Nearly half of tribal homes lack clean water, but pandemic funds offer hope of improvements

TO'HAJIILEE, New Mexico – Across the country, 49% of Native American homes lack access to reliable water sources, clean drinking water or basic sanitation. Homes in the Navajo town of To'hajiilee, just outside Albuquerque, are no exception. Taps run black with sediment and orange with rust, and nearly 2,000 residents rely on truckloads of water for drinking.


Trap-Neuter-Return: The most humane way to save stray cats, veterinarians say

LOS ANGELES – This past summer was the worst kitten season in years due to many trap-neuter-return clinics losing funding to continue their services because of COVID-19. With a cold winter ahead and these clinics reopening their services, the TNR method has never become more important than now in protecting the livelihood of these cats.


Arizona saw ten-fold jump in catalytic converter thefts, second-most in nation

WASHINGTON - Theft of catalytic converters - a part of a car's exhaust system that changes toxic gases to less-harmful emissions - is surging across the country, and Arizona has seen the second-highest increase in thefts in the nation in 2021, according to one report.


Wet meadows in high desert restored by low-tech volunteers

Wet meadows provide critical wildlife habitat and act as natural sponges, holding water during drought. But encroachment and climate change are major threats.


Joshua trees are first plant to get California protections because of climate change

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – Joshua trees have interim protections in California under the state’s Endangered Species Act, but the threat of climate change and wildfires could wipe out most of the population of the iconic yuccas.


4FRI revived: Wildfire-prevention program back on track after months of delay

WASHINGTON – The popular 4FRI forest maintenance program is back on track with a more focused, "more realistic approach" that appears to have government, industry and environmental officials in rare agreement.


With the Colorado River in crisis, those who decide its future gather with a sense of urgency

Some of the most important researchers and decision makers in Western water management will be in Las Vegas next week discussing the future of the Colorado River. The annual conference comes ahead of mandatory cutbacks in the basin implemented by the federal government.


SRP lowers Salt River water levels, reducing eelgrass for wild horses, advocates complain

MESA – Water levels on the Salt River have been healthy all summer and have led to ample eelgrass for the wild horses that roam its banks. Now SRP is cutting back on releases into the river, and a group dedicated to the horses is worried about the horses’ food source.