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Top 10 Western Towns: Not Tombstone

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Yet again, Tombstone failed to make the list of  Top 10 of True Western Towns. True West Magazine released the 11th annual ranking of Western towns for 2016 for how each town preserves its Old West History. Lubbock, Texas, snagged the title of No. 1 spot. The rankings were published each year since 2006. Tombstone made the list once at No. 9 in 2014. So, why does the town that champions itself as the epitome of western history not get ranked? Executive Editor Bob “Boze” Bell says it because the town never bothered to submit its case to the magazine. He said editors would just shake their heads while looking through submissions and  asked, “Where’s Tombstone?” Bell said one reason Tombstone did not make previous rankings is due  to factions within the town that fight each other and negate what the...

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Risk takers taste their luck in Tombstone

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John Marshall and Laure Johnston are hoping their new businesses are lucky in the town too tough to die. The odds of their success could be small ,according to experts, but this is a risk worth taking in order for their dreams to become reality. Marshall and Johnston are striving for the ventures not to known as the  restaurant that never was.  While old-timer restaurants continue to thrive, on Allen Street, smaller and newer restaurants fear slow business. According to CNBC, 60 percent of new restaurants fail within the first year while 80 percent shut down before their fifth. Location, technolog, and bills are three of the biggest risks that owners face when running a business. Marshall, the owner of Puny John’s BBQ, which opened in October, explained why he unwrapped his vision of a business in town. “My...

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Tombstone cowboys reveal favorite noshes

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  Everyone has one type of food they crave on a daily basis, however people tend to tell themselves that they do not need it. Located 70 miles from the heart of Tucson, the city of Tombstone invokes an image Western cowboy fare from steak to beans. We traveled to Tombstone to chat with cowboys about their unusual cravings.  We wanted to know what munchies are cowboys’ go-to when raiding their pantry for a midnight snack.  Cassidy Blumenthal is a reporter for Arizona Sonora News, a service from the School of Journalism with the University of Arizona. Contact her at...

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