Phoenix and Arizona Local News
Government and Services
History and Culture
Science and Nature

Phoenix and Arizona Local News

Arizona Central
Daily electronic newspaper for the Phoenix metro area. Includes State, national, and world news, travel, entertainment, weather, etc.

Government and Services

State of Arizona
The official web site of the State of Arizona, includes: government, business, licensing and permits, education and training, history and culture, family, health, and more.

Arizona 2-1-1
The State of Arizona doorway to thousands of health, human services & emergency response resources.

Nonprofit Resource Center of Northern Arizona
NPRC provides in-depth training, networking, volunteer promotion, a match system for connecting volunteers with opportunities, two online funder databases to assist in grant research, this website for accessing resources at a distance and reference materials in our office located in the East Flagstaff Community Library.

Arizona Game and Fish
Provides online licensing and registration services and news. The Arizona Game and Fish Department Mission: To conserve, enhance, and restore Arizona's diverse wildlife resources and habitats through aggressive protection and management programs, and to provide wildlife resources and safe watercraft and off-highway vehicle recreation for the enjoyment, appreciation, and use by present and future generations.

Arizona Attorney General
The Attorney General's Office provides legal advice to most State agencies. The Office also investigates and prosecutes consumer fraud, white-collar crime, organized crime, public corruption, drug, environmental violations and deprivation of civil rights. The Attorney General's Office is divided into: Executive Office, Solicitor General, Administrative Operations, Child and Family Protection, Civil, Civil Rights, Criminal and Public Advocacy.

Child Protective Services - Arizona Dept. of Economic Security
Child Protective Services (CPS) is a part of Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) within the Arizona State Department of Economic Security and works on behalf of children and families of Arizona. The role of CPS is to ensure the safety of children while maintaining the integrity of the family. When allegations of child abuse or neglect, exploitation or abandonment indicate the need, Arizona law requires that CPS conduct an investigation. One of the most important functions of CPS is to help families receive the services necessary to enable them to remain together and to build better family relationships.

Adult Protective Services - Arizona Dept. of Economic Security
Adult Protective Services (APS) exists to receive and investigate incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of incapacitated or vulnerable adults, and to offer appropriate services in accordance with individual need and acceptance.

Arizona Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
Find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities on the Yellow Pages for Kids in Arizona.

Braille and Talking Books Division - Arizona State Library
Free library service for individuals of all ages with various degrees of visual or physical impairments. Services include: lending library with over 50,000 recorded titles, loan of special equipment to play the recorded materials, movies with audio descriptions, newspapers read over the phone, books and magazines in braille, delivery and return by mail.

Arizona Self Help
Arizona Self Help is a free and easy way for you to prescreen for programs such as WIC, Head Start, Energy Assistance, etc., that are available to help you and your family. Arizona Self Help is private, does not ask who you are and does not share your information with anyone. Arizona Self Help will tell you where to go for help and what to bring with you, after you have answered all the questions.

History and Culture

Arizona Historical Society
The Arizona Historical Society has the world's largest collection of Arizona history artifacts, documents, and photographs. Feel free to ask us about research, educational programs, and tours.

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
A listing of Library programs and collections, including: how to access Arizona's public records, Arizona history resources, genealogy information, Arizona legal/legislative guides.

Family History - Arizona History and Archives Division
Lists types of records retained in the Arizona State Archives that may be useful to family historians. Also includes information on how to access records and a list of useful genealogical websites.

Arizona Memory Project
The Arizona Memory Project, established by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, is an online repository for digital collections from archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, and other Arizona cultural institutions. Has a large photo collection.


The Arboretum at Flagstaff
Home to one of the largest collections of high country wildflowers in America.

Arizona Science Center
The Arizona Science Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and entertain people about science.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!

Arizona State Museum
ASM brings to life the culture history of the Greater Southwest, from the mammoth hunters to the present.

Arizona State Parks
Links to Arizona State Parks, as well as events, news, and administrative bodies.

Desert Botanical Garden
Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits.

Flandrau Science Center
The resource for the Planetarium, Observatory, Mineral Museum, Science Store, Heliochronometer.

Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It is more than an awe-inspiring view. It is more than a pleasuring ground for those who explore the roads, hike the trails, or float the currents of the turbulent Colorado River.

Lowell Observatory
Lowell Observatory is a privately owned astronomical research institution located in Flagstaff, Arizona at an elevation of 7,250 feet. The Observatory was founded in 1894 by Boston mathematician Percival Lowell. Best known for the discovery of Pluto, Lowell Observatory is also where astronomer V.M. Slipher gathered the first evidence that the universe is expanding.

Museum of Northern Arizona
The mission of the Museum of Northern Arizona is to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage.

Pioneer Museum
In 1906, the Pioneers’ Society of Northern Arizona was founded in Flagstaff, Arizona It was reorganized in 1942 and again in 1953 and renamed the Northern Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society (NAPHS). In 1985, after serving the community as a private non-profit organization for more than 30 years, NAPHS transferred its holdings to the Arizona Historical Society. The Arizona Historical Society’s Pioneer Museum is located in the historic Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, the Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic building is an Arizona treasure - a remarkable example of Arts and Crafts style architecture featuring a rustic exterior of log-slab siding, volcanic stone arches, and hand-split wooden shingles. The expansive home has forty rooms, over 13,000 square-feet of living area, and servant's quarters. The Riordan residence was designed by the creator of Grand Canyon's El Tovar Lodge, Charles Whittlesey.

Sunset Crater Volcano
Sunset Crater is the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. The volcano's red rim and the dark lava flows seem to have cooled and hardened to a jagged surface only yesterday.

Sunset Crater National Monument - a 3D photographic geology tour
This website contains images produced from stereo photo pairs that were manipulated into anaglyphs (3-D images). You will need red-and-cyan stereo viewing glasses to get the 3-D visual effects.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (info from The American Southwest)
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is the slightly clumsy name given to an area northeast of Flagstaff containing the results of much igneous activity - several colourful cinder cones formed by extinct volcanoes, and large expanses of lava and ash. The dominant peak is Sunset Crater; as with the other cones it has distinctive dusky red-brown patches formed by oxidised iron and sulphur - this caused John Wesley Powell, who was the first modern-day explorer of the area in 1887, to name the mountain 'Sunset Peak'. The contrasting colours of the cinders provide the most striking aspect of the Monument but the buckled and twisted lava fields are also very dramatic.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Come explore our colorful cinder cone on a virtual field trip. We will take you along a trail that winds across one of the frozen rivers of lava that gushed from Sunset Crater Volcano’s rocky flanks. While you're visiting, why not step into our visitor center to see our seismograph record of Arizona’s earthquakes?

U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff Science Center
Includes information on Space science, Water and ice studies, Earth science, Biological resources, the Grand Canyon monitoring and research center, Field center information, Outreach and education, Data and software, and Images.

Walnut Canyon
Hike down into Walnut Canyon and walk in the footsteps of the people that lived here over 900 years ago. Under limestone overhangs, the Sinagua built their homes. These single story structures, cliff dwellings, were occupied from about 1100 to 1250.

Wupatki National Monument
For its time and place, there was no other pueblo like Wupatki. Less than 800 years ago, it was the tallest, largest, and perhaps the richest and most influential pueblo around. It was home to 85-100 people, and several thousand more lived within a day’s walk. And it was built in one of the lowest, warmest, and driest places on the Colorado Plateau.

Science and Nature

Arizona Geological Survey
Mission: To inform and advise the public about the geologic character of Arizona in order to foster understanding and prudent development of the State's land, water, mineral, and energy resources.

Arizona Solar Center
This is your Arizona source for solar energy information. Come inside and explore various technologies, including photovoltaics, solar cooking, solar water heating, solar architecture, wind power, and hands-on activities for the classroom. This Website is presented by the Arizona Solar Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the use and utilization of solar energy.

Tree of Life Web Project
We envisage the Tree of Life being used by people interested in locating information about a particular group of organisms, by biologists seeking identification keys, figures, phylogenetic trees, and other systematic information for a group of organisms, and by educators teaching about organismal diversity. The ToL project was originally designed for biologists. However, given the response of other people to the project, including middle and high school students, we are encouraging authors to include information of interest to non-biologists. In addition, we are preparing to open the project to contributions from a more general audience.