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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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Game and Fish now accepting applications for fall hunt

Low-density elk hunt tags available for those who didn’t receive tags in draw

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is now accepting paper applications for 2017 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison and pheasant.

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Fire season outlook good for high country, desert grasslands could suffer

The winter and spring storms that will help protect the pine forests from devastating fires this year could create havoc in the desert grasslands.

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American Rivers Report: Lower Colorado River tops most endangered list ... again

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — For the third time this decade, environmental group American Rivers named the Lower Colorado River as the nation’s most endangered in its annual report.

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Campgrounds to reopen this month on Tusayan, Williams ranger districts

With summer recreation season rapidly approaching, Kaibab National Forest recreation facilities on the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts will open to the public as early as April 15.

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Biologists’ research leads to withdrawal of two fish from ‘endangered’ classification

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) withdrew its proposal to list two minnows, the headwater chub and a distinct population segment of the roundtail chub in the Lower Colorado River Basin, as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) April 6.

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Canyon Mine completes drilling of 1,475-foot mine shaft

Energy Fuels to analyze drilling results, prepare plan for ore extraction

Canyon Mine has completed drilling of its 1,475-foot mine shaft and has finished delineating the uranium deposits, according to Energy Fuels spokesman Curtis Moore.

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As wildfire season stretches, Forest Service shifts, balances priorities

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the wildfire season is about 78 days longer than it was in 1970, leading the Forest Service to strike a balance between maintaining forests and fighting more fires.

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"Almost drinkable:" Activists concerned with Canyon Mine's disposal of excess water, Energy Fuels says methods are safe

Although no uranium ore has been officially hauled out of Canyon Mine, conservation groups, as well as the Havasupai and Navajo tribes, recently reiterated their concerns about radioactive contamination after learning a wet winter left the mine facility water-logged.

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North Kaibab to conduct outfitter-guide needs assessment, capacity study

Because of increasing demand and visitor use on the Rainbow Rim Trail, recreation planners on the North Kaibab Ranger District will immediately conduct an outfitter-guide needs assessment.

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With Trump administration in place, focus shifting from Grand Canyon Monument to maintaining progress

Just before his last week in office, President Barack Obama’s staff told Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) that he would not be designating the Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument under the Antiquities Act before leaving office.