Giving Science Heart

By Allison Fagan/El Inde The late afternoon sun peers behind a mix of nearby hills and mountains. It’s close enough that I can make out the shrubbery that peppers their sides, but far enough that I cannot identify what the plants are. Beneath me is a meadow, golden tall grass mixed with the occasional flower…

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Tucson’s Bat Season

By Emma Brocato/El Inde On a September night, against the backdrop of a Tucson sunset, Kim Girard eagerly awaits the moment the bats will fly our from under the bridge by the thousands. She is wearing a pink shirt that says “Tucson Audubon Society Southeast Arizona Birding Festival” and has brought her adult daughter along….

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A School Bus-Turned-Mobile Shop

By Vanessa Lucero/El Inde From the outside, it looks like a typical striped yellow school bus, though it is parked in an isolated parking lot on Ajo Way street on the west side of Tucson, nowhere near a school but instead in front of Tiny’s family restaurant. On a hot sunny afternoon, walking inside the…

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Building and Fixing Guitars for 32 years

By Jake O’Rourke/El Inde A balmy Tucson breeze made its way through the open door of Gordon Groves’ southside workshop. He was in a sharp trance using a white-tipped pencil to trace abalone stone inlays. He will put the inlays into the ebony fretboard of a 12-fret dreadnought, a style of acoustic guitar featuring a…

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