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Poll: Western voters oppose giving federal lands to states

A poll says 52 percent of voters in eight Western states don't think federal lands should be shifted to state control. An Arizona bill to do that was vetoed in 2012, but Utah law calls on the federal government to cede lands there by Dec. 31. Few expect that to happen.... Read more»2

Leader of Utah sovereignty effort makes case in Arizona

The Utah lawmaker who authored a law calling for the federal government to relinquish authority over public lands said Thursday that devastating wildfires are one reason for Arizona to follow suit.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Prop. 120: Nullification redux

As every schoolchild once learned, South Carolina precipitated the nullification crisis in 1832 by passing a law that said it could, essentially, pick and choose which federal laws would apply within the state. Today in Arizona, talk of trampled state rights and infringed "sovereignty" helps keep the base agitated and angry.... Read more»3

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»

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»

Tribal officials seek flexibility with energy resources

Tribal leaders Thursday pushed for greater input on government decisions over “fracking" and stressed the importance of eliminating red tape from energy resources programs on Indian lands.... Read more»

Feds ID land in Az for renewable energy projects

The Bureau of Land Management has recommended 237,100 acres of public land in Arizona are suitable for renewable energy development, part of an effort to speed up the process for clean-energy companies looking to set up shop in the state.... Read more»

Federal bills would restrict shooting on public land

Federal officials are eyeing shooting restrictions on more than a million acres of public land, half of which are in Arizona, said Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, who wants to block the restrictions.... Read more»