Wednesday, August 24, 2016

World View Case Moves Forward After Motion Denied

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Pima County Superior Court Building - JONATHAN HOFFMAN
  • Jonathan Hoffman
  • Pima County Superior Court Building

On Monday, Aug. 22, Judge Catherine Woods heard oral arguments regarding Pima County’s motion to dismiss the suit brought by the Goldwater Institute that challenged the legality of the World View Enterprises deal. Pima County was represented by attorneys Regina Nassen and Andrew Flagg, while the plaintiffs were represented by attorneys Jim Manley and Veronica Thorsen of the Goldwater Institute.

The hearing was to decide if the case should be dismissed or proceed. Both Ms. Nassen and Mr. Manley had submitted briefings to the court which were reviewed by Judge Woods in advance. The arguments were presented in open court on Monday by both sides, giving the judge an opportunity to ask questions. Nassen presented first, then Manley, then a rebuttal by Nassen.

Nassen spent most of the time arguing as if the case was in the trial phase instead of arguing in favor of dismissal. She argued specific interpretations of statutes, terms, and standing. When arguing for dismissal, those sorts of things asserted by the plaintiff are assumed to be true so that the focus of the hearing can be narrowed to whether or not there is a case to be made. When Manley spoke, his first statement was to make that point. He then went on to address the arguments made by Nassen. 

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Win Tickets to See the Diamondbacks on Friday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 12:39 PM

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Quick Bites: How Do Ya Like Them Apples?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 9:36 AM

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Southern Arizona doesn’t offer that prototypical American autumn (duh). Our fall is more “monsoon-fed-weeds-taking-over-our-yards” than “trees-changing-color-all-around-us.” And more, “Gee, it’s finally going to be cooler than 100 degrees!” than, “Quick, the kids need new jackets!” Even our back-to-school dates are different from in most other states.

But it’s still apple season. Apples may not be native, but they’re grown locally at Apple Annie’s Orchard (2081 W. Hardy Road) in Wilcox, which is happy to let us Tucsonans in on the harvesting experience—this weekend, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, 28, for the first time this year.

Drop by orchard headquarters and snag a free wagon ride to take you to the trees, where you can pick your own Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Rome Beauty apples. If you’re too pooped to pick, don’t worry—you can still take apples home from a previously harvested apple selection. Oh, and if you don’t like apples (really?!?!), you can pick or select some Asian pears instead.

Come early to enjoy a scrumptious apple-themed all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (served with hot apple topping or cider syrup) both mornings, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Or if you’re not a morning person, come between 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a lunch of apple-smoked burgers.

Other stuff to buy and enjoy: just-baked homemade “My-Oh-My-Apple-Pies,” baked each day; “apple crumb pie” ice cream, made in an Amish ice-cream freezer; and crafts made by artisans from Around Arizona, for sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All this fun will continue on Sept. 3, 4, and 5, and again on Sept. 10 and 11 (with a tractor pull and antique tractor show on the 10th). We’re telling you now so you don’t miss out. Then you can tell your out-of-state acquaintances that around here, despite our unique climate, fall is still “as Arizonan as apple pie.”

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Local favorite Barrio Bread is heavily featured in the NYT piece. - HEATHER HOCH
  • Heather Hoch
  • Local favorite Barrio Bread is heavily featured in the NYT piece.

If you ask me, anyone who thinks Tucson's culinary successes are unlikely hasn't been paying attention. Well, it seems as though some folks are taking note now.

Today, the New York Times published a  story detailing a bit about our Sonoran cuisine under the headline "Tucson Becomes an Unlikely Food Star." Here's a snippet:  
There are food deserts, those urban neighborhoods where finding healthful food is nearly impossible, and then there is Tucson.

When the rain comes down hard on a hot summer afternoon here, locals start acting like Cindy Lou Who on Christmas morning. They turn their faces to the sky and celebrate with prickly pear margaritas. When you get only 12 inches of rain a year, every drop matters.

Coaxing a vibrant food culture from this land of heat and cactuses an hour’s drive north of the Mexican border seems an exhausting and impossible quest. But it’s never a good idea to underestimate a desert rat. Tucson, it turns out, is a muscular food town.

Eight months ago it became the only place in the United States designated a City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known by its acronym, Unesco.
Read the full piece, then call your friends and figure out which local eatery you're heading to for dinner. 

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What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 1:51 PM

John Oliver and his staff clearly did their charter school homework. On Last Week Tonight last Sunday, Oliver discussed problems with the lack of vetting of people who open charters and the lack of oversight once schools are open. He shows people plagiarizing their charter applications, others using charters as their personal ATMs, and schools closing without notice. It's not meant to be a takedown of charters. It's more of a spot-on harangue about the need to tighten charter school rules and regulations to keep the bad actors out.

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Cinema Clips: Don't Think Twice

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 12:43 PM


An improv group called the Commune faces an uncertain future when their theater is closing and members of their team are faced with life changing events. Writer-director-actor Mike Birbiglia plays Miles, an improvisational actor in his mid-thirties who feels passed over, while Jack (Keegan-Michael Key) finds himself in line for a role on The Weekend (the film’s less copyright infringed stand-in for Saturday Night Live). Gillian Jacobs (who is having a nice year with this and her role in the excellent Netflix series, Love) plays Jack’s girlfriend Samantha, who also has a chance to advance her career. They, and other members of the troupe, must decide between real money-paying gigs and doing what they actually love, that being getting up on stage and making stuff up for free.

I personally, can’t stand watching comedy improv, so that perhaps knocks the film down a peg for me, because there’s a lot of bad improv in this movie. Balancing things out for the better would be the performances from all involved, especially Key and Jacobs, who should do more projects together. Birbiglia does a nice job of portraying that artistic need to do one’s art in the face of all adversity.

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Food Truck Frenzy at Tucson Hop Shop

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Beer, food and friends. Three things that dissolve worries and leave one warm, hoppy and ready to take on another day.

Now it's one thing to go to the local bar for a drink and a bite and it's another to go to a place where the menu and the people making the food change from night to night. The Tucson Hop Shop at 3230 N. Dodge Boulevard offers such an opportunity. 

The wine and beer bar (they also fill growlers), located within the Metal Arts Village, has a mouthwatering line-up of different food trucks that will be there through the end of the year. Check out the calendar here. 

The bar also encourages patrons to bring their own food, or to order in and dine in the urban beer garden. Get to it!

More on Tucson Hop Shop, including a list of the beers on tap, is over here. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Crooked Teeth and a New Brewery

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:55 PM

Exactly the sort of people you want making your beer.
  • Exactly the sort of people you want making your beer.
What do dwarves drink after slaying dragons all day? 

Tucson brewer Benjamin Vernon is pretty sure it would be his Dwarvish Ale, an earthy brew with a hefty oak finish that will be one of the debut beers when his Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. opens Downtown this fall.

Vernon has been working overtime—as in, every spare moment he has—to get the place cranking. First was the renovation of an old auto-service shop at 228 E. Sixth Street, near the corner of Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue. Then brewing tanks came in. Then kegs. 

Vernon has 15 years of brewing experience and beer is kind of elemental to his existence. He and his wife plan vacations around breweries—they visited 16 on a recent trip—and the guy is generally gonzo about beer in a variety of ways.

"I just love beer, man," said Vernon on a recent evening, popping a beer while power tools roared in the background. "Crooked Tooth is going to relish in what makes us different, in what makes a person unique and not a clone. We're going to make good beer and we're doing it our way."

Having talked to many Tucson beer people over the years I must say his approach to beer, and life in general, is equal parts thoughtfulness and intensity. This could get interesting. 

The Tucson Weekly will have a full story on the brewery just before the opening, but for the time being you can keep up with the progress here. 

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