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Public comment on mining exploration plan to begin
Kaibab National Forest officials will begin holding public meetings later this month about a mining exploration project at the base of Bill Williams Mountain in northern Arizona.
Feb. 6, 2023
Mexico’s president says he will retire from political life at the end of his term
Mexico’s president has been an influential force in Mexican politics for decades, but he now says he plans to retire completely from politics when his six-year presidential term is up in 2024. President Andrés Manuel López Obradorr says that he doesn’t plan to stay involved in politics after next year’s presidential elections.
Feb. 3, 2023
Group believes new ship will help keep nets out of vaquita habitat
The conservation group Sea Shepherd has a new ship in the Upper Gulf of California, where it is working with Mexican officials to protect the world’s most endangered marine mammal.
Feb. 3, 2023
Plan Sonora would turn state into hub of clean energy technologies
Top Mexican officials and diplomatic representatives recently met in Rocky Point to discuss an ambitious energy and development plan. The basic goal of the Plan Sonora is to turn the northern Mexican state into a hub of clean energy technologies and generation.
Feb. 3, 2023
Mexicans working abroad sent home more than $900M to Sonora
Remittances, or money sent back to one’s home country, have reached a new record in neighboring Sonora. In 2022, Mexicans working abroad sent home more than $900 million to Sonora
Feb. 3, 2023
$580M headed to 15 tribes for water rights settlements
Fifteen Native American tribes will get a total of $580 million in federal money this year for water rights settlements, the Biden administration announced Thursday.
Feb. 3, 2023
As the shipping container wall comes down, wildlife concerns and lawsuits are left behind
A federal government suit has forced former Gov. Doug Ducey's shipping container border walls to come down. But conservationists say a trail of wildlife concerns and lawsuits are left in its wake.
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Feb. 2, 2023
GOP-led states ask court in Texas to end DACA
A group of nine GOP-led states is asking a federal judge in Texas to shut down DACA. The Obama-era program gives some undocumented people brought to the U.S. as kids protection from deportation and a work permit.
Feb. 1, 2023
Experts: Shifting opioid landscape demands new approaches
Apache Junction police are looking into the death of a 3-year-old who ingested fentanyl. It’s the latest tragedy in Arizona, where five people a day die from opioid overdose. It also exemplifies the changing opioid landscape.
Feb. 1, 2023
Tucson police chief calls for aid resources at the border
In a blog post from the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force, a group of law enforcement leaders in various cities around the U.S., Tucson Police Chief Chad Kasmar called for increased funding for border aid groups.
Feb. 1, 2023
Mexico’s president has broken with a longtime political ally
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, son of former President Lázaro Cárdenas whose progressive reforms included the nationalization of Mexico’s oil resources, is one of the country’s most important figures on the left.
Jan. 31, 2023
Sonora accuses desalination company of lack of ethics
The government of Sonora is criticizing a company proposing the construction of a desalination plant in Rocky Point that would send massive amounts of water to Arizona.
Jan. 31, 2023
What does end of COVID-19 emergency mean for Title 42?
Title 42 is a public health protocol enacted at the onset of the pandemic that restricts asylum at the border. This week the administration announced the public health emergency it's tied to is set to end May 11.
Jan. 31, 2023
Native Americans have higher cancer rates
Native Americans have higher rates of cancer, including lung, colorectal, liver, stomach and kidney cancer, than the rest of the population. The reasons why are vast, but Nicolette Teufel-Shone we don't have a good enough grasp of the data on Native American cancer rates to begin in earnest to address the problem.
Jan. 31, 2023
Bengal tiger seized at Sonoran port of entry
A report from the Center for Biological Diversity released late last year found that wildlife trafficking is a major issue in Mexico.
Jan. 30, 2023
Mexican military must turn over spying software docs
Contracts with the Mexico representative of Pegasus-creator NSO Group are among the documents the military is being told to find.
Jan. 30, 2023
Tucson housing waitlist gets 15K applications
The program was restarted as a way to stem a worsening affordable housing shortage in Tucson last year. Back then, city officials said they expected thousands would apply to get on the list.
Jan. 30, 2023
Lawmakers to Biden: New restrictions on asylum at border defy U.S. law
Nearly 80 members of Congress have signed a letter criticizing the Biden administration’s plans to enact new restrictions for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jan. 30, 2023
Díaz and Gabriel: Hobbs continuing to bus migrants is good policy
Gov. Katie Hobbs is continuing a controversial policy started under former Gov. Doug Ducey to bus migrants out of Arizona border communities and *to their final destinations while the immigration process plays out. In fact, she expanded it, adding plane flights for migrants who volunteer.
Jan. 30, 2023
What’s left behind as Ducey’s shipping container border wall comes down
An estimate by the Arizona Republic showed the former governor’s five-month effort to fill gaps in the border wall with shipping containers will cost Arizona taxpayers more than $200 million in the end. But there are also environmental costs that can’t be tallied so easily.
Jan. 30, 2023