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A fire burning north of Arivaca scorched more than 1,000 acres Monday and Tuesday, officials said. The blaze was sparked when an airman attempted to signal an aircraft overhead during search and rescue training Monday afternoon. The Amigo Wash fire was about 75 percent contained Tuesday evening... Read more»   

Last month, a boulder bearing a Native American petroglyph was rolled over and vegetation destroyed at Catalina State Park, north of Tucson. Federal authorities are investigating.... Read more»   2

Arizona parks and monuments had more than $580 million in deferred maintenance at the end of fiscal 2015, part of a national backlog totaling $11.9 billion, according to a National Park Service report. The backlog is up at both the state and national level at a time when parks are seeing increased numbers of visitors.... Read more»   

How to deal with, or talk about, foreigners who commit crimes in the United States — the government’s term for them is the politically incorrect “criminal aliens” — has prompted heated calls for vastly different solutions.... Read more»   1

It's been nearly five decades since hundreds of homes and businesses were bulldozed in the historic heart of the Old Pueblo to make way for the Tucson Convention Center. Borderlands Theater's "Barrio Stories" will give voice to those long-flattened buildings and their former occupants.... Read more»   

Border officers in Lukeville arrested a U.S. citizen Saturday after they found a cache of weapons in his car, including an semi-automatic rifle modified with a 3-D-printed receiver, allowing the weapon to fire in full automatic mode.... Read more»   

You can gaze skyward and perhaps spy a shooting star at "A Night Under the Stars" events this weekend at two local parks. Astronomy groups will offer assistance using telescopes at Canoa Ranch on Friday, and Agua Caliente Park on Saturday.... Read more»   

Six months after the Gold King Mine spill dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, regulators say the immediate threat has passed, but others say the long-term threat remains.... Read more»   

Update: After five terms, and despite a fondness for "a good fight," Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll said Friday that he's serving out his final year on the board. "I hope that good comes from my service," he told supporters. "I take justifiable pride in the 20 years I willingly give to Pima County. At age 54, it is time to serve in other ways."... Read more»   

Video of a rare solitary jaguar roaming the mountains just south of Tucson was released Wednesday. The big cat, dubbed "El Jefe" in a naming contest, is the only wild jaguar known to live in the United States.... Read more»   

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CBP: 3-D-printed full-auto rifle seized at Lukeville crossing

Border officers in Lukeville arrested a U.S. citizen Saturday after they found a cache of weapons in his car, including an semi-automatic rifle modified with a 3-D-printed receiver, allowing the weapon to fire in full automatic mode.... Read more»

Arts & Entertainment  

Preview of 'Barrio Stories' showcases oral histories of Downtown

It's been nearly five decades since hundreds of homes and businesses were bulldozed in the historic heart of the Old Pueblo to make way for the Tucson Convention Center. Borderlands Theater's "Barrio Stories" will give voice to those long-flattened buildings and their former occupants.... Read more»

Opinion  

Tucson economy faces cracks as UA research funding dries up

Cuts in state funding for the UA and stagnant federal research budgets are going to cost the Tucson economy and cost it a lot. $600 million in lost revenue is like losing two-thirds of Davis Monthan Air Force Base or 80 percent of the Raytheon Missile Systems payroll. It's like losing six Ventana Medical Systems.... Read more»2

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'Criminal aliens' a flashpoint of border security debate

How to deal with, or talk about, foreigners who commit crimes in the United States — the government’s term for them is the politically incorrect “criminal aliens” — has prompted heated calls for vastly different solutions.... Read more»1

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