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County staff in $100K club up 87% since 2006

As the local economy tanked and thousands of area residents lost jobs over the last three years, the number of county employees earning more than $100,000 a year nearly doubled.

June 21, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Supervisors fret about Kino money, to file brief in Phoenix garage case

Pima County officials plan to weigh in on a Supreme Court case involving the city of Phoenix and a developer because they want to preserve the right to give an extra $15 million to University Physicians Healthcare.

June 17, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Pima weighs new, less-complicated system of building fees

Building fees in Pima County should become more predictable and take less time to process if the Board of Supervisors approves a new fee schedule Tuesday.

June 15, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Pima plans to buy 4 parcels for open space

Pima County plans to buy the remaining 2,700 acres of the Empirita Ranch, the 160-acre Bloom property in the Tucson Mountains and the 50-acre Cortaro/Hartman property along the Hardy Wash.

June 15, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Pima County set to spend $12.8 million on land purchases

Pima County plans to purchase the remaining 2,700 acres of the Empirita Ranch, the 160-acre Bloom property in the Tucson Mountains and the 50-acre Cortaro/Hartman property along the Hardy Wash.

June 14, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Major data firm drops plan for S. Ariz. site amid power concerns

A Fortune 500 company considered building a data center that would have created 50 to 100 high-tech jobs just outside Tucson, but backed off because of the cost and reliability of delivering electricity to the site.

June 10, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Firm's input on Kino Hospital shushed

Find someone else to run Kino Hospital.

June 07, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Off-road track at center of Court of Appeals challenge

A fight over an off-road-vehicle track in a residential area in the Tanque Verde Valley has become a fight between the Board of Adjustment and Pima County over which of two contradictory land-use decisions should hold sway in Arizona.

June 06, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Gate near river is cut, restored

A gate blocking access to a long-used Santa Cruz River crossing north of Rio Rico is back in place after protesters cut through the lock and pinned the gate open Saturday.

June 05, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

County gets role in Rosemont mine study

Pima County will work with the Forest Service as a cooperating agency as the federal agency develops an environmental impact statement for the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine.

June 03, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

County seeks involvement in mine-review process

Pima County officials hope they can influence the environmental requirements placed on a proposed copper mine in Santa Rita Mountains by becoming a "cooperating agency" in the Forest Service review process.

June 02, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Santa Cruz crossing fight may be coming to a head on Saturday

Santa Cruz crossing fight may be coming to a head on Saturday

A long-simmering dispute over a blocked river crossing near Tumacacori could boil over Saturday into open confrontation and eventually into court.

May 29, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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$10M in stimulus funds for sewers

Pima County will receive $10 million from the federal stimulus package to put toward improvements to the regional sewer system.

May 26, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Some county residents get transit break

Fares on special-needs and rural transit routes operated by Pima County won't go up for at least several more months.

May 26, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Pima County to receive $10M in stimulus funds for sewer system

Pima County will receive $10 million from the federal stimulus package to put toward improvements to the regional sewer system.

May 25, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Neighbors seeing hard realities in 'soft costs'

Streetlights, sidewalks and park improvements for a number of Tucson neighborhoods are on indefinite hold, even though there is bond money to pay for construction.

May 24, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Financial woes leave Tucson neighborhood projects on hold

Streetlights, sidewalks and park improvements for a number of Tucson neighborhoods are on indefinite hold, even though there is bond money to pay for construction.

May 23, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Pima awaits answer to its $17M question

Pima County will not adopt a 2009-2010 budget until officials know whether the county will have to send $17 million to Phoenix to help balance the state budget, or whether additional costs will be shifted to local government.

May 20, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Prison plan opposition grows

Prison plan opposition grows

Community activists, immigrant-rights advocates, tribal critics and local elected officials don't want to see a federal detention center built near Pima Mine Road on the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

May 18, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Pima County OKs move to revise cell-tower rules

Pima County will move forward with a plan to change county rules to make it more difficult to put up new cell-phone towers.

May 13, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

County may limit cell tower locations

Placing cell phone towers in residential areas or in scenic parts of Pima County could become more difficult.

May 11, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Pima County may seek restrictions on cell phone towers

Placing cell phone towers in residential areas or scenic parts of Pima County could become more difficult.

May 10, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Fellow Dems urge Dupnik to apologize

Fellow Dems urge Dupnik to apologize

A group of Tucson-area elected officials called on Sheriff Clarence Dupnik to apologize for saying schools should check the immigration status of students and report that information to federal authorities.

May 05, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Trash fees could rise for some in county

It will cost at least $10 to bring trash to county transfer stations and landfills if the Board of Supervisors approves a series of proposed fee increases.

May 04, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Consultants rap Kino Hospital's tab to taxpayers

Pima County taxpayers are being asked to foot the bill for ever-increasing costs at struggling Kino Hospital, while UPH administrators make little effort to turn around the financial prospects of the facility, a report commissioned by the county administrator said.

May 04, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Seniors to move to Ghost Ranch as soon as fall

The long-awaited redevelopment of Ghost Ranch Lodge is moving forward, with units for low-income seniors expected to be available as soon as the fall.

May 01, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

County officials foresee tax increase

Pima County could be forced to increase property taxes repeatedly starting in two years to avoid making $10 million or more in cuts annually to make up for plummeting property values.

April 30, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Taxpayer Watch : For repairing side streets, wait likely will be long

Taxpayer Watch : For repairing side streets, wait likely will be long

A Midtown resident who says he's been waiting more than a year for the potholes and crumbling asphalt on his street to be fixed will have to keep waiting.

April 28, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Lower tax, few cuts in county budget

Pima County's proposed $1.3 billion budget calls for cuts in the tax rate and few service cuts or layoffs.

April 28, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Felony charges filed vs. Kromko

Felony charges filed vs. Kromko

Political activist John Kromko has been charged with identity theft, forgery and fraud in connection with signatures on his nominating petitions when he ran for the state House last year.

April 25, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Downtown icon getting face-lift

Downtown icon getting face-lift

The new-old facade of the former Walgreens building Downtown at the corner of Pennington Street and Stone Avenue is being removed to see what remains of the 1928 Spanish Colonial Revival building.

April 25, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Tucson political activist Kromko indicted over nominating forms

Political activist John Kromko has been charged with identity theft, forgery and fraud in connection with signatures on his nominating petitions when he ran unsuccessfully for the state House last year.

April 24, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Supervisors reject increases in many fees for county parks

The Pima County Board of Supervisors balked Tuesday at approving a broad range of parks fees increases, including implementing fees for the first time in five years on after-school and summer child-care programs.

April 22, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Pima County will consider charging fees for child care

Hundreds of families around Pima County will have to start paying for after-school and summer child care at county-run community centers under a proposal before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

April 20, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Youths whip up winning concoctions

Youths whip up winning concoctions

The winners had it all wrapped up.

April 19, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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County looks to start charging for summer, after-school child care

Hundreds of families around Pima County will have to start paying for after-school and summer child care at county-run community centers under a proposal before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

April 19, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

County planning to raise parks fees

Pima County plans to raise the fees it charges parks users for everything from open swim to Little League practices to special events, to reduce the amount the county spends on parks programs.

April 19, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Restaurants, hotels, motels to face array of fee increases

The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a broad range of fee increases on restaurants, lodging and special events Tuesday, despite pleas from the restaurant industry not to add additional fees during tough economic times.

April 15, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Another $30M from county taxpayers is sought to run Kino hospital

University Physicians Healthcare executives and the UA College of Medicine want $30 million from Pima County taxpayers to run their hospital at Kino next year.

April 10, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Supervisors OK law enforcement radio contract

The development of a radio system to allow every law enforcement, firefighting and emergency response agency in the region to communicate with one another took a step forward Tuesday.

April 08, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Some routes likely shifting to RTA

Some routes likely shifting to RTA

The Regional Transportation Authority likely will take over several express and rural bus routes from Pima County after the county said it planned to drop some of the services to save money.

April 06, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Budget cuts trim new cars from TPD, Sheriff's Dept.

Neither the Pima County Sheriff's Department nor the Tucson Police Department will replace vehicles that start to need more and more repairs, or the eight to 10 cars a year the departments wreck.

April 05, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Japanese teams still facing hurdle

Japanese teams still facing hurdle

Major League Baseball has not yet given the go-ahead for Japanese teams to play in the Cactus League.

April 01, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Baseball complex in Marana floated

Baseball complex in Marana floated

In a bid to keep the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies from leaving the Tucson area, the Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority has proposed building a three-team, $125 million baseball stadium in Marana.

March 31, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Sports authority proposes new baseball stadium in Marana

In a bid to keep the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies from leaving the Tucson area, the Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority have proposed building a three-team, $125 million baseball stadium in Marana.

March 30, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Modern radio system to connect law officers, firefighters in Pima

Modern radio system to connect law officers, firefighters in Pima

A new radio system that will let every police officer, sheriff's deputy and firefighter in Pima County talk to one another is about to take a big step toward reality, even though there isn't enough money to pay for it and the users haven't agreed on how to share the cost of running it.

March 30, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

County to pay $1M for drug outreach as part of US settlement

Pima County will pay $1 million toward community drug-abuse prevention, education and treatment over the next five years.

March 28, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Home builders sue over 'navigable' Santa Cruz River

State and national home builders groups are suing the federal government over its decision to declare the Santa Cruz River a traditional navigable water of the United States.

March 28, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Fed settlement makes Pima County spend $1 million on drug programs

Pima County will pay $1 million toward drug abuse prevention, education and treatment over the next five years after reaching a settlement with the federal government over controlled substances that went missing from Kino Hospital between 2002 and 2004.

March 27, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Home builders sue feds over Santa Cruz River's 'navigable' label

State and national home builders groups are suing the federal government over its decision to declare the Santa Cruz River a traditional navigable water of the United States.

March 27, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

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