A River in Deficit

A River in Deficit

The Colorado River once dumped millions of gallons of water annually into the Gulf of Mexico, but now dries up before it ever reaches the sea.

Sinking Feeling

Authors Eric Kuhn and John Fleck bust a longstanding myth that the Colorado River is facing a shortage today because when our elected officials decided how to divvy up its water, they used measurements from particularly good years and over-allocated the river’s bounty. But as Kuhn and Fleck reveal in the book, scientists knew at the time that the river was being over-allocated, but the politicians ignored their warnings.

Making History

It was a story that had to be told, Henry Barajas repeated to himself, year after year. The story he needed to tell was about a forgotten slice of Tucson’s history, a story about a proud but stepped-on community, a story about unlikely heroes who overcame insurmountable obstacles.

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Your ultimate list to shopping local this season

Parades! Concerts! Gingerbread Houses! Light Shows! And, of course, Nutcrackers!

If what makes your holidays happy is nestling up on the couch every night with some hot chocolate and Netflix, then have a cozy holiday season! But if what gets your bells a’jinglin’ is attending festive events (or doing some combination of nestling and event-attending), then check out the list below.

Interviewing a Tire

Remembering Chuck Bowden: An excerpt from the new book America’s Most Alarming Writer

If Memory Serves

On a bend, I will see it, a piece of ground off to the side. I will know the feel of this place: the leaves stir slowly on the trees, dry air smells like dust, birds dart and the trails are made by beasts living free. The stars do not complain. They live, explode, die and send no messages of regret. Sometimes, as the darkness grows I can hear them, always a low hum but I never quite catch the melody.

Stewards of the written word

Sun Sounds of Arizona is a radio station that provides audio access to print information, such as newspapers and short stories, to people who cannot read or hold print material due to a disability. This service is available via three affiliate stations in Tucson, Tempe and Flagstaff, and covers a wide range of content for a wide range of listeners.

Screen Savors

For its tenth anniversary, the Loft Film Fest is bringing Tucsonans films from Hungary, Sweden, Guatemala, South Korea and more. As with previous Loft Film Fests, this year’s event does not stick to a core theme, but rather celebrates all forms of film, from classic to cutting-edge, and even some that push the boundaries of what is considered film at all. 


Loft Cinema Executive Director Peggy Johnson says that film festivals “give you a sense of the world.” “Film is such a dynamic medium,” Johnson says. “It’s now so easy for people to make films; you don’t need a big budget or big camera. So you get films like The Cave, one of our fest documentaries, about a woman doctor in Syria treating war victims in a cave. A film festival broadens your worldview.”

Urban Renewal

The first event at this year’s TENWEST Impact Festival set the stage for a week of innovation and inspiration, just as it should. The so-called Mayor’s Symposium, facilitated by Tucson’s own Jonathan Rothschild, gathered three former mayors from across the country to talk about the successes and struggles during their tenure

Cactus Conundrum

Almost 20 years ago, the Town of Marana leased 2,400 acres of pristine desert from the Arizona State Land Department. Marana’s lease on the preserve expires in 2099, and payments are set to increase every five years by 10 percent or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is higher.

Untold Stories of Domestic Abuse Survivors in Pima County

Challenging our assumptions about domestic abuse survivors and their experiences can create a community of support and safety

Beverly’s Story

The piece below, written by Beverly Gooden, was originally published by the Today Show in 2014. Gooden is the creator of the #whyistayed movement, which began after the “why doesn’t she leave” question was repeatedly asked of Janay Rice, after a video surfaced of her husband, Ray Rice (formerly of the Baltimore Ravens), physically assaulting Janay.

No Time to Say Goodbye

Mark Flanigan recounts the experience of supporting his dear friend Mitsu who died by suicide one day after disclosing to him that she was in an abusive relationship.

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

Written by April Ignacio, a citizen of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the founder of Indivisible Tohono, a grassroots community organization that provides opportunities for civic engagement and education beyond voting for members of the Tohono O’odham Nation. She is a fierce advocate for women, a mother of five and an artist.


The Range

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Staff Pick Events

  • Democratic Socialists of America @ Southside Presbyterian Church

    • First Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free
  • Meditation and Buddhist study @ Sky Island Zen

    • Mondays, Saturdays No charge. Donations appreciated.
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  • DO(OM) Yoga @ Floor Polish

    • Sundays, 8-9 p.m. $6

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  • Tucson Lights @ The Slaughterhouse

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  • We Aren't Dead Yet @ Monterey Court

    • Thu., Dec. 5, 6:30-9 p.m. $12
  • Winterhaven Festival of Lights @ Winterhaven Neighborhood

    • Dec. 14-29, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free

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