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July 2015

Jul 30 2015 - 5:02pm
Lealund Arnell Ellis passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015, at home, surrounded by family. He fought a courageous battle with colon and liver cancer.  He was born on June 28, 1962, to Elaine Staley and John Roy Ellis in Nampa, Idaho. He grew up in Layton, Utah, and graduated from Layton High school in 1979. He loved playing sports — especially basketball. He was an avid Utah Jazz fan. He was a dedicated member of the Church of...
Jul 30 2015 - 5:02pm
Bernice H. Pitts, 90, a resident of Sierra Vista, passed away at Hacienda Nursing Center on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Max and Elsa Gertrude (Uhlig) Dietrich, both of Germany. She moved to Vineland, N.J., at the age of 6 with her family. Bernice relocated to New Mexico in 1995 to be closer to her family and then to Sierra Vista in 1995 to be with her son, James E. Pitts III and wife Lori Pitts and...
Jul 29 2015 - 9:52pm
Let me be your eyes into the discussions that are happening here, and throughout the newspaper industry. Though the primary responsibility of a managing editor lands somewhere near your doorstep each morning, the discussions among industry leaders is a matter of personal and professional interest. The previous assignment in Freeport, Ill., was with a company betting $1.2 billion on a mass purchase of newspapers throughout...
Jul 29 2015 - 8:42pm
A man lives in an area where residents are told to stay indoors because a murderer is nearby, so he does. This means he’s cooperative. He goes into his backyard to smoke and notices the cover on his boat has come undone. This means he’s observant. While checking on the cover, he sees what appears to be blood and calls 911. This means he’s quick to respond. It turns out the murderer is hiding in his boat and is captured, so...
Jul 29 2015 - 8:42pm
July 30 Border Animal Rescue Give Back Event at Chili’s, July 30 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tell your server that you are dining to support Border Animal Rescue (BAR) and Chili’s will donate 15% of the event day back to BAR.   The Illegitimate Theater Co.will be holding auditions for its’ Fall Production “Handy Dandy”, a comedy (but) by William Gibson at the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Co-op, 311 E. Wilcox Dr....
Jul 29 2015 - 8:23pm
It was evident at Tuesday’s work session that Cochise County Supervisors had been thinking about whether the Sheriff’s Department would be restarting its helicopter program. The questions directed to Sheriff’s Patrol Commander Mark Genz bordered on rhetorical, with some being asked more to point out areas of concern than to seek real information. The Supervisors understandably share a greater awareness of liability than...
Jul 29 2015 - 8:23pm
War is hell. Post-Civil War, Reconstruction was hellish. In a beauty contest, however, Reconstruction was in a dead heat with the Redemption for ugliness. The difference had to do with the losers in both. In the former it was Dixie. In the latter, it was people with black skin. I invested a very large chunk of my life in the South but had no idea what the Redemption was. Then I read Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim...
Jul 29 2015 - 8:23pm
The Sierra Vista Open, this year focusing on amateur golfers, begins with a sponsor day golf tournament on Sept. 18 with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. This scramble format golf tournament is followed by an awards ceremony, pairings party, and putting contest. The actual Sierra Vista Open begins in earnest on Saturday Sept. 19 with individual tee times and Gross and Net golf flights which is followed by our Charity Auction Dinner. The tournament...
Jul 29 2015 - 7:02pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Representative Martha McSally Wednesday voted in support of H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act, legislation to improve accountability of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees found guilty of mismanagement or poor conduct. In 2014, reports revealed that as many as 40 patients at the Phoenix VA Health Care System may have died while awaiting medical care. Subsequent investigations of VA facilities around...
Jul 29 2015 - 7:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — The Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District, will conduct pile burning on the east side of the Huachuca Mountains. Piles consist of debris remaining from the Old Spanish Trail wildfire which took place in the area on March 10. The pile burning will occur one-half mile north of Ramsey Canyon Road, near Brown Canyon Ranch, in the vicinity of Old Spanish Trail on Forest Service Road 5736. Recent...
Jul 29 2015 - 6:42pm
The Cochise County Youth Orchestra is now welcoming violin, viola, cello, and string bass players to join in the fun next semester, which starts on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and runs through Dec. 2, 2015. Elementary through high school age youth are welcome. Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced classes are offered. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays after school at Cochise College, 901 N. Colombo, Room 705, in Sierra Vista. Beginning classes meet at 3:30 p...
Jul 29 2015 - 6:42pm
SIERRA VISTA — Three weeks after losing its Medicare financial support in the wake of a damning report by the Arizona Department of Human Services detailing multiple violations at the facility, Cochise Regional Hospital in Douglas will shutter for good tomorrow. The survey was conducted at the hospital’s request, after it claimed it had corrected previous violations uncovered by the department, however the state agency instead found...
Jul 29 2015 - 6:42pm
SIERRA VISTA — Maybe the biggest drama Wednesday at the Pueblo del Sol Women’s Golf Association Memorial Tournament came when the two finalists got word there was still golf to play. By then, all players were in. Joyce Kovacs and Karen Guinn needed to go another round to decide the winner after they finished tied atop the leaderboard. “After I ate my lunch,” Guinn laughed afterward. They needed only one playoff hole...
Jul 29 2015 - 6:42pm
TUCSON — With seven points races remaining in the 2015 season, the chase for the title at Tucson Speedway is tightening. Just one point separates Paul Banghart from Super Late Model points leader Chuck Wares, who leads with 375. Joe Paladenic is in third with 331. This Saturday, the Super Late Models, Late Models, Pro Stocks, Bombers and Hornets will hit the track for a night of racing. Pro Stock points leader...
Jul 29 2015 - 6:42pm
In the story, Sierra Vista Great Place for a mortgage, by Max Lancaster, the Pima County Property tax rate was written incorrectly. The average property tax rate in Pima County is $2,350, not the originally stated Smartasset study number of $12,358. We apologize for the mistake.
Jul 29 2015 - 6:42pm
The City of Sierra Vista has issued a “Silver Alert” to determine the whereabouts of Frank Whiting, a 78-year-old Sierra Vista resident who is reported in the early stages of dementia. He was last seen on Thursday, July 23, wearing a dark blue shirt and dark pants. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Sierra Vista Police Department at (520) 452-7500.
Jul 29 2015 - 5:32pm
John J. Sheedy Jr. of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He leaves behind his loving wife of 30 years, Wanda Sheedy; three daughters, Kala Sheedy, Amanda (Robert) Sheedy–Rice, Jessica (Scott) Mac Farlane, one son, Jason M. Shaw; and two grandchildren, his beloved twin boys, Aydan and Zane Shaw. The family would like to thank Dr. Parag Patel, Dr. Guy Cary, Dr....
Jul 29 2015 - 5:32pm
Samuel C. Williams Jr., age 74, passed away on July 21, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah, while visiting family. Sam was born on Aug. 23, 1940, in Ft. Collins, Colo., to Samuel C. Williams Sr. and Wanza Lucille Prichard. The youngest of four boys, he kept the family very busy. He married Nola Lucille Coffin on Nov. 5, 1961. Sam and Nola built their home in Sierra Vista, Ariz., in 1972. Sam served for 20 years in the Army and was a Vietnam veteran....
Jul 29 2015 - 4:52pm
HEREFORD — Armed with pairs of binoculars, cameras, checklists and guidebooks, about a dozen birders from across the country set off into Carr Canyon in the early morning hours on Wednesday as part of the first group of field trips for this year’s Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival. Heavy cloud cover threatened rain, but the first hour of the guided tour still provided several opportunities to spy turkey vultures and...
Jul 29 2015 - 4:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — Police have charged one woman with first-degree murder following the shooting of a 25-year-old woman at a Sierra Vista trailer park Tuesday afternoon. Fldaa Meraz, 21, was arrested shortly after the shooting at Los Arcos Mobile Home Park after fleeing the trailer where the incident occurred. Meraz had her initial appearance before a judge Wednesday morning, where her bond was set at $1 million, said Carol Capas,...
Jul 29 2015 - 10:54am
SIERRA VISTA — Police have charged one woman with first-degree murder following the shooting of a 25-year-old woman at a Sierra Vista trailer park Tuesday afternoon. Fldaa Meraz, 21, was arrested shortly after the shooting at Los Arcos Mobile Home Park after fleeing the scene of the shooting. Meraz had her initial appearance before a judge this morning, where her bond was set at $1 million, said Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise...
Jul 28 2015 - 8:52pm
Well, it’s been over a week since the first Planned Parenthood video came out, about selling aborted baby organs — oops, I mean fetal tissue — and I am still anxiously awaiting the letter from good ol’ Dutch that will explain to us that what we saw and heard on the video isn’t really what we saw and heard on the video. Come on Dutch, I have faith in you. I’m sure you will be able to explain to us that this procedure of carefully...
Jul 28 2015 - 8:52pm
What do these two words have in common? Read on for further explanation. A friend and I attended the Miss Sierra Vista and Miss Sierra Vista Teen Pageant which was very well organized and proceeded in a timely manner, considering there were 14 contestants in all. All the lovely contestants should be highly commended for showing such poise, confidence, and their varied talents. As the title suggests, I would now like to...
Jul 28 2015 - 8:52pm
On 07-26-15 I found it necessary to call our local hospital to speak to a patient. I looked in the phonebook and under hospital it said “see hospital.” I thought I was. My wife found a number I had written down some time ago for the Sierra Vista Regional health Center. I dialed it and … nothing. Canyon View Hospital has a new number. I looked in another phone book and found the same situation. My wife looked and she could not...
Jul 28 2015 - 8:52pm
July 28 The Holy Moly Thrift Store is offering back-to-school bags for $1 that feature clothes and shoes. The store at 216 Arizona Street in the Warren area of Bisbee is featuring the sale July 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, see the website www.trinityumcbisbee.org, or look for the Trinity Church in Bisbee on Facebook.   Low Vision Support Group will...
Jul 28 2015 - 8:32pm
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is apparently a man of principle. Unlike 45 other attorney generals representing other states in our union, Brnovich has refused to sign a letter sent to five major telecommunications companies telling them to offer a service to stop unwanted phone calls. Attorney General Brnovich does not believe it is the role of government to tell a business what services it should offer....
Jul 28 2015 - 8:32pm
I’m sometimes grumpier when I stay at a nice hotel. I have certain expectations about the service that’s going to be provided. I get impatient if I have to crawl around looking for a power outlet, if the shower controls are unfathomable, if the place considers itself too fancy to put a coffee machine in each room. I’m sometimes happier at a budget motel, where my expectations are lower, and where a functioning iron is a bonus and the waffle...
Jul 28 2015 - 8:22pm
One of the many movies Hollywood has produced has a military veteran explaining to a potential employer that while serving on the front line, they were in charge of million dollar equipment. What we do in the newsroom hardly compares, except for the level of stress created by a deadline. Tuesday night a power outage in Tucson forced the staff to scramble and find alternative ways to move electronic copy from one place to...
Jul 28 2015 - 8:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — An adult woman is dead and another woman has been detained following a fatal shooting at a mobile home park in Sierra Vista Tuesday afternoon. Sierra Vista Police responded to a call of a person with a gunshot wound at trailer 99 in the Los Arco Mobile Home Park, 650 Busby Dr., at 3:08 p.m. The victim, a woman in her 30s, was later pronounced dead. Police were still working to obtain final confirmation of her...
Jul 28 2015 - 8:22pm
Reluctant Cochise County Supervisors were not convinced that the Sheriff’s Office needs a helicopter, despite an offer from the Buffet Foundation to purchase and pay for the aircraft. At a work session meeting Tuesday, Supervisor Ann English said the risks of operating a helicopter outweigh the benefits to the Sheriff’s Office. “I cannot support the acquisition or accept the gift of a helicopter,” English said....
Jul 28 2015 - 8:22pm
Carol lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Albuquerque, N.M., at the University of New Mexico Hospital. She was born in Pottsville, Pa., to Carl and Coral Nuebling. She is survived by her three children, Beth Dennis and Carl. Carol married her late husband on Nov. 1, 1953, in Schuylkill Haven, Pa. Melvin served four years in the Navy and 16 years in the USAF. After military retirement, Melvin and Carol...
Jul 28 2015 - 8:22pm
Lealund Arnell Ellis, 53, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away on July 27, 2015, at home. Visitation will be on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1655 Avenida del Sol. Funeral services will also be on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with interment following at Cochise Memory Gardens Cemetery. Further information will...
Jul 28 2015 - 5:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — An adult woman is dead and another woman has been detained following a fatal shooting at a mobile home park in Sierra Vista this afternoon. Sierra Vista Police responded to a call of a person with a gunshot wound at trailer 99 in the Los Arco Mobile Home Park, 650 Busby Dr., at 3:08 p.m. The victim, a white woman in her 30s, was later pronounced dead. Police were still working to obtain final confirmation of her identity on...
Jul 28 2015 - 5:12pm
Special Alpaca Visit We’ll have a number of alpacas with us this Saturday! There’s a lot of benefits alpacas bring to their environment, so be sure to come learn a little about this interesting cousin to the camel. We’ll also have alpaca poo for sale, which is one of the best fertilizers you can use on your fruits and vegetables.  Strawberry Shortcake Tropical Sno will be serving refreshingly cold shaved ice sno...
Jul 28 2015 - 5:12pm
Nearly inexplicably, I was compelled to buy a little brick of cream cheese this week. There is a particular type of comfort that comes from knowing you have some stashed in the fridge. In catering I was never without cream cheese as it was a staple ingredient in much of the party fare we offered. Because of its great versatility from sweet to savory applications, we ordered it by the case of 3-pound loaves. Equally important...
Jul 28 2015 - 5:12pm
This Week’s Music:The Simmons Family Featured Foods:We feature prepared meals from around the world for market dining — Mexican, Italian, Cambodian and American. Our hot food vendors are increasing and we hear many great compliments about them. We also have a delicious variety of baked goods, including many gluten-free choices.  Featured Vendor:Goodness Groze has their homebase in St. David where they have a...
Jul 28 2015 - 4:12pm
SIERRA VISTA — The drills were not quite in sync and the call and response not quite as loud as one might hear on Brown Parade Field, but nearly 80 incoming Buena High School freshmen got a taste of the Army JROTC they have signed up for thanks to a two-day camp held at the school this week. Senior members of the Buena JROTC program led newcomers who have signed up for the program through a series of fundamental drills, team-...
Jul 28 2015 - 3:52pm
SIERRA VISTA - Another summer tournament, another golfing championship for Colin McCarty. The Buena High grad and current Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville golfer followed up his June win in the Sierra Vista City Golf Championship with a victory this past weekend in the Men’s Club Championship at Pueblo del Sol. McCarty beat the field with a score of 151 to edge last year’s Men’s Club Championship winner, Charlie...
Jul 28 2015 - 3:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — State wildlife officials are offering a reward for information which leads to an arrest in connection to two recent cases of javelina being poached in Sierra Vista. The first incident was reported July 11 when a witness near the 1600 block of Camino Rancho saw a female javelina dragging an illegally-used leg-hold trap from her leg as she attempted to keep pace with her herd. The next incident likely occurred in the...
Jul 28 2015 - 3:52pm
A call for Special Olympians is sounding around the world this week, and hope is high that will translate to a boost in participation numbers locally. The Special Olympics World Games opened Saturday in Los Angeles, bringing 6,500 teams from 165 nations together for athletic competition. The teams will compete in 25 Olympic-type sports. Seven of the 14 athletes on the Special Olympics USA softball team hail from ...
Jul 28 2015 - 3:52pm
BISBEE — They say the best art comes from pain and the saddest songs are the most beautiful ones. That’s certainly true of Robert Longley and Roger Thoreson’s new song, “Break Even Woman,” and the accompanying music video directed by Puspa Lohmeyer and her assistant  Roman Kihl. The two talented musicians Longley and Thoreson have been playing together as a duo for about a year and have been working on a CD that will be...
Jul 28 2015 - 3:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — KTAN-1420 is shutting down its talk radio program and moving strictly to classic country. The decades-old radio station that has been dishing out sports and conservative talk radio since 1996 is now moving to a new format. The station will now play classic country from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. This is not the first time KTAN has changed its format. Since the radio station’s first air time in...
Jul 28 2015 - 12:52am
By Diane Jones   Alpacas at the market The Sierra Vista Farmers Market provides a wonderful sense of community as Veterans’ Memorial Park comes alive every Thursday with activity, music, and, of course, fresh local foods. Grab lunch at one of the food trucks and be part of it. This week will feature a special visit from live alpacas, courtesy of Thunder Mountain Alpaca Ranch. Bring the kids to check out these...
Jul 27 2015 - 9:42pm
Readers are gradually warming up to the space on this page being available for good quality community event pictures, unusual nature scenes and beautiful landscapes. Those are the three themes people seem to gravitate to when they send in pictures for the Around Your Town column. Service clubs are also jumping in the game. Page A2 and sometimes Page A3 should be decorated every day with content our readers provide on what’s...
Jul 27 2015 - 8:32pm
A light agenda will keep the meeting of Cochise County Supervisors short on Tuesday. Board members will accomplish 14 items of business with the approval of one consent resolution, then take up discussion on one action item. Of interest among the items that will be approved by consent, Supervisors are calling on Arizona U.S. Sens. McCain and Flake, and U.S. Rep. McSally to designate Chiricahua National Monument as a national...
Jul 27 2015 - 7:52pm
Two recent news items have made it clear that one of the greatest challenges facing health care is providing services to rural patients. Canyon Vista CEO, Dr. Dean French, told a town hall audience July 18 that through the end of April, 2015, the hospital has spent $4.8 million on its recruitment efforts. That sum is part of an $18 million budget planned for the next six years to attract new medical professionals to Cochise County and...
Jul 27 2015 - 7:12pm
As a leadership coach, I am always excited when a powerful question or statement crosses my path — or better yet, slams me in the face! I recently had such an encounter. Bestselling author and speaker Seth Godin got my attention when he stated, “If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader.” Bingo! He was talking about the discomfort we feel sometimes as a leader....
Jul 27 2015 - 5:42pm
Robert Blair Amick,70, of Sierra Vista, Arizona passed away on Sunday, July 26. Memorial services will be on July 29, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 4950 E. Camino Segundo, Sierra Vista, 85650. Further information will be in Wednesday, July 29. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.hatfieldfh.com.
Jul 27 2015 - 5:42pm
Bertha M. Gonzales, 86, of Sierra Vista, entered eternal life on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Bertha was born on April 29, 1929, in Douglas, Ariz., to the late Manuel and Cecilia Rodriguez. Left to cherish her memory is Bertha’s husband of 57 years, Juan Gonzales; sisters, Ann (Jack) King, Teresa Altamirano, Gloria Rodriguez and Porfidia Rodriguez and Esther Velasquez; three of her children, Alice Wright, David (Rosa) Manasco and Mary (Mark)...
Jul 27 2015 - 4:22pm
The Cochise College women’s soccer team doesn’t report to campus for the 2015 season until Aug. 8, but they’ve been in close contact this summer anyway. Watching the World Cup has that effect. Like everyone else, many Apaches players and coaches were caught up this summer in the U.S. team’s run to a Women’s World Cup title in Canada. That was enough to stretch the team’s bonds even through the summer’s off months. “...
Jul 27 2015 - 4:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — Following a recent visit to Sierra Vista and the surrounding area, a New York-based rabbi is investigating the possibility of relocating to the area to provide long-needed programs and services to the local Jewish community. During his 10 day visit, which he called “remarkable,” Rabbi Ben Zion Shemtov said he met with more than 30 people from Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Green Valley and elsewhere in an effort to learn about...
Jul 27 2015 - 4:22pm
To the Editor: “Fantastic”, “amazing”, “wow” and “oooh” are words I heard while standing among many hundreds of people, young and old, on the evening of the 4th of July. Those comments were made because of the tremendous fireworks display put on by what has to be the most dedicated and the best pyro team in the state of Arizona. They are all volunteers, lead by Mr. Pat Call and his nearly 30 years experience, and his successor in study...
Jul 27 2015 - 4:22pm
To the Editor: Jacqueline O’Connor’s letter, “Hooray for homosexuality” in the Herald asked me a couple questions. She asked, “But, why is homosexuality a sin?” Homosexuality is a sin because it is against the way God created us. God condemns homosexuality. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible warns us of the consequences of homosexual acts (Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:10). She asked, “And...
Jul 27 2015 - 4:22pm
To the Editor: The city of Bisbee and all the residents and business people owe a great debt of gratitude to Pete Lawson, current owner of Turquoise Valley Golf and RV Park, and I personally think he should be honored in some special way for all his contributions to the area. He acquired a nine hole golf course with an RV park and expanded it to 18 holes. He expanded the RV park and made numerous other improvements to it in...
Jul 27 2015 - 4:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — Highway traffic was halted west of Bisbee earlier this month when one of the Southwest’s most iconic animals made a leisurely path across the roadway. It was just about 9 a.m. when a gila monster brought traffic on Highway 92 to a standstill for several moments as it meandered from one side to the other. At one point, nearby U.S. Border Patrol Agent Matt Clark decided to lend the lizard a hand by gently...
Jul 27 2015 - 4:02pm
Right now, it’s beginning to look as if President Obama will end up deserving the Nobel Peace Prize he was so prematurely awarded in 2009. Perhaps you recall how, during the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, Obama’s opponents treated his expressed willingness to speak with the leaders of unfriendly countries such as Cuba and Iran as a sign of immaturity. “Irresponsible and frankly naive,” was how...
Jul 27 2015 - 4:02pm
Residents looking for a great mortgage can not do much better than Cochise County. A new study by New York based company Smartasset rated Cochise County as one of the top places to get a mortgage. Cochise County ranks ninth in Arizona and 1,127 nationwide. Cochise County is in the 40 percentile of counties with the best mortgage rates. The study found its numbers by focusing on four different mortgage areas and...
Jul 27 2015 - 4:02pm
High school football practice opened Monday for a number of AIA teams around Arizona, signaling the beginning of the season ahead. The Buena Colts, however, weren’t among the early birds. Some 55 games will open the 2015 AIA campaign Aug. 20 and 21 in what’s known as “Week Zero,” when teams have the option of getting a one-week jump on the season which opens in earnest across the state the following Friday night, Aug....
Jul 27 2015 - 4:02pm
BISBEE — It might only be July but it’s not too early to start planning your costume for Bisbee’s big Dia de los Muertos celebration — and there will be plenty of events leading up to the day to keep you excited. Last year, the Central School Project hosted 350 people for the opening reception that featured an art exhibit, performances, activities and face painting so people could have their face painted with the traditional...
Jul 27 2015 - 3:42pm
BISBEE — Step Up Bisbee/Naco (SUBN), formerly known as Rebuilding Together, has announced the winner of its logo design contest. The winner is Lizann Michaud of Bisbee.  Michaud will be awarded the $500 prize for the winning design. The announcement was made by Grady Meadows, SUBN president. Meadows reported that the organization received many well-conceived, thoughtful and very creative designs which challenged the SUBN ...
Jul 27 2015 - 3:42pm
July 28 The Holy Moly Thrift Store is offering back-to-school bags for $1 that feature clothes and shoes. The store at 216 Arizona Street in the Warren area of Bisbee is featuring the sale July 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, see the website www.trinityumcbisbee.org, or look for the Trinity Church in Bisbee on Facebook.   Low Vision Support Group will...
Jul 27 2015 - 3:32pm
By Ann Widmann For the Herald/Review Instead of being on the mend from Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery that should alleviate the symptoms of my Parkinson’s disease, my life has virtually been put on hold. Simply put my medical insurance does not want to foot the bill for this procedure. This surgery was all set for May 12 at Tucson Medical Center until I received a registered letter stating I needed more tests...
Jul 27 2015 - 3:32pm
How Arizona congressional representatives voted last week.
Jul 27 2015 - 3:32pm
HUACHUCA CITY — When families gather at Huachuca City School on Friday for an open house, most will be meeting the school’s new principal Kevin Beaman for the first time, along with a few new teachers. In addition, they’ll learn about changes to Huachuca City’s middle school program.  The open house, which is from 5 to 7 p.m., gives students and parents an opportunity to see where classrooms are located and meet teachers before...
Jul 27 2015 - 3:12pm
Quick question: If something has been healing millions of people for thousands of years, is it an alternative treatment? While relatively new to the west, the practice of acupuncture is one of the oldest medical practices, and has been healing people for a recorded 2,000 years, with some authorities dating it back 4,000 or 5,000 years. The track record spanning millennia, however, is not always enough to encourage those...
Jul 27 2015 - 3:12pm
The filmed story of a man who is changing gender will be presented at Lifetree Café on Thursday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. The exclusive film follows a man named Bob, who says he knew at the age of 4 that he was really a girl in a boy’s body. The film examines issues surrounding transgenderism such as family dynamics, workplace complications, and spiritual implications. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Free snacks and beverages...
Jul 27 2015 - 3:12pm
More than 20 members of the four Sierra Vista Rotary clubs gathered at Town and Country Elementary school early Saturday morning to complete phase one of a $16,000 project to upgrade the playground for the school’s special needs and new daycare and preschool students. This first phase included the laying of a new tricycle and scooter track, the planting of  a second shade tree, painting of existing playground equipment, as well as...
Jul 27 2015 - 2:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — The delays in the ongoing sanity evaluation of Sierra Vista murder suspect Alvin William continue after his attorney told a Cochise County judge that requests for his medical records would have to be resubmitted. Williams is charged with the first-degree murder of Sean Bauer at a residence on West Brown Drive on the night of July 9 or early July 10, 2013. According to witnesses, Williams attacked Bauer...
Jul 26 2015 - 9:02pm
Dr. Dean French led a town hall meeting at Canyon Vista Medical Center July 18, offering attendees an insight on the operations of the local hospital since its April 23 opening. Held in the Grand Canyon classroom near the first floor dining room, Dr. French presented slides that highlighted the investment of the hospital in the community and its early success in recruiting and patient care. Dr. French listed 17 new medical...
Jul 26 2015 - 8:42pm
DRAGOON — It was hot as the blazes in the Dragoon Mountains at the 6th annual Garlic Festival held at the Triangle T Guest Ranch this past weekend but that didn’t stop folks from turning out to enjoy some of the sweet and savory flavors. Richcrest Farms had front and center with their booth selling a half a dozen varieties of garlic, from the oversized Elephant Garlic, to varieties like Japanese, Shilla, Creole Red, Cochise Blush...
Jul 26 2015 - 8:42pm
Anyone have a telephone book for Baghdad, Iraq? If you can help Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels get the telephone number for the accounts payable department in the Iraqi government, you would solve one of his problems. It would then be in our sheriff’s best interests to quickly learn Arabic and have the currency exchange rate between the Iraqi dinar and the American dollar down pat. This is all necessary because...
Jul 26 2015 - 8:22pm
July 27 The Community Caregiver Support Group, hosted by Faith Presbyterian Church and led by Frena Gray-Davidson and Mattie Stone, Medical Social Worker, will host the Dementia Café on Monday, July 27, with a potluck lunch beginning at noon until 2 p.m. Please bring your favorite food to share and bring those that are in your care. The Caregivers meet on the last Monday of every month, and each meeting will include input on dementia from...
Jul 26 2015 - 8:02pm
One of the great things about most newspapers — but especially family-owned newspapers — is the feeling of fraternity. Correspondence crosses the editor’s desk regularly from people who have had some kind of connection to newspapers. They carried them as a kid for a paper route, or they took pictures at local events or served as the publicity chairman for their service group. Once that connection gets established, it’s...
Jul 26 2015 - 6:12pm
GREEN VALLEY — An 85-year-old man was cited on suspicion of shoplifting July 10 after  stealing two pairs of khaki pants and then making off in a motorized cart, eluding a Walmart loss prevention employee, according to a police report. Joseph Rudmann had shoplifted previously from the Sahuarita Walmart in 2013 and was banned from the store, according to the report. The loss prevention employee told a Sahuarita Police Department...
Jul 26 2015 - 6:12pm
In the name of Christianity, several ministers in Cochise County have repeatedly spoken out against same sex marriage, to the point of defying court rulings permitting such unions. The reasons given usually refer to “Biblical standards of morality and marriage.” The implication is that the Bible defines marriage as between one man and one woman. That, however, is not at all the case. The Bible has many diverse...
Jul 26 2015 - 6:12pm
There have been several OYM entries about speeding. I wish to reply to these, but since I do not believe in having anything I write printed without my signing it, I am sending this letter. I definitely do not condone speeding, however many drivers in this town drive below (10-15 miles) the speed limit. This is worse. Highway 92 and Buffalo Soldier are the two worst roadways. These drivers, “Crawlers” as I call...
Jul 26 2015 - 5:52pm
In 2008 and 2009, the national economy lost 8.7 million jobs. From January 2010 through June this year, 12.1 million jobs were added. Last year, 3.1 million jobs were created (up from 2.4 million in 2013). The national unemployment rate in 2014 was 6.2 percent (down from 7.4 percent the year prior). The seasonally adjusted monthly rate in June this year was 5.3 percent (down from 6.1 percent a year ago). The nation’s Gross...
Jul 26 2015 - 5:52pm
Dear M & M: My friend and I get along real well. We have worked together at the same company for several years. On the weekends our families get together often. We never seem to argue and our tastes and beliefs are very similar. We want to form a partnership, go into business together, and don’t know where to start. You know the old adage two heads are better than one. — Dawn   Dear Dawn: As the Rocket Lawyer...
Jul 26 2015 - 5:32pm
EDITOR’S NOTE: On Your Mind allows people to voice their opinions anonymously. Read the entries with the idea that sometimes it is the same person making multiple comments; that opinions of callers may or may not be based on facts. In some cases, entries are edited which is usually shown by the use of an ellipsis. Comments are limited to 100 words. Some comments submitted are not published for a variety of reasons. The printing of...
Jul 26 2015 - 5:32pm
Not long ago I had separate chats with two political insiders who offered to fill me in on Jeb Bush’s strategy, if he prevails in the primaries, for winning the general election. In each instance I braced for a lengthy exegesis but got only one sentence: He picks John Kasich as his running mate. That was the playbook. It presumed that Bush would collect Florida’s electoral votes, having once governed the state. It...
Jul 26 2015 - 5:32pm
The annual T.O.P.S. International Recognition Days (IRD) were held July 16t, 17 and 18 at the JA Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada. More than 1,800 club members from all 50 states plus members from Canada — Nova Scotia to British Columbia — and Mexico were present. Attending from AZ 0215 Sierra Vista were:  Area Captain Becky Todd and her husband, David; Co-Leader Parla Manning; Treasurer Vivian Cobb; Bea Groseclose; and State King...
Jul 26 2015 - 4:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — Amy Wolken, a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, recently attended the firm’s Wealth Management Conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California. The annual conference is open by invitation-only to a limited number of Ameriprise Financial advisors for in-depth discussions on selected financial topics. Attendees participated in sessions on tax planning strategies for the affluent, alternative investments, the...
Jul 26 2015 - 4:12pm
Have you ever been denied a home or car loan?  Or you just can’t balance your financial affairs due to divorce, bankruptcy or unemployment? Life happens, but don’t let bad credit stop you from obtaining the American dream because Cooper’s Credit Repair Nerds can help. The business is the top credit repair company in the Southwest and is veteran-owned in Sierra Vista with more than 10 years of credit repair experience....
Jul 26 2015 - 3:52pm
BENSON — The Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of gathering information and reviewing “the circumstances and conditions” of a Clean Water Act permit that was issued to Whetstone Ranch in 2006.  The Department of the Army informed the Tucson Audubon Society of its decision to review the permit in response to a May letter from Audubon challenging the permit, expressing concerns about environmental impacts the development...
Jul 26 2015 - 3:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — For the past 20 years the Sierra Service Center has worked to maintain a sterling reputation and distinct identity among the numerous auto shops in the area, and a new coat of paint being applied over the last several weeks is illustrative of the business’ ongoing commitment to exceptional service, the owner said. “There are a lot of good automotive repair facilities in Sierra Vista, but the whole game is specialization...
Jul 26 2015 - 3:52pm
BISBEE — There are no shortages of places to get a cup of coffee in Bisbee but where you can go when you are in a hurry and don’t have time to stop?  Or during those early mornings when you are up before the sun and need a good cup o’ Joe to help you get your day started? Well, Maverick’s Coffee Shop, a new drive-through shop on Highway 92 near Safeway opens at 5 a.m. and the friendly staff there will be ready to take your...
Jul 26 2015 - 3:32pm
Jul 25 2015 - 11:12pm
SIERRA VISTA — Bolstered by strong audience support and a rousing vocal performance, Charity May overcame talented and tough competition to be the 49th winner of the annual Miss Sierra Vista pageant Saturday night. As Miss Sierra Vista is a scholarship foundation, May will take home $3,000 to help her further her education, along with her crown, as well as the chance to go on to compete at the state level. Joined on stage by...
Jul 25 2015 - 10:12pm
BY STEVE STOCKMAR steve.stockmar@svherald.com Save your booing. Until you walk in their cleats, at least. While coaches and players across the state brace for the beginning of the AIA high school sports season, officials and referees are also in game-mode. It starts with exercising, rule studying and session work, and in about a month nearly 500 officials will start to log miles to and from 66 Southern Arizona schools for ...
Jul 25 2015 - 9:32pm
It should make a difference if you know the chef, right? The food should taste a little better, the aroma of seasoning should seem a little warmer and the presentation a little friendlier … if you know the chef. Herald/Review readers know the chef. Through whatever happenstance of great fortune, the Taste feature published each Wednesday in this newspaper is provided by a Sierra Vista woman who is an accomplished...
Jul 25 2015 - 8:42pm
HEREFORD — Michael Molina would have celebrated his 55th birthday earlier this month on July 2. This summer, he would have attended his two nephews graduations — one from high school, the other from Marine Corps Boot Camp. Instead, his family is thinking about a headstone for his grave and offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for his murder. “Big Mike,” or “...
Jul 25 2015 - 7:22pm
Cochise Regional Hospital has laid off employees and lost its Medicare financial support after a report by the Arizona Department of Human Services detailed violations at the facility, including the death of patient from alleged improper care. On July 10, Medicare provider agreements were terminated with the Douglas hospital after a survey by DHS cited violations of the Medicare Conditions of Participation. Medicare surveys have been...
Jul 25 2015 - 6:42pm
Permits, government approvals and contracts are vital instruments that establish trust in the real estate industry. Property value is increased when a site has already cleared the barriers of zoning changes, obtaining special permits and getting all the necessary government approvals. It’s one reason the developers of Villages of Vigneto saw value in the Whetstone Ranch property in Benson. Previous owners were prepared to proceed with...
Jul 25 2015 - 5:42pm
After five American soldiers were murdered in Chattanooga, Tennessee by a deranged Muslim gunman, the nation reacted with anger, shock and fear. “Little did I know that terror would strike America in the heartland,” said Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. “What happened yesterday can unfortunately happen anywhere, anyplace.” The anger and shock are totally...
Jul 25 2015 - 5:42pm
To The Editor: One Austrian veteran of World War l was Adolf Hitler, whose rise to control the National Socialist German Workers’ Party and whose later brutality is infamous. Another Austrian veteran of World War I was F. A. Hayek, who is known for his defense of classical liberalism and his arguments that all forms of collectivism (e.g., socialism and communism) could only be maintained by a central authority, and further, that...
Jul 25 2015 - 4:12pm
Nolean Branstetter, age 83, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015, at his home with family by his side. He was born May 13, 1932, in Mansfield, Mo., to Raymond and Edna Branstetter. He married his beloved wife and best friend, Waltraud “Wally” Braum, on May 19, 1959, in Bad Homburg, Germany, and has lived in Sierra Vista, Ariz., for nearly 50 years. Nolean proudly served in the United States Army for more than 20 years. He received...
Jul 25 2015 - 4:02pm
William Lamar Nelms, 62, was born on Jan. 5, 1953, in Griffin, Ga., to Lamar C. and Geneva (Williams) Nelms. He went home to glory on July 18, 2015, after a struggle with several medical conditions. He passed away comfortably in his bed surrounded by family and church family. He was an athlete in his youth, a scholar and a man who loved laugher. Most of all he loved God and his son Jesus, his wife, his children and his church family (...
Jul 25 2015 - 4:02pm
Ret. Col. U.S. Army, Jack H. Holbrook, 79, of Sierra Vista passed away on July 12, 2015, at Via Elegante in Hereford, Ariz. Jack was born and raised in the coal mining community of Kona, Ky. He attended Millersburg Military Institute and went on to graduate from Eastern Kentucky University in 1957 and then entered the Army serving as an Artillery Officer before he transferred to the Army Security Agency. During his military career he received...
Jul 25 2015 - 4:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — After dedicating public safety resources, manpower, logistical and investigative support amounting to hundreds of overtime hours during the F-16 crash north of Douglas in June, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office learned this month that it may not be reimbursed by the federal government. At about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, an F-16 Fighting Falcon owned by Iraq and being flown by an Iraqi pilot was participating...
Jul 25 2015 - 4:02pm
BISBEE — The Bisbee City Council will hold a special work session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Bisbee City Hall to discuss a proposal for a resolution supporting Aid in Dying (Death with Dignity). Aid in Dying is the legal choice of a competent, terminally ill adult to advance the time of his or her death by self-administering a prescribed life-ending medication. According to a May 2015 Gallup poll, 70 percent of U.S....
Jul 25 2015 - 4:02pm
It’s almost August. You’ve held out as long as you can. Go ahead and get into Fantasy Football. All 32 NFL teams open training camp this week, including the Arizona Cardinals, who will see rookies report on Tuesday with veterans following Friday. The regular season opens Sept. 10, but fantasy team owners don’t wait until then. The real opening is the beginning of training camp as well as the four-week preseason,...
Jul 25 2015 - 4:02pm
Happy birthday Medicare! Signed into law on July 30, 1965, in Independen, Missouri, by President Lyndon Johnson, there will be 50 candles on the Medicare cake this year. Why Independence, Missouri? That’s the home of President Harry Truman who was a moving force in getting a health care program for seniors started, and President Johnson wanted to honor him. President Truman was the first Medicare ...
Jul 25 2015 - 4:02pm
There are 24 long-term care facilities in Cochise County with the capacity of holding 704 residents. These long-term care facilities are currently at seventy to eighty percent occupancy.  Many residents of these long term care facilities do not have family or friends to advocate for them, and similar conditions exist in Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz Counties.  The absence of natural advocates and limited regulatory oversight enables...
Jul 25 2015 - 3:42pm
By Larry Scott For the Herald/Review Three can keep a secret — if two of them are dead. — Benjamin Franklin Recently, during St. David’s annual Pioneer Days celebration, members of the Kartchner family shared remembrances of a long—standing family secret. In 1978, James and Lois Kartchner, of St. David, were unexpectedly contacted by two young men from Tucson. “We’ve found something...
Jul 25 2015 - 3:42pm
BISBEE — It’s the end of the era in the Warren District with the closing of Garcia’s barbershop at the end of this month, but as one man’s legacy ends, another’s begins. Albert Garcia has been cutting hair for 37 years at the shop he owns on Arizona Street in the historic Warren neighborhood, a once thriving part of town that is mostly quiet now. It’s been a Bisbee tradition for many little boys to get their first hair cut at...
Jul 25 2015 - 3:42pm
The Friends of the Huachuca Mountains invite you to learn more about “Dragons and Damsels of the Huachuca Mountains” on Sunday, July 26, at the Carr House Visitor Information Center. The program will start at 1:30 p.m. No, this is not a program about a new fantasy video game based in the Huachuca Mountains! Although it does sound like a catchy title for one, don’t you think? Instead, presenter Jeff Babson, leader of birding, butterfly, and...
Jul 25 2015 - 3:42pm
Those who serve in the military make a solemn pledge; that they will defend our country and its values against all enemies, even with their lives if necessary. At the same time, our country makes a covenant with them that we will be there when they return from the battlefield. This promise comes without conditions and lies at the core of our commonly-held values as Americans of service and honor. As a 26-year veteran of the U...
Jul 25 2015 - 2:42pm
Last Tuesday, July 21, I attended a meeting to discuss changes to the city bus system (see 7/23 Herald for details). The system is in transition due to population growth revealed in the 2010 census. These route changes are the beginning of on-going changes to Vista Transit as the city implements policy changes recommended in the July 2014 Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) prepared by consultants funded by ADOT as a result of 3010 census data...
Jul 25 2015 - 2:42pm
Submitted by Al Chariton The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista held its weekly meeting on June 20. The exempt badge was held by Lisa Stallcup, who is the Boy Scouts District Executive. Lisa gave the club an update on scouting and the inclusion of girls in the Boy Scout activities. Explorer scouts are older 14 to 21 and have opportunities to learn about different career fields including law enforcement, firefighting, arts...
Jul 25 2015 - 2:22pm
BISBEE — The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) awarded Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) its rural hospital operating license at the state’s annual inspection. The hospital was recognized for receiving no deficiencies during that inspection, and was accommodated for the facility’s Quality Assurance program. AZDHS is the regulatory bureau for Arizona hospitals and clinics, and responsible for a comprehensive yearly on-...
Jul 25 2015 - 2:22pm
By Amanda Baillie For The Herald/Review In fact, going above and beyond is just all in a day’s work for the hotel engineer. Which is why he beat off stiff competition from 25 hotels across the country to win a top manager’s award, even though he does not hold a management position. Carbajal’s work ethic and willingness to do more than is asked of him prompted Sierra Suites general manager Glen Cobb to...
Jul 25 2015 - 2:02pm
By Judy Hector Public Affairs Division City of Sierra Vista SIERRA VISTA — Sierra Vista drivers traveling on Seventh Street this week will see a new signal at North Railroad Avenue. The signal stops traffic when a pedestrian activates it, allowing for both safe crossings and smooth traffic flow. The pedestrian-activated signal is the second High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk, or “HAWK” signal, to be...
Jul 25 2015 - 2:02pm
By Heidi Schewel Public Affairs Specialist U.S. Forest Service SIERRA VISTA — The Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District, will conduct pile burning in Ramsey Canyon beginning Monday, July 27. The piles consist of debris remaining from the Old Spanish Trail wildfire which took place in Ramsey Canyon on March 10. The pile burning will occur on the east side of the Huachuca Mountains in the...
Jul 25 2015 - 12:12pm
By Adam Curtis Public Affairs Division City of Sierra Vista SIERRA VISTA — The City of Sierra Vista’s Kid’s Wonderful Opportunities in Recreation and Leisure Development summer recreation program wrapped up on Friday, having served about 200 area elementary school students seeking fun, educational activities and field trips while school is out. In the finals days of the summer program, the kids went...
Jul 24 2015 - 9:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — An investigation into a recent spike in vehicle thefts in the city has resulted in one arrest, while another individual spotted in a stolen vehicle is still being sought. Ty Waller, 25, was arrested in connection to at least one vehicle theft investigated by Sierra Vista Police and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office last month. “We started seeing stolen vehicles starting in late May of this year. They began...
Jul 24 2015 - 9:02pm
Anyone who has had the privilege of vacationing at one of the Disney properties knows that some of the fun of the occasion is just getting around — enjoying a ride on one of the various vehicles of transport included in the admission price. Somewhere between that experience and what comes to mind when people think of riding on public transportation, the idea of marketing the transit system to drive commerce was lost. That’s...
Jul 24 2015 - 7:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — While Sierra Vista’s numerous gyms, fitness centers and the Cove provide a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to engaging in healthy exercise, there is another, often overlooked alternative that is available all day to those of any skill level and without entry fees or memberships. This year marks the 14th anniversary of the months-long public input process that brought about a significant redesign to...
Jul 24 2015 - 7:32pm
Congratulations are due Amanda Hetro for her well-researched and elegantly presented front-page article in the July 21 issue about the long-awaited nomination of the Warren Townsite for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places!  The article also features the forever beautifully-balanced and professional photography by Mark Levy.    Christine Rhodes Bisbee
Jul 24 2015 - 7:32pm
The Supreme Court of the United States of America has spoken. The phrase “one Nation under God” no longer has any meaning. Rev. Bob Newman Sierra Vista   
Jul 24 2015 - 7:32pm
In Friday’s paper, Dutch Smittenaar presents a litany of services that he suggests make us a socialist country today. In order to do this, he creates a “definition” of socialism that seems to include any activity that our government provides for us, usually through the redistribution of money it gathers through taxes. I suggest that this definition does not encompass the true meaning of socialism. There are many definitions, but let’s look at...
Jul 24 2015 - 7:32pm
FORT HUACHUCA — It’s Friday morning and a passenger van travels down an isolated, rocky dirt road. Outside the windows are vast expanses of desert, with looming mountains in the distance. As the vehicle continues, a seemingly disabled pickup on the shoulder of the road roars to life, blocking the path ahead while two men armed with semi-automatic rifles emerge from the truck, yelling commands. The men open the side door of...
Jul 24 2015 - 7:12pm
Earlier this week this editor was invited to join the publisher at the early morning meeting of the Sierra Vista Kiwanis Club. There was a proud moment for the newspaper, but speaking in generalizations, it was also a predictable moment. When polled on who subscribes to the Herald/Review, literally every hand in the meeting room filled with sunrise Kiwanians was raised. It brightened our day - pun intended...
Jul 24 2015 - 7:12pm
Once upon a time there was a near consensus among economists that raising the minimum wage was a bad idea. The market is really good at setting prices on things, whether it is apples or labor. If you raise the price on a worker, employers will hire fewer and you’ll end up hurting the people you meant to help. Then in 1993 the economists David Card and Alan Krueger looked at fast-food restaurants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and found...
Jul 24 2015 - 6:12pm
PHOENIX — Attorneys general from around the nation are asking phone companies to help customers block robocalls and unwanted telemarketers. But not Mark Brnovich. An aide to the Arizona attorney general said his boss agrees that the automated phone calls are annoying. And Ryan Anderson said if such a blocking service were offered, Brnovich probably would buy it. Anderson said, though, that Brnovich does not believe...
Jul 24 2015 - 6:12pm
By Amanda Baillie For The Herald/Review It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. The spotlight has never been brighter on economic development and Simone McFarland knows all eyes are currently on her. As the City of Sierra Vista’s Economic Development Manager, McFarland has taken on a key role during a highly critical period for the region and its future. But it is nothing she has not ...
Jul 24 2015 - 5:52pm
July 25 The Leisure Services Sports wants you to get your running shoes ready for this summer’s 17th Annual 5K Run Around The Park at 7 a.m., Saturday, July 25. The cost for the race is $15 per person ($20 the day of the race) with a discount of $1 off for all Thunder Mountain Running Club members. All pre-registered runners will receive a race t-shirt. Call (520) 439-2304 extension 2275 for additional information.   The...
Jul 24 2015 - 5:32pm
July 17 5:53 a.m. A Willcox man was arrested for failure to stop-striking unattended vehicle.  6:26 a.m. A Sierra Vista woman was arrested for intentional injury and domestic violence. 7:40 a.m. A Winchester man was arrested for reckless driving. 7:53 a.m. A Hermosillo, Mex. woman was arrested for two counts of money laundering, possession/use/production/sale and transport of marijuana, wire communication...
Jul 24 2015 - 5:32pm
By Murphy Woodhouse Nogales International Remnants of an improvised wire ladder were still strung to the top of the border fence east of downtown Nogales Tuesday morning. Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Matt Sherman, who heads up the local bike patrol, said he had gotten a tip the day before from someone near the line about the smuggling aid, likely used by drug traffickers or migrants to scale the wall quickly. “...
Jul 24 2015 - 5:32pm
The Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, which Congress rushed to pass last summer to address a patient wait-time scandal at dozens of VA hospitals and clinics, spurred VA to broaden access to care. Turns out it did so largely through use of existing and often costly contract authorities and partnerships for non-VA health care with local communities rather than the new, more complex Choice Card plan. The...
Jul 24 2015 - 5:22pm
Colonel (USAF, Ret.) Arthur W. (Andy) Anderson, 97, of Corvallis, Ore., passed away peacefully Sunday, June 14, 2015, surrounded by four generations of his family. The son of Arthur M. and Lorene D. Anderson, he was born in St. Louis, Mo., on June 2, 1918, and raised in Sparta, Ill. Andy is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joanne (Phillips) Anderson; brother John Anderson (Renate) of St. Louis, Mo.; son Jim (Lindy) Anderson of Sierra...
Jul 24 2015 - 5:12pm
Today as I was bemoaning the fact that I had to get really close to the garage door to open it with the remote, I stopped for a second to consider my “first world” problem. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, first world problems are issues, exaggerated for the top 1 percent, that most of us deal with — and which problems contrast sharply with “third world” concerns. For example, if your hand is tired from holding your cell phone, that is a...
Jul 24 2015 - 5:12pm
You may have read in the news about a new cultural phenomenon that will likely change the entire world as we know it. I’m referring, of course, to HitchBOT. HitchBOT is a robot created by two Canadian professors to hitchhike around the world and report on the experience. So far, the robot has toured Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands. It is now hitchhiking across America. HitchBOT doesn’t actually do anything. It just sits on its...
Jul 24 2015 - 4:52pm
Everyday we make any number of decisions from what to eat or watch on TV, to bigger things like where to vacation or live. Being comfortable with the choices we make, and even being able to make decisions, is a significant life skill. If we aren’t careful, trying to make decisions can become a huge mental energy drain, or worse, we can become proficient at brooding. Why is it difficult to make decisions sometimes? There are number of...
Jul 23 2015 - 9:12pm
Are Arizona consumers at greater risk for fraud when the Department of Weights and Measures is eliminated next year? Or has technology and active employee participation helped Gov. Ducey’s administration accomplish a campaign promise to make state government more efficient? When the Legislature cleared the way for the Governor’s plan to close down the agency by July 1, 2016, state employees were asked to come up with ideas to...
Jul 23 2015 - 8:12pm
BISBEE — The second meeting of the newly formed Citizen’s Advisory Homeless/Mental Illness Task Force was held earlier this week and drew more interested observers and participants. The task force came about after Bisbee resident Linda Weiland brought a petition to the May 5 city council meeting — following the shooting death of Carlos Ramirez by Bisbee Police Officer Sgt. Robert Coronado — to ask the council to...
Jul 23 2015 - 8:12pm
July 24 Fourth Friday Breakfast at Papa’s 50s Diner on South Highway 92, 8 a.m. on Friday, July 24. No host breakfast open to all auto enthusiasts. Come on out and enjoy the Sierra Vista morning, talk cars, see old friends and meet other auto enthusiasts. Free beverage with each breakfast order. Remember; you gotta’ drive ‘em.   The Thunder Mountain Twirlers are having a Mainstream Square Dance on Friday, July 24, from 7:30...
Jul 23 2015 - 6:32pm
PHOENIX — Just days after three judges one division of the Court of Appeals said the smell of marijuana is not enough for a search, a second panel in another division have reached a contrary conclusion. The judges on Thursday upheld the actions by police officers who searched a vehicle they had stopped after detecting the smell of burnt marijuana. That search yielded what police said was a “marble size” quantity of the...
Jul 23 2015 - 6:32pm
PHOENIX — An Arizona utility can burn trash and claim the electricity it generates is coming from renewable resources, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The judges rejected arguments by the Sierra Club that the Arizona Corporation Commission acted illegally in concluding the Mohave Electric Cooperative could meet part of its renewable energy mandate through trash. They said it is up to the commission to decide what is...
Jul 23 2015 - 6:12pm
WASHINGTON — By chance, in the withering summer heat, I came across an article by Dr. Henry Kissinger in the Harvard Gazette of last May. In an era when Gen. George C. Marshall, who was Ike’s trusted aide during World War II, is little referenced, the piece is called “Reflections on the Marshall Plan.” Oddly enough, it made me think of where we are today in our foreign policy — a hodgepodge of nibbles and...
Jul 23 2015 - 6:12pm
According to Jamie Cochran of the Cronkite News Service schools in Arizona have 1,000 vacant teaching positions. The relative low pay in the many smaller districts, a general lack of support, coupled with high turnover of staff would certainly curtail applicants. However, the on-going stripping of educational funds, while adding unfunded mandates, is a red flag to qualified teachers. The recent antics of Diane Douglas, Superintendent...
Jul 23 2015 - 6:12pm
It doesn’t matter who you are, if you live in America you’re either a socialist, or benefit from socialism. Because socialism means taxpayer funds being used collectively to benefit society, regardless of income, contribution, or ability. The U.S. military is the largest and most funded socialist program in the world. We are all protected by our military whether we pay taxes or not. That is complete socialism. Socialism...
Jul 23 2015 - 6:12pm
PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court will not block a new state law that will force Pima and Pinal counties to hike taxes on their own residents to make up for a budget-saving maneuver approved by lawmakers and the governor. Without comment, the justices brushed aside a request by attorneys for Pima County that they immediately take up the question of the legality of the new law. Attorney Joe Kanefield had hoped for a quick — and final...
Jul 23 2015 - 5:52pm
By Murphy Woodhouse Nogales International While Yuma and Cochise counties are set receive more than $500,000 in additional state support for border law enforcement, Santa Cruz County will get a comparatively small amount under a new plan backed by Gov. Doug Ducey. The funds earmarked for local border security efforts are coming from the state’s Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM). Santa...
Jul 23 2015 - 5:52pm
The parking lot of the Mustang Mountain Cowboy Church in Whetstone was full of Missouri license plates last week as something just short of a miracle was happening. Volunteers from, you guessed it, Missouri, were building their new church. “This is such a blessing,” said Pastor Larry Whitney. The local church was selected for the build out by a mission from the Crossroads Baptist Association in Missouri, which chooses one...
Jul 23 2015 - 5:32pm
BY CHRIS BRASWELL For The Herald/Review SIERRA VISTA —Directors of an intergovernmental planning agency voted on Tuesday not to accept existing recommendations for extending Buffalo Soldier Trail to Moson Road through an area of private land and undeveloped public land. The Dibble Engineering “design concept report” began with six potential routes and a no-build option for the proposed project east of Sierra Vista, with...
Jul 23 2015 - 5:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — Upon hearing about the upcoming holiday National Day of the Cowboy on July 25, many people compulsorily think about the stereotypical cowboy or cowgirl. Visions of a tall, dirty individual with a plaid button-down shirt, tucked into worn blue jeans with a belt buckle, cowboy hat and some form of tobacco hanging from their mouth is what comes to mind when some think of the American cowboy. While there are...
Jul 23 2015 - 5:32pm
From Wick Communication News Wire GREEN VALLEY — A shoplifting suspect who allegedly was caught stealing from the Sahuarita Walmart twice since March may have struck again at the same location July 8, displaying an almost identical technique. A loss prevention employee called Sahuarita police shortly after 5:15 p.m. to report that he’d observed a shoplifting-in-progress roughly an hour earlier and recognized the male...
Jul 23 2015 - 5:32pm
TOMBSTONE - Immerse yourself in an evening of adventure, dining and shopping Saturday by experiencing Tombstone at Twilight.  Celebrated on the fourth Saturday of the month, it’s a time when the town’s merchants stay open until 8 p.m. and the boardwalks are packed with a colorful mix of camera-toting tourists and 1880s clad townspeople.  Created by Tombstone Forward, a group of merchants and local organizations...
Jul 23 2015 - 5:12pm
Head a little bit north this weekend to take in some American Legion Baseball during its 90th anniversary season. Tucson will be the site, for the first time, of the American Legion’s state baseball tournament July 24-27 at Kino Sports Complex. Three Tucson teams will be among the eight-team, double-elimination tournament. Phoenix-area clubs round out the bracket. Earlier this month the American Legion program...
Jul 23 2015 - 4:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — The office of representative Martha McSally recently announced the hiring of a new team member for the Sierra Vista Office. Cynthia Giesecke, who is the key organizer of the Cochise County Veteran StandDown and Resource Fair—an organization that provides services to homeless and at-risk veterans—will serve as a constituent services and community outreach representative. “We are pleased to...
Jul 23 2015 - 4:52pm
Don’t bother checking the weather forecast in a couple months. The Sierra Vista Open golf tournament is coming, so expect and rain and gusty winds. That’s been the case the past two years when inclement weather had a direct impact on the event scores. The good news is that the worthy causes the Open benefits were the big winners once again. When the 31st annual event rolls around Sept. 18-20, it will add to the more than $650...
Jul 23 2015 - 4:52pm
The use of drones for recreation and as a leisure activity in the Tombstone Historic District will not be allowed in the coming weeks. City Ordinance 2015-03 will go into effect after one more public meeting to inform people about the new regulation. The new drone ordinance will ban the use of any leisure drone in the historic district. It was passed because of safety and privacy reasons. “We passed the...
Jul 23 2015 - 11:52am
Our customer service people are pretty amazing. Sitting at the front desk it’s likely these smiling faces will be the first thing you see when you walk in the front door at the newspaper. The are also some of the most courageous people on our staff. Melanie, Judy and Joelle handle every imaginable type of customer coming to the newspaper for any number of good reasons. The angry customer. The grieving customer. The...
Jul 22 2015 - 11:12pm
If an early-morning run is your thing, keep this Saturday open. The sounding gun starts on the 5K Run Around the Park for a 17th year when the 3.1-mile event kicks off at 7 a.m. Check-in starts at 6:15 a.m. at the Apache Middle School Gym parking lot (3305 Fry Boulevard). Organizers have around 80 runners already registered, and are expecting that number to grow to closer to 100, Leisure and Library Services Coordinator Jack...
Jul 22 2015 - 8:42pm
Seven Benson area ministers have stood up and said they will not perform same sex marriages. Regardless of your opinion of the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that mandated all states to allow same sex marriage, the open defiance of local worship leaders by signing a public document published in the Benson News-Sun deserves a measure of respect. Being loud in opposition and firm in resolve as community leaders, takes courage....
Jul 22 2015 - 7:52pm
July 23 Free Back To School Physicals at the Wellness Depot on Thursday, July 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Back-to-school days are around the corner, and Canyon Vista Medical Center wants to prepare you and your student for the new year with school physicals. The school physicals are FREE and provided by our resident physicians. For more information, please contact the Wellness Depot at (520) 459-8210.   Peg Bowden will discuss...
Jul 22 2015 - 7:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — For nearly a quarter century, the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival has offered interested locals and visitors from all over the world an opportunity to see, first hand, the abundance of wildlife and natural beauty in and around Sierra Vista, and with more than 70 guided tours and free presentations, this year’s festival looks to continue that tradition. Beginning Wednesday, July 29 and continuing through...
Jul 22 2015 - 7:32pm
BISBEE — The city of Douglas will begin operating the Bisbee bus starting Oct. 1 after the city awarded them the contract at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The company who runs the bus now, Catholic Community Services, wants to get out of the transit business and did not put in a bid for the new contract. CCS’s most recent contract began in October 2011 and was for three years with two one-year extensions. They chose not to...
Jul 22 2015 - 7:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — Members of the public on Tuesday heard for the first time the specifics of several upcoming changes to Vista Transit routes throughout the city that are designed to improve safety and travel times in Sierra Vista’s public transportation service. The changes are based on the results of the grant-funded 2014 Short Range Transit Study and include consolidating multiple stops into one nearby location, halting service to bus...
Jul 22 2015 - 7:12pm
While many in the media are consumed with presidential politics, national scandals and foreign crises, the tide has been slowly rising on a serious concern closer to home — at least for older and disabled Americans.  A threat far more immediate and severe consequences looms, if Congress does not act.  The Social Security Trustees say the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Trust Fund, on which millions of Americans depend daily...
Jul 22 2015 - 7:12pm
TOMBSTONE — As summer starts winding down, families are out shopping for school supplies, checking off lists and gearing up for the approaching school year. Between new clothes, backpacks and the usual assortment of supplies, those costs start adding up quickly, especially for large families. To help Tombstone Unified School District’s students and classroom teachers with supply wish lists, the American Legion Auxiliary Post 24 out of...
Jul 22 2015 - 7:12pm
BISBEE — In a move to possibly help prevent what happened to Bisbee residents Katherine Hagstrum and Alvin Sandler, who lost their garage at 5B Moon Canyon in a public auction, the city revised its policy on how it handles transfers of property. In the ordinance to amend the city code on property sales, city attorney Britt Hansen said the change would eliminate the public auction for parcels under one acre and valued at less ...
Jul 22 2015 - 7:12pm
SIERRA VISTA — With an accumulated amount of 17 years of experience in education, the new principal of All Saints Catholic School plans on making several changes this year. Ranging from curriculum modifications to possibly starting a sports team, Kathy Chandler has combined her knowledge of working in public schools with her Catholic school upbringing to implement innovative ideas to enhance the pre-k through eighth grade ...
Jul 22 2015 - 6:52pm
In the Wednesday edition of the Sierra Vista Herald, the article about a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to review a 2006 Clean Water Act permit in response to a letter from the Tucson Audubon Society contains an error. The Audubon Society has requested a reexamination of the permit, but is not requesting a revocation, as stated in the article. While other environmental groups are calling for a revocation, the Tucson Audubon Society...
Jul 22 2015 - 6:52pm
Caitlyn Jenner’s evening wear? The latest Cosby atrocity? The freshest offering of Trump idiocy? What to write about? Hmm. How about something that has affected every family of every child in every public school for over a decade? With so many people dramatically affected by No Child Left Behind, I wonder how many families know that Congress is on the verge of passing a rewrite that would leave key components in ...
Jul 22 2015 - 5:42pm
Women participating in the Miss Sierra Vista Pageant were feeling charitable this week. With the pageant competition set for Saturday, pageant participants met at Sierra Vista Flowers to set up flower arrangements for the elderly. The Make Someone Smile Week project started 20 years ago by the company Teleflora seeks to provide flower arrangements to the elderly and other people in need. Sierra Vista Flowers co-owner Poppy...
Jul 22 2015 - 5:42pm
In Monday’s article about the ongoing activities of the Summer Reading Program at the Sierra Vista Public Library, the date given for the final summer program event was incorrect. The Pop-Up Picnic is set for Saturday, July 25, at 1 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 458-4225.
Jul 22 2015 - 5:22pm
He was a man of infinite patience and quiet strength and was always there for anyone. He provided love, guidance, and support for his family and was the rock we all leaned on. His faith was his foundation and it is the measure of a man that we all deeply grieve in his passing. He loved to travel and made many trips around the world, although he had many more on his list of places to go.   He was born in Lorain, Ohio, to Joseph...
Jul 22 2015 - 4:42pm
The Sierra Vista Herald has a new sports and entertainment editor. Steve Stockmar joined the Herald’s editorial staff on July 20 after a long tenure as sports editor with The Prescott Daily Courier in Yavapai County. Stockmar had been with the Courier since 1996, and served as its sports editor for seven years. He also directed that paper’s arts and entertainment publication for three years. “I’m thrilled to be with...
Jul 22 2015 - 12:32pm
Before playing the endearing stupidity card, it’s important to remind readers that July 22 will forever be on the calendar as “Mock the Editor” day. It’s a tradition that dates back to the great hand-typesetters who could build a lede paragraph of 18 words or less with single hand-carved wood letters in less than a minute. Once a year these craftsmen would “mock the editor,” and misspell the headline over the editorial, and...
Jul 22 2015 - 8:57am
update: 9:15 At 9 a.m., Benson police advised that Shawn Littlebear has been located, according to the sheriff’s office. “Initial indications are that he was at a friends home and has been reunited with his family,” the sheriff’s office announced. SIERRA VISTA — The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue team was deployed this morning to aid Benson Police in the search for an 11-year-...
Jul 21 2015 - 8:52pm
Terrorists Around July 15 a bomb exploded at a crowded marketplace in Iraq and killed at least 115 people. There were at least 170 people injured. In August of 2014 a bomb killed 64 people at a Mosque. Hundreds of Sunnis who would not swear allegiance to ISIS hove been executed. In July men, women, and children have been subjected to poison gas attacks in Syria and Iraq. All of these attacks and murders have been attributed to ISIS....
Jul 21 2015 - 8:52pm
“But the salesperson said I didn’t need a license to drive this bike on the street!” I’ve heard that argument a few times from individuals charged with Driving Suspended or No Insurance while they were operating a dirt bike, go cart, or other non-automotive motorized vehicle on a public street. I will continue to consider all arguments made, but it may be useful to review the Arizona law concerning what is considered a motor vehicle and which...
Jul 21 2015 - 8:32pm
It seems there will always be people who take advantage. The driver who borrows his neighbor’s handicap parking card to grab a closer spot to the front door at the grocery store. Or, as Sunday’s article by Dana Cole reported, people who bring their pet into a business or restaurant under the guise that they are service animals. For these people, it’s an arrogance that the law doesn’t apply to them and a sincere...
Jul 21 2015 - 7:52pm
As a neatly pressed Cuban flag was raised outside Cuba’s diplomatic mission in Washington on Monday morning, rancorous cries rang out from the crowd gathered outside the stately limestone building. “Cuba without Castro!” a hoarse-voiced man yelled. “Long live socialist Cuba!” a woman hollered back. Bitterly divergent views about the island’s future will persist, and may well become amplified, as Washington and Havana embark...
Jul 21 2015 - 7:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — The Cochise College Small Business Development Center is hosting a workshop designed to help retail business owners learn how to fill out the Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax Form (AZ-TPT-1). The workshop is set for 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 12 in room 702 on the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus. The class will explain all areas of the TPT form. Attendees should bring a calculator and will learn how to factor...
Jul 21 2015 - 7:52pm
July 22 Join the Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt Guild on Wednesday morning, July 22, from 9 a.m. to noon for a quilting bee. There are quilts tops on the design walls, kits to be started, or fabric leftovers to be cut. Bring your project and machine or use a Guild one; cut or press; share ideas, get advice. The Guild meets at the east end of the Rothery Educational Services Center (old Apache Middle School) For more information, check out the...
Jul 21 2015 - 7:42pm
SIERRA VISTA — During the monsoon it is not uncommon to see all manner of insects buzzing about, and for several species of flying ants, it’s no different, said one Tucson-based entomologist. Often seen swarming following a night of seasonal summer rain, a number of flying ant species take their cue from the storm as a signal to mate, converging in a swarm near seemingly random landmarks from separate underground colonies, said Carl...
Jul 21 2015 - 7:42pm
SIERRA VISTA — City council members neared the end of one of the most trying and contentious budget seasons in recent memory when a majority voted to approve a $70.4 million final budget at a special meeting Tuesday afternoon. The 5-2 vote adopting the budget for the 2016 Fiscal Year highlighted the sometimes contentious discussions that took place over the last month, though most council members agreed that the entire budget process...
Jul 21 2015 - 7:22pm
Early in summer you start to see peaches, plums, or maybe nectarines appearing, and your eyes light up.  You may even buy a few, thinking, “Well there here, they must be ripe!”  Wrong, and very disappointing, as we know. Now however, it’s official: the fruit is good. Not only is it ripe, it’s also plentiful, and therefore a good price.  So, go for it!  If you are like me, you get so excited you buy too much.  ...
Jul 21 2015 - 7:22pm
Eggs A reminder that you can come by the Community Booth so you can pick up a dozen or two fresh chicken eggs and/or fresh duck eggs. Duck eggs are the perfect choice for baking, with many professional home bakers choosing duck eggs when baking home baked goodies. Many people alternate between the two types of eggs for variety. Any questions? Come by the Community Booth this Saturday and ask our egg experts. Blue Corn, Melons...
Jul 21 2015 - 7:02pm
By Murphy Woodhouse Nogales International The sun was minutes away from disappearing behind the Patagonia Mountains and the mesquite trees filling the Harshaw Cemetery glowed in Tuesday’s last light. Behind an aging chain-link gate, dozens of graves cover the cemetery’s small hill, some dating back as far as the late 1800s, when silver mining in Harshaw was still booming. Regardless of age, bright artificial flowers and...
Jul 21 2015 - 6:02pm
By Diane Jones     Many people have probably never eaten a tree-ripened peach, having only tasted the grocery store varieties. There once was a time when peaches would ripen on the tree. You would handle them very carefully and if you touched them they bruised. And when you bit into one, you had to lean forward so as not to get the juice all over your shirt. Many people, including gourmet cooks, believe that fruit and vegetables...
Jul 21 2015 - 5:42pm
BENSON — Unwavering in their belief marriage should be between a man and woman, a group of Benson area clergy says it will not be a part of unions of people of the same sex and are asking others to “refuse to perform any marriage ceremonies between those of the same gender.” The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on June 26 that made marriage, regardless of gender, legal in every state in the union has set off national debate, which continues...
Jul 21 2015 - 5:22pm
Marvin “Butch” Jenkins, 70, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away at home on Saturday, July 18, 2015, with his family by his side. Butch was born on Jan. 22, 1945, in Pierre, S.D., to Marvin and Maythel Jenkins, he was raised by his grandparents Hans and Ester Giziewski in Blunt, S.D. He graduated from Blunt High School and then in March of 1966 he joined the Navy. Butch served in Viet Nam on the river boats and received a Bronze...
Jul 21 2015 - 5:22pm
Laura Beth Nellis, born May 9, 1977, passed from this life to the next on July 16, 2015, after a long illness.  Laura is the daughter of Carleton and Anita Nellis of Sierra Vista, Ariz. She attended Village Meadows Elementary School and Shiloh Christian School.     Laura was known for her smile, jovial sense of humor, and her happy spirit. Even through her cancer treatment, she maintained a positive outlook right to the...
Jul 21 2015 - 5:22pm
Carol  Jean Williams, 32, of Sierra Vista, Ariz. passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2015. An open house gathering will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. for friends and family to gather and share memories with funeral services starting at 11 a.m. at the Hatfield Funeral Home on Friday, July 24, 2015. Interment will follow at the Cochise Memory Gardens. Carol was born on Sept. 26, 1982, in Savannah, Ga. to Carl Peterson...
Jul 21 2015 - 5:02pm
BY STEVE STOCKMAR steve.stockmar@svherald.com Save your booing. Until you walk in their cleats, at least. While coaches and players across the state brace for the beginning of the AIA high school sports season, officials and referees are also in game-mode. It starts with exercising, rule studying and session work, and in about a month nearly 500 officials will start to log miles to and from 66 Southern Arizona schools for ...
Jul 21 2015 - 5:02pm
Helen was born on May 3, 1920, at home in Kirby, Wis., to Otto and Amelia Boettcher and passed away at her daughter’s home in Sierra Vista, Ariz., July 14, 2015. Helen grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Tomah High School in 1938 and went to work for the local A&P Store where she met a customer, Robert McFadden, who would later become her husband. They were married in Washington, D.C. In 1944 after Robert’s OSS training on Catalina...
Jul 21 2015 - 5:02pm
William Lamar Nelms, 62, of Huachuca City, Ariz. went home to glory on July 18, 2015. Visitation will be Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the Bethlehem Holy Ghost Headquarters Church, 429 East Yuma Street, Huachuca City, from 4 to 6 p.m. with a memorial service to honor him from 6 to 8 p.m. The Home Going Service is pending. Interment with military honors will be at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery....
Jul 21 2015 - 4:42pm
On Thursday, July 16, 2015, Berthe May Simpson stepped peacefully into God’s glorious kingdom. Berthe May Wilson was born Oct. 27, 1941, in Brent, Ala., the third child of 11 born to Lula Herd and Henry Wilson. In 1960, Berthe graduated high school and then joined the Army, she was part of the Women’s Army Corp (WAC). Berthe married Raymond Simpson November of 1967 and were together for 28 years before he preceded her in death October 1996....
Jul 21 2015 - 3:12pm
BY STEVE STOCKMAR steve.stockmar@svherald.com The Buena High boys’ varsity basketball program may have just gotten a big boost. In July. The boys’ youth club program, Hoopology, saw its 15-and-under team ride a 5-0 record all the way to a championship at the Sporting Chance Center’s Summer Slam in Tucson this past weekend. The group will enter Buena this coming school year as sophomores, and will add to the mix of ...
Jul 20 2015 - 10:22pm
July 21 Low Vision Support Group will meet on Tuesday, July 21, at 10 a.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center on Tacoma Street in Sierra Vista and will adjourn at 11:15 a.m. Discussions will include information on the technology available to help those with serious vision problems, sharing problems and solutions, and providing opportunities for socializing. For more information about the group or this meeting, please call the group...
Jul 20 2015 - 8:42pm
ST. DAVID — It’s safe to say that Fluffy and Cuddles, St. David’s very own home-grown celebs, are main attractions whenever they make public appearances. The two are crowd pleasers in local parades and are known for their participation in educational demonstrations A year ago, they even rose from local to statewide fame after appearing in the July 2014 edition of Arizona Highways.  While the names “Fluffy and Cuddles”...
Jul 20 2015 - 8:22pm
Mark Schmitt has been named Chair of the Department of Business at Cochise College. Schmitt, 60, is currently the Director at the Small Business Development Center and will continue in that capacity as he assumes new responsibilities at the college. Schmitt said he does not foresee radical changes in the current operation of the business department and is looking forward to reviewing the curriculum. “There’s an...
Jul 20 2015 - 8:02pm
Crime without consequence is no crime at all. That’s a lesson that the federal Justice Department and Homeland Security apparently need to be refreshed on when it comes to prosecuting juveniles who are apprehended smuggling marijuana or other illegal contraband across the U.S./Mexico border. County Attorney Brian McIntyre and Sheriff Mark Dannels have reached out to federal agencies asking for cooperation to prosecute these...
Jul 20 2015 - 7:22pm
To The Editor: Do the words “ridiculous,” “unbelievable,” or just plain “stupid” spring to mind as our government pretends to deal with illegal immigration? The latest tactic, fostered by the media, is to refer to all people who enter the country illegally as “immigrants,” not “illegal immigrants,” or heaven forbid, “illegal aliens”! Changing the name doesn’t change the game, and blurring the difference between legal and illegal...
Jul 20 2015 - 7:22pm
BISBEE — The Bisbee Fire Department responded to 17 calls over the weekend, 23 total calls through mid-afternoon on Monday. On Saturday afternoon, just after 4 p.m., the fire department responded to a three-car accident at the intersection of Naco Highway and Highway 92, Captain Brandon Davey said. One car rear-ended another, Davey said, and the third car ended up over near Burger King, but he wasn’t sure how. A...
Jul 20 2015 - 7:22pm
By Kurt R. Davis, Chairman Arizona Game and Fish Commission Hunting and angling are more than just outdoor sports in Arizona. Their economic impact is downright staggering. As the new chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, I want more Arizonans to understand and appreciate the fact that the state’s hunters and anglers represent an economic powerhouse and a job driver, by their spending that exceeds $1.2...
Jul 20 2015 - 7:02pm
Each day the Herald prints Amendment 1 of the Constitution, which appears at the bottom of the Opinion page. The evident purpose of this repetition is to remind readers of the Amendment’s provision concerning freedom of the press. Many Herald news articles report on events that have harmed press freedom and/or reflect trends in the direction of increasing future harm. The Herald rarely takes note of or comments on freedom-of-the-press...
Jul 20 2015 - 7:02pm
The hope to revive a stagnant Douglas economy with the construction of a larger and modern Port of Entry has been dashed by a federal decision not to accept the city’s proposal, Douglas City Manager Carlos De La Torre told attendees at the 20th annual Douglas Economic Outlook luncheon on July 16. The Cochise College Center for Economic Research presented the hosted the event at the Douglas campus. De La Torre...
Jul 20 2015 - 6:42pm
I’ve reported before on the growing rebellion against collective standardized testing among parents, students and even teachers’ unions. But I’d never expected to see this May 3 headline from The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog: “Why the movement to opt out of Common Core tests is a big deal.” In the piece, education reporter Valerie Strauss cited an online post from Rockville Centre,...
Jul 20 2015 - 6:42pm
SIERRA VISTA — A piece of Biblical history became tangible for the youngest members of Sierra Springs Church over the weekend with the construction of a scalable version of Noah’s Ark. Measuring about 8 feet by 18 feet, the wooden playground structure is a bit smaller than the original, which, according to Christian tradition, sheltered two of every animal during the biblical flood. Though it timed out that the ark was...
Jul 20 2015 - 6:42pm
June 1 Leslie L. Lambert, 54, and Richard P. Castana, 61, both of Bisbee. Samantha D. Soto, 22, of Apple Valley, Calif. and Adam J. Williams, 22, of Elm City, N.C. Breanna K. Brockman, 22, and Christopher M. Petersen, 25, both of Sierra Vista. June 2 Anna J. Burgess, 35, and William C. Johnson, 33, both of McNeal. Timothy J. Foster, 26, and Amanda M. Crawford, 29, both of Benson. June 3...
Jul 20 2015 - 6:02pm
Charles L. Gallagher of Huachuca City, Ariz., died of natural causes in his home on July 8, 2015. Charles was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on Nov. 10, 1948. He proudly served in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1987. Charles is survived by two daughters, LeAnn and Sheri; two grandchildren, Devon and Brett; brother, Terry; and two sisters, Kathy and ...
Jul 20 2015 - 6:02pm
Jerry Paul Taggart, age 74, died Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan, Kan. He was born on Aug. 24, 1940, in Manhattan, the son of Paul Dallas and Fae Maureen (Anderson) Taggart. Following graduation from St. George High School, he entered in to the United States Navy and was a Sounding Device Operator Specialist. Jerry was a well-respected owner/operator of Taggart Painting and Wallpapering in...
Jul 20 2015 - 6:02pm
Kymberly Irene Lodzinski, loving mother, daughter, sister and friend passed unexpectedly into the loving arms of her heavenly father, father John F. Lodzinski and maternal grandmother M. Jean Huntoon on July 16, 2015. Kymberly was born on April 11, 1977, in Jackson, Miss., to John F Lodzinski (deceased) and Danette L. Flamm.  She moved with her family to Montrose, Colo., in 1980 and then to Benson, Ariz., in 1982. She...
Jul 20 2015 - 4:22pm
Arizona’s first master-planned community could soon be enjoying historic status. At its July 7 meeting, the Bisbee City Council unanimously passed resolution R-15-10, the National Register Nomination submitted by Ryden Architects for the State Historic Sites Review Committee for the Warren Historic District. The Historic Sites Review Committee will be discussing and taking possible action on the Warren Historic...
Jul 20 2015 - 4:22pm
June 1 Lynise M. Webb and Daniel R. Webb June 2 Charles S. Foster and Jacqueline Foster Edward J. Dobbertin and Deborah L. Dobbertin Steven J. Pescatore and Kelly E. Pescatore June 3 Elizabeth Sanchez and Antonio Huez June 5 Jared Wilson and Whitney Wilson Elizabeth C. Fabian and Michael V. Fabian Marty L. Siria and Tiffany A. Siria June 8...
Jul 20 2015 - 4:02pm
The Hoopology 5 on 5 15u team from Sierra Vista rolled to the Sporting Chance Summer Slam Championship last weekend defeating the Tucson Desert Storm 60-35 in the Championship Game to finish 5-0. The team included Buena Sophomores Sean Cumberbatch, Dominic Mooney, Varick Williams, Steven Saunders, Noah Hathaway, and Brian Reels and Freshmen Kino Bellinger and Grant Ward. Hoopology 5 on 5 Director and Buena Varsity Assistant Marlon Humes...
Jul 20 2015 - 3:42pm
Intuition is a power tool that successful leaders use. I found while working with my clients that many of these leaders have to re-learn how to use intuition. In most of our corporate and work experiences, we are often discouraged from listening to our intuition. I remember during a meeting early in my corporate career, the president of the company asked me a question and I began to answer, “I feel that…” He abruptly cut me off and said, “Maria...
Jul 20 2015 - 2:22pm
By Kristi O’Brien Tucson Speedway News TUCSON — With a weekend off on the K&N West racing schedule, Ron Norman and Matt Levin dusted off their Super Late Models for a main event run at Tucson Speedway Saturday. Though Joe Paladenic was the fastest qualifier with a 15.768-second lap, Levin had the pole for the feature after the top six invert. Norman started third. Chuck Wares took the early lead from...
Jul 20 2015 - 2:12pm
July 13 1:52 a.m. A resident of the 500 block of Melody Lane reported banging on her window. 11:10 a.m. A vehicle break-in was reported on the 100 block of Brewery Gulch. 11:05 p.m. Report of 14 juveniles loitering in front of the Bisbee Coffee Company. July 14 8:19 a.m. Extra patrol was requested on Cochise Row because someone was turning off an electrical panel box in the evening hours. 11:35 a...
Jul 20 2015 - 2:02pm
A hot health topic at the moment is sitting and that we do too much of it. Indeed there are now standing desk treadmills to walk on while working for those who are seriously heeding the advice to sit less. However, how we sit is perhaps as important as how much, and as we age concern for our posture can wan. Part and parcel of the problem with sitting is posture. All the nagging, or gentle chiding, from our mother really was a good...
Jul 19 2015 - 8:32pm
The recent retirement of the Hunter unmanned aerial system from Fort Huachuca provided a glimpse of the role that our local post has played in the development of today’s drone technology. Engineers with decades of involvement in the development of unmanned aerial systems gathered to pay tribute to all the efforts that have been made to put undetectable eyes in the sky for everyone who serves in harm’s way. The Hunter, still...
Jul 19 2015 - 7:42pm
A report on how local representatives in Congress voted on recent issues
Jul 19 2015 - 7:22pm
EDITOR’S NOTE: On Your Mind allows people to voice their opinions anonymously. Read the entries with the idea that sometimes it is the same person making multiple comments; that opinions of callers may or may not be based on facts. In some cases, entries are edited which is usually shown by the use of an ellipsis. Comments are limited to 100 words. Some comments submitted are not published for a variety of reasons. The printing of...
Jul 19 2015 - 6:22pm
By Chris Fisk For The Herald/Review There was a convergence of doing-good and local support that manifested at the Windemere Hotel on Saturday. The Christmas in July vendor event benefitting the Christmas with a Cop program was hosted by the charity Fountain of Blessings, which also supports local home-based businesses. Other “good” on hand, although appearing as the “dark side,” were members of the local Star Wars...
Jul 19 2015 - 6:22pm
July 20 Are you 90 years young? All nonagenarians, people aged 90 and up, are invited to the Bisbee “Nineties Club”, Monday, July 20, at noon, at the Turquoise Valley Golf Course located 1794 West Newell Street, Naco. There will be cake!   Men’s Fall Softball League Informational Meeting, Monday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ethel H. Berger Center. Entry fee for the Men’s League is $525 per team, and there will be an...
Jul 19 2015 - 5:42pm
Robert Lewis Elliott, Sr., died in Sierra Vista, on July 17, 2015, at age 88. He was one of 10 children born in Colfax, Wash., to Ode and Evelyn Elliott. Ode owned a body shop and car dealership where Bob worked after school for many years. Upon graduating from high school in 1944 he joined the Navy in World War II, but due to medical reasons received an honorable discharge. He excelled at many sports and was voted into the...
Jul 19 2015 - 5:02pm
Last week Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered an important economic address, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin formally announced his candidacy for the White House, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont explained how he hopes to win the allegiance of blue-collar voters, and Gov. Chris Christie made nice to Donald Trump even as he criticized his remarks on immigration. But by far the most important sentence uttered in the political world last week...
Jul 19 2015 - 5:02pm
Maybe I’m just picky. Maybe not. Regardless, I am hoping the Herald/Review’s reporters read this letter and take the advice, gently proffered, therein. After the news that the crashed F-16 in Douglas was carrying no “ordinance,” I also find Max Lancaster reporting on something that “peaked” someone’s interest, Chris Fisk noting that folks in Bisbee had “waved” some requirements, and Ebony Stoglin writing about coming out from under...
Jul 19 2015 - 4:42pm
Submitted by Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona Monsoon season in Southern Arizona is a time that many look forward to, it gives our dry desert landscape a good soak and often cools down our hot summer days. On the flipside, there are those who dread the preparation that comes with high winds and flash floods. These elements can cause major destruction, which can lead to injury, and cost thousands of dollars...
Jul 19 2015 - 4:42pm
SANTA FE, N.M.(AP) — A retired Arizona State University professor is taking his pursuit of a death certificate for Billy the Kid to New Mexico’s highest court. Historian Robert J. Stahl filed a petition Friday with the New Mexico Supreme Court to order the state’s medical examiner to create the document for the legendary outlaw, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. Stahl says he hopes the court will order the Office...
Jul 19 2015 - 4:42pm
CHANDLER, Arizona — For jobseekers in Arizona, securing employment can come down to preparation. Updated resume? … check. List of references? … got it. Reliable broadband connection, and bunny slippers for luck? … wait … what?! That may sound far-fetched, but it’s a reality in today’s always-connected world. Verizon’s first-ever nationwide virtual career fair on July 23 will allow interested candidates...
Jul 19 2015 - 4:22pm
BISBEE — Who doesn’t like a spa day? Especially in an outdoor setting in the lush desert landscape of the Southwest. Well, there is a new spa in Bisbee, but unfortunately you can’t take advantage of it unless you have, well, paws. Amber Holt recently opened UltaMUTT Style, a salon for the modern dog. UltaMUTT is essentially an open-air doggie spa and the ulta-MUTT grooming experience for your pup. Holt is a certified...
Jul 19 2015 - 4:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — So many costumed characters filed into the Sierra Vista LIbrary on Saturday that the Mona Bishop Room looked more like Comic-Con than a library. Young readers dressed as their favorite superheroes — Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman proved the most popular — participated in a number of hero-centric crafts, games and challenges as part of the library’s ongoing Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme was “Every...
Jul 19 2015 - 4:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — Even though the city’s newest restaurant was not technically open to the public on Thursday, the newly constructed Native Grill and Wings was packed with eager eaters, the smell of tangy wings and the sounds of cheering crowds from the sporting events broadcasting on the dozens of televisions mounted on the walls. “This is our training week, actually. What we did is we passed out a bunch of invite-only cards. We got all...
Jul 19 2015 - 4:02pm
Dear M & M: Should I join the Chamber of Commerce? — Don Dear Don: You are already busy why would you want to take on more? In fact, you may be interested to know that according to a national study of 2,000 adults conducted in 2012 by the Schapiro Group, “49 percent of consumers were more likely to think favorably of a local business if it was a member of the local Chamber— and 80 percent were more likely to purchase...
Jul 19 2015 - 12:32am
President Obama has, I posit received unfair criticism, especially in the last six years. Many also have disrespected him, and to those who disrespect him I suggest we all show him as much respect as Hillary deserves. I further suggest we all emphasize his positive aspects. No one can deny, even Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, that he wears nice clothes and has always had an unimpeachable haircut, which is something we cannot say...
Jul 19 2015 - 12:32am
According to Dane Hall’s comments in the Sierra Vista Herald of July 14 he sees himself as the arbiter of “Truth.” Hall begins a rant against Dutch Smittenaar by claiming that “GOP Legislatures” are requiring trans-vaginal ultrasounds. Smittenaar clearly stated that it concerns GOP “dominated” legislatures. As I read it, Smittenaar does not equate an (involuntary) trans-vaginal ultrasound with rape. It is the...
Jul 18 2015 - 11:32pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The smuggling of migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border relies heavily on American labor, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review found in an eight-month investigation that paints a portrait of the network of smugglers known as “coyotes.” Three out of every five convicted smugglers are U.S. citizens, according to an analysis by the newspaper of 3,254 federal trafficking convictions during 2013 and 2014 in federal...
Jul 18 2015 - 11:32pm
How do you like your dog? On Thursday, July 23, Prestige Assisted Living will be delivering hot dogs just the way customers want them as a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s awareness. Starting at 11:30 a.m. deliveries will begin on a hot dog meal that includes chips and a soda for $5. Customers can choose between two types of hot dogs — beef or veggie — and have eight different toppings to choose from: onions, jalapenos,...
Jul 18 2015 - 11:12pm
By KEN THOMAS The Associated Press PHOENIX — Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley arrived at the annual Netroots Nation convention hoping to impress some of the party’s most influential liberal activists. Things didn’t exactly go as planned. Demonstrators protesting cases of police brutality and the treatment of black Americans by law enforcement disrupted a presidential...
Jul 18 2015 - 9:42pm
Long time Sierra Vista resident Charles M. “Chuck” Schrader passed away on June 25, 2015, at the age of 88. Chuck had been an area resident since 1932 and owned “Schrader’s Chevron” gas station just outside of the Main Gate of Fort Huachuca for 37 years.   He is survived by his son, Jack L. Schrader, DDS, and his daughter, Jill M. Schrader.   Graveside services will be held...
Jul 18 2015 - 9:42pm
Glenwood Emmons, a 31 year Sierra Vista resident, passed away on July 16, 2015, at Canyon Vista Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He is preceded in death by his parents. Glen was born on April 30, 1927, in Douglas, Ariz., to James Taylor Emmons and Fannabelle Emmons (Carpenter). He graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering. Glen was a Major in the U.S. Air...
Jul 18 2015 - 8:02pm
By NICK WICKSMAN Cronkite News WASHINGTON — Arizona may have averted disaster in the Army’s plan to trim 40,000 jobs, but the announcement that Fort Huachuca will lose 114 positions over the next two years still is “not welcomed news,” officials said this week. The Sierra Vista base is the only one of the three Army facilities in the state that will see reductions, as the service works to cut personnel to a pre-World War II...
Jul 18 2015 - 7:12pm
With 10,000 people becoming Medicare-eligible each day, counseling and enhanced guidance on Medicare is an ever-mounting need. If you are turning 65 before the end of 2015, your mailbox is already overflowing with promotional material from insurance carriers. The terminology used is confusing and the choices offered can be mind boggling. For those who have health coverage in the Healthcare Marketplace through the Affordable Care Act,...
Jul 18 2015 - 7:12pm
Twenty times in the last 18 years in these columns, writers have been taken to task for using a qualifier with “unique.” As the Associated Press Stylebook has always reminded us, “unique means one of a kind. Do not describe something as rather unique or most unique.” Comes now the July 3 issue of The Week on page 2 quoting The New York Times, “Yet the U.S. remains shamefully unique among developed countries, ‘racking up thousands of gun deaths a...
Jul 18 2015 - 7:12pm
Economic Development, (ED) whether these two words are used in a title or used to describe an activity, they clearly engender a lot of interest in Sierra Vista and across Cochise County. As a title, the City of Sierra Vista seems to have established a solid foothold after several unpredictable and or unfortunate events. As an activity, with no disrespect to anyone involved, I think we all can agree, more, more was needed, and much more is needed...
Jul 18 2015 - 6:52pm
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following Herald/Review editorial opinion was written by retired Air Force veteran and Senior Reporter Bill Hess. Almost every new utterance from the self-described, very rich Donald Trump, shows his arrogance is very unfounded. Trump, “the Donald,” as if he is the only man in the world with that first name, leads in the polls among the growing number of politicians who  are seeking the Republican...
Jul 18 2015 - 6:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — Stephanie Sheley vividly recalls the first time she ventured out for a walk alone, unaccompanied by a family member or friend. “I walked to Sonic, sat down, and ordered something for lunch,” mused Sheley, who is 39. “That day stands out as a major milestone for me.” Sheley, who has been suffering from severe anxiety attacks and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for as long as she can remember, says that...
Jul 18 2015 - 4:52pm
Donald Trump is part of a long and shameful tradition in American politics. Our history is full of cynical and vicious demagogues who exploit the fears and frustrations of voters by blaming foreigners for all of our problems. At a rousing rally in Phoenix, he said of illegal immigrants: “They’re taking our jobs. … They’re taking our money. They’re killing us.” This rant follows his...
Jul 18 2015 - 4:32pm
By Josh Bailey Joint Interoperability Test Command FORT HUACHUCA — Eight testing professionals at DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command use their passion for Star Wars to contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work. Dressed in Star Wars costumes, the Jundland Wastes Squad organizes and participates in local events, parades, and school-related activities, such as a Down Syndrome...
Jul 18 2015 - 4:32pm
What I call the party of Greed and Stupidity (POGS) and others call the GOP, is much too easy to make fun of. The Iran agreement was signed in the early morning Tuesday, our time. Then a few hours later on Tuesday, on the Morning Joe show, before any Republican staffers had had a chance to read the 100 page description of the deal and inform their bosses, Lindsey Graham told us that the deal was a death sentence for Israel! No, it was the death...
Jul 18 2015 - 4:12pm
Anthony Reed wears several hats. He’s the executive director of United Way in Cochise County, the principal of Colin Powell Learning Center and he is progressing toward his doctorate in educational leadership. Spending his whole life vigorously working to evade the rut of drug dealing and gang banging that other members of his family regrettably fell into, he now proves to be a testament of refusing to be a stereotypical...
Jul 18 2015 - 4:12pm
A short time ago I discussed the issues at stake in the nuclear talks with Iran.  Frankly, I never expected Pres. Obama to use the talks to protect our national interests.  But the announcements made on July 14 about the “deal” expose the fact that he’s actively selling us out to Iran, along with our allies in the region, especially Israel. Obama is under the illusion that an avowed enemy, since it came to power in 1979, will...
Jul 18 2015 - 3:52pm
Submitted by U.S. Forest Service DOUGLAS — Effective immediately, the Coronado National Forest, Douglas Ranger District, will temporarily close Sunny Flat Campground and Stewart Campground. With the possibility of increasing moisture coming into southeast Arizona, two recreation sites located on the Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest will be temporarily closed due to the potential for flooding and damage...
Jul 18 2015 - 3:52pm
HEREFORD — After more than three decades of scouring the furthest reaches of Cochise County and beyond as a founding volunteer on the county’s Search and Rescue team, Raul Limon is bidding farewell to the area as he enters into retirement full time. When Limon moves to Payson this month, he’ll be taking with him more than 30 years of experience and institutional knowledge in all areas of the team’s capabilities, including field...
Jul 18 2015 - 2:32pm
By Corey Moore For the Herald/Review Every now and then in Sierra Vista, there’s a spark of motivation by some people that eventually lights up into a completely inspirational story for the rest of the town. Gwynne Boucher, 89, a long time Sierra Vista resident, embarked on his annual journey — the first of which he accomplished in 1983 — in June. A 90-mile bicycle endeavour starting at 5:19 a.m. in Sierra...
Jul 18 2015 - 2:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — Frustrated by a lack of action on the part of federal prosecutors, the two heads of law enforcement in Cochise County have embarked on a collaborative effort with regional border security officials to ensure that juveniles caught smuggling drugs through the county are prosecuted. For years, the policy — written or otherwise — of the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been not to charge those individuals under 18 who have been...
Jul 18 2015 - 2:02pm
Community colleges have the amazing ability to help “possibility” become a reality for the students we serve. To some people, college seems out of reach, a foreign concept intended for the wealthy, for kids who make the honor roll, for people who have the potential to become teachers or doctors. In the past, that may have been the case. Fifty years ago college may have been intended for people in those specific categories. But today, a...
Jul 18 2015 - 1:42pm
The Performing Arts Center at Buena High School will host two pageants Saturday night, crowning the next Miss Sierra Vista and the next Miss Outstanding Teen Sierra Vista. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talents of 14 contestants will entertain and inspire as judges name the winners of the two annual events. Six women are competing for the Miss Sierra Vista title, currently held by 2014 winner Kimberley Nason. Saturday night...
Jul 18 2015 - 1:22pm
The Performing Arts Center at Buena High School will host two pageants Saturday night, crowning the next Miss Sierra Vista and the next Miss Outstanding Teen Sierra Vista. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talents of 14 contestants will entertain and inspire as judges name the winners of the two annual events. Six women are competing for the Miss Sierra Vista title, currently held by 2014 winner Kimberley Nason. Saturday night...
Jul 18 2015 - 12:32pm
One of the joys of becoming a, how do I say this, “citizen with greater life experience,” is that I get to encounter more and more interesting medical procedures. Although, the colonoscopy will always rank as one of my personal favorites, I can now say that I’ve also experienced magnetic resonance imaging. A few months ago, I had an equine-induced abdominal muscular trauma experience. That is to say, that a horse I was riding tried to...
Jul 18 2015 - 12:32pm
The phrase “think positive” can either seem like an ideal, or incite agitation (possibly due to the grammar). It’s bandied about quite a bit, but there isn’t often anything practical to go with it. It can end up as something of an affirmation we shout at ourselves, or like a good idea, theoretically. This is unfortunate, because the more often we think positive thoughts, the more likely it will be our habit. In fact, you may already be...
Jul 17 2015 - 9:02pm
BISBEE — Old Bisbee was bustling with activity as early as 6 a.m. Friday as the crew from 3TV in Phoenix visited the city to highlight all it has to offer as part of its Field Trip Fridays, which showcases cities around the state, encouraging Arizonans to play tourist in their own state. The crew arrived Thursday afternoon and set up in front of the in front of Grassy Park and the Copper Queen Hotel and began their on air segment...
Jul 17 2015 - 9:02pm
FORT HUACHUCA — One year after Sierra Vista’s Ponytail All-Stars suffered a heartbreaking defeat at last year’s state tournament, they returned with determination to sweep aside all competition, taking home first place after winning Friday’s championship game. A series of decisive victories paved the way over the week-long State Little League 10-11 tournament, which saw Sierra Vista beat Southwestern Foothills by 21-1 on Monday and...
Jul 17 2015 - 8:02pm
State Superintendent Diane Douglas is proving that some minds can’t be convinced. Wednesday, a Maricopa County Court tossed a lawsuit her office filed against the Board of Education. The judge ruled that the superintendent does not have authority to fire board employees. Despite the ruling Douglas released a letter less than 48 hours later continuing to state that her office is the ultimate authority to hire and fire....
Jul 17 2015 - 8:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — The ongoing pursuit of finding a career that one is passionate about haunts many people. Whether it be an individual’s unwillingness to take a chance or simply not knowing what makes them tick, there are people out there who go to work only out of obligation. Angel Mangual was once one of those people. Tired of just going through the motions and living a passionless life, he realized upon being...
Jul 17 2015 - 6:22pm
With homeowners in Willcox seeing their wells running dry and having to truck in water to their homes, isn’t it time that we start some serious discussions about overpopulation? It is easy to rationalize a simplistic cause and to blame farmers who are drilling 1,000 foot wells  but don’t we really need to blame ourselves, for aren’t the farmers only putting food on our tables? When my father was born (circa 1910) the U.S...
Jul 17 2015 - 6:22pm
Last Sunday’s Sierra Vista Herald’s front page led with an article crediting the Villages at Vigneto with building approximately 2,000 new homes per year between 2020-2031. Further, the article cited a potential economic impact to the county of $24B by “economists.” It does not appear that the reporter applied any critical thought to these figures. Mr. Carreira, the article states has been commissioned by the developers to research and...
Jul 17 2015 - 6:12pm
PASADENA, Calif. — Federal appellate judges grilled an attorney for the state Thursday over Arizaon’s efforts to deny licenses to dreamers, with one suggesting it was nothing short of racism. Judge Harry Pregerson pointed out that those in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been driving legally since a trial judge ordered the state to begin issuing them licenses in December. “We know...
Jul 17 2015 - 6:12pm
Representatives of The American Legion and Disabled American Veterans have warned lawmakers to reject calls to impose an age ceiling or other new cost control on VA compensation payments to veterans whose service-connected disabilities leave them unemployable. An age ceiling is perhaps the most tempting cost-control option discussed in a new Government Accountability Office report that examines weaknesses and inefficiencies in the way...
Jul 17 2015 - 6:12pm
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel calls it a “historic mistake” that permits Iran “a sure path to nuclear weapons.” A minister in his government, unable to resist outrageous hyperbole, calls it “one of the darkest days in world history.” Jeb Bush, doing the tired Chamberlain-Obama number, dismisses it as “appeasement.” So what do the critics, from Republican presidential hopefuls to the Israeli government, seek in place of...
Jul 17 2015 - 5:52pm
PHOENIX — It’s back to the drawing board for the director of the state’s utility regulatory commission as she tries to figure out what board member Bob Stump was sending and receiving in texts. A Phoenix police lieutenant has rejected a request by Jodi Jerich, executive director of the Arizona Corporation Commission, to examine Stump’s phone to see if texts from ahead of the 2014 Republican primary can be ...
Jul 17 2015 - 5:32pm
BISBEE — A sewer project may not be the most exciting thing to celebrate but for the residents of Tintown, a neighborhood in Bisbee off of Highway 92, it represents the completion of a years-long $2 million improvement in their community. The idea for the project dates back to 2009, said city public works director Tom Klimek. Actual construction began on July 7, 2014, and now, just over a year later, the old neighborhood no longer has...
Jul 17 2015 - 5:12pm
Car sales in Arizona are booming, while growth in the Sierra Vista market is rising slowly but surely. Last year the state auto industry accounted for $17.6 billion in sales, or 18.1 percent of total retail sales in Arizona, according to data from the National Auto Dealers Association. Vehicle sales in Sierra Vista have also seen an increase, however much like the housing industry, growth in the city has been slow...
Jul 17 2015 - 5:12pm
By Chris Fisk For the Herald/Review These three little words can stop us cold, “back to school.” They can bring on an instant bout of stress and anxiety, both for parents and students alike. The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the beginning of tension and troubles though. Getting organized and addressing some of the common stressors before school starts will allow the first day of school to be greeted with a...
Jul 17 2015 - 5:12pm
SIERRA VISTA — A trio of volunteers set out from the Palominas Bridge to the banks of the San Pedro River one recent morning as part of an ongoing effort to monitor the river’s water quality. Once a month, from May through October, volunteers with the Friends of the San Pedro and the Sierra Club’s Water Sentinels program set out to check the health of the San Pedro River, using various instruments to measure a number of ...
Jul 17 2015 - 4:52pm
July 18 The Auxiliary Ladies of the American Legion Post 52 will be hosting Breakfast at the American Legion, Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., featuring eggs to order, bacon, sausage, hash brown, Omelets, hotcakes, French Toast, Sausage Gravy with two slices of toast, biscuits, fry-potatoes and coffee free with breakfast and included homemade green chile with tortillas. The price ranges from $1 to $7.50 and is open to members,...
Jul 16 2015 - 7:52pm
Bisbee’s school board needs a time out. That need became even more apparent Tuesday night when board members again spent more than two hours on topics that were both on and off the evening’s agenda. The amount of time being spent isn’t the only problem. An open shouting match between board members and a continuous pattern of behavior that includes interruptions and personal diatribes unrelated to the agenda topic...
Jul 16 2015 - 7:52pm
July 16 The Happy Achers’ Senior Group of the United Methodist Church located on the corner of Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive, will have its monthly potluck on Thursday, July 16. We are looking forward to having Bill and Darleen Sturgals who will play and sing bluegrass music and old country favorites. They have been jamming with fellow RVers for 11 years with Bill playing mandolin and fiddle and Darleen playing guitar. All are...
Jul 16 2015 - 7:12pm
SIERRA VISTA — If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. That was the message sent loud and clear by members of the Sierra Vista City Council and the Fry Fire District Governing Board following a presentation by a consultant firm which recommended that the two boards create a third, independent oversight entity as part of an effort to further join their two fire services. The city and fire district split the $50,000 bill to have...
Jul 16 2015 - 6:52pm
BISBEE — Good Morning Arizona will be featuring Bisbee this morning as part of their Field Trip Fridays, which showcases cities around the state, encouraging Arizonans to play tourist in their own state. “We’ve done these road trips over the years to really cool towns to show off the best that Arizona has to offer,” said Jessica Parsons, a KTVK 3TV producer. “We are here to hit the hot spots and highlight Bisbee. Parsons is no...
Jul 16 2015 - 6:12pm
WASHINGTON — I think Americans are being a little unfair to Donald Trump. Oh sure, he brags tiresomely about his money and his women, and he couldn’t tell a Mexican from a San Blas Islander if his life depended upon it. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he’s never hired a public relations firm because he surely would drive its officers to the loony pen. Yet, “The Donald” — or The Emperor, Napoleon,...
Jul 16 2015 - 5:52pm
Registration for Greenway Elementary will be July 21 through July 23 and July 27 and July 28, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Registration for Lowell School will begin July 21 through July 23, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Bisbee High School Freshman register July 27; Sophomores July 28; and Juniors and Seniors July 29. Registration at the High School will be 8 a.m....
Jul 16 2015 - 5:52pm
By Adam Curtis Public Affairs Division City of Sierra Vista SIERRA VISTA — Vista Transit is seeking input on six proposed route changes following implementation of the 2014 Short Range Transit Study. Riders and citizens can attend a public meeting on Tuesday, July 21, at 10 a.m. in the Pedro Castro Center. The proposed route changes will be presented to the Transportation Advisory Committee at the meeting...
Jul 16 2015 - 5:52pm
TOMBSTONE — John Livingston, the new business manager for Tombstone Unified School District, was formerly introduced at Tuesday’s board meeting, where he presented the district monthly financial report along with the 2015-2016 adopted budget. For the past three months, Livingston has been conducting the district’s financial reports telephonically while waiting to relocate here from Green Bay, WI where he worked as a school business...
Jul 16 2015 - 5:52pm
On a recent Wednesday night in Charleston South Carolina a very dysfunctional and racist young white male went into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and joined in the regular Bible study for about an hour, at the end of which he stood up, pulled out a .45 automatic pistol and shot to death nine black members of the group. He left one alive “so they could tell the tale” and then jumped in his car and drove away. This...
Jul 16 2015 - 5:52pm
In the Sierra Vista Herald of July 9, there was a very long article about building an extension from Buffalo Soldier Trail to Moson Road. In this era of budget cuts for almost everything, I can’t believe anybody in their right mind is proposing spending time or money on a road we don’t need and that the landowners involved are dead set against. I read in the Sierra Vista Herald at least once a week that both Cochise County and the...
Jul 16 2015 - 5:22pm
Thomas C. Shupert, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at his home. He and his wife have been residents of Sierra Vista for 12 years. Tom was born Oct. 23, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., to Perry L. and Florence (Daly) Shupert. Tom attended Colorado State University where he met his best friend in life, Marjory. They both graduated from Colorado State University in 1957. He joined Glen L. Martin in 1957 and spent...
Jul 16 2015 - 5:22pm
The Windemere Hotel and Conference Center welcomed local community and business leaders Thursday morning for a breakfast hosted by the new General Manager, Frederic Watson. Watson took the helm less than two weeks ago, but was eager to connect with those he plans for the hotel to serve in the near future. After breakfast had been served, Watson addressed the guests, sharing a little about his background and his vision for revamping the...
Jul 16 2015 - 5:22pm
When Tom Beatty, owner of Beatty’s Guest Ranch in Hereford, saw a mysterious object flying over his property in the Miller Peak wilderness area, he was worried. Was this object a bird or a plane, nope. The object that peaked Mr. Beatty’s attention was a drone. When many people think of a drone they picture the military weapon that have killed more than 3,674 people in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. However, commercial drone...
Jul 16 2015 - 5:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — With the constant traveling that comes with being in a band, the Buena High School band director and local firefighters felt it was necessary to educate the high school band members on lifesaving techniques such as CPR and first aid. On Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. approximately 50 band members attended a CPR class in the Buena band room and practiced how to use an automatic external defibrillator, watched short videos...
Jul 16 2015 - 2:33pm
By DeeDee Kornman As a youngster, a trip to the grocery store was a giant shopping excursion to one location — the ”dry” grocery, butcher, and greengrocer all combined under one roof. I didn’t even know what greengrocer meant. My mother was organized and planned meals, but then worked largely from her own non-shopping list (“no Dutch cleanser, no tuna, and no olives); she often wanted to stock up on things we already had. She went to...
Jul 16 2015 - 2:33pm
The local U.S. Army Warrant Officer Association will hold a golf tournament on Sept. 12 at Turquoise Valley Golf Course with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The event raises money for their scholarship fund. At 7 a.m. raffle and mulligan tickets will be available. Four-person team registration can be done at http://usawoa-silver-az.org (events) and the cost is $75 per person or $54 per Tuquoise Vally Golf member. It is an 18-hole scramble and...
Jul 16 2015 - 12:22pm
Bisbee Unified School District announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. Greenway, Lowell and Bisbee High School offer healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $2; lunch costs $3. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is 30-cents for breakfast; 40-cents for lunch. Application forms...
Jul 16 2015 - 12:02pm
Be forewarned, the regulars at Lifetree Café are exceptionally friendly and will greet you warmly the moment you walk in. Because much of the mission of the “café” is to encourage dialogue and the sharing of ideas, it’s not easy to skulk in and sit quietly in the back row to observe. Although, the welcome will likely make anyone interested in joining feel right at home. Lifetree Café is a free weekly gathering that is described as a...
Jul 15 2015 - 10:02pm
There is a brewing difference of opinion between Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and State Treasurer Jeff DeWitt on whether funds from the land trust should be redirected to public schools, and voters will probably get the last word on settling the debate. Last month Gov. Ducey fulfilled a campaign promise when he presented a plan to pump $2.2 billion over the next 10 years into K-12 education in Arizona. He has proposed increasing the amount...
Jul 15 2015 - 5:22pm
July 16 The Happy Achers’ Senior Group of the United Methodist Church located on the corner of Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive, will have its monthly potluck on Thursday, July 16. We are looking forward to having Bill and Darleen Sturgals who will play and sing bluegrass music and old country favorites. They have been jamming with fellow RVers for 11 years with Bill playing mandolin and fiddle and Darleen playing guitar. All are...
Jul 15 2015 - 5:02pm
The Iran deal reached in Vienna is truly a historic diplomatic achievement. The deal keeps Iran from the bomb and keeps the United States from another devastating war in the Middle East. The “warmongers” must not be allowed to scuttle world peace. In September, Congress is expected to vote on whether or not this agreement goes forward. I hope the lawmakers from our great state will vote and speak out in favor of...
Jul 15 2015 - 5:02pm
My thoughts on this topic are not from first-hand experience. I’ve never worked under someone who accepted a paycheck while being aware they were incompetent, and that’s the story I’m sticking to. So, what is the best way to handle working under a bungling (unethical, untrained, unprofessional) boss? There are two options available to those trapped beneath such a boss. One option is to quit your job. The other option is to...
Jul 15 2015 - 5:02pm
On July 13, the Herald published a gun control declaration by a person who was shot during the 2011 Safeway shooting rampage. The writer certainly has a right to believe background checks save lives, but the facts just don’t back up his assertion.  Background checks for gun purchases sounds like a good idea. Preventing a criminal or mentally unstable person from getting a gun is a good idea.  I used to believe in background...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:52pm
“Dicky” Jose Ricardo Verdugo passed away peacefully Friday, July 10, at his home in Bisbee.   Dicky was born at home on March 30, 1945, on Chihuahua Hill in Bisbee, Ariz., to Antonio and Francisca Verdugo. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Mary Lou Barragan; and numerous aunts and uncles. He leaves behind his son Richard “Henry”; Verna, his loving companion; siblings, Theresa (Manual) Gil, Anna Abril, Tony Verdugo,...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:42pm
By Chris Braswell For the Herald/Review The U.S. Bureau of Land Management seeks input by Aug. 14 for its transportation management plan in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. Pursuant to the Riparian Management Plan of 1989, only two routes in the SPRNCA are motorized and the rest are restricted to foot, horse, or bicycle traffic. The BLM questions for the public are: which roads do you use, which...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:42pm
Submitted by Terese Ellis The Leisure and Library Services just finished up its Summer Youth Sports Program Table Tennis Clinic on Wednesday July 15.  The participants competed in two different groups in a tournament on the last day. Between the two groups, John Cummins and Reilly Simi took first place. Darian Merkwan and Cami Kohler took second place. Orion Merkwan and Thomas Cummins took third place. Honorable mention...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:42pm
BISBEE — In an ironic twist, the Bisbee School Board agreed to adopt a 15-point board meeting protocol on communication, staying on topic and avoiding marathon meetings, yet held another two and half hour marathon meeting, with some board members extending discussion on non-action items, interrupting others, asking semi-off topic questions, and going off on tangents with their own personal stories. “It sounds kind of lofty,” said...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — The local contracting community reached out to the speaker of the state house for support with a number of ongoing political and legislative concerns during a luncheon Wednesday. Rep. David Gowan also represents Legislative District 14, which contains all of Cochise and Greenlee counties as well as and as portions of Graham County and eastern Pima County. Gowan was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:22pm
BENSON — Benson City Council approved a letter of engagement with law firm Kutak Rock LLP Monday evening, despite objections from Benson City Attorney Gary Cohen. The attorney is concerned because the letter fails to spell out how Kutak Rock will be paid for bond counsel services it provides the City regarding formation of a Community Facilities District for the Villages at Vigneto. While Mike Reinbold of El Dorado Holdings Inc. gave...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:22pm
Set, serve, match. Kids of the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Vista were treated to tennis lessons at Kings Court Tennis Club. Throughout the two hour session, kids were given lessons on the basic fundamentals of tennis. This lesson was the last in a series of two, three week sessions, where the kids are split into different age groups. One group for younger children up to 10 and another group of 11 to 17 year olds. Volunteer...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — For retired Army chaplain Dan Minjares, photography held his interest from a young age, though it wasn’t until later in life that he began to pursue his hobby professionally. “As a child, I started taking pictures with the old Kodak Instamatic camera. Then, when I was in the Army in the early 70s, I bought a Minolta film camera and it kind of blossomed,” said Minjares on a recent sunny morning on Sierra Vista’s...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:22pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Representative Martha McSally released the following statement after the House Committee on Appropriations voted to increase funding for the deployment of Integrated Fixed Towers along the border by $38 million in its fiscal year 2016 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill. Rep. McSally has repeatedly called for the increased use of border technology assets like Integrated Fixed Towers to improve our...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:02pm
By Ethan McSweeney Green Valley News Divers resumed their search Tuesday morning for a firearm and other evidence that may have been tossed in Sahuarita Town Lake after an early morning shootout in Rancho Sahuarita on July 5. Several volunteer divers with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Search and Recovery were out Tuesday after storms cut short their initial search Sunday morning. Sahuarita Police...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:02pm
We now know that racist trigger man Dylan Roof should not have been able to purchase a firearm. The FBI’s background check system should have blocked it based on felony drug charges. To this, a Facebook post announced, “Proof positive that making it harder to purchase guns will not make it harder for criminals to acquire guns.” Proof? Positive? All this tragedy proves is that people and institutions can screw up. No...
Jul 15 2015 - 4:02pm
FORT HUACHUCA – Navy Cpt. Eric Johnson assumed command of the Joint Interoperability Test Command from Army Col. Douglas Orsi at a change of command ceremony held July 10 on Fort Huachuca. Johnson’s most recent assignment was as chief of the Cyberspace Current Operations Division for North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. Prior to that, he was the deputy director of the Global Satellite Communications...
Jul 15 2015 - 3:42pm
Dr. Ralph Alden Minogue, resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and a well known chiropractor in the area, passed away July 4, 2015, in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Services will be announced at later date.
Jul 15 2015 - 11:39am
Reporters live on the front line in the community, wearing the badge of an institution that prides itself on serving its readership with the truth. For more than 100 years The Bisbee Daily Review has earned that privilege thanks to the work of some great reporters, some great editors and for a significant time at the helm — one family. Wick Communications has been an integral supporter of the Review for generations, taking an...
Jul 14 2015 - 7:22pm
It was clear from the tenor of Sunday’s “town hall” meeting in Bisbee that there is a sizable contingent of the community displeased with the police department and vocally concerned that the fatal shooting of Carlos Ramirez is destined to be repeated. If not for the calming statements by Council Member Gene Connors to rein in the emotional and raucous members in the audience, the situation bordered on creating a mob mentality...
Jul 14 2015 - 6:32pm
Rodney Dale White, 55, passed away with his family by his side on July 12, 2015, at his home in Hereford, Ariz., after a 7-month fight with lung cancer.  Rodney was born in 1960 in Lancaster, Wis., growing up in the area and graduating from Platteville High School before moving to Sierra Vista in 1986. Shortly after moving to Sierra Vista, Rodney went to work for Mike and Dan Rutherford at Rutherford Diversified Industries...
Jul 14 2015 - 6:22pm
Nancy June Wagner passed unexpectedly and abruptly on Friday, July 10, 2015. She was a longtime resident of Sierra Vista, known and loved by a large number of Arizona and Sierra Vista relatives and residents. She was born to John and Dorothy Fritz in Kent, Ohio. She also resided in Phoenix, Ariz., and Dallas, Texas, while accompanying her bereaved husband when he was transferred because of work assignments. Nancy is a graduate of West...
Jul 14 2015 - 6:02pm
Cool off under the music tree in Vista Park listening to the cool sounds of The Simmons Family at the Bisbee Farmers Market, where the freshest summer produce can always be found. Vine ripened tomatoes, several varieties of summer squash and peppers, sweet onions, okra, new potatoes, cucumbers and all types of greens are just a few of the local choices.  Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat from our great hot food vendors — or...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:42pm
Read to the Bisbee City Council meeting held Tuesday, July 7 I received a notice from Fred Miller about today’s council meeting and though I respect Fred very much, I completely disagree with his assessment of Cynthia Conroy. Here we have a person who continually works for the betterment of Bisbee, not herself. I have not seen what Fred claims that Cynthia works only for herself. Fred says, “In many years of living...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:42pm
The July 12th Sunday Herald’s Our View advises to stick to the principle of open records. Stating that, “Arizona law is clear that public records are to be accessible to anyone and everyone.  Governments and public agencies are required to respond to records request within a specific time frame and they are not allowed to profit from the transaction.” I couldn’t agree more. The article...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:42pm
By Norm “Mick” Meader In the June 28 edition of the Sierra Vista Herald Dana Cole interviews Dennis Krahn, who has been very disturbed by media reporting on El Dorado’s Vigneto development in Benson.  In this article, Mr. Krahn refers to a 612-page study completed in 2011 that he says concluded (as paraphrased by Ms. Cole) “there is enough water to support major growth in Arizona through the next 100 years…Krahn said the...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:42pm
July 15 Call for supplies! Bisbee Community Gardens Rose Johnson Memorial Garden Sponsored by Bisbee Rotary. We are in need of gloves and goggles. Please donate if you can. We will return the energy in kind when our fruits and veggies are ready! Contact Becky Reyes through Facebook or call 520-234-7905. Join the Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt Guild in working on community quilts or boutique items on Wednesday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:42pm
By Murphy Woodhouse Nogales International With repairs wrapping up on a cross-border sewer line that was damaged by drug smugglers, the City of Nogales is looking for federal partners to help foot the bill. The International Boundary and Water Commission, which runs the wastewater treatment plant in Rico Rico that processes the 10 million gallons of raw sewage that runs through the line each day, has committed to helping...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — Police are asking for the public’s assistance with an investigation into a suspected arson that destroyed a single-wide trailer in Sierra Vista Monday night. Police and fire personnel were called out to the vacant trailer on McAbee Street on the city’s north east side at 11:20 p.m. and found about half of the structure engulfed in flames when they arrived, said Cpl. Scott Borgstadt of the Sierra Vista Police...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — School registration is an indicator that the upcoming school year is right around the corner. Although lots of people consider it a pain, the registration process for Buena High School students and parents has proven to be quick and efficient. Students visit several stations to confirm demographic information, take pictures for school IDs and pay fees for parking permits, athletic activities, classes, lockers...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:22pm
BISBEE — One man’s misfortune is another’s gain. After the high bidder for the Turquoise Valley Golf Course and RV Park had to back out of the deal due to medical problems less than two weeks after the auction, two local men who were the only other bidders will now become the new owners of the historic property. Bob Barnes, of Douglas, and Dave Cartun of Bisbee, made the first bid at the auction, held June 13, bidding $...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:02pm
I spent many years just visiting here, and on each visit I would find myself sneezing violently.  I would then hear, “this is the allergy capital!”  It was usually only ever a couple of days though, so not a big deal.  While I don’t generally suffer too much from allergies (aside from an “April in Paris” trip that had my eyes just about swollen shut from all the lovely flowers in bloom), I did always sneeze my head off in Arizona...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:02pm
The Sierra Vista Farmers Market is featuring several interesting new vendors this Thursday: Café Cultiva, a small coffee roasting company based in Naco, Arizona will bring their freshly roasted coffee in half or full-pound bags. They roast in small batches and use only Arabica coffee that is Fair-Trade Organic, Direct-Trade Organic, or Rain Forest Alliance. The coffee is mostly obtained from three regions: Mexico, Guatemala, and ...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:02pm
Eggs Come by the Community Booth to pick up a dozen or two of fresh chicken eggs or fresh duck eggs. Duck eggs are the perfect choice for baking, with many professional home bakers choosing duck eggs when baking home baked goodies. Shade Grown Coffee If you’re a coffee lover, then you know that shade grown coffee beans is one of the best ways to grow the best tasting coffee beans. Come see Three Canyon Coffee Roasters...
Jul 14 2015 - 5:02pm
Well, Hillary Clinton hasn’t gone crazy. At a time when some in her party are drifting toward Bernie Sanders/Occupy Wall Street-style rhetoric, Clinton delivered her first major economic address of the campaign. It was solidly liberal — very solidly — but in tone and substance it was well within the general election mainstream. If any Republicans were hoping that Clinton would make herself unelectable by wandering into the class warfare fever...
Jul 14 2015 - 4:42pm
Finding public access to U.S. Forest lands for the J-6 Ranch Conservation Subdivision continues to be an issue for Cochise County Supervisors, who voted Tuesday to deny a preliminary plat for the proposed development. Supervisor Pat Call opposed the plat, despite an argument by Stephen Lenihan, the manager and owner of the property, that the new plan for the subdivision has complied with all of the county’s requests. Cochise...
Jul 14 2015 - 4:42pm
PHOENIX — A judge has thrown out a bid by the state schools chief to control the employees of the Board of Education and move them into their own offices. In a ruling released Wednesday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Patricia Starr acknowledged that Arizona law gives Diane Douglas, as superintendent of public instruction, the power to direct the work of the board’s employees. She also is the “executive officer...
Jul 14 2015 - 4:42pm
I was given a wee tiny tomato plant on Earth Day, which I accepted because my mother had just said something about growing some this year.  I have never grown a tomato, and in fact, had never even had the thought.  I know the pleasures of gardening are many, but I’d never had the time or space before. My little plant recently began to outgrow the two chopsticks I had sacrificed as stakes, and I found myself having to either...
Jul 13 2015 - 9:42pm
July 14 Low Vision Support Group will meet on Tuesday, July 14, at 10 a.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center on Tacoma Street in Sierra Vista and will end at 11:15 a.m. followed by a BROWN BAG LUNCH.  Discussions will include information on the technology available to help those with serious vision problems, sharing problems and solutions, and providing opportunities for socializing.  For more information about the group or this...
Jul 13 2015 - 9:22pm
Cochise County supervisors have a light agenda for Tuesday’s monthly board meeting at the county offices on Melody Lane in Bisbee. Supervisors are expected to accept a grant from the Arizona Department of Justice that will equip 10 Sheriff’s department vehicles with docking stations that will be linked to the new communications system. The county is currently investing some $15 million in a state-of-the-art radio...
Jul 13 2015 - 8:42pm
Watching the dance between Gov. Ducey and Arizona county sheriffs on the need to house state inmates after the riot at the private prison in Kingman should hold the interest of Cochise County officials When rioting forced the prison population at the Kingman facility to be dispersed around the state, it was Arizona county sheriffs who stepped forward and agreed to provide space for the inmates. Cochise County doesn’t have a facility to...
Jul 13 2015 - 8:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — A man has been arrested for arson after investigators say he intentionally set fire to the home of his former girlfriend. Michael Churney, 48, was arrested Sunday night for setting fire to a mobile home in the 300 block of North 6th Street in the Fry Townsite area of Sierra Vista earlier that day. Sierra Vista and Fry fire personnel received a report of a structure fire just before 3 p.m. and responded to 6th...
Jul 13 2015 - 8:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — A 19-year-old man has been arrested on a burglary charge after Cochise County Sheriff’s personnel recovered several items stolen from a Department of Public Safety officer’s home in Sunsites last week, including his uniform. Anthony Galvan was arrested late Friday in connection to the burglary, in which other job-related items and a personal handgun were also stolen, said Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s...
Jul 13 2015 - 6:22pm
While reading the Herald’s opinion section on Sunday, July 12, I found myself wishing for an objective truth measuring system that would quickly grade truth as objectively as the flight paths of golf balls that I hit grade my ball striking. Later as I drove Sierra Vista’s weed-lined Cochise, Coronado and Wilcox avenues, I mused about a system like the Washington Post’s Fact Checker. The Post...
Jul 13 2015 - 6:02pm
To the Editor: We were dismayed to see your newspaper encourage people to attend an event sponsored by Glenn Spencer’s American Border Patrol (Flags decorate the border with patriotism,” July 2). Spencer describes his group as a “border watch” group. In fact, Spencer and American Border Patrol have a long record of demonizing Latinos and immigrants. Spencer has promoted anti-immigration conspiracy theories, such as the “...
Jul 13 2015 - 5:42pm
BISBEE — Bisbee residents have an opportunity to learn about water harvesting systems this Saturday during the 5th annual Bisbee Water Harvesting Tour. The free event is being put on by the Water Wise Program at the University of Arizona Cochise County Cooperative Extension. Cado Daily, the Water Resources Coordinator for the program, will be leading the two and half hour tour, which will visit five different sites with...
Jul 13 2015 - 5:42pm
Earlier this year, I served as a co-convener of the first-ever Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform in Washington, D.C., with former White House adviser Van Jones, the American Conservative Union’s Pat Nolan and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Sponsors and partners included the American Civil Liberties Union and Drug Police Alliance on the left and the American Legislative Exchange Council and Koch Industries on the ...
Jul 13 2015 - 5:42pm
By Adam Curtis Public Affairs Division City of Sierra Vista The public is invited to throw some bowls in support of local food banks at the Monsoon Madness Bowl-a-Thon set for Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center. Hosted by the Pottery Studio @ Sierra Vista, this free event gives beginners and experienced potters alike a chance to make bowls for the eighth Sierra...
Jul 13 2015 - 5:42pm
Kay L. Jackson, formerly of Pearce, died July 10, 2015, in Sierra Vista at the age of 84. She was born in Waco, Texas on July 23, 1930, to John Jasper Hinsley and Mozell Crider Hinsley. Kay worked for Eric Anderson, PA in Sunsites for many years as a Certified Nursing Assistant, was a devoted housewife and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sunizona. From 1988 until 2000 she served...
Jul 13 2015 - 5:22pm
Nancy June Wagner, 78, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away on Friday, July 10, 2015. Memorial services will be on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Hatfield Funeral Home. Further information will be in a later edition. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.hatfield.com.
Jul 13 2015 - 5:22pm
July 6 1:45 a.m. Fireworks reported in the area of Brewery Avenue. 3:37 a.m. A person attempting to remove the screen of a bedroom window was reported by a resident of the 500 block of Melody Lane. 10:19 p.m. Fireworks reported on San Jose Drive. July 7 12:37 a.m. Domestic dispute reported at Grassy Park. 2:05 p.m. Medication was stolen from a customer at Safeway. July 8 9:27 p.m....
Jul 13 2015 - 5:22pm
July 3 1:14 a.m. A Sierra Vista man was arrested for deface/damage property. 2:25 a.m. A Sierra Vista man was arrested for aggravated DUI Interlock device, ignition interlock device, and false report to a law enforcement agency. 9:49 a.m. A Sierra Vista man was arrested for fighting/disruptive behavior. 9:59 a.m. A Hereford woman was arrested for judicial proceeding-disobey mandate, and child support ...
Jul 13 2015 - 5:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — Providing children the opportunity to take swimming lessons this summer is a fun and effective way to reduce the likelihood of drownings. The Cove Aquatic Center has been offering four sessions of swim lessons for the entirety of the summer ranging from infancy all the way up to high school ages. From Tuesday through Saturday, small classes based on skill level are offered weekly from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. by...
Jul 13 2015 - 5:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — The Cochise College Theatre Department is planning a student playwriting festival this November. Anyone interested should sign up for THE 110 - Theatre Workshop and attend the organizational meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 in room 700 on the Sierra Vista Campus. The department is looking for students who have written short plays to be utilized in the class and during the playwriting festival. Theatre...
Jul 13 2015 - 5:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — Kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Vista bit into a different type of police work Monday. The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office held a lecture for the kids about the ins and outs of the department’s K-9 unit as part of the Club’s Guest Speaker Mondays program. During the two hour seminar, Deputy Brando Reibschied and his dog Gio showed what it was like to be a man-canine team in police...
Jul 13 2015 - 4:42pm
By Chris Fisk For the Herald/Review Quick, what’s the largest organ of the body? If you said skin, you may go to the head of the class. But let’s see if you can stay there. We live in such a dry climate that skin may top our list of health concerns, well beyond beauty. There is, however, a lot of misinformation about skin out there, and some new warnings, so let’s check in with our skin(care). With all the sun here...
Jul 13 2015 - 4:42pm
By JB Miller for the Herald/Review SONOITA — A powerful thunderstorm was reportedly the cause of a fire that broke out Sunday near Black Tower, a training center for unmanned aerial systems on Fort Huachuca. Chief Joseph DeWolf of the Sonoita-Elgin Fire District said the fire was first reported at 2:45 p.m. on the Coronado National Forest near the boundary to the fort. In addition to SEFD,...
Jul 13 2015 - 4:32pm
I recently heard Oprah talk about success and significance in the same sentence. This got me thinking… “Value” and “adding value” has become a buzzword in many organizations. I remember working for a homebuilder years ago, and adding value, along with value engineering were hot, sexy terms.  Like most buzzwords, their original contextual meaning got lost in translation.  Looking at the word...
Jul 12 2015 - 9:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — A suspect in the Thursday armed robbery of a gas station south of Sierra Vista was arrested on Saturday — along with two others suspected in area burglaries — by Cochise County Sheriff’s SWAT personnel. Daniel Alvarado, 28, is charged with robbery with a weapon, theft and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. Martin Wetstein, 30, has been charged with being a prohibited possessor, possession of burglary...
Jul 12 2015 - 8:12pm
BISBEE — Noticeably absent from Sunday afternoon’s town hall meeting to discuss the shooting death of Bisbee resident Carlos Ramirez by Bisbee Police Officer Robert Coronado was the presence of a representative from the Bisbee Police Department. Bisbee City Council members Gene Connors and Serena Sullivan organized the meeting to give the community a chance to share concerns and ask questions in the wake of the death of Ramirez, which...
Jul 12 2015 - 7:52pm
The last time Arizona voters went to the voting booth it was November, 2014 and constituents picked state officeholders and congressional representatives. Just over 50 percent of Cochise County residents cast ballots — and we were one of the larger turnouts in Arizona. Statewide, participation in choosing who represents Arizona’s interests at the State Capitol was less than 45 percent, meaning 65 percent of the eligible...
Jul 12 2015 - 7:12pm
SIERRA VISTA — From the outside looking in, many thought that a man in his late 30s running a successful construction company had the whole package. However, it turns out that his wife, colleagues and workers had been completely oblivious to the fact that he couldn’t read or write pass the second grade level for years. With the help of Chuck Stilwell, owner of Stilwell’s Learning Center, in two months time the man had made...
Jul 12 2015 - 6:52pm
This past weekend, while listening to a replay of July 1983 “American Top 40”, by Casey Kasem, on Mix FM (94.9), I heard a Long Distance Dedication from a listener to her cat of many years; it recently passed away. Her cat had been there for her in rough times. She just wanted to say thank-you. The 1971 hit by Diana Ross and the Supremes was dedicated to her friend, waiting for her in heaven, Aint No Mountain High...
Jul 12 2015 - 6:32pm
By Roger Cohen Roger Cohen joined The New York Times in 1990. He was a foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting foreign editor on Sept. 11, 2001, and foreign editor six months later. The Republican chorus gets ever louder: Walk away from an Iran nuclear deal. But of course there is a deal in place, an interim one, much derided by that same chorus when it was concluded in November 2013. At the time,...
Jul 12 2015 - 6:32pm
American Federation of Government Employees would like to respond to the article on soldier reductions on Fort Huachuca.   AFGE condemns these misguided reductions. There is no rationale to such drastic cuts to either the military or to civilians. While some cuts are understandable from the drawdown in forces after fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, no one should pretend that cuts of this magnitude wouldn’t undermine the Army’s...
Jul 12 2015 - 6:32pm
Congressional inaction to curb the tidal wave of innocent blood sickens me especially. I was shot in the knee and in the back at the Congress on Your Corner event on January 8, 2011. At that moment I was a witness to six decent human beings, one of them a 9-year old girl, murdered in front of my eyes and 12 others wounded in a stunning 15 second interval as Jared Loughner emptied a 33 round clip into us from a Glock 19 pistol at ...
Jul 12 2015 - 6:12pm
July 14 Low Vision Support Group will meet on Tuesday, July 14, at 10 a.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center on Tacoma Street in Sierra Vista and will end at 11:15 a.m. followed by a BROWN BAG LUNCH.  Discussions will include information on the technology available to help those with serious vision problems, sharing problems and solutions, and providing opportunities for socializing.  For more information about the group or this...
Jul 12 2015 - 5:52pm
EDITOR’S NOTE: On Your Mind allows people to voice their opinions anonymously. Read the entries with the idea that sometimes it is the same person making multiple comments; that opinions of callers may or may not be based on facts. In some cases, entries are edited which is usually shown by the use of an ellipsis. Comments are limited to 100 words. Some comments submitted are not published for a variety of reasons. The printing of...
Jul 12 2015 - 4:52pm
Dear M & M: Just how important is social media to my business and how much time should I spend on this? — Sally Dear Sally: The Social Media Examiner just released its 2015 industry report. More than 3,700 people who market using social media platforms responded. Here are some highlights of the report. Sixty-six percent of the people that responded planned to increase their use of social media. The number one use of...
Jul 12 2015 - 4:52pm
Financial-services firm Edward Jones was recognized as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in the country by Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine, according to Landon Spilsbury, an Edward Jones financial advisor in the Sierra Vista community. Edward Jones ranked the No. 10 best workplace for millennials, a generation defined from the early 1980s through 2001. This ranking comes from an anonymous survey of...
Jul 12 2015 - 4:32pm
Real estate sales in Sierra Vista, Bisbee and overall for Cochise County were higher in June, compared to the same month in 2014. The Southeastern Arizona Realtors Association reported that 74 homes were sold in Sierra Vista for the month at an average price of $133,000. The homes that sold were available in the market on average for 144 days. That sales total represents an uptick over one year ago. In June 2014, 70 homes...
Jul 12 2015 - 4:32pm
Barack Obama’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney would deserve to be part of the American canon even if the president — his voice crackling in emotion and devotion — hadn’t broken into his own rendition of “Amazing Grace,” a rhetorical gesture with no equal since Lyndon B. Johnson used the phrase “we shall overcome” in a speech before a joint session of Congress a half-century ago this year. The...
Jul 12 2015 - 4:32pm
In April, Cochise County’s inflation-adjusted retail sales saw strong growth while restaurant and bar sales increased modestly and accommodation receipts declined compared to April 2014. Countywide retail sales were up 7.8 percent in April, after adjusting for inflation. In the first four months of 2015, sales were up 11.3 percent compared to the first four months of 2014. Retail sales countywide have been up for seven consecutive...
Jul 12 2015 - 4:02pm
By Chris Fisk For the Herald/Review By 9:30 in the morning the parking lot at the Ethel Berger Center was already nearing capacity, a mere 30 minutes into the annual July Craft Bazaar. For many, having a prowl around the various wares in the cool indoor air is a good way to spend a warm summer day. Those who enjoy craft fairs are also, often, those who like to get a jump on holiday shopping. “We always come for the...
Jul 11 2015 - 10:22pm
PHOENIX — For about a day last week, Mark Brnovich was governor. Maybe. The attorney general discovered Tuesday that Doug Ducey was off on vacation with his family in California. And Secretary of State Michele Reagan left Tuesday morning for a conference. The Arizona Constitution specifically says that when the governor is absent from the state, “the power and duties of the office shall devolve upon the same person as...
Jul 11 2015 - 10:22pm
PHOENIX — A flu that swept through flocks of laying hens earlier this year is putting a crimp in shoppers’ pocketbooks and wallets. New figures Wednesday from the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation show its shoppers paid an average of $3.23 for a dozen eggs in the quarter just completed. That’s up more than a dollar from the prior three-month period — and a whopping two-and-a-half times as much as just five years ago...
Jul 11 2015 - 10:12pm
Since 2010 GOP dominated legislatures have proposed and/or enacted over 3,000 measures to curtail women’s health and restrict/abolish abortions. In  the first three months of 2015, GOP legislatures have proposed 791 such measures. What motivates these (mostly) male legislators? Sanctity of life? No! They’re not “pro-life,” they’re just “anti-woman.” They’re obsessed with the fetus from...
Jul 11 2015 - 8:22pm
By Angel Rutherford For the Herald/Review The very first “High on the Desert” Conference I attended was in 1996. After this event I took the Master Gardeners course. My husband and I had just moved to Sierra Vista and we had our house built in that year. I had gardened in extreme climates like Alaska and West Virginia but I was not familiar with the high desert and its challenges. One day I red in the newspaper...
Jul 11 2015 - 7:42pm
There are hospitals, then, there are hospitals, and all fit within a hierarchy of health care treatment levels that is sometimes confusing to those outside the industry. It is doubly confusing when an announcement is made that this hospital(s) is establishing some type of relationship with that hospital (s)  to do thus and so.So maybe this will remove some of the mystery… The first step in the health care treatment...
Jul 11 2015 - 7:42pm
Even in the best of times it can be difficult to produce measurable results in the economic development business. What I’ve been reading in the news in recent weeks suggests economic conditions over the next few years may produce an even more challenging environment than we’ve experienced during our so-called ‘recovery’ from the Great Recession: • Recent data indicates the global economy is headed for more trouble. The revised GDP...
Jul 11 2015 - 7:22pm
BENSON — Economists expect Villages at Vigneto, the 28,000-home development planned for Benson, to bring an estimated boost of $24 billion to the region’s economy. Principals of El Dorado Holdings Inc., were in Benson Friday to meet with members of the community where they provided an update about the development’s progress as well as its projected economic impact, which includes 16,000 local and regional jobs at the peak of...
Jul 11 2015 - 7:22pm
His name is Zachary Zache and he is a mad scientist. Saturday at the Sierra Vista Public library, the mad scientist Zache shared his knowledge of chemistry and physics to a group of 50 parents and children. The day started with a lecture of the ph scale and the difference between acids, bases and how we can tell when a chemical reaction has occurred. Zache, put a mixture of ammonia and vinegar into a test tube to...
Jul 11 2015 - 7:02pm
At the heart of a court case that is expected to reach the Arizona Supreme Court is a legal debate about Open Records. An article by Capitol Media Services reporter Howard Fischer in Saturday’s edition of the Herald/Review outlines a dispute over monetary charges Pima County intended to collect from a private investigator who made a records request. The investigator, Richard Robertson, has successfully contested that Pima County billed...
Jul 11 2015 - 6:22pm
Leslie Huyler Mansfield, Jr. of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died on Monday, June 22, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was one month shy of turning 77. He was born on July 27, 1938, in Newark, N.J. He attended Cochise College and earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Arizona. In 1960 he married Lydia Hollerer. They had two children, Douglas and Bruce. Leslie served in the United States Army for 20 years and retired as a First...
Jul 11 2015 - 6:02pm
Pencils, check; paper, check; books, check. Everything needed to go back to school could be found at the Back To School Fair at the Mall of Sierra Vista Saturday. The all day fair gave parents, students, and teachers a chance to mingle and get all the supplies they needed for the upcoming school year. Sierra Vista Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Terri Romo said the fair is a great way to interact with...
Jul 11 2015 - 5:42pm
Submitted by Vince Kopec It was hot near Benson that one Friday in March of ‘95. The sun looked like a boiling bucket of gold bullion and the race was about to begin. It was to be man against horse. The participants were anxiously awaiting the start signal so that they could be off and stake their claims. There would be two groups who would be racing that day, each taking a different route to the finish line. The finish...
Jul 11 2015 - 5:02pm
TAKOMA PARK, MD. — Sometimes a simple idea makes so much sense, you have to wonder: Why didn’t folks think of this sooner? Here’s an excellent example: Increase the value of federal nutrition benefits, such as food stamps, if families use the extra money to buy healthy options like fresh fruit and vegetables, especially at farmers’ markets. This is one of those rare public policies where everyone wins. No...
Jul 11 2015 - 4:22pm
Step Up Bisbee/Naco — formally Rebuilding Together — will continue with its popular traditional wine tasting fundraiser, Sunday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m., at the Café Roka, 35 Main St. in Bisbee. For years this fundraiser has proven to be vital to the community by generating funds with which the organization can offer free home repairs to Bisbee’s and Naco’s low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners. Step Up Bisbee/Naco (SUBN) was...
Jul 11 2015 - 4:22pm
July 12 The Sierra Vista Seventh Day Adventist Church, 777 Highway 92, across from the Golden Corral restaurant, will host Destination Paradise, a vacation Bible school, on July 12 to July 17, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The school will offer Bible stories, Bible verses, mission stories, crafts, snacks, game time, group time and fun songs. The school is for ages 4 to 12. For more information, Stephanie, 378-2539 or Nena, 508-3591....
Jul 11 2015 - 3:52pm
SGT. James Neil Trapp, 53, of Sierra Vista died July 8, 2015, at the Canyon Vista Medical Center. Services are pending. Interment will be at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at a later date.Arrangements are by Hatfield Funeral Home with online condolences at hatfieldfh.com.
Jul 11 2015 - 3:42pm
SIERRA VISTA —The Arizona Community Foundation is seeking proposals for funding from nonprofit organizations across the state to promote and advance animal welfare. Funding is available through a collection of animal-related funds established with the Arizona Community Foundation. Grant monies are available for projects that support wild animals and domestic pets in Arizona state boundaries that are ill or injured, need placement in a...
Jul 11 2015 - 3:42pm
DOUGLAS — On June 7, Chiricahua Community Health Centers’ Dr. Darlene Melk was awarded the 2015 Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Humanitarian Award. The AzAAP selected Dr. Melk for her tireless advocacy of children with special health care needs who live in poverty in Montero, Bolivia. Dr. Melk works through the Rosa Vera Fund, whose mission is to facilitate medical, social and preventive interventions for children...
Jul 11 2015 - 3:42pm
PHOENIX — State police will not examine the cell phone of Bob Stump to determine if it contains deleted text messages that can be retrieved. And that, for the moment, leaves in limbo the question of whether the public ever will get to see if what the state utility regulator wrote and received — and whether he engaged in improper or illegal communications ahead of the 2014 primary. “The Arizona Department of Public...
Jul 11 2015 - 3:42pm
The new school year is drawing near and that means that school districts are preparing for the new years group of students and Superintendent of Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District Bonnie Austin can’t wait for the new year. “We are very excited about the new school year,” Austin said. A new addition this year for the district is the implementation of Professional Learning Communities. These communities...
Jul 11 2015 - 3:22pm
By Chris Fisk For the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review There is a breathtakingly simple way to improve every situation or relationship. You look for kindness. We like kindness, and when we see it in others, and in our world, it makes us happy. Kindness is secretly everywhere, if you look. This is not the Pollyanna Principle, it is wisdom that understands that how we see and experience things depends entirely...
Jul 11 2015 - 3:22pm
Carr Canyon History Walk July 18, 9:30 a.m. The Friends of the Huachuca Mountains invite you to learn more about the history of Carr Canyon July 18 with a history walk led by Carr Canyon resident and Friends of the Huachuca Mountains Board Member Rosemary Snapp. Gather at Carr House at 9:30 a.m. and take a short walk to the ruins of one of the early homes in the area. Learn about the residents of the canyon from...
Jul 11 2015 - 3:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is committed to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. Since 1999, the Children’s Congress has arranged a trip every two years for children with type 1 diabetes to travel to Washington, D.C., and talk directly to their state congressional delegation about the importance of funding research and increasing access to advancing treatment options. Some 150 children are chosen from...
Jul 11 2015 - 2:42pm
At its regular weekly meeting on Friday, July 10, Take Off Pounds Sensibly — TOPS  AZ 0215 Sierra Vista — held an election of officers for 2015-2016. The incoming leader will be Sandy Mallory and co-leader Ann Fisher. Re-elected as secretary was Joan Rausch and treasurer Vivian Cobb. Accepting re-appointment to the positions of weight recorder and assistant weight recorder are Linda Sieruga and Helen Patterson....
Jul 11 2015 - 2:42pm
No surprise here that the proposed sale of the Turquoise Valley golf course has fallen through. It seems to me that the Herald, for the best of reasons, has been trying to present the best case possible for the desperate owner’s attempt to sell this very troubled (financially speaking) enterprise. First off — your reporter needs a remedial course in business economics if she doesn’t understand the difference between...
Jul 11 2015 - 2:42pm
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, and others. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host...
Jul 11 2015 - 2:42pm
The Sierra Vista Historical Society is sponsoring “Summer Saturdays at the Hauser Museum!” on July 18, and July 25.   Join the family activities for both kids and adults from 10 a.m. to noon. Each Saturday will introduce a hands-on activity for children ages 5-12 years of age. Parents are encouraged to attend all sessions. The Henry Hauser Museum is located at 2930 E. Tacoma Street in Sierra Vista. On Saturday,...
Jul 10 2015 - 9:52pm
July 11 The Sons, American Legion Post 52, will host breakfast Saturday July 11, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., featuring eggs to order, bacon, sausage, hash brown, hotcakes, toast, biscuits, SOS, omelets, French toast and coffee free with breakfast. The price ranges from $1 to $7.50 and breakfast is open all members, guests and all active duty service members and families. American Legion Post 52 is located at 12 Theater Drive in Sierra Vista...
Jul 10 2015 - 9:52pm
As a fellow Democratic Party County Chair, I applaud Cochise County Democratic Committee’s Chair Sharon Thomas’s appeal to Democrats to support their local party by donating to keep their headquarters open. However, I must take exception to several assertions attributed to her in the Herald’s interview with Thomas on July 8. First, Greenlee County’s Democratic headquarters were not forced to close due to lack of support from the state...
Jul 10 2015 - 9:52pm
A couple of hours ago I returned from being out of town for a couple of days. On such returns, among my first actions is to catch up on Sierra Vista happenings by reviewing my copies of past Herald issues. I was surprised to see the front page of today’s issue feature a plea from our Cochise County Democrat Party for additional funding commitments from their members. That’s news? Front page, above the...
Jul 10 2015 - 5:32pm
Political reaction to the announcement that the Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers within the next two years was predictable in Arizona. With Fort Huachuca scheduled to lose 114 soldiers by 2017, local Congresswoman Martha McSally issued a statement Thursday warning that the force reduction was “short-sighted,” and properly reminded people that the local post is conducting some of the military’s most important missions at a time when...
Jul 10 2015 - 5:12pm
Courtesy Adam Curtis Sierra Vista Public Affairs Lace up those running shoes and head to the old Apache Middle School gymnasium at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, for the 17th Annual 5k Run Around the Park. Register early for just $15 per person or register that day for $20. As an added perk, pre-registered runners are guaranteed to get a race T-shirt. Individual awards for first through third place...
Jul 10 2015 - 5:12pm
SIERRA VISTA — Those with an eye for photography or simply looking to check off a few dozen bird species from their life list don’t have to travel far, thanks to weekly guided tours of the city’s Environmental Operations Park. This artificial wetland is home to dozens of different water fowl, tree birds and other feather fliers even during the least-populated times of the year, said Dutch Nagle, past-president of the Friends of the San...
Jul 10 2015 - 5:12pm
San Pedro River Bird Walks Birders of all levels are invited to participate in upcoming bird walks sponsored by the Friends of the San Pedro River. The walks are scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, and Saturday, July 25, at 7 a.m. Bird walks depart from the San Pedro House, 9800 E. Highway 90, east of Sierra Vista at the river. There is no charge for the walks; however, donations are accepted to support the docent programs. Dress...
Jul 10 2015 - 4:42pm
Norman Willie O’Neal, of North Little Rock, Ark., passed away July 3, 2015. He was born Dec. 23, 1933, in Dora, N.M. Uncle Norman’s work here is done. He received a call for a country polka dance from which he will not return. His passion for staying in touch with family and friends will be a happy one as he reunites with loved ones he has not seen for a very long time. Among those in attendance: his parents Robert and Alene O...
Jul 10 2015 - 4:42pm
Bob went to his Lord on July 4, 2015. Born in Ludlow, Ky., on April 14, 1925, he married his beloved wife and best friend Betty in 1944 and they spent 65 wonderful years together before Betty passed in 2009. Bob proudly served in the Army in World War II. Betty developed asthma, they were told a change in climate was needed. In 1947, they headed to Tucson with two small children where they spent the majority of their life together. Bob...
Jul 10 2015 - 4:42pm
Adult Education classes at Cochise College begin this August. Students must register in advance by bringing a photo ID for proof of residency to their nearest Cochise College campus or center during registration hours. The course fee is between $20 and $80, based on a sliding scale according to household income. Registration for classes on the Sierra Vista and Douglas campuses is from July 13 through...
Jul 10 2015 - 4:22pm
More than two decades of history and the memories of pilots who were instrumental in the development of unmanned aerial systems gathered at a small airstrip Friday morning to commemorate the last flight on Fort Huachuca of the Hunter. Developed in the early 1990s, the Hunter UAV was the first of its kind to be deployed in combat, with just 40 people trained in how to take off and land this large, two-propeller aircraft....
Jul 10 2015 - 4:22pm
I keep reading that Donald Trump is wrecking the Republican Party. I keep hearing that he’s a threat to the fortunes of every other Republican presidential candidate, because he sullies the brand and puts them in an impossible position. What bunk. The truth is that he’s an opportunity for them as golden as the namesake nameplates on his phallic towers, if only they would seize it. The brand was plenty sullied before he lent...
Jul 10 2015 - 4:02pm
PHOENIX — A fight playing out in Arizona courts could determine whether some people have to pay more — a lot more — for copies of public records. On the surface, the dispute centers around a narrow provision of law which governs what agencies can charge for records that will wind up as evidence in legal cases. But the issue raises broader questions of when governments can consider the fact the records will be used by those requesting...
Jul 10 2015 - 3:22pm
BISBEE — U.S. Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona’s 2nd District visited Copper Queen Community Hospital last week and met with CEO Jim Dickson and his leadership team to learn more about rural health care. Dr. Daniel Roe, the hospital’s chief operating officer and chief medical officer, gave the congresswoman a tour of the hospital and Dickson gave a presentation to McSally and her team regarding rural healthcare, specifically the...
Jul 10 2015 - 3:22pm
BISBEE — Small businesses in Cochise County can learn how to raise money for their business through crowdfunding at a series of seminars later this month across the county. Most people have heard of crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe and Kickstarter, which allow people to donate money online to someone to help pay medical bills or pay for a special trip or project. But using crowdfunding for a business can be tricky. To...
Jul 10 2015 - 3:22pm
The first practice of the year is close at hand, the season is not far behind and Buena High School football players are thirsty for the Friday night lights. The team is participating in volunteer practices until the official start of the 2015 football season. The voluntary training is a no contact practice that focuses on conditioning and the honing of basic skills. Head Coach Joe Thomas said the training is meant to...
Jul 10 2015 - 3:22pm
BISBEE — The Cochise County Planning and Zoning Commission has paved the way for an expanded solar project, as well as several rezoning requests for business expansions in the county. Red Horse III LLC applied for a special use permit to add up to 30 megawatts of power to the Red Horse Solar facility, located northeast of Willcox off of Muleshoe Ranch Road. Representatives of Torch Clean Energy attended Wednesday afternoon’s...
Jul 9 2015 - 10:12pm
By Chris Fisk For the Herald/Review There aren’t many in Arizona who can trace their family’s presence in the state back to the mid 1800s.  Jim Lindsey can.  Along with continuing the rich family history here, he is also working to protect the precious natural resources for future generations through his work with Hereford Natural Resource Conservation District (HNRCD). “I am so happy with what I do and where I...
Jul 9 2015 - 9:52pm
Apparently there is a new holiday that passed me by, and maybe you, too. June 25 has been designated by somebody (not the greeting card companies, at least) as “Leon Day.” Leon is “Noel” backwards and it marks the halfway-to-Christmas point. Soon it will probably be joined by “Ledierd Day” which is “dreidel” backwards and that’ll be halfway to Chanukah. I believe this is part of a plot to make us scramble sooner every year to buy presents for...
Jul 9 2015 - 9:52pm
I’m sure everyone has heard about this year’s ugliest dog contest winner. The contest has been on-going for twenty seven years and was held in Petaluma, California on 26 June. The winner was a pit-bull Dutch shepherd mix named Quasi Modo. The poor dog has a spinal deformation that makes it look like it is missing about two feet of dog body between the head and the tail. Quasi Modo beat out twenty five other dogs to win a $1,500 check among other...
Jul 9 2015 - 9:12pm
Making an argument for closing the library is a bit like arguing against having a good dessert after a special meal. Who doesn’t want French silk chocolate pie, or some other delectable delight to savor the experience? The Sierra Vista Public Library is a beautiful place to spend the day. It’s got natural beauty, architecture, peace, variety and a voluminous selection of titles in every form of media available. Whether...
Jul 9 2015 - 8:02pm
Benny “Ben” Clark Granado (SMSGT), 82, of Sierra Vista, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015, with family by his side. A memorial service  will be held at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery with military honors being conducted by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard on Friday, July 10, at 2 p.m. Ben was born on April 24, 1933, in Lordsburg, N.M., to Ramon and Ollie Granado. After completing high...
Jul 9 2015 - 6:32pm
PHOENIX — State police can be held liable for the death of a Tucson woman killed in a fiery 2009 crash on Interstate 10, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The justices rejected arguments by the Department of Public Safety that its officers could not be held liable because Arizona law gives immunity to the state and its employees for any “injury caused to the driver of a motor vehicle” that is attributable to that...
Jul 9 2015 - 6:12pm
PHOENIX — Attorneys for the state have given up in their bid to enforce a year-old law designed to stop jilted lovers from posting naked photos of their exes on the Internet without their permission. In legal papers Thursday in federal court, the Attorney General’s Office agreed to stop fighting a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union which said the statute aimed at “revenge porn” is overly broad and violates...
Jul 9 2015 - 6:12pm
WASHINGTON — Englewood, Gresham, West Lawndale, Humboldt Park, South Chicago. Where have I heard those neighborhood names before? Oh yes, I do remember some of them. I was born and raised on the Far South Side of Chicago between Englewood and Gresham, which was similar to a Beverly Hills-style area, while Englewood was a working-class neighborhood that was both neat and stable. The others, I have forgotten. But they all came...
Jul 9 2015 - 6:12pm
Kim Jong Un. What a piece of work. Executes a  defense chief for falling asleep during a meeting. He reportedly had his henchmen use an anti-aircraft gun to do the job. One of 10 (according to what source you use, could be as high as 70) who have been executed in the past year. The Reuters news organization reports today that a terrapin and freshwater lobster farmer has been executed for not producing his quota of these, but...
Jul 9 2015 - 5:42pm
By Amanda Baillie For The Herald/Review The family of toddler Jeremiah Mayer, swept from his father’s arms during severe flooding last month, has spoken about the overwhelming response they have received since the tragedy. Devon and Demarus Mayer say they could not have coped with losing their child, home and belongings had it not been for the outpouring of love and compassion from family, friends and complete...
Jul 9 2015 - 5:42pm
By Chris Fisk For The Herald/Review There have been a number of changes in the last year at the Sierra Vista Co-op, all good, and much progress has been made in realizing its long-term vision. Last year General Manager Chris Roland left, and John Glennon was appointed interim General Manager while the board of directors did a search. John had returned to the co-op as produce manager, having previously worked with...
Jul 9 2015 - 5:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — Fort Huachuca will see a reduction of about 114 soldiers from its active duty population over the course of the next three years as part of an Army-wide reduction of 40,000 soldiers and 17,000 civilian employee personnel announced by the Department of the Army on Thursday. The cut represents less than 5 percent of the active duty permanent party personnel on post, said Tanja Linton, media relations officer. “We...
Jul 9 2015 - 5:22pm
By Regina Ford rford@gvnews.com Sahuarita teen Kariana Moreno has made the cut yet again, advancing to a third round of auditions for American Idol. Moreno, 17, received a long-awaited phone call this week telling her that up next is yet another audition – this time performing over Skype. “I didn’t know what to say when they called because I was so excited and I wanted to believe what I was hearing,...
Jul 9 2015 - 5:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — Nearly a dozen individuals from local organizations have received scholarships to attend the upcoming Non-Profit Management Certificate Program offered through Cochise College’s Center for Lifelong Learning. The Non-Profit Management program teaches the skills and strategies that individuals need to become an integral part of an organization. Scholarships are funded by the Robert J. Wick Foundation, a supporting...
Jul 9 2015 - 5:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — Even with the wet monsoon weather in full effect, residents of the city and surrounding areas looking to dispose of yard clippings and other vegetation by burning them must obtain a burn permit prior to doing so, local fire officials said recently. The practice of burning grasses, downed trees and other natural yard waste is a much more common practice in the Fry Fire District, which has issued about 4,000 burn permits...
Jul 9 2015 - 5:22pm
HUACHUCA CITY - If you have a child enrolled at Huachuca City School, chances are you already know Teri Hayhurst. For those new to the school, you’ll likely become acquainted in the near future. Teri is the school nurse, junior high school athletic director, cross country and track coach and is credited for starting the Tombstone Unified School District (TUSD) junior high cheer program, which she coached up until last year. She also is...
Jul 9 2015 - 5:02pm
July 10 The University of Arizona Cochise County Cooperative Extension will be presenting a free workshop on “Empower: Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Centers.” Topics include: empower breast-feeding standard, creating a breastfeeding friendly environment within your childcare, proper breast milk handling/storage techniques, tips for feeding breastfed babies and supporting mothers, and community resources and support. The presentation...
Jul 9 2015 - 5:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the armed robbery of a gas station shortly after midnight Thursday morning. Deputies responded to the Giant Gas Station at 5217 S Highway 92 after a commercial panic alarm was triggered there at 12:08 a.m. The clerk advised deputies that a Hispanic man wearing sunglasses and a red bandana over his face approached her with a gun in his right hand and led her...
Jul 9 2015 - 4:22pm
By Robert Weissler A huge, new development proposed for Benson called “The Villages at Vigneto” is a source of concern to members of the Friends. Our mission is to work for the preservation of the River and the natural and cultural resources within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. (SPRNCA) The Villages at Vigneto poses a significant potential threat to the riparian habitat contained within the SPRNCA...
Jul 9 2015 - 3:42pm
By Jonathan Clark Nogales International NOGALES — Max Pitts singled home Isaac Torres in the top of the sixth inning to break a 6-6 tie and Sierra Vista American held on to beat Douglas on Wednesday in the 9-10 division of the Little League District 8 tournament in Nogales. “It was incredible,” said manager Ross Lefellman. “They had a lot of heart and stuck with it. When it was a 1-1 game they could have given up,...
Jul 9 2015 - 3:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — Thanks to the participation of dozens of partners, vendors and organizations, Saturday’s Back to School Fair at the Mall in Sierra Vista will have everything a family needs to prepare for the new school year. “The goal is to create a one-stop shopping opportunity for families as they prepare to go back to school,” said event organizer Ken James, a recreation supervisor for Sierra Vista. “I’ve got 80 entities, agencies...
Jul 9 2015 - 3:02pm
We have 21 Youth in our T-Ball Camp starting tomorrow and Friday from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at Howard Field, VMP. We still have tickets available for the D-Backs Vs the SF Giants 1:00 p.m. game, scheduled on Sunday, July 19. Tickets cost $55.00 per person and include transportation and field level tickets. Tickets are being sold at the Cove Aquatic Center and the Oscar Yrun Community Center. Vans depart the...
Jul 9 2015 - 1:22pm
I attended the lecture on Nixon and would like to correct some impressions the lecturer. David Thompson, left about Richard Milhous Nixon. He indicated that Nixon won $10,000 playing poker in the Navy during World War II and used this money to defeat Jerry Vorhees in a 1946 congessional election. The truth is that Nixon was a creature of the Dulles brothers, Allan and John Foster, who provided him with enough money to outspend Vorhees ...
Jul 9 2015 - 1:10pm
SIERRA VISTA — The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the armed robbery of a gas station shortly after midnight this morning. Deputies responded to the Giant Gas Station at 5217 S Highway 92 after a commercial panic alarm was triggered there at 12:08 a.m. The clerk advised deputies that a Hispanic man wearing sunglasses and a red bandana over his face approached her with a gun in his right hand and led her toward the cash...
Jul 9 2015 - 11:52am
In the article “Sleuthing for happiness,” the email address for private investigator Shelly Cloud was misprinted. The correct address is:  shellycloud@iss-grp.com. ***  
Jul 9 2015 - 11:50am
Update: 2 p.m. According to a statement issued by Rep. Martha McSally this afternoon, the Army’s reduction plans include 114 active duty personnel on Fort Huachuca, or 5 percent of its total active duty personnel. Reductions at other Army bases include 9 percent at Fort Hood, 29 percent at Fort Benning and 59 percent at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The Army has cut forces by 120,000 soldiers, or 21 percent, since 2012, according...
Jul 8 2015 - 10:12pm
Most Americans don’t know how long it took for a notion “conceived in liberty” in 1776 to gestate. For a notion to become a nation, that is. Eleven years is how long it took: seven years of war, four years of legal flux, before the Constitution was signed. When that was done, outside the Constitutional Convention a weary Benjamin Franklin encountered a skeptic who had a pertinent question. What had emanated...
Jul 8 2015 - 10:12pm
By John Bernaden A new industrial revolution is coming. American factory workers will soon be replaced by robots, threatening the economic well-being of future generations — or so we’re told. Fear not. Far from dismantling the American workforce, new labor-saving technologies are instead poised to serve as vital engines of job-creation and economic growth for years to come — if U.S. lawmakers take...
Jul 8 2015 - 9:22pm
By Chris Braswell For the Herald/Review SIERRA VISTA — Carrying the issue of extending the Buffalo Soldier Trail bypass through open space east of the city to connect with Moson Road, a technical committee approved a planning document for the project on Tuesday. The unanimous vote supporting the “design concept report” likely puts the document before the intergovernmental Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning...
Jul 8 2015 - 9:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — Local jewelry maker and metalsmith Misty C. Farnsworth says her interest in creating wholly original works has been with her in some fashion for as long as she can remember. “Most of my life I’ve been a very crafty sort of person. My grandfather was a silversmith, so I’ve been exposed to it a good portion of my life,” Farnsworth said on Wednesday from her home-based boutique in Pomerene. “As far back as...
Jul 8 2015 - 9:22pm
July 9 The Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning will sponsor Glenn Minuth’s  evening lecture 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 9, Rm 702: Arizona’s Steamboat Era — Who Knew? Steamboat transportation had a little-known but substantial influence on the opening of the Arizona Territory in the latter half of the 19th century, For decades, river steamboats performed enormous services toward development of the west. Why did the U.S. Army...
Jul 8 2015 - 9:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — On Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon went on national TV and announced his resignation from the highest position in the land, effective noon the next morning. Nixon did not want to resign; he was not a quitter. However, in the aftermath of Watergate — a scandal that would ruin Nixon’s credibility and legacy for years to come — he had no choice. Watergate is an image forever linked with Nixon, but at the Sierra Vista...
Jul 8 2015 - 9:02pm
BISBEE — The appointment of a community member to a city economic development board sparked much impassioned discussion on both sides but ultimately passed with a split 4-3 vote at Tuesday night’s Bisbee City Council meeting. Cynthia Conroy had some strong supporters speaking in favor of her appointment to the iBisbee Committee, but others said she was difficult to work with, interrupts others, and promotes her own ...
Jul 8 2015 - 9:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — Thinning manpower and declining budget for the Sierra Vista Public Library have resulted in a change in hours that will bring it more in line with other libraries around the state by closing its doors on Sunday and expanding hours on Monday. For years, the Sierra Vista Public Library has been the only library in Cochise County and one of the only libraries at comparable cities throughout Arizona to remain open on Sundays...
Jul 8 2015 - 9:02pm
From the perspective of the residents who endured the flash flood that submerged Sulger Subdivision Tuesday afternoon, the recent “improvements” have made things worse. That’s not the perspective of Karen Riggs, the director of the Cochise County Highway and Floodplain department, who expressed confidence that sewer installation and street construction work completed last year in the neighborhood were not the source of the ...
Jul 8 2015 - 9:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — Citizens of Sierra Vista will be getting a lower property tax rate, but not quite as low as expected. The Sierra Vista Unified School District approved the Adopted School Budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The school board approved the budget unanimously 5-0. The Primary School Property Tax rate is lower than the fiscal year 2015 rate; however the tax rate is higher than that of the fiscal year 2016 proposed budget...
Jul 8 2015 - 5:32pm
The Leisure Services Sports wants you to get your running shoes ready for this summer 17th Annual 5K Run Around The Park at 7 a. m. on Saturday, July 25. The cost for the race $15 per person ($20 the day of the race) with a discount of $1 off for all Thunder Mountain Running Club members. All pre-registered runners will receive a race T-shirt. First-, second- and third-place individual awards will be presented in eight male and female...
Jul 8 2015 - 5:02pm
Benny Clark Granado, 82, of Sierra Vista, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Memorial services, with the Air Force Honor Guard, will be on Friday, July 10, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. Further information will be in a later edition. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.hatfieldfh.com.
Jul 8 2015 - 4:12pm
By Manuel C. Coppola Nogales International The plug in the cross-border sewer line that caused a home on Morley Avenue to flood with up to three feet of raw sewage appears on video footage to be drug bundles, City Manager Shane Dille said Tuesday. “We were able to capture video inside the IOI and determined that what was blocking the line were drug bundles and some sort of rack” possibly used to try to haul the bundles...
Jul 8 2015 - 3:52pm
The Bisbee Rotary Club has announced the winners of this year’s Fourth of July Parade. First place is awarded to the Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee. Their entry included a flatbed “stage” complete with singers, guitar players and drummers, truly capturing this year’s theme of “Celebrating Bisbee’s Art and Music.” The second place award was earned by the Bisbee High School Spirit Team...
Jul 8 2015 - 3:12pm
By Al Chariton Director of Public Relations On July 6 the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista held its weekly meeting, chaired by the newly-elected Emily Scherrer. Treasurer Jack Lintner gave a short report about the Fourth of July fund raising.  It appears that enough money was raised to pay for the magnificent fireworks display.  The two day celebration went off with no problems, thanks to...
Jul 8 2015 - 1:52pm
By Amanda Baillie For the Herald/Review As a private investigator Shelly Cloud is often immersed in cases that involve the unsavory side of life. Drug dealing, child custody, and domestic disputes will rarely have a happy ending, but Cloud takes them all in her stride. Working with attorneys and the courts is what Sierra Vista-based Cloud expected to be doing when she joined Integrity Security Solutions...
Jul 8 2015 - 1:02pm
June 29 5:18 p.m. A caller from the 100 block of Clawson Street reported what sounded like an electrical wire shorting out on a pole in the area. June 30 8:40 a.m. A resident of the Zero block of Yucca Street reported a large rattlesnake. 4:07 p.m. Suspicious activity including the possible use of drugs were reported on the Zero block of Pittsburgh Avenue. 5:17 p.m. A chair and cabinets were reportedly...
Jul 8 2015 - 12:42pm
City of Sierra Vista Leisure Services will be running its 15th Annual Hummingbird Triathlon which will take place at 6 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Cove Aquatic Center. This event consists of an 800-yard swim, 13-mile bike, and a 5-kilometer run. Bring a friend or two and enter a relay team. Awards will be presented to the top three competitors in each of the eight male and eight female age divisions and the top three teams in the female,...
Jul 7 2015 - 8:32pm
July 8 The Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt guild will host its regular monthly daytime meeting on Wednesday July 8, at 9 a.m. Terry Gallegos and Evelyn George will conduct a program on the history and fundraising activities of “Quilt For a Cause,” a Tucson based group focusing on cancer research, and present a trunk show of multiple samples of their patterns. Read more about  QFaC at http://quiltforacause.org. The HSQG meets at the Rothery...
Jul 7 2015 - 8:12pm
PHOENIX — If Arizonans are to find out what Bob Stump sent in text messages during last year’s campaign it’s going to have to come from data buried in his current cell phone. In a faxed message Tuesday, Tami Ware who works with the subpoena compliance section of Verizon Wireless said her firm retains the content of text messages for no more than five days. “Therefore, the messages you reference for the time frame of July 2013...
Jul 7 2015 - 8:12pm
PHOENIX — A new lawsuit seeks to void provisions of federal laws which challengers say illegally place the desires of Native American tribes over the constitutionally protected best interests of children. Attorney Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute filed the case on behalf two children with some Native American blood who currently are placed with non-Indian parents where they have lived since they were infants. Bolick...
Jul 7 2015 - 7:52pm
As a very public investigation of text messages among Arizona Corporation Commission members reveals, the state needs to clarify its public records policy in this age of smartphones and social media. The case at hand is brought by a Washington, D.C.-based special interest group — Checks & Balances — against the former head of the ACC, Robert Stump. At issue is whether Stump used his former state-issued iPhone to exchange...
Jul 7 2015 - 7:12pm
I lived in Sierra Vista from 1983 to 1991 while I worked on post. I remember it being an over all clean, friendly community with a fairly low crime rate and very pleasant place to raise a family. I still have many friends there and they are telling me how much things have changed there and attribute a lot of it to the influx of illegal aliens due to the non-enforcement of immigration laws. One friend in particular owns a mobile home in...
Jul 7 2015 - 6:52pm
80 shootings, 15 killed over the 4th of July Holiday weekend in Chicago and we’re supposed to suddenly be worried about the Confederate Battle Flag? I wanna see Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and everyone of those Hollywierd liberals patrolling the streets of Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia etc. Maybe then I’ll begin to even think about worrying about some flag that hasn’t bothered anyone for the last 150 years....
Jul 7 2015 - 6:52pm
The members of the South Carolina Senate began their business on Monday morning by bowing to pray. “O God, and the pressures on this body today are considerable,” the chaplain said. “Strengthen them and fill their hearts with a determination to, as the psalmist puts it, to maintain justice and to do what is right.” Next, with hands over hearts, they pledged allegiance to the flag — not that flag, but the Stars and Stripes — professing...
Jul 7 2015 - 6:52pm
I would like to give a big “atta boy” to all of the organizations who worked so hard to make the Sierra Vista Fourth of July festivities a huge success. From the Pet Promenade in the morning to the Fireworks display at night and all of the wonderful events during the day made for a fun-filled celebration of our nation’s birthday. A special thank you to Frontier Animal Hospital for organizing a terrific Pet Promenade....
Jul 7 2015 - 6:42pm
James Kidd was born on Aug. 20, 1957, in Centreville, Va., to Louis and Mary Kidd, and passed away of natural causes on July 1, 2015, in Sierra Vista. James, better known as Jimmie to his friends, grew up and spent most of his life in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He was a gentle man, a kind hearted man, a free spirit. He lived life his way, with a free soul. You may have seen Jimmie on his daily walks down Fry Blvd. He enjoyed being outside and...
Jul 7 2015 - 6:32pm
Rosalie Jane Darlene (Herren) Webster, 89, of Sierra Vista passed away, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.Rosalie was born on April 18, 1926, to the late Freeman and Hattie (Flesner) Herren Golden, Ill. She was baptized in Trinity Lutheran Church, in Golden on April 25, 1926, by The Reverend J.R. Frentzel and was confirmed on April 2, 1939, in the Trinity Lutheran Church by The Reverend K.W. Braun. Confirmation Verse Job 5:24. She graduated from...
Jul 7 2015 - 6:32pm
Clara Elizabeth (Otto) (Hammans) Pierce at 87 years old, went to heaven to be with her loved ones on July 5, 2015, at the Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Clara was born April 2, 1928, in Gibbon, Neb., to the late Harold and Ida (Fuller) Otto in Gibbon, Neb. Clara was married to the late Elton Lloyd Hammans April 17, 1946, in Kearney, Neb. She, also, was married to the late Fred Pierce in 1983 in Omaha, Neb....
Jul 7 2015 - 6:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — Although school has ended, some girls from the Buena High School basketball team love the game enough to attend offseason practices every Tuesday at the Apache Middle School gym. The practices are totally free and optional for players who want to continue playing over the summer. Buena High School alumni Coach Cole Colvin facilitates the practices. “It’s not mandatory, if they want to come they’ll get...
Jul 7 2015 - 6:22pm
Bonnie Mae Pleggenkuhle 1951­-2015 Bonnie Mae Pleggenkuhle, from Miramar Beach, Fla., went to Heaven on July 2, 2015, at the age of 63. She was born Aug. 4, 1951, in Sandpoint, Idaho, to Lorraine Schilling and William McMurtrey. Her siblings included David Edward “Topper” McMurtrey, Doug “Punk” McMurtrey, and Judy Ann McMurtrey. She married Gary Pleggenkuhle on Oct. 21, 1988, and raised her family in Sierra Vista, Ariz. She worked...
Jul 7 2015 - 6:22pm
Bret (Otis) Lawrence Shirley, 51, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed on July 4, 2015. He was born April 19, 1964, in Canoga Park, Calif., to Lowell and Vivian Shirley. He is survived by his loving parents Lowell and Vivian Shirley of Sierra Vista, brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Ruthie Shirley, of California, and nephew Matthew Shirley. Otis had a contagious laugh, a caring heart and never knew a stranger. Goodbye Uncle Otis,...
Jul 7 2015 - 6:12pm
Inquiring minds want to know will appear regularly with the “On Your Mind” column. The feature allows readers to submit a question and when possible, an answer will be published either immediately, or upon follow up. Today’s question appears below.   “What is the structure being built on the Cochise Plaza outlot near Target and Chili’s restaurant?”   A new store for the The Mattress Firm...
Jul 7 2015 - 6:12pm
BISBEE — In her 11 years behind the desk at the Bisbee Visitor Center, Ilona Smerekanich has heard some crazy questions. Questions like “Is the town open today?” or “How much does it cost to get into Bisbee?” or “What time are they giving flu shots at Safeway?” and “I’ve been at the bus stop on Bisbee Road and the bus is 10 minutes late, can you call them?” “I wished I would have written them down and wrote a book,” she...
Jul 7 2015 - 5:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — Residents of the Sulger neighborhood on Sierra Vista’s west end faced a familiar sight Tuesday afternoon after an inch of rain soaked the city in less than an hour. Rushing water flowed between, around and even under some homes while Timothy, Danny and Jennifer lanes were blocked by pools measuring a hundred feet wide and up to two feet deep in some areas. “The whole road was covered,” said Katherine Schmahl,...
Jul 7 2015 - 5:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — A joint effort by three area law enforcement agencies to get drunk drivers off the road during the Independence Day weekend resulted in more than 200 vehicle stops in and around the Sierra Vista area. For four days beginning on Thursday, members of the Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force patrolled the area for inebriated motorists, making a total of 250 stops, which netted five DUI arrests and one arrest for minor...
Jul 7 2015 - 5:32pm
The Cochise County Democratic Committee’s central hub is in danger of closing. The party’s county headquarters, located in Sierra Vista on Fry Boulevard and 7th Street, will close Aug. 31 if they go without an increase in member donations. The committee is asking for 100 new recurring donors willing to give $10 a month in order to keep the Democratic headquarters open this year and through the election cycle. “We...
Jul 7 2015 - 5:12pm
Not long ago I had to kill a little time before my next engagement, so I popped into Philadelphia Baking Company. I had already had my morning caffeine, so asked for cup of decaf. With something of an apology I was told they could only make me a decaf with the giant, gleaming, beautiful espresso machine behind the counter. Apparently not everyone prefers well-made coffee. The remarkably small number of establishments in Sierra Vista...
Jul 7 2015 - 5:12pm
Summer Produce Tomatoes need to be fully ripe to obtain the best flavor. Did you know that vine-ripened tomatoes contain nearly twice the vitamin C and beta-carotene as their green-picked counterparts? Optimal ripeness is difficult to achieve when the tomatoes are grown in greenhouses, picked green so they don’t bruise, then shipped many miles for processing and distribution in grocery stores. If you grow your own...
Jul 7 2015 - 5:12pm
SIERRA VISTA — The rainfall Sierra Vista and Bisbee received in June was significantly more this year than last year according to the National Weather Service and the Bisbee Fire Department Station 82. Sierra Vista received an average of .56 inches of rain this year as opposed to last year’s quarter of an inch. “Overall, it’s been way wetter this year,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Lee Carlaw said....
Jul 7 2015 - 4:52pm
By Chef Chris For the Herald/Review What to make, what to make… A rare thing happened this week, there was nothing I particularly needed to cook or write about food wise, and I wasn’t hankerin’’ for anything in particular either. I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t an imperative of some kind, or a bolt of inspiration to make something specific that I had suddenly gotten fired up about. So, I just got to think...
Jul 7 2015 - 4:52pm
By Laura Foor Farmers Market Foods If you’re not able to get to the Farmers Market held on Thursday’s, let us know and we can do our best to pick up some items for you, for you to pick up on Saturday. New Vendors Come see what our new vendors have to offer you this Saturday. Remember that we’re a Community Market, which means we want to hear from you. If there’s something you would like...
Jul 7 2015 - 4:32pm
Lanny A. Kope, EdD, has been a hospital trustee for more than 30 years, serving on urban and rural hospital boards. He is the immediate past board chair of Sierra Vista Regional Health Center and is currently serving as secretary of the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona. Dr. Kope has had national responsibility as chair of the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance and currently serves as a member of the National Board of...
Jul 7 2015 - 1:22pm
PHOENIX (AP) - The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Arizona this season. Health officials said Tuesday that the infected man is a Maricopa County resident in his late 50s with no travel history. The unidentified victim experienced flu-like symptoms, but wasn’t hospitalized and has since recovered. Health officials say mosquito...
Jul 7 2015 - 12:12pm
Hoa Thi Bryson of Tucson, Ariz., passed away on July 5, 2015, surrounded by family. Born in Vietnam in 1935, Hoa left in 1975 and married the love of her life, Charles Bryson, who precedes her in death. She lived in Sierra Vista until 2001, then moved to Tucson to be closer to family, especially her two grandsons whom she adored more than anything else in the world. She was an excellent cook, a dog lover, enjoyed gardening and...
Jul 6 2015 - 7:52pm
Here’s an idea to encourage economic development on the city’s west end. Lower the speed limit, reduce traffic to one lane and pick a few locations for angle parking. We’ve talked before about the need to help store owners up and down Fry Boulevard capture more customers by reducing the speed limit on Fry. Employing this idea to the east of Seventh Street, in the area known at Sierra Vista’s west end, would offer...
Jul 6 2015 - 6:52pm
By Kristi O’Brien Tucson Speedway News TUCSON — The American flag in all its glory graced Tucson Speedway Saturday in an overwhelming display of patriotism. Following a heartfelt rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” by Miss Cochise County Saige Larry, six divisions prepared their rides for an action-packed night of racing.   Super Late Models The Super Late Models...
Jul 6 2015 - 6:32pm
We are so lucky. For the first time ever we have four outstanding veterinarians in our area. Dr. Geiger, who was once a partner at Coronado Veterinary Hospital and was loved by all, now provides a mobile veterinary service to this area. Dr. Jones, who was a favorite of Border Animal Rescue and of each volunteers’ own animals when she was at Apache Animal Hospital, also has a mobile service and is practicing holistic animal care....
Jul 6 2015 - 6:32pm
You’ve probably heard it said that humans are the only animals that can laugh. I say humans are the only animals that won’t drink out of a toilet — unless they’re pledging for a frat. I used to be pretty sure that humans were also the only animals that eat kale, until I saw an advertisement for kale treats for dogs. The ad brags that they are “grain- and wheat-free.” If only they were kale-free, too, they...
Jul 6 2015 - 6:32pm
In “Frustrated with the media” (Sierra Vista Herald, June 29) Dennis Krahn, community development specialist for El Dorado Holdings states that recent articles critical of the proposed “Villages at Vigneto” development west of Benson suffer from “an absence of facts” and a negative opinion-based agenda. He counters by citing from a 612-page 2011 Arizona Department of Water Resources report indicating that Arizona has sufficient water resources...
Jul 6 2015 - 6:12pm
July 6 The Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt guild will host its regular monthly night meeting on Monday  July 6, at 6 p.m. Terry Gallegos and Evelyn George will conduct a program on the history and fundraising activities of “Quilt For a Cause,” a Tucson-based group focusing on cancer research, and present a trunk show of multiple samples of their patterns. Read more about  QFaC at http://quiltforacause.org. The HSQG meets at the...
Jul 6 2015 - 5:32pm
Rosalie Webster, 89, of Sierra Vista passed away, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The Celebration of Life Service will be Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sierra Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 N. Lenzner Ave., Sierra Vista with Intern Pastor Jennifer Shaw officiating. Interment will be at 1 p.m. at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista....
Jul 6 2015 - 5:32pm
Some conservatives have seen efforts to remove the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, and also from other public places around the South, as the beginning of a slippery slope in which roads and landmarks named after Confederate figures are changed, monuments are removed, and a significant part of American history is obscured from view. “The Left’s 21st century agenda: expunging every...
Jul 6 2015 - 5:32pm
Recently working with a client, we were discussing how we “show up.” We have learned and studied so much about good communication skills and body language that many of us have mastered the art of “listening” with our bodies. Bodies leaning in, head nodding, eyes fixed on the other person, yet all the while our minds are anywhere but that conversation. Our thoughts are fixed on what we are going to say next, not listening to the words coming out...
Jul 6 2015 - 5:12pm
By Murphy Woodhouse Nogales International cross-border sewer line that carries more than 10 million gallons of raw sewage from Mexico and the United States every day was ruptured under Morley Avenue during a possible drug-smuggling attempt Sunday. “We haven’t found the drugs yet, but the sewer line is totally blocked,” Deputy City Manager John Kissinger said at the scene Monday morning. Kissinger said it...
Jul 6 2015 - 5:12pm
Taking on an older parent’s health and well-being? You’ll often find complex issues that need your help. Not just medical. Internet shopping scams. Magazine subscription rip-offs. Mysterious charges on banks accounts which your parent can’t explain. Medication issues. Standards of professional medical care. They all land on you and you need to stop them or fix them. Thank-you, Internet, for the many ways you...
Jul 6 2015 - 4:52pm
PHOENIX — The state has lost the first skirmish in its new battle to stop the Tohono O’odham Nation from opening its casino in Glendale. U.S. District Court Judge Steven Logan rejected a plea by the Attorney General’s Office that he continue to handle the lawsuit filed against the governor and others by the tribe. Instead, Logan sent the case to Judge David Campbell. Logan made the move at the behest of the tribe...
Jul 6 2015 - 4:52pm
Our best self is a well-rested self.  It seems there are two categories of sleepers, those who are cavalier about their sleep and boasting how little they need, and those who can never seem to get enough. Functioning well and being productive doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem.  The experts all say that “getting by” is not the same as optimum health, and being “fine” on five hours of sleep is hardly our best self. It’s...
Jul 6 2015 - 4:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — Regardless of a person’s circumstances, experiencing highs and lows throughout life are inevitable. However, for stage four melanoma cancer survivor Derrick Watt, the bad can seem like it exceedingly outweighs the good. “The not so funny thing about fighting cancer is one minute you feel like you have conquered the world, and the next you feel like you have hit rock bottom,” Watt said. The Sierra...
Jul 6 2015 - 4:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — The two suspects in a cross-country kidnapping which ended in Nogales last month have been apprehended by federal law enforcement officials. Felicia Holbrook, 24, and Daniel Woods, 36, allegedly stole a man’s car at knife point as he pulled into his home in Ross County, Ohio on June 16. The two then bound his hands and feet before securing him in the back seat of the vehicle, driving through several states until they...
Jul 6 2015 - 4:32pm
BISBEE — Bisbee city leaders, in particular city manager Jestin Johnson, want to help Bisbee residents learn how their city works. To do that, the city is offering a free 8-week class, Bisbee 101: Citizen’s Government Academy, to be held on consecutive Thursday nights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning August 6. “This is our very first year offering this,” explained Johnson. “It’s something we had in my last community, in McDonough...
Jul 6 2015 - 4:12pm
PHOENIX — Organizers of a recall against state schools chief Diane Douglas are going to cool their jets for awhile — at least until it gets a bit cooler outside. The group hoping to oust Douglas has been planning for it since before she took office in January. But the Arizona Constitution gives statewide officials six months in office before a recall can start. That period ended this weekend. But Anthony Espinoza who chairs...
Jul 6 2015 - 4:12pm
PHOENIX — Unconvinced the texts already have dissolved into the ether, an attorney for a watchdog group is telling Verizon Wireless it should hang on to any messages it has to and from a state utility regulator. Dan Barr said Monday he is sending a letter to the company informing them he is investigating the content of messages sent and received by Bob Stump ahead of the 2014 Republican primary. Barr wants to know whether Stump, then...
Jul 6 2015 - 4:12pm
SIERRA VISTA — Cochise County’s string of promotions from within continue as two experienced employees were recently tapped to fill top management positions. Ed Gilligan has helmed the adult probation department as the county’s chief adult probation officer for nearly two years and also officially took over management of juvenile court services in January. Prior to coming to Cochise County, Gilligan worked for 14 years at the Pima...
Jul 5 2015 - 8:42pm
Cochise County is stressed. Businesses are closing, jobs are being lost, families in need of services and the tax base dwindling. What to do? One solution is for our newspapers to support The Villages at Vigneto. The City of Benson needs help, needs jobs for its unemployed citizens, as does Cochise County. Positive economic impact could be experienced by the beginning of construction at the Villages at Vigneto. Positive...
Jul 5 2015 - 8:22pm
If there were any doubt that politics has more elbows than a professional basketball game, then the recent fallout from the Supreme Court redistricting decision should eliminate that uncertainty. The Arizona Capitol Times reports House Speaker David Gowan has aspirations for Congress. In an interview with Senior Herald/Review Reporter Bill Hess earlier this year, Gowan said his plans were “uncertain.” The Speaker will reach his term...
Jul 5 2015 - 8:22pm
The Fourth of July celebration reminds us that the American flag is a symbol of enduring regard and respect for our country. But, what about that other flag in the news lately, the “stars and bars,” which is both loved and hated. I have no strong feelings one way or the other for that Confederate flag; however, I learned recently through genealogical research that two of my ancestors fought for the south in the Civil War. Why would...
Jul 5 2015 - 6:42pm
By Jonathan Clark Nogales International Jazziel Alberto Villegas told Judge Thomas Fink that he was “peer pressured” and “not in my five senses” the night he and Adam Scott Lizarraga barged into a local home and terrorized its three occupants — including a senior citizen couple — at gunpoint. “I’m a good person. It’s just that night I was not thinking straight,” Villegas told the judge during a June 22 sentencing hearing at...
Jul 5 2015 - 6:32pm
EDITOR’S NOTE: On Your Mind allows people to voice their opinions anonymously. Read the entries with the idea that sometimes it is the same person making multiple comments; that opinions of callers may or may not be based on facts. In some cases, entries are edited which is usually shown by the use of an ellipsis. Comments are limited to 100 words. Some comments submitted are not published for a variety of reasons. The printing of...
Jul 5 2015 - 6:32pm
By JB Miller The Bulletin The Patagonia and Sonoita communities are mourning the death of Michael Martin, 21, who was killed in an early morning crash on Sunday. According to local law enforcement and first responders, Martin died at the scene of a single-vehicle rollover at Milepost 30.8 on State Route 82 near Sonoita. The rollover was first reported at approximately 4:30 a.m. The Arizona Department of Public...
Jul 5 2015 - 5:42pm
Join the Friends of the Huachuca Mountains on Sunday, July 12, at the Carr House Visitor Information Center for a program presented by Friends of the Huachuca Mountains Board Member and environmental educator Jane Chambers. The program will start at 1:30 p.m. We’ve all done it … gone for a hike in our beautiful mountains or for a walk along the San Pedro River, spotted a unique plant, insect, or animal, and thought, “Oh, I’ll remember...
Jul 5 2015 - 5:42pm
July 6 The Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt guild will host its regular monthly night meeting on Monday  July 6, at 6 p.m. Terry Gallegos and Evelyn George will conduct a program on the history and fundraising activities of “Quilt For a Cause,” a Tucson-based group focusing on cancer research, and present a trunk show of multiple samples of their patterns. Read more about  QFaC at http://quiltforacause.org. The HSQG meets at the...
Jul 5 2015 - 5:12pm
If you had told me a while back that I’d someday dread, dodge and elect not to return phone calls from a prominent member of the Kennedy dynasty, I would have said you were nuts. Then Robert Kennedy Jr. started reaching out. Not just reaching out, mind you, but volunteering to educate me. Toilluminate me. That was his tone of voice, somewhat pitying and vaguely patronizing, the one time we talked at length, after he’d left...
Jul 5 2015 - 4:52pm
Dear M & M: Is my personal credit history a part of a lender’s decision on getting a loan for my business? — Angel Dear Angel: Because it is assumed you run the business generally your personal credit history and your business credit history are linked. Most lenders use the seven Cs when qualifying a candidate for a loan. The most often looked at C is Character. This most always refers to the person who is...
Jul 5 2015 - 4:52pm
According to figures from Arizona’s Office of Employment and Population Statistics, adjusted for seasonality by Cochise College’s Center for Economic Research, Cochise County’s unemployment rate fell from 7.4 to 6.9 percent in May, down from 8.6 percent in May last year and its lowest level since November 2008.   The drop in Cochise County’s unemployment rate has been due mostly to population losses and associated declines in the...
Jul 5 2015 - 4:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — To fill the recently emptied position of Community Development director, the city of Sierra Vista has selected a Floridian with nearly 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Born and raised outside Detroit, Matt McLachlan cut his teeth in community planning and development working for a multi-discipline engineering firm in his home state of Michigan. “I was working with small cities and...
Jul 5 2015 - 4:32pm
BISBEE — Bisbee city leaders have organized a Town Hall meeting for the public to come and voice concerns about the shooting of Carlos Ramirez. Ramirez was shot and killed by Bisbee Police Officer Sgt. Robert Coronado after Ramirez is said to have confronted Coronado with a knife. Ramirez was later determined to have had alcohol and methamphetamine in his system, according to the autopsy by the Pima County Medical Examiner’s...
Jul 5 2015 - 4:32pm
Downsizing for Happiness Explored at Lifetree Café How to have a happier life by getting rid of stuff will be discussed on Thursday, July 9, at Lifetree Café, 901 N. Colombo Ave. in Sierra Vista. The Lifetree event, titled “Upsizing Life by Downsizing Stuff: Living Large in an 84-sq-ft House,” features a filmed interview with Dee Williams, author of the best-selling book The Big Tiny. “I live in a...
Jul 5 2015 - 4:12pm
In the days before email, Internet and Facebook, stepping into a candy store was an exciting experience for kids of any age. Everyone has their “favorites,” that special treat that makes the experience of being in the candy store delicious and fun. At the newly-opened Candy World, Alicia Wilson and Mike Huff are capturing that experience with a nostalgic touch that offers “… a little something for everyone.”...
Jul 4 2015 - 9:32pm
BISBEE — Contestant number two, David Flores, hammered steel into stone under the hot Arizona sun, sweating and sending chips flying to the tune of “We Will Rock You” blasting out over Brewery Gulch. In true mining spirit, just like they have for 107 years, Bisbee has hosted its annual Mucking and Drilling contest on the Fourth of July. Men and children alike test their strength and speed in true Iron man fashion — ...
Jul 4 2015 - 9:12pm
By Chris Fisk For the Herald/Review The rolling thunder of early morning was a change from the traditional afternoon rain of the Fourth of July, but tradition carried the day, as it should on our nation’s birthday. “Sierra Vista is the best place to be for the 4th of July,” said Lynne Doyle of Tucson who has been coming here for over 25 years. Organizers of the annual Pet Parade wondered if they...
Jul 4 2015 - 8:52pm
By Chris Fisk For the Herald/Review The rolling thunder of early morning was a change from the traditional afternoon rain of the Fourth of July, but tradition carried the day, as it should on our nation’s birthday. “Sierra Vista is the best place to be for the 4th of July,” said Lynne Doyle of Tucson who has been coming here for over 25 years. Organizers of the annual Pet Parade wondered if they would have...
Jul 4 2015 - 8:52pm
Especially when a tax increase is involved, it’s important that the Sierra Vista City Council stand unanimous in its approval of a tentative budget, prior to the public hearing. Thursday night, they did not. Council member Craig Mount explained his reasons for voting against the budget, which includes funds for capital improvements, pay increases and for pension payments. It also includes a sales tax increase from 1.75...
Jul 4 2015 - 5:32pm
Staff pictures from: The Pet Promenade at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Sierra Vista. The annual “Unorganized Fourth of July Parade” in Palominas. The Fourth of July Parade in Bisbee.
Jul 4 2015 - 5:12pm
Submitted by  Joan Rausch Publicity Chairperson, TOPS The annual Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) State Recognition Days convention was held May 28, 29 and 30 at the Mesa Marriott Hotel in Mesa, Arizona. Attending from TOPS AZ 0215 Sierra Vista were: Area Captain and Chapter Leader Becky Todd; Co-Leader Parla Manning; Treasurer Vivian Cobb and members David Todd, Joyce Grantham, Martin McKinley, George McKinley, Bea...
Jul 4 2015 - 5:12pm
HUACHUCA CITY — Seven-year-old Cruz Thacker stole the show Saturday as he danced to the sounds of RockUs at the Fourth of July festivities in Huachuca City.  The youngster loved the band’s classic rock selection, particularly Mustang Sally. While Thacker entertained the crowd with his dance moves, the jumping castle was a main attraction for other children where they could be seen bouncing the afternoon away. “We come to...
Jul 4 2015 - 5:12pm
With the general election a little over a year away, it would do us credit as a nation to remember those civil rights and privileges formulated under Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society — rights and privileges for which our grandfathers and grandmothers fought and died and which are still under attack today by Corporate America. Everyone remembers Selma, Alabama, but how many of us remember the...
Jul 4 2015 - 5:12pm
Jul 4 2015 - 4:52pm
We may not realize just how lucky we are here in Sierra Vista when it comes to our Fourth of July fireworks. The Rotary orchestrates the entire show with well-trained volunteers, so all of the funds for the event go into the actual fireworks. This year’s display was well over an hour with an impressive 1,500 aerial shells and more than 4,000 ground display effects fired. Pat Call, head pyro technician, has been overseeing the whole...
Jul 4 2015 - 4:32pm
After the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, some conservatives compared the issue to abortion. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council told Fox: “This is not going to go away. Just as Roe v. Wade did not solve the abortion issue, this is not going to solve the issue of what marriage is.” Perkins is right in saying that Roe did not end the abortion debate. It remains a deeply contentious subject, and in the first...
Jul 4 2015 - 4:32pm
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sallie Diebolt, Chief, Arizona Branch Regulatory Division - Los Angeles District US Army Corps of Engineers 3636 N Central Ave, Suite 900 Phoenix, AZ 85012-1939 sallie.diebolt@usace.army.mil   Dear Ms. Diebolt: I am writing in support of the new development, Villages at Vigneto in Benson, Arizona. It is time someone hears the local general...
Jul 4 2015 - 4:12pm
July 5 Faith Presbyterian Church will celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 5, with a hymn sing featuring America’s national hymns. During the singing, the stories behind these hymns will be told, and their significance in American history will be described. Faith is located at 2053 Choctaw Drive, and worship begins at 10:30 a.m.  Everyone is invited to this meaningful celebration of our musical heritage, and of the freedom to...
Jul 4 2015 - 3:22pm
A new feature offers a traditional format for readers who enjoy political debate. The first iteration of this column offered each author — Bill Goldcamp and Dennis Hickman — an opportunity for a topic of their choice. Future columns will provide debate on specific topics. We invite readers to submit those topics. Point-Counterpoint will appear every other Sunday on the Opinion pages. To submit a topic,...
Jul 4 2015 - 3:22pm
American Power The intellectual classes in this country are ambivalent about American power. They want to be able to use it if they think we need to protect ourselves. But they have a nagging belief that we’re an imperialist force in the world that must be opposed. Those on the far left have always had a secret hatred for the U.S. because of its internal imperfections, i.e. slavery, and the perceived sins we’ve committed overseas...
Jul 4 2015 - 3:22pm
Why the POGs want to kill us all The Party of Greed and Stupidity, which I call the POGs and some call the GOP, is out to kill us all. They don’t want to pay for repairing bridges or for roads in general. While it is true that they can hide away from crime, to some extent, in their gated communities, they and we all have to ride the same trains and cross the same bridges. Doesn’t it worry POG leaders that their family members could be...
Jul 4 2015 - 3:02pm
It will be an historic event when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flies past tiny Pluto on July 14. It will be our first close look at the object that has become iconic in popular culture. From a backyard telescope, Pluto is never more than a star-like point of light. Not even the world’s largest telescopes can discern any detail; it is just a blurry dot even to the Hubble Space Telescope. So the images that will be returned to Earth in...
Jul 4 2015 - 3:02pm
BISBEE — The Bisbee Coaster Races, an annual Fourth of July tradition, were cancelled early Saturday morning due to rain. A steady rain fell overnight Friday night in Bisbee, coupled with thunder and lightning, which continued into early Saturday morning. Six a.m. Saturday morning found Tombstone Canyon, where the races were to take place, slick with rain as a steady drizzle continued to fall. By 7 a.m. posts on Facebook in Bisbee...
Jul 4 2015 - 3:02pm
BISBEE — After being closed for more than a month, leaving past clients wondering what had happened, Cochise Animal Hospital has reopened under new ownership. Dr. Paula Tyler, who previously owned Benson Animal Hospital for 15 years until she sold it to an associate in 2012, bought the business from Dr. Charles Behney, who has owned the practice for many years. Dr. Behney had been leasing out the practice but when that...
Jul 4 2015 - 2:42pm
James “Jimmie” Kidd, of Sierra Vista, Ariz. passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. A memorial service will be held at Hatfield Funeral Home on Friday, July 10, 2015, at 11 a.m. More information will be in an upcoming edition.
Jul 4 2015 - 2:42pm
Ed (Lt. Col. U.S. Army Retired) went to meet his Lord and Savior June 27, 2015, after a short battle with cancer. Ed was born July 30, 1928, in Merchantville, N.J., to Edwin and Dorothy Nelson Reed. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Patricia, his son Michael Reed and his grandson, Michael Shin Reed. Ed came to West Point from the U.S. Air Force via the USMAPS at Newburgh AFB, N.Y. He had enlisted in the U.S. Army Air...
Jul 4 2015 - 2:42pm
Charles ‘Chuck’ Schrader, 88, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Graveside services will be on Saturday July 25, 2015, at 10 a.m. at  Black Oaks Cemetery in Canelo, Ariz. Further information will be in a later edition. Arrangements are by Hatfield Funeral Home with online condolences at hatfieldfh.com
Jul 4 2015 - 2:42pm
The Sierra Vista Unified School District (SVUSD) School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) recently hosted a meet and greet to introduce its members and partners to area community leaders, including members of the Sierra Vista City Council, SVUSD Governing Board members, Fort Huachuca Raymond W. Bliss Command, Fort Huachuca leadership, and area school superintendents. The creation of the SHAC is a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010...
Jul 4 2015 - 1:12pm
The good people of Astoria, Oregon, a seacoast town, are having a problem with unwelcome visitors. About 500 of them, to be more precise. These highly aggressive visitors are damaging the docks, interfering with boaters, and eating all the salmon. I’m referring to, of course, California tourists. No! I mean California sea lions. Since the primary industry in Astoria is fishing, the city leaders decided they needed to take action to...
Jul 4 2015 - 12:52pm
There is a tale told of a sixth-grade teacher proving a point with his students. He placed an empty fish tank on his desk and filled it with large rocks. He asked the students if it was full, and they replied that it was. He then filled in around the big rocks with pebbles, asking again if it was full. The students agreed that it was now full. He then picked up a bag of sand and filled it yet more, by taking up all the tiny crevices...
Jul 3 2015 - 9:32pm
I believe the Founding Fathers were most diligent in protecting states’ rights, limiting the federal government’s power and preventing the rise of a tyrant. Today, I address my fourth point in my previous article “If I ran for the Senate.” Fifth Point: Abolish the 17th Amendment, which changed the election of senators by state legislators to a popular vote. Prior to 1914, senators were appointed by their state legislators and...
Jul 3 2015 - 9:12pm
By Chris Fisk For the Herald/Review The official holiday weekend festivities kicked off with an overload of cute, a lot of talent, and a dance party. The annual Third of July Talent Show ushered in a weekend full of activities to celebrate the nation’s birthday. In and around Centennial Pavilion there were sequins, tap shoes, flutes and almost too much cuteness. The annual show has been going on so long, nobody can remember...
Jul 3 2015 - 8:32pm
July 5 Faith Presbyterian Church will celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 5, with a hymn sing featuring America’s national hymns. During the singing, the stories behind these hymns will be told, and their significance in American history will be described. Faith is located at 2053 Choctaw Drive, and worship begins at 10:30 a.m.  Everyone is invited to this meaningful celebration of our musical heritage, and of the freedom to...
Jul 3 2015 - 8:32pm
The number of surgeries and other inpatient procedures done on base by military physicians trails the inpatient workloads of private sector peers by wide margins, according to data comparisons run in support of a Defense Department study on modernizing the military health system. The inpatient workload at many bases is a readiness concern, which the surgeons general of Army, Navy and Air Force are trying to address with a variety of...
Jul 3 2015 - 5:12pm
In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, the words of President J.F. Kennedy offer lasting relevance to the principles of America. These are contextual remarks reprinted from Kennedy’s speech in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July, 1962.   Because our system is designed to encourage both differences and dissent, because its checks and balances are designed to preserve the rights of the individual and the locality against...
Jul 3 2015 - 3:42pm
By NICK WICKSMAN Cronkite News WASHINGTON — Just one day after it said the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission was legal, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will hear a challenge to the commission’s Statehouse district plans. The court agreed to hear a case brought by more than a dozen Arizona voters who accused the commission in 2012 of improperly drawing legislative district boundaries to favor ...
Jul 3 2015 - 3:42pm
Wow, Supreme Court — what a week. “The Supreme Court just upheld Obamacare yet again,” said Jeb Bush in a fund-raising shout-out. “This is the direct result of President Obama. He deliberately forced Obamacare on the American people in a partisan and toxic way.” Whoever actually wrote Bush’s email did a brilliant job since it, a) manages to blame Barack Obama for a Supreme Court dominated by Republican appointees, and b) does...
Jul 3 2015 - 3:02pm
Whatever happened graham crackers and milk and Chef Boyardee dinners? After spending time with my youngest grandkids I realize they may have missed out on some of the basics I grew up enjoying. We had strawberries in season, watermelon and corn in July. Our salads were lettuce and tomato (not spinach, kale, arugula, romaine and as my neighbor says a “bowl of grass cuttings.” There are so many choices for salad dressings and I rarely...
Jul 3 2015 - 3:02pm
Whether you’ve both worked outside the home, or one of you worked at home, sooner or later someone is going to retire. You may then be faced with what psychologists call “emotional and psychological adjustment” time, or what I refer to as “are you still here?” moments. Apparently a little planning ahead helps—but we will all probably have to deal with it because we’re living longer and are still talkative while we do it. There are...
Jul 3 2015 - 2:42pm
Four presenters, including a survivor, will highlight an Oct. 16 conference in Sierra Vista on human trafficking. Sponsored by a coalition of local nonprofit civic groups, the conference features survivor and author Savannah Sanders. She now works as a victim’s advocate helping others recover as a source of inspiration and education. Other speakers include U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, Sister Susan Kolb of We Are One Family, and...
Jul 3 2015 - 1:12pm
Marcus Hartson is considered an expert in grilling and smoking. He comes from a long line of barbecue masters who previously operated a chain of restaurants in California. Previous Fourths of July he has done demonstrations at the festivities on behalf of Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative. When asked about the most common grilling mistake, he has a quick response: too hot. “Cooking too high, especially with charcoal...
Jul 3 2015 - 12:52pm
BISBEE — While most folks gather with their family and friends to celebrate the Fourth today, every single one of Bisbee’s police officers and many of the firefighters will be working to keep residents safe. “All our officers are on duty today,” said Sgt. Robert Coronado. “It is a mandatory work day for us because it so busy. We start at 6 a.m. and go until 3 or 4 a.m. We go from the coaster races to the parade to the mucking and...
Jul 3 2015 - 12:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — For seven years, visitors to the Canyon Vista Medical Center Wellness Depot in the mall have been greeted by the eager smile of Dee Winter. Since she was hired on as the community benefits coordinator for the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center eight years ago, Winter has been with the Wellness Depot since it first opened, and has her duties worked out with almost scientific precision. “I had, I calculated,...
Jul 2 2015 - 9:12pm
News that a 32-year old Benson man was killed by a lightning strike was a sobering reminder that there is danger mixed with the majestic beauty of the monsoon. The spectacular sunset Thursday colored ominous storm clouds an amazing hue of orange, blue, grey and white. It impressed even long time local residents who regularly witness Mother Nature’s evening show. Contrast that beauty with the fury of Tuesday’s storm — in some...
Jul 2 2015 - 8:32pm
July 3 Once again the San Pedro Kiwanis Club is hosting it’s annual thank you to Sierra Vista and surrounding communities on July 3 in Veterans’ Memorial Park with a street dance from 8 to 11 p.m., with music by “Train Wreck.” The event includes a youth talent show beginning at 6 p.m. The show has three age categories: (3-7), (8-12), and (13-18). There are a limited number of contestant spots available, so those interested need to contact...
Jul 2 2015 - 8:12pm
WASHINGTON — Of all the overwhelming news stories of the last week, there is one that has not quite made it across the Atlantic. Oh yes, President Obama suddenly was not the klutz the American right always made him out to be, but an overnight emerged visionary. Russia was close to invading Ukraine. ISIS may well be closing in on Damascus! But there is a story that may well turn out to be, as history spins its inexorable webs...
Jul 2 2015 - 7:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — At its special meeting Thursday afternoon, the Sierra Vista City Council voted 6-1 to adopt a tentative budget, setting the city’s spending limit at just over $70 million for the upcoming fiscal year, without changes to a proposed sales tax increase or the $800,000 in additions made over three consecutive budget sessions last month. Several Hereford residents appealed to the council to follow through with a pending...
Jul 2 2015 - 6:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — If you’re looking for something patriotic to partake in this weekend, American Border Patrol will be hosting its 8th annual Flags Along the Border celebration on July 3 from noon to 7 p.m. and July 4 from 2 to 8 p.m. Held at the American Border Patrol’s Ranch, Friday’s event centers around placing 50,000 flags from the non-profit organization’s supporters onto big letters that spell ‘America,’ to later...
Jul 2 2015 - 6:02pm
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally has recently reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, R. Gil Kerlikowske, during a request that advancement be made with the new Douglas Commercial Port of Entry Project. According to City of Douglas Mayor Danny Ortega, McSally visited Douglas in May as part of a retreat with her staff. “The Douglas Port of Entry is one of her top three priorities,” said Ortega. “She wanted her...
Jul 2 2015 - 6:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — U.S. Rep. Martha McSally praised the collaborative efforts of several local agencies and organizations for their work to aid area at-risk youth following a tour of Mary’s Mission and Development Center on Thursday. The congresswoman was invited to visit the facility and meet with local law enforcement, child advocacy agencies and elected officials by Mary’s Mission CEO, retired Army Maj. William Lacey Jr. “It’s...
Jul 2 2015 - 6:02pm
BISBEE — While most people will be celebrating the county’s independence tomorrow, Jim and Amanda Gibson, owners of Beast Brewing Company in Bisbee will be celebrating something else as well — the passage of SB1030, otherwise known as the Arizona Beer Bill (www.arizonabeerbill.com) which allows small craft breweries like theirs to tap brews from other small brewers. How can that be a good thing, you ask? A brewery selling...
Jul 2 2015 - 5:42pm
When polled, most people will say they don’t know any “nontheists” or humanists.  This may be, because the stigma associated with non-belief often keeps people from sharing their views. It’s quite possible that your friendly neighbor or co-worker is keeping a low profile on being an agnostic for fear of being judged for their secular views, or worse, being labeled an atheist. “Atheist has been an insult for a long time,” said...
Jul 2 2015 - 5:42pm
BENSON — The monsoon took a deadly turn early Tuesday after a Benson man was struck and killed by lightning. Benson Police on Thursday confirmed the death and identified the victim as Alvaro Montoya, 32, whose burned body was discovered off El Paso Lane at about 1:18 p.m. on Tuesday, said BPD Chief Paul Moncada. Authorities believe the incident occurred in the early morning hours of June 30 between 3 and 4 a.m. Report of the...
Jul 2 2015 - 5:32pm
Kay Arlene Davis, 72, of Huachuca City, passed away peacefully in her home on July 1, 2015, with her loved ones by her side. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.hatfieldfh.com.
Jul 2 2015 - 5:22pm
BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — A Cochise County woman is accused of hitting her developmentally disabled 9-year-old son with a baseball bat. The Sheriff’s Office said 34-year-old Nakia Brice of Whetstone was ordered held on $200,000 bond during an initial court appearance Thursday. Brice was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and child abuse. The office said the arrest stemmed from the boy’s...
Jul 1 2015 - 9:02pm
Aztecs Baseball has been Sierra Vista’s travel baseball organization since 2013. The organization is comprised of four baseball teams determined by age, 18 and under (18u), 13 and under (13u), 12 and under (12u), and a 10 an under team (10u). All the teams, except for 10u, practice and play year round. The teams all play in the Kino League in Tucson, where the majority of their games are played at the Kino Sports Complex. They compete against...
Jul 1 2015 - 8:42pm
The contradiction of political rhetoric that emphasizes smaller government with the advent of 324 new state laws added to the books on July 1, never ceases to amaze in its apparent hypocrisy. When it’s campaign season the candidate who espouses less government and less regulation of private business is almost certainly the winner on election day in Cochise County. Our voting history shows a dedicated support for state politicians who...
Jul 1 2015 - 6:42pm
Leticia Gute was in her front yard Friday morning, watering a white oleander bush and potted plants with care at her home on Hereford Drive, just west of downtown Nogales. For roughly 50 years Gute and her late husband Johann Gute, who died in early 2011, lived in the charming home and raised their four children not much more than a stone’s throw from Mexico. From her back porch, she has sweeping views of Nogales, Sonora neighborhoods...
Jul 1 2015 - 6:32pm
It’s the last game of the World Series. The top of the ninth inning. The home team is ahead by one run, but the visiting team has the bases loaded and there are two outs. There is a full 3-2 count on the batter and the next pitch could decide the game. The visiting team feels the home plate umpire has been intentionally favoring the home team with his calls. The home team pitcher winds up for the all important pitch and fires toward...
Jul 1 2015 - 6:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — Two of the Sierra Vista area’s most prominent musical entities will be joining forces for a special Fourth of July performance this Saturday when the Fort Huachuca Military Intelligence Corps Band and members of the Sierra Vista Community Band share the stage during the fireworks at the end of the day. “The combined band is going to be playing throughout the fireworks display, whereas in the past it kind of built...
Jul 1 2015 - 6:12pm
Diane Marie Hrach, a long time resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away on June 30, 2015, at the age of 68. She has been called to Heaven to be with her parents, her sister, Alice, and her son, Michael. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and inspirational teacher for many years. She is survived by her husband David Hrach of 48 years, her three daughters, April, Michele and Sarah, their husbands, Dusty,...
Jul 1 2015 - 6:12pm
PHOENIX — Attorney General Mark Brnovich is making a new attempt to prevent “dreamers” from getting the same lower resident tuition rates as other Arizonans. Brnovich on Wednesday filed a notice of appeal of the May 5 decision by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Arthur Anderson that those accepted into the Obama administration’s Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals makes them “lawfully present...
Jul 1 2015 - 6:12pm
PHOENIX — Come Friday, you’ll be able to escape speeding tickets twice as often, sell junk food to raise money for school programs, and be able to hide your big lottery win from friends and families, at least for awhile. And you will no longer need a special motorcycle license to pilot a three-wheeled car — assuming you can find one to drive. All those changes to state law enacted this past session by the Legislature...
Jul 1 2015 - 5:52pm
PHOENIX — State Health Director Cara Christ wants a federal judge to throw out a challenge to a controversial new abortion law because no doctor has yet been disciplined for breaking it. In legal filings in federal court, attorney Douglas Drury who represents Christ tells Judge Steven Logan that he should dismiss the lawsuit filed on behalf of abortion providers and doctors because the case is not “ripe” for ...
Jul 1 2015 - 5:52pm
July 2 Bill Hartmann will speak on The Coronado Expedition: Arizona and Sonora in 1540 when he presents at the Bisbee Corral of the Westerners on Thursday, July 2, at 7 p.m. at the Bisbee Senior Center.  Hartman will be drawing from his new book from the University of Arizona Press, “Searching for Golden Empires.” The talk will emphasize new research on the Coronado expedition in 1540, its motivation, its route through Sonora,...
Jul 1 2015 - 5:32pm
What: Water Harvesting Talk and Tour When: Saturday, July 11, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Where:  Sierra Vista area. Pre-registration required. Contact Water Wise at valeriedavidson@email.arizona.edu, or 458-8278 Extension 2141. A $5 bus ride donation is suggested.   The monsoon has arrived. Are you ready to collect nature’s free bounty? If not, now is the time to put a bucket under the gutter, direct...
Jul 1 2015 - 5:32pm
FORT HUACHUCA — After two years at the helm of the U. S. Army Electronic Proving Ground, Col. Raymond Compton credited the organization’s personnel for the many achievements it has accomplished under his tenure as it came to an end with a change of command ceremony Wednesday morning. Compton handed over command to Col. Donald “Brent” Wilhide, who has served for 26 years and recently earned a master of science in national security and...
Jul 1 2015 - 5:32pm
Fugitives from the law. Desperate. Defiant. Hiding out in plain sight. Won’t go down without a fight. We thought the two New York prison fugitives were a tough case. Now come the fugitives from the historic U.S. Supreme Court pronunciations on marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act. Where to flee? Canada has national health coverage and same-sex marriage. Mexico has – Mexicans. Become boat people? Set sail to...
Jul 1 2015 - 4:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — Tuesday’s storm dropped marble-sized hailstones and more than an inch of rain on many parts of Sierra Vista, flooding streets and contributing to a rollover injury accident near the airport. It was just after 7 p.m. when Sierra Vista police received a report of a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 90 near Airport Road. “It probably was weather-related. It was at that time when the rain and hail storm was coming...
Jul 1 2015 - 4:32pm
FORT HUACHUCA — Fort employees, family members and the public are invited to enjoy a celebratory lunch at the Thunderbird Dining Facility on the post. The Independence Day meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., July 2. Cost of the meal for civilians is $5.55. The menu includes all-American favorites like burgers, hotdogs, BBQ chicken, grilled corn on the cob, pies and assorted desserts.
Jul 1 2015 - 4:12pm
SIERRA VISTA — The public is invited to learn about the mixed legacy of former U.S. President Richard Nixon during this month’s installment of Tuesday Talks at the Library on July 7 at 1 p.m. in the Sierra Vista Public Library’s meeting room. These free talks are held on the first Tuesday of every month through October. In August, the talk will focus on Sitting Bull, Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Tuesday’s talk...
Jul 1 2015 - 2:42pm
SIERRA VISTA — Sierra Vista’s animal control supervisor is hoping that this year’s Fourth of July won’t be a busy one by asking dog owners to secure their pets ahead of any fireworks celebrations. The loud noises and bright colors are fun for friends and families, but not so much for man’s best friend, said Arleen Garcia. “They have very sensitive hearing, what seems OK or normal to us will be extremely loud for a dog...
Jul 1 2015 - 2:32pm
BISBEE — The summer vacation season is in full swing but organizers of the Bisbee Backpack event are busy trying to make sure area children are ready for the new school year. Adrianna Romero, a Community Connections Specialist with Cenpatico, which organizes the event, said the group hopes to supply a record number of backpacks full of school supplies this year to Bisbee and Naco students. In its third year, the program...
Jul 1 2015 - 1:52pm
Between the parade and fireworks and time with family and friends, take a minute to remember why July 4 is a holiday. Remembering why it exists might help us return to a time when we were closer as a people to what the Founding Fathers probably had in mind. More than 200 years ago, we were just a colony with little power to determine our own destiny. When the Continental Congress convened to write the Declaration of Independence, there...
Jul 1 2015 - 1:52pm
SIERRA VISTA — Registration is now open for the annual Women in Business Conference, set for Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus. The event is presented by the Cochise College Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vista Herald, and sponsored by American Southwest Credit Union. This year’s theme is “Telephone Skills and Customer ...
Jul 1 2015 - 1:52pm
The Cochise County Community College District is seeking interested citizens who live within the Precinct 2 and Precinct 4 voting districts to fill vacancies on its Governing Board of Trustees. Citizens should make their interest known, in writing, to: Superintendent of SchoolsAttn: Trudy BerryCochise County School Superintendent OfficeP.O. Box 208Bisbee, AZ 85603 The deadline for letters of interest from Precinct...

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