Phoenix, AZ – In fact, Slade Mead and Jason Williams found a lot of common ground. For example, both oppose the use of the AIMS test as a graduation requirement -- something pushed by incumbent Republican Tom Horne to ensure a diploma means students have learned what they were supposed to learn. Mead called the whole thing a charade.
Flagstaff, AZ – Some of us have to learn hard lessons the hard way. Take the heat. I was warned it gets hot enough in the desert to fry an egg on the sidewalk. I'm not sure about sidewalks, but I did manage to fry one on the hood of a car. During canyon hikes I've seen creeks dry up in the heat of the day, only to run again at night. I've watched ravens pant and lizards sprint across hot sand on their hind legs.
Phoenix, AZ – Attorney Chuck Blanchard said his client, Arizona Together, has no problem with voters deciding whether marriage should be constitutionally defined as being between one man and one woman. But Blanchard said the proposal also would bar civil unions as an alternative to marriage, and would outlaw the benefits that some cities and at least one county provide to the domestic partners of their employees.
Flagstaff, AZ – Jim Simmerman will be remembered for many things - his passion, his love of stray dogs, music and beer, his teaching style. But mostly Simmerman will be remembered for his poetry and the way he delivered it.
He gave this reading about two years ago at the University of Arizona.
SIMMERMAN: Huddled inside the birdhouse of the bottle meet me?
Tusayan, AZ – 50 years ago today, two airliners crashed over the Grand Canyon. One of the airplanes was flying to Chicago, the other to Kansas City --- All 128 people on board the planes were killed. At the time it was the worst commercial aviation disaster in history. And as Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports, it still has an impact on local pilots.
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Sedona, AZ – Air tankers dropped fire retardant over the north part of the blaze while hot shot crews used axes and shovels to build fire lines to keep it from burning any more of Oak Creek Canyon, its homes and tourist-driven businesses.
Firefighter Chris Ader takes a break from mopping up hot spots above the Slide Rock picnic area. His blue eyes appear especially bright on his ash darkened face.