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What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson leaders need professional help after bond losses

In hatching and selling the 2015 bond program, county leaders played the game of thrones as they have in the past and wound up on the receiving end of a Red Wedding massacre. The broad community coalition responsible for the horror show should ask themselves, "Just how personal was the voter rebuke and how deep runs the antipathy to the players?"... Read more»2


Report road hazards, graffiti & other issues

Is your drive home less than smooth? Use our mapping tool from SeeClickFix to report everything from potholes and graffiti to broken streetlights and overgrown weeds and keep watch over your neighborhood... Read more»

Arizona driving deaths on rise after sharp drop in 2014

After years of steady declines, driving deaths in Arizona have risen sharply this year, mirroring a “troubling” national trend in which lower gas prices and more drivers are translating into more fatalities.... Read more»

Flagstaff’s Snowbowl fires up first new ski lift in 30 years

This year’s El Nino means ski resorts like Arizona Snowbowl will open a couple of days earlier than usual. The Flagstaff ski resort will will open its first new chairlift in decades on the resort’s opening day Friday, helping end long line that dampen the spirits of skiers and snowboarders on the mountain.... Read more»

Scientists tracking invasive buffelgrass with drones

Researchers using drones to track the spread of buffelgrass, an invasive species originally from Africa that poses a threat to desert wildlife. “It spreads fast, it’s a fire hazard, it steals the water that the native plants need and it can create a monoculture, capable of really changing our Sonoran Desert ecosystem,” said Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club.... Read more»

Forbes: Arizona to lead U.S. in future job growth

Forbes Magazine has named Arizona the best state for future job growth, but one local economic expert said the distinction does come with some caveats.... Read more»

Mt. Lemmon highway closed by 2″ of snow; Freeze warning overnight Mon.

It's hard to believe Tucson is just more than a month removed from triple-digit temperatures, but the Catalina Highway was closed Monday morning by snow, and there is a freeze warning in effect for Monday night.... Read more»

Cancun: Transformation of vacation hotspot comes at a price

Cancun's transformation in the 1970s from a small Caribbean fishing village into a strip of nightclubs and high-rise hotels has reduced biodiversity and polluted water resources as infrastructure struggles to keep up, critics say.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Varney: What's Plan B after bond defeat?

The opponents of the bonds had it easy. All they needed to do was scare voters into thinking their taxes would skyrocket and that Pima County officials would mishandle the funds. Neither is true. Perhaps those who took such great pride in defeating a really good bond package will now step up and explain their Plan B — assuming they have one.... Read more»11

Arizonans save at gas pump, spending extra on restaurants & groceries

The average American household has saved $700 from dropping gas prices so far this year, but it appears Arizonans are putting most of that savings right back into the economy, according to a recent study by the JPMorgan Chase Institute.... Read more»1

For big railroads, a carload of whistleblower safety complaints

As both a veteran railroad worker and union official responsible for safety, Mike Elliott became alarmed when he learned of trouble-plagued train signals. At times they would inexplicably switch from red to yellow to green – potentially creating confusion that could lead to a crash.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Reading up on why Tucson's zoning examiner quit

The city of Tucson's zoning enforcement officer resigned this week, citing "political interference" from the City Council. Here are a few cases in which City Hall switched-up the determinations made by Linus Kafka.... Read more»2

Feds propose recovery plan for endangered Southwestern fish

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a recovery plan Tuesday for the endangered Gila chub that seeks to reduce threats from nonnative species and protect the fish’s degraded habitat in Arizona and New Mexico.... Read more»

Grant Road widening open house Tuesday night

A meeting Tuesday will include a presentation on the final design for the widening of Grant Road between Stone and Park avenues, and information on design progress for widening projects between Alvernon and Swan roads.... Read more»

Guest opinion

AAA: Tucson's Prop. 201 wouldn't make streets safer

Why Prop. 201 is so unsettling: if passed, it would prohibit the use of photo enforcement for both red lights and speeding in Tucson. While an over-reliance on automated enforcement should be avoided, when used responsibly, this technology has significant life-saving benefits.... Read more»13

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