Hiking the Grand Canyon

Was your hiking trip to the Grand Canyon unforgettable?

Teacher Heather Robinson hands out less-desirable lollipops to students Caleb Kaufman, Brandon Barnes and Mackenzie Leblanc (seated, left to right) during an exercise to teach her students about segregation. (Photo by Kaddie Stephens/Cronkite News)

Lollipops teach students what segregation feels like during Black History Month

Women pray in the United Islamic Center of Arizona. The center held an open house to promote religious harmony and deepen understanding of Muslims. (Photo by Ethan Millman/Cronkite News)

Stepping into Glendale mosque, leaving with education about Muslim faith

Most of about 50 Tucson-area residents at a Pima County meeting in January opposed a move by Monsanto to grow GMO corn in a seven-acre greenhouse in Marana.   (Photo by Taryn Martin/Cronkite News)

Fortune 500 company Monsanto to grow GMO corn in Tucson

The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined coal to generate power for the Central Arizona Project, among other clients. Environmental groups have long criticized the plant for the level of pollutants it emits. (a href="https://flic.kr/p/ap1SZp" target="_blank">Photo by Bill Morrow/Creative Commons)

Hard choices ahead as officials look at future of Navajo power plant

Anna Rose Mohr-Almeida, a 14-year-old Westwood High School freshman, highlighted air quality concerns at Environmental Day. (Photo by Ethan Millman / Cronkite News)

Student activists urge Arizona Legislature to protect environment

Updating bathroom fixtures, including spigots that shut off automatically, is one of the ways the Washington Elementary School District has reduced water use. (Photo by Eboni Johnson/Cronkite News)

Would you drink treated toilet water?

The REI wareshouse in Goodyear has motion-sensor conveyor belts that save energy by stopping whenever items are not on the conveyor belt.  (Photo by Megan Bridgeman/ Cronkite News)

Be cool. Or turn up the temperature of this climate-controlled office chair in REI warehouse

The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined coal to generate power for the Central Arizona Project, among other clients. Environmental groups have long criticized the plant for the level of pollutants it emits. (a href="https://flic.kr/p/ap1SZp" target="_blank">Photo by Bill Morrow/Creative Commons)

Navajo Generating Station to close by 2019, plant owners say

John Healy started Southwest Aquaponics and Fish Hatchery in Glendale with just one tank in his backyard.

Glendale aquaponic farmer promotes eco-friendly systems that combine fish with produce

FEMA Navajo

Tribes say feds gave them run-around, not aid, after Gold King spill

Kathy Blaze Jefferson complete’s her character (Martha Bell Sipuel) with a set of pearls before heading out on stage for Wednesday’s production of A Legacy of Justice. (Photo by Jessica Clark/ Cronkite News).

Arizona playwright brings stories of Black history to stage

The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined coal to generate power for the Central Arizona Project, among other clients. Environmental groups have long criticized the plant for the level of pollutants it emits. (a href="https://flic.kr/p/ap1SZp" target="_blank">Photo by Bill Morrow/Creative Commons)

Navajo power plant’s future uncertain, as natural gas costs fall

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority has installed solar systems at more than 200 homes on the reservation. (Photo by Katrin Mehler/Cronkite News)

Solar power brings light to some Navajo Nation homes

An individual or team can apply to win a contest that will award the winner $20,000. (Photo courtesy of Phoenix Public Works Department)

What’s the big idea? Calling on innovators to get rid of Phoenix trash

Phoenix has placed 15 solar-powered trash cans, with recycling bins attached in downtown Phoenix. (Photo By Morgan Wheeler/Cronkite News)

Putting the squeeze on trash in downtown Phoenix

Confluence photo

Lawmakers: Obama won’t OK Grand Canyon monument before leaving

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Western mayors are determined to find their own solutions to water conservation issues - but also closely watching federal discussions on a regional water agreement. (Photo by Kendra Penningroth/Cronkite News)

Western mayors talk water conservation, stay mum on drought allotments

Li:Bi gave her caretakers one last growl before embarking toward her permanant home at Out of Africa. (Photo courtesy of David Majure/Arizona Game and Fish Department)

Orphaned mountain lion cub grows into new life at Out of Africa center

A glimpse inside an aeration basin at the NWWRP in Mesa. (Photo by Cassie Ronda/Cronkite News)

Wading through the yuck, researchers study wastewater sludge for public health clues

Newscast sustainability beat

January 4, 2017: Sustainability Special

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has contracted with the Navy and the Department of Energy to provide power to military bases in California from a solar facility in Tonopah. (Photo by Gavin Maxwell/Cronkite News)

Arizona still a power in solar power, despite other states’ gains

Inmates Andrew Valencia (left) and Juan Ulloa  admire one of their main centerpieces, a mural of musician Carlos Santana. (Photo by Kristiana Faddoul/Cronkite News)

Yearning for home, AZ inmates paint California mural on prison walls

A mining operation located along the U.S. 60 between Superior and Globe. A copper mining company wants to put operations in Oak Flats, about five miles away.  (Photo by Bri Cossavella/Cronkite News)

San Carlos Apache Tribe, environmentalists battle Oak Flat copper mine bid

Newscast sustainability beat

December 14, 2016: Sustainability Special

For three days in August, hundreds of residents in Parker, on the banks of the Colorado River, went without running water.  The town’s provider, Brooke Water, LLC, had a series of five water leaks and a valve break. The Arizona Corporation Commission later investigated. (Photo by Joshua Bowling/Cronkite News)

Three days in August: How a water outage in AZ exposed cracks in customer service

Land Feud

Obama actions on public lands may be difficult for Trump to undo

A sign is displayed in the offices of the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness. (Photo by Tyler Petersen/Cronkite News)

Advocates say ending Arizona’s veteran homelessness is in reach

Oil collected at Mesa fire stations is picked up  by Baker Commodities Inc., which recyles used oil into livestock feed and other products. (Photo by Kristiana Faddoul/Cronkite News)

Fry, eat Thanksgiving turkey, then recycle leftover grease. You’ll feel better.

Protesters resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline stand with their signs outside of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in downtown Phoenix. (Photo by Bri Cossavella/Cronkite News)

AZ protesters connect with national opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline

Lesly Bondy (right) has been hiking South Mountain for 12 years. She often takes the Desert Foothills trail. (Photo by Katelyn Greno/Cronkite News)

South Mountain Park gets $23 million makeover

A staff holding a dreamcatcher whose threads symbolized the lives of different animals on earth stood by the stage at a concert in Scottsdale intended to benefit Standing Rock Pipeline protesters on Nov. 13, 2016. (Photo by Andres Guerra Luz/Cronkite News)

Arizona activists raise funds for Dakota Access Pipeline protesters

Bill Kerr, who sold his dairy farm more than a decade ago, still has vestiges of the operation behind his Buckeye home. (Photo by Kristiana Faddoul/Cronkite News)

Shrinking AZ farmland shows Buckeye family’s generational differences


Shampooing the environment: Using hair to clean up oil

A train makes the inaugural run in March from Dunlap Station on an expanded leg of Valley Metro’s light rail. Improvements in Phoenix transit were cited as a model for other cities by advocates before the election. (Photo by Elena Mendoza/Cronkite News)

City held up as model to voters weighing $200 billion in transit questions

Native Spirit is comprised of Native American men and women from multiple Arizona tribes.  (Photo by Kristiana Faddoul/Cronkite News)

Native American group deflects stereotypes at Arizona State Fair

J.D. Hill, co-founder of Recycled City, said compost-based soil is used to grow new produce  like this growing pumpkin. (Photo by Kristiana Faddoul/Cronkite News)

Five ways to repurpose your pumpkins and save the environment

Hotter Arizona

As climate heats up, state confident in water conservation efforts

Electric Ride

Advocates challenge states to use VW funds to boost electric vehicle use

VW Arizona

VW settlement of emissions case could mean millions for Arizona

After a couple days of being used to make Piggly Fries, the vendor takes the oil from the deep fryer to be recycled into fuel. (Photo by Natalie Tarangioli/Cronkite News)

Oil moves from Arizona State Fair fries to your gas tank

The second memorial bench along the Nature trail at Piestewa Peak, apart of Phoenix Mountain Preserve. (Photo by Ryan Dent/Cronkite News)

Weary hikers rest on memorial benches in AZ mountains

Yellow waste water that had been held behind a barrier near an abandoned mine is seen in the Animas River in Durango, Colorado

Feds won’t press Gold King Mine spill criminal case, angering senators

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has contracted with the Navy and  Department of Energy to provide power to military bases in California from a solar facility in Tonopah. (Photo by Gavin Maxwell/Cronkite News)

Tonopah solar farm to supply energy to California military bases

(Photo via Creative Commons)

Arizonans: Do you have a passion for improving your community?

Rebecca Buck, a Phoenix resident, feeds her chickens grapes as a special treat. (Photo by Kristiana Faddoul/Cronkite News)

Glendale move for backyard chickens is no joke

Renae Yellowhorse, a volunteer with Save the Confluence, has spent t four years fighting to stop the Escalade project. (Photo by Courtney Columbus/Cronkite News)

Grand Canyon tram proposal sparks ire, awe from Navajo Nation to Germany


Controversy spikes as Scottsdale plans Desert Discovery Center

Latino Canyon

Latinos back national monument status for areas near Grand Canyon

Toxic Parks

Workers cite harassment, retaliation in ‘toxic’ national parks

Land Feud

Some Navajo join lawmakers opposing Bears Ears national monument

Endangered Shuffle

Mud turtle creeps to endangered status, as springsnail outlook improves

A volunteer at  session to band hummingbirds holds a bird for the audience. (Photo by Kristiana Faddoul/Cronkite News)

Hummingbird migration in Arizona helps unlock mysteries of climate change


Electric car owners in Arizona hope to jolt interest in vehicles

Chip Norton, a river conservationist with Friends of the Verde River Greenway, helped develop a pilot program  to offer credits in exchange for saving water. (Photo by Mindy Riesenberg/Cronkite News)

Make money by conserving water in Arizona’s Verde Valley

Hualapai Tribe Chairman Damon Clarke said a bill allocating water is necessary for his tribe’s welfare - but can also benefit the state through greater tourism. (Photo by Jessica Suerth/Cronkite News)

Hualapai say proposed water deal could benefit tourism in the state

Rep. Ruben Gallego, left, and Sen. Harry Reid joined Olympic pentathlete Margaux Isaksen to make a pitch for protection of federally supervised public lands. (Photo by Adam DeRose/Cronkite News)

Gallego, Reid call for more protection for federal lands, not less

If passed by Congress, the proposed Great Bend of the Gila National Monument would encompass 84,000 acres of land.  The area has historical significance to 13 tribes. (Photo by Courtney Columbus/Cronkite News).

Native American tribes, Grijalva lead move to conserve Gila River land

The Animas River runs yellow with toxin-tainted wastewater that was accidentally released from the abanoned Gold King Mine near Durango, Colorado. (Photo by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department via Reuters)

Activists, tribes hail EPA’s Superfund designation for Gold King Mine

Klee Benally of Navajo Nation and Clean Up the Mines at Thursday’s protest

EPA announces plans to begin next phase of Navajo uranium cleanup

These logo tees were just a few of the items donated to the Baton Rouge flood relief effort. (Photo courtesy John Simon/ASU Athletics)

ASU football lends a hand as Louisiana floods hit home in Tempe

Arizona residents who are about to become new U.S. citizens are welcome to a naturalization ceremony at Grand Canyon National Park. (Photo by Bri Cossavella/Cronkite News)

15 Arizonans become U.S. citizens while overlooking Grand Canyon

Girl approaches wild burro with curiosity in Oatman, AZ.  (Photo by Isabel Menzel/Cronkite News)

Can birth control reduce Arizona’s wild burro population?

Tourists pose for a selfie in Grand Canyon National Park. The Escalade project would aim to bring in more tourist revenue. (Photo by Sophia Kunthara)

Park Service push for centennial visitors worries environmental groups

Pii Paash tribal member Reuben Cruz says his small tribe’s environmental concerns are not being taken into account as the Gila River Indian Community prepares to trade drinking water for reclaimed water to irrigate fields. (Photo by Isabel Menzel/Cronkite News)

Pii Paash concerned about reclaimed water on Gila River land

The Islamic Community Center of Tempe, one of the largest mosques in Arizona. (Photo by David Marino Jr./Cronkite News)

Muslims in Arizona: One perception, many faces

Kim Aguayo is an artist, a millenial, and Latinx. Aguayo enjoys exploring the intersectionality of identity. (Photo by Socorro Carrillo/Cronkite News)

‘Latinx is me’: How one letter links controversy, community

Grand Canyon National Park. (Photo by John Fowler via Creative Commons)

Arizona Game and Fish calls Sierra Club fundraising letter ‘misrepresentation’


Tribal leaders call on next president to include Native voices in policy

Grand Canyon National Park’s Yaki Point after sunset. (Photo by Grand Canyon National Park/Creative Commons)

Arizonans: What do you do to protect the Earth?

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, is hopeful his bill on renewable energy on public lands - with more than 60 co-sponsors - will pass because it “transcends political divisions.” (Photo by Emily Zentner/Cronkite News)

Officials back bill to encourage renewable energy on public lands

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Volunteers make sure homeless don’t miss a meal after July 4th fire

Hikers learn more about the many uses of the Mesquite tree at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. (Photo By Elizabeth S. Hansen/Cronkite News)

Nine desert plants you can turn into cookies, candy and margaritas

The largest of the fifteen meteorites next to a one-centimeter cube for scale. The black outer later is called a “fusion crust” and forms when the outside melts as the objects falls hurtles through the atmosphere at high velocity. (Photo by Anna Copper/Cronkite News)

ASU team tracks down meteorites in desert

The largest of the fifteen meteorites next to a one-centimeter cube for scale. The black outer later is called a “fusion crust” and forms when the outside melts as the objects falls hurtles through the atmosphere at high velocity. (Photo by Anna Copper/Cronkite News)

Space rocks: ASU team finds meteorites in remote Arizona desert

White Mountain Apache Tribe Vice Chairman Kasey Velasquez said that the construction of the Miner Flat Dam was a “very important” need for the tribe to deal with their failing groundwater supply. (Photo by Emily Zentner/Cronkite News)

White Mountain Apache, lawmakers seek access to funds to finish dam

Lifeguards are trained to assist individuals who aren't great swimmers. (Photo by Christopher West/Cronkite News)

Dangerous waters: Adults drown at twice the rate of children in Arizona

Phoenix park ranger David Metzler provides free water to hikers to make sure they are safe. (Photo by Jiahui jia/Cronkite News)

Care urged when hiking during blazing Arizona summer

Large trees marked to be spared ahead of a forest restoration project near Williams. Unmarked trees are cleared to help prevent the spread of wildfire should one break out. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service)

Flagstaff wildfire prevention cited among ‘best in class’ for nation

Jing Lv leads guests on a free and educational tour of her garden after a Chinese food party at her home. (Photo by Jiahui Jia/Cronkite News)

Gardens connect Chinese-Americans in Arizona to taste of home

The Grand Canyon South Rim.  (Photo by Isabel Menzel/Cronkite News)

Supporters, opponents grapple over proposed Grand Canyon monument

sand bags

How to prepare for the Arizona monsoon

man and child

Five things to know about Ramadan


Ramadan connects Arizona Muslims to local community, world

Smoke rises from the distant Tenderfoot wildfire, which currently threatens Yarnell, Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Kormylo)

Tenderfoot fire forces evacuations three years after deadly Yarnell incident

Hikers walk a trail in South Mountain Park. Phoenix park rangers advise hikers to watch out for bees, who may attack if they feel threatened. (By Krandall Brantley/ Cronkite News)

How hikers can avoid a bee attack, and whether to run if it happens

Litter at Fossil Creek

Permit needed: Your guide to enjoying Fossil Creek without trashing it

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Scientists scramble to find remnants of meteor

Dirt roads similar to this one in Hidden Valley wind up and down different parts of the neighborhoods. (Photo by Kelsey DeGideo/Cronkite News)

I saw it on Facebook: Posts alert neighbors to crime, community help

dry golf course shut down to save money on water

With Lake Mead water levels down, water conservation needed

‘Gorilla-Snot’ solution created by local Arizona company, Soilworks. This product was sprayed on hundreds of acres of land to prevent further dust from rising along parts of Interstate 10. (Photo by Alexa Salari/Cronkite News)

‘Gorilla-Snot’ solution a potential ‘long-term’ fix for I-10 dust problem

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, called the drought that continues to plague Western states a “critical, crucial issue” that requires “immediate collaborative action” between the states.

Arizona officials call for tightened limits on Lake Mead water use

Firefighter and blaze

State faces typical wildfire season; West Coast could have harsh year

A male monarch basks at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. Male monarchs can be identified by a set of black dots on the lower wings. (Mallory Price/Cronkite News)A male monarch basks at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. Male monarchs can be identified by a set of black dots on the lower wings. (Photo by Mallory Price/Cronkite News)

Global warming, pesticides lead to decline in monarch butterfly population

Greener Bush

Environmental prosecutions have fallen under Obama administration

picture of skyline

Downtown Phoenix development highlights need for walkable streets

Author Fernanda Santos (Photo by Nick Oza)

New book tells tragic tale of Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in Arizona wildfire

TigerMountain staff tend to the Garden of Tomorrow, one of the four gardens cultivated by TigerMountain Foundation.

Community gardens cultivate life outside jail cells

Drip irrigation is just one of the ways farmers in Yuma are working to maximize their use of water, as the region struggles through another year of drought.

Yuma farmers grow more with less water during drought

Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, and Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, talk before a news conference to urge Obama to make public lands more inclusive.

Grijalva, Gallego join call for more minority inclusion in public lands

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Tribes, Grijalva ask Obama to protect 1.7 million acres at Grand Canyon

Sen. John McCain at an Iconic Voices event held at the Cronkite School in 2016. (Photo by Cronkite News)

McCain calls for a criminal probe of EPA for Gold King Mine spill on Navajo land

Bill Stoller photo

Cochise spending thousands to keep endangered wolf out of region

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Misael Cabrera, center, told a House committee that the EPA’s new ozone guildelines could end up winding U.S. cities for pollution generated elsewhere, among other problems.

Arizona official tells House that ozone rules penalize rural areas

Robert Lynch of Phoenix, left, was one of the officials testifying to a House committee on new federal clean-water rules. Also testifying were Jan Goldman-Carter and Lawrence E. Martin, woh is second from right.

Western officials attack EPA clean-water rule in House hearing

A couple hikes Telegraph Pass in South Mountain Park and Preserve. (Photo by Elena Mendoza/Cronkite News)

South Mountain Park no longer has gold mines but is treasured by hikers, bikers and hang gliders


Eco-friendly green burials become more popular in Arizona, the U.S.

Earthquake photo

Swarm of earthquakes rock Arizona

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Monument in New Mexico, one of 10 monuments created by President Barack Obama studied in a new report. It said the monuments generate $156 million in economic activity for lcoal communities.

Report: Obama’s national monument designations bring in $156 million


Free meals of nutritionally sound ‘ugly food’ offered at ASU event to highlight food waste

Joe Gysel, president of EPCOR Water USA and an officer of the National Association of Water Companies, told a Senate panel that aging water systems are “a very large problem.”

Officials tell Congress infrastructure needs help to keep water safe, reliable


El Niño’s dry conditions may spur bad Arizona wildfire season

Tourists pose for a selfie in Grand Canyon National Park. The Escalade project would aim to bring in more tourist revenue. (Photo by Sophia Kunthara)

As Grand Canyon looks to record year, advocates press need for funding

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, speaks at the 2016 Business of Water Summit in Phoenix. In his remarks, Flake outlined his criteria for federal legislation to address the drought facing states that rely on the Colorado River for water. (Photo by Travis Arbon/Cronkite News)

Sen. Jeff Flake: States should determine primary responses to drought

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Bike share program Grid expands to Mesa

Tucson and Phoenix were able to leverage their respective infrastructure to "gain tremendous efficiency and really create resiliency" in water supplies, said Kathryn Sorensen, Phoenix Water Service director.

Arizona officials share conservation ideas at White House Water Summit


Scottsdale nonprofit brings clean water to five countries in 24 hours

Resolution Coppper Co. would give the federal government more than 5,300 acres in several areas of southeast Arizona in exchange for more than 2,400 acres it wants to mine near Superior, in Pinal County.

Feds begin environmental review of proposed Resolution Copper mine

(Photo by Cronkite News)

Local nonprofit raising money to build clean water system in Cambodia


Phoenix seeks to curb water waste with participation in “Fix a Leak Week”

The hot Arizona climate has an immediate impact on how local golf courses care for the land. (Video by Elaine Wilson/Cronkite News)

VIDEO: Water restrictions, overseeding challenge AZ course owners to keep golf green

A Southwestern willow flycatcher, which favors trees and shrubs near waterways, has been listed as an endangered species since 1995. (Photo by Jim Rorabaugh via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Acuna cactus stays on endangered list, Southwestern willow flycatcher faces review


Tourists take state park rocks despite warnings

Members of the San Carlos Apache tribe  gathered as the  Capitol building to protest a proposal that would trade away land for mining, land that is sacred to them. (Photo by Jamie Cochran)

Oak Flat designation a win for mine opponents, but fight may continue


Phoenix startup employs diverse workers with disabilities

Arizonans competed in Arizona's Tree Climbing Championship in the Tonto National Forest this weekend. (Photo by Ben Margiott/Cronkite News)

Arizona’s top tree climbers compete for state championship

The line outside St. Vincent de Paul of people waiting for lunch service. Both centers are accessible to one another. (Photo by Amber Kahwaji/Cronkite News)

Homeless shelter funds dwindling as summer heat looms

Members of the San Carlos Apache tribe  gathered as the  Capitol building to protest a proposal that would trade away land for mining, land that is sacred to them. (Photo by Jamie Cochran)

Lawmakers challenge proposal to have Oak Flat listed as historic site

Rebecca Nieto teaches students about soil and its nutrients at Madison Simis Elementary. (Photo by Elena Mendoza/Cronkite News)

McCafé brews up a new plan to reduce waste

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Arizona Chamber says EPA ozone rule may hurt economy


Hip-hop rooted in African culture

More that 4,000 wild burros live in western Arizona, which federal officials say it three times the amount the land can support. Now, federal and local officials are talking about ways to rein in the herds.

County, federal officials meet to discuss control of wild burro herds

G. Homer Durham, Martin Luther King, Jr.. Ralph Abernathy, an unidentified participant, Rev. Louis Eaton and Msgr. Robert Donahoe at Goodwin Statium, Arizona State University. King spoke earlier in the day at Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church (Photo courtesty of ASU Repository)

Pastor strives to keep MLK legacy at historic Tanner A.M.E. Church

Saguaro National Park near Tucson is one of the parks that would get funding under President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget, which seeks $900 million to revive the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

White House, Congress feud over future of popular park-funding program


Sustainability Festival explores environment, energy conservation solutions

carbon photo

Carbon-capture could ‘save the planet,’ ASU scientist says

Confluence photo

Plan to protect 1.7 million acres at Grand Canyon claims new support

Temperatures in Phoenix are well above average for the month of February.  (Photo by Sydney Glenn/Cronkite News)

El Niño: Is winter over for Arizona?

Playground photo

Phoenix plans to go green by making neighborhoods happier and healthier

Duck on the Rock Viewpoint boundary wall work in 2012 repaired about 1,000 square feet of wall is being repaired. The viewpoint is closed during the repair work.

National parks need $11.9 billion in maintenance, $580 million in state

The Animas River runs yellow with toxin-tainted wastewater that was accidentally released from the abanoned Gold King Mine near Durango, Colorado. (Photo by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department via Reuters)

Six months later, Gold King Mine crisis has passed but concerns linger

Klee Benally of Navajo Nation and Clean Up the Mines sings during as part of a protest outside the EPA over uranium mines.

Navajo, others press EPA, Congress to act on uranium mine cleanup

The Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale aims to be the largest zero-waste event worldwide. (Photo by Mallory Price/Cronkite News)

Waste Management Phoenix Open goes environmentally green

A volunteer for the Adopt a Highway program cleans up debris. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation)

Anti-litter groups: Cigarette butts trash Valley freeways

Environmentalists worry that target shooting could trash sensitive areas of the desert, but gun enthusiasts say there’s a place for responsible shooters.

Plan allowing shooting in Sonoran Desert National Monument advances

Apples donated to Mount of Olives Evangelical Lutheran Church by Waste Not. (Photo by Amber Kahwaji/Cronkite News)

Confusing food expiration labels can lead to food waste

drought hearing

Western mayors call for cooperation on water problems, solutions

The many lights in downtown Phoenix contribute to the area's light pollution at night. (Photo by Alan Stark via Flickr/Creative Commons)

FYI: Arizona’s surge in dark sky places combats light pollution


Glendale extends the New River Trail for the public


Arizona environmentalists attending Paris talks hope agreement is only the beginning


New study: rooftop solar power saves water

The seed library at Mesa Public Library encourages the public to garden more with free seeds. (Photo by Elenee Dao/Cronkite News)

Mesa Public Library adds to the environment with a seed library

The orange price tags hang on trees in Encanto Park in Phoenix. The tags show the estimated value of the tree. (Photo by Eboni Johnson/Cronkite News)

Phoenix forestry guru can put a price on trees

From left, Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Bill Bryan, Outdoor Industry Association board member Travis Campbell, Interior Department official Kristen Sarri,  Houston Community College Southwest President Madeline Burillo  and Tom Wolfe, a principal Public Affairs Consulting, listen during a House hearing on the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Photo by Charles McConnell/Cronkite News)

Conservation conversation gets heated at hearing to renew park fund

Town Hall water photo

Water experts set recommendations for Arizona’s future

Researchers Ben Stinnett and Brenton Scott pilot the drone over the desert landscape. (Photo by Ty Scholes/Cronkite News)

ASU scientists are piloting drones over the desert to track invasive African grass


Senate hearing: More should be spent preventing wildfires

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Big horn sheep return to Catalina Mountains

A child waters plants

School garden grows sustainable students

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built over many years by his apprentices, Talisin West sits in the south foothills of the McDowell Mountains. (Photo by Erica Montgomery)

More than 75 years later, Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision lives on at Taliesin West


Artificial trees: How ASU scientists are hoping to reverse global warming

Tania Vera, violin player, Fabio Chavez, Orchestra director and Evelyn Riveros, saxophone player with the Recylced Orchestra peformed on opening night at the Scottsdale International Film Festival.

Recycled orchestra turns trash into musical treasure

Part of the Asarco mining and smelting complex near Hayden. The company will fund as much as $150 million in pollution-control upgrades as part of a settlement with the government. (Photo by Jeffrey M. Rzeszotarski via flickr/Creative Commons)

ASARCO, feds agree on $150 million cleanup for Hayden smelter

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Colder temperatures and pollution can bring more problems for asthma patients

Seismic activity near Black Rock City.

Arizona’s three earthquakes originated from Black Canyon City

U.S. Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix

Large federal grant will fund Canalscape project

Rob Mies photo

Bat Week hopes to debunk negative rumors about bats

The minnowlike Gila Chub, found in Arizona and New Mexico, is threatened by loss of habitat and has been listed as an endangered species since 2005. (Photo by Brian Gratwicke via flickr/Creative Commons)

Feds propose recovery plan for endangered Southwestern fish

The artists will have four months to claim pieces of trash for their art projects. (Photo by Elenee Dao/Cronkite News)

Phoenix looks for local artists to create art from trash piles


Study: 7 in 10 Americans believe in solid evidence of global warming

These signs and many others have been placed throughout Phoenix — and will continue to be placed — to help guide bicyclists and motorists in Phoenix. (Photo by Claire Cleveland/ Cronkite News)

Look twice for bikes, Phoenix launches bike safety pledge

The north side of the Grand Canal in Phoenix is awaiting a beautification project. The $4.9 million Grand Canalscape is designed to improve pedestrian pathways and tie the canal system into neighborhoods. (Photo by Eboni Johnson/Cronkite News)

The Phoenix Grand Canal en route to improvement this year

energy-efficient fluorescent light bulb

Despite bright spots, Arizona slips to 17th in energy-efficiency rank


Timeline: University of Arizona, Arizona State University heavily involved in Mars exploration

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Storms continue to pound Valley: How you can prepare


High-efficiency nozzles save water while keeping lawn green

Wetter than average weather is predicted for Arizona this winter. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

NOAA predicts El Niño weather will continue through winter


FYI: Understanding haboobs and their impact on Arizona

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Fossil Creek: Reservations required

Solar panels photo

Arizona sees decrease in new solar installations

The two buttes of the Bears Ears, near the Natural Bridges National Monument in southeastern Utah. Tribal groups want 1.9 million acres around Bears Ears preserved as a national monument. (Photo courtesy the U.S. Geological Survey)

Tribes join forces to push Obama for new national monument in Utah


Bad trash jams recycling effort, drives up costs


Green homes being built for needy families in the Valley

Arizona approved for cross-state bicycle route

Tree photo

Diamondbacks’ broken bats bring shade to local parks

A bulldozer crawls over a pile of coal at Peabody's Kayenta mine on the Navajo Nation in this 2012 photo. (Photo courtesy Peabody Energy)

House OKs bill giving tribes more control over mineral resources

Updating bathroom fixtures, including spigots that shut off automatically, is one of the ways the Washington Elementary School District has reduced water use. (Photo by Eboni Johnson/Cronkite News)

Arizona school district makes a dramatic advancement in water conservation


Bike in Tempe promotes bicycle riding with new, safe routes

Fish photo

Feds propose Endangered Species Act protection for two Southwest fish

A young Sonoran desert tortoise. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has removed the species from consideration for protection under the Endangered Species Act. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo)

Feds remove Sonoran desert tortoise from consideration for protection

Phoenix haze photo

State: EPA decision to lower ozone standard a ‘major challenge’ for Arizona

Firefighter and blaze

Stopgap budget has $700 million to replenish funds shifted to wildfires

ADOT signs in Laveen, marks the future path of South Mountain Freeway (Photo by Audrey Weil/Cronkite News).

Laveen residents look forward to South Mountain Freeway


SRP tests way to power Internet data centers from electric substation


Non-lead ammunition program expands to help protect wildlife

turf photo

Amid years-long drought, some homeowners giving artificial turf a look

A water conservation specialist examines a water meter.

Arizona municipalities offering free audits to conserve water

Ellen Vaughan, right, manager of NAU's Office of Sustainability, and Jessica Lazor, chair of the student-run Green Fund, stand in front of panels using solar thermal energy to heat a warehouse on campus. (Photo by Samantha Witherwax/Cronkite News)

NAU solar thermal project a new take on harnessing sun

Phoenix monsoon photo

Expert: Monsoon’s seeming intensity has more to do with location

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Gila River Indian Community opposes freeway on sacred land

Animas River Spill

EPA worker: ‘This is not good’

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, left, told a  Senate committee that EPA’s reponse to the Animas River spill created a “culture of distrust” with the agency. {Photo by Charles McConnell)

Lawmakers, tribal officials blast EPA for Animas River spill response


Mayor Stanton attending climate change conference


Along proposed commuter rail line, leaders see growth

Sediment spilled from a mine colors the Animas River in Durango, Colorado, on Aug. 6. (Photo courtesy of La Plata County Emergency Management)

Environmentalist sees toxic mine danger in Arizona; officials disagree


Surfboard maker stretching the limits of sustainability

The Phoenix Zoo reopened on Sept. 4 after being closed for three days due to damages caused by a storm earlier in the week. (Photo by Thomas Hawthorne/Cronkite News)

Phoenix continues cleanup after major storm

A Mexican gray wolf at the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico in 2011. Efforts to reintroduce the animals in Arizona and New Mexico have met with limited success - there are currently just 58 in the wild in the two states. (Photo provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

State files motion to intervene in lawsuit over wolf recovery plan

drought hearing

Spring rains boosted Lake Mead, heading off water emergency – for now

House photo

ADOT starts demolishing homes for Loop 202 extension


Stanton: Victory for Phoenix transit tax proposition shows ‘a belief in our future’


Groups to feds: Tighten mining rules in light of river spill

The Animas River runs yellow with toxin-tainted wastewater that was accidentally released from the abanoned Gold King Mine near Durango, Colorado. (Photo by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department via Reuters)

Arizona officials watchful, hopeful as EPA spill moves downstream

Wild horses, like these in Nevada, are protected by federal law, but the Forest Service says horses in Tonto National Forest enjoy no such protection. (Photo by Ed via flickr/Creative Commons)

Hold your horses: Planned Tonto Forest roundup delayed to September

A firefighter walks past a line of fire that was set as part of a controlled burn in 2008 in the Coconino National Forest. Advocates say burns like this head off bigger fires later. (Photo by Ian Horvath/U.S. Forest Service)

Fighting fire with fire: Prescribed burns take aim at wildfire threats

A firefighter keeps an eye on the Rock Fire that broke out July 31 and is burning south of Tusayan. The blaze is expected to continue burning to the northeast over the next fews days. (Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service)

Forest Service says wildfire growth threatens to consume agency budget

pollution settlement

Arizona environmentalists cheer EPA Clean Power Plan, utilities wary

San Carlos Apache tribe members listen to the "war song" that began their protest at the Capitol over the proposal to allow mining at Oak Flat. (Photo by Jamie Cochran)

Apache vow fight, lawmakers push bill, to block Oak Flat land swap

San Carlos Apache drummers lead a group of protesters in songs of prayer in Washington, where they were lobbying to block mining at their sacred land of Oak Flat. (Photo by Jamie Cochran)

Apache bring Oak Flat copper mine protest to White House, Capitol

pollution settlement

Feds approve 25-year extension for mining, burning coal at Navajo plant

A firefighter works the fire line on the Sitgreaves Complex Fire in the Kaibab National Forest in 2014. A July 13, 2014, lightning strike started the blaze, which ultimately burned 11,080 acres. (Photo by Holly Krake/USDA)

House OKs bill aimed at curbing wildfires; critics call it ‘bad for forests’

endangered species

Feds move one Arizona species toward endangered status, one the other way

Phoenix Fire Department truck photo

Safety sometimes lost in the excitement of Fourth of July

Tom Davis, general manager if the Yuma County Water Users' Association, said most water facilities maintained by the Bureau of Reclamation are 50 to 100 years old. (Photo by Jamie Cochran)

Yuma official tells Congress aging water facilities need ‘major’ repair

pollution settlement

Feds announce $160 million settlement of Four Corners Power Plant lawsuit

Washington Post reporter James Hohmann interviews Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, right, who talked about the city's environmental successes and the need to fight for water rights.

Stanton touts city’s successes, warns of need to fight for water rights


Blister in the sun? Heat bearing down on the Valley

forest management

House panel advances bill to improve forest management, fire prevention

Firefighter and blaze

Feds talk about wildfire readiness, chances for ‘catastrophic’ fire

endangered species

Is endangered vole out of the hole? Feds say yes; conservationists disagree

PBS NewsHour Grand Canyon Photo

Economic needs collide with preservation in Grand Canyon

drought hearing

Arizona hopes for more control of its water as drought deepens in West

Clean Water Act, waters rule, WOTUS

Both sides look for answers in feds’ Clean Water Act clarification

Clean Water Act, waters rule, WOTUS

‘Waters of U.S.’ rule does little to settle feud over EPA reach on regs

Confluence photo

Grand Canyon at confluence of popularity and conservation

energy-efficient fluorescent light bulb

Despite gains, Phoenix falls in ranking of energy-efficient cities

hunting rights federal lands

Hunters tell House, don’t restrict sportsmen on federal lands

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Interactive video: Guide to Arizona’s wildfire season

GRID bikes photo

Map: How easy is it to bike around Phoenix and the Valley?

Dan Thelander, who grows alfalfa, wheat, cotton and other crops on 5,000 acres in Maricopa, is wary of a looming shortage on the Colorado River that would cut deliveries to central Arizona agriculture. But he says the state’s farmers are used to doing more with less water because they’re in a desert.

Preparing for shortage: Arizona farmers used to doing more with less

A Mexican gray wolf lay unconscious on an open truck bed after being tranquilized and brought to the drop site for processing.

New rule expands roaming area for endangered Mexican gray wolf

Rachel Cheeseman, regional marketing coordinator for the Arizona Community Foundation, said organizers of the Water Consciousness Challenge want everyone to know that water is a priority for Arizona's future.

Contest seeks to drive innovation in water-conservation education

ASU senior Arthur Steingart, 23, is the CEO of Symp1e LLC and the company is launching Waterall, an irrigation timer.

ASU student launches product to conserve water, save money

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., addresses a forum on water he convened Tuesday in Phoenix. (Photo by Emily Mahoney)

Flake: ‘Continual planning’ needed to manage water supply

A cumulonimbus cloud produces a shaft of rain. Some say Arizona can help address its water challenges by seeding clouds to produce more rain and snow. (Photo by University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

Enhancing the clouds: A solution to Arizona’s water challenges?

Diane Vosick

Experts press case for forest management to head off wildfires

burned forest

Environmental impact statement clears way for forest thinning

Sea otter condom label

Endangered species condoms mark Earth Day with an earthy message


Experts: Funding, staffing cuts undermining state’s water agency

Jeffrey Pruitt, CEO of Tallwave, announced the five startup companies selected for its High Tide training program on April 8. Photo Courtesy of Tallwave

Tallwave selects startups for training in downtown’s Luhrs complex

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said "underfunding of the agency is the most critical challenge facing the IRS today," affecting its ability to respond to taxpayers and to collect taxes. Photo by Jessica Boehm

Officials: IRS response to taxpayer calls down sharply, wait times up

Huachuca Wildlife

Fort Huachuca plans ‘buffer’ against development; conservationists skeptical

Borderlands icon

Panel: Government needs better way of measuring border security


Ducey calls budget, education highlights of first 100 days

Winslow, Arizona, sign

If Winslow levee isn’t fixed, there won’t be a corner to stand on

New life for paint: Gilbert connecting unused cans with people, projects

Mexican gray wolves Touchcast.

Interactive video: Efforts to track Mexican gray wolves