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nonmembers. Sign up for this class by calling Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723, and have your credit card ready to prepay. Saturday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m., Pinal Mountain Elks Golf Tourney at the Apache Gold Stronghold Golf Course in Globe. Tee off for this special golf tournament at the famed Apache Gold Resort Apache Stronghold. For information, contact John O’Donnell at 928812-1010. Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m., Miami Fiesta at the Bullion Plaza Green in Miami. Enjoy a full day of Hispanic entertainment, booths and food in celebration of Mexican Independence Day. It all happens on the green in front of Bullion Plaza Museum in downtown Miami. A car show is planned along with a full day of family fun. Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center Annual Health Fair. The Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center is hosting the Annual Health Fair to be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the CVRMC Campus. It kicks off with a 5 K “Get Fit Run.” To sign up for the run, email

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Shootout in Devil’s By John Hernandez It was close to noon when Phinn Brown and young Landry encountered the Mexicans in the canyon.

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heard four rapid gun shots followed by a pause then two more gun shots. Lakel was aware that Brown had gone into the canyon to arrest Smith and knew the gun shots meant trouble. It wasn’t long before he saw two riders headed his way. Lakel hid in the bushes and observed Pete Smith and another Mexican riding down the trail. Pete Smith was riding Brown’s horse. Lakel watched them cross Mineral Creek and as soon as they were out of sight, he hurried into town. Lakel reported what he had heard and seen to the authorities. The news spread quickly and the people of the area in the towns of Ray, Hayden, Kelvin, Globe and Florence were stunned to hear about Brown as he was a popular and respected lawman. A posse was quickly formed among the angry members of the community. They rode swiftly towards Devil’s Canyon. Brown’s body was found near the mouth of the canyon. He had been shot in the chest. They picked up the trail of the shooters and continued up the canyon. As they entered a narrow pass, they were met with gunfire. Deputy George O’Neill’s horse was shot out from underneath him but no one had been hit by the ambushers. Posse members scrambled for cover and looked to return fire. During the exchange of gunfire, posse member “Curley” Henderson spotted one of the Mexicans and shot him dead. The other Mexicans, reported to be two or three in number then fled up the canyon. The posse approached the area where Henderson had shot the ambusher and found the body of Pete Smith. Phinn Brown’s Winchester rifle and ammunition belt were found on Smith’s body. Brown’s horse was found nearby. The posse rode deeper into the perilous canyon.

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Canyon, Part 2 the fear and anxiety was heightened by rumors of a race riot in Sonora, or was it just rumors? Early news reports of the shooting were confusing and inaccurate. Names of the deceased, accounts of the shootings and even the number of people killed in the canyon were often mistaken. A Globe dispatch read: Deputy Sheriff Finn Brown and three Mexican horsethieves were killed in a running gunfight between outlaws and officers, and seven Mexicans and one American were killed at Ray in a race riot following the news of the fight. Brown and his Deputies met the outlaws at Devil’s canyon after a long chase. Brown was killed after two Mexicans had been shot. An hour later Deputy Henderson killed the third Mexican. When the news of Brown’s death reached Ray, the Americans raided the Mexican section of the town driving men, women and children into the hills and killing seven Mexicans while one American was shot and killed by terror stricken fugitives. Further trouble is imminent. A report out of Phoenix dated August 20, did nothing to allay the fear

The body of Will Landry was soon found. It was later reported that he had been tied to a tree and shot 17 times. A short while later two more bodies were found. The dead men were identified as Earl Miller and Frank Bacon. The papers referred to them as timekeepers at the Ray Consolidated Copper Company but on their death certificates, Bacon was listed as a timber helper and Miller as a powderman. They were known to have lived in the canyon area. Apparently they had been surprised by the Mexicans who were fleeing further into the canyon and had been killed quickly and stripped of their possessions. When word of the grisly death of young Landry and the killings of two more Americans spread through the area, tensions were inflamed and rumors were rampant. Stories said that more Mexicans living in the area had joined the bandits and no one knew how many gang members were now fighting against the posse. Gossip said that one of the bandits was heading for Florence. Another tale said that the posse had caught up with one of the Mexicans near Superior and had him surrounded. As night fell


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by the press caused by the confusion and fear during the four day running gun battle and pursuit of the bandits. The word riot was freely used by the press during this time especially when minority races were involved. Other authors have claimed that there was a riot. If not a riot, there were shooting incidents and arrests made in the town of Sonora which were in some way related to the Devil’s Canyon incident. A Mexican supervisor

of an all Mexican crew was known to have been murdered. He was found stabbed to death in his bed. Law men and deputized civilians had also been stationed around the hills surrounding Sonora to prevent further escalation of what may have happened in town or what they feared may happen. They were also there to prevent any of the fleeing horse thieves from returning to Sonora to hide. Back in Devil’s Canyon the posse continued its See Shootout, Page 10

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First harvest in for Oracle’s By Nina Knight “Pleasure for one hour, a bottle of wine. Pleasure for one year, a marriage; but pleasure for a lifetime, a garden.” Chinese Proverb If someone would’ve told me a year ago I’d be writing an article about a vineyard, and especially in Oracle, I’m pretty sure I’d think they were dipping into someone’s wine cellar for sip or two! But that is what’s so great about life, all the unknowns and little surprises along the way… like meeting a “Backyard Vintner” in your own back yard! Approximately six years ago George and Mary Jane Everette purchased

10 acres of land on the outskirts of Tucson in the small town of Oracle. Two years later they moved from Chandler, with their then three-year-old daughter, Gianna, into their newly-built Tuscan-style home. The vast view of the high desert surrounding their property makes it easy to transport oneself to a distant village in the Italian countryside. Once while growing up in Chicago and playing in his grandfather Tamburino’s basement, young George found a photo of the land where his grandfather grew up; the small town of Vagilio Di Basilacta in Potenza, Italy. George concedes that photo is

“very reminiscent” of his property in Oracle. Consequently, George is quick to say the idea behind the vineyard wasn’t so much a dream realized as a “thought resurrected.” Twelve years prior George resided in Matsumoto, Japan, just outside Nagano where the 1998 Olympics took place, teaching English to the Japanese. “I lived near a vineyard where cannon sounds boomed from dusk until dawn,” a tactic used to scare birds from the ripening grapes. “It was a little annoying at times, but not too bad,” revealed George with a chuckle. However, there won’t be cannon sounds coming

from the Everettes’ vineyard this summer, instead, they’ll have nylon mesh surrounding each 200’ row to keep the birds at bay. Before planting the vineyard, George knew certain issues needed to be addressed. “My biggest concern was the wind factor,” he said, “but that’s why I planted my rows parallel to the prevailing winds.” Soil and sunlight are also extremely important. He knew planting the vines on the rocky western slope, running east to west, would give them optimum sunlight with very little shading and excellent

drainage as well. “You know what they say,” smiled George, “the rockier the soil, the better the grapes.” Planting their vineyard on that western slope served the Everette’s especially well to withstand Oracle’s snowy winter, and most importantly, when temperatures dropped to freezing in April. In fact, another Oracle vintner stopped by the Everettes to find out how their vineyard fared after all of their vines had frozen. It goes without saying how important water is, especially in the desert where rain can be fickle and there can be long dry

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spells. Knowing this, the Everettes installed a drip system for the vines. Then, when the monsoon season arrives, or there’s a lot of winter rain, they simply shut the water supply off. There are three variety of grapes in the Everette’s vineyard; Chardonnay, Merlot and Tempranillo. The latter being used mostly for blending, however, “the Tempranillo could very well stand out on its own,” says George. Each year the flavor of the grapes is determined by what the French refer to as terroir. Explained by Jim Law in his book The Backyard Vintner, “I define terrior as the place in which the grapes are grown reflected in the personality of the wine. It’s what makes your wine unique.” Or, as the international wine magazine Gilbert & Gaillard put it, “Terroir is the combination of ground and microclimate which makes particular areas produce distinctive wines.” Staying as organic as possible is George’s goal, meaning no pesticides or herbicides. However, he said when it comes

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very own backyard vintner to using the additive sulphur dioxide (S02), it’s definitely helpful in reducing harmful bacteria and/or oxidation that might grow in the wine. According to Jim law, “Today’s wines have many fewer sulfites than

they have had historically, principally because we understand how other methods, such as the use of inert gases and lees (sediment formed over time from the yeasts and skins of the grapes), can help achieve the same

goal. However, even though we have reduced its use, S02 is still considered necessary in winemaking.” Each year brings a different focus; planting, pruning, weeding and harvesting. “Last year was all about weeding the

(5’ spaced) rows,” said George, “this (3rd) year it’s about pruning back the vines so the sugars will concentrate in the grape cluster,” instead of going to unnecessary vine growth. “Normally we’ll prune six to 12 nodes out,” he explained, “the quality of the grape is better with clusters closer in.” And depending on the grape and its location, ripening comes at various times. The weather will impact the timing as well. “There are microclimates in every vineyard,” said George. “Just a few degrees difference can ripen a cluster quicker than its neighboring vine.” When asked where the wine will be processed and bottled, George nodded his See Vintner, Page 11

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GLOW set for Sept. 9, 10 at Triangle L in Oracle The premiere illuminated art show and event in the state returns again for the enjoyment of all on Sept. 9 and 10 from 7 to 11 p.m. The annual event is now in its eighth year. The Triangle L Ranch in Oracle is the site of GLOW. GLOW was the idea of Sharon Holnback, artist and owner of the Triangle L Ranch. She was inspired by sculptures with light and

luminarias she had seen in Pima County. “This would be such a great place (Triangle L Ranch) for an exhibit like this,” she thought. Sharon knew a lot of artists in Tucson. She called them and they put illuminated sculptures up. “The first year it was just kind of a party,” Sharon said. “The response was great! Everyone was talking about

it. It has since gotten bigger and bigger.” Sharon says that GLOW is a real positive celebration. “There is a lot of diversity in the people and the artists. It has been well received and a positive experience except for one year when a few deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office forgot Oracle was part of America and that they are here to serve and protect the public. But this is

all behind them now and they have been a positive force in regulating traffic and keeping the peace at the event.” Visitors can expect illuminated sculpture, mixed-media installations, light projections, glowing performance art and live music. GLOW’s spectacular displays range from works by school children to avantgarde pieces by some of the state’s best known artists.

Attendees park and walk the road onto the grounds under a galaxy of colorfully lit lanterns that appear to float in the night sky. The ADOBE barn/gallery hosts lit artwork and the outdoor sculpture path and the ranch landscape is filled with glowing installations. One of the special features this year will be “Diamond Jim” Hewitt’s interactive display of music driven visuals projected on a large screen. The software, Hewitt said, displays colorful moving shapes that change as musical rhythm and pitch changes to direct them. Visitors to GLOW will be able to press keys on a keyboard to play notes and change the images displayed. If no one

is pressing keys, recorded original music will drive the images. There will be food and nonalcoholic beverages available for purchase. The 1890s ranch house will be open and will welcome guests to sit on the cafe style porch and enjoy the spectacle. Walking shoes and flashlights are recommended. Tickets are available at the gate and are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 18 and kids under three are free, but must bring an adult with them. Come and enjoy the positive energy in the peaceful desert setting of the Triangle L Ranch. It is there you will experience the Glow. For tickets or more information, go online to www.

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Southern Arizona Symphony to open with showpieces by Liszt, Smetana By Punch Howarth On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra will perform in SaddleBrooke the opening concert of the 2011-2012 season. Galindo’s Sones de Mariachi (Mariachi Songs) opens the program. Soloist Gareth Johnson will then be featured in the popular Violin Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn. The second half of the program includes March Past of the Kitchen Utensils by Vaughn-Williams, Smetana’s The Moldau and Les Preludes of Liszt. The last two selections are by well known Eastern European composers, Bedrich Smetana and Franz Liszt. Smetana along with Dvorak were Bohemian Nationalist composers of what was to become the Czech Republic. Smetana lived

in an Austrian controlled Bohemia at a time when feelings of independence were growing. A work of intense pride about Bohemian nationalism is Smetana’s Ma Vlast (My Country). The work is a series of six tone poems relating to visions of Bohemia. The second, Viltava (River Moldau) that flows past Prague, is the work being performed. It opens with rippling of the river’s birth, followed by a hunt, nymphs swimming in lunar illumination, a village wedding, shimmering reflections of ruined castles, rapids, and final rush to the sea. Smetana’s music is basically Germanic due to his training and was a disciple and friend of Liszt. He develops a Czech musical tradition in mid life that includes folk music and dances, operas based upon Czech life i.e. The Bartered

Bride, and becomes the Slavic focal point for those who follow. Hungarian Franz Liszt, also a product of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, experienced three periods of his musical life. Early on he was a profound piano virtuoso with very large hands. Secondly he became a conductor of orchestra and opera, and following this he became a composer. His compositions reflect a change away from traditional symphonic works to a new tone poem form that leads to Wagner and Richard Strauss. A major influence on his composing were the descriptive works of Berlioz. Les Preludes is the second of 12 symphonic tone poems by Liszt and is the best known and most popular. The Lone Ranger and Tonto loved it as it was used as theme music for the long running radio


to the Arboretum’s flock of Turkey Vultures before the big black birds fly away on their winter migation southwards. The Arboretum opens at 7:00 am today, one hour earlier than usual for September, so visitors can join our staff and volunteers ‘vulture viewing’ from 7:00-8:30 before Dr. Pearson leads the 8:30 am bird walk. Also at 10:30 a.m.

author Conrad Storad will read his entertaining children’s book, Rattlesnake Rules. Bring your camera, today brings a chance to see a real, live vulture up close and personal at the Arizona Game & Fish Department wildlife rehabbers living exhibit near the smith building - with other rescued birds, mammals and reptiles too.

Continued from Page 3 have been labeled a “super food,” and they’re easy to cultivate in Arizona . Twice in September this informal outdoor workshop offers a chance to learn to harvest, juice and prepare these tangy, nutritious fruits in an informal one-hour workshop with Jean Groen and Robert Lewis. Make sure to stay until the end -tasty homemade pomegranate snacks and recipes will be shared following the class. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18, Perform in the Superior Fiestas. The entertainment committee for the St. Francis Fiestas is looking for anyone with talent who would like to perform at the Fiestas Patrias in Superior September 17 and 18. For more information, contact Melissa Torres at 520-827-0772. Saturday, Sept. 24, 7 a.m., Bye Bye Buzzards Celebration at the Arboretum in Superior with a special guest reading by author Conrad Storad. ASU Professor and author Dave Pearson is the special guest interpretive guide for September’s seasonal salute

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and TV show along with the William tell Overture. The work was inspired by poems of Joseph Autran, Les Quatre Elements and Nouvelles meditations poetiques by Lamartine. The work opens with a long developing quiet introduction followed by a

military fanfare. In themes to follow are pastoral, warlike, dreamy and indecisive sections. The fanfare returns much enlarged for an expected big ending. This work celebrates the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth. This concert will be

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Continued from Page 5 pursuit. Another Mexican was reported to have been shot and killed near Superior. He was Ubaldo Amaya, Pete Smith’s half brother and the man reportedly seen with Smith when the stolen horse was first reported. By this time the group of fleeing Mexicans had split up in an attempt to throw off the pursuit of the posse. Supposedly another Mexican was killed by the

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Nugget posse although his identity was never discovered. The press continued to report him as the “unknown Mexican.” By the next day, deputies and posses from Pinal, Gila and Maricopa counties were searching for the Mexicans. The hunt lasted four days before most of the renegade band was considered captured or killed. It would take longer to figure out the number of men involved in the shootings and all the identities of the Mexican gang members.

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left the dead American’s camp and fled over the hills to Superior. Amaya was discovered and attempted to flee. He was shot and killed during the pursuit near Superior. Alvarado was in Superior when he heard the shots that killed Amaya. He left town quickly and hid in the abandoned ruins of old Pinal. He said he saw a posse pass by him twice. He then headed towards Mesa where he was soon caught. “No other Mexicans were implicated,” he said. It would be another month before the last of the outlaws would be apprehended. Ramon Villalobo was the last of the Mexicans captured. Villalobo was trailed by a “Mexican tracker” as the newspapers reported. The tracks had led him into Globe where the trail was lost. He picked up the tracks again and followed them to Clifton. They led to a house owned by Villalobos’ brother. Once there the Mexican detective contacted Sheriff



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Patty in Clifton. Patty along with Marshal Crawford took immediate action in making the arrest. They wired Sheriff Hall in Pinal County to pick up his prisoner. The Arizona Blade Tribune said, “The trailing and arrest of the last of the murderous gang is a triumph for Sheriff Henry Hall.” Villalobo told the authorities how he avoided them. After the posse killed Pedro Smith, Villalobo fled and made his way down to Kelvin where he found the railroad tracks and followed them to Clifton. He holed up there in his brother’s house until he was discovered. He was preparing to cross over to Mexico when captured according to newspaper accounts. The papers also said he confessed quoting him as saying, “I was the partner of Pete Smith through the Ray murders. You have got me. I am ready to take my medicine. I hold up right hand and swear I have confessed the truth and I leave the rest to God.” See next month’s Nugget for the Aftermath. Editor’s Note: Special thank you to Chris Reid and the Pinal County Historical Society Museum in Florence for research information and photo. Thank you to the Kearny Library for Sonora photos.

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Continued from Page 7 head in the direction of the garage. The French refer to this kind of winemaker as a Le Garagists. According to Jim Law Le Garagists are “…a small-scale, progressive winemaker with very basic facilities who make outstanding wines,” then adds, “…many of the wines are the most sought after in the world.” When George revealed the new “bladder” press that recently arrived from Italy, it was like a car enthusiast showing off their new engine! George explained how the bladder, which is like a thick rubber tire in the center of a stainless steel sievelike cylinder, is filled with water, then expands and presses the grapes through the cylinder walls to drain into the trough below. From there, the juice goes into the fermentation tanks where the fermenting process will begin. After a period of time the wine will go into bottles to settle, finish fermenting, rest and eventually be enjoyed. The French term “elevage,” refers to the process from planting to bottling and loosely translates to the careful tending to and “raising” of the grapes. Each component plays a role in the grape growing business; one can argue it comes down to a science of sorts. Some vintners rely heavily on lab analyses, going by numbers to guide their decision-making process. Others, like Jim Law, say, “There is no one best technique, grape variety, soil type, or wine. It is all subjective. In this regard, I consider wine growing to be more of an art than science.” George understands both sides, however, he leans to a less technical hands-on approach enjoying time with his vines in evenings after work; tending the soil, tasting the grapes, crunching a seed or stem… an all-encompassing

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Nugget process that tends to grow on the vintner with time. If all goes well and as planned, the Everette’s could get 100 cases (or considerably more) from their 400 vines. Later on, in the primary vineyard area, there’s room for at least 200 more vines, and substantial acreage for further expansion if the Everette’s so desire. After stashing away some cases for friends and family, George and Mary Jane will offer their wine for sale at the restaurants here in Oracle first, then, who knows what delicious opportunities will follow?

My guess is something splendid, for sure! *Side Note: As for the future of wine globally, “Gilbert & Gaillard’s” May release of 2010 informs us “China & Hong Kong have been declared the main markets of growth

in global consumption.” And 2010’s Vinexpo survey revealed, “Japan is the second largest wineconsuming nation in Asia, but with moderate growth, while India’s growth is eye-catching, predicted to double by 2013.”


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