Archive for the 'Grand Canyon' Category

Army Veteran Helping Others During His Journey Into Blindness

Mike Padgett -

June 15, 2012 GILBERT, Ariz. – The blind Army veteran depended on his nose to lead him to the pizza joint. But his guide dog, responding to his command, entered two doors too early. That wrong turn in the shopping center in 2004 became another turning point for the former Army captain. Tom Hicks was […]

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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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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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Arizona’s housing crisis fueled by many factors; end not yet in sight

Mike Padgett -

Nov. 21, 2008 Arizona’s housing crisis is a complex issue sparked by a long list of factors, ranging from the current national economic crisis, to inadequate state regulations, to families who accepted mortgages they cannot afford, according to Arizona Town Hall’s newest report. Other key influences include speculative investing in new and resale houses and […]

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Close encounters of the not-so-wild kind at the Grand Canyon

Mike Padgett -

Nov. 9, 2008 GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – On a moonless night earlier this month, I found myself in the middle of a herd of deer near the edge of the Grand Canyon’s south rim. I was headed to the parking lot about 10 p.m. But a few feet outside the front door of the El […]

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