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Today in Arizona History

Oct. 9, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Oct. 13 On this date in 1908, a suit against six Yuma property owners was filed in federal court by the government to have land condemned for the construction of Laguna Dam. On this date in 1909, President William Howard Taft visited Arizona on a transcontinental tour and promised to...

Proposals would dam Little Colorado River for hydropower

Oct. 8, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Little Colorado River cuts across the northeast corner of Arizona, emptying its waters into the much-larger Colorado River after a more than 330-mile journey. Few people wander in the remote region where it crosses the Navajo Nation, aside from river rafters traveling through...

Environmental groups push for removing Colorado River dam

Oct. 1, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Environmental groups that have long pushed to bring down a huge Colorado River dam along the Arizona-Utah border are suing the federal government. They say in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Arizona that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation ignored climate science when...

Official: Man jumps to his death at Grand Canyon Skywalk

Sep. 29, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are trying to locate the body of a man who climbed over a safety barrier at the Grand Canyon Skywalk and apparently jumped to his death. They say the 28-year-old visitor to the tourist spot on the Hualapai reservation outside Grand Canyon National Park jumped...

Colorado river suffers high fish deaths due to wildfire ash

Sep. 22, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Officials say fish populations in a Colorado river have been severely depleted due to suffocation caused by debris from a 2018 wildfire. The Durango Herald reported Saturday that Animas River fish populations are down about 80% due to runoff filled with ash from the 416 Fire. The fire...

Rabid bats found along river in Grand Canyon National Park

Sep. 12, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park officials say two dead bats found along the Colorado River inside the park tested positive for rabies. A statement released Thursday by park officials said the bats were deceased when collected last month and that the bats didn't come into...

In Arizona, Pentagon-funded border fence already underway

Sep. 5, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Construction on a Pentagon-funded portion of border fence began this week near Yuma, Arizona, just as federal officials revealed a list of Defense Department projects that will be cut to pay for President Donald Trump's wall. The 30-foot (9-meter) steel fence will be built along the Colorado...

Australian man dies during river trip through Grand Canyon

Sep. 5, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — An Australian man who was on a commercial river trip through the Grand Canyon has died. The National Park Service says 77-year-old Kenneth Reece of Tasmania died Tuesday after being pulled from the Colorado River. Authorities say rangers responded to a call from...

Today in Arizona History

Aug. 28, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Sept. 1 On this date in 1865, the first public mail to reach Tucson since the beginning of the Civil War arrived from California. On this date in 1876, Dr. Nelson Bledsoe, former chief surgeon of the Calumet and Arizona Mining Co. at Bisbee and for many years a practicing physician...

Utah audit shows millions to go to proposed pipeline costs

Aug. 24, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Washington County is expected to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to build and operate a proposed water pipeline, according to a Utah legislative audit. The audit found it will require a large fee, rate and tax increases for a southern Utah county to pay for a proposed pipeline...