Endangered Mexican Spotted Owls Complicate AZ Water Problem

The tussle between the U.S. Forest Service and the city of Tombstone, AZ, over the city’s right to maintain their water pipeline through public lands has now been complicated by the appearance of Mexican Spotted Owls in the vicinity of the pipeline. The owls are a threatened species, although some conspiracy theorists think the U.S. government may have encouraged the owls to illegally cross the border.

Federal Judge Won’t Allow Tombstone To Repair Water System

U.S. District Judge Frank Zapata has turned down the city of Tombstone, Arizona’s request to force the U.S. Forest Service to let the city use heavy equipment to repair it’s 130-year-old water pipeline that runs through the Huachuca Mountains. The Forest Service says some of the pipeline runs through federally protected wilderness.