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Owl-saving group buys historic Owls Club mansion

Owl-saving group buys historic Owls Club mansion

A national environmental group that has spent a quarter-century trying to save imperiled owls will soon call home a historic Tucson building that was named for owls.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Water supply from San Pedro River key in court battle over Sierra Vista development plan

Water supply from San Pedro River key in court battle over Sierra Vista development plan

PHOENIX — Arizona’s management of the San Pedro River went on trial here Monday.

April 07, 2014 5:01 pmLoading…
Water supply focus of court fight over proposed Sierra Vista development

Water supply focus of court fight over proposed Sierra Vista development

PHOENIX — Arizona’s management of the San Pedro River, water rights and development went on trial here Monday.

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Now mostly barren, Colorado River Delta once teemed with life

Now mostly barren, Colorado River Delta once teemed with life

ALONG THE RIO COLORADO, Baja California — When high levels of water gushed down the Colorado River last week for the first time in more than a decade, it was a cause for celebration.

March 31, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Historic water release brings surge of joy to Colorado River Delta

Historic water release brings surge of joy to Colorado River Delta

ALONG THE RIO COLORADO — They came to see the river return, a half-century after U.S. dams kept it from flowing into Mexico.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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UA scientists among many studying Colorado River water release

UA scientists among many studying Colorado River water release

This week’s big pulse of water into the long-parched Colorado River Delta will be one of the most studied water releases ever.

March 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New UA center aims to prepare Tucson, world for climate change

New UA center aims to prepare Tucson, world for climate change

We’re going to have to adapt to more huge wildfires, prolonged heat waves, electricity brownouts, floods and severe droughts and other more extreme events in the future, thanks to climate change, says the director of a new University of Arizona research center that will try to help people do that.

March 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Canal, pit houses from up to 4,000 years ago found under planned Marana outlet mall site

A major ancient human settlement — including pit houses, the likely remnants of an irrigation canal and human burials possibly dating back 4,000 years — has been discovered under the site of a planned outlet center along Interstate 10 in Marana.

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
Army Corps stlil not satisfied with Rosemont mitigation plans

Army Corps stlil not satisfied with Rosemont mitigation plans

After two years of review, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still has concerns about Rosemont Copper’s plans to buy land and water rights to compensate for the Rosemont Mine’s impacts on nearly 70 acres of washes and streams, a recent corps letter shows.

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Takeover of Augusta would heighten concern over Rosemont's promises

Takeover of Augusta would heighten concern over Rosemont's promises

If Hudbay Minerals Inc. takes over Augusta Resource Corp., it will inherit far more than a massive copper mine site outside Tucson, a potential for huge production and profits, and an equally massive controversy.

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Mine opponents see 3 cautionary tales

Opponents of the Rosemont Mine and a Tucson-area neighborhood group point to three cases, two local and one national, to back up concerns about a corporate takeover of Rosemont Copper’s parent, Augusta Resource Corp.

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Pecan growers worry about high water table from recharge

Pecan growers worry about high water table from recharge

Farmers Investment Co., whose Sahuarita pecan groves have drawn down the aquifer for decades, is now concerned that a proposed neighboring groundwater recharge facility could kill some of its trees by raising the water table.

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Farmers Investment Co.: High water table could harm, kill pecan trees, owners warn

Farmers Investment Co.: High water table could harm, kill pecan trees, owners warn

Farmers Investment Co., whose Sahuarita pecan groves have drawn down the aquifer for decades, is now concerned that a proposed neighboring groundwater recharge facility could kill some of its trees by raising the water table.

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City paves way for plan to send CAP water to pecan groves

City paves way for plan to send CAP water to pecan groves

The plan for a pipeline to take Central Arizona Project water to water-slurping pecan groves in Sahuarita has cleared a key hurdle with the city of Tucson.

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Jaguar gets new layer of US protection

Jaguar gets new layer of US protection

Nearly 17 years after gaining endangered status in the United States, the jaguar on Tuesday got nearly 765,000 acres of legally designated prime Southwestern habitat to help it survive and recover.

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Feds designate 764K acres prime habitat for endangered jaguar

Feds designate 764K acres prime habitat for endangered jaguar

More than 764,000 acres of Southeast Arizona and Southwestern New Mexico became federally designated prime habitat for the endangered jaguar today.

March 04, 2014 12:36 pm Photos

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Tucson had warmest winter on record, National Weather Service says

Tucson had warmest winter on record, National Weather Service says

If it didn’t feel like winter to you this year, that’s no surprise.

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Augusta on verge of rejecting hostile takeover bid, management says

Augusta on verge of rejecting hostile takeover bid, management says

Augusta Resource Corp. shareholders could be on the verge of rejecting a takeover bid from another Canadian mining company, but the bidder isn’t backing away from an offer Augusta denounces as inadequate.

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Arizona's drinking-water needs will force trade-offs

Meeting the drinking-water needs of Arizona’s future population will force residents to live with trade-offs. But as more people move here and are born here, they may not have a choice, state officials say.

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Arizona needs to desalinate seawater for drinking, officials say

Arizona should start now to make sure our kids and grandkids will be drinking desalinated seawater — and other new water supplies — to avoid a crisis, a state agency urges.

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Feds: Rosemont Copper behind in paying firefighting bill

Rosemont Copper Co. and a Rosemont ranch hand haven’t yet paid a $514,000 debt they have jointly owed the U.S. Forest Service since August for its expenses fighting a 2011 wildfire started accidentally by the ranch hand.

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J.P. Morgan investment arm ups its share in Augusta Resource stock

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Inc., a division of international banking and financial services giant J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., has boosted its stake in Augusta Resource Corp., parent company of Rosemont Copper, by buying 54,789 shares of the mining company's stock.

February 13, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

Rosemont Copper parent hires advisers to evaluate takeover bid

Augusta Resource Corp., owner of Rosemont Copper, which plans the Rosemont Mine southeast of Tucson, said Wednesday it's hired financial and legal advisers to help it evaluate an unsolicited takeover bid from another Canadian mining company.

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Bigger Canadian mining company wants to buy Rosemont's parent

Bigger Canadian mining company wants to buy Rosemont's parent

Augusta Resource Corp., the Canadian owner of the proposed Rosemont Mine, faces a takeover bid from a larger Canadian mining company that says it can do a better job than Augusta at finishing the permitting and financing of the long-delayed, $1.2 billion copper project.

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While California wilts under drought, Colorado River supply OK — for now

While California wilts under drought, Colorado River supply OK — for now

While Californians sell cattle, halt salmon fishing and stop watering lawns due to an unyielding drought, the water picture is brighter — in the short term at least — for Arizona and the rest of the Colorado River Basin.

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Correction

A story on Page 1A of Monday's Star, headlined, "Pima weighs objection to agency's mine plan," inaccurately characterized how many additional, potential mine sites besides the proposed Rosemont Mine site lie inside the boundaries of a proposed new Forest Service management area that would tr…

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Pima County to consider lodging formal objection to Rosemont Mine

Pima County to consider lodging formal objection to Rosemont Mine

In a closed-door session Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors is slated to discuss whether to lodge a formal objection to the Forest Service’s tentative approval of the Rosemont Mine and to its final environmental impact statement.

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Oregon congressman backs Saguaro Park expansion bill

A top Democratic congressman threw his weight this weekend behind a bill to add more than 2,500 acres to Saguaro National Park, and called it a rare example of a public-lands expansion proposal for which no local opposition exists.

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TEP south-side plant to stop coal burning by end of 2017

Tucson Electric Power Co. and the Environmental Protection Agency have essentially agreed on a plan to stop all coal burning by the end of 2017 at TEP’s Sundt Generating Station in south-side Tucson.

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Rosemont blasts EPA letter; says its mitigation plans meet US standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was wrong when it said Rosemont Mine’s proposed mitigation for its impacts on streams and washes is “grossly inadequate,” the mining company told another federal agency.

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Land donated for conservation sold to mining company

Land donated for conservation sold to mining company

In the end, money proved more important to the Reid Park Zoological Society than open land and a vision of reintroducing imperiled species.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Formal objection period starts for Rosemont Mine

Today is the first day that critics and opponents of the proposed Rosemont Mine can write formal objections to the project to the U.S. Forest Service.

January 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Upchurch, other federal officials answer questions on the Rosemont Mine

Last Monday, Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch answered questions at a news conference about the Rosemont Mine.

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Rare orchid found at Rosemont site not endangered, feds say

Rare orchid found at Rosemont site not endangered, feds say

A rare orchid that lives in the Santa Rita Mountains at the proposed Rosemont Mine site won’t be legally protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Coleman's coral root

Coleman's coral root

Coleman’s coral root (H. colemani) won’t be classified as threatened or endangered.A rare orchid that lives in the Santa Rita Mountains at the proposed Rosemont Mine site won’t be legally protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.The service decided this week that largely because 22 co…

December 19, 2013 12:12 pm
White House council refereeing Rosemont Mine debate

White House council refereeing Rosemont Mine debate

A White House advisory body is now informally involved in the contentious Rosemont Copper Mine dispute.

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White House now tracking Rosemont Mine progress

The White House is informally involved in the contentious Rosemont Mine issue, Coronado Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch said today.

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Forest Service: Rosemont will hurt air, reduce water flows but can't be denied

The Rosemont Mine could worsen air quality in Saguaro National Park, disturb cultural resources — including human burial sites — and reduce water flows into Davidson Canyon and Cienega Creek, said the U.S. Forest Service.

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Forest Service will allow Rosemont, but mine is still not a sure thing

The U.S. Forest Service will issue a draft decision today approving the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson.

December 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Major tree clearing, timber sale planned for Rosemont Mine

Close to 300,000 trees, mostly junipers and oaks, would likely be cleared on public land in the Santa Rita Mountains if the proposed Rosemont Mine is built.

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Rosemont meets almost all environmental laws, final federal report says

Rosemont meets almost all environmental laws, final federal report says

The Forest Service laid much of the groundwork Friday for approval of the Rosemont Mine by releasing a final environmental report saying essentially that while the mine will cause negative impacts, it’s now clearly in line with nearly all environmental laws.

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Latest Rosemont Mine report is out

Latest Rosemont Mine report is out

The final version of the Rosemont mine environmental impact statement is now online.

November 29, 2013 12:43 pmLoading…

Final Rosemont environmental report out Friday

The final Rosemont Mine environmental impact statement will be posted on the Forest Service’s website Friday, following a five-year debate, the agency announced Wednesday.

November 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Rosemont final EIS – when?

It will be released on the Web on Friday, said Jim Upchurch, the Coronado National Forest supervisor.

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EPA: Rosemont shouldn't get federal permit to build mine

The Environmental Protection Agency — which has veto power over a key permit needed by the Rosemont Mine — is urging another federal agency not to approve that permit.

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EPA: Rosemont Mine permit should be rejected

EPA: Rosemont Mine permit should be rejected

The Environmental Protection Agency says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shouldn’t approve a key permit needed for the proposed Rosemont Mine to start construction.

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Northwest side a growth the source of strife once more

The long-standing conflict of growth versus environmental protection on the northwest side, quelled for years by the real estate slump, returns to the Pima County Board of Supervisors today.

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EPA considering slower, but bigger cleanup of Navajo power plant

The Environmental Protection Agency wants public comments on a new cleanup plan for a coal-fired plant that provides most of the electricity that pumps Tucson its drinking water.

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Homebuilders dive into San Pedro water rights case

Homebuilders dive into San Pedro water rights case

Homebuilders fighting it out with environmentalists and the U.S. over the San Pedro River do agree on something: The impact of a federal court case about water rights there could spread statewide.

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Rosemont, Game and Fish reach wildlife conservation agreement

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will get about $10 million over a decade from Rosemont Copper for land, water rights and wildlife projects to compensate for impacts of the proposed Rosemont Mine, the department announced Tuesday.

October 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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