The wildlife in our Tucson backyard has been a soothing, sometimes exhilarating distraction, especially now that we’re all trapped at home with nothing left to binge except the show outside our windows.
Tucson-area homeowners and local governments like Tucson and Marana have diligently decorated for the 2020 Christmas holiday to keep the nights bright during the pandemic. Find a map at the end.
Pima County relies on an assortment of programs to help Tucsonans out of jail and on the way to a life with a home, a job and a purpose.
In recent years U.S. refugee resettlement numbers have dropped significantly.
While trying to balance academics and students' emotional needs, teachers and school counselors work overtime with access to limited resources.
The Star reached out to all 25 coaches whose seasons were cut short with questions about what they experienced this season. We'll be running their answers over the next five days.
After nearly nine months of dark theaters and marquees, many venue operators say the end is near and live music will soon return to Tucson stages. But it's anyone's guess just how soon.
Residents and staff at skilled nursing homes in Arizona are expected to receive COVID-19 vaccines from CVS and Walgreens pharmacies' health-care teams beginning Monday, Dec. 28.
For Janneth Cardenas and her children, helping families south of the border is a holiday tradition.
Meet Earyn McGee, a.k.a. Afro_Herper, an internet-famous University of Arizona researcher with a growing online following and dreams of hosting her own TV nature show.
Arizona's top health official acknowledged she has altered the standards governing business operations in the pandemic to the point that none will have to close. Businesses aren't causing major spread of COVID-19, she says.
The river actually benefits from dry weather, which causes algae to bloom in parts of it. That blocks infiltration of the city's reclaimed water into the aquifer, letting it flow farther downriver even though Tucson Water isn't releasing any more water than before.
The order covers about 20 percent of Pima County's 7,000 employees. Ten percent already work from home and county administrator Chuck Huckelberry says remaining 70 percent are essential and must work from the office.
Arizona and Pima County are still in a crisis, breaking records each week. Here's how to make sense out of the data.?
Despite limited tourney play, many Arizona golf courses report a booming business as they limit touch points like flag sticks to protect players.
There will be a free event on Zoom on Dec. 16. You can hear from the people in our stories and the people who helped make them.
An unusual number of saguaros in the Tucson area produced flowers and fruit in fall this year, and experts are trying to figure out why.
In Tucson Unified School District — with more than 42,000 children — the number of failing grades up by nearly 50% over last year in its secondary grades.
Hospitalized COVID-19 patients have been using a bigger and bigger portion of the available hospital beds in Arizona for months. On Thursday, Dec. 10, they took up 40% of inpatient beds and 47% of ICU beds statewide, as of Friday.
Dr. Cara Christ says not enough Arizonans may be willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine to achieve some sort of "herd immunity." She says the state needs an impactful campaign to encourage people to get the vaccination.?
In an open letter Friday, health officials implored people living across metro Tucson to do as much as they can to fight the spread of the coronavirus. That includes staying home as much possible, wearing a mask and avoiding social gatherings.
With substantial community spread of COVID-19, Tucson schools told to consider closing classrooms despite low transmission rates on campus.
The University of Arizona's "freezer farm" can store COVID-19 doses at sub-zero temperatures as low as minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit.?
The poorest people in the state are being disproportionately hurt by the fallout from COVID-19, leaving groups across Pima County to prepare an eviction and homelessness crisis after Jan. 1.
Arizonans in the highest priority categories of risk or need could get their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine as early as Dec. 15. Here's the list of groups the state lists as first and second priority populations to be vaccinated.?
Tucson schools face numerous challenges to staying open while the COVID-19 pandemic.? But low rates of transmission inside schools show they might be a safer places to be.
In Pima County, the number of COVID-19 infections during the month of November reached an all-time high of 11,035, surpassing the previous monthly high of 7,780 in July. On Dec. 3, the county reported just one available ICU bed.
Residents will face a $50 civil fine if they don't wear masks in public; businesses can face penalties for violating health protocols.
Arizona could recover jobs lost to the pandemic by mid-2021, but that could stretch into 2022 if more federal stimulus aid is not available or the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, University of Arizona economists say.?
On Nov. 9, the Trump administration issued a directive letting local and state officials easily block federal land acquisitions using a fund Trump had bragged about saving.
COVID-19 cases are increasing nearly everywhere in Pima County, not just in certain "hotspots." The widespread nature of this ongoing surge creates a difficult environment for public health officials to fight the virus.
As of Friday, the Pima County Health Department has recorded over 9,800 coronavirus cases in November, nearly quadrupling the number of cases in October and surpassing the county’s previous peak in the summer.
Hospitals are taking in patients from overwhelmed facilities out-of-state,?and are finding it hard to recruit the staff they need as COVID-19 cases rise across Pima County.?
Seven-year-old Selene Rife wasn't the only Tucsonan whose parents helped her ride out the pandemic with the addition of a swimming pool. But hers might be the only one in town that required zoning for the addition of a 30-foot dock.
Thanks to several kind, dog-loving Tucsonans, Koda and?Devin Ashmore are back together again.
The proposal pits a developer pledging to put the skids to urban sprawl and protect open space against neighbors who worry too much desert will be lost.
While revenues in some areas did decrease due to the pandemic, City of Tucson officials said an increase in online purchases and construction activity along with a drop in expenses is giving the city's general fund an unexpected boost.
As total weekly COVID-19 cases reach a new high water mark in Pima County, researchers at Arizona State University warn statewide hospital bed shortage looms.?
About 500 of 1,300 inmates at the facility on South Wilmot Road have been infected with coronavirus.
The Democratic mayors, including Tucson's leader, concede that their police departments are not enforcing their own local orders.