Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl said the federal government will provide $1.3 million to help repair the tram road.
Ecologist Daniel Patterson gripes that the rebuilding project is moving along too quickly--as unlikely as it may be to hear that complaint about government. Patterson says the Forest Service should review all options before rebuilding the road for the tram.
"We're not trying to make this a big fight," says Patterson, who plans to meet with Forest Service officials this Friday, April 20, to discuss the rebuilding plans. "We're in favor of making sure there's a fair and transparent process and that all the alternatives are considered before there's more blasting, bulldozing and road construction up Sabino Canyon. There are endangered species up there. We need to treat Sabino Canyon with care and not just rush because some big politician comes to town with a big check."
Why not residents outside of Maricopa County? Because it would cost too much. Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, who says she'll start redacting the numbers on documents she posts in the future when she finds a new vendor with the right software, estimates it would cost more than $2 million to go through the documents that have been posted online since 1987.
Rodriguez tells The Range that residents probably don't have too much to worry about, because would-be identity thieves can't get the info for free. Instead, they have to pony up $100 for a six-month subscription in order to check out the documents. By requiring subscriptions, county staff can keep track of who is poking around the files.
Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell is using a filing surcharge to take care of the costs of redacting the Social Security numbers on documents, but Rodriguez says she has an opinion from the Pima County Attorney's Office that she can't use the same fee for that sort of work down here. That sounds pretty screwy to us.
Rodriguez adds that she's also planning on redacting Social Security numbers on documents filed before 1987 once she finally gets around to transferring them into electronic format.
Unfortunately, though we were root, root, rooting for the home team, it was a shame when the Sidewinders lost to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 6-5.
Johnson, who is returning to Arizona after two seasons with the New York Yankees, gave up eight hits and two earned runs. As a Yankees fan, The Range is ecstatic to see the Big Unit back in Arizona.
The Sidewinders wrap up a four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees on Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20. They're back in town next Thursday, April 26, to start an eight-game home stand. And, despite rumors last year to the contrary, Thirsty Thursday, with $1 beers and soft drinks, is back this season. Tickets and more info: 434-1021.