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Air Force extends comment period on plan for faster, lower flights over Az training grounds

Southern Arizona residents will have more time to comment on the U.S. Air Force's plan to break the sound barrier at lower altitudes, and fly more training missions at night over 10 military aerial training ranges, after officials decided to extend the comment period to June 3. ... Read more»

Air Force shoots for lower supersonic flights, more night training across Southern Arizona

The Air Force is seeking to break the sound barrier as low as 5,000 feet and fly more training missions at night over 10 aerial ranges that stretch across large parts of Southern Arizona and western New Mexico. ... Read more»

Sierrita mine shutdown confirmed, to put 1,000+ out of work

More than a thousand Southern Arizona miners will soon be on the unemployment line, with Freeport-McMoRan announcing Wednesday that the Sierrita open pit mine in Green Valley will be completely shut down. ... Read more»2

Freeport-McMoRan to cut 430 jobs in GV, shut down Miami mine

Mining giant Freeport-McMoRan will lay off about 430 workers from the Sierrita open pit mine in Green Valley, and will explore the possibility of completely shutting down the mine. The company will also close down its copper mine in Miami, north of Tucson, officials said.... Read more»

Decades after Vietnam, memory of Morenci Nine preserved

Folks here didn’t make much of the fact that nine members of Morenci High School’s class of 1966 enlisted together in the Marine Corps. But after six of those young men were were killed in Vietnam, national media dubbed them the “Morenci 9″ and this eastern Arizona copper-mining community was left to preserve the memory of their sacrifice.... Read more»1

Clean Air Act analysis

EPA enforcement often brings more hot air than heat

Although eight Arizona sites are on a secret federal "watch list" of polluters who have not been subject to timely formal enforcement, the extent of air pollution in the state is clouded by poor record-keeping and bureaucratic miscommunication, a TucsonSentinel.com investigation shows.... Read more»