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Appeals court blocks BLM-Asarco land swap

A federal appeals court ruled Sept. 14 that a proposed land exchange between the federal Bureau of Land Management and copper miner Asarco LLC violates environmental laws. The ruling in the lawsuit filed by three environmental groups in 2001 overturns a lower court decision backing the exchange long sought by Asarco.

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Grand Canyon railway has option to increase trips

FLAGSTAFF - A historic railroad that takes tourists from Williams north to the Grand Canyon can expand operations to three trips a day under a plan approved by the National Park Service. The Grand Canyon Railway now operates at least one, and occasionally two, daily trains to the canyon's popular South Rim.

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Desert domes in Casa Grande remain empty shells

CASA GRANDE - A little over 27 years ago, ground was broken for an electronics assembly plant on Thornton Road near Interstate 8, at a site now referred as "the Domes." About 75 people attended the event that included a preview of a Thermoshell dome, champagne and a buffet lunch. A total of four dome-like structures were built. One of them looks like a classic flying saucer.

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