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Mormon Pioneer Lot Smith (access required)

Lot Smith

This stern looking patriarch is Lot Smith, one of the early Mormon settlers of Utah. As a youth he marched with the Mormon Battalion from Illinois to San Diego during the Spanish American War. After leaving the military, he mined for gold, and was successful enough to buy good property for himself and his family in Utah. During the Civil War he worked for the Union Army protecting the telegraph lines.

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Year in Review: Who’s Hot? Who’s Not? (access required)


In Arizona, no one’s stock at the Capitol is higher at the end of 2015 than Gov. Doug Ducey’s. Several others were also ascendant in 2015. Here’s our list of the hot and not-so-hot personalities and issues that populated the Arizona Capitol Times’ pages during the past 12 months.

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Year in Review: 2015 Photos of the Year (access required)

(Photo by Gary Grado, Arizona Capitol Times)

Capitol protesters voiced their views on subjects from education to midwives. Sen. Carlyle Begay drew a crowd of supporters when he changed parties from Democrat to Republican. Secretary of State Michele Reagan reached out to a younger generation of potential voters. Those and other scenes were captured in the top photos of 2015.

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First Bisbee Graduates (access required)


These young women attended Central School, which served all of the students in Bisbee, from grammar to high school. They graduated on June 2, 1906. Commencement ceremonies were held at the opera house; the commencement speaker was University of Arizona President Charles Kendrick Babcock, who only a month before had sent a letter to Bisbee Superintendent of Schools Charles Philbrook accrediting a separate high school for Bisbee students.

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Cap Times Quiz: Education edition (access required)


Education has been this year’s hottest topic in Arizona, beginning with the inauguration of Gov. Doug Ducey in January and continuing through last week’s special session on school finance. Here is a quiz to determine how closely you have been keeping up. Get all eight right and you could qualify for a choice staff position with the state Board of Education.

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