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Students soar with Wright Flight

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If you place a kid in a cockpit and give him the controls to an airplane, you might change the trajectory of his life. Wright Flight is an organization specializing in “helping kids reach new heights.” The nine-week program introduces elementary through high school students to the basics of aviation. More importantly, it teaches students how to set and attain goals. Wright Flight concludes with a “fly day” in which students co-pilot a single engine airplane. “We have the chance to change kids’ lives through aviation,” says Wright Flight founder Robin Stoddard.  When Stoddard was a young fighter pilot, he’d take leave to fly with missionaries in Mexico. It was there that he saw firsthand how excited kids were around airplanes. Since its inception in 1986, the program has flown 30,000 students. Wright Flight works with over 30 schools...

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Mescal: Old West film site sets stage for nearly 50 years

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MESCAL — For those touring this dusty main street lined with a jail, saloon and “cowboy cafe,” it’s easy to envision western film greats propped up against one of the worn structures, rehearsing lines or taking cues from a director. Tour guide Frank Brown, 81, looks like he just walked off a movie set. He wears pinstriped trousers and a paisley-printed shirt tucked beneath a button-up vest. A coal-black bandana wraps around his neck and a beige, low-crowned cowboy hat sits atop his head. A gun holster, sheriff’s badge and circular eyeglasses are his outfit’s finishing touches. As he answers questions from the tour group’s film buffs, Brown informs that he has appeared in quite a few movies shot at this location, just west of Benson off Interstate 10. His appreciation for the place is apparent. “It’s become a thing that...

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Native American women have something to say

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Weaving through downtown streets during the Tucson Women’s March, an organized group of 200 people held homemade signs and shouted, “We are still here!” The group on Jan. 21 represented more than 15 indigenous nations ranging from Canada and Alaska to Mexico, although most were Tohono O’odham women from Southern Arizona. “It sounds like this really peachy experience — that we had a very visible group,” said Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, a Tohono O’odham woman and community organizer. “(But) even though we were ‘200 strong,’ we were still shafted.” About 15,000 women marched, yet O’odham women were still left in the shadows, she said. They had no part in organizing presentations, prayers, songs or speakers. “Afterward, I saw the agenda and my heart fell when I saw that there was no native presence in it whatsoever,” Cázares-Kelly said. But this isn’t anything new....

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