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House advances bill to limit president’s creation of nat'l monuments

A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments.... Read more»

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Grand Canyon water pipeline slated for multimillion-dollar replacement

An aging pipeline bringing water to residents, resorts and 6 million visitors a year at the Grand Canyon has broken about 80 times since 2010 and needs a multimillion-dollar replacement, park officials say.... Read more»

1.4 million weigh in on Trump’s review of nat'l monuments

An Interior Department review of national monuments has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments, a “phenomenal” number. On the list are the Tucson-area Ironwood Forest monument, the Sonoran Desert monument near Gila Bend, and the Grand Canyon - Parashant and Vermillion Cliffs monuments in Arizona, and nearly two dozen others across the U.S.... Read more»

Bronson blasts GOP call to eliminate Ironwood Nat'l Monument

Sharon Bronson, chair of the Pima Board of Supervisors, is "astounded" that three Republican congressman from Arizona are calling for the elimination of four national monuments here, including Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They "assert outright falsehoods," she said.... Read more»

Az GOP congressmen call for end of Ironwood, Sonoran nat'l monuments

A group of Republican representatives, including three Arizona congressman, are calling for the complete elimination of four national monuments in Arizona, including the Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They also called for shrinking or de-listing others across the nation.... Read more»1

National park visitors spent $995 million at nearby businesses in Arizona

The 12 million people who visited national parks in Arizona last year spent more than $995 million with nearby businesses, a $63 million increase from the year before, the National Park Service said.... Read more»

Trump orders review of predecessors’ national monument designations

President Donald Trump ordered the Interior Department Wednesday to review two decades of national monument designations, actions he said represent an “egregious use of government power” affecting millions of acres of land — including four monuments in Arizona.... Read more»

Lawmakers: Obama won’t OK Grand Canyon monument before leaving

President Barack Obama will leave office Friday without declaring a new 1.7 million acre national monument around the Grand Canyon, Arizona lawmakers said this week.... Read more»

Trump would face steep climb undoing possible Grand Canyon Nat'l Monument

President Obama could cement his environmental legacy by taking executive action to designate nearly 4 million acres of Western land as national monuments before leaving office next month.... Read more»

Grand Canyon tram proposal sparks ire, awe from Navajo Nation to Germany

The tension surrounding the Grand Canyon Escalade on Navajo land has ratcheted up as the Navajo tribal council introduced a bill proposing the development, which has been in the works for several years. The first committee hearing of the bill is scheduled for Oct. 10 at Twin Arrows Resort and Casino in Flagstaff.... Read more»

Workers cite harassment, retaliation in 'toxic' national parks

National Park Service employees continue to suffer from a “toxic” work culture that has allowed for rampant sexual misconduct and a culture of retaliation, park workers told a House committee Thursday.... Read more»

Latinos support Grand Canyon-area monument on DC trip

Latino groups were in Washington Thursday with a message for President Barack Obama: designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument.... Read more»

Tribal leaders say proposed water deal could benefit Az tourism

The chairman of the Hualapai Tribe told a Senate committee Wednesday that a proposed 70-mile, $173 million water project would lay the groundwork for expansion of Grand Canyon West and increased tourism in the state.... Read more»

Park Service push for centennial visitors worries environmental groups

The National Park Service hopes to boost visits in honor of its centennial later this month, but its “Find Your Park” program has some environmental groups asking: How much is too much?... Read more»

Commentary

How the Antiquities Act expanded national parks & fueled struggles over land protection

As Americans anticipate summer vacation, many are planning trips to our nation’s iconic national parks, such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Acadia and Olympic. But they may not realize that these and other parks exist because presidents used their power under the Antiquities Act, enacted on June 8, 1906, to protect those places from exploitation and development.... Read more»

Tribes, Grijalva ask Obama to protect 1.7M acres at Grand Canyon

Tribal leaders joined Rep. Raul Grijalva on Tuesday urging President Barack Obama to designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument, bypassing Congress in the process. ... Read more»

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