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August 26, 2014

  • Arizona Focus on Sustainability   |   Video
    • Northern Arizona University Regents’ Professor Zachary Smith has written a new book about sustainability. We tell you about a new report on forest thinning. ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City has released a new report on water reuse in Central Arizona. Micro-dwellings are very small homes, sometimes built with salvage material, and are designed to have positive benefits on the environment.

August 4, 2014

  • AZ Giving and Leading: Pet Connections  |   Video
    • When Hospice of the Valley patients need a little lift, they can turn to four-legged friends. Therapy teams make weekly or bi-weekly visits to homes and professional care settings. We’re not talking just dogs and cats. We’ll introduce you to Lilly, a 30-inch tall, 250-pound miniature horse, and Myrtle, the 107-year old patient who looks forward to her visits.

May 6, 2014

  • Real Estate Update  |   Video
    • Although home sales are currently lower right now than at this time last year, recovery may be around the corner. Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business, will discuss his latest report.

March 18, 2014

  • Sustainability: Micro-dwelling Display  |   Video
    • Micro-dwellings are very small homes, sometimes built with salvage material, and are designed to have positive benefits on the environment. “MicroDwell” is an exhibition of owner built and inhabited micro-dwellings, and it will be on display through March 23 at the Shemer Art Center & Museum in Phoenix. We’ll take you on a video tour of the exhibit.

November 26, 2013

  • Sustainability: Landfill Gas Electricity  |   Video
    • The Waste Management Northwest Regional Landfill is producing 3.2 Megawatts of electricity for APS. Located in Surprise, the facility is producing enough electricity from landfill gases to power 2,000 homes. Scott Bradley, Waste Management Four Corners Area Vice President, will discuss the power-producing landfill.

November 13, 2013

  • Net Metering Hearings  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission will have two days of hearings on a proposal by Arizona Public Service to cut incentives for those looking to install rooftop solar panels on their homes. Arizona Capitol Times reporter Luige del Puerto will talk about the issue.

November 12, 2013

  • Sustainability: Solar Home Tour   |   Video
    • In honor of Arizona Solar and Renewable Energy Month, several homeowners and businesses opened their doors to the public. They were part of a free, self-guided tour featuring ten solar and sustainable buildings in the Phoenix metro area. We’ll show you what kind of technology, materials and designs go into a Vali Homes prototype.

September 25, 2013

  • Real Estate Update  |   Video
    • The percentage of homes that have mortgages which are “underwater” has gone down dramatically in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Mike Orr, Director of the Real Estate Center at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, will give us a real estate update. Joining him will be Kristena Hansen, who covers real estate for the Phoenix Business Journal.

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.
  • Cave Creek Solar Power Vote  |   Video
    • The town of Cave Creek is the first Arizona town or city to officially oppose rate hikes for solar power users being proposed by Arizona Public Service. The town unanimously voted to oppose the rate hikes, saying that it could hurt the installation of solar power in homes and hurt the economy. Cave Creek Councilman Ernie Bunch will talk about the vote.

March 4, 2013

  • Gabriel’s Angels  |   Video
    • Gabriel’s Angels brings pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children throughout Arizona. The organization, with offices in Phoenix and Tucson, was named after Gabriel, the first dog to be used in therapy. The Angels are the kids receiving the help. Gabriel’s Angels has nearly 150 Therapy Teams delivering pet therapy to over 100 agencies. Gabriel’s Angels founder and CEO Pam Gaber will tell us more.

May 1, 2012

  • Aging in Place Pilot Project  |   Video
    • The Maricopa Association of Governments and the Greater Phoenix region is one of five areas in the country invited to take part in the Aging Pilot City Leaders Institute on Aging in Place, a new national pilot project striving to help people aged 65 years and more to live independently in their homes. Amy St. Peter of MAG and Joe LaRue of Sun Health Senior Living explain how Valley residents will benefit from the project.

April 5, 2012

August 1, 2011

  • Housing Vacancy Rate  |   Video
    • Real Estate Analyst Elliott Pollack discusses the state of the valley’s real estate market and what the latest Census numbers say about vacant homes.

July 26, 2011

  • Housing Vacancy Rate  |   Video
    • The latest census data show a staggering number of vacant homes in the Valley. East Valley real estate broker Cindy Sessions and Fletcher Wilcox, a vice president and real estate analyst for Grand Canyon Title Agency, discuss what the numbers say about the area’s real estate market.

May 9, 2011

  • Hoarding & Emergency Response  |   Video
    • When responding to emergencies, the Tempe Fire Department and the city’s Care 7 crisis response team is seeing an alarming number of homes that are so littered with trash and debris, or are so packed full of stuff, that they’ve become a hazard to the occupants and to firefighters trying to put out a fire. Representatives from Tempe Fire and Care 7 talk about the problem.

October 14, 2010

  • Foreclosures  |   Video
    • Nearly half of the existing homes sold in the Valley last month were foreclosures. That’s a new high for the year. ASU real estate professor Jay Butler discusses how foreclosures are impacting the area’s housing market.

July 7, 2010

  • Business Leaders Respond to SB 1070  |   Video
    • The economic fallout from SB 1070 has grabbed the attention of Arizona’s business community. Hear how it’s reacting to the matter. Guests include Debbie Johnson, President and CEO of the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association; Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, the CEO of Old World Homes and a member of GPEC’s Board of Directors; and Glenn Hamer, CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

May 6, 2010

  • PROJECT H3 – Housing the Homeless  |   Video
    • In late April, about 160 volunteers scoured the streets of Phoenix, Glendale and Mesa in search of the Valley’s homeless. It’s part of Project H3, a national effort to place the most medically vulnerable homeless people into homes. Learn more about the project from Mattie Lord, State Homeless Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Economic Security; Michael Shore, President and CEO of HOM, Inc.; and Brad Bridwell, the Homeless Veterans Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Veterans Services.

April 22, 2010

  • Energize Phoenix  |   Video
    • Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon talks about a huge grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that will be used to launch an “Energize Phoenix” project that will save energy, create thousands of “green jobs” and transform aging homes and neighborhoods into models of energy efficiency.

February 23, 2010

  • New Solar Power Plant  |   Video
    • The City of Phoenix has awarded a contract to Tessera Solar for a new 250-megawatt solar power plant to be located at the city’s landfill in Buckeye. It will be able to provide power to 50,000 homes. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and a representative of Tessera Solar will discuss the project.

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.

July 30, 2009

  • Foreclosure Law Amendment  |   Video
    • Recent changes to a state foreclosure law may have unintended consequences. The changes were an attempt to protect banks from financial losses when they foreclose on homes purchased by speculators. Critics say the changes go too far and may cause a new wave of bankruptcies. Tanya Wheeless of the Arizona Bankers Association and Scottsdale-based bankruptcy attorney, Randy Nussbaum discuss the law set to take effect September 30th.

July 9, 2009

  • CPS Audit  |   Video
    • Arizona Office of the Auditor General found that Child Protective Services investigators are failing to investigate complaints of abuse in group homes and treatment centers in a required time frame.

July 1, 2009

  • Weatherization Assistance Program  |   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 13, 2007

  • Fire Prevention
    • Fire officials say its time to implement the firewise practices of creating defensible spaces around homes and buildings. Helen Graham, assistant state fire management officer for the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona, discusses how people can protect themselves from potential wildfires, even in urban areas.

May 15, 2007

  • Arizona Stories Tovrea Castle
    • Tovrea Castle was born out of the vision of Italian immigrant Alessio Carraro. Carraro came to Phoenix in 1928 with a dream to build a resort hotel castle surrounded by an exotic cactus garden and a subdivision of deluxe homes. While Carraros dream of a hotel-resort never came to be, he still built the castle, which was purchased by stockyard mogul E.A. Tovrea in 1931. We tell the story of the unique home and how it became the historic Arizona icon that it is today.

November 30, 2006

  • Cactus League Shakeup
    • HORIZON brings you an update on the possible shifting of the spring training homes of several Major League baseball teams, including the move of the Los Angeles Dodgers from Florida to Glendale and a possible move of the Chicago White Sox from Tucson to the Valley. We talk with Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs.

September 26, 2006

  • Propositions 201 and 206
    • Two competing anti-smoking measures will be on the November ballot and both say they work in the interest of helping to protect people from secondhand smoke. Prop 201, Smoke Free Arizona, is backed by a coalition of health organizations and would ban smoking in most public spaces and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, arenas, offices, bowling alleys and nursing homes. Prop 206 from the Arizona Non-Smoker Protection Committee would ban smoking in most enclosed public places and places of employment but allow smoking in freestanding bars, and bar areas that are closed off and separately ventilated from adjacent non-smoking areas.

February 8, 2006

  • Arizona Growing Pains
    • In this HORIZON special, we look at the challenges and complex solutions related to urban growth. Some people are choosing to buy homes on the fringes of the Valley, while others choose high-rise condos.

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 27, 2005

  • Eminent Domain
    • The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that local governments can seize homes and turn them over to private developers. We'll discuss the ramifications of the decision with Kevin Adam, the Legislative Director of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns and Tim Keller of the Institute For Justice.

May 25, 2005

  • Fire, part three of four
    • Current brush fire conditions in Arizona's desert wildland areas, coupled with the homes and businesses there, could converge into a perfect storm of wildfires this season.

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