloyd Wright arrived
with his apprentices from their Wisconsin headquarters. He purchased
an 800-acre tract for $3.50 an acre at Mariposa Mesa and began
construction of Taliesin West.
(SFEM, 4/19/98, p.21-23)
1939 Mar 28, Clark Gable
(d.1960) and Carol Lombard (d.1942) stayed at the Oatman Hotel for
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.T8)
1939 Mar 29, Clark Gable (38)
married Carole Lombard (29) in Arizona while filming “Gone With the
(SFEM, 1/25/98, p.47)
1940 The population of Mesa,
Arizona, was about 7,000. this roughly doubled in each of the next 5
decades and by 2008 Mesa numbered almost half a million residents.
(Econ, 12/6/08, p.42)
1943 Donkeys began to roam free
in the Black Mountains after the gold mines closed down.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.T8)
1946 Jul 15, Linda Ronstadt
(singer: group: The Stone Poneys: Different Drum; solo: Blue Bayou,
You're No Good, When Will I Be Loved, It's So Easy, Ooh Baby Baby,
Hurt So Bad; actress: Pirates of Penzance), was born in Tucson,
1946 In Arizona the Thunderbird
School of Global Management was founded on Thunderbird Field, a
former air-force base.
(http://tinyurl.com/6tcn89a)(Econ, 6/29/13, p.60)
1947 May 25, Jessi Colter
[Miriam Johnson], country singer (I'm Not Lisa), was born in
1948 The Baptist Foundation of
Arizona was created by the Southern Baptist Convention to manage
endowment funds for charities. In 1999 fund losses were estimated at
$100 million on assets of $483 million.
(WSJ, 9/1/99, p.C1)
1949 Barry Goldwater was
elected to the Phoenix City Council as part of a group committed to
cleaning up prostitution and gambling.
(SFC, 5/30/98, p.A1)
1952 Barry Goldwater upset
Democratic Senator Ernest McFarland by a 6,000 vote margin and won
his first term in the Senate.
(SFC, 5/30/98, p.A3)
1953 In Colorado City, Arizona,
a mass police raid against members of the Fundamentalist Church of
the Latter Day Saints (FLDS) led to the arrest of scores of men and
the separation of children from their families. FLDS members were
(Econ, 10/15/05, p.33)
1954 Mar, Dorothy Gay Howard
(18) of Phoenix, Arizona, was reported missing. Her nude and
battered body was found on April 8 along a creek in Boulder,
Colorado. She was buried as Jane Doe until her identity was
established by DNA testing in 2009.
1956 Jun 30, A United DC-7 and
a TWA Lockheed Constellation collided during a thunderstorm over the
Grand Canyon (Arizona) killing all 128 people. The crash led to the
creation of a new body, which became the Federal Aviation
(WSJ, 6/20/06, p.D3)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.D8)(Econ
1958 Jul 11, Monument Valley,
straddling the Arizona-Utah border, became the 1st Navajo Tribal
(SSFC, 10/6/02, p.C15)
1959 Apr 9, Frank Lloyd Wright
(b.1869), American architect (Guggenheim Museum, NYC), died in
Arizona. In 1998 Ken Burns produced his video documentary "Frank
Lloyd Wright." An earlier British documentary of Wright was made
c1983. In 1987 Brendan Gill authored the Wright biography: "Many
Masks." In 2004 Ada Louise Huxtabel authored “Frank Lloyd Wright."
(SFC, 9/25/97, p.B2)(SFEC, 11/8/98, DB
p.48)(SFEC, 2/20/00, p.T10)(WSJ, 11/9/04, p.D12)
1960 Builder Del Webb opened
the Sun City retirement community near Phoenix, Ariz.
(WSJ, 10/13/04, p.D6)
1960-2005 The population of Phoenix, Az., grew
from 664,000 to 3.6 million.
(Econ, 11/5/05, p.35)
1961 State Congressman Stuart
Udall was tapped to serve as the interior secretary for Pres.
Kennedy. His brother, Mo Udall, won the seat in a close special
(SFC, 12/14/98, p.A5)
1963 Jan 1, In Arizona Betty
Smithey (20) murdered Sandy Gerberick, a 15-month-old girl she had
been babysitting. Smithey was convicted and sentenced to prison for
life without the possibility of parole. In 2012 she was granted
parole by the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency.
1963 Sep 13, The last bucket of
concrete was poured on the Glen Canyon Dam (Arizona) on the Colorado
River to form Lake Powell. It marked the beginning of a 290 mile
stretch of the river from the dam through the Grand Canyon to Lake
Mead. It was built to provide power to six Western states. The lake
filled by 1980. [last source says the lake filled within 5 years]
(SFC, 4/12/96, p.E-3)(SFC, 5/19/97, p.A10)(SFEC,
8/24/97, p.A1)(NH, 9/97, p.40)
1964 Jan 12, Jeffrey Bezos,
later founder of Amazon.com, was born in Albuquerque.
(SFEC, 10/10/99, p.B3)
1964 Nov 3, President Johnson
soundly defeated Republican challenger Barry Goldwater to win a
White House term in his own right. Johnson won over 61% of the vote
with 486 electoral votes to Goldwater’s 52.
(AP, 11/3/97)(SFC, 5/30/98, p.A3)
1964 Richard Kleindienst helped
Barry Goldwater win the nomination for president and then mounted
his own campaign for governor. He was defeated by Sam Goddard.
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.D9)
1965 Sedona, Arizona, artists
Joe Beeler, Charlie Dye, John Hampton and George Phippen founded The
Cowboy Artists of America at the local Cowboy Club, which was then
called the Oak Creek Tavern.
(SSFC, 2/8/04, p.C6)
1966 Richard Kleindienst
resumed his political activities and directed the successful of John
R. Williams for the governorship.
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.D9)
1967 Feb 28, Henry Luce (68),
American publisher, died in Phoenix. He and Briton Hadden
(1898-1929) published the first issue of Time magazine on March 3,
1923. In 2010 Alan Brinkley authored “The Publisher: Henry Luce and
His American Century."
1968 Apr 18, London Bridge was
sold to US oil company. It was later erected in Arizona.
1968 Nov 5, Barry Goldwater
(1909-1998), former Republican presidential candidate (1964), was
re-elected in Arizona to the US Senate.
1968 Don Thomson (d.2001)
helped create Channel 21, the 1st UHF Spanish-language television
(SFC, 2/10/01, p.A22)
1970 Paolo Soleri (b.1919),
Italian-American architect, led the ground breaking at Arcosanti, a
model ecocity in the high Arizona desert. It was a prototype
arcology designed for 5,000 residents, combining compact buildings
with huge solar greenhouses on a 4,000 acre preserve about 60 miles
north of Phoenix. Soleri projected a people density of 215 per acre
vs. 72 in Delhi and 33 per acre in New York City. Since then some
6,000 architectural students have come to help with the building and
learning about its design. The site attracted some 50,000 visitors
(PacDis, Spring/'94, p. 28)(AP,
1971 An Arizona law under Gov.
Jack Williams (1909-1998) outlawed secondary boycotts and
harvest-time strikes, tools used by the growing UFW.
1971 Arizona indicted Weather
Underground members John Allen Fuerst (25) and Roberta Brent Smith
(SFC, 1/21/02, p.E3)
1974 Jun 30, Jose Jesus Ceja
murdered Linda and Randy Leon after breaking into their home in
Phoenix to steal marijuana. He was convicted and served 23 years
before being executed in 1998.
(SFC, 1/22/98, p.A8)
1975 Jan 3, President Ford
signed Public Law 93-620. This Act, written to enlarge the Grand
Canyon National Park, also provided in Section 10 for the
enlargement of the adjacent Havasupai Indian Reservation by 185,000
acres and designated a contiguous 95,300 acres of the enlarged
National Park as a permanent traditional use area of the Havasupai
Indians of Havasu Canyon, Arizona.
1975 Jan 6, Raul Hector Castro
(1916-2015) began serving as Arizona’s 14th governor. After two
years he was selected by President Jimmy Carter to be ambassador to
Argentina and held that post until 1980.
(SFC, 4/11/15, p.A6)
1976 Jan 31, Ernesto Miranda,
famous from the Supreme Court ruling on "Miranda Rights," was
stabbed to death in Arizona.
1976 Mar 2, Bob Lurie (b.1929),
real estate magnate, led a group to acquire ownership of the San
Francisco Giants baseball club. Lurie closed the $8-million
transaction with Arizona cattleman Arthur "Bud" Herseth as his 50-50
1976 Jun 13, Don Bolles,
Arizona Republic investigative reporter, died as a result of
injuries suffered when a bomb blew up his car 11 days earlier. He
had been working on an alleged Mafia story at the time of his death.
1976 San Jose State Prof. John
Sperling launched the for-profit Univ. of Phoenix with $26k in
personal savings. It was founded to cater to the need of working
adults. By 2010 it was the 2nd largest university system in America
with over 200 campuses across the country.
p.A15)(Econ, 9/10/05, Survey p.19)(Econ, 9/11/10, p.73)
1976 Navaho weavers wove the
largest Navaho rug in the world. The 800-pound rug measured 38x26
feet and used 25 different Navaho styles.
(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A7)
1977 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court struck, in Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, down state laws and
bar association rules that had prohibited lawyers from advertising
their fees for routine services.
1978 Apr 27, Convicted
Watergate defendant John D. Ehrlichman was released from an Arizona
prison after serving 18 months.
1978 Jun 29, Bob Crane
(b.1928), the man who played Colonel Robert Hogan in the TV show
"Hogan’s Heroes," was found bludgeoned to death in Scottsdale, Az.
John Henry Carpenter (d.1998 at 70), a prime suspect, was tried and
acquitted in 1990.
1978 Aug 26, Charles Boyer
(b.1897), film actor (Gaslight, Rogues), committed suicide in
Phoenix, Az., 2 days after his wife's death from cancer.
1979 Mel Zuckerman and his wife
Enid opened Canyon Ranch, America’s first total vacation and fitness
resort, on an old dude ranch in Tucson, Arizona. By 2007 it was
recognized as a premium health-spa of choice for the super rich.
(Econ, 1/6/07, p.51)
1980 Jun 20, Lake Powell,
straddling the Arizona-Utah border behind the Glen Canyon Dam,
completed its fill, which began in 1963
1980 Hispanics in Phoenix
Arizona, numbered about 15% of the population. By 2005 the number
(Econ, 11/18/06, p.32)
1981 Apr 22, In the largest US
bank robbery, more than $3.3 million was stolen in Tucson Ariz. 4
men were later arrested for the robbery.
1981 Jul 7, President Reagan
announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to
become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1981 Elana Steinberg (34) was
stabbed to death in her home in Scottsdale. Her husband Steven
Steinberg later said he killed her while sleepwalking. Dr. Martin
Blinder, California psychiatrist, testified that the murder was
committed under a scenario of “dissociative reaction" and Steven
Steinberg was acquitted.
(SSFC, 5/20/01, p.A19)
1982 In Marana, Az., Karl
LeGrand, a German citizen, stabbed to death a bank manager during a
bungled robbery attempt with his brother Walter LaGrand. Karl was
convicted and died by lethal injection Feb 24, 1999. Walter was
executed a week later. A UN court in 2001 upheld that the US
violated international law in the case.
(SFC, 2/25/99, p.A3)(SFC, 6/28/01, p.A8)
1983-1984 Twelve Navajo weavers in Arizona
completed the 26x28 foot “Little Sister" rug. It was a smaller
version of a larger rug woven in 1976, and recorded as the largest
Navajo rug in the world. In 1997 the rug was put up for auction to
raise funds for a community health clinic.
(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A7)
1984 Jan 13, Arizona inmate
Robert Henry Moormann beat, stabbed and suffocated his adoptive
mother, Roberta Moormann (74), who allegedly sexually abused him
into adulthood. He was out of prison in Florence on furlough for
another crime, the kidnapping and molesting of an 8-year-old girl in
1972. Robert Henry Moormann was executed in 2012.
1984 The Biosphere project in
Oracle, Arizona, began and was designed to last 100 years.
(Wired, 2/98, p.172)
1984 Charles Keating, Arizona
land developer, bought Lincoln Savings & Loan. He then proceeded
to loot the institution’s federally protected deposits by booking
phony profits on sham land and securities transactions and fooled
auditors and investors about the failing health of Lincoln and its
parent American Continental Corp. He was convicted on state charges
in 1991 and federal charges in 1993. The federal charges were
overturned in 1996.
(SFC, 6/22/96, p.A3)(SFC, 12/3/96, p.A1,15)
1985 Mar 8, Thomas Creighton
(33) died at the Univ. of Arizona after having three heart
transplants in a 46-hour period.
1987 Barry Goldwater retired
from the US Senate.
(SFC, 5/30/98, p.A3)
1988 Jan 8, An Arizona state
grand jury indicted Gov. Evan Mecham (1924-2008) and his brother,
Willard, on charges of concealing a campaign loan. Both were later
acquitted on these charges.
1988 Feb 5, The Arizona House
impeached Gov. Evan Mecham, setting the stage for his conviction in
the state Senate.
1988 Mar 15, NFL owners
approved the move of the St Louis Cardinals to Phoenix.
1988 Apr 4, The Arizona Senate
convicted Gov. Evan Mecham of two charges of official misconduct,
and removed him from office. Mecham was the first U.S. governor to
be so censured in nearly six decades.
1988 Jun 16, Impeached and
ousted Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham and his brother, Willard, were found
innocent by a Phoenix jury of concealing a $350,000 campaign loan.
1988 Mo Udall, Arizona state
representative, authored “Too Funny to be President."
(SFC, 12/14/98, p.A5)
1988 Arizona purchased the land
for Kartchner Caverns State Park and opened it to visitors in 1999.
The 2 1/2 mile cave system was discovered by Randy Tufts and Gary
Tenen in 1974.
(USAT, 11/12/99, p.1D)
1989 The Univ. of Phoenix began
(Econ, 12/22/12, p.101)
1990 Gila River
Telecommunications Inc. (GRTI) was founded as a nonprofit telephone
company. It serviced the 620-square-mile Gila River reservation of
the Pima Indians, who had inhabited the area for over 2,000 years.
(WSJ, 7/7/00, p.B1)
1990 In Arizona Debra Jean
Milke was found guilty in the 1989 death of her son (4). The case
rested on her purported confession, which was not recorded, to hire
two men to kill her son. Milke spent 22 years on death row before
her case was dismissed in 2014.
(SFC, 12/12/14, p.D5)
1991 May 4, Morris K. Udall
(d.1998), (Rep-D-Ariz), resigned due to Parkinson's disease.
1991 Aug 10, Nine Buddhists
were found slain at their temple outside Phoenix, Arizona. Two
teen-agers were later arrested; one pleaded guilty to murder, the
other was convicted of murder.
1991 Sep 26, In Oracle,
Arizona, 4 men and 4 women began a two-year self-sufficiency stay
inside a $150 million, sealed-off structure on 3.15 acres known as
(AP, 9/26/97)(Wired, 2/98, p.172)(SSFC, 2/20/05,
1991 Nov 20, California
Democrat Alan Cranston accepted a Senate reprimand for his dealings
with former savings-and-loan chief Charles H. Keating Jr., but then
denied he was guilty of many of the allegations, prompting an angry
rebuttal by New Hampshire Republican Warren B. Rudman.
1991 Dec 4, Charles Keating,
Arizona land developer and chairman of Lincoln Savings and Loan
Association, was convicted on 17 counts of securities fraud in state
court. Keating was one of the most controversial figures in the
savings and loan scandals of the late 1980s. Keating's sales
personnel persuaded depositors to put their money into high-risk
(SFC, 6/22/96, p.A3)(MC, 12/4/01)
1991 Postal worker Ray Krone
was arrested for the murder of bartender Kim Ancona. Krone was
convicted in 1992 and again in 1996. In 2002 DNA evidence proved his
(SFC, 11/19/04, p.A2)
1991-2000 Arizona’s population expanded by 40%.
(WSJ, 1/30/00, p.A1)
1993 Apr 23, Labor leader Cesar
Chavez (b.1927) died in San Luis, Ariz. He founded the United Farm
Workers Union on his birthday Mar 31, 1962. In 1996 a 2-hr
documentary of his life was made: "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar
Chavez and the Farmworkers Struggle." In 2011 Frank Bardacke
authored “Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls
of the United Farm Movement." In 2014 Miriam Pawel authored “The
Crusades of Cesar Chavez."
(SFC, 11/2/96, p.E1)(AP, 4/23/98)(SSFC, 4/7/02,
p.A14)(Econ, 11/19/11, p.96)(Econ, 4/5/14, p.74)
1993 Sep 26, Eight people
emerged from the glass dome of Biosphere Two in the Arizona desert
after being sealed inside for two years in an experiment dogged by
setbacks and controversy. In 2006 Jane Poynter, one of the
participants, authored “The Human Experiment, Two Years and Twenty
Minutes Inside Biosphere 2."
(SFC, 11/25/96, p.A3)(AP, 9/26/98)(SFC, 10/10/06,
1993 An international
competition rated Phoenix, Az., and Christchurch, New Zealand, as
the world’s best governed cities.
(Econ, 7/28/07, p.32)
1993 Africanized honey bees,
aka killer bees, first moved into Arizona.
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.B8)
1993 Dec 6, Don Ameche (85),
actor (Cocoon), died in Scottsdale, Ariz., of prostate cancer.
1994 Mar 6, In Arizona a 2nd
7-member crew entered the Biosphere 2. Their mission was cut short
under management problems and reorganization.
(SFC, 11/25/96, p.A3)
1994 Arizona toughened its
insanity defense law by replacing the plea phrase “not guilty by
reason of insanity" to “guilty except insane."
(SFC, 4/20/06, p.A7)
1994 Richard Fass, a US
undercover DEA agent, was shot and killed by alleged agents of
Mexican drug ring leader Augustin Vasquez Mendoza in Glendale, Ariz.
Mendoza was arrested in Mexico in 2000.
(SFC, 7/11/00, p.A10)
1995 Aug 26, Evelyn Wood (86),
speed reading guru, died in Tucson, Arizona. The Salt Lake City
school teacher, began popularizing her “Evelyn Wood Reading
Dynamics" in the late 1950s after seeing her graduate-school
professors speed-read through a paper.
1996 Dec 2, Arizona financier
Charles Keating Jr., a central figure in the most notorious
savings-and-loan debacle of the 1980s, won a new federal trial
because jurors had learned of his prior fraud conviction in state
court before convicting him of fraud and racketeering. Keating
negotiated a plea settlement in 1999 with no additional prison time
and no admittance of swindling elderly investors. Charges against
his son were also dropped.
(AP, 12/2/97)(SFC, 4/7/99, p.A3)
1996 Republican Governor Fyfe
Symington was indicted on 22 counts of bank fraud, attempted
extortion and perjury.
(SFC, 5/21/97, p.A3)
1996 Passenger train service
ended in Phoenix, Az.
(Econ, 11/5/05, p.36)
1997 Jan, Yarmila Falater died
after she was stabbed 44 times by her husband, Scott Falater. In
1999 Scott pleaded that he was sleep walking and not able to
remember the murder. Falater (43) was convicted of murder and
sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole in 2000.
(SFC, 6/7/99, p.A2)(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A3)(SFC,
1997 Aug 9, An Amtrak train
derailed on a bridge near Kingman, Arizona, and 183 of 350
passengers were injured. A flash flood had undermined supports for a
(WSJ, 8/11/97, p.A1)(AP, 8/9/07)
1997 Aug 12, In Arizona a flash
flood from a storm 15 miles away killed ten hikers in the Lower
Antelope Canyon near Lake Powell. The group leader of the
Trek-America outfit, that catered mostly to Europeans, was the only
(SFC, 8/14/97, p.A3)(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A2)(AP,
1997 Aug 31, In Phoenix, Az.,
bounty hunters in search of a bail jumper killed a couple that
apparently knew nothing about the sought bail jumper. Chris Foote
(23) and Spring Wright (20) were killed by 5 bounty hunters. Matthew
Brackney (20), his father David Brackney (45) and Michael Martin
Sanders (40) were in custody and 2 others were sought by
authorities. Arizona laws allow bounty hunters to break down doors
and use guns to bring bail jumpers back to jail without a court
order, warrant or license. There were an estimated 2,000 bounty
hunters nationwide. Brian Jay Robbins and Ronald Eugene Timms were
arrested on Sep 3. On October 30, 1998 Michael Martin Sanders was
judged guilty of murder, and nine other felonies including burglary,
aggravated assault and unlawful imprisonment. Co-defendant Ronald
Timms pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified against
Sanders, saying the men planned to break into Foote's home because
they mistakenly believed there would be a large amount of drugs and
cash there. The rest were charged with second degree murder and
various counts of felonious assault.
(SFC, 9/3/97, p.A3)(SFC, 9/4/97,
1997 Aug, Two jurors in the
Symington trial received telephoned death threats and offers of
1997 Sep 3, Arizona Gov. Fife
Symington, the great-grandson of steel baron Henry Clay Frick, was
found guilty by a jury on 7 counts of lying to get millions in loans
to shore up his collapsing real estate empire. He was later
sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, charged a fine of $60,000, and
ordered to serve 5 years of probation. Symington's conviction was
overturned in 1999; he was pardoned by President Clinton in January
2001 as prosecutors again pursued the case.
(WSJ, 9/4/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/97, p.A3)(SFC,
2/3/98, p.A2)(AP, 9/3/02)
1997 Sep 5, In Arizona Sec. of
State Jane Dee Hull assumed the role of governor, the 3rd current
female governor in the US after Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey
and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.
(SFC, 9/6/97, p.A5)
1997 Dec 6, An asteroid was
discovered by J.V. Scotti at the Univ. of Arizona. It was recognized
as one of 108 potentially hazardous asteroids.
(NH, 10/98, p.88)
1997 The Arizona Private School
Tax Credit gave a $500 tax credit to taxpayers donating funds to
both religious and nonreligious private schools.
(SFC, 10/5/99, p.A3)
1998 Feb 5, A federal
judge in Los Angeles threw out Charles Keating's state securities
fraud conviction for a second time, saying the trial judge had given
jurors flawed instructions. In 1999, on the eve of the retrial of
the federal case, Keating entered a plea agreement: he admitted to
having committed bankruptcy fraud by extracting $1 million from
American Financial Corp. while already anticipating the collapse
that happened weeks later; in return, the federal prosecutors
dropped all other charges against him and his son, Charles Keating
III. Keating, an Arizona land developer, was sentenced to the four
years he had already served.
1998 Mar 30, It was announced
that nearly a dozen Mexican gray wolves were released into the White
Mountains after an absence of 30 years.
(SFC, 3/31/98, p.A3)
1998 Apr 20, The Goldman
Environmental Awards were presented to six winners in SF. The prizes
were increased to $100,000. Kory Johnson (19) of Phoenix won for
organizing Children for a Safe Environment.
(SFC, 4/20/98, p.A8)
1998 Apr 19-20, Grasshoppers by
the millions descended on communities along the lower Colorado
(SFC, 4/21/98, p.A3)
1998 Apr 28, The Arizona
Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a voter-approved law
requiring English be used in official state and local business.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.A4)
1998 May 29, Barry Goldwater
(b.1909), former Senator from Arizona, died in Paradise Valley,
Ariz.. In 2008 John W. Dean and Barry Goldwater Jr. authored “Pure
(SFC, 5/30/98, p.A1)(AP, 5/29/99)(WSJ, 5/2/08,
1998 Jun 23, Maureen O’Sullivan
(b.1911), film actress, died in Scottsdale, Arizona. She had starred
as Jane in the Tarzan movies with Johnny Weissmuller.
1998 Dec 12, Mo Udall, former
state Representative from Arizona, died at age 76. He had served in
the House from 1961-1991.
(SFC, 12/14/98, p.A5)(WSJ, 12/14/98, p.A1)
1998 Arizona enacted covenant
marriage legislation that was designed to make divorce much more
difficult for couples that choose the option.
(Econ, 2/12/05, p.31)
1998 Michael Block and his wife
Olga founded their first BASIS school in Tucson, Arizona. A 2nd
campus was later added in Scottsdale. Their grade 5-12 charter
schools strived to compete with the best schools in the world.
1999 Feb 24, In Arizona Karl
LaGrand (35), a German citizen, was executed by lethal injection for
the 1982 murder of a bank manager.
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A3)
1999 Mar 3, In Arizona Walter
LaGrand (37), a German citizen, was executed with cyanide gas for
the 1982 murder of a bank manager. Germany later filed a complaint
with the World Court for human rights violations because neither he
nor his brother were not informed of their right to assistance from
the German consulate.
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A3)(USAT, 9/17/99, p.13A)
1999 Jun 28, Sun Orchard Inc.
of Tempe recalled all nonpasteurized orange juice after it was found
to be the likely source for an outbreak of salmonella poisoning in
Washington and Oregon.
(SFC, 6/29/99, p.A6)
2000 Jan 11, Pres Clinton
signed a proclamation for the Grand Parashant National Monument with
1.014 million acres along the northern boundary of the Grand Canyon;
the 71,100 acre Agua Fria National Monument near Phoenix; and the
California Coastal National Monument, which includes thousands of
islands, rocks and reefs along the 840 mile California coast.
(SFC, 1/12/00, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/12/00, p.A4)
2000 Feb 3, Richard
Kleindienst, former attorney general under Pres. Nixon, died at age
76 in Prescott.
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.D9)
2000 Feb 22, Sen. John McCain
beat Gov. George W. Bush in the Michigan primary 50-43% and in the
Arizona primary 60-30%.
(SFC, 2/23/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 8, A Marine Corps
aircraft, MV-22 tilt-rotor Osprey, with at least 18 people aboard
crashed at the Avra Valley Airport near Tucson. All 19 Marines
onboard were killed in the crash.
(SFEC, 4/9/00, p.A15)(SFEC, 4/10/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 19, In Arizona Richard
Glassel killed 2 women and injured 4 others in a retirement
community in Peoria.
(SFC, 4/20/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 4/20/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 9, Pres. Clinton
established the 293,000-acre Vermillion Cliffs as a national
(SFC, 11/10/00, p.A6)
2001 Apr, Mark Warren Sands
(50) became a suspect in the arson of 8 luxury homes in Phoenix and
Scottsdale. Sands pleaded guilty Nov 7.
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A18)
2001 May 23, In Arizona 12
illegal Mexican immigrants were found dead due to dehydration. 2
more were found dead the next day. In 2002 Jesus Lopez-Ramos, one of
3 smugglers, was sentenced to 16 years in prison. In 2004 Luis
Alberto Urrea authored "The Devil's Highway: A True Story," about
the ill-fated crossing.
(SFC, 5/24/01, p.A3)(SFC, 5/25/01, p.A3)(SFC,
2/23/02, p.A5)(SSFC, 4/11/04, p.M2)
2001 Jul 1, Anthony Hayes (14)
of Phoenix died at the America’s Buffalo Soldiers Re-enactor’s
Association boot camp near Buckeye. Abuse was suspected.
(SFC, 7/4/01, p.A6)
2001 Jul 5, Kenneth Williams,
an FBI agent in Phoenix, Arizona, wrote to bureau headquarters that
al Qaeda could be sending terrorists to train as student pilots. He
urged the investigation of Middle Eastern men enrolled in American
flight schools. [see Jul 10]
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A19)(SFC, 5/22/02, p.A18)
2001 Jul 10, Kenneth Williams,
an FBI agent in Phoenix, Arizona, issued a memorandum that requested
detailed examination of US flight schools for al Qaeda terrorists.
Mid-level officials rejected the request. [see Jul 5]
(SFC, 5/22/02, p.A18)
2001 Aug 10, A tourist
helicopter crashed near the Grand Canyon and 6 people were killed.
(SSFC, 8/12/01, p.A8)
2001 Sep 15, In Mesa, Arizona,
Balbir Singh Sodhi, an Indian immigrant gas station owner, was shot
to death. A Lebanese clerk was targeted but not injured. Police
later arrested Frank Roque (42) for 2 shootings but not the 1st
murder. Roque was convicted of murder Sep 30, 2003.
(SFC, 9/17/01, p.A8)(SFC, 9/29/03, p.A3)
2001 Sep 29, Sen. John Kyl, an
Arizona Republican, said a nuclear launch would be the most
appropriate response in the case of a massive biological weapons
(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A19)
2001 Oct 21, The Arizona
Diamondbacks won the National League championship, defeating the
Atlanta Braves 3-2 in game five.
2001 Nov 4, In Phoenix the
Arizona Diamondbacks beat the NY Yankees 3-2 in game 7 of the World
(SFC, 11/5/01, p.A1)
2001-2005 Some 80 million pinõn trees died in
Arizona and New Mexico due to drought.
(WSJ, 7/31/06, p.A1)
2002 May 11, Joseph Bonanno
(97), former Mafia boss known as "Joe Bananas," died in Tucson, Az.
His autobiography was titled “A Man of Honor."
(SSFC, 5/12/02, p.A23)(AP, 5/11/03)
2002 May 14, Three men were
arrested for plotting to kill Gov. Jane Hull and Maricopa County
Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
(SFC, 5/16/02, p.A3)
2002 Jun 18, The Rodeo-Chediski
Fire began some 110 miles northeast of Phoenix. It soon covered over
60,000 acres including the community of Pinedale. Leonard Gregg (29)
started the fire to get work and was arrested June 30. The fire came
under control on July 7 and ended up raging over 470,000 acres of
p.A1)(Arch, 9/02, p.16)
2002 Jun 30, Leonard Gregg, a
part-time firefighter, was charged with starting one of the two
wildfires that merged into a monstrous blaze in eastern Arizona.
Gregg faced trial on federal charges. Gregg later pleaded guilty and
was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
2002 Jun 23, Two fires in
Arizona merged and approached the town of Show Low. The
Rodeo-Chediski fire grew past 375,000 acres.
(SFC, 6/24/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/26/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 9, Kris Eggle (28),
Arizona park ranger, was killed by a gunman at the Mexican border of
organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
(WSJ, 1/22/03, p.A1)
2002 Sep 6, Salvatore Gravano,
mob turncoat aka Sammy the Bull, was sentenced to 20 years in
prison. In 1998 Gravano, took over his son’s failing Arizona
drug-dealing operation, an ecstasy drug ring. Gravano pleaded guilty
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.A6)(SFC, 9/7/02, p.A4)
2002 Oct 28, In Arizona Robert
Flores (41), a failing nursing student, shot and killed 3 professors
and then himself at the College of Nursing in Tucson.
(SFC, 10/28/02, p.A4)
2002 Janet Napolitano was
elected Democratic governor of Arizona.
(Econ, 5/15/04, p.28)
2002 In Arizona Steven Dyer was
convicted of 13 counts of child molestation. Dyer went on the run.
He was captured in 2012 in Montreal and turned over to US
(SFC, 2/24/12, p.A2)
2003 Apr 12, Phoenix police
arrested Corey Morris (24) in connection with the deaths of at least
(SFC, 4/14/03, p.A9)
2003 May, Freecycle, a global
recycling phenomenon started operating in Arizona. By 2008 it had
grown to more than 4 million members in more than 4,100 cities. It
boasted of keeping more than 300 million tons of trash out of
landfills every day and inspired imitators.
2003 Jun 14, A car driven by
Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien struck and killed pedestrian Jim Reed;
O'Brien was later convicted of leaving the scene of an accident and
sentenced to probation.
2003 Jun 16, Thomas J. O'Brien
(67), the Roman Catholic bishop of Phoenix, was arrested in
connection with a fatal hit and run accident 2 days earlier. In 2004
O'Brien was sentenced to 4 years probation.
(SFC, 6/17/03, p.A14)(WSJ, 3/29/04, p.A1)
2003 Jun 19, In Arizona a
wildfire burned up to 250 homes on Mount Lemon, north of Tucson.
(SFC, 6/20/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 20, Wildfires fueled
by high winds burned 250 homes in southern Arizona.
2003 Jul 30, An 8-inch gasoline
pipeline between Phoenix and Tucson ruptured and created a local
fuel shortage. Gov. Janet Napolitano hoped for restoration by Aug
(SSFC, 8/24/03, p.A3)
2003 Sep 19, Joy Risker (25)
disappeared following dinner in San Diego with her husband Sean
Goff. Risker was one of 2 women married to Goff. In 2006 Goff
admitted that he stabbed Risker during an argument, mutilated her
body and buried her in the Arizona desert.
(SFC, 7/19/06, p.B10)
2003 Oct 8, In Arizona
officials at Safford Middle School strip-searched Savana Redding
(13) after she was suspected of distributing 4 ibuprofen pills. In
2009 the US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the school officials had
violated her rights.
2003 Nov 4, In Arizona Mexican
President Vicente Fox stressed the importance of continuing a
dialogue on immigration issues with the United States as he started
a tour of 3 border states.
2003 Nov 4, A shootout in
Arizona left 4 dead and 5 wounded along I-10. Police described a car
chase and gun battle among immigrant smugglers.
(WSJ, 11/5/03, p.A1)
2004 Jan 15, Gov. Napolitano
proposed a 10% increase in the Arizona budget to $7.2 billion.
(USAT, 1/16/04, p.10A)
2004 Feb 26, A mail bombing
injured Don Logan, the diversity director in Scottsdale, Arizona. In
2009 Illinois twins Dennis and Daniel Mahon (58) were indicted for
the bombing. They had allegedly intended to promote racial discord
on behalf of the White Aryan Resistance. On Feb 24, 2012, Dennis
Mahon was found guilty. Daniel Mahon was exonerated.
2004 Mar 26, Phoenix Bishop
Thomas O'Brien was sentenced to four years' probation and 1,000
hours of community service for a deadly hit-and-run that claimed the
life of pedestrian Jim Reed.
2004 Apr 22, Pat Tillman,
former safety for the Arizona Cardinals, was killed in an ambush in
Afghanistan. He had walked away from millions of dollars to join the
Army Rangers and serve his country. In late May the Army said that
Tillman was likely killed by friendly fire. In 2005 a new Army
report said top officials held back information that Tillman was
killed by “friendly fire." In 2007 a Pentagon report found no plot
to conceal evidence, but recommended that officers be held
accountable for making misleading statements about Tillman’s death.
A general was censured on July 31, 2007. In 2009 Jon Krakauer
authored “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman."
(AP, 4/24/04)(AP, 5/29/04)(SFC, 5/4/05,
p.A9)(SFC, 3/27/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/1/07, p.A1)(SSFC, 9/20/09, p.B1)
2004 May 18, Randy Johnson (40)
pitched a perfect game to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-0
victory over the Atlanta Braves.
(SFC, 5/19/04, p.D1)
2004 Aug 12, Dust storms on
I-10 in Arizona caused vehicle pile-ups that left 4 dead.
(WSJ, 8/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 14, Arizona,
California and Nevada joined with the federal government to
undertake a 50-year, $620 million project to restore wildlife
habitat along 342 miles of the lower Colorado River.
(SFC, 9/15/04, p.A8)
2004 Sep 20, The diocese of
Tucson, Arizona, filed for bankruptcy protection in seeking relief
from debt due to sex-abuse settlements.
(WSJ, 9/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 13, In Tempe, Ariz.,
Pres. Bush and Sen John Kerry held their 3rd and final debate
trading blows on taxes, gun control, abortion and jobs, striving to
cement impressions in voters' minds in the run-up to Election Day.
(SFC, 10/14/04, p.A1)(AP, 10/13/05)
2004 Oct 16, In Arizona a
stolen truck filled with suspected illegal immigrants sped away from
deputies and rolled over at a busy intersection near an Army post,
causing an 11-car crash that killed six people and seriously injured
2004 Oct 24, Arizona's Emmitt
Smith broke Walter Payton's NFL record for 100-yard games rushing
with his 78th.
2004 Nov 2, Arizona voters
passed Prop. 200 aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration. It
required proof of citizenship before receipt of public
benefits or voting.
(SFC, 11/5/04, p.A4)(Econ, 10/21/06, p.32)
2004 Nov 21, Scientists
released water from Glen Canyon Dam and flooded the Grand Canyon in
an effort to restore the Colorado river ecosystem.
(SFC, 11/22/04, p.A2)
2004 Nov, Tom and Jackie Hawks
of Arizona were tied to an anchor and thrown overboard from their
yacht off Southern California. In 2009 Skylar Deleon (29) of Long
Beach was convicted of their murder and sentenced to death.
2004 John McAfee, computer
software multi-millionaire, formed a network of runways in New
Mexico and Arizona for recreational light sport aircraft.
(WSJ, 4/21/07, p.A10)
2005 Jan 8, Richard P.
Rodriguez (29) stabbed to death Angela M. Smith (51) in Tucson, Az.
Rodriguez was found dead of a gunshot wound the next day in Blythe,
Ca., near the Arizona border. He had grown up in the evangelical sex
cult “Children of God" also known as the Family. Smith, a member of
the cult, was involved in his upbringing. The cult was later linked
to the San Diego based Family Care Foundation. In 2007 Don Lattin
authored “Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the
(SFC, 1/11/05, p.B8)(SSFC, 2/6/05, p.A1)(SSFC,
2005 Apr 3, In Arizona
Minuteman anti-immigrant activists began showing up to guard the
border against illegal crossings. Grupo Beta, a Mexican
government-sponsored organization that tries to discourage people
from crossing illegally and aids those stranded in the desert, began
patrolling that area along with state police officers.
2005 May 12, The US government
said FBI agents in Arizona had arrested 16 current and former law
enforcement officers and US soldiers who had accepted over $220,000
in bribes to help move drugs past checkpoints.
(SFC, 5/13/05, p.A4)
2005 May 20-2005 May 23, In
Arizona 12 illegal immigrants were reported dead while crossing the
border under triple digit heat.
(SFC, 5/23/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun, In Colorado City,
Arizona, Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of
the latter Day Saints (FLDS) was indicted on 2 charges of organizing
child-bride marriages. Jeffs was jailed in February, 2008. In June,
2010, a judge dismissed all state charges against Jeffs after 2
alleged victims no longer wanted to proceed with prosecution.
(Econ, 10/15/05, p.33)(SFC, 6/10/10, p.A5)
2005 Jun 24, In Yuma, Arizona,
6 people, including 4 children, were killed. Police said a man was
seen running from the scene and had not been apprehended.
2005 Jul 21, In Phoenix, Az., a
blistering heat wave was blamed for the deaths of 18 people. 10 were
homeless; the other two were elderly women.
2005 Jul 25, Intel announced
plans to build a $3 billion computer microprocessor fabrication
plant in Arizona.
(SFC, 7/26/05, p.D1)
2005 Aug 23, In Arizona 2
employees were gunned down outside a Wal-Mart store in Glendale, a
Phoenix suburb. In 2009 Ed Liu, the accused gunman, was committed to
a mental hospital instead of a trial on murder charges. Liu
was accused of shooting Patrick Graham (35) and Anthony Spangler
(18) as they collected shopping carts.
(http://tinyurl.com/boc95v)(SSFC, 2/22/09, p.A8)
2005 Samih Fadl Jamal, ring
leader of a national theft operation based in Mesa, Arizona, was
convicted of 20 charges related to the sale of $22 million of stolen
baby formula. He was sentenced to 10 years.
(SFC, 8/1/06, p.D3)
2006 Jan 24, A Mexican
government commission said it will distribute at least 70,000 maps
showing highways, rescue beacons and water tanks in the Arizona
desert to curb the death toll among illegal border crossers.
2006 Jan 26, Mexico said it
will suspend its plan to distribute maps to migrants wanting to
cross the US border illegally. An official said the decision was
made because the maps would show anti-immigrant groups where
migrants likely would gather.
2006 Jan 26, The Arizona
Supreme Court ordered first-term Republican Rep. David Burnell Smith
to leave office at midnight for violating a state's public campaign
financing system during his 2004 primary race.
2006 Feb 7, Phoenix Coyotes
assistant coach Rick Tocchet was charged with financing a nationwide
gambling ring based out of New Jersey.
2006 Feb 20, Archbishop Paul C.
Marcinkus (84), a former Vatican bank chief linked to a huge Italian
banking scandal in the 1980s, was found dead in his home in Sun
2006 May 18, Visiting one of
the busiest crossing sectors between the US and Mexico, President
Bush said in Yuma, Ariz., that it made sense to put up fencing along
parts of the border but not to block off the entire 2,000 mile
length to keep out illegal immigrants.
2006 Jun 22, A 2,585-acre fire
approached Slide Rock State Park in northern Arizona. The blaze
started June 18 in a camp used by transients and spread quickly.
2006 Jun 29, In Newark, NJ, a
district judge sentenced Andrew Mantovani (24) to 2 years and 8
months in prison for operating the largest online marketplace for
stolen credit card and debit card information. Mantovani of
Scottsdale, Ariz., was co-founder of Shadowcrew, one of a number of
online bazaars for stolen personal information. To date 18
Shadowcrew members had pleaded guilty.
(WSJ, 7/3/06, p.B5)
2006 Jul 15, Phoenix, Ariz.,
residents were reported to be in fear of 2 serial killers, who have
struck in recent months. Six killings were being attributed to the
"Baseline Killer," whose name refers to the street where he is
believed to have committed his first crimes. The 2nd suspected
predator, dubbed the "Serial Shooter," has been definitively linked
to the Dec. 29 wounding of one man and authorities believe he could
be responsible for a total of five shooting deaths.
2006 Aug 3, In Phoenix, Ariz.,
Dale S. Hausner (33) and Samuel John Dieteman (30), accused of
shooting two dozen people, including six fatally, were arrested
after police tailed them for a week. In 2009 Hausner was convicted
of 6 murders. In 2009 Dieteman was sentenced to life in prison for
random shootings in the Phoenix area in 2005 and 2006.
(AP, 8/5/06)(WSJ, 3/28/09, p.A2)(SFC, 7/30/09,
2006 Aug 7, In Arizona 9
illegal immigrants died when their SUV, crammed with up to 22
people, flipped while trying to evade pursuit by the Border Patrol.
(WSJ, 8/8/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 6, In Phoenix,
Arizona, police arrested Mark Goudeau (42), a construction worker,
for 2 sexual assaults. In December police identified Goudeau as the
Baseline Killer and recommended charging him with 71 counts
including 9 murders committed from August, 2005, to June, 2006. His
trial opened in 2011.
12/8/06, p.A13)(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A4)
2006 Nov 7, Arizona became the
first US state to defeat an amendment to ban gay marriage. The
passage of Proposition 200 would entitle one voter to win $1 million
just for voting in the nation’s first ballot box lottery.
(SFC, 11/4/06, p.A1)(AP, 11/8/06)
2006 Nov 14, Brandon Webb of
the Arizona Diamondbacks won a wide-open race for the NL Cy Young
2006 Dec 21, The US Census
Bureau said Arizona had deposed Nevada as the fastest growing US
(WSJ, 12/22/06, p.A1)
2007 Jan 12, Francisco Javier
Dominguez-Rivera (22) of Puebla, Mexico, was killed in a
confrontation with the unidentified agent north of the US-Mexico
border in Arizona between Bisbee and Douglas. On Jan 16 the Mexican
government sent a diplomatic note to the United States protesting
the fatal shooting.
2007 Jan 21, More than a foot
of snow fell on parts of northern Arizona, while children as far
south as Tucson got a rare chance to play in the snow.
2007 Feb 23, Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport became the first in the United States to begin
testing new X-ray screening technology that can see through people's
2007 Mar 20, In Arizona the
Hualapai Indian tribe invited a select few to the unveiling of the
horseshoe-shaped deck over the Grand Canyon in advance of a public
opening planned for March 28. Tour packages with deck access will
range in price from $49.95 to $199. The deck, which juts 70 feet
beyond the canyon's edge, will accommodate up to 120 guests at a
2007 Mar 21, Sonia Falcone,
former Miss Bolivia (1988), was ordered to leave the United States
after pleading guilty to employing four illegal immigrants as
household servants at her $10.5 million mansion in Paradise Valley,
2007 Apr 6, Arizona authorities
found at least 80 suspected illegal immigrants in a house west of
Phoenix and arrested two suspected smugglers.
2007 May 1, The design for the
Arizona quarter, chosen by Gov. Janet Napolitano, was announced. It
includes a "Grand Canyon State" banner across the middle of the
quarter, separating the canyon view with a multi-rayed sun above and
a saguaro in a desert landscape below. The 48th of the state series
will be released in 2008, followed by Alaska and Hawaii.
2007 May 23, Jordin Sparks (17)
of Glendale, Ariz., was crowned the newest and youngest "American
2007 Jul 2, Arizona Gov. Janet
Napolitano signed a bill imposing stiff penalties on employers who
hire illegal immigrants.
2007 Jul 27, In Phoenix,
Arizona, 2 news helicopters covering a police chase on live
television collided and crashed to the ground, killing all four
people on board.
2007 Sep 5, Contest organizers
in Tucson, Az., said Kelly McBee, a 30-year-old mother of three from
northern Wyoming, is the new Mrs. America. McBee won the national
crown in a ceremony at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
2007 Sep 15, In western Mexico
a bus carrying tourists including passengers of a flight from
Phoenix crashed, killing at least 17 people.
2007 Sep 16, The Phoenix
Mercury beat the Detroit Shock 108-92 to win their first WNBA title.
2007 Sep 20, It was reported
that Arizona Prof. Piere Balthazard planned to use data from brain
scans of visionary leaders to plot a map of a “leader’s" brain. He
then planned to use the map to help train others use their brains
(WSJ, 9/20/07, p.B1)
2007 Sep 28, Traveler Carol
Anne Gotbaum of New York died in a holding cell at Sky Harbor
International Airport in Phoenix; authorities say Gotbaum
accidentally asphyxiated herself after being chained to a bench.
2007 Dec 7, US federal
officials outlined a new plan on how to allocate water to
California, Arizona and Nevada from the Colorado River in case of
(SFC, 12/10/07, p.A9)
2007 Dec 14, A man accused of
being the Phoenix Baseline Killer was sentenced to 438 years in
prison for the sexual assaults of two sisters. As of 2008 Mark
Goudeau still faced trial for the slayings of eight women and a man
in 2005-2006; he has pleaded not guilty.
2008 Jan 1, In Arizona new laws
targeting employers who hire illegal immigrants took effect, with
experts predicting the move may cost the state's economy billions of
dollars in lost income and taxes.
2008 Feb 22, Arizona Republican
Rep. Rick Renzi was indicted on charges of extortion, wire fraud,
money laundering and other matters in an Arizona land swap scam that
allegedly helped him collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in
2008 Feb 21, Evan Mecham
(b.1924), former Arizona Gov. (1987-1988), died. He was impeached,
indicted and subjected to a recall campaign in 1988 for misuse of
state funds and inflammatory racial opinions.
(SFC, 2/23/08, p.B5)
2008 Apr 23, Officials said the
US is scrapping a $20 million virtual fence, developed by Boeing
Corp., on the Arizona-Mexico border because the system failed to
adequately alert border patrol agents to illegal crossings.
(SFC, 4/24/08, p.A7)
2008 Apr 27, In Arizona a truck
jammed with as many as 60 illegal immigrants crashed near Arizona
City killing 4 people.
(SFC, 4/28/08, p.A3)
2008 May, Evaristo
Ortiz-Jimenez (36), Mexican human smuggler, and 4 others held
hostage 21 illegal immigrants in a Phoenix, Az., drop house. In 2009
they were indicted by a federal grand jury and in Sep Ortiz-Jimenez
was sentenced to 25 years in prison. 3 other defendants were yet to
(http://lawfuel.com/show-release.asp?ID=20423)(SFC, 9/23/09, p.A10)
2008 Jun 2, Scott Coles (48),
Arizona financier, was found dead of apparent suicide. His firm
Mortgages Ltd., a company founded by his father in 1963, entered
bankruptcy on June 24.
(WSJ, 7/16/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 4, In Arizona Travis
Alexander (30) died at his home in Mesa after he was stabbed and
shot in the head by his girlfriend Jodi Arias (28). Arias later
2008 Jun 29, A helicopter
ferrying a patient with a medical emergency from the Grand Canyon
collided into another chopper carrying a patient near a northern
Arizona hospital, leaving six people dead and critically injuring a
2008 Jul 28, The
propeller-driven "Zephyr" aircraft, owned by QinetiQ Group PLC,
began a flight over the Arizona desert and continued for an
unofficial record of 83 hours and 37 minutes, more than doubling the
official world record set by Northrop Grumman's "Global Hawk" in
2001. The 66 pound- (30 kilogram-) plane was launched by hand and
flown by autopilot and via satellite.
2008 Aug 7, In Arizona an SUV
packed with suspected illegal immigrants flipped over southeast of
Phoenix killing at least 9 people. There were 19 people in the
(SFC, 8/8/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 27, A US officials
announced that Francisco Celaya Carrilo, a Mexican immigration
officer, had been caught in Arizona with 170 pounds of marijuana.
(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A11)
2008 Nov 5, In St. Johns,
Arizona, a boy (8) fatally shot his father, Vincent Romero (29) and
Timothy Romans (39) of San Carlos, with a .22-caliber rifle.
2008 Dec 23, In Phoenix,
Arizona, Joe Sauceda Gallegos (36) beat 2 boys, ages 7 and 10, with
an aluminum baseball bat. On Apr 4, 2012, Gallegos was sentenced to
2 life terms in prison, after pleading guilty to 2 counts of 1st
(SFC, 12/25/08, p.A4)(SFC, 4/5/12, p.A8)
2008 Phoenix, Az., known as
America’s kidnapping capital, reached a 10-year high with 359
kidnappings. The majority were committed by drug and immigrant
(SFC, 12/28/09, p.A5)
2009 Jan 21, Arizona’s
Republican Sec of State, Janice Brewer (b.1944), became governor
after Democrat Janet Napolitano vacated her office to become Pres.
Obama’s Sec. of Homeland Security.
2009 Jan 30, A trip to the
Grand Canyon turned deadly when a bus carrying Chinese tourists
overturned on an Arizona highway near the Hoover Dam, killing seven
people and injuring 10 others, several critically.
2009 Feb 1, In Super Bowl XLIII
at Tampa, Florida, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona
(SFC, 2/2/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 28, Paul Harvey
(b.1918), news commentator and talk-radio pioneer, died in Arizona.
His staccato style made him one of the nation's most familiar
voices. Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began
his "News and Comment" for ABC Radio Networks.
(AP, 3/1/09)(SSFC, 3/1/09, p.A12)
2009 Apr 10, In Arizona Samuel
Valdivia (18), a high school student, was caught with his math
teacher, Tamara Hofmann (48) in her bedroom, and was stabbed to
death by boyfriend Sixto Balbuena (20), who was himself a former
student of hers. Balbuena, a Navy sailor on leave from California,
was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder after police found
him covered in blood and told them about the killing.
2009 Apr 19, In Arizona Doug
Georgianni (51) was shot and killed while collecting data from a
traffic enforcement camera inside an SUV in Phoenix. The next day
police arrested Thomas Patrick Destories (68) on 1st degree murder
(WSJ, 4/21/09, p.A7)(WSJ, 4/22/09, p.A6)
2009 May 16, The Tucson
Citizen, Arizona’s oldest continuously published daily newspaper,
published its final print edition. The Citizen will continue with an
online edition with just commentary and opinion.
(SFC, 5/16/09, p.A5)
2009 May 30, In Arizona a home
invasion in rural Arivaca left Brisenia Flores (9) and her father
Raul Flores Jr., dead. In June 3 people were arrested for the
murders. Two of the people arrested headed up a splinter Minuteman
group, and were looking for drugs and money to fund their efforts to
keep illegal immigrants and drug runners out of the country. On Feb
14, 2011, Shawna Forde, head of the Minutemen American Defense
group, was found guilty of murder. On Feb 22 a jury sentenced her to
(SFC, 2/15/11, p.A10)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.38)
2009 Jun 6, In southern Arizona
a sport utility vehicle crammed with at least 27 people crashed just
before midnight killing 10 undocumented immigrants.
(SFC, 6/8/09, p.A6)
2009 Jun 24, In Arizona Trenda
Lynne Halton of Peoria was indicted for recruiting as many as 136
people to pose as college students and defrauding the government out
of nearly $154,000 in student aid money.
(SFC, 6/25/09, p.A5)
2009 Jun 24, In Arizona a
private plane crashed killing 4 people. The plane was returning to
Texas from California and carried over 12 pounds of marijuana and
over $8,000 cash.
(SFC, 6/27/09, p.A5)
2009 Jul 16, In Phoenix,
Arizona, 4 boys, all Liberian refugees (9-14) lured a Liberian girl
(8) to a storage shed and raped her. Charges against one of the
boys, aged 8, were dropped on Dec 16 after a judge ruled the boy was
not competent to stand trial.
(SFC, 8/10/09, p.A4)(SFC, 12/17/09, p.A12)
2009 Aug 5, In Arizona Brenda
Arenas (15), was shot in the head during a botched carjacking in
Tucson. She died in her mother's arms soon after the attack. Her
3-year-old sister watched the crime from the backseat of the car. On
Jan 29, 2011, Orel Vasquez (20) Christian Vasquez (26), and Juan
Leon (29) approached a border crossing point at Nogales and told US
officers they were wanted for the shooting and were turning
2009 Aug 14, Real estate lender
Colonial BancGroup Inc. was shut down by federal officials in the
biggest US bank failure this year. The FDIC, which was appointed
receiver of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Colonial and its about $25
billion in assets, said the failed bank's 346 branches in Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas will reopen at the normal times
starting on Aug 15 as offices of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T.
Regulators also closed four other banks: Community Bank of Arizona,
based in Phoenix; Union Bank, based in Gilbert, Ariz.; Community
Bank of Nevada, based in Las Vegas; and Dwelling House Savings and
Loan Association, located in Pittsburgh. The closures boosted to 77
the number of federally insured banks that have failed in 2009.
2009 Sep 30, In Arizona a new
law took effect allowing people with concealed weapons permits to
enter bars and restaurants, that haven’t posted signs banning guns.
Those carrying weapons would not be allowed to drink alcohol.
(SFC, 9/30/09, p.A8)
2009 Oct 8, In Arizona 21
people were taken to area hospitals with illnesses ranging from
dehydration to kidney failure after being overcome while sitting in
a sweat-lodge at the Angel Valley resort in Sedona. Kirby Brown (38)
of Westtown, N.Y., and James Shore (40), of Milwaukee died upon
arrival at a hospital. On Oct 17 Liz Neuman (49) from Minnesota died
from multiple organ damage. The lodge was run by self-help guru
James Arthur Ray. On Feb 3, 2010, Ray was arrested on 3 counts of
manslaughter. Ray was released from state prison on July 12, 2013.
(SFC, 10/10/09, p.A4)(SSFC, 10/11/09, p.A6)(AP,
10/18/09)(SFC, 2/4/10, p.A6)(SFC, 7/13/13, p.A4)
2009 Oct 20, In Arizona Faleh
Hassan Almaleki (49), an Iraqi immigrant, ran his Jeep Cherokee over
his daughter, Noor Almaleki (20), after she refused an arranged
marriage and went to college. Noor died of her injuries on Nov 2,
2009. On Feb 22, 2011, Faleh Hassan Almaleki was convicted of 2nd
2009 Oct 30, US banking
regulators closed nine banks in California, Illinois, Texas and
Arizona. They were all divisions of privately held FBOP Corp. based
in Oak Park, Ill.
(SSFC, 11/1/09, p.A15)
2009 In Arizona a field office
of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
decided that agents would allow “straw purchasers" to buy guns from
American shops in “Operation Fast and Furious," hoping the guns
might later provide evidence in bigger cases. In 2010 Border patrol
agent Brian Terry was shot dead in a firefight and 2 rifles
recovered at the scene were from the operation.
(Econ, 1/21/12, p.34)
2010 Jan 4, Solis Palma, a
Mexican migrant, was shot and killed after he reportedly attacked a
US Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona with rocks.
2010 Jan 15, In Arizona an
oversight board voted to close 13 state parks in response to budget
cuts. Since July the Legislature has cut 61% of the state parks
(SFC, 1/16/10, p.A4)
2010 Jan 17, Arizona made $735
million by selling more than a dozen state buildings, including the
2010 Jan 28, In Arizona police
Lt. Eric Shuhandler (42) was shot in the face as he walked back
toward a pickup after finding the passenger had an arrest warrant.
Shuhandler, the father of two girls, was rushed to a hospital, where
he died shortly before midnight. A high-speed, 50-mile chase ended
near the small mountain mining community of Superior when the
suspects jumped out and opened fire on police before falling to the
ground in a hail of bullets. The suspects were identified as
Christopher A. Redondo (35) of Globe, and Daimen Irizarry (30) of
Gilbert. Both were expected to survive.
2010 Feb 15, In Arizona a
helicopter crashed north of Phoenix killing 5 people onboard
including Thomas Stewart (64), the head of Services Group of
(SFC, 2/16/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 19, Pres. Obama,
speaking in Nevada targeted Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan
and Nevada in a $1.5 billion “innovation fund" to assist homeowners
struggling against foreclosure.
(SFC, 2/20/10, p.A1)
2010 Mar 5, In Arizona 6 people
were killed when a passenger bus hit another vehicle and rolled over
on the interstate south of Phoenix.
2010 Mar 27, Robert Krentz
(58), a prominent Arizona rancher near the Mexican border, was shot
while working at his remote cattle ranch on the Arizona-Mexico
border. His family's ranch sprawled over 35,000 acres. Investigators
tracked the footprints of the suspected gunman about 20 miles south
to the border with Mexico, prompting some authorities to blame
smugglers or illegal immigrants for the killing.
2010 Apr 15, US federal agents,
some in black hoods, swarmed over five Arizona shuttle businesses in
a major crackdown on human trafficking, arresting dozens of van
operators and smugglers accused of transporting illegal immigrants
from the Mexican border to Phoenix.
2010 Apr 16, Arizona Gov. Jan
Brewer signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state
allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a
2010 Apr 19, Arizona lawmakers
passed a controversial immigration bill requiring police in the
state that borders Mexico to determine if people are in the United
States illegally, a measure critics say is open to racial profiling.
2010 Apr 21, In Arizona the
Havasupai Indian tribe ended a 7-year legal fight with Arizona State
Univ. over blood samples members gave to university researchers for
diabetes research that were also used to study schizophrenia,
inbreeding and ancient population migration. Tribal members called
it a case of genetic piracy.
(SFC, 4/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Apr 23, Arizona’s Gov. Jan
Brewer signed into law SB1070, a bill that supporters said would
take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration.
Arizona, with an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants, was the
nation's busiest gateway for human and drug smuggling from Mexico.
(AP, 4/24/10)(Econ, 7/31/10, p.25)
2010 May 8, In northern Mexico
the body of Ronald C. Ryan (67), a US citizen from Phoenix, Az., was
found the partially buried near a creek on the outskirts of Santa
Ana, Sonora state. He had been reported missing May 3. State police
had reported detaining three men the following day who had left
Ryan's pickup truck at a carwash in Santa Ana.
2010 May 11, Arizona Gov. Jan
Brewer signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic studies
program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts
condemned the measure. The measure prohibits classes that advocate
ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a
particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic
group. State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the bill for
years, said he believes the Tucson school district's
Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they
are oppressed by white people.
2010 May 13, The Los Angeles
City Council voted to boycott Arizona businesses, making it the
largest city to take such action to protest the state's tough new
law targeting illegal immigration.
2010 May 18, Arizona voters
approved a 1% sales tax increase.
2010 May 20, Mexican President
Felipe Calderon also took his opposition to a new Arizona
immigration law to Congress, saying it "ignores a reality that
cannot be erased by decree." Calderon also urged the US Congress to
reinstate a ban on assault weapons to help cut cross-border gun
smuggling and reduce drug gang violence for its southern neighbor.
(AP, 5/20/10)(Reuters, 5/21/10)
2010 Jun 8, The US Supreme
Court derailed a key part of Arizona's campaign finance system by at
least temporarily blocking extra money for publicly funded
candidates outspent by privately financed rivals or targeted by
independent groups' spending.
2010 Jun 21, In Arizona the
Schultz fire around Flagstaff spread to 8,850 acres as some 300
firefighters battled the blaze.
(SFC, 6/22/10, p.A5)
2010 Jul 6, The Obama
administration sued Arizona to throw out the state's
toughest-in-the-nation immigration law and keep other states from
copying it. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Phoenix said the
law, due to take effect July 29, usurps the federal government's
"pre-eminent authority" under the Constitution to regulate
2010 Jul 28, US District Judge
Susan Bolton put most of Arizona’s new immigration law, SB1070, on
hold in a key first-round victory for the federal government in a
fight that may go to the US Supreme Court.
(AP, 7/29/10)(Econ, 7/31/10, p.25)
2010 Jul 28, In Arizona a
medical helicopter crashed on a Tucson street killing all three
(SFC, 7/29/10, p.A6)
2010 Jul 30, In Arizona 3
convicted murderers escaped from a private prison. Daniel Renwick
(36) was caught on Aug 1. Terry Province (42) and John McCluskey
(45) remained at large. On Aug 4, the burned remains of Linda and
Gary Haas (61) were found in a charred camper in Santa Rosa, New
Mexico. Province and McCluskey were linked to their killing as was
Casslyn Welch (44), a woman who helped them escape. Province was
captured on Aug 9 in Meeteetse, Wyoming. On Jan 20, 2012, Province
and Welch agreed to plead guilty to charges of carjacking resulting
in death, conspiracy and other charges.
(SFC, 8/2/10, p.A5)(SSFC, 8/8/10, p.A7)(SFC,
8/9/10, p.A5)(SFC, 1/21/12, p.A4)
2010 Aug 19, Authorities in
eastern Arizona arrested John McCluskey (45) and his alleged
accomplice Casslyn Welch (44) at a campsite in the Apache-Sitgreaves
National Forest. McCluskey fled July 30 with two other inmates from
a private prison in northwest Arizona and evaded authorities in at
least six states before being caught. On Oct 7, 2013, McCluskey was
convicted of murder in the August, 2010, killings of retirees Gary
and Linda Haas in New Mexico.
(AP, 8/20/10)(SFC, 10/8/12, p.A5)
2010 Aug 28, In Arizona Brian
Diez (26) shot 5 people including the mother of his 2 children and
her boyfriend before fleeing with the children to southern
California. Diez shot and killed himself the next day. 5 people died
in the shootings at Lake Havasu.
(SFC, 8/30/10, p.A5)
2010 Sep 2, The US Justice
Dept. sued Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa county, for
failing to turn over documents in an investigation of his aggressive
operations against illegal immigrants.
(SFC, 9/3/10, p.A7)
2010 Sep 28, Mayor Octavio
Garcia Von Borstel (29) of Nogales, Az., was arrested by FBI agents
on multiple charges including bribery, theft, fraud and money
(SFC, 9/29/10, p.A7)
2010 Oct 6, Northern Arizona
was hit by 3 tornadoes. 28 cars of a parked freighttrain were
derailed. 15 homes in Bellemont were made uninhabitable.
(SFC, 10/7/10, p.A8)
2010 Oct 8, The remains of
Lexis Roberts (12) from Nevada were found in Louisiana. A warrant
was later issued for Thomas Steven Sanders (53). In 1994 family
members had declared Sanders dead, seven years after he vanished. In
November the remains of a woman, believed to be her mother, Suellen
Roberts (31) were found in Arizona.
p.A8)(SFC, 11/16/10, p.A18)
2010 Oct 10, In Chandler,
Arizona, Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy's body was found in a suburban
Phoenix apartment, his severed head a couple feet away. Detectives
suspected that Cota-Monroy's killing was punishment for stealing
drugs. A police report on Feb 2, 2011, said that Cota-Monroy stole
400 pounds of marijuana and some meth from the PEI-Estatales/El
Chapo drug trafficking organization. Cota-Monroy told the cartel
that the Border Patrol had seized the drugs, but the cartel learned
the truth and hired men to kidnap and kill him in Nogales, Mexico.
Cota-Monroy fled to the Phoenix area, leading the cartel to hire
assassins to go to Arizona, befriend Cota-Monroy and kill him. One
man, Crisantos Moroyoqui, was later charged in the killing, and
three others were believed to have fled to Mexico.
(AP, 10/30/10)(AP, 3/3/11)
2010 Oct 14, On the Arizona and
Nevada border a soaring bypass bridge high above the Colorado River
near Hoover Dam was dedicated after nearly eight years and $240
million worth of work. The bridge, which officially opens next week,
is named for former Nevada Gov. Mike O'Callaghan and Pat Tillman.
2010 Oct 17, In Arizona a
commercial tour bus drifted off a highway near Meadview and rolled
over several times killing 2 people and injuring several others.
(SFC, 10/18/10, p.A5)
2010 Oct 26, Arizona executed a
convicted murderer by lethal injection in a case that stirred
controversy after it emerged that one of the drugs being used to end
the inmate's life was obtained in Britain. Jeffrey Landrigan (50),
convicted of the murder of Chester Dean Dyer in 1989, was executed
at a state prison in Florence. Dyer, who was strangled to death, was
found by a co-worker on December 15, 1989, after he failed to show
up for work. Landrigan was the 24th person executed in Arizona since
the state resumed capital punishment in 1992. 132 inmates remained
on the state's death row.
2010 Nov 2, Arizona voters by a
narrow margin approved a measure to legalize medical marijuana.
(SSFC, 11/14/10, p.A14)
2010 Nov 10, US investigators
said authorities have dismantled a major cell of a human smuggling
ring that may be responsible for the transportation of thousands of
illegal immigrants from the US-Mexico border to Phoenix and other
parts of the country. 9 people were arrested after a yearlong
investigation and 62 vans were seized from the group. The group was
led by a Mexican man named as Mark Rodriguez-Banks (29), aka Ricardo
2010 Dec 8, Pres. Obama signed
legislation to pay American Indians and black farmers some $4.6
billion for government mistreatment over many decades. The
legislation settled 4 long-standing Native American water rights in
Arizona, New Mexico and Montana.
(SFC, 12/9/10, p.A18)
2010 Dec 12, The Washington
Post reported that 8 out of the 12 top US gun dealers whose products
fuel Mexico's drug violence are located in the state of Texas. 3
others were in Arizona, and one was in California. There are 3,800
gun retailers in Texas, 300 in Houston alone.
2010 Dec 13, US immigration
agents discovered a 13-foot drug tunnel stretching from the Mexican
border to a metered parking space in Arizona, where vehicles with
holes cut in the bottom would park and take marijuana from people
inside the underground space.
2010 Dec 13, Sheila Verke, a
64-year-old substitute teacher and single parent from Fort Mohave,
Arizona, claimed a $95.3 million Powerball jackpot.
2010 Dec 14, In Arizona a
shootout between border patrol agents and bandits near the border
with Mexico left American agent Brian A. Terry (40) dead and a
suspect wounded. On May 6, 2011, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of El
Fuerte, Mexico, was indicted for 2nd degree murder. On July 9, 2012,
a federal grand jury indictment named 6 people involved in Terry’s
killing. A $1 million reward was offered to help track 4 fugitives
in the case. On Feb 10, 2014 Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced to 30
years in prison.
(AP, 12/16/10)(SFC, 5/7/11, p.A4)(SFC, 7/10/12,
p.A6)(SFC, 2/11/14, p.A5)
2010 Dec 17, The states of
Arizona and Nevada sued Bank of America Corp., accusing the largest
US bank of routinely misleading consumers about home loan
2010 Dec 26, In Arizona Gavin
MacFarlane (28) opened fire inside a Phoenix strip club killing 2
people and wounding 2 others.
(SFC, 12/28/10, p.A6)
2011 Jan 5, A US Border Patrol
agent was involved in a shooting on the Arizona border with Mexico
that resulted in the death of Ramses Barron Torres (17), who was
trying to illegally scale the border fence.
(Reuters, 1/5/11)(SFC, 1/7/11, p.A2)
2011 Jan 7, Arizona police said
they've found the bodies of two of the three men reported missing
after test-driving a Jeep in the Salt River bottom in southwest
Phoenix. The men reportedly took their Jeep out to the river bottom
a day earlier to test the vehicle and never returned home.
2011 Jan 8, Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords (40) of Arizona was shot in the head when an assailant
opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with
constituents in Tucson. The dead included US District Judge John
Roll (63); Christina Greene (9); Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman (30);
Dorothy Morris (76); Dorwin Stoddard (76); and Phyllis Scheck (79).
9 others were wounded. Giffords underwent a two-hour surgery and
remained unconscious. The shooter was in custody and was identified
as Jared Loughner (22). On May 25 a federal judge declared that
Loughner was incompetent to stand trial. Loughner, who has
schizophrenia, was forcibly medicated at a Missouri prison medical
facility so he can be competent to understand the charges against
him. On Nov 8, 2012, he was ordered to serve the seven consecutive
life sentences, plus 140 years in federal prison for the shootings.
(AP, 1/8/11)(AP, 1/9/11)(SFC, 5/26/11,
p.A7) (AP, 11/8/12)
2011 Jan 25, A federal
indictment was unsealed in Phoenix, Az., and charged 20 people for
participating in a ring that bought more than 700 guns to be
smuggled into Mexico for use by a drug cartel. Police arrested 17
suspects in a multi-agency operation across the Phoenix valley.
Three other suspects remained at large.
(AP, 1/26/11)(Reuters, 1/26/11)
2011 Feb 17, Federal
prosecutors in Arizona said two illegal immigrants from Mexico, Jose
Beltran-Bermudez and Yazmin Arvayo-Palafox, have been indicted after
they were found to possess a combined 222 assault rifles and 5
pistols that authorities say were headed to Mexico.
2011 Feb 17, US Federal
authorities said police have arrested nine people and seized 300
firearms, including assault rifles, in a raid targeting an arms ring
that allegedly sold weapons to Mexican drug traffickers. Operation
Too Hot to Handle netted a haul of around 300 guns, mostly
Kalashnikov-type rifles and semi-automatic pistols, seized in
Arizona, Texas and Mexico.
2011 Mar 21, In Arizona Carlos
La Madrid (19) was shot climbing a ladder while trying to cross the
border back to Mexico. He was shot three times, twice in the back
and once in the thigh, by Border Patrol agent Lucas Tidwell and died
later the same day at a local hospital. Investigators found 48
pounds of marijuana in the back of the truck La Madrid was driving.
A 17-year-old illegal immigrant identified as Jesus Manuel Chino
Lino ran from the truck was arrested on charges of drug possession
and transportation charges. In 2012 Guadalupe Guerrero, the mother
of Carlos la Madrid, sued the US federal government and the agent.
(AP, 3/28/11)(AP, 6/11/12)
2011 Apr 1, Southwest Airlines
Flight 812 lost cabin pressure following a fuselage rupture just
after takeoff from Phoenix. The Boeing 737-300 landed safely in Yuma
with no injuries. Inspectors later found small cracks in 3 more
Southwest planes. Some 300 flights were cancelled over the next 2
days as Southwest examined 79 similar planes.
(SFC, 4/4/11, p.A6)
2011 Apr 28, Arizona Gov. Jan
brewer signed a bill designating the colt Single-Action Army
revolver as the state’s first official firearm. Brewer also signed a
bill authorizing the construction of a fence along the state's
portion of the US-Mexico border, either with other states or by
itself. He also signed a bill approving special new license plates,
including a “Don’t Tread On Me" slogan to commemorate the Tea Party.
(SFC, 4/29/11, p.A7)(AP, 4/29/11)(SFC, 4/30/11,
2011 May 5, Pima County, Ariz.,
police officers armed with SWAT gear and an armored personnel
carrier raided at least four homes as part of an investigation into
alleged marijuana trafficking. One of those homes belonged to Jose
Guerena (26) and his wife, Vanessa Guerena. Guerena, a former Marine
who served two tours of duty in Iraq, armed himself with his AR-15
rifle and told his wife and son to hide in a closet. As the officers
entered, Guerena confronted them from the far end of a long, dark
hallway. Police opened fire, releasing more than 70 rounds in about
7 seconds, at least 60 of which struck Guerena. He was pronounced
dead a little over an hour later. Guerena had no prior criminal
record, and the police found nothing illegal in his home. The safety
on his gun was still activated when he was killed.
2011 May 11, Samuel Kioskli
(64), a former San Francisco ATM serviceman, was arrested during a
routine traffic stop in Phoenix, Arizona. On July 4, 2010, he stole
about 200,000 from six bank branches in SF and one in Daly City,
Ca., by replacing cash with counterfeit $20 bills.
(SFC, 5/27/11, p.C3)
2011 May 12, In Arizona 2
Border Patrol agents were killed when their SUV was struck by a
freight train near Gila Bend.
(SFC, 5/13/11, p.A4)
2011 May 24, In Arizona 3
employees of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio were arrested on
charges that they helped a drug and human smuggling organization
2011 May 26, The US Supreme
Court upheld Arizona’s “business death penalty," saying Arizona may
deny employers a license to do business for a 2nd violation of its
Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007.
(SFC, 5/27/11, p.A13)
2011 May 29, In Arizona a fire
began in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. It soon became the
largest fire in the state’s history. In August federal charges were
filed against Caleb Joshua Malbeouf (26) and David Wayne Malbeouf
(24) for leaving a campfire unattended.
(SFC, 8/25/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 1, A California-based
company, Seeking to capitalize on Arizona's newly enacted medical
marijuana law, opened a superstore-sized garden center in Phoenix
catering to those who want to grow their own cannabis.
2011 Jun 2, In Arizona Carey
Hal Dyess (73) shot and killed 5 people in Yuma. Dyess was found
dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. The dead included an
attorney who had represented his wife in a divorce.
(SFC, 6/3/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 5, The third worst
forest fire in Arizona’s history continued to burn, affecting more
than 225 square miles and causing many nearby residents to evacuate
their homes. By June 8 the fire grew to nearly 486 square miles.
Authorities believed it was started by an unattended campfire.
(AP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A5)(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A11)
2011 Jun 8, The wildfire raging
in eastern Arizona, showed no signs of being under control. The
blaze now spread over 607 square miles, blackening about 389,000
acres. Authorities expressed concern that the flames could
soon disrupt power lines, which would affect not only Arizona but
parts of Texas and New Mexico.
2011 Jun 10, Arizona
firefighters said they were making progress in containing a raging
wildfire, but the fire still seemed on the verge of reaching New
Mexico. Concern remained that it might damage power lines. The fire
has now affected 639 square miles of forest and forced nearly 10,000
people to evacuate their homes.
(AP, 6/10/11)(Reuters, 6/10/11)
2011 Jun 11, The wildfire in
eastern Arizona was now spreading hazy smoke as far away as central
New Mexico, causing officials there to worry about potential threats
to people with respiratory conditions. The fire, still not
contained, had now burned 672 square miles of land.
(NYT, 6/11/11)(AP, 6/11/11)
2011 Jun 12, In Arizona a fire
broke out near Sierra Vista. The Monument Fire soon forced 2,600
people to flee their homes and by June 20 had consumed 44 homes.
(SFC, 6/20/11, p.A6)
2011 Jun 14, At its annual
conference in Phoenix, the Southern Baptist Convention, until thirty
years ago a nearly all-white organization, elected an
African-American pastor, Rev. Fred Luter Jr. of New Orleans, to the
position of first vice president. This is the highest position ever
held by a black minister, and was seen by members as further proof
that the Convention is committed to ethnic diversity.
2011 Jun 14, The Wallow Fire in
eastern Arizona has now burned more than 733 square miles, and is
about to become the largest wildfire in state history.
2011 Jun 15, In Arizona a grand
jury indicted Donald Lapre, a Phoenix-based TV pitchman, accused of
running a nationwide scheme to sell essentially worthless
Internet-based businesses to more than 200,000 people. Victims were
defrauded of nearly $52 million.
2011 Jun 17, In Arizona
firefighters continued to battle the Wallow Fire, which thus far has
consumed 773 square miles, the largest in state history. Containment
was at 33%.
(SFC, 6/18/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 26, In Arizona the
Horseshoe Two wildfire was completely contained burning over 348
square miles. The Monument Fire was 85% contained and the 841-square
mile Wallow Fire was 77% contained.
(SFC, 6/27/11, p.A4)
2011 Jul 5, In Arizona a
monster dust storm moved through the state halting airline flights
and knocking out power to nearly 10,000 people.
(SFC, 7/7/11, p.A7)
2011 Jul 20, In Arizona a new
law went into effect requiring prisoner visitors to pay a one-time
$25 background check fee. In August the Tempe-based Middle Ground
Prison Reform filed a lawsuit seeking to have the fee declared a tax
and any money paid so far returned to visitors.
2011 Aug 19, Phoenix, Az.,
cleaned itself up after a wall of dust 1,000 feet tall blanketed the
city. It was the 3rd major dust storm to the Phoenix area since last
(SFC, 8/20/11, p.A6)
2011 Sep 1, Mexican police
found a tunnel was found in the border city of Nogales, across the
border from Nogales, Arizona. It was presumably used to smuggle
people into the US. Police found it acting on information they
received after discovering another tunnel in Nogales on Aug. 16.
2011 Sep 8, A power blackout
hit the southwest affecting 5 million people in Baja California,
southern California, Arizona and parts of Sonora. It was caused by a
utility worker making a routine repair in Yuma, Az. Most power was
restored within 12 hours.
2011 Oct 2, In Arizona Donald
Lapre, a Phoenix-based TV pitchman charged with running a nationwide
scheme to sell essentially worthless Internet-based businesses, was
found dead in his cell at a Florence facility. The government has
said at least 220,000 victims in the scheme were defrauded of nearly
2011 Oct 31, Arizona law
enforcement officials said a massive drug smuggling ring has been
broken up. Over the past month 76 people were arrested linked to the
Sinaloa drug cartel, which over the last 5 years had generated over
$2 billion by smuggling cocaine, heroine and marijuana into the US.
(SFC, 11/1/11, p.A7)
2011 Oct 31, An Arizona jury
found Mark Goudeau (47), identified as the Phoenix area Baseline
Killer, guilty of murdering 9 people in the summer of 2006. On Dec
30 Goudeau was sentenced to death.
(SFC, 11/1/11, p.A6)(SFC, 12/1/11, p.A10)
2011 Oct 31, Mexican soldiers
seized 2 catapults and 1.4 tons (1.3 metric tons of marijuana)
during a raid in Agua Prieta, across the border from Douglas,
2011 Nov 8, In Arizona Russell
Pearce, architect of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration bill SB1070,
became the first sitting state senate president to be recalled.
(http://tinyurl.com/c5ocmg5)(Econ, 11/5/11, p.43)
2011 Nov 8, Cartoonist Bil
Keane (b.1922) died at his home in Arizona. His "Family Circus"
comics entertained readers with a simple but sublime mix of humor
and traditional family values for more than a half century.
2011 Nov 21, Arizona police
arrested Jerice Hunter, the mother of missing Jhessye Shockley (5),
on child abuse charges "directly related" to the girl, and said they
don't believe they'll find the child alive. Jhessye was last seen
Oct. 11 after Hunter said she went out for an errand and left the
girl in the care of three older siblings.
2011 Nov 23, In Arizona 6
people on board a small twin-engine plane were killed when it
crashed in a ball of fire in a remote area of the Superstition
Mountains east of Phoenix.
2011 Dec 23, A US federal judge
barred high profile Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio from detaining people
simply for being in the country illegally, in a ruling that faulted
the local lawman for enforcing federal immigration law.
2012 Jan 22, US Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords of Arizona announced she intends to resign from Congress
this week to concentrate on recovering from wounds suffered in an
assassination attempt a little more than a year ago.
2012 Feb 18, In Arizona Pinal
County Sheriff Paul Babeu resigned as a volunteer co-chair of
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona
after he was accused of threatening a former male lover with
deportation to Mexico if he talked about their relationship.
2012 Feb 28, In the US
Republican primaries Mit Romney, former governor of Massachusetts,
won 41% to Rick Santorum's 38% in Michigan. Romney won Arizona with
48% to Santorum's 26%, with 76% of the vote counted.
(SFC, 2/29/12, p.A6)
2012 Feb 29, Arizona executed
inmate Robert Henry Moormann (63) for killing and dismembering his
adoptive mother in 1984 while he was out of prison on furlough for
another crime, despite a spate of last-minute appeals over his
2012 Apr 13, Arizona passed
legislation that bans most abortions after 20 weeks.
(SFC, 4/14/12, p.A5)
2012 Apr 20, In Arizona Isabel
Mercedes Celis (6) was last seen in her bedroom in Tucson.
(SFC, 4/28/12, p.A4)
2012 May 2, In Arizona 5 people
were killed in shootings in a home in Gilbert. They included
16-month-old Lily Lynn Mederos, Amber Nieve Mederos (23), Lisa Lynn
Mederos (47), Jim Franklin Hiott (24) and Jason Todd Ready (39), a
former Marine with ties to neo-Nazi and Minutemen groups. Lisa
Mederos was reported to have been Ready's girlfriend. It appeared
that Ready, who was running for sheriff in Arizona's Pinal County,
killed the others before turning the gun on himself.
(AP, 5/3/12)(SFC, 5/4/12, p.A14)
2012 May 10, The US Justice
Dept. sued Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio after months of negotiations
failed to reach a settlement over allegations that his department
racially profiled Latinos.
(SFC, 5/11/12, p.A12)
2012 Jun 2, Arizona police said
5 bodies burned beyond recognition were found inside a charred SUV
in a desert area known as a smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal
immigrants. The SUV was registered to a family of 5, including 3
children, in Tempe.
(SSFC, 6/3/12, p.A9)(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A5)
2012 Jun 28, In Arizona Michael
Martin (53) collapsed and died in court after a jury convicted him
of burning down his $3.5 million mansion. An autopsy report found
that he had committed suicide by taking cyanide.
(SFC, 6/29/12, p.A10)(SFC, 7/27/12, p.A6)
2012 Jul 12, The Mexican army
found an incomplete tunnel in a Tijuana warehouse with more than 40
tons of marijuana at the entry. The passage extended nearly 400
yards, including more than 100 yards into the United States. It was
the second, major incomplete tunnel discovered in the San
Diego-Tijuana area in two days and the third along the US-Mexico
border since July 9, when a completed passage was found in a vacant
strip mall storefront in the southwestern Arizona city of San Luis.
2012 Jul 29, In Arizona 7
people in a van died in a crash on I-10 near Phoenix after a
semitrailer truck crossed the median and struck the van head on.
(SFC, 7/30/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 1, A US federal
appeals court blocked an Arizona law that would set the nation’s
tightest restrictions on midterm abortions banning them at 20 weeks
except in medical emergencies.
(SFC, 8/2/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 7, In Arizona Jared
Lee Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 of 49 charges related to the Jan
8, 2011, shootings that killed 6 people and wounded then Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others. The government agreed not to seek
the death penalty in the plea deal.
(SFC, 8/8/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 15, A US federal
government policy to stop deporting law-abiding undocumented
immigrants under age 30 who arrived in the country before age 16
took effect. Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer issued an order
barring illegal immigrants who qualify for temporary legal status in
the United States from receiving any state or local public benefits,
including driver’s licenses. The action was a response to relaxed
deportation rules issued by the Obama administration. On July
7, 2014, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals said Arizona’s police
is discriminatory and ordered the state to issue licenses.
(SFC, 6/16/12, p.A1)(Reuters, 8/15/12)(SFC,
2012 Sep 5, A US federal judge
ruled that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious
section of the state's heavily debated immigration law, regarding a
section of the statute that critics have dubbed the "show me your
2012 Sep 18, An Arizona judge
said the police can immediately start enforcing the “show me your
papers" provision of the state’s controversial immigration law.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 28, In Arizona Jodon
F. Romero (33) fired at officers and a police helicopter at one
point during a pursuit for carjacking. He died at the scene from a
self-inflicted gunshot wound in an event that was broadcast live by
Fox News, which later apologized for the live coverage of the
2012 Oct 2, US Border Patrol
Agent Nicholas Ivie was shot dead and another wounded while on
patrol in a drug smuggling corridor in Arizona, near the border with
Mexico. On Oct 5 the FBI said friendly fire was probably to blame in
(Reuters, 10/2/12)(AP, 10/4/12)(SFC, 10/6/12,
2012 Oct 10, In Arizona US
Border Patrol agents in Nogales opened fire on a group of people
throwing rocks at agents from across the border. An autopsy
showed that Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez (16) was shot at
least eight times. In 2014 the mother of the teen sued the agency
saying he was walking home with his girlfriend when he was hit in
the back by 10 bullets. On Sep 23, 2015, agent Lonnie Swartz was
charged with second-degree murder. In 2018 Swartz was acquitted of
second-degree murder. On Nov. 21, 2018, an Arizona jury found Swartz
not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but did not come to a
decision on voluntary manslaughter.
(SFC, 7/30/14, p.E3)(SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)(SFC,
8/8/18, p.A4)(SFC, 11/22/18, p.A8)
2012 Nov 4, The California
state Supreme Court issued an order to allow the state’s political
watchdog to identify contributors to an Arizona group’s last minute
infusion of $11 million to campaigns opposing Gov. Brown’s tax
initiative and supporting an antiunion measure on the Nov 6
ballot.The Arizona group declined and said it would appeal to the US
(SFC, 11/5/12, p.C1)
2012 Dec 27, Mexican
authorities discovered a sophisticated smuggling tunnel, as long as
a football field, equipped with electricity and ventilation not far
from the Nogales port of entry into Arizona.
2013 Jan 1, Ten states kicked
off the new year with a minimum wage rise of between 10 and 35
cents. The rises went into effect in Arizona, Colorado, Florida,
Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and
2013 Jan 19, Rick Champagne, an
Arizona man with a special fondness for caped crusader Batman and
his sidekick Robin, bought the original Batmobile driven in the
iconic television series with a bid of $4.2 million at an auction.
2013 Mar 27, Eric Harroun of
Phoenix, Az., was arrested at Dulles Int’l. Airport upon returning
to the US from Turkey, where he had described to FBI agents his
journey to the front lines of Syria's civil war with fighters from
the al-Nusra Front, a designated terrorist organization also
referred to as al Qaeda in Iraq. Harroun served in the US Army from
2000 to 2003.
2013 Apr 2, In Arizona the
Bisbee City Council approved an ordinance recognizing civil unions
for same-sex couples. State Attorney General Tom Horne said the next
day that he would go to court to block the artist’s community’s
(SFC, 4/4/13, p.A6)
2013 May 8, In Arizona a jury
found Jodi Arias (32) guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008
killing of her onetime boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
(SFC, 5/9/13, p.A8)
2013 May 21, A US federal
appeals court struck down Arizona’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks
(SFC, 5/22/13, p.A7)
2013 May 24, A US federal judge
said Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio violated the constitutional rights of
Latino drivers in his crackdown on illegal immigration, and ordered
him to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions.
2013 May 31, In Arizona two
small planes collided near Phoenix killing all four people aboard.
(SFC, 6/1/13, p.A7)
2013 Jun 17, The US Supreme
Court ruled that states can't demand proof of citizenship from
people registering to vote in federal elections unless they get
federal or court approval to do so. The decision complicated efforts
in Arizona and other states to bar voting by people who are in the
2013 Jun 30, In Arizona 19
firefighters of an elite crew fighting a forest fire northwest of
Phoenix were overtaken and killed by a fast-moving blaze stoked by
hot winds. The Yarnell Hill Fire also destroyed some 200 homes. On
Dec 4 a state commission approved a nearly $650,000 fine against the
state Forestry Division after investigators found that officials had
put protection of property ahead of safety.
(AP, 7/1/13)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A8)
2013 Jul 22, American TV and
film actor Dennis Farina (69) died in Scottsdale, Arizona. His films
included “Manhunter" (1986), “"Midnight Run" (1988), “Saving Private
Ryan" (1998), “Out of Sight" (1998) and “Get Shorty" (1995). From
2004-2006 he played Detective Joe Fontana on the TV show “Law &
(SFC, 7/23/13, p.C3)
2013 Oct 9, In the US 2 men
were executed, one in Arizona and the other in Texas, with a drug
not yet approved by federal authorities, after the Supreme Court
denied one of the inmate's final appeal.
2013 Oct 21, US authorites said
nearly two dozen current and former members of Arizona’s Air
National Guard have been indicted on charges including theft and
money laundering in a $1.4 million scam to defraud the federal
government. The 8 officers and 13 enlisted men and women had been
resposible for remotely operating drones to support troops in
Afghanistan and Iraq.
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 24, California state
investigators announced a record $1 million fine against two Arizona
nonprofits, the Center to Protect Patient’s Rights and Americans for
Responsible Leadership, for attempting to secretly sway California
voters in 2012 in support of Prop 32 and in opposition to prop 30.
(SFC, 10/25/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 26, In Arizona 5
people and 2 dogs were found shot to death at a Phoenix apartment
complex in what appeared to be a murder-homicide. Michael Guzzo (56)
killed himself after shooting four members of a family that lived
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A8)(SFC, 10/28/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 14, Google Inc and
private equity firm KKR & Co LP said they are investing $400
million in six solar power plants in California and Arizona.
2013 Nov 20, Serafin Zambada
(23), the son of one of the world's most-wanted drug lords, was
arrested at an Arizona border crossing to face drug-trafficking
charges in the United States.
2013 Nov 24, US media reported
that a major winter storm that has dumped freezing rain and snow in
the US southwest has killed at least 13 people in Arizona (1),
California (3), Oklahoma (4), New Mexico (1) and Texas (4).
2013 Dec 25, In Arizona police
found Aniarael Macias (13) dead at the home of Connie Villa (35) in
Casa Grande. Villa had tried to poison her three other children and
had just stabbed her ex-husband who called 911 as he drove to a
hospital. Connie Villa was arrested on Dec 29 after being released
from a hospital.
(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 28, Arizona police in
Phoenix shot and killed Mario Edward Garnett (40) following an
attempted bank robbery. He is believed to be the same man accused in
the Dec 23 killing of a police officer in Tupelo, Miss.
(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)
2014 Jan 13, The US Supreme
Court declined to review an appeals court ruling that said an
Arizona law banning abortions starting at 20 weeks of gestation is
unconstitutional, meaning the restrictive state law is struck down.
2014 Jan 17, The US Election
Assistance Comission denied requests from Arizona, Georgia and
Kansas to modify the federal registration form for their residents.
It said heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements would likely
hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections.
(SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 25, Arizona’s
Republican Party censured Sen. John McCain (77) citing his voting
record as too liberal.
(SFC, 1/29/14, p.A7)
2014 Feb 26, Arizona Gov. Jan
Brewer vetoed a bill designed to give added protection from lawsuits
to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to
(SFC, 2/27/14, p.A10)
2014 Mar 31, Charles Keating
(b.1923), moral crusader and former Arizona land developer, died in
Phoenix. He had bilked some 23,000 investors out of their savings in
Lincoln Savings, a savings and loan association based in Irvine,
Ca., that went bust in 1989.
(Econ, 4/12/14, p.94)
2014 Apr 2, A federal appeals
court granted a temporary stay on Arizona’s new restrictions on the
use of abortion drugs, which had gone into effect a day earlier.
(SFC, 4/3/14, p.A8)
2014 Apr 10, The US Justice
Dept. said institutional reform, centered on training and tools for
officers, is needed for officers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to curb
patterns of excessive force.
(SFC, 4/11/14, p.A8)
2014 May 10, In northern
Arizona a small plane carrying French tourists crashed while landing
in windy conditions, killing one person and leaving another
2014 May 20, In Arizona the
human-caused Slide Fire began around Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona
and Flagstaff. By May 26 it covered 25 square miles.
(SFC, 5/23/14, p.A8)(SFC, 5/27/14, p.A6)
2014 May 28, A US Veteran’s
Affairs watchdog reported systemic problems at the Phoenix VA
Hospital with waiting time for care for a first appointment
(SFC, 5/29/14, p.A7)
2014 Jun 7, Arizona officials
said the US government has asked them to rush medical supplies to a
makeshift holding center housing hundreds of migrant children who
were sent to the state after crossing into the US from Mexico alone.
Jimena Díaz, consul general of Guatemala in Phoenix, visited the
center a day earlier and said about 250 children are from Guatemala,
with the rest coming from El Salvador and Honduras.
2014 Jun 11, In Arizona Rev.
Kenneth Walker (28) was shot and killed during a burglary at the
Mother of Mercy Mission in Phoenix. Rev. Joseph Terra was injured.
On June 16 Gary Michael Moran (54), a homeless ex-convict, was
arrested on suspicion of murder.
(SFC, 6/13/14, p.A7)(SFC, 6/17/14, p.A12)
2014 Jun, In Arizona the body
of Mirabel Gonzalez (13) was discovered in Tucson.
(SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A10)
2014 Jul 23, In Arizona
convicted killer Joseph Wood gasped and snorted during the 117
minutes it took him to die after he was injected with a relatively
untested combination of the sedative midazolam and painkiller
hydromorphone. He had been sentenced to death for killing his
girlfriend and her father.
(AFP, 7/24/14)(SFC, 7/24/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 14, In Arizona
Michelle Cusseaux (50), was slain by a single bullet in the
threshold of her Phoenix apartment after threatening officers with a
claw hammer. Officers were serving an emergency court order to take
her to a mental health care facility.
2014 Aug 15, Phoenix-based Elio
said it plans to start making the cars next fall at a former GM
plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. Already, more than 27,000 people
have reserved one. The new commuter car has two seats, three wheels,
gets 84 miles highway to the gallon and will cost $6,800.
2014 Aug 25, In Arizona
firing-range instructor Charles Vacca (39) was shot and killed in
the recoil of an Uzi fired by a girl (9) at the Last Stop range in
(SFC, 8/28/14, p.A7)
2014 Sep 8, Torrential rains
drenched much of the US Southwest, prompting flash-flood warnings
across four states and taking the lives of two women washed away in
separate incidents in Arizona.
2014 Sep 26, In Arizona the
Navajo Nation held a signing ceremony for a $554 milion settlement
of a 2006 lawsuit over federal government mismanagement of tribal
(SFC, 9/26/14, p.A6)
2014 Oct 7, A US federal
appeals court in San Francisco struck down Nevada and Idaho’s bans
on same-sex marriage. The ruling also applies to all nine states in
the court’s territory and will overturn marriage bans in Montana,
Alaska and Arizona.
(SFC, 10/8/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 7, A US federal judge
struck down Arizona's 2005 immigrant smuggling law on the grounds
that it's trumped by federal statutes.
2014 Dec 17, Arizona’s
sheriff’s office anounced a decision to disband its criminal
employment squad. Sheriff Joe Arpaio used the squad to target
immigrants usng fake or stolen IDs to get jobs. The decision was
made after courts shelved certain state immigration laws.
(SFC, 12/19/14, p.A14)
2014 Dec 18, A US judge cleared
the way for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona to get driver’s
(SFC, 12/19/14, p.A9)
2014 Dec 27, In Arizona police
officer Tyler J. Stewart (24) died in Flagstaff after he was shot
multiple times by Robert W. Smith (28), a domestic violence suspect.
Smith walked away and fatally shot himself.
(SFC, 12/29/14, p.A7)
2014 Dec 31, In Arizona a
helicopter leased by the Cochise County sheriff’s department crashed
and killed two civilians as it returned from a trip to Phoenix for
(SFC, 1/2/15, p.A5)
2014 US authorities recovered
the remains of 129 people who tried to cross the southern Arizona
border this year. This was the lowest number since 2001.
(SFC, 6/12/15, p.A7)
2015 Jan 15, Arizona Gov. Doug
Ducey signed a law requiring students to pass a US citizenship test
in order to get a high school diploma. This was the nation’s first
(SFC, 1/17/15, p.A6)
2015 Feb 1, The New England
Patriots ended a decade drought without an NFL title by beating the
defending champion Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in a taut Super Bowl XLIX
classic played in Glendale, Arizona.
2015 Mar 5, A US jury in
Arizona failed again to agree on whether to sentence Jodi Arias (34)
to death for the grisly killing of her boyfriend in 2008,
effectively sparing her the death penalty. On April 14 Arias was
sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release.
(AFP, 3/5/15)(SFC, 4/14/15, p.A7)
2015 Mar 13, Pres. Obama, in
his first visit to the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital whose
practices sparked a health care scandal, acknowledged lingering
weaknesses the the federal government’s response to the chronic
delays and false waiting lists in the VA health system.
(BG, 3/13/16, p.B6)
2015 Mar 18, In Arizona a
gunman killed one person and wounded five others in rampage in Mesa.
Police soon arrested ex-con Ryan Giroux (41), who has already served
three stints in state prison since 1994.
(SFC, 3/19/15, p.A12)
2015 Mar 22, US Customs and
Border Protection officers arrested a 16-year-old Arizona girl and
two women in their 20s who were with her when she allegedly tried to
smuggle 185 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Mexico
through a checkpoint at the Port of Lukeville.
2015 Mar 23, A late night brawl
in an Arizona Wal-Mart parking lot left one person dead and two
others wounded, including a police officer who was shot in the leg.
Seven suspects were eventually arrested.
(AP, 3/23/15)(Reuters, 3/23/15)
2015 Mar 23, In Arizona Debra
Milke (51), who spent more than two decades on death row in her
4-year-old son's killing saw her murder charge dismissed. James
Styers and Roger Scott, the two men who led her son to his death,
have been on death row and have refused to testify against Milke.
Her conviction had been based entirely on a confession she gave to
now-discredited detective, Armando Saldate.
2015 Apr 1, On Wall Street
GoDaddy, a provider of Internet domain name registration and hosting
services, closed at $26.15 in an IPO that opened at $20 per share.
The Arizona-based company was founded in 1997 by Bob Parsons.
(SFC, 4/2/15, p.C1)
2015 Apr 10, Raul Hector Castro
(98), former US ambassador and Arizona governor (1975-1977), died in
(SFC, 4/11/15, p.A6)
2015 May 2, Writer Michael
Blake (69) died in Tucson, Az. His novel "Dances With Wolves" became
a major hit movie and earned him an Academy Award for the
2015 May 12, In Arizona 5 men
and women were found shot dead in a Tucson home. Christopher Carillo
(25) killed 4 of his family members before fatally shooting himself.
(Reuters, 5/13/15)(SFC, 5/14/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 17, It was reported
that US border officers in Arizona have seized more than 3,240
pounds of methamphetamines between October and May, compared with
3,200 pounds of all of 2014.
(SFC, 6/17/15, p.A5)
2015 Jun 23, In southern
Arizona Iraqi Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sadeeq was killed in an F-16
Fighting Falcon crash during a training mission.
2015 Jul 3, In Arizona a new
law made it possible for anyone to order a laboratory test with no
need to see a doctor. Theranos, a company based in Palo Alto, Ca.,
had lobbied for the legal change.
(Econ, 6/27/15, p.51)
2015 Aug 28, In Arizona a
string of shootings began on Phoenix-area highways. By September 10
at least 11 vehicles were struck by bullets or projectiles. On Sep
18 suspect Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. (21) was arrested. Merritt said
the gun has been in a pawn shop for the last two months.
(SFC, 9/11/15, p.A11)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A5)(SSFC,
2015 Oct 9, In Arizona an
overnight confrontation between two groups of students escalated
into gunfire when Steven Jones (18), a freshman at Northern Arizona
University, killed one person and wounded three others.
2015 Oct 23, US FDA authorities
said they have confiscated shipments of the lethal-injection
chemical sodium thiopental that Arizona and Texas tried to bring in
from abroad, saying such imports are illegal.
(SFC, 10/24/15, p.A4)
2015 Dec 15, In Arizona a
medical helicopter crashed outside Phoenix killing 2 crew members
and seriously injuring a third.
(SFC, 12/17/15, p.A12)
2015 Dec 31, In Arizona retired
California police officer Frank Pascua (52) was shot and killed in
the parking lot of the Gila River Casino in Phoenix. Suspect John
Campos Sr. (47) was arrested the next day.
(SSFC, 1/3/16, p.A8)
2016 Jan 20, Federal lawyers
made opening statements in a case targeting the polygamous towns of
Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, where the dominant
religion is the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
(SFC, 1/21/16, p.A12)
2016 Jan 21, In Arizona an F-16
fighter jet crashed while training. The pilot came from Taiwan and
was presumed dead.
2016 Jan 29, A highly
secretive, daylong law enforcement operation around the Arizona
border with Mexico resulted in the arrest of two dozen alleged
high-level Mexican drug cartel members. Mexican police arrested up
to 24 members of the Sinaloa drug cartel in a joint operation with
(AP, 1/31/16)(AFP, 2/1/16)
2016 May 2, Solar Impulse 2
completed the 10th leg of its journey, landing in Arizona after a
16-hour flight from California. The solar-powered airplane was
midway through a historic bid to circle the globe.
2016 Jun 3, US boxing champion
Muhammad Ali (74) died in a hospital in Phoenix after a
32-year battle with Parkinson's disease.
(AFP, 6/4/16)(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 16, A Mexican woman
(32) was found dead after apparently falling from a border fence
about 20 to 25 feet high about three miles east of Arizona’s Morley
Port of Entry.
2017 Feb 9, In Arizona the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported Guadalupe Garcia
de Rayos, an immigrant mother in Phoenix, to Mexico. Seven
protesters were arrested.
(SFC, 2/10/17, p.A8)
2017 Apr 7, Arizona’s Rep. Gov.
Doug Ducey signed a major school voucher expansion bill that will
extend eligibility to all 1.1 million state schoolchildren.
(SFC, 4/8/17, p.A6)
2017 Apr 14, In Arizona Fire
Dept. Captain Frederick Bair (60) fired multiple rounds in the
Firebirds Wood Fire Grill in Tucson’s La Encantada mall killing one
man and wounding a woman before turning the gun on himself.
(SFC, 4/16/17, p.A7)
2017 Apr 15, In Arizona a woman
and her step grandson (14) went missing while on a hike in the
Tapeats Creek area of the Grand Canyon. The boy’s body was found
(SSFC, 4/30/17, p.A6)
2017 May 8, In Arizona Aaron
Juan Saucedo (23) was arrested for a string of nine killings that
rattled a Phoenix neighborhood last year.
(SFC, 5/9/17, p.A5)
2017 May 17, An indictment
filed in San Diego charged a father-son partnership for allegedly
smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United
States and exporting them to Asia. The charges against Blessings
Inc. of Tucson, Arizona, shed light on a growing and lucrative
illegal cross-border trade.
2017 Jun 16, US Border Patrol
agents swept into a medical camp in the Arizona desert to capture
four immigrants, an operation that volunteers called a "staged
military siege" as the US government has vowed a crackdown along the
border with Mexico.
2017 Jun 28, In Arizona a
wildfire around the mountain city of Prescott forced thousands of
people from their homes as it charred 32 square miles.
(SFC, 6/29/17, p.A7)
2017 Jul 17, Authorities
searched for a missing man after a flash flood crashed down an
Arizona canyon, reportedly killing his wife and eight other family
members at a popular swimming spot north of Phoenix. The body of
Hector Miguel Garnica (27) was found on July 19.
(Reuters, 7/17/17)(SFC, 7/27/17, p.A6)
2017 Jul 31, In Arizona former
Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio (85) was convicted of a criminal charge
for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. He
faced up to six months in jail, but was not expected to be
(SFC, 8/1/17, p.A6)
2017 Aug 22, President Donald
Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with calls for unity and
an assertion that "our movement is about love." Then he erupted in
anger and blamed the media for the widespread condemnation of his
response to violence at a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest
organized by white supremacists.
2017 Aug 25, US President
Donald Trump, in his first act of presidential clemency, pardoned
controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted
last month of criminal contempt for illegally targeting Hispanic
2017 Sep 13, The Phoenix New
Times reported that employees at Motel 6 locations in Arizona
regularly handed over to the government information that led to its
hotel guests being detained and deported by Immigration and Customs
(SFC, 9/15/17 p.A8)
2017 Sep 20, The US Fish and
Wildlife Service announced an endangered species designation for the
Sonoyta mud turtle, citing threats from climate change to loss of
habitat for the southern Arizona animal, whose numbers are believed
to have dwindled to as low as 100 turtles.
2017 Oct 24, Arizona’s
Republican US Sen. Jeff Flake announced that he will not seek
re-election in 2018, saying he “will no longer be complicit or
silent" in the face of the president’s “reckless, outrageous and
(SFC, 10/25/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 15, At the Dubai Air
Show Airbus signed a $49.5 billion deal to sell 430 airplanes to the
Phoenix-based private equity firm that owns Frontier Airlines.
Boeing reached an agreement with low-cost carrier FlyDubai to sell
225 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft — a deal valued at $27 billion.
2017 Dec 7, US Rep. Trent
Franks, R.- Arizona, said he will resign next month after revealing
that he discussed surrogacy with two female staff members. Trent
resigned on Dec. 8 bowing to an ultimatum from Speaker Paul Ryan.
(SFC, 12/8/17, p.A4)(SFC, 12/9/17, p.A5)
2017 Arizona Sen. Jeff
Flake authored “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of
Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle."
(Econ 8/5/17, p.24)
2018 Jan 17, The US Border
Patrol arrested Arizona State Univ. faculty associate Scott Warren
(35), a volunteer with aid group No More Deaths on charges of felony
alien smuggling. Immigrant advocates later said the charge was in
retaliation for a report and videos by the aid group alleging Border
patrol agents destroyed supplies left for migrants.
(SFC, 1/29/18, p.A10)
2018 Feb 10, In Arizona three
British people died in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon. They
were in the American Southwest to celebrate one of their birthdays,
a trip they had been looking forward to for a long time. They were
identified on Feb. 12 as veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson (27),
her boyfriend, Stuart Hill (30), and his brother Jason Hill (32).
Four others were critically injured in the crash of Papillon's
(AP, 2/12/18) (AP, 2/13/18)
2018 Feb 25, In Nevada a
British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery
helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from her injuries,
bringing the total number of deaths from the Feb. 10 crash up to
2018 Mar 18, In Arizona an Uber
car operating in autonomous mode struck Elaine Herzberg (49) in
Tempe, who soon died of her injuries at a local hospital. This was
believed to be the first pedestrian fatality involving a
self-driving car. Uber soon suspended autonomous testing in Tempe,
Pittsburgh, Toronto and San Francisco. Uber later announced plans to
end all autonomous-car testing in California.
(SFC, 3/20/18, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/18, p.A1)(SFC,
2018 Mar 28, US Immigration and
customs Enforcement officials said they found 34 immigrants at a
home in Phoenix and took them into custody for deportation.
(SFC, 3/29/18, p.A6)
2018 Apr 6, The US states of
Texas and Arizona announced plans to send National Guard troops to
the southern border with Mexico after President Donald Trump ordered
a thousands-strong deployment to combat drug trafficking and illegal
2018 Apr 9, The Arizona Supreme
Court ruled that young immigrants in the program started by former
Pres. Barack Obama are not eligible for lower in-state college
2018 Apr 9, Arizona's GOP Gov.
Doug Ducey sent 225 members of its National Guard to the Mexican
border and pledged to deploy another 113 the following day to
support Pres. Trump's plan to use the military to help fight illegal
immigration and drug trafficking. The Republican governors of
Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have committed 1,600 Guard members to
(SFC, 4/10/18, p.A5)(SFC, 4/11/18, p.A4)
2018 Apr 10, In Arizona all six
people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed after
takeoff on a golf course in Scottsdale.
(SFC, 4/11/18, p.A4)
2018 Apr 19, Arizona teachers
voted to walk off the job in their first ever state wide strike set
for April 26 in a move for higher pay.
(SFC, 4/20/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 26, Teachers in
Arizona and Colorado kicked off widespread walkouts that shut down
public schools in a bid for better pay and education funding.
(SFC, 4/27/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 27, In Arizona a
wildfire began near the town of Clints Well. By April 30 it had
swelled to more than 13 square miles.
(SFC, 5/1/18, p.A5)
2018 May 3, Arizona-Gov. Doug
Ducey signed a plan giving striking teachers a 19 percent pay raise
over the next two years ending a five-day walkout.
(SFC, 5/4/18, p.A6)
2018 May 31, In Arizona
forensic psychiatrist Dr. Steven Pitt (59) was shot dead as he left
his office building in Phoenix. The next day two female paralegals
were shot and killed in Scottsdale and police said their deaths were
linked to Pitt's killing. A fourth hoimicide On June 2 took place a
business midway between the previous murders.
(SFC, 6/4/18, p.A5)
2018 Jun 1, US health officials
said tainted lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, has left five people
dead and at least 197 left ill in 35 states.
(SFC, 6/2/18, p.A5)
2018 Jun 4, In Arizona Dwight
Lamon Jones (56), suspected of shooting six people to death in
recent days, fatally shot hmself as police tracked him down to an
extended stay hotel in Scottsdale.
(SFC, 6/5/18, p.A5)
2018 Jun 8, The board of the
Central Arizona Project (CAP), a major electricity consumer that
supplies water to a large swath of Arizona, voted to sign a 20-year
agreement to buy power from a solar project and also agreed to a
five-year power deal with utility Salt River Project for electricity
from a variety of sources. This ignored an appeal by the US Interior
Department to buy more power from a Navajo Generating Station coal
plant to keep it open.
2018 Jul 25, Arizona state
Trooper Tyler Edenhofer was killed while responding to a reports of
a person throwing rocks at vehicles on I-10 in a Phoenix
suburb. The arrested suspect used the the trooper's gun during a
fight and wounded another trooper.
(SFC, 7/27/18, p.A5)
2018 Jul 25, Power prices in
some US Western markets rose to all-time highs for a second day in a
row as consumers kept their air conditioners cranked up to escape a
brutal heat wave blanketing much of the region. Power prices soared
to their highest on record at Palo Verde in Arizona and SP-15 in
2018 Jul, The US federal Bureau
of land management began rounding up wild horses in Nevada and Utah
as drought threatened their livelihood. Volunteers in Arizona and
Colorado were said to be hauling food and water to dried up grazing
grounds. The region was home to some 67,000 wild horses.
(SFC, 7/24/18, p.A10)
2018 Aug 17, In Arizona the
sales and marketing director of Backpage.com pleaded guilty to
conspiring to facilitate prostitution, acknowledging that he
participated in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to
draw them away from competitors and win over their future business.
Dan Hyer was the second Backpage.com employee to plead guilty in
cases in which the site has been accused of ignoring warnings to
stop running prostitution ads.
2018 Aug 20, In Arizona a
homemade airplane crashed in Phoenix killing the pilot Theodore Rich
(54) and passenger Elaine Carpenter (49).
(SFC, 8/21/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 25, Arizona Sen. John
McCain (81), a legend in American politics, died at his home in
2018 Sep 1, In Arizona Oralia
Nunez (24) and renter Omar Gonzalez were found dead at Nunez's home
in Phoenix. Nunez was seven months pregnant. Police sought her
estranged husband, Dimas Coronado (47), who fled with their two
(SFC, 9/3/18, p.A6)
2018 Sep 1, Two boats collided
head-on on the Colorado River in a region of Moabi Regional Park
marking the border between the Arizona and California. At least 4
people were missing.
(SFC, 9/3/18, p.A6)(SFC, 9/4/18, p.A5)
2018 Sep 15, Officials in
Arizona said Christopher Matthew Clements (36) has been indicted in
the kidnappings and killings of two girls who went missing in 2012
and 2014. Mercedes Celis (6) was last seen in her bedroom in Tucson
on April 20, 2012. The body of Mirabel Gonzalez (13) was discovered
in Tucson in June, 2014..
(SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A10)
2018 Sep 20, In Arizona eight
people, including four illegal immigrants wee killed in a head-on
collision near Florence.
(SFC, 9/21/18, p.A5)
2018 Nov 12, In Arizona Kyrsten
Sinema (42) was declared the winner for a Senate seat defeating her
Republican opponent Martha McSally. Her victory guarantees the
Democrats at least 47 US Senate seats.
(SFC, 11/13/18, p.A7)
2018 Nov 29, In Arizona US
Marshall Ryan White (41) was shot and killed while serving a warrant
in Tucson. Ryan Schlesinger (26) was arrested after an hours long
(SFC, 12/1/18, p.A6)
2018 Dec 18, Arizona's
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey named Rep. Martha McSally to replace US
Sen. Jon Kyl in the US Senate seat that belonged to Sen. John
(SFC, 12/19/18, p.A6)
2018 Dec, In Arizona a woman
(29) in a vegetative state at the Hacienda Health-Care
facility gave birth following a sexual assault.
(SFC, 1/14/19, p.A4)
2019 Jan 15, In Arizona a Tempe
police officer shot and killed Antonio Arce (14) after he was
encountered burglarizing a car.
(SFC, 1/19/19, p.A8)
2019 Jan 18, A US federal judge
found found four women guilty of entering the Cabeza Prieta National
Wildlife Refge in Arizona without a permit as they sought to place
food and water in the desert for migrants.
(SSFC, 1/20/19, p.A10)