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December 2012

Published for SEAGO Member Entities and Strategic Partners

The Opportunity Tour in Greenlee The skies are just a little bit brighter and bluer in Greenlee County, in large part due to the high demand for quality employees spurred by the private sector. The fact that Freeport McMoRan is expanding output is not a secret. The huge growth of countries like China, India and Brazil have placed a premium on the value of copper, needed for both residential and commercial construction. But as the recent ASU Report “Keep the Green in Greenlee” reveals, there are multiple reasons why Greenlee county is the fastest growing coun-

ty in Arizona. Rivers, valleys, mountains and trails is not just the name of the Greenlee County Tourism Council , it is the way of life in this majestic and tranquil home to everything from Big Horn Sheep on the ground to Golden Eagles and Sand Hill Cranes in the skies. Recent Opportunity Tours have stirred developers and builders to set their sights on Greenlee County for many reasons. To take your own Opportunity Tour contact to schedule your tour or to answer your questions. CLICK HERE for more information about tours.

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Nogales/Santa Cruz County working together The glow from the success of the Nogales International Trade Summit continues to shine brightly. With local, county, state federal and international support the future is bright along the border – at long last. There is still much to be done, milestones such as new employers, adding new jobs and attracting more commerce are still being pursued. But the big difference is the unified effort on the part of the leadership in Santa Cruz County and the City of Nogales.

The region is standing up for itself and rescoping the image from negative hype to positive reality. Santa Cruz County & Nogales are not alone support from the private sector has grown as well. Old stereotypes and misconceptions are being erased. How? By bringing new faces to meetings such as the International Trade Summit, and upcoming events that will focus on the areas achievements and importance to the econ y of Arizona. For more information contact

Mexican Land Trust Is Not a “Trust” to the IRS

Story provided by Fleming & Curti, PLC

Many Arizona residents own vacation property in Mexico. Most Arizonans are at least somewhat familiar with Mexico’s land laws governing property ownership by U.S. citizens. The Mexican Federal Constitution of 1917 prohibits non-citizens (of Mexico, that is) from owning property within 100 kilometers of the border or 50 kilometers of the coast. That includes all of the mostpopular vacation areas, from Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point, to the gringos) to Cancun. So how do American citizens manage to buy vacation properties in those restricted zones? The answer, developed over a number of decades and now quite commonplace, is to put the property in what is often called a “bank trust.” Sometimes the mechanism is called a “Mexican Land Trust,” or by the Spanish word for “trust”: fideicomiso. It

looks very much like the Anglo-American concept of a trust. The non-Mexican negotiates the purchase of the property with the seller, but rather than taking title directly pays a Mexican bank to hold title for the benefit of the buyer. The bank trust provides that all taxes, bills and insurance are the responsibility of the individual, and the bank charges an annual fee to hold title in its name. But here’s an interesting American tax question: is the fideicomiso a “trust” within the meaning of our tax law? Because if it is, that will raise a host of other issues. Is it a “foreign trust” for U.S. tax purposes? That would require additional filings and possibly treat the use of the property (i.e.: staying in your Mexican vacation home) as a taxable distribution. It could be much more complicated if the American citizen were to rent out the property for some of the year, for instance. CLICK HERE to read the full article

URS Corp : URS To Provide Construction Services for Mine Tailings Project in Arizona Contract Has a Maximum Value of $104 Million to URS

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URS Corporation (NYSE:URS) today announced that the Company has been awarded a contract by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. to provide construction services for a mine tailings facility at the Morenci mine in southeast Arizona. The contract has a maximum value of approximately $104 million to URS. Under the terms of the new contract, URS is responsible for the construction of a new tailings facility, including a pumping station, tailings dam and seepage collection system. The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2015. Commenting on the contract, Robert W. Zaist, President of Energy & Construction for URS, said: "We are pleased to continue our long-term relationship with Freeport-McMoRan and to have the opportunity to support the expansion of the Morenci mine."

URS Corporation (NYSE: URS) is a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. The Company offers a full range of program management; planning, design and engineering; systems engineering and technical assistance; construction and construction management; operations and maintenance; information technology; and decommissioning and closure services. URS provides services for power, infrastructure, industrial, oil and gas, and federal projects and programs. Headquartered in San Francisco, URS Corporation has more than 57,000 employees in a network of offices in nearly 50 countries http:// .

FAA UAS Integration Greetings, Yesterday I attended the NextGen Industry Management Council meeting and was briefed by David Grizzle the FAA COO for the Air Traffic Management Organization and Jim Williams the manager of the FAA UAS Integration Office. Moving UAS studies and implementation forward are high on their list of priorities. I am attaching Jim Williams briefing slides that describes FAA's current plans and efforts it has underway. The backup slides contain details that are most helpful in understanding the particulars. There were obviously a lot of questions about why the FAA has not issued its notice concerning demonstration sites and other congressionally mandated actions. The answer is that four civil liberties groups had bills introduced in the congress to stop UASs due to privacy concerns. Many members of congress cosponsored the bills not knowing the facts of the issues involved. This of course was happening prior to the election. As a result, the White House told FAA to stop moving forward with the release because of the controversy. As a person who worked in the federal government for 33 years, I can say that the White House usually puts out the word to federal agencies to not do anything controversial prior to an election. This is what apparently happened with the UAS notice. You can see on Jim Williams slide that White House and DOT approval is required for issuance of the notice. I expect that the notice will be released after the inauguration. With regard to the privacy issue, I learned that this issue has been addressed for aviation and suits have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. There is no privacy from the air according to the courts. People can take pictures from aircraft, helicopters, and balloons today. The issue highlighted in the press and congress of the use of UAS to photograph cattle that had crossed into another ranch was actually taken in a Cessna not a UAS. The FAA is staffing up to address this issue at the request of the WH. I am researching the issue and will send out more information in the next couple weeks. I know how important the introduction of UASs is to state operations and manufacturing jobs and will continue to keep you informed as things progress. Charles H. Huettner, Executive Director Aerospace States Association 107 S. West Street, Suite 510 Alexandria, VA 22314 Direct Ph 202 257-4872 Fx 703 548-8784 CLICK HERE for additional information CLICK HERE to see the PowerPoint

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Letter to the Editor

Get Funded: Business Credit & Access to Capital:

Scout Solar Provides Job Training and More

By Andrew Day • Scout Solar LLC • 480-272-154 •

Our focus is on small companies that are under 100 employees in the medical, manufacturing or renewable energy industries, however we can work with any company that requires training services. Health Care training is currently in demand as continuing education requirements for nurses are being put in place. Examples of types of classes offered are electronic medical records, clinical skills, billing and coding, CNA in service training, CPR training etc… We are able to fully customize the training program specific to each employers needs and can provide either online or in person training. Examples of potential clients are small hospitals, urgent cares, home health care, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, general practitioners or dental offices. Another demand is manufacturing training that includes full OSHA certification classes, electrical training, equipment training among other types of classes. As an example we are training AZ Metal

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Works employees in forklift operation, and are providing all of their employees with 30 hour OSHA certifications. We also have a great program for electricians, roofers or solar installers that want to go through solar installation training. I was looking at the list of companies that have received grant awards and noticed that not a single company south or east of Tucson received any funding at all! I think the Arizona Commerce Authority would be thrilled if we could bring them grant recipients. Let me know if you have any questions. If you have any companies in mind you can have them contact me directly and I can start with an analysis of their business to discuss their training needs and grant eligibility. CLICK HERE for more info.

Do You Need an Agent or a Consultant?

Have you created or are you about to create a product (a book, a CD, a painting, a performance, etc.) and would like to sell it, make your investment back, AND earn By Klaudia Kovacs a healthy amount of rev enue from it? For many the process of creating is the easiest part. However, once the product is finished, most do not know how to move forward. Assuming that you...

Tuesday December 11, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM MST Cochise College 901 N Colombo Avenue Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 Join the Cochise College Small Business Development Center, Compound Profit of Arizona and Your Assurance Team for a FREE program on funding to include a review of business vs. personal credit. We’ll then take a look at what is needed to qualify for traditional financing plus some alternative financing options. Issues to be addressed include: •Why is business credit important? •Differences between business and personal credit. •Key elements in developing business credit. •Criteria to qualify for traditional business loans. •Review of several alternative lending sources. This FREE workshop will take place on Tuesday, 12/11/12, from 9am-11:30am at the Cochise College Sierra Vista campus in Room 702. Leading this workshop will be Christy Giroux, Owner/Regional Director of Compound Profit of Arizona and Brent Kempton, Owner/Operator of Your Assurance Team. Seating is limited and you MUST register to attend. Email Rachel at to register.

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Regional Events Dec. 4-5 - Quickbooks 2010: A Cochise College SBDC Class, 9 am to 3 pm, Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus, Room 703, $139 per person. Register: (520) 515-5492. Dec 6 - Douglas Chamber Luncheon, 11;45 am - 1:00 pm, DUSD Patio, Guest Speaker: Larry Catten, Corporate Training Coordinator, CCLAC Dec. 6 - Bisbee Economic Outlook Luncheon, 11 am to 1:30 pm. Turquoise Valley in Naco. Registration: $45. Dec. 7 - Tombstone Courhouse Museum Annual Luminaries & Open House, 6-8 pm Electric Light Parade followed by bon fire and fireworks, Medigovich Sports Field, end of North 7th Street, 7 pm, Parade Info: no entry fee, call Tombstone Chamber of Commerce Toll Free at (888) 457-3929.

Dec. 7 - Multi-Agency Christmas Posada. 3 to 7 pm. Douglas Church of God, 458 5th St. Info: Dec. 8 - Benefit Silent Auction, Tang Gallerylocated at 32 Main St. in Bisbee. All

proceeds obtained above the opening bid price will be used for art supplies. The show will be hung Dec. 3 and the gallery will be open

from 11 to 5 all that week for bidding. Bidding will close at 6pm Dec 8. Closing reception 3pm to 6pm. Any questions call us at 520.432.5824. Dec. 11 - National association of Development Organization Free Webinar, re fiscal cliff and the impact on development organizations and local governments. 2 pm EST. Join NADO for a free webinar.

Effort to Secure Border Crimps Commerce Along It By Fernanda Santos

When the copper smelters closed, the jobs dried up and the people who used to sustain the small shops along this border city’s commercial strips left to find work elsewhere, the Ortega family looked toward the neighbor to the south, Agua Prieta, Mexico, for a new clientele. For decades, catering to Mexicans had been a reliable business plan for the Ortegas and many other store owners here, a PSA ARTAWAKENINGS is a group whose vision is to provide empowerment and recovery through the power of creative expression with adults who face behavioral health challenges. Our studios in Bisbee and Douglas provide therapeutic art groups that use visual art, poetry, music, storytelling, movement and drama to enhance self-esteem, social skills and wellness management. The studios also offer pre-job training and education. Our participants gain

multigenerational band of believers who have been around too long to give up. But the tight border enforcement prompted by the Sept. 11 attacks — and amplified by the harsh realities and language of drug violence and illegal immigration — gradually made it harder to get across the border legally, then too much of a bother, and finally a discomfiting waste of time. Like the copper smelter workers, the Mexicans, little by little, also began to disappear. An unforgiving blow came about two years ago, when the American government CLICK HERE to read the full article.

ART AWAKENINGS personal awareness and professional skills by creating artwork for exhibit and sale. Our gallery at 50 Main Street in Bisbee helps to promote for our participants respect for self and others, personal accountability, and pride in accomplishments.

The gallery shows paintings, drawings, sculpture and jewelry created by our artists and is open Fri, and Sat from 11-5 and also participates

Dec. 11, - Get Funded: Business Credit & Access to Capital: A Cochise College SBDC Event, 9-11:30 am, Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus, Rm. 702. Register Now! To register, contact Rachel Norton at 520-5155478 or Dec 11 NAMI Southeast Arizona’s 10th Annual Winter Holiday Open House. 3 to 6 pm. NAMI REsource Center, 4755 Campus Drive, Sierra Vista. CLICK HERE or info. Dec. 12 - Building Trust, Commitment and Enthusiasm at Work. 5:30 to 9:30. Sierra Vista Campus, Rm. 702. To register: 520-515-5492. Dec. 13 - Douglas Chamber board Meeting, 7:30 am, El Chef Restaurant. Dec. 14 - Meet with Small Business Development Center. Make appointment for one-on-one counseling in Benson. Benson Economic & Business Center, 168 E. 4th St., Benson. Contact George Scott at (520) 2656058. Dec. 15 - December, Tuba Band Christmas Concert, City Park, 1-3 pm. call Tombstone Chamber of Commerce Toll Free at (888) 457-3929. Dec. 15 - Southeast AZ Medical Center Open House. 1 to 4 pm. SAMC Dora Teran Conference Room. Light refreshments. for info. Dec. 16 - Food & Toy Drive at 1 pm and Douglas on Ice at 10 pm. Sponsored by the Douglas Recreation Department & DFD for info.

in Bisbee After Five event with special opening receptions for well know local community artists who share their skills with our program participants. The gallery stays open ‘till 8pm on the second Saturday of the month. Please stop by the gallery and lend your support by purchasing a unique and wonderful work of art.

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Panama Canal Expansion has U.S. Ports Scrambling

Brewer Names New Executive for Arizona-Mexico Commission

The Associated Press Gov. Jan Brewer has named Ignacio “Nacho” Escalante as the director of trade and investment for the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s office in Hermosillo, Mexico. Brewer says Escalante will serve as a liaison and conduit for Mexican business owners seeking investment opportunities in Arizona and vice versa. His mission will be to help facilitate business growth and relocation in both Arizona and Sonora. Arizona first opened a trade office in Hermosillo in 1992. Budget cuts and the economic recession forced state officials to eliminate the Director of Trade and Investment position in 2008. Brewer says Escalante has more than three decades of experience in business and finance, including 10 years as general director of the Economic Development Council of Sonora. In that role, he focused upon attracting foreign capital investment.

Mexico and the United States

The rise of Mexico

America needs to look again at its increasingly important neighbour

Story courtesy of The Economists

NEXT week the leaders of North America’s two most populous countries are due to meet for a neighbourly chat in Washington, DC. The re-elected Barack Obama and Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, have plenty to talk about: Mexico is changing in ways that will profoundly affect its big northern neighbour, and unless America rethinks its outdated picture of life across the border, both countries risk forgoing the benefits promised by Mexico’s rise. CLICK HERE to read the full article

(Panama) -- Huge yellow dump trucks resemble Tonka toys in a sand pile as they haul tons of rust-colored dirt and basalt rock from a 56-foot gash in the earth that will become a new access channel in the $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal. The trucks keep rumbling up muddy terraced slopes as a quick-moving storm blurs the horizon. The rain chases away workers pouring concrete for a mammoth set of locks that will lift super-size ships for their transit across the narrow Isthmus of Panama, but the crews are back in the pit as soon as the sun returns. By April 2015, it will all be under water -- ready for the ever-bigger vessels revolutionizing international trade. The expansion is expected to double the canal's capacity.

The 2015 target is about six months behind schedule, but U.S. ports are still scrambling to ready their channels for so-called post-Panamax ships and some say they welcome the reprieve. At this point, Baltimore and Norfolk, Va. are the only ports along the Eastern Seaboard with channels deep enough to handle the vessels when they're fully loaded. Call it the race for deep water as ports up and down the East Coast, including Port Miami and Port Everglades, and along the Gulf of Mexico make plans to dredge their channels, shore up their docks or rustle up funding for renovations to receive the big ships. Many won't be ready by the time water floods the new locks. CLICK HERE to read the full article.

What’s in a Name - Is It UAS’s or UAV’s? By Mark Ballinger Mark Ballinger has been an unmanned aircraft pilot for 25 years and still refuses to be called the operator. Mark Ballinger, Major USMC Retired Chief Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Raytheon Missile Systems

25 years ago, they were called Remotely Piloted Vehicles or RPV’s. It was a step up from Drone which was the term used during the Viet Nam war and before. There were variations of course. NASA called them Remotely Operated Aircraft (ROA) for a while. The good thing is that there was not much confusion. DoD named the technology, and we all jumped on the bandwagon. Even later when RPV was changed to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to indicate a higher level of autonomy, the terminology was never confused. The acronym was defined and everyone knew what it meant. There were some variations during the 1990’s too. I like the attempt at political correctness with the Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicle. It didn’t catch on. Later it became the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV).

A few years ago, the terminology changed again to UAS. Somehow the change from UAV to UAS was confusing to people, especially the media. Only one letter changed in the acronym, but two words changed. As defined by DoD in JCS Pub 1-02, and the FAA, UAS stands for Unmanned Aircraft System. The word Aerial was changed to Aircraft to indicate a shift in the thinking of what these systems are and should be. For the FAA it meant that the regulations by which we fly these systems apply as they do with any aircraft. For many years there was a sort of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” mentality in the FAA about theRPV’s and UAV’s that were being flown around the country. Companies that are well known today were taking their unmanned aircraft to the nearest open space and testing their systems. The FAA had not declared that the “Vehicles” were aircraft and that the rules of Title 14 CFR apply. That all changed in 2005. DoD wanted to stress the System aspect of the UAS as well. Its not just the airframe, but the ground station and datalink too. CLICK HERE to read full article

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Letter to the Editor

“Reviving Arizona’s Safety Net System” A DES demonstration project

Answer the­ses ques­tions to find out:

From an article titled “Evolve or Die”at

By Curt Prendergast, Nogales International

“Reinventing Arizona’s Safety Net System” and the human services system transformation is a demonstration project that Director Carter has been discussing for DES. The Director has also has a video which is a little more descriptive, in which he discusses the high impact demonstration project. The video can be found at http:// The DES Demonstration Project will explore: · The development and implementation of a new person-centric customer service model. · The development of a cross-authority governance structure that brings together different authorities around a shared vision of growing the capacity of socially and economically challenged Arizonans. · Reformulating the existing safety net and related programs that allows them to work together to achieve the shared vision. · The development of new and vital linkages between the state’s job generation mechanism (Arizona Commerce Authority) and the safety net system, represented principally by DES. · The development of both individual and organizational incentives to grow consumers beyond their need for the safety net. · The development and implementation of new metrics that measure the growth and development of safety net consumers. · The development of a new Federal/ State partnership to support the objectives of the Demonstration. CLICK HERE to see the e-case study. CLICK HERE to see the concept paper. Cindy Saverino Independent Living Supports Administrator, DES/Division of Aging and Adult Services, Office Phone # 602-542-6446

Nogales Council approves $50,000 for port authority

Do You Need To Pivot?

* Is my orig­i­nal busi­ness plan going the way I had hoped? If not, how can we fix it? * Are we tar­ get­ ing the right mar­ ket? What other audi­ence could we con­sider? And what would we have to do to tap into that market? * The last time I met with prospects, what did they say that was sur­pris­ing and could be fod­der for a change in my busi­ness plan? * If we couldn’t sell to our tar­get mar­ket, how could we reshape the com­pany to be profitable?

The local business community got a boost on Nov. 7 as the city council renewed a $50,000 agreement with the Nogales Greater Santa Cruz County Port Authority to promote economic development in Nogales. The funds are dedicated for lobbying efforts, community outreach, promoting investments in ports of entry and roads, and mutual support for economic development projects. The funds will be doled out in monthly payments and the port authority agreed to make semiannual reports to the council about how they spend the money. During the discussion at the council meeting, Councilman Nubar Hanessian asked how much the city’s monthly payment would be, noting that in the past it was $3,500, which adds up to $42,000 instead of $50,000.

* Is there a way to change our prod­uct or ser­vice rad­ic­ ally? What are the pos­si­ble ways to do that and what is the poten­tial of each alternative? * Is there some­thing that could be done with respect to finance that could change our model for the bet­ter? What about our prod­uct mix? Pric­ing? Mar­ket­ing? Sales channel? * Would some­one ever want to buy us? Is there another direc­tion we could take that might increase our value? * What could we do to stop a com­peti­ tor from copy­ing our busi­ness model and cap­tur­ing mar­ket share? How could we stop that from happening?

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“At least over the last two years, the allocation to the port authority has been $50,000 in the budget,” City Manager Shane Dille said. “It’s based off of invoices from the port authority and had those invoices for whatever reason fluxed up to $50,000, we would have paid $50,000.” In the past, invoices from the port authority have not exceeded $50,000, said Deputy City Manager John Kissinger. After a short debate, the council agreed to amend the agreement to include a 60day termination clause that would take effect if the city and port authority cannot resolve a disagreement about the port authority’s invoices. The specifics The council approved a similar agreement with the Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce at its Oct. 10 meetCLICK HERE to read full article

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“Apache-Sitgreaves’ Clifton RD Cleans Backcountry Airstrip” By Micah Miller, Recreation Technician, Clifton Ranger District

including some from the local community. “One guest even flew all the way from Alaska! This first Double Circle fly-in camp could be called nothing but a tremendous success!” The Clifton Ranger District, said Mark Spencer, Arizona Liaison Recreational Aviation Foundation for the RAF. “A very heart felt thank (RAF), Arizona Pilot’s Association you from the pilot community to (APA), Aircraft Owners and Piyou and the wonderful team you lots Association (AOPA), and local (Carol Telles, District Ranger) have National Public Lands Day Event: Double Circle Backcountry ranchers recently teamed up to clean Airstrip Site Clean-up put together in the Clifton Disdebris and trash in and around the trict!...As I was sitting there eating Double Circle back-country airstrip and were overgrown with mesquite and thigh- dinner Saturday night, I could not help but historical area near Upper Eagle Creek. The high grass, trimmed nearly a half mile of think the icing on the cake was the visit of event was held as a part of National Public walkways, and cleared over two acres of four Apache men. After over 140 years, the Lands Day and lasted a total of three Satur- safety corridors for campers. In addition, white eyes and Apache are still meeting at days. Pilots from 29 aircraft visited the site the team removed over 1,000 pounds of Eagle Creek!” over the three days, including one who op- modern garbage in and around the historierated an antique Cessna 195 that was sim- cal structures, as a first step to preserve the CLICK HERE to read more. ply flying across the country and wondered site. Then, during the second part of the what was going on. In all, over 50 people event, taking place on October 6th, 21 piattended the event at one point or another, lots flew into the airstrip for a weekend of including 14 local residents and 4 Apache camping, food, and fun and as an effort to tribal members from the neighboring San raise awareness and interest in the Upper Carlos Reservation. Eagle Creek area as a potential historical interpretive site. For the first part of the event, taking Two southbound lanes established at place on September 21st and 29th, the team The APA- and RAF-sponsored campout Douglas Border Crossing mowed a quarter mile of airstrip edges that and dinner attracted guests from all over, As a result of the Douglas Agua Prieta Port of Entry Stakeholder Group meeting held on November 15, 2012 U.S. Customs and Border Protection have established 2 southbound travel lanes at the Douglas Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar this beauty and wildness of our land,” Salazar Port of Entry during peak hours! week announced dates in 2013 ranging said. “By providing free admission, we are from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Vet- putting out an invitation to all Americans On behalf of the Douglas International erans Day when more than 2,000 national to visit and enjoy these extraordinary treaPort Authority, we want to thank the men parks, national forests, national wildlife ref- sures that belong to all our people.” and women of Customs and Border Prouges, and other federal lands will offer free tection for facilitating the cross border admittance to everyone. The National Park Service and U.S. Fish tourist/shopper/commuter by providing & Wildlife Service will waive their entrance the additional lane of travel. “Our national parks, national wildlife fees and the Bureau of Land Management, refuges, national forests and other public the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Thank you all for taking part in the lands offer every American a place to enjoy Reclamation will waive their standard ameStakeholder Group meeting, much can be outdoor recreation, learn about our nation’s nity fees on September 28 for National Pubaccomplish together! history and culture, and restore our souls lic Lands Day and from November 9 to 11 and spirits by connecting with the natural for Veterans Day weekend. Victor Gonzalez, Douglas International Port Authority, Direct: (520) 289-4091 CLICK HERE to read more and see chart of free days at National Parks for 2013.

Salazar Announces Fee Free Days at National Parks, Other Public Lands for 2013

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Nogales Native to Lead Environmental Commission Nogales International

N o g a l e s native Iras ema Coron a d o has been tapped to lead the secretariat of the Commission Irasema Coronado for Environmental Cooperation of North America, an organization of NAFTA partners that addresses environmental issues of continental concern, including those presented by continent-wide free trade. In an announcement issued Thursday, the commission known as the CEC said its council had appointed Coronado as the seventh executive director of the CEC sec-

retariat. The council is the commission’s governing body and the secretariat provides technical, administrative and operational support to the council. The CEC called Coronado “a noted expert on transboundary environmental issues” who has recently served as a member of its public advisory committee.

Nogales native picked to lead environmental commission

Juan R. Elvira-Quesada, as Chair of the CEC Council, welcomed Coronado, a noted expert on transboundary environmental issues and a member of the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), to the position of CEC Secretariat executive director. CLICK HERE to read more.

Browning is VP of Western Bank’s Arizona operations

Willcox Range News

Western Bank announced the hiring of Eddie Browning as Vice President of its Arizona operations. Browning, originally from Willcox, has been in Phoenix for the last 11 years where he was the State Director for USDA Rural Development and Executive Director for the Arizona Rural Development Council. Browning has extensive experience in economic development and oversaw the USDA’s Rural Development lending program for eight years. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Browning was the former director of the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and was instrumental in bringing the greenhouse business to the Willcox area.

Western Bank is a local community bank with offices in Lordsburg, Silver City, Willcox, and Bisbee. Richard Searle, Western’s Senior VP for its Arizona operations made the announcement last week and will be working with Browning as he transitions into managing the day-to-day operations of the Arizona branches. Searle, who also serves on the Cochise County Board of Supervisors, will continue on the Western Bank Board of Directors and will assist Browning as needed. After being away for the last several years, Eddie and his wife, Barbara, are looking forward to getting back to the Willcox area.

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