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State Capitol News
5:02 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Tombstone Strikes Out Again

Tombstone struck out again today in its bid to get the U.S. Supreme Court to intercede in its fight with the Forest Service. 

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State Capitol News
5:59 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

US High Court Refuses to Hear Tombstone Water Case

The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a bid by the city of Tombstone for an emergency order allowing it to immediately repair its damaged water supply in the Huachuca Mountains. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

New Life for Leroux Springs

Anne Minard KNAU

The San Francisco Peaks appear to be as parched as the surrounding high desert landscape.

It may surprise some people that there are springs hidden in the forests throughout the small mountain range.

And in theory, there’s plenty of water for the animals that make a home in the Peaks, and perhaps even for the people who visit.

The biggest of these, Leroux Spring, has appeared bone dry for almost a century because its water has been diverted for other uses.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:03 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Senators Kyl and McCain Meet Angry Protesters in Tuba City

Protesters turned out to tell Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jon Kyl they do not support a water settlement bill in Tuba City, Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Shelley Smithson

Protesters held up signs and booed as Arizona  Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain visited Tuba City Thursday.

The senators were in Tuba City to discuss details of their water settlement bill with Navajo and Hopi officials.  

The $300 million bill would cede the tribe’s claims to the Little Colorado River in exchange for three water development projects in reservation communities where many lack running water.

But the bill is unpopular with many, even those who live in communities that would get drinking water.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:18 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Hopis sue feds to clean up arsenic

The Hopi Tribe is seeking $20 million from the federal government to clean up arsenic in drinking water.

In the Hopi communities of First and Second Mesa, naturally occurring arsenic levels in drinking water exceed federal limits by as much as  four times.

Arsenic has been linked to cancers and circulatory problems.

Hopi water director Lionel Puhuyesva says  the tribe decided to sue the government, rather than ask Congress for money.

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Fronteras
1:30 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

EPA Regs May Force Higher Water Rates on Navajo

A coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation may be forced to increase water rates to afford required federal pollution controls.

Initially the utility that runs the Navajo Generating Station thought it might have to shut down. But a new Interior Department study says it has another option. The Generating Station could remain open if it raises water rates for agricultural users and tribes by up to 16 percent.

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Tusayan Water
2:03 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Development Plans Raise Water Concerns at Grand Canyon

The water from Dripping Springs in the Grand Canyon National Park supports creature for miles around.
Claudine LoMonaco

Larry Stevens is an evolutionary biologist. For the last 41 years, he’s dedicated much of his life to the study and salvation of springs, little spots where water bubbles out of the earth.

Stevens stands in huge alcove carved out of a sandstone cliff on a remoter trail in Grand Canyon National Park. He holds a measuring cup under a stream of water that drips from a cluster of bright green ferns.

“Dripping Springs is a fairly small spring,” Stevens says. “We’re looking at half a gallon a minute of flow.”

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