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COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo police say weekend curfew was effective, urge drivers to slow down

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow as ZIP code and demographics data were released, jails and detention centers prepare for more cases, and more news from the Grand Canyon State.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo leaders exposed to illness; state to get 100 ventilators from FEMA stockpile

PHOENIX – Breakdown of cases by ZIP code is coming to Arizona, and other news from around the Grand Canyon State.


Climate change already is diminishing the Colorado River, U.S. researchers find

GREELEY, Colo. – Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey have found that the Colorado River Basin is extremely sensitive to slight variations in temperature. For each degree that average Celsius temperatures rise, they found, flows in the Colorado are likely to decline more than 9%. It’s a problem that will only get worse as the planet continues to warm.


As Western coal-fired plants close, who gets their water?

CRAIG, Colorado – Coal-fired power plants use millions of gallons of water, but as more of these plants are shut down, what will become of the water they draw from the overallocated Colorado River?


Lawmakers blast plan to shift $3.8 billion from Pentagon to border wall

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration plans to tap the Pentagon for another $3.8 billion in military funds to pay for border wall construction this year, a move critics blasted as "theft," a raid and a money grab.


Ahead of ‘public charge’ change, advocates struggle to keep Hispanic families enrolled in benefits

PHOENIX – Advocates continue struggling to keep qualified Hispanic families enrolled in public programs like food stamps and cash assistance amid changes to the so-called public charge rule. The U.S. Supreme Court last month decided to let the rule take effect, and that happens on Feb. 24. It allows immigration officers to consider applicants’ use of public benefits, including Medicaid, in deciding to grant green cards, visas and changes in residency.


Blasting for border wall is typical of feds’ neglect of tribes, leaders say

WASHINGTON - Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris said the "controlled blasting" in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, for a border wall that will ultimately cut through his reservation, is just the latest example of the federal government ignoring its duty to consult with tribes.


Bill would prohibit transfers of some Colorado River water to central Arizona

PHOENIX – A Republican lawmaker from Kingman has introduced legislation that would bar “fourth priority” water contracts along the Colorado River from being transferred to growing cities in central Arizona.


Climate change, and our response to it, is making life harder for desert tortoises

LAS VEGAS – The desert tortoise is well equipped to handle a hot and dry climate, but climate change, and large scale developments are making the land they roam hotter and drier.


Teamwork will be key to balancing the overcommitted Colorado River

PHOENIX – Conservation and innovation, along with historic partnerships among the Colorado River Basin states, will be needed to eliminate the difference between what’s been promised and what’s actually in the riverbed.


Air-to-ground missions: WSU, Air Force offer different styles in unique Cheez-It Bowl meeting

SCOTTSDALE – Washington State and Air Force will bring dramatically different offensive styles to the Cheez-It Bowl in Chase Field.


With drought plans finished, water managers pause Colorado River negotiations

LAS VEGAS – With the drought contingency plan finished, water managers from across the Southwest recently gathered in Las Vegas to figure out what’s next. Climate change already is restricting the arid region’s water supplies, and there’s little agreement on how to bring balance to the Colorado River Basin.