Nature and Environment

Forecasters Predict Arizona Will Return to Drought Conditions

Mar 17, 2016 El Niño’s rains went north to Sierras and Pacific Northwest

Praise and Pushback for Oak Flat Historic Designation

Mar 16, 2016 Native American sacred site sits atop proposed Resolution Copper Mine.

Prescribed Burns Under Way to Prepare for Active Fire Season

Mar 15, 2016 Two controlled fires on 30,000 acres will clear dry vegetation in Galiuro Mountains.

Tree Rings, Shipwrecks Aid in Hurricane Understanding

Mar 8, 2016 Climate change affects ocean storms, says researcher looking at 500 years of data.

Bill Would Loosen Restrictions on Electronic Billboards

Mar 4, 2016 Astronomers worried that it will lead to incremental loss of dark skies.

Finding the Soul of an Octopus; and Who Killed Vincent Van Gogh?

Mar 3, 2016 Also on Arizona Spotlight: Looking ahead to the Arizona legislative session's second half; The Department of Child Safety deals with backlog of cases.

Bighorn Sheep Population Grows in Santa Catalinas

Mar 1, 2016 The program to reintroduce bighorn sheep into the Catalina Mountains is about two and a half years old.

Jaguar Video Rekindles Debate over Santa Ritas Land Use

Feb 26, 2016 Endangered animal habitat and mining both a part of the range south of Tucson.

A Little Belleville Visits Tucson

Feb 25, 2016 Oscar-nominated composer Benoit Charest accompanies the film "The Triplets of Belleville" with music played on vacuum, refrigerator, and newspaper.

Does Growing Wheat in the Desert Use Too Much Water?

Feb 22, 2016 Much more efficient than in decades past, farmers and researchers say.

$5.9M for Water Conservation Near Fort Huachuca

Feb 22, 2016 Tucson non-profit Arizona Land and Water Trust will get federal money.

Digging Deeper - 7,000 feet - into Arizona's Copper Mines

Feb 19, 2016 'Arizona Week' goes underground to check in on one of the state's largest industries.

How One Doctor Helps Patients Face Death; and Another Finds Music Instrumental to Happiness.

Feb 18, 2016 Also on Arizona Spotlight: DImelo goes to Tumamoc Hill; and Beth Surdut puts hummingbird etiquette to use.

The Art of Paying Attention: Hummingbird Etiquette

Feb 18, 2016 Beth Surdut tells about a treasure hunt that begins with bird droppings and leads to one of the desert's smallest, fastest inhabitants.

Where Are El Niño Rains? Maybe More, Come March

Feb 16, 2016 Weather pattern has also brought above-average temperatures to the region.

Tucson Latina finds purpose in politics, and the history of Shakespeare's First Folio.

Feb 11, 2016 Also on Arizona Spotlight: Visit the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show with an avid shopper, and Beth Surdut pays attention to her desert neighbors, the coyote.

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