We're excited this week to bring you an excerpt from The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story, by Aaron Bobrow-Strain, a professor of politics at Whitman College and an immigration rights activist. As you'll learn from reading Margaret Regan's interview with the author, the nonfiction book follows many trials and tribulations of a young undocumented woman who grew up in Douglas. It's a heart-wrenching story that demonstrates the human toll resulting from our nation's lousy immigration policies.
When I heard the sad news that former Arizona football coach Dick Tomey died last Friday, May 10, I reached out to columnist Tom Danehy, who didn't hesitate to pen a tribute. Tom had already turned in a column about the undocumented Desert View student recently scooped up by the Pima County Sheriff's Department and Border Patrol, which is why you get a double shot of Danehy this week.
Elsewhere in this edition: staff writer Christopher Boan looks at the controversy over a proposed bike ranch next door to Saguaro National Park East; Tucson Salvage columnist Brian Smith profiles a silversmith struck by lightning; comedy correspondent Linda Ray gets the lowdown on Keep Tucson Sketchy, the new monthly comedy extravaganza at The Screening Room; music contributor Eric Swedlund catches up with Lando Chill, who will be performing at Club Congress this weekend, to find out what he's been up to since he moved to out to L.A.; Chow writer Mark Whittaker introduces us to the 11-year-old kid behind Chef Abel's Tortillas; China Young of Taming of the Review digs into Community Players' production of Rabbit Hole; and there's plenty more to sink into, so sit back, dig in and enjoy.
— Jim Nintzel Executive Editor
Hear Nintz talk about what's happening in Tucson's entertainment scene Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. during The Frank Show on KLPX, 96.1 FM. Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel airs at 4 p.m. Sunday on KXCI, 91.3 FM. This week's guest is Lane Santa Cruz, a Democrat seeking the Ward 1 Tucson City Council seat.