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Soliciting ordinance quiets Tombstone’s hawkers

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Walking up Allen Street in Tombstone on any given afternoon, smiling cowboys greet and direct tourists around town to ensure they’re receiving the old western treatment the way it should be. The cowboys are friendly and guide tourists to specific spots, because they don’t work for the city, but rather independently owned businesses. They’re advertisers, promoters and a few bad apples ruined the friendly reputation after they were accused of  being too aggressive in luring customers to businesses. The use of vulgar language, intimidating people into attractions and invading personal space was starting to become a problem so the city council stepped in on April 24 and ordered the enforcement of an ordinance that regulates those who shout out solicitations for business as the spring tourism season winds down. The ordinance isn’t new. It’s been brought up on several occasions since 2007...

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Boothill’s micro charge packs macro impact

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There are many items that can be purchased for $3. Three Arizona Iced Teas, a couple of lighters or maybe even a pair of Polar Pops from Circle K, but you will need $3 now to visit Boothill Graveyard. Who wouldn’t want to spend lunch money to see the headstones of the McLaury brothers and Billy Clanton who were shot in the O.K. Corral shooting in 1881?  Row-by-row—seven to be precise, are some of the most well-known and unknown figures of Tombstone history and with the cemetery on the outskirts of downtown, it is the first attraction tourists see when visiting. Boothill used to operate on donation fees and wasn’t operated by the city, but by the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce. On March 14, the city took over Boothill, built a guardhouse and demanded a $3 entry.  “We went through our legal counsel and...

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The power and infamy of Dusty Escapule

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Many love him, many hate him and the ones who dislike Tombstone Mayor Dustin Escapule don’t talk about him because they fear him. The man known as Dusty has made the “town too tough to die” his town. His strong local support and service over five terms in 10 years delivers the last name Escapule as immense authority in Tombstone. He’s a fourth-generation native. His great grandfather settled in Tombstone in 1877, two years before the town was established. Because of similar facial features, his grandfather, John Henry Escapule, was often mistaken as Doc Holliday from the O.K. Corral gunfight. The Escapule roots are deep in Tombstone, but Dusty is a different breed considering his political prowess. Escapule is a good ole’ country boy who looks out for his own. Occasionally he’ll be seen driving his truck around Allen Street sporting...

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