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Judge: Challenges to new Arizona copper mine 'moot' after Hudbay abandons Rosemont water permit

A federal judge dismissed a pair of lawsuits filed by three Native American tribes and an environmental coalition over Rosemont Copper's move to expand its mining operations to "Copper World" on the western slopes of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson. ... Read more»

9th Circuit upholds 'landmark' ruling blocking Rosemont copper mine

In a win for environmental groups and three Native American tribes,, a federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that halted the long-controversial Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains about 30 miles southeast of Tucson.... Read more»

Southern Arizona Sky island succulent listed as 'threatened' under Endangered Species Act

Bartram’s stonecrop - a bright, sea-green succulent found in the Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona and northern Mexico - grows in an uncommon habitat where temperatures are lower than the surrounding desert floor, making this succulent extremely rare, and under pressure. ... Read more»

Feds deal another setback to Rosemont mine by upholding jaguar habitat

Federal regulators on Friday rejected a mining company’s request to reduce critical habitat for endangered jaguars in the Santa Rita Mountains on land that overlaps the footprint of the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine. ... Read more»

Feds ask 9th Circuit to approve Rosemont Copper Mine plan

The U.S. Forest Service told a federal appeals court Monday that the Rosemont Copper Co. should be allowed to put mine waste on federal land near its claim in Arizona. ... Read more»

Endangered species throw roadblock in path of Rosemont Copper mine

A federal judge has overturned environmental permits for the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine, saying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to consider the mine’s impact on several endangered species in the Santa Rita Mountains. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Morgan: Gov't must be an ally for effective economic development

Joseph Morgan: "As a candidate for House of Representatives in Congressional District 2, I rejoiced to see the recent announcement of Tucson-based Diamond Ventures Phase I development of their Rocking K Master-Planned Community in the foothills of the Rincons."... Read more»

Rosemont plan approved — but here's why it might not happen fast

Hudbay Minerals said Thursday that it has received the approved Mine Plan of Operations for the proposed Rosemont mine project, the final step in the permitting process.... Read more»

5 frostbitten men rescued by CBP helicopter from snowy peak south of Tucson

A helicopter crew with U.S. Customs and Border Protection airlifted five men Thursday morning from a snowy peak in the Santa Rita Mountains. ... Read more»

Environmentalists criticize proposed jaguar recovery plan

Environmental groups are criticizing the details of a proposed jaguar recovery plan released Monday by the Fish and Wildlife Service, arguing the plan is too weak to protect the species from extinction. Two wild male jaguars recently spotted in Southern Arizona are the only known jaguars in the country.... Read more»

Watch: Jaguar prowls Santa Ritas south of Tucson in new video

Video of a rare solitary jaguar roaming the mountains just south of Tucson was released Wednesday. The big cat, dubbed "El Jefe" in a naming contest, is the only wild jaguar known to live in the United States.... Read more»

Tucson students dub Arizona's only jaguar: 'El Jefe'

The only wild jaguar known to live in the United States prowls the mountains just south of Tucson, and local middle school students have given the big cat a name: "El Jefe."... Read more»1

Photos: Remote cam snaps jaguar in Santa Ritas

New photographs of an endangered jaguar in the Santa Rita Mountains have been released from a project managed by federal officials and University of Arizona researchers.... Read more»