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Re: “Summer Survival 2019: Beat the Heat!

Gotta pick up a dead-tree edition this week!

Posted by SonoranWinds on 05/23/2019 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Fill up and take advantage of summer food specials

Eat locally - please!

Posted by SonoranWinds on 05/23/2019 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Pathway's Problematic Preachings

Oh and BTW; myself and my family carry BIG GUNS now because of this program's insidious tactics and presence in our beloved city...

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Posted by Countess Capital Beware of the Owners on 04/28/2019 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Pathway's Problematic Preachings

Yes, this whole situation is truly creepy by normal societal standards; the program in St Louis was, partially, fed fresh meat (teenagers) by Anheuser B$%*H's bohemoth culture of encouraging early underage drinking; I'm a five o'clock drunk millionaire, life family partner and grateful member of the Coors family now and I LOVE IT... (Coors Corp has taken great care of my family)...wouldn't trade it for the world; I did early school in St Louis, because my parents were corporate executives for a brief period there, and all of my classmates warned me that this program "thing" was a "weird cult" that would eventually "try to harm my family;" and in an obfuscated manner the program did try to harm my family albeit subversively in order to avoid culpability; the program elites (counselors) used to confiscate the truly "elite" and "destined" members' personal property and effects in order to INDUCE gratitude to the cult's supreme leader through subversive tactics (removal of personal property and identity is a common characteristic of well documented cults especially, from California).
At one point in their history in St Louis, they had set up a "home-school" situation--basically school at one of their satellites--where they encouraged students and their families to remove the "clients" and/or drop out of their regular school situation; because they (the student/clients) were different and unique and would never succeed at regular school because of their addictions; the students were put on the standard US Military General Equivalency Diploma track--after which, I presume that their careers were matriculated internally within CROSSROADS program; the name of the St Louis program of that time. I get nauseous every time I reflect upon the brief interaction that I had with this program and it's practitioners because, I almost "really" screwed my life up.
I graduated high school, unconventionally (home-schooled and HiSET), and now hold two degrees from New Mexico State University in Masters of Science in Engineering, and Statistics (Mathematics) and a Bachelors in Economics and I am about to enter into my Doctoral Research program at another great ACCREDITED university; I did so well that I was accepted to some of the nations top tier elite schools (not that NMSU is not top tier--we are-- but these were the $100,000 year tuition private universities); I just hope that everyone who had to tolerate this strange arrangement got good and thorough therapy after they left or separated, permanently. KUDOS...CHEERS!!! :)

Posted by Countess Capital Beware of the Owners on 04/28/2019 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Breaking the Green Ceiling

Adriana Tysenn was recently arrested for DUI/Drugs here in Tucson. She is not in the same league as these other women.

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Posted by Safe and Kind Tucson on 03/28/2019 at 8:01 AM

Re: “The Foilies 2019

You missed the one closer to home -- the MOU-in-progress that will allow the Arizona Dept. of Transportation to self-monitor all environmental regulation required by the National Environmental Protection Act. It's call a "NEPA Assignment" and the comment period just closed -- with 29 opposed, 7 in favor and one "yes, but...." What this means specifically for Tucson and Pima County is that both an Avra Valley Interstate 11and it's companion Sonoran Corridor -- both in the final stages of Tier 1 Environmental Impact Studies, will have no federal supervision for the Tier 2 part, where 2000' corridors are narrowed down to 400' highways, with interchanges, etc. It's putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop, but with clean water, clean air, noise, wildlife, and safe communities on the firing line.

Not to mention enriching certain real estate speculators who are big-time political campaign contributors. The Sonoran Corridor will, as ADOT has set it out, give Don Diamond's planned 3200 acre Swan Southlands/Verano development a free access highway. At our expense.

I am kind of surprised that this was left out since information was sent to the Weakly's editor along with the rest of the local media who chose to ignore it -- the Pima County Establishment wants I-11 and the Sonoran Corridor, the better to -- as their Business Case argues -- attract US companies back from China to... Mexico, where wages are lower, and to encourage R&D in the US with manufacture and assembly in... Mexico. But the editor is probably too busy thinking up his next hit piece on Supervisor Miller and her staff to deal with this stuff. There was a time when the Weakly actually cared about our communities and our people -- maybe too much "green stuff"...?

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Posted by AVL on 03/14/2019 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Unbroken Angel: Luis Alberto Urrea

TUSD removed seven book titles from classrooms, as part of its effort to show compliance with the state's directive to end the MAS courses. (Incidentally, the TUSD board never authorized the book removal and I personally disagreed with it, though I did vote to end the courses.) "The Devil's Highway" was not one of those titles.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 03/07/2019 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Unbroken Angel: Luis Alberto Urrea

Hey first poster "@bslap" - that's right I clicked on your empty photo to see other posts you've made, and discovered just how terrified you are that people from across the border might somehow infringe on your rights as a US citizen. My question for you is: exactly what did you do to gain your special status, as a citizen of this great country, other than having been born here? It was flat out luck. I also am just that lucky. One other thing - have you read the book? I have. It's amazing, inspiring and heartbreaking. I personally believe that it's a good thing for everyone in the USA to understand just how lucky we really are, and find it within us to wish the very best for everyone else as well. This is a land of immigrants. Unless you are black and your ancestors were brought here to be sold, or you're a Native of this land - keep in mind that you are also an immigrant. Do you know for sure that your ancestors arrived legally? What might they have done if that option was not available to them? Peace.

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Posted by Jonathan Ellis on 02/28/2019 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Unbroken Angel: Luis Alberto Urrea

I agree totally, Luis, that the wall is to keep us in. Mexico is beautiful, colorful, and full of wonderful people. Yes, there's corruption. Yes, there's poverty. On both sides of the wall. But lots of Americans are crossing the border to get to Mexico to retire and to enjoy the arts and culture, too. I hope that option stays open. So let's embrace the many collaborative efforts between Mexico and the USA that have been ongoing since 1864, in spite of the acquisition of 6 states to US territory and open the gates to the good things.

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Posted by Ann Hostetler on 02/28/2019 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Unbroken Angel: Luis Alberto Urrea

What a bunch of self-indulgent bs.
The books weren't banned. Rightly or wrongly, the program was shut down (because it was determined to be racist by the courts) so the books were no longer used as textbooks but any kid could read them on their own time. Only a dishonest person would say they were banned.
As to comparing the wall to the Berlin wall, and America to east Germany that's backward. People aren't trying to get into Mexico. They're trying to get into the U.S. Because it's better here.

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Posted by bslap on 02/28/2019 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Mysteries in the Mountains

Decades ago there was a program called Alcoa Presents One Step Beyond that told of stories that science couldn't explain. Frank Edwards also wrote Stranger than Science, which also tells of things which science cannot explain. But now that many countries are declassifying their investigations of UFO sightings and Project Blue Book has been declassified and running on the History Channel, we are nearing a knowledge that will change everything we have believed in for centuries.

Posted by amdeist on 02/22/2019 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Brewski Benefit: How the Tucson Brewery and Business Community Helped Their Own

Gotta ask: health insurance? Obamacare? No one in America should have to rely on philanthropic efforts. Julie was lucky to have the beer community network, but what about those who dont?

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Posted by Ellen on 02/19/2019 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Brewski Benefit: How the Tucson Brewery and Business Community Helped Their Own

Love you Julie, and love Tucson!

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Posted by VLAZARO on 02/07/2019 at 3:05 AM

Re: “Being Baldenegro

For Chuck who is incorrect on his History. Read the Treaty of Guadelupe Higado. This is not taught as a part of American History is it? Now chalkenge me, a Black Mexican- Brazilian Latina American on Mexican-American/ Latino (a) History.

Posted by Mexicana-Brasilena on 02/05/2019 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

I've been making this drive ever since it was US Highway 80. Some time in the early 1940s (or maybe the 1930s), the stretch from Tucson to Marana - about where the Portand cement plant is - was made into a divided highway with a long line of tamarisk trees in the median. Families - mine included - would stop to picnic under the trees. Some of those tamarisks are still there beside the frontage road east of I-10.)

Posted by Louanne Kirby on 02/03/2019 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

My goodness, what a glorious description. I spent the years of late high school and through college going between home (Tucson) and friends (Phoenix) -- and ended up moving to Phoenix to live. I've been up here more than 30 years and I still miss Tucson's mountains, and I still remember every inch of this drive, just as you described it "then" and as it is "now." Right next to Nickerson's Farms was a Stuckey's, too. And it was right around there ads for "The Thing" (still down around Willcox way) started....

The Ostrich farm at Picacho came later, after I moved north. Still never stopped there... but we DID camp at Picacho numerous times, and hiked all over. The little lava rock hills hid treasures like owls and coyotes. Glorious.

Oddly enough, I miss this drive, taking it at least twice a month, and sometimes more -- it's the most barren and boring part of all Arizona (except MAYBE the stretch between Kingman and Hoover Dam), and yet I miss it.

Posted by Wildrider51 on 02/02/2019 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Death Sentence

I am appalled that this is the result of what could have been prevented. The Pima County Jail and Sheriff's department are a serious joke. Mark Napier is a weasel of a man with no direction and his nose in the air. This is outrageous they have gotten away with so much. when my partner went to the jail, he was brutally sexually assaulted and when he said something to the officials about it, they tossed him in a green smock in the psych ward and left him there for a week. I had to beat down doors and sit there at the sheriff's office every day until I finally got him out of there. It's sad how they treat jail inmates... especially ones Charged with crimes. Come on people, if someone is in jail, that doesn't mean you can just immediately assume that person is a criminal, no matter what they look like. They are still innocent until proven guilty.

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Posted by Travis Ramirez on 01/25/2019 at 5:23 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

Should have mentioned the tourist bonanza at the Shell station at Picacho Peak, the railroad lines with trains loaded with containers, and the airplane storage and breakdown facility, Evergreen Air Center, could be a whole story in itself; I worked there a few years doing security; they always had one of the 2 747's that are fitted to carry the space shuttles, in for maintenance. They worked on refitting 747's which could be converted in about 1 1/2 days to firefighting units, able to drop large amounts of suppressant where needed. Also the Navy Seals have training there, and it was amazing sometimes to see a sudden opening of parachutes as they practiced HALO ..High Altitude Low Opening --maneuvers
Unfortunately, I believe at least 3 Seals have died during training from parachute problems, RIP.
Sometimes we would close off the road from the highway to the Evergreen Air Center,for a while at night, so they could land and launch a small troop carrying plane for practice. I believe many of those little dots of light you usually see flying around Tucson at night in groups of maybe 4, are Navy Seals in paragliders which I think convert to ground transportation, preparatory to action in Afghanistan and other rural settings..
The Evergreen ties to the military and especially CIA airlines could probably foster a book in itself. Their home base in Everett, Washington, has the famous Spruce Goose giant airplane built by Howard Hughes. Some visitors from Washington had a story about meeting the original owner, don't know his name, as he was sweeping the concrete at Everett...
There was something sad in seeing many formerly queens of the sky being torn apart for salvage and scrap; used to like to wander inside some of the stored planes where access was available,secretly, at night....

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Posted by OneQuixote on 01/25/2019 at 3:10 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

This article was as long and as boring as the trip up the 10.

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Posted by Anastasia Beaverhausen on 01/23/2019 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

If Route 66 is the "Mother Road" then this stretch of I-10 is the "Drunken Step-Uncle Road." Abhorred and blighted yet in a peculiar way that is part of it's charm. I lived in Tucson from 1997-2005 and like many I made this trip so many times I almost memorized every telegraph pole alongside the Southern Pacific line to the east. This wonderful essay almost perfectly encapsulates the range of emotions and memories that strangely seem to come up while driving that desert drags. Memories both good and bad; moving to a strange new city at age 5, driving to Nana and Grandma's house as a kid, going to Firebird Raceway every February for the NHRA Drag Races, that long, emotional drive with my dad after Grandpa passed away...
Thank You.

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Posted by Ryan Casillas on 01/18/2019 at 9:26 AM

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