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They paved paradise, put up a parking lot: Valley racing fans mourn closing of dirt tracks

The rich history of Arizona dirt track racing is at the risk of making a dangerously long pit stop as tracks that were once popular family gatherings as well as stepping stones to NASCAR success are struggling to survive.... Read more»

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Pride of Navajo Nation: Diné College works to rebuild rodeo program amid pandemic

Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Diné College - in the heart of the Navajo Nation - has taken a major hit, but a top-ranked bull rider and a world champion coach are trying to return the school to its status as one of the premier programs on the college rodeo landscape. ... Read more»

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4 New Year’s resolutions for a healthier environment in 2022

When many people think of New Year’s resolutions, they brainstorm ways to improve themselves for the year ahead - here are four popular New Year’s resolutions with a twist for improving your relationship with nature in 2022 and beyond.... Read more»

Vets & Gold Star familes get free access to nat'l parks with new law named after late Grijalva staffer

The Alexander Lofgren Veterans in the Parks Act was named after Alexander Lofgren, an Afghanistan veteran who was working for U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva when he died in a hiking accident, and became law on Monday after President Joe Biden signed it into law with the National Defense Authorization Act. ... Read more»

A lab-stage mRNA vaccine targeting ticks may offer protection against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases

A new laboratory-stage mRNA vaccine that teaches the immune system to recognize the saliva from tick bites could prevent these bugs from feeding on and transmitting tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease and other pathogens, to people.... Read more»

El Tour de Tucson will bring traffic delays Saturday

El Tour de Tucson is part of the region's heritage but it can be a headache for motorists as roads will be closed to accommodate the event.... Read more»

Burro racing? A nod to mining, Arizona communities embrace the competition

Burros made their way into the Southwestern United States more than 3,000 years ago, and the hard-working animals played a huge role in mining and exploring. Now, in the last few years, burro racing has taken place in Superior, Black Canyon City and Tombstone to keep the history alive.... Read more»

Worldwide endurance athletes use Flagstaff’s altitude as training tactic

Flagstaff, the home of Northern Arizona University, has an altitude of almost 7,000 feet, making it a prime spot for endurance training, not only for NAU athletes but for world class athletes from around the globe.... Read more»

Overlanding community seeks path to a more sustainable future

With climate change and the dependency overlanding - a form of off-grid adventure seeking - has on the Earth, community members have been advocating for natural conservation and cultural respect, as well as cleaner alternatives in the automotive industry.... Read more»

Sniffing out the waves: Doggy surfing contest brings smiles to spectators

For five hours on Sept. 25, a few hundred– two- and four-legged alike – came to watch from the beach a mile north of the U.S. Open for Surfing, and the winners of the Surf City Surf Dog contest were clear: Everyone who was riding a board or watching from the beach.... Read more»

Winter is coming: Arizona ski area receives first snow of the season

Winter officially does not begin for 82 days, but employees at Sunrise Park Resort near Greer woke Thursday morning to a fresh dusting of powder as Arizona ski resorts and specialty shops have had to shift modes in preparation for what could be another unconventional ski season.... Read more»

Pandemic prompts cycling surge — and calls for new protections

COVID-19 has sparked a surge in cycling, as Americans have sought alternatives to crowded gyms, buses and trains, and there also has been an uptick in distracted drivers and speeding over the past 18 months, raising the risks for cyclists on the road.... Read more»

Lost hikers rely on unpaid rescuers, and one state could change that

As search and rescue teams across the country are hampered by an aging volunteer base and struggling to keep up with a surge in calls for help, a Colorado law enacted earlier this year could lead to a dramatic rethinking of the current current SAR structure.... Read more»

Don’t hike so close to me: How humans can disturb wildlife up to half a mile away

Millions of Americans are traveling this summer as pandemic restrictions wind down, and a recent review of hundreds of studies covering many species found that the presence of humans can alter wild animal and bird behavior patterns at much greater distances than most people may think.... Read more»

Saguaro National Park to use seasonal herbicide against fire-prone buffelgrass

Starting next Tuesday, Saguaro National Park will begin spraying herbicide to limit the spread of invasive buffelgrass. No park closures are expected due to the seasonal work against the fire-prone plant.... Read more»2

'Extreme' fire danger forces Arizona to close state lands

State lands across Arizona will be closed starting Friday due to "extremely high" fire danger, officials said. The closure begins at 8 a.m., and restricts access for recreation including hunting, camping, and off-road vehicle use. ... Read more»

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