tucson's skyline from the Tucson Mountain Park
The city of Tucson will take less Colorado River water in a new deal forged between municipal leaders and the Bureau of Reclamation.
May. 24, 2023
Raúl Grijalva
Although mining can generate controversy in the West, it also has a long tradition and a legal foundation that goes back for a century and a half. But at least one Arizona congressman would like to update that law.
May. 24, 2023
Chiricahua National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument is one of southern Arizona’s most scenic treasures, but like many such places in the state, it is managed as a national monument, not a park. The U.S. Senate recently took a step to upgrade its status.
May. 24, 2023
Organ pipe cactus are tall columnar cactus with many long, spiny arms that grow up from a short trunk. They are found in Arizona, Sinaloa and Baja California — but they grow at their highest density only in Sonora, in a narrow band along the Gulf of California in the southernmost part of the state.
May. 23, 2023
White House
The Biden administration has fast-tracked a mine in southern Arizona under a rule that could allow the project to proceed with expedited environmental review.
May. 22, 2023
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Mexico’s president has again decreed that some of his infrastructure projects are issues of national security - exempting them from certain transparency and permitting requirements.
May. 19, 2023
If you live in the Valley, chances are you’ve seen many tiny grasshoppers swarming over sidewalks, windows, doors and cars. And they seemingly came out of nowhere.
May. 18, 2023
Policy makers are continually grappling with the challenge of a smaller share of the Colorado River to supply a rapidly growing population. But as quantity becomes a bigger concern, so too does quality — and the threats posed by pollutants.
More Arizona water news
May. 15, 2023
Coconino National Forest
University scientists want to revegetate areas in northern Arizona decimated by last year’s fires and flooding, and they’re asking the public to help.
May. 15, 2023
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Firefighters have contained 60% of a wildfire burning south of Wickenburg. Since Thursday, the Cloud Fire has scorched nearly 900 acres near the city northwest of the Valley and spread through desert vegetation. According to the state forestry service, the fire was human-caused.
May. 13, 2023
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Efforts to create a large, urban park in Hermosillo are moving forward, with state leaders securing the purchase of an additional 420 acres of land for the project.
May. 12, 2023
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A proposed change in federal regulations aims to "guide the balanced management of public lands," according to the Bureau of Land Management. And it appears that would mean more conservation on those federal lands.
May. 12, 2023
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On Wednesday, a team of experts embarked on an expedition to spot the last few vaquita porpoises living in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California.
May. 11, 2023
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One might think that plants that thrive in the Sonoran Desert and nearby ecosystems would be well suited for climate change, but researchers found they have had difficulty adapting to a warmer planet.
May. 10, 2023
A black bear
As temperatures rise, bears in the high country have begun to leave their dens, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department says people should do what they can to avoid interacting with them.
May. 10, 2023
Arizona Family Outdoor Adventure: An All-Ages Guide to Hiking, Camping, and Getting Outside book cover
In “Arizona Family Outdoor Adventure,” soon-to-be mom Chels Knorr says you can enjoy the outdoors all around the state without being athletic. Plus, you can bring your kids along, or your parents, or grandparents.
May. 10, 2023
Despite temperatures rising in Phoenix, Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff is keeping doors open through Memorial Day and providing a snowy escape from the summer heat.
May. 9, 2023
An aerial view of a development site in Scottsdale
Many Arizonans are concerned about the future availability of water. But in the community of Rio Verde Foothills, just outside of Scottsdale, the taps have already run dry. What’s the likelihood of other developments running into the same problem?
More Arizona water news
May. 8, 2023
Air Pollution
The American Lung Association has released its latest study on air quality across the U.S. Among the concerning findings for the state are the high levels of pollution and ozone in Maricopa County.
May. 7, 2023
Rebecca Pipkin
Saguaro Land is a series from The Show looking at the Sonoran Desert — the lushest, hottest desert in the world that happens to be our home. The Show spoke with an artist who transforms invasive plants into art.
May. 4, 2023


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