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Man convicted for years-long harassment of Judge Ray Carroll

Green Valley real estate agent Michael Scaramella was sentenced to 30 days of home detention for continuing to menace Justice of the Peace Ray Carroll, despite a court order to stay away from the former county supervisor.... Read more»0

Add the area code: 10-digit phone numbers required in Southern Arizona

Southern Arizona residents not yet in the habit of adding a 520 when making local phone calls have just 10 days to make the change. Starting Oct. 24, 10-digit dialing will be required, to allow for system changes for the new 988 suicide hotline.... Read more»0

Former Pima judge Keith Bee pleads guilty in tax fraud case

Former Pima County Justice of the Peace Keith Bee has pleaded guilty to one felony count of filing a false income tax return and must pay $343,000 in restitution and faces up to 10 months in prison.... Read more»0

Here's why Southern Arizona is moving to 10-digit dialing

On April 24, you’ll need to start a new habit: Dial 10 digits when making a local phone call in the 520 area code. It will be mandatory in October. Here’s what you need to know.... Read more»0

Huckelberry asks new Pima Supes for 4-year contract extension, raise

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, whose contract expires Tuesday, is asking for four more years and a raise.... Read more»3

Indicted ex-judge Keith Bee could have trial pushed to September

A Pima County justice of the peace indicted in 2018 on three counts of filing false tax returns might not face trial until at least September. ... Read more»0

Pima County OKs revised restaurant regs; State AG probing COVID-19 plan

The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Thursday approved a final version of regulations aimed at restaurants reopening but not without a warning from one member who said they are ignoring "the 500-pound gorilla in the room."... Read more»0

Sahuarita council member resigns over legal conflict; post may go unfilled this summer

Sahuarita Town Councilman Erik Dahl resigned Wednesday, two days after he said he became aware of an Arizona statute that bars him from holding public office as a state employee. He also has withdrawn his name from the 2020 ballot.... Read more»0

Sahuarita mayor proclaims emergency over coronavirus

Sahuarita Mayor Tom Murphy on Tuesday issued a proclamation declaring an emergency that he said would put the community in a better position should relief money come available.... Read more»0

Former Rep. Jim Kolbe says he left Republican Party 18 months ago

Jim Kolbe, a Republican who represented Southern Arizona in Congress for 22 years, confirmed Friday that he left the GOP — in 2018.... Read more»1

Sahuarita Pecan Festival canceled: Blame it on tariffs, shaky markets, bad weather elsewhere

Shaky international markets, soaring tariffs and bad weather back East have left their mark on Sahuarita, all playing a role in the cancellation of the Pecan Festival. FICO, which owns 7,000 acres of pecan trees in Green Valley and Sahuarita, announced Friday that this year's festival is off.... Read more»0

Rosemont plan approved — but here's why it might not happen fast

Hudbay Minerals said Thursday that it has received the approved Mine Plan of Operations for the proposed Rosemont mine project, the final step in the permitting process.... Read more»0

McSally describes scene of deadly Va. Amtrak crash

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally said Wednesday's crash of an Amtrak train carrying GOP members of Congress to a retreat was "an awful tragedy for the victims, for the families." One person died and another is fighting for his life after the crash in Virginia.... Read more»0

Trump's infrastructure talk has McSally looking toward border

President Trump's call for Congress to pass a bill to drive $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending has Rep. Martha McSally looking toward the border.... Read more»0

Illegal immigrant paralyzed in Arivaca shooting looks to uncertain future

An illegal immigrant who was shot outside a home near Arivaca on July 31 said he knew immediately that he was paralyzed, and that today he's trying to figure out how to provide for his family going forward.... Read more»0