Fight to remove Arizona’s Confederate monuments fizzle

For years, the East Valley branch of the NAACP fought to remove  Confederate monuments throughout the state. Nothing happened. Fueled by momentum after the August 2017 Charlottesville riots and the toppling of many Confederate monuments throughout the South, East Valley NAACP president Roy M. Tatem, Jr. was hopeful that change would finally be made. But…

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Legislative Roundup – New Year, New Bills

PHOENIX — The Arizona State Legislature started this week with Gov. Doug Ducey’s State of the State address, followed by the reading of over 100 bills in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and then finally the unveiling of the executive budget for fiscal year 2019. Doug Says No to Drugs and Yes to…

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From fighter pilot to to fighter for justice

  A military hero. An activist for equal housing and job discrimination. A man who fought for civil rights so valiantly he is now considered to be the Martin Luther King Jr. of Arizona. Lincoln Ragsdale was born July 27, 1926, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His parents, Hartwell and Onlia, were middle-class African-Americans who owned a…

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Air show attendance reaches new heights

It’s something more than just a sound. You can feel it prickle in the air just before it washes over you. It rattles windows and bones, and stirs the imagination. Like a tidal wave of energy it fills the valley with concussive sound, making thousands of heads turn up toward the sky and marvel. It…

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How Fort Lowell Sowed the Seed of a City

  Camp Lowell’s solider enjoyed themselves in the night life of downtown Tucson in 1866. But seven years of wine and women led military officials to call for a halt to this. In 1873, Camp Lowell moved seven miles to the northeast, where the Fort Lowell Military Reservation grew to become the central site for military…

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Going green, drab olive style

The largest single energy user in the country already wears varying shades of green, and now it is one step closer to another shade: energy independence. Fort Huachuca cut the ribbon on the Department of Defense’s largest solar array located just outside of the fort itself on Feb. 11, bringing the military closer to its…

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