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Law & Order Briefs

State DUI crackdown leads to 312 arrests

May 30, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Sewer smells stick around in Sabino Springs

So this is what happens when the housing crisis mixes with snowbirds.

April 23, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Zimmerman fiancee opposes big ammo clips

Zimmerman fiancee opposes big ammo clips

Jan. 8 shooting victim Gabe Zimmerman's fiancee is joining a national campaign to ban high-capacity magazines like the one used to kill Zimmerman and five others.

April 13, 2011 12:00 am Related

Road runner: I-19 skid marks caused by ... pick a reason

Last week a reader wondered about all the marks from tires skidding along the sides of highways, particularly along Interstate 19.

April 11, 2011 12:00 am Related

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Political notebook: Those 'turn off phone' signs not just for the masses

In the past, we've spied Pima County Supervisor Ramón Valadez text-messaging with Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath when they attend regional planning meetings.

April 10, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

West University Assn. OKs deal on student housing at YMCA site

The West University Neighborhood Association and a student-housing developer have agreed to terms that pave the way for a 756-room dorm-style complex at the old YMCA site near Fourth Avenue.

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RTA to sell $152M in bonds for road work

The Regional Transportation Authority voted Thursday to sell $152 million in bonds to pay for road construction through 2012.

April 08, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Pima to provide Houghton Road funds

Pima County has formally agreed to contribute $7.5 million in road bond funding for the next stretch of construction to widen South Houghton Road.

April 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Tucson political stalwart Joe Sweeney dies

Tucson political stalwart Joe Sweeney dies

Joe Sweeney, best known for repeatedly running for offices he did not win and railing against illegal immigration at public forums, died Saturday in Tucson.

April 05, 2011 10:00 am Photos

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Joe Sweeney, Tucson's perennial political candidate, dies at 66

Joe Sweeney, Tucson's perennial political candidate, dies at 66

Anti-illegal immigration stalwart Joe Sweeney, best known for repeatedly running for offices he did not win and railing against illegal immigration at public forums, died in Tucson Saturday.

April 04, 2011 4:41 pmLoading…

Road runner: Skid marks on highways cause some to wonder

Readers, I'm turning to you for help because I am stumped, again.

April 04, 2011 12:00 am Related

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AZ budget plan may shift $15M in costs to Pima

Pima County is grappling with how to cover another $15 million hit that could be coming its way from the state budget.

April 04, 2011 12:00 am Related Loading…

Political notebook: Flores running for Ward 1 seat

City Council hopeful Joe Flores made his announcement for the Ward 1 Democratic primary last week.

April 03, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Roadwork means bye-bye to left turns on Grant

A $10 million construction project set to begin this fall could mark the beginning of the end of left turns at major intersections for a big chunk of Grant Road.

March 31, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
First phase is completed for county sewer upgrade

First phase is completed for county sewer upgrade

Pima County has finished the first phase of a massive sewer project that will employ more than 600 construction workers before it's finished in 2015.

March 30, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Pueblo Politics: Two Democrats now vying for mayor

The race for Tucson Mayor now has two contested primaries, and voters will choose between at least three candidates in November.

March 28, 2011 2:52 pmLoading…

Road runner: Some questions about recently OK'd rail plan

When the State Transportation Board approved a statewide rail plan this month, it cleared a big hurdle in the quest to get passenger rail service between Tucson and Phoenix.

March 28, 2011 12:00 am Related

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Political notebook: In instant, Flake goes Mr. Tough on border

Is U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake trying to do his best impression of U.S. Sen. John McCain?

March 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Pueblo Politics: Rothschild opening mayoral campaign HQ

Tucson Mayoral candidate Jonathan Rothschild will host a grand opening of his campaign headquarters Saturday.

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Pueblo Politics: Redistricting Commission to meet this week

The Independent Redistricting Commission is set to take care of some housekeeping items at its meeting Thursday.

March 22, 2011 12:00 pmLoading…

Anti-graffiti paint brings job prospects

A new kind of Sherwin-Williams paint could make graffiti removal a lot easier, and it's also helping teach people here new work skills.

March 22, 2011 12:00 am Related

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Pima may limit park's bow-hunting zone

Pima County is proposing hunting restrictions in Tucson Mountain Park after homeowners complained that people were trespassing to get into the park, where archery hunting is allowed.

March 21, 2011 12:00 am Related

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Road runner: Gas prices may drive us to bus, smaller cars, but often that's short-lived

Gas prices are going up just as the Tucson City Council considers whether to raise bus fares.

March 21, 2011 12:00 am Related

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Political notebook: Too tuckered to tango: Just 3 legislators show up for Capitol exercise challenge

State lawmakers didn't exactly show up in hordes for an exercise challenge on the Capitol Mall last week, with just three Democrats going through their paces.

March 20, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

New homes to require Orange Grove widening

The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved higher-density zoning for a housing project along West Orange Grove that will also trigger a long-planned widening of the road.

March 16, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
RTA: Big ads on buses may set wrong tone

RTA: Big ads on buses may set wrong tone

There's a rolling debate about revenue versus image, and it's playing out on the sides of our buses. The Regional Transportation Authority spent $2.9 million two years ago to repaint the city's Sun Tran bus fleet from white, red and yellow, to a white, gray and blue motif. The paint job was,…

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Pima looks at cuts in an array of builder fees

Less than a year after the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved fee increases for certain types of development plans, there's a move afoot to reduce them.

March 14, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Road runner: Arizona's abundance of license-plate styles poised for hyperdrive

Arizona has almost as many license-plate-design options as there are states in the union. But even with almost 50 styles, reader David Paulin spotted a New Mexico driver sporting one he thought we might want to consider.

March 14, 2011 12:00 am Related

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Political notebook: No Labels group praises Farley effort; plus, how do Dems get any item OK'd?

No Labels, a group dedicated to trying to tamp down partisan rifts in politics, kicked into higher gear this week with a big thank you to Tucson Democratic Rep. Steve Farley for engaging with a member of the Republican caucus recently.

March 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Pueblo Politics: Giffords’ office presses Obama for more Federal judges

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ office is continuing her push to get help for federal judges struggling to hold down a climbing caseload in Arizona.

March 09, 2011 4:10 pmLoading…
Pueblo Politics: PETA backs secession attempt

Pueblo Politics: PETA backs secession attempt

Never an organization to pass up an attempt at publicity, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will put up a billboard in Tucson in response to a group of Southern Arizonans who are exploring having Pima County become its own state.

March 09, 2011 12:25 pm Related

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Pima hires Sundt for work in advance of court project

The Pima County Board of Supervisors hired a firm Tuesday to begin the preliminary work needed so construction can start as soon as next year on a new court complex downtown.

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Road runner: Arizona gets less than 90 percent of road taxes back

Arizona is a "donor state" when it comes to the amount of federal transportation funding that makes its way back here after we pay taxes, a U.S. congressman points out.

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Supes to weigh start on court complex

Pima County hopes to begin construction in mid-2012 on a new court complex, but it doesn't yet have the money for it.

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Political notebook: Pat Darcy may make a pitch for Mayor Walkup's post

The mayoral race could be about to get more interesting.

March 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Some S. Tucsonans given opportunity to vote again

The Pima County Recorder's Office is giving voters in South Tucson the chance to vote a second time if they believe someone assisting them incorrectly marked their ballot for Tuesday's city election.

March 05, 2011 12:00 am Related

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Pueblo Politics: Voting questions arise in S. Tucson elections

The Pima County Recorder’s office is giving voters in South Tucson a chance to vote a second time if they believe someone assisting them incorrectly marked their ballot for Tuesday's city election.

March 03, 2011 11:11 amLoading…

Sweetwater Preserve will expand

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will buy 187 acres on the west side as open space to connect its 700-acre Sweetwater Preserve park to Sweetwater Wash.

March 02, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Pueblo Politics: Giffords earns centrist rating, McCain conservative for 2010 votes

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is once again ranked near the middle of the class when it comes to partisan voting.

March 01, 2011 7:30 amLoading…

RTA to raise $100M via bond sale

The Regional Transportation Authority will issue an estimated $100 million in bonds to do the road work it promised to voters through the middle of 2012. But after that, the RTA staff is recommending all its projects through 2015 be delayed or split into smaller pieces.

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Road runner: Cause for celebration as redo of busy intersection is finished

Road runner: Cause for celebration as redo of busy intersection is finished

Stop the presses. They've finally stopped stopping traffic at East Fort Lowell Road and North Campbell Avenue.

February 28, 2011 12:00 am Related

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Political notebook: Not quite GQ, but Grijalva changes the look

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva's look these days has been sweater-esque - a marked difference from his more typical button-down-and-bolo-tie combination.

February 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Could Baja Arizona be 51st state in US?

A political committee made up of attorneys, including the former chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party, has been formed to try to get Southern Arizona to secede from the rest of the state.

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Pueblo Politics: Marana, South Tucson ballot request deadline near

Voters in the town of Marana and city of South Tucson have until 5 p.m. Friday to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

February 23, 2011 1:55 pmLoading…

Pueblo Politics: Tea party plans to counter new local progressive movement

The day after the Progressive Democrats of America kicked off its new Tucson chapter to counter the tea party, the tea party is now planning its own response.

February 22, 2011 1:51 pmLoading…

Road runner: UA-area bike lanes - but not the adjoining streets - to be repaved

Upcoming changes to make a bicycle boulevard along Fourth and Fontana avenues friendlier include something that could surprise drivers.

February 21, 2011 12:00 am Related

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For Rep. Antenori, more laws means less government

State Republican Sen. Frank Antenori says he's all for limited government, but all the same, he definitely likes his bills - the kind you introduce, not necessarily the kind you pay.

February 20, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Political briefs

Giffords' office hires ex-manager as fill-in

February 19, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Pueblo Politics: Giffords’ office hires temporary help to manage climbing workload

The congressional office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hired former campaign manager Rodd McLeod to help fill in while the office’s district director recovers.

February 18, 2011 12:46 pmLoading…

Pueblo Politics: Utah leader of Dupnik recall now going after Wisconsin Dems

The Utah man leading the recall effort against Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik announced Thursday he’s also working on a recall campaign against Wisconsin Democratic legislators.

February 18, 2011 9:18 amLoading…

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