Oak Tree Fire near Sonoita

Oak Tree Fire near Sonoita

By Harry Alexander and Sally Reichardt / Southern Arizona News-Examner The first wildfire of the season broke out in southeast Arizona yesterday. Dubbed the Oak Tree Fire, it was burning along State Highway 83 about 10 miles north of Sonoita, Arizona. Coronado National Forest officials say just over two-thousand acres have been consumed. Officials say […]

Tucson water rates going up in the summer

Tucson water rates going up in the summer

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Tucson’s Mayor and Council have approved an increase in Fiscal Year 2016 water rates and fees that will take effect July 6, 2015. The Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) recommended two rate increase options, according to a news release from the city. Mayor and Council approved Option A, which […]

Stop Human Trafficking Act passed House this week

Stop Human Trafficking Act passed House this week

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner U.S. Rep. Martha McSally this week voted in support of legislation to help stop human trafficking and support trafficking victims. The legislation, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S.178), combines provisions from 10 human trafficking bills passed by the House earlier this year, including four bills that Rep. […]

Tucson city charter changes going slow

Tucson city charter changes going slow

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner The avaricious maw of government knows no bounds. After all the smoke and mirrors crap put up by the Mayor and Council and their hokey committee about changing the charter, they avoided everything relevant to settle on simply increasing revenue via higher taxes. They are both intellectually and morally […]

Why do local conservatives let the Marana Town Council get away with it?

Why do local conservatives let the Marana Town Council get away with it?

By Emil Franzi / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Those who are opposed to any tax hikes by anyone have my sympathy. But I am in a quandary why only certain jurisdictions raising local taxes are being discussed by local conservative groups, pols, and supposedly conservative talk show hosts. Based on the average evaluation of $147,000, the […]

Oregon politicians surrender to Bloomberg; Arizona next?

Oregon politicians surrender to Bloomberg; Arizona next?

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner On May 11, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed SB 941, the Bloomberg-backed bill restricting private property rights and establishing gun owner registration in Oregon.  SB 941 zoomed through the Democrat controlled legislature.   SB 941 criminalizes the private transfer of personal property.  It requires private transfers of firearms to […]

Tucson leaders to residents: Speak up about postal impacts

Tucson leaders to residents: Speak up about postal impacts

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Tucson Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres and numerous elected and business officials have launched a set of open surveys in an effort to provide the residents of Tucson a platform to share opinions about, and impacts of, the consolidation plans for the Tucson Postal Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC)/Cherrybell. “Shutting […]

2016 Tucson city budget is a challenge

2016 Tucson city budget is a challenge

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik has always been an out-spoken critic of how Tucson is run since being elected to the council. Kozachik was elected to the council as a Republican and later changed his party affiliation to Democrat. Below is a letter he sent out to his Ward […]

McCain and Graham comment on fall of Ramadi to ISIL

McCain and Graham comment on fall of Ramadi to ISIL

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released a statement on the fall of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province, to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): “Today the black flags of ISIL fly over Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s […]

ITE yellow time considerations

ITE yellow time considerations

By Mark Spear / Southern Arizona News-Examiner The City of Tucson Transportation Department seems to always turn a deaf ear when the discussion of light timing at intersections where the red light cameras are installed. There is a mathematical formula that traffic engineers and physicists use to determine the timing. It seems that the City […]