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Pima supervisors OK converting juvie center wing to shelter for asylum-seekers

On a 3-2 party line vote, Pima County supervisors approved moving a Catholic-run shelter for released migrants into a vacant wing of the juvenile detention center — but not before hearing dissension over the plan from other groups that work with migrants.... Read more»0

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Sources: Bonnie Allin 'fired' as Tucson airport chief

Bonnie Allin, the CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority for 17 years, is out after a hastily called TAA board meeting today, in what sources characterized as a "firing."... Read more»3

Pima County provides more details on planned shelter for asylum-seekers

Plans to transform an unused section of the Juvenile Detention Center into a transitional shelter for newly released asylum-seekers are a good investment even if the flow of migrants slows down, said Pima County's Chuck Huckelberry. He also responded to questions posed by Supervisor Miller.... Read more»0

Obituary

Christopher Cole, longtime Tucson Libertarian, dead at 69

Christopher Cole, a leader in the Pima County Libertarian Party and frequent speaker at public meetings, died this week at age 69.... Read more»0

Pima County seeks to redirect $100K/mo in Stonegarden funds to migrant shelter

Pima County is asking that more than a half-million dollars in Operation Stonegarden money be directed toward humanitarian aid for asylum-seekers. County Sheriff Napier said he backs the shelter, "even if it all came out of overtime."... Read more»2

McSally staffers to hold 'mobile office hours' in Tucson, Marana, Sahaurita

Staffers for Sen. Martha McSally will be on hand to assist constituents in Pima County with questions about government agencies over the next week.... Read more»0

Quick take

Kirkpatrick: 'Open impeachment inquiry on President Trump'

Congress should open impeachment proceedings against President Trump, Arizona congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick declared Tuesday. "The president has called his administration to break the law... Now we have no choice."... Read more»0

Quick take

Grijalva: Trump 'go back' tweets were 'insulting, demeaning & racist'

Rep. Raul Grijalva said Monday that statements by President Trump this weekend were "insulting, demeaning and racist." "We have to call him out on it," said the Tucson Democrat in a video.... Read more»1

Pima supervisors to hold special meeting on migrant shelter at juvie center

At a special meeting next Monday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors will review and potentially approve converting a vacant portion of the juvenile detention center into a shelter for asylum-seekers released by the federal government.... Read more»0

County migrant shelter 'back on track' after Elias again supports project

Plans to turn an unused section of the Pima juvenile detention center into a shelter for released migrants are back on, 24 hours after heated debate led officials to order a halt to work.... Read more»0

Happy when it rains... A monsoon tunes playlist

It's hot, it's humid, and it's (finally) raining buckets of cats and dogs across much of Tucson. Here are a few monsoon tunes to play as you celebrate.... Read more»1

From the editor

A new way to support local news: TucsonSentinel.com's Watchdog Club on Facebook

There's a new way to support authentically local news at TucsonSentinel.com... The new WATCHDOG CLUB on Facebook, as well as an expanded PRESS CLUB directly on our website.... Read more»0

Curator of MOCA Tucson leaving museum post

Ginger Shulick Porcella, executive director of Tucson's contemporary art museum, is leaving for a position in Minnesota. She had been MOCA's head since 2017.... Read more»0

From the editor

Calling candidate commentaries: Pols' op-eds wanted

Local political candidates are welcome to submit guest opinion pieces for publication. Here's what we're looking for, and what we're not.... Read more»0

Bankruptcy closes Green Fields School after 86 years

Green Fields School in Northwest Tucson doesn't have enough money to remain open for the coming school year, and has closed. The school has been losing more than $500,000 each year, records show.... Read more»1

Patriotic playlist: Songs for July 4

Here's a selection of some of the best songs about what American independence means, from Linda Ronstadt singing the National Anthem, to Springsteen and Petty and Funkadelic and the Beastie Boys. Is that freedom rock? Turn it up and celebrate, and sound off in the comments about your favorites.... Read more»0

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