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Sustainable in Sedona: As tourism rises, city’s free shuttles ease parking problems

Tourists looking for socially distanced outdoor activities flocked to Sedona during the pandemic, adding to traffic congestion, noise and air pollution in red rock country - in response, the city launched the Sedona Shuttle to get hikers to popular trailheads.... Read more»

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The truth about St. Patrick’s Day

The Festival of St. Patrick began in the 17th century as a religious and cultural commemoration of the bishop who brought Christianity to Ireland. In Ireland, there’s still an important religious and cultural component to the holiday, even as it has simply become an excuse to wear green and heavily drink in the rest of the world.... Read more»

Play ball? Not yet as battle for MLB season carries on after spring training delayed

The arrival of spring in Arizona typically means one thing - baseball is here. But even as the weather warms up to 80 degrees and the sun shines more brightly, a frozen winter carries as a work stoppage has delayed the start of the 2022 season’s spring training.... Read more»

Pima County to spend $1 million in COVID relief grants to promote tourism recovery

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of using $1 million in federal COVID relief funding to promote tourism. Two grants awarded to Visit Tucson and Tucson City of Gastronomy will help advertise the local UNESCO designation. ... Read more»

DHS tightens vaccination requirements for travelers at border crossings

The Department of Homeland Security began requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination over the weekend for essential as well as nonessential travel across the U.S.-Mexico border - a requirement expected since last fall, but one that raises concerns among officials in border towns.... Read more»

Havasupai tribe, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, will block tourism until June

The Havasupai Nation's Tribal Council has extended a resolution closing the nation to tourism four times since March 2020 due to due to COVID-19 concerns, the latest extension being passed in December 2021and expanding the suspension of tourism until June 1, 2022.... Read more»

Burro racing? A nod to mining, Arizona communities embrace the competition

Burros made their way into the Southwestern United States more than 3,000 years ago, and the hard-working animals played a huge role in mining and exploring. Now, in the last few years, burro racing has taken place in Superior, Black Canyon City and Tombstone to keep the history alive.... Read more»

Nogales se prepara con la frontera ahora abierta

​​Después de 19 meses, Nogales, Arizona, una ciudad fronteriza, reabrió el lunes 8 de noviembre para los viajeros no esenciales de México, dando esperanzas a sus 20,000 residentes y los negocios podrán regresar a la pre pandemia normal. ... Read more»

Nogales businesses hope reopening the border will reverse losses from pandemic

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»

MMA with a twist of cannabis: Combat sport meets marijuana at Arizona RUF, Puff & Rumble event

On the heels of the Arizona State Boxing & MMA commission allowing fighters to consume marijuana freely until fight day, promoter RUF 44 hosted “RUF, Puff & Rumble at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, the first time the two industries have collided in the Valley.... Read more»

As pandemic border restrictions stopped Mexicans from visiting family in U.S., American tourists crossed freely into Mexico

Cross-border traffic at land ports has risen as economies on both sides of the border have reopened and vaccines have become widely available in the U.S. and northern Mexico. ... Read more»

Visit Tucson CEO leaving for Texas, search begins for replacement

Brent DeRaad, Visit Tucson’s President & CEO for the past nine years, announced his resignation today to become the head of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau in Texas.... Read more»

First nationwide look at racial breakdown of career education confirms deep divides

Statistics released as part of new federal data on student enrollment in career and technical programs help paint a picture of a system in which Black and Hispanic students benefit less often from classes connected to higher-paying careers and college degrees than their white peers.... Read more»

Shrinking rural America faces state power struggle

As states turn to drawing new state legislative and congressional districts after census numbers come out Aug. 12, they’re likely to find that rural, generally conservative areas have shrunk in the past 10 years and stand to lose power in statehouses and Congress.... Read more»

National parks refine ticketed-entry systems to manage visitor boom

Some of the country’s most famous national parks are grappling with an increasingly unsustainable rise in visitors - 327 million visits to U.S. national parks in 2019 — and ticketed-entry systems for summer-season visitors have been implemented at some landmarks.... Read more»

Grand Canyon business owners: Tourists returning, but not like before the pandemic

Grand Canyon National Park has seen a rebound in domestic visitors in 2021 after the pandemic shutdown for several weeks in 2020, but not enough to compensate for the volume of international travelers the park usually attracts, officials say. ... Read more»

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