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The Whole Enchilada... minus a side of nuts

In which your trusty scribe muses on the origins of desert rock and the fact that some things suck way worse than disco. Especially Nazis. It's your local music column at TucsonSentinel.com.... Read more»

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'Pseudo Satellite' plane completes test in Arizona desert, worries privacy advocates

A new breed of aircraft that flies in the stratosphere just completed a set of tests in the Arizona desert, breaking new records and worrying privacy advocates about what the aircraft may hold for the future. ... Read more»

Former prosecutor Lacy Cooper seeks GOP nomination for Arizona AG

Lacy Cooper, former state and federal prosecutor, has joined Andrew Gould and Tiffany Shedd in the Republican field for the 2022 attorney general’s race to replace Mark Brnovich, who is term-limited and has announced his candidacy for the seat currently held by Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.... Read more»

Border agents rescue 26 migrants from remote western Arizona desert

Border Patrol agents, including members of the agency's specialized search and rescue team, aided a group of 26 migrants Wednesday in the western Arizona desert south of Interstate 8. Two bodies were found in other incidents earlier this week.... Read more»

Pima County faces 'arms race' against COVID-19, Ducey rejects FEMA vaccine site

Pima County officials said that they are in an "arms race" against new variants of COVID-19, and that an opportunity to take the county's "aggressive" vaccine plan and "put it on steroids" has been hampered by Gov. Ducey's refusal to allow federal officials to set up a new vaccine site that could serve more than 200,000 people. ... Read more»

BP released COVID-positive asylum-seeking grandmother now hospitalized in Tucson

The unidentified woman was picked up with her daughter and granddaughter by Border Patrol agents in the Arizona desert, then turned over to Catholic Social Services, who discovered her illness during a medical exam at a Tucson shelter.... Read more»

Vacant Border Patrol station in Gila Bend for sale

With a minimum bid of $8,000, a former Border Patrol station near Gila Bend is on sale as part of an auction by the federal government. ... Read more»

BP: Drug dog sniffs out $700K in marijuana stashed in flat-bed trailer

Border Patrol agents arrested a Phoenix man Friday after a drug dog pointed them to more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $700,000, concealed in a flat-bed trailer, authorities said. ... Read more»

BP agents arrest 20 men for smuggling marijuana near Gila Bend

Border Patrol agents arrested 20 men, dressed in camouflage and carrying backpacks loaded with marijuana, in the desert west of Gila Bend on Tuesday night. The men were carrying a combined 300 pounds of marijuana, worth around $150,000, officials said. ... Read more»

Arizona still a power in solar industry, despite gains by other states

Arizona currently ranks second in total installed solar capacity after California, the nation’s undisputed leader. More than 100 solar facilities are operating or under construction here, and could have a large effect on our economy, with the potential to attract a skilled workforce.... Read more»

BP agents find $1.3M in marijuana near Gila Bend

Border Patrol agents discovered more than $1.3 million in marijuana hidden in two trucks near Gila Bend last Saturday. ... Read more»

Border agents arrest three U.S. citizens for human smuggling

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested three U.S. citizens in connection with human smuggling in two separate incidents this week, as well as six Mexican nationals suspected of being in the country illegally. Agents also arrested two Mexican nationals for drug smuggling, while seizing nearly $400,000 in marijuana and four vehicles. ... Read more»

'Solar Room' helps APS monitor renewable energy sites

In a room tucked away at APS headquarters, two employees spend their workdays watching large screens and computer monitors showing the status of renewable energy plants across Arizona. Officials say the real-time information is vital to maintaining the flow of electricity. ... Read more»

Shooting: Border Patrol agent wounds man south of Gila Bend

In the fourth Border Patrol-related shooting this fall, a border agent shot and wounded a man south of Gila Bend on Tuesday evening, officials said.... Read more»

Court OKs Tohono O'Odham casino for Glendale

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Tohono O'Odham Nation's plan to establish reservation land in the middle of Glendale, land where the tribe wants to develop a Las Vegas-style casino. City and state officials have challenged the project in a "family-friendly" area.... Read more»1

Salazar touts Gila Bend solar plant’s economic impact

While touring a solar power generating station that will provide power to tens of thousands of Arizona homes, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday that America’s embrace of renewable energy will create jobs and boost the economy.... Read more»2

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