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Border encounters were down in October
CBP data shows some 240,000 people were encountered along the border in October. That’s down from almost 270,000 in September, and a month-by-month increase since July.
Nov. 15, 2023
Flagstaff denied this gun store owners ad. Now the city may stop all airport advertising
Flagstaff’s city council is considering doing away with advertising at its airport after it was threatened with a lawsuit alleging it violated the first amendment rights of the owner of a Northern Arizona shooting range and gun rental business.
Nov. 15, 2023
A Hopi farmer is using ancient practices to grow crops — with no irrigation
In the West, ongoing drought and drier future are forcing us all to think about how we use water differently. One farmer up in northern Arizona is using ancient practices to grow food.
Nov. 15, 2023
Report alleges Pima County Sheriffs Dept. doesnt search for migrants
A new report from the border advocacy group No More Deaths alleges 911 dispatchers in Pima County are failing to help lost migrants in Arizona's vast desert borderland.
Nov. 14, 2023
Tucson man convicted in the 2018 murder of U.S. marshal
Ryan Schlesinger faces life in prison for the second-degree murder conviction. He was also convicted on three counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault on a federal officer and an additional five counts of discharging a firearm while committing a violent crime.
Nov. 14, 2023
Flagstaff workshop explores past, present and future of Navajo homeland
Flagstaff Public Library is hosting a free writing workshop on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It’s an interactive seminar exploring the past, present, and future of Dinétah, the homeland of the Navajo Nation.
Nov. 14, 2023
Whats the future of tribal lands? A panel conversation
Gabriel Pietrorazio, KJZZ's tribal natural resources reporter, moderated a panel discussion on "Food, Water and the Future of Tribal Lands" on Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Tempe.
Nov. 14, 2023
Report: U.S. border policy fueling dangerous migratory route
A new report from the advocacy group Human Rights Watch says policies in the U.S. and other countries have led to a sharp rise in activity along a dangerous border crossing between South and Central America.
Nov. 14, 2023
Wind energy transfer project slated for San Pedro River Valley on hold
A wind energy project that dates back to the Obama administration is on hold now along a roughly 50-mile stretch in southern Arizona where a group of tribes and local communities oppose it.
Nov. 14, 2023
Native veterans honored at Heard Museums national memorial
The 11th annual American Indian Veteran Sunset Tribute at the Heard Museum on Saturday was a night brimming with uniquely Native sounds emanating from downtown Phoenix.
Nov. 13, 2023
Word S10.5 – Harper St. Clair, Diné poetry
On this episode, we take a heady journey into the art of the possible and explore Indigenous literature with two Diné women writers.
Nov. 12, 2023
Amalia Mesa-Bains has a new exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum recently opened a new exhibit by a Chicana artist who worked in the Valley with a creative collective in the 1980’s.
Nov. 11, 2023
Humane societies could pursue legal action over missing animals
On Thursday, The Humane Society of Southern Arizona and the San Diego Humane Society released new information regarding the disappearance of several guinea pigs, rabbits and other small animals.
Nov. 10, 2023
Flagstaff voters rejected a plan to build a new hospital. This environmental group calls it a win
Flagstaff voters rejected a proposal to rezone nearly 100 acres of land south of the city in order to build a new hospital and ambulatory care facility. The Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance was one of several organizations that opposed Proposition 480.
Nov. 10, 2023
Tohono Oodham chairman: More federal resources needed for border
Officials from the Tohono O’odham Nation say federal resources are needed to help respond to an increase in asylum seekers on tribal land along the border with Mexico.
Nov. 8, 2023
Biden administration again defends border asylum restriction to 9th Circuit
The Biden administration was back in court this week to defend an asylum rule that makes it harder for migrants to get protection in the U.S. without trying to do so in another country first.
Nov. 8, 2023
Tucson offers free lead testing for some older homes
Homes in Tucson and around the U.S. that predate mandates in the 1970s could still have lead contamination. A 2021 report from the state health department identified more than two dozen Tucson ZIP codes as being high risk for lead poisoning.
Nov. 8, 2023
Mesa hotel cancels Islamic groups event, says it received threats
CAIR-AZ says the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West, where the event was originally scheduled to take place, has cancelled plans to host it.
Nov. 7, 2023
Apache Stronghold welcomes faith groups to save Oak Flat through prayer
The fate of Oak Flat, a holy site to the Apaches, remains uncertain after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard the Apache Stronghold’s case after a prior ruling against them.
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Nov. 7, 2023
Labor organizations, companies urge Congress to find a solution for Dreamers
In September, a federal judge in Texas ruled the Biden administration's version of the DACA program is illegal. The case is now likely headed to the Supreme Court.
Nov. 6, 2023