Make Womb for Daddy

Make Womb for Daddy

In today’s world, you learn to expect the unexpected. And speaking of expecting, Tucson Salvage columnist Brian Smith brings us the story of Cain Pierce, a trans man who is pregnant with his first baby. The mom, of course, is a trans woman and former local drag queen. It’s a complicated story, but as the wise man once said: Life finds a way.


Police Dispatch

A drunk man yelling at a tree disturbed a northside couple getting ready for bed late one night, a Pima County Sheriff’s Department report stated.

A Real shocker

Tucson electric power is seeking a rate hike this year, which the utility says is necessary as part of a shift toward cleaner energy.

The Skinny

Sen. Martha McSally calls for the divine intervention of negative advertising to save her as Democratic Mark Kelly continues to lead in polling and fundraising.


Tonight, when most of you—if you’re lucky!—will be watching the episode that comes before the penultimate episode of The Good Place (don’t tell me what happens), I’ll be at the Fox Theatre, awash in the sweet funk/soul sounds of what remains of one of my favorite groups of all time, the Average White Band.

Tucson Salvage

A story of life, death, identity, love, birth and hard-won queer pride.

Cannabis Campaigns

Lawmakers and voters alike will have pot on their minds in 2020 as the Arizona legislative session begins this week with two recreational marijuana ballot measures and six different medical marijuana bills, which could potentially be on the upcoming November ballot.

Nine Years Later

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nine years since those gunshots rang out on a clear Saturday morning in Tucson, taking six lives and forever changing many others. This week, associate editor Jeff Gardner writes about how the friends of the youngest victim of the shooting, 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, are honoring her in the year she would have graduated high school.

Police Dispatch

A volatile University of Arizona student used an offensive rap composition as a coping mechanism to deal with being dumped by his “girlfriend” of two weeks, though he seemed eager to show he cared more about a T-shirt than the breakup, according to a UA Police Department report.

Moving Targets

This is not your typical “Where were you when the shooting happened” article. Rather, we’re asking, “What’s been done to stop gun violence nationally, and in Arizona, since the shooting happened?”

Community of hope

In honor of Christina-Taylor’s life and a commemoration of the ninth anniversary of the shooting, local schools are hosting an event on Friday, Jan. 10, in conjunction with Stars of HOPE, an international arts program that seeks to help communities heal after tragedy.

Pocketbook Politics

On Wednesday, Jan. 1, Arizona’s minimum wage increased to $12 an hour. This increase is the continuing result of Prop 206 passed in November 2016, which increased the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 per hour at the beginning of 2018 and $11 per hour at the beginning of 2019.

The Skinny

Here’s how the 2020 election is shaping up for Pima County Supervisors.


Things I learned over Christmas Break:

They’re Back!

With the holidays in the rearview mirror, Arizona’s naughty 90 are headed back to the Capitol for what they hope will be a quick legislative session.

Jazz Hands, Everyone!

The new year brings the sweet notes of bebop, swing and soul to our town with the Tucson Jazz Festival, now in its sixth year. We have a cover package all about this year's jazz fest, plus, plenty of other stories to get you started on this new year.

Police Dispatch

Two people were caught in the middle of a blow job late one night in the University of Arizona’s Main Library, according to a UA Police Department report.

Construction Zones

As a new year dawns, a number of long-awaited road construction projects are on the horizon. The City of Tucson will be widening Broadway Boulevard east of downtown and starting work on the long-planned Downtown Links project designed to connect the Barraza-Aviation Highway to I-10. The state of Arizona will be repaving Oracle Road from Oro Valley down to River Road. And jurisdictions across the metro area will be focusing on repaving and rebuilding many streets.

Negative Reaction

Federal and state officials have denied Pima County Supervisors’ request to use Operation Stonegarden grant funding towards reimbursement costs related to humanitarian aid, according to a Dec. 26 memo from County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.


Let’s just call this 2020 foresight:

Be There Now

Psychedelic guru and author Baba Ram Dass slipped into Nirvana at his Maui home on Dec. 22, according to his official Instagram account. He was 88. 

Hello and Goodbye

The new year brings some changes here at Tucson Local Media, the newspaper empire that publishes Tucson Weekly along with our sister newspapers: Explorer, Marana News, Foothills News, Inside Tucson Business and Desert Times.

Positive Perspective

Tucson’s economic forecast looks strong moving into 2020, and as far as economists are concerned, another recession is not likely in the years to come.


Two thousand nineteen was a rather somber year for me, but it was not without its entertainment highlights. As always, these are my favorite things and not in any way judged to be the “The Best.”

The Year in Weed

As 2019 goes up in smoke, medical marijuana, CBD and industrial hemp have been blazing in the news. It was a struggle to remember the top five national and state cannabis news stories, but we managed to do it.

Down the Toilet

It feels like we’re gonna have to flush 10, 15 times to get rid of all of this year’s backed-up stupidity. Once again, correspondent Leo W. Banks has read through the news and remembers—hopefully for the last time—the mooks, malcontents and madmen of 2019 before it all swirls away.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

The holidays are galloping along like a one-horse open sleigh, carrying us through the end of the year and right into the launch of 2020.

Police Dispatch

Someone tagged a work site in the heart of the University of Arizona’s lauded upcoming “Student Success District” with depiction of a giant pink penis, said a UA Police Department report.

Status Update

Aunt Rita’s Foundation, a Phoenix-based nonprofit, recently launched an HIV testing campaign offering vouchers for free HIV tests at 116 new locations in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas.

Space Chase

On Thursday, Dec. 12, NASA announced that the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will attempt to collect samples from the “Nightingale” crater site on the asteroid Bennu.


Today, after turning down countless opportunities for Never NOT Trumpers to temper their idolatry with just a dash of decency and/or common sense, it seems to be a fool’s errand.

Tucson Salvage

She was born in the late 1950s and I learn she knows well horrible conclusions of gender inequality, the endless 14-hour workdays in pizza places and maid services, the undervalue, the underpayment. Her fingers and body ache. There’s no taking time off from work, never was, and there never was money for a babysitter, or a lawyer, or owning a home. There is no car. Call her a feminist or a survivor or a trailblazer or a sucker, she doesn’t care, wouldn’t have time even if she did care. “It is what it is,” she’ll say.

Welcome to 2020!

2020 is coming whether you like it or not. Luckily, there are so many places around town celebrating the occasion in so many diverse ways.

Holiday Buzz

With just a few more shopping days until Christmas, we’re back with Round 2 of our annual ganja gift guide, featuring various products that you’ll find on the shelves on our local dispensaries—and, in some cases, are even available without an MMJ card, since they include the increasingly popular CBD but no THC. Happy shopping!

It’s Beginning to Taste a Lot Like Christmas

For the Past several years, my friend Amy Silverman, with the help of her co-conspirators, has organized a Phoenix storytelling event called Bar Flies. The stories range from dramatic to heartbreaking to funny. And now many of them have been collected in a book, Bar Flies: True Stories From the Early Years.

Police Dispatch

A super-high woman was caught behind the wheel after a late-night Dairy Queen run, according to a Marana Police Department report.

Northside showdown

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller announced last Monday, Dec. 2, she would not seek reelection to the District 1 seat she has held since 2012.

Breaking the Ice

The Roadrunners’ early season success has been sparked by an offense that includes sharp-shooting Lane Pederson, who leads the team with 13 goals in 21 games.


I can’t let 2019 go by without looking back at one more ugly historic episode, that of the Wyoming Black 14, a group of thoughtful and talented young men caught in the roiling confluence of sports and politics. It was one of those things that, in retrospect, just seems exactly right for those times, even though it turned out oh-so-very wrong.

Eating Christmas

I was awakened by a text message at about 2 a.m. following Thanksgiving of 2014: “911!! 911!! I’m not bringing the rolls for Christmas. I’VE BEEN ASSIGNED THE SWEET POTATOES! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?”

Take Home ‘Bar Flies’

Since 2015, Phoenix residents have gathered at a downtown bar once a month to listen to true stories told live on stage. The show has popped up at museums, bars, parks, and even Tucson’s Hotel Congress—and now, for the first time ever, Valley Bar’s popular monthly reading series Bar Flies is a book. “Bar Flies: True Stories From the Early Years” features 60 favorite essays from the show’s first four seasons, collected by the show’s co-founders Amy Silverman and Katie Bravo.


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