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TEP would slice rooftop solar rate benefits

TEP would slice rooftop solar rate benefits

New solar customers would face increase in electric bills under proposal.

March 25, 2015 7:09 pmLoading…

TEP seeks reduced net metering benefits for new home solar customers

New, Tucson Electric Power home solar customers who use net metering to save on their electric bills would get their savings cut by a $22-a-month average under a new TEP proposal.

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Ocelot photographed on mine site's doorstep

Ocelot photographed on mine site's doorstep

Wildlife service had previously disclosed its presence without providing specifics.

March 21, 2015 10:00 pmLoading…
More copper layoffs feared

More copper layoffs feared

A wobbly global industry facing lower prices again, economists say.

March 21, 2015 6:57 pmLoading…

Bleak outlook for press watchdogging and government oversight, says Pulitzer winner

The picture is bleak for federal oversight of the U.S. government’s war on terror and for the news media that’s supposed to watchdog it, says a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who barely escaped a federal subpoena seeking to reveal his confidential sources.

March 16, 2015 11:09 amLoading…
Bowden's work left author Harrison "spellbound"

Bowden's work left author Harrison "spellbound"

Jim Harrison remembers Charles Bowden.

March 07, 2015 2:28 pmLoading…
Paying tribute to a Southwest literary legend

Paying tribute to a Southwest literary legend

"Chuck Bowden's Southwest" is the theme of an upcoming book festival panel.

March 07, 2015 2:26 pm Photos

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Cleanup study could lead to west-side development

Cleanup study could lead to west-side development

Neighbors are hopeful about landfill remediation, but wary.

February 28, 2015 7:08 pm Photos

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Greenhouse gas emissions fall in Tucson area

Greenhouse gas emissions fall in Tucson area

The region’s weak economy is playing a role, UA expert says.

February 22, 2015 8:00 pmLoading…
Workshop tackles idea of "Living with Less Water"

Workshop tackles idea of "Living with Less Water"

Tucson residents will get a chance to question experts on climate issues. 

February 19, 2015 7:41 pm Related Loading…

Water workshop to look for solutions, consensus

A group of Tucson residents will get a chance to question water and climate experts and hunt for solutions to the region's water problems at a weekend workshop.

February 18, 2015 10:49 pmLoading…

Corrections

• A Page A2 story on Feb. 12, “National Forest supervisor is leaving but won’t abandon the Rosemont issue,” inaccurately reported an endangered ocelot’s location in relation to the proposed mine site. The ocelot has been photographed by a federally financed, University of Arizona-led researc…

February 18, 2015 7:23 pm
Feds accuse mine of 55 safety law violations

Feds accuse mine of 55 safety law violations

Pinto Valley Mine has had more than 400 such citations since 2010.

February 14, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…
Study: Worst SW drought in 1,000 years coming

Study: Worst SW drought in 1,000 years coming

Future dry spell could last for 50 years, affect Plains, too.

February 12, 2015 7:42 pmLoading…
Tucson's storms aren't helping the Colorado River Basin

Tucson's storms aren't helping the Colorado River Basin

Our rainfall's been way above average, but Upper Basin snowpack is lagging.

February 12, 2015 7:37 pm Photos

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Q&A on new Southwestern drought study

Here are some questions and answers about the new study predicting the worst drought in 1,000 years in the Southwest by the end of the 21st century.

February 12, 2015 4:43 pmLoading…

Worst drought in the Southwest in 1,000 years predicted by new Columbia-Cornell study

If you're still alive in Tucson through 2050 and beyond, you may well experience the longest, driest drought the Southwest has experienced in at least 1,000 years.

February 12, 2015 12:43 pmLoading…
Coronado Forest supervisor leaving for higher-ranking job

Coronado Forest supervisor leaving for higher-ranking job

But Upchurch says he isn't running away from the Rosemont Mine issue. 

February 11, 2015 4:45 pmLoading…
Top Rosemont decision maker Upchurch leaving his job for a higher post

Top Rosemont decision maker Upchurch leaving his job for a higher post

Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch, whose name has become almost synonymous with the protracted Rosemont Mine controversy, is leaving his job in two months for a higher-level post in Albuquerque.

February 11, 2015 2:57 pmLoading…

Wolf killed in Utah was Echo of the Grand Canyon area, says FWS

A little more than a month after the deed came down, a DNA analysis has confirmed that the gray wolf killed in Utah was indeed Echo, the same wolf that was seen, photographed and tracked near the Grand Canyon last fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported Wednesday.

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One "Lake Marana" resident doesn't mind it so much

One "Lake Marana" resident doesn't mind it so much

My Sunday story about residents near the Coachline Road gravel pit-turned lake complaining about flood risks, bugs and odors prompted a rebuttal. It came in the form of an email whose author, Ray Templin, who described himself as a resident of that area since 2006 and who said he doesn't thi…

February 11, 2015 10:57 amLoading…
We have lots of water; the Colorado River Basin doesn't

We have lots of water; the Colorado River Basin doesn't

But not in the Colorado River's Upper Basin, which directly provides or is credited for 87 percent of Tucson's drinking water supply.

February 11, 2015 2:00 amLoading…

Water rationing possible in Southern California this summer

LA's lawns and gardens may be a little less lush

February 10, 2015 2:16 pmLoading…
Residents by new 'lake' deal with flood fears, bugs, smell

Residents by new 'lake' deal with flood fears, bugs, smell

But as the Santa Cruz changes course again, "Lake Marana" is draining.

February 07, 2015 7:00 pm Photos

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Plant clearing in traffic circles irks neighbors

Plant clearing in traffic circles irks neighbors

One city contractor halts clearing of traffic circles "until further notice."

February 04, 2015 7:34 pmLoading…
Rosemont gets another key state approval

Rosemont gets another key state approval

State certifies that it expects the mine won't violate surface water quality standards.

February 04, 2015 7:00 pmLoading…
Rosemont Mine wins another key approval from state

Rosemont Mine wins another key approval from state

Regulators certify that the proposed mine won't violate water quality standards.  

February 04, 2015 5:17 pmLoading…

Neighborhood angered at apparent city plant-clearing

For years, Dunbar Spring residents living northwest of Downtown say, they've planted and nurtured native trees and shrubs in traffic circles and islands on their streets.

February 04, 2015 12:03 pm

LA considering stormwater capture plan to ease drought impacts

While the debate over rainwater harvesting in Tucson goes on and on, drought-stricken Los Angeles is considering a stormwater capture plan far more ambitious than anything being looked at here.

January 30, 2015 3:56 pmLoading…

Accelerating Icelandic glacier loss causing earth to rise faster, says UA study

The earth's crust is rising faster in central Iceland each year, thanks to the accelerated retreat of melting glaciers from global warming, says a new study led by University of Arizona researchers.

January 30, 2015 2:19 pmLoading…
Warming speeds uplift of Iceland's crust: UA study

Warming speeds uplift of Iceland's crust: UA study

More volcanoes could occur if ice keeps melting and ground keeps rising.

January 29, 2015 7:05 pmLoading…
Former disc golf course is for the birds

Former disc golf course is for the birds

Where golfers once tossed discs into baskets, the Santa Cruz River now flows.

January 24, 2015 8:45 pm Video Photos

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Opponents say mine threatens Patagonia drinking water

Opponents say mine threatens Patagonia drinking water

Report is blasted by the mining company but generally praised by Patagonia town manager.

January 24, 2015 7:00 pm Photos

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Scientists look to cloud seeding to combat drought

Scientists look to cloud seeding to combat drought

Wyoming says procedure can increase snowfall by 5 to 15 percent. 

January 17, 2015 10:00 pm Photos

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Beryllium-oxide plant may do own air monitoring

Beryllium-oxide plant may do own air monitoring

Neighbors aren't happy with Materion's plan to replace outside air monitoring network.

January 17, 2015 8:00 pm Photos

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Revised rules let Mexican wolves roam expanded territory

Revised rules let Mexican wolves roam expanded territory

But environmentalists and ranchers aren't happy with the new federal guidelines.

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Rosemont Mine, opponents clash over air permit

Rosemont Mine, opponents clash over air permit

Court hearing over permit issued by ADEQ to allow mine to operate.

January 05, 2015 9:00 pm Photos

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Tucson's record warmth 'consistent' with climate-change forecast

Tucson's record warmth 'consistent' with climate-change forecast

Four of six warmest years on record have occurred since 2009.

January 02, 2015 9:15 pm Photos

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Record-setting warm year in Tucson seems "consistent with" climate change projections, UA scientist says

No climate scientist worth his acidifying sea salt will speculate on whether one year of record warm weather is due to global warming or other forces of human-caused climate change.

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A Colorado River Basin shortage did occur this year -- in New Mexico

While the first shortage of the Central Arizona Project has been delayed a couple of years by a groundbreaking, three-state water conservation agreement, New Mexico's San Juan-Chama water diversion project, which serves farmers and the city of Albuquerque, wasn't so lucky.

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Patagonia mines oozed high levels of iron, US says

Patagonia mines oozed high levels of iron, US says

Levels were "way above any standards," says Geological Survey hydrologist.

December 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Lower gas prices: researchers debate their impacts

In today's Star, I have an article looking at some of the real and potential environmental impacts of the recent implosion in gasoline prices in Tucson, all of Arizona and across the U.S.: more driving, more SUV sales and more suburban sprawl.

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There are 2 sides to lower gas prices

There are 2 sides to lower gas prices

Early hints at potential environmental drawbacks are appearing.

December 27, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Iron runoff contamination from Patagonia mines was "way above any standards": feds

Levels of iron that created orange runoff from two old Patagonia-area mines this fall (September-October 2014) were very high, "way above any standards," says a federal scientist.

December 27, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…

How California got on board for the water deal

One of the more remarkable accomplishments in the new three-state water agreement to backstop the declining Lake Mead was California's very presence in the negotations.

December 21, 2014 12:40 amLoading…
Colorado River deal bolsters dwindling Lake Mead

Colorado River deal bolsters dwindling Lake Mead

But agreement delays CAP shortages by just a couple of years.

December 20, 2014 8:45 pmLoading…
Colorado River Delta water release worked, scientists say

Colorado River Delta water release worked, scientists say

Vegetation greened up from Mexican border down to the Sea of Cortez.

December 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

The greening of the Colorado River Delta

A burst of new water this spring transformed the Colorado River Delta from a mud flat into a burgeoning green belt, photos and satellite images show.

December 17, 2014 5:01 pmLoading…
Beetles ravaging Tucson's big pines

Beetles ravaging Tucson's big pines

Still uncertain why they are here, if climate change is a factor.

December 06, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Deal trades Lazy K rezoning support for water

Deal trades Lazy K rezoning support for water

Neighbors near closed ranch are drawing from steadily declining private wells.

December 04, 2014 10:15 pmLoading…

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