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Beware: Debit card scam Gas station ‘skimmers’ steal financial info By Philip Franchine www.gvnews.com More than 50 people in the greater Tucson area, including one Green Valley and one Sahuarita Heights resident, have reported losing money after their debit card numbers were stolen. The numbers are being captured by illegal card-reading devices at several Tucson-area gas stations or ATMs, and authorities urge consumers to use credit cards instead of debit cards when they have a choice, to carefully

Protect yourself •Use credit cards, not debit cards, at the gas pump. •Check bank statements frequently and report unauthorized withdrawals or purchases to police. watch their bank statements, and to swiftly report irregularities. A Green Valley man on Feb. 18 reported to the Pima County Sheriff ’s Department that he saw an unauthorized charge on his bank statement, Sheriff ’s Department spokesman Jason Ogan said. The man canceled his debit card and is disputing the charges with the bank.

On Feb. 23, a Sahuarita Heights man reported to the Sheriff ’s Department three unauthorized charges for $280 each on his Wells Fargo debit card. The bank canceled the card, credited his account and said it would issue a new card. The man told the deputy that he had used the card at a gas station at Prince and Romero roads in Tucson around the time of the unauthorized charges, which were made in California. In recent months 50 cases have been reported in the Tucson area in which debit card account numbers and Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) have been stolen and apparently captured by illegal “skimmers” attached

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Ready, set, go! (From left) David Kunselman, George Mathes, Larry Rundel and Stephen Strange were among roughly 70 Green Valley athletes who turned out for Saturday morning’s 5K run at Abrego South as part of this year’s Senior Games. Sports, B1.

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Observatory pushes for dark skies By Ellen Sussman and Dan Shearer www.gvnews.com

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WITH HIS CLASSIC ’55 pickup drawing stares, Ken Faber (left) clean up the roads around Green Valley with the help of Hubert Anderson.

Part of the solution GV men clean up roadway litter By Karen Walenga www.gvnews.com

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eeing discarded beverage cans, bottles and plastic bags marring the desert landscape is too much for Ken Faber. “I hate trash,” says Faber, a Green Valley winter resident. Litter alongside local roadways bothers him so much he’ll stop to pick up a single piece. Or enough to fill a large trash bag. Or even five. “I see him all over town,” spending his time and using his vehicle to clean up local streets, says Fire Marshall Mark Stonestreet of the Green Valley Fire District. Recently, Faber, 75, spotted fellow resident Gene Van Dyken, 67, picking up litter along the West Frontage Road. So they’ve teamed up on their volunteer mission, along with a third man, Hubert Anderson, who’s in his 80s. Van Dyken’s chosen route is the

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Learn more •Arizona Department of Transportation online at www.azdpt.gov/highways/ adoptahwy.

•Pima County Adopt-A-Roadway. Call Cynthia Henry at 520-740-6410. •Town of Sahuarita Adopt-A-Roadway/Adopt a Wash. Call John Garcia at 520-445-7802. West Frontage Road, south from Continental Road to Canoa Road. Faber targets Continental between Abrego Drive and Whitehouse Canyon Road, as well as Camino Encanto and the West Frontage Road. On a recent excursion along Interstate 19 south of Camino Encanto, Van Dyken and Faber filled five large trash bags in just a tenth of a mile. Much of what they pick up are beer bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags, tire treads, empty cigarette packs and lighters — some carelessly tossed from passing vehicles. There also are the backpacks, towels and rags left by illegal immigrants on foot. Without a doubt, picking up litter

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is hard work in the weeds, brush, cactus and washes, Stonestreet said, and he’s impressed by the effort of these men. They wear protective gloves and use metal “pickers” to collect the debris, and Van Dyken also dons a bright green vest he obtained from the Arizona Department of Transportation. “I always have an eye on traffic” driving by him, too, Van Dyken points out. Faber’s classic 1955, light blue GMC pickup truck draws looks from passers-by. And he’s known to ask those walking by, perhaps with their dogs, to take a bag he offers and pick up any trash they spot on their walks. Many agree. Faber and his wife, Petey, are Michigan residents who have been wintering in Green Valley since 2000. Van Dyken and his wife, Jacque, resided in Montana and Utah before moving here in 2005. Both men are proud of their Dutch heritage and attribute their devotion to the cause to their culture. SEE CLEAN UP, PAGE A9

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A s t ro n o my b r i n g s about $250 million annually into Arizona, and the state is doing a good job of keeping excessive lighting under control to protect the work on the mountains. But reminders of how residents can help maintain dark skies through their lighting choices is an ongoing education effort, a spokesman for the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory told the Green Valley Council’s environmental committee. Dan Brocious, public information officer for the observatory on Mount Hopkins, said Arizona has great resources for astronomy — “high

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Shopping center in early stages By Philip Franchine www.gvnews.com Planning is under way for a shopping center across from Walmart on Nogales Highway, where the owners hope to attract at least one large national retailer. The 18-acre property is owned by Glen Una Properties of Austin, Texas, and has CB-1 commercial zoning. It runs along Nogales Highway from Abrego Drive northeast a bit past

West Calle Arroyo Sur, the entrance to the Walmart shopping center. That intersection would serve as the main entrance, said Mike Grassinger of The Planning Center in Tucson. Neighbors to the south along Abrego Drive expressed concerns about traffic, lighting, noise, loading zones, buffer walls and the possibility of a gas station when SEE SHOPPING, PAGE A11

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mountains, dark skies and dry climate” — and that the state has drawn investments from the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and China. But Brocious said dark skies don’t necessarily mean a dark ground, and if residents employ certain approaches to lighting their property, everybody wins. “Most lighting is wasted; it’s out there and doesn’t do anything and there’s a need to limit obtrusive lighting,” Brocious said. What should homeowners do? “Put light on the ground. Use it only where it’s needed,” he said. “A light fixture that broadcastss light above

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he Women’s Ministry of Evangelical Free Church of Green Valley hosted its 12th annual Women’s Conference at the church last month with about 100 women attending.

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Barb Larson from Shepherd Project Ministries in Colorado was the speaker. She presented a talk that encouraged the listeners to live lives filled with power and purpose. During the first of three sessions she talked about “soaring like an eagle,” using scripture throughout her talk. The church was decorated with eagles on the walls and as centerpieces, all created and hand-painted by Joyce Jacobs with the help of several other women. Holly Rieger chaired the event forming several committees, including music, decorations, audio and video. Jackie Jenson was the chair of the 12 small-group breakout leaders. Ann Heersink was in charge of the music committee and planned the praise and worship music. Heersink, Linda Kannenberg and Eunice Fennig led the women in song with accompaniment by pianist Karen Van Sickle. Ken Corley served as chef, preparing a delicious dinner of baked chicken with rice pilaf for Friday evening. Then there was a continental breakfast Saturday morning and sandwiches for lunch, topped off with his famous brownies with chocolate cream cheese frosting. Gail Potts was the exercise trainer as she led the group through the steps and

ABOVE: Members of the Women’s Ministry of Evangelical Free Church of Green Valley who helped organize their recent convention include from left: Jackie Jensen, Ann Heersink, Shirley Wilt, Joyce Jacobs, Holly Rieger, Marla Corley and Janis May. RIGHT: From left: Eunice Fennig, Sue Robus, Linda Kannenberg, Karen Van Sickle and Ann Heersink performed the praise and worship music. song of “Father Abraham” with Jackie McCracken playing the piano. After the exercise Potts led the women in a March from Fellowship Center back to the Worship Center singing “When the Saints go Marching in.” The Evangelical Free Church Women’s Ministry hosts many events throughout the year. There is a luncheon the third Friday of every month, a women’s Bible study on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. They also host a Christmas program, a popular threeday event.

on Amazon. Dougherty will make a guest appearance on KGUN-9’s “Morning Blend” on Monday between 11 a.m. and noon to talk about her book. Morning Blend features a variety of commu• nity organizations, busiGreen Valley resident nesses and happenings in Jan Dougherty, owner of Tucson. Consider It Done, a local • cleaning company, recently “Happy 200th Birthday, published “The Lost Art of House Cleaning,” available Mr. Liszt — Part 2” is the

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amed in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve the human gene pool by removing themselves from it (either permanently or they are locked away). Awards will go out later this month, but believe me; some of the past winners are gems. Here are random snippets, thanks to darwinawards. com collected from e-mails the site has received over the past decade. Their origins and veracity are unknown. • Police in Wichita, Kan., arrested a 22-year-old man at an airport hotel after he tried to pass two counterfeit $16 bills. • When two service station attendants in Ionia, Mich., refused to hand over the cash to an intoxicated robber, the man threatened to call the police. They still wouldn’t give him the money, so the robber called the police — and was arrested. • A guy wearing pantyhose over his head tried to rob a store in a mall. When security came, he quickly grabbed a shopping bag and pretended to be shopping, forgetting that he was still wearing the pantyhose. He was captured, and his loot was returned to the store. Rules for bank robbers: According to darwinawards. com, the FBI reports that most modern-day bank robberies are “unsophisticated and unprofessional crimes” committed by young male repeat offenders who apparently don’t know the first thing about their business. For example, it is reported that in spite of the widespread use of surveillance cameras, 76 percent of bank robbers use no disguise, 86 percent never study the bank before robbing it, and 95 percent make no long-range plans for concealing the loot.

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ENJOYING SPAGHETTI at the recent Rotary Club of Green Valley’s Spaghetti Spree is Cora McGibbon, granddaughter of Green Valley residents Bill and Nancy McGibbon. Thus, this advice is offered to would-be bank robbers: Consider another line of work.

• A registered nurses group is forming in Green Valley and Sahuarita. An organizational meeting will be held March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Valley Elks Lodge No. 2592. The organizers plan to host periodic meetings with interesting speakers as well as opportunities to share in the common experiences and adventures of the RN’s profession. All nurses are invited to attend. Contact Lynne Severe at 444-7326 or LynneSevere1@ gmail.com.

• As an inspirational addition to the lenten journey, a choral presentation of “The Seven Last Words of Christ” will be performed by the combined choirs of Desert Hills Lutheran Church on March 13 at 1:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Advance tickets are free, on a first-come basis. They may be picked up between 9 a.m.

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BOB BARNETT is the new president of the Iowa Club. and 4 p.m., weekdays in the church office, 2150 S. Camino del Sol. Requests made via phone at 648-1633 or via email at dhlc@dhlc.org will be fulfilled by mail. The tradition of singing the Passion story began in the early centuries of the Christian church. Heinrich Schütz, considered the greatest Lutheran composer prior to Bach, composed “Seven Last Words” in the early 17th century, and two centuries later the choral setting was created by Theodore Dubois, a French organist and choir director. The basis of the piece is the anguished words of Christ on the cross as recorded in the Gospels. Under the direction of Leo Ellison, vocal soloists include G. Paul Larson, Hal Youngren, Betty Maurstad and Marilyn Kabat, with Gordon Swanson, organist, and Kathy Heilig, pianist. Larson, the featured tenor

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FROM LEFT: Marilyn Kabat, Hal Youngren and Betty Maurstad will solo in the choral presentation of “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” G. Paul Larson also will solo. Formerly of Ankeny, Iowa, Barnett will now head up the club formed to give those who have a connection to Iowa a forum to socialize, share stories and enjoy being with others who love the state. • Barnett is joined by Bob The Iowa Club recently Lembcke as vice president selected Bob Barnett as and Jerry Ferris as secrethe club’s new president. tary/treasurer.

soloist, is a Green Valley winter visitor, who is an adjudicator for the New York Metropolitan Opera in the north-central region of the United States.

The Iowa Club meets January through April for social gatherings, dinners and programs. For more information, call Barnett at 515-480-8785. The next dinner is March 23 at the Green Valley Elks Lodge. Reservations needed by March 15. rford@gvnews.com


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shades in October 2009.

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The Quality Inn on La Cañada Drive near Green Valley Village has been sold and is now the Green Valley Inn. The change took place this month after previous owner Abhilash Patel sold the hotel to a Californiabased hotel owner, said Stephanie Ward, the new general manager.

County to consider library, water

Ward said a new sign will go up this spring at the 108-room inn at 111 S. La Cañada Drive. The hotel has a colorful history. It was repainted in late 2008 in a bright palette of orange, red and yellow that drew complaints from the community. It was repainted in more subdued

The Pima County board on Tuesday will consider extending until 2013 the county agreement to operate the Sahuarita Express temporary library branch behind the Post Office. The board also will consider an extension of the controversial $22,500

a year contract with Humane Borders to provide water stations and potable water in remote desert locations in order “to reduce the need for aggressive search and rescue operations.” That program has drawn criticism from those who say it encourages illegal immigration. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the county board meeting room in the County Administration Building, 130 W. Congress Street, Tucson.

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The Continental Elementary School board of governors will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the school library for its monthly meeting. The agenda includes an update on school budget issues.

GVC’s traffic committee to meet

Dozens of Green Valley residents contributed more than 80 ties that were boxed and sent off last week to U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, who represents Congressional District 7. Grijalva attended the State of the Union address without a tie in January, and earlier that month met President Obama’s plane at a Tucson airport wearing a pullover sweater and no tie. A copy of a column that appeared in the Green Valley News questioning Grijalva’s judgment — and calling for tie donations — was sent along with the box. Frontage Road project.

The Green Valley Council’s Traffic & Arroyos Committee will meet Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for its monthly meeting in Suite 13 at Green Valley Village. On the agenda are updates from the Pima County Department of Transportation on local multiuse path projects and a final report on the recently completed Continental Road/East

GV man finishes Marine boot camp Pvt. Sam A. Overson, 19, of Green Valley graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego on Jan. 28, after 13 weeks of training. After a 10-day leave, he reported to Camp Pendleton, Calif., for a month of military combat training. From there, he will go to Twentynine Palms, Calif., for mili-

tary occupation specialty school. He’ll be assigned a permanent station after training. Overson attended Continental School and graduated from S a h u a rita High School in Overson May 2010. He is the son of Martin and Julie Overson of Green Valley.

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Green Valley Justice Court The following pleaded responsible to speeding: Alberto H. Precindo, 46, of Vail, $163 Ferne Marie McHaffie, 65, of Green Valley, $163 Janet Stukaloff, 80, of Green Valley, $163 Mary Ann Healey, 62, of Green Valley, $163 Dorothy Mae Hunter, 78, of Tucson, $170 Adam Tyler Jarves, 28, of Benson, $233 Arnold Frederick Hintsala, 66, of Redding, Calif., $233 Cristina Marie Wagner, 24, of Tucson, $233 Tania Elias, 23, of Sahuarita, $65 Ruben C. Gonzales, 41, of Tucson, $257 Lonnie Arrington, of Vail, $73 James Daniel Carter, 48, of Sahuarita, $93 Richard Asher Small, 42, of Sahuarita, $287 Ian Mallean Williams, 33, of Rio Rico, $183 Donald Downey Swope, 85, of Green Valley, $193

The following pleaded responsible to failing to stop for a stop sign: Arsenio Pausinski Mazareg, 34, of Arivaca, $192 Samantha L. Hess, 21, of Vail, $192 Leonor Hilda Orias, 37, of Sahuarita, $212 Maria Rosario Madrid, 61, of Green Valley, $262 Arnoldo Martinez, 40, of Tucson, $192 John G. Bisset, 74, of Camano Island, Wash., $192

The following pleaded responsible to tint too dark: Wendy Elizabeth Garcia Acedo, 22, of Amado, $118 Aracely Medina, 34, of Nogales, $174 Thomas Ray Mullen, 47, of Sahuarita, $174

The following pleaded responsible to not having a valid driver’s license: Roberto Chico Flores, 67, of Amado, $142 Denise Shelton, 51, of Tucson, $162 Gilbert Alexander DelThe following pleaded regado, 31, of Sahuarita, sponsible to having an expleaded responsible to pospired registration: session of drug paraphernaTommy Lavaughn West, lia and was given fines and 80, of Amado, $113 fees totaling $470. Maria Luisa RamirezGiovanni Enrique SanVesa, 56, of Vail, $56 chez, 24, of Nogales, Maria A. Sanchez, 41, of pleaded responsible to not Casa Grande, $162 having insurance and was Dennia Yvette Landeros, given fines and fees totaling 37, of Rio Rico, $568 $162. Philip J. Newlin, 75, of Lenore H. Toomfy, 67, Green Valley, $191 of Green Valley, pleaded Deborah Lynne Lydell, responsible to unsafe back53, of Vail, $142 ing and was given fines and Robert Lucian Harper, fees totaling $150. 37, of Tucson, $241

Elizabeth Frances Thayer, 90, of Green Valley, pleaded responsible to failing to yield from yield sign and was given fines and fees totaling $192. Hilda Martinez, 29, of Nogales, Sonora, pleaded responsible to failing to obtain registration and failing to produce evidence of financial responsibility and was given fines and fees totaling $1,181. Edward F. Champagne, 69, of Green Valley, pleaded responsible to driving left of center and was given fines and fees totaling $192. Abel G. Fierro, 27, of Sahuarita, pleaded responsible to speeding and not having a driver’s license in possession and was given fines and fees totaling $443. Manuel Gobaira Grillo, 28, of Lantana, Fla., pleaded responsible to 70-hour rule violation and was given fines and fees totaling $185. Marcial Lopez Alvarado, 43, of Blythe, Calif., pleaded responsible to 11-hour rule violation and was given

fines and fees totaling $185. Enrique Ramos-Mendoza, 46, of Bakersfield, Calif., pleaded responsible to violation of restriction and was given fines and fees totaling $232. Sergio Loera Ochoa, 44, of Tucson, pleaded responsible to presence at cockfight and was given fines and fees totaling $262. Salvador Torres Sepulveda III, 31, of Tucson, pleaded responsible to possession of open container of liquor, showing fictitious plates, failing to obtain current registration, and not having proof of financial responsibility and was given fines and fees totaling $505 and time served. Billie P. Reyes, 30, of Amado, pleaded responsible to three charges of not wearing a seat belt and was given fines and fees totaling $174. Charles Dean Bard, 54, of Sahuarita, pleaded responsible to open container and failing to stop at a stop sign and was given fines

and fees totaling $492. Daniel Bruning, 43, of Indianapolis, pleaded responsible to missing previous seven days log book and was given fines and fees totaling $175. Traffic Complaints Filed: DUI: 1 Other CR Traffic: 8 Traffic Failure to Appear: 10 Civil Traffic: 215 Total Traffic Filings: 234 Criminal Complaints Filed: Criminal: 16 Criminal Failure to Appear: 3 Total Criminal Filings: 19 Civil Complaints / Petitions Filed: Small Claims: 1 Civil: 6 Restraining Orders: 3 Total Civil Filings: 10 Warrants Issued: 21 Civil Traffic Defaults Issued: 21 Arrests Transported from PC Jail: 4 Jury Trials Year-To-Date: 1 Video Court Proceedings: 2

Public safety briefs Home burglarized after owner dies The Pima County Sheriff ’s Department received a report Feb. 28 that a vacant home in the 16600 block of West Old Stage Road in Arivaca had been burglarized Feb. 26. Items reported missing included a refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, dishwasher, bed, dining room table, two dresser drawers and a wall heater. The owner had recently died, according to the report.

Department honors Green Valley deputies Deputy Gary Halkowitz and Deputy Jonathon Rupp were named the Pima County Sheriff ’s

Springs Place in Green Valley reported Feb. 28 that two for mer neighbors failed to retur n a 2001 Ford Taurus that the couple had loaned them in September 2009. The couple told a deputy they would not press ch a r g e s i m m e d i at e ly against the two women because one had called to say she would be returning the vehicle shortly. The women, who had been evicted from a rental unit on the same street, told the couple a complicated story about their need for the car, saying they were in a witness-protection program, were in danger and could not reveal their whereabouts. The deputy discovered A couple in the 700 that the women also had block of East Ar mor been evicted from a Green Valley hotel for non-payment. Department’s Patrol Division deputies of the quarter for their work on the Green Valley Directed Patrol Unit, which they developed. The deputies have nurtured relationships that have led to tips and the crackdown on several drug offenders in surrounding communities. In October, their work led to the arrests of five people associated with the illegal narcotics trade at a home as well as the removal of crystal meth and illegally obtained p re s c r i p t i o n m e d i c a tions.

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Credit card charges not authorized An Arivaca man reported to the Sheriff ’s Department on Feb. 28 that he had been called Feb. 23 by Vantage West Credit Union in Tucson and told there were two charges on his credit card from Germany totaling $1,101.62. The man said he did not authorize the charges. In a separate incident, a Green Valley man reported to the Sheriff ’s Department on Feb. 28 that his Visa card had been used at a Tucson Walmart to make a $200 purchase, which he said he did not authorize. A Green Valley woman on March 1 reported unauthorized charges on her Beall’s Outlet credit card. She said she discovered an unauthorized charge

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few weeks ago I met Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalists. They call themselves the UU’s and are a rather unconventional group — and that’s putting it mildly. Morales was in Arizona for a variety of reasons and though I interviewed him, I never really came up with anything solid to write, so I didn’t. Not that the UU’s are boring — anything but. Pegging these people is like nailing Jell-O to the wall — it can’t be done. They’re all so different, and I think they rejoice on Sunday mor nings (or whenever they meet) over the fact that they keep so many people guessing — or gasping — as to their stances on everything from homosexuality to immigration to the deity of Christ. These are not your gardenvariety churchgoers. They count among themselves atheists, agnostics, Buddhists and pagans. Come one, come all, apparently. It was at this same meeting with Morales that I listened to a fascinating panel discussion on immigration issues from a rather eclectic group that leaned heavily to the left. This pleased the room. I couldn’t say I agreed with everything they said, but there was a lot of passion and compassion, and that says a lot on its own. Later in the evening I was invited to stay for a shortened performance of the play “Man from Magdalena.” The play was born out of the true story of Manuel Jesus Cordova Soberanes, a Mexican from the city of Magdalena, an hour south of the Arizona-Mexico border. Cordova was 26 when he crossed into the U.S. illegally on Thanksgiving Day 2007, headed for Tucson. North of Nogales, he came across a 9year-old boy who’d been in a traffic accident that killed his mother. It was the middle of the night and the boy was alone and cold. Cordova, who has four children of his own, said he didn’t even think of leaving the boy. He gave the child his sweater, built a fire, and sat with him until the Border Patrol arrived. He knew he’d be deported, and he was. But the media tracked him down in Magdalena and he was hailed as an international hero. The musical “Man from Magdalena” doesn’t retell Cordova’s story but rather is about the larger migrant experience. A group of seven women sing, act, play instruments and expend a lot of emotion on stage. That’s what I remember most from my visit to the UU congregation in Amado a few weeks back. But, still, I didn’t write anything. Then I received a phone call.

‘It’s not political’ Mary Lou Prince, who wrote the music for the play, said she wanted to talk to me about how “Magdalena” was changing lives. Before we met about a week later I went back over that evening in Amado — the proimmigrant panel, the liberal UU’s, and the short version of a very moving play about an illegal immigrant. With all of the evidence against her, Prince still had the chutzpah to walk in here and say, almost off the cuff, “The play’s not political.” I wanted to get in her face and cry, “Oh, COME ON!” But I’ve learned to hold my tongue on occasion, and I’m glad I did.

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PATTY WILLIS, playwright and actress, in ‘Man From Magdalena.’

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MANUEL JESUS CORDOVA Soberanes’ actions in the Arizona desert won him international recognition. Prince and I talked for about an hour and she’s right. “Man from Magdalena” isn’t an effort to browbeat us into opening the border and letting all those “illegals” flood in. Quite the opposite: The play is giving Mexicans a good reason to stay home. That’s what Prince wanted to share, and she brought the numbers to prove it.

Half to the cause The play, written by Patty Willis of Green Valley, was first performed in January 2010, and has been staged 18 times to date. At each performance, half the price of the tickets goes to fund business micro-loans for people in Central America and Mexico. Since that first performance, the money brought in by performances has gone toward 107 loans ranging from $200 to more than $1,000. The money has been used by a group of women to start an embroidery business, it has been used by a man to buy a taxi, and by a guy who launched a business selling cell phones. A group in Guatemala used its loan to open a general store; a woman in Nicaragua started a small cosmetics business. Other projects run the gamut, and it’s all facilitated through Kiva, an international organization dedicated to making lives better by giving people a leg up in their own countries. “It just resonated with us that this was something that could start to help,” Prince told me. “Man from Magdalena” has put about $25,000 toward the program and has seen more than one-third of that repaid (remember, these are loans, not handouts). Money from repaid loans is funneled back into more micro-loans. To date, nobody has defaulted on a loan given by the “Magdalena” group. Every penny invested across the border is more reason for the people to stay there. It won’t solve all the problems with illegal immigration, but it sure is a good start. And it’s a lot better than sitting around doing nothing. If you’d like to help out, you can catch the next performance of “Man from Magdalena” later this month. When: 7 p.m. March 30 Where: Community Performing Arts Center, Green Valley Tickets: $25; or $20 in advance. Call the box office at 399-1750 or Marla Daugherty at 648-0890. — Dan Shearer

I am a first-time snow bird to Green Valley and like the area enough that I do plan on returning next year. I speak highly of Green Valley’s community and residents when discussing the area that I have decided to spend my winters in, and perhaps a future purchase of property. Recently, I have entertained a number of visitors wishing to see this winter paradise I have found. During many walks on the streets of Green Valley my guests have commented on the large amount of animal feces found along the walks and paths of the city. I feel that those who elect to own pets, and share our city streets and trails with them, should be prepared to clean up after their pets to help keep this lovely community presentable for all. Be it residents or visitors. So, come on, pet owners. Do your share for the betterment of Green Valley and scoop the poop. Tom Wallace Green Valley

Solar energy Yes, solar energy is subsidized. It is a good thing as it is stimulating the switch to clean energy. It is especially good in Arizona where sunshine is so abundant. The Green Valley Council Environmental Committee for the fifth year is sponsoring a solar forum to update the community on current technology and available incentives. As the cost of solar panels has come down, the rebates from electric companies has been reduced, but the tax incentives have remained. The federal tax credit has another five years to run unless it falls victim to the budget cutters. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords isn’t there to defend it. There is no clean coal technology. Nancy Freeman (In My View, Feb. 27) mentioned the cost of scrubbers but she omitted the human misery cost of coal mining. Look at the hundreds of thousands of miners who have died or are suffering from black lung disease, cave-in deaths and the environmental damage of strip mining. These hidden costs are never evaluated. Also at the solar forum will be a retrofitted electric car. With gas predicted to hit $5 per gallon, the Alternative Energy Subcommittee arranged for the innovative vehicle for interested parties to examine. The solar forum is open to the public. This year it is being held March 12, from 9 a.m. until noon at Desert Hills Social Center. Sponsors include GVR, Green Valley News and the Green Valley-Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce. Eileen MacLaren Green Valley Council Environmental Committee Alternative Energy Committee

Public employees, unions Columnist Mark Shields and “From the Left—Joe Conason” (who really must live in an alternative universe) spent a lot

Letters Policy Letters may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity, and should not exceed 250 words. Longer letters may run at the editor’s discretion. They should be relevant and constructive; they should not include insults, slurs or unfounded accusations. Readers may submit commentaries not to exceed 500 words, and should include a brief biography. In most cases, writers will be limited to one letter per month. Submissions must include the writer’s name, address and telephone number for verification. Anonymous letters will not be published. Send letters and commentaries to any of the following: E-mail: letters@gvnews.com; Mail: P.O. Box 567, Green Valley, AZ 85622; Fax: (520) 625-1603. of ink making the same prounion argument; specifically, about the brouhaha going on in Wisconsin. However, neither writer adequately addressed the vast differences between private sector union employees, and city, county, state and federal employees. If union workers take and take from a corporation, the owners make less profit...or close their doors. Government workers’ employers are the taxpayers. When the balance sheet screams BROKE!, reality has to set in at some point. Compromise is anathema to some union officials, who often think they’ve got the hammer in negotiations. And the symbiosis of unions funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to politicians, who then promote legislation that perpetuates and enhances unions’ control is criminal. Unions—including public service unions (where members’ dues support many politicians who the members don’t support), pumped at least $400 million—out of close to a billion dollars—into electing Barack Obama in 2008 (small wonder he has unprecedentedly inserted himself into Wisconsin’s affairs); and Obama is bragging that he will have a billion dollars available to ensure his re-election in 2012. And we thought this stuff only happened in banana republics. We deserve Barack Obama. This increasingly corrupt political system has festered for so long that we will continue reaping the bottom of the barrel in candidates for the presidency, as well as other public offices, as long as they’re willing to be bought, paid for, and deliver the goods. A competent, honest candidate, with meager financial support, will never see the light of day in this system. We’re in trouble folks. Scott A. Anderson Green Valley

Church protesters to picket the funeral of Albert Snyder’s Marine son, Matthew. Chief Justice John Roberts said First Amendment rights to free speech must be allowed to ensure that we don’t stifle public debate. Pickets surely aren’t allowed in a church sanctuary nor on the field where coffins are being taken off airplanes, nor on cemetery grounds during a burial because people are undeniably entitled to a cloak of privacy around gatherings at the times of family mourning. Debate should not be allowed where families are involved with such deeply felt personal tragedy. The Court should have decided how extensive a cloak of privacy is allowed in situations such as the Snyder funeral. Surely it should extend beyond the sight and hearing of mourners both while gathered and during their arrival and departure. Jim Waldo Green Valley

Real people’s lives

Do our legislators know any legal or undocumented Mexicans living in Arizona? Can you know Mexican Americans or those seeking to become American citizens and enact punitive legislation against them? We are dealing with human beings with hopes and dreams of a better life in the United States who enable our quality of life. It is easy to legislate against an unknown “illegal alien” but the Legislature is dealing with the lives of real people. Senate President Russell Pearce describes a series of harsh draconian bills as, “This is clean-up.” Legislation currently being considered would: ban the undocumented from state universities and community colleges; Make it illegal for immigrants to drive in Arizona; Demand public-school reporting of children whose parents are undocumented; Revoke the licenses of companies that do not use the E-verify system; Require cities to evict anyone in public housing who cannot prove legal presence; Deny citizenship to children born in this country whose parents are undocumented; Prohibit hospitals from providing nonemergency care for the undocumented; and require officials to call federal immigration authorities. What would this legislation do to our population of Mexican American citizens? Already there are Mexicans, documented and undocumented, who park outside their houses of worship during the hours of services and read their missal because they fear police or Border Patrol raids in their church. Is this what we want happening in America, in Arizona? We need to make our legislators aware that we, as compassionate Arizonans, do not want these punitive legislative meaThe Supreme Court got it ter- sures. Donald L. Weston ribly wrong in their decision Green Valley allowing the Westboro Baptist

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Silence on the battlefield A look back on war and history as final WWI veteran dies

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ver the last few decades, the obituaries of World War I veterans have come, according to historian Martin Gilbert, like “like a muffled drum.” With the recent passing of Frank Buckles — the last doughboy — Pershing’s army has finally retired from the field. The drum is stilled and put away. What was once called the Great War is largely forgotten, obscured by the vivid moral clarities of the greater war that followed. Confused school children are left to ponder the question posed by Andrew Roberts: “Why should a Maori New Zealander have died in Turkey and been buried in Greece because an Austrian had been shot by a Serb in Bosnia?” Actually, the first war was a preview of what would follow. Machine guns. Civilian bombing. Unrestricted submarine warfare. Poison gas. All were technologies that allowed killing without aiming, applying the tools of mass production to the business of slaughter. Death became impersonal, mechanical and vast. Some of history’s most malignant ideas got planted in the churned earth of that struggle. “Jews and mosquitoes,” wrote Kaiser Wilhelm II, “are a nui-

Compassionate Conservatism MICHAEL GERSON

sance that humanity must get rid of in some way or another. I believe the best would be gas.” The German government put Vladimir Lenin on a sealed train from Zurich toward Russia, hoping to destabilize an enemy. Adolf Hitler, a soldier in the trenches, vowed vengeance. From laughably trivial beginnings, World War I shaped history on a massive scale. A whole continent suffered nervous collapse; another rose to unprecedented prominence. Europe’s failure of nerve was understandable. A million Britons died. Among French men who were 19 to 22 at the outbreak of the war, more than 35 percent were buried by its end. France was left with 630,000 widows. The trauma was deep. Constitutionalism and liberalism appeared weak and discredited — a contrast to totalitarian confidence

and purpose. The very idea of human progress was overturned. In France and England, ideals of glory and courage seemed obscene beside the images of bodies on barbed wire. It was a time of fatalism, cynicism and dark humor. Said Philip Larkin: “Never such innocence again.” But the United States, in contrast, was at the beginning of innocence. The European tragedy was the American arrival. At the start of 1917, the American Army had a little over 100,000 men, lightly armed with no large-scale combat experience since Appomattox. By August 1918, America had deployed more than a million soldiers to Europe. It was the energy of a rising nation. Frank Buckles remembered himself, in those days, as “a snappy soldier ... all gung-ho.” The Army he joined established durable impressions of Americans — fresh off farms, gawky, wide-eyed, singing, violent. The Germans, wrote John Keegan, “were now confronted with an army whose soldiers sprang, in uncountable numbers, as if from soil sown with dragons’ teeth.” British and French officers saw the arriving Americans as enthusiastic but inefficient. Americans

FRANK BUCKLES, at age 16 saw themselves as cleaning up the messes of a tired civilization. Europeans thought the United States claimed too much credit for minimal sacrifices — about 50,000 battle deaths in total, compared to Britain’s loss of 20,000 men on the first day of the Somme offensive alone. A pattern of awe and resentment was established. John Maynard Keynes called President Woodrow Wilson a “blind and deaf Don Quixote.” Wilson argued, “If America goes back upon mankind, mankind has no other place to

turn.” Perhaps both were right. In the following decades, America lost the innocence of the Fourteen Points and the League of Nations, but not the sense of national purpose that brought Americans to the Argonne Forest. It was the same spirit found on D-Day and in the long defense of Europe from Soviet aggression. That enthusiasm, in some quarters, has waned. Economic self-doubt turns a nation inward. Global engagement is often difficult, expensive and thankless. Some long for America to be, once again, merely a nation among nations. But the forces that led the United States into World War I were not random or unique. America moved beyond its shores on the momentum of its founding principles — a belief that freedom is worth a fight — along with a growing recognition that our nation is not immune from the disorders of the world. Times change. Old battles, once fresh in their horror, are forgotten. But America still produces men and women like Frank Buckles. And sometimes mankind has no other place to turn. Michael Gerson can be reached at michaelgerson@washpost.com

100 years: Roosevelt Dam a boon for Arizona M

arch 18 is a milestone for me, Theodore Roosevelt Dam. It was on that day 100 years ago that former President Theodore Roosevelt stood on a platform on top of my roadway and said that “if there could be any monument which would appeal to any man, surely it is this.” And so it was that I, then the world’s largest masonry thick arch dam, on March 18, 1911, officially became Roosevelt’s monument, or simply, Roosevelt Dam (my name was changed to Theodore Roosevelt Dam by Congress in 1959; I’ll explain later how that happened). My location is on the Salt River a few hundred yards west of its confluence with Tonto Creek at the Tonto Basin, about 65 air miles northeast of Phoenix. Then, and now, my job is to store and provide water and electricity primarily to the Salt River Valley, where Phoenix, the nation’s fifthlargest city, is located. The next important thing to know is that in the 1990s my appearance was radically changed. Instead of a masonry thick arch dam, I am now a concrete gravity arch dam. I also am thicker and higher. At bedrock in the Salt River, my original width was 184 feet. From there, my height rose 280 feet and at the top my width narrowed to 16 feet. Safeguarded by a 4-foothigh parapet wall, pedestrian and other traffic traveled my 723-foot length. The dam was formed from stone cut from the dam’s spillways and cemented together in rows of giant steps on the downstream side. The cutting was done by Italian-born stone masons living in the United States when the construction started. In the 1980s, the organization that owns me, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, decided to increase my thickness and height. The association that operates my reservoir and powerhouse, the Salt River Project, concurred. The modification, completed in 1996, was done to toughen me against the possibility of an earthquake and to enlarge Roosevelt Lake to contain the biggest flood that might come down the Salt River and Tonto Creek. The enlargement also provided water storage for Salt River Valley cities. Engineers were concerned that if I broke apart or were over topped by floods, uncon-

In My View By Earl Zarbin trolled water would threaten the stability of three downstream water storage/hydroelectric dams and would cause widespread damage through the Phoenix metropolitan area. So today, as a concrete gravity arch dam, my appearance is nothing like my original look. On the downstream side, I am covered completely by concrete. On the upstream or Roosevelt Lake side, my original appearance — a wall of rocks — comes into view when the reservoir’s elevation goes below 2,129 feet. At bedrock now, my thickness is 196 feet and my height rises to 357 feet as I taper inwardly to a top width of 21.6 feet. My length at the top is 1,210 feet, but motor traffic does not pass over me. Instead, vehicles travel on the Roosevelt Lake Bridge a short distance upstream. The bridge was dedicated in 1990. The original lake could hold 1,336,734 acre-feet of water compared to 1,653,043 acre-feet now. One acre-foot equals 325,851 gallons of water and covers an acre of ground, 43,560 square feet, to a depth of one foot. The capacity of the powerhouse in front of the dam on the south bank is 36,000 kilowatts. This is the same as before I was enlarged. The spillways’ water release capacity both before and after alternations was 150,000 cubic feet per second. One cubic foot is 7.48 gallons of water. I regard as my birthday Sept. 20, 1906, the day a six-ton cornerstone was laid in the center of the channel on the upstream end of the dam excavation. The bottom of the cornerstone sits 32 feet below the river’s normal bed. Like every rock in the dam, before being put in place it was washed with a high-pressure hose to remove all dirt so cement would adhere firmly. Some people may consider my birthday to be March 14, 1903, the day the Interior Department announced the first five federal reclamation projects, including my constructions. Others might cite Aug. 3, 1903, the day the U.S. Geological Survey, an

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT speaks during the dedication of Theodore Roosevelt Dam on March 18, 1911. Interior Department agency, approved an application by the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association to build the dam. The association, incorporated Feb. 7, 1903, is one of two organizations forming today’s Salt River Project. Association landowners were required to obtain shares in the organization by agreeing to obligate their land, up to a maximum of 160 acres, as assurance the federal government would be repaid for the construction. The $10.3 million debt was paid off in 1955. Finally, about the change in my name, Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., running for re-election in 1958, said that if voters sent him back to the Senate he would introduce legislation to change the name of the dam from Roosevelt Dam to Theodore Roosevelt Dam. Goldwater said this would end confusion, particularly among younger people, who mistakenly believed the dam was named after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

and not Theodore Roosevelt. Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, was sworn into office for his first term March 4, 1933, and for a fourth term Jan. 20, 1945. Theodore Roosevelt, Republican, became president Sept. 14, 1901, succeeding the assassinated William McKinley, and was reelected, starting his second term March 4, 1905. Theodore Roosevelt was an obvious choice to be honored by his name being attached to me (also to the lake formed behind me and to the powerhouse) because he supported passage by the Congress of the Hansbrough-Newlands Act (the national reclamation bill) and signed it into law June 17, 1902. The law allowed for federal aid to irrigation on public and private lands. Earl Zarbin is a retired reporter and editor for The Arizona Republic and author of “Roosevelt Dam: A History to 1911,” and five more books on Arizona history. He lives in Phoenix.

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started planning this article from the viewpoint that volunteering was not as robust in Green Valley as it had been when we moved here. My natural feeling was that the younger generation doesn’t cut the mustard as much as we did. After talking with representatives of major organizations, I am glad to report that my feeling was wrong. Volunteering is alive and well in Green Valley. This is more important than in most communities due to the advanced age of so many of our fellow citizens. We moved here 13 years ago and my wife, Beverly, has volunteered for Green Valley Assistance and the library from the start. Joyner

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Green Valley Branch Library is the busiest in the county system. You will find Beverly in the back room every Tuesday. It is her favorite day of the week. Beverly has also worked with Green Valley Assistance since we moved here. They provide many services, mainly to the elderly, often enabling them to remain in their own homes. We have a small piece of glassware that indicates Beverly was Volunteer of the

Year 2001. It is priceless to us. Meals on Wheels delivers two nourishing meals a day to shutins. They not only get lunch and dinner for a small charge, but perhaps the only human contact that day. What do you get? Perhaps a new friend. Friends in Deed is another worthwhile organization that is fueled by volunteers. You are needed to man the telephone to arrange drivers to take patients to the doctor or the grocery. Then you might be a driver. I enjoyed driving their van years ago to take seeing-impaired to a weekly meeting. In addition to the organizations I have mentioned that we have worked with, there are many more that deserve support

and will give you much more in satisfaction than you will ever give in service. The best-known institution in Green Valley is probably the White Elephant. As you probably know, they give far more than $1 million to various groups in the area each year. You probably don’t know that they give employment to several young people each summer. Young people learn how to apply for a job and how to hold a job, as well as earning some money. The White Elephant can always use more help, particularly from year-round residents.

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Casa de Esperanza is sort of hidden in the trees on the left as you drive into La Posada. Rather than try to describe all the activities, I suggest you join a tour either the first or third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. Call Jane at 625-2273, Ext. 17 to make a reservation. A popular volunteer activity is the Sheriff ’s Auxiliary. They proved a valuable service augmenting neighborhood patrols. Last but not least, if you still haven’t found a volunteer job to do, join a church. After 13 years, we finally did. See you at the patio sale.

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www.gvnews.com DOROTHY BURNETT, 93, a resident of Green Valley from 1980 until January of 2002, passed away in Silver Spring, Md., on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. Dorothy was born to Theodore and Katherine Moser on Feb. 22, 1917, in Frontenac, Kan. After meeting at the University of New Mexico, Dorothy married F. William “Bill” Burnett. Bill worked for the National Weather Service and eventually, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dorothy and Bill lived in several locations as Bill progressed in his career, eventually settling for 27 years in Silver Spring. They raised three children: Barbara Riggs, William Burnett and Robert Burnett. Dorothy had many opportunities to travel with Bill and visited Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa over the years. While living in Maryland, Bill and Dorothy took up golf and joined the Argyle Country Club. Upon retirement, they decided to return to the Southwest U.S., moving to Green Valley and soon settled in Desert Hills where they could enjoy golf and sunshine. Dorothy and Bill were active members of the Desert Hills Golf Club. After Bill passed away in October 1991 in Green Valley, Dorothy remained an active member of the golf club also playing bridge regularly and enjoying the climate. She had frequent visits from her children and grandchildren while in Green Valley. Dorothy is survived by

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all three of her children and their spouses, as well as nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by brother David Thompson and sister Kay Bisagno. Interment was on Jan. 27, 2011, following a Mass of Christian burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy’s name to a charity of your choice. JACKIE FEIGON, of Anchorage, Alaska, born July 17, 1930, died March 2, 2011, peacefully in her sleep. She is survived by siblings Harold and Lisse; daughters Teri, Juli and Kim; and extended family including many stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Congregation Chaverim, 5901 E. 2nd St, Tucson. Arrangements are by Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. www.evergreenmortuary-cemetery.com MELANIA R. SCHERER, 97, a 44-year resident of Green Valley and formerly of Bozeman, Mont., went to be with the Lord on Feb. 25, 2011. She was born in Winona, Minn., on Aug. 24, 1913. She and her husband, Dr. Scherer, were charter members of the Evangelical Free Church of Green Valley and she was very active in her church and the arts. Melania was a strong, steady, faithful person who postively affected those around her. She was preceded in death

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by her first husband, Dr. Martin Batts, who passed away in 1944; and their son F. Timothy Batts of Bozeman. Also preceding her in death were her second husband, Dr. Roland G. Scherer in 1979; as well as a stepson Roland Scherer Jr.; and stepdaughter Julie Skillman. She is survived by her daughter Pieternella (Ken) Faber; son Dr. Martin (Reva) Batts Jr.; stepson David (Maryellen) Scherer; stepdaughter-in-law Patti (Scherer) Lund; stepson-inlaw Allan Skillman; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Judy and the staff at La Via at La Posada as well as the staff at Odyssey Hospice for the wonderful support and tender loving care over the years. A memorial service celebrating Melania’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Evangelical Free Church, 1393 W. Mission Twin Buttes Road in Green Valley.

in 1925. She taught general science and biology in Newton High School in Newton, Mass. In 1935, Kay visited the Siggins Triangle X Ranch southwest of Cody. She and friends returned for several years and Kay shared a special relationship with the Siggins family from that time. In 1942, Kay entered the U.S. Navy which was accepting female commissioned officers under Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service or WAVES. She was commissioned an ensign in 1943 and helped start WAVES boot camp for enlisted women at Hunter College in the Bronx. In 1945, she was sent to the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill. to take charge of the center’s WAVE barracks. She transferred to the Naval Reserve as a commander in 1964. Kay moved to Green Valley in 1969. She was a member of the Canvasbackers, a needlework group. She was an expert “birder” and visit-

JEAN GIBSON, a former Green Valley resident since 1993, was born on Feb. 27, 1928, in Chicago and passed away on March 1, 2011, in Gilbert, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck Gibson, and her son Bruce Garrison. She is survived by her loving sons Dale Garrison and Terry Garrison; four grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; and her sister, Joan Stuehler. KATHERINE “KAY” CURTIS SIGGINS, 107, died March 1, 2011, at West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody, Wyo. She was born Aug. 12, 1903, in Medford, Mass., the daughter of Mary Etta Jordon Curtis and William N. Curtis. Kay was educated in Medford Public Schools and graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

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DEBIT CONTINUED FROM A1 to gas stations or ATM machines, Ogan said. The M&I Bank branch in Green Valley said it is investigating a number of unauthorized withdrawals reported by local residents who have traveled to Tucson. Police know of at least six illegal card-reading devices in Oro Valley and Tucson, Tucson police Sgt. Matt Ronstadt said.

Pumps inspected Tucson police have inspected all gas pumps in the city and have educated merchants on how to do followup inspections, Ronstadt said. It does not appear that any illegal card readers have been placed in Green Valley or Sahuarita. However, local residents are at risk when they use gas pumps or ATMs in Tucson, and new skimmers still can be placed on gas pumps or ATMs anywhere, said

Cristina Deloud, Secret Service Agent in Charge of the Tucson office. A typical scenario is for the criminals to withdraw the single-day ATM cash withdrawal limit, usually $300 or $500, Ogan said. Oro Valley Police Officer Liz Wright on Wednesday said debit card fraud has not been tallied separately, but 68 total fraud cases were reported in January and February. The Oro Valley Police De par tment issued a press release in February saying “the suspects acquired keys to unlock various kinds of gas station pumps and once opened, they were able to connect the device and record the credit card data as well as the victim’s PIN numbers. The suspects would later return to retrieve the skimmers, which took less than 30 seconds to remove.” Carey Allen, Vice President in marketing for M&I Bank, strongly suggested that consumers use credit cards, not debit cards, for gas pump purchases and

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Fairfield Homes Inc. is planning to develop the final section of the Las Campanas residential neighborhood in Green Valley, and took its plat plan before the Green Valley Council’s Planning & Architectural Review Committee on Feb. 24. The committee voted to recommend Pima County’s approval of the plan with a recommendation that Fairfield revise the southern entrance, called Lot “C.” Regarding drainage issues on Camino Casa Verde, the committee voted against recommending Fairfield’s proposal to build a catchment basin for water runoff that comes from outside its property. Las Campanas is north of Esperanza Boulevard and west of La Canada. Neighbors told the committee the basin wouldn’t solve the problem of rain sheet flowing across Casa

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desert, Van Dyken says, and he also gets a good feeling “to be out there doing something to help the community.” GVFD allows Faber to use its trash dumpsters to dispose of what he collects. When Van Dyken works along I-19 through ADOT’s AdoptA-Highway program, he can leave the full bags along the highway for pickup and disposal by the state. Both men see a need for a local campaign to discourage littering and believe the problem seems worse in Arizona than in

reduce the spire height. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is progressing with plans to purchase the property. “We’re hoping to close ... on the La Cañada site the end of March,” Thayne Hardy, president of the Sahuarita Arizona Stake, told the Green Valley News. Construction could be finished as early as March 2013. The church plans to build an 18,000-squarefoot chapel that Hardy said would be “a traditional-looking church with a color scheme compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.” The cost also would be several million dollars, but there was no exact figure available. The Mormon Church is serving 3,500 members at its lone Sahuarita stake on Camino de las Quintas and plans to build and open its new Rancho Sahuarita Stake Center south of Sahuarita Town Hall by mid-2012. kwalenga@gvnews.com | 547-9739

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ship between Woodward and her husband, Ken, who own Woodward Construction, and Robert and Cecilia Hawk of Green Valley. GVFD Chief Simon Davis announced in late February that the building is in escrow and the district should net $350,000 from the sale. GVFD moved into its new Station 151 last year just to the south on La Cañada and vacated the old site adjacent to the Pima County complex.

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CONTINUED FROM A1 horizontal doesn’t help you but goes right into the sky and scatters around and makes it hard for us to see the stars,” he said. In a later interview, Brocious pointed to Anamax Park in Sahuarita as a success story. When it was originally built by the county, the lighting hit the ballfields, neighbors’ homes and spilled on to Interstate 19. Later, when the Town of Sahuarita took control of the park, the lighting was replaced and pointed down, where it just lights the fields. It makes a world of difference, Brocious said. Pima County outdoor lighting codes that took effect in the ’70s also have helped keep the skies dark. “It used to be that as population went up, lighting went up, too,” he said. “But codes have kept that down.” Brocious pointed to a study at Kitt Peak National Observatory west of Green Valley that says the

SHOPPING CONTINUED FROM A1 they met in February with property representatives and Grassinger. The property owners hope that the location near Walmart will attract major national retailers, such as a Best Buy, Lowe’s, Home Depot or Costco, who generally prefer a more intense zoning designation, Grassinger said. The previous owner won approval in 2008 for 14,200 square feet of office and retail space, including a bank and fast food restaurants. Glen Una wants permission for temporary outdoor displays, such as Christmas trees and pumpkins in the parking lot, options that are

light over the observatory — which would apply elsewhere — has not grown brighter over the past 10 years despite the population boom.

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lights on. He added that an easy way to measure whether your lighting is acceptable is to look at it from your neighbor’s point of view. “ I f yo u r n e i g h b o r doesn’t notice it, your lighting is good,” he said. The International DarkSky Association has an IDA Practical Guide publication that focuses on residential lighting and is referred to as “a good neighbor guide.” The guide states people can see more in soft lighting than they can in spotlights because they can see beyond the point of illumination. Lights do not need to be bright to be effective. Effective lighting produces uniform coverage of the area, while glaring points of light can attract criminals by creating shadows in which to hide, it says. Brocious applauded Green Valley for being supportive of the observatory. “Certainly, good residential lighting helps people and doesn’t bother us.”

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favored by larger retailers but not allowed under current zoning. Glen Una originally wanted CB-2 zoning, which would allow the outdoor displays and other uses, but were urged by town planning staff to seek a Specific Plan. That approach would allow more uses but also could rule out light industrial uses that neighbors might find objectionable, such as intensive auto repairs, Grassinger said. Normally only properties of 40 acres or more are eligible for Specific Plans, but Grassinger said he hopes within 60 days to obtain approval from the Town Council to apply for a Specific Plan. If Glen Una is allowed to do that, the Specific Plan process would require six to eight months, and would include public meetings

before the town Planning and Zoning Commission and the Town Council. It would be followed by submittal of development plans, so it could take about 18 months before any ground-breaking occurs. The owners may add a narrow, four-acre strip along the east side owned by the Quail Creek developer Robson Communities, Grassinger said. The town is planning an extension of Quail Crossing Boulevard across the river to Nogales Highway at Calle Arroyo Sur, but that may not be built for years. That road would generate more traffic for the planned shopping center but is not crucial to its development, Grassinger said. pfranchine@gvnews.com | 547-9738

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POLICE SGT. ROBERT THOMPSON, who has been with the Nogales Police Department 14 years, inspects items left in an abandoned home near the border. A common crime in Nogales is illegal immigrants squatting in houses like this one.

NOGALES – Police Sgt. Robert Thompson knows his way around the city he grew up in; he’s patrolled it for more than a decade. Maneuvering his department SUV down dirt side streets and waving to residents as he passed, Thompson recalled a time when cops here engaged in car chases two to three times a week. Now, he said, the city is safe and mostly quiet. A big part of the reason, he said, has to do with concerns about violence across the border. “With everything that’s been happening in Mexico and the intimidation factor from the cartels in Mexico, it has brought a lot (law enforcement) impact into this area,” Thompson said. His department’s data for 2010 shows an 11 percent drop from the previous year in serious crimes like homicides, rapes, robberies and assaults. While FBI unifor m crime statistics for 2010 haven’t been released, the police department’s annual report showed that 459 major felony offenses were committed in 2010, down from 515 the previous year. No rapes or homicides were reported in 2010; one rape and no homicides were reported in 2009. Vehicle theft, burglaries and aggravated assaults also fell. In the last several years, the Nogales Police Department has bolstered its coverage of the city, Thompson said, supported by money from the federal government and surrounded by officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Border Patrol and other agencies. “We patrol the areas that are non-conventional to regular police work: the outskirts of town, the dirt roads,” he said. “That’s brought down the crime rate extensively.” City leaders, residents and businesspeople said it’s unfair that Nogales is often portrayed as rife with conflict and bloodshed from drug cartels. Noting that a domestic violence-related homicide last month was the first murder in three years, Police Chief Jeffrey Kirkham said serious crimes in town are usually committed by residents, not illegal immigrants. “People want to make it look like the immigrants are coming across here and committing crimes, but that’s not tr ue,” Kirkham said. Over the last five years, Nogales hasn’t seen any homicides related to drugs, he said. Since Kirkham joined the department a year ago, officers have followed a new beat system and targeted problem areas. Even with a slashed budget and officer shortages, crime is down. The city has just 21,000 residents, but the population swells each day as

“With everything that’s been happening in Mexico and the intimidation factor from the cartels in Mexico, it has brought a lot (law enforcement) impact into this area.” Sgt. Robert Thompson more than 75,000 people enter from Mexico. Still, its economy is suffering. The perception that Nogales is unsafe has led to a severe drop in U.S. tourists over the last several years, and hospitals have problems recruiting doctors, Mayor Arturo Garino said. “This is not a war zone. This border’s not out of control,” he said. “This is one of the places that you can honestly say that you can walk in the streets at 3 o’clock in the morning and be very safe.” Businesses have felt the impact. At lunchtime recently, store owners along the main drag downtown stood idly outside their shops while few customers strolled. Bruce Bracker, a partner at Bracker’s Department Store, said tourism has been down because of several things, including the perception of violence. In reality, crime downtown near the border is almost nonexistent, he said, pointing to the various law enforcement agencies that have moved in and local cops who patrol the area on foot and bicycle. “The law enforcement presence in downtown Nogales is about as good as you anywhere in the world,” Bracker said, adding that he typically only deals with some shoplifting by local kids. Last month, Garino joined mayors from the border cities of Douglas and San Luis asking Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to tone down his comments about the dangers of the border, saying his facts were false and that they were creating unwarranted fear. FBI data suggests that serious crime has remained mostly flat in Douglas in recent years, and serious crime reported by the San Luis Police De par tment has also stayed about the same. San Luis Police Chief Rick Flores, who joined the department in April of last year, said that wh e n h e a r r ive d h e thought the department must be doing something wrong because he didn’t see the crime he’d heard about. “I thought either we’re not being proactive and we’re not engaged in i nve s t i g a t i n g b o r d e r crimes or there’s nothing happening,” he said in a telephone interview. “But it’s just safe. There isn’t the crime.”


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Days start early for legal seasonal workers By Alyson Zepeda Cronkite News Service SAN LUIS — The sun won’t come up for another few hours, but Miguel Gonzalez’s day began not long after midnight, when he made his lunch and then made his way to the port of entry here with other residents of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora. Because of the long line, it usually takes between two and three hours to get to through, and he can’t afford to be late for a bus that leaves at 5:30 a.m. to take him and other seasonal workers to a farm field near Yuma. So he usually winds up waiting in the chill, grabbing coffee and a quick breakfast at one of several food trucks that set up near the port. “We have to wait here until one has to go work,” he said in Spanish. “And if there’s hail we have to wait even longer.” Marisol Sandoval, heading to a job planting cantaloupe, said she wakes up at about 1 a.m. just to cross the border in time for her bus. “There is a lot of line, and sometimes you don’t even have enough time to cross,” she said in Spanish. Food trucks sell tacos and breakfast burritos to the waiting workers, and coffee is in high demand. Some laborers bring blankets and curl up on the sidewalk to sleep. The busiest time for the port of entry here is between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., when more than 1,500 workers cross the border, said Teresa Small, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Immigration Services in San Luis. Even with all six pedestrian stations open at the port of entry, Small said, the line

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Getting ready Members of GVR’s Clay Studio, from left, Eileen Owen, Jean Huberty and Jean Johnson, prepare bowls for Empty Bowls 2011, a fund-raiser for Valley Assistance Services. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 at Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino Del Sol, Green Valley. Bowls cost $10 and come with soup from one of more than 15 local restaurants. Food also will be collected for the Green ValleySahuarita Community Food Bank. Read more about the event in Wednesday’s Green Valley News.

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