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We're told that when times are difficult that the best cure is to think about all the things you are grateful for in your life. To be honest, I haven't always been good about reminding myself to sit down and compile a list, although I tell you, I know it would cover several legal-size pages. There's a lot and half of that list would include the people I work with at the Tucson Weekly.

The past seven years, I've had the honor of working with our senior writer Jim Nintzel and I've watched him cover state, city and county politics, put together crazy making Project White House and win great awards, like last year's Journalist of the Year from the Arizona Newspapers Association.

Nintzel is part of a great team at the Weekly. He continues to provide some of the best state and local political coverage in Tucson.

So when The Washington Post's The Fix compiled a list of 2015's best state political reporters and Nintzel was the only Tucson writer mentioned under Arizona, we weren't surprised. We're damn proud and grateful.

From The Fix: "The most under-appreciated reporters in the political world are the scribes covering state and local politics. They rarely get the attention of their colleagues at the national level but are often covering the very politicians and national trends that come to impact the broad political landscape."

Yep, that's Nintzel. Feel free to throw some well-deserved appreciate his way.

Congratulations, Nintz.

Remember a back-page feature on the long-ago pages of the Tucson Weekly called Dust Devil?

It was a reader-submitted fictional story, 70 words exactly, that reflected on our Tucson life and times.

Well, we're bringing it back.

Send me your 70-word stories and, if selected, we'll print them in the Tucson Weekly: mari@tucsonlocalmedia.com. Looking forward to what you create, Tucson.

—Mari Herreras, Managing Editor

mherreras@tucsonweekly.com

CORRECTION

Last week's correction on the missing credit on the Sergio Mendoza photo we featured Jan. 22, was supposed to include the photo by Kalei Harmon. Here's that photo once again for your Sergio-viewing pleasure. Thanks again, Kalei.

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