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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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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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