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  • Apprehension

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Officer John Schaefer is one of only two officers patrolling the 860,000 acres of Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, a thoroughfare for illegal immigrants and armed drug smugglers

  • Delta beast rears its head

    The Interior Department is considering restarting the Yuma Desalting Plant, and environmentalists fear the plant’s salty runoff could destroy Mexico’s Cienega de Santa Clara – the Sonoran Desert’s largest wetland

  • Hidden Waters resurfaces

    Charles Bowden’s book, Killing the Hidden Waters, which explores the Sonoran Desert world of the Papago Indians, has been re-released after 25 years

  • In the nation's most dangerous park, the desert's heat still beats

    In Organ Pipe: Life on the Edge, Carol Ann Bassett pays homage to Organ Pipe National Monument and the strange beauty of the desert

  • Inside the BLM's abrupt decision not to ban shooting in an Arizona national monument

    Inside the BLM's abrupt decision not to ban shooting in an Arizona national monument

    Why guns, politics and saguaros don’t mix.

  • Lines in the sand

    The essays in Gary Paul Nabhan’s Arab/American celebrate the landscape, culture and cuisine of two great deserts: The Middle Eastern lands from which his ancestors came and the Sonoran Desert he now lives in.

  • Perseverance

    Illegal border crossers face a dangerous journey filled with heat, dust, flies and thirst, and always the danger of capture and deportation

  • Remembering those forgotten in the desert

    In his book, The Devil’s Highway, Luis Alberto Urrea tells the tragic story of a group of poor immigrants who tried to get to a better life, and died in the Arizona desert

  • Starry Eyes

    When it comes to perfect starry nights, the West is always the winner

  • The fading Arizona town of Gila Bend bets big on solar

    The fading Arizona town of Gila Bend bets big on solar

    At last -- a place to put utility scale plants that won't ruin the desert. But will politics and the economy get in the way?

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