By Tom Prezelski Some 130 miles from Tucson and separated by the Tohono O’odham Reservation, the friendly and historic community of Ajo is generally out of sight and out of mind for too many of us in more populated parts of Pima County. However, as it may be difficult forContinue Reading

From The Westerner Blog Elko is gearing up for its annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering – the highlight of the year for the city. This is one of the biggest cultural festivals in the American West that celebrates its extensive ranching heritage. Festival visitors may partake in a series ofContinue Reading

Walter Vail. He and his partners were instrumental in getting the Empire Ranch in southeast Arizona started in the late 1870s By Allison Bunting 2016 marked the 140th anniversary of the establishment of the Empire Ranch which began with the purchase of a 160 acre homestead north of present-day SonoitaContinue Reading

TULAROSA, N.M. (KRQE) – Billy the Kid is a tourist draw in parts of New Mexico. Now a New Mexico hat-maker is hoping to capitalize on the outlaw’s fashion sense, namely his hat. The legend of Billy the Kid dates back more than a century, and in every picture thatContinue Reading

By Scott Dyke Behind the scenes of movie making, there is this culture that exists. They move around a lot, taking whatever is offered. It is a nomadic lifestyle, and the industry would not flourish without them. They are stand-ins, doubles, extras, bit players and generally all-around handy and versatileContinue Reading

From The Westerner Blog As absurd as this may sound, the sidesaddle took hold in the 14th century to protect the virginity of a teenaged princess traveling across Europe to wed the young King of England. Surprised? Don’t feel alone. Most assume the sidesaddle was the natural outcome of fashion,Continue Reading

By Harry Alexander On Monday, July 10 there was a celebration of Emil Franzi’s life at a local club. More than 250 people–from both sides of the political aisle–came together to celebrate the late Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of the Southern Arizona News-Examiner. Franzi was also a student of the history of theContinue Reading