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Researchers at Petrified Forest discover fossil of a reptile with claws and a beak

A team of researchers at Petrified Forest National Park discovered fossilized remains of a new species of prehistoric reptile. The 220-million-year old burrowing species, named Skybalonyx skapteris, is a drepanosaur, an ancient reptile that had a claw on its tail and a birdlike beak.... Read more»

Police in rural Az communities say they won’t enforce Ducey’s curfew

The curfew that Gov. Doug Ducey imposed in response to looting in Scottsdale on Saturday night won’t be quite as statewide as he intended, with at least two rural Arizona police departments announcing that they won’t enforce it.... Read more»

Rural schools face challenges in teaching STEM

Less than 10 percent of students at 174 rural charter and public schools passed the math section of the AzMERIT test last year, according to the Arizona Department of Education.... Read more»

Petrified Forest official uneasy about mines planned nearby

The head of the Petrified Forest National Parks is quick to explain that the vistas stretching toward the Painted Desert hold hundreds of million years of history, from fossils of dinosaur ancestors to ancient dwellings. These days, however, his focus is increasingly on what’s beneath the wind-swept terrain.... Read more»