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PCC acquires lobby firm services

April 18, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS Pima Community College has entered into a three year contract with the lobbying firm of Bracy Tucker Brown and Valanzano for an annual sum of $84,000. The cost is a flat monthly retainer of $7000 for the services of a six person team at BTBV. “PCC has used contract lobbyists for a […]

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The lives behind the PCC All-Arizona Scholars

April 12, 2018

By CONNOR BROWN The All Arizona Academic Scholarship gives students two years of paid tuition to their choice of an Arizona university. Eleven Pima Community College students were chosen this year to receive the scholarship. These are five of the winners and their stories on what pushed them to achieve this prestigious honor. Lauren Easter […]

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The death of coal rolls Westward

March 8, 2018

In these divided times, take comfort that libertarians, environmentalists, the natural gas industry and renewable resource energy companies all can agree on something. Arizona is home to the largest coal power plants in the West, the Navajo Generating Station outside of Page. That may change at the end of next year as the Salt River […]

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CrossFit fitting student budgets

December 7, 2017

STOMPING GROUNDS Story and Photos by NICHOLAS TRUJILLO People crowd around the workout-of-the-day board. Co-owner Will Ornelas stands in front, explaining what each workout is, how to do it and what muscles it will work. Welcome to the noon lunch class for CrossFit PowerTrain. Ornelas walks around and follows people as they sprint through the […]

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The West Files: Aliens

December 7, 2017

The fifth and final story in a series on Arizona legends, unsolved mysteries and ghost towns By Michela Wilson   First documentation In 1947, a significant, yet little-known event established Arizona as a hotspot for UFO activity. On July 7, William Rhodes took some of the first-known photographs of an unidentifiable flying object over his […]

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PCC paramedic program ranks high nationally

October 19, 2017

By STEPHEN MOORE Graduates of Pima Community College’s Public Safety and Emergency Services Institute paramedic program have consistently higher pass rates than Arizona’s statewide and national averages for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ paramedic exam. PSESI, Arizona and national first attempt passing rates the NREMT paramedic are shown in Chart A, according to […]

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Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters’ offers subtle message

April 20, 2017

By ROBYN ZELICKSON Anton Chekov is a Russian writer and dramatist best known for ‘The Cherry Orchard,” “Uncle Vanya” and “The Seagull.” But another work, “Three Sisters,” may be his best. Chekov wrote “Three Sisters” in 1900, and the play debuted in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre. The Pima Community College theater arts department […]

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Les-bi honest, coming out is hard

April 20, 2017

By ERIK MEDINA Imagine a boy named John. He’s gay and until recently, didn’t want anyone to know because he feared abuse, neglect and even abandonment. He waited for the right time and finally decided to come out. Surprisingly, John’s parents embraced his announcement while offering hugs and kisses. This is a dream for many […]

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It’s all about how you rebound

April 20, 2017

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Being scouted by the University of Arizona, becoming a motivational speaker and holding a championship trophy. Those aren’t things anyone expects to happen to them, especially a former juvenile delinquent. After being in and out of juvenile detention, Mario Moran started that climb after 11:33 p.m. May 27, 2005. “As a teen […]

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Downtown Tucson takes a free ride

April 6, 2017

Story by KATELYN ROBERTS Photos by DAVID JOSEPH DEL GRANDE A “cyclovia,” Spanish for a temporary blockade from cars, allows locals to do anything but drive among a community’s car-free streets. As one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States, ranked 23rd by Bicycling.com, Tucson’s spring Cyclovia on April 2 was a showcase […]

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Veterans want more ‘safe spaces’

April 6, 2017

“It’s important for every employee at Pima to have an awareness and understanding of the veterans ” Jorge Camarillo, veterans center coordinator By ROBYN ZELICKSON Will Wood was a 26-year-old Army sergeant when he deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. He was responsible for six or seven soldiers, many of them just 19 years old. “It’s not […]

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SOFTBALL: Pima trying to find winning consistency

March 23, 2017

By CASEY MUSE JR.  The Pima Community College softball team (25-12, 19-9 conference) has been playing well in March and has found consistency in several aspects of the game. March 4: PCC 4, Phoenix 10/ PCC 1, Phoenix 12 The No. 18 Aztecs fell behind 4-0 early in the first game against the No. 2 […]

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Chancellor’s letter causes board uproar

March 23, 2017

By EDDIE CELAYA  A Pima Community College board member suggested Chancellor Lee Lambert may have abused his authority when Lambert sent an envoy to represent the college and governing board at a Tucson Unified School District meeting. MESSAGE DELIVERED The affair was set in motion by a Feb. 27 email sent by TUSD Governing Board […]

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SPEAKERS’ SERIES: Talk to focus on global strategies

March 23, 2017

By DALE VILLEBURN OLD COYOTE Pima Community College will stage the final installment of its spring speakers’ series on April 4. Instructor Maureen Salzer will discuss “Going Global Without Leaving Town: Strategies for Internationalizing the General Education Curriculum.” The presentation will be in the community board room (building C) at the PCC district office, 4095 […]

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No curtain call for ‘Matt Finish’

March 23, 2017

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Nolan “Matt Finish” Kubota is a short, well-built, flamboyant man from northwestern California. His journey to Tucson has led him all over the world. His roles at Pima Community College include director of productions for dance. He teaches advanced ballet and jazz, and runs the student dance ensemble. On top of all […]

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