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Plan allowing shooting in Sonoran Desert National Monument advances

Sara Weber Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 Plan allowing shooting in Sonoran Desert National Monument advances WASHINGTON – Federal officials are moving forward with a proposal to allow target shooting on more than 470,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert National Monument – a stark change from a 2012 plan that would have limited shooting to just 84 acres. The Bureau of Land Management proposal, which started a 60-day comment period last week, was seen as a “frustrating” reversal, according to the environmental groups that had sued to stop what they see as threats to natural and cultural assets in the park. “The original draft of the resource management plan limited target shooting for well-documented reasons,” said Sandy Bahr, director of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon chapter, of the 2012 plan. “It then came back with an about-face because of what seemed like political reasons.” But gun enthusiasts pointed to about 10,000 acres in the monument that are already closed to shooting, and welcomed the fact that the BLM plan might allow shooting in other areas. “Arizona is no longer the open state it used to be, more and more places are closing to shooters,” said Arizona Outdoor Sports President Tom Slaughter. “We want to work to keep public lands in the state open to responsible shooters like ours,” Slaughter said. President Bill Clinton created the Sonoran Desert monument in 2001,...

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Cronkite News Refresh: Jan. 29, 2016

Staff Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 Cronkite News Refresh: Jan. 29, 2016 This edition of the newscast is Cronkite News Refresh, a weekly social-media driven show..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Peoria students honor Randy Johnson with mural

Shay Roddy Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 Peoria students honor Randy Johnson with mural PEORIA – Randy Johnson’s 6-foot-10-inch frame dwarfs most others, but for once, the Big Unit was dwarfed – by his own likeness. Students at Peoria High School painted an 18-by-14-foot mural on the wall outside their art building, honoring the 2015 Hall of Fame selection. Thursday, Johnson swung by to check himself out and talk with the students. “I’m very pleased and kind of blown away by how advanced you guys are,” the former Arizona Diamondbacks lefty said. “Thank you and you guys did a fabulous job.” Johnson spoke in the classroom with 25 art students who worked on the project and fielded questions from the teens. The 2001 World Series MVP related his own experiences with photography in high school and how much it has become his passion since using his first pinhole camera in an art class similar to their own. “I enjoy photography, you guys enjoy art – it’s all the same,” the five-time Cy Young winner said. “I was learning just like you guys are learning and based on what I see here, what you guys have done, you should be really proud.” After spending about 20 minutes with the students, the former fireballer, now an executive adviser for the Diamondbacks, went outside with the them to sign the mural and take...

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New app lets Tucson and Tempe students know what’s ‘Happinin’

Amanda Kukkola Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 New app lets Tucson and Tempe students know what’s ‘Happinin’ A new app called ‘Happinin’ aims to let students at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona know about events and nearby deals. The app is hitting the market and is creating a little friendly competition between rival schools, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. The team behind the app plans to offer a reward to the campus with the most downloads within the first two weeks of release. The app is free and available to download on any mobile device to those with an example.edu email address. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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El Nino storms affect winter crop industry in Arizona

Chloe Nordquist Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 El Nino storms affect winter crop industry in Arizona TOLLESON – This year’s El Nino will be one of the strongest weather cycles of its kind on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And Arizona saw its first bout of related weather in early January. The storm, marked by four to five consecutive days of rain, increased cloud cover and left up to 3.5 inches of rain in some areas of Arizona, affecting farmers with winter crops. Mike Etchart, one of the owners of Everkrisp Vegetables in Tolleson, said consumers might see higher prices at grocery stores. “The market price of the vegetables have been higher because of the lack of yields and the lack of production,” he said. “It’s been pretty much area wide, so hopefully the prices that we’re getting will make up for the lack of yield and production.” The roughly 1,500-acre farm produces everything from organic kale to parsley to mixed lettuce. Everkrisp does 100 percent of its production in the winter, and it’s a month behind because of the weather caused by El Nino and below-average temperatures and rain in November and December. “This year, we’re behind,” he said. “We’ve got some nice weather now, but we’re anticipating some more wet weather in the spring, so it’s been challenging.” Of the $3.7 billion in farm...

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