Arizona

Border security will always be elusive
Border security will always be elusive
The Borderlands have long been governed by impermanent and shifting policies.
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Data confirms climate model predictions of less snow that melts earlier in the season.
States and advocates help tackle ‘crisis’ at national parks
States and advocates help tackle ‘crisis’ at national parks
Amid the government shutdown, the Park Service faces trash mounds and lost revenue.
Retirees join environmentalists in fighting Arizona copper mine
Retirees join environmentalists in fighting Arizona copper mine
The conservative, golf-playing retirees of Queen Valley, Ariz., are determined to stop a giant copper mine.
Traveling Arizona Highways, in your dreams and on the ground
Traveling Arizona Highways, in your dreams and on the ground
In 1960, an Illinois mailman falls in love with the desert through the pages of Arizona Highways and hands on his dream -- and a piece of Mohave County --to his son and grandson.
Muddy Waters: Silt and the Slow Demise of Glen Canyon Dam
Muddy Waters: Silt and the Slow Demise of Glen Canyon Dam
A float down the Lower San Juan teaches surprising lessons about dams, water and silt in the West.
Arizona's Fossil Creek gets restored -- and loved to death
Arizona's Fossil Creek gets restored -- and loved to death
Arizona's Fossil Creek, dramatically brought back to life, is now endangered by the hordes of people who love it.
Audio: High Country Views, episode 2
Audio: High Country Views, episode 2
Jonathan Thompson and Cally Carswell talk sage grouse and states' rights.
Reluctant Boomtown
A copper-mining company is courting Superior, Ariz., but the former mining town – now re-inventing itself as a modest tourist haven – is unsure whether it really wants a new marriage with extractive industry.
Carpe Noctem
Arizona developer promises sun, moon and stars
Highlighting Western heritage
A proposed national heritage area in southern Arizona would draw attention to unique landscapes and thousands of years of tradition
Apache trout swim ‘full stream’ ahead
Arizona's state fish is about to become the first fish removed from the endangered species list as a result of successful recovery.
Problems in Paradise
The brutal murder of a Japanese tourist shines an unwelcome spotlight on the social problems plaguing Arizona’s beautiful but troubled Havasupai Reservation
The Battle for the Verde
The Verde River is one of Arizona’s last free-flowing stream, but environmental and local activists fear an ambitious planned pipeline, designed to bring groundwater to the growing Prescott area, will end up sucking the river dry
The granddaddy of all collaboration groups
In his beautiful, compact book Working Wilderness, Nathan Sayres tells the story of the Malpai Borderlands Group, “the most hailed example of collaborative place-based resource management in the West.”
Two weeks in the West
Death (and life) in the Sonoran Desert; fire and drought in the Southwest; courts rule against Bush on environmental issues.
Phoenix Falling?
Craig Childs lifts the rug of modern-day Phoenix, Ariz., to examine the remnants of the civilization that preceded it – the Hohokam people, who also built a great city in the middle of the desert, and flourished until the day they ran out of water.
Heard around the West
Gail Kimbell and the vanishing Forest Service budget; not saying the Pledge in Mesa, Ariz.; racing old beaters in California; talkative men’s rooms; saying it (the Miranda warning, that is) with flowers.
One Nation, Under Fire
The Sonoran Desert homeland of the Tohono O’odham Nation has become a nerve-wracking police state, caught in the crossfire between drug and immigrant smugglers and the U.S. Border Patrol.
Heard around the West
True-blue Montana libertarian Stan Jones; neighbors helping neighbors steal cars in Arizona; "vanishing culture" vampires; only one flag allowed in Pahrump, Nev.; tampering with food in New Mexico; and the Forest Service is bipolar
Travels in a sublime wasteland
In Sunshot: Peril and Wonder in the Grand Desierto, writer Bill Broyles and photographer Michael Berman explore the gritty desert on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands
On the ballot: Voters could be energized, or exhausted, by ballot initiatives
In 10 Western states this November, voters face a total of 82 ballot measures
The myth trafficker
Keoki Skinner deals lemonade and information from his yellow fruit-stand van in the border communities of Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Mexico
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