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Ambersnail found in Arizona, Utah to lose endangered status

Jan. 22, 2020 12:02 AM EST

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — An amber-colored snail found in Arizona and Utah could be losing it status as an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services wants to remove the Kanab ambersnail from the list of threatened and endangered species, saying it's not a valid subspecies. The...

US: Endangered fish on upswing in Colorado River basin

Jan. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An endangered fish found in the Colorado River basin is on the upswing, federal officials said Tuesday as they proposed reclassifying the humpback chub as threatened. The fish that gets its name from a fleshy bump behind its head is one of four endangered fish that make their home...

In a  Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 photo, an adult bald eagle flies along the shore of Lake Mead during the annual eagle survey conducted by the National Park Service.  (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)(Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Yearly survey tallies 123 eagles in lakes Mead, Mohave area

Jan. 21, 2020 7:16 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Biologists and volunteers tallied 120 bald eagles and three golden eagles during an annual survey at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the Colorado River, a National Park Service official said Tuesday. Park spokeswoman Christie Vanover said Tuesday the number was down from January...

Today in Arizona History, Adv19

Jan. 15, 2020 11:46 AM EST

Sunday, Jan. 19 On this date in 1895, the Nogales Oasis newspaper noted that in Phoenix, "there are now several restaurants offering a square meal for the sum of 15 cents." On this date in 1921, the Phoenix Police chief issued an order that all pedestrians on the street after 8 p.m. were to be stopped and...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo State Rep. Charlene Fernandez, right, the State House Minority Leader, speaks during an economic roundtable discussion at Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation in Yuma, Ariz. Republican and Democratic Leaders of the Arizona House are again eyeing the state's water supply as a major issue in the coming legislative session. Fernandez and House Speaker Rusty Bowers both highlighted overpumping in the state's rural areas as a major issue when lawmakers return to work Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP, File)

Arizona's water supply a major issue for legislative session

Jan. 9, 2020 4:11 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican and Democratic Leaders of the Arizona House are again eyeing the state's water supply as a major issue for the coming legislative session that starts next week. GOP House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Democratic Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez both highlighted overpumping in the...

Today in Arizona History, Adv12

Jan. 8, 2020 11:31 AM EST

Sunday, Jan. 12 On this date in 1883, the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks were completed, allowing Tucson to be reached from the East Coast by way of the San Antonio. On this date in 1921, a fire in Payson destroyed two residences, a warehouse, a dance hall, a barn, a hotel and a restaurant. The entire town...

FILE - This Sept. 9, 2011 file photo shows the dramatic bend in the Colorado River at a the popular Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Page, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Advocate: Colorado River Basin states need to cut water use

Jan. 5, 2020 3:00 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A longtime water conservation advocate says Arizona and the other Lower Colorado River Basin states need to cut their water use more and faster. Sustainable Waters president Brian Richter says Arizona, California, and Nevada need to slash total water use by 18% from their 2000-2018...

Today in Arizona History, Adv05

Jan. 1, 2020 11:01 AM EST

Sunday, Jan. 5 On this date in 1904, the Arizona Cattle Growers Association was organized in Phoenix. On this date in 1908, Goldwater's Department Store in Phoenix added a shoe department. On this date in 1921, orders were received by Adj. Gen. Walter S. Ingalls from Washington, D.C., to ship all horses used by...

Auction could put trust land in Havasu on development path

Dec. 28, 2019 12:23 PM EST

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A vacant parcel of state trust land across the street from the entrance to Lake Havasu State Park is set to be put up for sale during a Feb. 12 auction, a move that could put it on a path for development in a planned resort area of the western Arizona community along the...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo, Paul Petersen, an Arizona elected official accused of running a multi-state adoption scheme, leaves court following an initial appearance on charges filed in the state in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

AP's Top 2019 Arizona stories lead with indicted assessor

Dec. 26, 2019 1:49 PM EST

Shocking allegations that a politician in metro Phoenix ran an international adoption scheme in three states that involved human smuggling, false visa claims and fraudulently obtained government benefits for pregnant women from the Marshall Islands ranks as the top news story of 2019 in Arizona. Maricopa County...