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County approves $1.5M partnership to sterilize, release feral cats

Pima County is instituting a “life-saving” trap-neuter-return program to address the problem of feral cats. The county euthanizes about 1,600 feral cats per year. A $1.5 million partnership was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.... Read more»1

Poison center: Baby rattlesnakes are active, dangerous

Arizona rattlesnakes and their offspring are active and residents should be on the lookout for them over the next few weeks. Baby rattlesnakes, born in July and August, strike without warning and have enough venom to be a serious health hazard, authorities said.... Read more»

A corporate warning to El Salvador: Give up your gold or pay $315 million

As Salvadorans debate a mining ban due to pollution concerns — 98 percent of the country’s total surface water is contaminated — a large mining company has filed suit against the government, claiming a permit to open the proposed El Dorado goldmine was unjustly denied.... Read more»

Bali gov't on unrepentant dog-killing spree

Bali, during heavy euthanasia campaigns, has killed an estimated 100,000 dogs in the span of 12 months.

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Drones grounded in Saguaro National Park

As part of a nationwide policy, unmanned aircraft have been banned in Saguaro National Park, officials said. The National Park Service is conducting a review to address drone usage, but has barred flying drones, quadcopters, and model airplanes on an interim basis.... Read more»1

Storms affect Pima County roads

Monsoon storms have flooded some Pima County road, closing one and leading authorities to advise caution when driving on others. Here’s the list from the county Department of Transportation:... Read more»

Lobbyists use secretive White House office to block gov't regs

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret.... Read more»

Weather Service issues flash flood watch

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for southern Arizona on Saturday. The watch, which remains in effect until 11 p.m., includes Tucson metro, Marana, Green Valley, Sierra Vista, Benson, Nogales, Bisbee, Safford, and surrounding communities.... Read more»

Analysis

Too many humanitarian crises, not enough global resources

Analysis: An overwhelming number of crises means the international community cannot respond well.... Read more»

Opening land to renewable energy could make Az 'solar capital'

Arizona could become the world’s solar-energy capital - with some help from Congress, said Eric Fitzer, of the governor’s energy office. He and La Paz County Supervisor D.L. Wilson were supporting a bill to make it easier to develop renewable-energy on federal land.... Read more»

Az official backs bill to streamline Western state land exchanges

State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman told a House panel that a bill to streamline public-land exchanges in the West could make for more sensible and environmentally sensitive development. And that could mean more trust land money to go to local schools, she said.... Read more»1

Feds declare Arizona’s Zuni bluehead sucker endangered species

The Zuni bluehead sucker, a once-common fish now only found in the Little Colorado River watershed, has granted been granted endangered species status by the federal government.... Read more»

NWS issues severe thunderstorm warning

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for central Pima County Friday afternoon, cautioning that thunderstorms could produce damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, large hail, frequent lightening and heavy rain.

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Weather Service, Pima County warn of blowing dust

If you’re not riding the streetcar and instead planning on hitting the road northward, you should know that the Weather Service has issued a blowing dust advisory that covers the Picacho Peak area. Pima County officials said they are also issuing an advisory, warning of dust and smoke carried from wildfires.... Read more»

ADEQ: Private-sector practices boost efficiency

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has cut the time to process a permit by 60 percent, doubled the number of tank cleanings and made other gains by embracing private-sector policies where possible, Director Henry Darwin testified before a House committee.... Read more»

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