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Missing Mt. Lemmon hiker last seen Monday

A 28-year-old Tucson woman who went hiking in the Catalina Mountains, was last seen Monday. Authorities are searching for Amy Kijewski, whose car was found at the Palisades Trailhead on Tuesday.... Read more»

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Missing hiker found dead in Ventana Canyon

Four people have died from heat-related causes following a record-breaking heat wave in the Tucson-area. On Tuesday morning, search and rescue teams found the body of Marcus Turowkski, 33, who disappeared during a hike along the Ventana Canyon trail on Sunday morning. ... Read more»

Forest Service tips for staying safe while hiking in the summer heat

With summer temperatures rising to all-time highs, and humidity staying low, Coronado National Forest is asking visitors to plan their outings accordingly and to use situational awareness.... Read more»

Record heat kills 3, rescuers continue search for missing hiker

Three people died, and one man remains missing, in separate incidents as record-breaking heat in the valley made outdoor activities dangerous in the Tucson area. Sheriff Chris Nanos said, "We're asking people not only to avoid outdoor activity to the morning, but just to avoid it entirely." ... Read more»

Update: 2 hikers die, 1 missing, on Tucson trails as temps spike to 115-plus

A man and woman died in separate incidents while hiking just north of Tucson on Sunday, as authorities conducted three heat-related search and rescue operations in the desert. Temperatures hit 115 degrees at the airport, with other area thermometers reading 116 — just a single degree shy of the all-time record.... Read more»2

How hikers can avoid a bee attack, and what to do if it happens

Recent bee attacks have turned normal summer outings into a deadly encounters. But there are precautions that hikers can take to avoid an attack, and appropriate ways to react if one happens. ... Read more»

Heat-stricken hiker airlifted from Tanque Verde Falls

A 72-year-old man who was unresponsive with serious heat exhaustion was airlifted from a trail east of Tucson on Friday afternoon. A record-tying high of 107 degrees began what's forecast to be a four-day stretch of dangerous heat.... Read more»2

Plan your picnic elsewhere: Bears close Parker Canyon Lake

Several black bears spotted near a Southern Arizona lake have prompted the closure of the recreational area, authorities said. Parker Canyon Lake and Lakeview Campground will remain closed until the bears are trapped and relocated.... Read more»

Man killed by more than 1,000 bee stings in Mesa park

A 23-year-old man who set out for a peaceful hike in an Arizona park died after being stung by more than 1,000 bees, a swarm so threatening it thwarted rescuers' repeated attempts to reach him. ... 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»

Skydiving still growing at Az's largest facility despite deaths

From late December 2015 to early February 2016, three skydivers died at the Eloy-based Skydive Arizona, but that hasn't slowed down business. ... Read more»

Reward offered in slashing of 9 Tucson saguaros

Federal officials are offering a reward for information about the vandal who cut down iconic cacti in Saguaro National Park, and damaged other protected plants — including a saguaro that could be hundreds of years old. A young man was seen waving swords near the site, and likely injured himself, authorities said. ... Read more»

9 saguaros vandalized in Tucson national park

After several of Southern Arizona's iconic cacti, including one that could be hundreds of years old, were hacked apart this weekend, authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the vandals. Two smaller plants in Saguaro National Park were chopped down, with others deeply slashed. ... Read more»1

Get moving with Beyond Tucson events Saturday

Commemorate the 5th anniversary of the January 8th shootings by joining members of your community outside for some physical activity at one of the many Beyond Tucson events Saturday. This year's main event, "Exploring the Urban Wild," will be held at Mercado San Agustin, Children's Museum Tucson and Armory Park Senior Center, and there will be other events across the Tucson-area. ... Read more»

Bicycling tourists are older, wealthier, and in demand

Cities and states have long urged their residents to ride bicycles, as a healthy form of recreation and as a green alternative to driving. Now they’re recognizing pedal power’s economic potential. Tourism officials and cycling advocates sometimes refer to tourists on bicycles as “wallets on wheels.” That’s because they stay longer in a state and spend more per day than other tourists.... Read more»

Wounded vets hunt for peace of mind

The mountain air bites at Sgt. Jose Valdenegro’s extremities as he and his hunting guide scout for elk not far from the New Mexico border. It’s 25 degrees, his 10 fingers and five toes stinging in protest at the cold. He is one of about 150 disabled troops that Wounded Warrior Outdoors has taken on a hunting expedition this year.... Read more»

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