Laura Laughlin

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  • 13 years ago | Longform

    On Friday night, May 31, Ben Smith was sitting in the multipurpose room of the Fort McDowell Recreation Center. One of his young cousins was graduating from kindergarten and two more were being honored with school awards, and he was there to suppo...

  • 13 years ago | News

    Two years ago, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation began its program to turn around a horrible educational record and strengthen its community. Since then, New Times has been monitoring these wide-ranging efforts, visiting classrooms and homework lab...

  • 13 years ago | Longform

    The audience stands out of respect as the first notes of "Pomp and Circumstance" are played on a piano. As the graduates walk down the center aisle in brilliant red caps and gowns, they smile and seek out faces in the crowd. Parents and grandparen...

  • 14 years ago | Longform

    Robert Zenor is mesmerized by the thought of owning a log cabin in the mountains. So when he and his wife, Lynn, decided to build a vacation home they could enjoy with their children, it had to be log. "You get it in your system and no other home ...

  • 14 years ago | News

    A meager settlement has been reached in a lawsuit alleging that chemical releases from the TRW airbag plant near Queen Creek have been poisoning neighbors, animals and vegetation.Plaintiffs had asked for medical monitoring, an injunction banning t...

  • 14 years ago | News

    Legal issues and other questions are swirling around a proposed Deer Valley charter high school that last year was touted as a national model and a creative way for the school district to quickly solve overcrowding problems.Envisioned as a new sta...

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