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GV News: Border Patrol confirms off-duty agent tied to Sawmill Fire

The Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol confirmed Thursday that the investigation into the Sawmill Fire involves one of their off-duty employees, an agent who was involved in the target shooting that sparked the 46,000-plus-acre blaze on Sunday.... Read more»1

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Tucson & Southern Arizona

Live weather radar

Live weather radar for Tucson and the rest of Southern Arizona from the National Weather Service.... Read more»

Trump orders review of predecessors’ national monument designations

President Donald Trump ordered the Interior Department Wednesday to review two decades of national monument designations, actions he said represent an “egregious use of government power” affecting millions of acres of land — including four monuments in Arizona.... Read more»

Sources: Target shooter sparked Sawmill Fire; 40,000 acres burned

A man target shooting on state land Sunday morning started the Sawmill Fire that had burned 40,000 acres by Wednesday midday, according to several sources who spoke with the Green Valley News.... Read more»1

West Texas nuclear waste project on hold — for now

Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to temporarily suspend a review of its application to store tens of thousands of metric tons of spent nuclear fuel at its West Texas dump.... Read more»

Court rejects Arizona’s challenge to EPA-imposed emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to impose certain standards on industrial sites in Arizona in place of state rules meant to ensure visibility in federal parks, a federal appeals court ruled.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Junk forces city to dump some recycling centers

Because some of our more irresponsible neighbors have been using neighborhood recycling centers as dump sites, the city now must shut some of them down.... Read more»

Grijalva joins BioDiv lawsuit over environmental impact of border wall

Rep. Raúl Grijalva and the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity launched a lawsuit Wednesday to force the Trump administration to consider the environmental impact of border enforcement, including the construction of a wall, along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Forest Service: Help find person of interest in Mt. Lemmon wildfire

A man driving a green Ford Explorer is a person of interest in last week's Molino Fire on Mt. Lemmon, officials said. The wildfire, which burned about 50 acres, was connected to recreational target shooting.... Read more»1

Water cooperation across U.S.-Mexico border essential, complex

Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, share something more meaningful than their city name. They also share a source of water that is vital to their region of the border.... Read more»

Solar jobs continue growth in Arizona, not as fast as rest of nation

Arizona saw a 6 percent increase in solar jobs in 2016, bouncing back from a sharp drop the year before but still trailing well behind the national average growth of 25 percent in solar jobs.... Read more»

Instead of a border wall, some Texans want parks, solar panels or levees

As the Trump administration moves ahead with plans for a barrier on the Rio Grande, Texans are weighing in on how the president should approach the project. And the ideas range from the comical to the practical. ... Read more»

Scientists: Trump's border wall would devastate wildlife habitat

At the U.S.-Mexico border, scientists say existing fencing is hurting wildlife and warn that a continuous wall could devastate many species. The barriers in place have made it harder for animals to find food, water and mates. Many, like jaguars, gray wolves and ocelots, are already endangered.... Read more»

UA partners to make concrete out of coal byproduct

The University of Arizona has partnered with a private manufacturing firm to create a more eco-friendly version of concrete from fly ash, a leftover from coal plants that used to pollute the air. ... Read more»

9th Circuit rejects cases on Navajo Generating Station impact & closing

A federal appeals court rejected two cases related to the Navajo Generating Station, one that aimed to tighten environmental restrictions on the coal-fired power plant and another questioned the process that calls for the plant’s closure.... Read more»

Resolution mine official calls permitting process a barrier to business

The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs, a company official said Tuesday. But Rep. Raul Grijalva said "we have regulations ... to make sure environmental, public health and all other attributes of community impact are taken into account."... Read more»

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