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Bisbee Festival of Lights glows another year

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From the ashes of a fire at City Hall, the City of Bisbee comes together as a community to kick off the holiday season, even if it’s with fewer twinkling lights. The Bisbee Festival of Lights, now in its 29th year, brought its annual holiday spirit to the City of Bisbee on Nov. 24, despite the challenge of losing nearly all the decorations the city has gathered over the years. “We had a lot of stuff that is now gone,” said Lorena Valdez, an administrative assistant for the City of Bisbee Public Works department and one of the event organizers for the Festival of lights. Valdez said when she took the role of organizing the event six years ago, she “started with very little, but did whatever [she] could” with the decorations the city had at the time. Over...

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Racism in school curriculum sheds light on including students in conversation

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Calls for diversity in classroom textbooks have led to tensions over how ethnic groups are represented in school curriculum, boiling down to a case of teaching tolerance and creating more inclusive learning for students. Starting in the 1940s and 1950s following the desegregation of schools, school curriculum hit a crossroad where educators had the opportunity to write new textbooks following the use of previously segregated classroom materials. Textbooks and classroom materials have evolved since desegregation of schools in the 1960s, largely due to advocacy from groups including the NAACP. Textbooks used in classrooms across the country were found to be an issue in subjects from English to biology, not just history. It was a case of institutionalized racism, teaching students subconsciously how to view peers of different racial backgrounds through materials used in school. “For most of history in...

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Vigilante justice paves a centuries long history for Tombstone

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A gunfight that happened in less than a minute in Tombstone on Oct. 26, 1881, left the town with an immortalized piece of history, and a place on the map. The shootout between Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, Doc Holliday against Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Claiborne became the picture of vigilante justice in the Old West. It became good vs. evil, cowboys vs. the law and a shootout in a soon-to-be washed up silver mining town. News of the shooting at the O.K. Corral reached far beyond the town of Tombstone. This less than a minute of western warfare spurred the potential of Tombstone to evolve into a tourist destination today. “A face down, gunfight between men on both sides, the law and the cowboys, there were very few facedown gunfights in the...

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Arizona looks to make a penny on copper industry

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Copper’s value is on the rise, and equipped with new mining technology, Arizona has a promising future in producing the nation’s copper. The value of copper hit $3.20 in mid 2014, before taking a dive to $2.50 in early 2015. It took a significant dip into an all time low of $1.60 in 2016. Now, copper value is rising again, passing $3 for the first time since 2014, according to the NASDAQ stock exchange. Arizona produces 65 percent of the nation’s copper, leading the copper industry in the U.S. As mining continues to become economically feasible, new mine sites have been proposed across the state. New technology for mining had made the production process more sustainable after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set the Clean Air Act into place in 1970 and the Clean Water Act in 1972.  “We...

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