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Homeowners in mobile home parks across metro Phoenix are getting evicted.
Many own the mobile home but rent the small lot it sets on.
“This is more than just a notice to get out,” said Priscilla Salazar, whose family has lived 11 years in the Weldon Park mobile home community near 16th Street and Osborn Road. “We are going to be homeless.”
Like Valley apartments, some mobile home park owners are raising rents when leases expire and evicting tenants who can’t pay.
In other cases, owners are shutting the parks down so the land can be used for something else, including housing that mobile homeowners can’t afford. Some mobile home park buyers are clearing out tenants and flipping the infill sites for big profits.
Mobile homes have long been one of the most affordable housing options for metro Phoenix residents, but the growing number of parks closing or becoming pricier is putting many residents in a bind. New affordable parks aren't being built, and many mobile homeowners can't afford to live elsewhere or move their homes to other communities in the Valley, alarming housing advocates and prompting government officials to seek solutions.
The Suns were headed to another meltdown against the Mavericks.
They trailed by as many as 21 in the first half in Wednesday’s season opener that looked like a continuation of Game 7, when Dallas ran them off their own floor to end a historic season.
Luka Doncic was having his way again. Spencer Dinwiddie was still hitting 3s.
And the Suns were once again getting dominated before another stunned sellout crowd.
Then they woke up.
Bishop José Leopoldo González stood at a makeshift altar on Calle Internacional, just below the 22-foot border fence that stood mounted atop a 14-foot cliff. He led a binational Mass for nearly 100 people at the site where a U.S. Border Patrol agent had shot and killed a Mexican teenager 10 years ago in October 2012.
Moments earlier, Tucson Bishop Edward Weisenburger had addressed the teen's family in Spanish. As he spoke, the setting sun illuminated a mural painting of the teen, José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, fastened to the cliff behind him.
"The death of José Antonio undoubtedly moved us all, not just because of the painful loss of a life that was just beginning, full of goals and dreams," Weisenburger said. "But also because of the injustice, an injustice that continues 10 years later."
Two of Arizona's supermarket giants plan to combine forces in a deal affecting more than 250 stores and in excess of 35,000 workers around the state.
There's a greater store overlap here than in many other states, which could raise anticompetitive concerns for regulators.
Kroger said it will purchase Albertsons Cos. for $24.6 billion in a transaction announced on Oct. 14 and expected to close in 2024.
Desert Bar, the beloved Arizona watering hole also known as the Nellie E Saloon, is now open for its 2022-2023 season.
The iconic outpost down a dirt road in the rugged mountains near Parker, in western Arizona, welcomes thirsty visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from October through April.
Upon the Desert Bar's opening last year, the big news was that owner Ken Coughlin was looking to sell the expansive property that he built with his own hands. This year, he says he is still open to offers on the 71-acre property the saloon sits on.
The Arizona Republic has assembled the largest public database of government employees’ salaries in the state, including salary information on more than 155,000 people from 28 government employers during the 2021 fiscal year.
A true labor of love, Hope's Frybread brick-and-mortar has been a long time coming.
Hope Peshlakai and her husband, Aaron, started their business to help raise funds for a neighbor in trouble in 2011 and they kept adding popup events to their schedule. For years, they sold fry bread at a food stand on Power Road.
The Peshlakais decided to open a brick-and-mortar in 2020, but the pandemic thwarted their plans. In 2021, they found and took over the former Desert Book shop in a strip mall on S. Mesa Drive near E. Second Avenue.
"We are super excited for our grand opening and can't wait to feed all of our neighbors and community who have been patiently waiting for over a year," she said.
Arizona resumed executions in May 2022 when it carried out the lethal injection of Clarence Dixon. Dixon was the first person put to death by Arizona since the botched execution of Joseph Wood in 2014.
Following the Wood execution, Arizona changed its lethal injection protocol to a single drug: pentobarbital. The state announced in 2021 that it had found a supply of that drug and a pharmacist who could compound it into an injectable form. But questions over the expiration date of the drugs pushed back the state’s pursuit of the death penalty to 2022.
The next man put to death by Arizona after Dixon was Frank Atwood in June 2022.
Arizona’s attorney general recently announced he now intends to seek the execution of death row prisoner Murray Hooper.
Angela Lansbury, award-winning star of films like "The Manchurian Candidate," TV's "Murder She Wrote" and Broadway musical "Sweeney Todd," died Tuesday. She was 96.
Lansbury was a force in the entertainment business for a career that spanned eight decades and garnered her an Oscar, five Tonys and 18 Emmy nominations, although she never won one for CBS's "Murder."
“The children of Dame Angela Lansbury are sad to announce that their mother died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days shy of her 97th birthday," her family said in a statement.
Most actors would be happy to have just one of Lansbury’s three careers, let alone all of them.
The college football season has hit the midway point, and the Arizona State Sun Devils have a much-needed bye week before starting the back end of their schedule.
The Sun Devils (2-4, 1-2) have faced four nationally ranked opponents in the last five weeks, going 1-3 against those teams, with the win being a 45-38 thriller last Saturday against then No. 21 Washington at Sun Devil Stadium.
The election rally featuring former President Donald Trump hit on familiar notes, with a lengthy speech from the former president, lots of bashing of Democratic candidates and laments of how conditions have gone south since Joe Biden defeated Trump in 2020.
Former President Donald Trump will return to Arizona for an Oct. 9 rally at Legacy Sports Park in Mesa to support his endorsed Arizona candidates ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
Trump is expected to speak in support of his endorsed candidates, including Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate Blake Masters and “the entire Arizona Trump Ticket.”
Read more here.
Jerry and Rita Alter were New York City retirees who traveled the world. A stolen painting worth over $100 million was found behind their bedroom door.
Stevie Nicks has postponed her concert at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Thursday, Oct. 6, due to a non-COVID-19 respiratory illness, according to Live Nation.
Nicks is following doctors' orders for vocal rest.
All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date once announced.
If you had purchased tickets to Nicks' Phoenix concert through Live Nation, you can locate them by signing in to your online account. If your event displays as eligible for a refund or credit, those options will be visible within the event details of your order.
Modern Vascular markets cutting-edge vascular procedures. The Republic found questionable investment practices, high billing, and claims of harm to patients.
Loretta Lynn, who rose from a hardscrabble upbringing to become the most culturally significant female singer-songwriter in country music history, has died. She was 90.
Lynn’s family said she died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
"Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning (Oct. 4) in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch," her family said in a statement provided to USA TODAY.
While many Latinos are Catholic and may personally oppose abortion because of their religious views, a large majority of Latino eligible voters don't believe abortion should be illegal, or that a women's right to choose should be taken away, according to an August poll commissioned by UnidosUS, a national Latino civil rights organization.
The most severe of the charges was for second degree murder, that meant prosecutors believed Lonnie had intentionally killed José Antonio. It was now their responsibility to prove that in court.
Bringing Swartz to trial took more than six years. In March 2018, the month-long murder trial kicked off in Tucson, about 60 miles north of Ambos Nogales.
A jury would decide if Swartz was guilty of the three charges against him and could bring an end to José Antonio's family journey towards justice.
Arizonans, it seems, remain as politically divided as in 2020, when the state provided the closest presidential results in the country.
Across a spectrum of races and issues, voters break sharply based on political party, gender, education and ethnicity. That demographic matrix points to an election far from settled as early voting in the state is getting underway.
The findings are part of a Suffolk University/Arizona Republic and azcentral.com poll of 500 residents on cell and landline phones conducted between Sept. 21 and Sept. 25. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points overall.
If you want to see inside Tovrea Castle, the grand structure visible from the Loop 202 freeway near Van Buren and 52nd streets in Phoenix, your chance is coming soon but the window of opportunity is brief.
Admission is by guided tour only, and demand for tours of the four-tiered, cake-shaped building is so high that tickets are issued only through a lottery.
The lottery for tickets to tour the castle between January and May 2023 opens Saturday, Oct. 1. Prospective visitors have until Oct. 15 to enter.
Read more here.
Bad Bunny brings the World's Hottest Tour to Chase Field in Phoenix on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
This is the Puerto Rican reggaeton sensation's biggest tour to date and his second Phoenix concert of 2022.
Check out the link in our bio for everything you should know if you plan to see the world's most-streamed artist of the past two years at Chase Field — from parking information to details on the venue's clear bag policy and what to expect from the concert itself.
Phoenix artist brings awareness to issues affecting undocumented people through her art
In her home, in the Central City neighborhood just south of downtown Phoenix, Gloria Martinez-Granados works on putting together the finishing touches on her latest piece, meticulously planning how she would fit copies of various IDs of her art into cardboard boxes. She would need to fit 2,000 ID cards for her piece being shown at her exhibition.
Martinez-Granados was given the Lehmann Emerging Artist Award from the Phoenix Art Museum. Her piece “The Uncertainty of Higher Education” is being shown starting this month. It is an expansion on her ongoing exploration of what it means to be an undocumented person in Arizona.
Her own experiences navigating higher education influence the direction her work takes as a lithographer — a highly labor-intensive printmaking method. Those experiences would also turn out to be the catalyst of Martinez-Granados becoming an artist.
Rihanna better get to "Work" because she has a Super Bowl halftime show to headline.
The pop star hinted at her performance at Super Bowl LVII by posting a photo of a football to her Instagram Sunday.
Official Twitter accounts for Apple Music and the NFL then confirmed Rihanna's performance Sunday, tweeting, "It's on."
Super Bowl LVII is scheduled to take place Feb. 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Herm Edwards is no longer the coach of the Arizona State football program, ASU athletic director Ray Anderson confirmed.
“We have made the decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately," Anderson wrote in a release on Twitter. "By mutual agreement, Coach Edwards and I have determined that he will relinquish duties as our head coach. At the core of this is doing what is best for our current team, staff and university. I understand the frustrations out there. We must do better and that starts with our decision today.”
Running backs coach and former Chandler High School head coach Shaun Aguano has been named interim head coach.
Opposition to Airbnbs and other short-term rentals was already significant in Scottsdale and other parts of the Valley. Some residents and elected officials say they make neighborhoods less safe and eat up the city’s desperately-needed housing supply.
PayPal's statement concluded the company "strongly rejects" Sarver's conduct, but remains supportive of the team.
The separate meetings are to be the first in-person encounter between Biden and the families and are taking place amid sustained but so far unsuccessful efforts by the administration to secure the Americans’ release.
Just as Trump's rhetoric prompted backlash years ago — and as Lake predicted onstage at the Sept. 3 rally — her comments have drawn condemnation in Arizona.
Since buying the Phoenix Suns in 2004 for a then-NBA record $401 million, Robert Sarver has been a part of some of the highest and lowest points of Arizona’s NBA team.
At Lewis, the prisoners run the security, and incarcerated people are able to leave their cells as often as they please, Phoenix attorney Andrea Driggs told jurors.
Robert Sarver, majority owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, has been suspended for one year from any activities involving both teams and fined $10 million for ''workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies'' found during an NBA investigation.
The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area leads all major cities with a 13% inflation rate over the past 12 months, followed by second-place Atlanta at 11.7% and 11.2% in the area around Tampa, Florida. Miami and Baltimore round out the top five.
The longest-ever reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the only monarch most of her subjects have ever known, is over. Her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, 73, immediately became king upon her death.
Overall, 41% of students taking the state's new assessment test passed the English component, and 33% passed the math portion, according to data released Wednesday.
Sara Pitcher came to Arizona to escape her then-husband, Shawn Terry Spink. Years later, after he was sentenced to life in prison, she is speaking out.
When Trey DeGroodt revealed their monkeypox diagnosis, "my community came to my aid in my time of need." Now the performer makes care kits for others who need them.
Medication and surgical abortions resumed in Tucson on Monday. Planned Parenthood hopes to resume abortion care at its other three Arizona clinics that in the coming weeks.
Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak trails will be closed Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to excessive heat, according to Phoenix Fire Department.
Theaters in metro Phoenix and across the country will offer $3 movie tickets all day on Saturday, Sept. 3. There are one-day-only deals on snacks, too.
The group, known as Indigenous Baaja Ádaaní Al Son, is the first statewide tribal 501(c)(4) political organization in Arizona.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons website lists Chauvin as located at FCI Tucson, which the government describes as "a medium security federal correctional institution with a detention center."
Damage to Interstate 10 could make travel between Phoenix and Los Angeles precarious until the road is repaired officials warned Thursday, just ahead of the busy Labor Day weekend.
Here's what Arizonans need to know.
Beach House, Portugal. the Man, Bleachers, Tegan and Sara, and Japanese Breakfast are set to headline the inaugural Zona Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park the weekend of Dec. 3 and 4.
Biden announced his long-awaited decision in a speech from the White House’s Roosevelt Room, delivering on a campaign promise yet falling short of demands from progressive Democrats who wanted even more debt forgiven.
On Tuesday, the government presented its 2023 water forecasts and said based on projected water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell, it would institute the next level of water reductions already agreed upon by the seven states and 30 federally recognized tribes within the Colorado River basin.
A popular deli deal at Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market grocery stores led to their sandwiches going viral on TikTok. The hashtag #sproutssandwich has garnered 9.6 million views since it started circulating in July.
Housing vouchers are meant to give low-income tenants choices about where to live and a chance to move to a better neighborhood. That doesn't happen often.
The University of Washington is under fire by animal rights groups for more monkey deaths at its breeding facility in Mesa, nearly a year after The Arizona Republic revealed higher than expected rates of monkey sickness and death at the site.
The 22-foot tall stack of two containers, each weighing about 8,800 pounds, collapsed on a neighboring dirt road. The stack is shown partially hanging over the nearby canal southwest of Yuma.
The Bureau of Reclamation announced what it called "urgent action" as water levels in the river's two largest reservoirs continue to drop. Under the steps outlined Tuesday, Arizona will lose 592,000 acre-feet of its river allocation in 2023, which represents 21% of its usual delivery.
The fast-casual Italian brand that started in Lexington, Kentucky, serves its pizza, subs, pasta, dessert and unlimited breadsticks at more than 200 restaurants nationwide.
Spinato's Pizzeria & Family Kitchen has become the official pizza for the Suns and Mercury at the Footprint Center, where fans can expect to enjoy the Chicago-style pizza when the NBA season starts in October.
The Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro dove head first into third base, taking two bases on an Oneil Cruz single. On the slide, his iPhone came flying out of his back left pocket.
The texts were turned over to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
To millions, the tortilla slap challenge is hilarious. To critics, it's another cringe-worthy example of how Mexican food, culture and people are often dismissed as disposable.
And they're off: Kari Lake and Katie Hobbs start their campaigns for governor and signal what's to come
Arizona's Democratic nominee for governor, Katie Hobbs, visited the River People Health Center, which serves Arizona's Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community, to open her general election campaign.
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