Editor's Note: Gimme Shelter

It took longer than it should have, but Gov. Doug Ducey finally narrowed his list of businesses that were allowed to remain open under his statewide stay-at-home order.

Shifting Gears

Local businesses in Southern Arizona are pitching in and switching production to help the healthcare industry as well as the public amid shortages of food, medical supplies and lodging during the coronavirus pandemic.

Outdoors During the Outbreak

Facilities close, hikers inundate trails

Behind Closed Doors

What if home isn't the safest place for you?

520 Cannabis

As Arizona officially goes into lockdown, cannabis dispensaries continue to operate, having found a rhythm amidst the outbreak.

Editor's Note: We Need Your Help

First of all, stay home if you can.

The Skinny

Keep Yourself, Your Family and Your Community Safe From This Outbreak

Tracking the Virus

If you're wondering when we can all get back to normal, we have some bad news for you: Nobody really knows for sure.

Tucson Salvage: A Pandemic Day at Circle K

A Pandemic Day at Circle K

Richard Elías, RIP

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías died Saturday, March 28, at age 61.

Danehy: Life in the Age of Coronavirus

Tom goes shopping for toilet paper and reflects on life in the age of coronavirus.

520 Cannabis

Keeping up with COVID

To Our Readers

A letter to you, our readers, from our President.

Editor’s Note: Here to Help and Inform

As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 rise across the state, there’s a lot of uncertainty out there.

Feed the Children

The spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has put a growing number of people out of work and Gov. Doug Ducey has extended school closures through at last April 10.

Interview: Fighting the Bug

Dr. James Galloway is a former assistant U.S. Surgeon General, a cardiovascular medical doctor and a public health expert.

Pressed for Space

Local child care is on shaky ground as more Tucson families are staying home to fight the spread of coronavirus after Gov. Doug Ducey’s order that school closures would continue through at least April 10.

Medical Marijuana: Keeping Coronavirus Out of Cannabis

While many businesses in major metropolitan areas have closed their doors for the foreseeable future, medical cannabis patients don’t have to worry

Tucson Goes Dark

In my career as a journalist, I've covered some stories that have changed our community dramatically: The aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, the 2011 mass shootings at Gabby Giffords' Congress on Your Corner. But I've never seen a week like this...

520 Cannabis: Legislative Update

The good, the bad and the deplorable of state legislators on cannabis

The Foilies 2020

“The Ringer,” the first track on Eminem’s 2018 album, Kamikaze, includes a line that piqued Buzzfeed reporter Jason Leopold’s curiosity: the rapper claimed the Secret Service visited him due to some controversial lyrics about Ivanka Trump.

Danehy: The Pandemic and Sports

Maybe someday in the distant future, the prevailing wisdom will be that it was prudent to have shut down the NCAAs.

School's Out

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Education Kathy Hoffman announced Sunday afternoon that all Arizona public schools are closing at least through March 27.

Police Dispatch

What are those crazy criminals up to this week?

Viral Collapse

What a difference four days can make.

Editor's Note: Cowboy Up

It's a damn shame the Tucson Festival of Books has been canceled, but with authors worried about traveling in the Age of COVID-19, it sure sounds like organizers had no choice. Still, it's one of my favorite events of the year and I was looking forward to meeting a bunch of terrific authors.

Clearing the Record

For most people, the most exciting part of legalizing cannabis is the ability to freely consume a substance less harmful than cigarettes or alcohol. For others, it may be the ability to go to school, get a job or buy a house.

Danehy: We have to win in November

It's going to take a decade or more to clean away the stench left behind by a one-term Trump Administration. If he gets another term, the America that we love may well cease to exist.

Police Dispatch

Nude, Unglued, and Not a Prude / She Finally Heard the Light

Random Thoughts on the Writing Trade and Advice You'd be a Fool to Take

Everybody has a novel in them, right? How many people have you heard say, “One of these days I’m going to write a novel?”

Charlie Spillar: The Man in the Moon

A deep dive into Charlie Spillar and who he was.

Start the Presses

Tucson Weekly columnist Brian Smith and his wife, Maggie, are rolling out an independent publishing company, R&R Press.

The Skinny

A pair of recent polls show McSally continuing to trail her Democratic challenger, retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly.

Viral Warning

Hours after local organizers canceled this weekend’s Tucson Festival of Books over coronavirus concerns, the Pima County Health Department announced the first “presumptive” case of coronavirus in unincorporated Pima County.

Back on the Job

U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick met with constituents during a one-on-one event, Congress On Your Corner, at the Murphy-Wilmot Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 29.

Test Spin

Earlier this week, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and the city council reviewed the Tucson Transportation and Mobility Department’s E-Scooter Pilot Program Report during their March 3 study session. The six-month pilot program is scheduled to end March 12, if the mayor and council vote not to continue.

Spin Machines

Staff reporter Austin Counts is taking you for a spin through the pros and cons of those little cycles in this edition as the Tucson City Council prepares to determine the fate of the scooters following a six-month trial period.

Police Dispatch

A junkie nabbed driving while high didn’t let his extreme impairment stop him from pretending he wasn’t—resulting in a long night for the cop who caught him, according to a University of Arizona Police Department report.

Sweating the Small Stuff

Researchers at the University of Arizona are developing wearable technology to analyze sweat, which may remove the need to draw blood to learn about the body’s functions in certain situations.

Mayor of Dog Town

Steve Farley became the newest CEO of The Humane Society of Southern Arizona on Wednesday, Feb. 19, and hopes to use the lessons he’s learned in his numerous previous roles to continue the organization’s “vision of a community in which all pets are cared for and loved.” Farley views leading the Humane Society as the next step in his public service.


Israel has lost its way and is in real danger of losing whatever international support if once had. I, for one, would like to be able to root for it again.

High Anxiety

Cannabis advocates are used to the common refrain from opponents: Cannabis is more dangerous today because it’s so much stronger than what hippies were smoking in the ’60s.

Fancy Footwork

This week's cover story features Megan Maltos and her mother, Jill, who run Danswest, a local dance school that has been teaching kids the ups and downs of everything from ballet to hip-hop for decades. Plus, we celebrate The Loft's Peggy Johnson and check out what's new in food, music and news.

Police Dispatch

A homophobic drifter-type using University of Arizona facilities was kicked off campus after drifting way too far in a random interaction with a stranger, according to a UA Police Department report.

Movie Star

Peggy Johnson grew up loving film, but it wouldn’t be until after a 25-year career as a reporter with Arizona Public Media that she would helm the celebrated role she’s known for today: executive director of The Loft Cinema. Johnson will be awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tucson Local Media Women of Influence awards on March 4.


You’d figure that having done Lent for all these years that it would get easier. I’ve certainly learned from some of my mistakes so at least I’m not making things worse as the years go by. Here's my five toughest Lents.

Tucson Salvage

A mother-daughter team teaches kids to find their own rhythm.

Lofty Legislation

As the Safe and Smart Arizona Act initiative effort gains traction, state lawmakers are considering legalizing cannabis in the state legislature.


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