Sheriff Joe's anti-fed crusade

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His rebuff of the Justice Department proves his longtime strategy: Defend himself by attacking his critics

By John Dougherty

The only thing surprising about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pistol-whipping of the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday is that anyone is shocked to see him thumbing his nose at the feds.

“This doesn’t surprise me at all,” says Alfredo Gutierrez, a former state legislator and longtime Latino civil rights leader in Phoenix. “It shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been following Arpaio over the last 20 years.”

Read the rest of the story first published in Salon.com here.

Sheriff Joe’s anti-fed crusade

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His rebuff of the Justice Department proves his longtime strategy: Defend himself by attacking his critics

By John Dougherty

The only thing surprising about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pistol-whipping of the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday is that anyone is shocked to see him thumbing his nose at the feds.

“This doesn’t surprise me at all,” says Alfredo Gutierrez, a former state legislator and longtime Latino civil rights leader in Phoenix. “It shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been following Arpaio over the last 20 years.”

Read the rest of the story first published in Salon.com here.

How developers and businessmen cash in on Grand Canyon overflights

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By John Dougherty

Tusayan, Arizona

In the lobby of Papillon Helicopters’ terminal at Grand Canyon National Park Airport, Enrique Ochoa stared at his smart phone, searching for a WiFi signal.

Unlike the scores of late-April tourists, who were waiting to board one of Papillon’s noisy helicopters for a $175, 30-minute Grand Canyon sightseeing flight, Ochoa was simply trying to get some work done. Just a few days into his new job as Tusayan’s first town manager, he was clearly frustrated.

To read the rest of this story that first appeared in High Country News on June 13, 2011 click here.