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U.S. crude oil production dropped 8% from 2019 to 2020, and another 1.1% in 2021.

With the U.S. blocking new purchases of Russian oil, the White House, Republicans and the oil industry are engaged in a disagreement over whether the administration has hampered domestic oil production or whether the industry is holding back - both sides are spinning the facts. Read more»

A Bureau of Land Management sign near Elbow Canyon Road and Lime Kiln Canyon Road near Mesquite, Nevada.

President Joe Biden intends to nominate National Wildlife Federation senior adviser and veteran Montana Democrat Tracy Stone-Manning to direct the Bureau of Land Management, an individual familiar with the process confirmed to States Newsroom Wednesday. Read more»

A pile of logs, stripped of branches and cut to size, awaits transport near Halls Ranch within Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in eastern Arizona’s White Mountains.

The federal government will deduct more than $860,000 from its timber payment to Arizona this year, some of the more than $15 million the U.S. Forest Service said it will withhold from 22 states. Read more»

Allen Street in Tombstone.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Tombstone’s request for an emergency injunction that would have let the town take heavy equipment on federal lands to fix water pipelines damaged in last year’s wildfires. Read more»

Arizona counties last week received $31.5 million from the Interior Department to compensate them for federal lands on which they cannot collect property taxes. Read more»

Campers work on tents on Kendrick Peak in the Coconino National Forest in Northern Arizona.

Recreation on federal lands last year supported more than 8,000 jobs in Arizona’s rural communities, the fourth-highest in the nation, according to an Interior Department report. Read more»