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Flagstaff’s Chapel Car (access required)

Rev. Peter Vanderhoof and his wife in founded Glad Tidings Baptist Church in 1926 in a Pullman rail car. The car, which was divided into a living space and a sanctuary, included an organ, a pulpit and a few benches. The makeshift church referred to as “The Chapel Car” allowed the Vanderhoofs to preach in the remote areas of northern Arizona.

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Update from Giffords’ doctors, victims families

University Medical Center Trauma Chief Dr. Peter Rhee and Neurosurgeon Michael Lemole held a news briefing to give an update on the condition of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and the other patients that were hospitalized since last Saturday’s shooting.

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GOP to Vote on RNC Leader

Michael Steele is seeking another term as RNC chairman but is facing four challengers. Candidates vying for the position include a former state RNC chairmen, a former national committee co-chair and a longtime Washington operative who is respected by D.C. Republican insiders and is drawing a lot of their support.

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Let’s step back, as Giffords asked

In an interview last March, Giffords anticipated almost everything being said now and explained why what happened on Saturday is a violation of our national self-image as "a beacon." Our pride, she said, is that "we effect change at the ballot box" and not through "outbursts of violence." (E.J Dionne Jr./The Washington Post)

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Surviving the frozen Colorado, 1931 (access required)

Eighty years ago this month, two intrepid would-be entrepreneurs spent a harrowing 12 days traveling upstream on the ice-choked Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Rainbow Bridge, battling frigid waters and the elements in a wooden boat they had found while testing their own steel boat.

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Arizona’s Snow Bowl (access required)

Skiing was introduced to Flagstaff in 1915, probably by a pair of Norwegian immigrants, brothers Ole and Pete Solberg. The Solbergs made skis and started downhill runs on Observatory Hill where the Lowell Observatory was located, very nearly in the center of town.

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