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Not everything lawmakers will face this session revolves around how to divide up the limited dollars available. They also will be taking up some matters of policy.
Recently I read that a number of Yarnell residents were now going to sue the town, city, state, USA, etc. for their negligence in safe guarding their properties. I also read that a tremendous amount of money was donated to assist them and that some (if not all) of their houses were being rebuilt — at no cost to them at all. Obviously, personal effects cannot be replaced, but I wonder if when they point the “finger of blame” they realize that three fingers point back to them. For instance, how many of them had insurance on their “homes in the woods?” How many adequately cleared a ‘fire break’ around their house? How many had prepared plans in case of such a fire? The loss of life through negligence is never acceptable; however, the loss of personal possessions through your negligence is your own fault! Trying to recoup your losses at others expense is wrong and jeopardizes possible future donations to others in need.
Everyone has done a list of the Top 10 events of the past year.
Two years ago, following the murders of two kids who’d been “on the radar” of local police and Child Protective Services, Gov. Jan Brewer ordered the establishment of the Arizona Child Safety Task Force to examine the state’s current policies and practices when it comes to protecting children.
Calling the findings legally unjustified, the state Forestry Division on Thursday is challenging the findings of liability and $559,000 in fines by state safety officials in the deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots.
The state Industrial Commission voted Wednesday to impose the maximum permissible $559,000 penalty on the state Forestry Division after the deaths in June of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Marshall Krotenberg, lead investigator on the Yarnell Hill Fire, details his findings Wednesday for the state Industrial Commission. The panel accepted his report and imposed the maximum $559,000 fine possible. [By Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
Admittedly, it is a little early to start talking about Christmas; Halloween is barely a week away, and Thanksgiving still awaits in the middle of the holiday sandwich. And there’s some reflection of that fact in Aaron Leach’s front yard in Mesa on Oct. 21, with several strands of light and inflatable ornaments unpacked but strewn all over the brown ground.
Mesa resident Aaron Leach's home, picutred on Oct. 21, 2013, will have a slew of holiday lights in honor of the victims of the Yarnell Hill Fire and 9/11 attacks starting Nov.1. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
The Arizona State Forestry Division is scheduled to release a report this weekend on the deaths of 19 elite firefighters at the Yarnell Hill wildfire three months ago.
Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Dewey, testifies at an Arizona state House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Phoenix. The committee raised questions regarding the concern of a possible plan to pay full survivor and other benefits to the 13 part-time firefighters, who were among the 19 killed in the Yarnell Hill wildfire.
House Speaker Andy Tobin urged a legislative committee Tuesday to quickly come up with a plan to pay full survivor and other benefits to the 13 part-time firefighters who were among 19 killed in the Yarnell Hill wildfire.
A pair of local organizations will host a special dinner on Sept. 14 to raise money for the family of a deceased member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer asked President Obama on Wednesday to overrule a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the Yarnell Hill Fire does not qualify as a disaster.
Flanked by federal and state lawmakers, Gov. Jan Brewer signs a request Wednesday to President Obama to overrule the finding of the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the Yarnell Hill Fire does not qualify as a disaster. With the governor are, from left, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, state Sen. Steve Pierce. Rep. Karen Fann, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Trent Franks and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
Gov. Jan Brewer plans a press conference Wednesday to discuss the federal government's denial of disaster assistance for the June wildfire that destroyed more than 100 homes in the town of Yarnell and killed 19 firefighters.
I don’t normally agree with Bill Richardson, but I do here (Aug. 21). It’s very unfortunate that these dedicated men lost their lives doing their job but it happens every day in some occupation. They took the job knowing the possible risks. Do we afford the families of our brave troops who lost their lives in their government service the advantages of hundreds of thousands of dollars plus lifetime payments for the families? I don’t think so. Their deaths were half way around the world and not near Prescott. They didn’t have the daily “hero” hype of the local press. I’m not diminishing the impact of their deaths but we need to put fairness in perspective. I think the media has provoked this claim for more money. We need to move on and consider ways this doesn’t happen again.
FLAGSTAFF, AZ - The mayor of the Arizona city that lost 19 firefighters in a deadly blaze this summer survived a tougher-than-expected re-election challenge Tuesday, overcoming a dispute over benefits for the crew's families that divided the town.
After a very active Monday around the Valley and state, conditions have been a tad quieter much of today.
“To the Venter who called Rod Livdahl a Liberal: Rod is not a Liberal but rather a progressive. And the opposite of a Progressive is a regressive, not the ‘C’ word. Get used to it.”
Mayor Marlin Kuykendall took a lead role in helping Prescott mourn the loss of 19 firefighters this summer, sharing the stage with the governor and Vice President Joe Biden at a nationally televised memorial. He set aside campaigning in the midst of a re-election bid to focus almost entirely on the fallen firefighters, and his victory to a third term seemed like a safe bet.