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Tucson offers to turn off tap on some Colorado River water to try to save Lake Mead

Tucson is offering to give up part of its Colorado River allotment to try to maintain water levels in Lake Mead, an important reservoir for Arizona and other Southwestern states that has been imperiled by drought. ... Read more»

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The cruel failure of welfare reform in the Southwest

In the 25 years since President Bill Clinton took Ronald Reagan's notions to their apotheosis in his 1996 welfare reform law - which Clinton said would “end welfare as we know it” - federal welfare funding, frozen by law at 1996 levels, has been decimated.... Read more»

Feds confirm Colorado River shortage, water allocation cuts coming in 2022

Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will get less Colorado River water next year after the Bureau of Reclamation on Monday released a key monthly report that determines river water allocations for the coming year. ... Read more»

USDA chief calls for overhaul of forest management in western states

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the federal government needs to do a better job of forest management after viewing damage from the million-acre August Complex fire - a rare admission in an era where climate change receives the brunt of the blame for the spate of wildfires. ... Read more»

Arizona readies for cuts in Colorado River water allocation

Leaders from Reclamation, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project, which delivers much of the state’s share of the river to more than half its residents, offered a glimpse Thursday of where Arizona stands with the shortage looming.... Read more»

If Trump tries to sue his way to election victory, here’s what happens

It’s easy enough for the Trump campaign to file a lawsuit claiming improprieties, but a lot harder to provide evidence of wrongdoing or a convincing legal argument. Here’s what you need to know as the election lawsuits start to mount.... Read more»

As smoke chokes West, Calif. governor says fires show reality of climate change

California Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters Friday that wildfires ravaging the West this summer are a direct result of climate change.... Read more»

How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance

O'NA HealthCare claimed Native American tribal affiliation to entice customers and avoid federal oversight.... Read more»

Internal emails show chaos at CDC slowed early response to coronavirus

Internal e-mails within the CDC provide a behind-the-scenes peek into the messy early stages of the U.S. response to the coronavirus, revealing an antiquated public health system trying to adapt on the fly. ... Read more»

Man vs. mussel: Buckeye mayor testifies on threat from invasive species

Buckeye Mayor Jackie A. Meck said drinking water is scarce enough for cities in the West – they don’t need to be competing with invasive species for it, too. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Bernie and bust: Arizona Dems about to feel the Bern

Sen. Bernie Sanders is steaming toward the presidential nomination, making Arizona one of the states Democrats could likely surrender in 2020. That puts Dems here between a rock and a socialist place.... Read more»

Advocates aim to energize Latino voters, as their clout at polls grows

Hispanics are expected to be the largest bloc of minority voters by the 2020 elections, but advocates say those numbers will be of little use if potential voters aren’t motivated to turn out at the polls.... Read more»

Analysis

Western states buy time with a 7-year Colorado River drought plan, but face a hotter, drier future

On May 20, federal officials and leaders from seven states signed the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, a sweeping new water management agreement for this arid region.... Read more»

Water officials press Senate on urgency of Colorado River drought plan

The director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources told a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday there is an “urgent need” to authorize a multistate drought contingency plan for the Colorado River basin.... Read more»

Sunlight for nighttime: Az’s largest utility plans to expand solar battery storage

Arizona Public Service Co., is investing in tech required to make solar power work for customers even after the sun goes down.... Read more»

Number of Arizonans who see climate change as ‘serious problem’ jumps

Concern about climate and the environment are growing to the point where more than 6 in 10 support higher taxes to deal with these issues, according to a bipartisan poll by Colorado College.... Read more»

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