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Amanda Blackhorse is outraged when she thinks of the Washington Redskins, a team whose name and mascot are deeply offensive to the Navajo woman. But she is also saddened at the thought that in the Navajo Nation, Red Mesa High School uses the name for its sports teams as well. Read more» 1

An aide to Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., downplayed the significance of the survey that claimed to show a sharp drop in the senator’s popularity after his vote against a measure to require expanded background checks on gun buyers.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake’s vote against expanded background checks on gun sales earlier this month caused his approval ratings to drop, making him one of the “most unpopular” senators in the country, a new poll says. Read more» 7

Former Arizona Rep. John Shadegg holds a newspaper in which Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, called for immigration reform in the wake of the Boston bombing. It’s proof that reform is not just a Democratic issue, said Shadegg, a Republican.

A delegation of Arizona officials came to Washington to press for comprehensive immigration reform, saying the time to act is now while the nation is paying attention. "Congress is listening," said one. Read more»

The day after the Senate rejected a plan for expanded background checks for gun sales, Mark Kelly repeated a pledge that he and wife Gabrielle Giffords would campaign for elected officials willing to pass gun reforms.

A resolute Mark Kelly vowed Thursday that he and wife Gabrielle Giffords, a gun victim and former congresswoman, will campaign even harder for gun control after the Senate refused to expand background checks for gun sales. Read more» 1

The Colorado River watershed spans several Western states, but recent studies have indicated that demands from growing populations could outstrip the river’s supply, putting the river at risk.

A new ranking lists the Colorado River as the most-endangered river in the country, as increased demands on its water supply have put the river “at a breaking point.” Read more»

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, right, with supporters of his bill to ease grazing and logging on federal lands to curb wildfires, Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin and Andy Groseta, left, of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association.

Proponents of a bill to let ranchers and loggers operate more freely on federal land said last week that changes are needed to give the U.S. Forest Service help clearing forests before wildfires can break out. But critics said the public and private partnerships envisioned in the bill could open the door to environmentally harmful use of the land. Read more»

Kevin K. McAleenan, left, of Customs and Border Protection, Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher, Randolph D. Alles of CBP’s air and marine office and James A Dinkins of Homeland Security Investigation faced tough questioning on border security from a Senate committee.

Senators questioned assurances Wednesday that the border is getting more secure, telling Homeland Security officials that the government needs a better plan and a better way of measuring progress on the border. Read more»

Arizona’s 1st District, in blue, and 2nd District, in red, are among the most competitive congressional districts in the country. Accordingly, Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Ron Barber are less likely to follow the Democratic party line on votes, an analysis shows.

Arizona Reps. Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick touted their designation this week as being among the Democrats most likely to buck their party in congressional votes. Read more»

A home for sale in Tempe. Realtors say home prices in Arizona are rising as the number if distressed properties is reduced and housing inventory shrinks.

The total value of home sales in Arizona rose over the last year even as the number of transactions slipped, real estate executives say, as foreclosed and distressed properties were moved off the market and the subsequent lower home inventories boosted prices. Read more»

The snail formerly known as the Rosemont talussnail. New research shows that it is actually the same as the much more common Santa Rita talussnail, killing a request to have it listed as a separate, endangered species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rejected a petition Thursday to list an Arizona snail as endangered, saying the Rosemont talussnail was actually the same species as a much more common snail. Read more»

Revenue from tribal gaming in Arizona grew at more than twice the national rate in 2011, rising for a second year as the economy inched out of recession, a new report says. Read more»

San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler, center, testified that Resolution Copper’s proposed block-cave method of mining will lead to an eventual collapse of the site, leaving a hole that would alter the area’s environment.

A four-hour congressional hearing grew testy Thursday as House members considered a bill to swap thousands of acres of private and federal land to make way for a massive copper mine in Southeast Arizona. Read more»

Mining accounted for less than half of all toxic releases by industries in 2011, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In Arizona, by contrast, mines and metal processing made up almost twice as large a share, the agency said.

Arizona metal mining and manufacturing produced 84.5 million pounds of toxic chemicals in 2011, a 34 million pound increase over two years. It reflects a spike in mining, but while environmentalists say it shows a need for regulation, miners call the numbers needlessly frightening. Read more»

Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo woman from Arizona, argued that the name Washington Redskins is racist and hurtful and that the government should strip the team of its trademark to the name.

A Navajo woman was in Virginia on Thursday to argue that the Washington Redskins should not be allowed to trademark what she and other Native Americans see as a racial slur. Read more» 1

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said federal government recognition of tribal sovereignty has been “a long time coming,” as the president issued a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation.

Tribal leaders were hailing President Barack Obama’s declaration of a natural disaster on the Navajo Nation, the first under a new law that lets Native American governments appeal directly to the federal government for emergency assistance. Read more»

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