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Throwback Thursday: 21 photos from the 1960s of Tucson snow

Throwback Thursday: 21 photos from the 1960s of Tucson snow

Those who needed a sign to tell them it was snowing were happily obliged by Tucson resident Ken Newman at Old Spanish Trail and Golf Links Road on Dec. 23, 1965. If the Tucson Citizen/Arizona Daily Star photo archives are any barometer, the Tucson area got good doses of snowfall in the 1960s. Go to tucson.com/retrotucson to check out the black-and-white scenes of a snowy Tucson.

If the Tucson Citizen/Arizona Daily Star photo archives are any barometer, the Tucson area got good doses of snowfall in the 1960s. Go to tucson.com/retrotucson to check out the black-and-white scenes of a snowy Tucson.

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Photos: No. 3 Arizona 101, Oakland 64

Photos: No. 3 Arizona 101, Oakland 64

Arizona Wildcats forward Stanley Johnson (5) dives on top of Oakland forward Dante Williams (2) as the two wrestle for a loose ball at mid-court in the first half of their game at McKale Center, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

Wildcats blow out visitors as five players score in double figures.

December 16, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Photos: No. 3 Arizona 80, Michigan 53

Photos: No. 3 Arizona 80, Michigan 53

Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) soars into the basket after a foul during the second half of the No. 3 University of Arizona vs. Michigan men's college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona won 80-53.

Wildcats blow out Michigan to improve to 10-0.

December 13, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Last days of the Legal Tender

Despite assertions to the contrary, Pancho Villa never drank here. But just about everyone else did - from mayors and bankers to cowboys and Indians.

The same could probably be said for a few reporters, judging from the florid postmortems that ran in the local papers after the Legal Tender fell to urban renewal in the waning days of 1969.

By its final "last call," more than 100 "happy mourners," including the mayor, a bank vice president and several city honchos, had drained the taps.

Click the headline to read Bonnie Henry's story from 2008 and see the photo gallery.

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Photos: Best of photographer Mike Christy in 2014

Photos: Best of photographer Mike Christy in 2014

Arizona guard Nick Johnson (13) and the Arizona bench cheer as the substitutes fire up shots late during the second half of the University of Arizona vs. Gonzaga game at the NCAA Basketball Tournament at San Diego State University on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Arizona won 84-61, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.

Photographer Mike Christy's favorite images from 2014.

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Photos: Best of photographer Ron Medvescek in 2014

Photos: Best of photographer Ron Medvescek in 2014

Five-year-old Jazlynn Bracamonte runs through an archway of Christmas lights while visiting the Christmas House of Dan and Patty Moussette at 3073 W. Wildwood Dr. in Tucson, AZ. Moussett has been decorating his house with Christmas lights for 25 years. He has over 38,000 lights and 150 wood displays.

The overriding draw for me to these photos was in the expressions. They reflect emotions singular to their stories but universal to us all. These are some of the stories I was privileged to share and experience this year.

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Photos: Best of photographer A.E. Araiza in 2014

Photos: Best of photographer A.E. Araiza in 2014

Pedestrians walk past Kael Hooten, right, from Detroit, Mich., as he plays the alto sax in the Fourth Avenue Underpass.

My 2014 selections were chosen because of the emotional and graphic impact of the subject matter. Whether they be poignant, funny or serious, these images show an array of emotions that I am happy to have captured.

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Photos: Best of photographer Kelly Presnell in 2014

Photos: Best of photographer Kelly Presnell in 2014

Shortly before sunrise a line of sandhill cranes head north passing in front of the full moon shortly as it sets behind the Dragoon Mountains just north of the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, Thursday, January 16, 2014, McNeal, Ariz.

A few shots from memorable moments of 2014.

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Photos: Best of photographer Mamta Popat in 2014

Photos: Best of photographer Mamta Popat in 2014

Arizona Wildcats guard Nick Johnson (13) and Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) are pumped after a turnover in the second half at the NCAA West Regionals in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Wisconsin won 64-63.

I couldn't pick 7 so I should rename my gallery "Mamta Popat's 7+1 favorite photos from 2014." While editing the photos for this gallery, I picked the ones that I had an emotional response too. It could be that a particular photo was tough to make or represents the emotion I was feeling when I shot the photo. I also looked for composition and lighting. I hope you enjoy them.

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Photos: The last days of the Legal Tender

Photos: The last days of the Legal Tender

The Legal Tender on July 12, 1968. This building, originally located on the south side of Congress, is now Veinte de Agusto Park. Besides the long bar, the Legal Tender also had tables and booths, remembers Jacobs. "In the 1940s, a cafe operated there but it did not do too well. That area was made into a dance floor."

The Legal Tender on West Congress was the home of a stiff drink and a fight or two from the 1880s until it was demolished during "urban renewal" in 1969.

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Photos: Utah Valley 56, No. 3 Arizona 87

Photos: Utah Valley 56, No. 3 Arizona 87

Arizona forward Stanley Johnson (5) tangles with Utah Valley forward Brenden Evans (20) on his drive into the lane in the first half of their game at McKale Center, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, Tucson, Ariz.

Wildcats rout Wolverines 87-56 at McKale Center to improve to 9-0.

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Photos: 2014 Fall Sports All-Stars

Photos: 2014 Fall Sports All-Stars

Girls Swimmer of the year: Taylor Nations, Sabino.

The 2014 Arizona Daily Star High School All Star athletes in cross country, swimming, golf and volleyball.

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Photos: Eric Garner Protest

Photos: Eric Garner Protest

Ashley McGowan, 20, takes part in a "die-in" chanting "We Can't Breathe" and "Black Lives Matter" in response to no indictment for a NYPD officer involved in the death of Eric Garner. Protesters blocked the intersection of Congress Avenue and Toole Avenue late Friday night. Photo taken: Friday December 05, 2014

Protesters conducted a "die-in" and blocked the intersection of Congress and Toole.

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Photos: Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park

The 2014 Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park, featuring one million lights, food, crafts and music.

December 05, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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Photos: Winterhaven back to the 50s

The Winterhaven Festival of Lights in black and white? Why? There was color film available in the 1950s and ’60s, including Kodak’s Kodachrome and Ektrachrome.

But newspapers, like the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen, didn’t have much, if any, color-printing capabilities then, so even photos of Christmas lights had to be taken with black and white film.

It all fell on the skill of the photographer to make black and white photos of Christmas lights sing.

The 65th annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, and continues through Dec. 27.

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Throwback Thursday: Winterhaven Festival of Lights

Throwback Thursday: Winterhaven Festival of Lights

Winterhaven Festival of Lights in Tucson in December, 1964. Time exposure at Christmas Ave. and McKenzie St.

The Winterhaven Festival of Lights in black and white? Why? There was color film available in the 1950s and ’60s, including Kodak’s Kodachrome and Ektrachrome. But newspapers, like the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen, didn’t have much, if any, color-printing capabilities then, so even photos of Christmas lights had to be taken with black and white film. It all fell on the skill of the photographer to make black and white photos of Christmas lights sing. Go to tucson.com/retrotucson for more photos of Tucson’s Winterhaven Festival of Lights from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The 65th annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, and continues through Dec. 27.

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10 years of UA-ASU football rivalry

10 years of UA-ASU football rivalry

Arizona wide receiver Samajie Grant (10) can't haul in the pass during the third quarter of the Arizona State vs. University of Arizona college football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State won 58-21.

Take a look at the UA-ASU football rivalry since 2004.

November 28, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Photos: No. 3 Arizona 61, No. 15 San Diego State 59

Photos: No. 3 Arizona 61, No. 15 San Diego State 59

Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson celebrates with Arizona fans after the team defeated San Diego State 61-59 in an NCAA college basketball game to win the Maui Invitational on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

No. 3 Arizona knocks off No. 15 San Diego State to win Maui Invitational championship on Nov. 26, 2014. 

November 27, 2014 12:01 am Photos

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Photos: Thanksgiving Street Banquet

Photos: Thanksgiving Street Banquet

Julie Ochoa, top, a Gospel Rescue Mission staffer, serves up some slices of pumpkin pie for Art Arvizu, left, Benny Arvizu, 5, and Josie Arvizu at the Gospel Rescue Mission's 26th Annual Thanksgiving Street Banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

The Gospel Rescue Mission's 26th Annual Thanksgiving Street Banquet in South Tucson. The shelter prepared to serve up to 3,000 guests this year with turkey dinners complete with all the trimmings: stuffing, gravy, fruit salad, cranberry, mixed vegetables, a roll and pie.

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Photos: No. 3 Arizona 72, Kansas State 68

Photos: No. 3 Arizona 72, Kansas State 68

Arizona center Kaleb Tarczewski, top, takes a jump shot over Kansas State forward Thomas Gipson, bottom, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. Kansas State guard Marcus Foster (2) looks on during the play. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

No. 3 Arizona takes down Kansas State 72-68, advances to Maui Invitational final.

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Photos: No. 3 Arizona vs. Missouri basketball game

Photos: No. 3 Arizona vs. Missouri basketball game

Arizona guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, left, ducks under Missouri guard Keith Shamburger, right, and shoots a layup in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

No. 3 Arizona takes on Missouri today at 3 p.m.

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Photos: Wildcats rout Utah 42-10

Photos: Wildcats rout Utah 42-10

Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon (12) celebrates after skipping into the end zone untouched to open the scoring on the night and give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead against Utah in the first quarter of their Pac-12 game at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah.

No. 15 Arizona improves to 9-2 with win at No. 20 Utes

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Photos: No. 17 Arizona 27, Washington 26

Photos: No. 17 Arizona 27, Washington 26

Fans, teammates and Wilbur lift Arizona place kicker Casey Skowron (41) up after his game-winning field goal as time expired gave the Wildcats a 27-26 win against Washington in the fourth quarter of the their Pac-12 game at Arizona Stadium, Nov. 15, 2014, Tucson, Ariz.

No. 17 Arizona takes down Washington 27-26 with a last second game-winning field goal.

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Photos: No. 2 Arizona 78, Mount St. Mary's 55

Photos: No. 2 Arizona 78, Mount St. Mary's 55

Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) roars after slamming home a dunk on a fast break against Mount St. Mary's in the first half of the Wildcats' season opener at McKale Center, Nov. 14, 2014, Tucson, Ariz.

Wildcats win season opener on Nov. 14, 2014.

November 14, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Photos: SAC bombers in Tucson

Photos: SAC bombers in Tucson

A SAC B-47 bomber from Davis-Monthan AFB slides underneath a KC-97 tanker 15,000 feet above Southern Arizona in 1955. The jets slow to 210-250 mph to fly with the slower prop-driven tanker. The tanker transfers thousands of pounds of aviation fuel in a few minutes.

In 1953, the Strategic Air Command brought the jet age to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson with dozens of Boeing B-47 Stratojet bombers as part of U.S. efforts to counter the Soviet threat of invasion. The planes could carry conventional and nuclear payloads 3,000 miles before refueling. Nearly 1,100 personnel at D-M kept the planes in the air. The Air Force began retiring the B-47 in the mid-1960s.

November 13, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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