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A 13-year-old boy died after being overcome by the current near a waterfall at the north end of Rio Rico on Thursday evening. His companion, a 17-year-old boy, managed to pull himself from the water before being carried to safety by a helicopter, authorities said.

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Rainfall readings show that many areas of Santa Cruz County received 8 or more inches of precipitation last month, putting the area in position to reach or surpass monsoon season averages after three unusually dry years.

As students prepare to tackle another academic year during the coronavirus pandemic, the leaders of Santa Cruz County’s two largest school districts say instruction will look more like it did prior to COVID-19, but with many pandemic-era sanitary precautions still in place.

Several inches of rain fell across Santa Cruz County in a weekend that saw steady precipitation, but didn’t bring heavy downpours. Even so, washes flooded, roads were closed and a few cars had to be plucked out of danger on Pendleton Drive in Rio Rico.

Santa Cruz County’s unemployment rate shot up in June to 12.3 percent – a 1.5-percent increase from May, according to data from the Arizona Department of Economic Opportunity.

State environmental regulators are one step closer to giving South32 permission to pump millions of gallons of water out of the ground and pour it into Harshaw Creek, south of Patagonia.

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