The Arizona State Forestry Division is contesting the "serious" safety violations another state agency claims the forestry division made in fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire."On that day the fire burned over 8,000 acres of wildland, over 114 structures, and resulted in multiple instances of firefighter ... More >>
A new sign and more safety warnings are coming from the Bureau of Land Management following the deaths of three hikers this summer near "The Wave" formation. Following an analysis of the tragedies, the BLM says today in a news release, the agency will take several steps immediately. They include:
If you've read mainstream media accounts of the moments leading up to the death of 19 firefighters in Yarnell, then you've been led to believe that a "sudden" thunderstorm is what sent the Granite Mountain Hotshots into harm's way.That's not the case, former New Times reporter John Dougherty has dis ... More >>
An assault rifle with loaded magazines and 40 pounds of marijuana are just some of the objects found during a clean-up of federal lands near the smuggling corridor of Interstate 8.Dennis Godfrey, spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, says he'll try to find out exactly what type of weapon ... More >>
The federal government just approved the destruction of 2,000 acres of Sonoran Desert land in the southwest Valley for a new solar plant, but conservationists aren't complaining.This time, anyway.Thomas Hulen, executive director of Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument, was one of ... More >>
fortressofbaileytude.comDon't be an idiot. Just pay attention to what Smokey says and everything will be alright.Fire crews are having a hell of a time putting out the second largest forest fire in Arizona history, which is currently burning in eastern Arizona. So, naturally, we've made a list of ... More >>
The dead body of a man was found laying on top of a fully loaded assault rifle in the Vekol Valley earlier this week, and because the man was Hispanic, authorities, per usual, are going on the assumption that he's an illegal immigrant.About 9:40 a.m. on Monday, a ranger from the U.S. Bureau of La ... More >>
Governor Brewer, outside federal court ThursdayIn a day filled with protests, arrests, legal arguments, an appearance by the governor, and at least one certified neo-Nazi, the most significant developments in the SB 1070 saga happened within the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse in Phoenix, n ... More >>
www.wildhorsepreservation.comThe U.S. Bureau of Land Management has a message for Arizona tourists: You're creating fat-asses.Literally.The bureau is concerned with visitors to the town of Oatman, where they say tourists are over-feeding the town's wild burros, making them unhealthy, and...well.. ... More >>
The feds are going to study 670,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management land in six western states -- but only 16,000 of those acres are in Arizona. What an oversight! Those gloomy skies over Washington D.C. must have dimmed bureaucrats' minds. It's typically said that we get about ... More >>
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's still pushing her budget-rescue plan to state lawmakers, which includes a proposed temporary tax hike. Legislators haven't exactly received Brewer's plan with open arms, and she says their reluctance may delay a special spring election which puts approval for the tax hi ... More >>
The system that serves tiny children with disabilities is nowhere near fixed, after years of trying on the governor's watch
Congressman Rick Renzi and the very strange coincidence
George Johnson is quickly becoming the most notorious developer in Arizona
Letters from the week of August 8, 2002
Clinton Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt lays claim to an environmental legacy. Too bad it's a monumental disappointment.
After a decade of legal battles, the unsinkable Robert Burns is once again shaping his dream metropolis of Sun Valley
Ranch owner's feud with feds has been dragging on for 10 years
State gives feds the brush-off on open-space preservation plan
While the state and the Sierra Club jockey to curb urban expansion, the Secretary of the Interior is quietly pushing his own proposal. We've got the maps.
Someone is shooting endangered Mexican gray wolves. The government's flawed reintroduction program helped put them in the crosshairs.
Ranchers who run cattle on State Trust Lands may soon have competition for the publicly subsidized grazing leases they've always enjoyed. But not every rancher is getting fat off the land.
Increasingly, public officials ignore laws they're paid to uphold. Citizens and interest groups regularly drag these same bureaucrats into court, trying to ensure that the laws of the land are enforced. But now even the courts, once bastions of authority,
Playing with fire at the 1997 Burning Man festival
Where endangered Sonoran pronghorn antelope play under the roar of U.S. Air Force jets on live-fire bombing exercises
Strange days and fiery nights at the 1996 Burning Man Festival
As the White House flips and flops, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt takes his environmental losses and victories in stride. Is his stoicism a necessary virtue or a political vice?
A CANADIAN MINING COMPANY WANTS TO DIG A 300-ACRE HOLE BEHIND DONNA GOODALE'S HOUSE. ALTHOUGH MOST ALL OF THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES INVOLVED THINK IT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA, THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO STOP THE EXCAVATION.
GAME AND FISH INVESTIGATORS STALKED THE MOST NOTORIOUS MOUNTAIN LION HUNTER IN THE STATE. HE TURNED OUT TO BE A HIRED GUN FOR RANCHERS, AND HE'D KILLED 18 CATS.
NO,YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST. JUST FLEX YOUR MISSILES.
LAND BATTLE PITS REP. JON KYL (R-DEL WEBB CORP.) AGAINST REP. JIM BILBRAY (D-SUMMA CORP.)
FRED SCHRADER WOULDN'T PULL THE TRIGGER IF HIS LIFE DEPENDED ON IT. UNFORTUNATELY IT DID.
THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND INDUSTRY OVER PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS HAS TAKEN ON A RELIGIOUS FERVOR
THE KLUMPS HAVE RUN COWS ON PUBLIC LAND FOR DECADES. NOW THEY'RE TELLING THE GOVERNMENT THEY OWN IT.