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Historic Preservation: Prop. 207 making it tougher for a city to save this old house (access required)

This William Grier House, built in 1901, could be among the last of its kind in Phoenix - a "unique example of colonial-revival style," according the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office. It could be the last of its kind in another way as well. It was placed on the city's register of historic properties in November 2007. No homes have been listed since.

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Are struggling community banks prepared for a new threat? (access required)

Most community banks in Arizona are losing money, lending is down, and a veteran banker concedes that every day is a challenge. It was a little too challenging for two Arizona banks, which were closed by state and federal regulators Aug. 14. A third bank is operating under federal orders to improve what were found to be “unsafe and unsound banking practices.”

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Growth industry: Native American farms reclaim heritage, expand operations (access required)

Agriculture was big business long before the first Spanish conquistador, Franciscan friar or American wagon train reached the Valley of the Sun. Centuries of canal-building, first by the Huhugam, followed by their descendents the Akimel O'odham people (also known as Pimas) and their Pee-Posh, or Maricopa, neighbors, brought life-giving water from the Gila, Salt and other local rivers to fertile fields of corn, beans, squash, tobacco, lima beans and cotton.

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On cattle guard: Ag officer investigates crimes against livestock (access required)

Scanning the laptop bolted to a stand in the cab of his pickup, Darrell Hale ran down the list of complaints. Topping it was a call about horses with oozing eye infections. The call was made to Hale's employer, the Arizona Department of Agriculture. He's one of nine livestock officers in the agency's Animal Health and Welfare Program, all reporting to the state veterinarian.

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