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Keep pets away from holiday food, decor

The holiday season is one for extravagant foods and decorations, but the festivities can be hazardous environments for our four-legged friends. Through the flurry of family gatherings, remember that your pets are exposed to dangerous items they may not face the rest of the year.... Read more»

Rare insect intercepted at Nogales border crossing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Monday that a recent discovery of a pest in a commercial shipment of prickly pear pads at a Nogales crossing was the first-ever interception of the “Paromius dohrnii” insect at a United States port.... Read more»

Fracking banned in New York

After years of delays and debate, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides risks outweigh rewards.... Read more»

White Christmas comes early to Mt. Lemmon

It’s beginning to look a lot like a white Christmas for Mt. Lemmon after a winter storm on Wednesday.... Read more»

Pima County holding public meetings on Colossal Cave's future

Pima County is holding a series of public meetings to get community feedback on the future of Colossal Cave Mountain Park Tuesday night at 6 p.m.... Read more»

Germany has a serious wolf problem and no one knows what to do about it

Since the year 2000 the number of wolf packs in Germany has mushroomed from two to more than 30. Wolves have killed some 350 farm animals across Germany during the past five years. Some farmers claim fear is stopping their sheep from breeding.... Read more»2

Kingman ‘downwinders’ seek recognition from U.S. decades after atomic tests

Decades after atomic tests in Nevada spread radiation across much of the Southwest, the federal government has offered compensation to many so-called downwinders. Kingman residents, however, were not among that group. And they say they don’t know why.... Read more»

Breaking the code of the Navajo Nation

For many Americans, the word Navajo conjures up images of the World War II code talkers who used their unique language to encrypt secret radio messages sent to the front lines. Here’s what many don’t know about the most populous Native American tribe in the United States.... Read more»

Gov't data sharpens focus on crude-oil train routes

A ProPublica analysis of federal government data adds new details to what’s known about the routes taken by trains carrying crude oil. Local governments are often unaware of the potential dangers they face.... Read more»

‘Robot fish’ helping officials determine when, how to stock

Arizona Game and Fish Department equips rainbow trout with dime-sized radio transmitters and identification tags as part of a program to study how far stocked fish range and collect other data.... Read more»

Green groups sue feds over pygmy owl

Two environmental groups — Defenders of Wildlife and the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity — filed a lawsuit Tuesday aimed at forcing the federal government to protect Arizona’s diminishing cactus ferruginous pygmy owl population under the Endangered Species Act.... Read more»

Enviros: Federal plan to expand Mexican gray wolf territory not enough

Under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan, the endangered Mexican gray wolf would have a lot more room to roam in Arizona and New Mexico. That is, as long as it doesn’t cross Interstate 40. Representatives of two conservation groups said the plan doesn’t go far enough.... Read more»1

Exclusive: Tourists video Grand Canyon wolf

A pair of tourists from Virginia captured the female wolf roaming the North Rim last month — with their video camera. A cross-country road trip found the two with a rare sighting: a wolf trotting alongside their car as they left the Grand Canyon. Officials confirmed that the animal is that same wolf spotted by others in the area.... Read more»

Cold Pueblo: Weather Service issues freeze warning

While Tucson doesn’t face anything like the wall of snow that hit Buffalo, N.Y., last week, the forecast for Monday night is enough to make a desert dweller tremble: temperatures may fall to 30 degrees, officials said. Residents should cover sensitive plants and make sure their pipes are wrapped or drained, as well as bring pets inside for the night.... Read more»

Feds confirm gray wolf is roaming north of Grand Canyon

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced Friday that they’ve got the straight poop on an animal seen near the Grand Canyon, confirming that a gray wolf from the Northern Rockies is making a home near the North Rim. While biologists were unable to capture the wolf for testing, DNA analysis of the wolf’s scat showed that she is a member of the endangered species.... Read more»3

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