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    December 27, 2012
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    December 21, 2011

    Two Thousand Acres of Desert in Southwest Valley to be Destroyed for Solar Plant -- So Why are Conservationists Happy?

    ​ 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 >>

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    December 9, 2009

    EPA Sued for Failing to Act on Phoenix Area's Pollution Plan

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    State Boosts Water Quality Regulations; Gives Special Status to Fossil Creek

      Beautiful Fossil Creek just northwest of Payson was given the status of "Outstanding Arizona Water" today by state officials, mandating that government must protect it from harm. In a 3-1 vote, the Governor's Regulatory Review Council approved new state water quality standards that protect bo ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    November 9, 2006

    Raising Arizona

    Okay, Janet, you won. Now what?

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    November 2, 2006


    Despite a lot of hoopla at the beginning of Napolitano's administration, environmental protections for kids have not improved much

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    April 13, 2006

    Stealth Zealot

    Pop quiz. Who’s Arizona’s other U.S. senator? Here’s a clue: He makes Dubya look like a liberal

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    March 23, 2006

    Soiled Hands

    It's no surprise that builders take shortcuts to make money. What might shock you: Government officials -- from regulators to legislators -- do little to stop them

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    May 26, 2005

    The Rancher's Revenge

    When environmentalists attacked, rancher Jim Chilton used the best ammunition he could find -- and it came from his enemy

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    January 20, 2005

    Send in the Clowns

    Don't bother, they're here. After a decade of voter-mandated reform, the Arizona Legislature is as out of touch as ever

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    December 19, 2002

    Shades of Green

    The new governor appears to have double-crossed environmental supporters in choosing some new agency heads.

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    February 14, 2002

    Just Plain Cuckoo

    What was the Audubon Society thinking when it named a pro-development Republican to head its new statewide effort?

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    January 11, 2001

    Burn, Baby, Burn

    'Stop urban sprawl!' 'Burn the rich!' 'An acre an hour is obscene!' Is it any wonder some are rooting for the arsonists?

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    April 20, 2000

    Range Wars

    Tolerance of ranching puts The Nature Conservancy at odds with the environmental community

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    March 2, 2000

    Babbitt's Secret Growth-Control 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.

  • News

    November 11, 1999

    Twisted Ecologic

    Governor Hull says it's time for inclusiveness in politics. Environmentalists say she won't give them the time of day.

  • News

    October 7, 1999

    Continental Divide

    A development proposed for a north Valley slope has residents accusing the county of "collusion"

  • News

    August 5, 1999

    Growing Complicated

    Already, the state's grand plan for halting urban sprawl appears doomed

  • News

    February 11, 1999

    Red Scarce

    Thanks to gubernatorial neglect, Hull's ambitious agenda is going nowhere

  • News

    January 7, 1999

    The Law of the Land

    Lobbyists ride roughshod over the legislative process, going so far as to write the bills that lawmkers pass

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    January 7, 1999
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    November 26, 1998
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    October 22, 1998

    Why Growing Smarter Will Grow Old Fast

    The so-called Growing Smarter measure would prevent the state from enacting strict growth controls. At the same time, however, it would free up $220 million for land preservation.

  • News

    October 1, 1998

    The Work of Art Hamilton

    For years, House minority leader Art Hamilton has used every trick in the book--the House rules book--to influence the Republican majority; now he's running for secretary of state

  • News

    May 7, 1998

    Cleaning the Creek

    A mining company mucks out its own mess at Pinto Creek

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    May 1, 1997

    What's Wrong With This Picture?

    State Senator Russell Bowers is best known for his archconservatism, his assault on environmental regulations and . . . his fine art?

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    March 2, 1995