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Number of Arizonans who see climate change as ‘serious problem’ jumps

Concern about climate and the environment are growing to the point where more than 6 in 10 support higher taxes to deal with these issues, according to a bipartisan poll by Colorado College.... Read more»

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Late push for Salton Sea improvements complicates Colorado River drought plan

Arizona lawmakers have agreed to the broad terms of a deal Gov. Doug Ducey helped negotiate but resource managers at California's largest lake remains are demanding $200 million before signing off on the deal... Read more»

Colorado River managers grapple with drought plans

Seven states along the Colorado River are back at the negotiating table to hammer out new deals to avoid a slow-moving crisis on the river system that supports 40 million people from Colorado to California.... Read more»

Tapped out? Developers argue there’s more water in Colorado River Basin

Despite exceptional drought conditions, some developers contend there still are places in the 246,000-square-mile Colorado River Basin to dam and divert water. Although some portions of the watershed are bracing for impending shortages, they say, other portions have surpluses.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

What are crafters of anti-pot ads smoking?

I'm not going to get in the business of fact-checking every claim made between now and Election Day but I've rarely seen or heard of an ad as factually challenged as the first 30-second spot aired by the group out to beat back Prop. 205, the effort to legalize marijuana for personal use in Arizona.... Read more»1

Enviros, tribal activists hail EPA’s Superfund designation for Gold King Mine

Environmental and tribal activists welcomed the government’s announcement Wednesday that it had designated the Gold King Mine a Superfund site, advancing the cleanup of an area contaminated by a multimillion-gallon toxic spill last year. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Unpacking pot’s impact in Colorado

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said “marijuana-related” traffic deaths, hospital visits and school suspensions in Colorado have “not significantly” increased since the state legalized the drug. That’s inaccurate. Statistics from various official sources show substantial increases.... Read more»

McCain, Kirkpatrick blast EPA over Gold King spill

U.S. Sen. John McCain and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick are accusing the EPA of neglect for the agency’s response to Navajo communities after a Colorado mine spill polluted the San Juan River last August.... Read more»

Why marijuana businesses still can’t get bank accounts

Federal law prohibits banks and credit unions from taking marijuana money. So everyone involved with the legal cannabis industry has a banking problem. Businesses can’t get loans, customers have to pay in cash, and state tax collectors are processing bags of bills. ... Read more»

Single-payer health care on 2016 Colorado ballot

The group ColoradoCareYES gathered enough signatures — more than 100,000 — to put a single-payer health system on the ballot next fall. But the price tag is a worry to some. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Closed minds: Nothing to see here

The media have tried very hard to make the attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado into a crime committed by a lone wolf..."kept to himself"..."motive was unclear"...move along, nothing to see here. It reminds me of the successful effort to make the Tucson attack on Gabby Giffords, which killed six people, into the mindless work of a madman. Move along, nothing to see here.... Read more»

Lawmakers, tribal officials blast EPA for Animas River spill response

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday blasted the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of a toxic spill in the Animas River, saying the agency’s response left his tribe feeling abandoned, uncertain and hopeless.... Read more»

Enviro sees toxic mine danger in Arizona; officials disagree

With Arizona home to thousands of abandoned mines, the head of a state environmental group says an incident similar to the recent toxic spill in Colorado could happen here.... Read more»

Groups to feds: Tighten mining rules in light of Colorado spill

Citing the release of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a southwestern Colorado river earlier this month, a coalition of conservation groups, two Native American tribes and two county governments in Arizona petitioned federal agencies Tuesday to tighten mining regulation on public lands.... Read more»

SciCheck

Factcheck: Is marijuana really a 'gateway drug'?

Chris Christie said that marijuana is a “gateway drug” while arguing for enforcement of its federal status as an illegal substance. Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other drugs, there is no conclusive evidence that one actually causes the other. The science on this topic is far from settled.... Read more»2

Recreational pot might make 2016 Az ballot

With proposals to have Arizona follow the lead of Colorado and Washington going nowhere at the state Legislature, advocates are organizing to put recreational use of marijuana on the 2016 ballot. ... Read more»1

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