Environment & Conservation

Lea Phillips

Via azbigmedia.com Lea A. Phillips, an environmental lawyer with Ballard Spahr, has been named to the Board of Directors for the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest. The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest is a private, nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to representing the people of Arizona on issues including clean air and water, access to education and school finance reform, open government, health

Mountain Lions Kill 20 Sheep in Black Mesa Area

A photo taken by Crystal Lee, the niece of Amos Redhair, shows a mountain lion that was killed by Redhair’s son, Joe Redhair, Wednesday night about four miles east of the Black Mesa Chapter in Black Mesa, Ariz. Thirteen of Redhair’s sheep were killed. Via nativenewsonline.net Livestock owners living in the Black Mesa, Ariz. area are on edge after a trio of mountain lions killed 20 sheep recently. According to

Via bizjournals.com Seven Arizona-based software companies and six bio and life sciences startups have been named among the 25 semifinalists in the spring 2017 round of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Arizona Innovation Challenge. The bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries will award $1.5 million this round to the most qualified, innovative startups. Winners receive up to $250,000 each to grow their business to advance innovation

Trust Fund Now Supports Environmental Journalism

Via azcentral.com The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust was founded to protect animals and nature, to enrich community life in the Phoenix and Indianapolis metro areas, and to help people in need, especially women, children and families. Now, the trust is supporting environmental journalism, with a grant to The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. The trust was established by Nina Mason Pulliam, a journalist, business executive, animal lover and humanitarian, upon her death on March 26, 1997,

Lake Mead

Via americanrivers.org Last week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey illustrated his strong and consistent leadership in addressing Arizona’s pressing water supply needs with two significant announcements. First, Governor Ducey appointed long-time water attorney and Gila River Indian Community member Rodney Lewis to Central Arizona Water Control Board. This appointment was widely applauded across the region as a positive step, most notably as a sign by Governor Ducey that including diverse voices

OBrien Bug Collection goes to ASU

Via azcentral.com Charlie and Lois O’Brien spent 60 years amassing a collection of 1.25 million insects as part of their research, he working one side of the trail and she collecting on the other. A day in the field could easily stretch from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. the next day. They gathered insects in 70 countries and every continent. Now in their 80s, they’ve decided to start cleaning house. “We’re not kids, and we’re aware

Navajo Generating Station

The Navajo Generating Station, a 2250 megawatt coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Indian Reservation near Page, Arizona, is scheduled to shut down in 2019. Via www.hcn.org The smokestacks of the Navajo Generation Station rise 775 feet from the sere landscape of the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, just three miles away from the serpentine, stagnant blue wound in sandstone known as Lake Powell. Red-rock cliffs and the dark hump of

Huge South Phoenix Hay Fire

If you see a huge plume of smoke south of the Valley, it’s a huge hay fire burning in the area of Riggs Road between Interstate 10 and Sun Lakes to the east. Via azfamily.com The smelly smoke was blowing into Ahwatukee. The Gila River Fire Department is on the scene, but based on video from the Penguin Air & Plumbing News Chopper, the fire did not appear to be

AZ Wildflowers

Washington, D.C. may be known for its cherry blossoms in the spring, but you do not need to go that far to see vibrant colors right now! Via azfamily.com Wildflower season is in full swing right here in our own Arizona backyard. Festivals and spring training are hugely popular in the valley this time of year, but the colors of the desert are calling your name. “You have everything from fuchsia,

vaquitas dolpin

The marine mammal closest to extinction is one you’ve probably never heard of — but it’s right in our backyard. Mexico’s vaquita porpoise, the most endangered of the world’s 128 marine mammal species, lives about 50 miles south of the Arizona border, in the northernmost part of the Gulf of California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates there are fewer than 60 vaquitas left. In a statement issued Friday by the Phoenix Zoo, that number was cut by half.