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A lot would have to happen before a commuter rail line passes through Queen Creek, but Mayor Gail Barney sees great potential in the idea. Read more»

Local officials and advocates want to expand Casa Grande Ruins National Monument to preserve historic sites, preserve views and make the monument more appealing to tourists.

An ancient Hohokam farming community and burial sites lie beneath 146 acres of farmland just west of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Because only about 18 inches of earth are disturbed for farming, the archaeological history isn’t threatened, said Karl Cordova, superintendent at the monument. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva said the San Pedro River, which is a major corridor for migrating birds, must be protected during the project.

Federal officials have unveiled draft plans for a proposed $1.5 billion power line linking central New Mexico with southeast Arizona across at least 460 miles of federal, state, local and privately owned lands. Read more»

Steve Smith, at back left, listens to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speak about border issues at a press conference at the Arizona State Capitol on Oct. 17.

State Sen. Steve Smith was focused on one issue during his campaign: illegal immigration. His colleagues say he hasn't lost sight of what got him elected. Read more»