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Tucson Rodeo celebrating 93 years

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Tucson Rodeo celebrating 93 years

By SoAzNewsX It’s rodeo time in Tucson! The Fiesta de las Vaqueros celebration gets underway on Sat. Feb. 17 at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds on South 6th Avenue with more than 450 amateur riders and professionals from around the U.S. and Canada. “The entry list for Tucson could be the ‘Who’s Who’ of pro rodeo,” […]


Supreme Court action leaves water rights muddy

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Supreme Court action leaves water rights muddy

By Kathy Hoekstra / Heartland Institute The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a landmark lower court ruling establishing Native Americans’ tribal groundwater rights, leaving in place a decision granting the federal government rights to groundwater underneath federal lands and Native American tribes rights to groundwater beneath federally recognized reservations. The reservation of the Agua Caliente […]


Arizona farmers, pressured by grinding drought and urban sprawl, look for ways to save water

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Arizona farmers, pressured by grinding drought and urban sprawl, look for ways to save water

By Angel Mendoza / Cronkite News CASA GRANDE – As water supplies in Arizona dwindle due to drought, groundwater pumping and a warming climate, farmers increasingly are facing poorer crop yields and, in some cases, resigning once-fertile farmland to unusable barren ground. “About two-thirds of this farm isn’t being used because of our water limitations,” Travis […]


America was a tobacco-chewing nation

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America was a tobacco-chewing nation

From The Westerner Blog In 1842, Charles Dickens traveled America and published his observations in the bookAmerican Notes for General Circulation. The following selection was written after his journey from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. In it, he comments on the tobacco-chewing — and tobacco-spitting — habits of the country: “As Washington may be called the head-quarters […]


The storied history of Ajo

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The storied history of Ajo

By Tom Prezelski Some 130 miles from Tucson and separated by the Tohono O’odham Reservation, the friendly and historic community of Ajo is generally out of sight and out of mind for too many of us in more populated parts of Pima County. However, as it may be difficult for newcomers to believe, this little unincorporated mining […]


Rural lands at risk in the West as ranchers prepare for retirement

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Rural lands at risk in the West as ranchers prepare for retirement

From The Westerner Blog Winds were gusting over 45 miles per hour on an overcast day at the Dunmire Ranch in southeastern Wyoming. Black cows grazed in the distance with wind turbines lined up on the horizon. At the center of ranch, young colts milled around the corral. Gator, a 14-year-old blind and deaf dog, […]


Arizona lawsuit: Plan to recover endangered Mexican wolves is flawed

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Arizona lawsuit: Plan to recover endangered Mexican wolves is flawed

From The Westerner Blog U.S. wildlife managers failed to adopt a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf that would protect against illegal killings and the consequences of inbreeding, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by environmentalists. A coalition of environmental groups filed the complaint in federal court in Arizona, marking the latest challenge […]


Tribes say ‘no thanks’ to plan for scaled-back Bears Ears monument

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Tribes say ‘no thanks’ to plan for scaled-back Bears Ears monument

By Kyley Schultz / Cronkite News WASHINGTON – Leaders of five tribes accused lawmakers Tuesday of “cherry-picking” tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears monuments, and said proposed tribal management of the new monument would be in name only. The testimony from Navajo, Hopi and other leaders contradicted lawmakers from Utah […]


Arizona elk heading east to West Virginia

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Arizona elk heading east to West Virginia

By SoAzNewsX In late February, dozens of elk from Arizona will be establishing a permanent change of residency more than 2,000 miles away. The healthy, strapping animals were captured earlier this week through a partnership between the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The Arizona Game and Fish […]