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Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 6:00 am

Arizona – it’s a dry heat, right?

Disclaimer: Unless it’s winter, when there’s the occasional snowfall and light hailstorm.

I know many Tucson residents bemoan our recent cold weather, but I adore it. Scraping the first frost off my car windows, cranking up the car heater on my way to work and air conditioner on my lunch break. The touch of winter gives me enough of a taste of my childhood growing up outside Chicago without enduring 360-degree skids on ice-covered streets and trudging home from school through knee-deep snow drifts (uh-oh, I’m starting to sound like my granddad!).

Snow-dusted mountain tops are just some of the things I’ve come to enjoy about living in Tucson. Before moving here in October, I visited family here for years. Now that I’ve immersed myself in the culture, I’ve come to appreciate Tucsonans’ love and ownership of their (make that “our”) community — its people, events, landscape and history.

I’ve already claimed my favorite movie theaters, libraries, gardens and a handful of restaurants. I’m learning about live theater groups, chambers of commerce, comedy clubs and orchestras. There’s so much to take in, and I’m relishing each experience.

This leads me to ask you about your favorites. This week I’d like to know, which restaurants do you frequent in Northwest Tucson? Where do you go regularly for an elegant repast, a quick, family meal or guilty pleasure? What’s that one eatery you take company to for an authentic Tucson meal? Let me know by e-mailing The Explorer may not be compiling an official “Best of” list this year, but I may feature the standouts in a future issue.

What else makes Northwest Tucson great? Steady growth, for one. It’s made possible by having dedicated elected officials at our towns’ helms. On March 8, Marana residents will vote to fill two vacant seats on its town council and to elect a mayor. The five candidates — four for the council seats and one for mayor — are willing to devote themselves full-time to Marana’s well-being. I hope you’ll find an hour out of your day to vote in this important primary election.

If you’re not familiar with the candidates, see pages 6-7 of today’s paper. We asked the candidates to discuss which issues were the most important to them. For complete information about polling places, visit the Town Clerk page on Marana’s website:

As Arizona approaches its 100th birthday, it’s fascinating to reflect on its history. Our state is new enough that many of its pioneers are still alive and able to share what life here was like way back when. To mark the milestone, The Explorer regularly will feature an Arizona Centennial Moment. We kick off the series today with a story on page 20 about Tucson’s ties to prolific cowboy songwriter Bob Nolan, one of the founding members of the Sons of the Pioneer and writer of the classic “Cool Water.”

Do you know an Arizona historymaker or a member of their family? I’d like to interview them. Please e-mail me with the information at Everyone has a remarkable story to tell. We just have to ask.

—Wendy Miller


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