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Grijalva says Benson developer, former U.S. Interior secretary involved in criminal bribery plot

Rep. Raúl Grijalva asked the Justice Department to investigate a former Trump administration Cabinet member, saying he engaged in a quid-pro-quo relationship with a real estate developer, seeking campaign funds in exchange for a water permit needed for a massive housing project outside of Benson, Ariz. ... Read more»

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Colorado, San Pedro make annual list of 'most endangered' U.S. rivers

Two Arizona rivers landed on an annual list of the top 10 “most endangered” rivers in the U.S. this week, including the San Pedro River in southern Arizona and the drought-ravaged Colorado in the No. 1 spot. ... Read more»1

Legal challenges to border wall continue – and so does construction

Conservationists expressed anger over the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal to stop construction of the border wall. But they’re moving ahead while monitoring construction as it chews through land marked by towering saguaros and habitat of the endangered jaguar.... Read more»

San Pedro River, squeezed by growing population, is subject of 2 lawsuits

The San Pedro rivers is the subject of lawsuits filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and other conservation groups. Cronkite News looks at the health of the San Pedro, one of the few undammed rivers in the Southwest.... Read more»

Environmental groups claim U.S. Army base threatening river

A U.S. Army base nestled at the foot of a southern Arizona mountain range is threatening a sensitive desert waterway sometimes called America’s most endangered river, two environmental groups said in a federal lawsuit Friday. ... Read more»

Businesses welcome, environmentalists dread end of Obama-era water rule

The EPA has narrowed the which watersheds are covered by the Clean Water Act. Environmentalists say that means trouble as business lauds the change.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Morgan: Gov't must be an ally for effective economic development

Joseph Morgan: "As a candidate for House of Representatives in Congressional District 2, I rejoiced to see the recent announcement of Tucson-based Diamond Ventures Phase I development of their Rocking K Master-Planned Community in the foothills of the Rincons."... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ducey's water grab threatens the bulk of desert ecology

Arizona's watersheds don't look like the water courses of other states, but that doesn't mean they deserve any less protection. Ours may in fact need more, albeit different, safeguarding — streams don't have to be year-round flowing rivers to be vital to the state's environment and economy.... Read more»1

SIerra Club & Border Patrol tout 'conservation and collaboration on the border'

They've clashed in the past over conflicting goals - border security and protecting the environment - but representatives of the Sierra Club and Customs and Border Protection recently made their first joint public presentation about working together. Security goals and environmental preservation can go hand in hand, they said.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pay tribute to Gowan's water entitlements

Let's talk water rights and water entitlement. Few cases better illustrate how the Legislature has looked out for the "little guy" over the last quarter-century. Water security is key to the future of Sierra Vista — not to mention Ft. Huachuca — but Tribute's developers see it as a just bump on their road to fortune.... Read more»1

Enviro groups raise fears over route for NM-Az power line

Environmental groups are expressing concerns about the preferred route for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a proposed power line that would run from New Mexico to Southeastern Arizona.... Read more»

Meeting previews San Pedro bridge project Tuesday

A public meeting Tuesday will preview the replacement of the San Pedro River bridge between Bisbee/Tombstone and Sierra Vista. Construction is set to begin Oct. 1, and last through March 2014.... Read more»

Feds open comment on 460-mile NM-Az power line

Federal officials have unveiled draft plans for a proposed $1.5 billion power line linking central New Mexico with southeast Arizona across at least 460 miles of federal, state, local and privately owned lands.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: No major regrets, says TUSD president

Today on Buckmaster - We talk with TUSD's Mark Stegeman. Then, Sierra Vista Herald reporter Bill Hess on the latest San Pedro River water dispute.... Read more»

San Pedro River survey to take place Saturday

On Saturday, volunteers will walk lengths of the San Pedro River as part of an annual survey of the river, recording the distances on the streambed where water is present. ... Read more»

Feds propose listing two fish species as endangered

Federal authorities plan to designate nearly 800 miles of critical habitat for two threatened fish species in the Southwest, and change the status of the fish – the spikedace and loach minnow – from "threatened" to "endangered."... Read more»

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