Phoenix — The Arizona Corporation Commission held its monthly Open Meeting to discuss and vote on various securities, safety and utilities agenda items. Here is a brief recap of the meeting highlights:

UNS Electric, Inc. Request Lowers Rate Proxy for Distributed Generation Connections

In May of 2020, UNS Electric, Inc. (UNS) filed an application for a revision of its Rate Rider 14 and its Resource Comparison Proxy (RCP) rate to be effective October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. In the Value and Cost of Distributed Generation proceeding, the Arizona Corporation Commission developed a methodology for determining the price at which UNS will purchase   more...
TUCSON, Arizona – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two previously deported sex offenders near Sasabe and Amado, Arizona, Tuesday.

Around 4 a.m., agents patrolling the desert near Sasabe apprehended 29-year-old Ernesto Maldonado Alvarado. Records checks revealed Maldonado Alvarado has an extensive criminal history, including a conviction in Santa Clara County, California, for Sex with a Minor in 2014 and again in 2017. He received a sentence of 364 days in jail and three years probation for the first offense and two years imprisonment for the second.

Change vastly expands choices for CDL statewide

The days of Commercial Driver License (CDL) customers only being able to go to a handful of MVD offices for those services are over.

The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division now offers most CDL services at all full-time MVD locations statewide. Previously, CDL customers were required to travel to a limited number of MVD locations.

Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to release the following updated information regarding a search and rescue operation in Bull Canyon also known as Water Slide Canyon located in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness north east of Roosevelt Lake.

On February 22, 2020 at approximately 11:19 p.m., the Gila County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a possible drowning in Cherry Creek. Two individuals were canyoneering in the area. It was reported that the area had received flash flooding. One individual was able to hike out and get help. Deputies attempted to conduct a search and rescue operation and were unable to do so because of the flooding. Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger Helicopter was requested and unable to fly due to the weather.

How forecasts are made

Most of the annual streamflow in Arizona originates as snowfall that has accumulated in the mountains during the winter and early spring. As the snowpack accumulates, hydrologists estimate the runoff that will occur when it melts.

Measurements of snow water equivalent at selected manual snow courses and automated Snow Telemetry (SNOTEL) sites, along with precipitation and streamflow values, are used in statistical and simulation models to prepare runoff forecasts. These forecasts are coordinated between hydrologists in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) the National Weather Service, and the Salt River Project.

PHOENIX – On September 24, 2019, Chairman Bob Burns and Commissioner Justin Olson docketed a letter informing everyone that their two offices would be collaborating on drafting retail electric competition rules. On February 10, 2020, the two Commissioners docketed not one, but two drafts of possible rules.

They are hoping that interested parties will file comments on the two proposals prior to the Commission’s retail electric competition workshop. If comments can be filed prior to the workshop, that will lead to a more robust and fruitful discussion of the draft rules.