Karen Pomroy, of Equine Voices, greets Blaze. Blaze is a “wild” Sahuarita horse who now lives at Jumpin’ Jack Ranch. Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg.
The hoof prints of unshod horses punctuate the wash between Rancho Resort and the Mission Mine in Sahuarita. The prints vary in size, but all are smaller than the feet of an average-sized quarter horse. It’s early March, and the wild horses of Sahuarita are back – though some wonder if they ever really left.
Quite a ride- A history of Sahuarita’s wild horses – Green Valley News- Local News
A colorful painted angel decorates the wall at San Xavier del Bac. The mission is a living, breathing church where the Mass is celebrated every day. Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg.
They gather evidence, take samples, look for fibers and test for trace elements, but they’re not conducting a crime scene investigation. Conservators of cultural history are working behind the scenes to stabilize, preserve or restore cultural property for future generations.
Culture keepers- Conservators use science, ethics to preserve treasures – Green Valley News- Local News with photos
Keith Boesen, PharmD, Director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center sits at his desk with a terrarium of Arizona bark scorpions on April 15, 2014. Boesen manages the day-to-day operations of the poison center. Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg.
Keith Boesen smiles as he walks over to a terrarium filled with a dozen or more small, straw-colored scorpions. He opens the top, reaches in and deftly captures Arizona’s most venomous scorpion by the telson or tail. The creature wriggles a bit, then settles down comfortably on the back of Boesen’s left hand.
Poison Center 5352cc89a9046.pdf
Darlene Sims examines Curt Hughes’ telescope on Jan. 3, 2014 at Starizona in Tucson, Ariz. Sims and her family recently bought a telescope that they’re eager to learn how to use. Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg.
If you received a telescope as a gift recently, but don’t know how to use it, don’t despair. From Sierra Vista to Green Valley to Tucson, professional and amateur astronomers are ready and willing to help get you started. Even if you don’t own a telescope, you’re encouraged to join the fun.
Telescope story page 1
Telescope story page 2
Robert Ward holds a polished section from the stony-iron meteorite he collected at the Springwater pallasite strewn field in Canada. Ward displayed a portion of his collection at Impactika, Anne Black’s shop at the 60th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg.
The object from space hurtled toward the earth. As the object entered the atmosphere, it began to burn, creating a visible fireball. With a sonic boom and a ground-shaking thud, the object hit the earth. It was December 11, 2013 at about 7:11 p.m. and a meteorite had come to ground somewhere in southern Arizona.
Walter Boyce, wildlife veterinarian at the University of California Davis, has studied bighorn sheep and mountain lions for more than 30 years. Boyce enjoys wild places and the animals that inhabit them. Photograph provided by Professor Boyce.
The moth collection of John Palting, one of the moth hunters featured in the story. Photography by Susan E. Swanberg.
Bathed in violet light, two men search the white expanse of cloth, oblivious to their surroundings. Disoriented insects of various shapes and sizes swoop around the men’s heads. Many of the insects eventually land on the sheet. With a deft motion, one of the men captures a specimen and examines the vial in which a pale-colored moth flutters.
Ryan Sprissler laughs about the prospect of being interviewed. His colleagues at the University of Arizona Genetics Core in Tucson, Ariz., appreciate Sprissler’s self-deprecating sense of humor and upbeat attitude. Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg.
The University of Arizona Genetics Core (UAGC), located in the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building on the UA campus, is home to rows of rectangular machines that hum busily at all hours of the day and night. These machines, with names like Illumina HISEQ 2000 and Ion Torrent, are the inanimate workhorses of the UAGC, producing hundreds of thousands of pieces of data in a single run.