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Comunidades rurales reciben ayuda para casos de emergencia de salud mental

En medio de dos crisis que se cruzan en Estados Unidos, una epidemia de opioides y el maltrato de las llamadas de emergencia de salud mental, el gobierno federal ha otorgado $ 5.6 millones para capacitar mejor a los trabajadores médicos de emergencia rurales.... Read more»

Federal grant pays for training of emergency medical workers in rural communities

Amid two intersecting crises in America – an opioid epidemic and mistreatment of emergency mental health calls – the federal government has awarded $5.6 million to better train rural emergency medical workers to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness.... Read more»

Wildfire-prevention program back on track in Arizona after months of delay

The popular 4FRI forest maintenance program is back on track after a two-month pause to sort out challenges with a more focused, “more realistic approach” that appears to have government, industry and environmental officials in rare agreement.... Read more»

Biden urges state and local leaders to postpone evictions while rental aid is distributed

President Joe Biden on Monday called on state and local governments to put their own pause on federal evictions for at least two months, and urged them to use $46.5 billion provided by the coronavirus relief package for tenants and landlords. ... Read more»

Despite steep decline, monarch butterflies aren’t as endangered as other species, agency says

The number of western monarch butterflies is declining alarmingly, which prompted a push to add the butterfly to the endangered species list in 2014. But after four years of review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that although the monarch butterfly warrants protection, dozens of other species face more urgent situations and have a higher priority. ... Read more»

Feds rescind OK for copper mine at Oak Flat, seek 'thorough review'

The government Monday rescinded its approval for a proposed massive copper mine at Oak Flat, just days before it was to transfer thousands of acres of federal land for the project. The Department of Agriculture said it ordered the rescission to allow for a “thorough review based on significant input from collaborators, partners and the public” after the Jan. 15 release of a final environmental impact statement on the project.... Read more»

Small farms struggle to get federal relief funds or help from USDA

Despite the federal government’s unprecedented efforts to aid businesses threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, small farms are being left further behind, according to one local small farm owner. ... Read more»

Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

Democratic lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. ... Read more»

Closing loopholes or slamming doors? Advocates blast SNAP changes

Advocates told a House subcommittee Thursday that a Trump administration plan to “close loopholes” in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would actually slam the door on millions of recipients, including as many as 72,000 in Arizona. ... Read more»

Livestock drug restrictions likely moot in Az

Proposed federal restrictions on the use of certain antibiotics in livestock and poultry wouldn’t have much an effect on Arizona’s farms and ranches, according to experts here.... Read more»

Bill to waive environmental rules for BP gets OK

A House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would waive environmental regulations for Border Patrol activities within 100 miles of any U.S. border.... Read more»

People misusing pesticides endanger environment, themselves

The Department of Agriculture, however, is concerned that people aren’t following commonsense advice and are misusing pesticides because of it. In the process, homeowners are harming the environment – and potentially themselves.... Read more»