Posted in Coconino County Colorado Plateau Courts/justice Flagstaff Justice News

Coconino County Courts modify schedules and procedures

Courts will remain open Meteor Staff report. Monday March 23 State and County Court officials are modifying schedules and accepting motions to continue cases and adjust fine payment schedules in preparation for advancement of COVID-19 into…

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Fort Tuthill Coconino County Park
Posted in Closures and repurposing Colorado Plateau Coronavirus Flagstaff News

Coconino Parks & Rec announces operational changes: social distancing for COVID-19 safety

By Meteor Staff Flagstaff    Coconino County Parks & Recreation is staffing its office virtually to help protect the team and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual staffing at Parks & Recreation began on March…

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Posted in Courts & Environment Justice News Public Health Toxic Chemicals Water

Court approves settlement requiring EPA rules on most dangerous chemical spills

Saturday, March 14 The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a consent decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a coalition of community and environmental organizations, including the Environmental Justice…

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San Pedro River Little Boquillas Ranch Arizona 2015
Posted in Environment Environmental Justice News Water While we were looking elsewhere

Conservation groups sue the Trump administration to prevent further damage to Arizona’s San Pedro River

By Meteor Staff Saturday, March 14, 2020 Flagstaff    Conservation groups sued the Trump administration yesterday to prevent further damage to Arizona’s San Pedro River and its endangered species from excessive groundwater pumping in the Fort…

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Posted in Coronavirus National News Public Health Public Policy Safety Net Utilities Water

Some towns still haven’t halted utility shut-offs for unpaid water bills during coronavirus, even as federal lawmakers demand it

While some municipalities with only a few cases of the coronavirus have stopped disconnecting water service for residents with overdue bills, a few utility companies at the coronavirus epicenter in Washington have made no such promises….

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Posted in Agriculture News Pesticides Public Policy Toxic Chemicals Water

EPA’s new rules for assessing pesticide risks ignore many harms to endangered species

By Meteor Staff Flagstaff    The Environmental Protection Agency issued revised methods for assessing pesticide risks yesterday that could allow widespread harm to most of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals. The revised methods from…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Colorado Plateau Colorado River High Country News Interview The West Water

‘This system cannot be sustained’ This year, tribal nations enter negotiations over Colorado River water.

By Anna V. Smith/ High Country News March 10, 2020 The Colorado River Basin is the setting for some of the most drawn-out and complex water issues in the Western U.S. In 2019, the Colorado River…

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Gunnison National Forest’s Pilot Knob roadless area. Photo credit, Peter Hart, Wilderness Workshop
Posted in Colorado Plateau Conservation Courts/justice Environment Mining News Public Lands

Appeals court rules Forest Service acted illegally opening Colorado forest to coal mining

“This is a victory for the remarkable wild forests of the North Fork Valley,” said Robin Cooley, the Earthjustice attorney who argued the case on behalf of the conservation groups. “The Court reversed the Forest Service’s…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Diné Environmental Justice First Peoples News Hopi News Public Lands Utah Diné Bikeyah Water

Latest Bears Ears planning meeting convenes without indigenous voices

“Am I the only Indigenous person in the room right now?” asked Angelo Baca, a Navajo and Hopi resident of San Juan County and member of Utah Diné Bikeyah who attended the meeting as an observer….

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Posted in Analysis Environment Landfills Mining Water

Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don’t fail

“These ecosystem modifications directly affect organisms on land and in the water downstream. Every decision to allow a mine to proceed with a tailings storage facility indelibly transforms rivers and their ecosystems for hundreds to thousands…

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Posted in Energy Environment News Water

Leaking gas stations around Flagstaff

Recently, a number of gas stations have disappeared from Flagstaff. A couple have been replaced but the rest appear to have been taken out for good. A map provided by ADEQ’s Public Information Officer, Erin Jordan,…

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Posted in Environment News Public Policy The Revelator Water

Trump admin’s Clean Water rollback will hit some states hard

But the effects of removing this “environmental safety net” won’t be felt equally. States with fewer local protections and resources will suffer the most — as will their people and wildlife. Oceans & Clean Water February…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Environment Environmental Justice Health Mining Public Lands Science The Revelator The West Water

Report: ‘No Evidence That Fracking Can Operate Without Threatening Public Health’

More than 1,500 scientific studies on the health and climate impacts of fracking prove its dangerous effect on communities, wildlife and nature. By Tara Lohan, The Revelator In 2010 when I first started writing about hydraulic…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Development Energy Environment First Nations Mining News The West Water

BLM suspends oil & gas extraction leases in Little Colorado River Valley

Flagstaff  The Trump administration has suspended 4,200 acres of oil and gas leases on public land in Arizona’s Little Colorado River Valley as part of a joint motion filed in federal court yesterday (Feb 5) after…

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The Trump administration on Thursday released its final management plans for a lands previously protected as national monuments. (Photo: Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Colorado Plateau Common Dreams Energy Environment Mining News Off the wire Public Lands Science Water

Trump’s final plan to open treasured public lands in Utah called ‘Sellout’ to big oil

The administration’s new managment plans “are the latest in a series of insults… that began when Trump illegally dismantled Bears Ears and Grand Staircase at the behest of corporate interests two years ago.” By Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice National News Off the wire Water

‘Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the country has ever seen’: Trump guts safeguards for US streams and wetlands

“This all-out assault on basic safeguards will send our country back to the days when corporate polluters could dump whatever sludge or slime they wished into the streams and wetlands that often connect to the water…

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Posted in Environment News The West Water

Lawsuit: Trump admin violating the Endangered Species Act in AZ & NM: Cattle trampling waterways.

“It shouldn’t take a lawsuit to keep livestock from trampling these fragile southwestern rivers, but the Forest Service has turned a blind eye,” said Brian Segee, an attorney at the Center. “We found cows, manure and…

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The land around Red Knoll near Kanab, UT that could have been razed for a frac sand mine. Photo by Tara Lohan
Posted in Colorado Plateau Community organizing Energy Environment Environmental Justice Mining Off the wire Politics The Revelator The West

How one Utah community fought the fracking industry — and won

Kanab, a small Utah town that’s home to the famous Best Friends Animal Society, took an unconventional path to face down a frac sand mine that threatened the region’s aquifer. By Tara Lohan, The Revelator A…

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BLM Headquarters
Posted in Colorado Plateau Editorial/opinon Energy Mining National News Off the wire Politics The West

Moving Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado won’t be good for public lands

Sheep grazing on BLM land near Shoshone, Idaho. BLM/Flickr, CC BY John Freemuth, Boise State University and James R. Skillen, Calvin University The Trump administration has pursued many controversial goals in managing U.S. public lands, including…

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Posted in AZ Center for Investigative Reporting Environment Mexico News Water

Impacts to health, livelihood continue after toxic mine spill in Mexico

Editor’s note: This report is part of an AZCIR collaboration with KPBS’ Fronteras Project, a regional news collaborative that produces reports on the changing culture and demographics of the American West and Southwest. The reporting was…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Diné First Nations First Peoples News Neighbors People

Driving north to Diné bi keyah

Diné bi keyah  Do’ko’os’łííd is dressed in her winter splendor this morning. We drive north skirting the western edges of Driving north to Diné bi keyah (Diné homeland) thru Cameron and over the little Colorado River. Leaving…

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Little Colorado River Photo Credit: Lisa Winters, Grand Canyon Trust
Posted in Colorado Plateau Energy Environment First Nations News Water

Little Colorado River threatened by dams

The Little Colorado River is the focus of two pumped hydro storage power plant proposals that have met with resistance from stakeholders. The proposal creates a total of four dams, adjacent to the Little Colorado River…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Courts/justice Environment News Outdoors

Trump admin pulls 130 extraction leases

Flagstaff    The Trump administration has pulled 130 oil and gas leases in Utah because the Bureau of Land Management failed to fully analyze greenhouse gas emissions and the potential harm to climate from fossil fuel…

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Posted in Arizona Colorado Plateau Community organizing Editorial/opinon First Nations Rez Life

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We are an Arizona non-profit committed to bringing locally owned and supported journalism to and from the communities across the Colorado Plateau. Indigenous voices matter. It’s important when covering this region that news reporters tell the…

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