Stacey Champion sits in a tree she helped save from the bulldozer. (Photo by Ross Hendrickson.)

Imagine living someplace where the political hijinks are so outlandish that people refuse to believe that they’re really happening. (Oh, right.) Stacey Champion lives in just such a place. It’s called Arizona.

“We have these extremist legislators — some of the shit they say would blow your mind,” says Champion, an environmental consultant and PR specialist who lives in Phoenix. “‘Al Gore created climate change’ — they really believe this stuff.”