Archive for March, 2010

Arizona Politics Trumps Economics; Students, Needy Families To Suffer

Mike Padgett -

March 21, 2010 EDITORIAL Are Arizona’s leaders, struggling with an overpowering deficit, downsizing state programs too far? Last week, Gov. Jan Brewer signed the state’s fiscal 2011 budget of $8.9 billion, which is a reduction of  $1.1 billion. Budget supporters called the new budget a streamlining of state government. Critics say it is hardhearted, with […]

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Butterfly Exhibit Star Attraction at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

Mike Padgett -

March 14, 2010 PHOENIX, Ariz. – A few steps inside their sanctuary, while I was adjusting my camera, I was embraced by two tiny sparks of life as delicate as moonlight. They grabbed my hand with their tiny feet. All I could do, to avoid startling my two new friends, was stand still. They explored […]

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Desert Viking Starting New Phase of San Marcos Commons in Chandler

Mike Padgett -

March 10, 2010 CHANDLER, Ariz. – Maybe, just maybe, the term “leapfrog development” in central Arizona soon will fade into history, like rotary telephones and index cards. Maybe developers and cities and homebuyers are starting to recognize the value and long-range importance of higher-density communities in central cities, where a sense of community and easier […]

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Arizona’s Sunrise Walks and Wildlife, Chimichangas and Historic Buildings

Mike Padgett -

March 7, 2010 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Just a few of my Arizona favorites: A lone bull elk grazing on the lawn early one November morning as I stepped out of El Tovar Lodge at Grand Canyon. I never had seen a bull elk, much less been so close to one. Lunch at the Arizona Biltmore […]

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A California University’s Chapel is Rooted Deep in State’s Early History

Mike Padgett -

March 4, 2010 SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Out of the corner of my eye, an urban beggar with a long tail distracts me. I was standing on the campus of Santa Clara University, admiring its chapel, the Mission Santa Clara de Asis. The Franciscan mission became the eighth of 21 founded in California in the […]

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