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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Currents Feature

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Saguaro National Park (East) is 67,000 acres of protected habitat for wildlife. The Bike Ranch location is totally outside of the preserve and on the opposite side of Old Spanish Trail from it. If approved, the Bike Ranch will be on a 20 acre lot and leave half of the lot as open space for wildlife corridors. That's way more than the 30% open space required by the Buffer Zone Ordinance. The suggestion that Bike Ranch is a threat to the park or the wildlife in it is simply inflammatory propaganda.
The proposal meets or exceeds the requirements and the intent of the Buffer Zone Ordinance according to the guy who was Director of Pima County Planning and Development Services when it was created. The Superintendent of Saguaro National Park submitted a letter saying the Bike Ranch supports National Park Service initiatives and they look forward to working with Bike Ranch going forward. US Game and Fish commission has blessed the plan. Department of Transportation has approved the plan to proceed. The bottom line: Every agency that has experience and responsibility to evaluate plans like these has given their approval. I really don't see how the Board of Supervisors can deny the proposal unless they are willing to say they think all these agencies are incompetent.
Lets remember that the land in question is private land, not some kind of wilderness preserve. The owner is paying taxes on it every year and is not obligated to leave it vacant. Something is going to be built there. The Bike Ranch is the most eco-friendly proposal we are ever likely to see. Their commitment to strive for Platinum LEED certification is testament to that. There is no reason to expect less impact on the park, the environment, or traffic if the property is cut up and sold to a new cluster of single family homes or used for some other business.
Lets talk about the good Bike Ranch will do for our community. It will be a new jewel in Tucson's crown as a bike friendly destination city. It will bring bicycle tourists to Pima County and generate more interest in our bike paths and bike lanes. If we want that network to grow, then we want to promote events and businesses that make use of it. We could have a network of safe bicycle transit from Vail to Marana and Green Valley to Oro Valley someday. That network would enable alternative transit and healthy lifestyle choices for residents while bringing in tourist dollars year round. Bike Ranch would be a great asset in Tucson's effort to grow as a bicycling destination. I would hate to see this opportunity slip through our hands.

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Posted by DHH on 05/21/2019 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Just curious -- what has changed from 2014 to 2019, other than personnel with a differing opinion at NPS? I have seen the plans. The Bike Ranch is a good idea, but not at this location. The buffer zone exists for a reason that does not include commercial development. The developers are applying for exceptions -- for special permission to interrupt the buffer zone. And the backyard the NIMBYs are trying to protect is Saguaro National Park and Old Spanish Trail. Why would anyone object to this? Have you driven this area lately? Is the additional revenue to SNP (if it occurs) worth the destruction to the area?

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Posted by DC on 05/19/2019 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

^^^ This comment contains false info, a specialty of the opposition group.

If the project was in direct opposition to the PC BOZO, it would not have been approved by PC Development Svcs and the PC Hearing Administrator.

File under lie by omission the fact that the commenter does not mention the Saguaro National Park East admin has modified its position on the project, moving from objection in 2014 to non-opposition now. Further, SNPE personnel was quoted on azpm.org as stating they look forward to working with the developer.

Hopefully, common sense will prevail over the will of hysterical NIMBYs.

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Posted by UofAzWildkitty on 05/18/2019 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

The Tucson Bike Ranch is a proposal to build a motel right across the street from a national park disguised as an "eco freindly bike ranch." It is an attempt to the exploit a natural resource unique to the Tucson area known as Saguaro National Park East for the benefit of one commercial developer. If the goal is to provide improved bike access to Saguaro Naional Park East for visitors and residents that should be accomplished by expanding the current bike loop network, not building a motel across the street from the park. This proposal is in direct opposition to the Pima County buffer overlay zoning ordinance 18.67.010 that was passed in 1988 to protect the unique nature of the Sonoran desert for future generations.

http://pimacounty-az.elaws.us/code/coor_title18_ch18.67_sec18.67.010

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Posted by D W on 05/18/2019 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Tucsonians who are opposing the Bike Ranch are like the ones who years ago decided it wasn't good to have a freeway system. Seems to me that they are a group of people who think their interests should override the whole area population who would enjoy this type of development. They probably would be the same people who try to stop housing developments unless it is their own and seem to be just very selfish, self-centered people.

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Posted by Barbara Riggs Gibson on 05/17/2019 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Has anyone told the NIMBYs that their homes are built on once pristine desert?
Never mind Rocking K down the road...
This mind set is why Tucson is the way it is.

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Posted by UofAzWildkitty on 05/16/2019 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

"If you build it they will ride."

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Posted by Field Of Wheels on 05/16/2019 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Usually I'm skeptical of variances, but this seems like a great idea. Anything that saves that area for cycling is a good idea. It's a treasure in Pima County and unique to the area.
Thousands of homes are being built just a few miles south of there and nobody is talking about the environmental destruction from those new housing developments plus the thousands of additional cars on Old Spanish Trail every day.

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Posted by bslap on 05/16/2019 at 6:01 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Sounds like a great idea. It will increase home values in the area. Great addition to El Tour de Tucson for this bike friendly community.

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Posted by Bobby Williams on 05/16/2019 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Forced Submission

Post office isn't even federal so this makes no sense.

Posted by Shane Rogers on 04/28/2019 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Lesson Plan: Pima Community College

It would seem to me that Pima would be a natural place to create a degree in Alternative Energy Systems. bringing together majors in solar, wind and storage technologies.

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Posted by C. H. Mara on 04/25/2019 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Three For All: Tucson’s Mayoral Candidates

There aren't. More of the same.

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Posted by Tucson Struggles To Find Itself on 04/25/2019 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Three For All: Tucson’s Mayoral Candidates

The reporter neglected to mention the most distinguishing differences between them revealed at the event: what kind of Sonoran dogs and Eegee flavor they each prefer.
Hopefully, the candidates' forum organized by the neighborhoods for June 22nd at El Rio Center will provide greater insight into their differences.
If there are any.

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Posted by Scott Egan 1 on 04/25/2019 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Agaves Are Us

Does it have to be century plant? I have a lot of relatively fast-growing Murphy's, which I understand is good for food and fiber, but not so much for liquor. It feeds birds, but I haven't noticed any bats (not watching at the right time of evening?). I would love a few century plants in my yard; I would love a yard big enough to hold them. Which agaves would work as well?

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Posted by rockhound on 04/25/2019 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Three For All: Tucson’s Mayoral Candidates

The three stooges. Heaven help us.

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Posted by Maria on 04/25/2019 at 5:15 AM

Re: “Danger Street

Drunk driving, drowsy driving, distracted driving. Until we accept that the thing that makes these dangerous is the one thing they have in common nothing will change.

We dont want to admit it, but driving is dangerous. Im not talking seat belts or airbags. Im reminding you that every time we choose to drive we put the world around us in mortal danger. Every time.

If I do this I might kill someone should be on all our minds when operating a machine as deadly as a motor vehicle. Can you imagine a car salesman or ad telling you that? Maybe they should.

Posted by StrawHousePig on 04/22/2019 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Lucky Shot: UA helps capture first image of a black hole

I'm sorry if this appears to be nitpicking at a low level, but I have to say you really need a science writer on your team. Mr. Gardner's admirable stories on art and popular culture, food and film are not a basis for writing on scientific topics, and as a result I see things like:

"a photon had to leave the black hole from close to the event horizon, just on the lip of the point of no return. The photon then traveled through the hot gas being sucked into the black hole. Not every light wave can do this, but radio waves are small enough to."

This is just so misleading. Photons do not leave the black hole; photons or "light waves" are not of any "size". The light being observed (at radio frequencies) comes from objects behind the black hole and it is the effect of the black hole and the gasses around it as the light passes just outside the event horizon that generate the data used to build the images.

One of the most difficult tasks of a reporter is writing science details in a manner that is understandable without distorting the information or misleading the readers. I would not be surprised if a real astronomer or physicist disputed the description I wrote above, and I would also not be surprised if readers found my description more confusing or difficult to understand than the original text; but neither am I a science writer. But ease of understanding does not justify misleading the reader on the basic science.

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Posted by J_in_Cochise on 04/21/2019 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Border Skirmishes

Thank you Noah. The media has become expert of exactly that type of reporting. I only wish they could be honest and answer the question, why?

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Posted by Walt Build on 04/19/2019 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Border Skirmishes

"The event followed a tense three weeks on campus, after a March 19 incident that resulted in three students being charged with misdemeanor crimes.
Border Patrol agents were on campus that day in the Modern Languages building as guests of an event hosted by the Criminal Justice Association, a university club. There was no previous school-wide announcement that BP agents would be present on campus.
Student activists protested and confronted the BP agents' unexpected presence. A video that captured the exchange was posted online and went viral. As a result, the students involved in the protest received an overwhelming amount of personal threats online."

This is extremely misleading! Why state that there was "no announcement the Border Patrol would be on campus"? They were invited to speak, they weren't there to arrest anyone. And if you're DACA then there is no reason to be worried...you can't be arrested by BP.
It's also very dishonest for you to state that "A video that captured the exchange was posted online and went viral. As a result, the students involved in the protest received an overwhelming amount of personal threats online."
Denisse Melchor and her cohorts HARASSED and verbally assaulted BP agents. They also interfered with other students rights by disrupting classes and causing such a raucous that classes had to be dismissed.
If you're going to report...tell the whole story. Don't cherry pick. My daughter is a student at the University of Arizona that doesn't happen to agree with your take. And our family is of Mexican and Spanish decent.

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Posted by Noah on 04/18/2019 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Danger Street

I am going to call my state representative and senator right now. Unlike Brendan, I am still deeply resentful of the driver who injured him. Thank you, Brendan, for helping me also understand more about the complexities and rewards of forgiveness.

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Posted by RobertDC on 04/18/2019 at 9:36 AM

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