Dorado pitcher Kayla Bonstrom reacts as the last pitch of the game goes across the plate for a strike in the State semifinal game against Ironwood Ridge in May. CDO went on to win the state championships.
Don Kimble, who is retired from the Air Force, jogs along Ina Road and streets in the Northwest exercising, relieving stress and trying to make people smile.
First Lady Michelle Obama walks and talks with Haile Thomas, 11, after she arrived in April. The First Lady came to Tucson in support of her husband's reelection campaign. President Obama went on to win a second term, beating Mitt Romney in November.
Canyon Del Oro graduate Ka’Deem Carey is lifted up after scoring a touchdown for the Wildcats in October. Carey finished the season as the nation’s leading rusher, and recently announced he would be a father.
U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords tours the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center and the rest of the Community Food Bank with food bank CEO Bill Carnegie as her last act as a congresswoman in Tucson before her resignation in Janurary. Her aide, Ron Barber, won her seat in a special election, and then went on to win a full term, defeating Republican Martha McSally in November.
Jan. 8 shooting victim Daniel Hernandez, Jr. speaks at the Federal courthouse after the sentencing of Jared Loughner in November. Loughner was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The plea agreement allowed him not to be sentenced to death. He will continue receiving psychiatric treatment for the rest of his life. Many of the victims of Jan. 8 have come out in support of stricter gun laws.
Northwest’s Maggie McCord, left, and Sara Borendame qualified for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team time trials in May.
Ironwood Ridge High School senior Jake Matthews goes up for a long pass in September. The Nighthawks went on to win state.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over Tucson on its journey to California in September.
In 2012, the state allowed Marana to take control of a Pima County wastewater facility. However, legal disputes continue.
Rich Martinez, a Northwest Fire District captain and ignition officer, sets fire to a couple wood pallets for a training exercise at the district’s fire training facility in September.
Ryan Leon pushes his four-year-old son Gideon on the swings in the Sunset Point Neighborhood Park in the afternoon following a storm in mid-July. Oro Valley was hit hard by monsoons in 2012.
Rory McIlroy tees off during the Accenture Match Play Championship in February. After some worry, the tournament is expected to be back in Marana in 2013.
Hundreds of students from the Northwest graduated from high school in May.
Ducken, who was once believed to be half rooster and half duck is all duck, and is still quacking. Above, five-day-old Ducken waddles around as just a duckling in May. At left, Ducken has clearly grown into a duck, while still having the abnormality growing from the side of his head.The Story of Ducken was one of the most read on The Explorer website in 2012, even reaching a television station in Brazil.
Country music star Easton Corbin gives one of his fans a guitar pick during a special concert as a part of “Music In Marana” in September.