Environment

Bipartisan members of Congress launch wildfire caucus

Congressional Republicans and Democrats from the West are banding together with a common interest in mitigating and responding to the increasing intensity and frequency of wildfires.

Biden firm on uranium-mining ban around ‘jewel’ of the Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON – For four years, the Trump administration took steps to boost uranium mining for what it called national security reasons, a move environmentalists saw as an attempt to open the door to mining...

Tribal leaders optimistic about Biden, say Haaland nomination a good start

WASHINGTON – The federal government may not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises with Native Americans, but tribal leaders in Arizona said they think President-elect Joe Biden could be...

Maricopa County’s air quality is awful. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Maricopa County has some of the worst air quality in the nation and earned another “F” rating this year from the American Lung Association.

Voters must choose whether we fight or ignore climate change

Most Arizonans don’t need to be convinced that our climate is changing, especially after this summer. It was hot, dry and deadly. And we have the records to prove it.

Pendley’s BLM decisions in Western states targeted for rollback

A federal judge’s ruling that the acting head of the Bureau of Land Management was serving unlawfully in that position could have implications for dozens of decisions the agency made across the West during the past 15 months—including in Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.

Disappointing four-forest management project targeted for changes

A massive forest management project in Arizona has been hampered for a decade because there’s not enough of a market for the small trees and brush that must be cleared to reduce fire risk.

Judge orders BLM head Pendley removed for ‘unlawfully’ holding post

A federal judge in Montana has ordered that conservative firebrand William Perry Pendley should not lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, saying that Pendley has “served unlawfully” for more than a year.

Pendley nomination may be scrapped, but he’s still in charge at BLM

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management will continue leading the agency even after his nomination is withdrawn, leading the diverse conservation groups that opposed him to call for his removal from office.

Ruling sets up renewable energy fight between Corp Comm, lawmakers

The Arizona Supreme Court may have opened the door to allowing the legislature to overrule the Corporation Commission on renewable energy standards, a longtime goal of some conservative lawmakers who dislike the mandates imposed on electrical utilities.
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