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REGIONAL NEWS for June 24, 2017: Wildfires all around us

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California, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Colorado: Southwest Heat Tests Firefighters’ Mettle

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County prepares odor complaint against Johnson Utilities

Posted by   /  June 23, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Kelly Fisher | PinalCentral Most of the Board of Supervisors this week supported softening a motion to file a complaint against Johnson Utilities relating to air quality violations, but one stood his ground against the amended action. Rather than filing a complaint in the Pinal County Superior Court sooner, a 4-1 vote altered the […]

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REGIONAL NEWS for June 23, 2017: President Trump’s budget proposal calls for cuts experts say would kill the earthquake warning network.

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Earthquakes may be the rare issue uniting Democrats and Republicans in California Colorado: My kingdom for a house? Boulder County fourth nationwide for fewest houses for sale Las Vegas home values growing faster than U.S. average New Mexico: Pearce asks Zinke to reduce monument by 88% Utah: Mormon church opens a district in Cuba

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REGIONAL NEWS for June 22, 2017: California produced so much solar power it paid Arizona to take excess electricity.

Posted by   /  June 22, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

California invested heavily in solar power. Now there’s so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it New Mexico: Scrutiny intensifies over safety at Los Alamos National Laboratory Colorado: EPA prepares to slowly dam toxic mine waste leaking from Red and Bonita Mine at 300 gallons per minute Utah Legislature may make adjustments […]

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California invested heavily in solar power. Now there’s so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it

Posted by   /  June 22, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  1 Comment

By Ivan Penn | Los Angeles Times n 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power. Well, actually better than free. California produced so much solar power on those days that it paid Arizona to take excess electricity its residents weren’t using to avoid overloading its own power lines. It […]

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Burns weighs new lawsuit in his battles with Corporation Commission, APS

Posted by   /  June 21, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Bob Burns is headed back to court — and not just in his bid to get financial disclosure records from the state’s largest electric utility. The move follows the 4-1 vote on Tuesday by the Arizona Corporation Commission to reject the bid by Burns […]

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Can states and cities really uphold the Paris climate deal?

Posted by   /  June 21, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

They have pledged to carry out the landmark accord on behalf of America We asked environmental experts for the most effective and politically practical ways they can help do that. By Natallie Delgadillo | Governing (Editor’s note: Pima County and Phoenix have pledged to uphold terms of the Paris Accord.) arly this month, President Trump […]

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Florence Copper mine wells may violate zoning

Posted by   /  June 21, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Mark Cowling | PinalCentral Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Southwest Value Partners in their fight to prevent this mine from opening in the middle of a master-planned family community. Attorneys representing the town of Florence will investigate and possibly take legal action against Florence Copper for installing two new monitoring wells beyond its state […]

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Commissioners reject Burns’ request for subpoenas

Posted by   /  June 21, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times The Arizona Corporation Commission Tuesday voted down one commissioner’s requests to green light subpoenas and allow him to question utility executives about their election and lobbying expenses. Commissioner Bob Burns, a Republican, has sought for nearly two years to disclose electioneering spending by Arizona Public Service or its […]

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REGIONAL NEWS for June 20, 2017: Traditional media outlets felt increasing pressure to respond to fake news articles and refute false claims.

Posted by   /  June 20, 2017  /  Education, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics, Media and Entertainment, Regional News  /  No Comments

Colorado University study finds fake news twice as influential as fact-checking sites New Mexico: Los Alamos nuclear lab shutdown endangers U.S. arsenal California: Death Valley temperatures may hit 128 on summer’s first day. The heat may give you bragging rights. Or it can kill you Utah: At 87, eco-legend Ken Sleight of Ed Abbey fame […]

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