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General Elections Nov. 6, 2012

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FROM THE EDITOR This month we celebrate military service and law enforcement in Santa Cruz County. We cover General Norstad, Veteran Charlie Villanueva, interim Police Chief Roy Bermudez and more. David Ramirez In business, we look Matus into produce up and comer Perfect Harvest and the economic benefits of mining. We take a look at the 3 new nurse managers at Holy Cross Hospital and the MCHC’s Summer Youth graduates. SCC Teacher of Edgardo the Year and much more, enjoy! Muñoz Contributors Axel Holm, City of Nogales, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department, Nogales Police Department, Mariposa Community Health Center, NUSD, SCC School Superintendent, Nogales Lions Club.




In a speech on June 16, 1864, at the fair in Philadelphia to raise money for the United States Sanitary Commission, President Abraham Lincoln acknowledged that “war, at best, is terrible, and this war of ours, in its magnitude and duration, is one of the most terrible…. It has carried mourning to almost every home, until it can almost be said that the ‘heavens are hung in black.’”Here is a story with meaning of a young man who served his country during a war that had many Americans questioning its “magnitude and duration.” After graduating from Nogales High School in 1966, Charlie Villanueva was drafted into military service. On December 1, 1969, the Selective Service System of the United States conducted two lotteries, the first since 1942, to determine the order of call to military service in the Vietnam War for men born between 1944 and 1950. “The lottery was a change from the ‘draft the oldest man first’ method, which had been the determining method for deciding the order of call.” Had Villanueva waited for the lottery, his drawn number would have been 266 and the highest lottery number called for this group was 195. In 1973, the draft ended and the U.S. converted to an All-Voluntary military. Villanueva wanted to complete his duty to country so on September 5, 1966, he left for Army basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas. Other Nogales High graduates making the journey with him were Sammy Legleu, Alan Bachelier, Jose Luis Dibene, and Eddie Graham. Also accompanying these young men were two from the Patagonia area: Angel Murrieta and Carlos Sanchez. In basic training Sammy Legleu was assigned as the squad leader due to his previous military experience in the National Guard. At the conclusion of basic training, Villanueva was separated from his Santa Cruz County friends and assigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana. Fort Polk which was referred to as “Tigerland” for its intense and advanced infantry training. At the completion of his two months of training, he commenced his one year tour- of- duty in South Vietnam. On February 17, 1967, PFC Villanueva arrived at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, which is a reception station which was at the time “a major American air base and a separate town twenty miles outside Saigon with rice paddies and farm fields in between. “ From there he was sent to the 9th Infantry Division, known as “Old Reliables”, under the leadership of Commanding Major General G. S. Eckhardt along with deputy commander of Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Four Star General William “Westy” Westmoreland. When General Westmoreland arrived in June 1964 to take command from General Paul D. Harkins there was “U.S. troop strength of 16,000 until his promotion to Army Chief of Staff in 1968 commanding a peak of 535,000.” From the reception station, Villanueva was transferred to Bearcat Base Camp which was located 15 miles south of Saigon. His duties included patrolling the jungle for the Vietcong, National Liberation Front (NLF) which was a political organization and army in South Vietnam, and Cambodia that fought the United States and South Vietnam governments during the Vietnam War. The Vietcong included guerrillas coupled with search and destroy

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Vietnam Veteran Charlie Villanueva missions on the MeKong Delta “The Mekong Delta, known as the nine dragon river delta, a region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River empties into the sea through a network of distributaries”. This swamp land patrol was tedious and dangerous as it bordered the Sihanouk Trail on the Cambodia border. This trail was a logistical supply trail in Cambodia used by the People’s Army of Vietnam and its National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam. This Trail was south of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, also known as a logistical system, which ran from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) to the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) through the neighboring kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia. These two trails provided essential manpower and material to the Vietcong during the Vietnam War. According to the United States National Security Agency ‘s official history of the war the Trail system was one of “the great achievements of military engineering in the 20th century.” During a 12-man, early day patrol in the Mekong Delta , heavy fighting broke out with the Vietcong in which Villanueva and several of his patrol unit members were wounded. For wounds received in action in the Republic of Vietnam on April 27, 1967, Villanueva was awarded the Purple Heart and a Combat Infantry Badge. His recovery from the wounds was for a sixty-day period at the 90th Evacuation Hospital in Saigon. After his complete recovery, SPC 4 Villanueva returned to his original 9th Infantry 2/47th Mech Inf Battalion Company A. The Company was stationed in Dong Tam the headquarters base camp for the 9th Infantry Division which was located four miles West of My Tho-Dinh Tuong Province – IV CTZ. The Army chose to name the site Dong Tam, meaning United Hearts and Minds in Vietnamese. “Dong Tam’s purpose had been two fold, a nerve cen-

ter for the 9th ID operations but, more importantly, a political statement to the Communist. The U.S. Army was in VC invested Mekong Delta and planned to stay”. From there the Company returned to duty in the Mekong Delta region to halt the entrance of manpower and supplies from the two Trails. Again, after having a lunch break, the nine member unit was ambushed and severe fighting broke out. Villanueva and several members of the unit were wounded in combat action. One of the soldiers later died at the hospital from wounds received in action. Charlie was awarded his second Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster, which denotes a second injury for wounds received in action on August 27, 1967. For his meritorious leadership in combat action Charlie was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He was then flown to the Army hospital in the Philippines for a 10-day recovery period. Upon his release from the hospital, he was returned to his unit at Dong Tam. Since Villanueva had been decorated with two Purple Hearts he was suppose to have been returned to the United States to complete his duty. This did not happen since his military paper work had been lost. He was then assigned as a driver for Colonel Cronin, who was in charge of the command unit which included the artillery, air support, ground troops, food, first aid, and dust offs. During the later part of 1967, he continued to be the driver for the Colonel and preparing for the Tet Offensive. His base camp was attacked with motor and rockets. The NLF tried on numerous occasions to penetrate the line to get access to the base camp. Those efforts were never successful. “The Tet Offensive proved to be a turning point in the war. In military terms it was a victory for U.S. forces. An estimated 37,000 National Liberation Front soldiers were killed

compared with 2,500 Americans. However, it illustrated that the NLF appeared to have inexhaustible supplies of men and women willing to fight for the overthrow of the South Vietnamese government.” During his stay at Dong Tam while reading the military newspaper “Stars and Stripes,” he scanned the lengthy list of names of soldiers Killed in Action. It was there that he noticed the death of his friend Army Sergeant Sammy Legleu who was killed on November 27, 1967, in Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam. On February 24, 1968, Villanueva arrived at Travis Air Force Base, CA where his group was greeted by a bunch of friendly hippies calling them names like; baby killers, pot heads, murders, and for the first time he felt “bad and uneasy.”Villanueva recalls hearing one member of his group say, “funny we fought for their Bill of Rights, Freedom of Speech and Right to Petition.” After receiving his new uniform at Oakland Army Base, he flew to Tucson International Airport via San Francisco International. On September 5, 1968, he was awarded an Honorable Discharge from the Army. After brief employment stints with Capin’s , Cella Barr and Associates, and Doyle Exterminating ,he was employed for 33 years with the United States Post Office. In 1982, for some extra money, Villanueva along with fellow Vietnam veterans Phillip Ashford, and Frank Gonzales and Air Force veteran Ramon Gonzales enlisted in the Army Arizona National Guard. On November 11, 1990, the local unit was activated into federal services in support of the Persian Gulf War also codenamed Operation Desert Storm. This war was authorized by the United Nations in coordination with a 34-nation coalition force lead by the United States, against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait. After this Tour of Duty was complete,

the Nogales Unit received a hero’s Welcome Home parade. Charlie’s military service, coupled with the bravery of thousands of men and women past and present, can only recall a comment made by President Andrew Jackson in June 1833 as he traveled on a “steamboat trip to Staten Island aboard the Cinderella, Jackson was talking with the Reverend Peter Van Pelt, Jr. Suffused with the apparently unending praise of the public, Jackson turned lyrical as they crossed New York harbor. ‘What a country God has given us!’ he said. ‘How thankful we ought to be that God has given us such a country to live in.’” Charlie’s father, Alonzo, was also an Army Veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart, a Silver Star Medal, a Bronze Star Medal, and a Combat Infantry Badge during World War II. Alonzo was also a member of the 158th Regimental Combat Team, “the Bushmasters.” Charlie has been married for 42 years with Ana Maria Gallago and has two daughters, Michelle Villanueva Skura and Cynthia Villanueva Reyes and two granddaughters Mia and Lea. Information for this article was provided by Charlie Villanueva, Wikipedia, the books “Tried by War” by James M. McPhearson and “We Are Soldiers Still” by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (USA Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway. “American Lion” by Jon Meacham

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BY AXEL C.F. HOLM Protecting the interests of a nation and its people is the duty of heads of state and their governments, first by diplomacy and last by military action. At the Yalta Conference in February 1945, an infirm President Franklin Roosevelt, who soon died in April 1945, could not prevent the USSR’s premier Joseph Stalin from grabbing Poland. Events moved quickly: Germany surrendered in May of 1945, Japan surrendered in August of 1945, the euphoria of victory fueled rapid demobilization and another war seemed remote. But Stalin’s intentions did not go unnoticed. George Kennan, an aide in the American Embassy in Moscow defined Soviet territorial expansionism in his 5,400 word Long Telegram to the U.S. State Department in February 1946. Kennan urged that the U.S. national security interest was to contain totalitarian Soviet expansion giving birth to the U.S. foreign policy of Containment, a policy lasting 43 years, ending with the fall of the Berlin Wall. As the Soviets moved into Turkey and Greece, President Truman announced the Truman Doctrine in February 1947 providing economic and military aid to free peoples resisting outside pressures from totalitarian regimes. In June 1947, the Marshall Plan, the European Recovery Program, offered financial aid and supplies to rebuild the war¬torn economies, including the USSR. Stalin refused. A year later, the Soviets blockaded Berlin necessitating a massive Berlin airlift of cargo planes landing every 5 minutes 24/7 until May 1949 when the blockade was lifted (a Berlin airlift pilot today lives in Amado, AZ). The Berlin Blockade galvanized 12 nations in April 1949 to sign a common defense pact, the North Atlantic Treaty in April 1949, to “keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.” The invasion of South Korea by the North Korea in June 1950 accelerated a military union of European nations with Canada and the U.S. which was formed in 1951 as NATO, commanded by General, Dwight Eisenhower who eased European fears. But Europeans doubted the extent of U.S. commitment to the defense of Europe. Easing those fears was the job of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), a U.S. four star General who represented the interests of all 12 NATO nations. One of the most effective SACEUR’s was USAF General Lauris Norstad, later of Tubac, perhaps the only world leader to live in Santa Cruz County. As a boy, Minnesota born Lauris Norstad accompanied his father to Ft. Riley, KS, where his father served as a temporary Lutheran chaplain. Young Norstad observed the distinctive quality of the West Point officers and decided he, too, could be a West Point graduate, which he achieved in 1930. Completing his flight training in 1932, he was assigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.


At the White House on August 17, 1945 on Air Force day, to honor members of the Air Force. Photographed are, standing, General Hoyt Vandenberg, General Lauris Norstad, sitting, General James Doolittle, President Harry S. Truman, and Secretary of the Army Stuart Symington. There he met Isabelle Jenkins and married in 1935, and later reassigned to Mitchell Field in New York. General Henry “Hap” Arnold, commanding general of the AAF, recognized Norstad’s ability and appointed him to his advisory council in February 1942 to conduct long range air planning. By August 1942, Colonel Norstad became Ass’t Chief of Staff for Operations for the 12th Air Force to plan aerial strategy for Operation TORCH. General Eisenhower described Norstad as “sound, able, sensible, loyal and tireless,” and by 1943, Norstad, age 36, was made Brigadier General, and nine years later, the youngest American officer to receive four¬star rank. While working with the Soviets in shuttle bombing operations in TORCH, Norstad foresaw the coming political problems. He advocated a strategy of invading Ger-

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many first and blocking the Russians with an Allied push through Yugoslavia, Hungary and Austria into eastern Germany and western Poland. It was not to be. Arnold ordered Norstad back Washington to become Chief of Staff of the 20th Air Force, plan the B¬29 bombings of Japan and work closely with the Manhattan Project to prepare B¬29s for delivery of the atomic bomb. Even Vice President Truman upon assuming the presidency, had no knowledge of this ultimate weapon, which established the U.S. and USAF defense and deterrent strategy for decades. World War II made clear the awkward command structure of the U.S. military. General George Marshall, General Eisenhower and President Truman advocated a single Department of Defense and a separate Air Force. All three chose General Norstad to design the DOD and persuade a very reluctant Navy to give up their role as the strategic arm of the U.S. military. Working with an iron-willed Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, Norstad persuaded him in part by suggesting he should be the first Secretary of Defense. After months of negotiating and wrangling, the Navy agreed, and on September 18, 1947, the Congress passed the National Security Act, creating a Department of Defense, a separate Air Force, National Security Council and Central Intelligence Agency, and so was born the modern national security and nuclear state. General Norstad accepted a post in the new USAF as Vice Chief of Staff under General Hoyt S. Vandenberg. New threats emerged. On August 29, 1949 the Soviets tested their first atomic bomb. General Lauris Norstad drove from the Pentagon to the White House to deliver the bad news to President Truman that USSR had developed an atomic weapon sooner than anticipated. From that date U.S. security remained threatened. By June 1950, the invasion of South Korea by North Korea created more instability. A potential Soviet invasion of west-

General Lauris Norstad, above. The Norstads, top right, and Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.

In London with Mrs. Norstad.

Retirement of Norstad at the White House with President John F. Kennedy in Jan. 1963. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, above right, with General Lauris Norstad at a NATO World Leader's Conference in Paris in 1957.

ern Europe accelerated the need to militarize NATO. President Truman asked Norstad to ask Eisenhower, at that time President of Colombia University, to activate and assume command (SACEUR) of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). Ike agreed and Norstad agreed to take command of a new separate United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE), in October 1950. By January 1951, SHAPE and NATO existed as a bulwark against the Soviet Union. After serving as Air Deputy, SACEUR to Generals Eisenhower, Ridgeway and Gruenther, Norstad assumed command as SACEUR of NATO in November 1956. General Norstad’s keen intellect and diplomatic talents aided by his able and gracious wife and hostess, Isabelle Norstad, earned him the respect and ad-

miration of such leaders as Charles de Gaulle, Harold MacMillan and Konrad Adenauer. To be sure, there were ongoing difficulties with the NATO members, such as the British seeking to reduce their commitment to NATO, the French opposition to the placement of missiles in France, issues of German rearmament, issues of general disarmament and the escalating crises in Berlin from 1958¬62. In addition, there always remained the nuclear question. Norstad conceived the “Norstad Plan” to organize NATO as the fourth nuclear power. President Eisenhower relied on a nuclear deterrent, a strong NATO and other alliances, but remained unalterably opposed to deploying American troops in limited wars. Eisenhower resisted pressures to intervene in southeast Asia, Latin America, Hungary, Egypt and Cuba. President Kennedy on the other hand, promoted “flexible response” and a conventional army to support military wars of liberation and intervention such as in Cuba (Bay of Pigs) and increased involvement in southeast Asia. Further, Kennedy dismissed the effectiveness of nuclear deterrence which differed sharply from Norstad’s view of peace through strength resulting in the latter’s being relieved of command in July 1962. As the Norstads began their farewell visit to each of the NATO nations in October of 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis threatened to destroy world peace and President Kennedy asked General Norstad to remain an additional 60 days. In January 1963 Lauris Norstad became CEO of the Owens Corning company in Ohio, eventually retiring and moving to Arizona in 1975. In 1982, the Norstads built a home in Tubac, where Mrs. Norstad continues to live, having turned 100 on August 3, 2012 and attending 10 celebrations in her honor.

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The Nogales Police Department (NPD) has a long and proud history dating back to 1914. There has been a long line of police chiefs that have kept the peace for the city. In this succession, the City of Nogales has recently appointed one of its native sons, Roy Bermudez, as its new Interim Police Chief. Bermudez, coming from humble beginnings, came up through the local school system graduating from Nogales High School in 1984. Bermudez began his career in law enforcement when he became a cadet in the Explorer program at the Nogales High School in 1981. “For some reason I still proudly carry my Explorer ID card in my wallet,” said Bermudez. “In my case since I was a child I always wanted to become a Nogales Police Officer, this is where my heart is,” said Bermudez. Bermudez did not come from a family in law enforcement and with little resources, education was not an option and decided he needed to contribute financially. One month after graduating from NHS, Bermudez began working as a dispatcher for NPD in 1984. After two years Bermudez was promoted to parking control. “Back then officers were responsible for parking control, which I believed was a waste of resources so I had an idea to train and offer the position to civilians, when the idea was approved I was hired as the first civilian in charge of parking control at NPD,” said Bermudez. Bermudez remained at parking control for almost two years before he attended and graduated from the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) in 1987 and became a full-fledged peace officer. In 1988 Bermudez decided to further his career by accepting a job offer from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), but after three months decided to return to NPD where he believed his heart remained. The following year Bermudez was selected to be an advisor for the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy for fourteen weeks, during this time Bermudez was offered a position with the Tucson Police Department, which he did not accept, again due to his loyalty for his native community. At this point Bermudez paid his dues and worked his way through NPD. “I worked patrol divi-


The leadership at NPD includes, above from left, Lt. Heriberto Zuniga, Interim Chief Roy Bermudez, Lt. Sergio Rosas and Lt. Carlos Jimenez. Not pictured Lt. Octavio Gradia. sion for three years, eventually being promoted to detective for the Metro Task Force,” said Bermudez. “In 1991 I was working a case with my Sergeant Manny Tapia, when he was tragically gunned down in front of the Americana Hotel and lost his life in the line of duty,” said Bermudez. “Right after this tragedy I was re-assigned to criminal investigations, which was instrumental in giving me a well rounded knowledge in law enforcement and general investigations,” said Bermudez. In 1993 Bermudez was promoted to the rank of sergeant for the patrol division, which marked the be-

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Roy Bermudez, Nogales Interim Police Chief lice chief, a position that he justifiably earned from decades of experience, learning every aspect of law enforcement at NPD. Earlier this year he achieved the status of interim police chief, which is the highest position and honor in the career of a hard working local. “There are many issues that we need to improve upon, which is the main priority for our department to address, but I can surely say that we are proud to have one of the safest communities in the state thanks to local law enforcement,” said Bermudez. One of these issues is the need for a new head quarters for NPD, which was originally designed to accommodate 35 officers and is currently housing 84. “I was raised in this remarkable city, and have a vested interest in the community and our department,” said Bermudez. Bermudez is highly involved locally being a member of the Nogales Rotary Club, United Way and various other local organizations. He also organizes the Alex Bermudez Memorial Golf Tournament (in honor of he’s fallen brother and officer), which provides scholarships to students throughout Santa Cruz County. “I wanted to keep his memory alive and also continue his legacy, he was always involved with our youth, Special Olympics and many others and was always very community oriented,” said Bermudez. “This is an opportunity for our youth that we never had,” said Bermudez. Bermudez is currently continuing his education to further his knowledge and ca-

reer. “This was something I could not afford in my youth but education and growth is something very important to me,” said Bermudez. Bermudez recently graduated from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. Bermudez completed a tenweek staff and command program held in Oro Valley. “My goal is and has always been to become Chief of Police for the City of Nogales, my heart and soul belong here, I have spent all my adult life as a Nogales Police Officer,” said Bermudez. Approximately year and half ago the requirements for the position of police chief where modified, requiring applicants to have completed a college degree before being considered for the job. “I am currently pursuing a degree in public safety administration which I should complete in 18 months,” said Bermudez. Bermudez, with his vast experience, local ties and professionalism should be one of the top choices to hold the position of Police Chief, an honor that eludes him until completion of his college degree one year into the future. If he gets the well-deserved position is now in the hands of the managing staff of the City of Nogales. Buy local first; Nogales AZ a great little place to be, are phrases we all have heard here locally, but should we also hire local first? For more information about the Nogales Police Department and Interim Police Chief Roy Bermudez please visit 777 N. Grand Ave., Nogales, AZ 85621, call (520) 287-9111 or visit online at


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The Nogales Police Department (NPD) announced the recent graduation of Assistant Chief Roy Bermudez from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University. Assistant Chief Roy Bermudez has successfully completed the ten (10) week Staff and Command program held in Oro Valley, Arizona from March 5 to July 20, 2012. This program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 14,000 students both nationally and internationally. Assistant Chief Roy Bermudez was a student in SPSC Class 331 which accommodated a total of 39 students for the ten week period. “This was a very intense course that enhanced my management skills, to promote a better working environment for our officers, and to deliver effective and efficient law enforcement services to our community,” commented Assistant Chief Roy Bermudez. The School of Police Staff and Command provides upperlevel college instruction in a total of twenty-two core or mandatory blocks of instructions and utilizes nine additional optional blocks of instruction during each session. The major topics of study include: Management and Management Theory, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources for Law Enforcement, Budgeting, Staffing Allocation and Personnel Deployment. Each student is academi-



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cally challenged through a total of eighteen written examinations, projects, and quizzes in addition to two research papers that are a required part of the curriculum. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded a total of 8 units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. “We are always supportive of our senior management team receiving this type of training and education,” said City Manager Shane Dille. The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the specific goal of expanding university-based education and training for the Law Enforcement Community. Since its inception, the Center has broadened its original objective and now provides a variety of courses and programs in the area of Police Training, Management Training, and Executive Development. The NPD anticipates a variety of benefits from Assistant Chief Roy Bermudez attendance at this program. Many of the program’s graduates do go on to achieve a variety of leadership positions within their respective agencies. Currently, over 750 graduates hold the title of Chief of Police and 39 of the 50 Directors of State Police Agencies are also graduates of this program. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the City of Nogales at (520) 287-6571.

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HISTORY OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE & NOGALES, SCC Nogales Police Department - History of Cheif’s Jeff S. Kirkham 2010William S. Ybarra 2007-2009. John E. Kissinger 2001-2007. Victor Marmion 2001-2001. Jose L. Alday 1997-2001. Ramon R. Acevedo 1996-1997. Augustin Huerta 1995-1996. Jose L. Alday 1993-1995. Eddie Rosas 1992-1993. Manuel Treto 1991-1992. Ramon R. Acevedo 1987-1991. Manuel Treto 1980-1987. Herb Wisdom 1979-1980. Louis Sotomayor 1969-1979. • The New Nogales City Hall built on North Grand Avenue in 1978. Antonio Serino 1968-1969. Gus Oviedo 1966-1968. Louis Sotomayor 1958-1966. Robert L. Conner 1955-1958. James McDonald 1950-1955. Jose Maria Soto 1945-1948. Clyde Baldwin 1941-1941. J.A. McGimsey 1941-1944. Cy Marsteller 1940-1940. JJ Lowe 1919-1939. Nogales City Charter adopted under Mayor Duane Bird in 1926. Chas Fowler 1917-1919. Marshal A. Dumbauld 1915-1917. Marshal JK Wright 1912-1914 CONTRIBUTED The Old City Hall in Nogales was built in 1914. It was used as the Office of the Mayor, the Sheriff’s office with two holding cells, and the Fire Department. The City Hall cornerstone was laid on Nov 19th by Capt L. W. Mix, father of Nogales Fire Department • Marshal Cornelious O’Keefe 19111912. • On February 14, 1912, “Arizona Territory” became the “State of Arizona”, being the 48th State in the Union. • Marshal Charles L. Fowler 1909-1910. US & Mexican governments agree to fence border as “deterrent to outlawry”; fence built date unknown 1910 • Sheriff Harry J. Saxon 1907-1911. • Nogales, Sonora officially becomes a city in 1907. • Sheriff Charles L. Fowler 1905-1906. • Sheriff Tom H.Turner 1901-1904. By an act of Congress on January 5, 1902, Santa Cruz County (SCC) was authorized to issue bonds for $35,000 for the construction of a courthouse and a jail. On January 23, 1902 the board of supervisors met to consider this authorization. Lot 18, Block 16, Nogales, was purchased from Anton Proto for $2,000. To raise the money for the purchases of the new courthouse site the board sold part of Block 27 and Lot 1 of Block 17, at an auction on August 4, 1902, for $2,390.95 The bid of James Vandevort for the construction of the courthouse was accepted and on November 17, 1902, a contract was let to Mr. Vandevort for $28,280, but a bid of the Pauly Jail Building Company for 4 jail cells at $4,761 was accepted on August 23,

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1902. The 1904 the SCC Court House was completed. The Arizona Rangers was an Arizona law enforcement agency modeled on the Texas Rangers. The Arizona Rangers were created by the Arizona Territorial Legislature in 1901, disbanded in 1909, and were subsequently reformed in 1957. They were created to deal with the infestations of outlaws, especially rustlers, in the sparsely populated Territory of Arizona, especially along the Mexican border. The Rangers were an elite, well-trained, and secretive agency mounted on the best horses money could buy and well equipped with modern weapons at State expense. They were very effective in apprehending members of outlaw bands, often surprising them by descending on them without warning. • Sheriff Thomas F. Brodrick 1899-1900 After amendment and subsequent defeat of the Papago County bill, Mr. Stevenssponsored a substitute bill, House Bill 108, on March 4, 1899, for the creation of SCC. Hastily prepared, the bill passed the house and council and was signed by Governor N. O. Murphy on March 15, 1899.On March 15, 1899 Nogalians formed SCC, therefore separating from Pima County. In 1899 at the time of the creation of the county the Board of Supervisors called for bids for quarters to be occupied by the county government. On March 25 a three years lease for one hundred dollars per month was drawn up in favor of George B. Marsh for the county use of a suite of twelve rooms and space for a jail. The theater building was provided for the purpose of holding sessions of the district court. On August 25, Ramon Vasques’ bid of $590 was accepted for the building of a

jail. Realizing the value of the county records, the board on January 9, 1900 placed and order in the amount of $299 for a fireproof safe for the care of such records. • Pima County Sheriff W.H. Barnett 1899 • Pima County Sheriff Robert N. Leatherwood 1895-1898 • Pima County Sheriff Joseph B. Scott 1893-1894 On July 21, 1893, the Pima County Board of Supervisors, upon consideration of a petition from two-thirds of the citizens and taxpayers of Nogales, incorporated the municipality of Nogales. This action was rescinded on the following day when the Board of Supervisor received many telegrams from citizens of Nogales who had been prevented from attending the hearing by flood waters in the Santa Cruz River. The town was again incorporated on July 22, and a town council composed of Theodore Gebler, James B. Mix, Antonio Proto, George B. Marsh, and Edward B. Hogan were appointed to serve until their successors were elected. • July 21, 1893 Nogales incorporated as city; Pima County Supervisors appoint council • 1893 Nogales city council appoints James B. Mix, first Mayor of Nogales • Geronimo last rampage kills A.L. Peck’s wife and child: Peck survives, opens livery stable in Nogales 1886 • US Post Office called “Issacson” established in May 1882 • Jacob Issacson builds a trading post in “Nogales pass” 1880 • Charles Poston of Tubac, causes Pres. Lincoln to create Arizona Territory, Feb 14, 1862 • 1863 The Territory of Arizona was an organized territory of the United States that existed between 1863 and 1912. A forerunner, almost identical in name but largely differing in location and size, was the Confederate Territory of Arizona (CSA) that existed officially from 1861 to 1863, when it was re-captured by the U.S., after which the Union created in 1863 their Territory of Arizona. • CSA President Jefferson Davis declares “territory of Arizona” part of the Confederacy 1862 • Pete Kitchen leaves Magdalena to settle “El Potrero” Ranch and begins first USMexican trade 1862 • Without US Army, Apache uprisings drive settlers out of Santa Cruz Valley 1861 • Major Wm Emory surveys to establish border, at site of Nogales, June 1855 meets with local Indians 1855 • Mexican War veteran, quartermaster Pete Kitchen moves to Canoa to feed miners 1854 • US purchases land south of Gila River, “Gadsden Purchase” from Mexico for $10 Million 1853 An old settlement first known as "Line City", then "Isaactown", after the owner of one of its saloons, "according to McClintock. Land grant on which town stood was owned by a Topeka Cattle Company, with Isaac N. town, citizen, politician, and stockman, as president and general manager. Nogales was the name agreed upon in 1882. Nogales, means, 'walnut trees'. First settlers say stream was lined with these trees. When SCC was

created, Nogales became county seat. Emory, with US Boundary Commission, held a conference here with Indians June 26, 1853. Morley Avenue, the main street in Nogales, was named after William R. Morley, chief engineer, A.T. & SFRR. PO est. October 29, 1897. The name Nogales predates the arrival of the Gadsen Purchase Boundary Survey party. In his report Lt. N. Michler speaks of visiting the commissioner in the "pretty little valley of Los Nogales," saying that the camp was near Los Nogales itself. On July 21, 1855 newspapers reported that the American and Mexican Boundary Commissions were encamped permanently in Los Nogales, eight miles from Calabasas on the road to Magdalena, Mexico. The official name for the camp was Monument. To eliminate any further doubt about this location, the Weekly Arizonan (April 21, 1859) may be quoted "Monument or Nogales Rancho." Nogales Ranch was in Nogales Pass through which the railroad would later lay rails beside Nogales Wash. The ranch was a stage station and livestock center. On the WilliamsonRobert map of 1868 it was called Dos Nogales and lies on the border adjoining the route from Tubac south into Mexico. In the late 1870s, plans were completed for the railroad to be built northward from Guaymas to the border and southward in the United States with the two to meet at Nogales Pass. A rush started as people tried to be part of what was expected to be a border boom town. At first Calabasas was so envisioned. Many went there but a few others went a little further south. Among them was Jacob Isaacson (Dec. 9, 1853), an itinerant peddler who for the preceding five years had moved around in Arizona. He constructed a small store and warehouse straddling the international boundary line. A small settlement of tents, rude shacks and adobe rose around his store. The budding settlement was called Isaactown. Two years after Isaacson arrived, he helped as the final silver spike for the railroad was driven home. Meanwhile, an adjacent community known as Line City was developing on the international boundary and the railroad line. Mexicans called the location of Villa Riva. Apparently no one believed that Line City should be a permanent name, for the citizens were asked to select a name. As the railroad station was called Nogales, the citizens petitioned to have the post office name changed from Isaactown to Nogales. With the railroad work completed, a business lull fell on the small border community and Isaacson, a business man to his marrow, moved on to Mexico City. He died in Detroit. Arizonans refer to the twin cities of Nogales as Los dos Nogales ("the two Nogales"). From its beginning as a box car road station and a community of one or two stores, tents and a few mud huts, Los dos Nogales have grown into large, prosperous attractive cities. Nogales, Arizona, is the county seat for Santa Cruz County. Post Office was established as Isaactown, May 31, 1882, Jacob Isaacson. Name changed to Nogales June 4, 1883.



Law Enforcement Explorers is a program that helps a group of people find out what it’s like to be working with the police department. It offers young men and woman the

chance to challenge them not only physically but mentally as well. The members of the explorers get to work with active members of the Nogales Police Department (NPD) to help get an idea of what it’s really like. Explorers receive an extensive amount of education about how the NPD works. They get a Nogales Police Explorer Uniform and get to work with Police Officers, Detectives, and Supervisors. Explorers learn how to march and be a part of an Explorer Squad and also learn about the different units within the NPD such as Motors, K9 Unit, S.W.A.T. Communications, and many more areas. These members practice police tactics such as: building searches, radio procedures, traffic stops, report writing, crime scene investigation

and more. “I like the training most off all its unique something new and fun that needs you to use the best of you abilities physically and mentally,” says Explorer Jonathan Lunquin. Requirements To be involved with the Explorers, you must be 14-21 years of age, maintain a “C” average or better in school, have no felony convictions or serious misdemeanor arrests or convictions, must be dedicated to attend at least 75 percent of all Explorer functions, meetings and have a strong interest in learning about law enforcement. (Editor’s Note: Lopez is a Rio Rico High School student and an intern writer at Border Eco Magazine.)


For decades Santa Cruz County has been a hub dedicated to international trade between Mexico and the United States with produce being one of the major industries. The county is abundant with produce businesses, which have been here for generations and new ones that have started into a fiercely aggressive competitive industry. Perfect Harvest (PH) is a new, vibrant and successful company with elevated quality products and services that is moving towards perfection. Their hard work and dedication have paved the road to a long, successful future. The birth of PH can be dated back to early 2003, when owner/operator Jorge Mercado, began to develop the vision and core ideas that would form the foundation for the now thriving company. Mercado, a thirty-year veteran in the industry did not begin operating until 2008, focusing on the purchase and sale of high quality grape tomatoes to fulfill contracts and demand. “In those early days we would work where we could, renting space and paying in and out fees to local warehouses,” said Mercado. PH enjoyed steady growth as they continued to buy and sell grape tomatoes from selected growers. In 2010, they began to provide custom packing, which entailed taking grade one produce and ensuring the

product was 100% then packing into private labels. At this point PH was situated in a 12,000 square foot facility, which allowed for growth and fit the needs of the company at the time. “The space was great but one problem we had was that the facility only had 3,000 square feet of refrigerated space and our operations demanding more,” said Mercado. In 2011 PH continued its steady growth with its variety of products and services and outgrew its current residence. “At this point, the need arose for PH to have its own refrigerated distribution center, our volume was no longer accommodated with the size of the current facility,” said Mercado. To meet the demand, PH acquired a 30,000 square foot state-of-art completely refrigerated warehouse located in Nogales, Arizona. At the start of 2012, PH partnered with a group greenhouse growers located in Guanajuato, Mexico and became their exclusive distributor in North America. The company currently operates 23 hectares, which translates into roughly 56 acres of greenhouse growing production. PH methodically selected these growers for the quality of product and standards they produce. “For grape tomatoes it is very tough because you must have the optimal seed, consistency and climate to produce a tomato with the rich taste and near perfect appearance that we are delivering to the market,” said Mercado. Central Mexico’s optimal climate

also allows for year round production of the tomato. “We have received countless comments on how our product is one of the best tasting tomatoes on the market today,” added Mercado. 240,000 pounds a week of grape tomatoes are currently being distributing by PH into the U.S. market, which is expected to increase. This marked a joint venture for PH, as they are committed to develop added greenhouses and build a state-of-the-art facility in Mexico for packing so when the product arrives locally it is ready for distribution. The company’s focus is primarily high quality red and yellow grape tomatoes, with conventional and organic growing methods. A large majority of PH’s customers are food service related and are located in the Midwest and west coast of the United States and Canada. “Our intent is that in the near future you will find PH grape tomatoes in our own packaging in your local supermarkets,” said Mercado. “We have become a vertically integrated company, which means we are involved from the growing, distributing and the sale of our product,” said Leo Spillane, Sales and Marketing. “Because of our customers and our loyalty we are committed to reside in Santa Cruz County,” said Mercado. A sorely needed boost to the local economy injecting new jobs and trade should have local governments clamoring to aide and nurture this thriving business in its infancy.



Perfect Harvest owner/operator Jorge Mercado discusses the company’s steady growth.

PH has had phenomenal growth and advances with new partnerships, increased production and quality. Not only does PH aspire for the future but has set a map for a successful entrepreneurial future with longevity. The company has also recently launched its official website that contains vital information for its customers and the consumer. Perfect Harvest has come

full circle from its inception, which included owner/operator Mercado doing the majority of the job titles in the company with the help of many seasonal workers. At its current state, PH, employs six year round full-time and 35 seasonal employees, which include: Leo Spillane, Sales and Marketing; Carolina PeĂąa, Human Resources and Purchasing; Sam Capin, Operations; Sergio Jimenez, Food

Patricia Wallance, Workforce Investment Act Director for Santa Cruz County, has successfully completed an intensive training program and is now a Certified Manager in Program Improvement (CMPI). This certification is the first of its kind in the adult education and literacy field and signifies membership in an elite group of professional managers. Strong, professional leadership is critical to program improvement and high quality adult education and literacy services. That is why the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC) and ProLiteracy joined forces to develop the Leadership Excellence Academies (LEA) training program. The Academies are built upon a foundation of research, theory, professional wisdom, and best practices. Training occurs over two years, with opportunities for application through a series of interim activities and learning projects. Participants who successfully complete the LEA training may apply for certification, and their activities and learning projects are thoroughly reviewed. Those who demonstrate a grasp of the material and successful apply what they learn become a Certified Manager in Program Improvement. For more information, visit 610 North Morley Avenue, Nogales, AZ Call (520) 375-7670 or email

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The mining industry continues to be an important contributor to Arizona’s economy, with several proposed and early-stage mining projects located across the state. Arizona is home to an abundance of vital minerals capable of meeting our nation's manufacturing and national security needs, while a significant and growing number of jobs held by Arizonans are tied to the mining industry. Increased mineral prices over the past 10 years have sparked renewed interest in several long-recognized, largely untapped deposits in Arizona, including holdings by Wildcat Silver, Rosemont Copper and Curis Resources. Last May, Curis Resources Inc. purchased 1,182 acres of land in Florence, AZ. The company plans to drill 800 feet deep into the copper deposits and inject a vinegar-strength sulfuric acid solution to dissolve the copper, then pump the liquified copper back up in a process called in-situ mining. The project promises low energy and water use, and little dust or noise generation. Company literature hails this project as the first worldwide to rely solely on insitu mining. And Curis isn’t the only firm using the latest in technological advancements to develop sustainable mining projects that will stimulate regional economic growth. Wildcat Silver’s Hermosa Project, located in Santa Cruz County, potentially will be world’s 6th largest silver mine based upon the estimated resource. The company plans to use environmentally sensitive technologies to develop the project and has committed to a philosophy of transparency and open dialogue with neighbors of the surrounding communities. Rosemont Copper is also setting new environmental standards through the use of renewable energy, concurrent reclamation and dry stack tailings, which use half the water of traditional open-pit mines. During its estimated 21-year mine life, the company will provide approximately 2,200 direct and

indirect jobs to Arizonans. With emerging projects on the rise, existing mining companies have begun ramping up production and expanding workforces. Arizona-based mining giants Freeport McMoRan and Asarco have boosted employment at most of their eight Arizona mines and at Asarco's Hayden smelter by up to 33 percent over 2008. Freeport has reopened its mine in Miami, AZ and is investing $40 million to increase its production. Last year, Marshall Vest of the Economic and Business Research Center at UA’s Eller College of Management reported that the state's metal mining industry directly employs about 8,300 people, or 0.3 percent of the state's total work force. However, that number jumps to 73,100 when combined with indirect job contributions by those employed in sectors that supply products and services to the mining industry. While metals mining accounts for only a fraction of the state’s work force, it can still have a tremendous local impact. The state's highest percapita and fastest-growing personal-income rates are not occurring in Maricopa or Pima counties, but in rural Greenlee County - where 45 percent of all jobs are high-paying, mining-related positions. According to a 2011 report by George Leaming of the Western Economic Analysis Center, the Arizona copper industry alone had a combined impact of $12.1 billion on the regional economy, including $3.6 billion in personal income and $601 million in state and local tax revenues. Fundamentally, minerals provide the raw materials necessary to keep the economy moving - as a driver of jobs and economic development. As communities consider solutions to address our nation's mineral needs, they must remember that minerals are critical to the equation of achieving sustainable economic growth. Through sensible environmental policies, mining companies are helping to strengthen our nation's mineral-supply chain, improve American competiveness and enhance our quality of life.

ESCOBAR CELEBRATES 47 YEARS AT CLINIC Gilberto Escobar recently celebrated 47 years with the Nogales Clinic. He was hired when he was only 30 years old. The clinic opened in November of 1964 and Escobar started on December 1965.



2012 participants include Jesus Atondo, Keila Avila, Molly Becnel, Samatha Bernal, Fidel Carrillo Odette Castro, Ariana Del Cid, Darlene Garcia, Ehren Jimenez, Sabrina Leal, Kecin Martinez, Tatiana Medina, Galilea Olvera, Baleria Oropeza, Caronlina Ortega, Alana Osoria, Christian Pereira, Nikita Pradhan, Andrea Reyes, Daniela Reyes, Samantha Rodriguez, David Soto-Hopkins, Valeria Teran and Nayelli Wood. Teen Health Facilitators Marco Antonio Avila, Giannyn Fabian and Manuel Molina. (Listed Alphabetically) BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUS

Santa Cruz County might not have the vast resources of larger metropolitan areas, but organizations like the Mariposa Community Health Center (MCHC) fill vital roles in providing adolescents with the education, training and leadership they need to become successful adults. The MCHC Summer Youth Institute (SYI) is an annual sevenweek education and training program for high school students in Santa Cruz County. The students receive training in Tobacco Basic Skills, HIV/AIDS education, First-Aid/CPR, self-esteem,

leadership development, character development, career planning, nutrition education, avoiding teen dating violence, reality sexuality, dangers of drugs and alcohol and personal responsibility. After completion of the program, the students receive a Teen Health Facilitator certification, enabling them to conduct peer education in their community. “Empowering teens to conduct education among their peers makes for a more effective outcome,” said Alicia Villa, Tobacco and Youth Program Coordinator for MCHC. MCHC established SYI program in 2002 through the collaboration of various community organizations in-

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cluding Gear Up, the University of Arizona’s Cooperative Extension, the Nogales Police Department, the University of Arizona College of Public Health, the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Rio Rico Fire Department and Safeway. The program had 109 applicants last year, and only twenty-four are selected to join the esteemed group. The program enjoys a 100% completion rate making it exceptionally successful for MCHC, the community and its students. “This is a character-building experience that they take with them for the rest of their lives,” said Villa. The SYI program graduated two dozen well-trained teens on July 26,

2012 in a festive celebration held at the local Diamond House event center. Many SYI teens go on to seek careers in public health areas they encountered during the program. Over 200 teens in Santa Cruz County have completed the program since its inception over a decade ago. The program is open to all students in Santa Cruz County but there are several requirements in order to be considered for a position. The students must have completed their first year of high school, submit an application, write a one-page essay on a designated topic provided by MCHC, and present a record of extracurricular activities, high school transcript and letters of recommendation. After receiving the completed applications, MCHC then selects between 20-24 high school students based on a point system. “Good grades are always considered but grades are not the final deciding factor. The most points are awarded to students who provide the necessary documentation and shine in the interview process,” said Villa. Once accepted, the student trainees attend the seven-week program Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., which includes instruction, education, and physical activity. “Because of the program’s success, word of mouth has been extraordinary, and we have more and more students applying each year,” said Villa. Students interested in attending the program can pick up an application through their local Santa Cruz County high schools or at Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales, AZ. For more information about the Summer Youth Institute, contact Alicia Villa at or visit the department of Health and Wellness at 1852 N. Mastick Way, Nogales, Arizona 85621 or call (520) 281-1550.



Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital (CHCH) has recently named three new nurse managers in Nogales. Catherine Fairbanks, Shirley Ortega and Paulina Grijalva look to lead the nursing departments to a successful and bright future at CHCH. We take a minute get to know these extraordinary women and all the effort, hard work and determination they have displayed to earn their title as nurse managers. A majority of people in the community are familiar with CHCH but with the new changes that are occurring, people have not realized how hard they are working to meet and exceed the standards of the local community. These women are part of the leadership team now in place at CHCH that are making the right choices to excel.

Fairbanks leads OR into future Catherine Fairbanks arrived at CHCH in November of 2011 as Manager of Periostitic Services GI and Medical Surgery. Fairbanks comes with 36 years of experience as the director of a surgical unit for a community hospital in Vermont. “We would come to Arizona for vacations and fell in love with the area, so when the position became available and had the opportunity to speak to the leadership, I knew immediately I wanted to work here,” said Fairbanks. “The beauty about CHCH is that you can see the patients every day and if a problem arises we can assess those concerns at once,” said Fairbanks. CHCH is currently focused on providing better and wider variety of surgeries locally. “We hope to be able to do this so that patients won’t have to commute to receive basic surgeries,” said Fairbanks. Currently Fairbanks manages a staff of six, including 22 staff nurses and

The department is currently undergoing exciting renovations. “We are currently expanding and redesigning the area in the operating room (OR) and the sterile processing department (SP),” said Fairbanks. “The SP is where all our instruments are sterilized and wrapped for surgery, it’s where everything begins for surgery,” said Fairbanks. “The SP will receive a new machine that washes and decontaminates automatically, along with scope processors,” added Fairbanks. The entire department will be updated to meet the newest and highest standards of the medical field. “This is exceedingly thrilling and will elevate the quality of work for the staff,” “I believe this communitcates to the community that CHCH is dedicated to improve,” said Fairbanks. In addition, there is new surgical video equipment, allowing for multiple working operating rooms that increase the efficiency of procedures. “This video equipment is some of the best I’ve seen in any hospital,” said Fairbanks. “We can accommodate up to 18 gastrointestinal patients and have as many as 15 scheduled surgeries with up to 3 emergencies,” said Fairbanks. CHCH averages about 3-4 surgeries on a daily basis. Some of the procedures handled at CHCH are c-sections, urology, kidney stones, hernia repairs, biopsies, colonoscopies, upper and lower examinations.


CHCH has recently named three new nurse managers in Nogales. Catherine Fairbanks, top, Shirley Ortega, below and Paulina Grijalva, bottom look to lead the nursing departments to a successful and bright future at CHCH.

Ortega leads emergency room team Shirley Ortega has been with CHCH for the past 11 years and about five months ago she was named the Nursing Manager for the CHCH Emergency Room (ER). Ortega is originally from Pontiac, Michigan and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1977. “I stayed in Phoenix for 16 years then moved to Tucson and finally made my way to Nogales and have been here for

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19 years,” said Ortega. Ortega obtained her degree in 1987 from Grand Canyon University. “I have worked at the larger hospitals but there is a certain charm about smaller operations, the people here are wonderful, both patients and staff,” said Ortega. Ortega currently oversees 25 staff members in the ER department at CHCH, which includes techs, clerks and nurses. “I love my job, it is a chal-

lenge I am up to meeting and exceeding,” said Ortega. Since December of 2011, the department has begun a rapid cycle improvement project, which entailed patient satisfaction surveys. “It has worked so well for us that we call it the new ER department,” said Ortega. Patients arriving at the facility through the ER are currently enjoying a ten-minute wait time before being seen

for care. Currently the patients are first registered then brought immediately into the ER, which is a vast improvement to the long hours of wait time spent in the lobby in the past. The ER has decreased its wait times to 0.09%, which is the lowest in the nation for critical access hospitals. The ER currently has volumes of more that 1,100 patients a month. “On our busiest days we can care for up to forty patients a day,” said Ortega. The department has documented a continued increase in its patient’s satisfaction numbers obtaining a 72% overall. The data is collected by randomly contacting patients who are asked a range of questions relating to the quality of service they received during their stay. “We have a team concept now, that was missing for many years,” said Ortega. “This is the finest team I have ever worked with in my past eleven years of experience at CHCH,” Ortega added with a grin. “There is a turnover rate of 5% in employment at CHCH, the employees are happy, the patients are happy it feels like a new hospital,” said Ortega. “I also greatly attribute our success to the current administration that has made the changes necessary we greatly needed,” said Ortega. With its bright new optimism, the department also added brand new wireless medical heart monitors. The entire department also received intensive training for the technologically advanced new equipment. “This is all state-of-art push button equipment that is tied into our electronic charting system,” said Ortega.

Labor and Delivery succeeds under new leadership Paulina Grijalva is a native of the community and a 1975 graduate of Nogales High School. After graduation, Grijalva had different goals and aspirations than to pursue a career in the medical field. “I got married, and I thought that I was going to be a house wife raising my family,” said Grijalva. Ten years later, Grijalva reassessed her decision and wanted to do something more beneficial with her life, which led her to nursing. Today, Grijalva is the Maternal Newborn Manager at CHCH. Grijalva struggled to start her career. “I didn’t know where to begin, lucky I had a friend that encouraged me and advised me to take my first class, which I did,” said Grijalva. Grijalva started at CHCH 15 years ago with a position as a ward clerk, which with hard work and schooling led to a position as a nurse. “It was a long journey from my first class to graduation that took me five years to complete,” said Grijalva. During this process, Grijalva worked several jobs simultaneously while also raising her children. “I worked my way through the medical field, which I enjoyed, it gave me the experience that I needed for my current position,” said Grijalva. “I wanted to try travel nursing and took a position in California, which seemed very adventurous to me,” said Grijalva. During this period Grijalva was able to experience different approaches to the labor and delivery departments. “I learned the importance of

breast feeding and many other fresh ideas,” said Grijalva. Grijalva remained in the nursing field but also continued to pursue her education. “I obtained my bachelors degree and worked hard to continue and complete a masters in leadership,” said Grijalva. The position of Nurse Manager became available at CHCH in 2011 and Grijalva was named interim nurse manager in November of 2011. After a three-month period, Grijalva was officially given the position as the Maternal Newborn Manager. Grijalva currently oversees a staff of 30, which includes patient care technicians and nurses. CHCH averages about 65 deliveries a month. Grijalva has helped launch the breast-feeding initiative a CHCH, which encourages and educates mothers to exclusively breast-feed. “Studies indicate that there are significant benefits to breast-feeding which we want to promote,” said Grijalva. Along with this the department is also educating mothers not to request induction anytime before their 39 weeks of pregnancy. “A babies brains continues to develop after 38 weeks, even if a mother is tired we encourage the overall health of the child,” said Grijalva. The department has also initiated a new gourmet diner in August of 2012, which is all prepared at CHCH for families to be. “We are presenting families with a top of the line menu, something you would see in a quality restaurant, which might include a filet mignon or a stuffed chicken, served with apple cider, details which we believe our families are enjoying,” said Grijalva. “We see people from all over the county, Tucson and Mexico, we have great care here, that can hold up against any other hospital,” said Grijalva. The department also stays up to date on their education, as they are required to attend yearly training seminars. “We need to be on our toes, we are the eyes and ears for our doctors so we need to be as sharp as we possibly can,” said Grijalva. Education is not limited to staff, recently CHCH has collaborated with Mariposa Community Health Center, the Family Resource Center and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) to offer Prenatal Classes for the community. The classes are offered in a series of 3 classes, concentrating on what to expect during the pregnancy, the labor process, pain management during labor, and the benefits of breastfeeding. The series concludes with a tour of the hospital where the new parents are given the opportunity to see where they will be staying, what to expect during their stay, and to ask any questions they may have. The classes are held monthly, with a break between the series. The series begins again on September 6th, at the Family Resource Center located at 441 North Grand Ave. Suite No. 12. There is no charge for the classes, and family members are encouraged to attend as well. They may register for the class by calling (520) 375-6050. For more information about Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital, please visit 1171 West Target Range Road, Nogales, AZ call (520) 285-3000 or visit online at



If your gums bleed when you brush you probably have periodontal disease. Is that bad? Yes, very. You could lose your teeth, and as many studies suggest, possibly damage your heart and other vital organs as well. And what's worse, there’s usually little or no pain to warn you of how dangerous this situation really is. Bacteria responsible for periodontal disease have been cultured from brain tissue of Alzheimer's patients, from artery walls of folks with heart disease and from lung tissue. Our interstate capillary system is incredibly efficient transporting not only nutrients, but also pathogens to our most distant, and seemingly unrelated, organs. If you saw blood on your hair brush, you would worry, right? Worry should also be our response to blood on the tooth brush. But there's another factor to consider. A couple of days ago I met a young woman (let's call her Mary), who scheduled an exam with me to discuss a dental problem. We talked a bit, and I asked her why she was here, what could I do for her? Mary was worried. She recently began noticing blood on her toothbrush. When I examined her mouth IT WAS SPOTLESS. Mary brushed twice a day without fail. She used dental floss, not every day, but most days. Her gums were pink and had good texture. All signs of health. And two years ago, she was professionally treated for gum disease. Mary thought she was cured. But now the bleeding was back. Mary had a high dental IQ. She knew what blood meant, and she was worried. Probing a bit deeper, she said her last hygiene visit (cleaning) was about a year and a half ago. Since she scrubbed her teeth so well, Mary as-

sumed that should take care of things. After a thorough exam, she was shocked to learn that many teeth had 6 mm pockets. In English, that means approximately 50% of Mary’s roots were re- infected with periodontal disease. And much of the bone holding the teeth in her mouth was beginning to thin out and wash away... a dental type of osteoporosis. But here's what Mary, and so many others like her, miss: once gum disease starts it is almost IMPOSSIBLE TO CURE. Sort of like diabetes, we can CONTROL it but it’s tough to CURE. I tell patients they've become allergic to plaque, the fuzzy film that sticks to our teeth. Even a little bit can be deadly. Research proves once gums develop that initial infection, the plaque must be professionally removed at 2 or 3 month intervals for tooth survival. Certainly brush all you want, but that tiny bit of plaque that sneaks under the gums…. the stuff your brush can't get to… that's, what does us in. It must be PERIODICALLY AND CONSISTENTLY REMOVED COMPLETELY! Find a good Hygienist. Schedule cleaning your teeth along with salon appointments, manicures and changing the oil in the pickup. Hygienists don't clean teeth to make them bright and shiny. Certainly that's part of it. But what they’re really after is the bacteria-infested plaque under your gums. Dentists haven't put enough SPIN on the benefits of regular hygiene appointments. To call it a CLEANING is akin to describing natural child birth as STIMULATING! That is a gross understatement to say the least. The hygienist’s function, more properly labeled, should be described as DECONTAMINATION. Noticing blood on your toothbrush? When was your last DECONTAMINATION appointment? Stay well …Dr. Bill Ardito, Sunshine Dentistry AZ For information please visit 855 W. Bell Road, Suite 600, Nogales, AZ or call (520) 761-1600 or visit online at

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Now through Friday- October 26, 2012: Request for Early Ballots Accepted Request may be made in writing or verbally by contacting the Recorder’s Office at (520) 375-7990.

De Hoy a Viernes, 26 de Octubre del 2012: Se aceptaran solicitudes para votar anticipado.

Tuesday- October 9, 2012: Voter Registration Deadline To register to vote, please go to the Santa Cruz County Recorder’s Office or call to request a voter registration form. You may also register to vote online at: or For qualifications, please visit our website or contact the Recorders office.

Las solicitudes deberán ser por escrito o verbales llamando a la Oficina del Registro Publico al (520) 375-7990.

Thursday- October 11, 2012 through Friday- November 02, 2012: Early Voting Available Santa Cruz County Recorder, 2150 N. Congress Dr., Suite 101, Nogales, Arizona (Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday, August 24, 2012 8 a.m.–5 p.m.) Early Ballots may be delivered to the Recorder’s Office and any polling place until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Tuesday- October 9, 2012:

Voter Registration Deadline

Friday- October 26, 2012:

Deadline to Request an Early Ballot by Mail

Friday- November 2, 2012:

Last day for Early Voting at the Recorder’s Office

Tuesday- November 6, 2012:


Martes, 9 de Octubre del 2012: Último día para registrarse para votar. Para registrarse para votar favor de pasar a la Oficina del Registro Público o llamar para pedir la forma de registro de votante. Puede también registrarse por medio de internet a: o Para requisitos, por favor visite nuestro sitio web o comunicarse a la Oficina del Registro Público.

Jueves, 11 de Octubre del 2012 hasta el Viernes, 2 de Noviembre del 2012: Votación anticipada estará disponible. Oficina del Registro Publico, 2150 N. Congress Dr., Suite 101, Nogales, Arizona (el lunes a jueves, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. y viernes 2 de Noviembre del 2012 de 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Votos anticipados pueden entregarse en la Oficina del Registro Público o en alguna de las casillas de votación hasta las 7:00 p.m. el día de la Elección.

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PERMANENT EARLY VOTING LIST REQUEST Check here if you wish to be included on the Permanent Early Voting List in order to automatically receive an early ballot by mail without having to request each time for each election. REGISTRATION UPDATE SECTION NAME: DATE OF BIRTH: RESIDENCE ADDRESS: MAILING ADDRESS: SIGN HERE: I swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that the above information is true and correct.

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY RECORDER 2150 N. Congress Dr., Nogales, Arizona 85621/(520) 375-7990



Santa Cruz School Superintendent, Alfredo I. Velásquez, in partnership with the Nogales Rotary Club, named its 2012 Teacher of the Year on Friday, August 17, 2012. Teachers from schools in Santa Cruz County were in the running for the top prize and at the event all were honored. The event is a year long process in which funding is sought, preparations and nominees are submitted, reviewed, selected and go through a rigorous interview process. The teachers competing for teacher of the year were Ms. Beatriz Santa Cruz, Challenger Elementary; Mr. Charles Denson, San Cayetano Elementary; Ms. Evelyn Armjo, Peña Blanca Elementary; Ms. Jani George, Calabas Middle School; Mr. David Thompson, A.J. Mitchell Elementary; Ms. Hallie Birkett,

Rio Rico High School; Mr. Manuel F. Gatica, Wade Carpenter Middle School; Ms. Cecilia Gonzales, Fco. Vasquez de Coronado Elementary; Ms. LaRee Plascencia, Mountain View Elementary School; Ms. Sarah Swann, Pierson Vocational High School; Ms. Maria Esther Yañez, Sacred Heart Catholic School; Ms. Lizyvette Lopez, Mary L. Welty Elementary School; and Ms. Marie Elizabeth Naff, San Cayetano Elementary; Mr. Manuel Romero, Coutimundi Middle School; Ms. Roxanna Yañez, Bracker Elementary School; Ms. Roxanne Bell, Desert Shadows Middle School. The festivities were held at the Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico, which featured an exceptional meal and entertainment was provided by the Nogales High School Mariachi Band. The ceremony began with a welcoming by SCC Superintendent

of Schools, Alfredo I. Velásquez and Nogales Rotary Club President, Jim Rowe. Velasquez thanked the sponsors for their donations and advocated the importance of the partnership of the SCC Superintendent of Schools and the club with such a great event. Following the special recognition, Velásquez went on to announce the winners of this year’s celebration. The 2012 Teacher of the Year was Mr. David Thompson from A.J. Mitchell Elementary School. The winner will have the opportunity to go on and compete at the statewide competition. The event, which is one of the year’s largest in the field of education, was concluded with a presentation of Rotary Club International Paul Harris Award. For more information 2150 N Congress Dr., Nogales, AZ 85621, call (520) 375-7940.

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Mayor Garino, Mayor Salinas and Mayor Cortez.

On Tuesday, July 24, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) held its 2012 Border Summit on Pathways to Sustainable Communities in McAllen, TX. Over 200 national leaders came together to hear from Steve Murdock, Ph.D. and Professor at Rice University, his presentation titled The Changing Demography of the Border Region, Texas and the Nation. Nonprofit leaders also had a chance to hear from Mayor Richard Cortez of McAllen, Mayor Raul Salinas of Laredo and Mayor Arturo Garino of Nogales who shared their insights on the challenges and opportunities of the Border economy. Dr. Walter Diaz, Dean of UTPA’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, moderated the panel on the topic of the Eagle Ford Shale Consortium with Leodoro Martinez, Chairman of Eagle Ford Shale Consortium, and Jose L. Ceballos, Consultant for America's Natural Gas Alliance. The day concluded with a federal panel of speakers discussing the Border

Capital Community Initiative (BCCI), recently announced by HUD, USDA and US Treasury’s CDFI Fund for supporting community and economic development along the Border Region. Read NALCAB's letter regarding this latest announcement. Federal speakers included Don Graves, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness at the White House, Yolanda Chavez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs, U.S. HUD and Judith A. Canales, Acting Deputy Under Secretary, USDA. Closed door session The City of Nogales also hosted a closed door session with U.S. Customs & Border Protection Commissioner David Aguilar along with CBP, Border Patrol and various local officers in August 2012. The purpose of the meeting was to contradict public views promoted by national, local media and various others of local violence on the border. City of Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino launched his “Nogales AZ a Great Little Place to Be,” campaign earlier this year to promote and improve the city’s image.



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School Superintendent Alfredo I. Velasquez

A very special thanks to all the Sponsors for making the 2012 Santa Cruz County Teacher of the Year event a great success. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

CARE FOR CREATION AWARD CONTIBUTED The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) will present the first “St. Francis Care for Creation Award” to Lourdes Catholic School of Nogales, Arizona, on August 15, 2012, at 10:45 am. Tucson Bishop, the Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, will preside at the liturgy marking the award and make the presentation. Lourdes Catholic School is located at 555 East Patagonia Highway, Nogales, AZ 85621. The National Council of Catholic Women partnered with the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change to develop the St. Francis Care for Creation Award which recognizes schools that put their faith into action to reduce their carbon footprint, care for the “least of these,” and raise the Catholic voice on behalf of the environment and the poor. To be awarded the St. Francis Care for Creation Award, schools submitted documentation that: 1) provided evidence showing action across all grade levels, in all five of the topic areas (tenets) delineated in the Sr. Francis Pledge, and 2) committed to further good works by signing the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. Actions and activities had to take place between May of 2011 and May of 2012.

Other schools to be awarded the St. Francis Care for Creation Award include St. Juliana Catholic School of West Palm Beach, Florida, Ascension Catholic School of Melbourne, Florida, Gesu School of Toledo, Ohio, St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic School of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and J. J. Nearing Catholic Elementary School of St. Alberta, Canada. Background on the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor With the help of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment and the support of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change launched “The Catholic Climate Covenant: The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor” in 2009. The St. Francis Pledge is a promise and a commitment by Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations, and institutions to live our faith by protecting God’s creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change. The National Council of Catholic Women represents more than 6,500 affiliated Catholic women’s organizations and individual members nationwide. National Council of Catholic Women, 200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 725, Arlington, VA Phone: (703) 224-0990; email:;

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CONTINUES BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUS The Mexican Consulate and the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office launched its IME Becas campaign on August 7, 2012 in order to raise funds for student scholarships in Santa Cruz County and through out the country. The scholarship provides educational opportunities to students of low income in the United States. The program was adopted locally in 2011 by the Mexican Consulate in Nogales, AZ., in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Attorney George Silva and provided many young adults with limited resources the ability to continue their education at Cochise Community College in Santa Cruz County. Many of these students were on hand to witness the launch of this year’s campaign to raise funds and gave high praise to the program for its credibility, access and success. This year the program has aid from technology as it has focused its campaign on mobile text messaging to receive con-

tributions from the public. How to donate To make a $5 contribution text GRANT to 20222, or to make a $10 contribution text STUDY to 20222. For companies or foundations the program is tax deductible and contributions are to be issued by check as follows FONCA DONATIVOS, if a tax deductible receipt is not needed, the check must be issued to Promgrama para alas Comunidades Mexicanas en el Extranjero. A full name and address is also required to receive a receipt. All checks must be mailed to Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, Plaza Juárez No. 20, Piso 17, Col. Centro, C.P. 06010, México, D.F. Donate locally Donors may also contact the local Consulate in order to donate. For more infomation visit the Mexican Consulate at 135 W Cardwell St., Nogales, AZ 85621, email:, call: (520) 287-2521/3381/3386 or visit online at

Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office Staff Nogales Rotary Club Foundation Arizona Mineral Inc – Mr. Greg Lucero Santa Cruz County Attorney- George Silva Walmart- Mr. Joe Morris Unisource Energy Services- Ms. Sharon Foltz/ Mr. Roberto Guevara Nogales Hall of Fame- Dr. Marcelino Varona/ Ms. Alexa Ramirez Chase– Ms. Edmundo Gamillo Wells Fargo- Ms. Mary Borboa McDonalds- Ms. Lee Ana Richards Sykes Communications– Ms. Martha Grijalva Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Dixon Mr. & Mrs. Gus Rigoli Panousopoulos Scholastic Foundation– Mr. Dino Panousopoulos Del Campo Produce- Mr. & Mrs. Martin Ley Mr. Hector & Ms. Alexa Ramirez Eagle Forwarding– Ms. Sylvia Rodriguez Alex Bermudez Scholarship Fund– Interim Police Chief Roy Bermudez Greenpoint Distributing– Ms. Faviola Cuen Border ECO– Mr. David Ramirez & Mr. Edgardo Muñoz Ms. Irene Molera Ms. Jennifer St. John Nogales Lions Club- Mr. David Ramirez Croppers Nogales– Mr. Bill Swoger & Ms. Penny Nelson Mr. Emilio G. Velásquez Ms. Mary Lou Sainz Ms. Suzie Sainz Santa Cruz County Board of Realtors & MLS Mr. & Ms. David Lundstrom Nogales Chamber of Commerce– Ms. Olivia Kramer Panda Express Nogales International Newspaper- Mr. Manuel Coppola & Staff Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico- Mr. Paul Lee Valencia International– Mr. Jose Valencia Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Co., Inc.- Ms. Armida Castro Safeway Store– Mr. Benny Quintero Oasis Cinema– Ms. Susan Clarke Morales Bella Mia Ristorante- Ms. Angie Lopez Maria’s Grill- Ms. Mary Jo Claussen Kasa Mia– Ms. Maggie Vindiola La Bocanita– Mr. Jose Martin & Ms. Maria Isabel Valle Elvira’s Restaurant– Mr. Ruben Monroy IHOP Restaurant– Ms. Dora Lopez Damar Hair Salon– Ms. Alicia Peralta & Ms. Gabriela Denogean Rascon Hair Designing- Ms. Angelica Rascon Italian Peasant- Dominick Puglisi Mr. Rudy Molera Horne Ford– Mr. Tony Griffin Home Depot.– Mr. Jorge Leon Robinson’s True Value Hardware- Mr. Martin Medina City of Tucson Ted’s Country Store Hilltop Art Gallery- Ms. Janice Johnson, Ms. Beverly Prager, Children & Staff Americana Hotel- Mr. Mariano Martinez Nogales High School Mariachi Band- Mr. Gilbert Velez & Students N.U.S.D. Media Services Director- Mr. Juan Armenta Santa Cruz County IT– Ms. Gwynn Harlowe

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Thanks to Safeway Inc. and many other organizations and businesses hosts the first annual Jump Back to School fair on July 21, 2012 at the Nogales High School. The fair was organized to help parents who cannot afford to buy school supplies. NUSD students from kindergarten through fifth grade received the help of having medical and vision services, haircuts & other support services to the students.

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Border Eco Magazine issue 14, Santa Cruz County and Noglaes Elections