Here is another from a series of weddings from earlier days. This photo is from the Gorraiz Collection. The Museum of Casa Grande would appreciate any information about faces and names availab…
This year we get two cars that were previously sold as a hardtop coupe only but are now offered with an optional convertible top for open-air driving. First up is the Chevrolet Corvette. The starting tab is reasonable at $66K, but with all the options we hit $91K.
The Subaru Crosstrek is an excellent compact SUV. The main complaint prior to this 2021 version was the lack of a powerful engine. All we got was a weak 2.0-liter, putting out an anemic 152 horsepower. That motor is still available, but this new optional 2.5 rated at 182 hp makes the difference.
This week we get some practical people haulers starting with the Honda Odyssey minivan. There have been many updates starting in the 2021 version, but the same 3.5-liter V6 engine is rated at 280 horsepower and hooked to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Toyota Highlander was redesigned in 2020, but nothing radical, just a good refresh. Some outside styling has changed, but onlookers will still recognize the model.
The Honda Civic has a reputation for being a quality economy car with a low $20K starting price. Then we have this Type R version, which costs a bit more at $39K. For this fee you get a potent road racer with 306 horsepower, a slick six-speed manual gearbox and a tuned suspension designed fo…
SUPERIOR — Resolution Copper has completed a $75 million restoration and reclamation project of 475 acres impacted by close to a century of the old Magma Mine’s operations.
For this issue we get two of the most rugged off-road vehicles on the market. First up is the Toyota Land Cruiser. This is a serious rig, with four-wheel drive, locking differentials, crawl control, high ground clearance and a massive frame built like a tank. This would explain the massive w…
CASA GRANDE -- When Shelley Pooler started volunteering as a dog-walker at the Valley Humane Society a few months ago, her goal was to find solace and peace after losing her beloved dog of 10 years, Tatum.
TUCSON -- Mike Cardwell has had plenty of up-close encounters with some of the scariest snakes in southern and central Arizona. And with his new book, “The Mohave Rattlesnake,” he hopes to separate fact from fiction and dispel the myths about one of the area’s most misunderstood creatures.
The White House is the “People’s House.” It’s the most famous address in the country, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. One thing many people assume is that every president has lived there. In reality our most well-known president, George Washington, never spent one day in the White…
AJO — On an early autumn morning, the whitewashed churches of Ajo are quiet, and the town square is still. The only sounds are dump trucks rumbling by, headed for border wall construction sites to the south. But inside the Ajo Farmers Market & Cafe, the atmosphere is buzzing.
This week we get two compact SUVs to drive, starting with the Mazda CX-30. This all new rig is based on the Mazda3 sedan platform and has a low starting price of $22K. Ours was loaded up with everything, so it had some sticker shock at over $31K. This includes four-wheel drive for best traction.
SIGNAL PEAK — Although many programs at Central Arizona College switched to virtual for the fall semester, the school has continued on-site learning for various skilled training programs that demand hands-on or laboratory coursework.
This week we get two popular luxury sedans, starting with the Cadillac CT4. Its base price of only $33K is attractive. This includes a small 2.0-liter turbo engine rated at 237 horsepower.
This week we get two luxury vehicles that are in the medium price bracket and offer reasonable fuel economy. First up is the Lexus NX 300h. Under the hood is a 2.5-liter engine. With all the combined hybrid batteries and motors, the power output is 191.
CASA GRANDE — Something special happens when a child hugs a pony. And with their new “Pony Ranch featuring Tinytown” horseback riding experience, Nancy and Gary Webb hope to encourage lots of special moments between kids and mini equines and other animals.
PHOENIX — U.S. Route 66 is known as the Mother Road, the very symbol of the rise of the automobile era and cross-country travel. While we will not take anything way from the Main Street of America, further south there existed an equally important route. And, for Arizona at least, it did turn…
In this issue we get a pair of Honda CR-Vs. The base price is $25K for the gasoline only version, but it is the Touring model that comes loaded with no options, so it hit $36K.
The Korean car makers are getting aggressive in their competition with the Japanese, and their latest entry is the Sonata sedan from Hyundai. This is one of the better-looking vehicles on the road and gets plenty of comments from onlookers. The cabin has a modern appearance that impresses as well.
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LAS VEGAS — Six weeks ago, thousands of New Year’s revelers gathered beneath the neon-lit marquees on the Las Vegas Strip — even though the big annual fireworks show was called off due to the …
CHICAGO — In a makeshift vaccination center at a safety-net Chicago hospital, a patient services aide ushers an older woman with a cane toward a curtained cubicle.
NEW YORK — Whether it’s kimchi, beets or broccoli, the pandemic has had a strange impact on food cravings that goes beyond the joy of comfort eating.
This coming Friday I retire from my position as a Pinal County Cooperative Extension agent.
TUCSON -- When Sirena Rana is out hiking the more than 800 miles of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, some of the portions that run through Pinal County are among her favorites.