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Smoke over Catalinas from controlled burn 25 miles away in Graham County

A prescribed burn in the Southwest portion of the Galiuro Mountains sent a plume of smoke over the Catalina Mountains that was visible from Tucson on Tuesday. Burns in the area are expected to continue until the end of the month. ... Read more»

Report: 'Child care deserts' hit poor, rural Arizona families hardest

Arizona has 304,180 infants and toddlers who need child care but only 234,270 slots to accommodate them, with poor and rural families most likely to be left out, a recent study said.... Read more»

Several counties didn’t hand count ballots because political parties didn’t participate

Several counties didn't conduct post-election hand counts of ballots because one or more of Arizona's political parties declined to participate.... Read more»

Arizona passes COVID-19 milestone, as final county meets reopening mark

Arizona officials hailed a COVID-19 milestone Thursday, when the final county in the state crossed a coronavirus transmission threshold that lets some shuttered businesses begin the process of reopening.... Read more»

Maricopa County boomed in 2016, Pima population up by thousands

Maricopa County added more people last year than any other county in the nation, but it was neighboring Pinal County that posted the fastest growth rate in the state, a beneficiary of overflow from its neighbor to the north. Pima County added about 8,000 residents as well.... Read more»

Enviros work to restore native plants along Gila River

Word that a beetle introduced elsewhere to kill off tamarisks is heading toward Graham County isn't entirely good news, even though the invasive trees are a big problem... Read more»

Report: Az prescription drug abuse rate high, but dropping

Arizona had the sixth-highest level of prescription pain-reliever abuse in the nation in 2010-2011, a new report says. But abuse rates had dropped from the previous year, which state officials say may show that efforts to curb abuse are working.... Read more»

Fire restrictions in effect for Southern Arizona

Continuing dry and hot conditions in Southern Arizona have created the high risk for wildfires, and Pima County and the Bureau of Land Management are enforcing fire restrictions on state and federal lands.... Read more»

Brewer signs plan to arm Az against wildfires

Gov. Jan Brewer signed the State Forester’s Preparedness Plan assigning firefighting resources to areas at high-risk for wildfires.... Read more»

Feds list 2 Az fish as endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service downgraded two fish species to endangered Thursday, designating more than 700 miles of Arizona and New Mexico waterways as critical habitat in the process.... Read more»

Border

Unlikely alliance pushes legalizing pot

Drugs and violent crime have created an unlikely commonality between a pro-marijuana group and law enforcement officials, both of whom think that legalizing pot would eliminate the driving force behind much of the illicit drug trade along the border.... Read more»1