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Feds won’t press Gold King Mine spill criminal case, angering senators

Lawmakers on Monday questioned the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute officials in connection with the Gold King Mine spill, which dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River last year.... Read more»

Pima County now owns more than 230,000 acres of open space

Pima County has been steadily buying land for the past 40 years and now owns and manages more than 230,000 acres of natural, cultural and historic areas. About 73,000 acres were purchased with $230 million from four bond issues dating back to 1974.... Read more»

Az artist moves earth for 40 years at Flagstaff volcanic crater

Artist James Turrell has spent almost 40 years moving 1.3 million cubic yards of earth and creating an 854-foot tunnel in the Roden Crater. When finally finished, it will have 21 viewing spaces and six tunnels that will channel light into the crater.... Read more»

Grand Canyon tram proposal sparks ire, awe from Navajo Nation to Germany

The tension surrounding the Grand Canyon Escalade on Navajo land has ratcheted up as the Navajo tribal council introduced a bill proposing the development, which has been in the works for several years. The first committee hearing of the bill is scheduled for Oct. 10 at Twin Arrows Resort and Casino in Flagstaff.... Read more»

Workers cite harassment, retaliation in 'toxic' national parks

National Park Service employees continue to suffer from a “toxic” work culture that has allowed for rampant sexual misconduct and a culture of retaliation, park workers told a House committee Thursday.... Read more»

Latinos support Grand Canyon-area monument on DC trip

Latino groups were in Washington Thursday with a message for President Barack Obama: designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument.... Read more»

Some Navajo locals join lawmakers opposing Bears Ears national monument

Navajo Nation locals joined Utah lawmakers Wednesday to express opposition to any attempt to designate land around the Bears Ears site in southeastern Utah as a national monument.... Read more»

Mud turtle creeps toward endangered status as springsnail outlook improves

Federal officials denied endangered status to a southern Arizona snail Wednesday after unexpectedly finding far more than were thought to exist, but moved to protect what one advocate called the “very imperiled” Sonoyta mud turtle.... Read more»

SIerra Club & Border Patrol tout 'conservation and collaboration on the border'

They've clashed in the past over conflicting goals - border security and protecting the environment - but representatives of the Sierra Club and Customs and Border Protection recently made their first joint public presentation about working together. Security goals and environmental preservation can go hand in hand, they said.... Read more»

Electric car owners in Az hope to jolt interest in vehicles

When Phoenix-area gearheads line up Saturday night at Scottsdale Pavilions to show off their cars as they have for more than 20 years, Brian Perkins will be there to help showcase 19 cars. But what he is displaying are different than the classic hotrods and souped-up racers that typically show up. They’re all electric.... Read more»

Tribal leaders say proposed water deal could benefit Az tourism

The chairman of the Hualapai Tribe told a Senate committee Wednesday that a proposed 70-mile, $173 million water project would lay the groundwork for expansion of Grand Canyon West and increased tourism in the state.... Read more»

Free rabies vaccines at Cunningham's office Saturday

A free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs will be held at the Ward 2 Council office on the East Side on Saturday, with the Humane Society offering to treat up to 150 pets. Low-cost distemper/parvo shots will also be available.... Read more»

Storm-driven sea birds detoured to Tucson

When Tropical Storm Newton blew into Tucson last week, most residents were just trying to stay dry. But for Southern Arizona bird watchers, Newton was a rare opportunity to see exotic bird species, some of which have never been recorded before in the state. But some of those sea birds aren't faring well in our desert.... Read more»

Enviros, tribal activists hail EPA’s Superfund designation for Gold King Mine

Environmental and tribal activists welcomed the government’s announcement Wednesday that it had designated the Gold King Mine a Superfund site, advancing the cleanup of an area contaminated by a multimillion-gallon toxic spill last year. ... Read more»

Tribes, Grijalva lead move to conserve Gila River land

Native American tribal leaders, archaeologists and Congressman Raúl Grijalva are seeking to designate more than 84,000 acres curving along the Gila River as a national monument.... Read more»

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