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Opponents still fighting Pinto Creek mine after two decades

Despite an appeals court ruling three years ago, copper mining continues at the Carlota Mine at Pinto Creek, near Globe. "The regulatory bodies just ignored the ruling and allowed them to go right ahead and destroy the area," one opponent said.... Read more»0

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Grijalva wants land swap for TUSD, Pascua Yaqui

The Pascua Yaqui tribe would get land near its Casino del Sol resort and the Tucson Unified School District would get land for a transit center in a three-way land swap considered by a House subcommittee Tuesday.... Read more»1

First phase of Navajo-Gallup water pipeline project OK'd

The Department of the Interior said Monday it has awarded a $10.75 million contract for the construction of the first phase of the long-awaited Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project.... Read more»0

Az Dems: Romney, like Pearce, is immigration 'extremist'

Democrats seized on former state Sen. Russell Pearce’s recent claim that he and Mitt Romney have “identical” views on immigration to try to paint the GOP presidential hopeful as an “extremist” on immigration reform.... Read more»5

Solar still in firewood’s shadow for heating Az homes

Only 1,620 Arizona homes rely on solar energy installations to provide heating, ranking sun-soaked Arizona seventh in the nation for homes with solar heating. ... Read more»0

Phx, Lake Havasu see nation's largest construction job losses

Since construction peaked in 2006, Phoenix and Lake Havasu have posted the largest construction job losses in the country.... Read more»0

What time is it? In Az, it depends on where you’re standing

While the Navajo and most of the rest of the United States will be turning their clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, the Hopi and the rest of Arizona will stay on the same schedule. Hawaii is the only other state that does not observe the change.... Read more»0

Ft. Apache earns designation for role in tribal assimilation

The Theodore Roosevelt School at Fort Apache has been designated a National Historic Landmark for its role between the federal government and tribes they were trying to assimilate.... Read more»0

Sky Harbor joins 'trusted travelers' program

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will begin participating this month in a program that speeds up processing through customs checkpoints for pre-approved fliers.... Read more»0

Salazar confident uranium-mining ban will hold up to lawuit

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday he is confident a 20-year ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon will hold up to an industry lawsuit challenging the January withdrawal of the land by federal officials.... Read more»0

Feds list 2 Az fish as endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service downgraded two fish species to endangered Thursday, designating more than 700 miles of Arizona and New Mexico waterways as critical habitat in the process.... Read more»0

Feds ID land in Az for renewable energy projects

The Bureau of Land Management has recommended 237,100 acres of public land in Arizona are suitable for renewable energy development, part of an effort to speed up the process for clean-energy companies looking to set up shop in the state.... Read more»0

Az’s combined sales tax rate 2nd-highest in nation

The Tax Foundation reported this week that the average combined sales tax in Arizona at the start of this year – adding up state, county, city and tribal taxes – was 9.12 percent, second only to Tennessee’s average rate of 9.45 percent.... Read more»0

Salazar grilled over Resolution Copper bill

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Flagstaff, sought answers Wednesday from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about his department's opposition to moving forward on the Resolution Copper land exchange.... Read more»0

BLM sets aside land near Yuma for potential solar site

The Bureau of Land Management on Monday put aside nearly 21,000 acres of public land near Yuma for the next two years while it studies its potential for use as a solar energy site.... Read more»0

McCain pushes land swap for Resolution mine

Sen. John McCain demanded Thursday that Congress approve a bill to swap thousands of acres of federal land and clear the way for a copper mine that could result in thousands of jobs in southeast Arizona. But opponents said the proposed Resolution Copper Co. mine at Oak Flat would destroy sacred tribal land.... Read more»3

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