Tony Estrada: an old, new sheriff for Arizona

Arizona is known for its tough-on-crime sheriffs. An image of a take-no-prisoners lawman is part of the state’s reputation.  Tony Estrada of Santa Cruz County, currently Arizona’s longest-serving and only Hispanic sheriff, is cut from that same cloth. But for national audiences, the embodiment of that image has always been dominated by larger than life publicity-seekers…

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Marijuana legalization enjoys new high among Americans

Arizona’s voters in 2016 narrowly defeated a proposition to legalize marijuana, but advocates for the measure say they aren’t done yet. Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana, thanks to state laws granting medical status to cannabis. The rapidly shifting attitudes toward cannabis that helped pave the way toward full legalization are partly due…

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Wild desert ingredients enhance local beer

  What may seem like a land plagued by arid lifelessness where only wiry shrubs, starved animals and threatening cacti can survive, the Sonoran Desert is deceivingly plentiful in wild foods and flavors, many of which are making their way into the local craft brewing scene. From prickly pear to mesquite, the wild flavors of…

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With Senate loss, McSally looks to find a lane

  Close elections are old hat to Martha McSally, both wins and losses. But after losing to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in her race for Senate, McSally faces an uncertain future for the first time in her political career.  McSally could still end up sworn into the senate this coming January. Jon Kyl, currently filling John…

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