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August 18, 2014

  • Streamlining the Adoption Process  |   Video
    • The Maricopa County Juvenile Court System is streamlining the adoption process to make it quicker and more efficient. To do that, the court has created the Maricopa County Juvenile Court Adoption Unit. Judge Bradley Astrowsky of Maricopa County Juvenile Court will discuss the changes.

August 11, 2014

  • Vote 2014: Independent Voters  |   Video
    • The number of independent voters participating in this year’s primary election in Maricopa County could double. That is causing Republican Party officials concern, because many independents are choosing to vote on the Republican ticket. Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times will discuss his story on the issue.

August 4, 2014

  • Vote 2014: Early Voting  |   Video
    • Early voting is already underway, with the primary election set for August 26. Find out all you need to know to cast your ballot properly, whether you vote by mail, vote on Election Day or are registered as an independent. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell will give us all the details.

June 23, 2014

  • Maricopa County Update  |   Video
    • Maricopa County supervisors are working on a new budget. Board Chairman Denny Barney will discuss that and other county issues.

June 17, 2014

  • Five-Year Freeway Plan  |   Video
    • The State Transportation Board recently voted to move forward with Arizona’s Five-year Transportation Facilities Construction Program. The vote gives the go ahead to work on six major road projects in Pima County and four in Maricopa County. Scott Omer, Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Planning Division, will discuss the plans.

May 28, 2014

  • AZ Giving and Leading: Fix.Adopt.Save. Campaign  |   Video
    • Nearly 90,000 dogs and cats came into Maricopa County shelters last year, the second highest county intake in the U.S. after Los Angeles County. There is a solution. The Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative is designed to increase spay/neuter surgeries and adoptions. Heather Sheston, project manager for Fix.Adopt.Save., and Melissa Gable, a spokeswoman of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, will discuss the issue.

April 21, 2014

  • Child Abuse in Arizona  |   Video
    • “Keeping Children Safe: Ask an Expert” is a show that will air on 8pm on Monday, April 21 on Eight Arizona PBS. During the show, viewers can call in and talk to an expert with their questions about child abuse and human trafficking. Leading up to that on Arizona Horizon, Maricopa County Juvenile Court presiding judge Colleen McNally will discuss the issue of child abuse in Arizona.

March 27, 2014

  • Maricopa County Regional Behavioral Health Authority  |   Video
    • The organization that provides behavioral health services in the Maricopa County region is switching from Magellan, a Connecticut-based company, to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care April First. Mercy Maricopa is a non-profit organization sponsored by Maricopa County’s public health-care system. The switch comes at a time when coverage for the mentally ill will be enhanced by the settlement of a decades old lawsuit, Arnold versus Sarn. Charles Arnold, the lawyer who represented the mentally ill in the lawsuit, will discuss the case, along with Eddy Broadway, CEO of Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, and Cory Nelson, Deputy Director for Behavioral Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

March 24, 2014

  • Maricopa County Sheriff Hearing  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and one of his top deputies were called into court for comments the deputy made about federal oversight of the department. JJ Hensley of the Arizona Republic will give us an update.

February 4, 2014

  • Flu Update  |   Video
    • The flu has turned deadly in Arizona, with at least one adult and one pediatric death being reported in Yuma County. State health officials say it is widespread in the highest category possible. Jessica Rigler, Bureau Chief for the State Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease control, will give us a flu update.

January 28, 2014

  • Arizona Culinary Ambassadors  |   Video
    • Five Arizona chefs have been given the “Ripe Award” at an event at the Phoenix Art Museum. The award requires them to represent Arizona food culture to the rest of the nation and world in 2014. Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri, who has served as the president and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association, will talk about the awards and the mission of the awards. Joining him are Chefs Justin Beckett of Beckett’s Table, and Gio Osso of Vitru, both 2014 “Ripe Award” winners.

December 2, 2013

  • School Funding Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Some charter school students and their families are asking that the Arizona Court of Appeals reverse a Maricopa County Superior Court ruling from last April that upheld the current funding system for K-12 schools. Those filing the suit say that system gives much more money per pupil to traditional public school students. The plantiff’s attorney, Korey Langhofer, and Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, will discuss the case and school funding for charter and traditional public schools.

November 21, 2013

  • Winter Air Quality  |   Video
    • Get an update on winter air quality in Maricopa County with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality director Eric Massey and Maricopa County Air Quality director Bill Wiley.

November 7, 2013

  • Piper Charitable Trust Encore Career Prize  |   Video
    • The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will honor an inspiring encore career leader who is addressing a major social need in Maricopa County with a second career. We will talk Mike McQuaid, winner of the inaugural Piper Trust Encore Career Prize.

October 23, 2013

  • School Overrides  |   Video
    • More than 30 school districts in Maricopa County will turn to voters this year in school override elections which, if approved, allow schools to override their budget. Some district officials say they need money from local taxpayers to make up for cuts in state funding. Scottsdale Superintendent David Peterson and John Fischer, executive director of Stand for Children in Arizona, will discuss overrides and the reasons schools seek them.

October 15, 2013

  • Sustainability: Manufactures Air Quality Conference  |   Video
    • The Arizona Manufacturers Council and the Maricopa County Air Quality Department will be holding an air quality conference for the first time in several years. The conference will feature information regarding air quality standards crucial to manufacturing and the future of air quality regulations. Bert Acken, an environmental attorney for the firm Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite, will discuss the conference and air quality issues important to manufacturers.

October 3, 2013

  • Arpaio Monitor  |   Video
    • A federal judge has appointed a monitor to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to watch progress on efforts by the department to stop racial profiling. The judge also issued other orders for the department. Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton will discuss the case.

September 18, 2013

  • Indian County Report  |   Video
    • The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and Arizona State University have released a new report: “The State of Indian Country Arizona.” The report is an effort to accurately describe the legal, social, and economic relationship between the 22 Tribal Nations and the state of Arizona. Jacob Moore will address the report. Jacob was instrumental in putting the State of Indian Country Arizona together and is Tribal Relations Coordinator at Arizona State University.

August 27, 2013

  • Sheriff Arpaio Poll  |   Video
    • The latest Rocky Mountain Poll by the Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio with the lowest positive approval rating since the poll began tracking him in 1996. Jim Haynes of the Behavior Research Center will discuss the poll.

August 21, 2013

  • Danny’s Car Wash Immigration Raids  |   Video
    • Sixteen Danny’s Car Washes were raided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over the weekend. That occurred after a two-year investigation which alleges the company hired back many of the 900 employees they fired two years ago following a federal audit that revealed those workers were in the country illegally. The 78-count indictment alleges document fraud and i.d. theft, and targeted managers of the company. That is different than previous raids conducted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which targeted workers. Here to talk about the raids is immigration attorney Liz Chatham, who is also the Arizona Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

August 20, 2013

  • MCSO Racial Profiling  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has refused to have a monitor watch his department after a judge rules that the sheriff’s office engaged in racial profiling. Negotiations continue on that issue. Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley brings us up to date.

July 23, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Wind Energy Project  |   Video
    • U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel recently announced the approval of a massive new wind energy project in Arizona. The Mohave County Wind Farm will create up to 500 megawatts of electricity, enough for 175,000 homes. It will also create 750 jobs. The project, proposed by BP Wind Energy North America, will have up to 243 wind turbines on federal lands. It will be located about 40 miles northwest of Kingman. Ray Suazo, the State Director for the Arizona Bureau of Land Management office, will talk about the new project.

July 22, 2013

  • Campaign Contribution Limits  |   Video
    • State lawmakers passed a law that raises campaign contribution limits ten-fold. That law is now being challenged in court. The suit says the law violates the state’s Voter Protection Act, which prohibits lawmakers from making substantial changes to laws approved by voters. Louis Hoffman, a commissioner from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission will discuss the suit, along with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

June 17, 2013

  • Arpaio Racial Profiling Update  |   Video
    • A hearing was held Friday by a federal judge who ruled Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office was racially profiling Latinos. At the hearing, lawyers who filed the racial profiling lawsuit were expected to ask for more training for officers, better record keeping for traffic stops and a monitor to make sure the racial profiling stops. Arizona Republic Reporter JJ Hensley will give us an update.

May 28, 2013

  • Arpaio Racial Profiling  |   Video
    • A federal judge ruled that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office engaged in racial profiling. He also ordered the sheriff’s office to stop the practice. JJ Hensley has been covering the story for the Arizona Republic and will tell us more.

May 14, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Maricopa County Sustainability  |   Video
    • Maricopa County has launched a new phase of its six-year-old Green Government Program. The county has implemented hundreds of green measures, such as recycling, energy conservation and installing four megawatts of solar panels. Jonce Walker, the sustainability manager for the county, will talk about sustainability efforts by the county.

March 26, 2013

  • New Early Voter Bills  |   Video
    • Bills that allow a purge of the permanent early voter lists and that would restrict who can turn in ballots for others are said to be aimed at voter suppression. Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez and State Senator Steve Gallardo will discuss the bills.

March 25, 2013

  • Common Core Education Standards  |   Video
    • A bill being tied into the new “Common Core” education standards is facing strong criticism from those who see it as a national takeover of education. The bill, while not mentioning Common Core, would allow the state to transition from the AIMS test to another as a high school graduation requirement. Representative Heather Carter and Laddie Shane of the Maricopa County Republican Party discuss the pros and cons of the issue.

March 13, 2013

  • Sheriff Arpaio Recall Update  |   Video
    • A group trying to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has gathered 120,000 signatures, so far. The group, Respect Arizona, needs to gather 335,000 valid signatures by May 30 to get the recall on the ballot. Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts will talk about the effort.

February 5, 2013

  • Child Welfare Reform  |   Video
    • Maricopa County and its court system have come up with a new plan to deal with infants and toddlers who go through the child welfare system. The new system strives to help the parents of infants and toddlers with parenting skills and make sure that the babies receive the care they need. Judge Aimee Anderson will discuss the new “Cradle 2 Crayons Child Welfare Center.”

January 10, 2013

  • Flu Cases on the Rise  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Public Health Director Dr. Bob England provides an update on the spread of flu in Arizona, which is now categorized at the highest level of activity.

November 20, 2012

  • VOTE 2012: Election Process  |   Video
    • Two weeks after the election, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell look back at what worked, what didn’t, what was learned and what can be done to improve the voting process.

November 5, 2012

October 31, 2012

October 8, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Prop 117 (Property Value Taxes) Debate  |   Video
    • Prop 117 is a constitutional amendment referred to the ballot by the Arizona Legislature that would limit - to 5% - annual increases in property value which is used to calculate property taxes. Hear from Arizona Tax Research Association President Kevin McCarthy, who supports Prop 117, and Maricopa County Treasurer Charles “Hos” Hoskins, who is opposed to the measure.

September 24, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Prop 121 (Top-Two Primary Initiative)  |   Video
    • A constitutional amendment on this November’s ballot would create a “top-two primary” in Arizona, where the two candidates with the highest number of votes in the primary election would face off in the general election, regardless of party affiliation. Paul Johnson of the Open Government Act initiative will speak in favor of the top-two primary, while Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will speak against it.

September 19, 2012

  • In Memory: Sheriff Larry Dever  |   Video
    • The Southern Arizona sheriff who became a leading voice in the debate over illegal immigration recently died in a car accident near Williams, Arizona. Paul Rubin, who wrote numerous stories about Dever for the Phoenix New Times, talks about the Cochise County sheriff’s legacy.

September 11, 2012

  • Sustainability: Solar Tower Technology  |   Video
    • Australian company EnviroMission is planning to build a massive solar tower in La Paz County, Arizona. Chris Davey, EnviroMission’s executive director, talks about his company’s solar tower technology that uses virtually no water to produce utility scale amounts of solar energy.

September 6, 2012

  • Polygamy and Politics in Colorado City, Arizona  |   Video
    • 3TV News reporter Mike Watkiss talks about recent developments in Colorado City, an Arizona town on the Utah border that’s controlled by members of the FLDS church and their imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs. In recent weeks, the federal government has sued the town for discrimination and the Mohave County Sheriff has begun patrolling the town.

August 23, 2012

  • Voter Initiative Short on Valid Signatures  |   Video
    • The “Top Two Primary” initiative designed to change how Arizona’s primary elections are conducted might not make it to the ballot after the Maricopa County Elections Department found a high percentage of petition signatures are invalid. County Elections Director Karen Osborne explains what her department found during the signature verification process.

August 20, 2012

  • VOTE 2012: News21 Voting Rights Investigation  |   Video
    • Student journalists from ASU andten other universities across the county spent months investigating voting rights as part ofthe national Carnegie-Knight News21 program. Their work included an exhaustive investigation into voter fraud, which has gained a great deal of national attention. Learn more about the News21 program, and its voting rights investigation, from Kristin Gilger, Associate Dean of ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

August 2, 2012

  • MCSO Racial Profiling Trial  |   Video
    • Testimony ended today at the federal trial accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of racial profiling. Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley and Scott Halverson, a defense and civil rights attorney, offer their observations of the trial and lawsuit, which they have been following closely.

July 25, 2012

  • Polygamy and Politics in Colorado City, Arizona  |   Video
    • 3TV News reporter Mike Watkiss talks about recent developments in Colorado City, an Arizona town on the Utah border that’s controlled by members of the FLDS church and their imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs. In recent weeks, the federal government has sued the town for discrimination and the Mohave County Sheriff has begun patrolling the town.

July 18, 2012

  • Racial Profiling Lawsuit  |   Video
    • JJ Hensley of the Arizona Republic provides an overview of the racial profiling lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office that goes to trial Thursday, July 19th.

June 5, 2012

  • Forest Restoration Contract  |   Video
    • Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney shares his concerns about a major forest-thinning contract that was recently awarded to Pioneer Forest Products by the U.S. Forest Service.

May 10, 2012

  • U.S. Justice Department Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio  |   Video
    • The Justice Department has filed a federal civil lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio seeking remedies for what it claims is a pattern of discrimination by the Sheriff’s Office against Latinos. JJ Hensley of the Arizona Republic talks about the lawsuit and dueling press conferences held earlier in the day by the Justice Department and the MCSO.

April 10, 2012

  • Andrew Thomas is Disbarred  |   Video
    • Legal ethics attorney Karen Clark discusses the decision by a three-member disciplinary panel to disbar former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

April 4, 2012

  • Sheriff Arpaio & U.S. Justice Department  |   Video
    • Talks between the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice broke-down this week as they were trying to resolve a dispute over Justice Department allegations that the Sheriff’s Office engaged in a pattern of racial profiling. Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley provides details of the story.

February 20, 2012

  • Sheriff Paul Babeu  |   Video
    • Marcus Dell’Artino of FirstStrategic, Communications & Public Affairs comments on the political fallout facing Pinal County Sheriff and Congressional candidate Paul Babeu after allegations that the Sheriff threatened to deport an ex boyfriend.

January 4, 2012

  • Sheriff Arpaio Update  |   Video
    • The Arizona Republic reporter J.J. Hensley provides an update on legal problems facing the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

December 15, 2011

  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Investigation  |   Video
    • The U.S. Department of Justice has accused the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of engaging in a pattern of unconstitutional policing, including racial profiling. Those are some of the findings from the Justice Department’s ongoing civil rights investigation of the agency led by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Paul Charlton, provides his perspective on this story.

November 30, 2011

  • Arizona Counties: Financial Challenges  |   Video
    • Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney, who also serves as President of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona, and Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek discuss the financial challenges facing Arizona’s 15 counties and their legislative priorities for 2012.

November 22, 2011

  • Arizona Child Safety Task Force  |   Video
    • Task force chairman Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and vice chairman DES Director Clarence Carter, outline the issues the Task Force is dealing with.

November 8, 2011

  • Andrew Thomas Ethics Hearing  |   Video
    • Testimony has ended in the ethics hearing for former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Legal Ethics attorney Karen Clark offers her expert analysis of the hearing.

October 26, 2011

  • Andrew Thomas Ethics Hearing  |   Video
    • Facing possible disbarment, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas took the stand to testify in his ethics hearing. Arizona Republic reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Michael Kiefer provide an update on the hearing.

October 6, 2011

  • Olivia Cortes’ Withdrawal from LD18 Recall Election   |   Video
    • Ballots for the election to recall Senator Russell Pearce are already printed, and they include the name of candidate Olivia Cortes who has withdrawn from the race. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell explains how the election will be conducted, and votes counted, now that Cortes is no longer a candidate in the legislative district 18 recall election.

September 21, 2011

  • Andrew Thomas Ethics Hearing  |   Video
    • An update on the ethics hearing for former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and two of his former deputies with attorney Karen Clark who specializes in legal ethics and attorney discipline cases.

September 2, 2011

August 31, 2011

  • Andrew Thomas Ethics Hearing  |   Video
    • Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas faces an ethics hearing that’s scheduled to start September 12th. Attorney Karen Clark, who specializes in legal ethics and attorney discipline matters, explains what Thomas faces and how the attorney discipline process works.

July 14, 2011

  • Economic Growth: New WESTMARC CEO  |   Video
    • Michelle Rider, formally a Senior Vice President of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, is the new President and CEO of WESTMARC, an organization that promotes growth and development in the west Valley. Rider will discuss the opportunities and challenges she faces in her new role.

May 10, 2011

  • Report on the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic reporters JJ Hensley and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez provide an overview of what an investigation conducted by the Pinal County Sheriff’s office has revealed about operations at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

April 7, 2011

  • State Budget: Impact on Counties and Cities  |   Video
    • Navajo County Supervisor and President of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona David Tenney and Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny discuss the impact of the $8.3 billion FY 2012 state budget on local government.

March 24, 2011

  • Sentencing Reform  |   Video
    • A group of Arizona attorneys wants to reform Arizona’s sentencing laws. It's believed there are better, more cost effective ways to deal with non-violent offenders than keeping them in prison. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery explains why he believes changes are not needed.

February 1, 2011

  • Sentencing Reform  |   Video
    • Reforming Arizona’s sentencing laws for non-violent offenders could save millions of dollars each year and reduce crime rates, according to a new study commissioned by the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Guests include AACJ representative David Derickson, an attorney and former presiding criminal judge for Maricopa County.

December 13, 2010

  • Thomas Allegations  |   Video
    • Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and one of his former deputies are facing serious ethics allegations in an investigation commissioned by the Arizona Supreme Court. Phoenix School of Law Associate Professor Keith Swisher talks about lawyer ethics and the attorney discipline process as they relate to the alleged ethical lapses by Thomas.
  • West Nile Virus  |   Video
    • Arizona is leading the nation for 2010 in cases of mosquito-spread West Nile Virus. Dr. Bob England, Director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, discusses this unusual phenomenon.

October 28, 2010

  • Renewable Energy Jobs  |   Video
    • Scottsdale-based Fluidic Energy is locating its manufacturing center in Maricopa County. Greater Phoenix Economic Council President and CEO Barry Broome talks about this development in Arizona’s ongoing effort to become a leader in renewable energy.

October 26, 2010

  • Election Preparations  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell talks about early voting and how to make sure your vote gets counted.

September 30, 2010

  • Pinal County Deputy Shooting  |   Video
    • One week after Senate Bill 1070 was signed into law, a Pinal County sheriff’s deputy was shot while on patrol in the desert. He was shot, allegedly, by drug smugglers. However, questions have been raised about the validity of the shooting. Paul Rubin of the Phoenix New Times explains the latest developments in this story.

September 2, 2010

  • Joe Arpaio Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Paul Davenport of the Associated Press discusses the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Apraio is being sued for refusing to turn over documents regarding a civil rights investigation of the MCSO's Police & Jail Operations.

August 30, 2010

  • Dust Pollution Sanctions  |   Video
    • Lindy Bauer, Environmental Director for the Maricopa Association of Governments, discusses the severe financial sanctions Maricopa County will face if the EPA disapproves a MAG dust reduction plan that’s been in effect since 2007.

August 26, 2010

  • Processing Ballots  |   Video
    • With key primary election races too close to call, election workers continue to process and tabulate thousands of early and provisional ballots. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell discusses the painstaking process.

August 19, 2010

  • West Nile Virus  |   Video
    • Arizona is leading the nation in reported human cases of West Nile Virus. Pinal County Health Department Director Tom Schryer talks about how to avoid becoming infected.

August 17, 2010

  • Election Preparations  |   Video
    • With the primary elections one week away, Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell has the latest on polling places and ensuring that your early ballot is counted.

August 12, 2010

July 29, 2010

  • HORIZON Special coverage of SB1070  |   Video
    • Guests include: Paul Babeu, Pinal County Sheriff; Lydia Guzman, political activist; Carissa Hessick, ASU law professor; David Lujan, State Representative (Dem.); Stephen Montoya, attorney; Rick Murphy, State Representative (Rep.).

July 26, 2010

June 28, 2010

June 22, 2010

June 1, 2010

  • Air Quality Violations  |   Video
    • Maricopa County is in danger of losing millions of dollars in federal funding because of repeated violations for dust in the air. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Benjamin Grumbles explains the situation.

May 25, 2010

May 20, 2010

  • AZ Town Hall - Jobs and the Economy  |   Video
    • Just days before members of the 96th Arizona Town Hall met in Tucson to develop ideas for growing jobs and improving Arizona’s economy, Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law. Amid the ensuing drama and debate surrounding Arizona’s tough new immigration law, town hall participants drafted a report of recommendations for building a more economically stable Arizona. Find out what the recommendations say about immigration and the challenges facing rural Arizona. Guests include the following Arizona Town Hall participants: Mignonne Hollis, director of the Small Business Development Center for Cochise County in Sierra Vista; Andy Groseta, a rancher from Cottonwood; and Wayne Benesch a Yuma attorney.

May 18, 2010

May 17, 2010

  • Death Penalty  |   Video
    • This week, the Arizona Supreme Court will consider issuing a death warrant for a man convicted of killing a 13-year-old girl in 1984. Join us for a discussion about the death penalty with Timothy La Sota, a former Maricopa County prosecutor who is now chief of staff for the Scottsdale mayor, and Dan Peitzmeyer, vice president of Arizona Death Penalty Forum.

May 11, 2010

  • Special Election – Voter Info  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell has the latest information about the May 18th special election on the Prop 100 temporary state sales tax increase.

April 19, 2010

  • Interim County Attorney  |   Video
    • The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Rick Romley as Interim Maricopa County Attorney. Romley, who held that office for 16 years, replaces Andrew Thomas who resigned to run for State Attorney General. Romley discusses his new job and how he plans to approach it.

April 6, 2010

  • May 18th Special Election  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell explains what’s being done to prepare for the special election on a temporary state sales tax increase, and how you can be prepared to vote in it.

March 4, 2010

  • Maricopa County Attorney  |   Video
    • An interview with County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Topics include prosecuting members of the County Board of Supervisors.

February 24, 2010

  • Maricopa County Politics  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley discusses breaking news that a Superior Court judge has dismissed charges against Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and disqualified County Attorney Andrew Thomas from the case.

February 15, 2010

January 11, 2010

  • State of the State  |   Video
    • A special hour-long HORIZON featuring Governor Jan Brewer’s State of the State Address in its entirety followed by commentary from political analyst Stan Barnes and former lawmaker and Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios.

January 7, 2010

January 6, 2010

  • Maricopa County Issues  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley will sort out the myriad of infighting going on in Maricopa County government.

December 22, 2009

  • Green Building – PART ONE  |   Video
    • The first of a two-part series on green building. See how three Arizona communities (Scottsdale, Chandler and Coconino County) are creating a more sustainable Arizona by building green. We’ll take a look at some of the green building principles used to create Audubon Arizona’s new education center in Phoenix. And we’ll show you how Arizona State University is transforming itself into a model of sustainability.

December 9, 2009

  • County Government Feud  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley discusses the ongoing battle between public officials in Maricopa county including the latest grand jury indictments of county supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley.

November 23, 2009

  • H1N1 Update  |   Video
    • Dr. Bob England, Director of the Maricopa County Public Health Department, dispels myths and misinformation about the H1N1 flu virus.

November 11, 2009

  • Arizona Veterans  |   Video
    • Rick Romley, who served as Maricopa County Attorney from 1988-2004, and Robert Ashby, the first black pilot to fly for a commercial airline, talk about how their experience in the armed forces shaped their lives, careers and accomplishments after military service.

November 10, 2009

  • Weatherization  |   Video
    • Federal stimulus dollars are providing a huge financial lift to a program that helps low income Arizonans save money on their utility bills while making their homes more energy efficient. We'll take a look at this program that saves energy, lowers utility bills, makes homes safer, and keeps people employed.

November 9, 2009

  • Arizona Communities Building Green  |   Video
    • Greenbuild 2009, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to sustainable building, is coming to Phoenix later in the week. See how Scottsdale, Chandler and Coconino County are leading by example in green building and sustainable design.

October 29, 2009

October 22, 2009

  • Mental Health Overhaul  |   Video
    • Responding to a court order in the decades-old Arnold v. Sarn lawsuit, Governor Jan Brewer has filed a proposal in Maricopa County Superior Court to make structural changes to Arizona’s behavioral health care system. Hear what Dr. Laura Nelson, Acting Deputy Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services Division of Behavioral Health and Anne Ronan, an attorney representing Arnold v. Sarn plaintiffs have to say about the Governor’s plan.

September 3, 2009

  • Community-College Growth  |   Video
    • Community-colleges in Maricopa County are showing an increase in enrollment this year. Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Maricopa Community College District, talks about what the district is doing to keep up with the growth.

August 31, 2009

  • Superstition Vistas  |   Video
    • Public hearings will be held soon on how to manage the growth of an area in Pinal County that could be home to up to a million people. Learn more about Superstition Vistas as Dr. Jim Holway of the Sonoran Institute and Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club discuss the massive project.
  • County Issues  |   Video
    • Former Tribune reporter and reporter for the Goldwater Institute, Mark Flatten, talks about issues impacting the county, including disagreements between the county manager and seven elected officials.

July 22, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • A discussion about President Obama’s ideas for health care reform with Dr. Jonathan Weisbuch, a former director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a surgeon and treasurer for Arizonans for Health Care Reform, and Dr. Michael Powers, a neurologist and former president of the Arizona Medical Association.

May 20, 2009

May 5, 2009

April 22, 2009

April 8, 2009

  • Maricopa County Troubles  |   Video
    • Arizona's most populous county has had it's share of troubles recently, including infighting between the Board of Supervisors, the sheriff and the county attorney. County Manager David Smith talks about the county's troubles.

April 7, 2009

  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses a Washington hearing that focused on local law enforcement’s role in enforcing immigration law. He also talks about the U.S. Attorney General's investigation into possible civil rights violations in his department.

February 5, 2009

  • Mental Health Audit  |   Video
    • A court-ordered audit reveals the private, for-profit company that has managed Maricopa County's behavioral health care system since 2007 has shown �a pattern of regression and significant declines in a number of areas.� The court-assigned monitor joins us to talk about the audit.
  • Merit Selection  |   Video
    • In Arizona, judges on the state level and in our two most populous counties are not elected; they are chosen by a commission. Find out about the history and pros and cons of the system from Maricopa County Judicial Nominating Commissioner Doug Cole and attorney Len Munsil.

January 5, 2009

  • County Problems  |   Video
    • The Tribune newspaper’s Mark Flatten reports on the dispute between the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and County Attorney Andrew Thomas over Thomas’ representation of the supervisors.

November 24, 2008

  • Maricopa County Budget
    • Maricopa County Manager David Smith addresses the county's need to cut $58 million from the current year budget.

November 12, 2008

  • Election Returns Update  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Recorder, Helen Purcell discusses the election, voter turnout and the ongoing processing of ballots.

October 30, 2008

  • Voting Preparation   |   Video
    • What kind of identification do you need when voting? Where do you vote? Those are just some of the questions that Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell answers as she helps our viewers get ready to vote.

October 21, 2008

  • County Attorney Debate  |   Video
    • The three Maricopa County Attorney candidates-incumbent Republican Andrew Thomas and challengers Democrat Tim Nelson and Libertarian Michael Kielsky-square off in a debate moderated by HORIZON host Ted Simons.

October 14, 2008

  • Maricopa County Sheriff Debate  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff candidates Democrat Dan Saban and Libertarian Chris Will face off in a debate as challengers to Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was invited to participate in the debate but declined.
  • Domestic Violence  |   Video
    • A Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team was created by state lawmakers in 2005. The mission of the team, made up of law enforcement, domestic violence officials, clergy and business representatives, just to name a few, is to take a deeper look into the problem of fatal domestic violence. Libby Bissa, chair of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, talks about the team's goals.
  • Judicial Performance Review  |   Video
    • Voting on the retention of judges can be a confusing decision. Roberta Voss, chair of the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance, explains how judges are rated and where you can get this information. Related Web site: http://www.azjudges.info

September 16, 2008

  • Economic Update  |   Video
    • There is news about the economy in turmoil, much of it related to the banking industry. Arizona State University Economist Anthony Sanders discusses problems in the banking industry as well as other issues.
  • Election Update  |   Video
    • The Maricopa County Recorder's Office has canvassed the final tallies for elections across the valley. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell discusses the elections canvas results and other election issues.
  • Hospital Community Benefits  |   Video
    • The Desert Mission Food Bank is an affiliate of John C. Lincoln Health Network. It is one example of how hospitals reach beyond providing medical care to offer a variety of social services. John Rivers, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, joins us to talk about the role of hospitals in the community.

August 14, 2008

  • Terry Goddard  |   Video
    • Arizona Attorney General joins us to talk about several issues, including a fight with the county over encroachment around Luke Air Force Base.

August 12, 2008

  • China Olympics  |   Video
    • Frank Neville, associate vice president of communications and outreach for the Thunderbird School of Global Management, talks about the potential political and economic impact on China as the Olympic host nation.
  • Public Health Update  |   Video
    • school is back in session and we discuss the importance of immunizations. We also examine this summer's public health issues, including pool health safety and salmonella with Maricopa County Department of Public Health Nursing Administrator Machrina Leach.
  • small Town Challenges: Transportation  |   Video
    • How do small towns handle the challenge of improving roads while maintaining their charm? The town of Sedona is working on doing just that with a huge transportation project through town. We talk with the Arizona Department of Transportation about different projects around the state.

July 31, 2008

  • Early Voting  |   Video
    • Early balloting for Arizona's primary election begins Thursday, July 31. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell talks about voting issues, including permanent vote-by-mail list and I.D. requirements.
  • McCain Hispanic Vote  |   Video
    • During his Arizona senate races, John McCain garnered up to 70 percent of the Hispanic vote. Now, with Senator Barack Obama as his opponent in the presidential election, he's struggling to get Hispanic support nationwide. Find out what McCain can do to increase Latino support.

July 22, 2008

  • Arpaio Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Sheriff Joe Arpaio is facing a lawsuit over racial profiling of Latinos during his immigration sweeps in Maricopa County. Alessandra Soler Meetze of the ACLU of Arizona joins Horizon to talk about the lawsuit.
  • Health Care Choices  |   Video
    • Opponents of a proposed ballot measure called the �Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act� say it reduces health care choice. Dr. Jonathan Weisbuch challenges several points of the measure.

July 15, 2008

  • sheriff Joe Arpaio  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio joins HORIZON to talk about his controversial Illegal Immigration Interdiction Unit.
  • Artificial Cervical Disc  |   Video
    • An amazing new implant gives patients relief from degenerative disc disease. We take you through one Valley woman's surgery and recovery.

July 14, 2008

  • Maricopa County Attorney Debate  |   Video
    • Democratic candidates for Maricopa County Attorney, Gerald Richard and Tim Nelson, debate issues related to prosecuting crimehow it's been done in the past and what needs to change.
  • Mike McCurry  |   Video
    • McCurry talks about his experience as Bill Clinton's press secretary, and how he tried to neutralize the ever present anger in the political process.

April 10, 2008

  • E-85  |   Video
    • The first E-85 fueling pump has opened in Maricopa County. Arizona House majority leader Tom Boone joins us to talk about E-85, an 85 percent ethanol fuel blend, and a bill that would help create more biofuel stations in Arizona.

January 31, 2008

  • Presidential Preference Election  |   Video
    • Arizona's Presidential Preference Election is next Tuesday, and early ballots are slow coming. Also, there's confusion about polling places. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell will give voters the latest information on those issues and more.
  • Legislature A to Z: Other Bills  |   Video
    • We wrap our three-part series on the Arizona Legislature with a look at bills unrelated to the budget or immigration. Among them, a bill that would help consumers deal with cell phone companies and a bill that would allow guns in schools. Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services will bring us up to date.
  • super Bowl Gala  |   Video
    • HORIZON takes you to Wednesday's Super Bowl Gala that featured several NFL Hall of Famers.

January 24, 2008

  • Improving Education  |   Video
    • What must be done to improve education in Arizona? Join our panel of education leaders as they discuss options and opportunities to make the state more responsive to the needs of its students. Scheduled guests include former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona Business and Education Coalition Executive Director Susan Carlson and Arizona Board of Regents Vice President Ernest Calderon.

November 20, 2007

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • How do Maricopa county voters feel about Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas? How do they feel about the Phoenix New Times? Those are some of the questions we asked in a special Cronkite-Eight Maricopa County-only survey. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Tara Blanc will explain the results. Read the complete poll results.

November 15, 2007

  • Economy
    • Both the state and Maricopa county governments are seeing revenue shortfalls. ASU Economist Tracy Clark will explain why tax collections are down.

October 25, 2007

  • Arizona's Immigration Strategy Part 4
    • We take a look at the verification system that will be used for the new employer sanctions law. (this is the taped piece). Also, Pinal County Attorney James Walsh talks about the penalties of the law and how it might be enforced.
  • Legal Arizona Workers
    • Don Goldwater, chairman of "Legal Arizona Workers," talks about the group's ballot initiative that would close a business on the first offense for knowingly hiring illegal aliens.
  • stop Illegal Hiring
    • Andrew Pacheco, chairman of "Stop Illegal Hiring," talks about his organization's ballot initiative that would deal with day workers and would give employers two strikes before their business is closed for hiring illegal workers.

October 24, 2007

  • Phoenix New Times Investigation
    • An update on a judges decision to unseal secret grand-jury documents related to the Phoenix New Times Investigation by the Maricopa County Attorneys Office.

September 10, 2007

  • Sustainability Special
    • This HORIZON special focuses on stories that promote sustainability, such as renewable energy, Maricopa County particle control and Pinal County growth.

July 31, 2007

  • West Nile Virus
    • In the past month, the number of confirmed West Nile Virus cases in Maricopa County has significantly increased. Backyards are a primary culprit for hidden breeding places for the mosquitoes that carry the disease. We examine a typical backyard with Maricopa County Environmental Services Vector Control to find some surprising breeding places and learn how to eliminate these areas.
  • USS Tucson
    • Two ships of the United States Navy have been named after the city of Tucson, Arizona. The first was a light cruiser, commissioned in 1945 and decommissioned in 1949. The second is a Los Angeles-Class nuclear attack submarine commissioned in 1995 and on active duty as of 2006. Recently, reporter Christopher Conover and a group of residents from The Old Pueblo took a tour of the sub.
  • Arizona Stories St. Mary's Basilica
    • st. Mary's Basilica in downtown Phoenix is known for its beautiful, historic stained-glass windows. We look at the inspiration to restore them to their original brilliance.

July 30, 2007

  • Immigration Hotline
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has set up a hotline for people to report information regarding undocumented immigrants. Critics say it promotes racial profiling. HORIZON talks to Arpaio about the hotline, and speaks with State Representative Ben Miranda, a critic of the hotline.
  • Pinal County Report
    • For most of the past 50 years, Pinal County wasnt terribly concerned about its image, choices or growth. But now, Pinal County is changing faster than anyone ever imagined. The Morrison Institute just released a new study on the future of this rapidly-growing county. Morrison Institute Director Rob Melnick talks about the study, The Future of Pinal - Making Choices, Making Places.

June 19, 2007

  • New Provider for County Mental Health Services
    • Magellan Health Services is Maricopa Countys new behavioral health provider for public mental health services beginning Sept. 1. Eddy Broadway, Arizona Department of Health Services deputy director, joins Horizon to talk about the transition.

June 12, 2007

  • County Island Fire Coverage
    • County island areas in the town of Gilbert have been at the center of controversy regarding the fire coverage. A bill that allows non-touching county islands to form fire districts was recently passed by the legislature and allowed by the Governor to go into law without her signature. The law would require the surrounding municipality to provide fire and emergency services for a fee if the district doesn't have a private provider or a service agreement.
  • The Riordan Family
    • The three Riordan brothers came to Flagstaff seeking professional opportunities and ended up helping to build a community. Starting out in the lumber business in the 1880s, their civic-minded enterprises helped establish some of the areas most important organizations and community services.

April 18, 2007

  • Air Quality
    • The Phoenix area continues to violate the federal health standard for PM-10 airborne particulates, or dust. Find out what needs to be done to meet a deadline (at the end of this year) for a plan to reduce particulate pollution by five percent a year until the standard is met. Guests: Steve Owens Director, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Bob Kard Director, Maricopa Countys Air Quality Department Resources: ADEQ Web site: http://www.azdeq.gov/index.html Maricopa Countys Air Quality Web site: http://www.maricopa.gov/aq/ Maricopa Countys BringBackBlue.org Clean Air Initiative: http://www.bringbackblue.org/
  • Arizona Meth Project
    • We take a look at the newly-launched advertising campaign intended to reduce methamphetamine use among Arizona teenagers. Resources: Arizona Meth Project Web site: http://www.arizonamethproject.org/

February 26, 2007

  • Death Penalty Task Force
    • Arizona's Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor is establishing a task force to address the backlog of death penalty cases in Maricopa County. HORIZON will look at the task forces goals.
  • ASU Engineering School
    • Upon entering its 50th year, the Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering has a new dean, Deirdre Meldrum. Meldrum will discuss the school and the role of women in engineering.

February 1, 2007

  • Night and Saturday Court
    • Maricopa County Superior Court conducts its first night session this week. Maricopa County Superior Court Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Eileen Willett joins us to talk about the new night and Saturday hours at Superior Court.
  • Arizona Capitol Times
    • The Arizona Capitol Times, which covers the state capitol, is celebrating it's 100th anniversary. Learn more about the founding of the paper.
  • Tax Time
    • It's time to start filing your tax return. Bill Brunson of the IRS and Dan Zemke of the Arizona Department of Revenue will talk about the latest changes in tax law and tax filing to help you as your file your return.

January 31, 2007

  • Arizona Parenting Kit
    • Marilee Dal Pra of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and Davina Garcia of Phoenix Baptist Hospital join us to discuss a new parenting tool that helps answer expecting parents questions. It's called the Arizona Parents Kit, and it is being distributed at many Maricopa County hospitals.

January 17, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z: Transportation
    • In the third part of our series we look at the transportation issues that will preoccupying lawmakers this session.
  • Bring Back Blue
    • The Chairman of the Maricopa County Board Of Supervisors, Fulton Brock, discusses the countys new initiative, Bring Back Blue, designed to make people aware of particulate matter pollution in the Valley.
  • HORIZON 25th Anniversary
    • A look at the 5th most influential story covered on HORIZON in the last 25 years: The alternative fuels scandal.

December 19, 2006

  • Tobacco Prevention
    • Most people resolve to quit tobacco use for health reasons, but there are some additional reasons to make your New Year's resolution to stop smoking. Two voter-approved tax hikes have caused the price of a carton of cigarettes to increase by more than $8. In addition, smoking will soon be prohibited in all public places throughout the state due to another voter-approved measure. The Arizona Department of Health Services is rolling out a new Smoking Prevention campaign, and Maricopa County also has its Tobacco Use Prevention Program ready to help those who want to kick the habit.

November 28, 2006

  • Human Smuggling Conspiracy
    • Community groups, state representatives and professors filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix against Maricopa County authorities over their interpretation of an Arizona law aimed at cracking down on human smugglers. The suit alleges that county officials are misusing the statute when they charge illegal immigrants with ``conspiring to transport themselves'' and violating the constitutional rights to due process and to bar unreasonable search and seizure.

November 13, 2006

  • Vote Count
    • Maricopa County elections officials are about half way through counting 258,000 ballots that were either early ballots or provisional ballots. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell will explain why the count takes as long as it does and how the new results are affecting one congressional race and two propositions.
  • Jon Meacham
    • A conversation with Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham, author of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation, about the role of politics and religion.

October 31, 2006

  • Election Analysis
    • some of the races in this mid-term election are tightening. Voters are being bombarded with campaign ads on the candidates and propositions. One week out from election day we'll have analysis on the contentious races with capitol reporter Howie Fischer.
  • Voting
    • New laws have gone into effect for next week's election. New identification requirements are in effect, as well as a new law to eliminate long election lines. Get the details as Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and County Elections Director Karen Osborne explain the changes for voting on November 7.

October 17, 2006

  • Navajo Presidential Candidate
    • Join HORIZON for an interview with Joe Shirley, current Navajo president who is running for reelection. Discussion topics include gaming rights, trade with Cuba, and other issues that affect the Navajo people.
  • Flu season
    • The flu vaccine should be in good supply this year. We talk about flu season, vaccination programs, nasal influenza vaccine versus the shot, and general flu prevention.

September 5, 2006

  • Labor Day Rally
    • A coalition of organizations supporting immigrants' rights will be staging a rally on Labor Day at the Arizona State Capitol to register Hispanic voters and introduce candidates. Find out more about the effort.
  • New voting requirements
    • One week out from the primary election we review the identification process and requirements at the polls.

August 28, 2006

  • school Redistricting
    • During the 2005 legislative session, a bill established a 13-person School District Redistricting Commission. The commission meets on Monday to continue its work on crafting K-12 unification redistricting plans that will be placed on the November 2008 ballot. Commission Chair Marty Schultz and Commission member Rita Leyva of the Yavapai County Education Service Agency join the studio discussion.

August 23, 2006

  • New Voting Law
    • A new law passed by the legislature this year will affect the upcoming elections. It will require a hand count of a portion of some races, will require equipment and personnel to be brought in if there's a long line at the polling place, and require a paper receipt for electronic voting. Joe Kanefield, elections director of the Secretary of State's office, and Karen Osborne of the Maricopa County Recorders office, will talk about the new law.

July 26, 2006

  • Butterfly Research
    • scientists say to better understand our own environment we should look into animals' perspectives. The Butterfly is one species biologists believe can help them understand how the environment is 'viewed'. Scientists at Arizona State University have studied butterflies for decades, and believe these types are species have more to offer humans than just carefree beauty.
  • Arizona's new human smuggling law
    • Another decision by a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge in Arizona's new human smuggling law. This time four defendants are set free until their trial date. Tonight we talk with an attorney who defended one of the men acquitted in an earlier case and a legislator who says the human smuggling law is being misused.

July 19, 2006

  • Hawaiian Documentary
    • The Hawaiians: Reflecting Spirit, a film airing on Wednesday at 10 p.m. on Eight sheds light on the spiritual and community strength of a native people whose identity is deeply tied to their homeland. HORIZON talks with the filmmaker and a Hawaiian state official about programs to re-establish native language and cultural customs.
  • Human Smuggling 'Coyote Law'
    • A Maricopa County Superior Court Judge threw out the first case under the human smuggling 'Coyote Law'. Some interpret the new ruling as a blow to both the Maricopa County Attorney's and the Sheriff's Offices effort to curb the flow of illegal immigrants. Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio join Michael Grant to talk about the ruling and their attempts to enforce the 'Coyote Law'.

July 13, 2006

  • Indian Voting Rights
    • July 15 marks the 58th anniversary of an Arizona Supreme Court ruling that upheld Native American voting rights. The ruling came after a Maricopa County registrar refused to allow two Native Americans to register to vote, even though Indian people were granted citizenship and the right to vote in 1924. Learn more about this important ruling and its affect on our state.

July 12, 2006

  • Illegal Immigration Documentary
    • Dont miss this candid conversation with Arizona filmmaker Mercedes Maharis and find out about her groundbreaking documentary "Cochise County, USA: Cries from the Border, her views on immigration and her personal experience with border crossers.

April 5, 2006

  • Judicial Merit
    • HORIZON explores judicial merit selection. Maricopa County is one of two counties in Arizona that appoints judges based on merit. With a fast growing state, can merit selection improve the judicial system? Michael Grant interviews local leaders on both sides of the issue.
  • Merit Selection v. Election
    • A look at the issue through the eyes of two candidates hoping to fill a Pinal County Superior Court Seat: Sitting Judge April Elliot and her opponent Brenda Oldham.

February 22, 2006

  • Fire-Weather
    • The anticipated severe fire season and the ongoing drought bring many significant issues to Arizona. HORIZON profiles northern Arizonas Incident Meteorologist who provides continuous weather forecasts to fire fighters. In studio, we discuss how weather plays a role in fire events and other issues with Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Haffer and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Incident Commander Jeff Whitney, whose job it is to oversee all activities at a fire fight.
  • scholars Program
    • More than a dozen Arizona high school students will travel to Washington D.C. to attend the Honeywell Scholars Presidential Classroom Program. At the conference, students get a behind the scenes look at the interrelations between science, technology and public policy. Michael Grant will talk with Don Wilt, the Director of Public Affairs for Honeywell Aerospace, and Dustin Young of Gilbert High School, a student who will attend the one week program.
  • Immigration bill
    • Immigration continues to be a priority for the Arizona Legislature and at the forefront is Employer Sanctions. What bills have cleared committees and what do they consist of? Michael Grant talks to Senator Bill Brotherton about the bill he introduced earlier this month, which penalizes agencies who intentionally hire undocumented employees.

February 14, 2006

  • Phoenix Bond 101
    • HORIZON examines Proposition 3 - For building small high schools, higher education and health science facilities; Proposition 4 - For new parks and open spaces. and Proposition 5 - For libraries and youth, senior and cultural centers Find out more, visit the companion Web site.
  • Voter Identification
    • The Phoenix Bond Election is the first election impacted by the passage of Proposition 200. Voters will be required to present various forms of identification before they are issued a regular ballot. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and Maricopa County Director of Elections Karen Osborne explain what voters can expect.
  • Pandemic Flu Plan
    • Is Arizona prepared for possibly the greatest public health challenge of our time ---an influenza pandemic? The Arizona Department of Health Services has recently released an updated Influenza Pandemic Readiness Plan. Will Humble, Bureau Chief for the State Department Of Epidemiology & Disease Control joins Michael Grant for a discussion. For more information on the Readiness Plan go to www.azdhs.gov.

November 28, 2005

  • Homeless Shelter
    • Join HORIZON for a look at the new 14-acre campus of the Central Arizona Shelter Service. CASS is one of several agencies represented at the centralized campus servicing the homeless.
  • Arizona Stories: Arizona Falls
    • Arizona Falls began as a cool escape from the heat in Phoenix, and eventually came to be used in some very different ways.

November 7, 2005

  • Illegal Immigration
    • Learn about the Southwest Conference on Illegal Immigration, Border Security and Crime, which was held over the weekend and sponsored by Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

November 2, 2005

  • southwest Conference
    • Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas joins us to preview the upcoming Southwest Conference on Illegal Immigration, Border Security and Crime.

October 26, 2005

  • Disaster: Is Arizona Prepared?
    • When disaster strikes, how do governments communicate with each other? And who decides who's in charge? Those are some of the issues we'll discuss with government state, county and local officials, including Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.

August 30, 2005

  • Census
    • In an effort to quantify ballooning Maricopa County population figures, a mid-decade census survey will be mailed out to residents next week. The survey is important because the state returns nearly $1 billion in tax dollars each year to cities and towns based on population.

August 24, 2005

  • HealthCare Connect
    • HealthCare Connect is a non-profit organization that connects low-income, uninsured residents of Maricopa County with complete, coordinated health care at affordable rates. Executive Director of HealthCare Connect Terry McPeters discusses the program and how it can help people in Maricopa County.

August 17, 2005

  • Tax Bills
    • There is a backlog of unsettled property tax issues at the Maricopa County Treasurer's Office an issue that has been compounded by the hot housing market. Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert joins Michael Grant to talk about the million and a half property tax bills he is poised to send out.
  • Rising price of gas
  • Governor Janet Napolitano declares a stat

July 19, 2005

  • Housing Arizona: Affordable Housing
    • The latest real estate figures show the median sales price for an existing home topped a quarter of a million dollars this year in Maricopa County. HORIZON examines the impact Arizona's housing boom is having on thousands of families who are now unable to afford a home. Stardust Cos. CEO Greg Holmes, housing consultant David Rosen, and Michael Pyatok, Executive Director of the ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family, join Michael Grant to discuss the growing concern over affordable housing.

June 29, 2005

  • County Attorney
    • Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas joins Michael Grant to talk about topics including attorney staffing issues in his office, identity theft, green swimming pool code violations, and the decision not to prosecute Sgt. Patrick Haab, an army reservist who held seven undocumented immigrants at gunpoint at an Arizona rest stop in April.

June 16, 2005

  • Superstition Vistas
    • Land development in Arizona has been haphazard in many areas. As growth in our state starts moving into Pinal County, state, county and local planners are looking to avoid that in a 275-square-mile area known as Superstition Vistas. State land director Mark Winkleman and land use attorney Grady Gammage sit down with Michael Grant to talk about planning for the area south of the East Valley and north of Florence.

April 25, 2005

  • Immunizations
    • Over 90,000 children born in Arizona every year must be immunized against childhood diseases. By the way this week has been designated national immunization week. Also you may not be aware of a new chickenpox vaccine requirement for preschoolers.
  • Newt Gingrich
    • A visit with the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.
  • Arizona Stories: Canyon Records
    • A record company that's preserving a Native American treasure on tonight's Arizona stories.

April 22, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • Former Maricopa County attorney Rick Romley announced that he will not run for Governor, joining a growing list of Republican candidates who will sit out the race. The Minuteman Project, which has patrolled the Mexican border this month wrap up early as two leaders prepare to take their case to Washington. And the Arizona legislature prepared a bill to help the Fiesta Bowl land the 2007 national championship game over the objection of the NFL.

April 21, 2005

  • Republican Gubernatorial Candidates
    • Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley was widely considered to be the man Republicans would turn to in the gubernatorial race next year. But this morning, Romley announced he would not be running for Governor. Romley said that although there are many pressing issues facing Arizona, he is not going to run to be able to spend more time with his family, volunteering and reaching out to veterans.

April 19, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card: Community Colleges
    • Community colleges serve more students than the state's three public universities. But how will they keep up with a growing population? And should they be allowed to offer four-year degrees? We'll take a look at the role community colleges play and the challenges they face.
  • Howard Buffett
    • His pictures show the plight of humans around the world. This from a man who grew up in one of America's richest families. An interview with photographer Howard Buffett.

March 18, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • The House and Senate have agreed on a new $8.2 billion budget. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that Attorney General Terry Goddard was correct in his legal opinion regarding the scope of Prop 200 and the State Senate this week approved the use of school vouchers, but it's likely Governor Napolitano will veto the proposal.

February 4, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • At this Journalists Roundtable, our panelists discuss former Arizona Governor Fife Symington's comments that he may decide to run again for the office in 2006. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has started a controversial plan he says can combat identity theft. And Governor Janet Napolitano revived Arizona's film commission this week by naming several big names to the panel.

January 26, 2005

January 5, 2005

  • Weather Outlook
    • Rain, hail, even tornado warnings. Is it a fluke or will it be a wetter winter for the Valley? We'll look at the big picture.
  • Drought Outlook
    • The storms have caused runoff from the Salt River Project's water shed to prompt the release of water down the normally dry Salt River. It's now flowing through Tempe Town Lake. We'll have an update on our reservoir system.
  • Maricopa County Attorney
    • He is the newly elected Maricopa County Attorney. Find out what Andrew Thomas has in store as the chief prosecuting officer for the County.

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