March 18, 2021 / Modified mar 20, 2021 4:15 p.m.

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Also on Arizona Spotlight: The City of Tucson changes policy on recycling glass; taking a nature hike along Cienega Creek; and a reminder of the positive difference you can make in your own backyard.

zoologist guide book cover unzized “The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy: What Animals on Earth Reveal About Aliens - and Ourselves“, published by Penguin Press.
courtesy Ariane Moore / Penguin Press

Arizona Spotlight

March 18, 2021

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Featured on the March 18th, 2021 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • The City of Tucson has recently changed policy in regards to the recycling of glass. Tony Paniagua speaks with Carlos De La Torre, Director of Environmental & General Services for the City of Tucson on how this will impact local residents.
glass recycling spotlight 2 The City of Tucson has set up nearly two dozen locations where people can drop off their glass for reuse locally. This facility at Mansfield Park on Fourth Avenue south of Grant Road also accepts other items.
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glass recycling spotlight 1 The City of Tucson has set up nearly two dozen locations where people can drop off their glass for reuse locally. This one is located at Mansfield Park on Fourth Avenue south of Grant Road.
Tony Paniagua / AZPM
glass recycling spotlight 4 City officials say many people throw non-recyclable items into the recycling bins, which is counterproductive.
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arik kershenbaum unsized Dr. Arik Kershenbaum (with a friend) is a zoologist, college lecturer, and fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge. He has done extensive field work on animal communication.
courtesy Ariane Moore / Penguin Press
  • This time of year is perfect for finding time to reconnect with the diversity of natural spaces that surround us. AZPM producer Mitchell Riley recently went on a hike with Angel Breault, an environmentalist and wilderness educator in one of Breault's favorite nature spots: the Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead at Cienega Creek, which is about 27 miles east of Tucson.

"Angel in the Creek" from Arizona Illustrated.

  • And, Literacy Connects presents a radio edition of “Stories That Soar!”. This Tucson non-profit empowers students of all ages by bringing the stories they write to life, using the talents of professional actors and musicians. Listen to "The Orange Tree", a song about hope and springtime was written by Ruby, a 2nd grader at Robison Elementary in the Tucson Unified School District. All student-age writers are invited to submit their stories now, to The Magic Box Story Portal. Maybe one day, you’ll hear it on this show!
Stories That Soar group Spot Performers Frankie Gelb and Andrea Sherrill (top), and Nadia Stefanik, Ian Whittaker, Anel Schmidt, Jordan Siebert, Dallas Thomas, Luke Murray and Olivia Avanzato (bottom) perform a story chosen from the Magic Box.
Courtesy Sharon O'Brien

Citrus Orange Trees A grove of orange trees.
AZPM Staff

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