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Ashley Shaw, 13, practices her swing at Wickenburg Ranch’s driving range for the Underrated Golf Tour in July.

Desert Mashie, which joined the United States Golf Association (USGA) in 1950, originally formed in Phoenix for minorities and now has evolved into an organization that welcomes any golfer who wants to learn the game and be involved in the community. Read more»

The Nogales Port of Entry on Morley Avenue has been closed to nonessential travel for 19 months. That changes Monday for visitors who are vaccinated.

After 19 months, Nogales reopened Monday to fully vaccinated, nonessential travelers from Mexico, giving its 20,000 residents hope that business – and life – may return to pre-pandemic normal and just in time for the holidays, normally a booming time of year for merchants. Read more»

There was no data in the study specific to Indigenous/Native American voters - a supplement to the study will be added next year to include more information on Native American voters.

Low-income voters accounted for an estimated 35% of the 168 million votes cast nationwide in the 2020 presidential election, and in Arizona that percentage was estimated to be nearly 40, according to a recent study by the Poor People’s Campaign. Read more»

Predictably, views on masking and vaccination split consistently along party lines, with Democratic parents generally supporting them and Republicans much more resistant.

As the Delta variant spread threatens the safety of classrooms, a poll found nearly two-thirds of parents support schools’ requiring unvaccinated students and teachers to wear masks, but a majority of parents oppose requiring students now eligible for a COVID vaccine to get one. Read more»

An essential worker gets vaccinated at a special event Bashas’ food stores set up for its workers in Chandler. Overall, 30% of all eligible Arizonans have received at least one shot, and about 19% are fully vaccinated, but rates for people of color are lagging.

A March report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention praised only two states for their efforts in getting vaccines to vulnerable communities. One of them was Arizona. But while the federal report shows strong outreach at the broader county level, ZIP code data from the state health department reveals disparities with the vaccination rates in several neighborhoods where residents are predominantly people of color and more impoverished. Read more»

The South Texas ICE Processing Center in Pearsall, Texas.

Coronavirus infections continue to rise at migrant detention facilities in towns with limited resources. Some local governments want details on what’s being done to safeguard the public. Read more»

The CDC’s main coronavirus webpage is offered in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

On March 16, the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a public alert aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The problem: For days, it was in English only – leaving millions of non-English speakers in the U.S. without direct guidance from the federal government amid the deadly and fast-moving pandemic. Read more»

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios Sunday in Washington.

A new poll of Arizona voters gives former Vice President Joe Biden a sizable lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the state’s March 17 primary and suggests Arizona could be in play for the Democrats come the November general election. Read more»

Crossfire lead vocalist Telipochtli Moreno-Cordova says it’s important to allow people to engage with music in ways other than listening. Last fall, the band began using their shows to stage clothing drives for shelters in Tucson that were strained by the number of migrants released by federal authorities.

The Tucson hardcore quartet Crossfire uses lyrics and their shows to educate fans about issues that migrant and indigenous communities face daily. Read more»

Leaders of some of many minority organizations  leave the Republican National Committee offices after meeting with members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.

Leaders of about 20 minority advocacy organizations met with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team in a closed-door meeting Wednesday in what advocates said they hope was one of many meetings to come. Read more»

Disney introduced a new princess to its Magic Kingdom this month, but the public’s response was about much more than the style of her dress or what type of animal friends she will have. Princess Elena of Avalor will arrive to the Disney Junior network in 2016 as the first Latina princess and her character is spurring conversations on what it truly means to represent a Latin American in pop culture. Read more»

Tom Tancredo at CPAC

Immigration, the political issue, came and went with a whimper at this year's CPAC convention. But that didn't stop Tom Tancredo from predicting Armageddon to his shrinking base. One Arizona activist said Cochise County is "in the control of the Sinaloa cartel." Read more» 3

Latino voters had a lot to be steamed about in this midterm election. Immigrant bashing reached a new low this campaign season and Latino voters reacted, causing significant reverberations. Read more» 1

State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, speaks at a news conference at which Democratic leaders and Latino activists urged members of minority groups to participate in the 2010 Census.

To get its fair share of federal funding and congressional representation out of the U.S. census, Arizona must alleviate fears and generate interest among Latino residents, Democratic leaders and community activists said Friday. Read more»