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Profile Photo: Tailings dust from a mine filled the air over Green Valley on Oct. 6, 2018.

Banner Photo: Dan Millis of the Sierra Club and Jon Merritt of Green Valley (front), at the spot where the Santa Cruz River flows north from Mexico past the border fence. Rain caused debris to build up at the site. 

Dick replied 20 days ago

Sonoran Corridor: A shortcut from I-19 to I-10

(Originally posted on December 10, 2020)

This story is doing very well on our website, but we were a bit surprised at the paltry turnout at public comment sessions — especially given that it could put a freeway right through the middle of Sahuarita.

The town endorses the decision.


Smoke in the sky!

(Originally posted on November 12, 2020)

I received an email Wednesday from somebody upset over smoke and fire coming from Canoa Ranch golf course. He assumed they were burning trash.

It's not trash, it's tree branches and clippings, and they have a county permit.

The writer said the smoke is keeping him and neighbors inside.

Bottom line: It's legal and it's temporary.


Karen replied 20 days ago

Draft Environmental Impact Study (Draft EIS) for proposed Sonoran Corridor route through Sahuarita/Green Valley

(Originally posted on November 12, 2020)
Important! Sonoran Corridor Transportation Study Public hearing and public engagement event scheduled Dec. 1 and 3, in Tucson
To Whom it may Concern:
The Arizona Dept. of Transportation ( ADOT) has released the Sonoran Corridor Tier I EIS Draft for public input. They have scheduled some public events - see the info below.
Please Note:
* The listed "preferred route" in the study draft goes from I-19 east at El Toro Road then north at Alvernon Rd to Rita RD to I-10 East.
* the Residents of Sahuarita approved a Town plan in 2015 which identified El Toro Rd as a future parkway, which would include 4 - 6 lanes divided with a landscaped median, with bike lanes & walking paths or sidewalks on each side, and pull outs for public transportation. All meant to benefit the residents of Sahuarita.
The Sonoran Corridor placed here would instead make El Toro Rd a freeway - essentially a truck route from Mexico - through the middle of Sahuarita.
* However, the Town of Sahuarita officials have been advocating for the location of the Sonoran Corridor at El Toro Rd - (Why? Who benefits?)
I encourage you to read the study, to attend a meeting if possible, and to submit comments to both ADOT and The Sahuarita Town Council & Mayor.
You can read the EIS study online - go to:
Comments will be accepted during the public review and comment period from Nov. 6,... (More)

Electronic advertising signs

(Originally posted on October 28, 2020)

Hi everyone. Last week I did a story on electronic message displays, EMDs, or what we all recognize as digital advertisement signs. Think of the colorful sign at the casino on I-19 but smaller.

The EMDs are prohibited by the county, but the new sign code they are working on included them. While you do see some EMDs in unincorporated areas, users have to get a variance and hold a public hearing followed by approval from the county's Board of Supervisors. The changes would have allowed users to get them without any public hearings or approval from the supervisors.

On Wednesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-3, plus one commissioner who missed the vote, to approve the proposed sign code ordinance after removing EMDs and keeping them prohibited in unincorporated Pima County.

While Sahuarita has its own sign code and allows EMDs, the county's code would have allowed businesses and organizations in Green Valley to have more access to them for the first time. What do you think about commissioners removing them from the proposed code? And how do you balance dark sky, resident and observatory interests with businesses wanting to attract more customers?

Here's a link to the article if you missed it.