explorernews.com on Facebook
- Video Gallery
- Special Sections
Before I lived in one, I always thought that neighborhoods with Homeowner’s Associations were better than those without. I imagined manicured lawns and pride of ownership and major curb appeal—all great things when it comes to resale value. I’m here to tell you that I was wrong. Now that I own a home and am subject to CC&R’s, I get to see the good, the bad and the oh so very ugly.
When the Pima County Board of Supervisors created the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan in 1999 the perception of the plan was that it was for the protection of natural lands outside of or bordering metropolitan Tucson. That perception was amplified in 2004 when county voters ratified the plan through the approval of $165 million in bond funds for environmentally sensitive land acquisition.
Experience Sabino Canyon -- riparian wonderland in Coronado National Forest -- by moonlight aboard a tram. Night is a special time when desert creatures emerge from daytime siestas to prowl around the cool desert floor, and the moon gently illuminates the silhouettes of stately saguaro cacti. During September-November and April-June, Sabino Canyon Tours offers evening rides three nights per month.
The Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society (TCSS) will hold a 2014 Blooming Barrel Sale from 7:30 to 11 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 17 at 4342 N. 4th Ave. (first street west of First Avenue and south of Wetmore.) Gates open at 7 p.m. with vendor sales at 7:30 a.m.
Monsoons – what the O’odham people call the “male rain” of intense summer storms – green the desert, ripen prickly pear cacti fruit, and bring out mosquitoes and the critters that eat them.
On Friday, July 18, at about 8:50 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to a report of someone ringing a doorbell twice and leaving on the 1000 block of Wes Squawbush Court. Police found a 15-year-old boy who admitted to ringing the doorbell. He said that he was trying to get his girlfriend to come to the door and let him in. He said he would have called, but his mother “smashed” his phone during an argument. Police took the boy home to find out what caused him to leave. Police learned the boy had lied to his parents about completing homework and also about parents being present while he was at his girlfriend’s house. The mother broke the phone, because it was hers, for the lying. The boy pushed his mother and left to go back to his girlfriend’s house. Police told the parents there was probable cause to arrest their son for disorderly conduct. To boy was informed of the charge and released to his parents.
Scott McMahon, Cactaceae Collections manager at the Phoenix Desert Garden, will address the Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society’s meeting 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Junior League, 2099 E. River Road.
Three days a week you will find Andy Morales at Rio Vista Elementary School. On the surface this would not seem like much of a big deal, after all he is the school’s physical education teacher, but Morales does not have any classes to teach. Technically, Morales is on summer vacation, but still comes out those three days a week to tend to various projects he has going on.
My family doesn’t do the ham thing on Easter. Rather, we have a long-standing tradition of holding a backyard barbecue every Easter. This year was no different. After sufficiently stuffing ourselves with deviled eggs and jellybeans, my family was sitting around the patio table in the backyard as my husband manned the grill. I should tell you that our house is very rural. We live on an acre out in the desert. Just over the wall from our landscaped backyard, there exists every species of cacti, reptile and desert animal you’ve ever come across. Back to my story though. So there we were, sitting around the patio table when we heard the most disturbing screechy, squeaky sound I’ve ever heard. Those of us tall enough to peer over the wall ran to it and, well, peered over. And that, my friends, is when we saw a really long, really yucky snake. (Is there any other kind?) This particular one was a coachwhip, which I’m assured are not venomous.
Best Mom and Pop Business Two-time winner
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ron Barber has urged Tesla Motors to build its new 6,500-job battery factory in Southern Arizona, citing the research expertise of the University of Arizona, the area’s transportation facilities and quality of life and a workforce that is diverse and well-educated.
Scented herbs, freshly arranged flowers, seasoned vegetables and fruits and desert trees fill a 3.5-acre lot at Rillito Nursery and Garden Center where employees daily care for the plants. For many years now, the nursery has served people by providing well-grown plants, landscaping, educational tips and a garden center.
Rillito Nursery and Garden Center sells a variety of cacti.
When an event reaches its 10-year anniversary, it signifies something special. When that event continues to be hosted at the same venue year after year, it’s an accomplishment.
At first, the concept of eating flowers may seem somewhat unusual, but if you have ever had broccoli or cauliflower then you’ve eaten flowers! Humans have been eating flowers for millennia, in many different cultures and in some truly tasty dishes. Desert peoples are no exception. They found many ways to use the desert plants around them.
Art Dahlstrand said he has only volunteered for two things in his life, once when he joined the Marines at the age of 17 during World War II, and a second time when he volunteered to paint a 12-foot by 25-foot mural.
Before moving to the desert nine years ago, my family and I lived in Colorado for a short time. Prior to that, we lived on California’s central coast and so the prospect of Colorado’s snowy winters was a novel one. Unfortunately, the icy winters I looked forward to came to be well ahead of schedule. You can imagine how a girl born and raised in California was taken quite by surprise when snowflakes began falling in October. Those snowflakes pretty much kept falling through mid-May. By then the novelty of it all had given way to frustration with the bitter cold, the constant sludgy mess and the inability to drive without sliding all over the road. Had we stayed longer, I may have gotten used to mountain life. Stranger things have happened.