Special thanks
to our supporters

  • NewsMatch
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Hunter S. Thompson
  • The Water Desk
  • Ida Tarbell
  • Access Tucson
  • Ann-Eve Dingell
  • Bill Nugent — The Shanty
  • Anne Gomez
  • Kathleen Ligon
  • Holly Finstrom
  • & many more!

We rely on readers like you. Join them & contribute to the Sentinel today!

Hosting provider

Proud member of

Local Independent Online News Publishers Authentically Local Local First Arizona Institute for Nonprofit News
 <  1 2 3 4 5 6 >  Last »
Bills also were filed this year in Arizona, California, Montana, Texas, Utah and Washington state restricting foreign ownership of American farmland.

Though Chinese companies own just 383,935 acres, less than 1% of foreign-held acres, nearly a third of states have laws prohibiting certain foreign businesses and governments from buying agricultural lands within their borders, and more states are looking to join them. Read more»

'Strong Arm' was a well-known local saguaro killed by climate change. It won't be the last as carbon emissions threaten Tucson's future. The city has a draft plan to do its part to address the global problem.

Tucson's "Resilient Together" draft plan is buzz-word rich, takes 36 pages to get to the introduction and could have been dictated by Siri in 2021 or done by ChatGPT today. It's also a good start that may well prove the savvy of Regina Romero. Read more»

The executive order is already drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Tuesday expanding the number of background checks conducted before gun sales, imposing harsher penalties on violations of federal firearms law and directing a study of how firearm manufacturers market to minors. Read more»

As water levels in Colorado River reservoirs like Lake Mead, shown here in 2918, continue to fall to dangerously low levels and triggering a series of cuts in the amount of water states can pull from the river, groundwater access rights have become a bigger issue.

As the American West battles its worst megadrought in over 1,200 years, lawmakers in Arizona, California, Texas, Utah and Washington state are rethinking how groundwater is used and who gets access to it — with some even targeting foreign-owned companies. Read more»

A shot of Lake Mead from August 2022 shows how far water levels have fallen as the result of a historic decades-long drought.

With water levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead at record lows, federal officials are ready to spend tens of millions of dollars to get farmers and other water users to conserve in 2023 and keep the reservoirs from falling farther. Read more»

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insures bank deposits up to $250,000.

After the largest U.S. bank failure in more than a decade, the federal government blamed the bank failures in part on the 2018 law that rolled back regulations for smaller and medium-sized banks, and rushed to reassure Americans that the U.S. banking system was stable. Read more»

Attorney General Kris Mayes in January 2023.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes joined nearly two dozen other states last week in defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on behalf of more than 30,000 Arizonans DACA recipients. Read more»

In some cases, prior authorization proved a potent but indirect deterrent, as few patients have the fortitude, time, or resources to navigate what can be a labyrinthine process of denials and appeals.

Prior authorization was designed decades ago to prevent expensive tests or procedures that are not needed but now prevents patients from getting the vital care they need - now, the federal government has proposed changes that would speed up the pre-certification process. Read more»

An estimated 7,485 pedestrians were struck and killed by drivers in 2021, the most recent full year of statistics available.

As states have seen traffic fatalities and pedestrian deaths climb in recent years, many jurisdictions are reconsidering right turns on red, and safety advocates transportation planners to reconsider a custom so ingrained that few drivers remember a time when it wasn't allowed. Read more»

The federal government has historically stayed out of Colorado River negotiations, but has expanded its role in recent years to protect its dams and reservoirs, such as Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell, which has recently fallen to historic lows.

Senators from the seven Western states in the Colorado River basin - including Arizona Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly - have been quietly meeting “for about a year,” to facilitate difficult discussions between the states over the future of the river. Read more»

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers placed barbed wire and other barriers at the Paso del Norte Bridge Sunday as Venezuelan migrants gathered in response to false reports that they might be able to enter the United States without an appointment.

Frustrated by the failures of a U.S. government immigration app and a difficult existence on the streets of Juárez, hundreds of mostly Venezuelan migrants rushed to the top of the Paso del Norte Bridge to learn if a rumor about the border being temporarily opened was true. Read more»

A member of the National Guard during inspections at the the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales in 2018.

Victor Acosta, 47, was sentenced to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to smuggling 22 boxes of rifle ammunition, including rounds for AR-15s and AK-47-patterned rifles Read more»

While there is yet no consensus about the origins of COVID-19, the experts who testified before the panel said researchers are working to determine if it was a spillover event from nature or if the virus was accidentally leaked from a laboratory.

The divided 118th Congress approved its first bill Friday, after lawmakers in both the House and Senate voted unanimously to send President Joe Biden legislation that would require declassification of intelligence on the origins of COVID-19. Read more»

The resolution is an attempt to add another chapter in a long recent history of expanding and contracting definitions on regulatable wetlands.

The U.S. House voted to undo a Biden administration definition of what qualifies as “waters of the United States,” a rule unpopular with farmers and others who say that maintenance on private property is more difficult when permission from the government must be granted. Read more»

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning for most of the United States, but Arizona residents won't have to switch their clocks — we don't observe DST. Read more»

 <  1 2 3 4 5 6 >  Last »