Vo l . VI No. 2 December 2010
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ongoing MONDAYS - BIRD WALKS AT PATAGONIA LAKE STATE PARK at 9am. Sponsored by Friends of Sonoita Creek. Free, but you must pay the State Park admission of $10 per car. (Turn right at the stop sign after the gatehouse.). The walks begin at the east end of the camp ground at the kiosk. Walks last from 2 to 3 hours, but it is easy to turn around and return to your car. Call 520-820-5101. �
NOW THRU JAN 2ND - HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET at the Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Rd. 398-2371. Fine hand-crafted collectibles and gifts. NOW THRU JAN 9TH - MEMBERS' JURIED EXHIBIT at the Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Rd. 398-2371. See diﬀerent pieces from over 60 local artists. TUES, DEC 7TH - International recording artist "ARMAND AND ANGELINA" IN CONCERT at the Sonoran Center on the Amado Territory Ranch, I-19, Exit 48, east. S sponsored by the Sonoran Desert Center for Spiritual Living, www.cslaz.org. Suggested donation: $15. Call 625-6100. OPENING WED DEC 8TH THRU JAN 21ST – GREEN VALLEY VILLAGE ART EXHIBITION featuring the work of 13 local artists.101 S. La Canada Drive, Meeting Room #13, Green Valley. Free. 10am – 2pm. THURS, DEC 9TH – “COMETS AND THE CLOVIS PEOPLE” LECTURE by University of Arizona archaeologist Vance Holliday at 7pm, at the North County Facility at 50 Bridge Road in Tubac. Free and open to the public. The Santa Cruz Valley Arizona Archaeological Society chapter meets the second Thursday of each month. Call Alan Sorkowitz at 520207-7151 or inquire via e-mail at email@example.com. FRI, DEC 10TH - FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSIC BY AMBER NORGAARD from 5-8pm at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori plus our Famous Fish & Chips special. 398-2397. SAT, DEC 11TH - DEDICATION OF ANIMAL TRACKS TRAIL AND NATURE PRESERVE at the Patagonia Montessori School. This is a gift to the community by the School. It has 12 acres of natural habitat including one-third mile of of Sonoita Creek with a trail connecting to the Patagonia Train Track Trail and with a nature study and picnic area. Optional early morning activities are a bird walk at 9:30am and a natural history tour at 10:15am.The celebration will start at 11am with a the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by the Montessori Coursers. After a few brief remarks the Wind Song Duo will sing stream side songs and there will be hip hop by the Animal Track girls. The celebration will conclude with a pot luck lunch. Meet at the School. RSVP to 520-394-9530. SAT, DEC 11TH - THE ANNUAL BAKE SALE AND GET YOUR PET'S PHOTO WITH SANTA will be held from 11am-3pm at 16 Tubac Road (in front of Sole Shoes). All proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Humane Society. There will be homemade toﬀee, fudge, assorted Christmas cookies, jewelry, and dog biscuits for your favorite pets. Cats will be available
on site for adoption or pick your new pet to adopt or foster from the photos and descriptions on our Christmas tree. For information, to volunteer, or to bake call: Barbara 520 648-9968 or Beth 520 5484468. SAT, DEC 11TH - Join Rogoway Gallery and Tubac Territory for "A COWBOY CHRISTMAS". Come on down for Artist Reception, Vittles, Wine & Music. Artists Michael Swearingin, Gustavo Olivas and Carlos Lopez will be featured. Music by Mr. Biscuit and the Gravy Boys and their authentic 1800's chuckwagon. Noon to 8pm. 398-2913 or 398-2041. #1 & #5 Calle Baca.
"Into the Light" by Nicholas Wilson gouache on panel, 11" x 14" Wilson will be giving copperplate etching demonstrations on December 18th from 1 - 5pm at T.J's Tortuga Books at 18 Tubac Road, in Tubac's Mercado de Baca. Call 520-398-8109 for more info. Etchings will be available for purchase.
SAT, DEC 11TH - MARIACHI PLATA PLAYING LIVE from 7-10pm at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori. 3982397. SUN, DEC 12TH - SANTA CRUZ SINGERS community sing of the traditional Christmas choruses from Handel’s Messiah at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Country Club Drive in Nogales at 4pm. WED, DEC 15TH - WEDNESDAY WINE TASTING at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori~ visit our wine table anytime from 5-6:30pm & sample great wine, $5 per person. 398-2397. WED, DEC 15TH - SANTA CRUZ SINGERS invite one and all to their annual holiday party at 6:30pm in the Patagonia Community Center. THURS, DEC 16TH - TUBAC THURSDAY MORNING BREAKFAST FORUM PRESENTS Jill MCain and Carol Gaxiola speaking on BEARING WITNESS TO THE IMPACT OF MURDER. Jill McCain is presently seeking justice within the criminal justice system for her husband who was murdered. Carol Gaxiola's child was murdered; she is the Director of Homicide Survivors, Inc. Homicide Survivors oﬀers support to help survivors cope with grief and trauma, oﬀers assistance to help reduce the economic impact on families and oﬀers advocacy to help survivors seek justice for their loved ones. Forum begins at 8:30am at Maria's Restaurant, Plaza de Anza, 40 Avenida Goya $10 admission includes full sit down breakfast. Seating is limited. Reservations call 398-3350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. continued on page 4...
You can see more of Nicholas Wilson's artwork and learn more about this incredible wildlife artist at the Karin Newby Gallery, also in the Mercado de Baca, just over the footbridge, next to Shelby's Bistro. Call 520- 398-9662
4 ...continued from page 3 FRI, DEC 17TH - NIGHT LIVE MUSIC BY EDUARDO VALENCIA from 5-8pm at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori plus our Famous Fish & Chips special. 398-2397. SAT, DEC 18TH - SUSHI NIGHT at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori~ the last in our Guest Chef series for 2010! Join us for sushi rolls, sashimi and other delights prepared by Chef Serge Manna. Reservations required for Guest Chef menu only. Call (520) 398-2397. SAT, DEC 18TH - ARTIST DEMONSTRATION BY Artists of the Month WOLFGANG VAATZ and CLEO TEISSEDRE at Rogoway Gallery, Calle Baca. Meet the Artists from 1 to 5pm. Wolfgang, a stone sculptor originally from South Arfica, will demonstrate his jewelery making including stone cutting. Cleo, famed local artist and art instructor, will be demonstrating her inimitable abstract art. Call 3982041. SAT & SUN, DEC 18TH & 19TH - NICHOLAS WILSON ETCHING DEMONSTRATION at TJ's Tortuga Books & Coﬀee Beans, 19 Tubac Rd. 3988109 SUN, DEC 19TH – CHRISTMAS CAROLS at 2pm at the Tubac Plaza Main Stage featuring the “Gabriel of Urantia's Bright & Morning Star Choir” and the “Planetary Folk Group” and shhhh! Santa
Claus will be making a special appearance, so be sure to come and share in the fun!!! Admission is by donation. The Tubac Plaza Main Stage next to the Out Of The Way Galleria at 29 Tubac Plaza. For directions or more information on either event call (520) 398-2542 or visit www. GlobalChangeMultiMedia.org. FRI, DEC 24TH - ~ CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS & IRENE'S B-DAY with us at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori. Live music by Bill Manzanedo from 5-8 PM plus our Famous Fish & Chips special. 398-2397. THURS, DEC 30TH - TUBAC THURSDAY MORNING BREAKFAST FORUM PRESENTS a
special holiday Forum with Ann Mortifee and Paul Horn speaking on IN LOVE WITH THE MYSTERY. Ann Mortifee is a singer and composer and the author of IN LOVE WITH THE MYSTERY which deals with finding love in later life with musician Paul Horn and living life improvisationally. In the 1950s thru the mid-60s, Paul Horn was a well known jazz musician; he participated in a memorable live session with Cal Tjader in 1959. In1964, Horn recorded one of the first Jazz Masses, utilizing an orchestra arranged by Lalo Schifrin. In 1967,Paul Horn studied transcendental meditation in India and became a teacher. The following year, he recorded unaccompanied flute solos at the Taj Mahal (where he enjoyed interacting with the echoes), and would go on to record in the Great Pyramid, tour China (1979) and the Soviet Union. He founded his own label the Golden Flute. Forum begins at 8:30am at Maria's Restaurant, Plaza de Anza, 40 Avenida Goya. $10 admission includes full sit down breakfast. Seating is limited. Reservations, call 398-3350 or email email@example.com.
5 FRI, DEC 31ST - BRING IN THE NEW YEAR at Amado Territory Steakhouse WITH DANCING AND LIVE MUSIC BY BECKY REYES and her band. I-19 Exit 48, east. 398-2651. THURS, JAN 6TH - TUBAC THURSDAY MORNING BREAKFAST FORUM PRESENTS Gretchen Nielsen speaking on A WOMAN IN BLACK. Gretchen is a poet, writer and peace activist, and a 76 year old grandmother who as a Woman in Black takes to the streets of Tucson in opposition to war. She is a frequent contributor to the Arizona Daily Star. Forum begins at 8:30am at Maria's Restaurant, Plaza de Anza, 40 Avenida Goya, Tubac. $10 admission includes full sit down breakfast. Seating is limited. Advance reservations, call 398-3350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. FRI, JAN 7TH - FIRST FRIDAY AT WISDOM’S CAFÉ in Tumacacori ~ enjoy 2-for-1 Margaritas all day plus our Famous Fish & Chips and live music by Amber Norgaard from 5-8pm. 398-2397. THURS, JAN 13TH - OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE AZ AQUEOUS EXHIBIT at the Tubac Center of the Arts. 9 Plaza Rd. 398-2371. SAT, JAN 15TH - TUBAC CENTER OF THE ART'S ANNUAL HOME TOUR from 10am to 4pm. Visit 6 unique & historical homes on the self-guided home tour. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. $20 members, $25 non. 9 Plaza Rd. 398-2371. WED THRU FRI, JAN 19TH – 21ST - GRAND CANYON RAILROAD TOUR. $745 per person double occupancy. Fiesta Tours International 398-9705.
FRI, JAN 21ST - DIXIE CATS at 7pm at the Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 W Continental Rd in Green Valley. 520 399-1750. Don’t miss this six-piece swinging jazz band playing the music of new Orleans-style Dixieland. $8 in advance, $10 at door.
MON, JAN 31ST - BLUES REDEEMERS at 7pm at the Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 W Continental Rd in Green Valley. 520 399-1750. Blues and Boogie Woogie piano master Arthur Migliazza and English blues harmonica sensation Tom Wallbank lead a foot stomping blues quartet. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
MON, JAN 24TH - BLUES AND SOUL EXPLOSION at 7pm at the Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 W Continental Rd in Green Valley. 520 3991750. Rumble with Gaslight favorites Mike Yarema and Charlie Hall as Joliet Jake & Elwood Blues, Chicago’s own blues-loving-rabble rouser Blues Brothers. They’ll be joined by The Bad News Blues Band in this memorable musical event.Robert Shaw production.$22. TUES, JAN 25TH – DAY TOUR OF Alpacas, Wine Tasting & Empire Ranch – SONOITA. $125. Fiesta Tours International 398-9705. WED, JAN 26TH - REBALANCING THE OCEAN from 8am to 5pm at the Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 W Continental Rd in Green Valley. 520 399-1750. Free. OPENING THURS JAN 27TH - SANTA CRUZ SHOESTRING PLAYERS' PRODUCATION OF “SYLVIA” - this hilarious love triangle between a man, his wife and a dog, Sylvia, is a play no one who enjoys a good time should miss. Written by A.J. Gurney and directed by Susan Ford. Thurs at 2pm, Fri & Sat - Jan 28-29, & Feb 4-5 at 7pm. $12 in advance; $14 at the door. Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 W Continental Rd in Green Valley. 520 399-1750.
ANNOUNCEMENTS SHOESTRING PLAYERS SEEKS PRODUCTION PROPOSALS - Santa Cruz Shoestring Players, a part of the Community Performing Arts Center (CPAC) in Green Valley, is seeking production proposals from experienced stage directors for its 2011-2012 season. There will be three slots available. The director proposing a particular play or musical must have assisted in a previous Shoestring Players production or have significant stage directing experience at other theaters. Candidates need not be residents of Green Valley. There are no paid positions and production budgets are modest. To propose a production, e-mail your proposed production’s title and a brief summary of your directorial experience to Susan Voorhees at email@example.com. Include your phone number. Production dates are tentatively scheduled for mid October, late January/early February, and late April/early May. Deadline for submissions is Feb 1, 2011. Send your event listings to firstname.lastname@example.org, send them to PO BOX 4018, Tubac, AZ 85646.
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Two fire stations built in the Tubac Fire District during 2010 came in well under budget. Money for the projects was approved by voters in a November 2008 bond election. Both new stations are in northeast Rio Rico, which is part of the Tubac Fire District. Louis Chaboya, special projects and emergency manager, provided these figures: Fire Station No. 3, which opened in March, cost $3,002,679, which was $97,320 under the budgeted amount of $3,100,000. Fire Station No. 4, which opened in late October, cost $2,847,848, which was $252,151 under the budget of $3,100,000. Apparatus including fire engines,
a water tender and equipment, purchased for both stations totaled $684,333, $15,666 under the budgeted amount of $700,000, Chaboya said. Fire Chief Kevin Keeley said the projects came in under budget due to competition by contractors, a decreasing cost of supplies resulting from the poor economy, and oversight by Chaboya. He said Chaboya “did a fabulous job as project manager and stayed on top of everything, and that was invaluable.”
About $370,000 remains from the bond draw, Chaboya said. Keeley said the five-member governing board will be given a suggested list of needed items to purchase. The bond money cannot be spent on raises or for more employees, but for capital equipment and planning and design work for a new Station No. 1, which Keeley said won’t be built for four or more years.
The December board meeting, open to the public, is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m. at Station 1 in Tubac. coMPuters at tuBac LiBrarY
Replacing older computers, two new computers with Internet access for public use were installed at the Tubac public library on Nov. 22. A new computer for the clerk’s use was also installed. Funding came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Library Director Suzanne Haddock said.
The library, a branch of the NogalesSanta Cruz County Public Library, is in the Tubac Community Center, 50 Bridge. Rd. The library is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information, call 398-9814.
W Hat iF rio rico incorPorates? At the Nov. 15 meeting of the Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council, President Rich Bohman told attendees that he believes it’s important for Tubac residents to be aware that individuals in Rio Rico are looking into incorporation of the community as a town with its own government.
He reminded people that the SCVCC backed a study about incorporation in Tubac in 2006 and held five public meetings, but there wasn’t sufficient support for it. He said the information in the study remains useful.
Bohman said that Tubac residents should be watchful because “there’s always the possibility of annexation” of Tubac by Rio Rico. “We, as a community, need to keep an eye on it,” he said. Dean Davis, president of the Rio
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Rico Chamber of Commerce, attended the SCVCC meeting and said Rio Rico has no intention of annexing Tubac. He said the goal of incorporation is to increase retail services for the county.
He said the proponents have to raise about $25,000 to get the word out to people and to pay costs associated with having the question on a November 2011 ballot. PuBLic Works Director resigns
Santa Cruz County Public Works Director Scott Altherr resigned effective Dec. 5, and went to work for Kimley Horn and Associates in Tucson, a land planning firm. In an email response, he said the reason for resigning “was a family decision.” Altherr has been in the position since Jan. 2, 2008.
Carlos Rivera, interim county manager, said in mid-November that no decision has been made on what to do about Altherr’s position. “I haven’t discussed it with the Board of Supervisors yet. It’s their call,” he said.
Altherr’s salary was $97,510 a year, Rivera said. Second in line in the public works department is Jesus Valdez, deputy director. scHooL BoarD MeMBers eLecteD
Three Rio Rico individuals were elected Nov. 2 for the governing board of the Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 (Tubac and Rio Rico). They will take office Jan. 2.
Elected to four-year terms were incumbents Rosie Simpson and Susan Faubion, along with Joel Kramer. They will join Harry Clapeck and Brian Vandervoet who have two years remaining on their terms. Board meetings, open to the public, are generally held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. For information about meeting agendas, call Julie Kuboyama at (520) 375-8261.
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Tubac Community Center: follow Calle Igelsia around the bend, or from the East Frontage Road, take Bridge Road to the end.
ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CHURCH (520) 777-6601 AMADO RV & SELF STORAGE (520) 398-8003 AMADO TERRITORY STEAKHOUSE (520) 398-2651
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De Anza Restaurante & Cantina (520) 398-0300 Clay Hands Studio (520) 398-2885 Cobalt Gallery (520) 398- 1200
BARRIO CUSTOM PAINTING (520) 648-7578
Hal Empie Gallery (520) 398-2811
Casa Maya de Mexico (520) 398-9373
Schatze (520) 398-9855 Roberta Rogers Studios (520) 979-4122 Tubac Professional Services (520) 398-2472 The Red Door Gallery (520) 398-3943 Tubac Territory (520) 398-2913 Rogoway Gallery (520) 398-2041 Heir Looms Old World Imports (520) 398-2369 Tumacookery (520) 398-9497
CHEAP DELIVERY SERVICE (520) 305-8365
The Artist's Daughter (520) 398-9525 Galleria Tubac (520) 398-9088 Jane's Attic (520) 398-9301
Old Presidio Traders (520) 398-9333
Tubac Center of the Arts (520) 398-2371 Beads of Tubac (520) 398-2070
Old Tubac Inn (520) 398-3161
Bruce Baughman Gallery (520) 398- 3098 Casa Fina de Tubac (520) 398-8620 Damian Koorey Tubac Deli Designs (520) 398-3330 (520) 398-8360
DAVID SIMONS ARTIST (520) 331-9735 FIESTA TOURS INTERNATIONAL (520) 398-9705
James Culver Leather Studios (520) 398-1841 Shelby's Bistro (520) 398-8075
TJ's Tortuga Books & Coffee Beans (520) 398-8109 Indigo Casa Maya & Olive de Mexico (520) 398-3933 (520) 398-9763
FOWLER CLEANERS (520) 270-4105 LONG REALTY CHA CHA DONAU (520) 591-4982
Tubac Ranch (520) 398-8381
MATKO PAINTING (520) 398-3300 REALTY EXECUTIVES TEAM BILL MACK & SALLY ROBLING (520) 398-2770 CHARLIE MEAKER (520) 237-2414
Brasher Real Estate, Inc. (520) 398-2506
Take the Frontage Rd north to Tubac Art Exchange (520) 237-5439 Tubac Villager Office (520)398-3980 Village Counseling (520) 820-1678, Realty Executives Team Bill Mack & Sally Robling (520) 398-2770 & Charlie Meaker (520) 237-2414, and the Tubac Villager (520) 398-3980. Head further north to the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa (520) 398-2211 where you will find Stables Ranch Grille (520) 398-2678 & Dos Silos Comida Mexicana (520) 398-3787
SCOTT POTTINGER, BUILDER (520) 398-9959
Take the Frontage Road south to Wisdom's CafĂŠ, (520) 398-2397 the Tumacacori National Historical Park (520) 398-2341 & the Santa Cruz Chili Company (520) 398-2591
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I had filled my arms with a variety of books in 9 Spanish, I decided to beg a price break at the checkout counter. I approached a beautiful young woman and told her that the books were meant to go to the elementary school in Sasabe and could she give me a break on the price?
A long time ago I heard a children’s sermon
about an apple. The minister held up a ripe Macintosh apple and showed it to his little flock and said, “This apple carries a story that tells its past, its present and its future.” If you look carefully you can see that one side of the apple is bigger and redder than the other. That tells us where it hung on the tree. The bigger side is the side that caught the most sun. He cut it in half laterally and pointed to the pulp. “Here is the fulfillment of the apple’s purpose. It is full of juicy, delicious nutrition. Now look at the seeds that are tucked around its center. They promise the apple, life ever-after. And what is most beautiful of all is the star at the apple’s heart. This is a reminder of the source of the apple. The apple, just like ourselves and every living thing, came from and was nurtured by the stars. We are all made of stardust and like the apple, each of us has a little star inside that helps us grow and glow.”
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And here’s the spooky part. “I’m from Sasabe. My father still lives there. I know what they are going through right now. You can have the books!” “For free?” I asked.
“Yes!” she said, “…and thanks.”
How many stations are there in Bookman’s? Maybe eight, maybe 20 people who could have checked me out, but I ended up at that station to meet that person. The girl from Sassabe.
This is it- the season of light, of magic and miracle. I will not belabor the way some of us respond to its demands, its anticipations and consequential side effects. Instead, I will focus on the whole idea of the extraordinary. If you have the right eyes, the right perceptions and a certain amount of hunger you can find miracles all about you. Like the magazine lying by my coffee cup this morning telling me about the Milky Way. This colorful spiral, almost invisible to our eyes, has more suns spinning around in the heavens than there are grains of sand on our sweet little Earth. But I have trouble grasping an idea that grand. My imagination can’t begin to perceive such vastness, so much fire. I prefer the mysteries of the little world I can see and touch and feel. I like it that mystics still make prophecies and a fallen feather can bring hope. It’s wonderful that people have dreams that foretell the future and some believe they
Oh, but there are so many such stories of confluence, of timing and amazing interventions. I am sure you are thinking of one as you read this.
can speak to those who have passed away. Isn’t it rather phenomenal that old friends think of each other just before the phone rings and they hear the other’s voice? It makes me thrill to think of love at first sight, of powers that heal. I am fascinated by people who feel destined to lead, who can read palms and see messages in a tea cup. Call it what you will, illusion, awesome, nonsense, coincidence, psychic, spiritual, impossible; let’s just allow that it is, and it’s a perk. Last week I went to Bookman’s in Tucson to find some children’s books for a school in Sasabe that is struggling, strangling under a cartel siege. They need everything for their kids; paper, pencils, crayons and books of every kind. When
And then there is the world of art where the creation sometimes exceed the dreams of the creator. Such works transcend time and cultures and have a life of their own. It doesn’t really matter who carved the Pieta, painted the Sistine Chapel or designed the Taj Mahal. Do we really care who first conceived a minaret or a gothic steeple? Does it matter that it was Strauss who gave the world the waltz? Did music invent itself ? The dance? Is the poem out there in the ether waiting to be found? These are the ponderables. Those age old considerations of art as spirit. Who can answer such questions—only a pretender of wisdom, or a naysayer of the phenomenal.
So, let’s sit back and enjoy the fact that there is still magic, the unexplainable left in this world, enough to keep us awake and wondering. Happy Holidays!
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Article by Kathleen Vandervoet, photos by Kristine White
Admiration and possibly a touch of jealousy will be in the mix for those who enjoy the annual Home Tour sponsored by the Tubac Center of the Arts.
A new home on the Tubac Golf Resort course, a recently remodeled 25-year-old home, and a 100-year-old ranch are among the six residences where doors will be flung wide open on Jan. 15 to benefit programs provided by the Tubac Center of the Arts. MarY Lou anD Dick taggart
A living room glass wall that disappears, prompting visitors to wander across the patio with its inspiring views of the Santa Rita Mountains, is one of many striking features of Mary Lou and Dick Taggart’s home.
The 3,600-square-foot Santa Fe-style home looks on onto the third green of the golf resort’s Anza Nine. A
sparkling pool, a hot tub and a spacious patio area are all part of the easy living design on the home’s east side.
Inside, an open concept is embraced by the Taggarts as the living room, TV room, kitchen and dining room flow together. A mixture of careful architectural design and flawless finishings results in an easy-going but stylish residence. The design style weaves together inspiration from Native American, Western and ranch themes. A wide-ranging art collection features Tubac painters, among others. The expansive kitchen, open to views and visitors, features sage green Caesar-stone counter tops. Behind the cooktop, a one-of-a-kind colorful tile mural created for the Taggarts by Donna Stoner of Santa Teresa Tile Works of Tucson is memorable.
With three bedrooms, an office, and four bathrooms,
the home clearly welcomes guests. One bedroom, where the closet serves as play space, is decorated with youthful colors and accessories to entice the Taggarts’ six grandchildren.
The master bedroom is large enough for a king-size bed and an area for craftwork. The adjoining bath includes a soaking tub and spacious shower, while counters are topped with granite and floors are finished with travertine tiles. JuDY anD JiM McnaLLY
Perched at the northern edge of the Tubac Golf Resort is the gracious home of Judy and Jim McNally, which has emerged from an extensive redesign in 2009. The McNallys purchased the home constructed in 1985 from Beverly Vance, who had it built with her late husband, Earl. Visitors notice the sense of light as skylights
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The annual Tubac Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to visit the six homes are $20 for TCA members, $25 for nonmembers and may be reserved by calling the Tubac Center of the Arts at (520) 398-2371. Tickets can be purchased in advance, or the day of the event at the art center. Advance purchase tickets are strongly recommended. Tickets to the tour include a map to locate and background information for each home. introduce sunshine, while wall colors and furniture combine to keep the pallete bright. The kitchen was completely redone with new cabinets, persimmon-colored tile counters and appliances, Judy McNally said. It’s in the same location but slightly larger since a wall was removed. Inset patterned ceramic tiles throughout enhance the Latin American theme. Bathrooms, as well, received new tile and fixtures, with colorful paint accents. The home has a master bedroom that’s was enlarged and now includes a corner fireplace that anchors a sitting area. Two walk-in closets are unusually large, and the bathroom shines with all-new fixtures.
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The guest casita, a few steps across a brick patio, includes a living area, an efficiency kitchen, two bedrooms and two remodeled bathrooms.
Judy McNally said the renovation by Pridemark Construction emphasizes cheerful colors and Mexican themes, and uses local craftsmen. Nearly all the furniture comes from a store owned by the couple’s daughter in Bozeman, Mont., and some of the pieces were specifically designed for the home.
Art work and collectible craft items are displayed seemingly everywhere throughout the house, which retained most of the original floor plan and the Saltillo tile floors throughout the redesign process.
Comfortable living from days gone by is demonstrated at Bob Huntoon’s ranch in Tumacácori, east of the Santa Cruz River. Horses graze on 40 acres of irrigated pasture, and the home is enhanced by a swimming pool and tennis court.
The compound of buildings curves around a large entry courtyard where low rock walls corral native plants that gather around twisted old mesquite trees. The rectangular ranch house finished with white stucco walls looks out across horse pastures. continued on next page...
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The original section was built in 1909, Huntoon said, and was enlarged over the years.
Neighbor Myron Clark said the small building next to the home, and connected by a covered patio, was for years the Santa Cruz Valley School and that he graduated from high school there in 1949. Huntoon’s wife, Ann Kennedy Huntoon, bought the ranch in 1967with her husband at the time, Bob Kennedy. The previous owners were Walter and Virginia Goodwin. Ann died about three years ago. The home’s living room is furnished with an attractive array of antique, furniture and paintings collected over many years. The fireplace hearth was created to replicate the profile of the Tumacácori Mission, Huntoon said.
The 14-foot ceiling is decorated with wood beams which separate concave arched segments. Although views to the west are magnificent, the living room windows have remained tall and narrow as they were first installed, probably due to the lack of air conditioning then.
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Long, deep patios that span the length of the home and the former school are available to relax and gaze off to the distance. The spacious master suite, however, has a wall of large windows for gazing off to the mountains, a dressing room and bathroom. On view in the hallway leading there are photos of Ann Kennedy Huntoon’s ancestors. Other residences on the tour
Three other residences are part of the tour, being held for the ninth year. The recently-completed home of Scott Pottinger, professionally decorated by Casa Fina de Tubac, has extraordinary views across the valley. It’s located at the Ranch at Aliso Springs. Kevin and Rebecca McMahon’s home on the Tubac golf course has a roof deck. In the village, a home owned by Charlotte and Tom Bell, and built in 1973 by Will Rogers Jr., is now connected to the Graham Bell Gallery. �
What's the easiest, most important thing you can take to improve your health?
by Carlton Baker MD, Tubac
t's a vitamin, but acts more like a hormone. Like a hormone, it affects every cell in your body, and instructs your genes to make proteins. It protects against high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. Its benefits are so wide ranging that it's critical in everything from building bone to fighting inflammation and lowering the risk of multiple sclerosis. Where does this potent chemical come from? Amazingly, your skin manufactures it in the presence of sunlight. This “sunshine vitamin” is vitamin D. However, recent studies have shown that most of us are deficient in vitamin D. Even people who live in the tropics have been found to be low in this essential compound. I have detected some shockingly low vitamin D levels in my patients in Tubac. It appears that you need to be in the sun for many hours, and also to sweat in the sun, for your skin to produce adequate vitamin D. Lifeguards have been shown to have lower levels than triathletes, who sweat profusely during their time in the sun. Ironically, our obsession with UV-blocking sunscreens has contributed to widespread vitamin D deficiency; also, dark skin and age reduces our ability to generate our own vitamin D.
So how do you get the best protective benefit of vitamin D? First, go to your doctor and get a blood test. In the past, a level of 30 or higher was considered acceptable by the medical establishment. That's because we used to think vitamin D was only important for calcium absorption and bone building; this level prevented rickets, a serious bone deformity. My take on the current thinking is that the best levels of vitamin D are between 60 and 80.
severely deficient in vitamin D. In 1900, rickets was very common in U.S. cities. But with the use of vitamin D supplementation, by 1950, rickets was almost eradicated. Thus the original recommendation was based only on preventing bone disease. The new recommendation also focuses on maintaining bone health. However, it ignores numerous studies showing that vitamin D has important multiple benefits beyond bone health, such as cardiovascular health and cancer prevention.
Vitamin D works through two biochemical pathways: first, it circulates in blood to maintain blood calcium levels, which keeps you alive as well as helping keep bones strong; only if there's vitamin D to spare from its first job, can it follow the second pathway to get into all the cells of the body. All cells in your body have receptors for vitamin D. Those receptors have evolved to activate cellular machinery when triggered by enough available vitamin D. This vitamin actually works like a hormone, directing your body to synthesize proteins for growth and repair. Thus, if there's enough of it beyond what's required for maintaining your blood calcium, it can stimulate your cells to give you these additional benefits. Vitamin D also: reduces inflammation by inhibiting nuclear factor kappa beta (the master controller for inflammatory processes in the body) reduces cancer: a study of over 1100 post-menopausal women (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007) found that the group that took calcium + 1100 IU vitamin D had 77% fewer cancers of all kinds than those that just took placebos over a four year period.
You'll likely not be in this range if you're not already taking supplements. The standard multivitamin contains only 400 IU (International Units) of D3 , still considered 100% of your daily requirement by the U.S. Surgeon General.
Reduces colo-rectal cancer mortality: in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2007), an 8-year study of over 16,000 people found a 72% reduced risk of dying of colorectal cancer in those with high vitamin D blood levels.
So improving your health is as easy as 1-2-3:
Paleolithic man is estimated to have had much higher blood vitamin D levels than we have today, as they were out in the sun all day, hunting and gathering. Even we modern people can synthesize 26,000 IU of vitamin D per day in the sun. But we don't.
You need to make sure you take vitamin D3, not D2, which is the less potent form found in foods and some supplements. D3 supplements are widely available over the counter, and are generally inexpensive. Doses of D3 up to 10,000-15,000 IU per day have been shown to be free of toxicity, but it's best to consult with your doctor to determine the appropriate dose for you, based on your blood test. 1: get a vitamin D blood test. 2: take a vitamin D3 supplement. 3: keep your blood levels in the optimal range of 60-80
he Institute of Medicine just released a report adjusting guidelines for vitamin D intake. The previous recommendation had been 400 International Units (IU) per day; now it has been changed to 600 IU, or 800 IU for the elderly. In my opinion, these recommendations are inadequate.
The initial recommendation of 400 IU per day, which seemed to correspond to a blood vitamin D level of 20, was established to prevent rickets, a bone deformity in children
May reduce all-cause mortality: a study of over 3200 men and women in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2008) showed that people in the lowest ¼ in blood vitamin D levels of the tested group suffered 26% higher death rates than those in the highest ¼ over an eight-year period.
The new recommendations only address bone health. It is my contention that vitamin D has other numerous benefits that have not been taken into account. I feel everyone should get a vitamin D blood test, so that the dosage of your supplement can be based on those results. Not everyone will require the same amount to get to adequate blood levels. Prime Health is a medical program dedicated to optimizing your health as you age. For more information, call Carlton Baker MD at 520398-8269.
EVENTS AT WISDOM'S in DECEMBER
Fri., Dec. 10 ~ Friday Night Live music by Amber Norgaard from 5-8 PM plus our Famous Fish & Chips special. Sat., Dec. 11 ~ Mariachi Plata playing live from 7-10 PM. Wed., Dec. 15 ~ Wednesday Wine Tasting ~ visit our wine table anytime from 5-6:30 PM & sample great wine, $5 per person. Fri., Dec. 17 ~ Friday Night Live music by Eduardo Valencia from 5-8 PM plus our Famous Fish & Chips special. Sat., Dec. 18 ~ Sushi Night ~ the last in our Guest Chef series for 2010! Join us for sushi rolls, sashimi and other delights prepared by Chef Serge Manna. Reservations required for Guest Chef menu only. With live music by Bill Manzanedo Call (520) 398-2397. Fri., Dec. 24 ~ Celebrate Christmas & Irene's b-day with us. Live music by Bill Manzanedo from 5-8 PM plus our Famous Fish & Chips special. Sat., Dec. 25 ~ Closed Christmas day. Fri., Dec. 31 ~ Open for lunch only & closed the dinner hour. Sat., Jan. 1 ~ Closed New Year's day. Fri., Jan. 7 ~ First Friday ~ enjoy 2-for-1 Margaritas all day plus our Famous Fish & Chips and live music by Amber Norgaard from 5-8 PM December's Fruit Burro Flavor-of-the-month is Cranberry-Apple
Festive Photos on Holiday Text and Photos by Murray Bolesta
Top lef: One year recently, a plentiful snowstorm graced nearby Madera Canyon in midDecember.
Top middle: Luminarias make Tubac even more special in December.
Top right: The many faces of the White Dove of the Desert include a moonlit one.
Left: A Christmas season tradition at Mission San José de Tumacácori
Above: Displays of artful whimsy are among the attractions in downtown Tucson on New Year’s Eve.
Murray Bolesta has written this article monthly since 2007. His CactusHuggers Photography is a celebration of southern Arizona; it specializes in borderland images and supports the preservation of our natural, rural, and cultural heritage. Murray’s art can be seen at www.CactusHuggers.com and Creative Spirit Gallery in Patagonia.
For you, the intrepid borderlands photographer, the Tubac area during the holiday season combines festive fun with delightful nocturnal photo opportunities. My first photo tip for wintry night photography: prepare for the chill. My second tip: don’t use flash. In the city, town, or village, neon or other lights replace flash lighting from your camera. The enlightened photographer uses flash sparingly, as it produces “hot spots” and is not artful. A camera adjustment which helps achieve non-flash night photography is the ISO setting. This is the digital sensor’s light sensitivity setting. A high setting will make it more possible to shoot pictures in darkness or semidarkness while maintaining a fast enough shutter speed to maintain sharpness. A disadvantage to a high setting is digital noise, or visible dots and streaks. This noise becomes most obvious in the medium-dark margins of the image, or when you try to modify the image, such as lighten it or enlarge it. The best trick is to have a “fast” lens, fast in the way it allows a shutter to work quickly due to the lens’s large opening, or small f-stop setting. This setting will be in the range of 1.2 or 1.4 or 1.8. Fifty millimeter lenses with this capability are a fine, inexpensive choice, overlooked by many folks who seem to carry huge lenses to build upper body strength. Also, 50mm approximates human sight, resulting in no lens distortion. Three other pieces of equipment are necessary: a flashlight, a coat, and a
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Kleenex for drippy noses which turn blue. This gear become “de rigueur” in order to maintain professional dignity without them in the desert winter night ir. The well-equipped photographer eaves home and steps out into yuletide ellowship while marauding the night treets filled with crowds. In the Tubac rea, this festive fun happens frequently during the holidays. A yuletide cheer fills the crisp air. n early December, the Tubac Fiesta Navidad, or Luminaria Nights, unfolds. Luminarias are Christmas lanterns borrowed from Hispanic culture onsisting of a small candle set in a small paper bag weighted with sand, typically placed on the ground or along building edges as a holiday decoration. Here in the Santa Cruz river valley, olks go bonkers over luminarias. The Tubac village streets are lined with hem throughout December. During he festival, shops stay open late and are often stocked with free edible goodies. At Christmas Eve, something special happens just down the road in Tumacácori. There, at Mission San osé de Tumacácori, the historic church building and grounds are lighted with uminarias and graced with choral inging. Closer to Tucson, Mission San Xavier del Bac is a popular destination for the nocturnal borderlands photographer. Grappling with his tripod in the frigid ir, twisting little knobs with stiff fingers, he carefully aims his camera at he historic structure and composes a
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picture. Adjusting the shutter speed for several minutes, he pushes the remote shutter release, tracks the digits on his timepiece, waits impatiently, and receives suspicious looks from a passing policeman. And finally, in Tucson on New Year’s Eve, there’s enough music, dancing, and romancing to provide all kinds of colorful photo compositions. Many special techniques must be mastered to produce superior nighttime photography. During the day, lighting often is taken for granted. More rigor is required in the dark hours. An example is focusing a lens at night. Autofocus is discouraged since the camera will be confused by the lack of available light to acquire its target. Manual focusing with experimentation is often needed. Night photography can produce either a blue glow in the sky or a totally black sky. The difference comes from the length of your frame’s exposure. Both results can happen while photographing at the same time of night, at dusk, after twilight. A completely black sky means that your exposure was too brief to receive nighttime sky light. Practice nocturnal non-flash photography in a more banal setting, like your home’s porch lights, before stepping out to Tubac for those luminarias or to Tucson to capture the White Dove of the Desert. You’ll be delighted with the results. �
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Marsha Droegkamp, left, and Patty Hahn-Carlson are pleased with their store’s success.
There’s a bit of mystery involved when a shopper arrives at a consignment store. Might there be a compelling item that can’t be found anywhere else? Solving the mystery is what drives the owners of Schätze, a Tubac consignment store that opened in September on Camino Otero. Patty Hahn-Carlson and Marsha
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Droegkamp are exhilarated about this venture and say it’s exceeded their expectations. There are plenty of shoppers and sales have been brisk. “I think everybody is looking for a bargain right now,” Hahn-Carlson said.
“When you go into a regular store you see the usual fare – whatever is hot for the moment,” she said.
Shoppers Cathy Gattian, left, and Donna Hahn, both of Tubac, visit Schätze during the November grand opening celebration.
“But when you come into a consignment store, it’s a treasure hunt. You never know what you’re going to find. Where in a department store could you find a camel saddle and a very expensive porcelain rooster?” such as Schätze had on display recently. Located within a small cluster of shops, with artists Roberta Rogers and Peter Chope as neighbors,
Schätze is entered from a tree-shaded courtyard. Chairs are scattered around the courtyard to encourage shoppers to take their time, and visit for a while. The inventory comes from items individuals bring to the store and leave there on consignment, Droegkamp said.
Don’t think, however, that Schätze
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looks like a garage sale or a swap meet. Far from it. Droegkamp, with 20 years’ experience as an interior designer, and Hahn-Carlson, who ran a business importing hand-crafted items from Africa for 18 years, know precisely how to arrange the varied stock. The lively shop is welcoming, comfortable and piques the interest.
snap decisions. “People come in and say they’re not ready to buy, and then they’ll come back and it’s gone. That’s the way consignment shopping is. If you find that perfect thing, you’d better buy it because somebody else is going to think it’s perfect too.” Droegkamp said they always welcome people who want to bring in consignment items, but that it’s handled by appointment only.
“When we get consignments, sometimes it doesn’t look like much when it’s on the counter, but when we display it in here, it just shines. We’ll display it in a way that maybe nobody ever thought of before,” HahnCarlson said.
“It’s like Christmas every day. I get a vicarious thrill out of other people buying special things,” she said.
brighten the tables. From time to time, antiques appear in the shop as well.
Lamps, tables, chairs, rugs, pillows, clocks, framed pictures, napkins and napkin rings, candle holders and much more are among the items sold. Accessories such as purses, scarves and jewelry are on view. Glassware, dishes and figurines
Dingy or broken pieces aren’t encouraged. “We only take good quality things that can be put on the floor. We don’t want to fix anything. We want it to be ready to sell when we accept it,” Hahn-Carlson said. Not everything makes it onto the
shop floor, Droegkamp said. She’s worked with clients in the area for years and knows what they like or if they’re searching for a specific item. In that case, she sometimes calls the client and tells them about a new consigned item even before it’s put on display. Since the inventory is one-of-akind, Hahn-Carlson said shoppers in a consignment store have to make
The pair’s enthusiasm is evident. “Patty and I both have a lot of energy. We combine that and it makes us a strong team,” Droegkamp said. “I think when people come in here, they feel happy. I think they’re just looking for that special something.” Schätze, open seven days a week, is located at 6 Camino Otero. The phone number is (520) 398-9855. �
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Tubac’s Presidio Park Six Months On by Shaw Kinsley
Students from St. Michael Parish Day School prepare for a spelling bee in the 1885 schoolhouse. The Christmas decorations were put up by a local group of volunteers from St. Ann’s Church.
he public-private partnership between Arizona State Parks, Santa Cruz County, and Tubac Historical Society passed the six-month mark in the middle of last month. The effort to Save the Presidio is an on-going task that continues to require the time, talent, and treasure of everyone in the community, but the halfyear mark is a convenient time to look back and see how much has been done and to thank the scores of people who have gotten us this far. People considering joining this volunteer effort are encouraged to do so – we can’t have too many helpers for this Herculean task!
Contending with broken equipment and past-due maintenance was the first order of business. Prior to the changeover, negotiations resulted in Arizona State Parks agreeing to re-roof the museum and to repair the shingles on the 1885 school house. They also agreed to get the alarm systems in working order, to repair the security cameras, and to re-certify the fire extinguishers. Since then, volunteers have stepped in to replace the dilapidated screen doors on the 1894 Rojas House, remove an enormous fallen branch and cut it up for use in the 1885 school house’s potbelly stove, and replace rotten and warped panels in two of the doors in Otero Hall that had been ravaged by time and damp. Outdoor tables have had pieces replaced, picnic tables have been moved, weeds and underbrush has been cut and removed, lighting systems have been upgraded, bulbs have been replaced, cobwebs removed, and floors swept and polished in an effort to make the Park look welcoming and cared for. The people who
Lillie Sheehan demonstrates the fine art of making hot chocolate in Spanish colonial Tubac. A painting by Tubac artist Francis Beaugureau is on loan to the
have done these things deserve the thanks and gratitude of the whole community.
The Park’s self-guided Walking Tour booklet was out of date. There was no mention of the Rojas House in the guide and several other exhibits on the grounds weren’t described. A new guide has been created during the summer and has gone around to various experts for their review and comments. It is now being handed out to visitors and we are collecting additional information to make it perfect early in the New Year. If you haven’t visited the Park in a while, you could be very helpful by coming in and testing our new guide and giving us your feedback. Volunteers are standing by to translate the new guide into German, Spanish, and possibly French. We have had more visitors from Germany than from any other single foreign country and a Spanish version will be helpful for visitors from Chile, Puerto Rico, the Philippines as well as Mexico. Living History is an engaging way for Park visitors to participate in history. In 1993 a local group of volunteers formed Los Tubaquenos, a dynamic program to interpret life in Tubac during the Spanish colonial period. We are working hard to revive this wonderful program. On November 12, Lillie Sheehan and Jean Wax, both original members of Los Tubaquenos, returned to the Park to tell visitors about how clothing and other goods were made by settlers and about the foods they ate and, thanks to Jaqui Smith, the herbs
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Presidio museum from the Tubac Historical Society as part of an exhibit enhancement program being carried out by volunteers. Photos courtesy of Shaw Kinsley, Tubac Historical Society
they used for their medicinal properties. Jean and Lillie will do six programs in the New Year, two each in the months of January, February, and March.
The programs will be held on selected Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 2:30, and they will feature activities in the daily lives of the Spanish soldiers and civilians who established Tubac, Arizona's first European settlement. Wearing the costumes of the 1750s, they will display and demonstrate how clothing and other materials were obtained by the settlers, what sort of foods they ate, how illness and injuries were treated, and demonstrate the tools used in everyday job demands. The first program will feature hand spinning and weaving. Visitors can learn to card and to spin raw cotton and raw wool as well as how to weave a rag rug. There will be displays of natural dye plants and materials, basketry, clothing and fabrics of the Spanish era. This first program will take place on Friday, January 7, 2011, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. The second program will feature Spanish colonial Foods and include a display of the bounty of foods available to Tubac cooks. Foods from the past included items from the Old World, the New World, the desert and even from Asia. Volunteers will demonstrate the preparation of some of the foods with tasty samples for visitors to try. This program will take place on Friday, January 19, 2011, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. There will also be an occasional display of woodworking, and various hand tools will be demonstrated and discussed by the volunteer workman.
The Park has hosted a Living History program for grade school children since 1987. The state curriculum looks at Arizona history in the 4th and 7th grades. Immediately after the changeover, letters went out to all the schools that had participated in the ‘A Day at School in Territorial Arizona’ program to tell them the program would continue. So far, we have had three groups of school children and we expect twenty-one other groups through the spring. The children are prepared for a day of school in the late 1880s by their own teachers and assume the names, identities, and activities of actual students from that era. They wear period dress and many bring picnics of historically appropriate food. There were 20 children with the Montessori de Tubac School, 24 from Castlehill Country Day School in Tucson, and 39 from the St. Michael Parish Day School, also in Tucson. In an effort to make the Park self-sustaining, we have created a facilities rental policy, and already two groups have used the Presidio Park for their event. In November, the Green Valley real estate firm of Carolyn and Ken contacted us about doing their ‘Client Appreciation Party’ at the Park. They came to see the grounds, then visited again with a caterer, looked at our requirements and subsequently hosted a delightful event for 300 people that included a lunch of barbecued chicken, salad, and dessert, a variety of beverages, and musical entertainment by an excellent singer named Mark Baker. The weather was perfect, and a dozen Tubac Presidio Park volunteers showed off our historic buildings, the foundations of the oldest and best preserved 18th century Spanish presidio in the world, and added information about the exhibits on display in our museum for the visitors. Our guest book is filled with praise for the work of the volunteers and for the quality of the exhibits. Many people are astonished at the quality of the museum say so in their comments. Tubac’s Presidio Park is indeed an undiscovered secret and we need to work hard to tell people about this incredible resource. We are coordinating with local merchants to increase our visitation and you can help us, too. Come and see the Park for yourself, then tell your families, friends, and neighbors about it. Be a part of this amazing community effort to Save the Presidio! Volunteer to help us by coming to the Park at 1 Burruel Rd. in Tubac or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 398-2252 to arrange a meeting.
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Top, left: The work crew tending the harvest. Top, middle: A worker hauls his load to the truck for transportation to the seed barn. Top, right: Peppers are dumped to ready them for processing.
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Fruit of the Valley Part 2 of 2
Text and Photographs by Murray Bolesta
In last month’s article, we hitched a ride on the back of a hawk to the Sulphur Springs valley and Pearce, Arizona. This valley is a verdant place of wetlands harboring thousands of seasonal sandhill cranes, and home to vast fertile croplands, including the birthplace of the raw materials of Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Company.
We met Jeanie Neubauer, the enterprising head of the chili and spice company, who’s both a manufacturer and retailer of fine chili products. Then, we were introduced to the farmer extraordinaire, Ed Curry, owner of Curry Farms and president of Curry Seed & Chili Co., grower of innovative crops and major provider of chili seed to the agricultural industry. The multi-generational history of these two partnering businesses is a piece of the precious and vanishing rural and cultural heritage of southern Arizona. Chile is a fruit which comes in red and green colors and in varying shapes and degrees of hotness. Generally, the pepper itself is spelled with an “e” and when it’s processed, the spelling becomes “chili.”
Ed Curry is a prodigious practitioner of chili seed genetics. Ninety percent of the green chili seed in the U.S. comes from his farm. Arriving in the fields recently one early morning to meet a harvest work crew, I paused and photographed the rugged ramparts of Cochise Stronghold being irradiated by the morning sun. I set out into the sprawling fields of Curry Farms and, briefly at a loss as to the whereabouts of the workers, I spotted the dust of a farm truck carrying empty harvest bins into the fields. I followed the truck. I found the group already hard at work under the supervision of a crew boss, men kneeling into the fertile soil, picking the fruit from the vine. The workers filled large plastic buckets with the peppers and hauled them to the waiting truck. A coworker dumped the buckets into the bins on the truck’s flat bed and the pickers returned to the front of the row. Planted in the spring, green chili is harvested in late summer, when the meat is firm. Red chili is harvested for seed content in the autumn, starting at mid October. Processing begins when the bins on the truck are dumped back at the seed barn. The farm has two main structures, the
seed barn and the processing plant. These buildings, I’m told, are owned by Ed, and the employees and equipment are Jeannie’s. Much of her equipment in Pearce came from her old plant in Amado, in the Santa Cruz river valley. This new plant is larger and has better workflow. The seed barn contains the seed extractor. The various kinds of chiles are kept apart to prevent inter-familial disruptions. The peppers are chopped up and then sent in different directions, with the meat of the pepper going to Jeannie for powder and paste, and the seeds going to Ed.
Generally, fresh wet chile meat has two fates. First, part of the crop is transported to the processing plant where it’s cooked and ground into paste, then sold as is, or instead, goes from a tank into a pump into a kettle where it’s cooked, with salt and citric acid added, then put into storage for reprocessing next summer when labor is more available. Secondly, wet chili is dehydrated using bulky drying equipment, sun-dried in past times when health laws were different. Then it’s loaded into large totes, taken to Amado and ground into powder. There are two grinding processes, coarse and fine, using a stone grinder.
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recently attended Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington, D.C. Several years ago I attended an Anti-War March there and wrote about it for The Villager. Having been a combat veteran of the Viet Nam war, that march was difficult and emotional. I was ready for a change – something perhaps positive and hopeful without the angry rhetoric of the political arena.
displayed by campaign rhetoric. We encountered several busloads of Canadians who had seen our political ads and wanted to know why American politics was so hateful!
An hour of incredible music including The Roots, Jusef Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), Ozzie Osborn, Sheryl Crowe, Tony Bennett and many more, put the crowd in a great festive mood. Mr. Stewart soon set the tempo with his comedy and banter with Steven Colbert who played his role of Fear Monger well. Colbert, with his usual backwards and illogical comedy supporting the need for fear was able to show how illogical, backwards and just plain silly our fear based election campaigning has become. Jon Stewart countered every argument with comedy based common sense.
Being an avid Jon Stewart fan and as frustrated about the hateful political combat we see in this and recent election cycles I wanted to be part of somehow being able to vent that frustration and maybe even show America that there were a LOT of people that were fed up with the hateful, fear based rhetoric and wanted it to stop. Not knowing what to expect, two of us from Tubac said, “What the Hell” and were on our way.
When having a rally for any reason the public perceives much of its success by size or numbers. Well I can tell you that it was huge. Arriving 1 ½ hrs early enabled us to barely squeeze into the area a full block In the typical 30 second TV away. For over 4 hrs we stood in very close political ad there is no time to proximity to everyone. We were back to spend on educating the viewer, back, belly to belly and unable to move only enough time to really scare around at all. I have never seen so many them. Jon Stewart recommends people crammed together and thoroughly using that remote control and enjoying every minute. No pushing, tuning out those ads and the shoving or rude behavior of any kind. We Images from Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity hateful 24 hour talking heads. all were there to show that humans can in Washington, DC. Photos by Mike Bader. A few weeks ago I attended a actually enjoy each other’s company, come forum given by a gentleman together for a common cause and treat each who had started an amazing other with respect even when crammed into a sardine can. company dedicated solely to the bi-partisan education of the What I found encouraging and even exciting was the attitude electorate. Using a website and telephone personnel he has of every single person we met. No one that I encountered and continues to amass a huge database of factual data for was interested in discussing political issues. The anger and thousands of candidates for elective office. Research is done frustration I brought melted away with genuine human contact mostly by volunteer college students. The sign on the door to and kindness. I thought this was a Rally to scream that we the research offices reads, “Leave your politics at the door”. You were fed up with the way we Americans have sunk to new can easily find out truthful data including speeches, writings, human lows of campaigning. We didn’t scream, “We’re Fed voting history and more regarding almost any campaign topic. Up and Can’t Take It Anymore”. EVERYONE was happy, I had never heard of this source. What an interesting concept: positive, respectful and just plain fun. I did not even see A place to easily research what a candidate really thinks, knows anyone texting and the only cell phone use was to share the and acts about an issue. It is an amazing place to get accurate excitement with friends or relatives. This Rally was a group of information based on actual data. Try is out: VoteSmart.org. over 200,000 people who wanted everyone in America to just When debating the idea of a government by the people, stop listening to the anger, deception and inhuman behavior Alexander Hamilton was concerned that the people could not govern themselves without being well educated to the issues at hand. Are we proving him right with our use of scare tactics to motivate instead of seeking honest, intelligent inquiry? If most Americans who vote do not reject this negative and false basis for decision making then perhaps we cannot govern ourselves. But then what? Benevolent Dictator anyone?
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EDIBLE MESQUITE SAP & MESQUITE GIRDLER BEETLES by Vincent Pinto
he following narrative gives but a glimpse of how knowing more about the insects of a particular area can translate into being a better Ethnobotanist (Ethnobotany is the study of how people use plants) and Naturalist.
Every Autumn in the spectacular Sky Islands Region of southeastern Arizona I look forward to a profound natural event with both humility and hunger. During late Summer and Fall a small species of Longhorned Beetle covertly descends upon now lush and unsuspecting Mesquite trees. Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina) is the species common where we live, though I suspect that its relatives, Honey Mesquite and Screwbean Mesquite, experience a similar influx. Although it is relatively common to encounter the beetles, the amount of havoc that they wreak upon the branches of the Mesquites is disproportionate to their apparent abundance. In their destructive, though quite natural, wake lies a delicious edible plant part that you can enjoy - more on this later. After all, how could a small (body ~ 1/2" long; antenna longer than body) insect kill so many branches of a tree noted for the tenacity of its wood? The answer lies in both the anatomy of the Beetle and in the timing of its assault upon the Mesquite branches. In regards to the former, the jaws of the beetle are particularly long and strong, as is the case with most Long-horned Beetle species that I've encountered. They're the type of beetle that give you pause when picking one up, lest those jaws test the integrity of your skin! In the case of the latter, the beetles time their attack so that they are
The telltale signs of the girdler beetle with mesquite sap. Photograph by Carl Olson able to girdle (i.e. make a completely encircling cut to) the youngest, most vulnerable branches that grew the previous Spring through current Fall. These neophyte limbs apparently have fewer protections versus incursions and simply are smaller and easier to girdle than the large ones.
Upon completing this task the beetles have sealed the fate of the particular Mesquite branch in question, its life-giving supply of sap having been precipitously and forever cut off. The female Mesquite Girdler Beetle then proceeds to lay a series of eggs in the now sappoor branch. Flowing sap in a live branch would have likely killed her eggs, hence the need for such a drastic
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evolutionary strategy to perpetuate the species. The young eventually hatch out of the dead branches to once again complete the life cycle of the Mesquite Girdler. This act completed, the adults die and leave the dead branches festooned upon the otherwise live Mesquite tree. Many of these branches easily fall off the tree within a year or two and create a bit of a natural minefield of potent thorns that the intrepid Ethnobotanist must navigate in order to procure the culinary reward afforded by the beetles. Mesquite spines quite easily penetrate all manner of footwear, however impregnable you may deem it and they pack a potent hurt well beyond a mere puncture!
What is this reward you now ask? Slowly, but surely the girdled wound of the Mesquite exudes a translucent, light amber-colored sap that is designed to seal it against infections and diseases. At first the exudate is merely a thin veneer or small droplet of sap. Eventually, however, some grow to the size of a large grape or so. As you wander through a Mesquite grove from September through December, be it gargantuan trees in a riverside forest or diminutive specimens dotting a grassland, you may begin to notice some of Nature's finest art - amber spheres of light reflecting and refracting the Sun's rays like so many gaudy ornaments. At this moment you have arrived at not only a visual treat, but one that may delight your taste buds as well! To gather the sap balls, I merely pluck them from their branch stump, noting the level of stickiness that they possess. Early in the gathering season they will, quite naturally, be tackier and even malleable in your hands. As the Autumn progresses, however, they dry
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25 you've had a different experience with either type of sap, I would love to hear from you on this topic. And what, you may ask, becomes of the Mesquite Trees that made this unique treat possible? They continue to grow, attempting to keep one step ahead of the Mesquite Girdler Beetles in their quest to grow bigger and stronger. Two steps forward and one step back for many trees, I suspect. I view this autumnal toll as just one more balance in the seemingly infinite checks and balances that define every nuance and expression of life.
out and take on a more solid form that is even more convenient to gather and store. Be aware, though, that unlike the sap of most conifer trees that I know (e.g. Pines, Cypresses, Junipers, Spruces, & Firs) Mesquite sap is water soluble. Meaning? Namely, that they can just as quickly dissolve and disappear after a somewhat unexpected Autumn or early Winter rain storm as they apparently materialized after the branches were girdled. One storm, then gone! This speaks to one of the Ethnobotanist's and wild forager's main creeds collect it (when abundant enough) while its there, for tomorrow it may be gone! Still, I always strive to leave some sap behind, not knowing what other sap-eaters may be seeking this treat and wishing to share the feast.
My habit of late is to gather the girdled Mesquite branches and make a pile within which the local birds and other wildlife can take refuge from both inclement weather and predators alike. This may allow the then liberated Mesquite trees to experience less pruning the following Fall when the young beetles hatch out from the dead branches, though this is perhaps wishful thinking at best. While we (my wife, Claudia, and I) may have somewhat smaller Mesquite trees due to the Beetles, we also have them to thank for a truly unusual and ephemeral treat!
What do I do with these sap nodules? I slowly suck upon them as I wander the incredible wilds of the Sky Islands. They have a rich, yet subtly sweet taste that, unlike candy, never quite gets old. I soon find myself depleting my stores of Mesquite sap months before they'll be replenished next year. I do store enough to show my students, but am periodically tempted to raid even these meager supplies given my love of this edible oddity.
While I can't vouch for the caloric value of this translucent Mesquite sap, I suspect that it is minor. More important, I feel, is the soothing effect that the sap appears to have on my mouth, throat (including a bit of an expectorant effect), and even my soul. I slowly suck upon the sap and I feel immersed in my immediate environment - Mesquite and Man becoming one. So it is with Ethnobotany adventures - they transport me to a world unto itself and one forgotten and neglected by many of my fellow humans. A quick note on sap types found on Mesquite trees. You may notice that there is a second, much darker
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(e.g. deep amber to dark orange-red) type of Mesquite sap. Having sampled this type - normally caused by major wounds, such as a human-cut branch - I can say that I have no desire to repeat the feat. As good as the Mesquite Girdler sap is, the darker type is equally as vile. It is the stuff sometimes used to mend broken pottery in the Southwest, not an edible plant part. If
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orn in Texas, the Yoas brothers, Thomas Espy (1872-1910?), John Stockton (1874-1927), Bird Greenwood (aka Byrd) (1876-1958), Richard H. (1880?-1957?), William Henry (1883-1956), were among some of the more colorful transplants to settle in Arizona in the late 1800s and first half of the 20th century. Tom, John and Bird all started out in the Tombstone area. Pinning down exactly when they arrived is difficult, but they were all a little wild if not unconventional in one way or another.
Their parents, Charles A. & Mary Espy Yoas, seem to have lived rather normal lives with Charlie serving in the Confederate Army and the Texas Rangers. He began ranching in McCulloch Co., TX in 1883, but moved his ranching operation to the Sonora-San Angelo area a few years later where the boys grew up. Besides the above named sons, Charlie and Mary had one more son, Hugh A., William’s twin. He remained in Texas along with his two sisters, Mary Allender (1873-?) and Elizabeth Kate (1888-?). t HoMas “Bravo Juan” Yoas
How Tom Yoas wound up with the moniker “Bravo Juan” has not turned up in my research, especially since his name was not John! Interestingly, it was not usual for the newspapers of the day to simply refer to Tom as Bravo Juan or Bravo John with no surname.
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According to Dayhuff & Pearson in Notorious Arizona Characters, Tom worked as a wrangler for James & May Herron on their ranch near Hereford in Cochise County. Herron says Tom met Burt Alvord and Billy Stiles one day while on roundup in Sonora south of Naco. At the time, Alvord was the town marshal of Willcox, AZ and a Cochise County deputy sheriff, while Stiles was a deputy constable for the nearby town of Pearce. Tom later met other gang members including William Downing, Three-Fingered Jack Dunlap, Matt Burts and brothers George & Lewis Owens. He quickly succumbed to their tales of making big money robbing trains. FairBank, aZ train roBBerY
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It appears that Tom joined the Alvord gang after the gang’s first successful train robbery on September 9, 1899 at Cochise
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Station south of Willcox. His name has never been linked with that event. However, six months later Tom’s name would be linked to one of the worst train robbery fiascos in Arizona history. As an official member of the Alvord gang, Tom along with the Owens brothers, Dunlap and Robert C. “Bob” Brown, arrived at the Fairbank Station (located 7 miles west of Tombstone) just as the sun was setting. It was February 15, 1900 and the station was crowded with passengers getting on and off the train that had just pulled in from Nogales. Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official state historian, sized up the outlaws by saying: “Collectively their IQs wouldn’t have added up to a hundred, but they were as mean and nasty as any bunch that ever rode the Arizona scene.” Trimble went on to note that the outlaws were “pretending to be drunken cowboys, mingling among the crowd.”
Dunlap was the leader of the group and in spite of careful planning on the part of Alvord and Stiles things quickly went wrong. The date for the robbery had been chosen because the payroll for the Pearce mines was expected to be onboard, and it was Wells Fargo express messenger Jeff Milton’s day off ! As it turns out, the payroll wasn’t and Milton was.
Milton had been called in to cover for the scheduled agent who reported sick. Milton’s reputation was legendary. A former Texas Ranger, five years earlier he had faced down “the fastest gun in the West,” John Wesley Hardin, in El Paso when he was the Chief of Police. Hardin backed down and survived to live a bit longer. In 1898 Wells Fargo agents Milton and George Scarborough had captured outlaw and train robber William “Bronco Bill” Walters in Solomonville, Arizona.
Dayhuff & Pearson give a great blowby-blow account of the holdup. Lewis Owens and Brown handled the engineer and fireman while Dunlap, George Owens and Bravo Juan attempted to enter the express car, but were confronted by Milton with shotgun ready to fire. Unfortunately Milton was in a no-win situation. Fearing that he would harm innocent passengers on the platform, he held his fire only to be shot in the left arm above the elbow by one
of the outlaws.
Various accounts claim that Milton slammed the door to the railroad car, made a tourniquet to stop a bleeding artery in his arm, hid the key to the safe and slumped down between a couple of trunks with shotgun in hand ready to fire. Meanwhile, the outlaws fired shot after shot into the car. After receiving no return fire, the robbers entered the car but Milton was waiting. He lifted the shotgun and blasted Dunlap in the stomach with a number of shotgun pellets while others hit Bravo Juan in the kiester. Owens and Bravo Juan helped Dunlap out of the car and onto his horse. All five outlaws took off but Dunlap was too badly hurt to continue and he was soon abandoned. The posse found Dunlap lying beside the trail several hours later. He was taken to Tombstone for treatment, but the shotgun blast had been too severe. Shortly before dying, he confessed all on February 20th. Fingering the other four men involved in the holdup, Dunlap named Bravo Juan as the one who stole Milton’s revolver which had been lying on a desk inside the railroad car when the attack began. When told about Bravo Juan and the gun, Milton said, “If the officers don’t have him in two weeks I will be on his trail.” Dunlap also identified Alvord, Stiles and Downing as members of the gang. The following story concerning Bravo Juan appeared in The Arizona Republican, February 28, 1900: Bravo John charged with being one of the Fairbank train robbers was induced to return from Mexico without requisition papers. He recently shot himself in the leg accidentally and is suffering severely from the wound. [Could it be the gun stolen from Milton mentioned above?] He was seen by a Prospector (Tombstone Prospector) reporter in jail. Like the two other companions in jail on the same charge, he denies any complicity in the affair.
“I do not expect any trouble in proving that I was not in the holdup. If I did, I would not be here,” said John. “I was arrested in Mexico and voluntarily came over
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without requisition papers which ought to show I was not afraid but what I could clear myself. I do not want the charge to hang over me.” “I was not in the hold-up,” persisted John.
“Were you in charge of the horses while the others were [garbled] was asked. He shifted his injured leg and made an evasive answer. Later he volunteered: “I was in Naco the day of the hold-up.”
John has lived in Cochise and Pima counties for several years but is more at home in Mexico where he has been most of the time. While in a stooping position, he claims that on the 17th last his sixshooter [sic] exploded, the ball passing through the calf of his left leg. While the wound is not serious—it is very painful and he is unable to move about. Post train roBBerY
All the other men were soon captured or arrested. The Owens brothers were located near Pearce. Brown was tracked down in Texas and Bravo Juan had been arrested in Cananea, Sonora where he sought medical attention. Alvord was also arrested, but Stiles turned State’s evidence and gained his freedom. Paying his cohorts a visit in the Tombstone City Jail on April 7th, Stiles secured the upper hand on the jailer, but only Alvord and Bravo Juan escaped, the rest refused to leave.
Shortly after the jailbreak, Bravo Juan sought the help of his former boss, Jim Herron. Claiming that he wanted no part of the outlaw life and was heading for Mexico, Tom asked Herron for help. Herron gave him food and clothing and that was the last time he saw Tom. However, four-years later Herron received a letter written on the letterhead of a cattle company located in South America. Tom told Herron he was the General Manager for the cattle company. Herron never reveal the name of the company or in what country Tom was living. Herron’s story isn’t without some controversy. Sighting of the outlaws appeared in U.S. newspapers over the next few years. Here are two stories from the same year Herron received the letter.
1904 - Bravo Juan and Stiles were reported in the Naco, Sonora area located directly across the border from Naco, AZ. On
April 21st, the two raided S. M. Aguirre’s Southwestern Commercial and Importing Company supply store and stole $1200 plus other valuables. The San Francisco Call reported it was the first time Bravo Juan had been seen in three years. Aguirre promptly offered a reward for the capture of the two.
October 22, 1904 brought another sighting of Bravo Juan. The Imperial Valley Press published in Imperial, California reported an incident involving a man named John Pine or Juan Pinon and reported: Pinon is a desperate character with a bad record, his face and body being scarred with knife wounds received in many combats. In Arizona he is known as Bravo Juan, a brother in law of Alvord, the train robber, and he is suspected of being a member of Stiles’ gang. Pinon was once arrested in Escondido [California] for rape, but broke loose there.
Six years later in 1910, two more articles appeared in the papers. April 3rd, the Bisbee Daily Review ran a story titled “Cyclone Bill Tells Story of Alvord and Billy Stiles.” The article written by William “Cyclone Bill” Beck related the adventures of a man named Harold Dubois who had recently returned from Central and South America. Dubois related that he had run into Burt Alvord in Panama working on the canal and Bravo Juan in Venezuela. Here is Dubois story about Bravo Juan: I met Bravo Juan on the street in a Venezuela town. At first I did not recognize him, but he knew me and made himself known to me. He asked me about many people in Arizona, and said that after the ‘hold up’ at Fairbank, near Tombstone, in which J. D. Milton, after having his arm shattered by a bullet from Three Fingered Jack’s Winchester gave Jack his dose of buckshot, from which he died in a few hours. Bravo Juan, Stiles, Alvord and others, became badly scattered. “Milton sure used a scatter gun that day,” said Juan. “I scattered and am still scattered, and I may be scattered still farther, but I’ll tell you this much, I won’t never [go] back to Arizona. I concluded to quit robbing and go to work, and that is what I did. First I had to make my “getaway,” which I am here to tell you was no easy job with those Arizona officers after me. But
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I made my way to Mexico, and finally on down to Panama, where I worked for the government till I came here. From here I shall ‘drift south,’ but not north toward Arizona, not for me.”
Three months after this article appeared in the Bisbee paper, The Arizona Citizen, published in Tucson, reported on the death of Burt Alvord in Barbados. Included in the story was one line that read: “Bravo Juan, a former companion of Alvord, died recently up the Amazon.” Years later after Tom had disappeared and been almost forgotten, the legend of Bravo Juan Yoas continued. Two friends of Tom’s younger brother, Bird, asked if Bravo Juan was his brother John. Bird merely replied, “No, it was another brother.” Thomas E. Yoas’ name has not turned up in Texas, Arizona or in other vital records after the 1880s, lending credence to the belief that Thomas was indeed Bravo Juan. Next month: John Yoas and the Salero cattle camp murder. Sources: - “A Fairbanks Hold-Up,” The Arizona Republican, February 16, 1900. p.1 - “C. A. Yoas” obit. San Antonio Press, May 22, 1931 p. 14 - Cleere, Jan, Outlaw tales of Arizona” True Stories of Arizona’s Most Nefarious Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats. Guilford, Conn.: Globe Pequot Press, © 2006. - Coke, tom S., “Adventure Out West (Jeﬀ Milton).” http://4jranch.com/cokestories/ miltonj.htm - “Confession of a Trail Robber,” The San Francisco Call. February 21, 1900, p. 4. - “‘Cyclone Bill’ Tells Story of Alvord and Billy Stiles,” Bisbee Daily Review, April 3, 1910, p.12. - Dayhuﬀ, Robert Hl & Pearson, James L., Notorious Arizona Characters: A Biographical Sketch of Eight Individuals Remembered for Their Notoriety. Tucson: Santa Cruz Valley Press, ©2006. - “Notorious Outlaw Dies,” Tucson Daily Citizen, July 21, 1971, p.36. From an Arizona Citizen reprint, July 21, 1910. - “Outlaws Loot the Coin Box,” The San Francisco Call, April 23, 1904 p.1 - Trimble, Marshall, Roadside History of Arizona. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Co., © 1986
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