Mountain lions like P-22 are revered in California. They’re hunted in Arizona.

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles last weekend celebrated P-22 Day in honor of a cougar that roams Griffith Park – an icon in the fight to save mountain lions across the West, whether in a big-city park or in mountains and rangeland.

P-22, who was first caught on camera in 2012, prowls the night with the Hollywood sign behind him. (Photo by Steve Winter National Geographic)

Heat deaths hit record in Maricopa County, but there are ways to stay safe

PHOENIX – Higher temperatures in Maricopa County have led to a record number of heat-associated deaths, according to a report released this month. Experts say people – visitors and Arizonans alike – should reconsider how to prepare for the heat to stay safe while outdoors.


Gila River tribe agrees to conserve water in return for federal compensation

The Gila River Indian Community has announced plans to conserve a large portion of its water supplies over the next three years and is seeking payment from a new federal program designed to incentivize such reductions.


Lights out: Oracle State Park hosts a star viewing party to celebrate Arizona’s dark skies

ORACLE – Cronkite News visited Oracle State Park near Tucson to see why amateur astronomers love observing the cosmos at the International Dark Sky Park.


Grand Canyon’s water ‘backbone’ to get major overhaul starting this fall

PHOENIX – The historic pipeline that brings drinking water from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the South Rim fails frequently. Work will begin this fall to overhaul sections of the pipe.


Camelback’s Cholla Trail reopens, providing more access to the highest peak in Phoenix

PHOENIX – Cholla Trail on Camelback Mountain’s eastern slope, which closed in March 2020, reopened in September with safety improvements and new amenities. The landmark is Phoenix’s highest peak and carries with it decades of history.


Empty Bowls event raises money to combat food insecurity, cut food waste

PHOENIX – Arizona nonprofit organization Waste Not raises funds to help food insecurity through its annual Empty Bowls event by selling handcrafted clay bowls. Proceeds go toward rescuing perishable foods from local businesses and delivering it to agencies that feed the hungry.

A mix of colorful handcrafted bowls are set up at the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix for the Empty Bowls event hosted by the Waste Not Arizona on Oct. 14, 2022. (Photo by Scianna Garcia/Cronkite News)

Iconic Strong Arm was one of many saguaros killed by climate change, deadly bacteria

Climate change is becoming a deadly threat to the iconic saguaro, which is found only in the Sonoran Desert. According to cactus expert William D. Peachey, extreme temperature fluctuations and more severe storms are making saguaros more susceptible to the deadly bacteria Erwinia cacticida.


‘It’s alright to be a fat bear’: Why Fat Bear Week is more than a beauty contest

WILLIAMS — Fat Bear Week started at Alaska’s Katmai National Park as a way to help people understand the importance of bears and healthy ecosystems. In northern Arizona, Bearizona has its own Fat Bear Week to show off the park’s black bears as they prepare for winter hibernation.


Tempe plans to reopen long dormant water reclamation plant amid grinding drought

PHOENIX – Tempe plans to use $60 million to reopen the Kyrene Water Reclamation Facility which closed in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The plant will help Tempe collect and recycle water as Arizona struggles with its worst drought in 1,200 years.


‘Good Samaritan’ bill aims to allow cleanup of abandoned, leaking mines

WASHINGTON - Arizona officials have high hopes for a proposed "good Samaritan" law that could help clean up some of the tens of thousands of leaking, abandoned mines in the state by removing legal liability for those who take on the job of mine remediation.


Gallego touts local efforts in Phoenix to battle climate change

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego touted the city Thursday as a model for enduring extreme weather events, during a virtual panel on how local governments can help defend against the impacts of climate change.