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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»

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Legal challenges to border wall continue – and so does construction

Conservationists expressed anger over the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal to stop construction of the border wall. But they’re moving ahead while monitoring construction as it chews through land marked by towering saguaros and habitat of the endangered jaguar.... Read more»

SIerra Club & Border Patrol tout 'conservation and collaboration on the border'

They've clashed in the past over conflicting goals - border security and protecting the environment - but representatives of the Sierra Club and Customs and Border Protection recently made their first joint public presentation about working together. Security goals and environmental preservation can go hand in hand, they said.... Read more»

FBI probes possible assault on BP agent near Sierra Vista

A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent fired his weapon near Hereford on Monday afternoon at about the same time an agency vehicle was involved in a crash in the area, law enforcement officials said.... Read more»1

Border Patrol seizes more than 3 tons of pot

The Border Patrol seized more than 3 tons of marijuana, worth nearly $3.3 million, in four incidents over the weekend.... Read more»

Monument Fire update: 92% contained

The Monument Fire is now 92 percent contained, and rain fell on much of the fire area, authorities said Wednesday morning. ... Read more»

Monument Fire 90% contained, low growth potential

The Monument Fire is now 90 percent contained, and has "low growth potential," authorities said Monday night. While smoke and flames are possible in the Carr Canyon area, "most of the fire area is showing little to no fire activity."... Read more»

Monument Fire 85% contained, low growth potential

The Monument Fire is now 85 percent contained, and has "low growth potential," authorities said Monday. While smoke and flames are possible in the Carr Canyon area, "most of the fire area is showing little to no fire activity."... Read more»

Monument Fire 75% contained, operations 'winding down'

The Monument Fire is now 75 percent contained, and fire operations are "winding down," authorities said Saturday night. "Most of the fire area showed little or no fire activity."... Read more»

Monument Fire evacuees return home; 64% containment

Updated: After fire crews completed a controlled burn west of evacuated neighborhoods, the remaining residents were allowed to return to their homes. The Monument Fire remains 64 percent contained, and fire activity is "expected to be minimal" Saturday.... Read more»

Monument Fire: 60% contained; burnouts continue Thursday night

After successful controlled burns, the Monument Fire remains 59 percent contained, authorities said. State Route 92 was reopened, and the permit requirement for residents reentering evacuation areas was lifted. Burnouts will continue Thursday night west of S.R. 92.... Read more»

Monument Fire: Nearly 60% contained, Thursday 'key day'

After successful controlled burns, the Monument Fire is now 59 percent contained, authorities said. The mandatory evacuation zone was reduced, and pre-evacuation orders were lifted. Thursday will be a "key day" in fighting the fire.... Read more»

Monument Fire 45% contained after burnouts, evac zone reduced

Successful controlled burns Tuesday night helped increase the containment of the Monument Fire to 45 percent, authorities said. The mandatory evacuation zone was reduced, and pre-evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday.... Read more»

Monument Fire grows to 18,500 acres

The Monument Fire grew to 18,580 acres overnight, authorities said. The fire burning south of Sierra Vista crossed State Route 92 again Thursday, jumping the road at Stump Canyon around 2 p.m. The blaze is human-caused, authorities announced Friday.... Read more»

Monument Fire: Hereford evacuated, winds drive blaze to 9,300 acres

Residents of Hereford who live west of Arizona 92 were ordered to evacuate Wednesday afternoon as the Monument Fire south of Sierra Vista has grown to about 9,300 acres. (with videos)... Read more»1

Monument Fire: 40 homes burned, hundreds evacuated

The Monument Fire south of Sierra Vista has grown to about 6,000 acres and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes. (with videos)... Read more»

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