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The Glen Canyon Dam backs up the Colorado River near the Arizona-Utah border, creating Lake Powell, which provides drinking water to 25 million people and generates 3 million megawatt hours of electricity a year.

A federal court panel said the government did not violate environmental law when it failed to subject annual plans for Glen Canyon Dam operations to a thorough environmental review. Read more»

The government said it will review the status of the Bartram stonecrop in Southeast Arizona to determine if it should be listed as a candidate for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act

Federal officials said Wednesday they will review whether two plants near the proposed Rosemont Copper mine are threatened, the second time in as many weeks they have put species near the mine under review. Read more»

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Henry Darwin, right, told state environmental directors at a forum on Capitol Hill that his agency may have to sue the Environmental Protection Agency if it does not act soon on the state’s air-quality plan.

Arizona is tired of waiting for the federal government to act on the state’s proposed air-quality plan and “very well may” sue the Environmental Protection Agency if action is not taken soon, a state official said Thursday. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, says those who criticize his call for an investigation of the influence of Muslim groups on the U.S. government are turning a blind eye to threats in the name of political correctness.

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, this week defended his call for an investigation into the influence of Muslim groups on government organizations, even as the proposal came under more fire. Read more»

The government said it will launch a yearlong review of the Sonoran talussnail to determine if it should be listed as a candidate for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that it will begin a review to determine whether the Sonoran talussnail is threatened, specifically by the proposed Rosemont Copper mine. Read more»

Apache County crews began clearing brush, low-hanging limbs and small-diameter trees in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in May, part of a program aimed at limiting wildfire outbreaks.

Apache County’s forest-stewardship agreement with the U.S. Forest Service was held up at a congressional hearing Friday as a model for other governments trying to tame the growing problem of wildfires. Read more»

US Airways CEO Doug Parker said a merger with American Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy protection in November, would make both companies stronger than if they remained separate. But he cautioned that now is the time to merge, not after American’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy is over.

Tempe-based US Airways does not need to merge with American Airlines to remain viable, but consolidation would create a stronger competitor than either business can be on its own, US Airways CEO Doug Parker said Wednesday. Read more»

Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots practice cutting fire lines during training earlier this year.

Seasonal hotshot firefighters will be able to buy into the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, the same program that offers health insurance to federal full-time employees, the White House announced Tuesday. Read more»

Competing groups of protesters spilled over the sidewalks and across the street in front of the Supreme Court as it prepared to release its much-anticipated ruling on the healthcare reform law.

“Health care companies keep taking a huge share of profits, and they are going to ruin the system eventually,” said Phoenix resident George Pauk, who joined hundreds of chanting, sign-waving protesters waiting for the court’s decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (with photo gallery) Read more»

A divided Supreme Court upheld, for now, the portion of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, saying it can’t assume at this point that the law will be enforced in a way that conflicts with federal law.

The Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona police to begin enforcing the “papers, please” portion of the SB 1070 immigration law, but how it would take effect was unclear to some agencies Monday. Read more» 1

A firefighter watches flames from the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire in New Mexico in May.

Arizona is one of several Western states with a higher-than-normal likelihood for large wildfires this summer based on unseasonably dry weather conditions, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Read more»

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, joins other oppoents of the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, saying the act was not about securing the country’s borders, but 'about loss of law.'

The House voted Tuesday to relax environmental restrictions in a 100-mile buffer along the nation’s land borders, to make it easier for Border Patrol agents to do their jobs. Critics derided the bill as an overreach that would create a 100-mile “drone zone” of government surveillance around the country. Read more» 1

The Federal Emergency Management Agency re-emphasized its support Thursday for legislation to let federally recognized tribes seek emergency and natural disaster declarations directly from the president instead of having to go through their states’ governors. Read more»

Apache County crews began clearing out a 75-acre swath of forest outside of Greer on May 23.

The U.S. Forest Service and Apache County have launched a first-of-its-kind management plan to thin more than 90,000 acres of forest in hopes of preventing catastrophic fires like last year’s record Wallow Fire. Read more»

Environmental groups claim that bald eagles in the Sonoran Desert, like the juvenile bird shown here, are a distinct subspecies and should be protected as an endangered speces, even though the birds were removed from that list several years ago.

For the third time in six years, two environmental groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to get endangered species protection for the Sonoran Desert population of the bald eagle. Read more»

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