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Real copper dome will cap centennial rifles’ Capitol etching: Colorado specialty gun maker will produce 100 rifles honoring Arizona (access required)

Jim Combs, owner of Wellington LTD, a Colorado marketing company that offers limited-edition firearms with laser-etched carvings for special occasions, keeps tabs on such things as city, county, state and business anniversaries.

So he came up with a state of Arizona centennial special edition rifle. He calls it a collector’s Henry grade .45-caliber rifle.

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Communities, state face tight budgets as they prepare for centennial

It's closing in on 100 years since veterinarian A.J. Chandler sold plots of his 18,000-acre ranch to establish the city. That was three months after Arizona became a state on Feb. 14, 1912. City leaders are organizing to commemorate both centennials next year. But given the poor economy and tight budget, it's going to require scaling back some and seeking private donations, said Jean Reynolds, Chandler's public history coordinator.

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