Arizona

Black cowboys reclaim their history in the West
Black cowboys reclaim their history in the West
At an annual rodeo in Phoenix, the contributions of African Americans are finally recognized.
How residents rallied to get their post office back
How residents rallied to get their post office back
In rural Arizona, the postal service is a literal lifeline.
Once a boom town, now a ghost town. Always a hometown.
Once a boom town, now a ghost town. Always a hometown.
Over generations, the Soto family has lived through cycles of mining booms and the broken promises that come with them.
Stop selling costumes that sexualize Indigenous women
Stop selling costumes that sexualize Indigenous women
Costume company Yandy erases Indigenous women’s voices, even as it pays lip service to female empowerment.
Latest: Supreme Court upholds Grand Canyon uranium mining ban
Latest: Supreme Court upholds Grand Canyon uranium mining ban
A twenty-year moratorium on uranium extraction in northern Arizona will stand.
Arizona delays the Colorado River drought agreement
Arizona delays the Colorado River drought agreement
Interests of a few hundred farmers are contributing to postponements in basin-wide plan.
A revival for the Navajo Nation’s police force
A revival for the Navajo Nation’s police force
Despite continuous underfunding, a new academy is training cadets to protect the Nation on its own terms.
Citizens put renewable energy on this year’s ballots
Citizens put renewable energy on this year’s ballots
Across several states, voter-driven initiatives rein in oil-and-gas development while promoting wind and solar.
Why Jon Kyl was chosen to replace John McCain
Why Jon Kyl was chosen to replace John McCain
Amid a reshuffling of Arizona’s political deck, the state’s governor makes a water-driven decision.
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
How one man’s imagined discovery of a sex-trafficking camp in the Sonoran Desert gained life online — and in the real world.
A thirsty bear; salmon snafu; gastropod wranglers
A thirsty bear; salmon snafu; gastropod wranglers
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
In Arizona, a humanitarian crisis spurs researchers to find new ways of identifying migrant remains.
To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
With wildfires looming, Flagstaff came together to support national forest closures.
Arizona’s nuclear power caught in crossfire
Arizona’s nuclear power caught in crossfire
A renewable energy ballot measure could up the state’s reliance on cleaner energy.
Reckoning with History: The legacy of lynching in the West
Reckoning with History: The legacy of lynching in the West
Violence, often thought of as ‘frontier justice,’ disproportionately targeted people of color.
Climate change is making it harder to revive damaged land
Climate change is making it harder to revive damaged land
Instead of restoring the past, ecologists are increasingly focused on the future.
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
Why ‘aridification’ is a better term for our new, more parched reality.
In a desert, I learned to fish
In a desert, I learned to fish
Dams, invasive species and roadways. All this, so I could go fishing.
Extreme heat is killing people who lack shelter
Extreme heat is killing people who lack shelter
Climate change is worsening the threats that homeless populations face.
An owl fly-by prompts a second look at an Arizona mine
An owl fly-by prompts a second look at an Arizona mine
Wildlife managers revisit the impact of an expanding mining operation.
A new era of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon?
A new era of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon?
With scant data on risk, Republicans push to open a ‘perfect’ mining opportunity.
Kleptoparasitism; an octopus named Fred; moose chasers
Kleptoparasitism; an octopus named Fred; moose chasers
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Arizona water utility chooses solar over coal
Arizona water utility chooses solar over coal
The decision tips the ailing Navajo Generating Station closer to its planned closure.
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