Tombstone readies picks and shovels

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 TOMBSTONE — The City of Tombstone is embroiled in another dynamic showdown. 

The “Town too Tough to Die” is now squaring off against the U.S. Forest Service in what could be the fight of its life, a battle over water rights. 

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BLACKOUT on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 9:11am

Bah, dig your own new well in your own town, quit stealing the water from SV.

5280 on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 11:08am
Title: LOL

Uh that should be SV quit stealing water from tombstone.   Since they have had legal rights to it long before Sierra vista was ever a town.   Did you even read the story?

Proud US Citizen on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 12:44pm
Title: You both.....

 should get your facts straight! Pueblo del Sol Water Company relies on groundwater from four wells from the Sierra Vista Sub-Basin of the Upper San Pedro Basin.Tombstone receives their water from natural springs high in the Huachuca Mountains, (which is not part of Sierra Vista!)

AZterritory on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 4:26pm

Better have a few on hand to deal with the heat stroke and over-exertion that the energetic out of shapers will be dealing with. 

anon on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 4:31pm

The rangers begged for help fighting the fire - and got it.  Now they tell the citizens to take a hike.

5280 on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 5:38pm


Uh, I know this, though,  I should of added "IF Anything" before in my response. 

Rancher on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 9:46pm
Title: Not Exactly

What the Forest Service is requiring is for the Tombstone Water Company to play by the same rules that govern the rest of us, it’s a wilderness area, The City of Tombstone probably did nothing when  the wilderness area was proposed and now they have to live with it.  The City of Tombstone has enought water without the springs, and they are now proposing more pipelines to link up the other springs that they control in the Huachuca’s, such as Clark Spring.  I can’t really blame them the spring water is "free" they don’t have to pump it, but there are aquafers around Tombstone that could be used without the springs, after all the population is only 5% of what it was when they put in that pipeline.



Rancher on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 9:47pm
Title: Shovels

I hope the shovels were made in America, not China…  I’ll bet not.



Incadove93 on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 7:03am

The feds are wrong.  I’m rooting for the Tombstone bunch to get the job done and make the Feds look like the sour grapes bunch they are.  They are only punishing Arizona because our Governor didn’t fall in line with this administration’s policies.

Upright on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 12:59pm
Title: Thanks

Thanks, Rancher, for writing the truth. I hope everyone pays close attention to your explanation.

FirstNation on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 4:54pm

Oh, come on!  128 years and they haven’t bothered to figure out a better more viable water system? Instead we get this cry baby whining about what should be given to them and how the rules don’t apply to them.  I guarantee you there is good water in that valley — just pick a spot that’s not an old mine.  They could have used that $50,000 that was handed to them and had an overproducing well drilled that would solve everything.  I guess just have to live in the area and know Tombstone to understand the idiocy.

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