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Gray wolf faces new challenge: National Academies of Sciences review

Is a Mexican gray wolf just another wolf, or is it a distinct – and endangered – breed of its own? The long-running fight over the Mexican gray wolf moved from Southeast Arizona to a paneled Washington conference room last week, where scientists will try to answer the question that could determine the animal’s fate.... Read more»

121 immigrants surrender to Border Patrol agents near Lukeville

A group of 121 immigrants turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents on Saturday in a remote part of the Organ Pipe Cactus wildlife refuge, one of five large groups, totaling 600 people, found in Arizona's western desert since July 28 by federal officials. ... Read more»

Report: Border wall hurts wildlife, people now; full wall would be worse

The existing partial border wall with Mexico has caused environmental damage, harmed border communities and failed to make the country safer, and a complete border wall would only make things worse, according to a report released Wednesday.... Read more»

Navajo group takes protest against coal-fired power plant to Manhattan

A group of Navajo environmentalists took their fight against the Navajo Generating Station to Manhattan on Monday, where they protested outside the offices of an investment firm that might save the Arizona electrical plant.... Read more»

Critics say ‘whoa’ to federal moves to rein in wild horses

The number of wild horses in the West has soared, but animal welfare groups bristle at measures to control them, including eased limits on sales of captured horses to private parties — which raises fears about the animals possibly being funneled to slaughterhouses to become food for pets and people. ... Read more»

163 border-crossers detained by Border Patrol in often deadly Az desert

A group of 163 suspected illegal migrants was intercepted Saturday by Border Patrol agents in a remote stretch of Arizona desert west of Tucson — the third large group found in about a month in a wilderness where water is rare and crossings are frequently deadly. ... Read more»

Tapped out? Developers argue there’s more water in Colorado River Basin

Despite exceptional drought conditions, some developers contend there still are places in the 246,000-square-mile Colorado River Basin to dam and divert water. Although some portions of the watershed are bracing for impending shortages, they say, other portions have surpluses.... Read more»

Indian tech firm Axiscades to bring 300 jobs to Tucson in next 5 years

Axiscades, an engineering company based in India, plans to hire more than 300 people over the next five years as the company sets up a Tucson office, officials announced Friday. ... Read more»

Group of 128 suspected border-crossers detained near Ajo

Border Patrol agents patrolling near Ajo apprehended more than 200 people in two large groups in the last month, including a group of 128 people encountered several miles west of Lukeville on Friday, authorities said. ... Read more»

SunZia powerlines would destroy wetlands, kill birds, opponents say

The $2 billion SunZia power project faces a new objection, this time from an environmental group that fears the 500 miles of high-voltage transmission lines from New Mexico to Eloy, Ariz., will inflict irreparable damage to wetlands and bird populations.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ozone levels in Pima County air nothing to cough at

Ozone doesn't just make it harder to see the Rincons, it'll harm your lungs — and, as we're learning, even your heart. And Tucson just blew over the legal limit for the smoggy contaminant. Here's the low-down on why we should keep an eye on the sky. ... Read more»

Santa Cruz River in jeopardy if int'l sewage pipe ruptures again, experts fear

Some residents of Santa Cruz County are warning that the pipeline carrying raw sewage from Mexico into the United States could rupture as it did during last year’s monsoon, when it spewed millions of gallons of waste into the Nogales Wash over seven days.... Read more»

After 11 years, activists & owners still digging into legal battle over Rosemont Mine

A proposal for a massive open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson will be back in court this month as opponents challenge permits for the project, the latest twist in the battle over the Rosemont Mine.... Read more»

Native American farmers plan moves to global market, greater sustainability

Native Americans are the primary operators of more than half of all farm or ranches in the state, making Arizona’s agriculture landscape unique.... Read more»

No More Deaths duels with Border Patrol over water drops for migrants

Volunteers have been making the journey into Southern Arizona's remote deserts, up to five days a week, for more than a decade to drop off water and food supplies in a controversial mission to save the lives of migrants making the trek from Mexico into the U.S.... Read more»

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