Arizona’s Senator John McCain and Congressman Paul Gosar are pushing legislation that would give compensation to “down winders” in Mohave County. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, a federal law excludes parts of the county from receiving financial relief.
Jean Bishop was a baby when atomic explosions would fill the sky near her home in Nevada. It was in the early 50s, when her family lived downwind from government nuclear test sites. Then, in 2013, Bishop developed breast cancer. A year later, her sister received the same diagnosis.
Authorities say a 5-year-old Arizona boy found dead after vanishing from a campsite north of the Grand Canyon likely died from exposure.
An autopsy was performed Tuesday on Jerold Joseph Williams, a day after his body was found by a search crew off a forest service road.
The Colorado City child had wandered away from a campsite last Thursday in the Kaibab National Forest while chasing grasshoppers. Coconino County authorities say the boy's body was found fully clothed with no obvious external injuries and no evidence of foul play.
Authorities lifted an evacuation order Monday for most of the 1,000 homes that were once threatened by the 10-square-mile Willow Fire near the Arizona-California line.
Byron Steward, emergency management coordinator for Mohave County, estimates that only 100 homes in the Topock area southeast of Bullhead City will remain evacuated because they're located near 11 structures that were burned Saturday.
The confluence of the Animas and San Juan rivers near Farmington, N.M. Three million gallons of mine waste spilled into the Animas last week from the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colo. The toxic plume is now flowing into the San Juan on the Navajo Nation causing several communities to shut down water access from the river.
The 3 million gallons of mining waste that spilled into Colorado’s Animas River is now flowing into the San Juan River on the Navajo Nation. Tribal officials have declared a state of emergency and are preparing to sue the Environmental Protection Agency. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.
A recent report by the US Forest Service says in 10 years two-thirds of its budget will be used to fight wildfires. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, a bill in the US Senate is designed to address the increasing costs of fighting fire in the nation’s forests.
A massive wastewater spill from a Colorado mine is expected to reach Lake Powell sometime this week.
About three million gallons of wastewater poured into the Animas River last Wednesday after a breach at a defunct gold mine near Silverton. The contaminated water has reached the San Juan River in New Mexico, which flows into Lake Powell on the Colorado River.
Cynthia Sequanna is a spokesperson for the National Park Service.
Officials are expected to reveal Sunday how many structures were damaged and destroyed in a wildfire in northwestern Arizona that led to the evacuation of 150 homes.
Fire spokeswoman Dolores Garcia confirmed that the fire had burned structures in the Topock area near the Arizona-California line, but no estimate was available on the number of affected homes and outbuildings.
Prolonged drought in the Southwest has caused a rapid drop in the water level of Lake Mead. That’s putting water supplies to some major cities in jeopardy. But it’s also exposed some of the area’s history and a long-submerged town. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.