Items by Tony Davis

Water starts fires in Tucson election
In Tucson, Ariz., a mayoral election is heating up over whether the city should try again to make use of the notoriously foul water that comes through the Central Arizona Project.
A pocket-sized bird takes on Sunbelt subdivisions
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.
Tribe buys a ranch
Arizona's Pascua Yaqui Tribe buys a 5,300-acre cattle ranch, thus expanding the growing tribe's land base to 6,300 acres.
Nuclear waste dump opens
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside Carlsbad, N.M., receives its first truckload of nuclear debris as anti-nuclear activists continue to protest.
Plans for a new park in Arizona
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.
Tucson draws a line on sprawl
Environmentalists applaud the Pima County Board of Supervisors' decision to kill the Canoa Ranch development, planned on the outskirts of rapidly growing Tucson, Ariz.
Environmentalists are 'doing nothing'
Real estate broker Bill Arnold says environmentalists are not helping Tucson.
A statesman steps off the stage
Morris K. Udall, former Arizona congressman who recently died, is remembered as a dedicated statesman who understood compromise.
'Let's get it resolved'
Environmentalist-turned-zoning-consultant Ron Asta describes his journey through Tucson's land-use politics.
Selling sizzle and steak
Planner David Taylor says the issue of sprawl is complex and has deep roots.
The roll call of sprawl
Statistics show the frightening pace of growth in the Tucson area.
'People have a voice'
Environmental activist Gayle Hartmann talks about the long struggle to keep development under control.
'The party is over'
Tucscon residents Doug and Christina McVie describe the developers' assault on desert.
'It was God's country'
Resident Dee Dee Arnaud remembers the Tucson of her childhood and mourns the changes she has found on her return.
Desert sprawl
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.
Courting the green vote
In Arizona, an open space-saving scheme called "Growing Smarter" wins despite environmental opposition.
In place of a bigger park, Tucson gets houses
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.
Tucson acts to stall sprawl
As Tucson, Ariz., grows and sprawls, Pima County creates a long-range plan to protect the Sonoran Desert from being overrun.
Land swap splits conservationists
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.
Staffers say their agency betrayed the 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.
Cows get marching orders
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department orders the BLM to get cows off 15 allotments in southeastern Arizona.
A town with a desert heart
The town of Tortolita, Ariz., in the middle of lush, privately owned Sonoran desert, incorporates to protect its landscape from developers.
Agencies dunk endangered songbird
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.
Judge tells feds to list and protect
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.
Owls and subdivisions clash near Tucson
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.
Oregon's ranchers vote for survival
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.
Horses, bikes push into petroglyph park
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.
Judge kicks out cows
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.
Forest Service building is torched by night raiders
The Oakridge Ranger Station in Oregon is destroyed by unknown arsonists.
Cows, ballot measure gunned down in Oregon
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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