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A plan to thin nearly 600,000 acres of the Coconino and Kaibab national forests would remove overgrowth of smaller trees that can fuel highly destructive crown fires.

The Forest Service signed off on the final environmental impact statement for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative last week, clearing the way for thinning 600,000 acres of Arizona forest. Read more»

The winter weather continued Monday with an expected 4 to 10 inches of snow accumulation in some areas, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.

The winter storm in Flagstaff on Monday may have closed public schools and forced offices to work with skeleton staffs, but it’s a welcome treat for many Flagstaff businesses. The northern Arizona city relies on its winter economy, officials said. And so far, the season has been mostly dry. Read more»

A case at Northern Arizona University holds Pandora moths at all stages of their two-year life cycle. Researchers have seen a population boom among the moths this year.

Researchers at NAU are studying a population boom among Pandora moths, an insect that in its caterpillar stage dines on pine needles. It's the most Pandora moths seen in 20 years. Read more»

Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron, wants to add designations to four northern Arizona highways honoring Native American veterans.

Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, an Army veteran, says honoring Native American veterans by renaming stretches of U.S. 89, U.S. 160, State Route 264 and Interstate 40 also would help build connections between tribes and the rest of Arizona. Read more»

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, flanked by, from left, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt and Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, was at the Grand Canyon in June when they announced a temporary extension of a ban on new mining claims near the national park. The department now wants to extend the ban for 20 years.

The Bureau of Land Management is recommending a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims for more than 1 million acres of federal land near the Grand Canyon. Read more»

Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, speaks in support of a bill to allow new uranium mining in northern Arizona. Other supporters include, from left, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Reps. Rob Bishop. R-Utah, Trent Franks, R-Glendale, Paul Gosar, R-Flagstaff, Ben Quayle, R-Phoenix, and David Schweikert, R-Scottsdale.

Arizona and Utah lawmakers touted a Senate bill Wednesday that would open more than 1 million acres in the northern part of Arizona to new uranium mining. Read more»