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 >>
Nobody did anything wrong in fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, which killed 19 wildland firefighters in June, according to the team assigned to investigating the incident.Thanks to videos shot by reporter John Dougherty, you can watch as firefighting officials explain how everything about the events s ... More >>
Nothing went wrong in the Yarnell Hill Fire, which killed 19 wildland firefighters in June.That's according to the "Serious Accident Investigation Report" into the fire, released this weekend by federal, state, and local firefighting officials in Prescott.
Prescott Wildland Division Chief Darrell Willis now claims the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire "could have made it" if the feds sent air-tankers requested by state firefighting officials.Although firefighting officials made several requests for aircraft to fight ... More >>
Bryan Teague, who started last year's Mistake Peak Fire by kicking a propane tank into a campfire, should spend 30 days in prison and pay $487,000 in restitution, federal officials say. The 56-year-old Peoria resident was convicted in May after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts for causing ... More >>
If you're beginning to notice that wildfires seem to be popping up quite frequently, in Arizona and elsewhere, you're not alone.And according to many researchers, climate change is among the chief causes.
Putting a propane tank in a campfire turns out to be an even stupider idea than we thought. After Bryan J. Teague of Peoria put a 16-ounce tank in a campfire on August 8 while on an off-roading trip in the Tonto National Forest, the predictable explosion sparked the 5,220-acre "Mistake Peak Fire," ... More >>
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See also: Bath Salts: Our Told-Ya-So Moments on "Ban" ContinueSee also: Naked Men in Tempe High on Bath Salts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3It appears that Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk may have found a way to ban the sale of all the synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" or "spice."The Legislatur ... More >>
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Image: www.sedonahikingadventures.comJames Reich, owner of Sedona Hiking Adventures, has been sentenced to two days in jail for running an illegal guide service on national forest lands. A Sedona-based hiking guide has been sentenced to two days in jail and is banned from national forests for ... More >>
Greer lost six structures last night to the still-growing Wallow fire, but weather conditions are expected to improve today for firefighters.A U.S. Forest Service spokesman said the blaze, for now, is holding to its eastern borders."It did push into some structures last night, but we were able to ... More >>
Gila County Sheriff's Office An unidentified dead body was found in this truck after fire officials extinguished a blaze that burned it to a crisp.When authorities from the U.S. Forest Service and Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a fire off a Forest Service road ... More >>
The Arizona Department of Economic Security is warning clients in DES' Early Intervention Program of possible identity theft. After two backup hard drives were stolen from a Phoenix storage facility last October, the department sent out 65,000 letters to warn people of identity theft. Ten thousand o ... More >>
Image: WikipediaCrown King Saloon A former National Park Services employee is being charged by the federal government for leaving a fire unattended that grew out of control and spurred the evacuation of Crown King, a small, mountain town northwest of Phoenix. The "Lane 2" fire burned nearly 10,000 ... More >>
Navajos say making Snowbowl snow from reclaimed water is "genocide." Please!
Dry ice missiles? Bomb the mountains? Phoenicians come up with some wacky plans for snuffing out the fires.
An endangered bird is thriving in the dry bottom of Roosevelt Lake. Too bad it's in the way of water for Phoenix.
Squeezed out by developers and environmentalists, recreational users gird for a rumble in the desert.
A Mexican gray wolf pack learns to kill cattle and loses its freedom
A prominent Southwestern environmental group is at the center of a squirrelly federal lawsuit
The Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution has been established in Mo Udall's name. Would he even like it?
Western governors conference weighs pros and cons of environmental policy
John McCain says he wants to save Spur Cross Ranch. Has he really gone Green, or is he just scrounging for greenbacks from a Cincinnati fat cat?
Government gears up for an onslaught of Flower Children
A mining company mucks out its own mess at Pinto Creek
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,
Ranching takes a blow in the courts, an uppercut to the bottom line and a jab in the marketplace
U.S. District Court Judge Carl Muecke ruled on the letter of the law, but his liberal views and tough courtroom style made him the judge that conservatives love to hate
The Center for Agribusiness and Equine Science was supposed to help desegregate the Phoenix Union High School District. Now the same lawsuit that created it is shutting it down.
Once again, a legal effort aims to compel the Forest Service to follow its own logging rules
From spikedaces to spotted owls, the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity has logged the legal system and rewritten the book on environmental activism
A Salt River rafter rides a torrent of legal and financial troubles
Secretive group considers letting ranchers charge for elk hunting on public land
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.
THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND INDUSTRY OVER PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS HAS TAKEN ON A RELIGIOUS FERVOR
THE WOODS ARE LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP; THE FOREST SERVICE HAS PROMISES TO KEEP