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March 13, 2014

  • Scottsdale General Plan  |   Video
    • The city of Scottsdale is working on its general plan, but there is some controversy. Earlier this year, several members of a planning commission quit in protest. Laraine Rodgers, a current member Scottsdale General Plan Task Force, and Jim Heitel, the former co-chair of the task force, will discuss the issue from both sides.

November 12, 2013

  • Environmental Plan for Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules that will require owners of the Navajo Generating Station to pay $1.1 billion dollars to limit emissions from the plant. Owners of the plant say if approved, that will force them to shut down the power plant. Much of the electricity from the plant is used to pump water uphill in the Central Arizona Project Canal. A technical working group has come up with an alternative plan, and the CAP is asking members of the public to contact the EPA by January 6 to support their plan. CAP General Manager David Modeer will discuss the issue, along with Marshall Johnson of To Nizhoni Ani, a group with a mission to protect and preserve the environment.

October 2, 2013

  • Government Shutdown Local Impact  |   Video
    • Arizona is already feeling the effects of the government shutdown. The Grand Canyon National Park is closed, and civilian workers have been furloughed at Luke Air Force Base. Arizona State University economist Dennis Hoffman and economist Jim Rounds of Elliott D. Pollack and Company will discuss the impacts of the shutdown on Arizona.

July 15, 2013

  • Metropolitan Business Plan  |   Video
    • The authors of a new book, “The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy,” say power is shifting from Washington D.C. to cities and metro areas. That book has given impetus to the Brookings Institution’s “Metropolitan Business Plan,” which adopts the discipline of private sector planning to the task of revitalizing a region. Through a partnership with Brookings, the Metropolitan Business Plan provides a framework through which leaders can analyze the market position of a regional economy, identify strategies to capitalize on unique assets, and design and implement initiatives for change. Mayors in our regions have organized a high-level Steering Committee to guide the development of a new economic growth plan. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and Steve Seleznow, President and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation, will talk about the Metropolitan Business Plan.

May 23, 2013

  • Arts and the Economy Report  |   Video
    • The Arizona Cultural Data Project Task Force recently released a report that reveals the impact of Arizona’s arts and culture sector on the lives of Arizonans and the state’s economy. Jaime Dempsey, Deputy Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, will discuss the report, which will be released for the first time on Arizona Horizon.

November 12, 2012

  • Veterans Day Special   |   Video
    • A tribute to our military veterans featuring the work of the Veterans Medical Leadership Council; the heroic story of Sylvestre Herrera, the first Arizona resident to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II; and Betty Blake, one of the original Women Air Force Service Pilots who were trained to fly military aircraft to support the war effort.

November 5, 2012

August 6, 2012

  • Luke Air Force Base & F-35 Pilot Training  |   Video
    • The U.S. Department of Defense has selected Luke Air Force Base to train pilots to fly the F-35 fighter jet. Find out what that means for the West Valley Air Force base and surrounding communities from Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs; James "Rusty" Mitchell, Director of the Luke AFB Community Initiatives Team; and Ron Sites of Fighter Country Partnership.

July 10, 2012

June 11, 2012

  • Arizona Sales Tax Reform  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer’s Transaction Privilege Tax Simplification Task Force is set to start working on recommendations for simplifying Arizona’s sales tax code. Hear what Arizona Horizon's own panel of experts thinks the task force should focus on. Guests include Executive Director of the Arizona Retailers Association Michelle Ahlmer and tax attorney James Busby of Gallagher and Kennedy.

May 29, 2012

  • Prostate Cancer Test Recommendation  |   Video
    • Doctor Moe Bell of Scottsdale Healthcare and Erik Castle of the Mayo Clinic present differing viewpoints about the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation against screening men of any age for prostate cancer using the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, blood test.

May 21, 2012

  • Arnold v. Sarn Lawsuit History  |   Video
    • Mental Health Attorney Charles “Chick” Arnold explains how his name became associated with the class action lawsuit Arnold v. Sarn. Filed in 1981, the lawsuit seeks to force the State of Arizona to provide the community-based system of care for individuals with serious mental illnesses that is promised in state statute.

May 16, 2012

  • South Mountain Freeway/Gila River Indian Community  |   Video
    • Gila River Indian Community members voted down a plan to put the South Mountain (Loop 202) freeway expansion on the reservation. Now, a group of Gila River residents are collecting signatures to try to force another vote. Joseph Perez and Nathaniel Percharo explain why the want a new election.

March 6, 2012

  • Border Militia  |   Video
    • State legislators debate a bill that would create a volunteer armed force to patrol the Arizona-Mexico border.

November 23, 2011

  • Child Protective Services  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic Columnist Laurie Roberts comments on the Arizona Child Safety Task Force that’s looking into ways to reform Child Protective Services.

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 21, 2011

  • Arizona Child Safety Task Force  |   Video
    • State Representative Katie Hobbs, a social worker who was hoping to have a seat on the Governor’s Child Safety Task Force, discusses her ideas for reforming Child Protective Services.

July 11, 2011

  • Senate President Russell Pearce Recall  |   Video
    • A citizens group has submitted enough valid signatures to force Senator Russell Pearce into a recall election. Find out what the next steps are with State Election Director Amy Bjelland.

June 2, 2011

  • Tequila Party  |   Video
    • What will it take for the upstart Tequila Party to become a political force to be reckoned with? Pollster Mike O’Neil discusses challenges facing this group that seeks to get out the Latino vote and champion issues such as immigration reform.

May 31, 2011

  • Senator Russell Pearce Recall   |   Video
    • “Citizens for a Better Arizona” has filed more than 18-thousand petition signatures in an attempt to force a recall election for State Senate President Russell Pearce. The group’s leader, Randy Parraz, discusses the campaign.

February 15, 2011

  • Arizona’s Aerospace and Defense Industry  |   Video
    • A discussion about Arizona’s Aerospace and Defense Industry with retired Air Force Brigadier General Tom Browning who’s leading Science Foundation Arizona’s Aerospace and Defense Initiative; John Schibler, Boeing’s Chief Engineer, Attack Helicopter Programs; and Barry Albrecht, CEO of the Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation.

December 20, 2010

  • Woman Aviator  |   Video
    • Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPs, were among the first women trained to fly American military aircraft. Meet Betty Blake, an Arizona resident who was in one of the first classes of WASP known as the “guinea pigs.”

November 8, 2010

  • Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • A public forum will be held November 15th to consider the impact on water and energy users if expensive federal pollution regulations force the closing of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Northeastern Arizona. Susan Bitter Smith, President of the Central Arizona Project’s Board of Directors, discusses the issue.
      More information on the forum

August 19, 2010

  • Luke AFB and the F-35  |   Video
    • The U.S. Air Force has named Luke Air Force Base a preferred site for training pilots to fly the F-35. State Senator John Nelson and Charley Freericks of Fighter Country Partnership explain what it will take for Luke to land the F-35.

August 10, 2010

July 5, 2010

  • Horizon Special: The WASP of WWII  |   Video
    • Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASP, were the first women trained to fly American military aircraft. Meet Betty Blake, an Arizona resident who was in one of the first classes of WASP, known as the “guinea pigs”.

November 18, 2009

  • Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • The EPA may force the Navajo Generating Station to install expensive emission controls on the coal-fired power plant located in Page, Arizona. The plant has long been criticized for contributing to haze in the Grand Canyon. Central Arizona Project Board President Susan Bitter Smith explains how new emission controls could impact the price of water.

November 4, 2009

  • Luke AFB and the F-35  |   Video
    • Luke Air Force Base is a finalist to train pilots for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett talks about what it will take to make Luke a home to the F-35, and what success would mean to his city and the State.
  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • A discussion on the latest Congressional efforts to pass health care reform with House Assistant Minority Leader, State Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and one of 32 state lawmakers nationwide to serve on the White House Health Reform Task Force. And Tom Patterson, Chairman of the Goldwater Institute, a former state senator and a retired emergency room doctor.

October 28, 2009

  • State Parks Funding  |   Video
    • Arizona’s system of 31 state parks is in poor financial shape. Historic buildings are in disrepair, and budget cuts have forced some parks to close. An ASU report released this month is recommending a variety of options to raise revenue for state parks. Topping the list is a surcharge on vehicle license plates. Hear from House Appropriations Committee Chair, Rep. John Kavanagh who is opposed to the idea, and Rich Dozer, Chairman of the Governor’s Sustainable State Parks Task Force.

September 30, 2009

  • Arizona State Parks  |   Video
    • AS PBS and Ken Burns examine the rich scenic and cultural values of our national parks, HORIZON focuses its lens on Arizona State Parks. We’ll preview an upcoming report from ASU’s Morrison Institute that considers the role and future of Arizona’s 30 State Parks. Guests include State Parks Director, Renee Bahl; State Parks Board member, Bill Scalzo; and Morrison Institute’s Grady Gammage, Jr. who also serves on the Sustainable State Parks Task Force.

July 28, 2009

  • Health Care Task Force  |   Video
    • Health care experts in Arizona are sharing their views on health care reform in meetings and conference calls organized by the White House Health Reform Task Force. One of the experts is from Arizona State University. She is Marjorie Baldwin, Director of the School of Health Management at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. She joins Ted Simons on Horizon.

June 23, 2009

June 16, 2009

  • Budget Crisis  |   Video
    • State lawmakers and the governor disagree on how to solve next year's budget and time is running out. Governor Jan Brewer is even talking about getting the Arizona Supreme Court to force lawmakers to give her a budget she plans to veto. Mary K. Reinhart of the Arizona Guardian will give us an update.

May 25, 2009

  • Memorial Day Special
    • In honor of Memorial Day, we profile Arizona heroes: Sylvestre Herrera, Medal of Honor recipient, and Frank Luke, Jr., the namesake of Luke Air Force Base. Also, stories from World War II.

May 11, 2009

  • AIMS Task Force Recommendations  |   Video
    • Passing the AIMS test should continue to be a high school graduation requirement according to newly released recommendations by the AIMS Task Force. The Chairman of the task force talks about the recommendations which include a new exam for eleventh graders that measures college and career readiness. AIMS Task Force final recommendations

January 13, 2009

  • Legislative Leadership  |   Video
    • senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams talk about the tough task of balancing the state's budget and the bills before the legislature in the upcoming session.

August 19, 2008

  • supai Flooding  |   Video
    • Flash Flooding force the evacuation of the Supai Village on the Havasupai reservation near the Grand Canyon over the weekend. Judy Kioski, Public Information Officer of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, updates us on the situation.

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 13, 2008

  • The End of AIMS?  |   Video
    • A new state task force will consider changing or replacing the AIMS test. The Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards is a high stakes exam that high school students must pass in order to graduate. Join Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne, Arizona Education Association President, John Wright, and Dr. Karen Nicodemus, a member of the Governor's P-20 Council as they talk about the future of the AIMS test for measuring student achievement in Arizona. AZ Dept. of Education's AIMS Information Center

July 30, 2008

  • e-Learning  |   Video
    • Because of the Internet, students don�t have to sit in a traditional classroom to get an education. We examine the variety of e-Learning opportunities that exist in Arizona.

May 26, 2008

  • Memorial Day Special  |   Video
    • In honor of Memorial Day we profile Arizona heroes: Sylvestre Herrera, Medal of Honor recipient, and Frank Luke, Jr., the namesake of Luke Air Force Base. Also, stories from World War II

December 12, 2007

  • Phoenix Police Immigration Policy   |   Video
    • Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has appointed a panel of former prosecutors to revise police policy regarding the enforcement of federal immigration law. Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, a member of the mayors panel, talks about the task that lies ahead.

November 15, 2007

  • James Carville
    • Former President Bill Clintons campaign adviser, writer, television pundit and major Democratic force talks about his predictions for the presidential election and what he believes Democrats should do.

August 1, 2007

May 21, 2007

  • Arizona Military Affairs
    • We begin a four-part series on the military presence and impact on Arizona. Tonight, what installations are in Arizona, and what role do they play in the larger military picture? The CEO of Phoenix Leadership Council, Ret. General Tom Browning, is the guest.
  • One On One
    • Our weekly feature focuses on issues that are bubbling up at the State Legislature and around Arizona. Tonight, Andy Gordon, partner in the law firm Coppersmith, Gordon, Schermer and Brockelman goes head to head with Stan Barnes, founder of The Copperstate Consulting Group.

March 19, 2007

  • Arizona Republican Party
    • A discussion of issues including immigration, John McCain, and the future of the Arizona Republican Party with Randy Pullen, new Republican Party chairman.
  • Air Force Week
    • HORIZON helps kick off Air Force Week with a look at the impact of Luke Air Force Base on the Valley. Retired General Tom Browning will be the guest.

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 5, 2007

  • senate Bill 1132
    • senator Jack Harper discusses the bill he sponsored calling for the creation of a Homeland Security Force in Arizona. House Minority Whip Steve Gallardo also joins HORIZON to discuss the potential impact of such a force.

December 13, 2006

  • Innovation America
    • The National Governors Association, chaired by Governor Janet Napolitano, announced a 17-member task force to guide the Innovation America initiative. The task force will discuss strategies, policies and programs centered around K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and the role of postsecondary education as an engine of innovation. Innovation America brings together a bipartisan group of governors and members of the academic and business communities to support private sector innovation and strengthen the competitive position of the United States in the global economy.

September 14, 2006

  • Proposition 301
    • Current law states that people convicted for the first or second time for drug possession or use get probation rather than jail or prison time. Prop 301 would amend current law so that a person who is convicted for the first or second time of personal possession or use of meth can be sentenced to a term in jail or prison. The change in the law would allow judges to use a jail term as a condition of probation to force meth users to comply with court mandated drug rehab.

July 25, 2006

  • ELL Issue in 9th Circuit
    • Judges at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on both sides of the case regarding Arizona English language learners requirement to pass the AIMS test. In April, appellate judges agreed to continue to block enforcement of a trial judges order that the state cannot deny diplomas to students classified as English language learners just because they failed to pass the standardized test. Reporter Howard Fischer joins us from San Francisco with an update.
  • Light rail update
    • Construction of the METRO light rail project is well underway. The bridge over Town Lake Bridge is almost completed and the Light Rail trains are currently being manufactured in Japan. Valley Metro CEO Rick Simonetta, appears on HORIZON to give us an update.
  • Ed Peck
    • A conversation with the former Ambassador to Iraq, Edward Peck, on his views of the current situation.

March 22, 2006

  • Women and Work
    • For 25 years, Arizona Womens Education and Employment Incorporated has helped women move into the workforce. Dr. Clara Lovett, President Emerita of Northern Arizona University, will talk about an upcoming AWEE symposium on the future of women in the work force.

December 28, 2005

  • Wallace and Ladmo
    • From 1955 to 1989, The Wallace and Ladmo Show entertained kids of all ages in the Phoenix area. In this special, we talk to Bill Thompsonwho portrayed Wallacethe founder of the show and the driving force behind its success. Also, Arizona Republic columnist Richard Ruelas joins us to add insight from the book he wrote on Thomas' life.

November 29, 2005

  • Flu Season
    • It is early in the flu season, but sporadic cases of influenza are already being reported in Arizona. We have more available flu shots than we did last year, but a spike in demand for flu shots so far this year already has some doctors running low. We talk about who is at high risk and how to find flu shots, as well as what to expect later when flu season hits full force in December or January.

October 10, 2005

  • ID Theft
    • The Arizona Attorney General's office announced indictments against seven defendants arrested in September following an investigation conducted by the Governor's Fraudulent ID Task Force. Attorney General Terry Goddard joins Michael Grant in the studio to talk about those indictments and Arizona's identity theft problem.

August 29, 2005

  • Meth Task Force
    • Phoenix officials have formed a task force to fight the prevalence of methamphetamine in the Valley. Phoenix Councilman Tom Simplot joins Michael Grant to discuss potential ordinances to restrict the sale of pseudoephedrine, the primary ingredient used to make meth.
  • Base Realignment
    • The Base Realignment And Closure Commission has voted to close Mesa's Air Force Research Lab.

June 21, 2005

  • Arizona's Border Crisis: A HORIZON Specia
    • How much does illegal immigration cost Arizonans? Costs associated with illegal immigration include health care, criminal justice and education. Horizon examines the various ways illegal immigrants benefit consumers, but cost taxpayers.

May 3, 2005

  • Legislative politics
    • The U.S. Senate may soon end the use of filibusters to block or delay Republican judicial nominations. We'll learn more about a tactic in use for some 218 years. Plus, lawmakers force a showdown with Governor Napolitano over vouchers and immigration issues. We'll take a closer look at the legislative session and why some call it one of the most contentious in recent memory.

January 6, 2005

  • Affordable Housing
    • Gregg Holmes, a residential real estate developer, also president of Stardust companies, a development company, is here to talk about the regional task force on quality workforce housing.

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