Native American tribes gain new authority to stop unwanted hydropower projects
Federal regulators have granted Native American tribes more power to block hydropower projects on their land after a flurry of applications were filed to expand renewable energy in the water-scarce U.S. Southwest.
Feb. 23, 2024
Operator of Arizona uranium mine visits state, defends companys safety standards
The owners of a uranium mine just south of the Grand Canyon have embarked on a messaging tour of Arizona to counter what they say are inaccurate portrayals of the mine.
Feb. 22, 2024
Republicans move immigration bills despite veto threat
Republican lawmakers at the Arizona Legislature advanced multiple immigration bills Wednesday that drew comparisons to the controversial SB 1070 immigration law that passed over a decade ago.
Feb. 22, 2024
Pima County says migrant care costs $1 million a week. Losing federal funds means stopping services
Pima County is scaling back operations amid a federal funding shortfall for migrant and asylum-seeker care. This means Casa Alitas in Tucson is laying off more than two dozen staff members.
Feb. 21, 2024
Mexicos suit against AZ gun shops heads to court this week
The civil suit was filed October of 2022 against five Arizona gun shops the Mexican government says has routinely supplied guns to criminal groups in Mexico — including three in Tucson, one in Phoenix and one in Yuma.
Feb. 21, 2024
The World Championship Hoop Dance Contest in Phoenix takes a step toward live play-by-play
This last weekend's 34th annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest, with deep ties to the Southwest, has been elevated to another level for audiences, both in the arena and back at home.
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Feb. 21, 2024
Pima County officials warn asylum seeker program is being forced to an end as federal funding wanes
A Pima County-run program that offers transportation, food, medical care and temporary shelter to asylum seekers released into the United States may end by April. That, as the federal funding that’s been sustaining it has run out.
Feb. 20, 2024
Sen. Kelly introduces bill to ramp up PFAS testing in private wells
The federal government has already allocated $5 billion through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for states to use on PFAS testing.
Feb. 20, 2024
Arizona House speaker pushes tighter limits on public benefits for migrants
On a party-line vote, the House Appropriations Committee tightened up existing statutes that already require employers to use the federal E-Verify system to determine the immigration status of those they hire. Violations could mean $10,000 fines and possible prison terms.
Feb. 20, 2024
Forest Service chief warns that budget cuts could hit employee salaries
The head of the U.S. Forest Service is warning that the agency is facing budget cuts that could affect thousands of employees.
Feb. 18, 2024
Palestinians in U.S. temporarily safeguarded from deportation under new Biden order
The administration is using what's called Deferred Enforced Departure, a status given to non-US citizens whose countries have been deemed unsafe for return, because of conflict, natural disasters or other issues.
Feb. 15, 2024
Advocacy groups, mixed-status families ask Biden to open work permits to undocumented spouses
Most undocumented people living in the U.S. lack a legal pathway to citizenship. Under current U.S. law, those who leave to apply for visa in their home countries could get a multi-year or permanent ban from returning.
Feb. 14, 2024
Relief for Afghans in legal limbo could be part of Senates military funding deal
Lawmakers in Washington have re-introduced a measure that could finally provide a pathway to citizenship for Afghans who worked alongside Americans there and were evacuated from their home country in 2021.
Feb. 14, 2024
Forest Service changing Fossil Creek permit process to be more accessible
The Forest Service is cracking down on no-shows for its highly sought Fossil Creek permits in northern Arizona’s Coconino National Forest.
Feb. 14, 2024
Program to help rural towns plagued by sewage problems expanded
The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is expanding a program to help rural communities with serious sewage problems get technical help to plan improvements and apply for funding.
Feb. 14, 2024
Packrats are pests, but also a prized Apache delicacy
Packrats are pests, particularly for car owners in and around the Valley. Yet this species is prized among Apaches in winter. And even an essential ingredient for their traditional diet.
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Feb. 14, 2024
Tucson officials welcome plan to investigate, mitigate PFAS contamination
PFAS are a group of widely-used, human-made chemicals that have been linked to health issues like cancer. Now, the Department of Defense is green-lighting investigations into sites that have been exposed to contamination.
Feb. 12, 2024
Flagstaff to change zoning ordinance to allow for more housing
Flagstaff declared a housing emergency more than three years ago. Since then it’s looked at ways to actually increase the number of available houses.
Feb. 12, 2024
Flagstaff is booking musicians for summer festivities
It may be cold in the high country right now, but The Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance is looking ahead to summer and its 3rd Annual “Music on the Square” events.
Feb. 12, 2024
Navajos again ask for no human remains on moon
Navajo Nation president Buu Nygren met with NASA’s administrator recently to ask again that human remains not be landed on celestial bodies after a 2023 space mission.
Feb. 12, 2024
Arizona communities grapple with the cost of a green energy future — more mining
Copper and other minerals like it are used in everything from motors and cellphones to solar fields and electric vehicles. Now, domestic production is ramping up in an effort the Biden administration says will help meet green energy goals.
‘March to Oak Flat’ is still trekking along a decade later
Feb. 12, 2024