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Elgin Bridge Fire downgraded to 2K acres as containment lines hold

Despite "red-flag" conditions Tuesday, firefighters were able to attack the Elgin Bridge Fire and established new containment lines keeping the wildfire from overrunning ranch houses and high-voltage power lines in the area southeast of Tucson.... Read more»

Elgin Bridge Fire burns 4K acres south of Tucson, threatens power lines for Ft. Huachuca & Sierra Vista

Fueled by wind and dry vegetation, the Elgin Bridge Fire has consumed 4,000 acres of grasslands and chaparral south of Tucson, and crews are working to keep the wildfire from overrunning high-voltage power lines that supply electricity to Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista.... Read more»

Wildfire near Patagonia is 12% contained, has burned 11,600 acres

Fire crews working the San Rafael Fire southeast of Patagonia were able to hold their containment lines despite "red-flag" conditions Monday, and fire officials expect Tuesday will bring some relief from critical fire weather.... Read more»

Wildfire near Patagonia is 0% contained, has burned 10,500 acres

The wind-driven San Rafael Fire grew to over 10,500 acres on Sunday, burning through grassland around 22 miles southeast of Patagonia, Ariz., and fire officials warned that "red-flag" conditions through Monday may complicate fire suppression efforts. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Santa Cruz to address mining companies bearing a gift as opposition mounts over silence

Santa Cruz County may get land for a park, as some smell conspiracy. Sahuarita is set to lose one tenant at their tech manufacturing facility but will gain another.... Read more»

Ecuadorian man arrested after hitting BP agent 'several times'

A 37-year-old man from Ecuador was arrested Wednesday evening after he allegedly assaulted a U.S. Border Patrol agent on a remote mountain trail near Patagonia, Arizona. ... Read more»

El Chisme

Would you buy a wall from this man?, plus: Pima Dems dither on putting house in order

You can't fence Steve Bannon in, plus: an account of leaks over at Pima Dems HQ, local cop schooled by a little girl & more actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson.... Read more»

More than $550K in pot found near Patagonia hiking trail

Border Patrol agents found more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana worth more than $550,000 on Monday near a hiking trail south of Patagonia. ... Read more»

Rural high schools confront low college completion rates

Students in rural Arizona counties like Cochise have significantly lower college completion rates than those in counties that have bigger cities and state universities. While 30 percent of more urban county residents have bachelor's degrees, only 23 percent of Cochise residents have one.... Read more»

Border agents apprehend 5 from Pakistan, 1 Afghan near Patagonia

Border Patrol agents detained five Pakistani men suspected of being in the country illegally and another from Afghanistan on Monday near Patagonia. While Gov. Ducey jumped to comment, Homeland Security data shows that unauthorized immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, not to mention Iraq and Syria, have been coming into the U.S. for a decade. ... Read more»

Threatened bird puts brakes on Coronado National Forest mine

Federal regulators recently pulled back approval for exploratory drilling for copper near Patagonia. The area could be home to yellow-billed cuckoos, which were recently declared threatened, as well as other endangered species like jaguars and Mexican spotted owls. ... Read more»1

Border Patrol seize nearly $2 million in drugs over the past week

In less than a week, Border Patrol agents have seized nearly $2 million worth of marijuana. Agents also arrested 14 people, included two for drug smuggling and nine for being in the country illegally — including an Egyptian national. ... Read more»

Border Patrol

Border agents find more than 3 tons of pot

Tucson Sector Border Patrol found over 3 tons of marijuana worth more than $3 million in abandoned vehicles east of Patagonia on Wednesday... Read more»

950 lbs of pot found in Patagonia stash house

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly 950 pounds of marijuana stashed in an abandoned home in Patagonia on Thursday.... Read more»

Border Patrol seizes more than $1.5 million in pot

More than 3,000 pounds of marijuana were seized by Border Patrol agents Monday, with an estimated street value of more than $1.5 million.... Read more»