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Three separate photos are shown in horizontal panels, one on top of the over. Each shows an image of a different jaguar, with a black circle edited over each one to highlight their unique rosettes.
Images captured last month show the eighth wild jaguar documented in the American Southwest in the past three decades. Its appearance is thanks to natural perseverance and decades of cooperation from both sides of the southern border.
Jan. 9, 2024
Superstition Mountains
Construction will begin in February on the Goldfield Recreation Area near Apache Junction. Public feedback led the BLM to reconsider plans for an equestrian area there.
Jan. 8, 2024
Some parts of north Phoenix got hail/graupel
Valley residents may need to pack an extra sweater as they return back to work after the holiday break. The National Weather Service is forecasting high temperatures only in the upper 50s with evening temperatures in the mid to low 30s through Tuesday evening.
Jan. 7, 2024
People look into honeycomb in glass
Planting native, desert-acclimated wildflowers and leaving out water stations for bees in the summer are just some of tips attendees learned at the Arizona Honeybee Festival.
Jan. 5, 2024
Wild burros at the Black Mountain HMA
This is the sixth time since 2017 the Bureau of Land Management has had to round up and thin the animals in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area.
Jan. 4, 2024
Skiers cruise down the slopes at Arapahoe Basin ski area in Colorado on Nov. 13, 2023.
The Show spoke with Alex Hager, who covers the Colorado River basin for KUNC, about how a "snow drought" is affecting the Colorado River.
Jan. 4, 2024
A line of people outdoors at the state capitol hold signs with slogans like 'clean skies Arizona' and 'protect our rivers.' They are smiling toward the camera but not directly at it.
Along with state officials and other advocacy groups, the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon chapter took to the Capitol on Wednesday to present a list of priorities for the Arizona Legislature and governor.
Jan. 3, 2024
Joe Biden
The Biden administration has worked to offset the effects of climate change with large renewable energy projects, including some on public lands in Arizona. But conservationists say the president’s environmental record is mixed.
Jan. 3, 2024
New Year’s Eve 2023 was the worst for air quality in Phoenix since records began in 2010. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality says it was due in part to an uptick in fireworks.
Jan. 2, 2024
Arizona Capitol
Arizona state lawmakers are preparing for a new legislative session — and so are conservationists. The Sierra Club and other groups will outline their priorities during a rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday.
Jan. 2, 2024
Coronado National Forest
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is warning the public about a suspected rabid fox that attacked two people in the Coronado National Forest, near Tucson.
Dec. 30, 2023
fireworks
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high pollution advisory for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Dec. 29, 2023
Cottonwood Campground
During COVID, Americans flocked to national parks and other public lands, and continue to do so. That has had implications for federal agencies in Arizona and other Western states.
Dec. 27, 2023
Tamar Adler author of "The Everlasting Meal."
From turkey to cookies to maybe a whole lot of undrunk wine, Tamar Adler is here to say you can use those leftovers in a million different ways, with flavors that are wildly different from the original meal.
Dec. 27, 2023
Mexican gray wolf
The Endangered Species Act started 50 years ago as a bipartisan law. That didn't last long. While public support for the act remains high, the agency tasked with carrying it out often faces litigation and underfunding, caught in political gridlock.
Dec. 25, 2023
Grand Canyon National Park and Kaibab National Forest
When COVID forced shutdowns of movie theaters, restaurants and malls, Americans started to spend more time in the great outdoors. That started a trend that could impact Arizona’s public lands.
Dec. 25, 2023
Workers secure burlap on trees
Scratching into the trunks of trees is considered vandalism at national monuments, parks and forests. Park rangers says they also see people leaving trails and climbing the cliff face, which often leads to rock slides.
Dec. 22, 2023
Illustration of the planned Ashler Hills Park in Scottsdale
Construction is underway for a new park in north Scottsdale that voters approved as part of the 2019 bond election.
Dec. 22, 2023
The 1.6 million-acre Kaibab National Forest stretches across the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon, encompassing part of the nation's largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest.
Researchers have known for years that old-growth forests have several benefits for Western ecosystems, yet the U.S. Forest Service has not had a policy for managing them. The agency recently announced that it is moving forward on one.
Dec. 20, 2023
Raúl Grijalva
As members of the U.S. House head home for the holidays, a number of bills remain stuck in committee. Conservationists say they are unlikely to pass anytime soon.
Dec. 20, 2023

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