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Pascua Yaqui Chairman Peter Yucupicio testifies in support of a bill that would transfer 20 acres of land to the tribe, which would use the land as part of a golf course near its Casino del Sol.

The Pascua Yaqui tribe would get land near its Casino del Sol resort and the Tucson Unified School District would get land for a transit center in a three-way land swap considered by a House subcommittee Tuesday. Read more» 1

The Department of the Interior said Monday it has awarded a $10.75 million contract for the construction of the first phase of the long-awaited Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. Read more»

Former state Sen. Russell Pearce, author of the state’s high-profile immigration law, SB 1070, reportedly said GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s immigration stance is 'identical to mine.' Pearce is shown here in November during a recall election that he lost, largely because of the issue.

Democrats seized on former state Sen. Russell Pearce’s recent claim that he and Mitt Romney have “identical” views on immigration to try to paint the GOP presidential hopeful as an “extremist” on immigration reform. Read more» 5

Kyle Travis, left and Jon Jackson, with Lighthouse Solar, install microcrystalline photovoltaic solar modules on top of a Colorado townhome.

Only 1,620 Arizona homes rely on solar energy installations to provide heating, ranking sun-soaked Arizona seventh in the nation for homes with solar heating. Read more»

Dave Benjamin of Hensel Phelps Construction Co. at the Sky Train project at Sky Harbor International Airport in 2010 with two students and a staffer from the Del E. Webb School of Construction. Phoenix construction jobs have fallen sharply in recent years.

Since construction peaked in 2006, Phoenix and Lake Havasu have posted the largest construction job losses in the country. Read more»

Those parts of Arizona shown in brown will not shift to daylight saving time this weekend, but the parts of the Navajo Nation in the northeast corner of the state will shift, along with the rest of the country.

While the Navajo and most of the rest of the United States will be turning their clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, the Hopi and the rest of Arizona will stay on the same schedule. Hawaii is the only other state that does not observe the change. Read more»

Building #1 at the Fort Apache site, Log Cabin, looking west, with replica historic fencing and Cibecue Battle monument.

The Theodore Roosevelt School at Fort Apache has been designated a National Historic Landmark for its role between the federal government and tribes they were trying to assimilate. Read more»

Travelers in the Global Entry program can move quickly through passport processing at airports, saving up to 70 percent of the time it takes to get through the checkpoint.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will begin participating this month in a program that speeds up processing through customs checkpoints for pre-approved fliers. Read more»

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with Deputy Secretary David Hayes. Salazar said after the hearing that he is confident a ban on Grand Canyon uranium mining will withstand a legal challenge.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday he is confident a 20-year ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon will hold up to an industry lawsuit challenging the January withdrawal of the land by federal officials. Read more»

The spikedace is one of two Arizona fish declared endangered species, which officials say have been reduced to less than 20 percent of their historic range from central and eastern Arizona into New Mexico.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service downgraded two fish species to endangered Thursday, designating more than 700 miles of Arizona and New Mexico waterways as critical habitat in the process. Read more»

The Bureau of Land Management has identified 237,100 acres of public land in Arizona that might be suitable for large-scale solar power development. The site above is already operating at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

The Bureau of Land Management has recommended 237,100 acres of public land in Arizona are suitable for renewable energy development, part of an effort to speed up the process for clean-energy companies looking to set up shop in the state. Read more»

The Tax Foundation reported this week that the average combined sales tax in Arizona at the start of this year – adding up state, county, city and tribal taxes – was 9.12 percent, second only to Tennessee’s average rate of 9.45 percent. Read more»

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Salazar said he recognizes the economic potential of the Resolution Copper mine but that many questions need to be answered before his department can support the project.

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Flagstaff, sought answers Wednesday from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about his department's opposition to moving forward on the Resolution Copper land exchange. Read more»

The Bureau of Land Management is studying sites across Arizona that might be suitable for large-scale solar power development. The site above is already operating at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

The Bureau of Land Management on Monday put aside nearly 21,000 acres of public land near Yuma for the next two years while it studies its potential for use as a solar energy site. Read more»

Sen. John McCain, right, with Sen. Jon Kyl, said the Senate should not squander the opportunity to create jobs by swapping federal land with Resolution Copper for a mining operation.

Sen. John McCain demanded Thursday that Congress approve a bill to swap thousands of acres of federal land and clear the way for a copper mine that could result in thousands of jobs in southeast Arizona. But opponents said the proposed Resolution Copper Co. mine at Oak Flat would destroy sacred tribal land. Read more» 3

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