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A woman driving near Gila Bend was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents after they discovered more than 120 lbs. of meth worth an estimated $181,000 in her minivan, authorities said. Read more»

Blogger and Fish Karma fan Kay Sather holds up a copy of the Whole Enchilada LP

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»

Airbus Zephyr Solar High Altitude Platform System (HAPS) during a test flight in Arizona this summer.

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 state and federal prosecutor Lacy Cooper in her campaign announcement video.

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»

BORSTAR agents give IV fluids to migrants in the remote desert near I-8.

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»

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey during a press conference at the University of Arizona Wednesday.

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»

A woman waits with her daughter at the Instituto Nacional de Migración office in Nogales, Sonora, in early 2020 after she was sent back to wait for her asylum case to move forward as part of the Trump administration's 'Migrant Protection Policy.

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»

A former Border Patrol station, vacant since the 1990s, is for sale from the federal government.

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»

The Border Patrol canine that sniffed out 64 bundles of marijuana worth nearly $700,000 from a flat-bed trailer laden with excavating equipment at the checkpoint near Gila Bend.

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»

A group of 20 men were arrested by Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents near Gila Bend on Tuesday night for carrying backpacks loaded with a total of 300 pounds of marijuana.

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’s climate helps make it an ideal location for utility-scale projects, experts say, like this Sempra U.S. Gas & Power facility in Tonopah that provides energy for military bases in California.

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»

Border Patrol agents near Gila Bend, Ariz. found more than 2,600 pounds of marijuana worth at least $1.3 million on Saturday.

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

Agents stopped this Jeep Commander after watching five men come out of the desert near Gila Bend. The driver and another occupant were arrested in connection with an attempt to smuggle three Mexican nationals into the United States.

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»

Barbara Lockwood, general manager of energy innovation for APS, shows screens that allow employees to monitor the operation of solar plants around Arizona.

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»

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»

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