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OPINION: Republicans prove inept in first test

OPINION: Republicans prove inept in first test

The month of March marked a seminal defeat for the Trump White House and congressional Republicans. The American Health Care Act, the long-awaited Republican answer to “Obamacare,” went down without a vote as House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the un popular bill. From the moment the “Obamacare” Af fordable Care Act passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by then President […]

Trump's political suicide

Trump’s political suicide

By Eddie Celaya Donald Trump is back at it with the spying. Kellyanne Conway is worried about your microwaves Go-Go-Gadgeting into G-men. And all the while, Vladimir Putin has done a decent job infiltrating and running the country. Let’s recap the month. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned for lying about meetings with Russian Ambassador […]

Monthly board meeting goes long, gets personal

Monthly board meeting goes long, gets personal

By EDDIE CELAYA The March 8 Pima Community College Governing Board meeting will be remembered for two reasons: its nearly intolerable length and its bombshell accusations. A scheduled vote on the college’s most important issue, tuition rates, was postponed. The nearly five and a half hour long meeting tested the patience of the board members, […]

Former PCC Instructor faces protest charges

Former PCC Instructor faces protest charges

By EDDIE CELAYA No one can accuse former Pima Community College journalism instructor Jenni Monet of staying on the sidelines. Monet, a native of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo tribe, recently added a new line to her resume: misdemeanor riot charges. The charges came while Monet was covering environmental/native-rights protests in Standing Rock, North Dakota, at […]

FROM THE EDDIE-TOR: We promise indepth news coverage

FROM THE EDDIE-TOR: We promise indepth news coverage

By EDDIE CELAYA Let me start off by saying it’s good to be back in my old Eddie-tor spot. For that, a big thanks is in order to current editor-in-chief Melina Casillas. The content of the paper will only get better under her leadership. Thank co-photo editor Kate Roberts for the paper’s clean, hip new […]

Ex-Pima student can ‘sea’ opportunities

Ex-Pima student can ‘sea’ opportunities

By EDDIE CELAYA   If the late-1980s smash hit “The Little Mermaid” is to be believed, “flapping your fins, you don’t get too far.” Tell that to former Pima Community College student Emy Higdon. Higdon holds an associate of applied science in business, with a concentration in marketing. Odette holds court over the dry rivers […]

Chancellor must add constituent empathy to his ledger approach

Chancellor must add constituent empathy to his ledger approach

By EDDIE CELAYA I recently had an opportunity to sit down for wide-ranging interviews with numerous Pima Community College decision makers, including Chancellor Lee Lambert. You can find portions of my interviews in our reporting throughout this issue. A page 7 story by Brianna Hernandez focuses on college budget woes. It details three possible budget […]

College in stretch run with accreditor

College in stretch run with accreditor

By EDDIE CELAYA After nearly five years of sanctions, Pima Community College is waiting on its accrediting body to decide its fate. That ruling is expected when the Higher Learning Commission’s board of trustees meets Feb. 23-24. The saga began in the summer of 2012 with numerous complaints, including allegations of sexual misconduct against then-Chancellor […]

PCC, former instructor reach settlement

PCC, former instructor reach settlement

By EDDIE CELAYA   Former chemistry instructor David Katz has been awarded nearly $150,000 after a judge ruled his due process was violated by Pima Community College and high-level administrators. A settlement agreement lays out legal guidelines for both sides to follow and constitutes the “full settlement and discharge of all claims.” Katz, who was […]

Accreditation visit brings Pima praise, scorn

Accreditation visit brings Pima praise, scorn

By EDDIE CELAYA   The Higher Learning Commission’s “focus visit” wrapped up Sept. 27 with a forum for invited community members. That meeting created little drama, unlike a more exclusive forum held between HLC reviewers and critics of the college earlier in the day. Reviewers were present on all PCC campuses throughout Monday, Sept. 26, […]

AZTEC PRESS EDITORIAL: Vote ‘yes’ on Proposition 205

AZTEC PRESS EDITORIAL: Vote ‘yes’ on Proposition 205

The editorial board of the Aztec Press highly recommends a “yes” vote on Proposition 205, the Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative. The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8. Register to vote by Oct. 10 if you want a say in the outcome. Arizona and four other states can join Colorado, Oregon, Washington and the […]

Best Bets

Best Bets

Compiled by EDDIE CELAYA St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade March 13 The Tucson St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade, the largest event of its kind in southern Arizona, returns for its 29th year. The event will offer the same Irish hospitality but a new theme: “Freedom Rising” in honor of the Irish Easter Rising […]

Valentines by the numbers

Valentines by the numbers

Compiled by EDDIE CELAYA 3 Percentage of pet owners who buy their animal a Valentine’s Day gift. 1 billion Number of Valentine’s Day cards exchanged each year. 1537 The year that England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. 35 million+ Number of heart-shaped boxes sold on Valentine’s Day. 73 Percentage of men who buy […]