Here are some other articles and op-eds about the mine dispute that appeared over the holidays:

First, two members of the Sahuarita Town Council had an op-ed in the Green Valley news urging the Tucson City Council to allow the Rosemont Copper-financed "Project Renews" Central Arizona Project pipeline to connect to a Pima Mine Road-area pipeline run jointly by the city and the CAP's management.

Second, reporter Dick Kamp wrote an article for the Wick Newspaper chain comparing and contrasting the Forest Service's and Environmental Protection Agency's positions on the mine. He essentially concludes that the Forest Service is heading toward approval of the mine, and that EPA is heading toward a veto of the Clean Water Act permit for the mine that the Army Corps of Engineers must approve.

Third, Rosemont supporter David Briggs, who has occasionally worked for Rosemont Copper as a consultant, used to portray opponents of the mine as increasingly desperate as the Forest Service moves closer to a decision on it. It was responding to an earlier op-ed piece in the Star lby Gayle Hartmann, president of opponent Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, that said, Yogi Berra-like, that the mine conflict isn't over yet despite the recent Forest Service tentative approval of it. Briggs criticizes the group for what he says is its uncompromising attitude that "The Rosemont project should not be allowed to proceed under any circumstances. This was their view when Augusta Resource announced its first plans after purchasing the Rosemont property and remains their position today even after considerable project adjustments and accommodations." He adds, "They steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the benefits this project will provide our community, the state of Arizona and our nation."

Here's Hartmann's piece. Besides saying that the mine is a long way from receiving final approval, she argues that the Final Rosemont EIS is incomplete and notes EPA's Nov. 7 letter criticizing much about the project -- a letter that Hartmann's group made public about two weeks later, temporarily sending the stock of Rosemont Copper's parent company Augusta Resource Corp. into free-fall.

A quote from her:

"Rosemont would permanently destroy thousands of acres of publicly owned national forest, dump mine waste in a critical Southern Arizona watershed and likely damage local economies. Regardless of what Rosemont says about its operation being a 21st-century mine, in actuality it would be an old-school open-pit mine that would blast a mile-wide, half-mile-deep hole in the Santa Rita Mountains and bury several thousand acres of public land under a billion tons of potentially toxic mine wastes."