Celebrating 50 Years

Imagine surviving as a fighter pilot and you’ve already orbited the planet. Now you’re in a 180-lb. spacesuit and getting sealed into the cramped command module atop a 363-foot-tall rocket for the most important NASA mission ever!

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 The wildfires have been numerous and extreme in Arizona this summer. Some of the main fires were the Coldwater, Woodbury, Hoyle, Badger Springs and Mountain Fires. The most widespread fire is the Woodbury Fire, which is burning in the Superstition Wilderness area of the Tonto National Forest east of Phoenix. The Woodbury Fire is the fifth largest fire in Arizona history.

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Young Reporters Valerie and Erin with Buzz Aldrin
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Originally printed in June 1996

by Valarie Potell & Erin Machac

Desert Valley Elementary

Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, recently met with Arizona schoolchildren at Phoenix Symphony Hall. His presentation was sponsored by the Arizona Science... Read more

 Did you celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day? It happened last month, May 15 to be exact!

 According to National Day Calendar, Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman, Massachusetts, was probably curious about what a little bit of chocolate would be like added to her cookies. In 1937, while working at the Toll House Inn, Wakefield added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to her cookie recipe.

 The cookies were a huge success!

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The Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa has a lot of fun things do to. When you go there, you’ll see some cool galleries. One of those galleries is about the early Spanish settlers in Arizona. It also has a dinosaur exhibit, and I liked the cowboy exhibit.

In the early Spanish settlers exhibit, there is a set of Conquistador armor and a replica of an old Catholic Church. In display cases there are weapons like a sword and musket.

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On May 17, I attended the dedication ceremony for the new H.S. Lopez Family Foundation Center of Opportunity, to be run by Gospel Rescue Mission. It will be a one-stop source of shelter and services for the homeless and needy of Tucson. The idea behind the center is to provide the needy with all services they will need to get back on their feet while they are “home.”

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and Humberto and Czarina Lopez were some of the guest speakers at the ceremony. I had a chance to interview some of them, including the governor.

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 Recently my mom and I went to a traveling exhibit at OdySea in the Desert, Bodies Revealed. This exhibit was very fun and helpful. It had lots of different facts about the human body and they were interesting.

There were also models of the muscle and bone structures in the body. But, the bodies were real! They were real people! I know, crazy.

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Date: 
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
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