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WASHINGTON – Federal officials have pulled back approval for exploratory mine drilling in the Coronado National Forest after receiving what one official described as new information on a threatened bird in the area.
NOGALES, Ariz. – As port director for the Customs and Border Protection port here, Guadalupe Ramirez has seen heroin smuggled into the United States in almost every place imaginable on a vehicle, not to mention the human body.
Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales intercepted a load of drugs in this altered Coca-Cola case after noticing the bottles, which were attached to a board, didn’t jiggle or rattle. (Cronkite News Photo by Emilie Eaton)
PHOENIX – In a move to ensure the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study continues to move forward, the state Transportation Board approved the next step in the process and the funding to make it happen.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is expanding a citrus quarantine because of increased detections of a tiny insect already threatening Florida's citrus industry.
PHOENIX - Arizona is expanding a citrus quarantine because of increased detections of a tiny insect already threatening Florida's citrus industry.
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court has scheduled a January hearing on an appeal of a judge's ruling in favor of Arizona's programs for students learning English.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled the hearing for Jan. 12 in San Francisco, where the appellate court is based.
U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins ruled March 29, 2013 that the state had improved teaching of English-learning students and no longer violated a federal law requiring states to overcome language barriers in schools.
The case was originally filed in federal court in Tucson on behalf of Nogales children and parents.
Collins and a now-retired judge previously ordered increased spending for students learning English. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that the state was entitled to a fresh review.
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations have seized over $2.3 million worth of marijuana in one shipment.
A Mexican man tried bringing the 4,661 pounds of pot through the new Mariposa Cargo Facility at the port of entry in Nogales on Friday.
Officers say Carlos Munoz-Munoz, 35, was driving a tractor-trailer with the hidden marijuana. A K-9 sniffed the drugs during an inspection.
The large seizure is worth over $2.3 million, according to a news release.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Officials say a years-long, multi-million-dollar expansion at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona, will ease trade and tourist traffic while increasing security.
A celebration this week marked the $244 million expansion to the port of entry. The port now has a dozen car lanes, a bus lanes and the capacity to process more than 4,000 trucks a day.
Traffic at the Mariposa Port of Entry has grown significantly in the past few years. In 2011, about $20 to $25 million in trade goods were transported through the port. This year, that number is expected to jump to $30 million to $35 million, according to the Nogales Port Authority Board. The number of trucks that cross the border also has increased from 276,877 in 2009 to more than 311,000 last year. Cross-border trade includes fruits, vegetables and other goods.
The expansion was funded by federal stimulus money. All of the additions to the port of entry are LEED Silver certified by the U.S. Green Buildings Council, according to a news release.
"This is a milestone achievement for our community which for generations has been literally on the frontier of international trade. We are also proud that our new port will be an economic boon to the entire state," Bruce Bracker, chairman of the Port Authority, said in a statement.
But Arizona congressional delegates worry that the expansion won't be fully fruitful for cross-border trade if the Mariposa Port of Entry is not adequately staffed, according to a letter the delegation sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday.
"Unfortunately, stakeholders report that the Tucson field office, which includes the port facilities in Nogales, Arizona, is understaffed and suffering from a high percentage of vacant positions as compared to other districts. We believe that the shortfalls those stakeholders have identified are urgent needs that must be fully addressed in order for the ports to function at their optimum capacity," the delegation wrote.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Mexican man has been accused of trying to smuggle more than 3,300 pounds of marijuana into southern Arizona.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa commercial facility in Nogales referred a 24-year-old man for an additional inspection of a tractor-trailer he was driving.
A scan of the vehicle revealed an anomaly in the trailer.
That led officers to the discovery of 145 bales of marijuana concealed behind a false front wall.
Officers estimate the marijuana's vale at about $1.6 million.
Officers processed the drugs and truck for seizure and referred the driver to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
The man is from Navolato, Sinaloa, Mexico but his name hasn't been released.
A state senator wants to use the National Guard and local sheriffs to stop buses with undocumented individuals from coming in to Arizona from other states.
Saying immigrant children being bused to Arizona may be being placed in danger, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery warned federal officials Monday they may be violating state child abuse laws.
Hundreds of unaccompanied minors who entered the United States illegally through Texas are being shipped to Nogales, creating a problem there, an aide to Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday.
Excessive heat warnings remain in effect until Thursday evening for metro Phoenix, Tucson and other desert communities in south-central Arizona.
An excessive heat warning has been issued Monday for metropolitan Phoenix and several communities in southern Arizona.
We've now seen 67 days without measurable rain in the Valley. This prolonged winter dry streak has led to worsening drought conditions statewide.
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Saying that's what the residents want, a Southern Arizona lawmaker wants to let voters in Green Valley, Sahuarita and surrounding areas split away from Pima County and be annexed into Santa Cruz County.
A man says someone stole his truck and trailer carrying more than $250,000 worth of exotic pottery.
A Mexican firm cannot claim the North American Free Trade Agreement excuses it from having to provide workers' compensation coverage for its employees doing business in Arizona, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.