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Potential buyer for Navajo Generating Station pulls out, plant closure likely

The investment firm that was interested in buying the Navajo Generating Station broke off its pursuit , making the closure of the plant next year and the loss of hundreds of jobs appear more likely.

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Grand Canyon National Park to celebrate National Fossil Day Oct. 17

Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to celebrate National Fossil Day Oct. 17.

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Congress seeks species law changes after grizzly hunt barred

A court ruling Sept. 24 in Montana restored protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, putting on hold grizzly hunts that had been planned in Wyoming and Idaho.

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Arizona officials look to reach Colorado River drought deal

Progress is being made in talks toward a set of agreements for cities, farmers and tribes to share in Colorado River water cutbacks, according to Arizona water officials.

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High Court denies review of Grand Canyon-area mining ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ban on the filing of new mining claims around the Grand Canyon but environmentalists said they are keeping a close eye on actions by the Trump administration they fear could lead to a reversal of the ban.

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National Academies of Science review: Is the Mexican wolf just another wolf?

The long-running fight over the Mexican gray wolf moved from southeast Arizona to a paneled Washington conference room this week, where scientists will try to answer the question that could determine the animal’s fate.

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Once imperiled, condors now soar free over Vermilion Cliffs

In a remote area of northeastern Arizona, far from the crowds gathering to celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 22, another celebration was taking place. A California condor opened its wings and soared high above Vermilion Cliffs.

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Grijalva, Bishop craft surprise deal to save fund for public lands

A House committee unanimously approved a surprise, bipartisan plan to save a popular land conservation fund Sept. 13, just weeks before it was set to expire.

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Bat tests positive for rabies in Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park officials recently received confirmation that a bat collected at Phantom Ranch on Aug. 31, 2018 tested positive for rabies.

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Drought, wildfires take toll on Colorado river-rafting industry

Colorado is called “the mother of rivers” for a reason: It has thousands of miles of waterways.

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Study: Mexican wolves outside historical range threatens recovery

The latest international research study on Mexican wolves says that encouraging recovery of the endangered subspecies north of its outlined historical range would be detrimental to preserving the wolf’s unique characteristics.

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Havasupai campground reopens; Humane Society offering aid for animals

Lodging and tourism facilities will reopen on the Havasupai Reservation more than a month after a catastrophic flash flood tore through the campground.

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National Park Service to allow more off-road vehicle activity at Glen Canyon Recreation Area

The National Park Service (NPS) will move forward with plans to increase access and recreational opportunities within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area by approving a Record of Decision (ROD) for the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on managing off-road vehicle (ORV) use throughout the NPS unit.

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Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortage looms

A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks as soon as the end of 2019, officials said Aug. 15.

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Wildlife biologists to begin gathering GPS data for elk at Grand Canyon National Park

Wildlife biologists will be putting GPS collars on ten adult elk between late August and October of this year to gather movement data of the elk at Grand Canyon National Park.

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National Park Service nixes rafting proposal after backlash over franchise fees

The National Park Service has canceled a contract proposal to run commercial river trips in the Grand Canyon after backlash over higher franchise fees.

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Tick-borne infections may become more common as insects move into new territory

While plague-bearing fleas often command the attention of parents and pet owners, other tiny terrors may go unnoticed.

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‘Fight the bite’: August rains, standing water bring risk of mosquito-borne illnesses

Arizona’s wettest month is upon us, but rain won’t be the only thing that arrives with these August monsoon storms.

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AZGFD: Misinformation only stalls successful Mexican wolf recovery​​​​​​​

Scientists involved in Mexican wolf recovery say environmental groups distributing old and faulty data that calls for the release of captive adult wolves are not helping the recovery of the endangered subspecies.

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Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what’s found in major cities, according to a study released July 18.

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Arizona rancher says ‘dysfunctional’ rules hurt environment, ranchers

The president of the Arizona Farm Bureau told a House panel July 12 that regulations meant to help the environment are actually doing the opposite, in part by harming ranchers who are in the best position to help.

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Worry and relief at EPA after scandal-plagued Pruitt's exit

Trump taps former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead environmental agency

Taking over from an ambitious predecessor known for seeking out the rich, powerful and conservative, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly named acting chief has promised to reach out to anxious staffers throughout the demoralized agency and to lawmakers of both political parties.

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Colorado River reservoirs expected to be less than half full by Sept. 30

Reservoirs along the Colorado River are projected to be less than half full by summer’s end, potentially marking a historic low mark for the river system that supplies water to seven U.S. states and Mexico.

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Navajo, Hopi tribes rally at state Capitol in bid to save coal plant

More than 300 people who say their livelihoods depend on a coal-fired plant on a sprawling Native American reservation rallied in Phoenix June 6 to request a 90-day delay in steps being taken to shutter it by 2019.

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Short film documents Havasupai struggle with uranium mining

Six million visitors travel to Arizona every year to see the Grand Canyon. The majority will explore it from the scenic overlooks along the South Rim.

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