Augusta Resources was going broke (but its executives were getting paid). HudBay is a much more serious company with deep pockets. That's the bad news. The good news is that the folks at Save the Scenic Santa Ritas are not giving up. Neither am I. Neither should you.
The Regional Forester, Calvin Joyner, completed a review of objections to the proposed mine and found no legal reason to hold up approval of the mine; he passed the rest of the review back to Jim Upchurch, the head of the Coronado forest. That's the bad news. The good news is that Joyner's letter (to objectors like me) basically described dotting i's and crossing t's. Substantial objections remain to be dealt with in the courts.