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Border Problems and Solutions Discussed at Law Enforcement Seminar Fact 1: The majority of illegal narcotics in the US enter the country through the Mexican border. Fact 2: Law enforcement agencies (local, state, and federal) that operate along the border face special challenges with drug, gun, and human trafficking as an every day part of their job. By Joseph Wright/Border Eco

It’s no secret to anyone living in Santa Cruz County that these are issues faced here on an everyday basis. It’s a never ending battle that requires the many law enforcement agencies operating locally to constantly reevaluate their game plans and strategies as the cartels and border bandits do the same. This often requires thinking outside the box. That was the theme on Friday, March 14th at a summit hosted by the County Attorney’s office at the old county courthouse. The summit was part of the Community Oriented Policing Services(COPS) grant, whose goal is to bring law enforcement agencies and communities together to discuss border specific issues. The beginning portion, following registration and a welcome, consisted of panel discussions tackling issues like trafficking in Santa Cruz County and the way the local commerce and the cattle industry are affected by the problems along the border. Members of the first panel included representatives of law enforcement like Chief Derek Arnson of the NPD, Lieutenant RJ Rodriguez of the Sheriff’s office, as well as representatives from Homeland Security, DEA, ATF, CBP, and ICE. The second panel focused more on how drug, gun, and human trafficking affects commerce from a local perspective. Members of the panel included local leaders, namely Dan Bell, Rancher and President of the Cattlemen’s Association; Jaime Chamberlain, former President of the Fresh Produce Association; Bruce Bracker of the Port Authority and Bracker’s department stores; Rich Bohman of the Santa Cruz County

Citizen’s Counsel; and Jim Chilton of the Chilton Ranch. Issues brought up during this panel included lack of resources to defend a stretch of border, the impact that traffickers and illegal immigrants have on the environment(i.e. Trash left behind), the dangers for those working on the ranches and fields that traffickers and bandits use, as well as the impact on the produce industry and the maquilas. Following the panels everyone was broken up into groups and the room was separated into two sections; law enforcement and civilians. This is where the real discussion began. This fast paced session gave groups the opportunity to discuss the problems we face as a border community, barriers, and solutions. Each group discussed and debated the issues until they decided on what they considered to be the biggest problem with the most achievable solution and then they presented it. The results varied dramatically, but each group presented a valid issue. Here is a breakdown of the problems and solutions discussed. • Funding – In adequate funding for the right departments and agencies makes it difficult to battle illegal activity on the border. Proper finding in the right areas may turn the tide. • Employment – Inconsistent employment in the county causes those affected to consider alternate means of income, including illegal activities. More employment opportunities and better training may prevent people from turning to trafficking to pay the bills. • Training for law enforcement – A number of law enforcement agencies in the state have programs that train officers specifically to fight the cartels and traffickers but Santa Cruz County, one of the areas most affected by border crime, doesn’t have a program like that. Implementing a training program for local law enforcement may help to better prepare them to fight border crime.

• The targeting of the poor – Cartels target those who are desperate and in need of money. Steady employment, increased jobs and community outreach may prevent those in poverty from choosing to supplement their income by committing illegal acts. • Product demand – As long as there is a demand for illegal narcotics, there will be organizations willing to supply them. Legalizing and taxing marijuana then using the revenue to battle border crime may not only decrease the amount of drugs brought in through Mexico, but may also provide law enforcement the funding necessary to get the upper hand. The most consistent issues brought up were funding and employment. Sometimes in order to make progress, what it takes is getting a diverse group together and discussing the issues one by one. And that’s what the summit demonstrated. With more outside the box thinking, maybe things really will get better.


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Law Enforcement Tourch Run 2014 Nogales Police Department (NPD) and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office across the Santa Cruz County to raise funds and awareness for this program. Each summer, law enforcement officials carry the Flame of Hope across the county with the Torch Run, and the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics Summer Games in Santa Cruz County. Torch Run for Special Olympics was held April 28, 2014 at Pierson Field in

Nogales, AZ where local area athletes where asked to participate and walk with law enforcement officers. The event is the largest fundraising movement for the Special Olympics and Santa Cruz County and City of Nogales Law Enforcement has been involved in helping since its early days. For more information and Law Enforcement Torch Run resources for your Region, visit our website at www. torchrunva.com or Like us on Facebook.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department with the colaboration of the Nogales Fire Department, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol hosted this years 2014 DARE graduation where 340 fifth grade students from seven county schools graduated this year from the D.A.R.E. program at Oasis Cinema on Friday, April 25th. Schools joining the 2014 D.A.R.E. festivities: Bracker, Elgin, Little Red, Mountain View, Patagonia, Peña Blanca and San Cayetano. The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program has a mission to teach students good decision-making

skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. The vision is a world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors. The children were treated to food, a film and fun activities coordinated by the Sheriff’s Department. The SCC Sheriff’s Office, SCC Attorney’s Office, Superintendent of Schools Office, Little Caesar’s and Oasis Theather sponsored the party.


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One of the most important and most stressful positions in law enforcement is also perhaps the position that receives the least amount of attention or credit from the public. It is a vital part of law enforcement and medical response as well as communication to deputies on patrol. That position is dispatch. Deep inside that Sheriff’s Office at the Santa Cruz County Complex, there is a dimly lit room, full of phones, radios, and computer monitors ringing buzzing and flashing. This is where calls go in and out keeping communication going between those in need of help and those whose duty it is to provide it. The four radio, and three 911 stations inside the Communications Department at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office not only handle dispatch for deputies but also for five different Fire Departments and the Patagonia Marshals. Of the 30,000 calls they receive annually, about 60% of those are medical. In a job where you spend your day locked in a dark room and just

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one call can change everything, the Communications Department experiences a high rate of turnover. Of the eleven positions available, only seven are currently filled. “It takes a unique person to work here,” says Communications Supervisor Augi Huerta. “You have to be well organized and a multitasker.” There is occasionally downtime though. This can also add to the stress of the job since time passes much slower when little is going on. Huerta recalls a Christmas with almost no calls whatsoever and as he said, “You can only watch The Christmas Story so many times.” Although it is a high stress position, those working in Communications are well trained and more than willing to help. They are professional and work their hardest to get soemone to respond as quickly as possible. It’s important to know that if you ever have a reason to call 911, the person answering can help you get through your time of need, and that is most definitely the case at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.

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Over 30 Years of Service “If you enjoy what you do, then you never have to work a day in your life,” says Support Commander Jerry Castillo.

“If you enjoy what you do, then you never have to work a day in your life,” Support Commander Jerry Castillo told Border Eco. And after 32 years with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, it is certainly a philosophy that he lives by. Castillo, a 1980 graduate of Nogales High School, started as a detention officer in 1982. During those years in the Detention Department, Castillo became the first Detention Officer in the state that was not part of the Department of Corrections to attend detention officer training school. After time he eventually made his way up to become the Jail Administrator. In 1990, Castillo was asked to work patrols in order to cover the vacations of

some of the deputies. He enjoyed the job so much that he he decided to stay on board. Four short years later, Castillo was promoted to Sergeant, and established the current department field training program. Over his three decade service to the county, Castillo has worked in nearly every department of Sheriff’s Office; Crisis Negotiator, Operations Commander, Narcotics, Metro Task Force, etc. In fact rather than asking what Castillo does, it would be an easier question to ask what doesn’t he do. Currently as a Support Commander, Castillo assists with communications, manages grants, is in charge of court security, evidence, fleet, uniforms, advertisement and much more. He has also restructured

the local search and rescue program, discovered discrepancies in billing for vehicle maintenance that saved the Sheriff’s Office over five thousand dollars, and acquired a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. He is also the president of PISA (Policia Internacional Sonora Arizona), a international organization that supports cross border cooperation between law enforcement agencies. With dedicated men and women like Jerry Castillo in the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office, we can all rest assured knowing that we are being kept safe by those who not only are qualified, but enjoy what they do.

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Public Safety Awards & Recognition Deputy Travis Arnold Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Nominated by Lieutenant Raoul Rodriguez, Operations Division Commander

Agent Doroteo Peña U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nominated by Leslie Lawson, Patrol Agent in Charge

Deputy Ron Davis Patagonia Marshal’s Nominated by Joseph A. Patterson, Marshal

1st Lieutenant Luis Gonzales Arizona Ranger, Santa Cruz Company Nominated by Captain Armando Madril

Fire Fighter Chris Cruz Rio Rico Fire District Nominated by Les P. Caid, Chief

Deputy County Attorney Vanessa Cartwright Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Santa Cruz County HIDTA Task Force Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office Nominated by Eric Balliet, Assistant Special Agent in Charge

On Friday, May 9, 2014 at Esplendor Resort, the Nogales Rotary Club, Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office, Santa Cruz County Superintendent’s Office, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and the Public Safety Awards Committee recognized the tremendous acts of valor demonstrated by officers of the Santa Cruz County public safety agencies. One of the largest event of its kind in the county, business community, government, elected officials and the media said THANK YOU to public safety for their service. The celebration began with a welcome speech of Mr. Alfredo I. Velasquez, Nogales Rotary Club President, followed by the Posting of the Colors by the Color Guard; the signing of the National Anthem by Ms. Sophia Andrade; Invocation by Father Martin Martinez, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and Introduction of Nogales Rotary Club by Mr. Rudy Piña, Nogales Rotary Club President Elect. The recognition of officers and personal of public safety is an important aspect of Santa Cruz County Public Safety Agencies activities. Presenting awards and recognition for distinguished service provides recognition, enhances morale, reinforces the department’s commitment to the maintaining a high standard of performance by its members and motivates personnel to perform their duties at the highest possible level. The 2014 Santa Cruz County Public Safety of the Year award winner was officer Pedro “Pete” Molera, Nogales Police Department. Public Safety Awards Committee Mr. Derek Arnson, Ms. Leslie Lawson, Mr. Tony Estrada and Mr. Rudy Piña

Detective William Ybarra Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office Nominated by George E. Silva, County Attorney

Paramedic Angel Taddei Nogales Fire Department Nominated by Gerardo Castro, Division Chief Colt Alford Arizona State Parks Board Patagonia Lake State Park Nominated by Officer Candy Bowen

Judges Ms. Sandra Davila, Mr. Mike Scott, Mr. Rudy Piña, Mr. Jorge Leon, Mr. Nohe Garcia and Mr. Arnold Quijada Event sponsors • Nogales Rotary Club • George E. Silva, Santa Cruz County Attorney • Mr. Tony Estrada, Santa Cruz County Sheriff • Mr. Alfredo I. Velasquez, Santa Cruz County School Superintendent • Nogales Tactical • Cropper’s Chevrolet, Buick, & GMC • Horne Ford • Nogales Fraternal Order of Police • Dr. & Mrs. Arnoldo Montiel • Mr. & Mrs. Scott • La Roca Restaurant • Las Vigas Restaurant • Zula’s Restaurant

Officer Pedro “Pete” Molera Nogales Police Department Nominated by Lt. Octavio Gradillas, Patrol Operations Detective Mark Ramirez U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Nominated by Christopher Adduci, Resident Agent in Charge

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Pena Blanca Elementary First Grade Class Wins SARSEF 3rd Place Grand Award

Peña Blanca Elementary First Grade Class Wins SARSEF 3rd Place Grand Award Yolanda Fuentes’ first grade class won the 3rd place SARSEF Grand Award in

the Engineering, Physics and Mathematical Science category at the weeklong 2014 Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair held at the Tucson Convention Center last week.

SCVUSD Future Chef Competition The Pesto Parmesan Italian Sandwich, created by Dior Velez, 3rd grader at San Cayetano Elementary, took first place at the recent “Future Chef” competition at SCVUSD. The sandwich was made with toasted

bread spread with pesto, topped with provolone cheese, turkey, ham, parmesan cheese, and spinach, then capped with another piece of toasted bread. Judges referred to it as having an “adult taste.”

RRHS Students Perform with TJI at 2014 Essentially Ellington HS Jazz Band Competition. Students are senior Gabriel Paco (Clarinet and Alto Saxophone), senior Tyler Bauer (Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet), and freshman Richie Brennan (Trombone).

Rio Rico High School JROTC Instructs DSMS Students on Flag Etiquette

Rio Rico JROTC cadets were recently invited to provide instruction on flag history and etiquette at nearby Desert Shadows Middle School.

Daniel Astrid takes 1st place at Peña Blanca Science Fair.


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Mariposa Community Health Center

Pharmacy Groundbreaking Ceremony “Having a pharmacy on site is critical not only for convenience but also for patient education and counseling. Patients can talk directly with the providers and ask them questions and concerns” says MCHC CEO James R. Welden.

Mariposa Community Health Center at Nogales, Arizona held the groundbreaking ceremony for their

new Pharmacy. MCHC CEO James R. Welden gave a speech followed up with some remarks from Pharmacy Director Carol Nickerson, Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino and Board President Ms. Sigrid Maitrejean. The ceremony was at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the construction site. MCHC new pharmacy will provide in 2014 an estimate of 67,000 prescriptions of which around 7,900 will be delivered to the MCHC of Patagonia and 33,600 to the MCHC of Rio Rico. For more information please visit Mariposa Community Health Center at: 1852 N Mastick Way, Nogales, AZ 85621 Ph: (520) 281-1550 or visit their website: www.mariposachc.net


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Much more than a reason to run

On March 30, 2014 Sergio Ahumada, son of Holy Cross respiratory therapist Luann Ahumada, represented the hospital in the 16th annual Susan G Kamen Race for the Cure at the U of A for the Carondelet team. Out of 296 participants, Ahumada took 4th place, and 1st in his age category. The race was a 5k and Ahumada finished with a time of 18 minutes and 22 seconds. Ahumada’s reason for racing was much more than just supporting a good cause. A few weeks prior to the race, Ahumada’s aunt, Tina Ivans, passed away from breast cancer. “My aunt Tina was a warrior,” says Ahumada. “She fought very hard to live. This is just a small thing that I am able

to do in her memory.” Ahumada raised $335 for the cause as well with the intention of bringing hope to those suffering the same terrible affliction as his aunt, Tina. “I like that I could raise money to help others fight too.” Ahumada is a perfect example of the spirit behind Race for the Cure. He’s also an example to others who have or have had loved ones suffer from breast cancer or other terminal diseases. He’s shown that no one is helpless and during those difficult times as our loved ones seem to be slipping from our grasp, there are things that anyone can do to get through it and to help others get through it as well.

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Santa Cruz Training Program Prom Festivitie

For the second year, the “Spring Dance committee”: Santa Cruz County Fiduciary Office; DES/DDD Support Coordinators; Horizon Human Service and Santa Cruz Training Programs, have planned and created a festive atmosphere of a prom like dance for Adults with disabilities. It has become a special event to celebrate the many well deserving Members who work tirelessly or volunteer in our local community. The Committee decided it was time to have a yearly social event to

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EVENTS

3rd Annual Nogales City Fest The 3rd annual Nogales City Fest 2014 took place March 22, 2014 at Teyechea park (behind City Hall) from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Nogales, Arizona. Nogales City Fest is an event which networks with different agencies of Santa Cruz County and local city agencies to provide information and resources to our community. There where games and activities for the children and food for the public who attended this wonderful event. The event was organized by Centro Familiar Cristiano. For more information on this event please contact Centro Familiar Cristiano 1485 N. Industrial Park #5 Nogales, AZ 85621 (520) 397-0705 azphc@gmail.com

The Children’s Health Fair

Cenpatico of Arizona and the City of Nogales Community and various organizations, health providers, behavioral health service providers, and government agencies participated this past Friday, April 25, 2014 out side the side walk of Nogales Walmart Super-Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event honors Children’s Day and will promote children’s mental health awareness, as well as raise awareness about healthy lifestyles. Family member will be given information about specific programs that are available in the local community and how to access and apply for these services.

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On February 21st and 22nd, 2014 the NHS Cheerleading team, lead by long time Coach Carolyn Hernandez attended the Arizona State Cheerleading Championships. When they returned home, they did so as more than just participants and proud athletes; they returned home as State Champions. They also brought with them not one, or two, but three championship trophies. The first trophy was for the entire team in the category of Large Co-Ed(the categories are based on school size and the number of boys on the team). With three judges each allowed to score a maximum of 100(300 hundred being a perfect

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score), Nogales won the day with a score of 264.5. The other two trophies were won by Karina Suarez in the Cheer Solo category with a score of 264.5 and by Sindu Matnuaga and cousins Sabrina and Karina Suarez in the Partner Stunt Team category. NHS actually tied with Valley Vista in the Partners category with a score of 263 points. “We had a pretty great season,” said Coach Hernandez. “They bonded well together. These kids are very talented.” Coach Hernandez just completed her 30th season coaching cheerleading and is about to finish her 35th year teaching at NHS.

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March: Second place at Nationals in Anaheim, California. First place in Phoenix at the Jamfest competition. April: First place in the competition” Cheersport “also in Phoenix, Arizona. Special thanks to our community for their unconditional support.

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Mr. C’s Restaurant and NCD Receive State Award

USDA Rural Development State Director Alan Stephens was in Nogales March 13, to present an award to Mr. C’s Restaurant and Nogales Community Development Corporation, in recognition of the agency’s partnership with the local nonprofit to help new and existing businesses through federal funds. Nogales Community Development Corporation (NCD) is one a handful of organizations in Arizona authorized to re-lend money from the federal government to struggling small businesses or start-ups. Entrepreneurs who are trying to get an idea off the ground or to keep an existing business afloat can apply for loans up to $50,000 from NCD, which acts as an intermediary in the USDA Rural Development Intermediary Re-lending Program and the USDA Rural Micro-Entrepreneur Assistance Program. In 2011, local restaurateur Michael Crevelone, whose family has owned Mr. C’s since it was founded in 1972, decided to retake operation of the restaurant after leasing it out for over a decade. “I came back in and did a bunch of repairs, of remodel, and I spent a lot more money than I anticipated,” Crevelone says. He requested and was approved for a USDA loan in 2012 to buy equipment and cover the cost of operating during an economic downturn. “It was at a critical down time in the economy where things were slow. I

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Nogales Mercado Farmers’ Market Anniversary Celebration Nogales Mercado Farmer’s Market celebrated it’s first anniversary April, 5th, 2014, thanks to all the participants (vendors and clients) that are helping to establish a local-culturalhealthy Farmers Market in Nogales, Arizona. The market combines farm fresh goodness, hand-crafted products and

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