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Atascosa Borderlands: Connecting the land, the wildlife, and the people.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal on helping loved ones survive dark times; and, how do YOU pronounce "Sahuarita"?

Atascosa Borderlands 2 hero A view from the Atascosa Borderlands in the Coronado National Forest.
Atascosa Borderlands

Arizona Spotlight

January 11, 2024

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Featured on the January 11th, 2024 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • A conversation with Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal, the chief medical officer at Sierra Tucson, about improving the way we communicate with loved ones who express suicidal thoughts, and doing away with the stigma of being a suicide survivor.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can get in touch with the national Suicide & Crisis Hotline by calling or texting 988. In Tucson, The National Alliance on Mental Illness is available at 520-622-6000, and The Hope Incorporated Warm Line is 520-770-9909. There is no shame in attempting to save a life, especially your own.

jasleen chhatwal hero Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal is medical director of Sierra Tucson and past president of the Arizona Psychiatric Society.
Laura Markowitz

Jack Dash and Luke Swenson are holding a presentation and panel discussion about Atascosa Borderlands on Thursday, January 18th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Tohono Chul in northwest Tucson. The event is free and open to the public. but does require registration in advance.

Atascosa Borderlands 5 hero Tallia and Mary Pfrimmer visiting the ruins of their childhood home in Ruby, Arizona.
Atascosa Borderlands

Atascosa Borderlands 4 unsized VIEW LARGER Graptopetalum bartramii (Patagonia Mountains stonecrop) can occur as individual plants, or in small populations perched precariously on rocky crevices in the shade of riparian canyons growing just a few inches across. The flowers of this small succulent bloom following the summer monsoons and are pollinated by small flies.
Atascosa Borderlands

Atascosa Borderlands 03 hero Looking south from Atascosa Lookout towards the US-Mexico border. Smoke from the severe wildfires burning across parts of California, Oregon, and Washington begins to clear as day breaks. In the distance is Ruby Road, the main artery for vehicle access across the Atascosa Highlands.
Atascosa Borderlands

jack dash luke swenson hero Jack Dash and Luke Swenson, the originators of Atascosa Borderlands, in the AZPM radio studio.
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David Leighton spot David Leighton in the AZPM Studio.
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Rancho Sahuarita lake VIEW LARGER A view of the Santa Rita mountains from Rancho Sahuarita Lake.

360 pecan cluster A cluster of pecans growing at Green Valley Pecan Company in Sahuarita.
AZPM Staff

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