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Midtown townhouses at Orchard River added to National Historic Register

The Orchard River Garden Park development is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The 50-year-old desert-modernist townhouse complex was designed around its 100-plus pecan trees. ... Read more»

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Native activist found not guilty in border protest after new arguments on religious freedom defense

Amber Ortega, a Southern Arizona border activist facing two federal charges for protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs, was found not guilty by a judge on Wednesday. ... Read more»

Interior Dep't fielding nominations for committee to replace derogatory place names

The U.S. Department of the Interior is moving forward on its plan to replace derogatory names of places on federal lands and is seeking nominations for members of the new Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place-Names.... Read more»

Native activist gets new hearing over 'religious freedom' defense in Az border wall protest case

A federal judge agreed to reconsider ruling over how a law intended to protect religious freedom may shield a Southern Arizona border activist from prosecution after she was arrested last year while protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs.... Read more»

Judge tosses Native activist's 'religous freedom' defense in border wall protest case

Amber Ortega, a Southern Arizona border activist arrested last year protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs, cannot use a federal law protecting religious freedom as her criminal defense, a judge ruled Thursday.... Read more»

Tucson activist charged with protesting border wall on Organ Pipe testifies at federal trial

Facing two federal charges, Amber Ortega testified in court Thursday that she acted "without hesitation" to block border wall construction near Quitobaquito Spring because she believed she needed to protect the land from being "desecrated." ... Read more»

National Parks nominee pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale

Charles F. Sams III, President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the National Park Service told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday he would work to rebuild the agency’s workforce, which has shrunk even as park attendance hits new records.... Read more»

Arizona projects get sizeable cut of Great American Outdoors Act funds

Arizona projects got $110 million last year and will get another $159 million in the fiscal year that started this month, or more than 9% of all funding nationally under the Great American Outdoors Act for those two years. ... Read more»

Grand Canyon business owners: Tourists returning, but not like before the pandemic

Grand Canyon National Park has seen a rebound in domestic visitors in 2021 after the pandemic shutdown for several weeks in 2020, but not enough to compensate for the volume of international travelers the park usually attracts, officials say. ... Read more»

Saguaro National Park to use seasonal herbicide against fire-prone buffelgrass

Starting next Tuesday, Saguaro National Park will begin spraying herbicide to limit the spread of invasive buffelgrass. No park closures are expected due to the seasonal work against the fire-prone plant.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Biden's America the Beautiful Plan will help ensure national parks are protected, accessible

I served the National Park Service for 30 years and I have seen the impacts of climate change. From melting glaciers and dying trees, to rising tides and more intense wildfires, our national parks are on the front lines. At Saguaro National Park, near my home in Tucson, climate change has greatly impacted the establishment of new saguaros to replace older and dying ones.... Read more»

Spurred by Grijalva, federal watchdog to review Trump's border wall construction

At the urging of U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the GAO is launching a review the impact of border wall construction under the Trump administration. DHS "blatantly abused its sweeping and potentially unconstitutional authority" to waive environmental laws, he said. ... Read more»

Unfinished border barriers harm environment, National Park Service, Arizona rancher say

The Biden administration – which paused border wall construction in January – faces a logistical, ethical and political quandary in determining the best way to proceed with the half-finished project that’s has introduced more problems than it fixed and is part of construction ordered by then-President Donald Trump.... Read more»

The World War II B-29 bomber at the bottom of Lake Mead

In 1948, a World War II-era bomber crashed into Lake Mead. After several failed attempts to locate the plane, it was finally discovered in the early 2000s—still remarkably intact. As lake levels fall, will the draw to see the aircraft finish it off? ... Read more»

Cities, police brace for possible unrest after heated election

National and local law enforcement agencies are preparing to respond in case civil disturbances break out after Tuesday’s elections, which experts fear may have a “different venue for challenging election results, namely in the streets.”... Read more»

Native demonstration at Border Patrol checkpoint ended with DPS tear gas

A group of Native demonstrators said they were "violent attacked" by Department of Public Safety troopers who used "rubber bullets and tear gas" to break up a protest at the Border Patrol checkpoint west of Tucson on Monday morning, arresting 12 people.... Read more»

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