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Green thumbs for hire-vei

Green thumbs for hire-vei

New gardeners are increasingly turning to pros to get a good start.

July 19, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Professional and home chefs embracing local foods

Professional and home chefs embracing local foods

Local-foods movement is growing in popularity.

July 15, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Tucson in 100 Objects: The Santa Cruz River

Tucson in 100 Objects: The Santa Cruz River

A river runs through Tucson, but it seldom holds water.

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Neto's Tucson: Violence, poverty sent young Honduran north

Neto's Tucson: Violence, poverty sent young Honduran north

In leaving for "el Norte," he understood the risks.

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My favorite place: A wonderful ruin of an old stone house.

My favorite place: A wonderful ruin of an old stone house.

The view above through the absence of a roof is impromptu and spectacular

June 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Border is backdrop for youth photo camp

Border is backdrop for youth photo camp

A group of 23 youths, ages 12 to 18, spent the week at a National Geographic photo camp in Arivaca, documenting life along the U.S.-Mexico border.

June 21, 2014 3:00 am Photos

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Palo verde trees still blooming in June

Palo verde trees still blooming in June

Spring is over, but some palo verde trees are blooming into summer.

June 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Effluent could make Santa Cruz River flow again

Effluent could make Santa Cruz River flow again

The Santa Cruz River hasn’t flowed through Tucson in 70 years — but some local officials would like to change that.

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Planned bike ranch near Saguaro National Park hits snag

Planned bike ranch near Saguaro National Park hits snag

A permit request to allow a bike ranch across the street from Saguaro National Park is premature, says a county hearing administrator who recommended denial of the conditional-use permit application required for the bike ranch to move forward.

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Tucson in 100 Objects — O'odham calendar stick

Tucson in 100 Objects — O'odham calendar stick

Calendar sticks tell a community and regional history

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Tucson in 100 Objects — prickly pear

Tucson in 100 Objects — prickly pear

The prickly pear is a source of sustenance, not to mention martinis

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'Candid talk' between Huckelberry, Diamond becomes a love fest

'Candid talk' between Huckelberry, Diamond becomes a love fest

What a difference a real estate bust makes.

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Underwater sensing device confirms Colorado River met the sea

Underwater sensing device confirms Colorado River met the sea

It wasn’t only a conservationist who recorded this week’s meeting of the Colorado River with the Gulf of California’s high tides.

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Colorado River and Gulf of California finally meet

The Colorado River met the sea Thursday for the first time in at least 16 years.

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Mountain wildflowers are blooming already in Catalina Mountains

Mountain wildflowers are blooming already in Catalina Mountains

Mountain wildflowers are usually associated with the days of summer high in the Catalina Mountains, but some are bursting into bloom now at  8,000 feet in the range north of Tucson.

May 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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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