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May 2015

May 5 2015 - 10:12pm
SIERRA VISTA — Incumbent State Sen. Gail Griffin has confirmed she will seek re-election in 2016 to her fourth term representing District 14 in the State Legislature. Griffin, who served four terms as a state representative during the 1990s, said Tuesday there is “still a lot to accomplish” and the issue of federal intrusion in Arizona is too important to people in her district. “People need to be aware that there...
May 5 2015 - 9:32pm
Ben Carson declared his presidential candidacy in Detroit Monday. Not a minute too soon. The retired neurosurgeon and conservative star formed a presidential exploratory committee on March 3. Since then, he’s been traveling around the country in what might be called a non-strategic way — making paid speeches that he had longstanding commitments to give, appearing at events for his Carson Scholars Fund (which awards money to...
May 5 2015 - 9:12pm
By Chris Fisk For the Herald/Review SIERRA VISTA — Well over 500 people touched by cancer convened in Veteran’s Park Friday evening for the 20th annual Relay for Life, a fundraising event put on by the American Cancer Society and local sponsors. Everyone involved is either a survivor, a caregiver for those with cancer, or in some way connected with someone affected by the disease. Various tents, RVs and other...
May 5 2015 - 9:12pm
May 6 The Compassionate Friends will meet Wednesday, May 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2053 E. Choctaw Drive. The Compassionate Friends is a nonprofit, self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. For more information call Jennifer or Ed Shiver at (520) 458-1389, Judy Slarve at (520) 249-3110 or emailtcfsierravista@gmail.com. To learn more about The...
May 5 2015 - 8:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — The Buena Colt track and field team qualified 10 individuals and two relay teams for a total of 20 entries for the Division I State Track and Field Championships today and Saturday at Mesa Community College. Sprinters Mojave Nick, on the boys side, and Amber McCroskey on the girls, have the best shot at coming home state champions. First things first is qualifying in the top eight to make it to Saturday’s...
May 5 2015 - 8:32pm
For most residents in Cochise County, solid waste disposal is “out of sight and out of mind.” That is, once something gets put in the trash container, most people don’t think about what happens next. Even the monthly bill fails to raise any real awareness of all that’s involved in getting rid of what people discard. That may soon change, however, as county and city officials gather May 12 to figure out what to do about the...
May 5 2015 - 7:42pm
A statewide leadership summit, called by Governor Ducey will take place May 14 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Arthur Brooks, representing the American Enterprise Institute (think Koch Brothers) is a featured speaker. The Institute is one of about a dozen Koch groups that provide legislative bills for legislators, espousing the wishes of corporations who want an easier ride to the one percent. David and Charles Koch learned some...
May 5 2015 - 7:32pm
Appeasing a bully will only encourage him. We need to stand up to the bully, Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry urges congressional opponents of the emerging Iran nuclear deal to “hold their fire.” If they do, Iran will delay signing any deal until it is ready to fire at Israel. It is estimated that they are only 2-3 months from breakout. If the agreement lifts sanctions without unannounced inspections verifying...
May 5 2015 - 7:32pm
There was a recent comment in OYM where the reader asked why we can’t we place glass in the blue recycling bin so it could be sorted at the recycling center and sent to the landfill. The material sent to the recycling center is hand sorted and glass would present a very serious safety issue for those sorting. In addition, all material accepted at the center is actually shipped to other locations where it is recycled,...
May 5 2015 - 7:02pm
BENSON — Members of Benson’s business community have organized a Citizens Advisory Group to research and compile recommendations for the City of Benson regarding a proposed sales tax increase that will be going before City Council on May 11. The group’s members include Mark Fenn, Dan Barrera, David DiPeso, Jim Gray, Lupe Diaz, Kay Daggett, Teresa Bennett, Kim Lockhart and Mahlon MacKenzie. With a goal of finding other...
May 5 2015 - 6:52pm
Mary Lou left this earth to be with her Heavenly Father with a look of joy on her face. She loved her Lord, Jesus Christ, with all her heart, mind and soul, and was ready to go and be with Him after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Her faith, smile and positive attitude through it all was an inspiration to many. Mary Lou (nickname Toni) was born in New York to Theresa Forbes. She was adopted by Raymond and Mabel Coon....
May 5 2015 - 6:52pm
Jean Florence Miller, 78, of Sierra Vista, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, at the Canyon Vista Medical Center. She had been a resident of Arizona for 44 years.No formal services are planned at this time.Private family interment will be at a later date.Arrangements are by Hatfield Funeral Home with online condolences at hatfieldfh.com.
May 5 2015 - 6:52pm
Naeko Legaspi, 73, of Sierra Vista passed away at Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista on Friday, May 1. Naeko was born on June 15, 1940, in Okinawa, Japan. She was raised and educated there. In December 1971, she married the love of her life, Sgt. Robert F. Legaspi while he was stationed there with the U.S. Army. She was an amazing woman traveling as dutiful army wife from duty station to duty station. During all...
May 5 2015 - 6:32pm
Carlo Sanfilippo went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2015. He was born in San Diego, Calif., to Margaret and Anthony Sanfilippo. He had four children, Tony, Vicki, John and Mike. He has two sisters and two brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and his son Tony. Services will be at Village Meadows Baptist Church on May 11 at 10 a.m. Burial will be at 1 p.m. at Southern Arizona Veterans...
May 5 2015 - 6:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — Just over three weeks after a small fire forced west end mainstay Pyrimid Comics and Games to close its doors last month, its appropriately named successor, Ascension Comics and Games, has emerged. Fire investigators blamed a faulty wall socket for sparking the fire that charred the east wall of old the shop and filled the store with smoke on April 10, saturating the comics and other inventory. “Some of it was...
May 5 2015 - 6:22pm
As the St. David School Governing Board continues to ponder the proposed four-day school week, we have to wonder if the end result is going to be worth  it all. The item is on the school board’s May 12 meeting agenda. School administrators have already said they could find no direct correlation between the four-day week and increased academic achievement. That says it all.  Superintendent of Schools Mark...
May 5 2015 - 6:12pm
By Ellen Sussman Special to the Green Valley News It has been 10 years since the inaugural Honor Flight out of Springfield, Ohio, flew 12 World War II veterans on private planes to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial built in their honor. Since then, Honor Flight chapters have formed in more than 40 states, sending 100,000 veterans on the all-expenses paid trip. The waiting list of World War II veterans...
May 5 2015 - 5:52pm
Vietnam veteran Rick Alliman suffers from neuropathy in his legs, Type 2 diabetes, memory loss and post-traumatic stress disorder. Like many veterans with illnesses stemming from exposure to chemicals, the Tucson resident has had trouble getting timely medical care from the Veterans Affairs health care system. These veterans have found themselves in a hamster wheel of phone calls and an ever-growing pile of paperwork. To help...
May 5 2015 - 5:52pm
Two former Buena Colts will have the chance to make a National Football League team this season, their journeys down completely different avenues. Lawrence Gibson will take the more traditional route. The Virginia Tech Hokie and Buena graduate of 2009 never thought he was going to get drafted into the NFL last weekend despite delivering an exceptional combine performance as an anonymous invitee and having visited 30 pro teams ...
May 5 2015 - 5:42pm
FORT HUACHUCA — The Joint Interoperability Test Command will conduct a change of responsibility ceremony between Sgt. Maj. Lewis Brown, outgoing senior enlisted leader, and Sgt. Maj. Monekia Denkins, incoming senior enlisted leader, May 21 at 10 a.m. in the Greely Hall auditorium here. A retirement ceremony for Brown will immediately follow.   The public is invited to attend this event. For more information, please contact Maranda...
May 5 2015 - 5:42pm
Submitted by Al Chariton, Director of Public Relations The members of the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista were overwhelmed on Monday, May 4, by a speech made by Mohammad Khan. Mohammad won the Rotary 4-Way Test speech contest recently and goes on to the district level to compete for a prize of $1,000. He made his speech to the club without notes and with a lot of historical information regarding the assassination of Julius...
May 5 2015 - 5:42pm
BISBEE — Copper Queen Community Hospital has reduced its radiology charges for x-rays by 40 percent to better serve patients in Cochise County. The reduction in radiology fees benefits patients with and without insurance as well as insurance companies. CQCH Chief Financial Officer James Ehasz explained patients with insurance will have lower out-of-pocket expenses because a smaller amount will be applied to their deductible and...
May 5 2015 - 4:42pm
Steve Headley, a personal protection professional, has established his assault prevention training services in the Sierra Vista area. Assault Prevention Workshops, a three-hour session, is designed to train and prepare people for unexpected assaults that have become increasingly common because of violence within our society. Workshop participants are trained in survival awareness that includes observation of the surroundings...
May 5 2015 - 4:42pm
A monument to those from Southern Arizona who have fallen in action during the ongoing global war on terrorism will be unveiled on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista. A two year effort to honor the fallen is on schedule to be dedicated during a ceremony at the local cemetery. Family and friends of the fallen are asked to contact the VFW post 9972 Marine Committee...
May 5 2015 - 4:42pm
The Cochise and Western Model Railroad Club meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at 680 Fort Avenue in Sierra Vista. Members can run trains on more than 800 feet of HO and N-scale track, get help troubleshooting, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow model railroading enthusiasts. Other club activities include day trips to photograph railroad operations, road shows, and an annual club dinner. We provide a positive environment...
May 5 2015 - 4:22pm
The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association is encouraging people to celebrate the joys of pet ownership during National Pet Week, May 3 to May 9. The observance, created by the American Veterinary Medical Association and its Auxiliary, is dedicated to celebrating the pets and promoting responsible pet ownership. “The human-animal bond is powerful and positively impacts human health, wellness and happiness,” said...
May 5 2015 - 4:02pm
The Boy Scouts of America announce that Cody Iwertz has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. One of the seven requirements to earn the rank is to plan and lead a service project to help the local community. Cody led a group of 15 volunteers in improving the town of Fairbank, which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The group cleaned the area to make it more accessible to visitors. The group then painted 50 feet of corral fencing to help...
May 5 2015 - 1:32pm
 Farmers Markets Provide Education  A benefit of farmers markets, besides providing fresh local foods, is that they offer a gathering place in which educational experiences can be shared. Recently the Sierra Vista Farmers Market hosted the Huachuca Astronomy Club, which brought solar telescopes for a fascinating look at sun spots and prominences. Many cooking and food preparation...
May 5 2015 - 1:32pm
We’ve been gone the past two Saturdays due to other events taking place in Veterans’ Memorial Park. We’ll be back this Saturday so be sure to come by and see us! CJ Fletcher will be entertaining us, and Geneva will be serving her Jamaican style food. New Events Scheduled We’ve been scheduling quite a few events for the upcoming summer, including a best cookie contest, a best cupcake contest, a...
May 5 2015 - 1:22pm
Friends of mine here have a garden, and have already gifted me with the first spring onions of the season.  New Yorker that I am, I am ever amazed that people grow things.  I have had a few basil plants over the years, and I am currently doting over a small pomegranate tree that is covered in flowers, but that is the extent to my gardening exploits. The first time I experienced food offerings, other than zucchini, which are...
May 4 2015 - 10:02pm
By DOUG FEINBERG The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Brittney Griner opted out of the U.S. women’s national basketball team training camp that began Monday. The 6-foot-8 star of the Phoenix Mercury was arrested April 22 on suspicion of assault after a fight with her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson. Griner, who was expected to be one of the 27 players at the camp, let USA Basketball know of her choice over...
May 4 2015 - 9:42pm
By Kristi O’Brien Special to the Herald/Review TUCSON — Tucson Speedway drivers in the Pro Stock, Modified and Hornet divisions shared the NASCAR Home Track Saturday with the K&N Pro Series West division. Serving as opening act for the national touring series, the local drivers went straight to main events lining up based on pill draw. Modifieds First out were the Modifieds showing up 16-strong. Jeff...
May 4 2015 - 9:42pm
By PAT GRAHAM The Associated Press DENVER — Arizona manager Chip Hale gave his team a pep talk about its recent hitting woes. He’ll have to wait a day to see if it did any good. Maybe even a couple of days. The scheduled game between the Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies on Monday night was postponed because of rain. The game was called 2 hours, 30 minutes after it was supposed to begin, and no...
May 4 2015 - 9:22pm
By Kristi O’Brien Special to the Sierra Vista Herald TUCSON — Tucson Speedway welcomed the return of the K&N Pro Series West Saturday for the NAPA Auto Parts Wildcat 150. With a lap time of 15.794, Ron Norman of Tucson set the pace for the 150-lap main event. The reigning Tucson Speedway Super Late Model Champion led the 23-car K&N field to the green flag. Brandon McReynolds of...
May 4 2015 - 9:02pm
CAPTION PRELUDE: Cochise College’s Nursing Department held a 50th anniversary nursing reunion on Saturday, May 2, on the Sierra Vista Campus. More than 85 of the college’s nursing faculty and staff, current and former students, and community health care professionals joined the celebration that included brunch, a silent auction, tours and networking opportunities. Tables of memorabilia offered a taste of the history of nursing...
May 4 2015 - 9:02pm
Environmentalists do not believe in privacy, at least not our privacy. In their relentless drive to eradicate the infestation of humans from the Big Blue Marble, they stick their (grubby, brown-tinted) noses into our private lives, including our bathrooms. More specifically, they slithered in between you and your toilet. If their more recent plotting goes as planned, they will be in your shower as well. The plan is to equip...
May 4 2015 - 8:02pm
Anyone familiar with the recent election history in Cochise County will remember the difficulties that haunted local officials last year. Failing equipment forced a decision to utilize the Sheriff’s Department helicopter and fly to Graham County to tabulate ballots after the polls closed Nov. 4. Prior that, the elections director resigned in part after it was discovered her office had given candidates the wrong information on changes...
May 4 2015 - 6:02pm
Stephen “Lee” Eddy, 62, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. Funeral services will be on May 8, 2015, at 1 p.m at Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel and will be conducted by Rev. Mark Conrad of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, along with Military Honors. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hatfield Funeral Home.
May 4 2015 - 6:02pm
Hildegard Miles age 79, a 40-year resident of Sierra Vista, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015. She was born March 12, 1936 in Duisburg, Germany to Walter and Hildegard Hirdt. Hildegard met and married Frank Miles in Germany in 1972. She was a military spouse and traveled with him until they settled in Sierra Vista in 1974. She often enjoyed playing Kino at the Desert Diamond Casino. Hildegard was preceded in death by her...
May 4 2015 - 5:22pm
Despite its esteemed perch among Fort Huachuca’s decorated iconography, it wasn’t until just last Friday when the 4th Cavalry Regiment B Troop could finally have a place to call home. “For all those years, B Troop never really had its own facility,” B Troop program coordinator Christopher Zimmerman said in his introductory remarks to an assorted crowd in front of the 4th Cavalry’s pristine new horse stables. “The...
May 4 2015 - 4:52pm
The Sierra Vista Unified School District Governing Board is slated to review a proposed budget revision for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 at a public hearing, and then vote on whether to approve it in the subsequent board meeting Tuesday night at the Rothery Conference Center. The additional funds that will be revised into the current budget were made possible by an increase in district student attendance. More than $700,000 in the total...
May 4 2015 - 4:42pm
Dr. Benjamin Carson for president When Dr. Benjamin Carson announced his bid for president in Detroit this morning (Monday, May 4), his supporters should take a victory lap. They have engineered the only successful conservative grassroots presidential draft since the draft Goldwater effort in ‘64. Dr. Carson is a straight-talking, brilliant brain surgeon, of high character who loves this country and is willing to do what is necessary...
May 4 2015 - 4:42pm
During a group coaching session with a local client, we discussed how full our “plates” are and how difficult it is to complete our work. Sometimes in our day-to-day living, we find that we have way too much on our plates. When we literally have too much on our plates, we experience unhealthy consequences such as weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more. When we have too much on our plates in the figurative sense, we...
May 4 2015 - 4:42pm
BISBEE — After he was restored to competency to stand trial and continue with legal pretrial proceedings, a man facing murder charges for allegedly beating a man to death with a baseball bat in Sierra Vista two years ago is being evaluated to determine if he was legally insane at the time of the attack. Alvin Williams is charged with the first-degree murder of Sean Bauer after, according to witnesses, he attacked Bauer with a metal...
May 4 2015 - 4:42pm
SIERRA VISTA — A man suspected of robbing three pharmacies in Benson and Sierra Vista during the last two weeks has been arrested on Fort Huachuca. Jason Rubin, 32, has been charged with one count of armed robbery for holding up the pharmacy inside Kmart in Sierra Vista on April 20. Further charges are pending for similar incidents in Benson, one at Safeway grocery store on April 27 and another at Walmart on Saturday, May 2....
May 4 2015 - 4:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — The theme was set. Dresses and suits were decided on, the decorations were up, the photographer was arranged, and the music was cued.  It was Prom… at McDonalds. It wasn’t a prank; it was a night to remember — under the stars and not very far from the fryer. 17 year-old Cera Norris of Tombstone was handed proverbial lemons, but not only did she make lemonade, she put up a stand for everyone to enjoy. The...
May 4 2015 - 4:22pm
Every time you’re tempted to say that America is moving forward on race — that prejudice is no longer as important as it used to be — along comes an atrocity to puncture your complacency. Almost everyone realizes, I hope, that the Freddie Gray affair wasn’t an isolated incident, that it’s unique only to the extent that for once there seems to be a real possibility that justice may be done. And the riots in Baltimore, destructive as...
May 4 2015 - 11:52am
TOMBSTONE — The Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is hosting an open house to showcase newly completed renovations made possible through the Ryan Miele Endowment for Animal Welfare. The event is May 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the shelter location, 1037 S. Landin Park Way, in Tombstone. The grant total of $7,860 paid for a number of improvements at the facility, to include: resurfacing 12 indoor dog kennel walls; resurfacing six...
May 4 2015 - 11:42am
If you’re going to live somewhere when you have Alzheimer’s, Sierra Vista is a pretty good place to do it. Not only do we have some good community resources in care and caregiver support, but we have the Sierra Vista police department which does not shoot you dead if you have dementia. Not like the Seattle police who responded to an old gentleman at home who had made a 911 call and shot him dead. Why? Because that man,...
May 3 2015 - 8:02pm
Tightening security by changing access policies on Fort Huachuca and other military installations is another indication of the times in which we live. Rather than believing we are not vulnerable or failing to recognize existing threats until they are played out, steps are being taken to eliminate assumptions and identify those seeking access to the fort. This policy change is also a reflection of today’s technology...
May 3 2015 - 6:12pm
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...
May 3 2015 - 6:12pm
May 4 Join Associated Students of UA South at Vinny’s New York Pizza in Sierra Vista on Monday, May 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. During your visit, 10 percent of your purchase will be donated to ASUAS. We will also be working alongside the Vinny’s crew for tips. All proceeds will benefit student activities and events at UA South. The Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt guild will host its regular monthly night meeting on Monday May 4, at 6 p.m....
May 3 2015 - 6:12pm
Tombstone Chapter, Daughters of The American Revolution recognized Retired Army Colonel Doris Caldwell as a Woman in American History on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church. Doris was born in 1930 in Oakland, California.  Her family has lived in California for five generations, making their living in various fields of business.  Doris has one brother and two sisters who are living....
May 3 2015 - 6:12pm
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista held its weekly meeting on Monday, April 27. Dennis Bilecki of the Rotary Sunrise Club informed the members that the fundraiser held at Vinny’s Pizza the previous Monday, raised $2,500 for Project Graduation. Project Graduation is an annual Rotary charity where graduating seniors at Buena High School are able to celebrate without engaging in dangerous behavior. They are offered food, games, dancing, and are kept...
May 3 2015 - 5:52pm
BISBEE — The board of supervisors tabled a tipping rate hike for the county’s solid waste transfer stations at Tuesday’s regular meeting, pending negotiations with city managers and the rate advisory board. The proposed fee increase was from $55 to $57.75 by way of annual 5 percent increments for two years. However, that increase would have left a $345,000 budget shortfall for the Cochise County Solid Waste Department. Instead, a $5.20...
May 3 2015 - 5:32pm
Despite vigorous opposition from a few colleagues who are military retirees, the House Armed Services Committee voted overwhelming on Wednesday to give future generations of service members something different from the all-or-nothing 20-year retirement system the military has relied on for seven decades. The 55-8 vote was so lopsided that the last member to cast got a laugh by asking if his yea or nay would be decisive. In the next...
May 3 2015 - 5:12pm
PALOMINAS — As if the job market wasn’t competitive enough, now employment seekers have to contend with sharply dressed Coronado Elementary eighth grade entrepreneurs. The scene in the Palominas school’s courtyard was straight out of an episode of “Shark Tank” and Avry Eichelberger’s “Sling-Toss” looked like it would be a business Mark Cuban would purchase equity in. “You know those water balloon sling shots when people hold...
May 3 2015 - 5:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — Cinco de Mayo, a day of cultural celebration for some and libations for others, occupies a unique place in the landscape of holidays in that, according to one local historian, it is observed much more in America than in its country of origin. Often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day, which actually falls in September, Cinco de Mayo commemorates a victory by the vastly outnumbered Mexican Army against the occupying...
May 3 2015 - 4:12pm
In December, Cochise County’s inflation-adjusted retail sales saw strong growth, while restaurant and bar sales were up marginally and accommodation receipts fell, compared to December 2013. Countywide retail sales were up 10.1 percent in December—the third straight month of growth, after adjusting for inflation.  Despite strong performance in recent months, retail sales were down 1 percent for the year, compared to 2013. Retail...
May 3 2015 - 4:12pm
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following opinion piece was recently published in the Green Valley News and Sun, a sister publication operated by Wick Communications. I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. The people who matter most to a representative democracy — the ordinary voters in whose interests elected politicians are supposed to...
May 3 2015 - 4:12pm
In 2-1/2 hours of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, JusticeAnthony Kennedy asked the right question: whether it is appropriate for the Court to discard a definition of marriage that “has been with us for millennia,” adding, “it’s very difficult for the court to say, ‘Oh, well, we know better.’ ” Kennedy, who is regarded as the swing vote on this and many...
May 3 2015 - 3:52pm
Dear M & M: I am having trouble coming up with meaningful goals in my business that actually can be implemented and are meaningful to my organization. Can you help me? — Bob Dear Bob: Organizations and people need goals. Think of a goal as a road map to your future. Whether you want more out of your life or your business you need to formally plan things as you travel down either path. Goals need to be written down, specific...
May 3 2015 - 3:02pm
Thousands of Mexican nationals visited Arizona earlier this month to celebrate Mexican Holy Week or Semana Santa. Perhaps you noticed the many Sonoran and Sinaloan license plates. Or the packed restaurants and hotels. In the United States, we celebrate Easter with our families primarily on Easter Sunday. Many businesses were closed on Easter Sunday as families took the opportunity to go to church and reflect. However, in Mexico in...
May 3 2015 - 3:02pm
Tucson —  Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, is seeking nominations for Arizona’s fourth annual Cox Conserves Heroes awards program. A total of $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists. Nominations are being accepted through 5 p.m. MT on May 18 at www.cox7.com/cox-conserves for volunteers in Southern Arizona who are creating, preserving or...
May 2 2015 - 11:52pm
By Matt Hickman matt.hickman@svherald.com DOUGLAS — If there’s a key to winning in the Arizona community college ranks, it’s not great pitching, nor great hitting, but great defense. That’s been the recipe Todd Inglehart’s Cochise College Apaches have followed in reaching the NJCAA World Series the last two years, and it was that same discipline that proved the difference on Saturday in game three of their semifinal series...
May 2 2015 - 11:52pm
May 3 John Philip Sousa IV will narrate the Sierra Vista Community Band’s spring concert, featuring all John Philip Sousa music, at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Veterans’ Memorial Park. The concert will include familiar tunes by the American composer, also known as the March King, such as “The Thunderer,” “Semper Fidelis” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” as well as several lesser-known works. Admission is free, but donations will be...
May 2 2015 - 10:12pm
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally asked some important questions in her recent letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection about its repair of a 60-foot section of border fence in Nogales. (“Congresswoman questions cost of fence fix,” NI, April 21.) The fence was knocked down by floodwater last July when the Border Patrol failed to open the gates that had been built into the barrier specifically to alleviate pressure from runoff. After felling...
May 2 2015 - 10:12pm
BUCKEYE — Buena’s third straight trip to the state tournament ended the same way the last two did in a first-round loss. On Saturday, the Colts, holders of the 24th and final seed, headed to Buckeye to take on Verrado, the No. 9 seed and came away on the short end of an 8-4 decision. “I’m happy with the kids; they did a great job,” Buena head coach Mark Schaefer said. “It’s the kids. They worked hard and tried to learn...
May 2 2015 - 9:52pm
By Georgie Anne Geyer WASHINGTON — Every day now, it seems, we can expect to see an African-American youngster being shot dead by a white policeman somewhere in our vast country. This horrible picture then morphs into protests and then riots  on the streets. Today, it’s Baltimore. How can it be that there has been such a drear repetitiveness in our days from last fall to this winter and spring? How is it that...
May 2 2015 - 9:22pm
A case built more on isolated incidents and media sensationalism than any hard science argues that police across America have become out-of-control, trigger-happy racists. People’s suspicions of police and attitudes toward them are the most skeptical they’ve been since at least the late 1960s. Even when race isn’t a factor in a particular incident, you can feel that unease and dwindling confidence in the thin blue line. In...
May 2 2015 - 6:32pm
John Oscar Fullerton, 84, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away April 17, 2015, at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center after a very short illness. John was born in Lincoln, Neb., the son of Evans and Edith Fullerton. He was raised on a farm during his youth and was a farmer at heart. He graduated from Wahoo High School, Wahoo, Neb. In 1949, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served 22 years until his retirement in 1971. During...
May 2 2015 - 6:32pm
Ruth Carolyn Coulter, 71, of Sierra Vista, passed away at Cornerstone Hospital in Tucson, Ariz., on April 29, 2015, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Ruth was born in Spangler, Pa., to Robert and Ruth Krouse and was the eldest of four children. Most of her youth was spent in Johnstown, Pa., where she lived until she was an adult. In 1966 she married James Dravis and their daughter Kellie was born in 1968. James died in...
May 2 2015 - 6:32pm
Anton “Tony” Emil Zahradnik, 84, of Sierra Vista, passed away at his home on Sunday, April 26, 2015.  Tony was born on April 8, 1931, in Czechoslovakia, to Anton Milan Zahradnik and Angela Zahradnikova. He was raised and educated in Slovakia. He was sent to a camp in Italy, when old enough he ran away and there joined the U.S. Army. He proudly served for more than 25 years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He...
May 2 2015 - 6:12pm
Michael Rager Pine, 79, passed away at home on Monday, April 27, 2015. He was born on March 24, 1936, in Ajo, Ariz., to Beulah Ferris Pine and Kenneth Rager Pine. He attended grades one through eight at the Empire School near Sonoita, Ariz., and was a graduate of Patagonia High School.   He was a highly regarded professional land surveyor living and practicing in the states of Oregon, Washington and Arizona, where he has been a...
May 2 2015 - 6:12pm
Augustus J. Bock “Gus” passed away on April 26, 2015, peacefully at home, after a long battle with cancer. He was the son of Augustus W. and Grace Margaret (Buckley) Bock of New Jersey. He was born on April 18, 1933, in Newark, N.J. His sister, Judith, died in 1980 and his grandson, Dwayne Celestine Jr., passed on April 24, 2014. He is survived by his three children, Gus Bock Jr. and daughter-in-law, Linda, Teresa (Bock) Maldonado...
May 2 2015 - 5:22pm
BISBEE—Recounts, inefficient or outdated voting equipment, and efforts to keep up with the changing times have put Cochise County in the market for all-new electoral infrastructure. Staff from the county’s procurement, geographic information system, elections and special districts, and the county attorney’s office, met with the board of supervisors at a work session on Tuesday. The object is to improve voters’...
May 2 2015 - 5:22pm
BENSON – Sometime between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday, Benson Police Department responded to a robbery at the Benson Walmart pharmacy where a white male subject approached the pharmacist and requested oxycodone. “I have not had an opportunity to review the photos in today’s incident, but based on what my officers are telling me, we believe this is the same subject who robbed the Benson Safeway pharmacy on Monday and is wanted in...
May 2 2015 - 4:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — Sunshine, music and the sweet smell of fair-favorite foods filled the air along a stretch of Fry Boulevard Saturday as the West End Fair brought hundreds of pedestrians through this historic part of town for the 10th consecutive year. Dozens of vendors both from the area west of 7th Street and parts beyond lined the sides of the road, enticing perusing visitors with an array of hand-crafted goods, services and...
May 2 2015 - 4:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — Despite sharing a first, middle and last name with America’s ‘first rock star,’ whose music and invention of a serpentine tuba got marching bands marching, John Philip Sousa IV didn’t know all that much about his great-grandfather growing up. His parents separated when he was just four, and he moved with his mother to Los Angeles. It was his father’s side that contained the famous lineage. “I didn’t...
May 2 2015 - 4:02pm
FORT HUACHUCA — Following the issuance of new orders pertaining to access to Army installations last year, Fort Huachuca officials are preparing to implement a new series of criteria that will affect a majority of people wanting to go onto the post. Beginning Aug. 3, visitors, contractors and anyone else 18 years old or older who want access to Fort Huachuca and do not already have a Department of Defense identification card will...
May 2 2015 - 10:22am
Buena Remains Un-phased Despite Shooting Threat Last Saturday night an anonymous Facebook user posted a status on area Facebook page, “Greater Sierra Vista Anonymous Confessions.” The Facebook post reveals several issues concerning the Sierra Vista community and society as a whole: The kid The person that made the alarming status was a 16 year old homeschooled Sierra Vista boy. Shortly after making the post, he flagged...
May 2 2015 - 10:22am
Friday, April 24th Buena’s Career Technical Education (CTE) department hosted their semi-annual dinner to recognize individual, and collective accomplishments made at Buena by students and staff members involved in CTE. The dinner’s theme was “Superheroes,” because as CTE Principal Jacqui Clay said, “the community, our teachers, and the industries that assist CTE are our superheroes.” Clay is thankful for the support the Sierra...
May 2 2015 - 10:02am
SIERRA VISTA — Flying of any sort requires a significant amount of trust. It’s as Sir Isaac Newton said, “what must up, must inevitably come crashing down to the ground.” It’s on the pilot to see to it that the landing is a comfortable one. University of Arizona freshman cheerleader and Buena alumnus Lauren Austin trusts her tools more than most pilots since as a flyer. Her role on the squad is to literally get catapulted in the air in...
May 1 2015 - 11:02pm
Twenty years from now, documentaries will be made about tonight’s Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and the bizarre funeral pyre it was for one of the great American sports. The last couple of weeks, sports journalism has been just spinning with excitement over the contradiction of an event being so popular, and generating so much money for a sport that will never see anything like this again. Of all the pieces I’ve read on it, the...
May 1 2015 - 10:22pm
By Matt Hickman matt.hickman@svherald.com DOUGLAS — Things did not look hopeful for the Cochise College Apaches going into Friday’s Game 2 of their best-of-three NJCAA Region I semifinal against South Mountain Community College. Not only had they lost the opening game of the series 5-4 on Thursday, they had lost their best all-around player when starting pitcher Darick Hall fractured a bone in his hand hitting a dugout...
May 1 2015 - 8:22pm
by Terry Mattingly Looking at women’s lives worldwide, Hillary Clinton is convinced that faith is offering strength and hope to many, while “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases” continue to oppress others. The Democratic presidential candidate cited her own Methodist heritage as an example of positive faith during the recent Women in the World Summit in New York City. But...
May 1 2015 - 7:32pm
SIERRA VISTA — One way or another, the day was going to end with pizza for the Buena Colts. And as luck, fate, or, as head coach Mark Schaefer would put it, “Phoenix math” had it, the Colts had two things to celebrate Thursday night at Vinny’s New York Pizza. There, senior pitcher Mark Fulbright signed his letter of intent with Minot State University, a Division II in North Dakota, and the Buena players continued a...
May 1 2015 - 7:22pm
DRAGOON — Twenty-five full-time employees of the Johnson Camp Mine in Dragoon are breathing a collective sigh of relief after a judge signed off on the sale of the mine’s assets, averting job losses and the mine’s closure. Owned by Nord Resources Corporation out of Tucson, Johnson Camp Mine is an open-pit copper operation that has been in receivership since Nov. 18, 2014 after Nord’s principal secured lender, Nedbank Ltd. refused...
May 1 2015 - 7:02pm
SIERRA VISTA — The Easter Seals Blake Foundation was home base for the You Are Loved project on Thursday as volunteers came together to assemble care bags for children in transition, or dealing with trauma or loss. As the name indicates, the intention is for these children to feel loved and cared for. The project is a collaborative effort between Cochise Victim Awareness and Easter Seals Blake Foundation, and is organized completely by...
May 1 2015 - 7:02pm
This week, the Supreme Court heard opening arguments in a case that’s not the most important of its spring session, but certainly the most sensational. Twenty-one states and counting have legalized and now recognize marriage between people of the same sex, and in this non-election year, DeKoe and Kostura vs. Tennessee, is giving the Court the opportunity to put the marriage equality question to bed once and for all. But given...
May 1 2015 - 6:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — As the odds for tonight’s titanic clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao continue to inch closer together into the run up for the fight, the pay-per view receipts have trended in the exact opposite direction. A record-bursting four million people are expected to plop $100 to watch it, which almost doubles the amount of people paid to see the soon-to-be runner-up Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight eight...
May 1 2015 - 6:02pm
By Christine Steele christine.steele@svherald.com BISBEE — Friends and family described Carlos Ramirez as a kind and generous man who loved to laugh, wanted to fit in and wanted people to like him, but also as a troubled soul who battled with his demons of drugs, alcohol and possibly mental illness.  His 51 year-life, defined at times by tragedy and struggle came to an end last Wednesday, when he was shot and killed by a...
May 1 2015 - 5:52pm
Mary Lou Clayton, 75, of Sierra Vista, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2015, at Life Care Center in Sierra Vista. Funeral services will be on Friday, May 8, 2015, at 2 p.m at First Christian Church. Interment will take place at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif. Further information will be in a later edition. Local arrangements are under the direction of Hatfield Funeral Home.   
May 1 2015 - 5:42pm
SIERRA VISTA — This year’s annual Law Day event, organized by the Cochise County court system, focused on a milestone of Western jurisprudence, the creation of the Magna Carta. The 800 year-old document, first signed into law by King John of England in 1215, was meant to create peace between the unpopular king and the wealthy, land-owning barons opposed to excessive, war-funding taxation. While the document would under a number of...
May 1 2015 - 5:22pm
TOMBSTONE — Tombstone High School will be hosting its annual open house for incoming freshmen and new students from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. The event will feature tours of the campus, an opportunity to meet teachers and other staff and an overview of the classes and programs offered at the high school.  Dinner will be served. “We also will be accepting registration that night,” said Tombstone School District Superintendent...
May 1 2015 - 5:22pm
SIERRA VISTA — The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office on Friday announced the arrest of a Hereford man after an investigation into an older male having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl. The sheriff’s office was contacted on Monday, April 20 about the incidents, which were occurring in the St. David area. Deputies and detectives began an investigation, which identified Brian Gill, 63, as a suspect. On...
May 1 2015 - 11:42am
Like peanut butter goes with jelly, like the ballpoint pen to paper, golf goes with Southeast Arizona. Year-round sunshine and temperatures that moderate between midday brisk in the winter and not-too-hot in the dead of summer eliminate weather as a deterrent for the most enthusiastic of the port. With four courses within less than 45 minutes from Sierra Vista and tournament-level courses in Tucson, there is no shortage of green, grass...

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