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UPDATED: House OKs Ranchers Killing Wolves in Self-Defense

SB 1211 would allow livestock owners to kill Mexican gray wolves if attacking livestock or people; opponents say it violates Endangered Species Act.

Crew Moves In to Mitigate Huachuca Mountains Fire

A Type One incident management team will now be coordinating firefighting efforts on the blaze, which has consumed over 350 acres since it sparked on Sunday.

Rafe Sagarin Ph.D., program manager for Oceans at Biosphere 2, discusses some of the science behind converting their 676-thousand gallon tank into a mini Sea of Cortez.

Biosphere 2 Plans to Build Small Replica of Gulf of California

The Biosphere already has an ocean enclosed in a 700,000-gallon tank, but it eventually will become the home of the miniature Sea of Cortez.

Residents Near Huachuca Mountains May Have to Evacuate

Authorities in southeastern Arizona are putting locals on notice that they night have to leave because of a 365-acre wildfire burning in the area.

This is just one of the many types of rattlesnake in the desert wilderness of Arizona.

Warmer Weather May Increase Rattlesnake Encounters

But experts say common sense, education can usually prevent unwanted interactions with the venomous creatures.

This is just one of the many diverse gardens owned by members of the Cactus Society is Tucson.

Local 'Society' Cultivates Passion for Drought Tolerant Plants

Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society is a nonprofit organization helping educate residents, rescuing desert species

Christopher Conover, a corespondent for Arizona Public Media and a scientist from Biosphere 2 dive in the facilities fully replicated ocean.

Diving Under Glass: Adventure .001 Leagues Under Sea

AZPM's Christopher Conover dives into the glass enclosed ocean at Biosphere 2; 'From time to time, my job lets me go and do things on my bucket list,' he says.

Wastewater

Pima County Wastewater Project Finishes Early, Under Budget

Project was designed to improve the quality of treated effluent being pumped into the Santa Cruz River, bringing it up to EPA standards.

TEP to Cut Coal Capacity, Expand Renewable Resource Use

Plans to cut one-third in next 15 years, while expanding its reliance on natural gas and other renewables.

Pima County Could Seek Mitigation for Pipeline Construction

Environmental Impact Statement for Kinder-Morgan's Sierrita Pipeline didn't find major negative impacts; County administrator says it could create second smuggling corridor.

One of the many varieties of palm tree at Desert Palm Oasis.

Exhibit Features Native Palms in the Sonoran Desert

Tohono Chul is recreating a "palm oasis" from Sonora, Mexico; based off of canyons along the Sea of Cortez.

Just one of the many scenic views surrounding Madera Canyon.

Group Protects Natural Area Popular for Birding, Other Activities

Madera Canyon located east of Green Valley is famous for its birds, scenic sites and other opportunities.

Bill Would Allow Ranchers Kill Endangered Wolves in Self Defense

In cases Mexican gray wolves attack people, livestock; opponents say bill violates Endangered Species Act.

AZ Week: Public Caution Needed This Fire Season, Officials Say

Park and forest services launch campaign urging people to keep an eye out for what they do outdoors, participate in fire prevention efforts.

Heidi Hopkins, Ph.D., University of New Mexico Museum of Southwestern Biology, discusses her recent discovery of 39 new species of cockroach that live in the southwest U.S. and Mexico.

New Cockroach Species Found in SW

Several years ago Heidi Hopkins began studying taxonomy of roach family known as Corydiidae.

Navajo Nation Gets $1B for Uranium Mines Cleanup

Money part of a $5.15B settlement that the federal government reached with a petroleum company to blame with contaminated sites nationwide.

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