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Canyon rails

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – The drive to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is easy enough. Get to Flagstaff and it’s only about 90 miles across Arizona’s high country. But why take a car when you can ride a...

DATE: June 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Trash rules inspire better-looking strategy to deter bears

BOULDER (AP) – The idea for CanShed was born from Google Earth images, but founder Mark Rushton is hoping for a boost from the many municipalities, including Boulder, that are implementing...

DATE: June 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Seduced by the desert

PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK, Ariz. – “E xcuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!” I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless...

DATE: May 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Foundations of Cortez formed in sandstone

Stone buildings in Cortez recently celebrated their 105th and 125th birthdays during a party at the Cortez Cultural Center. Fifty people enjoyed a presentation and tours of the Wilson, Calkins,...

DATE: May 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

After eco-cowboy’s death, a family, vision survive

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) – In two weeks, Maggie Hanna of The Dalles will have some of the most painful moments of her childhood – and some reflecting bravery and determination – splashed across the...

DATE: May 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Spain’s legacy in the Southwest

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) – Janire Najera’s stop in Southwest Utah was brief before returning to her journey along Old Spanish Trail earlier this month. The Spaniard hopes her travels will lead to a...

DATE: April 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mapmaker left his mark

Most people in Dolores have heard of the Dominguez-Escalante expedition, the Spanish explorers who came through the area in 1776 and named the Dolores River. But few know about Bernardo Miera y...

DATE: April 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Drones spy hidden ruins

ALBUQUERQUE – R ecently published research describes how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features...

DATE: April 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

When 89-year-old woman dies, so will Navajo presence at Wupatki

WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. – Before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajos whose ancestors returned...

DATE: April 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

In Tucson, the scenery, culture, history are free

TUCSON, Ariz. – Nicknamed “Old Pueblo,” Tucson, Ariz., is a city with many faces. It’s a college town. It’s an artist town. It’s even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern Arizona’s...

DATE: March 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

The promised land

On a hot summer day in 1955 two boys lean impatiently against the red Texaco gas pumps in front of their uncle’s store in Tiffany. They’re waiting for their Uncle Morris to drive them in his red,...

DATE: March 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

At 87, professor stirs up questions about Latinos

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – “By and large, American Latinos are a mixed group of people,” is how Felipe Ortego opens his 22-paragraph entry into what is expected to become the most comprehensive...

DATE: March 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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