Coconino County officials have declared a state of emergency after flooding in Tusayan forced the evacuation of 100 people Tuesday. Officials warned that with more rain in the forecast, further shelter in place warnings or evacuation orders could be on the horizon.
The hearing Thursday in Tucson covers a pair of mining projects slated for a stretch of U.S. Forest Service land in southern Arizona. A federal judge will hear their arguments for halting all mining activity while the a larger case proceeds.
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A Biden administration program that allows people from Nicaragua, Haiti, Venezuela and Cuba to apply to come to the U.S. with the help of a sponsor is going to trial this month. That’s after a coalition of Republican states sued to stop it earlier this year.
It’s rained enough in northern Arizona that officials have lifted all fire restrictions in the Coconino and Kaibab national forests. And federal officials are easing some fire preparedness levels across the entire U.S. Southwest.
President Joe Biden last week established a new national monument on nearly 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon. Many environmentalists and tribal communities worry about the impacts on water supplies, as well as mining on land considered sacred, while some GOP state lawmakers called Biden's move a "land grab."