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Chemical retardant used to fight wildfires could pose harm, group says

Fire-retardent slurry has been a key tool in fighting forest fires, including the Woodbury Fire east of Mesa, but some former U.S. Forest Service employees call it unsafe and counter productive. ... Read more»

Critics attack Trump administration push to expedite uranium mining

Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel Tuesday that including uranium on a list of “critical minerals” opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk.... Read more»

Volunteers needed for Tucson Mountain Park trail building and restoration

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation [cq] is calling for volunteers to assist in building 2.5 miles of trails at the Painted Hills Trails Park [cq] and help with Enchanted Hills Trail Park’s [cq] ongoing restoration efforts, according to Marcia Zamorano, [cq]a Pima County communication specialist. [cq]... Read more»

Rabid bat found on NW Side, dogs may have been exposed

A pair of "small, scruffy brown dogs" may have been exposed to a rabid bat near Oracle and Magee roads this week, and county officials are trying to track them down.... Read more»

Environmental groups call for McSally to support climate change legislation

Environmentalists gathered Tuesday outside Sen. Martha McSally’s office to demand she support legislation requiring the U.S. to honor the Paris climate accord, from which the Trump administration intends to withdraw.... Read more»

Border Patrol agents rescue 17 migrants from Arizona bombing range, including 9 kids

Yuma-area Border Patrol agents rescued 17 people from a remote part of the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range in Southern Arizona on Monday night, authorities said. ... Read more»

Coconino official urges feds to live up to responsibility to fund parks

A Coconino County official urged lawmakers Tuesday to “make sure the federal government meets its responsibility” of maintaining national parks, which face almost $12 billion in needed upkeep – $313.8 million in the Grand Canyon alone.... Read more»

Volcanic soil, old artillery shells challenge crews managing Flagstaff wildfire

Amidst the sweet-smelling smoke of ponderosa pine, firefighters are laboring to maintain – not extinguish – a 8,600-acre blaze in the Coconino National Forest northeast of Flagstaff.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: I-11 is a boondoggle that doesn't benefit Tucson

The proposed Interstate 11 west of Tucson is a boondoggle that doesn't benefit our city and doesn't benefit our neighbors in Pima County (unless you happen to be a real estate speculator).... Read more»4

Indian woman, 8-year-old daughter located after 6-year-old migrant found dead in Arizona desert

Border Patrol agents found a migrant mother and her 8-year-old daughter late Thursday night in a remote stretch of desert following a day-long search launched after agents found the remains of her 6-year-old daughter.... Read more»

Elias defends Clean Water Act in U.S. Senate hearing

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias told federal lawmakers that a plan to limit the so-called Waters of the United States rule would end up eliminating clean-water protections for “rivers like the Santa Cruz, the Salt, the Gila.”... Read more»

Golf, pesticides and a father's death

The death of filmmaker Andrew Nisker’s father, Harold, of cancer in 2014 led him on a search for truth about golf courses and pesticide use.... Read more»

Can the government be sued for climate change? Appeals court hears arguments

Federal judges are weighing whether the U.S. can be held legally responsible for failing to protect future generations from climate change. ... Read more»

Excessive heat, high fuel loads in Arizona have experts predicting wildfires through fall

Fire experts say the high temperatures, combined with an increasing amount of brush drying up from the abnormally wet winter, the fire danger is high – particularly in southern Arizona, where the threat is above-average.... Read more»

ADOT has a simple dust storm safety tip: 'Pull aside, stay alive'

The Arizona Department of Transportation has a safety guideline for dealing with dust storms during the coming monsoon storms.... Read more»

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