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Sparky Wilbur Wilma Louie Mascots
The University of Arizona kept live bobcats as mascots through the 1950s. The pope once made ASU cover up all the Sun Devil images and references at Sun Devil Stadium. And NAU's Lumberjack mascot took his name from a song the students couldn't get enough of.
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Feb. 7, 2020
Tony Norris
Many people in the Southwest claim they have seen La Llorona or the weeping woman. People have spotted her along the Rio de Flag in Flagstaff all the way down to the San Pedro River near Tucson.
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Feb. 3, 2020
Sonoran Bass Fishing
San Pedro de la Cueva is about as remote a corner of vast, sparsely populated Sonora as there is. Nevertheless, Arizona and other U.S. bass anglers have been heading there for decades to enjoy the spectacular scenery, laid back way of life and — of course — top-notch fishing. In the latest installment of our Untold Arizona series, KJZZ goes to the waters of the El Novillo reservoir.
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Jan. 29, 2020
1898 photo of members of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment
ASU Now reporter Scott Seckel dug deep into the history of the Rough Riders, beginning on the steps of what is now ASU's Old Main, where President Theodore Roosevelt came to give a speech.
Jul. 9, 2019
In the 1950s and '60s, Arizona tourists and Hollywood stars filled the stands in the old bullring in Nogales, Sonora, to see some of the world’s most famous bullfighters perform just south of the Arizona border. Those days are gone, but for many, the memories remain.
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Apr. 12, 2019
Desert Archaeology
Arizona has only been a state for about 100 years, but people of course have been living in this region for thousands. This is evident in the ground stones they left behind.
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Apr. 11, 2019
Cows in a field
Arizona’s warm climate, financial incentives and varied geography have long attracted filmmakers to the state. The 1955 movie-musical "Oklahoma!" was filmed in the San Rafael Valley, a small patch of land in southern Arizona about 40 miles east of Nogales.
📷 An Aerial View Of The San Rafael Valley
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Apr. 11, 2019
Painter and muralist Yescka outside the iconic Santo Domingo church in downtown Oaxaca, Mexico
How one street artist commemorated the killing of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a Mexican teenager who was shot by a Border Patrol agent just across the fence in Nogales, Arizona.
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Apr. 10, 2019
Sunken Sonoran Pueblos
In the mid-1960s, the waters of a dam in the northern Mexican state of Sonora overwhelmed three small towns. More than half a century later, many are still working to preserve the memory of what happened — and what was lost.
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Apr. 10, 2019
douglaprieta sign
Hidden away in a dusty neighborhood just south of the Arizona border, a group of women are creating a sustainable community for themselves at the DouglaPrieta Works cooperative in Agua Prieta, Sonora.
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Apr. 9, 2019
Gila River Watershed
In Medieval Europe, all roads led to Rome. In Arizona, all rivers lead to the Colorado. The Verde, the Gila, the Salt — without these rivers, life in Arizona would be unthinkable. Find out how scientists are still piecing together their mysterious origins.
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Apr. 9, 2019
Worlds of Words entrance
You can find the largest collection of global children’s literature in the country in Tucson. The more than 40,000 books feature stories from around the world. Take a trip to the Worlds of Words.
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Apr. 8, 2019
distance signs in kilometers
Out of nearly 47,000 miles that make up the nation’s interstate system, Arizona stands out. Specifically, a 63-mile stretch in the southern part of the state. Interstate 19 is the country’s only continuous highway that lists distances in kilometers, not miles. Starting just north of the border at Nogales, Interstate 19 stretches 101 kilometers to Tucson.
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Apr. 5, 2019
Sonoran Coyotas
Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, is known for its world-class beef, big flour tortillas and its remix of the American hot dog. Just as well known in Sonora — but not as well known outside of it — is the coyota, a flat, flaky pastry stuffed with sweet filling.
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Apr. 4, 2019
People in Rillito
Colonias are unincorporated areas in the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico. Historically, the residents of these colonias are usually of Mexican-American or Mexican nationality, but there’s a colonia just north of Tucson that’s different.
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Apr. 3, 2019
Curley School in Ajo, Arizona
In an old mining town west of Tucson, an arts community is helping rebuild the local economy. The historic Curley School has been transformed into affordable housing — and artists are flocking to the Arizona desert to live there.
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Apr. 2, 2019
Two Guns sign
During Route 66’s heyday, families drove cross country on the "Mother Road" and took in  a variety of roadside attractions from the world’s largest covered wagon in Illinois to a rattlesnake den in Oklahoma. In Arizona, many stopped halfway between Flagstaff and Winslow at a spooky ghost town called Two Guns.
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Apr. 1, 2019
women of the west series banner
Arizona boasts of many women who’ve made history both here and on the national stage. It’s easy to name the Sandra Day O'Connors and Rose Moffords — but what about those who are lesser known?
Mar. 19, 2019
tractor kicking up dust
In Arizona’s business community, we often hear the line that our number one trading partner is Mexico. But the impact of Mexican workers in our state also has shaped our state’s economy for longer than our state has been a state.
Nov. 1, 2018
Bisbee Deporation March
The roundup began just after dawn, 100 years ago today in Bisbee. A posse made up of hastily deputized local residents had a list of striking miners and sympathizers. They banged on the doors of homes and boarding houses. It was the beginning of the Bisbee Deportation — a large-scale kidnapping.
Jul. 12, 2017


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