Ports of entry in Arizona face infrastructure and staffing challenges

Ports of entry in Arizona face infrastructure and staffing challenges

By Andrea Jaramillo Valencia / Cronkite News From a farm or a maquila in Sonora, Mexico to a supermarket store in Chicago, the journey of products coming from Mexico is a long, sometimes slow one. But according to border experts and officials, it’s during customs inspections at the border where the process gets delayed the most […]

Nogales CBP officers seize $693K in hard drugs; Ajo agents stop smuggling attempt

Nogales CBP officers seize $693K in hard drugs; Ajo agents stop smuggling attempt

By SoAzNewsX Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended two U.S. citizens and a Mexican national during separate attempts to smuggle more than $693,000 worth of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine last Monday evening. Officers working at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 17-year-old Rio Rico teen for further inspection of […]

Archaeology professor, students dig into Bisbee baseball history

Archaeology professor, students dig into Bisbee baseball history

By Maddy Ryan / Cronkite News The students digging beneath the stands at Bisbee’s Warren Ballpark have unearthed a few artifacts that provide a glimpse into what life was like for fans of the century-old ballpark: firearm cartridges, broken glass bottles, bus tokens. Robert Schon, an associate professor of archaeology at the University of Arizona, […]

Pond to restore birding, wildlife to Historic Canoa Ranch

Pond to restore birding, wildlife to Historic Canoa Ranch

By SoAzNewsX Pima County’s Regional Flood Control District has partnered with the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department to restore a 2.5 acrepond at Historic Canoa Ranch in Green Valley, part of a master plan that should see the return of birding, native plants and wildlife viewing. Contractors working with the Regional Flood Control District began work excavating, re-shaping, and lining the pond […]

Pima County Sales Tax Advisory Committee sets public outreach schedule

Pima County Sales Tax Advisory Committee sets public outreach schedule

By SoAzNewsX The Pima County Sales Tax Advisory Committee has scheduled seven public meetings around the county in December and January to give the public a chance to provide feedback on whether the Board of Supervisors should adopt a countywide sales tax. State law allows county boards of supervisors to enact up to a half-cent-per-dollar […]

Citizenship requests hit new high in state, nation, more growth likely

Citizenship requests hit new high in state, nation, more growth likely

By Andrew Nicola / Cronkite News Naturalization applications in Arizona jumped 48 percent over the past three years, to more than 19,000 last year, a number that advocates expect will continue to rise as immigrants look for reassurance in the current political climate. The Arizona numbers reflect a national increase of 35 percent over the […]

The Christmas tree shortage of 2017 traces back to recession in 2007

The Christmas tree shortage of 2017 traces back to recession in 2007

By Alyssa Williams / Cronkite News Arizona’s current Christmas tree shortage began 10 years ago when the recession hit. “I’m expecting that we’ll run out of trees early this year,” said Mel Cooper, owner of Arizona Valley View Christmas Tree Lots. Christmas tree production was at a peak in the winter of 2007, which was […]

Pima supervisors to take up road repair plan at December meeting

Pima supervisors to take up road repair plan at December meeting

By SoAzNewsX The Pima County Transportation Advisory Committee recommended a two-year road repair plan for the Board of Supervisors to consider at its meeting in December. The list of neighborhood roads selected for repair at the Committee’s November 28 meeting covered the unincorporated areas of Pima County.  The Committee previously recommended road repairs for the […]

Arizona’s Raul Grijalva accused of drunken shenanigans; another secret ‘hush fund’ revealed

Arizona’s Raul Grijalva accused of drunken shenanigans; another secret ‘hush fund’ revealed

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva quietly arranged a “severance package” in 2015 for one of his top staffers who threatened a lawsuit claiming the Arizona Democrat was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment, revealing yet another way that lawmakers can use taxpayer dollars to hide their misbehavior on Capitol Hill. While the Office of […]