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Official says Tombstone can do water system work

TOMBSTONE — A Tombstone official says the city has Forest Service permission to do limited additional work to protect a spring-fed water system in the Huachuca Mountains near Sierra Vista in southeastern Arizona.

City Clerk and Manager George Barnes says volunteers supervised by city officials will use shovels, saws and other tools to move portions of the water system and do other work so the system won’t be damaged up runoff from monsoon rain.

Tombstone and Forest Service officials had been at odds over the city’s desire to use heavy equipment in a wilderness area. The water system was temporarily repaired last year after being damaged by runoff after a wildfire.

A spokeswoman for the Forest Service’s regional office in Albuquerque, N.M., did not immediately return a call for comment late Thursday.

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