Los Dos Molinos is a Valley dynasty – a colorful, kitschy, spicy dynasty. After starting their restaurant business in the far eastern Arizona town of Springerville in the mid-1970s, Victoria and Eddie Chavez set up shop in Mesa on Alma School Road. It was during the long daily commute from the Chavez’s home in Laveen to the Alma School restaurant that Victoria and Eddie first spotted an old, white ranch house just north of South Mountain (pictured above) that had been badly damaged in a fire. The city was planning to destroy the home, but the Chavez family offered to purchase the property and repair it. They placed a bid, cleaned out the interior of the building, replaced the floors, and renovated the space to include a kitchen and bathrooms. In 1989, the third location of Los Dos Molinos opened there.
Fifty years ago this month, conservationists including Barry Goldwater came together to save Camelback Mountain from development.
The tram would rise from the base of Camelback Mountain to an “oasis” at the summit, the black-and-white sketch shows.
With a mountaintop swimming pool and restaurant, the “See Phoenix from the Camel’s Back” project “will be a feature every winter visitor will want to see,” reads the accompanying caption in a 1950 edition of the Scottsdale Gazette. The project never materialized, but an illustration published in the Arizona Republic 13 years later imagined another scenario: five roads slicing across the mountain, a grand hotel perched on top. Pocked with houses from base to summit, Camelback would resemble an Appaloosa, the paper quipped.
Of the many medical ripple effects of the Vietnam War, one of the most important was the advent of helicopter evacuations in medical emergencies.And though the low deserts of Arizona couldn’t be further from the bug-filled jungles of ‘Nam, the Grand Canyon State was the launch pad for the first medical helicopters in the U.S.
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The Lincoln Legacy
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Over the Hump
Fifty years ago this month, conservationists including Barry Goldwater came together to save Camelback Mountain from development. The tram would rise from the base of Camelback Mountain to an “oasis” at the summit, the black-and-white sk...
Fifty-two years ago, Valley TV personality Sherri Finkbine terminated a tragic pregnancy –and unwittingly gave birth to a controversial legacy that lives on today. It was the biggest medical story in Arizona history. And more than a half centu...
As Tempe celebrates its musical legacy, friends remember the troubled life of late Gin Blossoms guitarist Doug Hopkins. Local musician Lawrence Zubia tells a story about Doug Hopkins, in which Hopkins hops a slow-moving freight train at Mill Avenue,...