Local News

Justin Regan

This spring, the National Park Service unveiled a monument honoring the first ranger killed in the line of duty. Thirty three have died on the job in the hundred years since the agency was created, gunfire being the number one cause of death. The types of crime that happen outside park boundaries also happen inside. That’s why many park rangers are also commissioned law enforcement officers. Northern Arizona University has one of the few training programs in the country for these prospective rangers. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports. 

Verde River Institute

Conservation groups say Arizona’s Verde River is being overused and the area’s water needs are expected to double in the next 30 years. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, a new program is designed to decrease the demands on the river.

La Plata County

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General is conducting a criminal investigation into last summer’s Gold King Mine spill in Colorado. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency wants to determine if anyone involved in the spill violated federal law. 

The U.S. Justice Department will investigate the fatal shooting of a woman by a Winslow police officer.

San Diego Zoo

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is calling on the Sierra Club to retract a recent fundraising letter. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency says the group made false claims that uranium mining poses a threat to endangered California condors.