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Endangered Rocky Mountain wolf possibly near Grand Canyon

Endangered Rocky Mountain wolf possibly near Grand Canyon

Its collar resembles those on endangered gray wolves, says Fish and Wildlife Service.

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A gray wolf or a hybrid near the Grand Canyon? Authorities say they don't know

A gray wolf or a hybrid near the Grand Canyon? Authorities say they don't know

Authorities are trying to figure out if a wolflike animal discovered near Grand Canyon National Park is an endangered gray wolf from the Rocky Mountains or a wolf-dog hybrid.

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Hauling water a way of life for couple in Tucson Mountain Park

Jack and Emily Jean Snider have hauled their own water for 30 years.

October 25, 2014 8:00 pm
Water wells drying up on Tucson's fringes

Water wells drying up on Tucson's fringes

City aquifer called stable, but some worry more problems lurk in future.

October 25, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Hauling water

Hauling water

Mike Bong, who lives in the Santa Rita Mountain foothills, hooks up a water tank to a spigot in the Vail area because his well at home doesn’t work. Bong says he’s been hauling water for 10 years.

October 24, 2014 3:52 pm

Patagonia's orange sludge earns a mention in a national investigative piece

While Patagonia residents and officials grapple with pollution from long-closed mines in their environs, this hard-hitting piece from the Center for Investigative Reporting takes a national look at the  problems associated with abandoned mines.

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Harvesting guru Lancaster strikes it water-rich during big storms

In his own blog, water harvesting advocate and author Brad Lancaster tells how he was able to divert water running down his street to transform a 5-year storm during September's heavy rains into the equivalent of a 1,000-year storm's worth of water for his property. The rains came during Hur…

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ADEQ: Patagonia mine wasn't source of orange sludge

ADEQ: Patagonia mine wasn't source of orange sludge

Agency draws flak from environmentalists for its handling of Trench Mine runoff.

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Closed Patagonia mines send orange sludge into creeks

Closed Patagonia mines send orange sludge into creeks

Toxic heavy metals may have leached into the water during heavy rains.

October 15, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Hayden, Miami smelters slated for upgrades

Hayden, Miami smelters slated for upgrades

Federal regulations will cut sulfur dioxide emissions 85 percent at the smelters.

October 11, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Ozone standard clock ticking again for Tucson and the U.S.

The question of whether to tighten federal standards for the pollutant ozone is knocking on the door once more.

October 09, 2014 4:44 pmLoading…
Rosemont's Cienega restoration plan goes nowhere

Rosemont's Cienega restoration plan goes nowhere

But failure wouldn’t prevent owner from getting the water permit it needs.

September 27, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
Rosemont owner drilling to confirm earlier copper estimates

Rosemont owner drilling to confirm earlier copper estimates

Opponents wonder if Hudbay is seeking to expand the proposed mine.

September 20, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…
Author Bowden 'devoured everything passing before his eyes'

Author Bowden 'devoured everything passing before his eyes'

Bowden could grasp essence of a person in minutes, but could stick to a single subject for years.

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'Megadrought' risk up to 50 percent, scientists say

'Megadrought' risk up to 50 percent, scientists say

Existing forecasts "critically underestimate" risks in Southwest, new study says.

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Hohokam village unearthed at planned mall site

Hohokam village unearthed at planned mall site

Construction of the outlet center in Marana is set to start this week. 

August 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Outlet mall construction set to start in Marana

Outlet mall construction set to start in Marana

But developer isn't talking about its plans or whether tenants have been signed up.

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Biologists who warned of harm to jaguar were overruled

Biologists who warned of harm to jaguar were overruled

Wildlife service supervisor changed his staff's findings, records show.

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US seeks to protect Southern Arizona cuckoo habitat

US seeks to protect Southern Arizona cuckoo habitat

Possible ramifications loom for Rosemont Mine, Fort Huachuca.

August 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Renowned Arizona bat scientist Sidner killed in crash

Renowned Arizona bat scientist Sidner killed in crash

Her unflagging devotion to bats will be missed, authorities say.

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Tucson looks at treating wastewater for drinking

Tucson looks at treating wastewater for drinking

A declining Lake Mead could speed plans for full-scale recycling.

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Enviros don't think EPA's "Better than BART" plan is truly better

Environmental groups fighting a new, federally approved cleanup plan for the Navajo Generating Station say the Environmental Protection Agency is wrong to say that the new plan would clean the plant up more in the long run than an earlier plan that the agency shelved.

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EPA approves modified Navajo power plant cleanup plan

EPA approves modified Navajo power plant cleanup plan

Navajo would close by 2044. Sierra Club may sue to block plan.

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Huckelberry defends negotiating with Rosemont on land preservation

Huckelberry defends negotiating with Rosemont on land preservation

Critics say any mitigation deal could help the mine win approval.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hudbay looking to expand beyond Rosemont in Arizona

Hudbay looking to expand beyond Rosemont in Arizona

This Q&A with company officials covers Rosemont environmental, business, transportation issues.

July 25, 2014 9:15 pm Photos

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Costs to decide when TEP plant gets off coal

Costs to decide when TEP plant gets off coal

Environmentalists continue to push for a coal-free plant in Tucson.

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With Lake Mead sinking, pressure grows for action

With Lake Mead sinking, pressure grows for action

Reservoir that supplies Western drinking water is at record low level. 

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While our monsoon roars, UA's Overpeck tweets on the drought

During today's deluge, University of Arizona and world-renowned climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck posted plenty of tweets on the drought (and a few on the rains, too). The drought's not over yet after 10 days of monsoon rains, so this blog isn't being critical of Overpeck, or praiseworthy …

July 15, 2014 7:22 pmLoading…

Abu Dhabi, here we come

It's been said by some scientists that if climate change/global warming proceeds in the next 40 years as it has over the past 20 or so years, Tucson will feel like Phoenix by the mid to late 20th century.

July 14, 2014 4:47 pmLoading…
Gorgeous lands in Tortolitas, Santa Ritas for sale

Gorgeous lands in Tortolitas, Santa Ritas for sale

Beautiful lands are for sale everywhere — will they be preserved or developed?

July 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Tortolita Mountains

Tortolita Mountains

David Schutz paid $4.6 million in 1986 for 540 acres in the Tortolitas; now he will ask nearly $3 million for the parcel at auction in August.

July 11, 2014 5:23 pm
Northern Mexican gartersnake listed as threatened species

Northern Mexican gartersnake listed as threatened species

The northern Mexican gartersnake has joined the ranks of federally protected species.

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Study: Rising AZ temperatures make for hostile environment

Study: Rising AZ temperatures make for hostile environment

Arizona will be hit harder than most states, a new report says.

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Rosemont pays $551,000 firefighting bill

Rosemont pays $551,000 firefighting bill

2011 wildfire was started by a company employee.

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Official: Phoenix could survive future CAP shortage

Phoenix won't run dry if the CAP runs short, official says.

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Rosemont permitting delays led to Hudbay takeover agreement, Augusta board chairman tells Canadian paper

Richard Warke, chairman of Augusta Resource Corp.'s board of directors, told the Canadian Financial Post newspaper this week that permitting delays for the proposed Rosemont Mine helped lead to the friendly takeover agreement that the company reached with Hudbay Minerals Inc., the paper said.

June 24, 2014 5:38 pmLoading…

SSSR release on the Augusta-Hudbay agreement

The following comes from Save the Scenic Santa Ritas' press release on the impending Hudbay takeover of Augusta Resource Corp.:

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Augusta stocks rise, Hudbay’s dip in takeover involving Rosemont mine

Augusta stocks rise, Hudbay’s dip in takeover involving Rosemont mine

But stock prices jumped for Rosemont Copper's parent company.

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Hudbay takeover will give Rosemont more financial clout

Hudbay takeover will give Rosemont more financial clout

Proposed Rosemont Mine now has more money to fight opponents

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Augusta, Hudbay's statement on the Rosemont Mine takeover agreement

For the record, we're posting excerpts from news releases on the Hudbay Minerals Inc. -- Augusta Resource Corp. takeover agreement from Augusta and Rosemont Mine opposition group Save the Scenic Santa Ritas. Hudbay's news release was identical to Augusta's.

June 23, 2014 6:44 pmLoading…
Hudbay, Augusta agree to friendly takeover

Hudbay, Augusta agree to friendly takeover

Hudbay Minerals Inc. and Augusta Resource Corp. announced early today that the two companies have agreed on a friendly takeover bid for the British Columbia company that owns the proposed Rosemont Mine site near Tucson.

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NY Times on the Central Arizona Project and shortages

Last Wednesday, the New York Times ran a followup story to our article of a week ago -- June 15 -- about warnings from the Central Arizona Project that CAP shortages could hit Tucson and Phoenix a lot sooner than most authorities had previously thought -- in as soon as 5 to 8 years.

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NY Times on CAP and potential for urban shortages

Today's New York Times ran an article following the Star's piece Sunday, in which Central Arizona Project officials warned that Tucson and Phoenix could face CAP shortages as soon as five to eight years from now.

June 18, 2014 11:09 am

CAP and Lake Mead story--credit where credit is due

My story in Sunday's paper warning of the potential consequences to the Central Arizona Project, Las Vegas and Hoover Dam power supplies from a steadily dropping Lake Mead got a lot of reaction. But I want to say that in reality, we weren't the first media outlet to cover this, although ours…

June 17, 2014 3:40 pmLoading…
Effluent could make Santa Cruz River flow again

Effluent could make Santa Cruz River flow again

The Santa Cruz River hasn’t flowed through Tucson in 70 years — but some local officials would like to change that.

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Tucson, other cities could be hit by CAP shortage much sooner than expected

For the first time, the state agency that operates the multibillion-dollar Central Arizona Project warns that water shortages could hit Tucson and Phoenix as soon as five years from now.

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Judge deals major setback to big Sierra Vista project

A planned project for 7,000 homes and apartments in Sierra Vista now sits in legal limbo due to a judge’s ruling overturning state approval of it.

June 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Groundwater management still matters, 34 years after passage of pioneering law, water leader says

Kathleen Ferris, who helped shepherd into existence the pioneering 1980 Groundwater Management Act, is now director of the Phoenix-based Arizona Municipal Water Users Association. The association is a non-profit corporation, whose Board of Directors includes mayors and council members repres…

June 10, 2014 1:58 pmLoading…

Judge overturns state decision OKing big Sierra Vista development

In a big victory for San Pedro River-lovers, a Superior Court judge  overturned a state ruling that had approved a project of 7,000 homes in the Sierra Vista area.

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Rosemont criticizes opposition lawsuit challenging state air permit

Rosemont Copper has criticized a lawsuit from the opposition group Save the Scenic Santa Ritas that challenged a state air quality permit for the proposed copper mine.

June 09, 2014 11:56 amLoading…

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