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40 years of Gould’s turkey restoration success in the Sky Islands

From local extinction to Thanksgiving triumph, the journey of North America’s largest wild turkey species in Arizona’s southeastern mountains

New report finds Pima County Sheriff’s Department has history of not responding to calls from lost migrants

Advocacy group No More Deaths found that the sheriff’s department handled distress calls based on perceived immigration status. Sheriff Nanos disputes the findings, says whether calls are transferred to Border Patrol is based purely on proximity.

Tucson Sector sets new record for fentanyl seizures

In October, Border Patrol's Tucson Sector set a new monthly record for fentanyl seizures, surpassing 220 pounds.

Tucson Sector continues to see migrant surge

While the sector continues to be the busiest in the nation, federal and local authorities are able to manage the influx.

Gowan, other officials go to Washington to plead for border action

The event comes at a time when migrant encounters at the southern border have reached historic highs.

Reviving Montezuma Pass: Sky Island Alliance's bold initiative to rewild decommissioned roads

From roads to rivers: volunteers unite to transform old paths into thriving wildlife corridors

Environmental groups raise concerns over proposed border road impact on endangered jaguars and critical habitat

Environmental groups say they want no new construction, in response to a proposed border road and its potential impact on endangered jaguars and other endangered and threatened species.

School bus driver charged for allegedly smuggling migrants

Border Patrol agents arrested a school bus driver last week accused of using a school bus to pick up unauthorized migrants.

Tucson Sector rescues increase greatly due to large groups crossing in remote areas

Fiscal year 2023 data show that Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector saw an eightfold increase in rescues from the previous year

Dozens of additional law enforcement officers head to Cochise County to deal with border-related crimes

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office will use state funding to partner with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to increase patrols in the county to manage human smuggling incidents and other border-related crimes.

Number of families coming to the border in 2023 grew, especially in Tucson region

In the 2023 fiscal year, Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector saw a surge in apprehensions of migrant families, as border officials across the nation apprehended more than 3.2 million unauthorized migrants, according to recently released federal data.

Pima County and UA collaborate with other border states to create comprehensive database of migrant deaths across U.S.-Mexico border

Tucson officials and academics are partnering with researchers from various border regions to establish a comprehensive database tracking migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border, aiming to better understand and address the issue.

Arizona border wall lawsuits dismissed, paving the way for environmental restoration

From legal resolution to environmental revival: Arizona's next chapter

Remembering Matthew Shepard 25 years later.

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Migrants camp at Agua Prieta port hoping to claim asylum

At the port of entry south of Douglas, Arizona, about 100 migrants, mostly families, camp on the sidewalk with air mattress and thin blankets after fleeing violence-stricken parts of Mexico.

Tucson Sector still busiest in the nation for migrant apprehensions

In August, Border Patrol's Tucson Sector saw a 16-year high with nearly 49,000 unauthorized migrants apprehended.

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