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  • The great nonflagration?

    The great nonflagration?

    Despite a few high-profile wildfires, 2013 was a fairly quiet fire season after all.

  • Getting the lead out

    Condor 134’s harrowing experience with lead poisoning exemplifies these endangered birds’ greatest challenge – which some advocates hope to ease by banning lead bullets in California

  • Rancher wins big in libel suit against enviros

    Arizona rancher and investment banker Jim Chilton wins a $600,000 judgment for libel against The Center for Biological Diversity

  • Squirrels and scopes in the line of fire

    A wildfire on Arizona’s Mount Graham almost reached the University of Arizona’s controversial mountaintop telescopes – and may yet destroy an already endangered squirrel

  • Water holes awash in controversy

    Game managers and environmentalists disagree on the usefulness of artificial water holes for game; environmental groups say they spread disease, attract killer bees, and give predators a convenient spot to ambush prey. The Arizona Game and Fish Department

  • Phelps Dodge looks to revive mining in the Copper State

    Phelps Dodge wants to open a big copper mine near Safford, Ariz., but some critics say that the company’s planned land swap is a rip-off, and that the mine may have harmful environmental impacts

  • Warm-water native fish are left out in the cold

    A new study by a team of biologists shows little is being done to save a dozen of the Southwest’s threatened and endangered native fish species

  • 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

  • State land no longer just for the cows

    The environmental group Forest Guardians outbids a rancher to gain control of a grazing allotment on state school-trust land in Arizona

  • Bikers want back in to national park

    Tucson, Ariz., mountain bikers are pushing the Park Service to reopen the Cactus Forest Trail in Saguaro National Park

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