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Kids all over Arizona write for Bear Essential News, and you can, too! 

The Young Reporters Program is FREE and teaches you the basics of journalism, sharpens your writing and gives you real-world experience.

From classmates to Presidents, our Young Reporters have gotten... Read more

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Hundreds of millions of people across the United States, Europe and Central Asia endured heat waves and record-setting temperatures starting July 19.

Things were already hot here in Arizona and the Southwest, but high pressure domes, which turn up the heat, covered much of the country,... Read more

Map of the desert Southwest’s rivers, lakes and canals  Colorado River Facts: • Length: 1,450 miles • Average width: 300 feet • Maximum depth: 85 feet • States it flows through: 7
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Few things are as iconic in the American Southwest as the Colorado River. It is the sixth longest river in the country and flows through 11 national parks and monuments—including Grand Canyon National Park.

The Colorado River is sometimes called the hardest working river in the West as it... Read more

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Where can you find everything from Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream recipe to more than 140,000 comic books?

At the Library of Congress—the largest library in the world! The library houses millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts in its collections... Read more

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Antarctica is the Earth’s southern most continent and has no indigenous inhabitants. While many explorers speculated over the existence of a “southern land,” the... Read more

Urkraine map showing neighboring countries Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slo., Hun., Romania, Mol.
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Russia INVADED Ukraine on Feb. 24, and has continued relentlessly attacking the country. Some military experts say this is the largest conventional military attack in Europe since World War II ended in 1945.

Casualty reports are difficult to verify, but as of press time more than 9... Read more

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The world’s strongest volcanic eruption in decades rocked Tonga, a Pacific island nation, sending DEBRIS 20 miles in the air and covering the islands in ash in an event that NASA... Read more

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Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking in North America more than 20,000 years ago!

The footprints were first spotted by... Read more

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How far back can you trace your family tree? Probably not 4,000 years!

Last month, scientists published a study identifying the genetic homeland of modern horses, finding that the animals were first DOMESTICATED around 4,200 years ago in a region that’s now part of Russia.

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