Judge Denies Tombstone Water
May 23, 2012 1 Comment
I sometimes realize that there are smarter people around than me but, I do realize that a town, even one that “is too tough to die”, does need water to fight fires. I guess that makes me smarter than the US Forest Service and District Judge Frank Zapata. I find it outrageous that these idiots think that their silly programs are more important than the
history water rights of a town that goes way back before Arizona was a state, before there was a Forest Service, or even before there was a land use policy. As far as I’m concerned they should be charged with criminal malfeasance and hold personal liability for any injuries or death attributable to this BS.
From Marita Noon:
It is fire season in the West. Reports say the early start is “not a good sign,” and forecasts claim the “combination of heat and dryness will only make western wildfires worse.” The predictions were made in the same week that US District Judge Frank Zapata made a decision to deny an emergency request by the city of Tombstone, AZ, to repair its water system damaged in last year’s Monument Fire. He doesn’t think Tombstone has a crisis. Zapata said: “Claims of a drastic water emergency related to public consumption and fire needs are overstated and speculative.”
Though he was born in a small town, seven miles from the third highest mountain in Arizona, Zapata apparently has not lived with the eminent threat of forest fire. Having grown up in the foothills of Southern California where my family had to evacuate several times as the flames pressed toward our home, I understand the importance of water.
I got interested in the Tombstone story when I heard a promo for John Stossel’s show addressing Tombstone’s water woes. He teased the show saying that Tombstone was told they could fix their broken pipes using horses and shovels. This piqued my interest. I’ve written a couple of columns addressing the Forest Service’s requirements for mining claims in Montana that included hand tools and pack mules. You’d think they make this stuff up just for TV, but it’s real—as is the threat of fire in Tombstone.
In short, here is Tombstone’s tale. (Click here for a long version.)
Tombstone is a small city in the Arizona desert. They get their water from the nearby Huachuca Mountains through one of the longest gravity-fed systems in the country. Tombstone has an unbroken chain of ownership to the water. The pipeline that brings the water the 26 miles from the springs to Tombstone goes back to before Arizona was a state, way before there was a US Forest Service, or a federal wilderness act.
Last year, on June 16, the massive Monument Fire and the subsequent monsoon rains destroyed the pipelines that bring the water to Tombstone and boulders the size of Volkswagens blocked access to the springs—with some of the springs being buried under 12-15 feet of rock, gravel, and broken trees. Jack Henderson, who was Mayor at the time of the disaster recalls, “There was nothing left. It looked like a moonscape. We lost the war up there.”
In fact, the war was just beginning—but the war was not against nature; rather it is against the essential philosophy of our present national government.
AS I said in my opening, I find it appalling that these petty, prissy, overbearing officials bear no responsibility for their actions, yes, judge, that includes you too. Americans building aqueducts in the 21st century with mules and shovels, for Pete’s sake. If I lived in Tombstone, I’d be very tempted to take a leaf straight out of Wyatt Earp’s book, and dare them to come and get me.
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