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The Navajo Nation said lands around Bears Ears hold important historical and cultural artifacts for tribes in the area. President Barack Obama declared Bears Ears a national monument.

President Donald Trump ordered the Interior Department Wednesday to review two decades of national monument designations, actions he said represent an “egregious use of government power” affecting millions of acres of land — including four monuments in Arizona. Read more»

Veterans advocates said they were cautiously optimistic about a new Department of Veteran Affairs website that aims to provide veterans better information on wait times and quality of care at the agency’s hospitals. Read more»

Solar industry jobs grew 25 percent, to more than 260,000 nationwide in 2016, while growth in Arizona was a more modest 6 percent, climbing to 7,310 jobs, a new report says.

Arizona saw a 6 percent increase in solar jobs in 2016, bouncing back from a sharp drop the year before but still trailing well behind the national average growth of 25 percent in solar jobs. Read more»

Environmentalists lost their suit to tighten emissions limits on the Navajo Generating Station near Page, one of the largest coal-burning power plants in the West. But the ruling came after the plant’s owners announced plans to shut it down in 2019.

A federal appeals court rejected two cases related to the Navajo Generating Station, one that aimed to tighten environmental restrictions on the coal-fired power plant and another questioned the process that calls for the plant’s closure. Read more»

Arizona city officials said Monday that while federal policy on immigration is shifting under President Donald Trump, municipalities still have a duty to make residents in their cities feel safe – undocumented or otherwise. Read more»

A Mexican gray wolf in a photo taken in 2006. There were 113 wolves recorded in Arizona and New Mexico last year, the most since reintroduction of the endangered species began in 1998.

Populations of endangered Mexican gray wolves have reached their highest numbers since reintroduction efforts began nearly 20 years ago, but rather than cheer the success, environmentalists are worried it could backfire on the struggling animals. Read more»

The Colorado River’s Lake Powell from the north, taken by the International Space Station. A recent report claims climate change has played a larger role in declining river flows than earlier thought.

There are many factors behind declining Colorado River flows, but climate change plays a larger part than previously thought and the threat will continue to grow if global warming is not addressed, a recent report says. Read more»

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office did not violate the First Amendment rights or employee contract of a former worker it terminated following comments she made to the Arizona Republic. Read more»

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, flanked by fellow Democrats, speaks after a closed-door meeting with ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan on recent actions that ICE said is business as usual, but critics fear is a return to immigration raids.

Democratic leaders left a meeting with immigration officials Thursday convinced that recent apprehensions, detentions and deportations have greatly expanded under President Donald Trump, and said they were told to “expect more arrests.” Read more»

Tribal leaders said they hope to see a continuation of the gains in tribal and federal relations under the Trump administration that they said began during the administration of President Barack Obama. Read more»

The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined coal to generate power for the Central Arizona Project, among other clients. But competition from low-priced natural gas will lead to the plant’s closure by 2019, its owners say.

The owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page voted today to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on site reclamation. The coal-fired plant has been under financial pressure from historically low natural gas prices. Read more»

While some groups are criticizing the Trump administration’s call for a border wall as costly and counterproductive, Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot said the wall that went up in his county along the border with Mexico has worked well.

One day before the new secretary of Homeland Security was scheduled to testify on border security, a Nogales business owner joined critics speaking out Monday against the Trump administration’s plans to continue the “militarization” of the southern border. Read more»

The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined coal to generate power for the Central Arizona Project, among other clients. Environmental groups have long criticized the plant for the level of pollutants it emits.

With record-low natural gas prices continuing to undercut coal, owners of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Page could decide this spring whether they can afford to keep operating the plant or have to shut it down. Read more»

Arizona was rated one of the most dangerous states in the nation for drivers and passengers due to its relative lack of highway safety laws, according to a national report card. Read more»

The confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers is part of the Grand Canyon National Park, but efforts to get President Barack Obama to declare an additional 1.7 million acres around the park a national monument appear to have failed.

President Barack Obama will leave office Friday without declaring a new 1.7 million acre national monument around the Grand Canyon, Arizona lawmakers said this week. Read more»