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Oro Valley is starting its 2026 general plan update and needs the public involved in the process of guiding how the town grows.

Oro Valley needs to go to the public and the public needs to involve itself. How and where a community grows is everything. It's traffic, climate, parks, community health, environment, crime, taxes, economic development.... Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes overruled predecessor Mark Brnovich's finding that Tucson's source of income housing ordinance violates state law, giving the city the nod to move ahead with enforcing it.

Tucson has felt some of the first tangible results of the 2022 midterms, as the Arizona Attorney General's Office just told city officials that "source of income" protection for renters is kosher under state law. Read more»

A victim of the 2009 Station Fire. Only a quarter of the 900,000 seedlings planted after the fire in the Angeles National Park were still alive a year later.

Wildfires and severe drought are killing trees at an alarming rate across the West, and forests are struggling to recover as the planet warms - however, new research shows there are ways to improve forests’ chances of recovery – by altering how wildfires burn. Read more»

Buses are the most likely option for substantially expanding public transit ridership in the U.S., as millions of Americans need affordable public mobility for work, study, recreation and shopping.

Public transit in the U.S. is in a sorry state, and buses in many parts of the U.S. are old and don’t run often enough or serve all the places where people need to go - a result of cities, states and federal leaders failing to subsidize a quality public service. Read more»

Road work in early March 2022 on East Ft. Lowell Road.

During its Tuesday study session, the Tucson City Council will discuss a new plan by the RTA Citizen's Advisory Committee, that seems to do right by the Pueblo Viejo. But fiar is in the eye of the beholder. Plus more in local government meetings. Read more»

The Biden administration’s new rule will bar from asylum all non-Mexican migrants who arrive at the southern U.S. border without having first sought and been denied asylum in at least one of the countries they passed through on their journey.

Anticipating a potential surge of migrants at the southern border, the Biden administration announced a crackdown on those seeking asylum after unlawfully entering the U.S.- a proposed change that has been condemned by immigration rights groups. Read more»

Test scores across the region show post-COVID improvement in English Language Arts.

Remember that drop in student test scores during the pandemic that would no doubt take us eons to recover from, leaving an entire generation academically wrecked? It's just taken a year to start getting back on track. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

The Arizona hazmat disaster shut down Interstate 10, a major cross-country highway, and forced evacuations in surrounding neighborhoods - but the highway crash didn’t draw national attention the way the train derailment did.

Trucks carry the largest percentage of hazardous materials shipped in the U.S. – about twice as much as trains when measured in ton-miles - but truck crashes tend to be local and less dramatic than a pile of derailed train cars on fire, even if they’re deadlier. Read more»

Pima County's adult detention center is facing staffing problems as population rises.

The number of people behind bars is up 30% in Pima County, but jail staffing is down 45 percent in the wake of the pandemic. This is a problem without any obvious solution. The county supes are in a tight spot. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Western states are negotiating massive cuts to Colorado River water use to save essential reservoirs such as Lake Mead.

Western state water officials will spend the next few months trying to agree on how to divvy up water from the Colorado River, devastated by the worst drought in more than a thousand years - and if the states can’t agree, federal officials will unilaterally impose cuts later this year. Read more»

Climate models are continuous in space and time, and while they are often very skillful, they will never capture every detail of the climate system.

Over the past century, the Earth’s average temperature has swiftly increased - but what about the thousands of years before the Industrial Revolution, before thermometers, and before humans warmed the climate by releasing heat-trapping carbon dioxide from fossil fuels? Read more»

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar in December 2021.

With Republicans back in the majority in the U.S. House, the anti-immigrant movement has found new outlets of expression in the federal government, and this week it got ugly at hearing that at times sounded more like a bile-brimming rally than a congressional proceeding. Read more»

At present, federal law prohibits persons subject to final – rather than temporary – domestic violence protection orders from purchasing or possessing firearms.

A recent Supreme Court ruling which held that a firearm restriction must be analogous to laws in existence when the country was founded is the basis for recent rulings that struck down the federal law prohibiting guns for people subject to domestic violence protection orders. Read more»

Crime arrests shouldn't be life sentences in terms of finding jobs and housing.The Tucson City Council is making moves to assure they aren't.

People with petty marijuana convictions and minor crimes on their record may have those expunged or documents sealed if the Tucson City Council moves ahead with a measure it will discuss Tuesday. Read more»

Tucson and Pima County will take up several items involving people needing emergency shelter.

Tucson and Pima County will both take up measures and – let's face it – outright hopes and prayers about how to address the needs of people who need emergency housing. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

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