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FactCheck: Trump's faulty wind power claims

During an April 2 speech, President Trump once again attacked wind power, falsely claiming that noise from turbines causes cancer and that turbines sink property values by 75 percent.... Read more»

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Migrating monarchs dwindling, but experts say it’s not all doom and gloom

Monarch butterflies have dwindled to the point that they’re being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity sued, and a settlement requires a decision by June.... Read more»

No More Deaths volunteers fined $250, sentenced to 15 mos. probation

A federal judge sentenced four No More Deaths volunteers to 15 months of probation and fined each $250 on Friday, stemming from their convictions last month of violating federal law when they left water and food for migrants crossing Southern Arizona's deserts.... Read more»

No More Deaths volunteers seek new trial, say prosecutors refused to disclose documents

As volunteers with No More Deaths face sentencing Friday, their attorneys are seeking a new trial, arguing that prosecutors "refused to provide relevant, material disclosure," and that the case was part of a "vindictive and selective prosecution." ... Read more»

No More Deaths volunteers found guilty for water drops in protected wilderness

Four No More Deaths volunteers, charged with federal misdemeanors after they left water and food in a protected wilderness, have been found guilty. They face up to six months in prison and a fine of $500, and will be sentenced after Feb. 18... Read more»2

4 No More Deaths volunteers on trial for leaving water, food in wildlife refuge

The trial of four No More Deaths volunteers facing federal charges this week may have serious implications for the future of humanitarian aid for people crossing through Southern Arizona's deserts. ... Read more»

Supreme Court limits ability to designate endangered species habitat

The Supreme Court made it harder Tuesday for the government to designate critical habitat for endangered species, in a ruling that logging giant Weyerhaeuser and business and property rights groups said corrects bureaucratic overreach.... 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»

Gray wolf faces new challenge: National Academies of Sciences review

Is a Mexican gray wolf just another wolf, or is it a distinct – and endangered – breed of its own? The long-running fight over the Mexican gray wolf moved from Southeast Arizona to a paneled Washington conference room last week, where scientists will try to answer the question that could determine the animal’s fate.... Read more»

Group of 128 suspected border-crossers detained near Ajo

Border Patrol agents patrolling near Ajo apprehended more than 200 people in two large groups in the last month, including a group of 128 people encountered several miles west of Lukeville on Friday, authorities said. ... 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»

Adrenaline-fueled count shows scant growth in Mexican gray wolf population

The Mexican gray wolf once was prevalent in parts of the Southwest, but intensive trapping and hunting had nearly wiped out the wolves by the 1970s. A program to reintroduce the wolves into the wild began 20 years ago, and the population has been growing slowly.... 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»

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»

CBP to jumpstart construction of Trump’s border wall in Texas wildlife refuge

Customs and Border Protection indicates it will use its own funds to build 3-mile segment of wall amid one of the nation’s most cherished bird-watching locales, the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande River in Texas.... Read more»

How a math formula could decide fate of endangered U.S. species

The Trump administration is considering a proposal that could effectively let some plants and animals become extinct so cash-strapped agencies can use more of their funds to save others. Buy to opponents, conservation triage is an impractical and immoral policy that effectively allows bureaucrats to play God.... Read more»

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