Five things to know about Arizona’s only ocean

By Hannah Johnson/El Inde You’re standing on a beach while gentle waves lap against the sand. If you look into the water, you can see hermit crabs munching away on algae. The smell of seawater wafts through your nose. Warm sunlight streams down, filtering through the geometric glass walls and ceiling. Outside, you can see…

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A vision for Kenyan orphans

By Kirsta Marlatt/El Inde Dr. Stanley Mutunga formed Tumaini International, a Christian charity, to help the generation of children left orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Kenya two decades ago. His organization is flourishing — and so are the people who volunteer to help him.

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Voices from Barnum Hill

By Sam Burdette / El Inde The afternoon of Feb. 28, Gene C. Reid Park’s Barnum Hill wasn’t the serene, tree-shaded grassy area it usually is. There were no families toting old bread for the ducks as they walked alongside the south pond’s rocky border, and there were no picnics on the gently sloping hill,…

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Residents save community from Bighorn Fire

By Emma Brocato / El Inde It was a summer day just like any other: Relentlessly hot in Tucson, but cool on top of Mount Lemmon. When ascending via the Catalina Highway, you’re able to watch the vegetation change along with the topography. The desert scrub gradually turns into pine forest, and the temperature gets…

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150 feet underground in the San Xavier Mine

By Sara Richards / El Inde “Would you like to set off the blast?” Nicholas Carouso, site manager and engineer of the San Xavier mine asks me with a large grin on his face, clearly humored by the confusion on mine. The San Xavier Mine, located 20 minutes from the University of Arizona, is nestled…

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