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A doctor murdered outside of his office. Tucson’s very own “Pied Piper.” The man who killed Santa Claus. These are some of the dark and strange stories in the annals of the Sonoran Desert’s history that can be found in the new book, “Murder & Mayhem in Tucson.” 

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Last month, I represented Pima County at the annual meeting of the County Supervisors Association. All 15 of Arizona’s counties were represented and there was an admirable focus on the issues and interests that county governments share. Even in these polarized times, there was no evidence of…

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Although the National Weather Service measures the monsoon season as desert rainfall between June 15 and the end of September, that didn’t prevent a rainstorm last week from feeling particularly monsoonal. On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Tucson and the Catalina Foothills were placed under a severe thund…

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Sam Hala’ufia is a big guy. His dad was born in Tonga, which is an entire island nation of big guys. Oddly enough, his name is pronounced just like it’s spelled. The first half is Holla (like Gwen Stefani sings in “…Back, Girl.”) Then, it’s ooh-fee-uh. The Mountain View High senior has used …

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October is here, and that means Domestic Violence Awareness month is upon us. This month is a designation that is observed annually in America to spread awareness about the important issue of domestic violence and help people connect with resources. But this year, with so many serious public…

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When I was growing up in The Projects in Southern California, living in the other apartment of our duplex was my friend, Bobby Chacon. He and I played multiple sports together, but when he got out of high school, he became a professional boxer. He was also going to college at the time, so th…

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Madaras Gallery “Love Affair” show. Madaras Gallery, one of Tucson’s favorite art galleries, is hosting their annual show where owner Diana Madaras will unveil 15 new paintings. Madaras is known throughout Tucson for her vibrant and whimsical depictions of the Southwest and desert landscapes…

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WASHINGTON – Robocalls to Arizonans dropped by more than 3 million in July, to about 84.4 million for the month, as the first phase of a new federal mandate took effect that requires phone companies to implement anti-robocall measures.

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Picket signs reading “No RVs!” have been replaced with a sign reading “Hallelujah” after plans for a 200-lot RV park in Picture Rocks were scrapped due to substantial community opposition. 

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Here in the desert southwest we are always very excited when the weather cools down and we can go back to enjoying nature in the comfort of cooler temperatures. Oro Valley is no exception; we have many wonderful activities, the majority of which take place in the great outdoors. 

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Among Hanna Hartzell’s duties as a team manager for the undefeated Marana Tigers football team are: Clean the uniforms, get water for the players, supervise pre-game meals, supervise post-game meals, serve as a timer during practice, set up equipment needed for drills, and a bunch of other s…

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The state passed a grim milestone last week, with more than 20,000 Arizonans dying after contracting COVID-19.

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October is breast cancer awareness month, an annual campaign to raise both awareness and money for research and treatment. Many organizations participate with fund raising activities such as the Susan G. Komen march, the Association of Flight Attendants “get your pink on,” and Avon cosmetics…

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OK, so the University of Arizona football team is 0-4 and possibly heading for its second straight winless season (that’s actually hard to do). Wildcat basketball is on the horizon, but they have a new, untested coach, some serious NCAA punishment headed its way, and a lineup  consisting of …

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When the pandemic first reached Arizona in March of 2020, leaders in the Splendido community knew they had to take all the necessary precautions to keep residents safe. Restaurants and public amenities were closed for 60 days. Residents in Splendido are 55 and up, a high-risk age group for C…

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It’s no surprise to hear local realtor Lisa Bayless is supporting charity, as she donates a portion of every commission to local nonprofits as part of her “community first” program, and is on-track to hit $80,000 in donations by the end of the year. 

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Health officials praised Pima County for surpassing other Arizona counties in COVID vaccinations during the University of Arizona status update on Monday, Oct 4. 

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Día de los Muertos at Tohono Chul. Modern celebrations of this holiday, which recognizes and celebrates death, are a rich and beautiful part of Tucson’s cultural heritage. This exhibit features 61 works from 42 different Arizona artists, who bring the spirit of the holiday to life in works w…

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As the absurdity of the last 18 months would have it, it took musician and singer Rachel Eckroth returning to the desert to release an album titled The Garden—admittedly, it’s not a standard album, either. So the story of how The Garden came to be might actually make sense in its own scatter…

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WASHINGTON – New projections show that Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach “critically low reservoir elevations” sooner than expected, spurring experts to say that “bold actions” will be needed to change course.

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Ryan Torres can’t believe how quickly it is going. The Flowing Wells senior has only a couple weeks left in his prep career. This weekend will be the Southern Arizona Invitational at Dell Urich and then next weekend is the Flowing Wells Boys Invitational and then that’s that. (Other fall spo…

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We’ve all experienced more than our recommended dose of dread over the past year. Rather than lean into the strife, the University of Arizona’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences is going in the opposite direction for their annual lecture series. The College’s signature event at dow…