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  • Chuck Bowden to be honored at dedication ceremony

    Jul 17, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County residents are invited to attend the Chuck Bowden Mount Lemmon Community Center Dedication Ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 25.

    Chuck BowdenBowden, an award-winning writer and reporter who spent most of his adult life in Tucson, died in Las Cruces, N.M. on Aug. 30, 2014. A one-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Bowden focused on violence in Ciudad Juarez, the disappearing water table in the Southwest, the migration of displaced people in Mexico and the hummingbirds of Patagonia.

    He had a particular love for the Sonoran Desert and the trails on “Frog Mountain,” which is the original Tohono O’odham name for Mount Lemmon. That love was clearly reflected in one of his books, “Frog Mountain Blues.” Bowden loved to throw a snowball on top of Mount Lemmon and then return to his Tucson home to bask in the afternoon sun.

    “Chuck was a journalist’s journalist and was highly regarded by many renowned writers for drilling deep into subject matters where few dared to go,” said Pima County District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll. “Whatever Chuck Bowden did, he did with all his heart.  He was a man full of grace and guts.”

    In addition to Carroll, members of the Bowden family and local author and family friend Bill Broyles are expected to speak at the dedication.

    Light refreshments will be served at a reception following the ceremony.

    *Photo by Jack Dykinga