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In spite of frantic warnings from ecologists and land managers, and despite some valiant and surprisingly effective local efforts, the problem is now so acute that biologists view buffelgrass as an imminent threat to the entire Sonoran Desert ecosystem, and large-scale control efforts are only now getting underway. -- Renée Downing, March 30, 2006

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Image Archives: Stories: News & Opinion: Jason Swift

  • Downtown construction has encouraged some great architecture, says Ice House developer Randi Dorman: "Too many residential projects are putting up crap in the middle of the desert."
  • Residential Revolution
  • Downtown construction has encouraged some great architecture, says...
  • Jason Swift
  • Mar 23, 2006
  • "This is Third World transportation at its finest. These engines have been driven around the world since the '40s," said Spooky Tooth Cycles co-founder Roland Bosma.
  • Spooky Spokes
  • "This is Third World transportation at its finest...
  • Jason Swift
  • Mar 23, 2006
  • In the 1950s, when Father Todd O'Leary was studying at St. Patrick's Seminary in County Carlow, Ireland, Tucson's Father John McMahon turned up on a recruiting trip. He recounted tales of Arizona's burgeoning population and skyrocketing opportunities for priests.
  • Priestly Tales
  • In the 1950s, when Father Todd O'Leary was...
  • Jason Swift
  • Mar 16, 2006
  • When Father Liam Leahy was recruited by now-Monsignor Thomas Cahalane: "He talked to me about the diocese, about the warm, dry climate," he says, then pauses. "Or hot, you might say."
  • Priestly Tales
  • When Father Liam Leahy was recruited by now-Monsignor...
  • Jason Swift
  • Mar 16, 2006
  • "Out of 28 in my seminary class in 1963," Monsignor Thomas Cahalane says, "one-third came to the United States, one-third stayed in Ireland, one went to New Guinea and the others to England and Scotland."
  • Priestly Tales
  • "Out of 28 in my seminary class in...
  • Jason Swift
  • Mar 16, 2006
  • University of Arizona graduate student Meg Nickerson helps Kenny Snow on an art project at the Tucson Alliance for Autism's center.
  • Autistic in Tucson
  • University of Arizona graduate student Meg Nickerson helps...
  • Jason Swift
  • Mar 2, 2006
  • "This was a wonderful, beautiful little environment," says Leslie Meigs. "But now there's nothing."
  • Paving Paradise
  • "This was a wonderful, beautiful little environment," says...
  • Jason Swift
  • Mar 2, 2006
  • Save Tucson Elephants' Nikia Fico: "I just don't believe the expansion for the elephants is a good use of their money, because the elephants are still going to die at half their natural lifespan in this new enclosure."
  • Pachyderm Push
  • Save Tucson Elephants' Nikia Fico: "I just don't...
  • Jason Swift
  • Feb 16, 2006

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