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Grijalva says Benson developer, former U.S. Interior secretary involved in criminal bribery plot

Rep. Raúl Grijalva asked the Justice Department to investigate a former Trump administration Cabinet member, saying he engaged in a quid-pro-quo relationship with a real estate developer, seeking campaign funds in exchange for a water permit needed for a massive housing project outside of Benson, Ariz. ... Read more»

Migratory bird protections to be permanently restored by Biden administration

President Joe Biden’s administration said Thursday it would revoke a rule put in place by former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt that barred government authorities from holding companies liable for environmental violations leading to the deaths of birds protected under the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act unless the companies intentionally did so. ... Read more»

Disappointing four-forest management project targeted for changes

A massive forest management project in Arizona has been hampered for a decade because there's not enough of a market for the small trees and brush that must be cleared to reduce fire risk.... Read more»

Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks

Arizona tribal leaders told House lawmakers Tuesday that moves to reopen national parks are being made without needed health safety measures to protect tribal members or park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread

Arizona lawmakers joined local and tribal officials Tuesday calling on the Interior Department to reverse its “reckless” decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

Grand Canyon lodging, food services shuttered in face of CV-19

Grand Canyon National Park is still open, but the same cannot be said for lodging and food services in the park that will be shuttered for the next two months by concerns over coronavirus. ... Read more»

Environmental groups claim U.S. Army base threatening river

A U.S. Army base nestled at the foot of a southern Arizona mountain range is threatening a sensitive desert waterway sometimes called America’s most endangered river, two environmental groups said in a federal lawsuit Friday. ... Read more»

Grijalva gets power to subpoena ‘stonewalling’ Trump officials

The House Natural Resources Committee granted Chairman Raul Grijalva the authority to subpoena administration officials, after committee Democrats said they were “left with no choice” in the face of bureaucrats’ resistance.... Read more»

Debate continues over BLM move as workers face decision deadline

BLM employees in Washington have until this week to decide whether to accept a transfer out West – a move that some advocates and former bureau managers see as an attempt at “dismantling” the agency.... Read more»

Sinema censure effort stalls; progressives say they made their point

An intraparty threat to censure Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is on hold for now, but progressives who called for the vote said they achieved their goal of putting the freshman Democrat on notice over her voting record. ... Read more»

Interior Dep't transferring 560 acres of public land to U.S. Army for border barriers

The Interior Department announced it will transfer 560 acres of public land to the U.S. Army, including nearly 230 acres along the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, for the construction of 70 miles of border wall. ... Read more»

Democrats move to block Trump from weakening Endangered Species Act

Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday that would repeal rules the Trump administration used to reduce protections under the Endangered Species Act. ... Read more»

Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law

The Trump Administration's shift of Parks money during the government shutdown this year "tears at the fabric" of separation of powers, a Government Accountability Office report found.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Why David Bernhardt is unfit to serve as Interior secretary

"David Bernhardt, Interior secretary nominee, is a former oil lobbyist whose priority is making policy changes to benefit industry and rolling back long-standing rules that protect public lands, endangered species, and clean air and water." — former Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Steve Martin... Read more»

Progress on new binational drought plan in Colorado basin slow going

States, federal and Mexican officials hailed a binational agreement this fall that they said could lead to a radical shift in how the region prepares for and responds to drought.... Read more»