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Advocates urge banning ATVs from roads, citing crash hazards

A leading consumer group is warning that the increasing use of all-terrain vehicles on the nation’s roads poses a “growing public health crisis” and is calling for immediate action by U.S., state and local officials.... Read more»1

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Video: Lion, bears & more at Catalina Mtn. spring

A recently shot video shows a mountain lion, black bear, a family of Coues deer, a coatimundi and other animals enjoying a natural spring in the Catalina Mountains. Watch as the bear wallows in the cool water, and catch a snippet of a bear-rattlesnake standoff.... Read more»2

Despite high death toll, push is on to open more public roads to ATVs

ATV tragedies – on roadways, rather than trails — are widespread and have increased in recent years. Nevertheless, a push is under way in states, counties and towns across the country to open more roads to ATVs.... Read more»

Rattlesnakes buzzing in backyards after mild winter

Arizonans can expect to see an earlier start to rattlesnakes season after a mild winter. Keeping safe is as easy as staying on trails and being careful while doing yard work.... Read more»

Gov't shutdown cost Az national parks $27 million

The one-month drop in spending was the second-largest in the nation, trailing only California, the National Park Service said. Most of the decline came from the Grand Canyon, which saw spending fall $17 million in October compared to the same month in previous years.... Read more»1

BP, rangers rescue injured hiker

A hiker lost near Arch Canyon in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was rescued by Border Patrol and National Park Service Rangers on Saturday.... Read more»

Saguaro National Park opening new Carrillo Trail route

Saguaro National Park will open a re-routed section of the Carrillo Trail in the Cactus Forest section of the Rincon Mountain District this week. Starting Wednesday, a rutted section of the trail will be closed and hikers will have a smoother path.... Read more»

Mild winter has rabies season off to fast start

The unusually mild winter is fueling a rabies outbreak among skunks in southern Arizona, and one expert said it’s only a matter of time before the problem begins in northern Arizona.... Read more»

State Parks celebrates 10 years of Kartchner Caverns tours

For 10 years now, the Big Room at the Kartchner Caverns has been open to visitors from mid-October through mid-April, when its resident bats migrate elsewhere, complementing the Throne Room that opened to visitors in 1999. Arizona State Parks celebrated the Big Room’s anniversary earlier this month with special speakers and presentations.... Read more»

Saguaro National Park waives entry fee for Veterans Day weekend

Saguaro National Park is marking Veterans Day by waiving entry fees at the Southern Arizona park all weekend.... Read more»

Silent baby rattlers pose risks for the unsuspecting

Not only are baby rattlesnakes silent, they can be more likely than adults to bite — and because their bites may not cause swelling, some victims are unaware they’ve been bitten until they suffer severe bleeding problems. “Last Saturday in the Tucson area alone, we had eight bites in 36 hours. That’s a lot of bites.”... Read more»

Flash flood warning for Catalinas; Sabino hikers warned

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Santa Catalina Mountains and areas downstream, in effect until 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Nearly two inches of rain fell in the mountains, and hikers in Sabino Canyon “should seek higher ground immediately.”... Read more»

Poison center: Baby rattlesnakes have dangerous bites

The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is warning Arizonans to be on the lookout of rattlesnakes and their new offspring. Baby rattlesnakes, on the rise in August, strike without warning and pack enough venom to be a serious health hazard.... Read more»

Volunteers needed to develop bike, pedestrian projects

The Pima Association of Governments is in search of six county residents to volunteer as members of the Bicycle-Pedestrian Subcommittee. Volunteers will be responsible for developing bicycle and pedestrian project proposals.... Read more»

Fire restrictions in force for Southern Az national parks, forests

Due to dry weather, campfires and other activities are restricted in Southern Arizona national parks and forests until further notice.... Read more»

Murrieta Park focus of public discussion Monday

A final public meeting will focus on the future of Joaquin Murrieta Park on Monday evening.... Read more»

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