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Coronado National Forest will waive fees for Presidents Day weekend

The Coronado National Forest will waive day-use fees over the weekend to mark Presidents Day. ... Read more»

Warning sounded on heavy metals in chocolates

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, news that may break a chocolate-lover’s heart: A consumer group is taking legal action against an array of major chocolate manufacturers and retailers, saying they’ve failed to warn consumers about the potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium in their products.... Read more»

Feds confirm Grand Canyon wolf shot in December

The wolf shot and killed by a hunter in Utah in late December was the same animal who had been spotted near the Grand Canyon — the first wolf seen in that part of Northern Arizona in 70 years. Federal officials announced the results of genetic testing Wednesday.... Read more»

Lawmaker pressing for study of water desalination

A state lawmaker wants to create a committee to study the feasibility of using desalinated water to augment Arizona’s water supply.... Read more»1

Report: Phx middle of the pack for innovative transportation options

Having a bike-sharing service and ride-sourcing options Uber and Lyft won Phoenix praise in the study released by two groups that want to get more people out of cars. But the Innovative Transportation Index finds the city has plenty of room for improvement.... Read more»1

90% gone, monarch butterflies get national campaign

The campaign to protect the monarch butterfly includes a public-private fund that will be the "first dedicated source of funding for projects working to conserve monarchs." It will fund education and expanded habitat for monarchs, whose numbers have fallen by 90 percent.... Read more»

Protests mount over Resolution Copper mine on Apache ancestral land

Protesters across Arizona are working to bring attention to a federal land exchange they say endangers an area sacred to the San Carlos Apache tribe. Some marched nearly 50 miles to decry the Resolution Copper Mine near Superior.... Read more»

Endangered Mexican gray wolves get room to roam

Biologists recently conducted an annual count of Mexican gray wolves in southern New Mexico. Some 300 of the endangered animals are in that state and New Mexico, and officials recently enlarged the area in which they are free to live.... Read more»5

San Carlos Apache tribe begins 40-mile march to protest copper mine

Dozens of people sang, danced and prayed outside the San Carlos Apache tribe’s office on Thursday morning before heading out on a 44-mile journey they hope will protect their ancestral lands at Oak Flat campground. The protesters organized the march to express their anger over a federal land exchange that gave a copper mining company permission to mine land sacred to the Apache people.... Read more»1

Utility employee drafted anti-solar letter signed by Az congressmen

Rooftop solar companies are using deceptive marketing to push risky leases on consumers, and federal regulators need to step in. That was the message sent by six Arizona congressmen to the FTC and the recently created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But one of those letters was drafted by an employee of Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest utility and one of the largest campaign donors for the group of lawmakers.... Read more»

Storms affect Pima County roads

Winter storms have flooded some Pima County roads, closing 3 and leading authorities to advise caution when driving on others. Here's the list from the county Department of Transportation:... Read more»

Guest opinion

Beryllium plant: Public needs to speak out about their environment

The Materion plant, the nation's largest manufacturer of beryllium oxide products in on South Tucson Boulevard in a residential neighborhood with numerous nearby schools. Materion, formerly known as Brush Ceramics and Brush Wellman, opened its ceramics manufacturing plant in 1980. Since then, at least 35 employees have developed chronic beryllium disease, and at least 5 have died. People had fears and concerns that the risk posed by the Brush Wellman plant isn't limited to its employees.... Read more»

Groundhog Day: Same as it ever was

Every Feb. 2, it's time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Here in the Sentinel newsroom, we'd rather watch the same old Youtube videos than check whether some rodent is having a bad hair day. Enjoy!... Read more»

Weather Service issues flood advisory

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for eastern Pima County on Friday afternoon. The advisory is in effect until 10:00 p.m.... Read more»

Az official: Proposed carbon emissions goals too harsh

Arizona would have to cut carbon emissions by 52 percent by 2030, the second-steepest cuts in the nation, under the EPA's plan. But the state's target was based on year-round power use and does not account for summertime spikes in demand, state officials say.... Read more»1

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