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Kaibab Plateau – The Waterless Mountain (access required)

The road from Jacob Lake to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a lovely journey through grassy parks surrounded by spruce and fir trees at a an altitude of more than 8,000 feet. The pleasant coolness refreshes after travelling through the beautiful, yet harsh, high desert of the Vermillion Cliffs and House Rock Valley. The lack of streams and lakes on the plateau has limited human settlement there, yet there is enough snowfall to allow trees and grasses to thrive.

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Babbitt & Bolin: Linked by the length of their terms (access required)

Democrats Bruce Babbitt and Wes Bolin represent the long and short of Arizona’s gubernatorial reigns.

Bolin, born Harvey Wesley Bolin in 1908, set a longevity record as Arizona secretary of state, serving almost 29 years, from 1949 to 1977. And when Raul Castro resigned as governor on Oct. 20, 1977, to become U.S. ambassador to Argentina, Bolin moved up to the Governor’s Office.

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Another one of life’s unsolved mysteries

The constitutional language that governs the IRC is very clear that the panel cannot draw its maps with the homes of incumbents or candidates in mind, but some railbirds were left scratching their heads after seeing that the IRC draft congressional map made significant changes that directly affected a handful of incumbents and candidates.

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Keep that eraser handy

Scores of angry Pinal County residents showed up at the IRC’s meeting on Friday to complain about their county being split into five separate districts, a move that led Mathis to spend the weekend redrawing the lines to put Pinal into just two districts, not counting a sliver of Tohono O’odham land in the southwest corner of the county.

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