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Border Patrol agents rescue 3 hikers near Sells

Border Patrol agents rescued three hikers in the rugged Baboquivari Mountains on Wednesday after a 911 call for help on Tuesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

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Potentially rabid fox nearly bites Saguaro East hiker

A hiker in Saguaro National Park was nearly bitten on the leg by a suspected rabid fox on Wednesday afternoon, officials said — the second encounter between a possibly rabid animal and a hiker in the park this year.... Read more»

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Huckelberry: The Loop is one of the largest & finest recreational amenities in the country

Chuck Huckelberry: On March 17, we are celebrating the completion of The Loop — our community has constructed one of the largest, finest and most popular public recreational amenities in the country. And we built it on top of flood control projects that are protecting hundreds of thousands of people and billions of dollars in property.... Read more»

Fire danger persists for Polaris off-road vehicles

In recent years, Polaris Industries, the leading producer of off-road vehicles, has recalled hundreds of thousands of its trail machines due to a fire danger. The hazard is linked to at least three deaths and three dozen injuries ranging from minor scrapes to limbs burned so badly amputation was required.... Read more»

Lawmakers blast 'misguided' Grand Canyon fee increase

Arizona lawmakers and advocates are condemning proposed fee increases at the Grand Canyon and 16 other parks, a move the National Park Service said is badly needed to fund billions in backlogged maintenance projects.... Read more»

House advances bill to limit president’s creation of nat'l monuments

A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments.... Read more»

Critics: Hunters’ rights is wrong argument for bill allowing silencers

Gun-control advocates blasted a hunters’ rights bill in a House hearing Tuesday, calling it little more than a “cowardly” attempt to ease restrictions on silencers and armor-piercing bullets being pushed by the gun lobby. ... Read more»

Bites increase during rattlesnake birthing season

Arizona is in the middle of rattlesnake birthing season, leading to an increased risk of snakebites, according to poison control experts. ... Read more»

State officials warn of mercury levels in fishing areas

Arizona environmental officials on Wednesday warned visitors and residents to only eat limited amounts of certain kinds of fish contaminated with mercury found in three fishing areas in the state, adding to a growing list of advisories against fish consumption in lakes and streams.... Read more»

Photos: Friday at the Tucson Rodeo

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros continued Friday with plenty of action.... Read more»

Rodeo photographer, Western legend Louise Serpa dead at 86

From the archive: Rodeo photographer, Tucson fixture, mother and legend of the West Louise Serpa died Thursday. There are a lot of things I wish I had the chance to say to Louise before she mounted up and rode out into the ether.... Read more»6

Missing hiker survives three nights on Mt. Lemmon

A 66-year-old Tucson man who got lost on a hike was found Thursday, after he spent three nights in the mountains north of Tucson. Ronald Hutter was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, authorities said. Hutter made fires at night to stay warm.... Read more»

Chiricahua National Park Act could provide economic boost to Cochise County

WILLCOX–U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is promoting legislation to designate Chiricahua National Monument as a national park. If the move is successful, Arizona would gain its fourth national park.... Read more»

Tucson park fields to close for seasonal repairs

A number of athletic fields at Tucson parks will be temporarily closed this fall and winter for aerating, fertilizing and re-seeding, and to allow for turf growth. From September through February, a total of 23 fields will be closed in six parks. ... Read more»

Storm-driven sea birds detoured to Tucson

When Tropical Storm Newton blew into Tucson last week, most residents were just trying to stay dry. But for Southern Arizona bird watchers, Newton was a rare opportunity to see exotic bird species, some of which have never been recorded before in the state. But some of those sea birds aren't faring well in our desert.... Read more»

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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