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Guns, background checks, dark money — they got it all

The Greasy Pole

House Speaker David Gowen has ruled that reporters must pass extensive background checks before they can get onto the floor of the Legislature to cover the session.

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Why the heck do I still love this game so?

More Than a Game

Harried, harassed and hungry, I finally found my seat for the Diamondbacks’ season opener, already wondering why I’d come.

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Authors and their creations: Who controls who? Part 2

Your Turn

As I said last week, it has always seemed ironic to me that much the same thing happened to the two most widely read writers of detective mysteries.

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Newland, Wong made lasting impact on outdoor fraternity

Outdoors Under the Rim

In the last month, two life-long outdoorsmen passed away that made a lasting impact on the fishing and hunting fraternity in the Rim Country.

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Authors and their creations – Who controls who?

Your Turn

It has always seemed ironic to me that almost the same thing happened to each of the two most widely read writers of detective mysteries, two people whose books and short stories are still bought and read today — Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Paulson’s super-human performance best I’ve ever seen

More Than a Game

I’ve seen plenty of memorable moments in my 31 years as a sports writer for newspapers in Arizona, Michigan and Alabama.

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You can learn something new every day when you read

Your Turn

By now I guess that you know I like to read. I picked up the habit when I was young and have been at it ever since

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Broken leg leads to valuable lessons

More Than a Game

I climbed to the top of a boulder and stood there wondering how to get down the other side. The rock’s surface sloped down at a 45-degree angle. I didn’t know how to navigate the 10 feet to the ground.

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Sometimes we have no idea how close we are to a bit of history

Your Turn

A few weeks ago I finished up a column about a close call I’d had on a Navy aircraft, which ran out of fuel taxiing in after a mid-winter flight over icy seas. A few gallons less and we’d have crash-landed in the North Sea. Chances of survival? Probably few and none.

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Seeing some admired pioneer’s picture can be a shock

Your Turn

Whatever you do, don’t let your kids read about an American hero, get a glorious image of him fixed in their heads, and then see a photograph of him. Oh, well. Go ahead, but plan on having some disappointed kids!

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A tale of Teddy

Your Turn

If you’re thinking that the Teddy in the title to this column is a teddy bear or Teddy Roosevelt, think again.

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Bigfoot sightings abound in early Rim Country history

Things that go ‘snap’ in the night

A while ago someone posed a question about why there aren’t any Sasquatch stories from any of the early Rim Country pioneer families.

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Plan on being surprised visiting a foreign country – Episode 2

Your Turn

Five or six weeks ago I mentioned that if you go abroad you should plan on “enjoying” a few small surprises — and maybe some not-so-small ones.

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There’s thinking and then there’s just thinking you’re thinking – Part 3

Your Turn

Last week we talked about the original “Star Trek” series, some very fine science fiction by the way, and we came across a small glitch in the thinking of the writers over which — if it were ever to come true — there would be hell to pay.

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Bouncing along on a historic road

Jeepin’ in Rim Country

Today we have the fifth part of our series about the route the old-timers drove when they wanted to go to the Valley in the early 1950s. In this segment we will travel from the Slate Creek Divide, at the Gila/Maricopa County line, on down to Sunflower.