State DUI crackdown leads to 312 arrests
So this is what happens when the housing crisis mixes with
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.
Last week a reader wondered about all the marks from tires
skidding along the sides of highways, particularly along Interstate
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.
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
The Regional Transportation Authority voted Thursday to sell
$152 million in bonds to pay for road construction through
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.
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.
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.
Readers, I'm turning to you for help because I am stumped,
Pima County is grappling with how to cover another $15 million
hit that could be coming its way from the state budget.
City Council hopeful Joe Flores made his announcement for the
Ward 1 Democratic primary last week.
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.
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.
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.
Is U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake trying to do his best impression of U.S.
Sen. John McCain?
A new kind of Sherwin-Williams paint could make graffiti removal
a lot easier, and it's also helping teach people here new work
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.
Gas prices are going up just as the Tucson City Council
considers whether to raise bus fares.
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.
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.
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,…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pima County hopes to begin construction in mid-2012 on a new
court complex, but it doesn't yet have the money for it.
The mayoral race could be about to get more interesting.
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
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.
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
Stop the presses. They've finally stopped stopping traffic at
East Fort Lowell Road and North Campbell Avenue.
U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva's look these days has been sweater-esque
- a marked difference from his more typical
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
Upcoming changes to make a bicycle boulevard along Fourth and
Fontana avenues friendlier include something that could surprise
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.
Giffords' office hires ex-manager as
Pima County officials have reversed positions and agreed to use
its transportation bonds to pay for $7.5 million in work on
Two county park facilities will be renamed for victims of the
Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson.
Pima County plans to change its zoning code to allow emergency
commercial vehicles to be parked in neighborhoods.
The issue of slow drivers in the left lane - on the highway or
on city streets - always riles readers and gives the Road Runner's
e-mail inbox a workout.
Welcome to the 2012 Senate race. Sen. Jon Kyl's announcement
last week he won't seek a fourth term means the race suddenly
kicked off an open-seat free-for-all. While there's plenty of time
for official paperwork, the prospective matchups are starting to
look like a Celebrity Fight Club play…
A little more than two years after Frank Castro's engineering
firm abruptly shut down, costing Tucson and Pima County almost $1.7
million to finish his unfinished jobs, the county put him on the
State legislators are considering a law to force Pima County to
hand a $23 million sewage treatment plant over to Marana. Marana
asked the lawmakers to intervene after losing a three-year court
fight to seize the facility.
By the time 2012 rolls around, Arizona will have gone without a
wide-open U.S. Senate seat for 18 years.
Two jail corrections officers were sent to remedial training,
and one of them was demoted, after an inmate said they used
excessive force against him last year.
Pima County could delay up to $240 million in voter-approved
road construction because County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is
withholding $80 million for projects inside Tucson.
A new study made waves in the transportation community last week
with data showing red-light cameras reduced fatal red-light crashes
by 24 percent in 14 of the biggest cities with cameras.