Boosting the pecanomy: Arizona pecan production peaks

Here’s the news in a nutshell: Southern Arizona pecan growers make up a big slice of the state’s agricultural pie. Harvest season is nearly here. In the days following the first frost, large mechanical shakers trundle down county highways into the orchards nearby. Rolling between long rows of trees, the machines grip the ashy-brown trunks…

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Miscommunication: Hispanic youth wrongfully diagnosed

Hispanic bilingual students are being hindered academically in Arizona and across the country, because some speech-language pathologists do not have the resources or training necessary to correctly diagnose speech disorders in children. As students come to school for the first time, they go through various screenings to ensure they are developing at a standard rate. This is…

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Traffic trickles through Sasabe port

“Did you go out to the port in Nogales?” “No.” “So, then Douglas?” “No, not there either. I went out to the Sasabe port of entry. The Sasabe port of entry is the least-trafficked border crossing in Arizona. The port can be found right on the border of Sasabe, Arizona, and El Sasabe, Sonora, Mexico….

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Red for Ed punch: Less than expected

Red for Ed, the same organization that last year helped earn a pay raise for teachers, didn’t get everything that they were rooting for this election day. But despite their lack of victories, teachers are still empowered. This national movement links educators in West Virginia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Colorado to increase public education…

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Does residency concern voters? Not too much

When Ann Kirkpatrick faces off against Lea Marquez-Peterson for the right to represent Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District on Nov. 6, part of the decision for voters will hinge on how important they believe it is for a candidate to live in the district they represent. If recent Arizona history is any indicator, the answer is…

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Passion keeps teachers in the classroom

As Arizona schools struggle with fixing problems in the education system, having committed and passionate teachers may be the start to a solution. “I teach because I love what I do. I still remember the positive role models I had that now influence my role in education,” said Daniel Johnson. Johnson, 28, has been working…

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Documentary reveals Bisbee’s dark past

Robert Greene takes audiences on a journey through one of labor history’s darkest moments in his documentary “Bisbee ’17.” Greene’s film, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was released in select theaters on Sept. 7, documents the city of Bisbee re-enacting and facing what is one of Arizona’s darkest moments in history….

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Cochise County focuses on health

    The Cochise Health and Social Services department is prioritizing access to health and health education to people living in rural communities in Cochise County. Healthy Cochise, or the Cochise Healthy Communities Initiative, began two years ago. According to Jacob Martinez, the program’s coordinator, the initiative started as a way to combat the challenges rural…

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