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Indian woman, 8-year-old daughter located after 6-year-old migrant found dead in Arizona desert

Border Patrol agents found a migrant mother and her 8-year-old daughter late Thursday night in a remote stretch of desert following a day-long search launched after agents found the remains of her 6-year-old daughter.... Read more»

BP plans 63 miles of new border wall, up to 30 ft. high, in 3 protected Az wilderness areas

The Border Patrol is seeking to construct nearly 63 miles of new border walls, rising up to 30 feet tall, along three protected wilderness areas in Southern Arizona. ... Read more»

Two Indian nationals activate rescue beacon in desert near Lukeville

Two Indian nationals activated a rescue beacon north of Lukeville, Ariz., on Wednesday evening, and were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents. ... Read more»

BP agents detain 103, including families & children, as part of 'alarming' trend in remote Az desert

For the second time in February, Ajo-area Border Patrol agents detained a large group of people from Central America after they crossed into the U.S. west of Lukeville, Ariz., part of a months-long surge that the agency has called "alarming." ... Read more»1

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»

Just 100 left: Az turtle listed as endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the designation Wednesday, citing threats from climate change to loss of habitat for the southern Arizona animal, whose numbers are believed to have dwindled to as low as 100 turtles.... Read more»

SIerra Club & Border Patrol tout 'conservation and collaboration on the border'

They've clashed in the past over conflicting goals - border security and protecting the environment - but representatives of the Sierra Club and Customs and Border Protection recently made their first joint public presentation about working together. Security goals and environmental preservation can go hand in hand, they said.... Read more»

Fire restrictions lifted for Southern Az

Following monsoon rains, fire restriction will be lifted for Southeastern Arizona beginning Friday.... Read more»

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»

Enviros decry damage from Border Patrol off-roading

Environmental groups contend that Border Patrol off-road vehicles used to catch illegal immigrants and drug smugglers are damaging the landscapes of two ecologically sensitive areas of southern Arizona. They are calling on the agency to update its environmental training. ... Read more»1

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Agents discover archaeological artifacts west of Tucson

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have discovered two sets of archaeological artifacts in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument since February.... Read more»

Study: Climate change affecting desert plants, animals

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service have completed a study identifying plant species near Tucson that are being affected by climate change. While some trees and shrubs show declines, cacti increase with the heat.... Read more»

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Human remains found in desert

Border Patrol agents working in the West Desert on Monday discovered three sets of human remains in separate incidents.... Read more»