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Exclusive: Tourists video Grand Canyon wolf

A pair of tourists from Virginia captured the female wolf roaming the North Rim last month — with their video camera. A cross-country road trip found the two with a rare sighting: a wolf trotting alongside their car as they left the Grand Canyon. Officials confirmed that the animal is that same wolf spotted by others in the area.... Read more»

Feds confirm gray wolf is roaming north of Grand Canyon

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced Friday that they've got the straight poop on an animal seen near the Grand Canyon, confirming that a gray wolf from the Northern Rockies is making a home near the North Rim. While biologists were unable to capture the wolf for testing, DNA analysis of the wolf's scat showed that she is a member of the endangered species. ... Read more»3

Grijalva tapped as Dem leader on Natural Resources cmte

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva has been elected by House Democrats as the ranking member on the Natural Resources Committee. "Our environmental protections will be challenged like never before under the Republican-controlled House and Senate, but under my leadership, Natural Resources Democrats will ensure the protections that took generations to build up will not be torn down," said Grijalva, the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus.... Read more»4

Fire restrictions in force for Southern Az

Starting Thursday, campers across Southern Arizona will face new fire restrictions at campgrounds due to dry weather.... Read more»

Saguaro National Park reopens

After a 16-day closure due to the federal government shutdown, workers reopened the gates of Saguaro National Park early Thursday morning. "We are happy to be back working to serve the American people and welcoming visitors back to their park," park Superintendent Darla Sidles said.... Read more»

At Montezuma Castle, closed gate disappoints visitors

Vehicle after vehicle drove up only to turn back Tuesday morning after the partial federal government shutdown closed Montezuma Castle National Monument among other sites around Arizona. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva: 'End shutdown charade'

As the federal government closes down today, let's remember the 800,000 federal employees unnecessarily out of a job. Let's remember the $300 million per day this is costing our country in lost economic output. We are governing by catastrophe because a few people didn't get their way. ... Read more»2

Fire restrictions in force for Southern Az national parks, forests

Due to dry weather, campfires and other activities are restricted in Southern Arizona national parks and forests until further notice.... Read more»

Analysis

Faith in values: Sequestration hurts all of us, not just most vulnerable

It’s Day 90 of sequestration—the across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect March 1, which the Obama administration predicted would be devastating and conservatives insisted wouldn’t be so bad. Three months in, it’s worth asking how harmful the phased-in cuts have been—although that depends on whom you ask.... Read more»

Wildlife experts making campsites safer after 2012 bear attacks

After the Payson area saw three black bear attacks last year, officials are rolling out a Bear Aware campaign. It includes bear-proof storage containers and tips for keeping bears from visiting campsites. ... Read more»

Az’s National Park sites had fewer visitors in 2012

While the National Park Service saw a slight increase in visitors across the country in 2012, its sites in Arizona recorded a third straight year of overall decline.... Read more»

Sequester cuts looming, Park Service touts economic impact

If a study by the National Park Service is to be believed, the 500,000 people who visit Montezuma Castle National Monument’s prehistoric cliff dwellings each year have a big impact on the area economy.... Read more»

Commentary

The jobs case for conservation

Most Americans know our public lands as the places we go to get away from it all and enjoy ourselves in the outdoors. Conservation, however, also has enormous economic value, supporting a specific economy in recreation, restoration, and renewable energy development, all of which support numerous jobs.... Read more»

Saguaro Nat'l Park to waive entrance fee Sat.

Saturday could be a good day to enjoy the great outdoors when Saguaro National Park will waive its $10 entrance fee.... Read more»

Active-duty military offered annual passes to nat'l parks

Beginning Saturday, active-duty military can receive a free annual pass that gives service members and their dependents access to more than 2,000 public land sites, including America's national parks.... Read more»

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