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Two California condors soar over the Grand Canyon.

An environmental group says endangered California condors in Kaibab National Forest are still dying from lead poisoning, despite a significant reduction in Arizona hunters using lead ammunition. The Center for Biological Diversity wants lead bullets banned in the condor's range. Read more»

A remote-control camera captured this image of a black bear at Tonto National Monument in 2009.

After the Payson area saw three black bear attacks last year, officials are rolling out a Bear Aware campaign. It includes bear-proof storage containers and tips for keeping bears from visiting campsites. Read more»

The Arizona Game and Fish Department gets most of its operating budget from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, permits, tags and stamps, including tags to hunt elk.

Legislation that would allow the Arizona Game and Fish Department to price and package hunting and fishing licenses without approval from the Legislature was heading to Gov. Jan Brewer after winning state House approval Monday. Read more»

Grand Canyon National Park drew 4.42 million visitors in 2012, an increase of 2.9 percent, and ranked as the 14th most visited National Park Service site in the nation.

While the National Park Service saw a slight increase in visitors across the country in 2012, its sites in Arizona recorded a third straight year of overall decline. Read more»

Experts say that even though a wet winter has created good conditions for rattlesnakes encounters with people will still be rare and avoidable.

After two straight winters with enough rainfall to create good conditions for rattlesnakes, hikers, hunters and golfers have extra reason to be on alert as temperatures warm, experts say. Read more»

The East Washington Fluff site, at East Buckeye Road and South Fifth Street in Phoenix, was designated a state superfund site after the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality determined it was contaminated with levels of lead and other chemicals that exceeded the health standards of the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The site near downtown Phoenix was designated a state superfund site after the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality determined it was contaminated with levels of lead and other chemicals that exceeded the health standards of the state and the federal government. Read more»

The Center for Biological Diversity said its representative witnessed a Border Patrol vehicle creating this track in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge to avoid mud on a dirt road.

Environmental groups contend that Border Patrol off-road vehicles used to catch illegal immigrants and drug smugglers are damaging the landscapes of two ecologically sensitive areas of southern Arizona. They are calling on the agency to update its environmental training. Read more» 1

A grant program administered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department helped add this floating bathroom facility at Lake Pleasant.

Before 1992, many boaters at Lake Pleasant had to make a tough decision when nature called: head to a restroom back at the launch ramp or, well, take care of things on the water. Thanks to a federal grant programs, boaters now can make use of far more convenient bathrooms built on a makeshift island as well as improved facilities for offloading sewage from boats. Read more»

Jean Marie Spilker, right, and Lisa Helgren keep an eye on a bald eagle next near Apache Junction as part of the Arizona Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program.

The bald eagle is no longer endangered, but government, private and tribal groups are keeping alive the Arizona Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program, which is marking 35 years of keeping an eye on nests around the state. Read more»

The lodge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, built around 1927, has been undergoing renovations for years.

State parks around Arizona have faced lean times for the past several years as lawmakers grappled with the budget deficit. Now park officials and supporters would like to make some improvements. Read more»

The Arizona Game and Fish Department gets most of its operating budget from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, permits, tags and stamps, including tags to hunt elk.

Concerned that a complicated licensing system deters would-be hunters and anglers, the Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to simplify things by bundling options. But under current law any such changes must go through a three-year legislative process at the State Capitol. Read more»

A Mexican gray wolf at the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico in 2011.

A male Mexican gray wolf released into the forest of Eastern Arizona last month has been recaptured after failing to mate with a pack’s alpha female as officials had hoped. Read more»

About 1,000 Catholic school students, joined by bishops and legislative leaders, attended a rally Wednesday timed with National School Choice Week. Read more»

Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon, D-Sahuarita

One of a series of biographical sketches on new members of the Arizona State Legislature. Read more»

Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow (left) talks after he and other university presidents briefed state lawmakers Wednesday.

Briefing lawmakers Wednesday, presidents of Arizona’s three public universities said they have met the state’s mandate to do more with less. Read more»

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