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Trump's Interior secretary in Arizona: 'Clearly, we're going to build a wall'

"Clearly, we're going to build a wall," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in Arizona during his first tour along the U.S.-Mexico border, but he said he will listen to experts to "mitigate" the effects of border barriers. ... Read more»

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Federal judge rejects enviro lawsuit over border wall

In a 101-page decision, a judge who was derided by Trump because of his Mexican heritage ruled that Homeland Security could waive environmental laws and continue construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

New solar panel tariffs will be felt by Arizona companies, consumers

New tariffs imposed last week by the Trump administration on imported solar products will benefit domestic manufacturers, but could hit consumers and other parts of the solar energy industry hard, experts said.... Read more»

Passage prevented: How Trump’s border wall will harm Arizona wildlife

President Trump wants to stop illegal immigration with a "big beautiful" wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but experts agree it would harm the ecology of one of the most biodiverse regions of North America.... Read more»

New lawsuit challenges federal approval of Rosemont Mine

Four Arizona environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit, seeking to overturn a decision by the Forest Service allowing the controversial Rosemont open-pit copper mine to move closer to development south of Tucson.... Read more»

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Grijalva on Grand Canyon uranium mining: 'No boundaries to Trump's spite'

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva dug in against an administration proposal to reopen areas around the Grand Canyon to uranium mining: "Trump wants to turn one of the world’s greatest natural wonders into a strip mine... there are no boundaries to his spite."... Read more»

Bats doing well in Az, despite being battered by disease elsewhere

The state’s climate appears to have helped hold off, for now, a disease that has afflicted bats during hibernation in at least half of the country.... Read more»

Lawmakers seek solutions as wildfires burn hole in firefighting budget

Agriculture Secretary Perdue and five Western senators, including Sen. Jeff Flake, called for an end to the ongoing underfunding of firefighting efforts that forces Forest Service to shift funds from other needed areas.... Read more»

Enviro suit: Rosemont Mine would destroy jaguar habitat

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity filed suit Monday, charging that the Trump administration violated federal rules when considering the environmental effects of an open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains about 30 miles southeast of Tucson. ... Read more»

Just 100 left: Az turtle listed as endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the designation Wednesday, citing threats from climate change to loss of habitat for the southern Arizona animal, whose numbers are believed to have dwindled to as low as 100 turtles.... Read more»

Enviros, ranchers trade barbs in killing of Mexican gray wolf

Environmentalists and ranchers are pointing fingers after government agents killed an endangered Mexican gray wolf last month for preying on cattle, the first wolf killed for depredation in 10 years.... Read more»

Video: Wild jaguar 'Sombra' seen again in S. Az mountains, confirmed to be male

Video of a endangered wild jaguar released Thursday shows a big cat that was first photographed by a trail camera late last year. Dubbed "Sombra" by Tucson schoolkids, the jaguar was captured on tape in the Chiricahua Mountains. Later in the day, officials announced the cat is a male.... Read more»

Feds waive enviro laws for new stretch of border wall

Despite a lawsuit from an Tucson-based environmental group, Homeland Security officials are setting aside more than two dozen federal laws and regulations to replace a two-mile section of border wall near Calexico, Calif.... Read more»

Sierra Vista firm gets contract for part of border wall construction

A Sierra Vista company won one of four contracts awarded last week to build prototypes of President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second round of awards in as many weeks.... Read more»

Tempe firm among 4 finalists for concrete border wall prototypes

Federal officials have picked four companies, including one from Tempe, Arizona, to build concrete prototypes of President Trump's promised wall along the Southwestern border. ... Read more»

Court rejects bid to declare Sonoran Desert bald eagle endangered

A federal court has rejected a bid to declare the Sonoran Desert bald eagle an endangered species, saying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted properly when it determined the birds were no different than other bald eagles.... Read more»

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