Freeport to cut 430 more jobs at Sierrita Mine

The company says it's evaluating a possible shutdown of the plant due to low molybdenum and copper prices.

October 22, 2015 1:57 pmLoading…

Army Corps' position on big Benson development remains uncertain

It's still not clear how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will respond to a Tucson environmental group's request to reconsider a permit granted to a major Benson development -- six months after that request was made.

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Homebuilders, Game and Fish praise decision not to protect tortoise

WildEarth Guardians, however, is clearly unhappy with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's refusal to protect the Sonoran Desert tortoise.

October 06, 2015 11:02 amLoading…

Hudbay spokesman talks Rosemont, financial issues

Here is a Q&A with Scott Brubacher, a Hudbay Minerals Inc. spokesman, on a range of financial issues related to the company and its hopes to start construction on the proposed Rosemont Mine next year. Brubacher is Hudbay's corporate commu…

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Hudbay drilling again at the Rosemont site

 Hudbay Minerals is conducting a second round of exploratory drilling at its proposed Rosemont Mine site in the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson.

October 04, 2015 7:15 amLoading…

Rosemont opponents criticize Hudbay 2016 mine construction statement

The leading opponents of the Rosemont Mine, the Tucson-based Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, last week blasted Hudbay Minerals for its recent statement that it hopes to start construction on the mine next year and finish two years later.

October 04, 2015 7:00 amLoading…

Weapons and first responder testing-research proposal pulled, say Graham County officials

Company officials won't comment on the county's report that the proposal is dead.

September 08, 2015 3:20 pmLoading…

Water limits will force us to change our ways, says Sen. McCain

Fire and water are the major challenges ahead for "all of us, our children and our grandchildren," Sen. John McCain told a speaking engagement this week here in Tucson.

August 14, 2015 5:18 pmLoading…

TEP halts coal burning at south side plant

But Sen. McCain doesn't want EPA telling states how much more coal plant emissions must be cut.

August 13, 2015 5:22 pmLoading…

El Nino isn't linked to Colorado River flows, slide shows

El Nino isn't linked to Colorado River flows, slide shows

For those wondering if El Nino is going to bail out the Colorado River and by extension the Central Arizona Project, this slide from the federal government offers a warning light.

August 11, 2015 9:46 am Related Loading…

ADEQ will monitor mine spill's impacts to Lake Powell, it says

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is sending a team of water quality experts to take water samples above and below Glen Canyon Dam in advance of the arrival of any pollutants there from the Gold King Mine spill in Southwestern Colorado.

August 10, 2015 5:34 pmLoading…

People urged to avoid recreating in parts of Glen Canyon NRA "as a precaution"

Visitors to Lake Powell at the Utah border are being advised not to swim, drink, or fish from parts of the lake due to contamination although it hasn't yet arrived from the ongoing mine waste disaster in southwest Colorado and northwest New Mexico.

August 10, 2015 12:07 pmLoading…

"No distinction" between a review and reconsideration of Benson project permit, Corps says

Reconsideration is sought by the Tucson Audubon Society.

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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…

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