Extensive upgrades authorized for water and wastewater system

Phoenix — Commissioners order EPCOR Water Arizona, Inc., while acting as Interim Manager of Johnson Utilities, LLC, to commence work on 70 projects identified in a 3-year capital improvement plan. The plan, as proposed by EPCOR, anticipates 22 wastewater projects totaling $67,760,000 and 48 water projects totaling $61,720,000 for an overall 2019-2022 capital improvement project total of $129,480,000.

TUCSON, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized 58 pounds of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pills on Thursday.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 43-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Chevy truck as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico early Thursday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of a scent it was trained to detect, officers removed 10 packages of cocaine from within the dashboard and heater core. The packages weighed more than 26 pounds, worth nearly $633,000.

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working at an immigration checkpoint seized almost 100 pounds of methamphetamine and made one arrest on Friday afternoon.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., Wellton Station agents working the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint referred a tan 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee to the secondary inspection area after a K9 alerted to the vehicle.

Fire restrictions remain in effect PHOENIX — Along with the Supervisor’s Office in Phoenix, which remains temporarily closed due to building renovations, all Tonto National Forest Ranger District offices will close on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Ranger District offices will resume normal business hours on Friday, July 5.

The following information will help visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on the Tonto National Forest year-round.

Forest service officials implemented fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest on June 15, 2019. Fire restrictions remain in place and the following activities are prohibited:

PHOENIX — The Forest Service has completed a report that documents the agency’s alternative development process for the Pinto Valley Mine project.

The public can review or download the Alternatives Report from the project website: http://www.pintovalleymineeis.us/public.html. The report outlines the alternatives development process as well as alternatives selected for detailed analysis.

The Gila County Sheriff's Office has announced the end of the evacuation notice for ALL Roosevelt area residents. Based on the current Woodbury Fire information from the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team and discussions with Emergency Management, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the evacuation notice effective today at 11am for all affected residents.

* State Highway 188 is now fully open from Globe to Payson with temporary reductions in speed.