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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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Fourth graders join Kaibab National Forest’s Citizen Science Project

Outfitted with Amazon Fire tablets and knowledge of the Kaibab National Forest’s 2018 Citizen Science Project through the iNaturalist app, 16 students from Fredonia Elementary School wrapped up the school year with a day-trip roaming among the trees and open meadow at Pleasant Valley in the North Kaibab Ranger District of Kaibab National Forest, May 17.

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White House proclaims June 2018 Great Outdoors Month

During Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate the unmatched magnificence of our Nation’s mountains, waters, canyons, and coastlines.

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You go, squirrel: Give wildlife a safe space to work for the camera

Rangers at Grand Canyon have responded to several human-animal interactions in the last few weeks, one of which resulted in serious, but not life-threatening injuries to a visitor.

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Environmentalists take aim at power plant’s discharge permit

Environmental groups are accusing U.S. regulators of violating clean water rules by repeatedly delaying action on a discharge permit for a coal-fired power plant that provides electricity for customers in three western states.

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Experts: ‘Alarming’ drought conditions hit Arizona, US Southwest

Rivers and watering holes are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest.

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Annual Grand Canyon Star Party to be held June 9-16

The 28th annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held June 9-16 on the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Kaibab National Forest enters Stage 2 restrictions

Because of increasing fire danger and for public safety, the entire Coconino and Prescott National Forests, as well as the South Kaibab portion of the Kaibab National Forest, will implement Stage 2 fire restrictions.

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Photo highlights: APS volunteers help lead clean-up efforts at Grand Canyon

APS employees and their families led a volunteer clean-up effort at Grand Canyon National Park April 14.

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Emails reveal two potential buyers for Navajo Generating Station

The potential investors of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona have been identified as a New York-based firm that focuses on distressed companies and one of its subsidiaries in the utility business.

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Ruling: Fish and Wildlife must reformulate rule capping Mexican wolf population

A federal judge’s April 2 ruling could mean fewer restrictions to the release of captive-bred Mexican wolves into the wild.

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Closing date for NGS remains unchanged

House Committee meeting brings no change for future of Navajo Generating Station; still set to close in 2019

The Navajo Nation Navajo Council Speaker and Hopi Tribal Chairman testified before a House Committee on National Resources subcommittee to try and garner congressional support for keeping the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) open beyond 2019.

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Grand Canyon National Park offering free entry April 21

Earth Day celebration, including steam locomotive demonstration, begins at 10 a.m.

Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to celebrate the 48th anniversary of Earth Day during National Park Week fee-free day April 21.

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Trophy hunting won't make November ballot in Arizona

Arizona voters won’t get a chance to outlaw “trophy hunting’’ in the state, at least not this year.

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USFWS: Endangered Colorado River fish no longer an extinction risk

An endangered fish that makes its home in the Colorado River basin no longer is at the brink of extinction.

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Game and Fish warns about dangers of feeding wildlife after Sedona attacks

Following two javelina attacks near Sedona last month Arizona Game and Fish Department is reminding the public to stop feeding wildlife. No attacks have been reported in the Williams or Grand Canyon area.

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Report: Two Mexican wolves found dead in Arizona

Federal wildlife managers are investigating the deaths of two endangered Mexican gray wolves.

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Grand Canyon National Park seeks vendors for Earth Day celebration

Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate the 48th anniversary of Earth Day with an open-house style celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza.

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North Rim campsite under new ownership, reservations now online

Finding a campsite with full hookups near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon will soon get a little easier.

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Rainbow trout stocking at Lees Ferry to be discussed at March 5 public meeting

Stocking intended to boost trout population and sport fishing opportunities

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) plans to stock rainbow trout this spring into the lower three mile walk-in section of Lees Ferry, a blue-ribbon trout fishery below Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona.

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Leaders reaffirm support for Navajo families at 'Yes to NGS' rally at Arizona Capitol

Hundreds of Kayenta Mine and Navajo Generating Station workers marched on the Arizona State Capitol Feb. 6 to announce the formation of ‘Yes to NGS,’ a coalition that advocates for solutions to ensure the continuation of NGS operations beyond 2019.

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Groups file suit challenging Mexican wolf recovery plan

Critics say current plan doomed to fail, ignores best available science

A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit Jan. 30 challenging what they call a deeply flawed recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf, whose numbers have reached about 113 in the wild.

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How dangerous is State Route 64?

Two recent accidents with multiple fatalities have shaken residents and travelers on State Route 64, but how bad is the highway when compared to other highways in the state?

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Annual bald eagle event set for Flagstaff Jan. 27

Did you know that Arizona is visited by over 200 bald eagles during the winter?

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