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Feds turn down request to classify Phx palm trees as threatened

The federal government has rejected a request from an Arcadia-area homeowners association to classify the neighborhood’s black sphinx date palm trees as endangered.... Read more»0

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Not so fast: Az secession petition falls short of signatures

It appears there will not be an Independent Republic of Arizona after all, at least not for now. A post-election petition calling on the federal government to let Arizona secede was pulled from the White House website Monday, falling shy of the 25,000 signatures needed for an administration response. ... Read more»1

Feds streamline leasing rules to ease development on tribal lands

The Interior Department unveiled a streamlined process last week for approving leases on tribal lands that federal officials hope will spur development by replacing outdated and unresponsive 50-year-old regulations.... Read more»0

U.S.-Mexico officials hail Colorado River water pact

Business and environmental groups both hailed an agreement last week that will allocate more Colorado River water to the U.S. in exchange for helping Mexico repair earthquake-damaged irrigation canals.... Read more»0

EPA sets new emissions controls on three Az power plants

The Environmental Protection Agency will require millions of dollars in new equipment at three coal-fired power plants in eastern Arizona, saying it will cut emissions and improve visibility at national parks and wilderness areas in the region.... Read more»0

We want out: Arizona secession petition quickly draws backers

Arizona has been in the union more than a century, but some residents appear to want out after the last election. A petition to let the state secede went up on the White House website Saturday, and by Tuesday it already had received more than half of the 25,000 signatures needed to trigger an official response.... Read more»2

State wants court to dismiss suit that would ban lead ammo

The Arizona Game and Fish Department wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by conservation groups that aims to ban the use of lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest.... Read more»0

High costs, benefits in clearing Eastern Az air

The EPA has proposed new air-quality regulations at three Arizona coal power plants to help improve visibility at 18 national parks in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado – including the Grand Canyon – and to protect the health of people living in the region. Critics say the rules will boost electric bills.... Read more»0

Feds to propose 3rd Az 'solar zone'

The Bureau of Land Management is set to identify a third parcel of land in Arizona on Friday as a potential site for development of utility-scale solar-power projects.... Read more»0

Solar energy officials see bright future

There are four elements needed for the growth and vitality of the solar-energy industry, but none may be more important than continued incentives for both manufacturers and consumers, industry officials said last week.... Read more»1

Two more Az sites win historic landmark status

The Department of the Interior has declared two Arizona sites national historic landmarks – one from the state’s prehistory and the other from a darker time in modern history.... Read more»0

Developer: Stronger laws needed against copper theft

To deter copper thieves at his Valley commercial properties, Michael Pollack has installed security cameras at more than 100 locations and had air conditioning coils welded to the units. Because not everyone is able to take such precautions, Pollack said the government should do more to help.... Read more»1

Feds opt not to extend special protection to Mexican gray wolf

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said this week that it will not extend special protection to Arizona’s gray wolf population, known as the Mexican gray wolf.... Read more»0

EPA opens window to Nogales air quality plan

The Environmental Protection Agency and Arizona agree that the city of Nogales would be in compliance with clean-air standards, if it wasn't for 90 percent of their pollution drifting over from Mexico. ... Read more»0

Court OKs Tohono O'Odham casino for Glendale

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Tohono O'Odham Nation's plan to establish reservation land in the middle of Glendale, land where the tribe wants to develop a Las Vegas-style casino. City and state officials have challenged the project in a "family-friendly" area.... Read more»1

Enviros sue to ban lead ammo they say threatens condors

Conservation groups filed a suit against the Forest Service on Wednesday, seeking a ban on lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest, where they say spent ammo is the leading cause of death for endangered condors.... Read more»0

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