Discards in the desert tell a sad tale
This is the debut of a gardening column that will appear twice a month in the Star’s Home + Life section.
Pima County administrator Chuck Huckelberry sits in the desert area near Camino de Oeste and Speedway outside Tucson, Ariz., on Friday, June 29, 2001. He has made an effort to create a buffer zone of sorts as part of a Sonoran desert conservation plan.
The Tucson Samaritans will commemorate their 11th anniversary today with the Flood the Desert annual event, when 15 vehicles will go into the desert looking for illegal immigrants in distress.
Welcome to the first day of Tucson's monsoon. It'll probably be hotter today than it was Friday. But the National Weather Service says there is a teeny, tiny chance of rain.
Carlos Garcia says he intended to start doing yard work at 9 a.m. Friday to try and beat the heat, but didn't get started until 11 - and by then, well, we all know how he suffered. He was doing a favor for an elderly woman who lives near Second Avenue and Delano Street.
PHOENIX — A Mesa-area woman has been arrested on animal cruelty charges accusing her of abandoning two dogs in the desert.
A mountain lion lounges - clearly alert, but utterly relaxed - in its enclosure at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Jim and Ann Konz of Kansas City, Kan., check out the vistas from the museum's Coati Kid Clubhouse on the Desert Loop Trail.
The museum's director says the hummingbird exhibit is the most popular.
Desert bighorn sheep also are on exhibit at the museum.
Keeper Araceli Cons uses a blow-dryer to prepare a kit fox den for its occupants at the museum's Underground Life Exhibit.
On Labor Day, 60 years ago, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum opened its doors.
Retired teacher Paula Morris' Sweet P's makes dozens of organic skin-care items, as well as home-care products like disinfectant spray, mineral makeup and baby products.
Antioxidant-packed prickly pear shows up in many of Morris' skin-care products, including sunscreen and a night cream with resveratrol.
Paula Morris is a retired educator - but she's a lifelong learner.
For 10 years, Dennis Caldwell has encouraged lizards to take up residence in his garden, like this desert spiny lizard on a cholla cactus. "The key element," he says, "is to have protection from the cats."
A painted lady goes about the business of being a butterfly in the backyard of Dennis Caldwell.
An ornate tree lizard makes good use of a wood pile in Dennis Caldwell's yard.