Firefighters struggle to contain California wildfires, at least 17 people dead

Firefighters struggle to contain California wildfires, at least 17 people dead

Seventeen people have died in at least 22 wildfires that have burned 170,000 acres in Northern California, officials said Wednesday, as firefighters brace for a change of winds to exacerbate one of the deadliest outbreaks of wildfires in that state’s history. Officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said 11 people died […]

Where the buffalo roam: property investment in the American West

Where the buffalo roam: property investment in the American West

From The Westerner Blog For some property buyers, waking up to the silence of the open plains of the American West is the best way to beat big city living. There are cattle grazing in the fields and wild horses running behind them, while streams cut through landscapes backed by snow-capped mountains. This is life […]

Scott Dyke: Bunker de France – a life in the movies

Scott Dyke: Bunker de France – a life in the movies

By Scott Dyke Behind the scenes of movie making, there is this culture that exists. They move around a lot, taking whatever is offered. It is a nomadic lifestyle, and the industry would not flourish without them. They are stand-ins, doubles, extras, bit players and generally all-around handy and versatile folks. Steve “Bunker” de France […]

The scandalous saddle

The scandalous saddle

From The Westerner Blog As absurd as this may sound, the sidesaddle took hold in the 14th century to protect the virginity of a teenaged princess traveling across Europe to wed the young King of England. Surprised? Don’t feel alone. Most assume the sidesaddle was the natural outcome of fashion, demanded by the long, flowing, […]

McSally is first Member of Congress to hike 800-Mile Arizona Trail

McSally is first Member of Congress to hike 800-Mile Arizona Trail

By SoAzNewsX Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02) will become the first member of Congress to hike the 800-mile Arizona Trail, which spans from the U.S. – Mexico Border in Cochise County to Utah. Planning to hike it in segments in the months ahead, late last week she led members of Cochise County on a 3.6-mile kick […]

Why prohibition didn’t work in Pima County

Why prohibition didn’t work in Pima County

By Tom Prezelski Pima County residents often take pride in being just a little politically out of step with the rest of Arizona. When our friends in other parts of the country point at one headline or another and laugh or gasp in astonishment, we can just shrug and say, “Don’t look at me, I’m from […]

US, Mexico reach agreement on managing the Colorado River

US, Mexico reach agreement on managing the Colorado River

LAS VEGAS — The United States and Mexico expanded a long-term agreement Wednesday that will allow both nations to continue using the Colorado River while also pushing more conservation efforts to ensure that water is available during droughts. The nine-year deal, which expands on a 1944 water treaty between the two countries, would see the […]

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance offers high school curriculum

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance offers high school curriculum

From The Westerner Blog Teachers and high school students can get a first-hand look at farming thanks to a new curriculum introduced by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA). The Discovering Farmland curriculum uses the award-winning documentary, “Farmland,” a film by James Moll, as a foundation. It presents high school students a first-hand glimpse into […]

AZGFD study clarifies Mexican wolf historical range

AZGFD study clarifies Mexican wolf historical range

By SoAzNewsX A recent peer-reviewed scientific paper reaffirmed the historical range of the endangered Mexican wolf as being southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico. The paper was the featured article published in the July issue of The Journal of Wildlife Management, a leading international wildlife science journal. The authors – […]

Arizona State Parks win coveted Gold Medal for best state park system

Arizona State Parks win coveted Gold Medal for best state park system

By SoAzNewsX Arizona State Parks and Trails won the Gold Medal for best managed state park system in the nation from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The award was announced yesterday morning during the national NRPA conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. “This is a tremendous achievement that benefits everyone in our state – […]