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(Photo Courtesy Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Department) Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada has served as the countys sheriff for over 25 years. He is currently the only Hispanic sheriff in Arizona.

Tony Estrada: an old, new sheriff for Arizona

Eddie Celaya December 5, 2018

Arizona is known for its tough-on-crime sheriffs. An image of a take-no-prisoners lawman is part of the state’s reputation.  Tony Estrada of Santa Cruz County, currently Arizona’s...

Native Aravaipa fish threatened by demands to extract creek water

Native Aravaipa fish threatened by demands to extract creek water

Monique Irish December 5, 2018

Water rushes mercilessly through the lush green riparian corridor, sweeping everything along its path in a flash flood. The canyon is used to it, and so are the many inhabitants who call this creek...

Business is growing for dispensaries, like the Prime Leaf in Tucson, and many believe it could get even better if the state ever fully legalized marijuana use. Photo by J.D. Molinary/Arizona Sonora News

Marijuana legalization enjoys new high among Americans

J.D. Molinary December 5, 2018

Arizona's voters in 2016 narrowly defeated a proposition to legalize marijuana, but advocates for the measure say they aren't done yet. Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana,...

Biologist Don Swann peers toward Tucson from Saguaro National Park -- North. © Kaite Fletcher, 2018

Climate change and the national park’s saguaro cactuses

Kaitlyn Fletcher December 5, 2018

Tall and resilient, the saguaros of the Sonoran Desert are finding it more difficult to reach maturity as higher temperatures exacerbate drought and leave a trail of young cactus carcasses. A hotter,...

Arleen Kennedy discusses senior t-shirt design with students at Saint David High School on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, in Saint David, Ariz..(Photo by Hannah Dahl/Arizona Sonora News Service)

A Southern belle in the Southwest re-energizes school district

Hannah Dahl December 5, 2018

In a one-horse town just north of the Mexican border, where African-Americans make up less than 1 percent of the population, Arleen Kennedy stands out in more ways than one. She’s bold, confident,...

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