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Black-footed ferrets settling in at new Az site

The endangered black-footed ferret has been making a comeback in northern Arizona since a reintroduction program began in 1996. A release this week marks a new stage of that effort as state officials established a second population to complement one near Seligman.... Read more»

Game & Fish got $2.4M in surplus military gear

Arizona Game and Fish Department received more than $2.4 million worth of surplus military equipment from a Department of Defense program, exceeding the dollar value of gear that went to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, Pima County Sheriff’s Department and Mesa Police Department.... Read more»

New state law allows transfer of big-game tags to disabled vets

Dale Lewis. a 69-year-old Vietnam veteran with heart problems, was able to experience the adrenaline of hunting once more with a big-game tag donated under a new state law created to help veterans disabled during their service.... Read more»

Tucson partners with Phoenix to ensure water supply

As Lake Mead hits its lowest point in almost 85 years, Arizona’s two largest cities are taking steps to bank water for a not-so-rainy day. Phoenix and Tucson have formed a partnership that will store excess water from Phoenix’s Central Arizona Project allotment in Tucson.... Read more»1

Texas solar manufacturer ramps up production

Texas’ biggest solar panel manufacturing plant is ramping up production. It’s part of San Antonio’s effort to become a solar energy hub – by building solar farms to help power the area and luring the companies that manufacture their parts.... Read more»

Judge upholds 20-year ban on new uranium mines near Grand Canyon

A federal judge Tuesday upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 20-year ban on adding new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, rejecting a claim by a coalition of mining industry groups that the move is a violation of their rights.... Read more»

Poll: Western voters oppose giving federal lands to states

A poll says 52 percent of voters in eight Western states don’t think federal lands should be shifted to state control. An Arizona bill to do that was vetoed in 2012, but Utah law calls on the federal government to cede lands there by Dec. 31. Few expect that to happen.... Read more»2

Center for Biological Diversity

Enviros threaten to sue feds for not protecting pygmy owl

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Defenders of Wildlife this week filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not protecting the owl under the Endangered Species Act. The groups also object to the wording in the agency’s policy restricting the owl from receiving protection.... Read more»1

Largest-ever tribal settlement sees $554M to Navajo

The tribe’s 2006 lawsuit originally sought $900 million for what it called the federal government’s decades of mishandling royalties from oil, gas, coal, uranium and other mineral leases it held in trust for the tribe. The settlement was hailed as a “victory for tribal sovereignty.”... Read more»

Huckelberry hardball: 'Pay this bill or we'll kill these dogs'

Pima County fired back at Tucson’s refusal to pay for increased animal-shelter costs Wednesday, with a Chuck Huckelberry memo that’s reminiscent of a 1973 National Lampoon cover. The county administrator said if the city doesn’t want to pay more for the Animal Control Center, then Tucson can choose to put strays to sleep — and hire someone to do it.... Read more»2

House panel asked to approve water-rights deal for Hualapai, Freeport

The Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014 would guarantee some water rights for the Hualapai Tribe, allow Freeport Minerals Corp. to continue operating its Bagdad copper mine and provide the state with lands for wildlife protection, supporters said.... Read more»

Clean Air-Blue Skies plates becoming the domain of electric cars

When Jim Stack bought his Ford Focus electric plug-in, his passion to keep emissions out of the air was broadcast to the world. He can even drive across the country and not pay a penny in driving costs. Stack is part of an exclusive club for two reasons: having a plug-in electric vehicle and being able to sport a blue-and-white license plate entitling him to use the HOV lane even when it’s just him in the car.... Read more»

State officials urge Congress to continue aid to counties with large federal lands

Local leaders from Arizona and other states urged Congress to safeguard the payment in lieu of taxes, which reimburses counties for untaxable federal land and is vital to county budgets.... Read more»

City establishes sandbag drop-off

If your preparations for the “hurricane that wasn’t” have left you with a pile of sandbags you don’t know what to do with, the city of Tucson has an answer. A drop-off location has been set up at the Ward 5 Council office, 4300 S. Park Ave.... Read more»

Update: Weather Service lifts flood watch for Tucson

The path of Tropical Storm Odile has shifted to the east, and the National Weather Service has lifted a flash flood watch for Tucson. Heavy rains have fallen on Cochise and Santa Cruz counties, which remain covered by a flood advisory.... Read more»

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