Tucson’s ubiquitous shopping cart

By Laura Fuchs/Arizona Sonora News Shaun runs the “cart master” during the morning shift at the Walmart on Wetmore Road in Tucson. The four-wheeled, battery-operated shopping cart pusher is controlled with a hand-held remote. Once he has the first steel cart in place, Shaun can nest up to 20 carts with a long red nylon…

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The final (plastic) straw? Tucson company does brisk business making designer glass drinking straws

Story and photos by Kirshana Guy/Arizona Sonora News In 2011, a nine-year-old boy in Vermont named Milo Cress undertook widely credited research which estimated that Americans use approximately 500 million plastic straws every day. He did this by simple reporting: he called manufacturers of plastic straws and asked for production estimates. One result was a…

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A blooming treat in the desert

Story and photos by Emmalee Mauldin/Arizona Sonora News This year’s superbloom in southern Arizona was a bright and colorful sight that will soon be fading into the glare of summer. With rains late in the winter season and cooler temperatures continuing through the winter, wildflowers thrived throughout the region from March to April.   “We’ve had more flowers this year…

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As Colorado River plan advances, wrangling continues

By Jordan Williams/Arizona Sonora News PHOENIX — States with vital stakes in the dispersal of Colorado River continue to struggle with planning for a long-term solution to deal with the realities of drought and water allocations in the West, where seven states depend on the Colorado. On Wednesday, a day after President Trump signed a plan…

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