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Report: Obama’s new nat'l monuments bring $156M to Western states

WASHINGTON – National monuments designated by President Barack Obama are adding $156 million to their local economies a year, according to a study of the 10 most recently named monuments spanning Western states.... Read more»

Grand Canyon looks to record year, but needs millions for maintenance

Grand Canyon National Park officials say the park should break last year’s record of 5.5 million visitors this year, but advocates are worried the park may not be able to handle such large crowds — the park has $371.6 million in deferred maintenance projects.... Read more»

Game and Fish caring for orphaned mountain lion cub found in Sells

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is caring for an orphaned mountain lion kitten after it was found trapped in a tree in Sells. "Her condition is about as bad as I’ve seen, maybe even a little bit worse," a staffer said.... Read more»

First Zika virus case diagnosed in Arizona

The first case of Zika virus in Arizona has been confirmed in a woman who traveled outside the country before returning to Arizona, health officials have confirmed.... Read more»

Flake: States should determine primary responses to drought

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake said he believes there is a chance the U.S. Congress will move forward with legislation addressing drought in the West, but any federal response to water shortages must not overrule state policies or rely on federal funding.... Read more»

Tucson, Phx set to increase joint water conservation effort

Tucson and Phoenix water officials used the of the first-ever White House Water Summit to announced plans Tuesday for a more than five-fold increase in the conservation effort between the two cities.... Read more»

Bundle up: Freeze warning for Weds. night

A day after a sunny day that saw the mercury top 90 degrees in Tucson, much of Southern Arizona will be under a freeze warning Wednesday night. Areas in southern and eastern Pima County, as well as parts of Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham, and Greenlee counties will see temps below 32 degrees.... Read more»

Arizona officials prepare desert tortoises for adoption

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has seen a 56 percent increase in the number of desert tortoises available in its Phoenix adoption center compared to last year. Although they do not look like a normal house pet, they communicate with humans more than people might think.... Read more»

High winds, low humidity trigger red flag warning

Southeastern Arizona, including the Tucson area, will be under a red flag warning Tuesday. Gusting winds and low relative humidity will mean any fires could spread rapidly, officials said.... Read more»

Feds begin environmental review of proposed Resolution Copper mine

The U.S. Forest Service has started its formal review of the environmental impact of the proposed Resolution Copper mine, but opponents charge the outcome of the process is “already pre-ordained.”... Read more»

Acuña cactus stays on endangered list, SW willow flycatcher faces review

Federal officials Tuesday rejected a request to remove the acuña cactus from the endangered species list, but said they will give further consideration to a petition to delist the Southwestern willow flycatcher.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look at TEP's 'threat' to solar

Liberal media has been awash with talk about how solar is under attack by utilities. I have no doubt installers like Solar City will lose in the near-term. But I have tremendous doubt that the Corporation Commission can derail the solar-paneled freight train rolling down sustainable tracks.... Read more»1

Oak Flat historic designation a win for mine opponents, but fight continues

Opponents of a proposed copper mine at the Oak Flat campground scored a point when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places this month – but while they won the battle, they haven’t won the war.... Read more»

Former Tucson city manager slides over to county wastewater dep't

He spent years cleaning up the city streets, and now he's helping secure the sewers. Former police chief and city manager Richard Miranda is now working in the security program for Pima County's Wastewater Department.... Read more»

Daylight Saving Time

Don't touch that clock! Rest of nation springing ahead to DST

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning for most of the United States, but Arizona residents won't have to switch their clocks — we don't observe DST.... Read more»

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