Here are our top Arizona stories of 2011.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords faces a long road to recovery after a gunman shot her in the head at a rally she was holding in Tucson. Jared Loughner is charged with attempted assassination and six murders. (More on Giffords' road to recovery).
Arizona experienced its largest-ever wildfire that started over the Memorial Day weekend in the Bear Wallow Wilderness area. (More on the Wallow Fire).
More than a handful of dust storms blanketed the Valley over the course of the year. An October dust storm caused three major pileups on Interstate 10, killing a man from Texas. (See the images).
A 5-year-old Glendale girl was reported missing in early October and hundreds of friends and family began pounding the pavement in search of Jhessye Shockley. (CBS 5 Exclusive coverage here).
Voters have ousted state Sen. Russell Pearce in an unprecedented recall election, a first for an Arizona legislator. (Complete recall election coverage).
Six people were killed in a small plane crash at Superstition Mountain on Thanksgiving eve. (See CBS 5 complete coverage).
The so-called Baseline Killer, convicted of going on a killing spree across the Phoenix area in 2005 and 2006 that terrorized the city, was sentenced to death. (More on the Baseline Killer).
In December, the Justice Department found that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office has shown a pattern of "wide-ranging discrimination" against Latinos and retaliated against people who criticized his office's tactics. (Continuous coverage of investigation).
What do you think was the biggest Arizona story of 2011? Please comment below.
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