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Steller: Ukrainians, here and there, defy Russia by existing

You scrape beeswax from a block into a tiny brass funnel wired to the end of a short dowel.

April 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: Nevada rancher case has links to, parallels in Southern Arizona

When a Nevada rancher faced off with federal officials last weekend, there were a couple of key Southern Arizona players — along with a close parallel from this area that probably forecasts the conflict’s outcome.

April 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: Sunnyside leaders use positions to keep power

Facing a recall election, Sunnyside Governing Board members Louie Gonzales and Robert Garcia held a fundraiser last month at a 5,000-square-foot Catalina Foothills home.

April 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: In Arizona, if you get scared to death, you can kill the person scaring you

Steller: In Arizona, if you get scared to death, you can kill the person scaring you

David Mota knew what was coming. He felt it. And he acted.

April 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
CD2 Watch: Wooten criticized for registering as a Republican on Tuesday

CD2 Watch: Wooten criticized for registering as a Republican on Tuesday

It has been more than more than two months since retired veteran Chuck Wooten announced he would run for Congress.

April 11, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…

Steller: 'Sell-back' option a symptom of Tucson's political sickness

You can get angry about the city of Tucson’s sick-pay sell-back program for plenty of reasons.

April 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: New animal shelter's price is high but worth it

Steller: New animal shelter's price is high but worth it

You can’t tour the Pima Animal Care Center and come away thinking everything’s OK.

April 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: Tucson senator's 'act more gay' comment boosts opponent, and more

Steller: Tucson senator's 'act more gay' comment boosts opponent, and more

The foot that state Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford stuck in her mouth this week could also serve as a foot in the door for her primary opponent.

April 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: Outdated Access Tucson still has value worth saving

The lights are on, the teleprompter is set up, and the cameras are ready in the second-floor studio of the old VFW building downtown.

March 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Best trees for Tucson

Best trees for Tucson

Katie Gannon of Trees for Tucson recently revised a 15-year-old list of recommended trees for planting in different situations in Tucson. The list eliminated some species native to Australia, because they've proved intolerant of the hard frosts common in recent years.

March 26, 2014 6:16 pmLoading…

Steller: Let's keep our heads as we fight for Tesla plant

Back in 2007, Albuquerque celebrated a big victory: Tesla Motors had decided to build a plant there for assembling its new generation of electric automobiles.

March 26, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

Steller: Protect kids from guns? AZ legislators won’t hear of it

The young parents were lying on their bed, talking about Christmas plans, as their 3-year-old boy bounced around them, rambunctious as usual.

March 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: 2 surveys give Tucson's business leaders leverage, and more

Steller: 2 surveys give Tucson's business leaders leverage, and more

Tucson’s business leaders have found a new tool in their longtime efforts to boost the local economy and their sales — the survey.

March 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: Here's a good one — a Phoenix pundit says we're the ones living in hell

Most of you were probably too busy outside, enjoying a beautiful Sunday in Tucson, to get the word from a Phoenix pundit that you were actually in hell.

March 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: State law impedes dreams of Tucson Tesla plant, and more

Steller: State law impedes dreams of Tucson Tesla plant, and more

If the idea of Tucson landing a huge Tesla Motors battery plant seems too much to hope for, I’m sorry to say it may well be.

March 14, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Steller: Pima County needs to list and sell off surplus properties

Steller: Pima County needs to list and sell off surplus properties

There’s a half-block parking lot along East Broadway that reminds you of downtown Tucson’s recent past: Real estate was so cheap that it was more profitable to park cars on it than to build.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Brochure for 69 E. Broadway

Brochure for 69 E. Broadway

Pima County is exploring selling the half-block surface parking lot at 69 E. Broadway, across from the new UniSource Energy building.

March 11, 2014 5:47 pm
Steller: We're all about Roman Barreras — now that he's starved to death

Steller: We're all about Roman Barreras — now that he's starved to death

A balloon left as a memorial outside the home where Roman Barreras starved to death says it all, if unintentionally.

March 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: Why Ally Miller makes for good copy, and more politics

Steller: Why Ally Miller makes for good copy, and more politics

Why do we Tucson reporters love to cover Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller so much?

March 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: Threat to D-M’s mission suddenly real

Up until last week, we could classify the threats to Davis-Monthan Air Force base as medium-term but gathering.

March 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: Tucson risks losing a longtime industry — marijuana

If there were one business at which Tucson would excel, surely it would be marijuana.

March 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: New access to public records threatened by Legislature

Steller: New access to public records threatened by Legislature

Just a couple of months ago, Attorney General Tom Horne issued an opinion that made public records more accessible and cheaper for the public.

February 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: Tucson must avoid Forum Fatigue, start to act

You can’t blame Tucsonans who are suffering from Forum Fatigue.

February 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: Miller must build relationships to be effective

Steller: Miller must build relationships to be effective

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller labeled it a political “reprisal.”

February 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: In Aravaipa Canyon, 43 lions killed for bighorns

If you’re troubled by the killing of two mountain lions to help bighorn sheep in the Catalinas, you have to hear about Aravaipa Canyon.

February 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: Huppenthal exposes private-school roots, and more

Steller: Huppenthal exposes private-school roots, and more

During his years as superintendent of public instruction, John Huppenthal has occasionally been convincing while playing the role of a supporter of public education.Back in September he showed up at the Sunnyside School District to urge rancorous board members to get along. His mention of gr…

February 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: Decent trailer shouldn't be an impossible dream in Tucson

Steller: Decent trailer shouldn't be an impossible dream in Tucson

George Chandler, Dan McLeod and Terri Franco may be homeless, but they know how to keep a home.

February 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Campsite for homeless

Campsite for homeless

Dan McLeod, 77, walks gingerly through the camp he shares with two homeless friends. He has been suffering from shingles.

February 11, 2014 10:03 pm
Campsite for homeless

Campsite for homeless

George Chandler's dog, Solo, walks between Dan McLeod and Chandler. “That dog gives me more enjoyment than anything in this world,” Chandler said.

February 11, 2014 10:05 pm
Campsite for homeless

Campsite for homeless

George Chandler, 68, sits in the commons area in the campsite he shares with two homeless friends, Dan McLeod, 77, and Terri Franco, 54.

February 11, 2014 10:07 pm
Campsite for homeless

Campsite for homeless

George Chandler, left, and Dan McLeod are two of three homeless friends who share a camp site underneath a tamarisk tree along the Santa Cruz River in Tucson.

February 11, 2014 9:58 pm
Campsite for homeless

Campsite for homeless

Terri Franco keeps homey trinkets outside her tent beneath a tamarisk tree along the Santa Cruz River.

February 11, 2014 10:02 pm
Decent trailer for 3 of our homeless should be doable

Decent trailer for 3 of our homeless should be doable

George Chandler, 68, left, and Dan McLeod, 77, live with Terri Franco, 54.

February 11, 2014 5:09 pm
Steller: Statewide fix needed for county road problems

Steller: Statewide fix needed for county road problems

Nobody wants to pay higher gas taxes if we can avoid it.

February 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: Dems target moderate GOP legislator Orr

Steller: Dems target moderate GOP legislator Orr

Last year, Democrats considered GOP State Rep. Ethan Orr a friend.

February 07, 2014 12:30 amLoading…

Steller: Bid to bail out Glendale for next Super Bowl should be sacked

You can imagine why a legislator from, say, Glendale would propose that the state reimburse that West Valley city for its upcoming Super Bowl-related expenses.

February 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: If only raising wages were as simple as Obama says

Pres. Obama made it sound so simple the other night.

February 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: Conservatives take offensive in GOP ideological war

Steller: Conservatives take offensive in GOP ideological war

If you thought conservative Republicans might forgive the past perceived sins of their moderate-Republican brothers, think again.

January 31, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: Downtown homeless camp challenges Tucson to act

Steller: Downtown homeless camp challenges Tucson to act

‘What are you going to do about it?”

January 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: Repeat offender attacks elder, keeps freedom

Steller: Repeat offender attacks elder, keeps freedom

Tucsonan Dennis Keys has faced both the ferocious severity and the casual generosity of Pima County prosecutors.

January 19, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Steller: Arizona's Constitution needs an upgrade on education

Maybe it’s time for Arizona to change the way the state constitution treats university education.In one of its most disappointing clauses, the Arizona Constitution raises hopes by saying instruction at the state’s universities shall be “as nearly free as possible.”

January 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: New DM council ought to be open to the public

You can understand the desire of Davis-Monthan’s base commander to have regular meetings with local elected officials.

January 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: Time for Tucson's ugly asphalt sea to recede

You angle for a window seat in a comfortable Tucson coffee shop or restaurant.

January 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: Candidates for AZ governor have low TQ

What’s TQ? Tucson Quotient — the number of years the candidates have lived in Tucson or Southern Arizona.

January 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Public memorial to shooting

Public memorial to shooting

The poster is one of the items created by Tucsonans and left outside at public memorials in the weeks after the mass shooting on Jan. 8 2011. It's on display at the downtown public library, with other materials. Another display is going up at Nannini library today.

January 08, 2014 12:31 pm
Steller: Community deserves a permanent Jan. 8 memorial

Steller: Community deserves a permanent Jan. 8 memorial

Up until about 11 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2011, that date had always meant one thing to me: My brother’s birthday.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Steller: Arizona's stance on Mexico lurches from slap to embrace

To some of us in Southern Arizona, the state’s sudden embrace of cross-border trade is a bit jarring.

January 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: Homelessness lets dubious Tucson charity go on

In an ideal Tucson, Libby Wright would not be a factor.

December 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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