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Grijalva set to bring dramatic shift as chair of Natural Resources committee

Rep. Raul Grijalva may not take over the House Natural Resources Committee for another two weeks, but that doesn’t mean the Tucson Democrat's potential presence as chairman is not already being felt.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Grijalva, Dems have no choice but to investigate Trump admin's shenanigans

The Grijalva-Zinke spat is a small example of the question faced by Democrats as they suddenly have oversight power: Should legislative oversight equal executive shadiness, or does the the sheer scale of executive shadiness excuse it from accountability? ... Read more»1

Forest Service under fire for cutting old-growth trees in eastern Az

The decision to cut more than 1,300 old-growth trees last summer in an Arizona forest has been criticized for breaking trust with the thinning project’s backers.... Read more»

Grijalva says Interior Sec. must resign; Zinke calls Tucson Dem a drunk

Citing "multiple scandals," U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva called on Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke to resign Friday. The Trump official responded by tweeting that "it's hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle."... Read more»

Az national parks need $531 million to fix roads, buildings

Arizona’s national parks are feeling their age and need a $531 million makeover on hundreds of roads and buildings that serve millions of annual visitors, park officials said. ... 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»

Unlikely allies Grijalva, Bishop back bill to fund $11.6 billion in national parks work

Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two came together Wednesday to back a bipartisan bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog that reached $11.6 billion last year.... Read more»

Factchecking Zinke: Navajo didn't support shrinking Bears Ears

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed the Navajo who “live close” to Bears Ears National Monument “were all in support” of President Trump’s decision to shrink the protected land. But tribe representatives told us that’s false. In fact, the Navajo Nation and other tribes have sued the federal government over the decision. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva: 'Dark & misguided' to deploy Park Police on border

The Trump administration and many Republicans in Washington claim that our border with Mexico is swarming with dangerous immigrants. According to this tired narrative, we have no choice but to send Park Police to help carry out a crackdown that won’t stop until President Trump believes “the homeland” is safe.... Read more»

Zinke, tribal leaders discuss solutions to Native American opioid epidemic

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met Monday with Arizona tribal leaders to discuss possible solutions for the national opioid crisis, which affects Native Americans more than any other minority.... Read more»

Trump's Interior secretary in Arizona: 'Clearly, we're going to build a wall'

"Clearly, we're going to build a wall," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in Arizona during his first tour along the U.S.-Mexico border, but he said he will listen to experts to "mitigate" the effects of border barriers. ... Read more»

Interior Sec. Zinke to vist border, Arizona wildlife refuges

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will tour the U.S.-Mexico for the first time this weekend, coming to Arizona to conduct an "on-the-ground assessment" of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refugee, about 54 miles southwest of Tucson, and meet with local officials. ... Read more»

Tucsonan Bauserman ousted from Trump admin for 'birther,' anti-Muslim posts

A series of conspiracy posts, along with reported anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments, have cost a Tucson political activist her job in the Trump administration. Christine Bauserman resigned from the Interior Department on Wednesday, with officials saying her posts were "inappropriate and unacceptable."... Read more»

Lawmakers blast 'misguided' Grand Canyon fee increase

Arizona lawmakers and advocates are condemning proposed fee increases at the Grand Canyon and 16 other parks, a move the National Park Service said is badly needed to fund billions in backlogged maintenance projects.... Read more»

Interior sec. recommends downsizing some nat'l monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday he will not call for the removal of any national monuments but will recommend downsizing an unnamed “handful” of monuments in a report to the White House.... 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»

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