Latest Colorado River News

World War II-era boat emerges from shrinking Lake Mead

Jul. 01, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A sunken boat dating back to World War II is the latest object to emerge from a shrinking reservoir that straddles Nevada and Arizona. The Higgins landing craft that has long been 185 feet (56 meters) below the surface is now nearly halfway out of the water at Lake...

Lawmakers rewrite Ducey's plan for $1 billion for new water

Jun. 23, 2022 20:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's plan to create a new state agency to boost the desert state’s increasingly strained water supply morphed into a plan to give an existing state entity the authority to leverage and dole out a new $1 billion appropriation. The entity is an...

2 people die in separate river accidents in western Colorado

Jun. 16, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say two people died in separate river accidents in western Colorado. Mesa County sheriff's officials say six people were recreating on a paddleboard, a kayak and a raft on the Colorado River in Grand Junction when they encountered trouble...

Today in Arizona History

Jun. 16, 2022 12:25 PM EDT

Sunday, June 19 On this date in 1895, J.O. Dunbar, editor of the Phoenix Gazette, who called the Governor, Territorial Secretary, Attorney General and the Marshal, “assassins, looters, hoodoos, patronage peddlers and land grant sharks” was convicted and fined $3,000 for libel by...

Biologists try to save ancient fish as Colorado River fades

Jun. 14, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — Barrett Friesen steers a motorboat toward the shore of Lake Powell, with the Glen Canyon Dam towering overhead. Pale “bathtub rings” line the canyon’s rocky face, starkly illustrating how water levels have slumped in the second-largest U.S. reservoir amid rising demand...

Tennessee woman dies after fall into river at Grand Canyon

Jun. 13, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has died after at Grand Canyon National Park after falling into the water and getting caught by the Colorado River’s swift current, authorities said Monday. Park officials said 47-year-old Sheetal Patel was cooling off...

Arizona history-June 12-18

Jun. 08, 2022 13:22 PM EDT

Sunday, June 12 On this date in 1888, an Apache Indian who had fired one shot that killed two men was tried for murder in one of the deaths and acquitted. He later was tried again for the murder of the second man and convicted on precisely the same set of facts. On...

How San Diego secured its water supply, at a cost

May. 29, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

As a worsening drought forces millions of Californians to face mandatory water restrictions, one corner of Southern California has largely shielded itself from supply-related woes: San Diego County. For Western water planners, the path it took to get there serves either as a...

Exchange: SRP, cities eye higher height for Verde River dam

May. 28, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Cities across metro Phoenix have partnered with the Salt River Project to figure out how best to increase water storage on the Verde River. In the long run, the partners want to offset the declining capacity of Horseshoe Reservoir by raising the height of the...

Navajo sign water rights settlement with Utah and feds

May. 27, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah (AP) — Federal officials signed an agreement with leaders of the Navajo Nation on Friday that provides funding for clean drinking water infrastructure for reservation residents and resolves questions about longstanding Navajo claims to water rights in the drought-stricken...