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The desert and all its wildlife find themselves mixed into the Chandler city life. That’s why the Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park works to educate people on the animals they may come across.
PHOENIX (AP) — An environmental group says it will appeal a judge's ruling that resulted in no special protection for bald eagles nesting in central Arizona.
U.S. District Judge David Campbell issued the ruling earlier this month.
The Center for Biological Diversity had sought federal protection for eagles found in the Sonoran Desert as a distinct population. The group says no other bald eagles live in such a hot and dry environment.
The lawsuit came as a result of a 2012 finding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that said the state's population doesn't contribute significantly to the overall population.
Bald eagles nationwide were removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007.
Robin Silver of the Center for Biological Diversity says the latest Fish and Wildlife finding doesn't align with previous findings.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol is targeting Mexican cartel scouts who get paid to live in the desert for days and help smugglers stay clear of law enforcement with the use of sophisticated technology.
A seven-month operation has so far netted 24 suspected "scouts," or look-outs, who live in the Sonoran Desert, with its blistering daytime temperatures and cold nights, for days, sometimes weeks.
The scouts use solar panels, encrypted radios and cellphones to warn smugglers when police or agents get close. They live in canyons and other remote areas, keeping a large supply of food, water and weapons on-hand. Many of look-outs are young men in their 20s and 30s, and most of their supplies come from the United States.
"The reality is what these scouts are doing — being up on the mountaintops, watching us and watching law enforcement activity — is that their job is vitally important to the cartels," Border Patrol spokesman Pete Bidegain said. "So by targeting these guys and their operations we can make a significant impact on cartel activity in southern Arizona."
Agents in most cases must use a Blackhawk helicopter to get to the scouts because they are in treacherous areas and because they are trained to evade authorities quickly. The agents descend from the helicopter using a fast rope.
The operation is similar to one earlier this year by the Pinal County Sheriff's Department that also targeted scouts.
That operation began in February after sheriff's deputies pulled over a 22-year-old man in Eloy, between Phoenix and Tucson. The man was driving a van carrying 600 pounds of food and other supplies. He told deputies he was being paid $4,000 to pick up the van in a Phoenix suburb and drop it off in the desert.
A month later, deputies and border agents arrested seven suspected scouts at a lookout post near Stanfield, about 33 miles west of Eloy off Interstate 8. Although some suspects ran and hid in a cave and behind rocks, all were apprehended.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff's officials are searching for a missing volunteer posseman.
They say 71-year-old Samuel Grider of Buckeye is believed to have last been at the Calvery Chapel in Maricopa Sunday.
Sheriff's officials said Wednesday that Grider's pickup truck has been found in a remote portion of the desert directly north east of the Sonoran National monument in the Lower Rainbow Valley.
They say Grider is a retired Army veteran who recently had hip-replacement surgery.
Grider is a 20-year veteran of the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Posse
It won't eliminate ObamaCare in Arizona, and it's unlikely to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new air quality rules on power plants here. But proponents of Proposition 122 insist that the proposed state constitutional amendment will give Arizona the power to rein in future federal government overreach, and it would do it through the power of the purse.
In anticipation of the 15th annual Canyon Arts Festival on Jan. 23, 2015, the Gold Canyon Arts Council seeks original submissions for the event poster. Artists may use the media of their choice to create a work that reflects one of the following:
Sonoran Spine will host an event on Aug. 22 as part of the opening its fifth location in Tempe.
Sonoran Spine Center of Phoenix will open a fifth office in Tempe at 1255 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Ste. 107.
Editor’s note: In the July 13 Ahwatukee Foothills News, resident Jim Jochim challenged fellow Ahwatukee residents to think outside the box to help save The Lakes Golf Course by coming up with “Green Light Ideas” on the Opinion page. Here’s what they had to say:
PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK — "Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!" I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson.
Southwest Shakespeare Company, the state’s Mesa-based classical theater company, is bringing a touch of fairyland to the Sonoran Desert.
In anticipation of its June 6 performance in Normandy commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing, Sonoran Desert Chorale performs Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” along with choral selections by Clausen, Stroope, Duruflé, and Vaughn Williams.
Spring has sprung in Arizona, the weather is beautiful and the desert is a fun place to play. But when you spend your free time in the Valley of the Sun, you should know what sorts of animals to look out for and how to behave around them.
"Don’t Call Me Pig.” “Josefina Javelina.” “A Cowgirl and Her Horse.” “Only One You.”
Best Band/Music Ensemble
East Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestras
performs at Mesa Arts Center
(855) 233-2900 or millennial.org/east-valley
This national group, formerly known as the Mormon Choral Organization, began its Arizona chapter in 2009. With seven performing ensembles — six choirs and a symphony orchestra — Millennial provides a musical entry point for all ages, from 4 year olds to adults, training each in the structure and forms of traditional, sacred and classical music. All groups perform at Mesa Arts Center.
Sonoran Desert Chorale
1530 E. Indigo St.
(480) 835-7059 or sonorandesertchorale.org
Salt River Brass
performs at Mesa Arts Center
(602) 334-4556 or saltriverbrass.org
Each year, hundreds of spectators descend on Picacho Peak State Park on the way to Tucson to watch re-enactments of an Arizona Civil War skirmish and the New Mexico battles of Glorieta and Val Verde. The event takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15-16 at Picacho, 60 miles south of Phoenix off Interstate 10 at Exit 219.
Saguaro jumped out to an early lead against the visiting Cactus Shadows Falcons and held on to win 6-4 on Tuesday afternoon.
TUCSON — Nicknamed "Old Pueblo," Tucson is a city with many faces. It's a college town. It's an artist town. It's even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern Arizona's biggest city, located 115 miles (185 kilometers) below Phoenix, keeps schools open on President's Day but closes them later in the week for the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
The Saguaro Sabercats beat the Thunderbird Chiefs Monday afternoon, 7-5 as play continues in the Scottsdale Invitational tournament. Tom Jahnke got the win working 4 innings and only allowing 1 run while fanning 2. Turner Lace gave up an unearned run in the 7th to earn the save.
The Saguaro Sabercats and Skyline Coyotes matched up for the second straight day in the Scottsdale Invitational and for the second straight day the Sabercats came away with a victory, this time 9-3.
The W.P. Carey School of Business’ February housing report reveals that new home sales are showing the largest percentage price increase in all three measures over the last year for the greater Phoenix area.
The terrain around these parts might seem ordinary once you’ve become accustomed to it, but take Tishia Stewart’s word for it: the Sonoran Desert is a wild, fascinating place — and she wants to help you discover it for yourself.