An Environmental Protection Agency document from the late 90s states "caches of explosives" were found at the New River ranch where a man lost his leg in an explosion this week.The former owner of that ranch, Charles Byers, who manufactured explosive devices at the site, told a TV station in Califor ... More >>
"Is Phoenix tap water safe to drink?" the City of Phoenix's Water Services Department asks itself in a Q&A document."Phoenix tap water meets or surpasses all federal and state requirements for health and safety," it answers in the document revised last week. "More than five million tests and measure ... More >>
A bill that would allow teachers to address "weaknesses of existing scientific theories" has been explained by the bill's sponsor, and that explanation isn't exactly comforting.Part of Senate Bill 1213 bill says that school districts and schools would "assist teachers to find effective ways to prese ... More >>
â€‹There's been much squawking in Phoenix about the need to outsource, to privatize and to slash government costs -- and it was a pledge that many of the six mayoral candidates made as they ran in the first leg of the Phoenix election.Now that the field of candidates in the mayor's race has been nar ... More >>
Could you be looking at the new Washington State Pearl Jam Forest?â€‹According to NME, Pearl Jam will be planting $210,000 worth of trees in Washington state. Why, you may ask? Well, in order to make up for all of the environmental damage they did during last year's U.S. tour. The band believe ... More >>
Global warming threatens to sink Santa's workshop and push reindeer toward extinction, a renowned climatologist tells New Times. As we've read in recent months, climate change could melt the ice cap at the North Pole during the summer in 10 to 20 years, according to some estimates. Scientists aren't ... More >>
Lisa Jackson, the head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, has been so focused on saving the world from America's greenhouse gases that she seems to have forgetten about serious pollution in the Phoenix area. Jackson is in Copenhagen this week for the international talks on carbon r ... More >>
Jill McCutcheon, executive director of Sedona Recycles, says the current state of recycling is the biggest Catch-22 she's ever seen. The non-profit northern Arizona company's education division did a stellar job convincing state residents to drop off cardboard goods at 13 sites around the Verde Vall ... More >>
By Ray Stern Few popular authors have achieved the greatness of Michael Crichton, who always made you feel like you were learning something in the middle of the awesome adventure unfolding in his novels. He was kind of like Stephen Hawking and Stephen King rolled into one. Crichton, 66, died Wedne ... More >>
Stylin at the Icehouse
What was the Audubon Society thinking when it named a pro-development Republican to head its new statewide effort?
From the week of January 3, 2002
From the week of December 13–19, 2001
Farmers say it's nourishing. Critics say it's noxious. Either way, tons of California sewage is headed to Arizona.
Clinton Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt lays claim to an environmental legacy. Too bad it's a monumental disappointment.
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.
Is money from the sale of environmental license plates being properly spent?
Someone is shooting endangered Mexican gray wolves. The government's flawed reintroduction program helped put them in the crosshairs.
What's up with BOMEX?
Outside groups leading the anti-immigration campaign in Arizona are trying to distance themselves from their own bigoted pasts.
Transit-plan backers say they see a bus in your future--so how come they've been working on the railroad?
State Senator Russell Bowers is best known for his archconservatism, his assault on environmental regulations and . . . his fine art?
Ousted official claims contractor created excess work to boost its take of tax dollars
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?
Other Valley cities wonder whether Phoenix's water treatment practices increase the odds for an outbreak of a waterborne disease. It's called Crypto and it can kill.
Strategies to reduce harmful emissions