Arizona, a southwestern U.S. state, is best known for the Grand Canyon, the mile-deep chasm carved by the Colorado River. Flagstaff, a ponderosa pine–covered mountain town, is a major gateway to the Grand Canyon. Other natural sites include Saguaro National Park, protecting cactus-filled Sonoran Desert landscape. Tucson is University of Arizona territory and home to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
What is Arizona is famous for?
Arizona’s most famous and now official nickname, “The Grand Canyon State” celebrates its most iconic feature, the Grand Canyon. Arizona is also known as the “Copper State” revealing its abundance in this mineral.
Is Arizona good state to live?
Is Arizona a good place to live? Arizona is one of the best places to start a new life. Most of the cities in the state are habitable when you consider human factors such as cost of living, job opportunities, and quality of health and education. Moreover, the state has an extensive transport network.
Is Arizona part of California?
Known as the Grand Canyon State, Arizona is located along the southern border of the United States. Arizona shares borders with four other U.S. states. California and Nevada are to the west of Arizona, with New Mexico to the east. Arizona is directly south of Utah.
Does it snow in Arizona?
When most people, particularly those who don’t live here, think of Arizona weather, snow isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But parts of the state, particularly in the higher elevations of northern and southeastern Arizona, get snow most winters.
Flagstaff is easily the snowiest big city in the state
It averages 101.7 inches of snow per year, according to National Weather Service statistics. Flagstaff’s snowiest winter was 1972-73 when it recorded 210 inches.
No other metropolitan area in the state comes close to those numbers, since most of the big cities are in the lower elevations where snow is rare.
Phoenix, for example, hasn’t had measurable snow since Dec. 22, 1990. The record for snow accumulation in Phoenix is an inch, most recently on Jan. 22, 1937. Some Phoenix-area cities, such as Cave Creek, are at slightly higher elevations and occasionally get a dusting.
Arizona Moves to Hold Cops Unaccountable
No one would have known what happened to George Floyd without cellphone videos shot by bystanders of Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck. Under a new Arizona statute, such bystanders could face a $500 fine and 30 days in jail. On July 6, Gov. Doug Ducey signed the law, which makes it illegal to record law-enforcement officers from within 8 feet of police activity.
The new law is unconstitutional. Last week the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals became the seventh federal appellate court to hold that the First Amendment protects the right to record police activity. A three-judge panel noted that a major purpose of the First Amendment is to “protect the free discussion of governmental affairs.” The First Amendment protects news gathering, which includes filming the police. And recording is “unambiguously” an exercise of free speech: “If the creation of speech did not warrant protection under the First Amendment, the government could bypass the Constitution by simply proceeding upstream and damming the source of speech,” the court held.
Over the past quarter-century, six other federal appellate courts took up the question, and all reached the same conclusion. One of them was the Ninth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Arizona.
To be sure, no constitutional right is unlimited. The First Amendment does allow for “reasonable restrictions” on the time, place and manner of speech, but they have to be “narrowly tailored” to serve a “significant government interest.” Arizona’s new law doesn’t meet this test.
State Rep. John Kavanagh, the legislation’s sponsor, claims it will prevent interference with police activity and protect civilians from danger. But it isn’t narrowly tailored to serve these objectives. It isn’t illegal to be within 8 feet of police activity, only to record. It was already a crime to interfere with law enforcement.
Peacefully recording police in a public space without interfering with their activity can’t be subject to any restrictions. The law, which takes effect in September, will eliminate access to information, make government less accountable, sweep police wrongdoing under the rug, and penalize civic engagement.
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