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Trucks on Interstate 9 in Arizona
Strong winds in La Paz County knocked over several semitrucks and blew some off of I-10 on Thursday. ADOT reported closures between Tonopah and Quartzsite, which lasted into Friday morning.
Jul. 28, 2023
sun in phoenix
The Phoenix area has reached 119 degrees three times this month, nearing the record of five times it's hit that temperature or more in the past, according to the National Weather Service.
Jul. 28, 2023
drinking water fountain
Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes says 3M's $12.5 billion settlement offer for contaminating public drinking water systems is inadequate and not a serious proposal.
Jul. 27, 2023
White and gray clouds above the horizon.
Parts of the metro Phoenix area got significant rain overnight for the first time in months, up to a quarter to a full inch in some spots. The bad news is, most of the region did not get wet.
Jul. 27, 2023
Houseboats on Lake Powell at Bullfrog Marina
The Thirst Gap podcast continues with Episode 3, which looks at changes to recreation at the country's second-biggest reservoir, Lake Powell.
Jul. 27, 2023
Raúl Grijalva
A bill introduced this week by Congressman Raúl Grijalva and other lawmakers would strengthen federal protections for workers exposed to extreme heat.
Jul. 26, 2023
Bureau of Land Management sign
A proposed rule by the Bureau of Land Management to bring outdoor recreation on par with other uses has received support from Western businesses.
Jul. 25, 2023
The Arizona Corporation Commission recently approved permitting for a gas-powered generating station near a historic African-American community close to Coolidge, but the Sierra Club has appealed the decision.
Jul. 25, 2023
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
If the average holds through the end of July, it will mark the first time Phoenix, or any major U.S. city, has seen a monthly average temperature above 100 degrees, according to records.
Jul. 25, 2023
Coconino National Forest
The U.S. government wants to hear from you about a proposal to build up to three wildlife crossings across two national forests in northern Arizona.
Jul. 25, 2023
Less than a year ago, voters in Douglas approved a ballot initiative to create stricter groundwater regulations through what’s called an Active Management Area. At least for now, it will remain in place after county officials threw out a separate initiative to eliminate the AMA.
Jul. 24, 2023
A few miles west of Flagstaff, about a mile and a half off Interstate 40, on a dirt road in the Coconino National Forest, past campsites and joggers running through the trees, several crews are cutting up downed trees that will become firewood for tribal members.
More tribal natural resources stories
Jul. 24, 2023
Water bottles sit in a large chest full of ice.
The Show spoke with the Rev. Katie Sexton-Wood about how the Arizona Faith Network is working to create faith-based cooling centers.
Jul. 24, 2023
sun in phoenix
Matt Pace, a meteorologist for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, joined The Show to talk about what we can expect in the near future with weather.
Jul. 24, 2023
Cactus in the foreground with a windmill in the background.
Arizona's rural communities rely on groundwater, which experts say is a finite resource. But in most cases, it’s not regulated in any meaningful way, and the Legislature doesn't take up groundwater bills.
More stories about Arizona's water issues
Jul. 24, 2023
Phoenix Zoo
Animals at the Phoenix Zoo also face the challenge of this summer's excessive heat. And officials there have taken action to ensure the lions, tigers, bears and other creatures remain cool.
Jul. 23, 2023
Arizona Animal Welfare League dog
The Arizona Animal Welfare League’s main shelter was evacuated on Thursday after a propane yard fire broke out near 40th and Van Buren streets. The blaze caused propane tanks to go flying in several directions, creating a hazardous situation in the area.
Jul. 22, 2023
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
The extreme heat means air conditioners are running non-stop, but that can be costly for some older adults on fixed incomes. AARP's state director shares some resources.
Jul. 21, 2023
summer cactus
The prolonged heat is taking an obvious toll on humans and animals. But what about plants? At the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, they’re watching the flora in the sauna closely.
Jul. 21, 2023
Cactus ferruginous pygmy owl
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has moved to get long-awaited federal protections for a tiny owl that lives on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
Jul. 20, 2023

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