Give Me Your Tin, Your Aluminum, Your Cardboard, Your P.E.T, Your HDPE …

Today marked the grand opening of the new 57,500 square foot, fully automated state-of-the-art RE Community Recycling facility on east Ajo Way in Tucson, Arizona. Rather than a ribbon cutting, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and dignitaries, pushed the “start” button to turn on the high-tech sorting machines in the facility. Eighty new green jobs for Tucson exist thanks to this […]

Gates Pass Ramada

The perfect spot to watch a fabulous southern Arizona sunset is Gates Pass in the Tucson Mountains. This photo taken at the tail end of a sunset, captures the ethereal quality the wispy clouds and piercing stars exhibited that night. I decided to include the ramada, which seemed to add to the somewhat Twilight Zone feeling […]

Happy 75th – Golden Gate Bridge

Eighty-three years ago today (August 15, 1929), Joseph Baermann Strauss was appointed Chief Engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge project. His original bridge design was for a cantilever-suspension hybrid, but by the time it went into production, that design changed to the full-suspension bridge we all know. When the bridge opened in 1937 it was the […]

Keep Our Small Businesses Going

In February of 2010, Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation Ray LaHood came to Tucson to present us with a check for $63 million dollars in federal stimulus money to fund our downtown modern streetcar project. On April 12, 2012 the Regional Transportation Authority broke ground on the 3.9 mile streetcar line that will link […]

Bicycle Safety

My son is now almost 21, but when he was about ten he modelled (wearing the green helmet) in this public service announcement for bicycle safety that the Tucson Police Department sponsored. I recently came across the image again and it reminded me that it’s that time of year when the year-round school districts are back […]

Welcome President Hart

Today was a big day in Tucson, Arizona as we welcomed Dr. Ann Weaver Hart on her first day of work as president of the University of Arizona. Dr. Hart is the twenty-first president and the first female to hold the position at UA, but it is not new territory for her, having been the ninth president of […]

Ground Breaking for Tucson’s Modern Streetcar

Ground breaking ceremonies took place in Tucson, Arizona this morning for the 3.9 mile modern streetcar project which will link the University Health Sciences Center to 4th Ave, downtown, and the Mercado District west of I-10 sometime in late 2013. The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) project will create a fixed-rail / electric system at street […]

Pima County Courthouse

This photograph shows a Moorish & Spanish Colonial influenced architectural detail from the Pima County Courthouse in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Designed by Tucson architect Roy Place and completed in 1929, it replaced two earlier buildings, including the original courthouse built in 1868 when Tucson was the capital of the Arizona Territory. By 1912, when Arizona became the 48th state, the […]


It’s time for the 15th annual Bugtoberfest at Chirco Automotive  in Tucson, Arizona – a weekend for the Volkswagen enthusiast. Events start today with bbq’s, car runs and campouts and culminate with a car show on Sunday from 8 AM to 3 PM in the Chirco parking lot at 9101 E. 22nd St. VW enthusiasts love their cars, no […]

Happy Motoring

  We are blessed in this country with an expansive footprint. Due to our sheer size the topography includes everything from glacial mountains and timberline, pristine lakes and waterfalls, flat grassy plains, swamplands, arid deserts, to coastal beaches and even tropical islands.  It’s summer. Time for the great American vacation adventure on the open road. […]

Happy Summer

Today is the first day of summer – officially – but for some of us it’s been hot and summer-like for a while now. Enjoy yourselves as you head out on your family vacations. This photo is from the balcony of the condo I rented at the Sonoran Spa Resort in Rocky Point, Mexico. The lounge chairs seemed […]

Car Show – Tucson Hot Rod Association

It’s time for the 4th Avenue shopping district to block off the street for the Tucson Street Rod Association’s 37th annual car show as part of their yearly “Rodder Days” events. Hundreds of meticulously cared for cars will line a three-quarter mile stretch of street this Saturday – May 7, 2011 from 8 AM until 3 PM. I’ve been to the show for […]

Yes, This is Tucson!

With a sixteen degree overnight low, even running water was frozen in my home of Tucson, Arizona. This is a nine-foot high fountain at Catalina United Methodist Church, which I drove by today on my way to a job. Needless to say, I had to turn around and snap some shots of the fleeting sight. The pigeon perched […]

Make-shift Memorial

I’m proud of the vast majority of my fellow citizens who have united their hearts and minds to grieve over the senseless shootings of just three days ago. Tomorrow was supposed to be the first day of classes for the spring semester at the University of Arizona, but that will be delayed until Thursday. Instead, McKale Stadium on campus, […]

Cookie-cutter Lives

We all live independent lives with schedules, relationships and opinions that are unique to our existence, but when viewed from a bird’s-eye perspective, the bigger picture emerges and it becomes apparent how interconnected, dependent and essentially the same we all are as a community. Image copyrighted. Reproduction and use prohibited without proper licensing from Martha Lochert.

Happy Summer!

It’s the first day of summer. Time to pack up the family or friends and head to the beach, the mountains, the national parks or the amusement parks – anywhere to get away and have fun. Leave your cares behind, but please be safe in your travels and enjoy the summer. Image copyrighted. Reproduction and any use prohibited […]

Dreaming of Cooler Places

Yeah, baby …  it’s 105 degrees and dry as a bone, but  seeing a Shamu drive by on  a hot Phoenix freeway sure makes a person feel like it’s cooler  than that! Kudos to Sea World ( for such a creative and effective marketing tool. Photo copyright Martha Lochert. Reproduction prohibited without licensing.