AROUND YOUR TOWN for Saturday, May 23, 2015


May 23

“Harvest Rain,” sponsored by the Water Wise Program on Saturday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at C-A-L Ranch, 673 N. Highway 90 Bypass, Sierra Vista.  Come learn how to put together a Rain Water Harvesting System from Gutter to Irrigation with Rick Weisberg from Oasis Water Harvesting and Cado Daily from Water Wise. For more information, call UA Cooperative Extension at (520) 458-8278, ext. 2141 or visit waterwise.arizona.edu.

Army family finds home in Sierra Vista Little League


While Permanent Change of Station orders mean brand new towns with a fresh set of strangers to meet for a military family, one of the few things they can count on is that sports are played just the same in North Carolina as they are in Cochise County.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, locals don’t care where you from as long as you can hit a baseball. It’s the universal language of sports that’s allowed Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jeff Whitworth, his wife Stacy, and their three children to find their own niche in the Sierra Vista community throughout the whirlwind that is life as a military family.

OUR VIEW: Few choices for Bisbee council



The mention of the word is likely to stir a dust-up in Bisbee these days. The City Council voted this week to adopt a budget for the coming fiscal year that will furlough 62 city employees for either 80 hours or 40 hours, depending on wages. Higher paid employees, $45,000 or more, will miss 10 days from their paycheck, while those who make less, will lose five days.

Former Bisbee Council Member Ken Budge complained at Tuesday’s meeting that once again the city is asking the employees to take the budget hit.

But what choices are there for Bisbee?

OPINION: The Escalation of unauthorized wars

The New York Times Editorial Board


It seems like ages ago now. But it’s worth remembering how America’s latest war in the Middle East began.

REC: Marveling at model trains

By Chris Fisk - For the Herald/Review


Parents were almost dragging their little ones out of the annual spring open house at the Cochise and Western Model Railroad Club last weekend.

The sights and sounds of a working railroad, and the various layouts on display transfixed all the children who stopped by the club with their parents. There were layouts of several different sizes of gage, or scale, complete with all sorts of details to take in. Model trains are a hobby that unite several generations and is grounded in rich history.

MILITARY UPDATE: Senators accept plan to squeeze commissary benefit


The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, which if enacted into law would lower shopper savings at least two percentage points next year as well as cut store operating hours and other shopper services.

Defenders of the benefit for military families and the military resale industry fear the committee’s action, if it becomes law, would be a significant first step toward devaluing, or even phasing out, discounted on-base shopping at stateside bases.

At BHS graduation, 59 Pumas step into the future

Speaker Franco: ¡Viva La Generación Dos Mil Quince!


BISBEE — “per aspera ad astra,” the class of 2015 departed with a bilingual ceremony amid fireworks, blustery wind, and the trio from Pomp and Circumstance Military March No. 1 on Thursday night at Warren Ballpark.

“You have made one of the most important choices of your life; the choice to stay in school and graduate from Bisbee High School,” said keynote speaker Juan Franco, the superintendent of Naco Schools. “Remember, education does not stop after you graduate high school, it only just begins. Some people believe continuing their education is their moral duty. It is the right thing to do.”

Chrome Pony Rally will showcase true biker community


SIERRA VISTA — Nearly a week after a confrontation between rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas left nine people dead and more than a dozen injured, the organizer of the Chrome Pony Rally in Sierra Vista next week said her event would showcase that isolated incidents of violence should not color an entire community of people.

“That is an ultimate goal, to dispel that dirty biker image, because that’s the minority. The majority are doctors, lawyers and other professionals. Professional people who like to get on two wheels for the weekend, put a little bit of leather on and get out and ride,” Diane Irwin said.

THS class of 2015 starts a new trend

Graduates are now allowed to decorate caps


TOMBSTONE - Glitter and sparkles will be adding a splash of pizzazz to Tombstone High School’s graduations.

For the first time in its 93-year history, the high school allowed graduates to decorate their caps Thursday for its commencement ceremony. Caps were adorned in gold glitter, silver sparkles, beads, messages and photos.

A bold “12” dominated Branden Sanchez’s cap. “I played basketball and baseball, and that was my number,” he smiled.  “Go Yellow Jackets!”

U of A South Receives Award for Teaching


University of Arizona’s Southern Campus received the 2015 Peter Likins “Inclusive Excellence Program Award.”

The award was given to U of A South for excellence in their Transition to Teaching Masters in Education Program.

The program was awarded funding by the United States Department of Education, and seeks to provide quality teachers and support to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Transition to Teaching program has also had a direct effect on the quality of teachers in Cochise County.

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