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Grand Canyon water pipeline slated for multimillion-dollar replacement

An aging pipeline bringing water to residents, resorts and 6 million visitors a year at the Grand Canyon has broken about 80 times since 2010 and needs a multimillion-dollar replacement, park officials say.... Read more»

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State Dep't cautions travelers about tainted liquor in Mexico

In the wake of investigative reports about illnesses and a death possibly connected to adulterated alcohol at Mexican resorts, the U.S. State Department updated its travel alerts to caution tourists to drink in moderation and "stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill."... Read more»

Old West history helps corral Az tourists — and not just in Tombstone

The history of railroads, miners, outlaws and cowboys have made Arizona emblematic of the American West. But the state’s Old West history is not just a romantic tale; it's a history that’s been preserved in a variety of ways, some more authentic than others, and a legacy that continues to help many cities and towns prosper.... Read more»

Kicks on Route 66 may slow down if preservation money runs out

Nearly 32 years after Route 66 lost its designation as an official highway, one of the most storied routes in America could face another road block. The program created to preserve the road and landmarks along it is set to expire in two years.... Read more»

Heat may have killed hiker found in Saguaro Nat'l Park

A hiker from Illinois was found dead on a trail near Tucson on Saturday, and authorities said the heat and dehydration may have been factors. ... Read more»

Homeland Security: More than 600,000 overstayed U.S. visas in 2016

Nearly 629,000 people who came to the U.S. on a visa in fiscal 2016 stayed after it expired and were still here at the end of the year, the Department of Homeland Security reported. The Center for Migration Studies said that people overstaying their visas exceeded those crossing into the U.S. illegally every year since 2007.... Read more»

National park visitors spent $995 million at nearby businesses in Arizona

The 12 million people who visited national parks in Arizona last year spent more than $995 million with nearby businesses, a $63 million increase from the year before, the National Park Service said.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Border tax ideas could hit Arizona businesses where they live

If Trump embraces the House's "border adjusted" tax to pay for his wall, then only establishment Republicans, Mexican globalism and the president's grace in defeat will save us from global trade war, with billions at stake just here in Arizona. We've seen little evidence any of them have any authority over anything. ... Read more»

Cochise County economy lags as Ft. Huachuca jobs plunge

Fort Huachuca, the U.S. Army base that has been at the center of the Cochise County’s life since frontier days, has seen its work force drastically cut over the past decade, resulting in an economic downturn in the area.... Read more»

No holiday for fliers: Sky Harbor likely among busiest for Thanksgiving

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is expected to be among the 10 busiest airports in the nation this Thanksgiving, when as many as 27.3 million people are expected to board a U.S. airline for their holiday travel.... Read more»

Chiricahua National Park Act could provide economic boost to Cochise County

WILLCOX–U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is promoting legislation to designate Chiricahua National Monument as a national park. If the move is successful, Arizona would gain its fourth national park.... Read more»

Grand Canyon tram proposal sparks ire, awe from Navajo Nation to Germany

The tension surrounding the Grand Canyon Escalade on Navajo land has ratcheted up as the Navajo tribal council introduced a bill proposing the development, which has been in the works for several years. The first committee hearing of the bill is scheduled for Oct. 10 at Twin Arrows Resort and Casino in Flagstaff.... Read more»

Tribal leaders say proposed water deal could benefit Az tourism

The chairman of the Hualapai Tribe told a Senate committee Wednesday that a proposed 70-mile, $173 million water project would lay the groundwork for expansion of Grand Canyon West and increased tourism in the state.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Holmes: Why World View doesn't have a spacey business model

Two weeks ago, without much fanfare or notice from the press, the Tucson Airport Authority board unanimously passed a resolution backing the development of Spaceport Tucson, the new and controversial home of World View. What this resolution means is that after months of actively working against the spaceport, the airport has gotten past the rhetoric and negativity, reviewed the facts, and decided to work with World View. Why the turnaround? ... Read more»1

Tucson's hotel and utility taxes going up July 1

Tax rates for Tucson's utilities and lodging operators are going up for the coming fiscal year. The "bed tax" on hotel and motel rooms will double, to $4 per night, and the public utility tax will increase by a half-percent.... Read more»

Grand Canyon looks to record year, but needs millions for maintenance

Grand Canyon National Park officials say the park should break last year’s record of 5.5 million visitors this year, but advocates are worried the park may not be able to handle such large crowds — the park has $371.6 million in deferred maintenance projects.... Read more»

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