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Huckelberry: County plans to seek Stonegarden funding to care for asylum-seekers

A week before the Board of Supervisors considers a controversial border enforcement grant, a top official said Pima County intends to apply for additional funding under the Homeland Security-led grant to cover care and transport for asylum-seekers who have been released here by U.S. immigration officials. ... Read more»

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World View announces CEO shift, grounds co-founder's 'space tourism' dream

Tucson's high-altitude balloon company publicly named a new CEO on Thursday, a move months in the making as World View "retools" toward boosting scientific and communications gear — even as the firm's workforce has fallen short of lofty goals and even its contract with Pima County.... Read more»1

World View jobs falling hundreds short of lofty predictions

Although Pima County invested $15 million in a facility for a high-altitude balloon company, the number of workers there isn't taking off as officials forecast — or even as World View's lease requires. But a new CEO is making changes.... Read more»2

Pima County slashes road construction staff

With Pima County dialing back work with the failure of road bonds at the polls, the county is laying off 36 workers from the Department of Transportation, following the elimination of 16 vacant positions.... Read more»

Supervisors vote to refuse Operation Stonegarden border funds

Pima County Supervisors voted 3-1 to terminate Operation Stonegarden, rejecting a $1.4 million federal grant for border-enforcement patrols by the Sheriff's Department. Supervisor Ramón Valadez provided the swing vote.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Bronson: Stonegarden collaboration with BP makes community feel less safe

I agree with Sheriff Napier's that his department should not be a proactive arm of border enforcement, and that's why our deputies should not participate in a federal program whose stated goal is to proactively engage them in enforcing federal immigration laws.... Read more»

Indian tech firm Axiscades to bring 300 jobs to Tucson in next 5 years

Axiscades, an engineering company based in India, plans to hire more than 300 people over the next five years as the company sets up a Tucson office, officials announced Friday. ... Read more»

Pima Supervisors wait to reconsider Stonegarden border funds

The continued acceptance of nearly $1.4 million in federal grant money under a program known as Operation Stonegarden remains in limbo after Pima County supervisors voted to delay their decision until September, allowing a citizen commission to review data from police agencies. ... Read more»

El Chisme: How could you let this happen?

As early ballots go out, some candidates seem to be fumbling in a panic. Plus, accurate quotations aren't child's play; KVOA's new motto: More than 2 weeks late, less than half the story; Cunninghams poised to sting Bee; & more actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County impasse over sales tax for roads a result of Dem gerrymandering

Five votes can not be found among Pima supervisors to raise taxes to fix roads because two of those seats only answer to Republican voters. Democrats saw to that. Strict party-line votes are the result of drawing boundaries to protect incumbents.... Read more»3

Luxury aerospace supplier to shutter Tucson plant, lay off 400

High-end airplane seating manufacturer Rockwell Collins is ending operations in Tucson, with a full shutdown of the plant here in the works. More than 400 employees will be laid off.... Read more»

$25M TIGER grant will fund Nogales port improvements

A $25 million federal grant will pay for a "major reconfiguration" of the road leading to the Mariposa border crossing in Nogales, which Rep. Raul Grijalva said will "provide much-needed infrastructure repairs."... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Can Candidate Glassman prove that he's grown up?

I'll put it this way: Everything I need to know about Donald Trump, I learned from Rodney Glassman. The ego, the affirmation-seeking narcissism, the treatment of staff, the belief that he's the victim. If he had any sense of authenticity he'd be dangerous, but his lens was the convenience of ambition.... Read more»

Pima accepts Stonegarden border funds, but still questions program's costs, accountability

Pima County supervisors OKed taking nearly $1.4 million from the feds to underwrite border enforcement, after Supervisor Ramón Valadez requested five conditions to make working with Border Patrol more transparent and responsive to claims that deputies may engage in racial profiling. ... Read more»

New Tucson office: GEICO to add hundreds of car insurance jobs

Insurance giant GEICO will build a new office in The Bridges development on Tucson's South Side, adding about 700 jobs to the company's 2,100 employees in the area.... Read more»

Bronson stepping down as Pima County board chair, will remain as supervisor

Saying she's "tired of herding cats," Sharon Bronson, chair of the Board of Supervisors, is putting Pima County's top leadership post on the agenda for the next meeting. "It's time for someone else to take the reins," she said.... Read more»1

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