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Wildlife trade body sanctions Mexico sanctioned over failure to protect vaquita porpoise
An international body that regulates the trade of protected plants and animals has imposed sanctions on Mexico. The country had failed to deliver a satisfactory plan to protect the world’s most endangered marine mammal — a small porpoise that lives only in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California.
Mar. 29, 2023
Border Patrol pursuit ends in a fatal crash across AZ border in New Mexico
A spokesperson declined to give further details, citing an ongoing investigation into the crash by CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility and the New Mexico State Police.
Mar. 29, 2023
Asylum officers union: Proposed rule would force officers to go against asylum law
In a comment first reported by the L.A. Times, a union representing U.S. asylum officers says enforcing a proposed asylum rule would require them to break the law.
Mar. 28, 2023
Fire inside Mexican detention center left nearly 70 people dead or wounded
Nearly 70 men who had been locked inside an immigration facility in northern Mexico were killed or injured in a fire Monday night. It’s one of the deadliest incidents ever to occur at an immigration detention center in Mexico.
Mar. 28, 2023
Proposed asylum rule draws thousands of comments as period closes
Among other changes, the proposed rule, published on the Federal Register by the Department of Homeland Security in February, would bar migrants from applying for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border if they don't do so in another country first.
Mar. 27, 2023
Melting snow runs off northern Arizonas burn scars
Flooding in Coconino County has happened after major wildfires and after melting rains fall on massive snow buildups. This time, the concern is from both.
Mar. 26, 2023
Flooding from snow, rain threatens Flagstaff homes
Unprecedented flooding in Coconino County has overwhelmed infrastructure and once again threatened homes in areas surrounding the city of Flagstaff.
Mar. 24, 2023
Pueblo Grande renamed S’edav Va’aki Museum
A city-owned museum marking where Hohokam people settled, ran their irrigation system, and lived for more than a thousand years has been renamed in Native language. Phoenix Parks and Recreation officials now plan to market the repository as the “gateway to Phoenix heritage.”
Mar. 24, 2023
During Oak Flat hearing, U.S. says it may release new report
When President Joe Biden took office, his administration acted quickly to unpublish an environmental report that gave the green light to a proposed copper mine in the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest. But it may soon republish the report.
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Mar. 23, 2023
Rock slides a concern along popular Grand Canyon trail
One of the most popular trails within Grand National Park is being closely watched after winter storms triggered a series of rock slides.
Mar. 23, 2023
Title 42 border restrictions have been in effect for 3 years this week
Title 42 is an obscure provision of the Public Health Service Act of 1944 and gives federal authorities the power to deny people from entering the U.S. to prevent the spread of disease. In practice, it's allowed border officers to send migrants quickly back to Mexico without giving them a chance to ask for asylum, despite U.S. and international laws that require it.
Mar. 22, 2023
EPA proposes limits on PFAS levels in drinking water
A new regulation proposed by the EPA seeks to limit the amount of PFAS contamination in drinking water.
Mar. 22, 2023
Northern Arizona communities under flood threats
Northern Arizona communities are plagued with flooding issues and evacuations. Several communities in Yavapai County were under flood watch until Wednesday night.
Mar. 22, 2023
AMLO lashes out at U.S. State Department over human rights report
Mexico’s president is pushing back on an annual report by the U.S. State Department that says Mexican security forces and government agents have carried out serious human rights abuses.
Mar. 22, 2023
Experts call for action to address water shortages in Hermosillo
The Sonoran capital Hermosillo is experiencing a water crisis. And experts say the only way to fix it is through better resource management.
Mar. 22, 2023
Arizonas state parks are flooding from rain and snowmelt
Rain, snowmelt and dam releases are causing flooding throughout northern Arizona. In Sedona, Oak Creek has been flooding its banks within the Red Rock State Park, forcing park rangers to close trails.
Mar. 22, 2023
At AZ border, Mayorkas announces new DHS initiative to target fentanyl
During a visit to the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced a new DHS initiative that aims to target fentanyl and other drugs being smuggled through ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mar. 22, 2023
Flagstaff working on new rules for short-term rentals
The city of Flagstaff will be holding a meeting next Monday night on a draft of its proposed short-term rental ordinance.
Mar. 21, 2023
Northern Arizona warned of flood risks
A combination of rain and melting snow is leading to flood risks in northern Arizona. Officials expect Yavapai and Gila counties to bear the brunt of the risk.
Mar. 21, 2023
New skateboard stamps featuring Native artists
The U.S. Postal Service is getting ready to debut its latest Forever stamp collection — the Art of the Skateboard — at a ceremony in Maryvale. One of the new stamps features a Navajo artist from Arizona.
Mar. 21, 2023