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Chemical retardant used to fight wildfires could pose harm, group says

Fire-retardent slurry has been a key tool in fighting forest fires, including the Woodbury Fire east of Mesa, but some former U.S. Forest Service employees call it unsafe and counter productive. ... Read more»

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Coconino official urges feds to live up to responsibility to fund parks

A Coconino County official urged lawmakers Tuesday to “make sure the federal government meets its responsibility” of maintaining national parks, which face almost $12 billion in needed upkeep – $313.8 million in the Grand Canyon alone.... Read more»

Volcanic soil, old artillery shells challenge crews managing Flagstaff wildfire

Amidst the sweet-smelling smoke of ponderosa pine, firefighters are laboring to maintain – not extinguish – a 8,600-acre blaze in the Coconino National Forest northeast of Flagstaff.... Read more»

The way we were

Ambitious road leading to Mt. Lemmon has an interesting history

Construction of the highway up the south face of the Catalina Mountains proved slow and difficult, taking more than a decade. But for hundreds of thousands of county residents, the winding road presents the promise of a respite from the desert heat.... Read more»

Rosemont plan approved — but here's why it might not happen fast

Hudbay Minerals said Thursday that it has received the approved Mine Plan of Operations for the proposed Rosemont mine project, the final step in the permitting process.... Read more»

45-mile walk shows solidarity against Arizona mine on land tribes consider sacred

Activists took part in the fifth annual walk to protest the proposed Resolution Copper Mine slated for land that the San Carlos Apache tribe calls sacred. ... Read more»

Funding fix sought for coming wildfire season

A new $2.2 billion infusion into fighting wildland fires is welcomed news for federal agencies and academic researchers but environmentalists worry it could lead to abuses. ... Read more»

Forest Service under fire for cutting old-growth trees in eastern Az

The decision to cut more than 1,300 old-growth trees last summer in an Arizona forest has been criticized for breaking trust with the thinning project’s backers.... Read more»

FactCheck

Trump repeatedly errs on California wildfires

Over the past two weekends, as two major wildfires devastated communities in Northern and Southern California, President Donald Trump has inaccurately blamed the state’s forest management practices for the blazes. ... Read more»

Forest Service chief grilled over charges of sexual harassment in agency

Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen came under fire Thursday for her department’s handling of sexual harassment complaints, the same issue that led to the retirement of her predecessor as chief.... Read more»

Az firefighters assist efforts to combat California wildfires; death toll rises to 48

Firefighters from across the state of Arizona are in California to help fight devastating wildfires, one of which has raged for a week.... Read more»

Arizona could lose millions without federal grant program for outdoor recreation

In Arizona, which relies on tourism dollars to boost its economy, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is a windfall for cash-strapped recreational areas — about $235 million to the state over the past 53 years. But the federal fund expires on Sunday, and a reauthorization backed by Rep. Grijalva hasn't passed Congress.... Read more»

After 11 years, activists & owners still digging into legal battle over Rosemont Mine

A proposal for a massive open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson will be back in court this month as opponents challenge permits for the project, the latest twist in the battle over the Rosemont Mine.... Read more»

Despite 2016 law, Salt River wild horses remain unmanaged

Every year, thousands of people visit the Salt River to experience the riparian area in the Sonoran Desert. But they'll likely also see piles of horse manure, from wild horses that wildlife experts say is a harmful invasive species.... Read more»1

Western U.S. faces another ‘challenging’ wildfire season

Federal fire officials warned a Senate panel this week that the West should prepare for another “challenging” wildfire season, after a 2017 season that was the most expensive on record in terms of firefighting costs.... 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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