Sasabe residents in the Altar Valley are nervously watching as construction crews bulldoze land just across the Mexican border.
A proposed 59-mile pipeline carrying natural gas from the Tucson area to Sasabe would not threaten endangered wildlife in Altar Valley, but does threaten the habitat of the endangered Pima pineapple cactus.
The proposed Kinder Morgan Sierrita pipeline could cost taxpayers $11.2 million in its first year of operation.
Officials of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners tried at a public meeting Tuesday to convince residents, environmentalists and county officials that they're sensitive to concerns about a proposed 59-mile pipeline.
The Altar Valley west of Tucson is one of the few unfragmented desert grasslands left in Arizona. It stretches more than 600,000 acres, from the Sierrita Mountains to the Baboquivari Mountains, and comprises working ranches and the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors will officially oppose a planned natural gas pipeline between Tucson and Sasabe.
The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge would be either just east of the pipeline's route to Mexico or bisected by it. Refuge officials, however, say going through it would be too disruptive to wildlife, including the endangered masked bobwhite quail.
Pima County and Border Patrol officials, among others, want the proposed pipeline to run next to Arizona 286 through the refuge.
Kinder Morgan has applied to build a new natural gas pipeline just west of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge boundary - a decision that is pitting county, state and federal officials in a dispute over where it should go.
Moments before the first witness in his trial was to take the stand a former school bus driver admitted he had sex with a 15-year-old girl and fled to Mexico with her.
A subsidiary of pipeline company Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has reached agreement to build a new pipeline through a rural area southwest of Tucson to deliver natural gas to customers in Mexico, Kinder Morgan announced Wednesday.
A former wrestling coach who was on the run with a teenage girl in Mexico was booked into Pima County Jail Friday morning.
A former assistant wrestling coach at Altar Valley Middle School was sentenced Monday to four years probation and four months in jail in a sexual exploitation case.
Melissa Owen shows the boundary between the private Sierra Vista Ranch, where she has a vineyard, and the federal Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, right. She is concerned the pipeline might cut a large right of way across her and her husband's land.
Cattle, grasslands and Baboquivari Peak have defined the Altar Valley for generations. By 2015, they may be joined by a natural gas pipeline.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Altar Valley School District coach believed to be on the run with a 15-year-old Tucson girl.
St. Gregory team going to mock-trial finals