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Forest Service Plugs Lead Queen Mine

The historic Lead Queen Mine in the Patagonia Mountains, which produced lead, silver and small amounts of copper between 1898 and 1940, has intermittently leaked toxic minerals, both visible and invisible, ever since. In 2014, monsoon rains caused a dramatic orange outflow that attracted media attention, followed by two  Coronado National Forest (CNF) projects attempting […]

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Remediation Work Continues in Mansfield Canyon

Map adapted from U.S. Forest Service Road Closure Map. A mine remediation project in Mansfield Canyon, accessed by Temporal Canyon Rd, is being conducted by the Nogales District of the Coronado National Forest (CNF). There are four phases in the project: tunnel and shaft protection, road maintenance and realignment, tailings relocation and biological restoration. The […]

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Luau, Shirt Sale Benefit KPUP

Guests enjoy the evening of food and dancing at the annual KPUP luau. Photo by Robert Gay Every spring for the last 11 years, a tropical fever of sorts spreads in the Patagonia region, culminating with a tropical-themed community party to benefit Patagonia’s favorite (and only) radio station, KPUP. 70 diners spread happily under the […]

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Casting Light on Light Pollution

(C) Google Earth, Fabio Falchi et al (2016) Light pollution, which has joined air, water, and soil pollution as a major environmental concern, occurs by direct transmission of light which we experience as “skyglow.”  It can be caused by many sources including homes, businesses, signs parks, roadway lighting, sports events, vehicles, construction, airports and military […]

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Fairborn Observatory: A Hidden Gem

Fairborn Observatory, located in the the Coronado National Forest south of Patagonia, uses two types of telescopes to search for exoplanets. Photo by Robert Gay Fairborn Observatory lies tucked away on the east side of the Patagonia mountains. It is not open to the public, but very open to the deep bowl of the night […]