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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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?

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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Freeport: Still no Twin Buttes reopening plans

More than four years after buying the old Twin Buttes copper mining site south of Tucson, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. still has no plans for reopening it, a spokesman says.

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How high will Freeport's tailings climb?

How high will Freeport's tailings climb?

Duncan and Connie Creed say they no longer can enjoy the glow of sunsets in their backyard like they could when they moved into their Green Valley house 11 years ago. The reason, they say, is the stand of mine tailings just west of their home that towers like a huge mesa over the community.

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Rosemont opponents sue to toss out air-quality permit

A community group and a retired air-pollution scientist filed separate lawsuits Wednesday challenging Arizona’s approval of an air-quality permit for the proposed Rosemont Mine.

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Hudbay vs. Augusta: By the numbers

The difference in size and scale between the current owners of the proposed Rosemont Mine and its suitor is staggering, their financial reports show.

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New Rosemont Mine delay now assured; Fish & Wildlife taking fresh look at impacts on 8 imperiled species

The federal government formally announced Friday that it will restart reviews of the proposed Rosemont Mine’s impacts on eight endangered species including the ocelot.

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Ocelot presents new delay for Rosemont Mine

Ocelot presents new delay for Rosemont Mine

The discovery of an ocelot in the vicinity of the proposed Rosemont Mine site, combined with other endangered-species issues, means more delay for the open-pit copper project.

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Army Corps warns that Rosemont's mitigation plan is inadequate

In its second warning letter in three months, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers formally notified Rosemont Copper last week that the company’s plan to mitigate for its mine’s impacts on creeks and washes is inadequate.

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Tucson's Fenster private boarding school shutting down for a year

Tucson's Fenster private boarding school shutting down for a year

A once-popular boarding school in the Sabino Canyon area — which attracted children of prominent families — is taking a year off to reinvent itself due to sagging enrollment and finances.

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'Candid talk' between Huckelberry, Diamond becomes a love fest

'Candid talk' between Huckelberry, Diamond becomes a love fest

What a difference a real estate bust makes.

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Underwater sensing device confirms Colorado River met the sea

Underwater sensing device confirms Colorado River met the sea

It wasn’t only a conservationist who recorded this week’s meeting of the Colorado River with the Gulf of California’s high tides.

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Colorado River and Gulf of California finally meet

The Colorado River met the sea Thursday for the first time in at least 16 years.

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Climate change affects more than is obvious now, ASU expert says

Whether it’s saguaros, quaking aspens, tundra forests or coral reefs, the Southwest and the country are seeing climate change impacts on a range of species and landscapes, says an Arizona State University scientist.

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Climate change hitting home, says White House report led by UA

The Southwest is heating faster than the rest of the country. Sea levels are rising. Oceans are acidifying. The North Atlantic’s hurricanes are intensifying. Piñon and lodgepole pines are dying.

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Report: Southwest faces increased threat from drought, wildfires and heat

Report: Southwest faces increased threat from drought, wildfires and heat

Temperatures in the Southwest are rising faster compared to those of the U.S. as a whole, a new White House report ion climate shows.

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Key public objections to draft decision, final impact statement on Rosemont

The U.S. Forest Service didn’t meet its own legal deadline last week for responding to objections to its plans to approve the Rosemont Mine, saying it needs more time.

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Both sides praise Canadian decision on Augusta shareholder rights

In a decision that both sides are spinning as a victory, the British Columbia Securities Commission says that under certain circumstances, it will put an end to Augusta Resource Corp.’s shareholder rights plan by mid-July.

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Kayaker able to navigate part of rejuvenated Colorado Delta

Kayaker able to navigate part of rejuvenated Colorado Delta

Nearly 30 years ago, Steve Nelson started kayaking the Colorado River Delta in search of adventure and a journey through history. He ended up falling in love with the place.

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Another Rosemont Mine delay: Forest Service misses a deadline

The latest permitting delay for the Rosemont Mine leaves a raft of unanswered questions about when and how the final decisions on the project will be made.

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Augusta, Hudbay to duke it out over shareholder rights plan

Augusta, Hudbay to duke it out over shareholder rights plan

The takeover battle for the Canadian company that owns the Rosemont Mine site hits a climactic moment in Vancouver, B.C. today (Tuesday, April 29).Officials of Augusta Resource Corp. and Hudbay Minerals Inc. will argue over whether the British Columbian government should put a halt to a shar…

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Mining industry support firms congregate here

Mining industry support firms congregate here

A growing phalanx of companies in Tucson and Southern Arizona service the mining industry.

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A guide to Rosemont's possible impacts on Davidson and Cienega

A guide to Rosemont's possible impacts on Davidson and Cienega

The dispute between state and federal environmental agencies over pollution risks from the Rosemont Mine boils down to debates over sediment, runoff, waste rock and impacts of groundwater removal. This involves a ton of technical detail, and this blog will try to explain some of it. The…

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