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A video primer on socialism

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In this digital short, University of Arizona Professor of Government and Public Policy, Dr. John P. Willerton, explains some of the history of socialism, sharing his views on the roles it plays in other countries and how America differs. To show the disparity between the two parties in a millennial perspective, Zoey Kotzambasis brings a Republican perspective Joseline Mata provide the Democratic view of socialism.     Victoria Teplitz and Anna Mae Ludlum are reporters for Arizona Sonora News Service,a service from the School of Journalism with the University of Arizona. Contact Victoria Teplitz at Contact Anna Mae Ludlum at...

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Killing the San Pedro

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  A colossal proposed housing development in Benson, Arizona, threatens to deplete the San Pedro River and the local water supply within five years of completion.       *Click the Image for Full Article*   Access a Microsoft Word version of the article and high-resolution photos click HERE Jordan Glenn is a reporter for Arizona Sonora News, a service provided by the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona. Contact him at

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Budget spends millions for unwanted Border Strike Force

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The latest budget deal spends million of dollars on a new Border Strike Force created at Gov. Ducey’s request last year, but border county sheriffs say they want no part of it. The budget deal appropriates a total of $26.6 million to the Department of Public Safety specifically for the Border Strike Force under its command, which is about $5 million less than Ducey’s original $31.5 million bid. During his State of the State speech in January, Ducey called the Border Strike Force “a partnership between local, state and federal law enforcement that’s providing a force multiplier in the fight against drug cartels and border crimes.” That partnership was rocky from the start, spurring criticisms from border sheriffs in Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz and Yuma counties. They remain skeptical about the Border Strike Force’s need, operational plan, effectiveness and...

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Foley’s War: Occupying the U.S.-Mexico Border

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Wind whips through the dry grass at the base of the U.S.-Mexico border fence where Tim Foley stands smoking a cigarette and surveying vast wilderness of the Altar Valley. Here, just west of the Sasabe border crossing, the 20-foot tall steel fencing abruptly gives way to straggling barbed wire as the physical border, so easily drawn on a map, cuts across rugged terrain into the Baboquivari Mountains and the Tohono O’odham reservation. Foley brings people to this spot to demonstrate what he considers a lack of border security. Places like this are wide open. Anyone can pass through. Not that the fence is stopping anybody anyway, he says. The founding member of the Arizona Border Recon, Foley, with his loyal pitbull Rocco, leads a group of well-armed volunteers who patrol the desert for people and drugs crossing illegally from...

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Cattle rustlers making hay again

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Cattle thieves took more than $100 grand from Doug Kuhn, and the state didn’t have the resources to seek justice. It’s impossible to know exactly how much Kuhn lost. He’s a rancher. Ranchers rarely know exactly how many animals they own. All Kuhn knew for sure, is that he was missing one-quarter of his herd. He estimates that thieves took 54 cows and their calves from one of his pastures just outside of Willcox. If each cow had a calf with her, which he believes they did, that’s 108 animals he potentially lost. According to Kuhn, each cow-calf pair is worth $3,000 today, so he would have lost about $162,000. From 2014 to 2015, livestock theft cases reported to the state rose by 120 percent. Already in the current fiscal year, 29 possible livestock theft cases have been reported. That’s more than half of...

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“This newest Mecca of the hopeful”: The fingerprints of John P. Clum’s legacy

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He was the only man to put Geronimo in chains. He gave witness to the most famous gunfight in the West. He was one of the most prominent publishers in Arizona. To some of his contemporaries, John Philip Clum was an “egotistical ass”. To others, he was an advocate for the Apaches, a capable editor of Pinal County’s first newspaper, and a champion of Tombstone, both as Epitaph editor and the town’s first elected mayor. The fingerprints of his legacy surround us today, thanks in part to 30 seconds of madness in 1881. If Arizona is critical to the Old West mythos, so Clum is critical to the realities of Arizona’s territorial days. But his journey began in New York, eventually taking him to Rutgers where he briefly played football. Clum had been studying for the ministry, but divinity was...

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A candidate hopes to be ‘Your Huckleberry’

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Mike Carrafa threw his foot on the brake, stuck his head out a Jeep door to give a shout to a city worker filling a pothole. The man with the shovel straightened defensively, sighed, recognizing the vehicle. He had an idea where the conversation was going. In the Old West narrative, the sheriff runs the town. Though, as Carrafa will point out, the mayor runs Tombstone. On April 5, outspoken resident Mike Carrafa announced over Facebook his intention to run for mayor of Tombstone. Ten days later, Dusty Escapule, the city’s present mayor, reacted in an article in his Tombstone News, “Mayor Escapule Responds to Mike Carrafa’s Allegations,” addressing in 1,900 words, and a few exclamation points, why he thinks Carrafa’s reasons for running are wrong. There’s long been bad blood between Carrafa and Escapule. The weather was windy, blowing dust...

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‘Beer n’ Balls’ puts new taste on the table

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Sliders, stuffed jalapeños and a bowl of chili made from mouth-watering bull calf testicles, also known as the Rocky Mountain Oysters. Wait … what? I have to eat those things to graduate? Why me? Yeah, you heard right, minus the mouth-watering part. The event is named Beer n’ Balls and has been held at the Four Deuces Saloon in Tombstone for the past six years. The drive from Tucson to Tombstone seemed to be one of the longest hour-and-a-half of driving I’ve ever done in my life. I was not at all thrilled to have a few mouths full of testicles. Not really the ideal way to spend my Saturday afternoon. But I will do what I have to do to get a good grade in this journalism class. When I arrived at the festival, I felt a bit like an...

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Navajo rugs: More than just a pretty base

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GANADO – Maggie Mannie, 83, assisted by her tall, strapping grandson, walked into Hubbell Trading Post with business on her mind. In one hand she held her cane and in the other, two rolled-up weavings, her own handwork. Edison Eskeets, the post’s trader, stepped up to the old oak counter and looked over Miss Mannie’s goods: one with the image of a sand painting, a stylized turtle; the other called Yei Bi Chei, human-like forms sacred to the Diné people. Eskeets got out his tape measure, and the work of the trading post commenced. Though many customers and tourists stood about observing and listening, there was almost no point, since the business was all conducted in Navajo. Finally, Eskeets drew out the post’s checkbook and Miss Mannie, check in hand, walked out the door. Eskeets said this is business as...

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Bare-handed baseball and Bisbee

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When the umpire yelled “strikers to the line,” it was clear immediately, this was not an ordinary baseball game. There is nothing ordinary about bare-handed baseball — or the town of Bisbee for that matter. The Copper City Classic vintage baseball tournament has been held annually at Bisbee’s historic Warren Ballpark for the past seven years. “This is what baseball is all about, it doesn’t get more authentic than this,” said Mike Anderson, captain of the Bisbee Black Sox. “A day at the park, band playing in the stands, and some really nice weather.” Vintage baseball is baseball for diehards, those who truly love and honor the traditions and history of the game. The perfect tradition for Bisbee, a town that still resembles a postcard of 1920s small town America. Games are played without gloves, which makes fielding a comedy...

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