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A New Moon at Sunset in Arizona

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Jan. 13, 2011 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The distraction of Arizona sunsets from our back patio, like this one recently, often washes away the intellectual static created by local politics. I dream of the day when we have leadership with this much brilliance. Copyright photo by Mike Padgett (To avoid missing news, features and photos on […]

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Nature’s Artistry in October in Northeastern Arizona

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Nov. 28, 2010 Driving east from Show Low, Ariz., in October 2009, with the radio off, I was distracted by the windy weather. Shafts of sunlight knifing through the clouds added splashes of gold to the countryside. (Copyright photo by Mike Padgett) (To avoid missing news, features and photos on www.ArizonaNotebook.com, sign up for convenient […]

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Medical Emergency Gives Special Meaning to Thanksgiving

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Nov. 23, 2010 Every day at sunset, a shy bird flies to our patio and rings our bronze bell. And two days ago, a nurse did a happy two-step to help celebrate my medical progress. These are two of life’s little joys that I probably would have overlooked in the past. But a recent medical […]

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New High-Rise Crowned With Lights Hosts Downtown Phoenix Party

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Nov. 9, 2010 PHOENIX, Ariz. – The backers of a $900 million high-rise development in downtown Phoenix and city officials partied for four days last weekend. On Nov.  4, a Thursday, Mayor Phil Gordon launched a four-day grand opening of CityScape’s first phase with his annual State of Downtown speech. Musical entertainment and a Sunday […]

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Of Odd Dreams, a Leg Infection and Dedication to Medical Careers

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Aug. 8, 2010 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The strangest dreams invaded my nights earlier this month. Instead of counting sheep, I encountered monstrous images. In a narrow tunnel with falling flakes of gold, I faced a smiling lime green snake large enough to swallow a bull. Under a black sky, I floated over an endless sea […]

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New Book Delivered by Arizona’s ‘Cowboy Baby Doctor’

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April 16, 2010 KINGMAN, Ariz. –An Arizona doctor who once a month rides his horse into the Grand Canyon to treat Native American patients is touring the state to promote his first book. Dr. Kenneth Jackson, known in Kingman as the “cowboy baby doctor,” is the author of “Manifest West.” He will be at book […]

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Arizona Politics Trumps Economics; Students, Needy Families To Suffer

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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

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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

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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

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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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