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House advances bill to limit president’s creation of national monuments

A House committee gave preliminary approval to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments.

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Few details after deadline for coal plant ownership passes

A coal mining company looking to save the Arizona power plant it feeds from closure says it’s making progress in the search for new owners. But few details came with a deadline Oct. 1 to identify potential buyers for the Navajo Generating Station near Page.

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Prescribed burns on North and South rims scheduled

Fire managers on the south zone of the Kaibab National Forest completed plans for the 2017 fall and 2018 spring prescribed fire burning seasons and have already begun working in many listed for treatment.

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AZGFD study clarifies historical range of Mexican wolf

Evidence points to southern parts of Arizona and New Mexico, 90 percent of Mexico

A recent peer-reviewed scientific paper reaffirmed the historical range of the endangered Mexican wolf as being southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico.

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Environmentalists, ranchers trade barbs in killing of Mexican gray wolf

Environmentalists and livestock owners are pointing fingers after government agents killed an endangered Mexican gray wolf last month for preying on cattle, the first wolf killed for depredation in 10 years.

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Grand Canyon Bison Management Act approved by House committee

Bipartisan legislation would allow private hunters to harvest the entire animal

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee recently approved a bipartisan bill that will allow the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) to better manage and conserve the bison population within Grand Canyon National Park, according to the agency.

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North Rim bison herd to be culled near Grand Canyon National Park

Lethal, non-lethal methods to be used to drop herd numbers below 200

The National Park Service (NPS) will work with cooperating agencies and partners to reduce the size of the bison herd on the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

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AZGFD, regional business leaders address Mexican wolf recovery plan

Agency says plan builds on best available science, local business owners say more wolves mean more revenue

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) submitted its official comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) draft Mexican wolf recovery plan Aug. 29.

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Astronomers Without Borders collecting eclipse glasses

Now that the “Great American Eclipse” has come and gone, what will be done with thousands of pairs of eclipse glasses and viewers?

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Guest Column: AZGFD supports wolf recovery based on best science

It’s been a long hard struggle to recover the Mexican wolf in Arizona, and we are seeing great progress.

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Sun takes center stage at Grand Canyon

Interior Department, NASA offer tips on safely viewing, photographing 'great American eclipse'

When the moon passes in front of the sun on the morning of Aug. 21, it will be the first time a total solar eclipse has passed across the entire length of the United States since 1918.

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Passed: Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument to remain unchanged after federal review

Following an uncertain future after President Trump’s executive order calling for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review 27 national monuments designated since 1996, Zinke confirmed Aug. 4 Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument will remain unchanged.

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1.4 million weigh in on administration’s review of national monuments

An Interior Department plan to review recently designated national monuments has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments, a phenomenal number that one advocate said he had not seen in 25 years of environmental activism.

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Monsoon lightning ignites multiple fires near North Rim

Fire managers explain the role of prescribed burns in keeping lightning-caused fires in check

Within the past week, North Zone fire personnel consisting of firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service have responded jointly to multiple lightning-caused wildfires located on both the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and adjacent North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

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Specialists continue work to restore ponderosa pine on North Kaibab

Employees on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest have partnered with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) to plant seedlings in the Warm Fire 2017 planting project at East Lake.

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Havasupai Campground named best in Arizona by "Travel + Leisure"

Famous for its turquoise waterfalls cascading amongst rust-red rocks, Havasupai campground was recently named Arizona’s top camping destination by "Travel + Leisure" Magazine.

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Bill introduced to reduce North Rim bison population through use of sharpshooters

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar introduced the bi-partisan Grand Canyon Bison Management Act, June 22, which would allow the use of wildlife management and conservation techniques on the bison population within Grand Canyon National Park.

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Zinke says tribes happy to have Bears Ears modifications; tribes disagree

Formal public comment period for Bears Ears review extended through July 10

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is misrepresenting tribal positions about his plan to reduce a yet unspecified portion of the Bears Ears National Monument while increasing tribal co-management of the site, according to tribal officials and their lawyers.

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Parched by drought, Lake Mead water levels continue to fall

Arizona risks losing water rights because of a lingering, nearly two-decade long drought in the Colorado River that could restrict water use ranging from farmers’ crops to how many households receive water, state water experts say.

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Forest Service chief confident on wildfire outlook despite proposed budget cut

Tidwell testifies to Sentate he is confident his agency will be able to respond to wildfires next year, despite proposed budget cuts

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

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Prescribed burns continue near Jacob Lake, Grand Canyon Village

North Zone fire managers plan to conduct a prescribed burn within the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest as early as June 1, if weather, fuel moistures, air quality and smoke dispersion remain favorable for meeting both forest health and public safety goals and objectives.

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Voyles retires as AZGFD director

Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) Director Larry D. Voyles announced that he will retire from the state’s wildlife agency this summer.

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Rare cloud inversion fills Grand Canyon with sea of fog (Video)

For the second time in six weeks, a sea of fog flowed through the Grand Canyon.

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Prescribed burns to begin this week on Tusayan Ranger District

Crews plan to begin working on two prescribed burns near Tusayan beginning May 23 and will likely continue burning for several days providing weather conditions remain favorable for meeting forest health objectives and smoke dispersion.

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Navajo Nation, Salt River Project negotiate lease to keep NGS open

Plant could stay open until 2019 under replacement lease, preserving jobs on Navajo, Hopi reservations

Officials from the Navajo Nation and the Salt River Project (SRP) report that negotiations for a replacement lease that would allow the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) to continue operating through the end of 2019, have been productive and that considerable progress has been made.

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