Arizona

What Abbey’s ‘Desert Solitaire’ means in these trying times
What Abbey’s ‘Desert Solitaire’ means in these trying times
The book turns 50 this year, and is more relevant now than ever.
What does a gentrifying city look like? Talk to the man who delivers the mail.
What does a gentrifying city look like? Talk to the man who delivers the mail.
Tracing Tucson’s changes with a longtime postal service worker.
2017 in natural disasters
2017 in natural disasters
From massive wildfires to melting ice, the calamities that affected the West this year.
Developer under fire for destroying desert
Developer George Johnson is being sued by the state of Arizona for major violations of environmental laws, committed in the early stages of his planned La Osa Ranch development
Rock jocks fight a mining company
Resolution Copper Company is trying to obtain a land swap in order to mine at Arizona’s Oak Flat campground, a popular rock-climbing spot
The life of an unsung Western water diplomat
Silver Fox of the Rockies by Daniel Tyler tells the story of Delphus E. Carpenter, who sought peaceful resolutions to Western water problems, and helped create the 1922 Colorado River Compact
Capturing a Chediskai childhood
In Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, anthropologist Keith Basso collects the reminiscences of Eva Tulene Watt
The wages of sprawl
A new documentary, Making Sense of Place: Phoenix, the Urban Desert, uses the Arizona megalopolis to show what happens when urban sprawl is unchecked
Heard around the West
Pac-O-Art art vending machine; turning against Wal-Mart; Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest; Boy Scouts sued for blaze; ORVers need potty-training; bull elk get really hungry
Death of the San Pedro: Not if, but when
Groundwater pumping in the Sierra Vista area may be already reducing water flow to the San Pedro River
Turning water inside-out
Many Western cities like Sierra Vista, Ariz., were built beside once-beautiful rivers which were overused and then neglected, while the cities looked elsewhere for new water sources to exploit
Heard around the West
Masai warriors meet Arizona ranchers; Cosimo Cavallaro’s hammy art; anti-gambling protest gets nasty; in wealthy Teton County, Wyo., Jackson’s Tiki Taxi thrives; Newsweek’s strange idea of "budget travel"; mountain biker vs. mountain lion; and Great Salt
Arizona voters say 'yes' to open space
Even the National Rifle Association came out in support of a Tucson, Ariz., open-space saving bond, which passed in a landslide despite complaints from critics that it was just pork
Small steps for wilderness
Arizona activists team up with Rep. Raul Grijalva to create a small-scale wilderness proposal for the Tumacacori Highlands
President Bush should consider a "land grab" of his own
A visit to Arizona’s new Agua Fria National Monument – one of those designated by Clinton at the end of his presidency – points up the failure of the Bush administration to protect and preserve the public lands
A tempered victory
The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona is on the verge of a huge and historic water rights victory, but even the most successful Indian crusades for water are always compromises
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
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
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
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
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