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Senate OKs bill to establish Chiricahua National Park, measure still awaits House action

Chiricahua National Monument is closer to becoming a national park, a more prestigious designation that could bring jobs and tourists to Southeastern Arizona, after the Senate approved a measure without dissent.... Read more»

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Soldado Búfalo asciende a general: el primer coronel negro comandó Ft. Huachuca en 1917

El Ejército de EE.UU. ascendió al Col. Young, el legendario oficial negro de los Soldados Búfalo, un siglo después de su muerte. Luchó contra Pancho Villa y comandandó Ft. Huachuca en 1917. ... Read more»

Buffalo Soldier finally promoted to general: Army's first Black colonel commanded Ft. Huachuca a century ago

The U.S. Army's first Black colonel, Charles Young, died a century ago after serving as the commander of Ft. Huachuca, but was just recognized with a promotion to brigadier general.... 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»

Biden nominates first Native American to run National Park Service

Charles F. Sams III, who has worked in environmental preservation roles for more than 25 years, became the first Native American nominated to lead the Park Service, when announced by Pres. Biden on Wednesday, alongside four other picks for roles in various federal agencies.... Read more»

Gallego leads bipartisan push to expand veterans' free access to national parks

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego is joining an Iowa Republican to push for legislation that would give veterans and Gold Star families free lifetime access to national parks and public federal lands. Iowa Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee hearing in support of the measure.... Read more»

National park visitors – and money – are coming back after 2020 plunge

After hitting a 40-year low in the pandemic year of 2020, national park visitors – and their dollars – are steadily returning, but they are still below pre-pandemic levels, according to new National Park Service data. ... 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»

Sinema pushes Wolf on damage from border wall; Wolf cites security

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema confronted the acting head of the DHS Wednesday over border wall construction she said has ignored the needs of local communities and bypassed environmental assessments. ... Read more»

House passes bipartisan public lands bill; next stop president’s desk

Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package.... Read more»

Grand Canyon businesses claw back, slowly, after 2019, 2020 setbacks

After a prolonged government shutdown cut into their revenues in 2019, business owners around the Grand Canyon National Park said 2020 appeared to be on track to being a bounceback year for them.... Read more»1

Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread

Arizona lawmakers joined local and tribal officials Tuesday calling on the Interior Department to reverse its “reckless” decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

Grand Canyon lodging, food services shuttered in face of CV-19

Grand Canyon National Park is still open, but the same cannot be said for lodging and food services in the park that will be shuttered for the next two months by concerns over coronavirus. ... Read more»

Blasting sacred sites for border wall 'forever damaged' tribes

An emotional Tohono O’odham Nation chairman told lawmakers Wednesday that blasting on sacred sites in national monuments to build a border wall near his reservation has “forever damaged our people.” ... Read more»

Interior Dep't transferring 560 acres of public land to U.S. Army for border barriers

The Interior Department announced it will transfer 560 acres of public land to the U.S. Army, including nearly 230 acres along the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, for the construction of 70 miles of border wall. ... Read more»

Investigation: Border wall construction threatens 22 Arizona archaeological sites

The construction of the border wall in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will threaten 22 archaeological sites, according to an internal National Park Service report. ... Read more»2

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