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Arizona tribes’ role in drought talks marks turning point for inclusion

Arizona's tribes — who have extensive water rights — played a critical role in the negotiations that led to the recent passage of the Drought Contingency Plan for Arizona. ... Read more»

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House, Senate OK Colorado River drought plan, capping years of debate

Two weeks after water officials told Congress there was urgent need to approve the Colorado River drought contingency plan, the House and Senate both passed a plan Monday and sent it to the president’s desk.... Read more»

Waste flowing into Nogales Wash raises concerns about water supply for both Mexico and U.S.

Failing wastewater pumps in Nogales, Son., have caused raw sewage to back up and empty into the Santa Cruz River watershed on the U.S. side of the border.... Read more»

Tribal leaders urge House to extend funding for water settlements

Tribes argue that a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is needed to provide certainty to their water rights passed 2029, to ensure the government meets obligations it has already agreed to providing.... Read more»

Water officials press Senate on urgency of Colorado River drought plan

The director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources told a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday there is an “urgent need” to authorize a multistate drought contingency plan for the Colorado River basin.... Read more»

Sentinel editor interviews Huckelberry on Buckmaster

TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith joined Dan Shearer of the GV News in interviewing the Pima County administrator on the radio on Friday.... Read more»

Rosemont plan approved — but here's why it might not happen fast

Hudbay Minerals said Thursday that it has received the approved Mine Plan of Operations for the proposed Rosemont mine project, the final step in the permitting process.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Never mind Green New Deal, socialism already here as Arizona deals with climate

Drought politics is socialist politics in every way imaginable and it’s determining our future right here in Arizona.... Read more»3

What the Devil won't tell you

If border states had an actual emergency, it might look a lot like climate change

Arizona does face real emergencies — and we could use some of that extra quarter-billion in new defense spending Trump has sought since taking office.... Read more»

Senate OKS open-space bill, reviving Land and Water Conservation Fund

The U.S. Senate approved a sweeping public lands bill that will secure millions of dollars for Arizona's federally protected lands.... Read more»

Late push for Salton Sea improvements complicates Colorado River drought plan

Arizona lawmakers have agreed to the broad terms of a deal Gov. Doug Ducey helped negotiate but resource managers at California's largest lake remains are demanding $200 million before signing off on the deal... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers agree on crucial drought contingency plan

Arizona lawmakers beat a midnight deadline set by the federal government by just a few hours Thursday, agreeing on a plan to balance drought and water supplies in the Colorado River Basin.... Read more»

Ducey proposes 2020 budget: Rainy-day fund, drought & teacher pay

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday proposed a fiscal year 2020 budget that would double the rainy day fund to $1 billion, put aside $165 million to hike teacher salaries and battle drought.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Arizona thirsty: Tucson should answer Ducey's call for bipartisan drought planning ... or else

Ducey's call for shared sacrifice usually spells doom for Tucson, so local leaders better cowboy up and answer his call for bipartisan cooperation to deal with Arizona's drought. We got water to spare and the wolves in Phoenix know it. ... Read more»1

‘Let’s get to work’: Ducey touts accomplishments, lists water & education as top priorities

Education funding and the looming threat of water shortages were among the key issues Gov. Doug Ducey emphasized in his State of the State address Monday afternoon.... Read more»

Will Arizona’s saguaros survive drought, climate change?

The Sonoran Desert's famed cacti are struggling to cope with climate change and prolonged drought by reproducing less frequently. This worrisome downtick could signal the state’s saguaros are in decline.... Read more»

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