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Conservatism In the Desert

by Lucy Caldwell

Senator Jeff Flake makes a Goldwateresque stand against Trump

Snowflake, Ariz. — If you drive 200 miles northeast of Phoenix, deep into Navajo County, Ariz., you will find yourself in the Town of Snowflake. Nestled in a corridor of the state between the Hopi and Fort Apache reservations, this is Arizona’s high country — the woodsy White Mountains, a region that bears little resemblance to the low country of the Sonoran Desert.

The town of around 5,000 is not exactly a cultural hot spot. Snowflake’s claims to fame include being an early hotbed of Mormon polygamy (a lifestyle choice that landed one of the town’s founding fathers in jail) and, later, the location of the purported alien abduction that inspired the sci-fi movie Fire in the Sky.

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