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Today's coronavirus pandemic has parallels to 1917-18 influenza outbreak

The current national emergency has drawn comparisons to the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918, which killed tens of millions. Though the loss of life was tragic for the community, decisive action by local officials prevented the sort of disaster that was seen in other places.... Read more»

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Ronstadts' local contributions go well beyond music

Last year’s acclaimed documentary about Linda Ronstadt brought renewed attention to one of Tucson’s most storied families. While the Ronstadts’ considerable contributions to the Old Pueblo’s business and cultural life are well-known, their contributions to Pima County’s political development are not as frequently discussed.... Read more»

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Remembering Arizona's deadliest train wreck

The 1903 disaster at Esmond Station, near Tucson and the deadliest train wreck in Arizona history, is an example of an incident that affected an entire community and changed the course of political history, but the crash and the place where it occurred, were unremembered and neglected for decades.... Read more»

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Veteran county recorder served as model for public-service employees

At the time of her resignation, Pima County Recorder Anna Sullinger had been in office for 37 years, longer than any individual in Arizona history save for U.S. Sen. Carl Hayden.... Read more»

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The birth of public schools in Pima County

The office of Superintendent of Schools is rooted in territorial times, and is a critical part of the story of the evolution of the public school system in Arizona. ... Read more»

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Arthur Pack: Successful businessman was also conservation pioneer

For most Pima County residents these days, the name Arthur Pack is usually mentioned in the context of golf because of the noteworthy Lee Trevino designed course at a park named after him on the Marana-Oro Valley frontier. Arthur Pack was prominent a businessman and philanthropist whose impact on conservation policy is still felt locally. His influence extends well beyond Pima County as well.... Read more»

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Ambitious road leading to Mt. Lemmon has an interesting history

Construction of the highway up the south face of the Catalina Mountains proved slow and difficult, taking more than a decade. But for hundreds of thousands of county residents, the winding road presents the promise of a respite from the desert heat.... Read more»

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Pima County has long history of helping those in need

Pima County has provided for the less fortunate in one way or another since its earliest days, more often than not in partnership with community groups.... Read more»

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Nabor Pacheco served as Pima County's first Mexican-American sheriff

Since the very beginning, Mexican-Americans have been prominent in local politics, but have largely been underrepresented in elected office.... Read more»

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County Attorney Schafer led murder prosecution of notorious 'Pied Piper' Schmid

The history of Pima County includes a number of fascinating trials, the stories of these each speak to a specific time and place. The tragic and bizarre trial of murderer Charles Schmid in 1966 is no exception. The case brought unwanted scrutiny to Tucson, and drew the attention of a nationally famous trial lawyer. ... Read more»1

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When the governor & county attorney clashed

The 1960s were a time of transition for Arizona as the state's rapid postwar growth transformed its political leanings from Democratic to Republican. Into this political turmoil stepped a crusading Pima County attorney whose career ambitions led him to feud with a reform-minded governor from Tucson.... Read more»

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Troubled legacy: Barrio razing paved way for Downtown gov't construction

Half a century ago, the city of Tucson, in the name of progress, razed the oldest and most vibrant neighborhood in Arizona, a move that continues to inspire lingering bitterness in the community. Though the project was driven by the city, Pima County had a role in what occurred, and the aftermath transformed county government.... Read more»

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Quijotoa: The mining town that was

For most of Pima County's history, Tucson, by far our largest city, was also our only incorporated municipality. As other communities quite distant from the county seat would emerge with mining booms and railroad development, officials were left with the problem of how to adequately serve residents there. ... Read more»

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Removing Az politicians from office not unprecedented

Earlier this month, Arizonans were treated to the rare spectacle of the State House of Representatives voting to remove one of their own for misbehavior in office. The press was quick to point out that this was not an unprecedented act, but one would have to go back 70 years to see when it happened before. Clearly, this is an extreme measure. ... Read more»