Arizona's political heavyweights have spent years in federal court challenging the legality of Tohono O'odham Nation's proposed West Valley Resort, a casino near 91st and Northern avenues. Since the law hasn't been on opponents' side, they've desperately been trying to change it. Congressman Tre ... More >>
A majority a Glendale City Council agreed on Tuesday to begin formal negotiations with the Tohono O'odham Nation over its proposed West Valley casino -- a move that marks a dramatic change over the city's previous attitude toward the Native American tribe. Nation leaders say that opening the door t ... More >>
Former Democratic state Representative Daniel Patterson, who resigned from the House last year before a vote on his expulsion could take place, is already talking about getting back into office.Patterson's not talking about a 2014 run, but rather filling a potential vacancy in the near future.See al ... More >>
A U.S. District Court judge has scheduled a hearing on April 9 in an ongoing legal battle to block the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a casino in the West Valley. Despite several back-to-back legal victories for the Nation, its opponents are not backing down. "Throughout this process, the Nat ... 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 >>
Washington D.C. cops trashed James Patock's trailer, which served as his home.They threw him in jail for 45 days, where he was pelted with excrement.They even seized his 10-year-old German Shepherd, Lobo, and gave it away for adoption.All because police searched his trailer, thinking incorrectly it ... More >>
An artist rendering of the Nation's proposed West Valley casino.The Arizona Court of Appeals has delivered a blow to Glendale officials trying to block the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a resort-style casino near the city's border.The court ruled on May 3 that the Nation's entire 135-acre p ... More >>
Artists rendering of the proposed West Valley ResortUnited States District Judge David Campbell ruled today that the Tohono O'odham Nation's 54-acre property in the West Valley must be taken into trust.And that means that the Nation is one step close to building the West Valley Resort, a casino t ... More >>
www.westvalleyopportunity.com The latest rendering of the West Valley Resort, a casino that Glendale officials and state leaders are trying to derail.Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a measure that allows local governments to annex property without a property owner's consent under certa ... More >>
Russell Pearce State Senator Russell Pearce, best known for his immigrant-loathing views, is taking on the Tohono O'odham Nation, an Indian tribe that plans to open a resort-style casino in the West Valley.Pearce and state Senate-hopeful Scott Bundgaard, now joined by about a dozen Ari ... More >>
Russell Pearce U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell has denied an attempt by Senator Russell Pearce to join a lawsuit filed by the City of Glendale and the Gila River Indian Community against the Department of the Interior.Glendale and the Gila are suing the Interior Department ... More >>
Elaine Scruggs making her pledge during April 2009 City Council meetingGlendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs once pledged to work with the Tohono O'odham Nation if the federal government approved the tribe's application to create a West Valley reservation.But nearly two months after the feds approv ... More >>
Health officials at children's hospitals around the Valley say that hundreds of Arizona kids have been diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening respiratory virus. The virus, known as RSV, is a common cause of inflammation in the airways of the lungs and pneumonia, and its symptoms are simila ... More >>
The Arizona Game and Fish Department may have some explaining to do over the death of the last known jaguar in Arizona. A report filed by the Department of the Interior alleges that the initial capture of the cat, known as Macho B, was probably intentional and violated the Endangered Species ... More >>
Congressman Renzi's big land-swap fibs are finally catching up to him
Congressman Rick Renzi and the very strange coincidence
Kerry's a wuss. Dubya's a doof. How can anybody vote for either of these clowns?
Governor's budget knife forces state habitat restoration fund onto endangered list
Clinton Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt lays claim to an environmental legacy. Too bad it's a monumental disappointment.
Jerry Ostwinkle's life fell apart when the government seized his golden eagle; now he's fighting for Rex and the rights of falconers.
Margarite Faras tried to fix what she thought was wrong with the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Instead, San Carlos fixed her.
Ranch owner's feud with feds has been dragging on for 10 years
Town and tribe fight over land, accountability
Top state officials clash over Salt River Project
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,
When wealthy casino tribes sought to derail a would-be competitor, campaign donations were the currency of the day
Recently discovered documents indicate that the lawyer who represented the Hopi Tribe in crucial negotiations with Peabody Western Coal Company was working for the mining company at the same time
The Hopi want one of the largest coal mines in North America to stop using their groundwater. If springs and wells continue to dry up, they say, their ancient culture may disappear, too.
Dave Wegner's career with the Bureau of Reclamation seemed to be at peak flow. He had no idea it was about to run dry.
Witnesses say a Justice Department attorney physically attacked a lawyer for environmentalists
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?
From spikedaces to spotted owls, the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity has logged the legal system and rewritten the book on environmental activism
It's named after Kemper Marley, the apparent inspiration for the murder of newsman Don Bolles. It's full of inaccuracies, racism, Chamber of Commerce blather and third-rate gimmickry.
How 84-year-old Paul Webb and a handful of cows have buffaloed the bureaucrats and trampled an Arizona national monument
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.
DEL WEBB'S 5,600-ACRE NEW RIVER DEVELOPMENT HAS SPAWNED CONTROVERSY. BUT NEWS COVERAGE HAS IGNORED THE WATER WHEELING AND DEALING THAT COULD CARPET ARIZONA'S VIRGIN DESERT WITH SUBURBAN SPRAWL.
MINERS--SPURRED BY NEW TECHNOLOGY AND INPENDING REGULATORY REFORM--SCURRY TO LOCK UP MINERAL RIGHTS. RESIDENTS OF WALKER, ARIZONA, FEAR THEY'RE ABOUT TO GET THE SHAFT.
THE STATE HAD GRAND HOPES FOR DEVELOPING ITS $80 MILLION ISLE IN LAKE HAVASU. IT'S BEEN A REAL BEACH.
LEROY JACKSON TRANSFORMED HIMSELF FROM A PHOENIX STREET WINO INTO A CHARISMATIC NAVAJO ENVIRONMENTALIST. HIS FRIENDS THINK HE WAS MURDERED FOR HIS EFFORTS.
WHEN BRUCE BABBITT SURFACED AS THE TOP CHOICE FOR THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, A WASHINGTON, D.C., NEWPAPER PLAYED FAST, LOOSE AND SLOPPY WITH HIS PAST
A REVOLUTION ERUPTS ON THE CHEMEHUEVI INDIAN RESERVATION.
J.D. RAN HIMSELF UP A FLAGPOLE. BUT NOBODY SALUTED.