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  • The New Water Czars

    In Arizona, a historic water deal could give the tiny, impoverished Gila River Indian Community a path back to its farming roots – and turn it into one of the West’s next big power brokers

  • Arizona land swap dogged by questions

    Critics say the Yavapai Ranch Land Exchange in Arizona is a sweetheart deal between developer Fred Ruskin and the Forest Service

  • The New West collides with open-range laws

    As the West grows and develops, more people find themselves drawn into the conflict over open-range laws

  • 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

  • Dear Friends

    Many thanks for the inspirational Ed Abbey quote; Sedona board meeting and potluck coming up; How the West works; response to Robyn Morrison’s rock-climbing story; and corrections

  • Cattalo could get the boot

    The bison herd that wandered into Grand Canyon National Park is largely made up of bison-cow half-breeds, but the state of Arizona and the park are still undecided about what to do with the destructive but valuable animals

  • Pygmy-owl may lose protection

    A court ruling may lead to the removal of the endangered status currently assigned to Arizona’s cactus ferruginous pygmy-owls

  • 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

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