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Water pools in a streambed blocked by the container wall built by Arizona Gov Doug Ducey in November.

Federal officials are closing access to a section of the Coronado National Forest where Arizona officials installed hundreds of cargo containers in a failed attempt to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

As we ring in the New Year, let us not forget the year we are leaving.

Tucson rang in 2022 much as we left the previous year, but with a few new twists: in the grip of a pandemic that has become a fevered political question, more immigration and asylum issues, a growing megadrought due to climate change, and a burgeoning housing crisis. Read more»

The $1.7 trillion spending package that Congress passed last week as part of the annual budget includes million-dollar investments for a wide range of projects by Pima County, Tucson, Pima Community College and others. Read more»

More electric-vehicle charging ports will be installed along interstate highways in Arizona as early as 2024. ChargePoint already has some charging stations, similar to this one in downtown Phoenix, along several interstates. Each station will have four or more fast chargers capable of charging most vehicles in about 30 minutes.

Electric vehicle drivers across Arizona can expect more chargers on interstate highways in the next few years thanks to $76.5 million in funding via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was signed into law in November 2021. Read more»

Today it looks a lot  like Christmas. Next week it will be time to start thinking about how to clean up after the holiday. Tucson's TreeCycle program provides an option.

Christmas trees collected at 10 sites around Tucson will be turned into compost for city parks. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday that he has allocated $25 million in federal funds to the Department of Environmental Quality to partner them with Tucson Water in efforts to treat PFAS near the Tucson International Airport. Read more»

The Colorado River as it flows around Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona.

Over the past two decades, the Colorado River flow has dropped, and all the while the Lower Basin deliveries have remained roughly the same - now Western states must finally face the consequential question of which regions will make their sacrifice first. Read more»

Kate Scott, the founder of the Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center, removes a sign on the container wall along the Coronado National Forest in Cochise County.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the state will halt placing shipping containers along the Arizona-Mexico border, and begin removing hundreds of the 8,000-lb. steel boxes from federal lands by Jan. 4, according to a court document filed late Wednesday. Read more»

The Tucson City Council unanimously voted in favor extending fare-free Sun Tran rides for another six months, but is also looking for investments from the UA, TUSD and other local partners to help cover the long-term costs. Read more»

Javelina Wash running in the Tucson Mountain District. While too much rainfall threatened some regions, extreme heat and too little precipitation worsened risks elsewhere.

The year 2022 will be remembered across the U.S. for its devastating flooding and storms – and also for its extreme heat waves and droughts, including one so severe it briefly shut down traffic on the Mississippi River. Read more»

The Tucson Million Trees initiative, led by Mayor Regina Romero, intends to plant one million trees by 2030 to increase the city’s tree canopy and help mitigate the effects of climate change.

As communities prepare for a massive influx of federal funding to support urban forestry, their leaders say the tree canopy that grows to maturity 50 years from now will need to be painted with a different palette than the one that exists today. Read more»

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

Western states can no longer rely on snowmelt and rain to supply their communities in a drier, more arid landscape caused by climate change, and some local water officials across the West see a massive opportunity in storing rainwater in reservoirs and groundwater aquifers. Read more»

An aerial view of the Douglas Port of Entry from 2011.

Arizona Gov Doug Ducey is allocating $8.9 million in federal funding to help build a new port of entry in Douglas, adding funds from the American Rescue Plan to develop wastewater and groundwater infrastructure. Read more»

The Colorado River as it flows around Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona.

Lake Mead and Lake Powell are currently sitting at a combined storage of 13.1 million acre-feet, which is about a quarter of capacity. In December 1999, Lake Mead sat at 96% capacity and Lake Powell was at 88%. Read more»

Federal officials filed a lawsuit a Wednesday against Gov. Doug Ducey and other state officials, asking a federal judge to rule that the installation of cargo containers along two sections of the Arizona-Mexico border is an "unlawful trespasses," block the state from continuing to install the containers, and award damages to cover the costs of removing the 8,000-pound steel boxes. Read more»

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