MVD gets award for improved customer service and innovation

The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division has received the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators “Improvement through Efficiencies Service Award” for new functions introduced last year. The MVD online insurance update and reinstatement functions introduced last year previously required a visit to an MVD or authorized third party office, according to a press […]

Brill: ‘Judge Kavanaugh proved himself to be completely biased and not remotely courteous’

Ms. Botz (writer of “Botz: America is a nation of ‘innocent until proven guilty’“), my father and I agree that the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh was a dark day in our country’s history, but for very different reasons. No one is denying the fact that in America someone is innocent until proven guilty, but that […]

Arizona could lose millions without federal grant program for outdoor recreation

Richard Bruner loves Lost Dutchman State Park, nestled at the base of the Superstition Mountains. “Just the beauty of it. It’s amazing out here,” the retired Floridian said after a 5-mile morning walk. “When you get higher up, you can hear the wind blow. When there’s nobody around, there’s no sounds. There’s nothing like that.” […]

Gosar: Kyl qualified choice to serve as Arizona senator

Sen. Jon Kyl is an experienced and qualified choice to serve the people of Arizona in the senate. His strong record on water, natural resources and judicial nominees will greatly benefit the people of Arizona. I’m grateful for his get-back-to-work attitude as there are many issues the senate needs to take up and pass for […]

Sweet: Empowerment Scholarship Account expansion on Nov. 6 ballot

In November, Arizona voters will decide whether expanding the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program makes sense. It was originally started to help the parents of disabled children, foster children or active military.  It evolved, with little controversy, to include adopted children, children attending D/F-rated schools, and those in Native American communities. About 5,000 children are now […]

Registered voter numbers climb in Arizona

The number of registered voters in Arizona has increased by 21,960 to 3.6 million active voters, according to the secretary of state’s office. Of the state’s 3,632,337 voters, 1,264,295 are Republicans, 1,111,580 are Democrats and 1,218,716 have not designated an officially recognized party preference. Libertarians and members of the Green Party make up approximately 1 […]

Zieler: Rural Arizona needs strong voice in wildlife conservation

As the newly appointed chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, I want to give the people of rural Arizona a stronger voice in the conservation of wildlife. As a longtime resident of rural Arizona, I’m proud to represent all the small-town residents, farmers, ranchers and families who live throughout the less-populated areas of […]

Arizona motor vehicle crash deaths total 1,000 in 2017

Driver behavior continues to be the leading factor in traffic fatalities and 1,000 people died needlessly on Arizona’s city, county, state and reservation roadways in 2017. That’s the major takeaway from the 2017 Motor Vehicle Crash Facts report, which was released Tuesday, July 31. Traffic deaths in Arizona rose for the third straight year, climbing […]

Jacobs: Protecting border like protecting your home

An unknown lady sent a letter to the editor of her local newspaper. Her point: Some people are angry that the U.S. might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely. Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests. Let’s […]

Regional school crossing-guard training offered

As thousands of children in the Valley return to school, many of the people who make sure they get to school safely will take part in regional training workshops during the next two weeks. In keeping with its goal of improving transportation safety throughout the region, the Maricopa Association of Governments sponsors the 2018 regional […]