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  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Crystals and Fossils Worth Millions (and Sold for $1) Moved From Phoenix After Lawsuit Settlement; May be Auctioned

    Image: The Panorama Prospector Richard Berger, shown here with a 500-pound pyrite cluster, sued Paradise Valley resident Gary Midzor last year after his mineral collection was moved to Phoenix. The lawsuit has been settled -- sort of. ‚Äč An extraordinary collection of crystals and minerals a ... More >>

  • News

    September 25, 2008
  • News

    November 8, 2007

    Walking on Water

    Fred Unger's idea of gondolas on Scottsdale's canal went under. Now he's back with a bridge and $250 million

  • Music

    April 17, 2003

    Iron Will

    Will Oldham writes lovely, sad folk songs. Just don't let the stage name throw you off.

  • News

    December 27, 2001

    Traveling Companions

    Gray whales are leading tourists, conservationists and business operators on a rocky voyage toward economic and environmental salvation.

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    Critical Mass 2000

    Our panel of writers offer up their takes on the top discs of Y2K

  • News

    June 10, 1999

    This Old Crater

    A volcanic cinder cone near Flagstaff will soon become one of the world's most significant pieces of environmental art

  • News

    May 21, 1998

    Slummin' in Scottsdale

    With his new residence built atop his antique shop, John Mollard thought he was set for life. He couldn't have imagined that the same city that encouraged him to build his home was laying plans to declare his neighborhood a blight, seize his property and

  • News

    December 4, 1997

    History Lessens

    Trouble's a-brewin' at the museum north of town. Old-timers don't cotton to newcomers who want to turn the desert historical center into a Western theme park.

  • News

    October 16, 1997

    The Vision Quest of Philip Curtis

    More than 500 paintings of social and psychological truths spanning 50 years have made Curtis the dean of Arizona artists. At 90, he's losing the most important tools of his trade.