Items by Tony Davis
Dove Mountain, a planned mega development near rapidly growing Marana, Ariz., is put on hold when a pair of endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy-owls are sighted, and environmentalists, developers and officials are wrangling about what should happen next.
Arizona's Pascua Yaqui Tribe buys a 5,300-acre cattle ranch, thus expanding the growing tribe's land base to 6,300 acres.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside Carlsbad, N.M., receives its first truckload of nuclear debris as anti-nuclear activists continue to protest.
In Arizona, a new national park is proposed - the Sonoran Desert National Park - combining Organ Pipe National Monument, the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge and the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range.
Environmentalists applaud the Pima County Board of Supervisors' decision to kill the Canoa Ranch development, planned on the outskirts of rapidly growing Tucson, Ariz.
Morris K. Udall, former Arizona congressman who recently died, is remembered as a dedicated statesman who understood compromise.
Environmentalist-turned-zoning-consultant Ron Asta describes his journey through Tucson's land-use politics.
Environmental activist Gayle Hartmann talks about the long struggle to keep development under control.
Resident Dee Dee Arnaud remembers the Tucson of her childhood and mourns the changes she has found on her return.
In Tucson, Ariz., where a dozen acres are cleared for development each day, environmentalists and concerned locals try to find ways to rein in runaway growth, and to save the desert and its remaining endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owls.
In Arizona, an open space-saving scheme called "Growing Smarter" wins despite environmental opposition.
Growing Tucson suburbs invade land on the edgoe of Arizona's Saguaro National Park West, when federal funds for a promised buyout of the land fail to materialize.
As Tucson, Ariz., grows and sprawls, Pima County creates a long-range plan to protect the Sonoran Desert from being overrun.
Saguaro National Park's recent land swap added 632 acres to the park in exchange for 4,332 acres of land north of Phoenix, and some say the trade sacrificed too much land.
Fish biologists Jim Cooper and Jerry Stefferud and retiree Leon Fager are among the staffers of the Southwest Region of the Forest Service who say the agency has betrayed its trust by favoring timber and grazing over wildlife and forests.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department orders the BLM to get cows off 15 allotments in southeastern Arizona.
The town of Tortolita, Ariz., in the middle of lush, privately owned Sonoran desert, incorporates to protect its landscape from developers.
Biologists and conservationists protest BuRec's plan to drown habitat of the southwestern willow flycatcher by raising the waters of Arizona's Roosevelt Lake and by leaving other sensitive habitat areas off the list of designated critical habitat.
A federal judge orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list four Southwestern species as endangered and to set aside habitat for them and two others already listed.
The endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owl, which has unexpectedly been found near Tucson, may help to stop or slow the city's explosive sprawling growth.
A contrast between two attempts at consensus shows Oregon ranchers willing to work at compromise while their New Mexican counterparts "just say no" to any change.
Environmentalists and Native Americans object to a proposed Park Service management plan that would develop bike and horse trails in New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument.
In New Mexico, U.S. District Judge Howard Bratton orders that all 863 cows belonging to ranchers Kit and Sherry Laney must be removed from national forest land.
Small-town doctor and environmentalist Patrick Shipsey shoots 11 cows in John Day, Ore., and accidentally kills a ballot measure that would have removed cattle from polluted streams.
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