A series highlighting unique and everyday people across our state

Facing Arizona

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Facing Arizona: In Trump era, civility toward government needs to trump all

Hello, my name is Ken Flynn. I would like to see a bit more civility toward the government. I feel they are doing the best they can with what they have and under the circumstances.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Being an Arizona Ranger is a great responsibility

I am Jeff Smith, I am 54 years old, and I am an Arizona Ranger. We carry a great responsibility and I am proud to be a member of such a spectacular group.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: 90 and has witnessed Glendale’s growth in real time

My name is Joe Zuniga, I am 90 years old and I was born in Glendale. Things have changed since then -- Glendale has grown faster than it knew what to do.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Arizona’s a great place to live because of the different cultures

My name is Ashley Reinhold, I am 22 years old, and I am an Arizona native. There are many different cultures in Arizona, so it's an exciting challenge.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: I am a rare Arizona native

My name is Chris Harrell. I am 47 years old and I was born here in Arizona. To some, that may be weird because Arizona is a transient state and there aren't many native Arizonans left.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: I want to inspire Navajo children to be successful

Hello everyone, my name is Darlyn Owens. I choose to stay in Window Rock, Arizona, because I am Navajo, my roots are here, and I want to give back to my community.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Federal government should help small businesses, owners

My name is Kim Robinson and I opened a small business in Flagstaff in 2012. I believe the government needs to invest more in small businesses instead of bailing out large corporations.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Valley storytelling program has brought me new joy

My name is Austin Lott. Being involved with The Storytelling Institute has been an eye-opening and enriching experience for me.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Teaching Arizonans how to protect themselves

My name is David Laird. I was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised on a farm in Western Pennsylvania, until the age of 6, when I moved to Arizona.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: I am a hard-working millennial, and I am proud

My name is Emma Felts, and I am 24. I find it alarming that the term "millennial" has become more of a slur to describe negative stereotypes rather than a generational demographic.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Working to serve my community as a Phoenix officer

My name is Jenna and I am 22. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but moved to Phoenix to become a law enforcement professional with the Phoenix Police Department.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Hidden beauty of Arizona hides in the outdoors

My name is Samantha. I am from a small town in Ohio, which is day and night compared to the Valley, but I have come to love Arizona because of all of the outdoor beauty.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Community involvement, support make Arizona great

My name is Michelle Campuzano, and I am 38 years old. I am originally from San Francisco, and I moved to Arizona when I was 10.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Won’t let prison time stop me from having productive life

My name is David, and I am a convicted felon. I have served more time in prison than I have out of prison. Right now, what I want most is to keep doing normal things like normal people do.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: ‘Shooting with the family’ is a fulfilling experience

My name is Aralynn McReynolds, I am 72 years old, and I am an Arizona native. I was raised in Scottsdale and attended Scottsdale High School, which no longer exists.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Community is part of what makes Arizona great

My name is Natalie, I am fifty years old, and I have lived in Arizona since 1982. I was born in Gallop, New Mexico and lived in Oregon for a few years before moving here.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: A creative professional with concern for net neutrality

Hello, my name is Michael Bordon, I am 32 years old. I have lived in Arizona for 13 years, and I am a creative professional.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Living in Flagstaff has opened my eyes to different cultures

My name is Jamie Lee. I am originally from Ohio, but moved to Flagstaff to become a childhood education specialist. Flagstaff offers a lot of diversity and a tremendous amount to experience.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Born in Mexico, but calls Arizona home

My name is Elizabeth Pulido, and I am originally from Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. My mom immigrated to Arizona in 1976. I became a naturalized citizen in 2002.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: A love for Arizona and a hope for society

Hi, my name is Holly McHenry, and I am 43 years old. I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and I moved here with my mother when I was ten when she relocated for work.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: A father-daughter day at an engineering conference

My name is Brad Kraay, and I am here at the Wigwam to attend The Society of Military Engineers Conference, with an emphasis on women-owned small business.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: In a small town, more reasons to stay than to leave

My name is Shawnie Davis, and I am 21 years old. I am from Whetstone, Arizona, which is about 15 miles south of Benson. Whetstone, a tiny town of about 2,000 people, is based around farming.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Caregivers for veterans are the ‘hidden heroes’

I moved to Arizona in 1995, my father is retired USMC. I started in Yuma and then we were stationed for eight years at Davis-Monthan Air Force base.
3 years ago
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Facing Arizona: Shaping the future of children and families

I am a caseworker with the City of Phoenix Head Start program. I have been with the City of Phoenix for 24 years.
3 years ago