Parker Shea joins the Arizona Mirror after recently graduating from Arizona State University, where he was editor-in-chief of State Press Magazine. He hopes to one day have a career reporting on issues related to the environment. He is a daily runner and enjoys exploring the Arizona wilderness.
Auditor General finds deficiencies in ABOR real estate dealings
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy and Parker Shea - October 16, 2019
University of Arizona failed to properly oversee a commercial real estate project and allowed millions of dollars to be improperly spent, and there is a general lack of transparency and oversight at university real estate projects overseen across the state by the Arizona Board of Regents, state auditors concluded.
Navajo buy-back program hit wall as many owners refused to sell, land commissioner says
By: Parker Shea - October 15, 2019
The latest round of the Department of Interior’s federal buy-back program aimed at consolidating ownership of tribal lands hit a wall in Navajo country, as three-quarters of buy-back offers were not accepted.
Resolution Copper Mine widely condemned at final public hearing
By: Parker Shea - October 11, 2019
Members of the San Carlos Apache, conservationists, rock climbers, retired miners, veterans and regular Valley residents mostly agreed at an Oct. 10 public hearing in Tempe: Very few people besides those that would make money from it want Resolution Copper Mine.
Biggs, Gosar, Lesko want Trump to subsidize American uranium companies
By: Parker Shea - October 10, 2019
Three of Arizona’s four Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives called on President Donald Trump to “revive and expand” the atrophied domestic uranium industry through government subsidies just days before his Nuclear Fuel Working Group released its recommendations.
Why didn’t Navajo landowners take Interior Department’s buyback offers this year?
By: Parker Shea - October 9, 2019
The U.S. Department of Interior’s latest round of its land buyback program ended in September for all Navajo Nation applicants, and DOI’s early data show a sharp decline in participation. As of Sept. 27, only 23% of Navajo landowners who had offers participated in the program, compared to 43% in the program’s last round in […]
Retired AZ Bureau of Land Management leaders: Trump’s reorganization will gut the agency we built
By: Parker Shea - October 2, 2019
Despite being in his mid-80s, Dean Bibles’s memory is sharp. That is why he said he is deeply upset by the Trump administration’s decision to decentralize the BLM, scattering career BLM staff in D.C. all over the Western states.
Congressional hearing on voting rights in AZ focuses on obstacles faced by voters of color
By: Parker Shea - October 1, 2019
Obstacles to voting in Indian Country were the dominant point of discussion Tuesday at a subcommittee hearing, which ended with a heated exchange between a Republican state lawmaker and several Democratic members of Congress.
Inequality among Arizona children living in concentrated poverty
By: Parker Shea - September 24, 2019
A new analysis of Census data finds that children of color live in concentrated poverty at rates multiple times that of their white counterparts.
House panel will devise ways to loosen water rules in Pinal County to help developers
By: Parker Shea - September 24, 2019
A new legislative ad hoc committee will come up with ways to loosen the permitting process for groundwater access in one of the state’s driest counties.
Nuclear industry urges Trump to open public land, including Grand Canyon, for uranium mining
By: Parker Shea - September 17, 2019
The nation’s largest nuclear lobby last month urged President Donald Trump to lift restrictions on uranium mining on public land, a move that would greatly affect the Grand Canyon region.
House Dems urge Phoenix hotel to remove ‘slur’ from its name
By: Parker Shea - September 9, 2019
Four Arizona House Democrats penned a letter last month urging the new owner of the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix to change its offensive name.
Activists protest McSally’s lack of action to fight climate change
By: Parker Shea - August 30, 2019
Environmental activists took to street corners and hosted a town hall Thursday to protest Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally’s inaction on climate change.