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Verde Valley Archaeology Center
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved funding for rural infrastructure projects, including some in Arizona, which is good news for a central Arizona museum. The Verde Valley was once home to a number of Indigenous groups who left behind numerous dwellings and artifacts.
Jan. 31, 2022
Enslaved Navajo men Juan Carson and Gabriel Woodson
For many years, Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center in southern Colorado paid homage to Kit Carson, a frontiersman and U.S. Army officer, who was well-known for leading campaigns against Native Americans in the region. But recently, a new exhibit took center stage there, telling a completely different story.
Jan. 28, 2022
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
Saturday opens one of gearheads’ most anticipated events of the auto show season, the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction.
Jan. 21, 2022
Chiricahua National Monument
A popular national monument in southern Arizona could become a national park under a new bill introduced in Congress.
Jan. 21, 2022
soldiers at the uss arizona memorial
Over 1,000 men died aboard the USS Arizona during Pearl Harbor, but 80 years later, their stories remain.
Jan. 21, 2022
Thomas Olmsted
Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s time as leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is likely nearing an end. Jan. 21 was the theologian and lawyer’s 75th birthday.
Jan. 20, 2022
Bisbee High School
A piece of Bisbee history is for sale. The original high school, built in 1914, is on the market. According to the county, the three-story, 45,000-square-foot building was once recognized by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! because all four levels of the building have an entrance at street level.
Dec. 28, 2021
people lay their hands on a casket during a funeral
Historians believe that obituaries were first published in ancient Rome and that they became a regular part of publications in the mid-1800s. The form has changed dramatically since then, but its purpose hasn’t — to inform the public about someone’s death
Dec. 28, 2021
Christmas tree with white lights and ornaments
In 1929, the Arizona-Mexico border was moved, temporarily and informally, to allow children from Nogales, Sonora, to come to Nogales, Arizona, to the town’s Christmas tree. But the story is not all that well-known in Arizona, even among long-time residents of that border community.
Dec. 28, 2021
block walls
The many sprawling suburbs of Phoenix strive to be unique, whether it’s about neighborhood parks, shopping centers or public art. But there is one thing almost all of them have in common: tall block fences.
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Dec. 27, 2021
Buckhorn Baths in Mesa
The Buckhorn Baths were sold earlier this year, and the new owner plans to build townhomes on the site as well as refurbish the baths themselves, among other projects.
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Dec. 23, 2021
Phoenix Christmas dinner menus
As we head right into the holidays, The Show looked back at Christmases past, Arizona-style. Sativa Peterson is the news content program manager for the state’s research library, and she’s usually digging through the archives to find out more about historic events. The Show spoke with her to learn what the holiday season looked like in Arizona 100 years ago.
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Dec. 22, 2021
Susan Vespoli
It’s season’s endings for “Word” as we close out 2021. What do a former hotshot from Arizona, a Valley poet with a new collection about addiction as well as a planetary scientist and writer from Tucson have in common? They’re part of “Word.” It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Dec. 21, 2021
top stories of 2021
Over the course of 2021, the KJZZ News a wide range of stories. As 2022 approaches, here's a look back at the five most-viewed stories on KJZZ.org.
Dec. 9, 2021
butte hill mining
A current exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum showcases the role of mining in the American West. It’s called, "Landscapes of Extraction: The Art of Mining in the American West."
Dec. 9, 2021
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Arizona Highways’ December issues are often their most popular, featuring snowy landscapes and other picturesque parts of the state. But this year, the nearly 100-year-old publication is trying something new.
Nov. 22, 2021
Superstition Mountains
Arizona is home to many peaks, and the name of one popular point in Apache Junction has sparked some curiosity. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ project, a listener asked: How did Silly Mountain get its name?
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Nov. 14, 2021
Jack Holder, believed to be Arizona's last known living survivor of the Pearl Harbor attacks, prepares to mark its 80th anniversary and his 100th birthday. He had been in Pearl Harbor six days short of one year when sirens blared on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
Nov. 10, 2021
Pima County Courthouse
The Pima County Courthouse will reopen to the public after nearly a decade, this time hosting tourist attractions and a long-awaited memorial commemorating the 2011 mass shooting where a gunman killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
Nov. 9, 2021
Jo-Carroll Dennison
Jo-Carroll Dennison’s time was marked with the experiences of an extraordinary life — a childhood spent performing for pennies and selling snake-oil miracle elixirs in her parent’s traveling medicine show, a reign as Miss America that was punctuated by defiance and as an actor who challenged the misogynistic Hollywood system during the industry's Golden Age.
Nov. 8, 2021

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