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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 trails at Arthur Pack Park

New trails at Arthur Pack Park

Steep, rugged, challenging trails in remote terrain have their place, but plenty of hikers prefer paths that are short, flat, easy, nearby, and still rich in natural desert beauty.

April 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Biosphere 2's tropical lagoon will become a replica of the Sea of Cortez

Biosphere 2's tropical lagoon will become a replica of the Sea of Cortez

The "ocean" inside the enclosed environment outside Oracle will be drained and rearranged to accommodate ocean species from the Gulf of California. 

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Ben Lepley: Using local talent builds economy, enhances Tucson’s vernacular

Ben Lepley: Using local talent builds economy, enhances Tucson’s vernacular

Conservative think tanks like The Goldwater Institute may be permanently altering who builds our city landmarks and large projects.

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County spent money to buy land but not care for it, so maintenance costs are piling up

County spent money to buy land but not care for it, so maintenance costs are piling up

Monitoring and management are needed both to protect taxpayers' investment in open space and to meet the federal legal requirements of the county's conservation programs.

September 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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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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Take tour, see a side of desert you may not know

Richard Brusca says he has always emphasized that the Sonoran Desert is much more than the cacti and creosote of the Tucson Basin.

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Teen migrant dies in desert near Sells

A young man from Mexico is dead after a group of border crossers got lost in the Arizona desert, the U.S. Border Patrol says.

July 22, 2013 11:11 am
Big Jim: El Tiradito and Urban Renewal

Big Jim: El Tiradito and Urban Renewal

In the 1960s, a large chunk of what had been downtown Tucson was swallowed up by a huge Urban Renewal project. Old businesses and residential neighborhoods were cleared to make was for public buildings like the Convention Center.

May 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Catalina St. Park celebrates 30th anniversary

Catalina State Park — a preserve of grand desert landscapes and curvaceous canyons set against a backdrop of the craggy Catalina Mountains — turns 30 years old this month.

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Town of Ajo is awarded wildlife-friendly title

Town of Ajo is awarded wildlife-friendly title

At Triangle Park in Ajo, a planter box is revegetated with native plants. The town recently was awarded a "Wildlife Habitat" certificate for its overall efforts.

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Town of Ajo is awarded wildlife-friendly title

Town of Ajo is awarded wildlife-friendly title

The one-time mining town of Ajo has become the 65th community in the country - and only the second in Arizona - to be certified as a "Community Wildlife Habitat."

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Buffelgrass poses urban fire risk

Buffelgrass poses urban fire risk

Buffelgrass blankets a vacant lot across from the Tucson Marketplace on South Park Avenue north of I-10.

January 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Buffelgrass poses urban fire risk  in Tucson

Buffelgrass poses urban fire risk in Tucson

Invasive, highly flammable buffelgrass is spreading like a weedy plague across the Tucson urban area - choking out native plants and posing a fire threat to homes and other property.

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Now is the time to pick fruit off your barrel cactus

Now is the time to pick fruit off your barrel cactus

Here's one more wonder of life in the Sonoran Desert: Wild-growing fruit is just now coming into its edible prime - never mind that it's almost winter.

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Now is the time to pick fruit off your barrel cactus

Now is the time to pick fruit off your barrel cactus

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From food cart to food court: Tucson Fatdogs opens at mall

From food cart to food court: Tucson Fatdogs opens at mall

Tucson Mall restaurant features behemoth Sonoran hot dog.

December 10, 2012 10:45 am Photos

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Pilot killed in crash near Yuma was Tucsonan

Authorities have identified a pilot killed in a plane crash on the Barry M. Goldwater Bombing Range, near Yuma, as 49-year-old Tucson resident Denise Jeanette McCracken.

December 05, 2012 1:27 pm

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