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GOP, Democrats spar over best way to save Endangered Species Act

Democrats and Republicans agreed last week that everybody wants to prevent extinction of endangered species – but they differ sharply on how to do that. That was the main issue as the House Natural Resources Committee took up five bills, what Rep. Raul Grijalva called a “weird menu” of measures that would modify the Endangered Species Act in ways he called a “waste of time.”... Read more»

1.4 million weigh in on Trump’s review of nat'l monuments

An Interior Department review of national monuments has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments, a “phenomenal” number. On the list are the Tucson-area Ironwood Forest monument, the Sonoran Desert monument near Gila Bend, and the Grand Canyon - Parashant and Vermillion Cliffs monuments in Arizona, and nearly two dozen others across the U.S.... Read more»

Arizona official: EPA rule puts ‘extraordinarily high’ burden on mines

Proposed federal rules that would require mining companies to have cash sufficient to clean up any environmental problems they might cause are “duplicative and unnecessary,” an Arizona environmental official told a House panel Thursday.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ducey's water grab threatens the bulk of desert ecology

Arizona's watersheds don't look like the water courses of other states, but that doesn't mean they deserve any less protection. Ours may in fact need more, albeit different, safeguarding — streams don't have to be year-round flowing rivers to be vital to the state's environment and economy.... Read more»1

Happy when it rains... A monsoon playlist

It's hot, it's humid, and it's (finally) raining buckets of cats and dogs. Here are a few monsoon tunes to play as you celebrate.... Read more»2

Bronson blasts GOP call to eliminate Ironwood Nat'l Monument

Sharon Bronson, chair of the Pima Board of Supervisors, is "astounded" that three Republican congressman from Arizona are calling for the elimination of four national monuments here, including Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They "assert outright falsehoods," she said.... Read more»

Feds post plan for endangered Pima cactus, but recovery still a long way off

After 24 years of waiting, is the Pima pineapple cactus finally having its day in the sun? The Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft recovery plan for the cactus that has been on the endangered species list since 1993. ... Read more»

Firefighters add drone incursions to threats faced in a wildfire

Firefighters battling the Goodwin Fire in central Arizona had to suspend operations twice in one week after drones flew into airspace over the blaze.... Read more»

Az GOP congressmen call for end of Ironwood, Sonoran nat'l monuments

A group of Republican representatives, including three Arizona congressman, are calling for the complete elimination of four national monuments in Arizona, including the Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They also called for shrinking or de-listing others across the nation.... Read more»1

Dust storm detector will alert drivers to freeway hazards

State safety and transportation officials are developing a detection system to warn motorists if dangerous dust storms are in the area.... Read more»

Cut lighter fluid for tastier, greener grilling

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing smaller amounts of volatile organic compounds into the air — key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food for your July 4 barbecue. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney.... Read more»

CBP: Border 'wall' will mix walls, tech & 130 miles of 'natural barriers'

President Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border will be more like a “border wall system” of walls, fencing, technology, law enforcement, patrol roads – and 130 miles with nothing but “natural barriers,” a border official said Tuesday.... Read more»

Tribe OKs plan to begin shutdown of Navajo Generating Station

The lights will stay on at the Navajo Generating Station until 2019 as the Navajo Nation Council voted 18-4, after hours of debate Monday, for a new agreement with the plant’s operators. The new lease agreement allows for decades of decommissioning work to begin in 2019 and includes amendments giving the tribe control of water to the plant and some of its assets.... Read more»

Feds hunt down mystery landowners in bid to build border wall

The federal government has spent a decade chasing a meandering paper trail, with researchers combing through yellowed government files, testing the faded memories of neighbors and perusing the local library as they try to sort out who owns the land.... Read more»

Feds remove Hualapai Mexican vole from endangered species list

Federal officials said Friday they will remove the Hualapai Mexican vole from the endangered species list after 30 years, a move that one environmental group criticized as “premature” for an animal it says could still be at risk.... Read more»

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