Twin-brother doctors aid needy in Nicaragua

For some patients, it’s first-ever physician visit; some are seriously ill

Identical twins Max and Mark Kartchner perform surgery in San Rafael del Norte, Nicaragua, as part of volunteer work with nonprofit group Esperança. The brothers, 81, are shown here volunteering in November 2010. They returned Thursday to Nicaragua.

By CECELIA MARSHALL for the ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Identical twin brothers Mark and Max Kartchner spent weeks packing and planning for their trip to Nicaragua.

They weren’t going on vacation, though. For about the 20th time, the 81-year-old Tucson doctors – Mark is a surgeon and Max is an anesthesiologist – headed to the Central American country to save lives. Continue reading “Twin-brother doctors aid needy in Nicaragua”

Democrats in Arizona’s District 3 Senate race focus on education, jobs, health care

Democrat Olivia Cajero Bedford
Democrat Maria Garcia

By CECELIA MARSHALL for the ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Arizona should spend more money on education, job creation, health care and creating tax incentives for business, opponents in the Democratic primary for the state Senate seat in Legislative District 3 agreed in a Tuesday night debate.

While they share a vision for where the state’s $379 million budget surplus should go, Democrats Maria Garcia and Olivia Cajero Bedford had different takes on gun control in the wake of the Colorado theater shootings, and on the extension of a 1-cent state sales tax that is set to expire next year. Continue reading “Democrats in Arizona’s District 3 Senate race focus on education, jobs, health care”

Finding where food comes from: Kids, parents plant, harvest with Big Green Bus, UA farm

Dartmouth College student Anna Morenz shows Jensen Peyton, 8, how to plant popcorn as part of The Big Green Bus program at Tucson Village Farm. Members of the Dartmouth program travel across the country promoting sustainability.

BY CECELIA MARSHALL for THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR

When The Big Green Bus pulled into Tucson Village Farm bright and early Friday morning, kids and parents were ready to get their hands dirty like true farmers by planting crops, harvesting and learning sustainability techniques. Continue reading “Finding where food comes from: Kids, parents plant, harvest with Big Green Bus, UA farm”

‘Vehicle for inspiration’ bus to roll into Tucson Friday

Recycled Greyhound spreading message of sustainability (Photo courtesy of The Big Green Bus).

BY CECELIA MARSHALL for the ARIZONA DAILY STAR

What is big, green, smells like french fries and rolls down the road with not a drop of gas in it?

A recycled Greyhound bus juiced by waste vegetable.

The Big Green Bus will roll into Tucson this weekend as part of a cross-country tour to promote awareness of sustainability, environmental issues and community involvement. Continue reading “‘Vehicle for inspiration’ bus to roll into Tucson Friday”

Tucsonan named to AARP National Policy Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

By CECELIA MARSHALL for The Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson public interest attorney recently was appointed to the National Policy Council for AARP.

“I am honored to join the AARP National Policy Council,” said Sally Hart, who has handled a variety of health-care-related cases, including many dealing with Medicare and Medicaid. “It is an organization committed to service, inspiring social change and ensuring that people of all backgrounds age with dignity and respect. I look forward to serving AARP members and the broader 50-plus population.” Continue reading “Tucsonan named to AARP National Policy Council”