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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»

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Federal judge rejects enviro lawsuit over border wall

In a 101-page decision, a judge who was derided by Trump because of his Mexican heritage ruled that Homeland Security could waive environmental laws and continue construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

New lawsuit challenges federal approval of Rosemont Mine

Four Arizona environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit, seeking to overturn a decision by the Forest Service allowing the controversial Rosemont open-pit copper mine to move closer to development south of Tucson.... Read more»

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Grijalva on Grand Canyon uranium mining: 'No boundaries to Trump's spite'

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva dug in against an administration proposal to reopen areas around the Grand Canyon to uranium mining: "Trump wants to turn one of the world’s greatest natural wonders into a strip mine... there are no boundaries to his spite."... Read more»

Enviros, Kozachik push Ducey on water policy, climate change

Leaders of Arizona environmental, business and faith groups, along with Tucson Councilman Steve Kozachik, urged Gov. Doug Ducey to take include more voices in discussions about state water policy, and a coalition pressed the Republican governor on climate change.... Read more»

Lawmakers seek solutions as wildfires burn hole in firefighting budget

Agriculture Secretary Perdue and five Western senators, including Sen. Jeff Flake, called for an end to the ongoing underfunding of firefighting efforts that forces Forest Service to shift funds from other needed areas.... Read more»

Feds waive enviro laws for new stretch of border wall

Despite a lawsuit from an Tucson-based environmental group, Homeland Security officials are setting aside more than two dozen federal laws and regulations to replace a two-mile section of border wall near Calexico, Calif.... Read more»

Tempe firm among 4 finalists for concrete border wall prototypes

Federal officials have picked four companies, including one from Tempe, Arizona, to build concrete prototypes of President Trump's promised wall along the Southwestern border. ... 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»

Trump plan to exit Paris accord riles Arizona Democrats, warms GOP

President Trump said Thursday the U.S. will withdraw from a global agreement on emissions that “handicaps” the economy, a move that Arizona critics charged will end up harming both the economy and the environment.... Read more»

Court rejects Arizona’s challenge to EPA-imposed emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to impose certain standards on industrial sites in Arizona in place of state rules meant to ensure visibility in federal parks, a federal appeals court ruled.... Read more»

Scientists: Trump's border wall would devastate wildlife habitat

At the U.S.-Mexico border, scientists say existing fencing is hurting wildlife and warn that a continuous wall could devastate many species. The barriers in place have made it harder for animals to find food, water and mates. Many, like jaguars, gray wolves and ocelots, are already endangered.... Read more»

Az lawmaker wants to allow people to shoot rat and snake shot within city limits

It’s been illegal to fire a weapon within city limits in Arizona since 2000. One state rep. wants to tweak that statute – commonly referred to as “Shannon’s Law” – and add an exemption for people to shoot rat or snake shot. Tucson resident Charles Heller, a spokesman for a gun-rights group, supports the bill and said shooting snakes has been a long-time practice here.... Read more»

Navajo power plant’s future uncertain, as natural gas costs fall

With record-low natural gas prices continuing to undercut coal, owners of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Page could decide this spring whether they can afford to keep operating the plant or have to shut it down.... Read more»

'We already have a wall' — Arizonans pan Trump's new plan to build border wall

Many Arizonans noted that there is already a wall across the Sonoran Desert — with some saying that a new structure would come at a high price with hidden consequences. "At this point, we’re tripling down on failure,” one said, while a BP supervisor called Trump's wall "unnecessary." ... Read more»1

Lawmakers: Obama won’t OK Grand Canyon monument before leaving

President Barack Obama will leave office Friday without declaring a new 1.7 million acre national monument around the Grand Canyon, Arizona lawmakers said this week.... Read more»

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