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Saguaro National Park can utilize photographs to match Gila monsters spotted by the public years apart like the lizard named 'Kara' pictured above.

Saguaro National Park is relying on the public's help in photographing one of its more mysterious inhabitants: the Gila monster. The park is continuing research that has been going for more than 15 years, with an increased focus on pictures of the lizard submitted by park visitors. Read more»

More electric Sun Tran vehicles (above) are headed to Tucson as the city's transit system is set to receive millions from a federal grant.

Sun Tran will purchase 19 electric vehicles and ten charging stations as part of the company’s plan to have all electric and compressed natural gas buses by 2028. Read more»

Felix Yanez was only 19 years old when he was killed in the Korean War in 1950. The Douglas, Ariz., native will be buried in Tucson early next month.

The remains of Army Pvt. Felix M. Yanez, a soldier killed in the Korean War, will be returning home to Southern Arizona in September after he lay unidentified for more than seven decades. Read more»

The Sky Islands stretch from Southern Arizona and New Mexico into northern Mexico. But this unique set of mountains is not safe from the effects of climate change.

Drought and fires exacerbated by climate change are expected to permanently alter the ecosystems of Southern Arizona's mountain "sky islands," with parts of the high-elevation ecosystems at risk of disappearing. Read more»

A patient with monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1997. The rash is common with the disease, which is endemic to parts of West and Central Africa.

Cases of monkeypox have continued to rise in Pima County, with 18 confirmed as of Monday, but officials have no plans for public health mandates, like those from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

When the community recycling center at Mansfield Park closed last month, the glass recycling center was also moved. The glass recycling location is now seeing illegal dumping, as seen above, which a city employee photographed Monday.

The city of Tucson only has five remaining neighborhood recycling centers, after closing two last month that had been plagued by illegal dumping. Read more»

A hazardous waste collection event in Tucson several years ago.

Tucson residents can do away with hazardous waste and documents this Saturday free of charge during the city's August collection event as officials may adjust the monthly event's schedule for next year. Read more»

Tech Launch celebrated the opening of its new offices in The Refinery building on May 25. Mayor Regina Romero attended the event (center right), alongside the group's Associate Vice President Dave Hockstad (center).

A record of more than 300 inventions were disclosed to the University of Arizona last year, the University announced Tuesday, as Tech Launch Arizona, the institution's “commercialization arm” celebrates ten years this fall. Read more»

Monkeypox virus particles from a human skin sample, related to a 2003 prairie dog Monkeypox outbreak.

Monkeypox cases in Pima County are expected to grow, with residents most at risk being people with multiple intimate partners, Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen said. Local groups are fighting a false perception the painful infection only affects gay men. Read more»

A male monarch butterfly in South Tucson that Joe Billings tagged in 2018. Billings has spent more than twelve years tagging the now internationally endangered butterflies under the brand MonarchQuestAZ.

Southeastern Arizona has long been a hot spot to see migrating monarch butterflies, but the animals are now considered endangered internationally. Here's how you can help: Read more»

Researchers, including the University of Arizona's Michael Worobey, published findings Tuesday that support the theory that COVID originated in a Wuhan market. The research also indicates that animals infected more than one human with COVID before human-to-human spread began.

University of Arizona Prof. Michael Worobey and a team of scientists have found more evidence that COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan market and likely crossed over into two human hosts instead of just one. Read more»

Pima County will continue to offer the oral antiviral Paxlovid for free as part of the federally sponsored test-to-treat program. The program has been extended until August 24.

Pima County’s free test-to-treat program for COVID-19 patients has been extended through August 24, after the federally supported Paxlovid program was set to end. Read more»

Pima County has sent out more than 356,000 early ballots for August's primary election. There's only a day left to request them.

Nearly 357,000 early ballots for the primary election have been sent out in Pima County, surpassing the number of 2018 requests by 60,000. Voters have until Friday to request an early ballot be mailed to them for the August 2 election. Read more»

Vaccines have been available for Pima County's youngest residents for a month, but only about 3% of the age group have been vaccinated. Mesquite Pediatrics has had a bit more success inoculating its young patients with the help of vaccine drive thrus, similar to last year's vaccine drive for older children pictured above.

Only 3% of children under five years old in Pima County have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, roughly a month after the shots became available to younger kids. Read more»

The Pima County Health Department is responding to rising youth gun violence with a free gun lock giveaway at more than 30 locations. Health clinics, libraries and some doctors' offices are participating.

Pima County residents can pick up a free gun lock at more than 30 locations, under an effort by the Health Department to decrease youth gun violence. Read more»

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