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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine January 2017

For more than 90 years, Arizona Highways has delighted readers with award winning journalism and photography, reflecting Arizona’s stature as one of the top vacation destinations around the globe. Every issue showcases the most amazing photography and valuable information you need to enjoy the unique and diverse travel destinations in and around the state.

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4 min.
editor’s letter

Chris Gall. If you’re wondering who created this month’s cover, that’s the answer. Chris Gall. You might recognize his name. He’s been a member of the family for a long time. This, however, is his first cover. And it won’t be his last. In fact, this is the first of 12 illustrated covers that Chris is creating for a yearlong collection we’re calling the Explore Arizona! series. The idea goes back about two years. Back to our 90th anniversary issue. You might remember that one. It was a retrospective of the magazine’s first nine decades. I don’t know how many months we spent digging through the archive, but I do know that we looked at every page of every issue, and ended up with a varied collection of old maps, illustrations,…

2 min.

BRIANNA COSSAVELLA Brianna Cossavella came to Arizona Highways via Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she took a magazine writing class taught by our managing editor, Kelly Vaughn. “The first time I saw Kelly, I could tell she was going to be an amazing instructor,” Cossavella says. The class also led to Cossavella becoming our editorial intern for the spring 2016 semester, and we liked her so much, we brought her back for the fall before she graduated. She’s contributed several pieces to the magazine and our blog; for this issue, she conducted a Q&A interview with mountain lion expert Brandon Holton (see The Lion King, page 48). “He gave me a new perspective on mountain lions and their relationship with people,” she says. “I…

3 min.
i recently picked up a copy of your

editor@arizonahighways.com What a disappointment. An all-gray issue [November 2016] with the only color being the ads. How depressing. I subscribed to the magazine because I love all the colors of Arizona, and you give me this? I’m trapped in the gray and gloomy fall and winter of the Midwest. If I want to see gray, all I have to do is look out the window. Barbara Young, Independence, Missouri The three-generation household I grew up in was headed by my grandfather, pioneer Arizona journalist George H. Smalley. His den always was full of friends, often visitors whose names I now recognize as being a part of the fabric of young Arizona — Ralph Cameron, Fred Bragonier, Walt Coburn, the Ormes and the Lewises — respinning and reliving their tales of that rich, colorful…

1 min.
flagstaff train station

Trains have been rumbling through Flagstaff for more than a century, and the westward expansion of railroads helped turn the city into a Northern Arizona hub of commerce and transportation. In 1926, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built Flagstaff’s Tudor Revivalstyle station, and today, 80 to 100 BNSF Railway trains pass by every day — even in the snow. The station also serves as a twice-daily stop for Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger line, which runs between Chicago and Los Angeles. Much of the route parallels Historic Route 66, which also goes through Flagstaff. Those looking to get their nostalgia fix without buying a train ticket can simply stop at the Flagstaff Visitor Center, which features Route 66 memorabilia and information about the area. It’s located right in the…

3 min.
the tucson tornado

The last thing Manuel Norris remembered saying to his wife, Lucy, was: “Look out — something is coming.” It was August 27, 1964, around 11:15 a.m., and the Norrises were in their adobe home on the Tohono O’odham Nation near Tucson. Lucy, Manuel told the Tucson Daily Citizen, was closing the kitchen window. Then, the walls came down — and Lucy and the couple’s infant son, Marcian, became the first people in Arizona’s recorded history to be killed by a tornado. Our state is known for dust devils, not full-blown twisters. But they do happen in Arizona — about four times a year, on average. That’s a far cry from Kansas, Oklahoma and other Plains states, where tornado warnings are facts of life. Arizona’s twisters also don’t typically last as long or grow as…

2 min.
q&a: russ glindmeier

JK: How did you get started in photography? RG: I became interested when I was in high school. I used a Miranda SLR film camera, but I became more interested around 2000, during the onset of digital photography. The ability to work on my own photos using a computer was a game-changer for me. JK: You received an honorable mention in our 2016 photo contest for this photo (above) of the Four Peaks. How did digital tools help you make this shot? RG: The final image is a high dynamic range, or HDR, photo made from three images, each two f-stops apart. I’ve compared the single capture I made with the HDR image, but I prefer the look and feel of this merged image. JK: What really caught my eye here was the location…