10:35 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Fearing Fire, Flagstaff Cracks Down on Homeless in Forests

The southwest as a region has the highest number of homeless people in the nation.  

A desperate economy and rising temperatures have forced more people who are homeless to take shelter in the cooler national forests, like the San Bernardino in southern California and the Coconino in northern Arizona. Forest officials are concerned -- more people in the woods means more wildfires.  

Two summers ago, a homeless man living in the Flagstaff woods sparked a fire that threatened 170 homes. 

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10:06 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Democrats Hold Seat in S. AZ Special Election

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords celebrates with congressional special election winner Ron Barber on Tuesday in Tucson.
Will Seberger ZUMA (pool)

Democrat Ron Barber won the special election Tuesday. He’ll serve out former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ remaining six month term after she was forced to retire following last year's assassination attempt. 

Last night, Barber took the stage amid cheers and shouts.

He promised to support veterans, military families and the middle class.

But with former Representative Gabby Giffords standing beside him, he also took the opportunity to criticize the vitriol funded by super PACs during the race.

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4:00 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Conservationists to File Lawsuit in Bald Eagle Fight

Bald eagle
James Donald, ©EBC

Conservationists aren’t giving up their fight to keep the Sonoran Desert Bald Eagle on the Endangered Species List.

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Maricopa Audubon Society have filed a notice of their intent to sue the federal government. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted the bird for the third time in May.

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3:59 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Poll Finds Latino Voters Prefer Durbin Dream Act

Arizona native Raul Alcaraz; Lizbeth Mateo of Los Angeles, CA; Tania Unzueta of Chicago, Il; Mohammad Abdollahi of Ann Arbor, MI; and Yahaira Carrillo of Kansas City, MO, protest at US Sen. John McCain’s office, 5-17-10 in support of the DREAM Act.
Dreamer Movement

Latino voters prefer a DREAM Act that promises citizenship. They’re not so keen on an alternative DREAM Act proposed by Florida Senator Marco Rubio. That’s according to a new poll.

DREAM stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors.  Rubio has suggested a DREAM Act tjat would provide undocumented youth temporary legal status, if they go to college or serve in the US military.  But it does not guarantee a path to citizenship.  Illinois Senator Dick Durbin's version would lead to permanent legal status. 

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4:16 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Group Sues Feds Over Lead Bullets

California Condor
US Fish and Wildlife Service

A group of conservationists sued the federal government Thursday to force regulation of lead ammunition -- the top killer of endangered California Condors.

The group contends lead poisoning from ammunition frequently kills not only condors, but eagles, swans, loons, and other birds that feed on dead animals in the wild. 

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5:30 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Mexican Presidential Frontrunner Draws Crowds, And Protests

Supporters of Enrique Peña Nieto at a campaign event in downtown Tijuana.
Jill Replogle

TIJUANA, Mexico — Enrique Peña Nieto is the kind of politician who elicits screams from young women along with the more sober cheering of other supporters. He’s handsome and smooth, his hair slickly combed back in a slight puff that’s exaggerated in political cartoons and masks of his likeness.

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5:20 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Trade Between U.S., Mexico Tops $500 Billion

This new rail bridge under construction linking Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico is a symbol of the growing trade relations between the two countries.
Peter O'Dowd KJZZ

Trade between the United States and Mexico reached half a trillion dollars in 2011. Cross-border commerce is growing despite escalating drug violence in Mexico.

The final tally came out to $500 billion in goods and services traded between the two countries, according to a paper by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and Arizona State University's North American Center for Transborder Studies.

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6:09 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Forest Service Expects to Spend Billions on 'Mega Fires'

Gila National Forest Fire, May 17, 2012
US Forest Service

New Mexico’s largest ever wildfire is still growing. Last year the Forest Service spent one point four billion dollars fighting fires. They expect to spend that much or more this year containing these so-called “mega fires.”

Forest Ecologist Wally Covington says several factors have led up to what he calls a crisis. In the late 1800s cattle overgrazed and left the landscape bare -- so no small plants to keep fires on the ground. Also, for a long time fire was seen as the enemy so forests grew thick.

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11:17 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Does 'La Jefa' Have What It Takes To Be Mexico's Next President?

Mexican presidential candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota during a campaign visit to Ciudad Juárez.
Monica Ortiz Uribe

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — Mexico is about a month away from choosing its next president. Among the candidates is the first woman to run under a major political party.

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8:58 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Gila Wildfire Grows to Become NM's Largest in History

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire as seen from Spurgeon Mesa looking toward Bearwallow in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico.

The massive wildfire raging out of control in southwestern New Mexico is now the largest in the state’s history and is zero percent contained.  Prolonged drought and near record low humidities are complicating fire-fighting efforts.

The Whitewater Baldy Complex fire has grown to over 170-thousand acres, surpassing last year’s record breaking Las Conchas fire that caused the evacuation of the city of Los Alamos and threatened the nation’s nuclear weapons labs there.

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