Reptile-rescuing activists tend one of the Southwest’s most intriguing animal exhibits.
“It’s a learned fear,” Russ Johnson says. “Think about it: the first day of Sunday school. Who’s the heavy?” The longtime lizard lover is speaking of the anxiety or revulsion so many people feel with regard to reptiles. Johnson is clearly immune.
Will Phoenix and Las Vegas get their long-awaited federal interstate? Bet on it.
Biker and former trucker Kenny Ratliff is a regular on the road to Vegas. He’s driven from Phoenix more than 30 times, sometimes for work but always for pleasure – if only to cruise the Strip and observe
Meet Fozzie, the nation’s first full-time crisis response canine.
Their first call as partners was a fatal car crash on the Carefree Highway involving two 15-year-old girls. It was 2 a.m. The first officer on scene found one of the victims dead. Next to the deceased girl was her best friend, holding her hand, very much alive. But she was mute, in shock, unable to tell officers what had happened or if she was hurt.
Police Crisis Intervention Specialist Anthony Pagliuca approached the young girl sitting cross-legged in the middle of the closed-down highway amidst the wreckage and asked her if she was OK with dogs. She nodded. He gave his partner, Fozzie, the all-clear, and Fozzie did what dogs do best – he sat his furry behind down in the girl’s lap. She leaned over to hug him and started to cry. Ten minutes went by, and finally, the girl spoke. “What’s this dog’s name?”
The recent flurry of female-related legislation has lead many to declare – and deny – the existence of a War on Women. As usual, Arizona finds itself on the front lines.
Two thousand fifty. That’s approximately the number of legal provisions introduced nationally in 2011 and early 2012 related to women’s reproductive health and rights. Thought we were in the Year of an Election? The Year of Recession Recovery? The Year of the Dragon? Nope, it’s the Year of the Uterus. And Uterus Central is Arizona.
Buenas Muchachas - A Ride of Their Own
Denied membership in the male-only Charros service club, a group of well-connected professional ladies go gaucho on their own.
On a Friday night in April, roughly two dozen of Scottsdale’s most accomplished women are sitting around a fire at the Circle Z Ranch near Patagonia.
Beware, Arizona wineries: Water-hogging farms are drinking your milkshake.
“I drink your milkshake!” oilman Daniel Plainview memorably exulted in the 2007 film There Will Be Blood. Played by Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis, Plainview was explaining – via dessert-fueled analogy – how he secretly cleaned out a neighboring oil well.
A Valley calf-roping star’s lifelong fight to thrive despite disability is tested again after a debilitating accident.
Boyd Smith is a man of resolve. Born in Phoenix with no arms and only one fully developed leg, he has lived an honest and hardworking life. He started riding horses at 15 years old and spent decades as a landscaper and respected team calf-roper, and has the belt buckles to prove it.
Death in the Brotherhood
Who killed Cave Creek Hells Angel Patrick Eberhardt? There are some striking theories on the street. ...
With an assist from a motivated widower, Mayo Clinic uncovers a genetic link to a little-known heart condition called SCAD. On Jan. 2, 2011, 51-year-old Judy Alico experienced blurry vision and pain in her right arm. She was rushed from her Scottsda...
In Development: Group/Think
A new breed of niche business incubators in the Valley goes beyond the techie-coworking model. ...
MIXED MEDIA: As badly as the recent Veterans affairs scandal has tarnished the agency’s reputation – secret waiting lists, 115-day wait times, deadly neglect – Americans still trust it more than Congress. According to a recent USA T...
Hells Angels Shootout
After a fierce shootout last year in Chino Valley between members of the Hells Angels and rival bikers the Vagos, it seems a turf battle is brewing. Could Phoenix be a future battleground?It was a peaceful Saturday morning like any other for Terrance...