extreme heat, workers, Arizona, California, Nevada, Hobbs
Aug 28, 2023

Workers exposed to extreme heat have no consistent protection in the US

A historic heat wave that began blasting the Southwest and other parts of the country this summer is shining a spotlight on one of the harshest, yet least-addressed effects of U.S. climate change: the rising deaths and injuries of people who work in extreme heat, whether inside warehouses and kitchens or outside under the blazing sun. Many of them are migrants in low-wage jobs.

water, Imperial Valley, Arizona, Colorado River, California, drought
Aug 3, 2023

Getting Colorado River water from California farms will take more than just money

The Imperial Valley produces $2.9 billion in crops and livestock each year. That’s because the valley’s Imperial Irrigation District holds the largest single allocation of Colorado River water – bigger than any other farming district or city between Wyoming and Mexico. But now, that water allocation is under increasing scrutiny from water managers looking to cut back on water use and correct[...]

heat wave, Phoenix, Justa Center, Southwest
Jul 17, 2023

US Southwest swelters under dangerous heat wave, new records on track

A dangerous heat wave threatened a wide swath of the Southwest with potentially deadly temperatures in the triple digits on Saturday as some cooling centers extended their hours and emergency rooms prepared to treat more people with heat-related illnesses.

water, Colorado River, Arizona, California
Jul 11, 2023

Meet the Colorado River’s newest – and youngest – power player

JB Hamby is a water policy bigwig, who helps shape policies that define how water is used by arguably the most influential water users along the Colorado River. He serves on the board of directors for the Imperial Irrigation District and was recently appointed to be California’s top water negotiator. And he’s only 27 years old.

Yarnell, Prescott, firefighters, memorial service
Jun 30, 2023

Prescott, Yarnell to hold 10-year remembrance for 19 firefighters who died in Yarnell Hill Fire

The city of Prescott and the neighboring town of Yarnell are expected to honor the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots today with public events. Lew Theokas, who lost his grandson, 27-year-old Garret Zuppiger, said it's still tough for him to talk about the Yarnell Hill Fire a decade later.

foster children, Hobbs, Montenegro, Wadsack, federal benefits, DCS
Jun 20, 2023

Arizona becomes first state to stop agencies from taking foster children’s federal benefits

A new law signed by Gov. Katie Hobbs Monday makes Arizona the first state in the nation to stop child welfare agencies from seizing millions of dollars from foster care children’s federal benefits.

homelessness, Biden administration
May 19, 2023

White House vows more federal aid to reduce homelessness in 5 cities and California

Five major U.S. cities, including Phoenix, and the state of California will receive federal help to get unsheltered residents into permanent housing under a new plan launched Thursday as part of the Biden administration's larger goal to reduce homelessness 25% by 2025.

snow melt, Colorado, Colorado River, drought
May 15, 2023

Where did the snow go? Researchers probe gap between snowfall, runoff

The Colorado River watershed stretches from Wyoming to Mexico, supplying cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles and sprawling fields that contribute to a multibillion-dollar farm economy. After two decades of drought and steady demand, accurate data on the amount of water entering the region’s dwindling supply is crucial for those who manage it.

Colorado River, drought, water cutbacks, Arizona, tribes, farmers
Apr 14, 2023

What might cuts to dwindling Colorado River mean for states?

The Biden administration floated two ideas this week to reduce water usage from the dwindling Colorado River, which supplies 40 million people.

avian flu, California condor, National Park Service
Apr 10, 2023

Avian flu kills 3 California condors in northern Arizona

Three California condors have died from avian flu in northern Arizona and authorities are trying to determine what killed five others in the flock, the National Park Service announced Friday.

Apache Stronghold, Oak Flat, Phoenix,
Mar 21, 2023

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.

Colorado River, drought, water, Arizona, Colorado, California, Hickenlooper, Kelly, Sinema
Mar 13, 2023

Colorado River senators meet quietly to facilitate states’ water talks

Senators from Arizona and the six other Western states in the Colorado River basin have been quietly meeting “for about a year,” to facilitate difficult discussions between the states over the future of the river.