Champion mounted markswoman Annie Bianco-Ellett knows her shoot.
It’s Sunday morning at the Arizona State Championships of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association. One after another, the cowboys and cowgirls ride and shoot. While they wait for the signal, their restless mounts execute tight little circles, seeming almost to pirouette with eagerness. At last the buzzer sounds, and the contestants gallop into the covered arena at Horseshoe Park in Queen Creek, toward a diagonal row of 10 tall white pylons, each with a red or blue balloon on top.
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.
Death in the Brotherhood
Who killed Cave Creek Hells Angel Patrick Eberhardt? There are some striking theories on the street. ...
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...
Where will you live in 2035? Who will be Arizona governor in 2050? What about that bullet train to Tucson? And zombies? Steal a glimpse of the Phoenix that could be. ...
Bryan Patrick Miller enjoyed popularity in the Phoenix cosplay scene. Now others ponder the link between his mutant-slaying persona and the crimes for which he’s accused. ...
As badly as the recent Veterans affairs scandal has tarnished the agency’s reputation... ...