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by Roberta Rogers

Art Gallery

Roberta Rogers’s Gallery, 6 Camino Otero, Tubac, Az 520-979-4122

by Carol St. John


lthough tucked in the shade, the sunniest spot on Camino Otero is the gallery of Roberta Rogers. Sunshine is reflected in the brilliant colors that dance on the walls and in the smile that greets you when you walk through her doors. Roberta is one of the truly committed, local artists that a visitor can see at work in her gallerystudio in Tubac, six days a week, from 11:00 to 5:00.

in this issue of the Tubac Villager Page 4 Santa Cruz County Update by Kathleen Vandervoet Page 7 Tubac Map Page 8 Yoas Brothers part 3 by Mary Bingham Page 12 New Tubac Restaurant Maria's Grill by Bernard Berlin Page 14 Tubac Business Profile Old Presidio Traders Celebrates 30 years by Kathleen Vandervoet

Page 16 TCA Day at the Ranch Page 17 Creative Cogitation by Carol St. John

Page 18 Endurance: the return by Paula Beemer

Rogers captures symbols of Tubac life in watercolor and acrylic. She has a love for local architecture, the arches and windows, the courtyards and their details. The timeless Mexican designs of Talavera pottery never fail to intrigue her, nor do shadows on flat surfaces and the textures of various surfaces lost and found in intense light.

Page 20 St. Andrew's Clinic by Gloria Thiele Page 24 Tubac Presidio Updates Page 26 The Bandits of Banamichi by Gary Thrasher Page 30 Remnants from Ruthie

She is an artist with an eye and a camera. This shutter-bug, appears at every Tubac event she can, in order to record it literally and then turn it into her own interpretation. She truly loves the old village that considers itself the birthplace of Arizona and the place where art and history meet. That

love is seen in her paintings of the local flora and fauna, the old cars that parade through town, depictions of autumn’s De Anza Days and other festivals throughout the year. She studies and captures the surrounding mountains at every stage of daylight.

Roberta is an abiding presence in Tubac, with a steady contribution to Tubac’s village life. She teaches painting workshops, volunteers at the Center of the Arts, has contributed time to the Tubac Welcome Center, served on the Chamber of Commerce, was Street captain for the Festival of the Arts and is currently helping to raise supplies for the children of Sasabe. She is quite literally Tubac’s poster girl. Not only have her paintings been found on posters announcing Tubac Golf Resort’s annual Antique Car Show, but this year one of her paintings was selected to be the 2011 poster of for the Tubac Festival of the Arts.


oberta has lived in many places. She grew up just outside of Marfa, Texas, on her grandfather’s cattle










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Charlie Meaker, Celebrating 31 Years in Tubac! Tubac Office – 2251 E. Frontage Rd. – Just south of the Post Office      

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F E AT U R E D H O M E Charlie Meaker THIS MONTH 2251 PALO PARADO ROAD, TUBAC ranch. Memories of the landscape of southwestern Texas along the Rio Grande may explain what drew her to Tubac, and the immediate sense of home she found here. The Tumacacoris, the Santa Cruz River and the area’s ruggedness are similar to her primary landscape.

She started off married life in Fresno, CA, and ultimately settled in Flagstaff where her work is still shown and appreciated. For years now, her fans have been traveling south to see her and to increase their collections of her work. In her own gallery all her past efforts are rewarded. She says being with the public has given her confidence and affirmed her artistic dreams. Perhaps her own need for validation is what helped her to understand how much young artists need to be encouraged, and explains her need to empower others. That effort was rewarded with the Teacher of the Year award at the Coconino Community College. And the awards keep coming. Last year, she was the recipient of a coveted award at the prestigious national Aqueous Show held at the Tubac Center of the Arts.

Despite her honors, this is a humble woman who never feels quite satisfied with the last painting, rather lives for the next one. She still remembers when a serious engagement with painting began. It took place in her last semester in college when she had room for some electives. Life was forever changed by that watercolor class taught by Jean Lockwood.

This fascination birthed a willingness to explore new techniques and try new tools. Regular forays into other artists’ art classes remain an established part of her life, and keep her work fresh and varied. She wants to grow, hungry for more; more time, more skill, more adventure and expertise. The plethora of workshops she’s attended are too many to list, (among them Frank Webb, Robert Lynch and Catherine Chang Liu) but she’s always found something to take home. The mother of three adult sons, Blaine, Brandon and Jesse, Roberta has seen her birds fly away to points north and west. Gary Fahrenz, her enabling husband and greatest fan, says that when he retires he plans a little R&R(&R). Representing Roberta Rogers as best he can. So many male artists have wives that take on a similar role, it is encouraging to hear a man profess such an intention.

When it comes to the future, Roberta Rogers’s work will no doubt continue to reflect the refreshing, joyful and optimistic heart from whence it comes. Her colors will keep dancing their way into tomorrows and their metaphors remain true. Roberta Rogers, herself, has a bit of a glow about her. If you should purchase a piece of her work, you will be able to take a piece of that radiance home.

Come, see for yourself at the Roberta Rogers’s Gallery, 6 Camino Otero, Tubac. For more information, call: 520-979-4122 or visit


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THERE ARE OVER 100 RESALE HOMES LISTED FOR SALE IN TUBAC, AT PRICES RANGING FROM $125,000 TO A COOL $8 MILLION! THE OWNERS ARE WAITING ANXIOUSLY FOR YOUR OFFER! I’LL HELP YOU FIND THE HOME THAT’S JUST RIGHT FOR YOU! I’M AT YOUR SERVICE. If you’re thinking of listing your property, please give me a call. I will give you a free market analysis, work for you on open houses, if desired, and “spread the word” with advertising in all media and the internet.

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Utility costs should be reduced at the Tubac Community Center at 50 Bridge Rd. when energy efficiency improvements are completed. Santa Cruz County received a grant of more than $183,000 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to perform an energy audit and upgrade the energy efficiency of four county buildings, said Mary Dahl, director of the Santa Cruz County Department of Community Development.

The audit recommended $7,100 for the North County Facility (Tubac Community Center). That will be spent on energy efficient lights, programmable thermostats, and weather stripping, Dahl said. There are 10 heating and cooling units but it wouldn’t be cost effective to replace them now, she said. “Payback would be almost 75 years,” she said. She would like to have the single-pane windows replaced with double-pane windows in the future, but it’s not likely as part of this project.

The audit also recommended $78,075 in renovations

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for the county complex, $5,560 for the Sonoita Court and $2,080 for the Work Investment Act (WIA) building in Nogales.

Adams and Associates Engineers conducted the audit and delivered it to the county in December. The report looked at savings in areas such as lighting, heating and cooling units, programmable thermostats and other easy fixes. But it also suggested a scheduled maintenance program and recommended a new boiler and a $42,000 commissioning project at the county complex in Nogales. Dahl said a commissioning project describes having a person or company study the energy systems in the building. Since the county complex is more than 20 years old, and room uses have been changed, the heating, cooling and ventilation systems are not at their peak.

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The five-member board of the Tubac Fire District voted Jan. 26 to approve the purchase of a new Type 1 fire engine. It will be constructed on a 2012 chassis by Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., of Holden, La., and will cost $218,883, plus about $20,000 more for

equipment such as lights, radios and other items.

The delivery date is uncertain, Capt. Al Kingsley said, because the 2012 chassis’ aren’t yet available. When the truck is finished, it will be assigned to Station 2 in northwest Rio Rico near the corner of Interstate 19 and the Peck Canyon interchange.

The money is coming from the unused portion of the bond draw of the 2008 bond election. During 2010, two fire stations were built and equipped for about $6.5 million.


Remodeling costing about $45,000 started Dec. 16 at Tubac Fire District Station 2 in northwest Rio Rico, and is expected to be completed by the end of February. The station, built in approximately 1994, needed updates, said Battalion Chief Genaro Rivera. A wall was erected in the large meeting room which previously encompassed the kitchen and eating area for on-duty crews. In this way, crew members can use the kitchen if meetings are under way. Kitchen cabinets, fixtures and other furnishings are being replaced with new materials.

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Santa Cruz County Update continued... There was one bunk room with four beds and that’s been changed to two rooms to better adjust to female, along with male employees. A secured front door with an entry bell and a separate area to wait in is another addition, to provide extra safety for employees, Rivera said.

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Carey Daniels of Brasher Real Estate was thanked for a successful fundraiser held Jan. 1 at the Tubac Golf Resort. The tournament, called “Los Otros 2011,” and which allowed the use of only five golf clubs, raised $2,044 which was donated to the Borderland Food Bank in Nogales.

Yolanda Soto, executive director of the food bank, wrote, “What a wonderful idea you created to give back to the non-profits who are working to help others in Santa Cruz County. We feel so fortunate to have been considered for this monetary donation but even more fortunate that I was given the opportunity to have presented our programs to your group and to have made new friends.”


Representatives from two community foundations, one in the United States and one in Mexico, spoke at the Jan. 17 meeting of the Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council in Tubac.

Tumacácori resident Dr. William Neubauer, chairman of the board of the Nogales-based Santa Cruz Community Foundation, told the group, “We live in a very unique place. What is occurring across the line has a direct effect here.” He said the Santa Cruz Community Foundation operates on endowments and grants and helps provide organizational support for many non-profit groups in Nogales, Ariz. As well, the foundation has formed a relationship with a community foundation in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. It’s called FESAC, or Fundación del Empresariado Sonorense.

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Neubauer said he is pleased to set up small guided tour groups to take people into that community to see what the nonprofit organizations are accomplishing there.

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The fire district board voted on Dec. 15 to approve the project. Work is being done by off-duty district employees, Rivera said. Funding comes from the unused portion of bond money drawn to build two fire stations, as explained in the news brief above.

The director of that group, Alma Cota de Yanez, provided a summary of activities in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Most, she said, are tied to assistance for victims of domestic violence or child abuse. As well, the group helps people who want to improve public education or start a small, home-based business.

For more information, call Robert Phillips, executive director of the Santa Cruz Community Foundation, in Nogales at (520) 761-4531.



The governing board and administrators of Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 (Tubac and Rio Rico) thanked two individuals for their support of school issues. Carol Cullen and Lil Hunsaker, both of Tubac, have donated volunteer time on political action committees in the past few years, said Daniel Fontes, Dist. 35 superintendent.

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They helped pass a ballot question to approve an override in the district’s maintenance and operation budget in November 2010. That provides more funds for student classes and activities, he said. At the Jan. 25 school board meeting, Cullen, who attended, and Hunsaker, who could not attend, were given a ceramic red apple on a wood base as a memento.

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At the Jan. 19 meeting of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, a new program to encourage environmentally sound construction was adopted. The board voted 3-0 to approve the voluntary residential green building rating and certification program.

An explanation of the program can be viewed on the county’s web site at Choose the Community Development department. Reach the writer at

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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.


Hugh Cabot Gallery 398-2721

De Anza Restaurante & Cantina 398-0300 Clay Hands Studio 398-2885 Tohono Village Trading Post 398-2223


February 2011 Villager Supporters Map art rendering by Roberta Rogers. Work in progress. Unmarked structures may be open businesses. Call 398-3980 for corrections.

El Presidito 398-9061


Hal Empie Gallery 398-2811

Casa Maya de Mexico (520) 398-9373

Roberta Rogers Studios 979-4122 The Red Door Gallery 398-3943 Rogoway Gallery 398-2041

Galleria Tubac (520) 398-9088 Jane's Attic 398-9301

Cobalt Gallery 398- 1200 Schatze 398-9855

Tubac Center of the Arts 398-2371 Beads of Tubac (520) 398-2070

Tumacookery 398-9497 ZForrest Gallery 398-9009 Koorey Creations 398-8360


Old Presidio Traders 398-9333 Tubac Plaza Main Stage 398-2542

Heir Looms Old World Imports 398-2369

Bruce Baughman Gallery 398- 3098 Casa Fina de Tubac 398-8620


The Artist's Daughter 398-9525

FOWLER CLEANERS (520) 270-4105

Shelby's Bistro James Culver Leather Studios 398-8075 398-1841 Tubac Fitness Center 398-9940


Maria's Grill 398-3350 TJ's Tortuga Books & Coffee Beans 398-8109

MATKO PAINTING (520) 398-3300

Tubac Ranch Furniture 398-8381


Italian Peasant restaurant 398-2668 Tubac Market & Deli 398-1010

Indigo & Olive Casa Maya 398-9763 de Mexico 398-3933 MIJ Hair and Nails Brasher Real Estate, Inc. 398-3206 398-2506 K. Newby Gallery 398-9662

Take the Frontage Rd north to Tubac Art Exchange (520) 237-5439 Village Counseling (520) 820-1678, Realty Executives Team 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

SALERO RANCH 1-800-726-0100 SCOTT POTTINGER, BUILDER (520) 398-9959 TUBAC ONLINE SERVICES (520) 398-2437

Take the Frontage Road south to Wisdom's Café, (520) 398-2397 the Tumacacori National Historical Park (520) 398-2341 & the Santa Cruz Chili Company (520) 398-2591

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BIRD YOAS – T he eARlY YeARS by Mary Bingham


verything about Bird Yoas, the younger brother of Thomas and John is fascinating. In my opinion, he was one of Arizona’s most interesting characters, and that is saying a lot as we’ve had a lot of them! Bird Greenwood Yoas was his legal name, but in the latter part of his life his given name was frequently spelled Byrd. How his middle name got changed to Gregorio as noted by Richard G. Schaus in an obit appearing in the Arizona Cattlelog is another puzzle. Did Bird jokingly give that name out to someone? It would certainly fit his sense of humor.

Even the local newspapers and the U.S. Federal Census got his first name wrong with Bert Burd and Bud appearing from time to time. And as a final coup de grace upon his death, a family member in Brady, Texas informed the Arizona State Department of Health that his middle initial was F. That said, the stories about Bird Yoas are legendary and this article will try to scratch the surface. Don Smith in an undated “Border Beat” column described Bird this way: “One could tell Bird was heading his way from as far as half a block away—either by hearing him or spotting those unusually bowed legs of his through the crowd.”


According to Schaus, Bird arrived in Arizona in 1898. He wrote that when Bird was asked why he chose Arizona as a place to settle, Bird explained: “…his parents sent him out one day to bring in the family milk cow. She kept going west and he never caught her until he got to the Huachucas in the Territory of Arizona.” Confirming Bird’s arrival in Arizona is a 1909 article from the Bisbee Daily News Review that announced the return of B. G. “Bird” Yoas from a trip to Texas where he visited his family after an absence of 14 years. A highlight of the article was the fact that Bird had made the major portion of the trip on horseback while delivering a herd of horses to Texas. It was reported his “homecoming was a joyous one.” The following tale comes from the Tucson Daily Citizen for February 21, 1948.

…Yoas is a county rancher who a half century ago “struck it rich” while lost in the Lower California wilds with a party of Tucsonians. Out of food and unable to make their way out of the wild country, Yoas’ party came across a great Mexican hacienda. Not desiring to “sponge” on the wealthy Mexican family, Yoas passed off a friend identified by him as the father of the late George Hilzinger, lawyer and one-time Tucson city attorney, as an eminent artist traveling with his entourage. A small water color painting was produced as proof.

The Mexicans were quite awed, Yoas said, and they were invited to stay in luxury for the next several months while the older Hilzinger, an accomplished amateur artist, drew with crude mixtures of paint a reproduction of “The Last Supper.”

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the year 1910 identifies George Hilzinger’s father as John G. Hilzinger. He was born in England in 1848 and he was an accountant. But more importantly, he was the author of two books about Arizona; Treasure Land: A Story published in London in 1897 and The Skystone: A Romance of Prehistoric Arizona published two years later. Bird had certainly been in good company on this little adventure.

By 1902, Bird and a partner named Fife began ranching in Cochise County. Bird obtained several brands under his own name and one was recorded for Yoas & Fife in Bisbee. The most likely Fife living in the area at the time was William T. Fife with wife Mary and three young sons. 1910 found Bird and his brother John were ranching together near Elgin, but they soon parted ways. This must have been about the time the two began their family feuding. One famous story told by several people who knew them goes: “John and Bird didn’t get along with one another. John gave Bird a fistfight every Christmas.” Some ended by saying “John always won.” While others say: “Sometimes John won, sometimes Bird won.”

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Bird had brands recorded in the Huachuchas, Whetsones and Amadoville by 1919, but he wouldn’t file for the Agua Caliente homestead until 1923. Schaus also noted: “It is said he got started in the Santa Ritas after a Mexican steer venture with Sabino Otero.” The Otero ranch bordered Bird’s place to the south. It is my guess that Bird inherited John’s Lame Coyote ranch when John was killed in 1927. To the west was Antonio Amado’s ranch. One of Bird’s young protégées, Bob Bergier, had the ranch on the east, and Madera Canyon was to the north. Bloodhounds were a passion of Bird’s. In 1922 an article about Bird and the famous hunting guide Billy Chester appeared the paper. Chester’s reputation as a guide and hunter of vicious livestock killing mountain lions and jaguars on both sides of the border was renowned. Bird’s reputation for raising Bloodhounds was also growing. The Border Vidette for April 22nd reported:

Bird Yoas, from the stock ranch in the Santa Rita mountain foothills, near Amadoville, was in the city last Tuesday, bringing with him three fine blood hounds, which he shipped to his friend Billy Chester, the noted hunter of wild animals, who is now hunting in the vicinity of Minas Prietas, Sonora. In a fight recently with a tiger, three of Chester’s best dogs were killed, and their owner had to fight for his life, before he finally killed the tiger. The dogs sent south by Mr. Yoas are from the Yoas pack of hounds said to be among the best in the county.

Over the years at Agua Caliente, Bird became well-known for helping others. He took in young boys and old cowboys to help on the ranch. Bird and the old-timers taught the boys how to cowboy and run a ranch. Needless to say, the pay was low but they had a place to sleep and food to eat, something that was hard to come by during the Arizona drought in the 1920s and the depression that followed. The menu rarely changed — salt

pork, jerky and frijoles and when the beans began too effervesce, Bird would just add baking soda to the pot. The consequences were a bit explosive to say the least. One of the boys taken in by Bird was Patagonia rancher Austin Moss. Bird took Austin and his older brother Charlie in after their parents died. Moss told former Border Patrol agent, Ray Logan, about an encounter between the two feuding brothers in the mountains above Tubac.

One day the two met in Santa Rita Mountains. As they approached each other, Bird going west from Crittenden and John east from the Agua Caliente…Bird absently noticed John moved a bag from the side of his horse nearest Bird, to the offside. They spoke briefly then went on their respective ways. When Bird arrived at this ranch out building he noticed John’s horse tracks coming from where Bird kept a prized bitch with puppies. Two puppies were gone. Bird believed those two little dogs were in John’s bag.


A few years later, the well-known Arizona western artist and writer, Jack Van Ryder, wrote about his old friend “Byrd.” Jack was born John Vanriter and his family lived in Continental, now part of Green Valley. If you know where the Continental Feedlot Café is located, you’ll know the area where they lived. Here is what Van Ryder wrote in an undated article for the Bisbee’s Brewery Gulch Gazette newspaper.

“This yarn goes back to the days when I was a kid and Arizona was still a frontier. Along about the year of our Lord, 1905, that square-headed ole man o’mine had a neighbor who arrived one morning, staked out his holdings by noon, and lives in the same place today. This happened about six miles from Continental, Arizona, under the old Elephant Head. The new settler signed his monicker [sic] in uncertain marks one might almost call hieroglyphics, and after deciphering his personal code, that is if one was able to, the name of Byrd Yoas could be made out, even though the signature looked like an amateur tried to work over a brand with a running iron. It was a pretty blotchy affair. Byrd came from the plains of Texas, and as time went on, it was suspected that there was a good reason for his coming to Arizona. “They tell me that Byrd Yoas started in with one old Mexican cow.”

“Old Edgell swore by all that’s worth swearing to and all, that this is the only financial outlay that old Byrd made in stocking his range. But then there were wagon roads over on the other side of the Santa Ritas, and to make a long story short, there was plenty of material to work on, if a man attended to business. But I’m getting away from the yarn that I was going to tell on that old cut-back. For a while, that is, right after Byrd staked out his holdings and got to fighting with my old Man about a fence that he put up, his bank roll didn’t fit the position in life he now held. That is, that of a land baron

and cattleman, so he had to go to work until things got a little better. The Border Patrol, at that time was a pretty scary job, and nobody but a feller who didn’t care much about living worked at that trade along that time. “Byrd didn’t have much trouble in getting on, because all the equipment that he needed for that occupation was a good horse, a sixshooter, a thirty-thirty and plenty of guts. He had all of these requirements, and some to spare. The boys kinder liked Byrd, so they gave him the easiest job on the Patrol, which was deporting aliens....

“In two years’ time, Byrd got quite a reputation about this deporting business. None of the fellows he deported ever came back across the line, and they say that he received several letters from Washington asking for his formula in taking people across the line and making ‘em stay there. But Byrd couldn’t do anything except sign his name, so Washington is still without that prescription by Doctor Yoas. But one day Byrd wanted to quit.

“He had quite a little bunch of cattle now, and looked toward spreading out. So Ed Edgell was assigned to the job that Byrd had, and Byrd had to make a couple of trips with him, to show him the procedure of deporting an alien. They got the aliens at the old Border Patrol Station in Tubac, and they claimed that there were about fifteen in the herd. Edgell took them down to Nogales, crossed the line into Mexico with them, cussed them out so perfectly that even Byrd took notice, and rode back across into the United States, where Byrd had his right leg hooked over the saddlehorn, rolling a Bull Durham. “‘Well,’ said Edgell, after Byrd lit his cigarette, ‘How’s that fur cussing’ them out? I guess that’ll keep ‘em over the line; pretty good job o’ deportin’ if you asks me.’” “‘Hell fire, man,’ replied Byrd, “ Yuh never deported nothing’; all yuh did is take ‘em across the line and turn ‘em loose.’”


Besides Bloodhounds, Bird had a passion for Paint horses. Schaus says he had about 150 mares at the Agua Caliente that were either Paint mares or mares that could throw a Paint. This fact gave me a clue about another story that mentioned Bird.

On September 4, 1921 the Tombstone Epitaph reported on the robbery and murder of Joseph and Myrtle Pearson at the store in Ruby, Arizona. It was the second murder within 18 months at the same store with the previous owners, Alexander and John Fraser meeting the same fate. In the case of the Pearsons, seven bandits from across the border committed the crime and headed back south. The article contained a report given by Lieutenant R. D. Knapp, commander of the United States Army Flight “A” 12th Aero Squadron stationed at Camp Stephen B. Little in Nogales:

…He [Knapp] said he had seen no sign of the bandits, but did see a party of deputy sheriffs and others near the line on the American side. He said they had bloodhounds with them. Lieutenant Knapp said he recognized one of the men in the posse as Bird Yoas of Tubac, and he assumed that Sheriff George J. White of Santa Cruz county had gathered up several ranchers in the vicinity of Tubac and Pena Blanca to send in pursuit of the bandits.

If the Bloodhounds weren’t enough to identify Bird, then the chances are that he was riding one of his Paints and could easily be identified from the air.


Among Bird’s closest friends were fellow Texans, James & Harriett Garrett, Sr. of Tubac. Jim, Sr. arrived in Tubac in 1912, while wife Harriett and the kids spent the first couple of months in Douglas, Arizona where the little ones could attend school. Several years ago, Jim, Jr.’s wife Lil wrote about Bird’s close friendship with the Garrets and noted he bought the three lots north of the Garrett two-story house, now known as The Country Shop located on Will Rogers Lane. Don’t know if he built a place for himself, but he built a small shelter for his horse.

Bird spent a lot of time at the Garrett house. Jim Garrett, Jr. told Lil that “he was a special man to the whole family.” He bought Jim his first saddle when he was still so young his big sisters had to saddle his pony for him. “When Bird butchered beef or deer he shared the meat with the Garretts. The Garretts returned the favor when they butchered their beef.”

52nd Annual Tubac Festival of the Arts

Demonstrations by Navajo Silversmiths Monroe & Lillie Ashley Feb 7-13 Glass Sculpture by Robert Sanders Feb 9-13

Jim also told Lil “the Garretts spent part of the summer at Birds home in the Montosa Canyon up near Elephant Head. It was up in the mountains and cooler. If Poppa [ Jim, Sr.] couldn’t accompany the girls to a dance, he would allow Bird to chaperon them. There were dances at the Otero Hall [now part of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park] and Louie Lim’s [now the Hugh Cabot Gallery].”


Bird’s personality is reflected in Smith’s story about Bird’s visit to the local Nogales movie theater to see a Will Rogers Sr. movie. Smith said: “it was a wild west show (the kind he liked) with Will Rogers playing the lead. Every time Rogers told one of his jokes, Bird would howl with laughter—loud enough for everyone in the place to hear. At times he would stand up and slap his leg. Even though his antics interrupted the performance no one ever walked out—some saying Bird’s show was as good as that on the screen.

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Next month: Bird Yoas – The Later Years Sources: - Garrett, Lillian, Garrett Family unpublished manuscript. - Logan, Raymond, unpublished interview with Austin Moss February 1, 2001. - Peck, Marguerite (O’Brien). “In the Memory of Man [Material collected from 1937-1966].” Manuscript reminiscences of Arthur L. Peck, ca. 1900-1966. -Ring, Bob, Ring, Al & Cahoon, Tallia Pfrimmer, Ruby, Arizona: Mining, Mayhem, and Murder. Tucson: U.S. Press & Graphics, © 2005. - Schaus, Richard G., “Bird Gregorio Yoas, 1879-1958.” Arizona Cattlelog, June 1975. Arizona Historical Foundation: Richard Schaus Collection. -Smith, Don, “Border Beat.” No source, no date. Arizona Historical Foundation: Richard Schaus Collection.

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THURS, FEB 3RD – TUBAC THURSDAY MORNING BREAKFAST FORUM PRESENTS LEE GELB AND SHELLY MILANO, FOUNDERS OF ZAVIDA GEMSTONES, SPEAKING ON REBUILDING LIVELIHOODS; THE ARTISANS OF KUTCH INDIA, Lee, of Tubac and Vashon Island, and Shelly, of Tubac and Mercer Island, have created the Zavida Silversmith Project in Kutch, India.  The Project provides tools, training materials and loans.  The project also has initiated a program which trains young girls in silversmithing, a role that has traditionally been reserved for men. The Zavida Project has attracted trade from throughout India. Forum begins at 8:30am at Maria's Grill, Plaza de Anza, 40 Avenida Goya, Tubac. $10 admission includes full sit down breakfast. Seating is limited. Advance reservations, call 429-5556 or email More info- THURS, FEB 3RD - SENIOR BRAIN CAFE at 9 am.  Many worry about getting Alzheimer's. It helps to meet and discuss memory loss issues with others in a relaxed atmosphere over a breakfast buffet ($8.00). Sharing with others prevents social isolation. Meet a Kristofer's Bistro, at Amado Territory Ranch, off I-19 at Exit 48, East. For more information call Philip Newlin, 625-9616.  THURS, FEB 3RD - PETROGLYPH HIKE AT PATAGONIA LAKE at 9am. Meet at the Visitor Center at Patagonia Lake State Park. 5 miles round trip. Bring water and snacks. Some rock scrambling. Judy King and Traci Schiess leaders. Call 970.749-9065 for reservations and more information. Sponsored by Friends of Sonoita Creek. FRI, FEB 4TH - WATERCOLOR FOR THE TRAVELER – TCA Workshop. Instructor: Roberta Rogers. $31 for TCA members ($35 for non-members). Kit Fee: $25, includes paint, paper, brush, and palette. 10am – 12pm. Call 398-2371 for more info.

FRI, FEB 4TH - FRONTIER PRINTING DEMONSTRATION at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, #1 Burruel Road. Professional printer and teacher James Pagels will demonstrate the 1858 Washington Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper and answer questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. 10am to 2pm. 398-2252. FRI, FEB 4TH SPANISH COLONIAL LIVING HISTORY at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, #1 Burruel Road. Now operated by VOLUNTEERS under the direction of the Tubac Historical Society. Volunteers will demonstrate hand spinning and hand weaving. Visitors learn to card & to spin raw cotton & raw wool and to weave a rag rug. Displays of natural dye plants & materials, basketry, clothing & fabrics of the Spanish era will be on hand. 12:30 to 2:30. 398-2252. FRI, FEB 4TH - FIRST FRIDAY AT WISDOM’S CAFÉ in Tumacacori ~ enjoy 2-for-1 Margaritas plus our Famous Fish & Chips and live music by David Blixt from 5-8pm. 398-2397. FRI, FEB 4TH - TAPPING THE SOURCE, a movie that has been described as "...a gift for change to help navigate the waters of our ever-changing world” will be exhibited at Unity Center, 17630 S. Camino de las Quintas, Sahuarita (across from Anamax Park) at 6:00 p.m. Come join us to view this consciousness shifting film that promises you a journey of joy and awareness. Love offering greatly appreciated.  SAT, FEB 5TH - LIVE MUSIC BY BILL MANZANEDO from 5-8pm at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori. Reservations recommended. 398-2397. TUES, FEB 8TH - DAY TOUR TO AMERIND MUSEUM AND COCHISE STRONGHOLD. For more info visit or call 398 9705.

S e e W o r k i n g Tu b a c a r T i S i S The Working Artists in their studios at

EL PRESIDITO Continue to create original art in Tubac. Visit our galleries and see the artists at work.

Photogenesis: by Dante

Kiva Sculptorium

Irene Wisnewski Gallery

Tower Studios

Wolf Den Gallery Custom Leather

Fox Den Feathers Aleda’s Studio Gallery


10am to 5pm daily. A juried show, the Tubac Festival of the Arts features 175 art booths, a diverse array of regional and international cuisine and a display area for local nonprofits. Free trolleys are on-hand to shuttle visitors around the historic village. The festival features a wide variety of fine art including photography, painting, ceramics, leather, jewelry, wood and more. The entertainment line-up includes ongoing art demonstrations, music and dance. On Saturday and Sunday, Danza Mexica Cuauhtémoc will once again perform traditional Azteca folk dances with drumming. The festival food court offers a variety of ethnic foods including Greek, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Frybread and Southwestern fare. There will be festival favorites such as barbeque, burgers, chili dogs, curly fries, funnel cakes, ice cream, kettle and fresh corn and roasted nuts. Visitors can take home treats including gourmet pastas, spices, salsas, honey, regional wines, garlic specialties, jams and jellies. Admission is free, parking $6. For more information please call Tubac Chamber of Commerce 520 398 2704 or visit 10am to 5pm daily. ALSO DURING THE FESTIVAL don't forget to visit Old Town. You can Park in the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park lot for $6 and get one free admission to the Park that day. See paintings of historic Tubac by Bill Ahrendt, Francis Beaugureau, and others. We will be serving coffee in Otero Hall each morning during Festival. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, #1 Burruel Rd. 9am to 5pm all 5 days. 398-2252. AND, AT THE TUBAC PLAZA MAIN STAGE - Music & theater. Throughout the Tubac Arts Festival week, Global Change Music artists and bands will perform. Come out and enjoy beautiful, uplifting, positive lyrics anytime during the festival. There will also be theatrical performances by the Global Change Theater troupe on Saturday and Sunday. The Tubac Plaza Main Stage is located at 29 Tubac Plaza, next to The Out Of The Way Galleria. This is also the location of the food court for the festival, making it a great place to stop for refreshments and refreshing tunes!  For info & directions: www. (520) 398-2542. The concerts and theater are free of charge, donations appreciated. 125pm daily. AT OLD PRESIDIO TRADERS NAVAJO SILVERSMITHS MONROE & LILLIE ASHLEY AND glass sculpture by ROBERT SANDERS demonstrations. 27 Tubac Rd. 398-9333. AT CLAY HANDS & COBALT FINE ARTS GALLERY - visiting artist Georgeana Ireland, Improvisational Tunes of local Tucson artist's Doug Sheldon & Paul Sheldon, Jewelry Trunk Show, & Jazz Band Heather O'Day Sat & Sun 1-4. 398-2885. 5 Camino Otero. AT KOOREY CREATIONS IN LA ENTRADA visiting Cloisonne Artist Linda Crawford will demonstrate Sat & Sun from 1-3pm. 398-8360.

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The Original WildcaT Jass Band SUNday, March 13 7:30pm at the

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VISIT TUBAC WEDNESDAY THRU SUNDAY, FEB 9TH –13TH FOR TUBAC'S 52ND FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. THURS, FEB 10TH - MULE CREEK PREHISTORIC PUEBLOAN COMMUNITIES PRESENTATION at the Santa Cruz Valley Chapter of the AAS at 7pm at the North County Facility at 50 Bridge Rd. In three seasons of field work on Mule Creek, New Mexico, Jones and his team have shed new light on the culture and community connections of the final prehistoric Puebloan occupation of the Upper Gila watershed. Their work has shown that, beginning about 1200 AD, this region was home to diverse communities who exploited the abundant natural resources of the area, including rich deposits of obsidian, an excellent tool stone that was circulated widely during the

prehistoric period. For more info call Alan Sorkowitz at 520-207-7151 or inquire via e-mail at THURS, FEB 10TH - LIVE Music at La Entrada featuring BECKY REYES. FRI, FEB 11TH - PHOTOGRAPH YOUR PET at the Tubac Arts Festival. $15 for a 5x7. All proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Humane Society, visit their booth at 4 Camino Otero. 398-1111. FRI, FEB 11TH - LIVE Music at La Entrada featuring DUO LIBRE. FRI, FEB 11TH - LIVE music by AMBER NORGAARD from 5-8pm at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori. 398-2397.

SAT, FEB 12TH - COAL MINE SPRING HIKE in Sonoita Creek State Natural Area. Meet at the Visitor Center at Patagonia Lake State Park at 8am. 10 mile moderately strenuous round trip hike in a variety of terrains in the grasslands to visit the pools where endangered Gila Topminnow reside. Bring water and lunch. Leader: Jen Parks. Call 520. 235-4325 for reservations. (Note that the Mar 5th hike has the same destination via an completely different route.) Sponsored by Friends of Sonoita Creek. SAT, FEB 12TH - VALENTINE'S SPECIAL~ 1/2 priced bottles of wine and LIVE music by BECKY REYES from 5-8pm at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori. 398-2397.

SAT, FEB 12TH - LIVE Music at La Entrada featuring BECKY REYES. SAT, FEB 12TH - RIO RICO HIGH SCHOOL BAND Boosters will be putting on "A VALENTINE DINNER WITH JAZZ". This fundraising event will be at Dino Bones in Rio Rico (353 Planta Court) from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Tickets will be sold in advance for $8, and include a spaghetti dinner with salad, roll, and dessert. Live music will be performed by the award winning Rio Rico High School Jazz Ensembles. Tickets can be purchased in the RRHS Band room, or call Elsa V. at 520-397-4156. Please come out to enjoy a great dinner, great music, and support the RRHS Band program! continued on page 24...

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Maria’s Grill “The GaTherinG Place” by Bernard Berlin

ews travels fast about a new restaurant serving delicious food, artfully presented in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The welcomed news about just such a place is spreading quickly. The restaurant is Maria’s Grill in the Plaza De Anza. In just twelve short weeks Mary Jo Claussen, the energetic owner of Maria’s Grill, has created a friendly gathering place to enjoy reasonably priced, great food in a comfortable and relaxed environment. The walls of the inviting dining room are stylishly decorated with works of art that Mary Jo's husband, BA Claussen

collected over the years, adding a personal touch to her restaurant. The tables are draped with crisp, white linen table clothes, accented with colorful cloth napkins, setting the tone for a pleasurable dining experience. Enhancing this congenial setting is Mary Jo herself, personally watching over the dining room as if she were entertaining friends and family in her own home. The menu at Maria’s Grill is an enticing assortment of Southwestern favorites, delicious sixteen-ounce steaks and mouth-watering “comfort food” all with

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an artistic flair. Her breakfast offerings include a variety of beautifully presented eggs and omelettes, a Breakfast Burrito brimming with hash-brown potatoes, scrambled eggs, and a choice of breakfast meats, rolled into a tender flour tortilla then topped with a tasty green chili sauce and tangy Monterrey Jack cheese. There is also a hearty plate of Huevos Rancheros with scrambled eggs, pinto beans, and hash-brown potatoes, covered with a green chili sauce on a crispy fried tortilla, which are just two of the Southwestern specialties offered. For comfort

B ACA F LOAT WATER C OMPANY 520-398-3177 Serving the Barrio de Tubac for Water and Sewer. L ONG R EALTY TUBAC 520-398-2962 Arizona’s Premier Full Service Real Estate Company MIJ H AIR AND N AILS 520-398-3206 TUES - SAT, 10AM - 5PM. NAILS, HAIRCUTS, MANICURES, PEDICURES, HIGHLIGHTS, WAX & MORE!

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somehow managed to find more room for a delicious Chocolate Cheesecake Chimichanga, drizzled with chocolate and vanilla sauce.

With a tempting combination of Southwestern specialties and heartwarming comfort food it is easy to understand why Maria’s Grill is quickly becoming a popular gathering place in Tubac. There is also a cozy, fully stocked bar serving traditional and fruit flavored Margaritas and twenty wines to choose from, by the glass or bottle, to have with dinner or at the bar. Adding to the enjoyment of the flavorful fare at Maria’s Grill are Nancy, Leticia and Chelsea, the

food lovers, such as this writer, there is a dish of golden brown Chicken Fried Steak topped with eggs and creamy country gravy. Also available is one of my favorite morning treats, Biscuits and Gravy with potatoes. Along with these breakfast delights are an ample selection of fluffy pancakes and more to start the day. The lunchtime offerings provide more savory Southwestern choices and comfort food selections. There is a wide range of luscious hamburgers and tasty sandwiches, served with a choice of crispy French Fried potatoes, fruit, a garden salad or soup. The juicy Mexican Burger is rolled into a tender flour tortilla covered with green chili sauce and Monterey Jack Cheese, a Cheesy Bacon Burger and there is a Salmon Burger on a toasted pretzel bun, as well as other burger combinations to choose from. For the sandwich lover there is a Blackened Chicken Sandwich, topped with a creamy, Jalapeno sauce, a Philadelphia styled cheese steak sandwich with tender slices of beef or chicken on a Hoagie roll with sautéed onions and peppers and Provolone cheese plus other sandwich favorites. For a lighter lunch there are five bountiful salads to choose from, including their delicious Chopped Chicken Salad with tender chunks of grilled chicken breast, mixed greens, dried cranberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, almonds and sprinkled with goat cheese, for a wonderful sweet and savory mélange.

On the night we were there for dinner my wife Linda relished her Mariscos Enchiladas, brimming with tender scallops, baby shrimp and real crabmeat, stuffed in an oversized, rolled flour tortilla lightly coated with a velvety smooth lobster bisque sauce. The Mariscos Enchiladas was accompanied on the plate with a serving of firm but tender yellow rice, perfectly cooked black beans, and chopped tomatoes, a dollop of sour cream and Guacamole, making a beautiful multi-colored and very appetizing presentation of a traditional Southwestern specialty. As I enviously watched Linda enjoy her Mariscos Enchiladas (she does not share food) my Chicken Pot Pie arrived, rewarding my decision to order one of the comfort food entrées. The Chicken Pot Pie is served in a very large, shallow soup bowl with moist chunks of white chicken meat, tender but not overcooked carrots, potatoes, celery and onions in a delicate cream sauce covered with a flaky piecrust—a sumptuous delight! After dinner we

attentive staff, who are always on hand if needed and Mary Jo’s son Derrick, transforming delicious food into eye-candy in the kitchen.

Maria’s Grill is conveniently located on Avendida Goya in the De Anza Plaza, south of and adjacent to the Tubac Village. For reservations call 520 398-3350 or stop in and say hello to Mary Jo. Bernard Berlin is a freelance writer of food, wine and travel


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Left: Garry Hembree and his wife, Lisa, have sold top quality American Indian jewelry in Tubac for 30 years. Above: Replicas of kachinas are among the stock. Above, center: This magnificent squash blossom necklace is an example of the beautiful reservation pawn jewelry available at Old Presidio Traders. Above, right: Rose Cumming, a long-time employee at Old Presidio Traders, shows off an Apache sunrise ceremonial coming of age dress made of buckskin. Photographs by Kathleen Vandervoet.

O lD PReSIDIO TRADeRS MARkS 30 YeARS In TuBAC by Kathleen Vandervoet while bracelets and rings are arrayed inside glassfronted cabinets and along counter tops.


elebrating 30 years in Tubac this month, Old Presidio Traders encapsulates much of the best of Tubac. The shop, built of adobe, has a range of items from expensive, one-of-a-kind silver and turquoise jewelry to magnets, tiny dolls and Tubacthemed T-shirts for souvenirs.

The jewelry and pottery come directly from craftspeople and Old Presidio Traders owner Garry Hembree travels every month on buying trips to Navajo, Zuni and other reservations.

Walking into Old Presidio Traders, one sees masses of silver jewelry in all directions. Necklaces of silver and turquoise hang in large numbers in displays,

Hembree believes the business has been successful, and has expanded, as a result of honesty, hard work, and respect for customers.

“The secret to my success, I think, is offering a good product at a fair price, and taking care of your customers. I completely guarantee everything I sell. If you have a problem with a piece of jewelry, I’ll repair it, or replace it, or give a refund. We’ve handled it that way since the very beginning,” he said. The business started modestly in February 1982 in a small space in the building that’s now home to The Chile Pepper. After almost two years, Garry and his

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15 wife, Lisa, bought the property with a small shop they’re in now. In 1988, he began construction on the adobe addition that is now the main store. Business has remained strong at Old Presidio Traders with most of the customers being people who return time and time again. Hembree explained the foundation of his business is based on “buying right. The contacts I have, I’ve dealt with for 25 or 30 years. “I have metal artists that work exclusively for me. I have many different Indian families I deal with, and have been for a long time. Buying direct and not dealing with a middleman helps me to get a good price and to sell it at a good price.”

ReSeRvATIOn PAWn Hembree specializes in discovering impressive pieces of jewelry. “My old customers who come back are always looking for something different. A lot of them know I bring back pawn at least once a month and a lot of them will try and come in a few days after I bring that back. “We call it reservation pawn,” he said, in explanation of the term. “It’s the Indian’s own jewelry that they’ve used as collateral for a loan. There are about six different trading posts I buy pawn from. For one reason or another, they didn’t pay off the loan so they declare the contract dead. That’s where the term dead pawn comes from. Then (the trading post puts) it up for sale. I buy it, bring it back here and re-sell it.”

Hembree pointed out that he’s not in the habit of taking advantage of others in regard to pawn. “A lot of people say, ‘Oh, how sad.’ Well, the thing they don’t realize, but I do, is that the different trading posts that I buy pawn from actually bend over backwards to get the jewelry back to the owner that pawned it. It used to be that maybe 10 percent went dead and would be sold. Now it’s probably more like 15 to 25 percent.” Old Presidio Traders features a shaded patio at the entrance alive with hundreds of wind chimes and souvenir items. Inside, the room to the left which houses Tubac- and desert-themed T shirts and sweatshirts, was the original building. The larger room that displays jewelry, rugs, drums, lamps and interior design pieces was added by Hembree, who did much of the construction himself. The interior wood siding is of rich-looking cedar slats on a diagonal, and the vigas, or ceiling beams, are pine logs from Mt. Lemmon near Tucson. About five years ago, Hembree had a two-story residential addition built in the back of the shop. It also provides an office, storeroom and an area for packing and shipping. In addition to Garry and Lisa, there are two fulltime and two part-time employees. The Hembrees have five daughters and eight grandchildren and the families all live in Tucson or Green Valley.

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The business has been a member for more than 25 years of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association. “That’s a trade organization that proposes to promote the honest representation of American Indian arts and crafts,” he said. “There are certain guidelines you abide by as part of it.” Mulling over the state and national economy and how it impacts Tubac, Hembree said, “We’ve had slow times in the past. I have no doubt that it will improve and that business will one day be better than it’s ever been. I can’t quite predict how soon it will be, but I think sometime in the next year to two we’ll really see a big turnaround.” Old Presidio Traders, at 27 Tubac Road, is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on four major holidays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, New Year’s and Easter Sunday. The website is



Day at the Ranch, a Benefit for Tubac Center of the Arts Saturday, February 26, 2011 2-7pm at Agua Linda 2643 E. Frontage Rd.

oil and tossed with Green Valley pecans, and savory side dishes including Pinto beans grown by the San Xavier Coop Farm, as well as wines, beers, ice tea, & sodas.

Arizona’s most prominent cattlemen and businessmen of the 1930’s and 40’s and uncle to singer, Linda Ronstadt, farmed cotton, alfalfa, corn, barley and beef cows on the Amado, AZ ranch.  It was in the 1950’s, however, when the Fun Southwestern ranch style events Tickets: $75 TCA Members, property had it’s first taste of Hollywood when will include hayrides, margarita “six $100 TCA Non-Members the opening scene to Oklahoma was filmed shooters”,  “road apple roulette”, a pie in the corn fields of the farm. In the 1960’s, “Get Your Grit On” at historic Agua Linda stampede, best cowboy/cowgirl get-up Arthur Loew and his family brought more Ranch between Green Valley and Tubac!  contest, silent auction and more! Enjoy live Hollywood sparkle to the rustic Arizona home Get on you boots, grab your Stetson hat and music by Chuck Wagon and the Wheels. mosey on down for a fun “Day at the Ranch” Marcos of De Anza Restaurante & Cantina in with luxuries from the former estates of Loew’s grandfather - Tiffany windows, priceless benefiting Tubac Center of the Arts. Tubac will be the judge for the best cowboy/ cowgirl “get-up” contest. Enjoy a silent auction furnishings, family heirloom silver and china Day at the Ranch “Gourmet BBQ” menu, with work by well known local artists including - with more black and white photos of those prepared on-site, features “Buried Beef ” David Simons, Charles Thomas, and Barbara same treasures in their previous estates to help cooked Sonoran Style - locally grown, grasstell their story. Today, the Agua Linda is home Gurwitz. fed beef, slow cooked underground for 24 to Arthur’s widow, Regina, a former actress hours with tomatoes, onion, garlic and Santa Designed in the 1940’s by Josias Joesler, Agua and Broadway dancer, along with Arthur and Cruz Chili, organic baby greens salad dressed Linda’s ranch house and property are rich Regina’s son, Stewart, who lives at Agua Linda with vinaigrette made with Queen Creek olive in history. Carlos Ronstadt, one of southern with his wife and children and operates an

organic vegetable farm on the property.

Thank you to the Agua Linda Farm (www. for the generous donation of their historic venue for this benefit event. Their generosity and the purchase of Day at the Ranch tickets by the public support TCA’s many free exhibitions, performances, cultural, and educational opportunities for children and adults in the Santa Cruz Valley. Tubac Center of the Arts is a member supported arts organization dedicated to the celebration and promotion of the arts through education, exhibitions, performances and the collection and presentation of art that honors the artistic and historic heritage of Tubac and the Santa Cruz Valley. Hrs: M-Sat. 10-4:30, Sun. noon-4:30. 9 Plaza Rd. Tubac, AZ. 520-398-2371

Tubac’s Zforrest Gallery, is located in LA ENTRADA shopping plaza


Join us for a 3-women show Feb 26th, 2011 Reception 2-6PM

398-9009 Welcome Artists!


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CREATIVE COGITATION on to my sculptor brother. One thousand pounds of stone is not as much as you may think. As we all know, size has little to do with quality. It’s the rarity of a thing that is most apt to determine value. Therefore, moonrocks should the most valuable stones on earth. They have already proven themselves by affirming that the moon and the earth are made of like matter. If we accept this analysis as an absolute, then many other questions are posed. How did they form? Why and when did they separate? Were they ever separated?

by Carol St. John Create, procreate, recreate, creativity, creationism, creator. The word creative is overused as far as I’m concerned. But I must use it just one more time to say creative thinking is what propels us forward. To investigate, we have to think outside the box. Breakthroughs require letting go. Scientists have as much trouble with this risk taking as clergy, maybe more. Back in 1969 my mother wept when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. “And to think I once thought the moon was made of blue cheese,” she said. Gone forever, was my own imagined Man in the Moon, that full smiling face whose features I could read on a clear New York night. His dimples were now simply craters, his smooth cheeks, a sea. The real men on the moon, made footprints, planted a flag and picked up rocks to bring home. Isn’t that what many of us do when we are in a new territory? We pick up stones to examine and take home with us. There’s something fascinating about stone. Sculptors see shapes in stones. They hack away to reveal them to others. Right now, I have a thousand pounds of stone being delivered from all over the world to pass

I love the edges of science. How dare anyone presume they can explain the birth of the universe or the history of the planet? How dare anyone suggest that they have the intelligence to unlock the secrets of the spheres? And yet they do. I try to follow those brave minds that propose new theories, because even though my scientific vocabulary is abysmal, my curiosity is not. The Big Bang theory has been widely accepted up to this time. Evidence for it is constantly observed and debated, especially here in southern Arizona. Astronomers are zealous about recording creation working itself out, filming celestial light shows as far away as the most sensitive telescopes can detect -- to date, a mere 80 octillion miles. Scientists estimate that our universe started 13.7 light years ago. Much is deduced and equally much is challenged. Black holes and white holes continue to flummox the arbiters of the skies. The other night I heard about The Big Splat Theory. It describes the formation of the Earth and the Moon. I was drawn to explore the theory because of the almost cartoonish connotation of the word Splat. It seemed an irreverent word to describe a major cosmic event. The theory turns out to be a product of a number of scientists from the late Twentieth Century, like wellrespected selenologists, Alistair Cameron, Wm. Harman, Donald Davis and William Ward. Their theory has been presented in language for ordinary folk by Dana

Mackensie, in a book aptly named, The Big Splat. Mackensie proposes that Earth began as a much smaller planet still rounding out its edges when it was hit by a giant object (perhaps the size of Mars) he calls, Theia. Theia was consumed by the fledgling Earth, increasing her size and adding heat to her core. This impact caused tumultuous changes in the twenty-four hours that followed. The shattered globe’s crust began the perpetual motion of its land masses, violent tectonic movements took place, atmospheric gasses were released, and waters spread into the crevices of the new and rugged terrain. And here’s the rest of the story. The debris from the cataclysmic event (perhaps a fifth of the original earth) was flung into space and began to orbit somewhere beyond the Earth’s powerful gravitational pull. The orbiting rocks forged in their flight and became our Moon. Her formation calmed the oscillating rotations of a still wobbly Earth and at the same time provided a lunar gravity to pull on the Earth’s waters.


This changed everything; the weather, the air and the dynamics of the recreated planet. It is very likely that the advent of the tides and the land’s perpetual movement caused the acceleration of the evolutionary process. In time, life forms chose sea or land. We know ancient whales ditched their legs and went to the water’s depths, and huge birds lifted their wings and took to the sky. Amphibians cleverly learned to live in both. Indigenous people have a sense of the Moon as a family member. She is called many things; Mother, Little Sister, Grandmother and traveling companion. Her role as timekeeper remains. She has been worshipped and feared, and casts her magic still, especially when she hovers at the horizon like a giant peach, inviting witches to dance and coyotes to howl. No matter how she got here in the first place, I will continue to step out into the night, look up, wonder and pay her homage. It may be that I owe my very life to her existence.



by Paula Beemer

Endurance: the Re turn

It was July 2010, six months into our sailing adventure; we were sitting in a bedroom hotel in Puntarenas, Costa Rica wondering if we should continue with the original plans of crossing the Panama Canal to explore the Caribbean. We went back and forth considering the weather, examining the bank statements, doing a cost vs. benefit analysis. We performed a conscious reality check and concluded that our smartest move was to head back to Mexico and explore the paradisiacal waters of the Sea of Cortez. We contracted the services of a freight company to give Endurance a comfortable ride north. The shipping was scheduled from Golfito, Costa Rica to La Paz Mexico on September 22nd. That gave us enough time to enter and taste the wonderful country of Panama and to return to Golfito in time to load our vessel onto the ship. On August 12th we had officially checked out of Costa Rica, in a few hours we had to leave the country. We cooked dinner, swallowed the pills to prevent sea sickness and we hoisted the anchor. By 4 PM we were in the hands of Neptune again. It was then that we experienced the worst storm of our voyage; heavy rain, lightning, gale force winds and big swells were all with us. Surprisingly the kids remained asleep, using my hands and feet I was holding and catching flying utensils, books and fruit. I wished there was a “stop” button to push. Matt was soaking wet and cold in the cockpit and doing the best he could

to keep Endurance off the reefs and away from the floating logs. He was trying to make a decision; do we put up with the discomfort and the danger of entering an unknown territory with unknown weather forecast to be in Panama by morning or do we return and try another day… forgetting all the miles and suffering we have endured so far that evening. I was in a state of desperation when he gave me the news, “I turned around, we should be back in Golfito in about 4 hours”. It was a wise decision mainly as a result of having such a small crew on board. Adventure must have its limits. August14th, Friday, we were ready to try

it again, there was only one problem. According to the old tales from the Sea, a sailor should never leave on a Friday. We busted the myth. By 9 PM we were at the peaceful island of Parida in Panama, after a beautiful sail. Panama was the perfect reflection of the experience we had dreamed; remote places, islands, gold color sand, crystal clear water, waterfalls, hammocks and love. Provisioning was very difficult, but nature is very generous with its gifts; fruits, fish and as far as fresh water goes, rain would give us enough to take baths in the dinghy and Matt would apply his ingenuity to collect more from the dripping walls of the jungle by utilizing bamboo sticks.

After exploring several islands, visiting the towns of David and Boquete, we arrived in Bahía Honda, our farthest point from home. Attracted by its beauty, its people and their lifestyle, we spent more than a week. Bahía Honda is located in the province of Chiriquí, on the Pacific side of Panama. The town itself is a small island charged with giggles and good energy; children. It is a modest place with one school, a clinic that only opens once every other month, a couple of stores with serious provisions shortages, a bar, a police station and a nicely built park where I captured the children’s faces filled with happiness. They would voluntarily pose and re-pose waiting impatiently to be photographed, enjoying tremendously the results in the LCD screen of my camera. When it was time to leave, as a sign of gratitude they all helped us push the dinghy into the water and waved goodbye from the dock. Another memorable part of Bahía Honda was Domingo. He owns great part of the land and supplies cruisers with vegetables and exotic fruits such as coconuts, red bananas, and bread fruit in exchange for batteries, cookies or school supplies. Since we speak Spanish, communication was not a problem and friendship was easy to establish. He let us enjoy the warmth of his home. The kids played with his granddaughters replanting coconuts, playing soccer on the beach and sharing the few toys they had. I enjoyed long chats with his daughter Rosalín, as we sat by the stream where she did her laundry.

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Matt would listen to the hundreds of tales Domingo had to share as they walked through the jungle. They were stories of digging ancient tombs in search for gold pottery and others of his many adventures. Domingo at the age of 75 still climbs the coconut trees, walks around the jungle with his machete cutting weeds, banana bunches and killing poisons snakes when it’s necessary. Departing was a very emotional experience, not only because we were leaving this wonderful family behind, but it was the beginning of a countdown process. It took us 2 days to get back and no major incidents except for a careless act on our behalf that could have been… bloody. We anchored for the night in front of Playa Scorpion on Isla Parida to spend the night and, as was customary, we jumped into the water when the anchor was set. We swam a couple of laps around the boat and then decided to take the dinghy to the beach to find fresh water. From the corner of the

island we saw a five year old boy coming towards us with a five gallon bucket in one hand and a machete in the other. He stopped to talk to us, he then reveals what we were not expecting to hear, “We never swim here, NEVER! There are huge crocodiles” Lesson learned, one should always talk to the locals first. Although, it was a matter of concern, I secretly liked the idea of being able to say “I swam in crocodile infested waters”

The boat was shipped to Mexico and, as Matt puts it, “we had the best trip against the wind in a 747” Then, we were eager to initiate the third stage of our trip discovering the wonders of the Sea of Cortez, which has so many places to see, so much life, so much natural art, so many adventure opportunities and they are all so close to our home in Arizona. We took two months to explore the Sea side of Baja from La Paz to Santa Rosalia with several stops in between; to play, to photograph, to

meet friends, to buy lobster, to say “I’ve been there” and we crossed to Guaymas where our boat currently rests.

When someone asks me if I liked sailing? I have to enter all my memories good or bad into a calculation to come up with that quick “yes”, but there is so much more than that, that I would divided into three different aspects: the sailing, the traveling and the lifestyle. The sailing is the most pleasant feeling…when the wind and the route are in the same direction, when is not too cold, too hot or too wet, at least from a woman’s point of view. The traveling is my favorite; meeting people who eat, speak and function radically different than ourselves is fascinating, educative and enriching, it’s a spiritual experience. The lifestyle is complicatedly simple: a two pot galley, a one pair of shoes closet, a foot pump for water, a hand pump for flushing toilets. It’s all so simple, but adjusting to it seemed so complicated.

We are done with breakfast, lunches are packed, the kids are heading to school, the tools are in the truck, Matt is heading to work and I check my agenda to see if today would be a good day to work on our pictures. More than sixteen thousand pictures have filled the hard drive of my computer. Sixteen thousand pictures that will remind us of the amazing voyage we completed in the period of a year; the places we visited, the people we met, the sights of nature and the place we made our home, the boat “Endurance”. They all will bring back memories of happiness, distress, anxiety, strength, faith and hope. �

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here is a saying that the most valuable things come in small packages. Or it could mean small towns like Tubac. The desire to help others runs deep for a number of its residents who give their time, treasure and talents to St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic.

sees his main job as “harassing people for money,” since it costs a lot to keep the free medical organization afloat. Most of the donations come from individuals. He and Marcia keep coming back because they see “great value in helping kids have a life.” At the Clinic, “miracles happen.”

James (Buck) Clark and his wife, Marcia, have been involved at the Clinic since it moved into St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Nogales, AZ. Buck remembers the discussion that took place in 1976 when Coca Romero and other mothers of disabled children living in Mexico asked the congregation to take in their growing group once a month. After much debate, we decided that “serving those kids was more important than anything else,” said Buck, former superintendant of schools in Nogales. At that time the rector’s parsonage was in the wing of the building that is now used for orthopedics and speech therapy. During the early years the volunteer doctors had to examine the patients in the hallway next to the busy kitchen, he explained. Even now, every nook and cranny is used for treating the children. Currently, Buck is serving a second stint on the Board as vice-president. He

Marcia Clark, a former second grade school teacher in Nogales, served on the Board for ten years and has always worked in the kitchen preparing food for the patients and their families and “anyone who is hungry and thirsty.” “Volunteering at St. Andrew’s gets in your blood,” Marcia said. “We help ourselves by helping others,” she believes. Dr. Karl Friedmann and his wife, Maureen, moved to Tubac from Conneticut where he was a family physician in private practice. It took only one visit to the clinic to make them regulars. “Working there has been one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had,” he said. “The majority of the patients are those with congenital defects, some of which are unfortunately due to lack of prenatal care. I am always saddened by the fact that not

only the patients are severely handicapped but it usually means the end of a normal life for the parents. However, they never complain or feel sorry for themselves and they keep their children immaculate and well behaved. My sessions there always remind me how fortunate we are to enjoy good health and medical care.” As a former rehabilitation nurse and mother of a daughter with cerebral palsy, Maureen Friedmann understands children who receive treatment in physical therapy. She has volunteered there for ten years and she sees a lot of progress in many of the patients. Maureen has also noticed more father support for the kids in recent years. “We try to help however we can,” she said. When she noticed a weary mother carrying her child, she immediately drove downtown and bought a stroller. The Friedmanns also donate in memory of friends who die. What started as wrapping her children’s “gently used toys” to give out at the December Clinic twenty five years ago became a giving of herself for Karen Sykes. Since then she has volunteered as interpreter wherever needed, most



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recently in the Vision department. Karen also serves as the Clinic Board secretary. Reflecting on the past, Karen said, “Over the years there have been many children who have brought me to tears of sadness and sometimes joy. In 2007 I learned of a five year old girl who had lost an eye to cancer. Although she was cancer free, I knew how quality of life would be much improved with a prosthetic eye.” Karen did what many dedicated volunteers do – enlisted the help of others. “The adults in my family decided that in lieu of gifts to each other we would donate to the purchase of an eye for this little girl. She got her eye and we have continued our giving tradition to the Clinic each December. Suzanne Marquis prepares food for the patients and their families who are usually hungry after traveling for hours and sometimes days to the Clinic. ”I do well over the sink,” Suzanne joked. Before retirement she was a physical therapist in a school for handicapped children in Kansas so she just “fell into St. Andrew’s.” It’s a perfect fit although she thinks she is too old to help in physical therapy. When she serves sandwiches in the waiting room, the children are so polite, she remarked. They always say ‘Gracias.’ Leading tours through St. Andrew’s is a natural for Gwen Harrington, an elementary school teacher from Michigan who loves children. “People on my tours are completely overwhelmed at the number of volunteers and the service they give,” she said. “They are amazed at the patients’ quiet acceptance while being fitted for prosthesis in the orthotics room. There is no crying.” Gwen is impressed by the quiet, well-behaved kids in the large, crowded waiting room. “They are so grateful for everything. I get a great deal of satisfaction from volunteering there.”

Directing cars in the parking lot and helping to unload food from the van and buses that bring the children, many in wheelchairs, from the border is a job that Bruce Harrington does cheerfully. “I think what the Clinic does is a wonderful thing,” he said. “I feel good about working there.” Always thinking of ways to raise funds for necessary supplies, Barbara Gray came up with a winner this September when her family entered the margarita contest at Wisdom’s Restaurant. Now listed on the menu as “Barb’s Margarita”, a portion of the price of each one sold will be donated to St. Andrew’s by the Wisdom family.  Besides raising money, Barbara welcomes  and signs in volunteers and visitors on clinic day. Pixie Geren lifted kids in wheelchairs up and down steps, worked on large fundraisers like the Tubac Golf tournaments, signed in volunteers on Clinic day and kept everyone smiling. Nothing was too much for St. Andrew’s. This lively volunteer pitched in (sometimes

daily) for 18 years until she took a job recently. Pixie hopes to have some time this summer to help out at the Clinic. Helen Lazo kept the sign in desk running smoothly, bringing the necessary paperwork from the Green Valley office to the clinic every first Thursday until she had to stop for family reasons. Helen plans to return to her volunteer post later. As executive director of the Clinic, Laura Romero said, “It is because of the love and dedication of our volunteers that we continue to give our children a better quality of life. There are truly no words to thank them enough.” For information about St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic, please call (520) 648-3242 or go to the web site at Images provided by Gloria Thiele. Now Live-in Care for 50% less than hourly

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The newest exhibit at Tubac Presidio Park is the result of an extraordinary confluence of generosity and talent. Videographer Janis Bridges came to the Park late one afternoon and expressed her admiration for the volunteer effort to operate and maintain the Park. A volunteer asked her if she’d be available the next morning to make a short video of our master printer, Jim Pagels, as he operated the Washing Press. The response was affirmative and Janis made a wonderful set of raw footage from various angles. Another volunteer, adept at turning raw footage into a finished, viewable stream of images, took Janis’s footage and made a 3 minute video of Arizona’s first printing press in operation. Yet another volunteer, who had recently upgraded his home viewing video equipment donated a DVD player and monitor. All of these generous contributions together now provide visitors to the Park on days when Jim Pagels is not here a clear understanding of how the Washington Press operates. Thank you one and all! Everyone is encouraged to come to the Park with their families, friends, and neighbors to see the results of this collaboration.

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A tour of recent improvements at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park was offered for local business owners on three recent evenings. Because most business owners and managers can’t leave their stores when the park is open, the tours were held during after-work hours. Park Director Shaw Kinsley and volunteers provided small group tours from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 18, 19, and 20. During the tours, participants learned about additions and improvements made to the park during 2010. Then, refreshments were served at the park’s Otero Hall.

About 45 people took advantage of the opportunity to view the museum stocked with exhibits, the 1885 Schoolhouse, the Mexican row house, Arizona’s first printing press, the Otero Hall and the visitor’s center with its gift shop.

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in May 2010, an agreement was reached to keep it open. Santa Cruz County signed an agreement with Arizona State Parks Board to allow the Tubac Historical Society to keep the park open. The park is Arizona’s first state park. Kinsley said a fundraising drive was held last spring to provide funds to operate the park, and about 40 volunteers have become involved. He continues to invite new volunteers to sign up.

The park, at 1 burruel Street, is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The admission fee is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 7-13, and free for younger children. Call 398-2252 for information. Image: Learning about a Tubac archaeological site from Shaw Kinsley, with glasses, are from left, Gary and Patricia Brasher, Tedde Scharf, Nicholas Wilson, Ethel Kast and Kelly Jones. Photograph by Kathleen Vandervoet.

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Newlin, 625-9616. THURS, FEB 17TH - FRONTIER PRINTING DEMONSTRATION at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, #1 Burruel Road. Professional printer and teacher James Pagels will demonstrate the 1858 Washington Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper and answer questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. 10am to 2pm. 398-2252. THURS & FRI, FEB 17TH & 18TH - OIL PAINTING WITH DAVID SIMONS TCA Workshop. 9am – 4pm, bring a sack lunch. Fee: $265 for TCA members ($295 for non-members). Call 398-2371 for more info. FRI, FEB 18TH - Spanish Colonial Living History presents SPANISH COLONIAL FOODS AND MEDICINES at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, #1 Burruel Road. Now operated by VOLUNTEERS under the direction of the Tubac Historical Society. A display of the bounty of foods available to Tubac cooks from the past will include items from the Old World, the New World, the desert and even from Asia. Volunteers will demonstrate preparation of some of the foods with tasty samples for visitors to try. Knowledgeable commentary by the curandera (herbalist) at the display of herbs and other plants will tell visitors how these were used by the Spanish settlers for medicinal purposes. From 12:30 to 2:30. 398-2252. FRI, FEB 18TH - LIVE music by BILL MANZANEDO from 5-8pm at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori. 398-2397. SAT, FEB 19TH - SCENIC WALK IN CORONADO NATIONAL FOREST. Meet at 8:30am at the Sonoita Post Office (intersection of SR82 and 83) and car pool with high ground clearance vehicles across private property to a nearby National Forest location. Hike about 7 miles round trip and visit unusual rock formations. On the way look at an Acorn Woodpecker granary and billion years


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old fossils in shale deposits. The terrain is flat except for the last 100 yards, which is moderately steep. There is an optional loop to climb through a narrow rock opening and descend to the trail by a 12 foot metal ladder. Bring water and lunch and plan to return mid to late afternoon. Trip led by Ron Hummel, teacher/naturalist. Call 520.394-2532 for reservations. Sponsored by Friends of Sonoita Creek.

THURS, FEB 24TH - CPR MADE SIMPLE - learn to save lives in one hour with the American Red Cross. This not-for-certification course covers CPR, Choking (Heimlich Maneuver), & the use of a portable defibrillator. Reservations required, visit Realty Executives Office just south of the PO or call Charlie Meaker 237-2414 or email charlie@tubac. com. $10 donation requested payable to the American Red Cross. At 4pm.

SAT, FEB 19TH - ALBERT DREHER DEMONSTRATES his art at Rogoway Gallery, 5 Calle Baca from 1-5pm. 3982041 or visit

FRI, FEB 25TH - FRONTIER PRINTING DEMONSTRATION at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, #1 Burruel Road. Professional printer and teacher James Pagels will demonstrate the 1858 Washington Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper and answer questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. 10am to 2pm. 398-2252.

SUN, FEB 20TH - FRONTIER PRINTING DEMONSTRATION at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, #1 Burruel Road. Professional printer and teacher James Pagels will demonstrate the 1858 Washington Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper and answer questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. 10am to 2pm. 398-2252. SUN, FEB 20TH - LIVE Music at La Entrada featuring MICHAEL MAC TRIO. SUN, FEB 20TH - FATHER KINO AND THE PIMA REVOLT OF 1695 LECTURE BY GRANT HILDEN at the Tumacacori Mission Church at 3pm. Please note that the church is unheated and open to the weather. Dress warmly! The entrance fee for Tumacácori National Historical Park is $3. For more info, call 398-2341, extension 0. WED & THURS, FEB 23RD & 24TH - EXPANSIVE IMPRESSIONISM ON CLAYBOARD TCA Workshop. Instructor: Rebecca O'Day. 10am - 3:30pm, bring a sack lunch. Fee: $180 for TCA members ($200 for non-members). Material Fee: $20. Call 398-2371 for more info. WED, FEB 23RD - WRITE-A-WILL WORKSHOP from 10am-noon at the M & J Bank, 270 W Continental Rd, GV. Free. Reservations call 625-4556. Refreshments served.

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FRI, FEB 25TH - LIVE music by EDUARDO VALENCIA from 5-8pm at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori. 398-2397. SAT, FEB 26TH - RB BURNHAM & CO. NAVAJO RUG & INDIAN ART AUCTION at the River Park Inn, 350 S Freeway, I-10, exit 258, Tucson. Preview 10am, auction at 1pm. Free admission, free refreshments & free rug appraisals. 928-688-2777 or visit www. SAT, FEB 26TH - BOOK AND BAKE SALE from 10 to 3. Stacks of used mysteries, novels, nonfiction and hobby books are awaiting your browsing and purchase. With our treasures are delicious home bakery. Come to the Unitarian Church at the Amado Territory Ranch off I-19, exit 48 East. or 648-2829. SAT, FEB 26TH – DAY AT THE RANCH AT AGUA LINDA, a benefit for the Tubac Center of the Arts. At 2643 E. Frontage Rd. Amado, Agua Linda Ranch exit #42, I-19. Get out your cowboy boots for this true Southwestern Ranch event. Great Food, Hay Rides, Horse Shoes & Silent Auction. 2 to 7pm. Call 398-2371 for more info.


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THURS, FRI & SAT, MAR 3RD, 4TH & 5TH - RIO RICO HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS "MURDER IN A NUNNERY" Dinner Theatre at 6pm in the Rio Rico High School Cafetorium. $10.

SAT, FEB 26TH - LIVE Music at La Entrada featuring BECKY REYES.

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SUN, FEB 27TH - LIVE Music at La Entrada featuring MICHAEL MAC TRIO. SUN, FEB 27TH - TED RAMIREZ CONCERT at 2pm at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park Schoolhouse, #1 Burruel Rd. Tickets $16 which includes full admission to the Park. People are invited to purchase tickets in advance. Call 398-2252 for more information or email ON SUN, FEB 27 AT NOON AT THE TOHONO VILLAGE ON CAMINO OTERO, the avant-garde group of ARC will be presenting a concert releasing their new CD. In the context of ARC, Ayala, Flamenco and tango flavored classical guitar is interwoven with Redhouse's jazz-inflected Native American flute and tenor saxophone. Both are subtly propelled by the pan Global percussion of four time Grammy nominee Will Clipman. They have presented their music at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center for the Preforming Arts. Call 520-398-2223 or visit for more info. MON, FEB 28TH - FRONTIER PRINTING DEMONSTRATION at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, #1 Burruel Road. Professional printer and teacher James Pagels will demonstrate the 1858 Washington Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper and answer questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. 10am to 2pm. 398-2252. THURS, MAR 3RD - TUBAC THURSDAY MORNING BREAKFAST FORUM PRESENTS ATTORNEY BUNNY DAVIS SPEAKING ON NO LABELS.  Ms. Davis is the founder of the Tucson area chapter of NO LABELS, not left, not right, forward. NO LABELS is concerned about the extreme polarization of politics in America.  NO LABELS celebrates good ideas, not party affiliations.  It's goals are to influence our elected officials and all Americans to work together to achieve what is good for America, not what is good for a particular political party.  It is presently one of the fastest growing social movements in America. Forum begins at 8:30am at Maria's Grill, Plaza de Anza, 40 Avenida Goya. $10 admission includes full sit down breakfast. Seating is limited. Advance reservations, call 398-3350 or email More info

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“Surprise, Surprise,” my wife Carole announces. “We are going to Mexico.” We are spending the winter in Tubac, Arizona, our home away from the record snowfall and cold in Nebraska. Carole has signed us up for a trip into Sonora with Fiesta Tours International. As the word spreads among our friends, I begin to get phone calls. “Are you guy’s crazy?” “Are you sure you want to do this?” “Is your will current?” Just a sample of comments I receive prior to our trip. I of course have heard the news reports about Mexico and having traveled all the continents except Australia and Antarctica, I prepare a checklist for this trip. Bulletproof vest, hostage negotiator, ransom money, satellite communications, and armed guards seem to fit the bill. I also place a call to our youngest son Trevor, and ask if his Green Beret team is available for standby the week we are to travel. Based on the headlines, I expect to encounter armed gangs, brazen cartel operations, drugs, and lookouts guarding illegal activity, weapons, seedy hotels, and trash everywhere. My wife has already paid for the trip, and I am too cheap to back out. Our tour leader, Marshall Giesy has been leading tours into Mexico for over 20 years. He stops T





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by our home and assures us we are going to a “quiet spot” in Sonora. Oh, by the way, we will not be taking the nine-passenger van as planned. Two couples have backed out of the trip so there will only be three intrepid fools making the trip with Marshall. He will be driving a Ford Escape. Escape seems like a good idea, but my wife is game for any unusual experience, so I will tag along to protect her.

Trip day arrives and we head for Nogales early in the morning. We take the truck route around the city and stop about 20 kilometers over the border to get our tourist visas. Marshall is fluent in Spanish and knows the ropes, so we get through the paper work uneventfully. The highway is not bad by American standards and we make good time, arriving in Magdelena for lunch. We explore the beautiful town square, mission, and tomb of Father Kino a renowned Spanish missionary. His skeleton is actually displayed behind large windows within the tomb. We tour the local market place and have lunch in a small taqueria. Marshall is a good friend of the owner and the food is great. This little taqueria may be an indication that we won’t have to worry after all. Marshall may show us a lot of hidden gems on this trip. Places no gringo tourists alone could find. Along the way, we stop at several roadside stands.

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Marshall introduces us to several local pastries and jellied quince. Not bad! Marshall has personal knowledge of the local foods and what delicacy is the fare most favored by the locals. Each village we visit seems to have its own special cheeses and pastries. Next we must negotiate the “dangerous” road to Banamichi. We roll through the Sonoran desert, hardly passing another vehicle. This Nebraska boy soon spots danger. This is open range country, and we need to keep a sharp eye out for cattle. Marshall is a student of Mexican history and culture. He gives us a running commentary about the native tribes of Sonora, and the Spanish missionary activity. His fascinating stories make time fly by as I keep my eye out for stray cattle. He also must want to keep our minds off of the lack of guardrails on the winding hilly road. We arrive uneventfully in Banamichi about 4 o’clock. We are staying at the bed and breakfast La Posada del Rio Sonora. It is American owned and gorgeous. The building was used as a general store in the 1800’s and has been totally renovated. We check into our spacious rooms and I covertly check the streets on the town square for gang activity. No gangs, just a solitary young man raking the square. The scent of orange blossoms drift from the trees across the street on the town square. This must be a clever “cartel trick” to cover up the scent of marijuana, and dope factories hidden somewhere. Banamichi is a small village sitting on a bluff overlooking the Sonora River. For centuries, this river valley was the home for the Opata tribes. Irrigation and agriculture have supported settlements here for hundreds of years. The Jesuits established the first mission here in 1639. The river valley below the town is lush and verdant. A mosaic carpet of green and yellow fields spreads out below the village. Cattle roam freely. If not for the mountains in the background, I could be in Nebraska. It is clever how these natives are lulling us to

a sense of ease with this tranquil, pastoral scene. There has to be illegal activity going on somewhere. This is Mexico, right? I remain very suspicious. I finally drop my guard that evening on the terrace, as we enjoy “bacaraita”. They are the best margaritas I have ever tasted. Bacaraitas are made from the local agave liquor and fresh orange juice from the trees on the town square. The cocktail is only surpassed by the fine meal that follows. Fortified by the local cocktails, Carole and I are brave enough to stroll through the town at dusk. We spot the local version of a quick shop, as a vaquero rides up to a small building with no signage, dismounts, enters and returns to his horse with a bag of chips. He opens his chips, places them in a “chip holder” on the front of his saddle and rides off down the street. “Trouble” starts the next morning. As golden sunlight creeps through the lattice of ocotillo branches that artfully cover our bedroom window, we encounter our first lookout for the locals. It is a rooster that crows and crows. No alarm clock is needed here. This rooster will wake us every morning. My wife insists he got lucky one morning, as he was especially melodious. This troublesome fellow must be a sentinel for a local crime family. After coffee and breakfast, we again stroll down the streets. There is no vehicle traffic to speak of. All of the native pedestrians greet us with a friendly “good morning” much like any small town in America, except in Spanish. The streets are clean and tidy. We will see natives sweeping the sidewalks and steps of their homes. The town square across the street from our B&B is cleaned and swept every day. There are trash bins everywhere. No litter. This too must be a clever ruse to make us drop our guard. There are also no tourist t-shirt stands and no one trying to sell us useless trinkets. In fact, there are no tourists, just our small group. We have a mid-morning cooking lesson in the La Posada kitchen.

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The Bandits of Banamichi continued from previous page... Martha Stewart would be overcome by the beauty of this kitchen. Walls, floors, counters are totally covered by intricate tile artistry. Even the water pipes that are on the outside of the walls are ingeniously molded and tiled in the sinuous curves of a large snake with the actual faucet enclosed in its mouth. I’m thinking that this snake is probably the local cartel’s symbol as it is replicated on fountains in the courtyard. Twice each day we will learn and watch how native dishes are prepared, and then enjoy them at our next meal. The foods are fresh from the market and the meals are delicious. They must be fattening us up for something ominous. After our early cooking session, we are to

meet one of the notorious local family leaders. Her name is Dahlia. This sinister person is a retired schoolteacher whose mission is to keep the local history alive. She tells us about the mission church, rebuilt many times. The first flourmill in the area was constructed here, and lies abandoned just below the town. She tells of the area gold mines, the local cottage industries, and the many festivals. Most interesting is the festival run by the local teenagers completely in silence to honor Jesus. Silent teenagers? Impossible! We stroll through the town with Dahlia visiting both schools located in good looking buildings, and end up in the courtyard of her home to enjoy fresh oranges and grapefruit picked from her garden. I knew there would be weapons! Dahlia has a knife that she uses to slice our fruit. I must not yet drop my guard, but this is truly not the Mexico I hear about on T.V. The next day we head a few miles south to Aconchi to visit the hot springs nearby. It is Saturday, and we anticipate spotting illegal activity as we drive down a remote semi-dry riverbed through vaqueros (cowboys? Or cleverly disguised drug family guards?) herding cattle. We arrive at the hot springs and I soon spot highly unusual activity. Three generations of family are working together to set up tents for the weekend campout. The sight of grandparents, parents and teenagers working as a team to set up their camp is very suspicious! There is beer, food, music and hot tubs filled with the locals, and most unusual, there is a

couple from Colorado camped tight in the middle of them. Don’t these people know they are in Mexico? After enjoying the hot springs, we return north to Huepac. We stop at a local shop to buys some “Chicas”, the dried, baked white corn kernels that made such a delicious soup at the La Posada yesterday. Here on the town square, I spot well organized “gang” activity…dozens of people are answering the five o’clock bell in the tower of the church and going to Mass. Later that evening we find teenage girls in full makeup coyly conversing in small groups. Lanky boys in their best jeans, saunter past the girls, strolling casually around the square trying to catch the eye of the opposite sex. No nose rings, tattoos or skateboard, but cell phones are in use here. Texting teens must be universal and global. On the road back to Banamichi, we finally spot “cartel” operations. These dealers are so brazen here that they use loudspeakers on their trucks. I knew the weekend would bring them out at last! There are no large stores; only small neighborhood shops and these “dealers” bring merchandise of all descriptions from the larger cities. You can buy corn, potatoes, and fruit, charcoal and household goods right in the streets in broad daylight! Most picturesque are the trucks loaded with brooms, mops and plastic buckets of every description. We decline to get caught up in this “illicit” trafficking and return to another gourmet meal at La Posada.


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We will bring many fine recipes home with us. The next day we are going undercover to get inside an “illegal” trade at last. Too bad there is no cell phone service; we can’t call for help. Our “connection” is covertly disguised as a local cowboy driving a pick up truck. He is tall, rugged, and looks like the Marlboro Man. He is very nervous, this is the first time he has led a group of tourists on an undercover mission. We disguise our activity by making stops at several “cartel operations” hidden on small farms. Here we witness the local trafficking in homemade cheese, chili powder and pistole, a corn flour that looks like powdered cocaine. Certain that we have not been tailed by the local authorities; we abandon our vehicles and stealthily approach the targeted “underground operation”. These operators have booby-trapped the local area with cow pies, certain to ward off the unwary. Smoke wafts through the dense mesquite trees. We spot three desperadoes manning two stills made from 55-gallon drums. We have found a bacanora plant making the local liquor from special agave plants. Not exactly tequila, but the traditional drink of the region. We find that the government has now made this backyard brew legal. Just like Mexico to make bootlegging legal. Back in town we stop at an unmarked door. Marshall enters and makes a buy. He returns with an unlabeled quart coke bottle of the evil brew. We have a taste. Not bad. Just to make sure the authorities remain off balance, our cowboy guide leads us to San Felipe de Jesus and a modern park. Here, his entire family has assembled for a Sunday cookout. We are the guests of honor. The charcoal grills are going strong and his wife is making large thin tortillas on a convex metal plate over the charcoal.

My wife tries her hand at making these thin tortillas. The plate is hot and she is not adept. Her efforts look like lace doilies with lots of holes it them. We all have a good laugh at her disastrous results. The young kids in the family play ball in the park. The rest of us enjoy cold drinks and authentic beans, carne and sauces. We practice our Spanish and younger family members practice their English. The scene is most enjoyable and we hate to leave. I have figured out that hostage ransom money will not be necessary here. Carole asks too many questions for our guests in fractured Spanish. I am sure if we were kidnapped, after about two days, our captors would pay me to take her back to the States. Sadly, on Monday, we must return to the U. S. We have had a great time, and had some memorable experiences. We have been the real “Bandits of Banamichi”. We have stolen three days of an idyllic way of life still found in these Sonoran villages. Our local hosts have been most gracious and accommodating. We shared the ordinary lives of small town people trying to raise their families as Christians and to make a living in the region for many generations and have much pride in their communities. Best of all, they have treated us like newly found friends, not tourists. Our guide Marshall has been most informative. It has been great to have no cell phone service, T.V. or newspapers. Such peace and quiet, nothing I encountered like the scary headlines about border towns. Now if they would just get rid of that damn rooster, we might risk coming back again. Images provided by Carol & Gary Thrasher. �


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Brown meat and onion and garlic, add rest of ingredients, simmer over low heat for 15 min. Ladle over hotdog in heated bun, cover with chopped onion, mustard & relish.

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Cauliflower flowerets 1 egg mixed with 1 c. milk

Flour or – drip flowerets in egg mix, cover in flour or fry in small amount of olive oil, turn time to time. If you like your veggies tender crisp this will suit you, if not, better cook cauliflower first.

CHEESE GRiTS 4 c. milk 1 c. grits 1 tsp. salt

2 c. grated sharp cheese ½ c. butter dash Tabasco sauce

In a saucepan bring milk & grits and salt to a boil and cook 3 min. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, butter and T. sauce. Pour into greased 8” x 11” baking dish, bake 45 min. at 3250 till brown.


You, your pet, LOVE!

Come to The Festival and have your photograph with your pet for ValentineÕ s Day and help out the Santa Cruz Humane Society! One Day Only - Friday, Feb. 11th - $15 per photo! Get your 5 x 7 photo in 15 mins. in front of a fun ValentineÕ s Day backdrop!

What: During The Tubac Art Festival

ALL monies go directly to the Shelter at the Santa Cruz Humane Society in Nogales, AZ. We need your support!

Where: 4 Otero Street - Tubac

Located at the Santa Cruz Humane Society Booth!

When: Friday, February 11, 2011 Time: 10am - 4pm Info: 398-1111

Tubac Real Estate Team

Sally Robling

REDUCED $50,000



30 Calle de Hoy –  Now offered at $400,000

89 Avenida Otero –  Offered at $395,000

244 Market Circle –  Offered at $249,900 


26 Circulo Diego Rivera – Offered at $225,000

7 Calle Diaz –  Offered at $349,000

2319 Balderrain –  Offered at $785,000 with a pool


215 Aliso Springs –  Offered at $800,000 2251 E Frontage Rd., Suite #2 (just south of the Post Office)


Lots & Land -   Offered from $60,000 to $450,000

11 Piedra Drive –  Offered at $290,000

Sally Robling: (520) 398-2222 Office: (520) 398-2770 Email: 

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February 2011 Tubac Villager  

The February 2011 issue of the Tubac Villager. Printed February 3rd, 2011, 10,000 copies.