Congress considers making Chiricahua National Monument Arizona’s fourth national park

WILLCOX – Bipartisan bill to make Chiricahua National Monument Arizona’s fourth national park could bring more tourism to southeastern Arizona.

Chiricahua is believed to have formed after a volcanic eruption 27 millions years ago left 2,000-foot-high layers of pumice and ash that fused to create rhyolitic tuff rock. (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)

Watchdog fights to protect consumers, keeps tabs on utility companies and the commission that regulates them

PHOENIX – Since 2018, Abhay Padgaonkar has worked as a fierce consumer advocate, fighting for the rights of those who struggle to pay their electricity bills. Padgaonker believes that his background in engineering and financial modeling makes him uniquely suited for data analysis as he keeps tabs on utilities and the commission that regulates them.

Protesters march around the Arizona Corporation Commission building in Phoenix before a September 2019 meeting about Arizona Public Service’s electricity shut-off policy. (File photo by Jake Eldridge/Cronkite News)

Arizona, California, Nevada agree on cuts to Colorado River water use

WASHINGTON - Arizona, California and Nevada unveiled a plan Monday to save 3 million acre-feet of Colorado River water between now and 2026, a stopgap measure to buy time while authorities figure out a long-term plan for the river.


Honor your ‘mother’: Working to keep traditional ways, types of Hopi corn

MAYER – Michael Kotutwa Johnson, a farmer from the Hopi Tribe, is focusing on bringing Hopi corn back to the dining table – not only for the health benefits but also to connect his people to their culture.

Michael Kotutwa Johnson says Hopi corn "has 10 to 15 times more mineral content" than supermarket corn. He hopes to share it with the Hopi people and believes they will see an improvement in health. (Photo by Sierra Alvarez/Cronkite News)

Court rejects claim that copper mine land is needed for jaguar preservation

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that regulators were wrong to conclude that parts of Pima County targeted for a copper mine are critical to the preservation of endangered jaguars, reviving chances for the stalled Rosemont Copper mine.


Food forest 360 tour: Glendale permaculture landscape designer grows produce in the desert

GLENDALE – Justin Haddad, owner and operator of Herbal.Lyf.Styl, has been growing a food forest in his backyard for the past seven years. He launched a permaculture landscape design business to help other people grow their own food forests.

Justin Haddad points at flowers growing in his backyard. “My favorite flowers have always been mango flowers,” Haddad said. “I grew this plant from seed.” Photo taken in Glendale on April 16, 2023. (Photo by Paula Soria/Cronkite News)

Where did the snow go? Researchers probe gap between snowfall, runoff

Every winter, high-altitude snow melts and fills reservoirs in the Colorado River basin, but some years see a big gap between the snow that falls and the water runs off. There is little data on why it happens, but researchers hope to find answers high in the Rockies.


It’s summer and Arizona gas prices sizzle to third-highest in country

PHOENIX – Arizona gas prices remain the third-highest in the country, just in time for summer vacation season.

Cars line up to get gas early at a QT on the corner of Germann Road and Arizona Avenue in Chandler. (File photo by Hope O’Brien/Cronkite News)

Efforts to remove invasive giant reed in Arizona rivers and lakes continues with Department of Forestry grants

PHOENIX – The Arundo has been invading Arizona, and organizations, including the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, are offering grants to groups that will work to remove the stubborn plant. The Arundo is found near many bodies of water in Arizona, and it takes up too much water for the drought-ridden state.

Arundo was introduced in the U.S. from Southeast Asia. Some people now use it around their homes as an ornamental plant. (Photo by Willie Sommers/Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management)

Wet winter allows for rare ‘high-flow’ Lake Powell release to help river

An extra pulse of water was sent through the Grand Canyon this week, part of a Bureau of Reclamation “high-flow experiment” designed to move and redeposit sand and sediment from the Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona.


Arizona plans to sink more than $85 million into potholes, other repairs

PHOENIX – After a tough winter for roadways, the Arizona Department of Transportation is working to patch potholes and to resurface, repair and improve highways in Arizona. ADOT has pledged over $85 million for the effort.


Phoenix again ranks among most polluted; people of color more likely to be exposed and develop health issues, report says

PHOENIX – The Phoenix metro area has been ranked as the fifth-most ozone-polluted city in the United States, according to the most recent State of the Air report from the American Lung Association. The report emphasized people of color are especially affected by air pollution and related health issues.

The Phoenix metro area has been ranked as the fifth most ozone-polluted city in the United States, according to the most recent State of the Air report from the American Lung Association. (File photo by Kasey Brammell/Cronkite News)