Republican lawmakers got a lot of blowback over their new redistricting committee from legislative Democrats and sympathetic members of the public, but they got what they wanted when a parade of speakers stepped forward to air grievances against the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.Read More »
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Arizona is growing older. An estimated 13 percent of Arizonans were age 65 or older in 2009. That percentage is expected to almost double by 2020, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s State Plan on Aging.
That aging is especially pronounced in rural areas. Of the four counties that already had more than one out of five residents age 65 or older in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, all are in rural areas: La Paz, 32.1 percent; Yavapai, 23.8 percent; and Gila and Mohave, 22.4 percent.
As this shift occurs, experts and advocates warn that rural areas in particular will lack the doctors, care homes, transportation and other services needed by an older population.
Volunteers spend a day every other month wading through one of the state’s few perennial rivers, collecting samples to monitor PH levels, E. coli bacteria, arsenic, nitrogen, phosphorus and water flows.Read More »