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ll 17 Compost Cats are OSHA-Certified equipment operators. Clarisa Avalos says, “I’m having fun!” as she maneuvers the skip loader to turn a pile of wet compost.

Feeding Our Future: Turning Garbage into Gardens

How a group of UA undergraduates are saving the environment.

There are 400 wild, edible native foods in the Sonoran Desert. This food mandala is made from mesquite, ironwood, cholla cactus buds and cactus seeds.

Feeding Our Future: Harvesting the Desert

The answer to future food shortages may be right outside our doors.

Jason Katterhenry tells us about the UA mobile phone app for tracking dust storms.

Sensors, Signs: System to Warn I-10 Drivers of Dust Storms

Electronic monitoring will take place along a 10-mile stretch between Eloy and Casa Grande.

Feeding Our Future: Shortening the Line

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is trying new strategies to solve the root causes of hunger.

Acclaimed World Music Artist Katia Cardenal Visits Tucson

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Finding new purpose after breast cancer strikes twice; and "Feeding Our Future" asks if the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona can solve the root causes of hunger.

Students run the Manzo Market every two weeks, where they sell produce from their garden and eggs from the school’s chickens. Photo by Moses Thompson

Feeding Our Future: The Manzo Model for Growing a School Garden

In an age of shrinking education budgets, should school gardens be a line item?

Sirena Dufault began exploring the Arizona Trail in segments before completing it twice.

The Arizona Trail Opens New Paths for Tucson Resident

Accident leads to exercise and new discoveries

Buffelgrass at Saguaro National Park East

Saguaro Park Seeking Help with Buffelgrass Removal

The invasive, non-native plant spreads quickly in the Sonoran Desert.

Flooding underneath La Cholla bridge at the Cañada Del Oro Wash in Tucson.

Rillito Anti-Flood Measures Troubling for Some Tucsonans

The project aims to mitigate future flooding but strips riverbed vegetation to do so.

National Parks Great Nature

Park Service Celebrates Centennial; Get in Free

Hope is to foster a new generation of stewards to protect the legacy of the parks.

Downtown traffic makes its way through construction in the area where the new street car will be.

Pima County Now Offers Air Quality Permits Online

24/7 service aimed at construction that could add dirt, pollutants to the air.

Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson was rescued from this car after it was washed off a road on the near north side of Tucson.

Rain Subsides, But Flooding, Dangerous Conditions Ongoing

Pima County Supervisor Bronson pulled from submerging car in north side wash.

Curb-to-curb rain runoff on East University Boulevard in Tucson in Aug. 9, 2016 rainstorm.

Flash Flood Warning in Effect in Tucson Metro Area Tuesday

Streets flooded throughout area; authorities advise staying indoors, using caution.

Botteri's sparrow is found mostly in Mexico but its habitat extends into small parts of southeast Arizona and Texas.

Hot and Humid for Humans, Bountiful for Nature

Plants and animals thrive with the summer monsoon rains.

A driver tries to ford a flooded road.

Weather Service: More Rain Soon, Drying Out by Week's End

The ground is saturated, causing flooding throughout Tucson Tuesday.

Is Downtown Tucson a City Center for Everyone?

Also on Arizona Spotlight: The future of Tucson Clean & Beautiful; capturing monsoon lightning in images; "A Book I Love"; and a poem that recalls downtown Tucson's recent heritage.

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