Court rejects claim that copper mine land is needed for jaguar preservation
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that regulators were wrong to conclude that parts of Pima County targeted for a copper mine are critical to the preservation of endangered jaguars.
Planned Senate bill would counteract Mining Law ruling
A Democratic U.S. senator is looking to Congress to ensure mining companies can use established mineral claims to dump waste on neighboring federal lands as they always had before a federal appeals court adopted a stricter interpretation of a 150-year-old law.
Apaches get new chance to argue mine will harm sacred sites
An Apache group battling a foreign mining firm that wants to build one of the largest copper mines in the United States on what tribal members say is sacred land will get a new chance to make its point Tuesday when a full federal appeals court panel takes another look at the case.
Let’s take clear path back to protecting native religious freedom
The federal courts have generally denied Native American religious beliefs the same protections afforded other, more convenient religions under the law.
Supreme Court hears Navajo water rights case with potentially big impact
When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in Arizona v. Navajo Nation, it will be considering fairly technical legal questions, but the answers could have a large impact on water allocation in the Colorado River basin.
SRP solar plant northwest of Flagstaff expected to offset 1 billion pounds of CO2 each year
Salt River Project has partnered with Clēnera, a private renewable energy company, to bring Arizona its largest solar plant by 2024. Construction of the CO Bar Solar plant will begin this year on 2,400 acres of private land northwest of Flagstaff in Coconino County.
Arizona students lobby as courts, Congress, fight over Oak Flat
A group of Arizona high school students and alumni in Washington last week lobbied for a bill that would block development of a copper mine proposed for Oak Flat, land that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache.
Lawyers: Arizona GOP chair pleaded Fifth to Jan. 6 panel
Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward refused to answer questions during a deposition of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, an attorney for the panel revealed Tuesday during a court hearing in Phoenix.
Court: Conviction in writing, not open court, violated defendant’s rights
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a drug-smuggling defendant’s rights were violated when a district court handed down his conviction in writing and not in open court, denying him an opportunity to appear.
Court upholds Arizona prisons’ ban on explicit materials for inmates
A federal appeals court Friday upheld the Arizona prison system’s ban on sexually explicit material for inmates, rejecting claims by a censored prison magazine publisher that the policy violates the First Amendment.
Immigrants granted bail after latest court ruling
The cases before a Tucson judge on Wednesday seemed fairly routine: Two men charged with drug offenses asking him to grant them bail. What stood out, however, was that the two men had a right to a bail hearing in the first place.
Timeline unclear for gay marriage in Arizona
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to overturn gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada is great news for advocates in Arizona, but the timeline for when same-sex couples may start getting marriage licenses here depends on a number of factors.