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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine June 2018

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

August 2000. Our cover that month was a lot like the cover this month. Large boulders and cool water in the foreground, thick forest in the background, minimal cover lines. It was a gorgeous photograph. Of a quiet place. Nothing about it was out of the norm. Inside, though, something was different. It was on Page 2, at the top of the masthead. Instead of Nina M. La France, somebody named Winfield L. Holden was listed as publisher. Most people probably didn’t notice. Only parents read mastheads, and the changing of the guard wasn’t mentioned anywhere else in the magazine. Nevertheless, we got a new boss in August 2000, and he’s been manning the mother ship ever since. If you do the math, that’s a total of 215 issues. Only James E.…

2 min.

BILL HATCHER Bill Hatcher had never before visited the Gila Box (see Inside the Box, page 38), a remote section of the Gila River in Eastern Arizona. But he figured the area would be a great place to make photos. “The river passes through a narrow canyon with several running side creeks,” he says. “I knew this sort of riparian landscape could offer remarkable wildlife viewing from our boats, and the easy access to cliff tops for views of the river below could make for memorable landscape opportunities. I wasn’t disappointed.” As the trip began, Hatcher wondered if there’d be enough water in the Gila to float the boats, and later, as you’ll read, a thunderstorm sparked a fear of flash flooding. But, ultimately, he, his wife and writer Tyler Williams…

4 min.

editor@arizonahighways.com THANK YOU for honoring an old friend from Glendale High days [April 2018]. I could always count on Jerry Jacka for helpful tips in the photo lab. My most outstanding memory was in the spring of 1951, when our choral group was on tour at Grand Canyon. Late that evening, Jerry got a bunch of us together and we sat on the rim singing all the old cowboy songs he knew. Of course, he played his accordion. As a recent transplant from Pennsylvania, I felt like I was really “out West.” Genevieve (Harris) Nunn, Madera Ranchos, California I just received my April issue, and I’m wrought with sadness over Mr. Jacka’s passing. I’ve admired and enjoyed his work for many years. You’ve done right by him with this beautiful tribute. Thank you…

1 min.
the journal

Getting Carried Away A desert leafcutter ant (Acromyrmex versicolor) carries paloverde leaves through the Sonoran Desert near Florence. Photographer Eirini Pajak came across a “multi-lane highway” of the insects while she was out shooting. “Even a small rock in the ants’ path caused a great struggle,” she says. “If a leaf was dropped, it took great effort to get it upright and balanced again.” To learn more about Arizona’s ant species, visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s website, www.desertmuseum.org. CANON EOS 5D MARK III, 1/800 SEC, F/6.3, ISO 400, 100 MM LENS…

1 min.
common raccoons

Found anywhere in Arizona where water and shelter are available, common raccoons (Procyon lotor) are best known for their black masks and bushy tails. But there’s nothing common about these mammals’ problem-solving abilities. In a 2017 study, eight raccoons were given a cylinder that contained a marshmallow floating in a few inches of water, then were shown how to add rocks to raise the water level so the marshmallow would be within reach. Two of the raccoons repeated the technique, while a third simply rocked the cylinder until it tipped over. In addition to marshmallows, these opportunistic omnivores snack on plant matter, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, eggs, carrion and garbage.…

3 min.
the tombstone epitaph

In 1879, Tombstone was a booming silver-mining town steadily attracting all manner of folk, from prospectors to cowboys to businessmen. One of the latter was John Clum, a young New Yorker who had moved to Arizona in 1874 to become a San Carlos Apache agent. After Clum visited “The Town Too Tough to Die” and saw its potential, he quickly moved there and founded a newspaper: The Tombstone Epitaph, morbidly named despite Clum’s friends’ disapproval. The publisher’s stated goal: to create a detailed mining journal reported with “honesty and accuracy.” The first issue of The Epitaph was published in May of 1880. Its office was a tent — a temporary setup before the paper’s move to a two-story building on Fremont Street. The newspaper, which eventually published daily and weekly editions,…