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Love is in the desert air with many fun things to do with a valentine.

The day in which lovers and friends express their affection to each other through candy hearts and red roses is coming up. Here are some date ideas to enjoy with a valentine. Read more»

Hay varias opciones en Tucson para celebrar el dia del amor y la amistad en grande.

Se acerca el día en que los amantes y amigos se expresan su cariño a través de corazones de dulce y rosas. Aquí hay algunas ideas de citas para disfrutar con un valentín. Read more»

Veterans and families of armed service members who died while on active duty can get free access to federal recreational areas, including national parks and forests, as of Veterans Day — a day when the public can also get free admission to national parks. Read more»

Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau announced a $200,000 federal plan to speed up the removal of buffelgrass in Saguaro National Forest as well as the restoration of native plants.

$200,000 in federal spending will support the removal of buffelgrass in Saguaro National Park, as the U.S. Interior Department is set to invest $10 million to stem wildfires throughout Arizona, Deputy Secretary Beaudreau said during a visit to Tucson on Monday. Read more»

Saguaro National Park can utilize photographs to match Gila monsters spotted by the public years apart like the lizard named 'Kara' pictured above.

Saguaro National Park is relying on the public's help in photographing one of its more mysterious inhabitants: the Gila monster. The park is continuing research that has been going for more than 15 years, with an increased focus on pictures of the lizard submitted by park visitors. Read more»

Volunteer David Walker pulls buffelgrass out by its roots in Sentinel Peak Park. Efforts to remove the invasive species will get a $100,000 boost in funding.

A one-year $100,000 project will help remove invasive buffelgrass from Tumamoc Hill and "A" Mountain, but millions of dollars in long-term funding are still needed to eradicate the fire-prone weed from near Tucson, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva said Wednesday. Read more»

The sweet baidaj fruit has ruby red pulp that can make juice, syrup, and jellies. The saguaro fruit harvest marks the beginning of the O’odham New Year and the arrival of the monsoon storms.

Baidaj - the saguaro fruit - harvesting is a time of celebration and marks the O’odham New Year right before monsoon downpours sweep through the Southwest - but they are growing increasingly concerned about earlier blooms and ripening of the flower. Read more»

Tourism officials say Arizona’s natural wonders are likely to keep tourists coming to the state over time.

National parks in Arizona welcomed 10.7 million visitors who pumped $1.12 billion into local economies in 2021, both sharp increases from the pandemic-induced lows of the year before, according to the National Park Service. Read more»

Sharen Danny, a former citizen of Indonesia, was one of 25 people—hailing from 20 different countries—who took their oath of citizenship as part of a naturalization ceremony at Saguaro National Park West on July 4, 2022.

Twenty-five people from 20 different countries were sworn in as new United States citizens on Monday, July 4. They took their oaths as they gathered with their loved ones at Saguaro National Park for a naturalization ceremony. Read more»

Keith Bee, in an undated handout photo from Justice Court.

Keith Bee, a former Pima justice of the peace, was sentenced Wednesday to six months for filing a false tax return. Described as "indigent," Bee still has $3 million in luxury homes in his name, and statements made by his attorney indicate he may not have been legally eligible to serve on the bench. Read more»

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

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»

The Bighorn Fire is visible from townhouses near Ventana Canyon as the fire burns downslope. Fire officials said that crews may begin attacking the fire once in reaches flatter ground from the rugged canyon walls.

Pima County, the Forest Service and others are urging everyone to be safe during their July 4th celebrations, and take into account the active wildfire threat and COVID-19 pandemic. Most fireworks shows have been called off. Read more»

A saguaro stands tall along the east slope of Tumamoc Hill on the West Side of Tucson.

A study of saguaros on Tucson's Tumamoc Hill using a half-century of data may help researchers understand how topography may help some of the Sonoran Desert's iconic giants endure a hotter, drier future. Read more»

A firefighter at a 2015 blaze near the Grand Canyon.

Smoke will be visible in the Rincons east of Tucson this week as more than 500 acres on Mica Mountain are set to be cleared with a prescribed fire, officials said. Read more»

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