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Greer Fire District firefighter Jeff Christ assesses damage from the Wallow Fire on June 8 in Butler Canyon.

The U.S. Forest Service told a Senate panel Wednesday that work has already begun on recovery of forestland burned by the Wallow Fire, ahead of a bill that would require that action. Read more»

Areas in red have a greater than 80 percent chance of a mudslide if the area is hit by a five-year, 30-minute rainfall, or 1 to 1.4 inches of rain in a half-hour period, according to new estimates.

The intensity of the Monument Fire and the steeply sloped area where it occurred make mudslides there very likely during Arizona’s monsoon season, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Read more»

Superior Mayor Michael Ong Hing, left, Pinal County Supervisor Bryan Martyn and Resolution Copper Vice President Jon Cherry testified last month in favor of the southeastern Arizona land swap bill.

A House committee Wednesday beat back repeated amendments and passed a bill to swap thousands of acres of federal land in Pinal County for thousands more owned by Resolution Copper throughout southeastern Arizona. Read more»

The Interior Department has extended a ban for six months on new mining claims on more than 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, outlined in red on this map. Interior is eyeing a 20-year ban on those lands, in addition to cross-hatched areas where mining is already banned.

A proposal to reverse a federal ban on new mining claims near the Grand Canyon survived a committee vote Tuesday and could go to the full House as early as next week. Read more» 1

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar’s office confirmed Saturday the resignation of a staffer, one day after a Washington newspaper reported an aide in the Flagstaff office had posted violent and off-color Twitter messages. Read more»

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, said HR1505 would run roughshod over environmental protections in border areas in the name of border security.

A bill that would grant the Department of Homeland Security unprecedented access to federal lands near the border was sharply criticized Friday for giving the department unchecked authority. Read more»

A House subcommittee tried to reverse the Interior Department plan, announced last month, to extend a new mining claims ban on more than 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon. The department is considering a 20-year ban on more than 1 million acres, outlined in red on this map. Mining is already banned in cross-hatched areas.

A House subcommittee Thursday voted to nullify the Interior Department’s recently extended ban on new mining claims on more than 1 million acres of federal land around the Grand Canyon. Read more»

A federal court Tuesday ordered a new trial for a Parker, Ariz., man accused of assaulting and seriously injuring his girlfriend in 2008. The court said attorneys should not have been allowed make additional arguments to a deadlocked jury that had twice been admonished by the judge to reach a verdict. Read more»

Arizona counties last week received $31.5 million from the Interior Department to compensate them for federal lands on which they cannot collect property taxes. Read more»

Campers work on tents on Kendrick Peak in the Coconino National Forest in Northern Arizona.

Recreation on federal lands last year supported more than 8,000 jobs in Arizona’s rural communities, the fourth-highest in the nation, according to an Interior Department report. Read more»

nterior Secretary Ken Salazar, flanked by, from left, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt and Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, was at the Grand Canyon to announce the extension of a ban on new mining claims near the national park.

More than 1 million acres of government-owned land surrounding the Grand Canyon is off-limits to new mining claims until Dec. 20. Read more»

This view of the Grand Canyon's South Rim is taken from one of the routes the National Park Service has proposed in its plan to restrict flights and noise pollution over the park.

The National Park Service wants to cut the annual number of tourist flights over the Grand Canyon by 30 percent, one of several proposals aimed at reducing aircraft noise heard on the ground. Read more»

The proposed Sempra Generation solar power plant, west of Phoenix, is uniquely suited to Arizona, planners say, because it will not need water to operate like most other solar plants.

Construction should begin within a month on a “waterless” 700-megawatt solar power project in Maricopa County that won a $359.1 million conditional loan guarantee this week from the Department of Energy. Read more» 1

Superior Mayor Michael Ong Hing tells a congressional committee that a land exchange between the government and Resolution Copper would mean jobs and income for his town and surrounding areas.

Government, tribal and environmental witnesses told a congressional committee Tuesday a controversial land-swap bill needs a lot of work before they will drop their resistance to it. Read more»

To establish a copper mine, Resolution Copper must get congressional approval for swapping parcels elsewhere in Arizona for about 2,400 acres in and around Oak Flat, which lies in the Pinal Mountains just east of Superior.

The House is taking up an Arizona land swap that would trade thousands of acres of federal land in Pinal County for thousands more owned by Resolution Copper throughout southeastern Arizona - the 10th try in the last six years. Read more»

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