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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

Grijalva tapped as Dem leader on Natural Resources cmte

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva has been elected by House Democrats as the ranking member on the Natural Resources Committee. “Our environmental protections will be challenged like never before under the Republican-controlled House and Senate, but under my leadership, Natural Resources Democrats will ensure the protections that took generations to build up will not be torn down,” said Grijalva, the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus.... Read more»4

Climate change could end life with chocolate

If global warning, drought and polar bear extinction weren’t enough, it now looks like our inability to address climate change adequately might cost us one of the world’s most pure, innocent, and wonderful pleasures: chocolate.... Read more»

Tucson scientists developing supplement to keep bees alive

Malnutrition may play a role in a decline in bee colonies that has fueled headlines and public concern, according to experts at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson. They’re developing a supplement.... Read more»

Aspen decline in N. Az leaves forestry officials searching for answers

In recent decades, the number of aspens in Arizona’s higher elevations has declined sharply. A 2001 study by the U.S. Forest Service said that Arizona has seen a 96 percent decline in aspen acreage since 1900, the largest by far among states with significant aspen populations.... Read more»

Chandler company turns worn out blue jeans into insulation

They’ve been sung about by Neil Diamond, Flo Rida and Blur. They’re worn until they rip and tatter, then worn some more. They are your jeans. When your denim is worn to the point where it’s no longer useful as clothing, it can serve another purpose. A company in Chandler is taking this evergreen apparel and recycling it to make bedding, wall insulation and soundproofing products.... Read more»

Feds OK capturing, testing possible endangered wolf near Grand Canyon

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an emergency permit Thursday allowing researchers to capture and conduct DNA testing on a creature seen near the Grand Canyon that resembles a gray wolf.... Read more»

Weather Service warns of freezing temps overnight Monday

It’s not just your imagination — the weather has finally cooled off. How much cooler? The National Weather Service is warning of freezing temperatures across a swath of Southern Arizona east of Tucson in the early-morning hours of Tuesday. Residents of Sierra Vista, Benson and Willcox should cover sensitive plants and make sure their pipes are wrapped or drained.... Read more»

Daylight Saving Time

Don't touch that clock! Rest of nation falling back from DST

Daylight Saving Time ends 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»

An unvarnished interview with oilman T. Boone Pickens

Crude oil prices are plunging, but T. Boone Pickens isn’t surprised. The billionaire oilman has seen plenty of spikes and dips during more than 60 years in the industry, including some he predicted.... Read more»

Enviros: Gray wolf sighted near Grand Canyon

What appears to be a gray wolf was recently photographed roaming on Forest Service land near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in what would be the first wolf sighting at the park since the 1940s, the Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday.... Read more»

High E. coli levels found in scenic Greenlee County river

Authorities recently discovered that the stretch of the San Francisco River that runs through Greenlee County had levels of E. coli bacteria that exceeded the EPA’s standard.... Read more»

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