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The Colorado River flows through the Grand Canyon. A federal study found that fish in the Grand Canyon and 20 other national parks in the West have trace amounts of mercury.

With their natural beauty and protected environments, the Grand Canyon and other national parks in the West would seem removed from having mercury in their streams and rivers. But a federal study found small levels of the contaminant in rainbow and brown trout at three Grand Canyon creeks, as well as in fish at 20 other parks. Read more»

At the Mission, a Mexican food restaurant in Old Town, bar manager Michael Bunker has stopped using limes as garnish on margaritas because the price of the fruit has shot up.

The lime, a staple in many of Arizona’s Mexican eateries and grocery stores, has doubled in price over the last two months after heavy fall storms in Mexico knocked blooms from trees. Read more»

While the zoning for Denise Phillips’ Chandler property allows chickens, a city ordinance forbids them in the yards of most other homes. She’s shown here with her goddaughter, Phoebe Brethrower.

A bill sponsored by Sen. David Farnworth would provide every homeowner with the chance to own a chicken and other fowl like peacocks or ducks. An organization of cities and towns objects to the proposal. Read more»

Dean Franks, an engineer, helps 5-year-old Charlie McGeary make purple slime out of borax and glue at Gangplank Avondale’s Maker Open House.

Five-year-old Charlie McGeary’s hands grasp a water bottle filled with borax, and she carefully pours a few milliliters in a test tube. Today, she’s making slime, but organizers of the Maker Open House at Gangplank Avondale hope that one day she will use the same thinking behind making slime to develop a new computer or car or flying machine. Read more»

Sen. Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, introduced a bill that would make playing fantasy sports for prizes legal under Arizona law. He says the current gambling law is vague on the subject.

The countless Arizonans who play fantasy football for prizes may no longer have to wonder whether they are breaking the law. A bill introduced by Sen. Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, would legalize participation in fantasy sports, eliminating what he calls vague language in the current gambling law. Read more»

A state lawmaker has introduced legislation to reopen the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, which closed in 2011 to make way for a centennial-themed museum that has yet to be created.

For three years, most of the rocks, gems and artifacts once displayed by the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum have remained unseen. Meanwhile, efforts to create a centennial-themed museum in its former space near the State Capitol have stalled for lack of funding. Read more»

A Maricopa County man receives a free flu shot in this December 2012 photo.

Arizona ranked near the bottom in its percentage of people receiving flu vaccinations during the 2012-2013 season, an advocacy group reported this week. Read more»