After a couple of days of community outrage and debate (as well as astonishment as to how petty the debate over illegal immigration had become), the trustees reversed themselves and announced both flags would go back up.
Sometimes, it really does seem like we're living with the Simpsons in Springfield, doesn't it?
In other border news: At the request of the Sierra Club and the Defenders of Wildlife, Federal Judge Ellen S. Huvelle halted work on a border fence in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. The green groups had argued that the federal government had failed to do a serious environmental assessment and hadn't bothered to get any public comment.
An aide to Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff told Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services that Chertoff might just use his authority to ignore the courts and resume work on the fence.
Arizona Senate President Tim Bee, the Republican who is ostensibly exploring a challenge to Giffords next year, reported that he'd raised $134,620 in the month of September. The filings led to the obligatory sniping between Democrats and Republicans over whether Bee should resign from his Senate job if he's running for Congress. We don't have a dog in the fight over what it costs to explore a congressional candidacy, but we would point out that we did come across an article in a University of Houston-Victoria student paper that informed us that Columbus' first exploration to the New World cost about $1,765,734 in modern dollars.
Bee also made headlines with his sharp political move to oppose Augusta Resource Corp.'s plan to open a copper mine in the scenic Santa Ritas. Bee said he was introducing legislation to bind the Canadian mining company in more red tape before they could begin land-raping the mountain range.
Bee was joined in the effort by his District 30 seatmates, Reps. Jonathan Paton and Marian McClure. Paton said he was looking out for his constituents' property rights, since the mine will be pumping groundwater from the same area that supports Green Valley. "I don't want this company to suck the aquifer dry," Paton said.
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GOP lawmakers said they would again appeal Collins' order.
In other legal briefs: The federal trial of former Marana Mayor Bobby Sutton and his pal, Rick Westfall, on charges of extorting Waste Management ended in mistrial when jurors couldn't come to a unanimous decision. The men face the possibility of a new trial.
The Loft has a whole bunch of other stuff on tap, including this weekend's screening of Itty Bitty Titty Committee as part of the Lesbian Looks film series and Donkey Kong-a-thon, in which audience members will be invited to play Donkey Kong on the big screen to celebrate the run of The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, a documentary about the competition to be the greatest Donkey Kong player ever. Also on the horizon: The 48-hour Shootout, in which local filmmakers have two days to script, film and edit a short film. The Range is among the judges, so start your efforts to bribe us now!
Elsewhere on the sports beat: The Arizona Wildcats awoke hope in their fans' hearts by keeping ahead of USC until the fourth quarter, when the Trojans came roaring back to win the game, 20-13. The Wildcats have fallen to a 2-5 record.
Next up: The mighty Stanford Cardinal! Kickoff: 4 p.m. at Arizona Stadium.