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Rangers on South Mountain make sure they keep a protective cage around the writing of what could be Marcos de Niza, a Spanish missionary explorer from the early 1500s.
Ranger Allyson Brennan inspects some vandalism in the ramada at Dobbins Lookout on the top of South Mountain on July 22. Brennan said the ramada gets a lot of vandalism, and that rangers often have to sandblast the stones
Ranger Allyson Brennan stands in front of some petroglypic art at the Pima Canyon trail head. Rangers believe the Hohokam created the rock art in before the mid-1450s.
Ranger Allyson Brennan keeps her distance from a diamondback rattlesnake as she speaks to a nearby resident (unseen). A couple found the snake in their backyard and brought it to the park in a bucket.
First aid supplies are organized in the Ranger's station. Rangers are able to spend more time on side projects during the summer months when heat keeps people from hiking as often.
A view of downtown Phoenix from the Dobbins Lookout on top of South Mountain.
Republican Presidential candidates Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich square off in the GOP debate inside the Mesa Arts Center, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.
Stories from our special medical supplement
A collection of columns by Ahwatukee medical experts Agnes Oblas, Astrid Heathcote, Michael Urig and Rashmi "Rush" Bhatnagar.