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2 Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage

The possibility the Department of Energy will establish a strategic uranium reserve to increase the domestic stockpile of uranium comes at a cost: increased contamination borne by Native American tribes and local residents throughout the Southwest.... Read more»

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Grijalva: Uranium industry hops on bandwagon taking advantage of Ukraine crisis

The Uranium Producers of America are expected to use the crisis in Ukraine to plead for more taxpayer-funded subsidies, so they can ramp up production quickly and cheaply. This may sound like an opportunistic ploy to use a brutal war as a profit-making scheme. Make no mistake, it is.... Read more»

Uranium mine near Grand Canyon permitted by court, despite mining ban

A federal court rejected claims by tribal and environmental groups and ruled Tuesday that the Pinyon Plain uranium mine near the Grand Canyon can operate, even though it sits on 1 million acres that the federal government has declared off-limits to new mining. ... Read more»

Havasupai tribe, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, will block tourism until June

The Havasupai Nation's Tribal Council has extended a resolution closing the nation to tourism four times since March 2020 due to due to COVID-19 concerns, the latest extension being passed in December 2021and expanding the suspension of tourism until June 1, 2022.... Read more»

Arizona projects get sizeable cut of Great American Outdoors Act funds

Arizona projects got $110 million last year and will get another $159 million in the fiscal year that started this month, or more than 9% of all funding nationally under the Great American Outdoors Act for those two years. ... Read more»

Buffalo shuffle: Groups push to ship, not shoot, Grand Canyon bison

A planned hunt of bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon this week appears to be moving forward, despite last-minute pleas by lawmakers in Colorado to move the animals there instead. ... Read more»

How the House reconciliation bill scraps Resolution Copper mine in Oak Flat

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana's coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress.... Read more»

Grand Canyon business owners: Tourists returning, but not like before the pandemic

Grand Canyon National Park has seen a rebound in domestic visitors in 2021 after the pandemic shutdown for several weeks in 2020, but not enough to compensate for the volume of international travelers the park usually attracts, officials say. ... Read more»

National parks struggling with maintenance would get boost in Biden budget

Basic needs at the largest U.S. national parks top the Biden administration’s first proposed lists of projects to receive funding through public lands trust funds, showing how much maintenance is needed even as parks brace for record numbers of visitors this summer.... Read more»

Vaccinated and restless, holiday travelers return at near-2019 levels

Travel experts say that with more people getting vaccinated and the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic easing, they expect the number of Memorial Day travelers to bounce back to almost pre-pandemic levels this holiday weekend.... Read more»

PPE trash, plastic – and feces – mar many beaches and scenic spots across Arizona and rest of Southwest

Face masks, plastic bottles and bags – and feces, both dog and human – are some of the unsightly waste you could encounter these days while hiking in the red rocks of Sedona. Discarded masks also litter the beaches of Southern California, which already were battling a growing scourge of plastic and microplastics in the ocean. Environmentalists fear the situation will get worse as the nation emerges from a year of pandemic restrictions.... Read more»

House OKs bill to ban mining on 1 million acres around Grand Canyon

The House voted Friday to permanently ban new mining claims on more than 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, with supporters calling protection of the landmark canyon a “moral issue.” The bill would make permanent a current mining moratorium that is scheduled to run through 2032. ... Read more»

Biden firm on uranium-mining ban around ‘jewel’ of the Grand Canyon

In August, Biden called the Grand Canyon an “irreplaceable jewel” and blasted the Trump administration’s uranium mining plan, saying he would focus instead on developing clean energy. ... Read more»

Sharpshooters could target Grand Canyon bison by 2021 under herd plan

State and federal officials have agreed on a plan that includes bringing in volunteer sharpshooters to cut the number of bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.... Read more»

Feds reaffirm western yellow-billed cuckoo’s threatened species status

Federal officials said Wednesday that the western yellow-billed cuckoo should remain a threatened species, rejecting an appeal by miners, ranchers that claimed the bird no longer needs protection.... Read more»

Az conservationists sound alarm over Trump pick to head public lands bureau

Conservationists in Arizona say President Trump's choice to lead the Bureau of Land Management holds positions on issues that would hurt the state's public lands.... Read more»

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