Though helium is the second most common element in the universe, the gas is hard to find in commercial quantities here on planet Earth. Exception: northeastern Arizona. The region supplied the U.S. with some of the richest deposits of helium in the 1960s and 1970s, and could do so again.
The profitable – and controversial – mining practice could be coming to our state.
For a long time it seemed hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, would bypass Arizona. The state is poor in natural gas, so there seemed little need for the process of injecting a pressurized chemical cocktail into the ground to pulverize rocks and extract the fuel trapped within. But New Mexico Tech researchers’ March announcement that their state shows strong potential for gas and oil production indicates that Northeastern Arizona might also be sitting on a fortune in shale oil. It’s part of the Mancos Shale, a 90-million-year-old, 60-billion-barrel formation spread under much of the West.
The Taser’s Valley-based manufacturer claims the stun gun has saved more than 100,000 lives. But how safe is the revolutionary “less lethal” electric weapon?
Pickering, Ontario: Responding to a domestic dispute, police fire a Taser to subdue a naked, barricaded man who threatened to stab himself. The man survives.
*Warning! This article contains graphic content, multiple murderers, salacious sex scandals, swearing sports figures, risky businesses, batty bills, and ghastly gubernatorial grammar.
The Most Notorious Man on Two Wheels
It says a lot about your badass bona fides when the de facto leader of the world’s most famous outlaw motorcycle gang picks your city for his retirement garden. Hells Angels founding member Sonny Barger fell in love with Arizona the way most of us do – while pulling a four-year stretch in Phoenix federal prison.
You know Joe. But do you know the Elvis-busting, opium-seizing, Sinatra-singing, racially-profiled Notorious J.O.E.?.
“Is this safe? Am I going to get shot here?”
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has arrived to have his portrait taken at Legend City Studios near Van Buren Street and Fifth Avenue. Historically, this area has been heroin-hawking, hooker hotel heaven, heavily decorated with graffiti and the glitter of broken glass. Presently, it’s transitioning into a hipster-approachable haunt where you can usually walk around in daylight without worrying about somebody shooting you.
Arizona’s definition of a “street gang” has helped fight crime in the Valley – but can it be applied fairly?
In late 2011, a bar fight broke out on Prescott’s famed Whiskey Row between members of the Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club and an intoxicated man who made the mistake of asking the club president about patches on his vest.
Death in the Brotherhood
Who killed Cave Creek Hells Angel Patrick Eberhardt? There are some striking theories on the street. ...
Hells Angels Shootout
After a fierce shootout last year in Chino Valley between members of the Hells Angels and rival bikers the Vagos, it seems a turf battle is brewing. Could Phoenix be a future battleground?It was a peaceful Saturday morning like any other for Terrance...
Where will you live in 2035? Who will be Arizona governor in 2050? What about that bullet train to Tucson? And zombies? Steal a glimpse of the Phoenix that could be. ...
Bryan Patrick Miller enjoyed popularity in the Phoenix cosplay scene. Now others ponder the link between his mutant-slaying persona and the crimes for which he’s accused. ...
As badly as the recent Veterans affairs scandal has tarnished the agency’s reputation... ...