Phoenix, AZ – The $500-a-plate luncheon got party faithful a 15- minute speech by the vice president and a plate of ricotta and sweet basil ravioli. Party Chairman Matt Salmon said the money will be used to help register a large number of new Republicans in time for the general election. In fact the party is paying an outside consulting firm a $10 bounty for every new voter signed up -- at least everyone signed up up who registers as a Republican.
Phoenix, AZ – The measure would make it illegal to confine a pig during pregnancy or any calf raised for veal for the majority of the day in any manner that precludes it from lying down, fully extending limbs or turning around freely. Farmers would have until 2013 to comply. Foes, financed largely by pork producers, have come up with a very simple radio commercial.
August 30, 2006 – Congressman Rick Renzi hosted a forum for Arizona educators on NCLB. About 60 people showed up to talk about the federal mandate and how it has helped and hindered education in rural Arizona. English language learners pose a big problem in standardized testing. Other people said there are too many requirements under NCLB which keep educators doing paperwork instead of working on solutions. Renzi says substantial alterations need to be made before he'll approve it in the future.
This weekend, the return of the Navajo-Churro sheep will be celebrated at a series of events in Flagstaff and Winslow. The breed was brought here by the Spanish in the late 1500s, the first domestic sheep in North America. By the 1930s the Navajo Churro was nearly wiped out. But now, they've made a comeback. In an updated version of a story that ran last summer on KNAU, the Indian Country News Bureau's Daniel Kraker has their remarkable survival story.