Officials sealed off wildcat shooting areas in Redington Pass after a recent cleanup, but vandals have damaged signs like the one above.
Rogue shooters have shot up a "Shooting Prohibited" sign on Redington Pass, and vandals smashed another sign to the ground - just weeks after an event marking a cleanup of trashed-out shooting sites.
For years, Redington Pass was a popular place for shooters, and wildcat shooting sites came to look like dumps, with assorted debris used for target practice. Shotgun shells and casings littered one such area, above. Redington is now largely cleaned up.
Almost anything was a target at one wildcat shooting site in Redington Pass. This one had a bullet-riddled computer monitor and appliances.
A cleanup of trashed-out shooting sites has been completed in Redington Pass east of Tucson - and events at the pass next weekend will highlight the many recreation opportunities there.
Southeastern Arizona forests are facing an above-normal threat of wildfires in the coming months - unless we see lots more of the rainy weather we've had recently, officials warn.
Expanses of dry grass and some dead trees along the Bug Spring Trail in the Catalina Mountains could pose a fire threat this winter and as the desert dries out in spring.
It's winter, and moisture is in the area now - but sites in the mountains around Tucson already are showing signs of fire danger on the horizon.
The question of whether it's possible to reduce the juice of a power line for the Rosemont Mine has come up in heated, dueling letters to the Forest Service from Pima County's administrator and Rosemont Copper's CEO.
FLAGSTAFF - The former Cochise County sheriff had been traveling at 62 mph along a dirt and gravel road in Northern Arizona when he lost control of his vehicle and died.
A sign near an artificial pond marks the end of public access in the area proposed for Rosemont Copper's open-pit mine in the Coronado National Forrest in the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson.
More copper produced - yet less water sucked from the aquifer, less pollution, less juice needed to power the mine and mill, and fewer trucks on the road.
ALBUQUERQUE — If lightning strikes in the New Mexico wilderness and starts a fire, the blaze would normally be little more than a blip on the radar of land managers who have earned a reputation for letting flames burn to keep forested lands from growing into a tangled mess.
The Accessible Trails network in Madera Canyon south of Tucson - popular with hikers as well as handicapped users - will be closed for extended periods through Aug. 24.
Steve Meeks, driving, and Luke McCurdy of Pima Paving pour rubberized tar into cracks along a section of the Accessible Trails network in Madera Canyon. The repairs on the popular trails are expected to be completed by Aug. 24.
The newest U.S. Forest Service statement on the proposed Rosemont Mine leaves key questions unanswered about the project's timetable.
A Canadian company is dramatically ratcheting up plans for exploratory silver drilling - and possibly for future mining - in the mountains surrounding the Southern Arizona town of Patagonia.
Glen Goodwin, left, Lee Rogers and other opponents of the proposed silver mine stand on a ridge overlooking land where Wildcat Silver Inc. plans exploratory drilling and possible mining. A legal and political battle lies ahead before the firm can begin operations, however.
A piece of heavy equipment sits idle at a section of the land where Wildcat Silver Inc. hopes to conduct mining. Much of the land at stake is rugged and remote, requiring four-wheel-drive vehicles for access.
Southern Arizona’s costliest fires of 2011 were both human-caused and started in border areas known for drug and human smuggling.