Sustainability

Forest Service chief confident on wildfires despite proposed budget cut

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Forest Service faces a $970 million budget cut in 2018, but the chief of the agency told a Senate panel Wednesday he is confident the service will have the resources to battle wildfires next year.


Arizona cities buck Trump, pledge to stick to Paris climate goals

WASHINGTON - Arizona cities Friday spurned President Donald Trump's plan to pull the U.S. out of a global emissions compact, with at least three mayors pledging their cities would hew to the emission goals laid out in the Paris accord.


Trump plan to exit Paris accord riles Arizona Democrats, warms GOP

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States will withdraw from a global agreement on emissions that "handicaps" the economy, a move that Arizona critics charged will end up harming both the economy and the environment.


Kicks on Route 66 may slow down if preservation money runs out

SELIGMAN – Nearly 32 years after Route 66 lost its designation as an official highway, one of the most storied routes in America could face another road block. The program created to preserve the road and landmarks along it is set to expire in two years.


Farmers markets bloom as vendors educate, bring local produce to customers

PHOENIX – Farmers markets are gaining more attention from Valley residents, helping small businesses reach customers and find their footing in a competitive market.


Tribulations and triumph: Phoenix theater troupes explore diversity and community

PHOENIX - Theater starts with an idea – a dream, a passion or a problem. Diverse theater in Arizona takes another step, giving voice to communities that otherwise get little attention on stage.


That’s a no to ‘ho, ho, ho’: Committee rejects Christmas tree on Camelback Mountain

PHOENIX – A nearly decade-old practice of hauling a Christmas tree to the top of Camelback Mountain may be halted, with a Phoenix committee saying a need to leave the recreational area pristine triumphs over tradition.


Residents discuss drawbacks, benefits of life on federally owned land

WASHINGTON - An Arizona rancher and state legislator told a congressional committee Wednesday that he has been "held hostage" for years by the red tape that accompanies federal ownership of lands in the West.


Phoenix to begin first phase of Grand Canalscape Project

PHOENIX – The ancient Hohokam civilization first built Phoenix's canal system more than 600 years ago. In the fall, Phoenix officials plan to start a project they hope will revive and improve the Grand Canal.


Arizona environmental chief, physician differ on role of EPA

WASHINGTON - Arizona's top environmental official told separate House and Senate committees Tuesday that the federal government needs to back off and let states take care of environmental regulation on their own.


Parker saloon owner turns to solar for power, but keeps other technology at bay

PARKER – The moment you take a sharp right turn off State Route 95 and onto Cienega Springs Road near Parker, there’s no such thing as a pit stop along the 5-mile journey. The bumpy, winding road leads to The Desert Bar, a secluded, booze-friendly landmark that’s been a staple in the area for more than 34 years.


May 19, 2017 Newscast

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