Author: Joe Giddens

Chapman Auto gives Pima a jumpstart

October 10, 2019

Story by ANGEL CANEZ and JOE GIDDENS Additional interviews  by JOUSHA SHAVER Pima Community College is investing over $500,000 in upgrades to its athletics facilities in as a cost-saving measure and to attract recruits. The athletics department also has signed a $210,000 sponsorship deal with the Chapman Automotive Group for three years.  However, despite both […]

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Tucson’s 42nd annual Pride Parade celebrated

October 10, 2019

Photos and story By JOE GIDDENS  You could hear the gleeful voices of the students from Rincon-University High School’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” as the participants of the “2019 Pride in the Desert” got ready.  “Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me,” they sang. The 42nd annual Tucson Pride in the Desert Parade and […]

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Pima Police shakeup

October 10, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS Pima County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Harold “Buddy” Janes has been assigned as the Acting Chief of Pima Community College Police. The announcement was made in a Oct. 7 email to college staff by PCC Vice Chancellor Bill Ward.   Janes assumed duties on Oct. 7 and will be assisting Pima Police with […]

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Local leaders address domestic violence

October 9, 2019

Story by JOE GIDDENS Photo by JOSHUA SHAVER Twenty-seven cases of domestic violence took place on Pima Community College property between 2016 and 2018, with the Downtown Campus making up over half of these incidents, according to Pima College Police’s 2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Pima’s annual security report was released Sept. 30, […]

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Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke to host town hall in Main Gate

October 2, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS Democratic presidential candidate  Beto O’Rourke is arriving in the Old Pubelo this weekend to campaign. O’Rourke will be at Gentle Ben’s Brewing at at 865 E. University Blvd in Main Gate Square. The event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. O’Rourke has been struggling to rise above single digits in his polls […]

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The Big 5-0 for Pima

September 26, 2019

  By AZTEC PRESS STAFF Happy 50th anniversary, Pima Community College! “If people go into public service to be recognized, they will always be disappointed,” said Jacob C. Fruchthendler, one of Pima’s founders, in 1987. “The greatest things you can get are personal pleasure and satisfaction.” It’s the Aztec Press’ pleasure to present our opinion […]

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Aztec Press editor fact checks local politician

September 26, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS Locally, Ally Miller, Pima County District 1 supervisor, took to Twitter to weigh in on climate rallies and teenage activist Greta Thunberg. “To to all the young folks screaming that the end is near!  To follow this woman??? Kidding right? In the ’70s, when I was a young high school graduate they […]

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E-scooters hit Tucson streets

September 26, 2019

Story and photos by JOE GIDDENS The City of Tucson Department of Transportation launched a six-month E-Scooter Pilot Program on Sept. 12. Two companies, Bird and Razor, each have deployed 500 scooters with an additional 250 in designated “opportunity zones,” or areas of the city that lack motor vehicles and where residents have a low […]

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Chancellor spends $20.5K+ on Spring travel

May 2, 2019

By AMARIS ENCINAS and JOE GIDDENS  During the April 3 governors board meeting, Chancellor Lee Lambert made an announcement about his travels for Pima Community College. “And then I know there was concerns about my travel,” he said. “So as a result, we’re going to enhance the current board’s travel policy. So we will be bringing […]

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Letter from the Editor

May 2, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS Years ago, I was wandering the deserts of Central Utah. It’s a stretch of country that more closely resembles Mars or the cover art off a ’70s prog-rock band than it does anything terrestrial.  It’s a beautiful and weird stretch of country such as the small town off a state highway where […]

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