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Schools, others fear new trust-land law (access required)

A freshly passed budget bill granting the Arizona State Land Department the ability to raise money independently to pay for the costs of state trust land management could face a legal challenge based on federal law that is almost 100 years old.

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Phoenix Councilwoman Baier named state land commissioner

Gov. Jan Brewer named Phoenix City Councilwoman Maria Baier as the new state land commissioner. "(Baier) brings numerous years of outstanding experience in the public and private sectors, with expertise in the areas of land use, natural resource management, growth and development and environmental quality," Brewer stated in a press release June 16.

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Arizona trust land boom turns bust with defaults

A news release touting the largest sale in the history of Arizona's land department made it sound like the boom would never end. The lone bid for the 269 acres in north Phoenix was $149.5 million, topping the previous record sale of state trust land of $135 million two years before.

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