San Pedro River Arizona

May 11, 2016

Yet another excellent article on the beauty of Arizona by Roger Naylor. “The San Pedro River supports some of the richest wildlife habitat in the Southwest,” says Laura Mackin, bookstore manager at San Pedro House. “This river of life provides resting places for millions of migratory birds and year-round homes for many kinds of plants, […]

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Did You Know: Arizona Navy Deployed | KJZZ

May 11, 2016

“It’s the last occurrence in American history when one state took up arms against another no matter how unlikely it was that the arms would ever be fired,” said Southard. Source: Did You Know: Arizona Navy Deployed | KJZZ

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Photo of the Day: Cholla Blossom

May 9, 2016

Thanks to Keri Kirby for today’s Photo of the Day. I think this is a “pencil cholla,” aka cylindropuntia arbuscula, but with more than twenty cholla species in the Southwest I’d need an expert to confirm. Interestingly, botanist used to classify cholla as a subspecies of prickly pear (Opuntia genus). The middle elevations of the […]

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The brilliant photos of the first American female war photographer killed in action – The Washington Post

April 27, 2016

This was Dickey Chapelle’s favorite photograph of herself at work, taken in Milwaukee in 1958 by Marine Master Sgt. Lew Lowery, who also photographed the first American flag-raising on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima… “You can do anything you want to do if you want to do it so badly you’ll give up everything else to […]

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4 new Sedona trails for hikers, bikers

April 26, 2016

Another great article by Roger Naylor: Source: 4 new Sedona trails for hikers, bikers

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Capture My Arizona Photo Contest – Southwest Serenity – Old Adobe Mission by Brian Hancock

April 26, 2016

At over 82 years old the Old Adobe Mission in Downtown Scottsdale stands strong with its classic early southwest architecture against a backdrop of the ever present Arizona blue sky and springtime clouds. Congratulations to City of Scottsdale employee Brian Hancock… great photo! Source: Capture My Arizona Photo Contest – Southwest Serenity – Old Adobe […]

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The City that Drank Lake Mead

April 26, 2016

Robert Schulte posted a link this morning to Google Earth Engine and I played around with it a bit. This view appears to show a growing Las Vegas sucking down Lake Mead. Of course, Arizona and California helped a bit; and a long, continuing drought contributed. But it’s still interesting to see such a direct […]

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Joshua Treat

April 24, 2016

For the pre-dawn departure on my morning cycling today I was rewarded with a splendid display of the spring blooms of the yucca brevifolia, a few examples of which have been planted in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Most of the Joshua trees I have seen have been in the Mojave Desert of southeastern California (home […]

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Roberts: Want to help out a hero?

April 15, 2016

How much would you pay a bystander to stop the assault and kidnapping of your wife? When Richardson saw a man dragging a woman by her hair across the parking lot toward an SUV, he took action. While others rushed to call the cops, Richardson got out of his pickup truck and tried to stop […]

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Scottsdale history: When farming finally ditched horses for tractors

April 15, 2016

During World War II, the lack of young men to do the farm work accelerated the use of tractors and mechanized farm implements. Tractors were still being made during the war because they helped produce our nation’s food and fiber. They required priorities to buy and were in short supply. Farmers really had tremendous incentive […]

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