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Vaquitas Last Stand: Lax enforcement to save dying porpoise species stirs environmentalists to act

Activists from around the world are working to save the endangered vaquita, or "sea panda," from a fate tied to the Chinese black market. ... Read more»0

Vaquitas Last Stand: Fisherman struggle to maintain livelihood and porpoise population

Fishing has been the lifeblood of this 5,000-family village for a century but gillnets were banned here four years ago to protect the vaquita marina. With fewer of 30 of the little porpoises left. ... Read more»0

Vaquitas Last Stand: Saving a porpoise by protecting a fish

Chinese demand for illegally hunted totoaba in the Sea of Cortez has snared vaquitas — an endangered species of porpoise — in gillnets, driving their numbers down to 30 in the wild, if not lower. ... Read more»0

Foley’s war: Occupying the U.S.-Mexico border

The founding member of the Arizona Border Recon, Tim Foley leads a group of well-armed volunteers who patrol the desert for people and drugs crossing illegally from Mexico.... Read more»1

Young and homeless in Tucson

Youth in Arizona are more at risk for homelessness than kids in any other state, with 6,000 runaway or homeless youth in Pima County alone. Teen pregnancies, home foreclosures and childhood poverty make Arizona kids susceptible to homelessness, while many other families are living "one paycheck away" from being on the streets.... Read more»1

'Migrahack' coding event to focus on immigration

Arizona Migrahack, to be held this weekend at the UA, is a free training session and “hackathon” for community members interested in using data to tell stories about immigration.... Read more»0

UA helps Mexican universities build extension network

The University of Arizona is helping establish a national network of extension programs in Mexican universities, Project REINU, designed to bring resources and education to communities in rural Mexico.... Read more»0

12 Tucson firms tapped for Thryve Next biz training

A dozen Tucson companies began business training this week, picked as part of Startup Tucson's Thryve Next program, which will use nearly $1.5 million in federal funding over the next five years to help existing local businesses grow.... Read more»0

Independents pick up 43K registered voters in Arizona

The first voter registration report of 2015 showed that the number of independents in Arizona has increased by 43,085 since this time last year. ... Read more»0