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San Juan Generating Station partners, old and new

In Sunday's Star print and online editions, we're carrying a story about Tucson Electric Power's plans to keep buying power from the San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico -- although at an amount reduced 50 percent from the current figure…

July 27, 2015 7:00 am Related Loading…

"Our attorney has" agreement to shield Benson from Vigneto CFD attorney costs, mayor says

A week ago, Benson Mayor Toney King said that if there wasn't an agreement in hand in a few days to protect Benson from hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney's fees for a new improvement district, he'd be ready to rescind the attorney'…

July 21, 2015 10:19 amLoading…

Activist McVie unhappy at choice for Benson district bond council

Environmental activist Christina Mcvie was none too thrilled at the Benson City Council's naming of Denver law firm Kutak Rock last week as bond council for the Villages of Vigneto Community Facilities District, since the firm had been recomm…

July 19, 2015 7:30 amLoading…

Benson chamber CEO praises Vigneto project, new bond lawyer

Lupe Diaz, head of the Benson-San Pedro Valley Chamber of Commerce, had good words last week for Kutak Rock, the Denver-based law firm that the Benson City Council chose as bond counsel for a new improvement district for the giant Villages at…

July 19, 2015 7:30 amLoading…

El Dorado chairman Ingram pushing for I-11 west of Phoenix

Ingram, Colangelo discussed the freeway project with Mexico's Carlos Slim last spring.

July 19, 2015 6:30 amLoading…

El Dorado statement on Community Facilities Districts

When the Star was preparing a story last week for Sunday's edition about a possible Community Facilities District for the big Villages of Vigneto project in Benson, we asked developer El Dorado Holdings Inc. of Phoenix some questions about it…

July 19, 2015 6:00 amLoading…

Corps reviewing Benson project permit, it tells Audubon Society

No mention of whether it's granted a formal reconsideration.

July 17, 2015 3:11 pmLoading…

Lake Mead outlook keeps improving

CAP shortage risks decline but don't disappear

July 15, 2015 11:26 amLoading…

Nevada water leader blasts Arizonans' anti-California rhetoric

How good are Arizona's legal rights to the Colorado River "if Lake Mead is at dead pool!!!!" asks Patricia Mulroy, the former water boss for the Las Vegas area who has wielded enormous influence over the years over management of the Colorado …

June 28, 2015 12:15 pmLoading…

McCain suggested revising Colorado River Compact in 2008

With the debate going on over whether California poses a threat to Arizona's Colorado River water, it's interesting to note that the last major Western public official to suggest a reopening of the 1922 Colorado River Compact was an Arizonan.

June 28, 2015 11:38 amLoading…

Fimbres says Chandler water rule for businesses not needed here

Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres' comments on the need for approving a Chandler-type water policy for Tucson were provided to the Star too late to meet deadlines for Sunday's print edition's business section where the story is being published. So w…

June 13, 2015 9:55 pmLoading…

NY Times writer lavishes praise on Tucson architecture

NY Times writer lavishes praise on Tucson architecture

For the second time in three days, a writer for a big-city paper has found a hidden gem in this oft-ignored city.

June 13, 2015 10:45 amLoading…

ADWR: On California water grab, we're keeping our eyes open

At his talk on water on Tuesday in Tempe, Gov. Doug Ducey issued stern-sounding warnings that California should keep its hands off Arizona's Colorado River water supplies. Neither he nor anyone else there offered any specifics as to how that …

June 10, 2015 4:21 pmLoading…

Ducey concerned about Lake Mead levels but offers no solutions; defends cotton farmers

TEMPE -- Gov. Doug Ducey offered praise Tuesday for Arizona's past water planning and saving measures and warned that Lake Mead's continually dropping water levels must be addressed, but made no specific proposals for how to deal with them.

June 09, 2015 5:08 pmLoading…

"Miracle May" in Colorado boosts Lake Powell June runoff

An unexpected, late series of storms in Colorado gave a big boost to the spring-summer runoff leading into Lake Powell at the Utah border.

June 08, 2015 1:12 pmLoading…

While Lake Mead drops, California Desert region's Colorado River water use rises

This story from the weekend Desert Sun in Palm Springs illustrates why it's going to be difficult to come to an easy solution to the chronic decline of Lake Mead and the attendant water supply problems it could bring to Arizona as early as a …

June 08, 2015 12:12 pmLoading…

The case for conservation: saving water to save the Colorado

Amidst the sturm and drang over the tightening squeeze on the Colorado River's water supplies, a group of academics with research expertise on the river has just published a simple plea for water conservation.

May 15, 2015 6:04 pmLoading…

Compared to the rest of the Colorado Basin, Tucson looks good, water-use wise

Compared to the rest of the Colorado Basin, Tucson looks good, water-use wise

In case anyone needs convincing that Tucson is a leader in water conservation in the West, the latest report on the Colorado River Basin offers plenty of evidence.

May 14, 2015 5:18 pmLoading…

The Big Dry -- Colorado River runoff forecasts keep dropping

The Big Dry -- Colorado River runoff forecasts keep dropping

Another month, another dismal Colorado River Basin spring-summer runoff forecast.

May 12, 2015 10:12 amLoading…

Point/counterpoint 2--Forest Service v. EPA over Rosemont

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a fierce critic of the Rosemont Mine for several years, recently wrote another round of critical comments on the U.S. Forest Service's latest report on the mine's impacts. The service's Supplemental I…

May 10, 2015 12:15 amLoading…

BLM Rosemont memos -- point/counterpoint

In today's print edition, the Star has a story on a group of internal memos from the Bureau of Land Management that criticize two key Forest Service documents on the Rosemont Mine. One is the Final Rosemont Mine Environmental Impact Statement…

May 10, 2015 12:00 amLoading…

Warm, dry March makes 2016 CAP shortages more likely, authorities say

The odds of a Central Arizona Project shortage by next year have risen thanks to an extraordinarily warm and dry March in the mountains that feed the Colorado River with runoff.

April 24, 2015 4:23 pmLoading…

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Star reporter Tony Davis covers topics in this blog that you have read under his byline for more than 30 years in the Southwest: water, growth, sprawl, pollution, climate change, endangered species, mining, grazing and traffic.

To reach Tony call 806-7746 (office) or 349-0350 (cell) or write him at tdavis@tucson.com.

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