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Nearly $150M in Az military projects could be cut for Trump's border emergency

Despite "assurances" touted by Sen. McSally, a $30-million construction project at Ft. Huachuca and a $15-million facility at Davis-Monthan AFB are potentially on the chopping block in order to fund a border wall under President Trump's national emergency declaration.... Read more»

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Experts urge troop withdrawal; DHS repeats need to ‘harden’ border

National security experts and former military officials called on the administration to bring active-duty troops home from the border for Thanksgiving and end what they called a “needless” and politically motivated deployment.... Read more»

D-M, Ft. Huachuca to house troops sent to border; 101st Airborne among soldiers deployed

Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB, and Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, are among the locations where U.S. military forces are being stationed near the Mexican border. Among the deployments are the 101st Airborne Division.... Read more»4

Maricopa County boomed in 2016, Pima population up by thousands

Maricopa County added more people last year than any other county in the nation, but it was neighboring Pinal County that posted the fastest growth rate in the state, a beneficiary of overflow from its neighbor to the north. Pima County added about 8,000 residents as well.... Read more»

Officials confirm wild jaguar spotted in Huachucas is new to Arizona

A male jaguar snapped by a trail camera near Ft. Huachuca "has not been seen previously in Arizona," state Game and Fish Department officials have confirmed. Another wild jaguar photographed in Southern Arizona, "El Jefe," has not been seen in more than a year.... Read more»

Photo may show a new wild jaguar in S. Arizona

A photo taken last week by a trail camera in the Huachuca Mountains may be of a previously unknown jaguar roaming Southern Arizona. The big cat captured in the picture may be a different individual than "El Jefe," the jaguar photographed in the Santa Ritas south of Tucson and the only known wild jaguar in the country.... Read more»

Az's online voting makes it easier to deployed military to cast ballots

It was just a few short days before Halloween in October 2012. Petty Officer Second Class Scott Bourque was stationed in Japan and had just received his mail-in absentee ballot for the presidential election. He knew it would be nearly impossible to fill out his ballot and mall it back in time for it to be counted by Arizona election officials on Nov. 6.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Pay tribute to Gowan's water entitlements

Let's talk water rights and water entitlement. Few cases better illustrate how the Legislature has looked out for the "little guy" over the last quarter-century. Water security is key to the future of Sierra Vista — not to mention Ft. Huachuca — but Tribute's developers see it as a just bump on their road to fortune.... Read more»1

McCain demands DHS deploy military drones to patrol border

U.S. Sen. John McCain wants military drones, flown during Air Force training missions in Arizona, to begin patrolling the border. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, McCain demanded that DHS ask the Pentagon for support to "combat drug trafficking and secure the U.S.-Mexico border."... Read more»

Fort Huachuca plans ‘buffer’ against development; conservationists skeptical

A trio of federal agencies announced this week that Fort Huachuca will be part of a program aimed at preventing land development around bases, to aid military operations while protecting vulnerable environments. Conservationists are skeptical.... Read more»1

Ft. Huachuca adding to Az's military solar effort

By the end of the year, Southern Arizona will host the two largest solar power arrays on U.S. military bases. A new installation at Ft. Huachuca will be part of the Army's attempt to save energy and combat climate change. Currently, the largest solar array on a military base is at Davis-Monthan AFB, but last week officials broke ground on a new 18-megawatt array that will produce 25 percent of the fort's power.... Read more»

Public notice

Ft. Huachuca seeks interest in Mountain View Officers' Club

The U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is looking for qualified individuals or organizations with an interest in acquiring a World War II service club through a no-cost lease or sale, to include rehabilitation or removal. Building 66050, Mountain View Officers' Club (MVOC), served as a black officers' club from 1942-1945, and in various other capacities after that until deactivation in the late 1990s.... Read more»

Panning Pentagon cuts, Barber vows fight for A-10

In the face of a proposal to retire the entire A-10 fleet, Rep. Ron Barber said he would fight to keep the Warthog flying, calling the aircraft "crucial to our community, to Davis-Monthan, and to the country." While the Pentagon said cutting the plane would save $3.5 billion over five years, Barber said it would only save $700,000 "after having already spent $1 billion to upgrade" the attack aircraft. (with video) ... Read more»

Federal budget deal includes wildfire funds, border guarantees

Tucked inside the bill that reopened the federal government late Wednesday night was language guaranteeing that border-security measures, specifically radar surveillance blimps, would continue to be funded into 2014.... Read more»

Prescribed burns planned for Huachucas

Prescribed burns are expected to begin in February and will last into summer for the Huachuca Mountains, including Lyle Canyon and Fort Huachuca, to prevent the spread of wildfires.... Read more»

Monument Fire update: 92% contained

The Monument Fire is now 92 percent contained, and rain fell on much of the fire area, authorities said Wednesday morning. ... Read more»

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