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Alejandro Canelos' latest book involves desert animals living human experiences.

The culture between animals in the Southwest is one of survival in an arid environment. Those interactions are the topics for Nogales-born, Tucson-raised author Alejandro Canelos' latest book titled "The Neotenic Queen: Tales of Sex and Survival in the Sonoran desert." Read more»

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero testified that water quality was just one of the city’s goals for the federal infrastructure funding, which also includes transit, bridge repair and climate resilience.

Mayor Regina Romero told a Senate panel funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be "critical" to Tucson’s ability in addressing PFAS cleanup, and cited a project to widen Interstate 10 and Amtrak service as other priorities. Read more»

Republicans in state capitals across the country are targeting an investing concept known as environmental, social and corporate governance criteria they describe as “woke” and “misguided activism,” accusing investment firms of making decisions based on an alleged political agenda. Read more»

Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau announced a $200,000 federal plan to speed up the removal of buffelgrass in Saguaro National Forest as well as the restoration of native plants.

$200,000 in federal spending will support the removal of buffelgrass in Saguaro National Park, as the U.S. Interior Department is set to invest $10 million to stem wildfires throughout Arizona, Deputy Secretary Beaudreau said during a visit to Tucson on Monday. Read more»

The Coolidge Dam and San Carlos reservoir impound the Gila River on the San Carlos Indian Reservation.

As much of the West remains in extreme drought and reservoirs drop to historic lows, Arizona and other Western states are facing continued cuts to their water supply, either voluntarily or by direction of the federal government. Read more»

Stop. A new state law will put an end to Pima County workers being required to get the coronavirus vaccine, as well as drop a requirement that unvaccinated government staffers pay higher insurance premiums.

The Pima County vaccine mandate for its work force is coming to an end, at the behest of the state Legislature. Oro Valley to consider impact fees, plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

An engineer installs solar panels at a Colorado testing facility (2011 file photo).

The Community Foundation of Southern Arizona awarded seven Tucson and Pima County nonprofits with grants to switch to solar power. Read more»

President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act on Aug. 16, 2022. He was flanked (from L to R) by Sens. Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer and Reps. Jim Clyburn, Frank Pallone and Kathy Castor.

The Inflation Reduction Act - signed into law this month - authorizes more than $700 billion in funding and addresses policies related to climate change, energy, taxes and health care costs - providing funding to help tribal communities plan for and adapt to climate change. Read more»

A western diamondback rattlesnake 'tastes' the air at the Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary on Aug. 29, 2022.

This summer’s monsoon has been active across Arizona, bringing violent winds, torrential rain and flash floods - and also rattlesnakes and toads, who are active now because monsoons determine when they reproduce. Read more»

Water levels at Lake Powell have dropped so low that natural wonders are starting to reappear, including Gregory Natural Bridge, which hasn’t been seen since the Colorado River reservoir was filled in the 1960s.

NASA satellite photos show how drastically the water levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead have receded in just the past few years - demonstrating the severity of long-term drought and the challenges Arizona will face to conserve and enhance its precious water supply. Read more»

From pipelines and dams to power plants and critical mineral mining, there are few industries or environments that NEPA doesn’t touch.

The tax reform and spending bill signed by President Joe Biden is also the country’s largest climate change investment, with what could be sweeping changes to the National Environmental Policy Act - the bedrock of environmental law - and the law’s critics cover the political spectrum. Read more»

Joe Hart being sworn in as Arizona Mine Inspector at the 2019 Inauguration of statewide officials at the Arizona State Capitol building in Phoenix, Arizona.

Joe Hart, a former Arizona legislator and state mine inspector, died Sunday, said Gov. Doug Ducey, who ordered flags be flown at half-staff across Arizona on Tuesday in Hart's honor. Read more»

A sign marks the water line last year at Lake Mead, which has since fallen to historically low levels. That triggered a water conservation plan for states in the river basin, but Arizona officials complain that they have to bear too much of the burden while states like California are not being hit.

Faced with deep cuts to the water supply, and angry that other states are not doing their share, tribes and local governments in Arizona are increasingly talking about backing off earlier offers to give up some water. Read more»

Energy efficiency can save homeowners and renters hundreds of dollars a year, and the new Inflation Reduction Act includes a wealth of home improvement rebates and tax incentives to help Americans secure those saving. Read more»

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega stands to get a $75,000 per-year raise after seven years on the job.

The Tucson City Council is set to vote Tuesday on paying City Manager Mike Ortega $300,000 per year, but the they're being needlessly shifty about it. Plus a plethora of other local government meetings this week. Read more»

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