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After years of budget cuts, greener outlook for Arizona State Parks

After years of delivering deep cuts, lawmakers this session are discussing ways to give Arizona State Parks some more money and bring back a lottery-funded grant program the agency administered.... Read more»

Survey finds key Arizona bighorn sheep herd still depleted

A southwestern Arizona herd of desert bighorn sheep once used to replenish populations across the Southwest remained depleted for the 12th year in a row, according to a survey by federal and state wildlife officials.... Read more»

Feds map 200k acres of Az public land with renewable energy potential

Nearly 200,000 acres are covered by the U.S. Interior Department announcement, which follows a three-year statewide environmental review. A federal official calls the designation a "go-to map" for those looking to develop large-scale solar and wind energy in Arizona. ... Read more»

State wants court to dismiss suit that would ban lead ammo

The Arizona Game and Fish Department wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by conservation groups that aims to ban the use of lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest.... Read more»

Voters reject Prop 120 on sovereignty over state resources

Voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure to declare state sovereignty over Arizona’s forests and other natural resources.... Read more»

Interstate 11

Study moves highway between Valley, Las Vegas closer to reality

The Arizona Department of Transportation is undertaking a two-year study of a proposed highway — Interstate 11 — linking the Phoenix metro area with Las Vegas.... Read more»

High costs, benefits in clearing Eastern Az air

The EPA has proposed new air-quality regulations at three Arizona coal power plants to help improve visibility at 18 national parks in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado – including the Grand Canyon – and to protect the health of people living in the region. Critics say the rules will boost electric bills.... Read more»

Az ammo effort saving condors from lead

To keep endangered California condors from ingesting lead, state officials are asking successful big-game hunters leaving the Kaibab National Forest whether they used lead bullets and, if so, whether they left behind gut piles.... Read more»

Enviros sue to ban lead ammo they say threatens condors

Conservation groups filed a suit against the Forest Service on Wednesday, seeking a ban on lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest, where they say spent ammo is the leading cause of death for endangered condors.... Read more»

'Stealth governing': Transparency missing in Az Legislature

Arizona’s legislative session this year was as hard to track as a Stealth bomber, even for many Capitol regulars. Technology is in theory giving Arizonans unprecedented access to the Legislature, but lawmakers are short-circuiting the public process.... Read more»

Lawmakers seek to remove federal oversight of Az air and water

Conservative lawmakers' efforts to assert Arizona's sovereignty extend to who's ultimately responsible for regulating the quality of the state's air and water.... Read more»

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