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[COLUMN] Solution to Pinal water shortage?

Posted by   /  October 21, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) By Andy Howell | Pinal Central The big news this week was the Big Boy train rolling through Pinal County with a stop in Casa Grande. It’s a good thing the historic steam engine didn’t need to take on water, because we don’t have any to […]

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Criticism ‘an opportunity to improve,’ Pinal manager says

Posted by   /  October 21, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Pinal County’s new County Manager Louis M. Andersen By Mark Cowling | Pinal Central This summer, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors asked the top contenders for the county manager’s job to respond to a hypothetical scenario. Under the scenario, the supervisors were taking heat for being unprepared for rapid population growth and the attendant […]

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OPINION] Pinal County doesn’t have enough water for the long haul. What will we do about it?

Posted by   /  October 17, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

This 1.8-mile-long fissure is 30 feet deep in places. It opened south of Arizona City after decades of heavy groundwater pumping./Photo- Arizona Department of Water Resources (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) Opinion: There are lot more straws in the ground now, all drawing from the same, finite pot. How many more […]

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As water sources dry up, Arizona farmers feel the heat of climate change

Posted by   /  October 15, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

Knorr Farms owner Rob Knorr holding irrigation piping. / Civil Eats Farms in central Arizona will soon lose access to Colorado River water, impacting farmers, cities, and Native communities. By Meg Wilcox | Civil Eats This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of […]

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Pinal County water woes already impacting development

Posted by   /  October 15, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

A Central Arizona Project canal runs through the land that is slated to become the 2,511-acre Attesa motor sports park south of Casa Grande. Patrick Johnson, president of Attesa, said the canal will serve as a backdrop for a walking trail on the property. / Heather Smathers /PinalCentral By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa | Casa Grande Dispatch […]

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GOP lawmaker, environmental groups opposed to I-11

Posted by   /  October 11, 2019  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

 Motorists head northbound toward Las Vegas on U.S. Highway 93, near Kingman, Ariz. /Julie Jacobson By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral A proposed new freeway from Nogales to Wickenburg through Pinal County has united a Republican legislator and environmental interests in opposition, albeit for different reasons. Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, questions […]

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New Pinal subdivision OK’d on Hunt Highway amid sewer worries

Posted by   /  October 7, 2019  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Twitter By Mark Cowling | Florence Reminder Despite uncertainty about sewer service, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a new 65-acre moderate-low density subdivision on Hunt Highway near Florence. Sewage would most likely go to the notoriously smelly Section 11 plant in Magic Ranch, which EPCOR, interim operator of Johnson Utilities, has said it […]

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Pinal County under new manager; Louis Andersen takes the helm

Posted by   /  October 2, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

At the beginning of the search for a replacement for retiring County Manager Greg Stanley, county supervisors stated they wanted the new manager to come from within county government. Louis Andersen, who was public works director for six years, took the helm Wednesday, Sept. 19.  Andersen is an Air Force veteran, earned an MBA from […]

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New panel grills ADWR director on Pinal water

Posted by   /  September 26, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

Rep. DavidCook, R-Globe, represents Legislative District 8, which includes Florence, Coolidge and part of Casa Grande. / PinalCentral By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa | Casa Grande Dispatch A new legislative committee is pushing for more information on how groundwater supplies in Pinal County are being used or not used. Committee Chairman Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, and Reps. […]

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House panel will devise ways to loosen water rules in Pinal County to help developers

Posted by   /  September 25, 2019  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Parker Shea | AZMirror A new legislative ad hoc committee will come up with ways to loosen the permitting process for groundwater access in one of the state’s driest counties.  Under the current system, developers must prove 100 years’ worth of groundwater supply in order to make improvements on subdivided land in Pinal County. […]

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