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METRO WEEK: Solar Energy Advances in the Southwest

As residents add solar, companies try to improve solar panels

Wildfire Managers Turn Focus to Prevention

After years of record-breaking conflagrations, calmer season brings a break.

Velvet Mesquite

Mesquite Bean Season in the Desert; Can You Eat Them?

Identify the edible seedpods in your neighborhood with local harvesters

Monsoon clouds over Santa Catalina Mountains.

Meteorologist: Incoming Storm is Start of Monsoons

Weather system will likely bring heavy winds, heavy rain by the weekend

Tucson's Water Quality Passes Federal Muster

Annual report shows contaminant levels all well below maximum allowable levels.

How Does Tucson's Heat Affect Road Repaving Work?

It's too hot for some projects to continue without causing a sticky mess.

The San Pedro River flows through Sierra Vista.

Community Effort Tracks San Pedro River's Health

Volunteers will map flows for waterway that's vital to people and wildlife.

UPDATE: Kearny Wildfire Burns 3 Homes, at 1,100 Acres

Up to 400 households threeatened along baks of dry Gila River; FEMA funding OK'd.

Flagstaff's Dilemma: Solar's Warmth or Mountains' Majesty

South-facing windows capture sunlight for winter heat; north-facing capture the view.

An Amish farmer working in his field with a team of horses.

Could Amish Farm Dust Provide Relief from Asthma?

Tucson researchers are seeking clues from rural Indiana communities.

Desert harvesters are harvesting mesquite trees.

Harvesting Desert's Bounty Topic of Classes

Santa Cruz Farmer's Market will host demonstrations this month.

An arial view of the Santa Cruz River near Marana.

Clearer, Better Smelling Santa Cruz River A Good Sign

River report says quality of water is improving

On the ground at the Wallow Fire in Arizona, May 2011

Arizona Fire Season Looks Bad, But Not Worst in West

El Niño weather makes Pacific Northwest and California more susceptible to fire.

There are $3 million in improvements for Colossal Cave Mountain Park in the recommended 2015 bond package.

Colossal Cave Will Have First New Operator in 52 Years

Ortega National Parks, which runs Carlsbad Caverns, will take over Pima County site.

Finding Abbey

Sean Prentiss' book explores the complicated legacy of Edward Abbey, and follows his footsteps through the Sonoran Desert region.

CAP officials say up to 160 million gallons of water poured through a rupture in a CAP canal before engineers were able shut off the flow from the Colorado River.

Arizona Water Chief: California Should Share Drought Burden

During shortage, Arizona absorbs majority of cuts of Colorado River allocations.

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