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When longtime Painted Sky Elementary School parent volunteer and teacher Heidi Radtke was searching for a fun way for kindergarten and first-grade students to practice a variety of comprehension skills, she turned to her fellow educators for ideas.

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Andy Morales has managed to combine his passion for sports, children and community service into the creation of the Kicks4Kids program, which provides new shoes to kids in need.

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After community members expressed increased interest in raising food at home, Pima County Development Services has proposed an amendment to county code relating to the raising of chickens in residential zones. 

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Weeks of sustained temperatures nearing, or over, 100 degrees fahrenheit has led some area residents to take pity on local wildlife by providing them with food and water. However, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is cautioning residents that such resources will attract wildlife that may …

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Rena Branksy took this photo of a Staghorn Cholla Cactus while at Naranja Park. Send your photos to readerphotos@tucsonlocalmedia.com. Include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, where it was taken and the subject. Not all photos can be printed,…

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The Burro Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains had scorched more than 27,000 acres as of Sunday night, but monsoon rain and relatively cooler weather helped significantly in partially dousing the blaze. Rain did hamper efforts to fight and estimate the current containment of the blaze on Sun…

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Photographer Jack Dykinga studies a massive saguaro boasting downward circling arms, mentally envisioning the image he might capture. He ignores a cat’s claw thorn puncture that produces trickling blood on his leg.

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At Splendido, an all-inclusive community in Tucson for those 55 and better, residents are learning the latest research findings on the importance of a healthy diet—and enjoying meals that incorporate those findings while still offering delicious tastes. 

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Six months into the Ina Road Interchange project and the work progresses on schedule. The Ina Road Interchange will open in about a year and a half, on pace with the hopes of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Known for raucous laughter, campy jokes and outbursts of song, the cast and crew at the Gaslight Theatre are preparing for a special birthday this year. From the mind of founder Anthony “Tony” Terry Jr., the Gaslight Theatre first opened its doors to the community 40 years ago, and remains a…

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The Burro Fire east of Tucson has grown to more than 25,000 acres, but crews have made some progress in containing the blaze. Incident Commander Bea Day said in a press release that containment of the fire was at 11 percent, as of Thursday afternoon.

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Ranging in age between 14 and 20 years old, more than a dozen youth from across the Tucson region earned the right to call themselves full-fledged Police Explorers after last week’s graduation ceremony. 

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One north side mother recently proved that anything is possible with a bit of passion, determination and a big support group—even raising nearly $70,000 in 75 days.

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Tucson’s long-awaited rainy season traditionally gets underway sometime around the July 4 weekend, bringing not only some relief from triple-digit temperatures, but the scary possibility of flash flooding, the return of croaking Colorado-River toads and those damned mosquitoes.  

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Ben Forbes is not a native to Tucson—in fact it took him a while to get here—but you’ve seen his work and you know him from the flavor, and texture, of that perfectly cooked steak you had the other night. 

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Alvaro Enciso’s patterned collages fit right in with the rest of the art in “Arizona Abstract.”

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Every year, we ask the community to nominate individuals working within the health and medical fields that have shown outstanding dedication to their work. Regardless of whether that work was done in the veterinary field, emergency medical response, pediatric care or a wide array of other di…

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More than a year has passed since the first wildlife bridge in the Sonoran Desert, and a nearby underpass, were completed north of Oro Valley along North Oracle Road. The project was back in the spotlight last month when the Pima Association of Governments and the Regional Transportation Aut…

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Editor’s note: Longtime Pima County political operative, radio host and former Explorer News columnist Emil Franzi died last Wednesday, June 7. He was 78.

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They are golden retrievers and standard poodles, Irish wolfhounds and Newfoundlands, chihuahuas and silky terriers. They have names like Emma Jay, Lex, Cisco and Wriggly. They are just some of the certified therapy dogs you’ll find in the library’s Read to a Dog Program, and they all have on…

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Sugar was brought to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in December. Our staff saw that she needed deworming, which takes a few weeks for treatment to be effective. Sugar was placed with a wonderful foster volunteer so she could get healthy. In January of 2011, less than 2 months in our …

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For many people summer brings to mind images of vacation fun, but at Pima Animal Care Center it means one thing: overcrowded kennels. With puppy and kitten season in full swing, and stray dogs scared into the streets by fireworks and monsoon thunder, we can take in dozens of pets every day. …

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Five to six days. That was it. That’s about how long on average a dog or cat used to have at Pima Animal Care Center. If the animal hadn’t been adopted within a few days, it was euthanized. 

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Performing in Carnegie Hall and having dinner at the White House are two of the highest honors that have ever been bestowed on me. That is, until the Russell Melt Down was unveiled.

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When it comes to Aging Well, many people focus on physical health—exercise and diet. But there are other areas of healthy habits that can provide balance in life, with the added benefits of being good for your brain health, mood, and overall quality of life.

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Few places in the country interact with Mexico as much as Southern Arizona, and several of the region’s jurisdictions have taken a collective stand against President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall expansion along the nation’s southern border. Following the lead of the Tohono O’odham Leg…

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A black bear was put down by the Arizona Game and Fish Department last Wednesday morning after making several unexpected appearances in residential areas ranging from Summerhaven to the Catalina Foothills. The lethal decision was made after the bear charged an AZGFD warden who was observing …

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ArtsEye’s Curious Camera competition proves that in photography the old is new again

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Tightly seated around one of the few communal tables in the narrow restaurant are a group of students from the Asian international program at the University of Arizona. Usually when a young crowd such as this gets together there is a lot of chatting, texting, laughing and teasing but this pa…

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While blockbusters are in the cineplexes this summer, you can catch a lot of other movies through special series and screenings throughout Tucson. Here’s a list of some of the alternative cinema options.

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Dianne Slotten took this photo of a baby quail on her driveway. The little fella was quite an explorer: His siblings were two houses away! Send your photos to readerphotos@tucsonlocalmedia.com. Please include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, …

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When Tucson resident Melissa Anderson underwent her first full knee replacement surgery in 2010, she said the painful rehabilitation process lasted three months. Roughly two months ago, Anderson received her second full knee replacement surgery, and it only took seven weeks be-fore the 65-ye…

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When the deadliest gunfight in Arizona history inspires the name of a beer that will compete for craft glory later this month, suffice it to say that the brewers are in it to win it.