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Some people already are counting down to the 2017 Pima County Fair, even if it is a month away.

The fair opens April 20 and runs 11 days, until April 30. But it\u2019s not even the prospect of sticky cotton candy, gobbling smoked turkey legs and riding the G Force or Mega Drop on the midway until you throw up that turkey leg and cotton candy that has everyone excited.

It\u2019s the concerts.

This is the chance of the year to see so many different genres \u2014 from rock and rap to reggae and regional Mexican \u2014 on one stage. And we get the bonus of the legendary Tanya Tucker. Sweet.

Admission is free with fair admission, which is a pretty good deal: $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6 to 10 and free for those 5 and younger. You also have to pay $5 to park, but when you do the math, you end up paying less than $15 to see some pretty big names playing in the beautiful Tucson outdoors on the fair\u2019s Budweiser Main Stage.

Here\u2019s the lineup, which is naturally subject to change:

Details: pimacountyfair.com

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PHOENIX \u2014 The state\u2019s new higher minimum wage is here to stay.

Without comment late Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously rebuffed a bid by business groups to void the voter-approved law.

The ruling leaves the current minimum wage at $10 an hour, up from $8.05 last year. It also means the minimum will increase by voter-approved steps to $12 an hour by 2020. After that, increases will be linked to inflation.

About 700,000 of the state\u2019s more than 2.5 million workers are expected to benefit when the wage increase is fully implemented in 2020.

The measure approved by state voters in November and upheld Tuesday by the high court, Proposition 206, also mandates for the first time that employers provide at least three days of paid leave for workers every year. Supporters of the measure, which took effect Jan. 1, said more than 900,000 Arizonans worked in jobs where there was no paid leave.

Business groups led by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry argued that the proposition violated a constitutional provision that any ballot measure requiring the state to spend more money also include a source for that revenue, such as a higher tax.

Strictly speaking, Proposition 206 exempts state government from paying its workers the higher wage. But state agencies said there will be a cost. Private firms the state uses to provide services such as in-home care for the medically needy were being paid based on contracts negotiated before the wage hike. And some of those providers said they cannot boost wages unless the state spends more money.

But in a hearing last week, Supreme Court justices questioned whether these are the kind of direct costs the Arizona constitutional provision is designed to cover. They clearly concluded they are not.

The chamber also argued there were, in fact, direct costs to the Industrial Commission of Arizona, which polices state labor laws and must write new rules to deal with the paid-leave policy. That contention drew skepticism last week from two of the justices, who said there\u2019s no evidence the commission can\u2019t pay those minimal expenses with its existing budget.

Chamber President Glenn Hamer said he\u2019s disappointed. But he said that, if nothing else, Tuesday\u2019s ruling puts the issue to bed and now employers know \u2014 and can plan for \u2014 their obligations.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who defended the proposition against the chamber\u2019s challenge, praised the court ruling.

\u201cAs attorney general, my job is to uphold the rule of law,\u201d he said. He criticized the business interests for trying to use constitutional arguments to kill what voters approved last November on a 58-42 margin.

\u201cThe constitution is designed to protect our rights,\u201d Brnovich said. \u201cIt is not a tool to be used to undermine the will of the people.\u201d

Gov. Doug Ducey, who publicly opposed the wage increase, said late Tuesday, \u201cThe Supreme Court has spoken. We\u2019re going to follow the law.\u201d

The justices, who heard the arguments just a week earlier, promised a full explanation of their unanimous ruling in the coming weeks.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. \u2013 After the Arizona Wildcats ended their season short of the Final Four again, Allonzo Trier was asked what he thought about the questioning Sean Miller might receive ahead.

He seemed puzzled, even as somebody appeared to be\u00a0updating Sean Miller\u2019s postseason record on Wikipedia\u00a0at about the same time.

\u201cUm. Questioning a guy who had a 32-5 basketball team?\u201d Trier said. \u201cThey probably don\u2019t know much if they\u2019re questioning him from that standpoint. Coach did what he thought was best for us to put us in the best position to win the game, and we\u2019re going to go out there and try to execute as well as we can as a basketball team. I totally have faith in my coach that he\u2019s knows what he\u2019s doing, not somebody else who doesn\u2019t.\u201d

The Sporting News\u2019 Mike DeCourcy also offered some perspective about Miller\u2019s track record.

FWIW, my Twitter notifications in the immediate few hours after the game included a \"Fire Miller,\" \"his teams are predictable,\" \"team's intelligence level unacceptable,\" \"what's up with his poor timeout management\" and \"Miller will never reach a Final Four.\"


Miller actually put a lot of the blame on himself during his podium interviews after Thursday\u2019s game. Miller spoke of the Wildcats\u2019 inability to defend well, especially down the stretch, and their lack of confidence against the zone, and talked about his role in it all.

\u201cEqually disappointed in myself,\u201d Miller said. \u201cYou know, our team never really ever established great confidence against the zone. And I think in some ways that was the reason, defensively, that we weren\u2019t as good as we usually are, because the game never really felt good, and that\u2019s on me.

\u201cYour job when you get to this area, when you get to this level of college basketball, your best players have to be confident. We have to get them shots. I don\u2019t care what defense they\u2019re playing \u2013 1-3-1, 2-3, man-to-man \u2013 I don\u2019t feel we did that tonight. And that\u2019s the worst feeling you can have as a coach.\u201d


Here's the full podium comments from Miller, Kadeem Allen and Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Xavier's are here.


Sounded like Miller had a pretty uplifting postgame locker room talk, with virtually all of the players repeating his reminder that they did, after all, win the Pac-12 Tournament and (tie for) the Pac-12 regular season title, while winning 32 games.

\u201cWe had a great year,\u201d Rawle Alkins said. \u201cWe had an historical year.\u201d

Lauri Markkanen sat looking downbeat but tried to keep that in mind, too.

\u201cWe went through a lot this year, so of course we have to think about all the good things we did,\u201d Markkanen said. \u201cIt\u2019s just sad the season ended so we can\u2019t go to Phoenix.\u201d

Allonzo Trier discussed that point at more length.

\u201cWe had a great year, a tremendous year,\u201d Trier said. \u201cA year that will have a lot of memorabilia and history that will be in McKale, on the walls and in the locker rom. It\u2019s just tough because we all had our sights on the Final Four.

\u201cThat was what we talked about and we believed it. We knew it was something we could do and then our journey kind of got cut short. We knew it wasn\u2019t going to be easy. We weren\u2019t going to walk there. Nobody was going to let us go to a Final Four just because it\u2019s in Phoenix. It doesn\u2019t work like that.\u201d


Markkanen and UA's other players who are considered potential early departures this spring all declined to comment on their plans or decision processes ahead. UA players are normally off-limits for the most part in the offseason so face immediate questioning after their last game.


Our full coverage is attached to this post as are the box score and final stats.

Thanks again for reading this season. The news isn't going to slow down for a while this spring, so please stick around ...

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SALT LAKE CITY \u2013 When Kadeem Allen dislocated his finger on Feb. 14 and took off the Wildcats\u2019 following two games, the word inside the program was that he would have played if it was the NCAA Tournament instead of just regular-season games at Washington State and Washington.

But this was the Tournament.

So when Rawle Alkins suffered an even worse injury when he tried to grab a defensive rebound in the first half against Saint Mary's, he went back in the game.

And he\u2019ll likely play Thursday against Xavier, too, after probably taking it easy in practice this week with his broken and dislocated right index finger.

\u201cWe\u2019ll tape it correctly, give him some stability and a little medicine to minimize his inflammation,\u201d athletic trainer Justin Kokoskie said. \u201cThe body heals fast, especially somebody his age. It\u2019s just the way it popped out that kind of scared him.\u201d

Alkins said because the injury was unlike any he\u2019d had before he \u201cwas panicking,\u201d but when doctors told him he could play with what he called a \u201cminor fracture\u201d he was OK (Kokoskie said it was actually a regular fracture common to dislocated fingers).

The break before the Sweet 16 should help Alkins heal. UA will take Sunday off, then likely practice Monday and Tuesday before leaving for San Jose on Tuesday afternoon, then practice privately on Wednesday in or near San Jose.

FWIW, UA is not holding any media availability until the mandatory NCAA Tournament pregame interviews on Wednesday in San Jose, so there may not be any update on Alkins until then.


Allen\u2019s bone-through-the-skin ordeal may have looked worse, but he only dislocated his right pinky and did not break it.

\"His was an open dislocation,\" Kokoskie said. \"This was a regular dislocation with a fracture.\"


Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Dusan Ristic, the only two Wildcats who actually played on Arizona\u2019s last Sweet 16 team, said this one felt different. Ristic is in a more prominent role without Kaleb Tarczewski around and Jackson-Cartwright noted how this season\u2019s team has been through more adversity.

\u201cKadeem wasn\u2019t playing that year so this is a whole new team,\u201d Ristic said. \u201cIt feels a little different but we have he same aspirations and goals. We\u2019re not done yet. We have to play Xavier and they\u2019re gonna be same team like they were my freshman year \u2013 they\u2019re really well-coached. It\u2019ll be a great challenge for us.\u201d


After playing 14 minutes against North Dakota on Thursday \u2013 including eight in the second half \u2013 Kobi Simmons went back to a limited role again Saturday even with Alkins missing time.

Simmons played six minutes, going 0 for 3 from the field. He has played single-digit minutes in five of his past six games.

Although the locker rooms were open to media because of NCAA Tournament rules, allowing Simmons to be asked about it, Simmons answered questions about his role with only a minimum of words.

\u201cJust playing hard and doing my job,\u201d he said.


Our full coverage is attached to this post, as are the box score and updated stats. Here's the podium comments from Arizona and Saint Mary's.

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Roadhouse Cinemas, Tucson\u2019s dine-in movie theater, is expanding.

The theater has leased an additional 10,000 square feet adjacent to its existing site on Grant and Swan roads to add three screens and 225 seats. A $1.5 million building permit was issued for the expansion.

During construction, customers will need to enter the theater from Grant Road, as the north side will be closed.

The company is looking for artists\u2019 ideas for a mural on the outside wall of the addition. Visit roadhousecinemas.com or call 209-2728 for more information.

Scott Cassell, director of operations, said Roadhouse is looking at other locations around Tucson and has been approached by interested investors in other states.

Other construction activity around town includes:

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SALT LAKE CITY \u2014

Rawle Alkins said the pain in his broken index finger was an 8.5 on a scale of 1 to 10.

\u201cIt was crooked, turned sideways,\u201d he said, crunching up his face. \u201cI looked at it and thought, \u2018Oh, man, this can\u2019t be good.\u201d\u2019

In a sword-swift moment, the burden on his team multiplied. Arizona trailed Saint Mary\u2019s 17-12. Jock Landale and the Gaels had made the Wildcats come off as the Apple Dumpling Gang.

Jock looked to be a lock.

Without their enforcer for the final 30 minutes, minus the toughness of the A-Train, the Wildcats might\u2019ve been cooked.

Alkins jogged with UA trainer Justin Kokoskie to the locker room, no more than 15 yards from the team bench. It\u2019s unclear who groaned louder: UA fans or Alkins. The Gaels would grow their lead to 22-12.

Admit it. You and everyone in front of a TV set in Tucson freaked out.

That\u2019s when medical science kicked in.

Kokoskie took a picture of Alkins\u2019 finger and emailed it to a Tucson hand surgeon in maybe the time it took for a rotation of the 30-second shot clock. Then Kokoskie, Alkins and team physician Dr. Donald Porter took advantage of the Utah Jazz\u2019s NBA-level medical resources and took an X-ray of Alkins\u2019 finger.

They quickly emailed the image to the hand surgeon.

\u201cYou could see the fracture, a little piece of bone disconnected from where it should\u2019ve been,\u201d Kokoskie said. \u201cIt was broken.\u201d

On the bench, UA assistant coach Book Richardson tried to convince himself Alkins would return and the Wildcats would somehow chop up Saint Mary\u2019s lead.

\u201cI kept thinking, \u2018He\u2019ll be all right, he\u2019ll be all right,\u2019\u201d Richardson said 90 minutes later. \u201cBut deep inside I had doubts Rawle would be all right. Most people wouldn\u2019t come back from that.\u201d

Racing the clock but abiding by their professional training, Porter and Kokoskie consulted with the surgeon and determined Alkins could safely return.

Not Tuesday or Thursday, but right now.

Alkins was back in the game with 3:43 remaining in the first half. His team was shooting a dreadful 26 percent. That\u2019s RFD \u2014 recipe for disaster \u2014 territory in March.

Amazingly, with his right index and middle finger taped together, Alkins drove to the bucket and banked in a game-changing layup 77 seconds after he returned.

Talk about feeling no pain.

\u201cIt\u2019s the miracle of medical science,\u201d Kokoskie said with a big smile after Arizona overhauled and beat up the Gaels 69-60, outscoring them 53-36 upon Alkins\u2019 return.

Arizona won Saturday night for many reasons, especially Lauri Markkanen\u2019s ability to block shots, draw fouls and make nine free throws, and also Allonzo Trier\u2019s clutchness. Is that a word? If not, it should be. Trier scored all 14 of his points in the final 17 minutes.

Ultimately, the Wildcats were too big for Jock the Lock and his teammates, who ended the game like someone who just finished an overtime shift, exhausted, loosely holding their empty lunchpails.

Landale opened the game making five consecutive shots. He ended on a 3-for-9 streak.

Arizona shot 59 percent in the second half. You don\u2019t often lose when you do that in March. More importantly, you usually don\u2019t lose when you look at a 22-12 deficit and don\u2019t swallow your tongue.

\u201cWe had another whole half,\u201d said UA senior Kadeem Allen, who was terrific with 12 points, three steals and a late thunder-dunk that helped to change the game.

\u201cWhat we do,\u201d said Richardson, \u201cis play four 5-minute wars each half. We lost the first three wars, but then we won the fourth and that got us going. In the second half, we got a fifth war and a sixth. You don\u2019t have to do it all at once.\u201d

Saturday\u2019s game was almost a duplicate of Arizona\u2019s by-the-seat-of-its-pants opener in the 1997 NCAA Tournament, trailing slow-paced South Alabama by 10 points in the final seven minutes. The Wildcats ultimately won 65-57 and 10 days later were in the Final Four.

You wonder if escaping Saint Mary\u2019s pesky tactics will lead to a similar opportunity.

Gaels coach Randy Bennett knows more about Gonzaga than any coach who isn\u2019t named Mark Few; his team was 0-3 against the Zags this season. Asked to compare Arizona to Gonzaga, about a potential Elite Eight game in San Jose on Saturday, Bennett made several funny faces and then said, \u201cIt\u2019s a pretty even game.\u201d

But he did say that Arizona\u2019s ability to stop Landale, and those like him, might be more essential than the oft-quoted \u201cguards get you to the Final Four\u201d formula.

\u201cArizona can wear you out (inside),\u201d said Bennett, allowing that the Markkanen-Dusan Ristic-Chance Comanche rotation is a blessed resource. \u201cTo be good, you need to have that.

\u201cWhen you get down to the last 32 or 16 teams, the other team is going to have some quality big guys. There\u2019s going to be a Landale or a Markkanen or a Przemek Karnowski (of Gonzaga). Those guys are why their teams are still in there.\u201d

Over 72 hours in Salt Lake City, the Wildcats proved that they have more than three big guys. They\u2019ve also got Alkins, who has drawn a lot of laughs this month by using the term \u201csavage life\u201d to describe the way he goes about business.

On Saturday, when Arizona had so much to lose and the Gaels so much to gain, Alkins wasn\u2019t as much a savage as he was a force breathing life back into his team.

Do you know the way to San Jose? Arizona does.

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SALT LAKE CITY \u2014 While medical staffers discussed his broken finger, emailing X-rays to Tucson for further evaluation, Rawle Alkins sat and watched a little television in the Arizona Wildcats\u2019 locker room Saturday evening.

He couldn\u2019t stand it.

Not his right index finger, which was dislocated and broken when he slapped for a ball in the first half of Arizona\u2019s 69-60 NCAA Tournament second-round win over Saint Mary\u2019s.

But the score. He left when the Gaels were ahead 17-12 in the first half. Alkins watched as it went to 20-12.

Then it was 22-12. And 24-14.

\u201cI saw they went up by eight and I told the trainer and the doctor, \u2018We have to do whatever it takes to get me back on the court,\u2019\u201d Alkins said. \u201cThey did the X-rays and luckily it was a minor fracture. So I said \u2018I can play?\u2019 \u201d

He could. And just over a minute after he came back, Alkins was back to normal form despite having two fingers bandaged together. He spun his way to the basket in characteristic fashion to cut Saint Mary\u2019s lead to just 26-23, with the momentum of the game changing in the Wildcats\u2019 favor for good.

It was in those moments that the Wildcats snapped out of their first-half funk against the patient Gaels, closing out the first half on an 11-4 run and taking advantage of their size and athleticism to pull away in the second half.

Although the stakes were higher than ever \u2014 the win moved second-seeded Arizona into an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game on Thursday against Xavier in San Jose, California \u2014 it was really just another day at the office for the 2016-17 Wildcats.

You know, a little adversity, some tense moments on the court and, ultimately, a way to get it done. Arizona is now 32-4, and every team that has beaten the Wildcats is still alive in the NCAA Tournament.

\u201cIt was really like a microcosm of our entire season,\u201d UA coach Sean Miller said.

It was almost exactly a month ago, in fact, when guard Kadeem Allen suffered a similar finger injury in practice two days before the Wildcats played at Washington State. The difference was that Allen didn\u2019t suffer a fracture, only a dislocation \u2014 but had the bone pop completely out of his skin.

Alkins\u2019 bone didn\u2019t pop out but the fracture means extra care will be needed. UA trainer Justin Kokoskie said he\u2019ll likely take it a little easier than normal this week while getting treatment and enough protection to play against Xavier.

No way he\u2019s missing that game, either.

\u201cHe has that toughness you can\u2019t teach,\u201d UA guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright said. \u201cWe\u2019re extremely proud of him. We don\u2019t win this game without him.\u201d

That may be true, especially if you consider Alkins is probably the Wildcat who has kept contributing the most when times have been tough this season, slashing his way to the basket when his teammates were missing 3s or hitting his own 3 over a zone that was temporarily foiling them.

But the truth of it is that the Wildcats actually received most of their production elsewhere.

Namely, inside, where Lauri Markkanen had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Dusan Ristic had another 13 points and two rebounds.

Together, the two helped answer the inside efficiency of Saint Mary\u2019s center Jock Landale, who had 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting, and 11 rebounds.

\u201cThey drove the ball a lot in the first 10 minutes and they found Landale,\u201d Ristic said. \u201cTheir whole offense is pick-and-roll and drive. But the second part of the first half we started to play better defense on him.\u201d

Offensively, the Wildcats did it by driving hard to the basket in a number of ways. Allen scored 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting, Alkins was 3 for 7 for his six points, and Allonzo Trier was 4 for 6 in the second half after going scoreless on four field goals in the first half.

Trier also made three of four free throws in the final 1:25 to put the game out of reach, even as Saint Mary\u2019s cut UA\u2019s lead to just five points with 1:54 left on a 3-pointer by Gaels forward Chad Hermanson.

\u201cOur advantage, I think, was to eventually get the ball inside,\u201d Miller said. \u201cI think getting the ball to the basket, whether it be on the drive or post catch, we delivered. We scored. We got fouled.\u201d

It was a glaring contrast to the first 15 minutes of the game. When Saint Mary\u2019s took its first 10-point lead, 22-12 with 6:53 left in the first half, the Wildcats were getting out-rebounded 15-8, had received just one field goal attempt from Markkanen, saw Trier miss his first four shots \u2026 all while Alkins was in the locker room.

What\u2019s more, Landale was having his way on seemingly every Saint Mary\u2019s possession.

When the Australian big man dunked with 11:58 to go in the first half, he already had 10 points and five rebounds while helping the Gaels take a 14-10 lead.

But 32 minutes later, Landale led Saint Mary\u2019s players off the floor after a team hug, waving to Gaels fans at the close of the school\u2019s historically successful 29-5 season.

\u201cHe had a great game, but eventually our team won,\u201d Ristic said. \u201cTheir season is over and we\u2019re going to the Sweet 16. I think that\u2019s the most important thing right now.\u201d

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No need to hide your children and board up the house in preparation for the apocalypse because of these insects known as Crane flies. Despite their scary looks and large numbers of them popping up around Tucson, Crane flies are harmless to humans and beneficial to the environment.

According to one website, \u00a0\"Crane Flies grow up to 2 1/2 inches long, with a wingspan of three inches. They are grayish-brown and slender. Their legs are super-thin and long. They are usually about twice as long as their bodies.\"

During a wet winter or spring, these insects emerge from the soil, mate and lay eggs in their short 15-day or so adult life. They don't eat, although one website\u00a0claims they might possibly partake of flower nectar. They are attracted to light and may try to sneak in on you.

These insects are actually considered beneficial, especially by gardeners. The larvae feed on decaying organic matter, thereby speeding decomposition, according to this website.

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An unusually snowy winter in the northern Rockies has for now helped put the kibosh on a statewide plan to conserve Colorado River water to stop Lake Mead from falling too low. Future conservation efforts are highly uncertain.

For many months, water agencies including Tucson Water have discussed a plan to save 1.2 million acre-feet of river water over three years to delay the threat of shortages to the Central Arizona Project, which brings drinking water to Tucson and Phoenix and irrigation water to Central Arizona farmers.

But the snowy winter appears to mean that the river and lake will be flush enough this year to significantly reduce the odds of short-term water cuts even without a conservation plan. The abrupt weather shift has intensified an already major split among water officials about what to do next.

CAP officials say the earlier proposal is \u201cno longer viable\u201d and that it\u2019s time for a new approach.

\u201cThe improved hydrology has changed the landscape and given us a reprieve,\u201d said Suzanne Ticknor, CAP\u2019s water-policy director. \u201cWe have the opportunity to get it right, to sit back and find out what we want to do to find consensus in the state. We don\u2019t need to do huge volumes of conservation right now.\u201d

Other water users disagree with this position, including the Arizona Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Tucson and Phoenix water utilities and the Gila River Indian Community, which controls the largest share of CAP water.

\u201cI do not believe one year of good hydrology is enough to stop us from seeking to conserve water in the lake,\u201d Arizona DWR Director Tom Buschatzke said, referring to Lake Mead, a reservoir of Colorado River water.

He and other officials said recent weather doesn\u2019t substitute for a long-term policy during a 17-year drought, the longest in the historical record dating to 1906.

Water feast or famine

At stake is an Arizona version of the Drought Contingency Plan, an effort by this state, California and Nevada to negotiate a long-term, water-use reduction agreement. The goal is to reduce the risks of Lake Mead dropping below 1,025 feet, compared to the 1,070s to 1,080s it has been at recently.

At the lower lake level, water deliveries to Tucson and Phoenix would be jeopardized and Hoover Dam\u2019s power output would be dramatically curtailed. The risk is due to what authorities say is a structural deficit, in which people in the Lower Colorado River Basin use more water each year than the over-allocated river provides, even when it\u2019s not in a drought.

The Arizona plan, called DCP Plus, seeks to delay for three years or longer the first CAP shortage, which would happen if the lake drops below 1,075 feet at year\u2019s end. Last December, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation predicted that the chance of a shortage for 2018 through 2020 was around 50 percent and warned the river was \u201con the brink\u201d.

But at a March 2 CAP board meeting, project officials were rejoicing over the heavy snowfalls that had fallen in the river\u2019s Upper Basin, which supplies crucial spring runoff to Lake Powell, another Colorado River reservoir.

\u201cThe Green River has a tremendous snowpack situation. Flooding will occur in that watershed this spring. Not that we\u2019re wishing it on our Wyoming friends, but quite frankly I\u2019m for it,\u201d said CAP Colorado River program manager Chuck Cullom.

There\u2019s so much snow that a major Wyoming cloud-seeding program has been suspended to reduce the risk of flood damage, Cullom added.

As of March 1, Upper Basin snowpack was 154 percent of normal. Annual spring runoff into Powell was predicted to be 10.4 million acre-feet, or 145 percent of average, said Brenda Alcorn, a federal Colorado Basin River Forecast Center hydrologist.

The reclamation agency now sees a greater chance of above-average water releases from Powell to Mead for three years than it does of shortages.

So instead of a fixed, three-year conservation plan, CAP official Ticknor said that while the agency remains committed to reducing the river\u2019s structural deficit over the long term, the best solution now is to plan annually.

\u201cIt has to be more of an adaptive approach and look at things in real time and understand the hydrology, what the inflow to Powell is and what Mead\u2019s elevation is each year,\u201d she said.

\u201cOverconserving\u201d
becomes an issue

Setting hard, three-year targets can create an \u201coverconserving\u201d risk, Ticknor said.

That\u2019s possible due to the complex, seven-state guidelines covering management of Lake Mead at the Arizona-Nevada border and Lake Powell at the Arizona-Utah border, she said. Worrying about \u201coverconserving\u201d is a shift in emphasis among CAP officials, who have a \u201cProtect Lake Mead\u201d message on their home page and produced videos and other material saying the same.

While remaining concerned about Mead\u2019s long-term risks, CAP officials say that under certain circumstances, the guidelines mean that too much conservation can reduce how much water Powell releases to Mead. That deprives the three Lower Colorado River Basin states, including Arizona, of additional water.

Phoenix Water Director Kathryn Sorensen counters, \u201cThe \u2018risk\u2019 of overconserving is a Colorado River that is less vulnerable to shortages and more resilient over the long run, a river that is more protective of our economy and our quality of life.\u201d

Under guidelines approved in 2007 by the seven basin states, Lake Mead gets an extra surge of water from Powell in a year in which forecasters predict that Powell will stay above 3,575 feet while Mead falls below 1,075 feet on a given date.

This year, conditions are good enough that the lake is expected to get at least 9 million acre-feet, nearly 700,000 acre-feet above average. But if conservation pushes Mead\u2019s forecast above 1,075 at the end of 2017, that extra water goes away.

\u201cYou could have an unintended consequence,\u201d Ticknor said. \u201cYou have a narrow band of operating space with the reservoirs. You have to be careful about what you do.\u201d

\u201cNot a game of poker\u201d

Phoenix\u2019s Sorensen replied that playing the probabilities of shortage year-by-year is a short-sighted strategy that fosters uncertainty and keeps Arizona\u2019s economy closer to the razor\u2019s edge.

\u201cThis is not a game of poker. Arizona has weathered the last 17 years of drought precisely because generations ago, we planned methodically for the long run. We must continue this legacy,\u201d Sorensen said.

State Water Resources Director Buschatzke said he prefers the risk of overconserving \u201cbecause if you underconserve there isn\u2019t much you can do about it\u201d if a shortage occurs. Tucson Water Director Tim Thomure said authorities should err on the side of conservation and focus on the longer term.

\u201cWe have to be nimble enough to manage year by year, but decisions need to be made with the long-term in mind,\u201d Thomure said.

Plus, Mother Nature can make unanticipated weather shifts, Buschatzke said. Just since March 1, hot, dry weather has caused federal river-basin forecasters to lower projections for runoff into Powell by half a million acre-feet. That\u2019s enough to serve Tucson Water\u2019s 700,000-plus customers for five years.

The April runoff forecast is still expected to be high enough for an above-average release from Powell. But if the region experiences the flip side of the \u201cMiracle May\u201d rains that pounded the Rockies in May 2015 \u2014 saving the river from an almost certain shortage \u2014 that wouldn\u2019t leave authorities much time to forestall a 2018 shortage, Buschatzke said.

\u201cThese are hard issues \u2014 harsh decisions. I want to err on the side of more certainty,\u201d he said.

The bottom line is that the water agency now can\u2019t meet its goal of getting a water-saving plan to this year\u2019s legislative session for approval, he said.

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The Tucson City Council approved 5-2 a new ban on using your cellphone while driving.

A push by Councilwoman Karin Uhlich radically increased the size of the fines over what had been initially proposed by the city staff. Councilmen Steve Kozachik and Richard Fimbres voted against the measure.

Under the ordinance passed Tuesday night, anyone caught using a cellphone without a hands-free device while driving will get a $250 fine for the first offense that doesn\u2019t involve an accident, $500 for the second violation and any subsequent violation. The citations will be civil offenses.

The minimum fine for someone involved in a vehicle accident while using a cellphone will be $500.\u00a0

The law, as written, would not allow officers to pull someone over just for using a cellphone while driving \u2014 making it a secondary offense.

Other than the size of the fines, the action by the City Council mirrors a near-identical hands-free ordinance passed by the Oro Valley Town Council several months ago.

The measure is scheduled to go into effect May 1.

Red tags

The council also unanimously backed changes to the city\u2019s \u201cred tag\u201d ordinance concerning noise complaints.

The council opted to add another fine to those who receive a second red tag notice within 180 days, forcing them to pay the city for the costs of responding police officers. The extra fine is capped at $1,000 per incident.

The city already has fines associated with unruly gatherings \u2014 $500 for the first red-tag offense and $1,000 for a second violation \u2014 but the new recovery fee, adds to the overall cost.

A red-tagged property must display the city notice in a visible location for 180 days.

Hate-crime law

The council unanimously raised penalties for those convicted of committing a hate or bias crime under an ordinance that relates to institutional vandalism, such as damaging a place of worship or cemetery.

Tucson\u2019s revised ordinance enhances penalties to misdemeanor crimes, including criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, endangerment, graffiti, harassment and threats or intimidation, that are motivated by such things as a victim\u2019s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. The ordinance was also changed to include health-care facilities to the list of institutions that fall under the revised law.

For a first misdemeanor offense, the offender would serve at least 10 days in jail and face a $500 fine.

On the second offense, the minimum punishment would be increased to 20 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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