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UA lectures to focus on endangered vaquita porpoises

UA's free Science Tumamoc Hill lectures will focus on the world's smallest porpoise, Mexico's vaquita, which has been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal gill net fishing.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Forget faux crisis of immigration; westward migration caused dangerous problems we're ignoring

Abandoned mines are a deadly hazard and transformed forests full of kindling are deadly legacies of white migration. But neither hables Español so fixing those problems doesn't get folks elected. ... Read more»

Funding fix sought for coming wildfire season

A new $2.2 billion infusion into fighting wildland fires is welcomed news for federal agencies and academic researchers but environmentalists worry it could lead to abuses. ... Read more»

Former Az forester faces heat of challenges in new role running U.S. Forest Service

Rampaging wildfires and a culture of misogyny await new VIcki Christiansen as she takes on new gig running the U.S. Forest Service.... Read more»

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Rainbow over Pontatoc

A rainbow arches over Pontatoc Ridge north of Tucson.... Read more»

In a hole: Az officials lack funds to find, secure at least 100,000 abandoned mines

Potentially thousands of people – often spurred by curiosity, greed or dumb luck – seek out or stumble into one of thousands Arizona’s of mines abandoned by long-dead prospectors and hidden in the desert. ... Read more»

100,000 abandoned mines create challenge for Arizona's 2 inspectors

Arizona likely has more abandoned mines than any other state in the country. It's two men's job to find them all.... Read more»

UA tree ring research showing how climate change expands tropics

Measuring tree rings shows climate change affects weather patterns that are driving tropics and deserts north. ... Read more»

Grijalva set to bring dramatic shift as chair of Natural Resources committee

Rep. Raul Grijalva may not take over the House Natural Resources Committee for another two weeks, but that doesn’t mean the Tucson Democrat's potential presence as chairman is not already being felt.... Read more»

Ajo BP agents apprehend 240 people in 48 hours

Customs and Border Protection will begin building five miles of fence along the southern border of the Organ Pipe Refuge, as people from Central America continue to cross the border and turn themselves in to seek asylum. ... Read more»

Hikers discover 310-million-year-old animal prints on well-traveled Grand Canyon path

When you’re out hiking, you never know what you might see. Scientists have never bothered to look along the Bright Angel Trail for proof of pre-Jurassic life, then hikers found footprints that travel back in time a quarter billion years before dinosaurs. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Obama’s misleading oil boost

Former President Barack Obama's suggested he is responsible for the boom in U.S. crude oil production, but market forces and technological innovations played a much bigger role.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Grijalva, Dems have no choice but to investigate Trump admin's shenanigans

The Grijalva-Zinke spat is a small example of the question faced by Democrats as they suddenly have oversight power: Should legislative oversight equal executive shadiness, or does the the sheer scale of executive shadiness excuse it from accountability? ... Read more»1

Dewey-Humboldt Town Council condemns coyote-killing contests

Dewey-Humboldt – which is southeast of Prescott and bills itself as 'Arizona’s Country Town' – joins Tucson, Pinal County, Albuquerque and California and Vermont in passing similar resolutions or bans on such hunting contests.... Read more»

Forest Service under fire for cutting old-growth trees in eastern Az

The decision to cut more than 1,300 old-growth trees last summer in an Arizona forest has been criticized for breaking trust with the thinning project’s backers.... Read more»

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