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Portraits

Bertha Maria López uses light from the window to cook breakfast on March 10, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. López works in the solar-powered restaurant in her community and makes $20-40 a month. Danika Worthington/JMC 470
Bertha Maria López uses light from the window to cook breakfast on March 10, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. López works in the solar-powered restaurant in her community and makes $20-40 a month. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite Borderlands Project)
Klee Benally of the Navajo Nation protests pollution from abandoned uranium mines outside the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., on Friday,  Jan. 29. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite News)
Klee Benally of the Navajo Nation protests pollution from abandoned uranium mines outside the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 29. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite News)
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, spoke to reporters after a news conference where he and other senators called for the appointment of Roberta Jacobson as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite News)
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, spoke to reporters after a news conference where he and other senators called for the appointment of Roberta Jacobson as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite News)

General News

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, leads other lawmakers in urging support for religious freedom ahead of Wednesday’s Supreme Court hearing for Zubik vs. Burwell. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite News)
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, leads other lawmakers in urging support for religious freedom ahead of Wednesday’s Supreme Court hearing for Zubik vs. Burwell. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite News)
Klee Benally of the Navajo Nation sings during a rally against pollution from abandoned uranium mines outside the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., on Friday,  Jan. 29. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite News)
Klee Benally of the Navajo Nation sings during a rally against pollution from abandoned uranium mines outside the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 29. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite News)

Environmental Portrait

A Quechan family poses for a picture near Cuzco, Peru, on Dec. 27, 2014. The Quechas, the indigenous people of Peru, are agriculturally-based and farm in the mountains of Peru. (Danika Worthington)
A Quechan family poses for a picture in the mountains of Peru near Cuzco, Peru, on Dec. 27, 2014. The Quechas, the indigenous people of Peru, are agriculturally-based and farm in the mountains of Peru. (Danika Worthington)

Pictorial

A man walks by a mural on the outside wall of art gallery Legend City Studios along Van Buren Street near Grand Avenue on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The art gallery has several murals painted on its walls by different artists downtown. (Photo by Danika Worthington)
A man walks by a mural on the outside wall of art gallery Legend City Studios along Van Buren Street near Grand Avenue on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The art gallery has several murals painted on its walls by different artists downtown. (Photo by Danika Worthington)
Alex and Jemma Covelesky, former Sierra Vista residents, at the march. Alex’s childhood as a foster kid sparked his pro-life sentiments.
Alex and Jemma Covelesky, former Sierra Vista residents, at the march. Alex’s childhood as a foster kid sparked his pro-life sentiments.
A woman stands in the remains of a doorway in Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru on Jan. 3, 2015. (Danika Worthington)
A woman stands in the remains of a doorway in Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru on Jan. 3, 2015. (Danika Worthington)

Detail

Klee Benally of the Navajo Nation plays a drum while leading other protesters in a chant against uranium mines outside the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., on Friday,  Jan. 29. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite News)
Klee Benally of the Navajo Nation plays a drum while leading other protesters in a chant against uranium mines outside the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 29. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite News)

Photo stories

“Solar energy illuminates lives in small Nicaraguan village”

Publication: Cronkite Borderlands Project

Bertha Maria López cooks in her kitchen with her husband, Juan Luis Alvarado, and granddaughter, Samantha Noely Martínez on March 10, 2015, in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. The family lives in a rural area without electrification from the country’s energy grid. Danika Worthington/JMC 470
Bertha Maria López cooks in her kitchen with her husband, Juan Luis Alvarado, and granddaughter, Samantha Noely Martínez on March 10, 2015, in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. The family lives in a rural area without electrification from the country’s energy grid. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite Borderlands Project)

Bertha Maria López uses light from the window to cook breakfast on March 10, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. López works in the solar-powered restaurant in her community and makes $20-40 a month. Danika Worthington/JMC 470
Bertha Maria López uses light from the window to cook breakfast on March 10, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. López works in the solar-powered restaurant in her community and makes $20-40 a month. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite Borderlands Project)
The López family house is calm at midday in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua on March 9, 2015. The family built their house when they moved to Sabana Grande in 2007 and lived with only diesel lamps for light for several years. Danika Worthington/JMC 470
The López family house is calm at midday in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua on March 9, 2015. The family built their house when they moved to Sabana Grande in 2007 and lived with only diesel lamps for light for several years. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite Borderlands Project)
Bertha Maria López stands in the kitchen doorway with her granddaughter, Samantha Noely Martínez, on the morning of March 10, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. Martínez stays with López while her mother, who is sick, is treated in the city. Danika Worthington/JMC 470
Bertha Maria López stands in the kitchen doorway with her granddaughter, Samantha Noely Martínez, on the morning of March 10, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. Martínez stays with López while her mother, who is sick, is treated in the city. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite Borderlands Project)
Bertha Maria López flattens masa to make tortillas for breakfast on the morning of March 10, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. She cooks the tortillas on the improved cookstove in her home, which decreases smoke and was built by the nongovernmental organization Grupo Fénix. Danika Worthington/JMC 470
Bertha Maria López flattens masa to make tortillas for breakfast on the morning of March 10, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. She cooks the tortillas on the improved cookstove in her home, which decreases smoke and was built by the nongovernmental organization Grupo Fénix. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite Borderlands Project)
A solar panel on the López family home draws from the fading sun to store energy to power the home at night on March 9, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. The panel can power four lightbulbs at night and play music or charge a cellphone during the day. Danika Worthington/JMC 470
A solar panel on the López family home draws from the fading sun to store energy to power the home at night on March 9, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. The panel can power four lightbulbs at night and play music or charge a cellphone during the day. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite Borderlands Project)
Juan Eliezer Alvarado and his cousin, Ricardo Felipe Perez, sit together talking on the night of March 9, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. They are able to stay up later with the light provided by the solar panel on the home installed by nongovernmental organization Grupo Fénix. Danika Worthington/JMC 470
Juan Eliezer Alvarado and his cousin, Ricardo Felipe Perez, sit together talking on the night of March 9, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. They are able to stay up later with the light provided by the solar panel on the home installed by nongovernmental organization Grupo Fénix. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite Borderlands Project)
Bertha Maria López holds her granddaughter, Samantha Noely Martínez, under the light in the main passage of her home on the night of March 9, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. When Martínez gets sick during the night, López is able to use the solar-powered lights in her home to find medicine. Danika Worthington/JMC 470
Bertha Maria López holds her granddaughter, Samantha Noely Martínez, under the light in the main passage of her home on the night of March 9, 2015 in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. When Martínez gets sick during the night, López is able to use the solar-powered lights in her home to find medicine. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite Borderlands Project)
Bertha Maria López and her granddaughter, Samantha Noely Martínez, stand under the light in the walkway to López’s house in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua, on March 9, 2015. The family’s life has improved with solar power, allowing them to stay up later and do work with more ease. Danika Worthington/JMC 470
Bertha Maria López and her granddaughter, Samantha Noely Martínez, stand under the light in the walkway to López’s house in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua, on March 9, 2015. The family’s life has improved with solar power, allowing them to stay up later and do work with more ease. (Danika Worthington/Cronkite Borderlands Project)

“Photo story: A local artist’s trials and triumphs”

Publication: Downtown Devil

Local artist Travis Vallance, 26, drags from a cigarette in front of {9} the Gallery in the Grand Avenue arts district of downtown Phoenix on Thursday, Nov. 7. Vallance was recently evicted from his apartment and stayed a week in the gallery's storage shed while the owner, Laura Dragon, visited New York, Dragon said.
Local artist Travis Vallance, 26, drags from a cigarette in front of {9} the Gallery in the Grand Avenue arts district of downtown Phoenix on Thursday, Nov. 7. Vallance was recently evicted from his apartment and stayed a week in the gallery’s storage shed while the owner, Laura Dragon, visited New York, Dragon said. (Danika Worthington/Downtown Devil)

Vallance groans into his hands while mumbling about not being able to show his art at {9} the Gallery until March 2014 on Thursday, Nov. 1. Vallance had asked gallery owner Laura Dragon if she could hold a group show with him and his roommates but she said she didn't have time until March.
Vallance groans into his hands while mumbling about not being able to show his art at {9} the Gallery until March 2014 on Thursday, Nov. 1. Vallance had asked Dragon if she could hold a group show with him and his roommates but she said she didn’t have time until March. (Danika Worthington/Downtown Devil)
Vallance sets up chairs to prepare for a concert in {9} the Gallery on Thursday, Nov. 1. After he finished a demanding design project at a local company, Vallance took a break from work and has helped Dragon at her gallery.
Vallance sets up chairs to prepare for a concert in {9} the Gallery on Thursday, Nov. 1. After he finished a demanding design project at a local company, Vallance took a break from work and has been helping Dragon at her gallery. (Danika Worthington/Downtown Devil)
Vallance stamps the hands of people who paid for a concert at {9} the Gallery on Thursday, Nov. 7, when a woman walks by and asks Vallance for a cigarette but he says no. The woman had taken Vallance's apartment after he was evicted, Vallance said, but as she walked away, Vallance ran to catch her and gave her a cigarette.
Vallance stamps the hands of people who paid for a concert at {9} the Gallery on Thursday, Nov. 7, when a woman walks by and asks him for a cigarette. He said no because the woman had taken Vallance’s apartment after he was evicted. But as she walked away, Vallance ran to catch her and passed over a cigarette. (Danika Worthington/Downtown Devil)
At First Friday art walk in downtown Phoenix on Nov. 1, Travis Vallance sets up three canvases that he plans to paint on during the night. Vallance said he mainly sells his artwork at First Fridays.
At First Friday art walk in downtown Phoenix on Nov. 1, Vallance sets up three canvases that he plans to paint on during the night. Vallance said he mainly sells his artwork at First Fridays. (Danika Worthington/Downtown Devil)
Vallance paints a landscape on a canvas during First Friday artwalk in downtown Phoenix on Nov. 1. After several people at previous First Fridays told Vallance they liked his trees, he said he became annoyed and decided to paint a desert landscape instead.
Vallance paints a landscape on a canvas during First Friday artwalk in downtown Phoenix on Nov. 1. After several people at previous First Fridays told Vallance they liked his trees, he said he became annoyed and decided to paint a desert landscape instead. (Danika Worthington/Downtown Devil)
Vallance works on a landscape while people stop to look then walk on at First Friday on Nov. 1. Some people took photos of Vallance working, others just watched and a few stopped to talk with Vallance.
People stop to watch Vallance work on a landscape before continuing down the street. Some people took photos of Vallance working, others watched and a few stopped to talk. (Danika Worthington/Downtown Devil)
Frasier (left) recants stories from the past night with (middle left to right) Michelle Sasonov, Vallance and roommate Ralph Muzio on Friday, Nov. 15. Frasier and Vallance stayed up till 7 a.m. and woke up around 5:30 p.m.
Vallance’s roommate Frasier (left) recants stories from the past night with (middle left to right) Vallance’s girlfriend Michelle Sasonov, Vallance and other roommate Ralph Muzio on Friday, Nov. 15. Frasier and Vallance stayed up until 7 a.m. and woke up around 5:30 p.m. (Danika Worthington/Downtown Devil)
Sasonov (front) sets up her shot for pool while Frasier (far left) and Vallance (far right) watch and Muzio (back) works on Friday, Nov. 15. A deceased friend of Muzio use to live in the house but after he past away, his partner let Muzio and three other artists temporarily live in the house.
Sasonov (front) sets up her shot for pool while Frasier and Vallance watch on Friday, Nov. 15. A deceased friend of Muzio used to live in the house but after he passed away, his partner let Muzio and three other artists temporarily live in the house. (Danika Worthington/Downtown Devil)
Vallance paints a panda blue while Sasonov (back left) and Frasier (back right) play pool on Friday, Nov. 15. Although it was Third Friday, a less attended art walk in downtown Phoenix, Vallance did not plan to show his art that night because he said typically few people buy work.
Vallance paints a panda blue while Sasonov and Frasier play pool. Although it was Third Friday, another monthly art walk in downtown Phoenix, Vallance did not show his art because fewer people buy art during the less attended art walk, he said. (Danika Worthington/Downtown Devil)
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