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Brooke Warren/High Country News

A law enforcement official says the Arizona rancher killed during the arrest of an armed group in Oregon was shot after reaching toward his waistband multiple times.

The official, who had been briefed on the investigation but spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it by name, said Robert "LaVoy" Finicum of Arizona was armed, but did not have an opportunity to shoot.

Navajo Nation

Last week, leaders from nearly two dozen Arizona tribes gathered at the state capital for the annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye told state House representatives that he feels tribal sovereignty is threatened. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hopes to test experimental contraceptives on the overpopulated Black Mountain burro herd near Kingman.


Pam Wolfson / Canoe and Kayak

For the second time in less than a week, a new speed record has been set by a non-motorized boat for the fastest trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. 

To avoid the first frost, Navajo herders move their livestock to lower ground when aspen trees drop their leaves. Others watch the stars and the moon to gauge the timing of seasonal movements. But with changing climate in the Southwest, nature’s signs have become less reliable.


Amanda Peacher/OPB

A rancher from Mojave County has been killed in a shootout with police in Oregon. Robert “Lavoy” Finicum was one of the armed protestors occupying a federal wildlife refuge there for nearly a month. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports.


(Courtesy of Pamela Wolfson via AP)

A Denver man has logged the fastest Grand Canyon river trip on record, battling blisters and rapids as he paddled his kayak down a 277-mile stretch of the Colorado River in 34 hours and two minutes.

Ben Orkin reached the end of his journey Sunday, exhausted after navigating the water in the dark and swimming part of it when a rapid toppled his kayak. Orkin beat a record set last week by more than an hour and a previous one set by three men in a non-motorized boat in 1983, according to Tom Martin, secretary of the Grand Canyon Historical Society.

Justin Regan

Construction waste takes up a significant amount of landfill space in the United States. But, almost 90 percent of those materials can be recycled or reused. And there is a growing number of contractors who are trying to do that through green deconstruction. It’s a process of salvaging construction materials for other uses that saves landfill space and resources. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports. 

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A recent poll showed a majority of Arizonans support the possible designation of a national monument outside Grand Canyon National Park. But a group of current and former state wildlife officials have voiced their opposition to the idea. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

A new study from Northern Arizona University says Pluto’s heart-shaped region is “surprisingly young”—less than 10 million years.


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