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Interest in labor unions has been growing nationally — and in Arizona. During the first nine months of the federal fiscal year, the National Labor Relations Board saw efforts to unionize spike nearly 60%. In Arizona, it increased more than 50%.
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Sep. 1, 2022
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As sage has ballooned in popularity, journalists and activists are uncovering a dirty truth about the sacred desert plant: Sage is being poached in massive quantities.
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Sep. 1, 2022
Razorback sucker fish
The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that funding in the bipartisan infrastructure law includes more than $8 million to replace the water supply line at Lake Mead Hatchery.
Aug. 31, 2022
a cactus against a sunset
Sonoran Desert National Monument has been working on a new management plan for about a decade. After a couple of legal challenges, it is now inviting public comment on an amendment to the plan.
Aug. 31, 2022
a fallen saguaro cactus
Findings show most cacti in the Valley are damaged and older, with few young plants popping up to supplement future growth.
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Aug. 30, 2022
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The recently signed Inflation Reduction Act may help offset the shortage of National Park Service employees.
Aug. 29, 2022
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park reports that a bat on the Colorado River corridor has tested positive for rabies. The bat was brought in for testing in mid-August.
Aug. 29, 2022
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Scottsdale has increased financial incentives for residents and businesses to remove grass. The Water Department has $300,000 to offer in rebates this fiscal year, that's $50,000 more than last year.
Aug. 25, 2022
The Biden administration says it wants to phase out disposable varieties in national parks within a decade, but one conservation group would like to see that happen much sooner.
Aug. 23, 2022
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The search for 29-year-old Jetal Agnihotri began on Friday after high waters tore through the park during a heavy monsoon storm. She was one of several hikers in the park when the storm hit but was the only one reported missing by Friday evening.
Aug. 23, 2022
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The city of Las Vegas, New Mexico, earlier this year already endured the devastation of the state's largest fire in recorded history, caused by federal officials carrying out what was supposed to be a prescribed burn to lessen the wildfire danger.
Aug. 23, 2022
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Navajo President Jonathan Nez and tribal officials met with Arizona Congressman Tom O’Halleran and others recently to visit abandoned uranium mines near Cameron.
Aug. 22, 2022
For thousands of years, tribes living in what is now the Southwestern United States gathered at the Gila River. They left a legacy that conservationists would like to preserve, and Congressman Raul Grijalva has introduced legislation that could make that a reality.
Aug. 22, 2022
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Some migraine sufferers are reporting increased symptoms during this active monsoon season in metro Phoenix. Studies suggest that low - or a significant drop in - atmospheric pressure can trigger an attack.
Aug. 22, 2022
El Jefe the jaguar
The jaguar known as El Jefe has been spotted for the first time in nearly a decade in Sonora, Mexico — an encouraging sign for researchers who feared the cat wouldn't be able to move south of the border again because of the border wall.
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Aug. 22, 2022
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The city of Tucson is encouraging community members to come pick up free sandbags in anticipation of a fresh slew of monsoon storms this weekend.
Aug. 19, 2022
Edgar Warner
Northern Arizona has been besieged with almost daily flooding after a pair of devastating wildfires near Flagstaff this year. Officials say the price tag to prevent further damage from flooding will be steep: between $125 million and $145 million that will need to come from the U.S. government.
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Aug. 17, 2022
tucson's skyline from the Tucson Mountain Park
Water and city managers held a joint town hall to discuss One Water, a master plan laid out by city in 2019 to address future water issues. The meeting was planned for this month, but ended up coming hours after the Bureau of Reclamation announced new cuts in Colorado River supply to Arizona, Nevada and Mexico.
Aug. 17, 2022
New border fence
An anti-immigration group has scored a legal victory in its federal lawsuit arguing the Biden administration violated environmental law when it halted construction of the U.S. southern border wall and sought to undo other immigration policies by former President Donald Trump.
Aug. 17, 2022
The Tunnel Fire as seen from Mount Elden Lookout
Compared to this time last year, Arizona has seen almost 200 fewer wildfires, saving hundreds of thousands of acres from being burned.
Aug. 17, 2022

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