Dogs help officers identify criminal activity at ports of entry

To help reduce smuggling of drugs and people, Arizona Department of Transportation officers at commercial ports of entry in eastern and western Arizona are using the agency’s first K-9 units. Between December and May, the two K-9 units, based at the Interstate 10 Ehrenberg Port of Entry near California and the Interstate 40 Sanders Port […]

Ban on teen drivers texting, talking on cell phones effective Sunday

  Teenage drivers who hold a graduated driver license will be banned from talking on a cell phone or texting while driving in Arizona, effective Sunday, July 1. Gov. Doug Ducey in April 2017 signed Senate Bill 1080 into law, which applies to teenagers with a permit and the first six months of driving after […]

Ducey appoints member to state transportation board

Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Yuma City Councilman Gary Knight to the Arizona State Transportation Board. Mr. Knight, who in January began a second four-year term on the City Council and is Yuma’s deputy mayor, will serve on the seven-member panel upon confirmation by the state Senate. He will succeed Deanna Beaver, who completed her […]

Ducey signs sweeping law to confront Arizona opioid crisis

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday, Jan. 26, signed into law a sweeping plan to confront the opioid crisis that provides $10 million for treatment, restricts timetables for opioid prescriptions and protects from drug prosecution Good Samaritans who call for emergency help if someone overdoses. Gov. Ducey, in the Capitol rotunda, signed the Arizona Opioid […]

Ducey unveils optimistic fiscal 2019 budget with emphasis on school spending

Governor’s office: Proposed budget would allocate $100 million for K-12 education Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office released his proposed fiscal 2019 budget on Friday with hopes the state will return to pre-recession spending. His focus: K-12 education. State officials highlighted that the record $10.1 billion budget would allocate 80 percent of new spending to K-12 education. “My budget […]

Ducey delivers annual State of the State address

During his State of the State address Jan. 8, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called on state leaders to come together to advance common policy goals. Whether it’s the opioid epidemic, increasing education funding, helping our most vulnerable citizens, protecting public safety, expanding economic opportunity, or securing Arizona’s water future – the governor invited legislators to join him […]

Ducey appoints Ditmore new director of Arizona Department of Housing​

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Oct. 3 announced the appointment of Carol L. Ditmore as director of the Arizona Department of Housing, according to a press release. Ms. Ditmore has served as the interim director of ADOH since May 2017, a position to which she was elevated after former director Michael Trailor’s appointment as the […]

Gov. Ducey proclaims June 12-17 Monsoon Awareness Week in Arizona

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has proclaimed June 12-17 Monsoon Awareness Week in Arizona in anticipation of the 2016 monsoon and summer severe weather season.

Arizona’s most active weather season is the monsoon, which begins in mid-June and ends in late September.
The monsoon is characterized not only by extreme heat like parts of the state experienced last weekend, but also an increase in moisture, which drives the humidity up.

These conditions can produce massive thunderstorms, including heavy rain, high winds and lightning and potentially trigger dust storms, flash floods and wildfires.

Between the extreme heat and threat of flash flooding, summers in Arizona can be dangerous, even life-threatening for uninformed people.

Know the signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

People over 65, children under 5 and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at high risk for heat-related illnesses.