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House panel OKs bills to rein in mining around Grand Canyon, elsewhere

Democratic lawmakers beat back a series of Republican amendments Wednesday before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Interstate 11: Great things for Tucson or a Phoenix plot to destroy us?

It's too soon to tell if a proposed Tucson bypass is good for our city or something to be fought for the good of our summer-clad Pueblo. It's definitely worth getting the lowdown and asking questions.... Read more»1

Enviros sue to stop fracking near Petrified Forest National Park

Three environmental groups sued the Bureau of Land Management Monday to prevent fracking for natural gas and oil in more than 4,000 acres of public land near a national forest in Arizona and the state’s most important aquifer.... Read more»

Happy when it rains... A monsoon tunes playlist

It's hot, it's humid, and it's (finally) raining buckets of cats and dogs across much of Tucson. Here are a few monsoon tunes to play as you celebrate.... Read more»1

Rumble in the desert: Arizona experiences hundreds of earth quakes every year

The Arizona Geological Survey notes hundreds of tiny temblors punctuated by some that can shake, if not rock, our world.... Read more»

Arizona has fewer wildfires than last year, but blazes are bigger

Arizonans this year are dealing with fewer wildfires than last year, but the fires are significantly larger. "From January 1st to July 10th, we’ve had 935 wildfires – that equates to 205,819 acres burned."... Read more»

Little progress toward goal of cutting U.S. food waste in half

While 1 in 8 Americans are considered to be “food insecure,” an estimated 40 percent of the nation’s supply of fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat goes to waste, discarded by farmers, retailers, restaurant owners and households.... Read more»

The way we were

Arthur Pack: Successful businessman was also conservation pioneer

For most Pima County residents these days, the name Arthur Pack is usually mentioned in the context of golf because of the noteworthy Lee Trevino designed course at a park named after him on the Marana-Oro Valley frontier. Arthur Pack was prominent a businessman and philanthropist whose impact on conservation policy is still felt locally. His influence extends well beyond Pima County as well.... Read more»

‘Flowing stream from here on out’: Tucson using effluent to revive ‘dead’ stretch of river

Along a parched Tucson riverbed where only dust and wild grasses have held sway for the past 70 years, the Santa Cruz River now flows again.... Read more»

Navajo, Hualapai water-rights bills get warm reception in House hearing

Tribal leaders urged House lawmakers Wednesday to support a handful of bills that would guarantee water to their tribes in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico and fund the water treatment plants and pipelines to deliver it.... Read more»

Memorial for 6-year-old migrant girl who died in Az desert focuses on asylum policies

Tucsonans mourned the death of 6-year-old Gurupreet Kaur, who died just a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border in mid-June after crossing with her mother and sister, during a memorial Sunday.... Read more»1

Most states legalizing pot growing have yet to grapple with power demand

States legalizing cannabis so far have done little to limit or even track the huge amounts of energy needed to grow it indoors. ... Read more»

Chemical retardant used to fight wildfires could pose harm, group says

Fire-retardent slurry has been a key tool in fighting forest fires, including the Woodbury Fire east of Mesa, but some former U.S. Forest Service employees call it unsafe and counter productive. ... Read more»

Critics attack Trump administration push to expedite uranium mining

Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel Tuesday that including uranium on a list of “critical minerals” opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk.... Read more»

Volunteers needed for Tucson Mountain Park trail building and restoration

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation [cq] is calling for volunteers to assist in building 2.5 miles of trails at the Painted Hills Trails Park [cq] and help with Enchanted Hills Trail Park’s [cq] ongoing restoration efforts, according to Marcia Zamorano, [cq]a Pima County communication specialist. [cq]... Read more»

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