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Workers install photovoltaic panels at a solar plant in Germany in 2009.

The U.S. market for solar energy has grown substantially but still has a long way to go, said a federal official. Germany produces more solar power in a month than the United States does in a year. And Arizona, a natural place for solar development, ranks behind both California and New Jersey in production. Read more»

Poppies make this trail in Catalina State Park north of Tucson a magnet for hikers.

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks’ revenue from any further legislative sweeps was on its way to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk Monday. Read more»

A sign touts sustainability efforts at Our Mother of Sorrows, a Roman Catholic church in Tucson.

A movement in Southern Arizona has dozens of churches of various faiths taking steps toward energy efficiency and renewable energy — not only to save money, but also to complement their long-standing doctrines of caring for the Earth. Read more»

Catalina State Park, north of Tucson, is a magnet for hikers and nature lovers.

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks revenue from legislative sweeps skipped over the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, taking it one step closer to becoming law. Read more»

A proposed bill currently in the House would allow reinstatement of The Heritage Fund, which would help with renovations on buildings such as the Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson. Often called “White Dove of the Desert,” this building was founded in 1962.

A lawmaker’s attempt to have Arizonans decide whether to revive the voter–approved Heritage Fund is stalled in the House. Read more»

Poppies make this trail in Catalina State Park north of Tucson a magnet for hikers.

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks from legislative sweeps of its gate and concession revenue won preliminary House approval Thursday after overcoming an attempt to narrow its scope. Read more»

The Chevy Volt runs on electricity, backed up by a gasoline-powered motor.

Arizona’s Clean Cities coalitions brought two dozen cars and trucks Tuesday to the State Capitol to show legislators the kinds of vehicles that have been and can be powered by alternative fuels. Read more»

More than 500,000 acres burned in the Wallow Fire last June.

In the dry highlands of Arizona, it's shaping up to be another tough wildfire season. Read more»

Supporters of the Dream Act assemble outside Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate in Mesa.

Among the hundreds attending this city’s viewing party for Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate, some of the strongest reactions were over the issue of immigration. Read more» 1

Mesa Arts Center is the venue for Wednesday’s presidential debate.

For better or worse, Arizona’s third-largest city is making national headlines. On Wednesday, four men vying for the Republican presidential nomination will debate in the heart of Mesa’s downtown. Read more»

Bonnie Bariola, member of the Florence Preservation Foundation, wrote a grant for the restoration of the town’s historic White House.

In 2010, lawmakers eliminated the Heritage Fund, pulling the plug on dozens of approved, construction-ready projects. Now, a state lawmaker is moving forward with a resolution that would put the Heritage Fund back on the ballot in November. Read more»

Charred remains of trees dot the area just beyond the Big Lake Recreation Area in eastern Arizona in the wake of the Wallow Fire.

The Arizona State Parks Board and an environmental group are objecting to a state lawmaker’s plan that would tap a voter–approved fund intended for land conservation to help fund the restoration of forests devastated by wildfires. Read more»

Poppies make this trail in Catalina State Park north of Tucson a magnet for hikers.

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks revenues from budget sweeps and allow the agency to use the money for operations took its first step Thursday in the state House. Read more»

A view of the mountains at Oracle State Park, which is about 40 miles north of Tucson. The state park is reopening after two years of closure.

Arizona State Parks hasn’t received state funding since 2009, and only nine of the state’s 29 public parks have stayed consistently open throughout the budget crisis. Thanks to $21,000 raised by a local group, Oracle State Park is reopening to the public, if only on Saturdays. Read more»

Researchers at the University of Arizona use these canals to help protect algae from overnight cold.

Anticipating a day when Arizona becomes a leader in producing algae for biofuel, a Tucson lawmaker is pushing to have algae farms and related facilities defined — and taxed — like any corn field or packing plant. Read more»

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