‘These are places for us as well’: Empowering more Arizonans to claim their spot outdoors

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First published in AZCentral.Com | Story by Shanti Lerner Playing in a public park and marching in a political rally may seem like two completely unrelated activities.  But for Chispa Arizona, an environmental justice organization that advocates for the state’s Latino communities, the two are thoroughly intertwined.  Since its founding in 2014, Chispa Arizona set an ambitious agenda: advocating for clean and …

Biden Administration Restores Land And Water Conservation Funding

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Originally published on kjzz.org | Story by Ron Dungan *This piece includes an audio component that you can listen to here. The Biden administration is restoring some federal funding for urban parks. The move reverses a cut made in the waning days of the Trump administration. The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides critical funding for parks and outdoor recreation, …

Ducey defends COVID-19 response, pushes for reopening schools in short State of the State speech

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Story originally published on AZCentral.com | By Maria Polletta There were a few familiar threads: a focus on education, anecdotes about standout Arizonans, the inevitable nods to tax reforms and limited government. But overall, Gov. Doug Ducey’s 2021 State of the State address diverged sharply in look, length and feel from those delivered during the first six years of his tenure. …

2021 starts with record-breaking air pollution for the Valley

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Originally published on ABC15 Arizona | By Liliana Soto PHOENIX — If you went outside Friday, chances are you have seen how hazy the air is. According to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the air quality is so bad that it has reached near hazardous levels. The situation caused the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to tweet about how …

COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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We are seeing COVID on the rise in Arizona. The Latinx community makes up more than 25% of the known positive cases, showing one example of how communities of color are bearing the brunt of this pandemic. In addition to our individual health, we know many in the community need resources and assistance. There are resources available in government and …

Arizona needs to clean up its air – and its politics

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Originally Published on Arizona Mirror, Op-Ed by Laura Dent. Arizona has some of the dirtiest air in the nation. Our politics can be even dirtier. Late last month Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest private monopoly utility, finally acknowledged spending more than $10 million dollars to influence the election of its own regulators to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2014. The admission …

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Community discussion aims to shed light on Corporation Commission

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Madeline Ackley, Originally published in the Downtown Devil. “How many people have gone to the Corporation Commission?” Three people raised their hands in the small classroom at First Church UCC Phoenix. “I don’t blame you,” said Sandy Bahr, director of the Arizona chapter of the Sierra Club. Tuesday, Bahr spoke to a group of about 15 community members at an …