Oak Flat

Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

A controversial federal land exchange to build a copper mine on the Tonto National Forest could take place a year ahead of schedule. It’s one of several expected federal acts during the final weeks of the Trump administration. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


A San Carlos Apache man says he’s moving to his ancestral home in a mountainous area of central Arizona to protest a planned copper mine.

Center for Biological Diversity

A group that has been protesting a proposed copper mine in Superior says four crosses at a prayer site have been taken or damaged.

Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

An Arizona Republican Congressman has condemned the National Park Service for adding the Oak Flat campground to the National Registry of Historic Places.

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar called the campgrounds a "bogus" historic site that's meant to sabotage a mining company's efforts to reach a 1.7 billion-ton copper ore deposit that sits deep underneath the area.

Alan English

Two historical sites in Arizona have been labeled as “endangered” by a national organization. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the Grand Canyon and Oak Flat on the Tonto National Forest made the list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”