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Re-enactors on Allen Street in Tombstone. The 'Town Too Tough to Die' couldn't hold out to make True West Magazine's Top 10 Old West towns.

True West Magazine’s seventh annual ranking of Old West towns across the country, did not include Tombstone in the Top 10, while Prescott was named No. 1. Read more» 1

The Tonto National Forest will be affected by new planning regulations announced by the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday.

The U.S. Forest Service unveiled new planning rules Thursday that it said will emphasize the protection of forest and watersheds while maintaining and creating forest-industry jobs. Read more»

House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, awaits Gov. Jan Brewer’s State of the State address. For the first time since 2004, leaders of both houses in the Legislature are from rural Arizona, and many lawmakers from beyond Phoenix and Tucson say they hope this means more focus on issues important in their areas.

With a new Senate president and a new House speaker, Arizona's rural lawmakers are hoping for a shift in focus from Tucson and Phoenix to more concern over the state's more sparsely populated communities. Read more»

Arizona has depleted its groundwater over the past 70 years enough to fill Lake Powell nearly three times, according to the first federal study of the state’s groundwater since the 1980s. Read more»

Members of the Hopi Tribe constructed a replica of a traditional dwelling for the Arizona Best Fest centennial celebration in Prescott.

As part of Arizona's centennial celebrations, 17 of the state's 22 American Indian tribes created a native village at the Best Fest in Prescott. The festival will later move to Tucson and Phoenix, the other two territorial capitals. Read more»

A report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis highlights the slow growth of metro areas such as Tucson. Although the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area saw the biggest GDP growth in Arizona it wasn’t much growth when compared to the nation’s numbers.

Economic growth in Arizona’s metropolitan areas was a fraction of the national growth rate for metro areas in 2010, according to figures released Tuesday. No metro area in Arizona grew more than 0.7 percent, and two regions – Yuma and Prescott – actually saw GDP shrink. Read more»

Gov. Jan Brewer greets Fran Elliott, co-chair of the Arizona Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, at an exhibit at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. The exhibit is a part of a series of events celebrating Arizona’s centennial.

The state’s centennial effort hits high gear this week with the first Arizona Best Fest, a free street festival that runs from Friday through Sunday in Prescott and later will visit Tucson and Phoenix, the other two territorial capitals. Read more» 1

The slow economy has taken a toll on lumber yards such as Woodlife Pine Inc., a Prescott business run by Joe Agosta. A dropoff in home construction is the biggest factor, industry leaders say.

In 2005, demand for mantlepieces, timbers and decorative wood braces had Joe Agosta's wood mill turning away business. Now a staff of eight has shrunk to three. Across Arizona, anyone working in the wood business, from small mills like Agosta's to larger lumberyards, has seen business drop because of the housing market collapse. Read more»

Prescott High School sophomore Levi Rosdahl, left, and freshman Cassidy Peeples wear their student identification cards as required under the school’s new policy. Students and staff must wear IDs at all times when on campus.

Prescott High School this year ordered all 1,850 of its students to wear identification badges at all times when on campus. It just didn't say how. A few students taped them to their foreheads or made them into T-shirts and placards to protest the new policy. Read more»

The 'Go to Green' mural in Prescott.

A Prescott radio host embroiled in a controversy over an elementary school environmental mural is off the air, while the school reversed a decision to lighten the faces of students depicted in the mural. Read more» 9

Artists say Prescott officials have asked them to lighten the faces on children depicted in a school mural. Read more» 6

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