Isabela Gamez/UA Don Bolles fellow

Isabela Gamez/UA Don Bolles fellow

Isabela Gamez is a writer for the Arizona Mirror while serving as the University of Arizona School of Journalism’s Don Bolles Fellow. She is a current junior at the University of Arizona majoring in journalism with a Spanish minor. She previously interned at the Digital Futures Bilingual Broadcast Studio and Arizona Public Media. She is active in the reporting of social justice issues.

After missing a federal grant, Arizona lawmakers look to fully fund I-10 widening project

By: - January 31, 2023

After the Federal Highway Administration passed over Arizona’s bid for a $360 million grant to widen Interstate 10 between Chandler and Casa Grande, Republican state lawmakers are proposing the state not wait for federal funds and instead pay for the project solely with state tax dollars. Lawmakers had eyed the federal MEGA grant as providing […]

Bills would exempt period products, diapers from taxes

By: and - January 31, 2023

As many as 15 states have already eliminated the sales taxes from period products and diapers, and Arizona could be next.  Two identical bills have been introduced this year that would remove the sales tax added to feminine hygiene products, infant diapers and incontinence products.  The effort to give women and parents across the state […]

Senate resolution aims to decrease crime, but it could mean fuller jails

By: - January 27, 2023

One state lawmaker wants Arizona police departments to focus on increased policing and deterrence programs to combat what he said is an out-of-control surge in violent crime, but critics say that his recommendations will only lead to increased incarceration for low-level crimes.  Sen. John Kavanagh, a Republican from Fountain Hills and a retired police officer, […]

Colorado River

AZ ranks No. 3 for water efficiency as Colorado River dwindles

By: - January 20, 2023

Arizona is ranked No. 3 among the states for water efficiency and sustainability, but still has a lot of room for improvement, according to a new analysis released this week.  The Alliance for Water Efficiency ranks conservation, sustainability and affordability, and assigns each U.S. state a national and regional ranking. Arizona ranked No. 3 overall […]

High school students protest anti-LGBTQ sentiment in GOP-led legislature

By: and - January 9, 2023

Across the street from the state Capitol, while lawmakers gathered in advance of the new legislative session, Arizona high school students laid out 180 black body bags in protest. “We are trying to let our legislators know that every single step they take, bill they vote on, there is a life on the line,” said […]