The bittersweet departure of Arizona’s winningest player of all time

As an 18-year-old, Dušan Ristić was as on the brink of accepting a professional basketball contract to play for one of the best teams in Europe, Belgrade’s “Red Star”. Before he could accept the offer, University of Arizona head coach Sean Miller called him and asked him to play for the Wildcats. Four years later, the 7-foot Serbian […]

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Southern Arizona group merges cattle ranching, community and respect for the land

Sustainability and cattle ranching aren’t typically thought of as going hand in hand, especially in desert regions. But a small group of friends has been practicing sustainable cattle ranching near Tucson, Arizona, since the late 1980s. The group is called Saguaro Juniper Corporation– named for the unique combination of saguaro cactus and juniper trees they […]

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No longer a novelty, it’s an industry

Domestic beer is not enough for Arizonans. The craftier the better. This is especially true in Tucson. “Southern Arizona, well particularly Tucson, has more breweries in the city of Tucson than the city of Phoenix,” Rob Fullmer, executive director of Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, said. “Tucsonans are able to walk or bike to a brewery […]

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Tombstone merchants corral profits, ideas for tomorrow

Statistics don’t tell the story of a community. Reports can’t capture how a town’s aesthetic woos the bond between patron and merchant. Institutional determinations made from afar will always fail to paint the picture of what a city feels like, or how its streets sound under moonlight.  The mileposts that say Tombstone is facing economic […]

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Bisbee locals grapple with historic preservation

More than two dozen unoccupied, potentially unsafe homes can be found along Old Bisbee’s historic main drag. An unofficial network of community members, contractors and residents are buying up the last of these homes to ensure the town preserves its aesthetic. They want “funky Bisbee” to remain “funky Bisbee.” Jon Sky, owner of The Parlor […]

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The Last Legislative Roundup: Rules of debate, four-year terms, ticket surcharges

PHOENIX –This week was dominated by Thursday’s teacher walkout, the dismissal of a lawsuit over college tuition increases as well as the narrow special election for Congressional District Eight. This will be the last Legislative Roundup for this session, as the Legislature has no definite end in sight and will likely run far past the […]

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‘I’m your huckleberry’ turns 25

It’s been nearly 25 years since actor Val Kilmer uttered the infamous line, “I’m your huckleberry” as he walked the set of “Tombstone,” a film that rejuvenated this entire Southern Arizona community. Ranked among the most profitable and influential Western-themed movies of all time,“Tombstone” also reintroduced the Western genre to 21st century audiences nationwide. Now, […]

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Arizona sex education falls short

Arizona ranks third worst in the nation when it comes to comprehensive sex education curriculum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2016 School Health Profile. The state does not have a law that requires schools to teach sex education or sexually transmitted disease education, but it does mandate that any sex ed […]

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Living Low: the Black student experience at Arizona

  Black students at the University of Arizona were told of a last-minute housing change right before fall finals week. The students living in the football stadium dormitory learned when they returned from winter break that it was just another promise broken. They were told their items would be moved because of stadium construction, but […]

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