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

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1-3 ft. blizzard snows, high winds forecast for S. Az mountains Friday

While clouds and rain blanketed the valleys below, several inches of snow were falling on the mountains of Southern Arizona, with a strong winter storm forecast for Friday night. Up to three feet of snow may fall overnight, with winds hitting 50 mph, the National Weather Service said.... Read more»

Sheriff: White-out snow closes Mt. Lemmon

Only residents and employees driving 4x4 vehicles with chains were being allowed on the road up Mt. Lemmon on Friday morning, as "white-out" conditions made travel in the mountains hazardous. ... Read more»

Lawmakers: Obama won’t OK Grand Canyon monument before leaving

President Barack Obama will leave office Friday without declaring a new 1.7 million acre national monument around the Grand Canyon, Arizona lawmakers said this week.... Read more»

Could good, affordable housing solve farmworker shortage?

As farmers in the West face labor shortages, some are finding that providing affordable housing is key to getting the help they need.... Read more»

Farmworker visas more than doubled in Arizona, U.S. in recent years

The number of H-2A visas issued to agricultural workers in Arizona has more than doubled in the past five years, mirroring a national increase in the temporary “guest worker program” for noncitizens.... Read more»

40MW solar plant north of Tucson powers ASU, PayPal

Electricity from a new $90 million solar power plant in Red Rock will be underwritten by PayPal's operation in Phoenix, and Arizona State University. The facility, next to an existing natural-gas plant about 35 miles north of Tucson, was dedicated this week.... Read more»

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Border Patrol recruits: Wild horses, tamed by prisoners

Long before the desert sun has had a chance to heat the dusty prison yard, some 20 inmates at an Arizona state prison begin quietly tending horses. Both the men and the horses are still learning how to live behind fences. Prisoners in the Wild Horse Inmate Program train mustangs that will eventually be adopted by the Border Patrol.... Read more»

Tequila makers, volunteers lift endangered bats off the mat

An unusual alliance of researchers and tequila makers have helped rescue a crucial American Southwest pollinator known as the lesser long-nosed bat from the brink of extinction, according to U.S. wildlife managers who want the bat removed from the endangered and threatened species list. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Monsanto hearings tempt wrong kind of fate

Pima County's Monsanto hearings will not be five teachable moments about the virtues of a deal with the ag company. It's just five chances to piss people off. ... Read more»

Arizona still a power in solar industry, despite gains by other states

Arizona currently ranks second in total installed solar capacity after California, the nation’s undisputed leader. More than 100 solar facilities are operating or under construction here, and could have a large effect on our economy, with the potential to attract a skilled workforce.... Read more»

Pima County schedules 5 public meetings on Monsanto

Pima County is having five meetings this month to allow more citizen feedback and let Monsanto respond to complaints about its controversial plans for a greenhouse near Marana. ... Read more»3

San Carlos Apache, environmentalists battle Oak Flat copper mine bid

Oak Flat in Eastern Arizona lies in the midst of an environmental and economic controversy. The San Carlos Apache revere the federally owned land. Environmentalists consider it a sanctuary. Climbers, hikers and campers gravitate there for recreation. And Resolution Copper covets the rich veins of ore running beneath the surface.... Read more»

Environmentalists criticize proposed jaguar recovery plan

Environmental groups are criticizing the details of a proposed jaguar recovery plan released Monday by the Fish and Wildlife Service, arguing the plan is too weak to protect the species from extinction. Two wild male jaguars recently spotted in Southern Arizona are the only known jaguars in the country.... Read more»

OSHA's wall of shame: with limited staff, safety agency targets 'severe violators'

Six years into the Severe Violator Enforcement Program – the broadest workplace safety initiative launched under President Obama – more than 500 businesses are on its list of bad actors. They include giants such as DuPont and International Paper as well as more than 300 construction firms. But the effort faces an uncertain future under the Trump administration.... Read more»

The facts on Trump’s EPA nominee

Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has made some questionable claims related to global warming, fracking and the Clean Power Plan.... Read more»

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