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Cullen: Omicron inevitably 'dominant' in Pima County; COVID cases will rise with holiday gatherings

The new Omicron variant is expected to soon arrive in Pima County, and new COVID-19 infections will increase even before that as people are exposed during holiday gatherings, Pima County Health Director Theresa Cullen said.... Read more»

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Thanksgiving dinner will cost Arizonans 5% more this year, but that’s less than average U.S. hike

The average price of a Thanksgiving feast for 10 people is $53.31, up $6.41 from last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual price survey. The higher prices are pretty much across the board: turkey, cranberries, frozen dinner rolls and pie crusts.... Read more»

Protect yourself from salmonella this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I regret to inform you that there’s a multidrug-resistant salmonella outbreak running rampant in the nation’s poultry industry.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Goldman: This Thanksgiving give thanks to immigrants

This Thanksgiving every American should all be thankful for immigrants. Immigrants are the artery that keeps the heart pumping in this country.... Read more»

Pima County sheriff's deputies on look-out for Thanksgiving DUI offenders

The Pima County Sheriff's Department will step up enforcement of Arizona's drunk-driving laws this weekend.... Read more»

Guest opinion

What happened in Virginia 4 months after first Thanksgiving better reflects America's origins

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in New England and that story has become an important part of how Americans view the founding of their country - but what happened four months later could be far more reflective of the country’s origins.... Read more»

Thanksgiving will delay trash pick up, close Tucson gov't offices

Government offices — like the city of Tucson's — will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday.... Read more»

Tucson airport holiday travel nears pre-pandemic levels

As Tucson air travel returns to prepandemic levels, passengers with plans to fly from Tucson International Airport are asked to allow extra time for safety measures. ... Read more»

Pack your patience: Holiday travel could reach pre-pandemic levels

Thanksgiving is historically the busiest time of the year for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and despite the lingering effects of the pandemic, airport officials expect that to be the case again next week. ... Read more»

Commentary

Why face masks belong at your Thanksgiving gathering

COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, and it is poised to completely disrupt the holiday season. As people make holiday plans and think about ways to reduce the risks to their loved ones, a strategy is essential. ... Read more»

No new restrictions as Ducey warns pandemic end is 'not on the horizon'

Gov. Doug Ducey will not enact a statewide mask mandate or other new restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the state faces rising case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths from the disease amid a nationwide resurgence of the coronavirus.... Read more»

Officials: COVID-19 keeps coming for Arizona, and the death toll could be 'staggering'

Health officials Wednesday warned of a “staggering” death toll in Arizona as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise unabated, citing fatigue over COVID-19 and crowded holiday gatherings as potential dangers.... Read more»

Rising COVID cases leave Arizona 'headed toward exponential growth'

Rising COVID-19 numbers across Arizona are a trend reminiscent of early summer conditions that preceded a spike in cases and rollback of measures to reopen businesses, a prominent health expert said Wednesday.... Read more»

Cold turkey: Chilly and wet Thanksgiving expected across Arizona

Another cold and wet week is setting up across Arizona, which, unfortunately, will affect the Thanksgiving holiday. The approaching storm looks to be the biggest to take aim at the state so far this winter season, making for messy holiday travel.... Read more»

The Conversation

How to bridge the political divide at the holiday dinner table

Sure, America is divided, but income inequality and an economy favoring the rich may be issues families can agree on over holiday dinner — if we can get over our tribal divides.... Read more»

Ducey: Pause in appreciation at Thanksgiving table

This week, as Arizonans gather and reconnect with family and friends to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, and later the leftovers, as we cheer for our favorite football teams and dust off the Christmas decorations — we're reminded of the many blessings God has provided us with. ... Read more»

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