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Two sides of the immigration debate

Two sides of the immigration debate

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Congressmen Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., held a forum on the topic of immigration at Pima Community College’s Proscenium Theathre on April 17. The forum turned contentious when several audience members began to shout during Grijalva’s and Gutierrez’s speeches. Grijalva and Gutierrez stressed the importance of becoming a documented citizen and using immigration law not to pursue families, but criminals. As attendees began to leave the auditorium, protesters gathered outside displaying signs supporting strict enforcement of immigration laws.

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10-year-old Bobby De La Rosa speaks through tears to an audience of more than 150 people to tell the story of his mother’s arrest by Border Patrol agents six years ago. Bobby was the first speaker during the forum and explained how his mother’s deportation has led to the separation of his family in order to make ends meet. (Nick Meyers/ Aztec Press)

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Jim (no last name given), a local actor and self-proclaimed republican, has a friendly discussion with Jim Thomas, a member of the Southside Presbyterian Church and democrat, on issues ranging from immigration to abortion laws. Southside Presbyterian Church currently shelthers Rosa Robles Loreto. (Nick Meyers/ Aztec Press)

 

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Curtis Baxter quietly listens to Congressman Raul Grijalva’s opening statement. Baxter arrived as a protester but did not interrupt or shout during the presenters’ speeches. A small group of motorcyclists from a local motorcycle group attended the forum to hear out the congressmen and voice their own opinions on the subject of immigration. Several members of the group left during Congressman Luis Gutierrez’s speech to join the protesters outside. (Nick Meyers/ Aztec Press)

 

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Del Dawley is escorted out of Pima Community College’s Proscenium Theatre by PCC police officers April 17 after protesting an assertion by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., that immigrants fall under the protection of the American flag. Dawley remained outside for the rest of the forum, gathering with other protestors and voicing an opposing perspective on the immigration debate. (Nick Meyers/Aztec Press)

 

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PHOTO: Students protest state budget cuts

PHOTO: Students protest state budget cuts

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Students protest Gov. Doug Ducey’s 2016 state budget, which saw nearly $100 million in cuts to state education. While universities took major cuts, community colleges in Pima, Maricopa and Pinal counties lost 100 percent of their state funding. Pima Community College will experience a $6 million cut, which led to a governing board decision to raise tuition by $5 per credit hour during a meeting on March 11. (Photo courtesy of Daisy Rodriguez-Pitel)

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Picacho Peak Civil War Re-enactment

Picacho Peak Civil War Re-enactment

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Every March, hundreds of families travel to the base of Picacho Peak to watch more than 200 re-enactors provide live, historically accurate accounts of the western-most battles of the Civil War. Popular among enthusiasts, adults and children alike, the booming cannons and occasionally hilarious portrayals of battles are both entertaining and educational. In between re-enactments, families are encouraged to explore the Confederate and Union camps and talk with re-enactors as they experience an authentic Civil War experience. Unique shops open their tent flaps to sell Civil War-style memorabilia and gifts.

 

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Re-enactment enthusiasts fire a replica cannon during the mock battle of Glorieta Pass. Cannons are donated and maintained by organizations dedicated to the history of the Civil War, such as the Arizona Civil War Council. (Aztec Press/ Nick Meyers)

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Re-enactor Walt Nichols takes a puff from his pipe in-between battles. Nichols played the role of Cpt. Alexander McRae in the Battle of Valverde. (Aztec Press/ Nick Meyers)

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A Confederate fighter reloads his rifle in the face of approaching Union soldiers during the re-enactment of the Battle of Glorieta Pass at Pichaco Peak State Park on March 21. (Aztec Press/ Nick Meyers)

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A wounded member of the Union forces uses his bayonet after being injured to move himself from a field of casualties. Re-enactors are enthusiasts who try to display an accurate portrayal of what battles may have actually been like. (Aztec Press/ Nick Meyers)

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A HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN

A HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN

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By EDUARDO CALDERA

When I feel the need to get away, I often find myself making a trip to Windy Point on Mount Lemmon.

There I can leave the stresses of life behind, escape reality and find peace in nature while connecting with myself.

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Ryan Petronella (bottom) and Nathan Wikstrom take a moment to catch their breath as they climb Hitchcock Pinnacle. Visitors find a variety of ways to enjoy Windy Point, from picnics to photography to simply enjoying scenic overlooks. (Eduardo Caldera/Aztec Press)

The summit, only a short drive from Tucson, provides therapy and healing to the soul.

In less than an hour you can be surrounded by hills and nothing but the soothing sound of the wind rustling through trees. With no cell phone service and just the right amount of distance from town, it’s the perfect location to clear your head and recharge your batteries.

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Hikers enjoy panoramic views of the Tucson valley from atop Windy Point rocks.

Before moving to Tucson, I was not much of a hiker. Besides the occasional walk in the park or drive on a long open back road, I was rarely outdoors. I moved to Tucson mid-January and quickly realized I needed an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

I had moved from a town on the fringe of the suburbs of Phoenix where in seconds you could be on a dirt farm road with no one around. I desperately needed an oasis.

One day, on a spontaneous decision, I grabbed my camera, filled my tank with gas and started driving with no plan in sight.

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Fog shrouds the 25-mile Catalina Highway that traverses Mount Lemmon.

I shortly found myself navigating the twists and turns of the Catalina Highway. Popular among tourists and residents, this lonely highway is the main route up and down Mount Lemmon.

Before I knew it, I came across Windy Point. With its breathtaking sunset views and therapeutic effect, I realized that I had found my safe haven.

Some of life’s greatest joys stem from a spontaneous decision. Don’t be afraid to jump out on a limb, do something crazy, something different. You’ll never know what lies ahead until you go find out.

Who knows, your Windy Point might lie just beyond the horizon.

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Awe-inspiring sunsets await visitors to Windy Point on Mount Lemmon. Sites all along the Catalina Highway provide relaxing get-aways for stressed-out Tucson city dwellers. (Eduardo Caldera/Aztec Press)

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Sparks fly at contest

Sparks fly at contest

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Local high school students put their welding and automotive skills to the test at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus Feb. 7-8 in two Skills USA competitions. The events took place at the welding lab and the automotive lab.

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High schooler Patsy Ortega competes under watchful eyes and a “Think Safety When Welding” sign.
(Aztec Press photos by Nellie Silva)

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The welding lab at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus sports a welded copper PCC logo

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A high school student wears a protective jacket while welding during the Skills USA competition

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Photo Spotlight

Photo Spotlight

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Photo by Patrick Mueller: “I took this photo last semester at Gates Pass with a large-format camera.”

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Lightning

Lightning

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Photo by ERNESTO ESQUER Using my Pentax K1000 film camera, I was able to capture this shot during an amazing midnight lightning show last summer. My cameras will be within arm's reach once again this monsoon season.

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Circe's Tears

Circe’s Tears

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Photo by KIKI NELSON I found Circe's tears tangled up in a web in a forgotten cemetery on the California coast.

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Assail

Assail

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Photo by LEE WHITNEY I photographed this reflection of the Unisourse Energy Building while talking with some of the Occupy Tucson residents. I never grow tired of capturing visions of Tucson, further strengthening my love for photography, both digital and film.

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Cyanotype

Cyanotype

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Photo by KARLA BURROLA. Alternative process in photography has opened infinite possibilities for my interest in darkroom manipulation and experimentation. This 19th-century cyanotype process has taught me to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness in every print, by learning to appreciate the process of creation.

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Lil' cowboys

Lil’ cowboys

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I took this photo at the 87th annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo. These two lil' cowboys were talking about the buckin' stock before they rode the sheep as "Mutton Busters." Photo by LEFTRICK HERD

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Tucson Sunset

Tucson Sunset

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photo By Megyn Fitzgerald

photo by Megyn Fitzgerald. As a pizza driver, I get the opportunity to view and photograph lots of sunsets. I took this photo on my iPhone.

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Photo spotlight

Photo spotlight

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Photo by Cherice Engle. "Flowers in the Rain" This is a double exposure of a macro flower and the rain drops on my windshield.

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Malibu Lilies

Malibu Lilies

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Photo by KYLE WASSON. This photo was taken from my balcony, downtown Tucson. Every day I try to take at least 2 photos from this exact spot. Hopefully the collection will be fun to flip through in a year or so.

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