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Lawn time ago: Tucson saves water with desert landscaping, synthetic grass

Tucson used to be a city of lawns. Patches of Bermuda grass lined residential neighborhoods, kept green — even in blazing summer months — with diligent watering. Over the decades, that has changed. Most Tucson residents eschew lush lawns in favor of landscaping more in tune with the city’s desert setting — although that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no green at all.... Read more»3

Despite 2016 law, Salt River wild horses remain unmanaged

Every year, thousands of people visit the Salt River to experience the riparian area in the Sonoran Desert. But they'll likely also see piles of horse manure, from wild horses that wildlife experts say is a harmful invasive species.... Read more»1

Unlikely allies Grijalva, Bishop back bill to fund $11.6 billion in national parks work

Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two came together Wednesday to back a bipartisan bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog that reached $11.6 billion last year.... Read more»

Monsoon storms: Flash flood watch for Tucson, SE Arizona

Flash floods will be possible in and around metro Tucson until after midnight, officials said. A weather watch is in effect through 2 a.m. Thursday, with heavy monsoon rains meaning some roads and washes will be inundated.... Read more»

‘Good riddance’: Dems, environmentalists cheer Pruitt’s departure

Arizona Democrats and environmental groups on Thursday welcomed the resignation of EPA chief Scott Pruitt, who aggressively rolled back agency regulations even as he was dogged by ethical questions.... Read more»

Happy when it rains... A monsoon tunes playlist

It's hot, it's humid, and it's (finally) raining buckets of cats and dogs across much of Tucson. Here are a few monsoon tunes to play as you celebrate.... Read more»

Yuma lettuce growers work to rebuild consumer trust after E. coli outbreak

An E. coli outbreak that sickened people in 35 states and led to a recall of romaine lettuce farmed in Yuma clipped a billion-dollar industry that reaches to Sweden, with farmers now working to rebuild consumers’ trust.... Read more»

Az wildlife managers rely on public to help stop poaching

Because of negative effects poaching can have on wildlife management – and the multimillion-dollar economic impact hunting has on the state – Arizona Game & Fish is emphasizing catching poachers. ... Read more»

Heat warning: 108 possible in Tucson-area deserts

High temperatures forecast this week have officials warning of the possibility of dehydration and heat stroke. Temperatures on Friday could hit 108 degrees, with the mercury spiking to 111 or higher in Phoenix and Gila Bend.... Read more»

Water savings & checking accounts: How cities bank on future supply underground

Phoenix-area cities rely mostly on dams and reservoirs for their water needs, but the snowpack feeding those reservoirs was near record low this year. That means managers are looking to future water supplies underground.... Read more»

Factchecking Zinke: Navajo didn't support shrinking Bears Ears

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed the Navajo who “live close” to Bears Ears National Monument “were all in support” of President Trump’s decision to shrink the protected land. But tribe representatives told us that’s false. In fact, the Navajo Nation and other tribes have sued the federal government over the decision. ... Read more»

Western U.S. faces another ‘challenging’ wildfire season

Federal fire officials warned a Senate panel this week that the West should prepare for another “challenging” wildfire season, after a 2017 season that was the most expensive on record in terms of firefighting costs.... Read more»

Experts: Don’t look to monsoon for relief any time soon

What’s a monsoon without rain? Trouble, according to experts. With Arizona in the grip of a years-long drought, conditions are ripe for spawning intense wildfires and haboobs from the high winds and lightning that typically form the early part of annual rainy season, which begins next week.... Read more»2

The way we were

Dreaming of canals

A few months back, this column discussed George Roskruge and his 1893 map of Pima County which hangs on the wall of many local government offices. It was only after publication that someone pointed out to this writer an unusual feature on the map: the "Proposed Santa Cruz Valley Water Storage Company's Canal." ... Read more»

Missing woman with Alzheimer's found dead on West Side

An elderly woman who walked away from her West Side home was found dead only a short distance away a day later, authorities said. There were no signs of foul play in the death of 83-year-old Mary Migatulski.... Read more»

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