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San Carlos Apache official says copper mine threatens sacred sites

San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler told a Senate committee Wednesday that a massive copper mine proposed for Southeast Arizona would desecrate land his tribe considers sacred.... Read more»1

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Feds move to protect northern Az wildflower, cite mining threats

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Gierisch mallow endangered Tuesday, and proposed more than 12,000 acres in Arizona and Utah as critical habitat for the desert wildflower.... Read more»

Interior Dep't gives OK for wind-power project in Mohave County

The Department of the Interior on Friday approved a 500-megawatt wind-power farm near Kingman, a project that could cost up to $800 million and bring hundreds of construction jobs to the Mohave County area.... Read more»

Babbitt calls on president, Congress to focus on conservation efforts

Former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt called for more active land preservation by the federal government Tuesday, criticizing what he called Washington’s neglect of public lands.... Read more»

Appeals court upholds reopening of uranium mine near Grand Canyon

A federal appeals court Monday upheld the government’s decision to let a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park continue to operate under environmental standards now decades old.... Read more»

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»

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»

Prescribed burns planned for Huachucas

Prescribed burns are expected to begin in February and will last into summer for the Huachuca Mountains, including Lyle Canyon and Fort Huachuca, to prevent the spread of wildfires.... Read more»

BLM wants 20-year ban on uranium mining in N. Az

The Bureau of Land Management is recommending a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims for more than 1 million acres of federal land near the Grand Canyon.... Read more»

Border task force seizes pot, nets 1 on felony warrant

A multi-agency operation near Patagonia and Sonoita to combat drug and human smuggling yielded 297 pounds of marijuana, one arrest on a felony warrant and 71 vehicles stopped, U.S. Customs and Border protection said Tuesday.... Read more»

New wilderness areas could be created in Southern Arizona

An order from U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar makes it easier to deem lands near Tucson as wilderness areas, which could make it easier to restrict motorized access and new mining claims.... Read more»

BLM highlights three Az sites as optimal for solar projects

A draft plan on the solar potential of federal land identifies three Arizona sites encompassing nearly 14,000 acres as highly suitable for energy development.... Read more»

Big polluters freed from environmental oversight by stimulus

In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the nation’s biggest polluters and granted them sweeping exemptions from the most basic form of environmental oversight, a Center for Public Integrity investigation has found.... Read more»

Southwest Climate Science Center

UA tapped for new regional Climate Science Center

The University of Arizona will be home to a new $3 million regional Climate Science Center, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday.. The consortium of six universities will study climate change, drought, water management and other environmental issues.... Read more»

Proposition 110

Land swaps would preserve bases, aid conservation, supporters say

Supporters say a ballot proposition designed to make it easier to swap rather than sell or lease state trust land would help facilitate agreements that preserve military installations.... Read more»

Border crime

Cartel lookouts in U.S. to monitor Southern Az law enforcement

Mexican drug cartels have set up lookout points in Southern Arizona in an effort to monitor law enforcement along the border, Fox News Reports.... Read more»

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