An old windmill is the only sign from far away that an abandoned ranch is nearby at Oracle State Park. Photo by David Sanders.
Newly built ramadas wait for visitors at the Oracle State Park, which has been closed for over a year and never really was open to the public. Photo by David Sanders.
Oracle State Park has been closed for over a year, and repairs like these picnic benches that were moved because of heavy rains need to be removed to a different location. Photo by David Sanders. Copyright 1996 The Arizona Daily Star
Former UA swimmer and South African Olympian team member Ryk Neethling prepares for the Olympics in Athens on Aug. 3, 2004.
2007: Arizona's quarterback Willie Tuitama gets surrounded by fans after their Homecoming win against UCLA, 34-27, on Nov. 3, 2007.
2006: C.L. “Stub” Ashcraft, No. 20, show in this 2006 photo reflected in a University of Arizona team photograph from 1941. By his count, it was his 388th straight home game since he returned from World War II duty in 1945.
2005: One of thousands of fans who stormed the field at Arizona Stadium gets a ride off after Arizona's Homecoming victory over UCLA. The Wildcats, who had won only one Pac-10 conference game, scored the first four times they had the ball Saturday on the way to a 52-14 victory over the Bruin…
1997: Jeremy Crutchfield, president of the Bobcats, a senior group at the University of Arizona, puts mud on the head of homecomming queen finalist Robyn Connolly during a mud tug-o-war on the UA Mall to promote the UA spirit during homecoming week.
1988: Wilbur the Wildcat beckons all fans to the UA Homecoming bonfire on the UA Mall on Oct. 28.
2011: Junior Honorary League "chain gang" member Leo Oppenheimer, center, cheers from a bus during the annual homecoming parade on the UA Mall, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. The grand marshall was Ron Barber, a member of Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford's staff when he was shot on Jan. 8, 2011.
The ConjuringHotel Congress. Occult experts Kenneth Macabre and Miss Malanga evoke and expel the spirits in the hotel. Show and tour of the haunted history of Hotel Congress. 7:30 and 9 p.m. Oct. 30. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. 622-8848.
Self-cleaning system that uses the sun's power to clean solar panels is on display.
Crowds gather at the Cogenra solar array.
Phil Dion laughs with Bruce Wright, before the dedication event at the UA Tech Park.
TEP's Phil Dion speaks at the dedication of the Cogenra solar array at the UA Tech Park.
UA's Jason Gardner passes around Notre Dame's Jordan Cornette in the second half during their NCAA Sweet Sixteen game in Anaheim, CA. in 2003.
Tucson businessman Mike Feder, April 4, 2011.
Arizona's Chris Rodgers, left, tries to help teammate Kirk Walters apply defense on Andre Iguodala during the Red-Blue Game at McKale Center Nov. 5, 2003.
Arizona's Andre Iguodala moves the ball upcourt during the Red-Blue Game at McKale Center Nov. 5, 2003.
Arizona's Chris Rodgers, left, and Mustafa Shakur go for a rebound in the first half of the Red-Blue Game at McKale Center Nov. 5, 2003.
Luke Recker brings the ball up against the defense of Rick Anderson ( 35) during the the Red-Blue Game on Nov. 2, 1999.
UA's Gilbert Arenas during the Red-Blue Game on Nov. 2, 1999.
UA's Lamont Frazier (23) during the Red-Blue Game on Nov. 2, 1999.
UA basketball player Jason Gardner in action during the Red-Blue Game on Nov. 2, 1999.
Jason Gardner, left, causes defensive trouble for John Ash during the Red-Blue Game on Nov. 2, 1999.
UA's Justin Wessel gets a knock in the head from Rick Anderson during the Red-Blue Game on Nov. 2, 1999.
Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman #27 Mark Reynolds gets congratulated by third base coach Chip Hale after his homer in the bottom of the 6th inning to put the Diamondbacks up 5-0 against the Giants at Chase Field on Sept. 18, 2007.
Some of Arizona's 1986 NCAA Championship team team get together before taking the field during the Alumni Game at Sancett Field. The '86 team won the College World Series, one of the three Arizona teams to do so. Sidewinder Manager Chip Hale is second from left.
Chip Hale signs an Arizona jersey for Phoebe Chalk, who works for the UA, before the alumni game in 2006.
Sidewinder manager Chip Hale led his team to win the Pacific Coast League Championship in 2006. The former Arizona baseball player was part of columnist Greg Hansen's top 100 stories in 2006.
Tucson's Christopher Columbus Park bears the name of the 15th century seafarer.
The Buckelew Farm pumpkin patch and corn maze is ready for some thrills and chills weekends through October.
UA defensive player Adrian Koch (52) runs for a touchdown after picking up a fumble against Utah on Sept. 2, 2000.
Herb Wisdom still has to remove dirt and small stones from his softball field he created in Tubac, Ariz., and spent $40,000 of his own money to create his field of dreams. Photo taken: June 8, 2003.
Tucson could eventually accommodate up to 40,000 acre-feet of Phoenix’s CAP allotment each year.
The Central Arizona Project in Avra Valley, north of Tucson.
UA quarterback Jason Johnson hands off in the fourth quarter against Oregon State on Nov. 2, 2002.
An employee of the Silver Bell Mine sprays pure copper plates, each weighing 100 pounds. Stainless steel plates are dipped into a solution containing copper. The copper attaches itself to the steel, which is peeled off.
Arizona's Trevor Foster and Robert Golden (1), right, stop Washington State's #22 Chantz Staden in the first quarter on Nov. 8, 2008. Arizona defeated Washington State 59-28.
Arizona #1 Robert Golden takes down ASU's #8 Gerell Robinson as he loses the ball out of bounds in the fourth quarter Nov. 19, 2011.
Arizona's #1 Robert Golden breaks up a first quarter pass intended for ASU's #8 Gerell Robinson Nov. 19, 2011.
David Sanders/La Estrella de TucsónGobernador Guillermo Padrés Elías
Michael Dickerson and Lute share a moment near the end of the game against North Carolina in the Final Four in 1997.
UA head coach Lute Olson hold the Divsion I NCAA Championship trophy with his team from left; Jason Lee, Miles Simon, Jason Terry, Lute, Justin Wessel, and Bennett Davison after they defeated Kentucky in the 1997 Final Four in Indianapolis.
Former Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson speaks to the media in 2009 during an open topic press conference after stepping down as coach.
Photo Illustration of Lute Olson and various stages in his life. Left to right: A junior in high school, playing football and basketball in college, his first coaching job, coaching at California, Iowa, and UA with Sean Elliott, winning the NCAA national title.
UA basketball head coach Lute Olson (right) has five talented freshmen for the 2001 season, including Channing Frye, Isaiah Fox, Dennis Latimore, Salim Stoudamire and Will Bynum. Photo by David Sanders.