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Tucson-area saguaros bursting into bloom early

Tucson-area saguaros bursting into bloom early

Saguaros — in a vibrant show of flower power — are bursting into bloom weeks earlier than usual at Saguaro National Park west of Tucson and at other sites around the city.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New Tucson Originals boss has big plans

New Tucson Originals boss has big plans

Sheri Siesennop thinks she might have taken on more than she bargained for when she was named Tucson Originals executive director late last month.

March 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Brittlebush in brilliant bloom around Tucson

Brittlebush in brilliant bloom around Tucson

Brittlebush wildflowers are on a blooming binge across the Tucson area — bolstered by drenching rains at the beginning of March.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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John Oates goes for Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum fundraiser

John Oates goes for Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum fundraiser

A familiar face to Tucson music fans worked with John Oates — of Hall & Oates fame — on his upcoming solo release, “Good Road to Follow.”

March 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Early rains, warmth spur wildflowers to bloom

Early rains, warmth spur wildflowers to bloom

Here’s something that’s uncommon even for balmy Tucson: wildflowers in bloom smack in the middle of winter.

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New plan for Old Tucson calls for education emphasis

New plan for Old Tucson calls for education emphasis

The company that runs the Old Tucson theme park is setting up a nonprofit foundation to take over the lease, and eventually the operations, of the park.

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Tucson enjoying its second autumn

Tucson enjoying its second autumn

Two months after the fall color of aspen and maple leaves faded from the mountains, Tucson is having its annual “second autumn” — with leaves of cottonwood trees glowing in golden hues along watercourses around the city.

December 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Recent rains could benefit spring bloom

Recent rains could benefit spring bloom

Deep-soaking rains across Southern Arizona over the weekend were a “triggering” event for a possibly bountiful wildflower bloom next spring.

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Save money on local attractions with Tucson Attractions Passport

Save money on local attractions with Tucson Attractions Passport

It's nice to take visiting family and friends to some of our local attractions. It's nicer to save money while doing it.

September 18, 2013 12:00 pmLoading…

Pima bond vote should be postponed to 2015

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry recommends that the county wait until 2015 to ask voters to approve millions in new bond projects. Given the financial circumstances of the voters and the county, it makes sense.

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Desert Museum admission set to go up

Desert Museum admission set to go up

The price to see the 230 species of native mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and birds at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is about to go up.

September 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Getting up close and personal with bats is fascinating and not necessaily a good idea

Getting up close and personal with bats is fascinating and not necessaily a good idea

Bats carry rabies. Rabies is fatal. Otherwise, they are wonderful creatures.

September 02, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Tucsonan continues quest to find unusual cacti

Tucsonan continues quest to find unusual cacti

Some people seek wealth. Others search for the meaning of life. Bob Cardell? He’s on a quest for yet another quirky cactus.

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Loews Ventana Canyon opens butterfly garden

Loews Ventana Canyon opens butterfly garden

A Tucson resort this week opened two new exhibits aimed at putting some colorful wonders of the Sonoran Desert on display for its guests.

August 28, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Favorite 25 Pima County projects ID’d for possible bond money

Favorite 25 Pima County projects ID’d for possible bond money

The residents have spoken. More like they’ve logged on.

August 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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A cool way to see the desert

A cool way to see the desert

The Desert Museum's reptile exhibits are a nifty way to see these animals up close - whether it's snakes or lizards. Many of the animals are more active at night. The visitors above were indoors, so the temperature was especially comfortable. Cool Summer Nights offers an array of programs, i…

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A cool way to see the desert

A cool way to see the desert

Maddie Brown, left, watches as Olivia Irish paints a plaster cast of a paw print during the museum's Cool Summer Nights. Aby VanAlsburg, middle, and Mia Rizzo also were at the table.

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A cool way to see the desert

A cool way to see the desert

The river otter is a visitor favorite, seen through an underwater window. Noel Pannell and daughter Holly watch the otter dive.

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A cool way to see the desert

A cool way to see the desert

As the summer sun goes down, many desert animals emerge, including a Mexican wolf. It's also a good time to look for nighttime pollinators.

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A cool way to see the desert

A cool way to see the desert

James Wirth and his father, John,look at scorpions using a UV flashlight. The insects glow under the light.

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