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Border officials eye Monday reopening to nonessential travel with hope

Border officials urged lawmakers to stick to a plan to reopen the border to nonessential travel Monday, even as they said more needs to be done to prepare for the expected surge in traffic, with a staffing gap of more than 2,000 workers at Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»

Vaccinations give migrants hope and health as they wait to enter the U.S.

American doctors, members of Congress and immigrant advocates have been pushing U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to vaccinate migrants after several migrant children, including some diagnosed with the flu, have died while in U.S. custody. With CBP so far rejecting those requests, some organizations are working to get migrants the health care they need – on the Mexican side of the border.... Read more»

Coconino, Santa Cruz counties join suit backing Obama’s immigration actions

The two Arizona counties joined dozens of local governments on a court brief urging immediate implementation of the president's orders on immigration - orders Arizona is suing to block. One county official said suing to back immigration reform was the "right thing to do."... Read more»1

Cafe Roka: One man’s dream of success

In a 1900s building on Main Street in Bisbee, Rod Kass unleashes his passion for food.... 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 agents seize $1.1 million in drugs, capture 23 suspects

Border Patrol agents seized more than $1.1 million in narcotics, five vehicles, and caught 23 suspects in four incidents during the first two week July, according to a news release from the agency.... Read more»

Feds pay $3.5M to Az counties to supplement property taxes, future funds unsure

The funds were from the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program, which pays local governments for property taxes they can't collect on federal lands within their borders. The decades-old program was almost not funded in 2014, and future funding is not guaranteed. ... Read more»

Clinco appointed to Legislature

Demion Clinco was appointed to the state House of Representatives by the Pima County Board of Supervisors on a 3-2 vote Tuesday, filling a seat left vacant when former. Rep. Andrea Dalessandro resigned on being appointed to the Senate to fill another vacant seat.... Read more»1

Pima Dems nominate 3 for empty House seat

Pima County Democrats nominated three candidates to fill an empty seat in the state House of Representatives at a meeting Saturday. The Board of Supervisors will pick from among Anabelle Nuñez, Demion Clinco and Miguel Cuevas in a vote scheduled for Tuesday.... Read more»

Pima Dems to nominate 3 for empty House seat

Working to fill the latest open seat in a legislative game of musical chairs, Pima County Democrats will meet Saturday to pick three candidates to fill an empty seat in the state House of Representatives. ... Read more»

Weather

More snow: Winter weather advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Southern Arizona, effective until 11 a.m. Thursday. An earlier winter storm warning has been canceled.... Read more»