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Tensions Between Humanitarians and Federal Officials Rise Along the Bordernew

The humanitarians provide assistance, food and water to migrants. The feds mostly leave them alone to do so -- until recently, that is. Over the past couple of years, federal agencies have been putting more activists under the gun.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  07-08-2009  |  Immigration

Arizonan Bandstand: Sergio Mendoza y la Orkestanew

Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta, a Latin-jazz big band now just reaching the age of six months, has already grown to become an increasingly popular draw in Tucson nightclubs and around the Southwest.
Tucson Weekly  |  Gene Armstrong  |  06-25-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

A Moth that Devastates Prickly Pear Cactus May Be Headed to Tucsonnew

If Cactoblastis cactorum -- a wee but voracious South American moth whose larvae devastate the prickly pear cactus -- reaches Arizona, the consequences for the ecosystem would be dire.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  05-20-2009  |  Animal Issues

Trashing the Bordernew

Illegal immigrants dump tons of waste in the wilderness every day -- and it's devastating the environment.
Tucson Weekly  |  Leo W. Banks  |  04-02-2009  |  Environment

What Changes Will Obama Bring to the Border?new

As administrations change, many wonder whether a corresponding shift will occur within the Department of Homeland Security. There's plenty of speculation about whether that department's likely new leader, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, will pursue a change in border policy.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  01-15-2009  |  Environment

Arizona Leaders Dish Up a Homeland Security Wish Listnew

Many wonder whether even the politically facile Janet Napolitano can master the bureaucratic beast known as DHS.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  01-15-2009  |  Immigration

Metal Barriers Are a Southern Arizona River's Newest Inhabitantsnew

Conservationists say the public has a right to know specifically how the San Pedro River is being impacted by border security. They also know that public pressure is the only way to make that happen.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  01-02-2009  |  Environment

Tempe Street Preacher Omar Call Preaches the Gospel of Atheismnew

Usually, street preachers share the word of God. But this blue velvet guy is a different kind of preacher. He's a devout non-believer, and he preaches atheism.
Phoenix New Times  |  Niki D'Andrea  |  12-30-2008  |  Religion

The Nation's Oldest Death Row Inmate Will Never Be Executednew

Officially, the state of Arizona still wants to put Leroy Nash to death, but the odds of Nash actually ever being executed seem to be less than slim.
Phoenix New Times  |  Paul Rubin  |  12-09-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Can Maynard James Keenan Put Arizona Wine on the Map?new

Winemakers Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski use fruit from their vineyards to make Arizona Stronghold wines.
Phoenix New Times  |  Michele Laudig  |  12-01-2008  |  Food+Drink

Janet Napolitano: A Terrible Choice to Head DHSnew

Consorting with anti-immigrant enforcers, indulging rank opportunism, and adhering to failed policies seem an unlikely recipe for change we can believe in.
Phoenix New Times  |  Michael Lacey  |  12-01-2008  |  Commentary

Linda Ronstadt's Heart Lies in the Dusty Expanses of the American Southwestnew

While it's rock 'n' roll that has elevated Ronstadt to the musical heights she has reached, she is also one of the industry's most versatile performers, having successfully embraced folk, country, big band, jazz, and even Cajun music.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Brett Leigh Dicks  |  11-10-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Jails Lose National Accreditationnew

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail accreditation was terminated last month -- even as he awaited a federal court ruling that could take his jails out of his control.
Phoenix New Times  |  John Dickerson  |  10-15-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Charges Against Border Activist are Mysteriously Droppednew

As the judicial dust settles in the Kathryn Ferguson case, one thing has become abundantly clear: This crude affair amounts to little more than a shameful, low-brow, law-enforcement bullying, followed by an appalling lack of accountability from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  10-09-2008  |  Immigration

How ICE Turned All Local Authorities into La Migranew

The real change for illegals is that once their status is discovered, Arizona cities get help from ICE that was unheard of two years ago -- help ensuring that nearly every illegal immigrant arrested by any local police agency will be removed quickly from the country.
Phoenix New Times  |  Ray Stern  |  10-07-2008  |  Immigration

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