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A look at life in Southern Cochise County A product of Herald/Review Media

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Fort Huachuca History County Airports ◊ Bisbee/Douglas International Airport Business Profiles ◊ Gay 90s Bar ◊ Thuy’s Noodle Shop ◊ Singing Wind Bookshop ◊ Gustavo’s Shoe Repair & Leather Work South of the Border

28 Leadership 32 Buying & Renting in SoCo 35 Sierra Vista in 20 years 36 Housing Developments 37 Education ◊ Cochise College ◊ Lifelong Learning

48 Music ◊ Michael Grande ◊ Whiz! Bang! Chik’n Plucker Skiffle Band ◊ The Rooks 54 Artists ◊ Kate Drew-Wilkinson ◊ Huachuca Art Gallery ◊ Tombstone Art Gallery ◊ Endeavor Art Gallery 60 Authors ◊ Michael Gregory ◊ Betsy Breault ◊ JA Jance

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elcome to SoCo 2020: A look at life in Southern Cochise County. SoCo 2020 was designed to reflect positively on the area and the quality of life we experience as residents. Herald/Review’s core coverage area is Southern Cochise County (#SoCo). This includes Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Tombstone, Huachuca City, Whetstone, Hereford, Fort Jennifer Sorenson Huachuca, Palominas, Naco and everything Publisher in between. #SoCo is an acronym for Southern Cochise County and we have defined the area as the following:


noun \ SōCō \ Unique communities in a high desert area where mountains, an international border, the Old West, Buffalo Soldiers and Sky Islands meet. Inside you will find a snapshot on the medical centers available to care for you in Cochise County and what they are looking at for the future of healthcare at their facilities. Our staff brings insights on our county airport operations, unique business profiles, a housing market update and an extended feature on the success and future of Cochise College. We also profiled individuals and groups who entertain, create and engage us through music, words and their form of art. Cochise County offers something for everyone. Our intent is to showcase what a great place Southern Cochise County is to live, work and play. We once again we’ve included a list of annual events to ensure you don’t miss out on a weekend of fun. We hope you enjoy our 3rd annual edition of SoCo and share it with pride to promote the area. Jennifer Sorenson is the publisher of the Herald/Review.

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anyon Vista Medical Center (CVMC) is a Joint Commission Accredited 100-bed, acute-care hospital founded in 1963 as Western Baptist Osteopathic Hospital on the outskirts of Sierra Vista. As the community grew, the hospital grew with it and in 2015 opened its doors to the state-of-the-art facility we have today. Canyon Vista Medical Center is a Level III Trauma Center, received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement, and is a Pink Ribbon Facility for Breast Health Excellence featuring 3D Mammography. “Our medical center is one of the five largest employers in Cochise County, employing over 700 residents and medical staff,” said Stefanie Peterson, the now-former media relations and marketing director. CVMC is designated as a Level III Trauma Center. As such, the hospital has demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations, she explained. This designation includes 24-hour a day, immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians, prompt availability of general surgeons, anesthesiologists and incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program. It also required CVMC to develop transfer agreements for patients requiring

more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center. Backup care for rural and community hospitals must be provided, as well. The hospital offers continuing education for the nursing and allied health personnel or the trauma team, is involved with prevention efforts and must have an active outreach program for its referring communities for the designation. “CVMC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® Certification as a Center of Excellence for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement,” Peterson continued. “The certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.” CVMC also received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation, Behavioral Health, and Hospice Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care, she stated. The hospital offers acute care, advanced wound care center, behavioral health services, bone and joint services, cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary services, pulmonology, pulmonary rehabilitation, orthopedics, outpatient surgeries, hospice care and diagnostic imaging.

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enson Hospital has been serving the San Pedro Valley community in northwestern Cochise County since 1970. What started as a small community hospital meeting simple needs of patients in the community has grown in response to care for winter visitors and new residents. An overwhelming need for an Emergency Room, additional outpatient services, a testing laboratory, radiology and rehabilitation services was realized and acted upon by the board of directors and staff.


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In 2007, Benson Hospital opened with eight beds, secured admissions, CT scans, an isolation room with a separate entrance and an urgent care unit. It has been well used since its opening and is accommodating the community and travelers with a 24-hour, on-duty Emergency Room physician, well trained staff and ancillary services. Services run across the spectrum of medical care. Benson Hospital has family practioners, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, nephrology, orthopedics, podiatry and mid-wives. As an Arizona Certified Level IV Trauma Center, the hospital provides initial resuscitation


“In 2017, CVMC donated over $31,000 in local sponsorships, healthcare funds, and community events. Our hospital paid $5 million in city, county, and state taxes, which go to programs to help schools, roads, and public safety in our community,” Peterson said. “As one of the largest employers in the county, the hospital paid $42 million in annual payroll. “Regardless of an individual’s ability to pay, we provide quality care. As a result, our hospital absorbed $10 million in uncompensated care in 2017. Education is an important component of a healthy lifestyle and strong community, which is why CVMC provided over $122,000 to Thrive, our community outreach center and its programs in 2017. Thrive provides the community with free health lectures, support groups, and other educational programs.” According to the hospital’s website, “In March of 2018, the emergency department and nurses completely retooled the ED to create patient focused processes which have reduced wait times as much as 40 percent. Patients can be seen, on average, within 11 minutes of arrival.”


and assessment of the injured patient. The hospital meets state and national standards for providing timely and optimal care for the trauma patient. The Emergency Department is prepared to

Access for everyone


rom small roots established in 1996 in Elfrida in Sulphur Springs Valley in a makeshift clinic, Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc.,(CCHCI) has grown to become the largest primary provider in Cochise County with 11 medical centers in Bisbee, Sierra Vista, Benson and Douglas. CCHCI was founded on the belief that all people have the right to access quality medical care. The care providers at Chiricahua care for underserved populations throughout Cochise County regardless of their ability to pay. “Chiricahua’s health centers throughout the county practice patient centered care, treating the whole person while respecting diverse needs of the differing cultures in our county. Chiricahua aims to be a one-stop-shop for a family’s primary care needs,” said Emily Vickers, public relations coordinator. CCHCI is Cochise County’s only Federally Qualified Health Center has grown CCHC is on a mission to provide compassionate, quality care to the 30,000 patients who consider Chiricahua their medical and dental home, over 25 percent of whom do not have insurance coverage, she added. Chiricahua provides preventative and acute pediatric care, adult medical and women’s health care, dietetics, integrated behavioral health, counseling, family dental care, pharmacy, in-house laboratory and radiology services, community health work, and offers insurance enrollment assistance. It also serves rural areas, underserved populations, and

acts as an in-school medical clinic at high schools throughout the county utilizing seven mobile medical and dental clinics. “The professionals at Chiricahua are passionately dedicated to the vision of ‘Health for All,’ said Vickers. The centers serve over 28,000 patients, 50 percent of whom have no health insurance. Last year, 2019, was a big year for CCHCI. It opened a brand-new two-story building in Sierra Vista that houses the Sierra Vista Family Dental Center and administrative offices in April. Completion of renovations to the old Bisbee Family Health Center on Arizona Street were celebrated as well as the Chiricahua Patient Pharmacy. “July saw the launch of the new Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, that was so generously donated to Chiricahua from the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Arizona,” continued Vickers. “The Care Mobile® now provides pediatric dental care to Benson, Bisbee, Elfrida, McNeal, Naco, and Pearce communities.” Chiricahua also added a new pharmacy location in Douglas, to better serve the patient population. Vickers noted, “In October, Chiricahua hosted reviewers from the Health Resources and Services Agency (HRSA) for an Operational Site Visit Review. Out of over 1,400 Federally Qualified Health Centers that are reviewed, Chiricahua was one of a handful that passed with a score of 100 percent compliance. The site review is an extensive examination used to assess the compliance of participants in the Health Center Program.”

Chiricahua was reviewed across 22 main requirements including: governance, management and administration, fiscal and clinical management, sliding-fee discount program, quality improvement and data reporting, she explained. Reviewers also evaluated CCHCI’s treatment and accessibility to underserved populations including, migratory and seasonal agricultural farm workers, the homeless and residents of public housing. “From working with the local schools to partnering with the national nonprofit Children’s Health Fund to working closely with the Mexican Consulate, many of our greatest accomplishments have been made possible through collaboration,” Vickers said. CCHCI also partnered with Cochise Health and Social Services in its Healthy Cochise program which seeks to motivate and guide the very diverse and unique communities within the county to actively participate in identifying and addressing health concerns in their neighborhood, towns and surrounding communities. Addressing health, social and economic factors, each community task force focuses on what is most needed to improve the community in which they live. For more information, visit the website: https:// or call (520) 364-1429.

treat and transport trauma patients according to the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System. Working closely with the other departments within the facility, the Emergency Department physicians and nurses treat many potentially life-threatening incidents and illness within the community. The Emergency Department is designed to streamline the process while simultaneously keeping patients and their families informed. Benson Hospital has a full service imaging center to serve the community and offer general Xrays, Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasounds, bone densitometry (DXA), magnetic resonance

imaging (MRI) and mammograms. The hospital has 22 beds for care to both acute and skilled nursing care patients’ needs 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Benson Hospital nurses are committed to providing high quality, efficient healthcare during all stages of illness and rehabilitation. The hospital has a partnership with Tucson Medical Center to offer Hospice Care, a special program that cares for people with any terminal illness after the patient, physician and family decide that aggressive treatment is no longer appropriate. The goal for hospice care is to provide comfort,

support and care to meet the physical, spiritual and physiological needs of people living with a life-limiting illness while contributing to the health and well-being of family members dealing with death. The original hospital was privately owned by James Hesser, MD, and was located where the current public library is today. In 1963 the building was purchased by the Kartchner family and the San Pedro Valley Hospital District was formed. In April of 1966, plans began to build a new hospital at its present location. Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Getwiller, of Benson, donated ten acres of land on the rise for the site of the present hospital.



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rom a humble beginning in a mining tunnel, what is now the Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) and rural health clinics has made giant strides to ensure that rural residents living in southern Cochise County have access to quality health care. On a visit to the newly renovated Bisbee Rural Health Clinic located across the street from the hospital with Jessica Ogiba, chief public relations officer, and April Garcia, assistant public relations officer, it was apparent the new space is a definite upgrade and has staff and patients smiling. Originally, the plan was to move the clinic temporarily to the former strip mall while the old clinic by the hospital was upgraded. The clinic would return to the former site and the strip mall would then become an outpatient surgical center. However, Ogiba said, the 40-year-old clinic required much more work than anticipated and officials decided the clinic would remain in the new space and the old space would be torn down and replaced with a new building to accommodate visiting physicians, two outpatient operating rooms and administrative offices. Work is expected to begin soon and the hope is the new facility will be open next year. All this expansion requires money and Ogiba said grants and various fundraisers would help provide the necessary funding. “It’s a huge project,” she added. “Medical construction carries a premium price. It can be three times as much as home-building, per square foot.” The old clinic is built on a former Chrysler dealership and mine tailings which can result in required soil remediation, she said. What is found beneath may have to be removed with care, which adds to the cost and the time to complete construction. In the meantime, to get patients to the new location, a crosswalk will be added so people know where to go. “We still get people coming in who didn’t know we moved,” she laughed. “We have a sign and an arrow pointing here, but people are used to this being former businesses.” Nurse practitioner Gabe Lindstrom, former city councilman, likes the new accommodations. He split work between the Douglas Rural Health Clinic and the Bisbee clinic, but is now in Bisbee


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Copper Queen Community Hospital Public Relations and Marketing Jessica Ogiba, left, and assistant Angel Garcia.

Copper Queen Community Hospital Nurse Practitioner Gabe Lindstrom. full time. Dr. Peggy Avina, medical director and family medicine, said, “It’s a huge improvement. The old building outlived its usefulness. This is very nice, comfortable, though we do need to do a few things

to soundproof the rooms. “And, we’ve already outgrown it. The renovation was underway when we realized we needed more room. ” Avina also looks forward to getting artwork up on the walls, something pleasing to the eye and instills a sense of calmness. CQCH provides a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services, including acute care, outpatient surgery, 24-hour emergency services, cardio-pulmonary services, telemedicine, pediatrics, rehabilitation services, home health care, an occupational medicine department, a full-service laboratory and diagnostic imaging which includes a state-of-the-art fluoroscopy unit, flat plate basic radiology unit, Dexa-Scan bone density unit, spiral CT scanner, mammography services, ultrasound, on-site experienced and professional radiologists, and teleradiology for speedy diagnostic capability. In 2009, the CQCH was designated as a Level IV Trauma Center from the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of EMS and Trauma System, allowing the facility to be able to support

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orthern Cochise Community Hospital (NCCH) will be welcoming a new CEO in April and staff have high hopes to continue to provide quality healthcare for the northeastern residents of Cochise County and southeastern Graham County. Ainslee Bull, NCCH community relations, said, “As fast as it came, 2019, is already over and a new decade has begun. NCCH is looking forward to our future. While looking ahead is essential, remembering the past also important.” A tornado in September hit the small town and put the ER to the test. Staff worked with the county Emergency Operations Center and communicated through our WhatsApp system, while six storm-related patients were treated in our ER in the dark. “We have since upgraded lighting for the possibility of such an event,” said Bull. “Emergency drills increased readiness for clinic, emergency and ancillary services personnel during the year, including a measles outbreak exercise, hazardous materials and lockdown drills and more preparation through training in and out of the hospital.” Upgrades and renovation continued at the 51-year-old hospital, as well as the clinics. Patient room updates and painting around the hospital continued, and upgrades were made in both clinics. The new pharmacy, which has doubled in size and an ADA-approved bathroom are almost complete. In 2019, NCCH was provided an emergency radio system for the Emergency Department, thanks to donations from Sunsites Pearce Fire Department and the Southern Arizona Health Care Coalition.

Copper Queen Community Hospital Public Relations and Marketing Jessica Ogiba.

The Boots and Bling NCCH foundation fundraiser brought in $83,000 for a new telemetry unit to monitor cardiac activity remotely, she said. “This allows providers in the emergency department or the patient floor to monitor patients’ heart function from computer screens in the ER and on the patient floor at all times,” she added. NCCH is now a Stroke Receiving Center which provides patients with TPA treatment to activate an enzyme which breaks up blood clots and prevents enlargements of blood clots that obstruct the flow of blood in the brain. TPA reduces brain damage and improves outcomes. A new clinic, Tele-pulmonology, opened in June at the Specialty Clinic, allowing those who need to see a pulmonologist without traveling to Tucson or Phoenix. In 2020, NCCH plans to start the renovations for its Emergency Department. The process includes a needs assessment and design process, which will include stakeholder focus groups and staff and community input. Fedko Emergency Physicians started this month as our Emergency Department physicians. Fedko physicians have 24-hour shifts in the ER. Fedko also provides a lead Nurse Practitioner, as well as others, to staff the 10-hour shifts on the medical floor. The Emergency Room physician is the back-up provider if needed. Having one group staff both hospital service lines will help maintain consistency of patient admissions and help keep patients in the community, she explained. NCCH has partnered with the Southern Arizona Opioid Consortium (SAOC) and Amistades, Inc., of Tucson, to support prevention and treatment options for substance misuse, including that of opioids. Bull stated, “SAOC connects with many part-


ners and works with the county on a strategic plan to reduce opioid misuse. We also make treatment options more available to those who need it. “ The nursing staff provided free vaccine clinics during a Hepatitis A outbreak in Cochise County, as well as free flu shots at various locations during the start of this year’s flu season, including 50 shots given in Sunsites. The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics recertified NCCH as a Prepared Care Facility under the Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care Program, so children can receive the best of care. During its annual Health and Wellness Fair in April, 38 health partners came to give information to the community and NCCH provided 42 free blood tests for glucose and lipids, as well as 45 blood pressure checks. NCCH also provided information and free testing during February’s Ag Day. NCCH raised money for its scholarships for students going into medical fields in two events this year – the 23rd annual golf tournament in May and the first Desert Stampede 5K Trail Run/ Walk event in November. More than $21,000 in scholarships was given to eight local students in May. Cochise Graham Wine Council donated more than $4,800 raised during their Spring Wine Festival to purchase a $5,000 SeBa 3 Microscope, which includes a touchscreen LCD display for improved diagnoses. Bull said, “NCCH is looking forward to its new CEO and thanks to the many people who have helped improve our hospital over the past year. We will continue to work hard to provide excellent healthcare close to home.”

the state’s Level I Trauma Centers by resuscitating and stabilizing a patient, then transferring a patient to a more appropriate trauma center based on a patient’s injuries. CQCH has 2 other rural health clinics in Douglas and Palominas, which also have QuickCare facilities. Telemedicine with specialists is available at all the sites.

Douglas also has an emergency department, onsite surgery, diagnostic capabilities and expanded physical therapy services. To assist local students who plan a career in healthcare, CQCH has three scholarship funds given each year. For more information, visit the website at or call (520)-432-5383.

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CONTRACTING SERVICES For the last thirty-two years, Empire Materials has serviced homeowners and contractors in the Sierra Vista area. Owners, Ray & Yolanda Chap, are proud of the expertise their company can bring to any project, large or small. Empire Materials is a sand and gravel pit located on 401 East Railroad Drive in Huachuca City, AZ. They have aggregate materials such as AB road material, leach rock, driveway rock, bedding sand, pea gravel, concrete sand and rip rap. Empire Materials specializes in construction of house pads, septic installations, trenching for utilities and driveways. Overall the Chaps are able to provide general contracting services, excavations, sand and gravel as well as trucking services. Over the years the Chaps have learned the importance of repeat business, the result of excellent customer services. Their projects are finished as if the site had never been disturbed leaving their customers very satisfied. All jobs are done right and finished on time. The Chaps pride themselves with the quality of their materials and very competitive pricing. They bring three decades of experience to every job.




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ith about than 800 U.S. military installations across 70 countries, each one serves its own purpose, whether it’s training soldiers for combat, housing them during a war or testing equipment used to keep the country safe. The environment surrounding Fort Huachuca prompted its establishment in 1877 and keeps it active today, despite the reoccuring rumors of it closing. Augustus Kautz was tasked with protecting the settlers that were moving westward into newly discovered land while corralling Native American tribes to reservations so the settlers were safe. He and his men had to patrol 113,000 square miles with roughly 800 troopers. According to Huachuca Illustrated Volume 6, 1999 Kautz wrote in his annual report in 1877 the reasoning behind creating Camp Huachuca: “In consequence of a raid last winter made by renegade Indians from the Warm Spring reservation, in New Mexico, I caused a temporary camp to be established in the Huachuca Mountains. … I am of the opinion that the Camp in the Huachuca Mountains. … will require to be kept up, and I would therefore earnestly recommend that an appropriation for quarters and storhouses be made in order that the troops kept there may be made more comfortable.


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“The camp in the Huachuca Mountains will be needed for the protection of the border against the class of lawless characters which finds its greatest safety near a boundary line between two foreign States.” Jeff Jennings, Deputy to the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE) Commanding General, said Kautz selected the region because he was able to stand on Star Valley and see 90 percent of the valley. In addition to having

a good lookout spot for Native Americans, the spring produced fresh water for the troopers and Camp Huachuca had the healthiest men compared to other camps, who were stricken with disease. Documents provided by Jennings say that disease caused more casualties to soldiers in Arizona than the Apaches, who were thought to be the threat. Camp Huachuca became Fort Huachuca on Feb. 11, 1882. With the for designation the amount of troops tripled or quadrupled, with 40 to 60 soldiers in each company. Fort Huachuca had its largest population of soldiers during World War II. Jennings said there were two infantry divisions being trained here from 1942 to 1945. “There was just a much larger need for men,” he said. The installation closed twice in its history, once in 1947 and again in 1953 after reopening in 1951. In 1954 Fort Huachuca was reactivated as an electronic proving ground. Fort Huachuca is engulfed in protected airspace that the military owns. The restricted airspace allows for instructors and students to fly drones and unmanned aerial vehicles when the please as well as keeps the noise in the air at a minimum so signals can be tested before being fully implemented. Fort Huachuca is used for training all Army intelligence personnel as well as testing for Electronic Proving Ground and Intelligence Electronic Warfare Test Directorate.

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them of the problems facing BDI and what solutions could be taken. The old hangars, well built from timber and still standing, sit in disrepair with broken windows and in need of major repairs and renovations, something the county cannot afford. Partnering with businesses interested in revamping old World War II hangars or in developing new structures from the ground up on vacant land could be a solution. Selling off the old irreparable hangars and buildings for scrap at a very low cost was also suggested to clear the land. So far, a few of the buildings were sold for scrap, said Coxworth in a recent interview. And, one hangar has been leased for the next 20 years to Master Aircraft, a company which paints commercial and private planes. It could provide 10 new jobs for the county. “I visited the company and was pleased to see the improved look of the hangar,”

ighty years ago, the U.S. Army Air Force built what is now the county-owned and operated Bisbee-Douglas International Airport (BDI) and used it as staging ground for bombing training in World War II. In 1949, the Army gave BDI and its 426 developable acres to the county to use as a regional air transportation center. BDI serves a variety of aircraft, along with turboprop, turbojet and helicopters. This fleet mix offers aeronautical activities such as business and recreational transport, emergency medical evacuation, aerial firefighting, flight training and Cochise County Economic some military operations. Development Director Dan With its close proximity to Mexico, Coxworth talks about two county it was hoped maquiladoras, businesses airports. in Mexico owned by foreign companies, would take notice and invest or lease the many hangars and buildings on BDI land. Unfortunately, it did said Coxworth. not go as planned. “The facilities are so old and there is so much work to do on Last year, as part of the county’s Strategic Plan, new interest them. We would have to have a person who sees the value of stirred from the County Supervisors Tom Borer, Peggy Judd the old buildings to fix them up. It will be expensive to bring and Ann English as Dan Coxworth, county development them up to code,” he added. Page 21 services director, and Ed Gilligan, county administrator, told

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isbee Douglas International Airport (KDUG) is a public-use airport owned and operated by Cochise County. The airport was constructed between 1941 and 1943 and was used as a bomber training airfield during World War II. In 1949, the U.S. government gave the airport to Cochise County for use as a regional air transportation center. It is located 10 miles northwest of the central business district of Douglas and 24 miles east of Bisbee. The airport is included in the Federal Aviation Administration’s National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, which categorizes it as a general aviation facility. Some notable tenants at the facility include the U.S. Fire Service, Arizona State Forestry Division, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Airport Master Plan Overview An Airport Master Plan (AMP) describes and depicts the overall concept for the long-term development of an airport. It presents the concepts graphically in the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) drawing set and reports the data and logic upon which the concept is based in the narrative report. The goal of the plan is to provide direction for future airport development that will satisfy aviation demand in a financially feasible manner and meet the needs of Cochise County with respect to the airport. This AMP updates and replaces the 1997 AMP for Bisbee-Douglas International Airport. The following objectives will serve as a guide in the preparation of the airport master plan: • Consider recent national and local aviation trends and how these trends affect Bisbee Douglas International Airport. • Identify the existing capacity of airport infrastructure and determine if there is a need to maintain or improve facilities.


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• Understand the issues, opportunities, and constraints of the airport. • Interact with, and retrieve input from, the public and other stakeholders on airport issues and plans. • Comply with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations. The airport is approximately 10 miles north of Douglas and 24 miles east of Bisbee in Cochise County. The Airport was initially constructed during 1941-1943 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (through the War Department) as the Douglas Army Airfield, to become a major bomber training facility. On May 13, 1949, the U.S. government, acting through the War Assets Administration deeded the Douglas Army Airfield to Cochise County. The airfield was named Bisbee Douglas International Airport. The existing airport property encompasses approximately 3,000 acres which is owned and operated by Cochise County. The operation and maintenance of the airport is the responsibility of the County’s Facilities Management Department. The County Board of Supervisors is responsible for the administrative and financial oversight of the airport. The Airport is located adjacent to Highway 191, which if taken north will connect to Interstate 10 (I-10). The Airport is also within close proximity to Arizona Highways 80 and 92; Highway 80 can be used to access the community of Bisbee and Highway 90 to access the community of Sierra Vista. A variety of attractions surround both Bisbee and Douglas, such as the rich mining history and several wildlife preserves and conservation areas. There are two active runways at Bisbee Douglas International Airport: Runway 17-35 and Runway 8-26. Runway 17-35 is 6,430 feet long, 100 feet wide, and serves as the primary runway. Runway 8-26 is 4,966 feet long, 60 feet wide, and serves as the crosswind runway. A 6,250 square foot terminal building is located on the southeast portion of the airfield, along the

east side of the aircraft parking apron. Within the terminal building, visitors to the airfield are offered various amenities: Services provided by Cochise County include aircraft fueling, weather briefing and flight planning, a pilot lounge, and restrooms. Aircraft tie-down space and hangar rentals are also available. Airport planning is a continuous process that does not end with the completion of a major capital project. Periodic updates of the Airport Layout Plan, Capital Improvement Plan, and Airport Master Plan are recommended to document physical changes to the Airport, review changes in aviation activity, and to update improvement plans for the Airport. The continuous airport planning process is a valuable tool in achieving the strategic plans and goals for the Airport. This Airport Master Plan has documented the existing and anticipated aviation demand based on existing conditions, as well as provided a practical and implementable development plan for improving the Bisbee Douglas International Airport over the 20-year planning period based on input and guidance from the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), FAA, and ADOT. The development plan is represented graphically on the Airport Layout Plan (ALP). The development plan, as presented on the ALP as well as the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), is considered feasible, and Cochise County should be able to construct the necessary aviation facilities as recommended within the Master Plan for Bisbee Douglas International Airport. Bisbee Douglas International Airport serves a mix of single- and multi-engine piston aircraft, along with turboprop, turbojet, and helicopter aircraft. This fleet mix performs such aeronautical activities as business and recreational transport, emergency medical evacuation (medevac), aerial firefighting, flight training, and some military operations. Some factors that have historically influenced airport activity at Bisbee Douglas

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International Airport include the use of the airport as a base for the U.S. Forest Service firefighters during wildfire season in Arizona (May through July) and air medevac operations providing essential emergency medical transportation using both fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcrafts. These activities are forecasted to remain at the airport, at least in the short- and medium-term time frame, and will continue to contribute to the overall total annual operations at the airport. Some factors which may influence aviation demand at the Airport in the future include: 1) the recently executed (September 2013) memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Cochise County and the City of Douglas for non-exclusive use of the non-movement areas on the airport property; 2) the continued growth of the Cochise College Flight Training Program at Cochise College Airport (located just a few miles southwest of Bisbee Douglas International Airport). Flight students currently use Bisbee Douglas International Airport to practice instrument approach procedures. With the projected increase in the number of flight students at Cochise College, annual operations at Bisbee Douglas International Airport may increase to some extent; and lastly 3) the Airport is located in close proximity to the U.S./Mexico border and the Douglas Port of Entry. The Port is one of the busiest ports of entry in the southwest. Likewise, in addition to its close proximity to the Douglas Port of Entry, the Airport is located adjacent to Foreign-Trade Zone 139. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) are designed to encourage companies to maintain and expand their operations in the United States through such benefits as a reduction in tariffs, minimizing processing fees, expediting the transport of goods from the Port of Entry, and providing an 80 percent reduction in state real and personal property taxes. The close proximity of the Airport to FTZ 139 could be advantageous to the County; for example, with the influx of new businesses and workers to the area, and with the continued influx of Mexican visitors into the County and the establishment of manufacturing plants and warehouses on both sides of the border, Bisbee Douglas International Airport has the potential to serve both business and recreational users alike.

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“Since we have so much land out here, we would entertain the idea of development of light manufacturing or warehouses,” he said. “BDI is a unique asset because there is no development around it and it’s restricted airspace. So, the airport can support many types of missions others can’t.” Northrop Grumman and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management continue lease agreements for their facilities at BDI. “Northrop Grumman is a significant partner with the county. And it provides jobs,” said Coxworth. “We work with them to meet their needs.” Arizona Forestry has used the airport as a base of operations with U.S. Forest Service for wildland fires. One major project in the planning process is the renovation of the old, 6,250 square foot terminal and removal of its asbestos floor tiles, said Coxworth. The offices at the terminal which will be redesigned in the project and a pilot’s lounge for short layovers. If the U.S. and Mexico officials move

forward on a new Port of Entry just west of Douglas, the airport could see more business, whether it be planes flying in and out or cargo transported, he added. BDI’s 6,430-foot runway can handle the weight of large jets, but airport taxiways cannot. Thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) all lighting along the runway has been replaced and in working order thanks to a $507,000 grant. BDI is not the only county-owned airport. There is the Cochise County Airport, better known as the Willcox Airport. According to Coxworth, it is experiencing continued traffic due to all the agricultural industries, like wine and marijuana, and is much busier than BDI. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has a helipad there. Each year, the FAA provides $150,000 for use at each airport. “We wouldn’t be able to maintain the airports without the support of the FAA,” noted Coxworth.

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Another round Family continues long tradition at Gay 90s Bar BY LYDA LONGA


rom the time she was 6 years old, Sonia Urcadez knew she wanted to work at the Gay 90s Bar in the small border town of Naco, Arizona. The year was 1986 and Urcadez’s father Leonel, had just purchased the popular saloon on Towner Avenue. Today, the bar, which literally sits between two countries is a favorite watering hole for people from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and Urcadez is proud of what her family has accomplished. “I always knew I wanted to do it,” Urcadez said in a telephone interview describing her desire to work at the Gay 90s. “I always wanted to work there, I always said, ‘Yeah, I want to be there.’ “ Now 40 and the mother of two children ages 10 and 13, Urcadez described how she and her two sisters influenced their father to purchase the bar. Urcadez explained that her father used to manage a trucking company that was located behind the Gay 90s. The owners informed Leonel Urcadez that they were moving the operation to San Diego and that he could keep his position if he packed up his family and headed further west. But Urcadez and her two siblings were having none of it. “We cried to my dad to please, please not move us to San Diego,” Urcadez said. “We wanted to stay in Naco.” At the time, the Gay 90’s Bar was for sale, Urcadez said. “So my dad bought it so we could stay in Naco,” she said. Urcadez said her father knew nothing about running a bar, but she knew he could do it because he was successful at the trucking company. Her mother was fine with the idea, and thus began the Urcadez family’s reign of the Gay 90s, which was initially established in 1931. “My mom was the first person to bring strippers into Naco for the bar,” Urcadez said proudly. “She brought them from Tucson just for a onetime show at the bar.”


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The Gay 90’s Bar owner Sonia Urcadez pours a drink in the Naco establishment. Naco’s Gay 90’s manager/owner Sonia Urcadez stands in the border town bar recently.

The bar is host to the Bisbee Pool League every Wednesday night — five billiards teams call the Gay 90s their home — with teams competing in tournaments. People also are able to rent the back room for private parties at $100 a pop, Urcadez said.

“People rent the back room all the time,” she said. “We let them come in and decorate any way they want.” She said about 100 people visit the bar during the traditional work week, while weekends are bustling too. Up to 400 people can fit into the bar and the back room, Urcadez said. The bar is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Urcadez, the manager for the last seven years, works there four to five days a week. “I’m the manager, but I tend bar and I do it all,” she said. The Gay 90s is at 3856 S. Towner Ave. It has a full bar and serves chips and pizza.

Thuy’s noodle shop BY LYDA LONGA


hen Thuy Dang arrived in this country eight years ago, she could not speak English. So, she opened a restaurant. “I didn’t know what to do or how to make a job,” Dang said recently in her tiny eatery in Old Bisbee. “So Tom told me, ‘Open a restaurant.’ “ The result was Thuy’s Noodle Shop at 9 Naco Rd. in Old Bisbee, a wildly popular cafe that serves dishes from Dang’s native Vietnam. “Tom” is Dang’s husband of eight years — Tom Holz — who Dang met at a coffee shop in Vietnam. From the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, the 35-year-old Dang launched Thuy’s Noodle Shop almost seven years ago. Today, the restaurant — with fewer than 20 seats — serves patrons five days a week who are more than willing to stand in line in almost any kind of weather to sample Dang’s cooking. They have

customers who come from as far away asTucson and Mexico. “Bisbee is a small town. before we even opened people knew about it,” Holz, 50, said. “We had customers the first day.” But the lines at Thuy’s could soon end. Dang is getting ready to open a larger location up the road at 207 Tombstone Canyon. Thuy’s husband Holz is excited about the new locale. “There’s a beautiful patio area. It’s going to be a really pleasant spot,” he said. The new eatery will be across the street from the Cochise County Courthouse. Holz said Thuy’s already has several customers who work at the courthouse, but some don’t venture over at lunchtime for fear they won’t find a seat. “We have 18 chairs,” Dang says with a smile. The new place will have twice as much indoor seating, outdoor seating and possibly even a seating area in the basement, Holz said. “We have a lot of room to expand,” Holz said.

Dang and Holz met in Vietnam at a coffee shop. He is an attorney who wanted to take a break from practicing law and went to Vietnam to teach. For now, Holz helps his wife in the kitchen at the restaurant. He takes on cases he feels passionate about. They speak to each other in Vietnamese. Dang said she worked with her father when she was a child in Vietnam and her two sisters worked in the house with their mother. “Most every girl in Vietnam knows how to cook for the family,” Dang says. “If we have a wedding, a death anniversary, or a party, we cook.” Their menu is simple — a few dishes done well, Holz says. The menu includes: beef noodle soup, chicken noodle soup, vegan rolls, pork and shrimp rolls, fried pork and shrimp rolls and chicken lemongrass with rice, among other goodies. Thuy’s is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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innifred “Winn” Bundy started Singing Wind Bookshop in the front end of her Benson ranch home 45 years ago. “I started the shop in April of 1974 with $600 and a lot of determination,” Bundy said in an earlier interview where she talked about the bookshop’s history and a long line of repeat customers who come from all over the world to experience this wonderfully unique place. From its humble beginnings of two shelves, Bundy’s shop now houses twenty thousand volumes of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and boasts the largest collection of Southwesternthemed books. First-time visitors stand in momentary awe of the packed floor-to-ceiling collection, situated on shelves crafted out of mesquite wood found on the ranch. Bundy, who celebrates her 90th birthday on July 22, 2020, has been recognized for her work as a literary preservationist and historian in recent years. She received the Lawrence Clark Powell Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to literature and history of the Southwest, the 2009 Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award, was named an Arizona Culture Keeper in 2012 as part of Arizona’s centennial celebration, received the prestigious 2015 Sharlot Hall Award and in May 2019, the University of Arizona honored her by naming a room in its Poetry Center the Winifred J. Bundy room. When Bundy and her now-deceased husband purchased the property in 1956, it was a working cattle ranch, which the Bundys continued to operate for a number of years. While cattle are no longer a presence, there are remnants of the former operation throughout the ranch property. A tiny lady with long gray hair that hangs in a braid down her back, Bundy’s face is tanned and etched with the tell-tale lines of ranch work in Arizona. Located off a dusty, rural road two miles


Sunstreet Mortgage, LLC and McC Resources, Inc have teamed up to p Sun stop shopping for your constructio Res Don’t delay and call todaysto to north of Benson, Singing Wind has become a favorite tourist stop for visitors passing through Southeastern Arizona, despite its offthe-beaten-path location. In a world dominated by name branding, corporate giants and technology, Bundy has managed to operate her unique bookshop in a style that defies modern trends, with no parking lot, website or advertising. She conducts business with a calculator and notepad, writing out the receipts by hand. There is no credit card machine at Singing Wind, so customers need to come with a checkbook or cash. “Some people say I’m outdated, but this system has worked well for me for more than 40 years,” she said. While Bundy has scaled back on the number of hours she works, she has two employees, Chester Hunnicutt and Peggy Fenn, who assist customers and help with the shop’s day-to-day operations. “We have so many fascinating people who come here from all over the country and world,” Fenn said. “Many of them love talking to Winn because of her incredible knowledge about the history in this area. We have people who come to Benson specifically to experience this amazing little bookshop and its unique setting.”

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ometime in the late 1990s, Francisco Torres arrived in Sierra Vista from his home in Agua Prieta, Mexico, and started working for a leather shop owned by Ruben Ortega and his family. Ortega’s Boots and Repair was located in Sierra Vista’s West End near the intersection of Fry Boulevard and Buffalo Soldier Trail. Owned and operated by the Ortega family since 1958, the business, which closed in 2008, represented one of Sierra Vista’s original West End staples for 50 years. When a declining market caused the Ortega family to shutter the business, Torres purchased the equipment and opened his own leather repair shop, located at 125 E. Fry Blvd. Francisco named the business Gustavo’s Shoe Repair & Leather Work in honor of the youngest of his four children, Gustavo Torres, who is severely disabled with cerebral palsy. “I named my shop for Gustavo because I want him to know he is very important to me,” Francisco said of his son. “Gustavo is my life. Whatever he needs, I am here for him.” In an interview with Ruben Ortega shortly after Francisco opened the new shop, he spoke highly of his former employee, affectionately referring to Torres as “Frankie.”


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Gustavo’s Shoe Repair owner Francisco Torres stands in his Sierra Vista shop. He has been in business over 10 years. “Frankie was a valuable addition to our shop because he works with all leather products and can repair everything from shoes to saddles,” said Ortega, who died in February 2019. “There aren’t too many leather craftsmen around in today’s fast-paced, technological world, but leather work is a skill that will always be needed as long as

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we’re using leather for boots, shoes, handbags and saddles. Frankie is very good at his craft and I’m sure he will do well.” Now, 10 years later, Gustavo’s Shoe Repair enjoys a steady stream of customers. Stepping into the shop, visitors are greeted with the rich, earthy smell of leather, coupled with a collection of saddles, bridles, chaps, purses, belts and holsters. “I make custom purses, belts and holsters and I do much leather repair work,” Francisco said. Throughout the day, customers wander into the shop with a variety of leather items in need of cleaning and restoration. Others are drawn to the shop because of its unique selection of handmade items. “I have many customers with horses and people bring saddles and equipment to me to work on,” Francisco said. “People with horses ask me to clean and repair their equipment. So, saddles, boots and shoe repairs are a big part of my business.” While visiting the small, but bustling, West End business, you’ll occasionally see Gustavo sitting outside his father’s leather shop, watching people go by from his motorized wheelchair. “Wave to Gustavo when you see him, and he will wave back,” Francisco said of his son. “Gustavo is very friendly. He makes friends with everyone.”


US-MEXICO BORDER CROSSINGS Note. Includes only those crossing from Mexico into the United States.




Personal Vehicles




Personal Vehicles


1996 38,089








1997 35,718








1998 35,656








1999 32,568








2000 33,594








2001 31,520








2002 24,362








2003 26,122








2004 28,146








2005 28,418








2006 27,951








2007 26,718








2008 25,062








2009 25,162















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2012 31,636








2013 32,497








2014 33,104








2015 32,104








2016 30,815








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Meet your

County supervisors BY SHAR PORIER

Ann English


nn English continues to serve the southeastern part of the county from the Chiricahua Mountains and the border with New Mexico to Douglas, Bisbee and further west to the eastern outskirts of Sierra Vista and north to Tombstone. Economic development was stalled in southern Cochise County for many years. When the Bisbee mines and the Douglas smelter closed in the 1970s, the economy took a nosedive. Other businesses supporting these operations closed and many people left the area to find work. Even though the mine and smelter closings were years ago, the effects linger. The negative publicity regarding drugs and violence on the border has also had a chilling effect on people and industry thinking of investing in the border area of Cochise County. However, things are turning around. Industries who work with the maquiladora operations in Mexico have been filling the warehouses and are considering building new facilities in Cochise County. Gov. Ducey and the State of Arizona are very supportive of creating a new commercial port near Douglas and recognize the transportation needs of the additional traffic. The federal government has completed a feasibility study on the new port and it is in a position to be funded in the next few years, thanks to our congressional delegation and specifically U.S. Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. Cochise County has committed a significant amount of money to study the infrastructure--water, sewer, wi-fi, roads, electricity--needed for the new port. The Bisbee Douglas International Airport could provide beneficial needs for shipping and growth for the area when the port opens The new commercial port is the catalyst for economic development for Cochise County, Arizona and the USA. We are close neighbors with the USA’s largest trading partner and we are in a position to capitalize on this development. It is my pleasure to let you know that positive interest has been revived in Southern Cochise County. Agriculture is growing with millions of dollars in new nut trees and wine grapes to enhance the economy. Cochise County supports the new United States-MexicoCanada Agreement and looks forward to its passage so developers are secure in the cross border relationship. They want to know the commerce rules before they invest. The people in this part of the county now have a more positive attitude and are looking forward to welcoming new businesses and new residents.


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Cochise County Supervisors-from left — Ann English-Dist. 2, Tom Borer-Dist. 1, Peggy Judd-Dist. 3

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upervisor Peggy Judd represents District 3, which covers the rural area of the county from the border with New Mexico, including San Simon to Benson to Whetstone to the borders of Santa Cruz and Pima counties. She took office in 2017, just as both agriculture and real estate developments catapulted the northern portion of the county from east to west into bustling communities. Huachuca City and Whetstone have continually reinvented themselves and now sport a number of new and expanding businesses along with services within easy access of Sierra Vista and Tucson residents. The county is attentive to many needs of these small communities. Combined with the West End of Sierra Vista, this is the furthermost region of my district, but not too far to reach, support and serve in many ways. Benson continues to grow in the tourism and housing businesses with gusto. Businesses are joining the mural movement as artists create visions of desert life on the many exterior walls in the town’s central district. As an historic city built around railroads, visitors hop aboard a train in Tucson and spend a fun day in the city. The Southeastern Arizona Economic Development Group (SEADG) made great strides in bringing business and success to Cochise County. They have partnered powerfully with the Benson City Council to assure that the Benson atmosphere, amenities and infrastructure are attractive to new business and even large developers so jobs and homes will increase the tax base to help pay for improvements to Benson and the whole county. Small communities such as St. David, J6 Mescal and Pomerene are even getting in on the entrepreneurial and economic scene and see Benson as a “Hub” or “Gateway” as a good thing for Cochise County. The Dragoon Mountains to the east offer vistas of pistachio and pecan orchards tucked among the famous Apache mountain Page 30

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om Borer came into office in March 2019 as the supervisor for District 1, but due to serious illness was able to attend meetings for a few months. As he improved, he used teleconferencing to participate in county business until he was able to attend meetings in person. Borer is in favor of the county’s Strategic Plan and stood fully behind the focus on economic development as a top priority. “That remains the case as we head into a new decade. The priorities the board chose have an impact not only on specific areas of the county, but across the region, including District 1. Efforts to see a new commercial port of entry built near Douglas, and the current facility expanded, have far-reaching consequences not only for the border, but for the county, Arizona, and even the nation. As the county continues to support this project, we will advocate for the creation of local construction, ancillary and border safety jobs, and we will work with our community partners to promote cross-border trade and tourism. Earlier this year, the county relaunched its economic development website to help meet the goal of keeping data current and relevant to local businesses, as well as for entrepreneurs looking to start-up or relocate to Cochise County. This website, managed in partnership with respected economist Dr. Robert Carreira, includes a wealth of data relating to all county communities, and ensures up-todate information is readily available for businesses, visitors, residents, and relocators. We will continue to explore other avenues of data information and communication as we strive to create a business-friendly environment. The Willcox wine industry continues to develop, and the county is actively supporting that growth through the improvement of infrastructure, and marketing. The City of Sierra Vista has taken advantage of this wine-growing region through the successful Sips & Skies wine festival, not only showcasing our award-winning vintages, but bringing in tourism tax dollars to Sierra Vista and surrounding communities. We look forward to this event flourishing in the years to come. Fort Huachuca remains a critical partner and we fully support the missions of Cochise County’s largest economic driver. Our water conservation projects are a crucial component of ongoing efforts to both maintain and grow those missions, which are tied to the health of the federally protected San Pedro River. We will continue to explore opportunities for other stormwater capture projects to safeguard Fort Huachuca’s future. The key to successful economic development is collaboration. The future, common-sense growth of Cochise County depends on it. The Board of Supervisors is willing to step up and take a leadership role not only for our respective Districts, but for the well-being of all who have the privilege of calling this beautiful county home.


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Huachuca City Mayor and council Mayor – Johann Wallace Vice-Mayor – Donna Johnson Council Member – Joy Banks Council Member – Cynthia Butterworth Council Member – Christy Hirshberg Council Member – Walter Welsch

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range. Dragoon is the site of Excelsior Mining Corp. on the site of the old Johnson Camp Copper mine. It will be in full production soon and there is no mistaking the company has invested much into developing its neighboring communities beyond providing great jobs throughout the area. Texas Canyon holds majestic rock formations worth exploring and continuing east you see the array of wind generators in the distance, the only wind farm operating in Cochise County along with an equally impressive solar array. Solar generation is increasing steadily in the Sulfur Springs Valley adding to the coal and natural gas portfolio at the Apache Generating Station near Cochise. Besides the shift to alternative power generation


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Sierra Vista Mayor and Council Council Member – Sarah Pacheco

Mayor – Rick Mueller

Council Member – Carolyn Umphrey input on a wide range of subjects he City of Sierra Vista City Council Member – William City of Council comprises a mayor impacting our community, Council Member – Kristine Benning and six council members, Sierra Wolfe Vista including tourism, environmental affairs, cultural diversity, and who are elected at largeCalhoun Council Member – Gwen Mayor Rick Mueller Mayor Pro Tem – Rachel Gray


to staggered, four-year terms. Elections are non-partisan. The City Council defines policy, while the City Manager and staff administer that policy and carry out day-to-day operations. Regular meetings of the City Council are held at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month in the council chambers at City Hall. Public attendance and participation are encouraged. The City also has 13 commissions, sources, there are increasingly robust and allowing local residents to give

disability issues. City Council Quality of life services offered by the City of Sierra Vista include Members a public library, transit system, William Benning municipal parks, sports fields and Gwen Calhoun recreational classes. Cochise County is headquartered Rachel Gray in nearby Bisbee, but has offices Sarah Pacheco located in Sierra Vista, including health and social services, court Carolyn Umphrey services, and law enforcement. Kristine Wolfe Policy is set by a three-member Board of Supervisors and carried out by the County Administrator Commercial agriculture has expanded and staff.

expanding agricultural endeavors, particularly vineyards, everywhere you look in the Dragoon, Sunsites, Willcox, Bowie and San Simon areas. Willcox grows 70 percent of the wine grapes in Arizona and vineyards continue to be expanded and new planted. U.S. Army-owned land on the Willcox Playa is also considered a landing site for Boeing’s new spacecraft the Starliner with possibly two landings a year. The Starliner is a reusable, reimagined capsule large enough to hold a five-person crew and cargo, just cargo or just crew. It will be launched from Cape Canaveral twice a year to shuttle crew and supplies to and from the International Space Station.

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in Kansas Settlement, just south of Willcox, over the past 20 years to include a large dairy, that has w w w. sier r avistachamber. org been purchased by and is now very important component of the nationwide Riverview Farms dairy system. It turns out the area is the perfect location to raise milking stock year-round in outdoor enclosures. So, now much of the nation’s cheese manufactured in the midwest had its beginnings in the Sulphur Springs Valley. Bowie has recently returned to the box office as it is the home of the fictional character played by Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood. It is no small thing to be the home of Rambo. We anticipate great things to happen in the coming year.


Bisbee mayor outlines priorities BY SHAR PORIER


roceeding with the rebuilding of a new city hall is Mayor David Smith’s top priority in 2020. The historic three-story building in the Warren District that housed city business since 1902 was destroyed by a fire in October 2017 and left only the hull standing. Since then, he, city council members and staff have been housed in temporary locations leased from the county. Thanks to Freeport McMoRan, Inc., Copper Queen Branch and Arizona Public Service Electric, staff was able to fill the facility on Tovreaville Road with furniture and saved the city money, noted Smith. Community input has been overwhelmingly in favor of rebuilding on the former site and the city has moved forward on the popular request. The most recent estimate to rebuild is $2.8 million for a two-story structure which captures the historic appeal of the old city hall, while providing handicapped access to the second story. Smith said, “We have $1.7 million left from the insurance money from the fire which we can use and get a loan for the rest. Another is to take out a loan to pay for the whole project and keep the $1.7 million in the bank for emergencies.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture has 30year, low interest loans the city could seek, he added. The council will make the final decision after the plans have been finalized and the bid from

local architect Al Hopper accepted. Recycling is popular in Bisbee, but Smith said decisions needed to be made due to the loss of nearly $170,000. Though a fee for recycling is added to all garbage collection bills, it is not enough to cover the cost of staff for pickup and sorting. The loss of markets to sell recyclables and the reduced price for them is cause for concern, he acknowledged. “We have some people who recycle and we have some people who don’t,” he explained. “When everything is added in – staff time, vehicle cost – it’s more like $202,000 lost annually. The trash collection enterprise fund is in the black and has been subsidizing the program. We have to decide if Bisbee is going to continue recycling and if fees need to be raised.” A work session is planned to gather public input and suggestions so the council can make the final decision. “It’s a tough decision for the city and it will be up to the citizens,” stated Smith. Throughout Bisbee’s wards, a number of abandoned homes present eyesores, reduced property values and health and safety hazards which are common, constant complaints, he continued. This is a problem caused by owners’ deaths, or walking away, or family members living elsewhere who want no part of relatives’ homes they may have never seen. The first step in condemnation, or renovation, is finding the property owner. Research has led to dead ends as information from deeds is not

current, therefore cannot be found. This is an expensive process. And, he noted, if they are found, they more often than not do not respond. The city is left with a lengthy condemnation process. Smith hopes to work with non-profits who may be able to help demolish such homes, at an estimated cost of $10,000, or renovate them if possible. In a time of declining revenue which dropped around $600,000 in 2018-2019, the city only has two ways to deal with the problem – bring in more revenue or reduce spending. Smith complimented city staff who stepped up and managed to spend a few hundred thousand less. Though it was a help, the city did have to go into reserves to balance the budget. Two-year contracts for new police officers who have schooling paid for by the city are now mandatory, which will also save money. Smith explained some recruits who signed up with the city go with another department at higher pay before they even finish training at the academy. In looking to boost revenue, Smith expects to take a more aggressive stance on collecting long past due sewer bills. In 2019, over $600,000 was collected, with another $100,000 to be collected in the near future. Another boost to revenue is the new fee schedule which was adjusted to cover actual costs to the city. Smith looks forward to 2020 and the possibilities awaiting in the new year.


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ierra Vista is a hot property whether you’re buying or renting, two local realtors say, and 2020 is shaping up to be a healthy year indeed. In Sierra Vista, real estate sales and rentals are one and the same, according to veteran realtor Sonny Lee, broker and owner of Service First Realty. The 1,500 - to 1m700-square-foot house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage or carport and a yard, is the winning formula, whether one is buying or renting, Lee said. Such houses can command an average rent of about $1,000 a month, or, sell for about $200,000. The monthly rental rate is normally about one percent of the value of the house, Butler said. “This market is slowly increasing and will level out at that one percent,” Butler said. In Sierra Vista alone between Jan. 1 and Dec. 16, 413 houses were rented, said realtor Roy Butler, who calls himself Lee’s protege. “That’s 413 leases,” Butler said. “In Cochise County during that same time period, 478 houses were rented.” Butler and Lee both agree that the “east side of town” in Sierra Vista is the most sought out among both buyers and renters. “Along Avenida Cochise to the south,” Butler said. “Canyon de Flores, Country Club Estates, those subdivisions south of Avenida Cochise. Sierra Vista remains the most popular hub for rentals in Cochise County.” Why? Lee said most of Cochise County is rural and a lot of people want to live in an area that offers more conveniences, such as shops, gas stations, restaurants, markets and employment. Fort Huachuca is a huge employer, as is Canyon Vista Medical Center and Cochise College. “We’re hiring all over town,” Butler says. And 2020 is shaping up to be a strong year, Lee said.


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“People are employed. The economy is great. People are getting financing and builders are seeing that and they want to make money,” Lee said. And homebuyers run the gamut, Butler said. “I’ve had buyers who are moving away from cold-weather states, military people relocating here, and buyers who are relocating here to work here,” Butler said. Butler said those numbers are a direct correlation to builders in the area who are sinking money into subdivisions even before they build the first house. “All of this points toward Sierra Vista as an attractive place to come, an attractive place to get a job, and an attractive place to live.” The realtors said the rental market here is cutthroat competitive. There are two types of rentals: short term and long term. The former is dominated by snowbirds, Butler says, the latter by individuals who live and work locally. “There are very few vacancies in the winter (for that reason,)” Butler said. To make matters more challenging for someone looking for a rental house, rental properties are often scooped up, sight unseen, Lee said. So are some houses that are for sale. “The cost of rentals are skyrocketing for what you get,” Lee said. The smaller the inventory, the higher the rents. “In the Canyon de Flores area you can get $1,300 to $1,400,” Lee added. Butler, a retired chaplain with the U.S. Army, said the majority of renters are individuals who live and work in Sierra Vista. Lee’s office covers Whetstone, Huachuca City, Sierra Vista and Hereford. Lee came to the area in January 1999 and Butler arrived in December 2018. “I met Sonny, I went to real estate school, passed my exams and became a realtor in January. 2019,” Butler said. The 47-year-old Texas native was at Fort Huachuca from 2001 to 2006. Butler retired from the Army after 30 years of service.

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he new year will bring groundbreaking at Villages at Vigneto, a planned, multipurpose 12,167 acre upscale development designed for 28,000 homes and a number of amenities such as golf courses, hiking and biking trails, community centers and health clinics. Reinbold said, “We, the City of Benson and Cochise County, and many thousands of others are excited Vigneto is moving forward. We have worked very closely to create a private/public partnership throughout the city, county, region and the state. We will reveal some exciting developments in Vigneto which we have been working on over the last few years as soon as they are finalized. We know with the help and support of the city, county, and other private/ public partners, we can make the Vigneto and therefore Benson a great example of what an environmentally friendly, smart city can be in the 21st Century.” Located in the northwestern part of Cochise County within the City of Benson, Villages is said to be a place “where you can make new Page 34

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friends and bring your family together. A place you can raise your glass, work, rest or retire. A place where exceptional is an understatement,” according to the website. It is referred to as Tuscan Territorial which is a “new flavor of old-world styling combined with the warm embrace of the truly special scenery of the Sonoran Desert.” Benson’s population of 4,900 could rise to over 70,000 over the 20-year projected buildout. According to Mike Reinbold, president and chief executive of El Dorado Holdings, Inc., “We plan on working with the Benson Hospital, which is affiliated with Tucson Medical Center, for our health clinics.” He said, “Groundbreaking, schedules for road construction and infrastructure facilities have not been finalized yet. “ Keeping in mind the conservation needs of the region’s most sensitive resource, water, Villages developers state in the master plan, they are “committed to maximizing water savings within the development and surrounding area and will employ conservation measures throughout the project, beginning with water conservation measures at each individual home and commercial parcel all the way to smart watering of the major infrastructure.” Such methods include xeriscaping and low water sue vegetation, the use of artificial turf where

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conservation opportunities,” added Reinbold. “Also, there are other initiatives we are currently working on right now to implement over the projected 20 year buildout. I cannot comment on these at this time; however, we are very excited about them and will disclose them when finalized.” Villages is estimated to bring in $23.8 billion in economic impact to Cochise County during buildout and 16,355 jobs, as estimated by Robert Carriera, president and chief economist at U.S. Economic Research. Post construction, the impact will be $1.2 billion and 8,780 jobs. “We believe in the people in the region and that’s why we have made substantial investment in the community and its citizens. We look forward to being great neighbors throughout the development of The Villages at Vigneto and thereafter,” said Reinbold. For more information, visit the website: https://

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What will Sierra Vista look like in 20-years? “Twenty-years ago it was a much smaller town than it is now. TwentyYears from now I would hope it won’t be a much bigger town than it is now, because I like the size now. I’m afraid that’s going to grow or die. So in 20-years we’re either going to be a ghost town or we’re going to be twice as big as we are now.” Rebecca Hillebrand, Sierra Vista

“I think it will look pretty much the same as it does now, with expansion of the residential communities. I think it’s going to be changed somewhat. To the extent that it’s changed will be a reflection of Fort Huachuca’s influence. What ever happens to Huachuca will influence Sierra Vista.” Ric Boyer, Sierra Vista

“I would like Sierra Vista to have more options for teenagers and young adults. We have a lot of people that I’ve gone to school with here have left because there’s really nothing here for anybody. I feel like adding more things to do or having better spaces for them to just hang out and meet each other, rather than at school. Because there’s really nothing around for anybody to go. Go hiking and stuff, but not everybody likes to go out and hike. Just expand, get more people, we have a lot of military families. That would be great for their kids and things for them to do here in Sierra Vista.” Bethany Myers, Sierra Vista

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“In 20-years I’d love to see Sierra Vista have a down town area, I would love to see people coming together in the community a little bit more really focusing on building up and bolstering the community in such a way to make it a beautiful place because it does have that kind of potential.” Rebecca Holeman, Sierra Vista

“I see Sierra Vista in 20-years as a community that still cares about its citizens, still reaches out to one another, still is concerned about the environment and the water, still supports the military and continues to grow in ways that will be beneficial for our future.” Rick Mueller, Sierra Vista

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Cimmaron R.L. Workman Homes’ Cimmaron community has over 30 homes with a couple still available in Sierra Vista.

Holiday Castle & Cooke Arizona’s Holiday subdivision began over 10 years ago. The newest portion, Holiday Retreat, is in phase 2. Holiday Retreat is offering all homes with fiber optic to homes through Century Link.

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TOP OF THE CLASS Cochise College is positioned for success

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or the past 11 years, J.D. Rottweiler has been overseeing the growth at Cochise College, which this year has 11,497 students attending classes in Sierra Vista, Douglas and Benson. His guidance is not just student numbers, but in a variety of classes and in facility upgrades and expansions. Just last fall, the Douglas Campus welcomed an upgraded arts building offering some of the latest technologies across the arts spectrum, including new state of the art welding stations for both the trades and the arts. “It’s an amazing oasis in the middle of the desert,” said Rottweiler. The expansion came after taking a hard look at what the Douglas campus could offer to potential students. “The growing areas we saw was what we call the four ‘A’s — aviation, agriculture, arts and athletics,” said Rottweiler. “As we began to look at agriculture, we quickly realized agriculture was better suited for the plant science than for animal science. So now, 10 years later, we’re building the greenhouse as a movement into industrial crops. Looking at which crops are best suited for our area’s climate and water consumption.” Aviation was downsized and aircraft repair eliminated as there are no local job opportunities. Even so, 50 students are enrolled in the pilot training program now. It is the most expensive class to run, he said. Most students can move on to regional airlines, like Envoy and American Eagle which are subsidiaries of the larger airlines. Since Art was confined to a 40-year-old dilapidated, metal building, Rottweiler and college officials determined the best way to deal with the increasing interest in the arts was to expand and upgrade the facility. The $636,895 project was funded through savings at the college and partnerships, he explained. “The board of directors has been proactive in trying to save and recognizes we have many initiatives needed at the 55 year old Douglas campus,” he said. “There’s significant deferred maintenance which needs to occur. So, we’ve tried to do those projects just a little bit at a time. We utilized a lot of our staff and worked in the most cost efficient way that we possibly could.”


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through a recession and with the strong leadership of the board this college chose not to hunker down. Instead, we used it as an opportunity to grow and develop. Cochise College President J.D. Rottweiler

Some of the welding students have been hired by contractors to work on the border wall being put together in Benson and shipped down to work sites at the rate of $50 to $70 an hour, he pointed out. With the conclusion of building the greenhouse expected by the end of February or March, the college is firmly planted in the four As and enrollment is up. “Over the past 10 years, we’ve made it through a recession and came out at a much better place,” he added. “We grew and developed new programs even though we lost $5 million from government sources. We had to rethink our position. We looked into programs which would provide students local employment. We stretched dollars wherever we could. We would not have been able to add the studies we offer without the help of the local businesses and community.” While students can take many classes at either campus, such as art, welding, computer

and general education, there are some programs which cannot be replicated, Rottweiler said. Like the new automotive technology center being built with help from the state and Lawley Motors. This state of the art, 25,000 square foot, $6 million facility will provide students with the necessary certifications to go right into the job market of the 21st Century. It will have 18 bays, all the lifts and hoists necessary for engine work. The facility will have the ability to dive into the electric vehicles, but at this time, the plan is to stick with fueled vehicles until the demand increases. About $2.1 million comes from the state. It is expected to be completed in January next year. At the Downtown Center, the former Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, nursing students receive the courses needed for certification. The building was donated by the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona to Cochise College in 2015 for nursing education programs and culinary arts programs.

“It’s estimate that 80 percent of nurses in the county received their training at Cochise College,” Rottweiler noted. “That’s a remarkable number.” Continual changes in computer technology and cybersecurity for companies contracted by the U.S. Army at Fort Huachuca also led to expanded classes in those fields at the Sierra Vista campus, he continued. Cochise College partners with Cochise Connections, the bus service which runs transportation service from Douglas to Sierra Vista, so students can take advantage of classes at both campuses affordably. When asked what his greatest accomplishment in his 10 years at the head of the college, he said, “We’ve made it through a recession and with the strong leadership of the board this college chose not to hunker down. Instead, we used it as an opportunity to grow and develop. We’ve come out the recession at a much better place. We have been recognized nationally as one of the top community colleges in the country, especially as it relates to our return in investments in our students. We were able to stretch our dollars much further and position the college

for great success.” He formed partnerships with the county, Sierra Vista and industries to try to do help the citizens of Cochise County “Initially during the recession, we had massive increases in students,” he said. “We’re always a reverse of the economy. When the economy is bad, we have lots of students because they’re coming back to get new skills. When the economy is good and there are jobs, we don’t necessarily have the same number of students. We especially see that with our adult students.” However, enrollment of younger students stays consistent. One of his next tasks is to get the $5 million reinstated by the state, “so we can get the things that need to be done primarily in work force programs which lead specifically to employment.” These programs include law enforcement, firefighter, paramedic and EMT training in partnership with local agencies, as well as trade programs in residential construction, HVAC and cybersecurity. “We try to meet the ongoing needs of rural Arizona,” he said. “We are a community college and community means something.”

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Cochise College ceramics instructor Tate Rich shows students some of the finer points on throwing a vessel in class last week. Rich has been nominated for an Arts in Education, Individual Governor’s Arts Award. Cochise College men’s basketball team practices.

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Cochise College women’s head basketball coach Laura Hughes.

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Cochise College ceramics student Chris Williams works on a bowl in class on the Douglas campus.

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t is a quiet morning as a few students and their instructors begin working with slabs of clay in the Fabrication Arts Building on the Cochise College campus. Faculty member Tate Rich and Head Lab Technician Tolley Rippon bounce from room to room in the new arts building checking on clay mixtures, glazes and kilns. A building-wide air filtration system cuts down on the dust and the LED lighting provides excellent light for the studios. The giant, wood-burning kiln sits just outside the back of the building, cords of wood stacked high, sitting open and empty, walls stained with the heat of years of drying ceramics of all shapes and sizes. In one room, bags of soon-to-be clay and chemicals are packed from floor to ceiling for a variety of mixtures. In another, the chemical lab produces the glazes in a rainbow of colors of elements from the Periodic Table. Fifty-gallon trash cans act as blending containers to hold the clay mixtures. Student lab technician Nikki De La Torre is mixing up a batch of red glaze which has also found its way to her clothing. “It happens all the time,” she laughed. “But, it’s fun and I love it.” “We go through half a ton of clay twice a week,” said Rippon. “It’s an incredible amount.” Rich is still enthusiastic about the arts expansion and what it means for the students. The ceramics potential exceeds expectations with its numerous pottery wheels set at a variety of heights to accommodate even students in wheelchairs and ample


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tables for the finer detail work. There are classrooms for drawing, painting and graphic design. “It’s all under one roof,” said Tate and it beats the three separate buildings which housed art classrooms just a year ago. “Now, we’re all combined and it’s wonderful.” A dozen new kilns of various sizes and shapes are housed in the drying room along with racks of ceramics waiting to be fired. With 100 students making 100 projects the former small kilns were in constant use. As far as ceramics go, Tate thinks the ceramics studios are as good as, if not better than, many found on larger campuses in the states. Beneficial to the students is the ability to go to the studios seven days a week, except on holidays, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to work on their projects. There are no fees for the clay and glazes. Those are included with the class fee, which is unusual, said Rippon. A lot of students have to pay for their supplies and drying, even if the piece does not turn out successfully. First-year art students are learning about perspective in one room and in another, graphic design, painting in a third room. On par with the equipment of the ceramics studios is the welding room with over a dozen stations, each set up with their own welding machines that “will melt steel to butter” to mold and weld all sorts of metal, Tate explained. Welding students also have a graphics arts class in which they produce designs and a machine cuts them out of flat metal slabs. Rippon pointed out a number of cowboys like the welding classes and attend to learn not just basic welding

Cochise College ceramics lab tech Johnny Arvizu, left, chats with instructor Tate Rich in Douglas.

Art/Fabrication Expansion (Bldg 2200)/Outdoor Kiln Construction Added 5000 square feet to the north end of the Art/Fabrication Building - 2D Art Classroom (1350 sq ft) - Pottery/Sculpture rooms (3650 sq ft) Renovated 3000 square feet on the south end of Bldg 1900 to create an outdoor kiln area - r emoved metal panel siding and enclosed with CMU block wall - installed new metal roof - t he remaining portion of building 1900 is currently under demolition -m etal structure from Bldg 1900 will be used for the construction of a hay barn for the Rodeo program

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Tate pointed out a student who drives three and a half hours roundtrip to take classes in ceramics. Students come from Willcox, Benson, Sunsites and other areas in the eastern part of the county. “As an artist, the one thing I personally look for is facilities and Cochise College has anything students could want to go explore all sorts of different mediums,” Tate said. “I think some of our students here at the community college could be rivals of the graduates of the other universities in Arizona.” He also noted the college offers anyone over the age of 58 a fee reduction which has proven to be a magnet for some of the older students. As word gets out about the facilities at Cochise College, more and more people sign up for classes. “It’s the best kept secret,” Tate added with a laugh. “Maybe we shouldn’t tell everybody about it.”


techniques for pipe fitting or ranch repairs, but original artworks. “So one of the most beautiful things we see within that class is people who don’t really understand art or see art as a concept that can help them through their lives make that connection through this class,” said Rippon. “They start understanding how to think abstractly and discover many pathways to different solutions.” What is also recognized in the art department is how all the instructors in their different mediums all blend together and the bonds of friendship they have formed. The expansion of arts is due to its popularity, said Sharrina CookGeneral, media and communications coordinator. “It’s grown over the past few years. And we have a lot of students, not just from the Douglas area, but other parts of the county,” she added.

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Cochise College athletics

on firm footing BY ALEXIS RAMANJULU


ochise College is an integral part of the county for local, national and international students. One of the pillars of the local junior college is its athletics department. Cochise College has teams for men’s and women’s rodeo, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, as well as baseball. JD Rottweiler, president of the college, said the athletes who participate in the school’s six sports programs are vital to the Douglas campus, as they live in the residence halls and have meal plans for the dining hall on the campus that is primarily a commuter school. Bo Hall, longtime athletics director for the college, agreed with Rottweiler, noting that without the athletes there wouldn’t be much of a population on campus. “Athletics have always been vital to the Douglas campus,” he said. Throughout its history, Cochise College has excelled in athletics. Yes, now and again there have been lulls for the different programs.

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When Jerry Carrillo took over the men’s basketball program in 1995, the program hadn’t had a winning season since the 1979-1980 season. Carrillo hasn’t had a losing season in his 25 years. “People like to go where there are winners,” Hall said. “Kids wouldn’t come here if we weren’t winners.” Carrillo said he inherited the worst program in the state, but through networking and bringing in players from around the country, he has been able to build a program players want to come to in order to help them move on to a four-year university. “Success breeds success,” he said. “Due to our success, we get everyone’s best shot.” The beauty of a junior college is it provides student-athletes who have talent but need help in the classroom a chance to better themselves in academics and in their sport so they are ready to compete at a four-year school in the classroom and in athletics. “This league is so good that if you produce, the schools will look,” Hall said. Last year, six of Laura Hughes’ women’s basketball players went on to graduate with their associate degrees and play at four-year universities, and during Carrillo’s tenure he’s

had over 100 players move on to four-year institutions. On the baseball diamond, 75 Cochise College players have moved on to the four-year level and 13 have been MLB Draft Picks or free-agent signees. “Almost everyone who wants to move on has moved on,” Hughes said. Hughes said when she recruits she’s looking for girls who already have the talent to play at a four-year college but need help academically to get there. The connections she made while coaching at Arizona State University carried through to her current job and have helped her with her recruiting. “Recruiting good players has been key,” she said. “I just try and find the best players.” Carrillo and Hughes said they don’t do much physical recruiting, like going to players’ homes and visits, but rely on their connections and highlight video to find the right people. “We’ve built a program that has been successful and we just have to keep building,” Hughes said. Hall credits the growth in each of the sports to the commitment of the coaching staffs he has assembled. He said because of their dedication and commitment to building each of the programs has led to each team having success and being able to attract players.

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Dr. John DeLalla heads the continuing education program at UA Sierra Vista.

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ochise College’s Center for Lifelong Learning wants to be a bridge between the public and education, says Director Gabe Galindo. “We pride ourselves on being that link to the community, because we are a community college,” he said during a recent interview. “So we bring the community back to the community college.” To achieve that goal, the center offers numerous types of classes, ranging from one day to several weeks, and strives to make them as affordable as possible. “From my experience, after doing this for several years, folks come to the Center for Lifelong Learning to find common ground, people with the same mindset, and to find new friends and community,” said Ana Smith, program coordinator for the center. “We try to make programs affordable for everyone who wants to take part in them,” she said. Attendees will find a “relaxed atmosphere” and a discussion or course on a topic they are interested in, Smith said. The free brown bag lectures often draw people


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before the event even starts, she added. “A lot of our folks come here about an hour before the lecture even starts, they have lunch together, they sit and chat, and they also hang out afterwards,” she said. By offering a broad variety of classes at affordable prices, the college works to be a hub for everyone in Cochise County. “They come here because they are looking for a sense of community,” Smith said. “They’re coming over to network, to meet other folks who think alike, who are interested in the same things.” The programs offered vary, from nutrition to art, languages and science and many more. A full schedule is available at the college’s website, or anyone interested can call the center for more information. The classes are all taught by experts in their field, Smith said. “Keep an eye on our schedules, as we always try to bring more offerings to the community,” she said. Co-located near Cochise College in Sierra Vista is The University of Arizona. This campus, formally known

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existing English class from the undergraduate degree program in Sierra Vista, remove the midterm, final exam, review sessions, first night introductions, and other grade-focused areas; and from the three-credit, 45-contact-hour course condensed it to a 35-contact-hour session of intensive writing. The same faculty member that taught the undergraduate class also taught the accelerated one week course. The response from the workforce? “They loved it so much we have been repeating it every 100 days for the last three years, and now have students traveling in from other parts of the world (Korea; Germany; Washington, DC, etc.) from the same agency to take our class here in Sierra Vista,” said DeLalla. “We’re putting Sierra Vista on the map, within the DoD, as a location of great education and opportunity. Plus, being in Sierra Vista in the winter has much more attractive weather than most of the places these students travel in from.”

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as UA South, is home to nearly 20 degree offerings here in Cochise County. The UArizona College of Education offers degrees in both elementary and secondary education, while the new UArizona College of Applied Science and Technology offers degrees in cyber operations, intelligence studies, organizational leadership, informatics, human studies and others. UArizona Sierra Vista students traditionally transfer from Cochise or other community colleges and complete their final two years of studies at UArizona, allowing SoCo residents the chance to earn a degree in the classroom in Sierra Vista or online from the University of Arizona without leaving our community. In addition to the degree offerings, the UArizona Sierra Vista campus offers a robust non-credit continuing education program. The workforce development programs meet the needs of local industry and government, with customized professional topics available. Traditional programs have met the needs of Fort Huachuca personnel with classes on IT, computer networking, cybersecurity, defensive systems security, and project management. The certificate and certification programs are offered during the day in an accelerated one-week format, or during evenings after duty hours to help individuals continue their education. By request, training programs can be held on weekends, and by a special - and odd - request during the Super Bowl one year. Dr. John DeLalla,

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uitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter Michael Grande is known for his five-finger picking technique, gentle voice and audience rapport. An internationally recognized hit recording artist and performer, Grande has made Cochise County his home where he is a local favorite at the Arizona Folklore Preserve in Ramsey Canyon. With a repertoire that includes western ballads, flamenco instrumentals, folk pop and devotional songs, most of Grande’s performances feature his own compositions, delivered with an impressive splash of showmanship. He is a prolific songwriter whose lyrics capture life’s stories, skillfully interwoven with music. Grande grew up a Brooklynite who joined the Marine Corps right out of high school. His musical career started in coffee houses at Greenwich Village and venues along the east coast. “A chance meeting with Richie Havens at the Woodstock Festival changed my career forever,” Grande said. “He pulled me off the coffee house circuit and signed me to his management company. I became Richie’s opening act, traveling the world with him for 3 ½ years. That was a life-changing experience for me.” Traveling with Havens and his band vaulted Grande’s career to a new level. “I was extremely fortunate to have this opportunity so early in my musical career,” he said. “Richie Havens was very good to me. He appreciated my abilities as a musician and it was an incredible experience to tour with him.” Along with Havens, Grande has opened for such well-known artists as Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Seals and Croft, and Van Morrison, to name a few of the musicians he has shared the stage with. He also did extended tours with such notable bands as Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker.


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found our niche in Southeastern Arizona. I perform regularly at the Folklore Preserve where I see both new and familiar faces at every show.” Grande has also headlined an annual variety show that raises money for the Forgach House — a crisis shelter for women and children — where he wows audiences with his amazing fivefinger picking style. “The Forgach House is one of several charitable concerts that I’ve performed,” said Grande, who also wrote “Horses for Heroes” in support of a program for both veterans and wounded service personnel. A chartered artist since the early 90s, Grande continues to produce No. 1 songs, with “Looking Goodbye” and “Small Things” debuting atop the N1M music charts, which can be accessed by going to charts.

About Grande Singer, songwriter Michael Grande has produced the following CDs: “Hey Friend,” “Small Things,” “Especially For You,” “Forever,” “The Brooklyn Rescue Mission” and “Essentially.” He also produced an album called “Look to Sky.” His singles include “I’ll Look for You in Heaven,” “Hey Friend,” “Mike’s Bike,” “Horses for Heroes” and “Small Things”. Grande’s CDs can be purchased at the Arizona Folklore Preserve, 56 E. Folklore Trail, off Ramsey Canyon Road in Hereford. The preserve’s phone number is 520378-6165. To subscribe to Grande’s music, go to


While living in Cave Creek, Arizona, in the mid-1990s, Grande was contacted by Arizona State Balladeer Dolan Ellis, a former New Christy Minstrels member. “Dolan reached out to me because he wanted me to play at a new facility he had just opened, the Arizona Folklore Preserve in Ramsey Canyon,” Grande said. “I was one of his original performers, and I’ve been playing there since.” After moving to Cochise County in late 2000, Michael and his wife, Diane Grande, purchased property outside of Tombstone where they raised Arabian horses. Diane stays busy as Michael’s publicist and handles day-to-day operations on their property while Michael continues to perform. “When I came here to play for Dolan, I fell in love with Cochise County, especially Ramsey Canyon and the amazing people in this area,” Grande said. “Diane and I

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The Whiz! Bang! Chik’n Plucker Skiffle Band



he Whiz! Bang! Chik’n Plucker Skiffle Band not only has a one-of-a-kind name but brings a unique sound and appearance to Cochise County. Skiffle music originated in the southern states in the United States and is a combination of blues, folk, jazz and country music. What makes a skiffle band unique, besides their sound, is most of the instruments are handmade from objects around a house. “We attract attention because we’re a human junkyard,” said Virginia Thompson, one of the members of the three-person band. Nic Beach-Moschetti, a drummer by trade, plays a “washboard rigged with cans and a cat dish,” uses a suitcase as a bass drum, the kazoo and the ukulele for the band. Gabe Gast plays the washtub bass which the group built out of a wash tub and an old broom handle and Thompson plays multiple instruments including two types of banjo and is the lead vocalist for the group. Beach-Moschetti and Thompson first started playing together four years ago, when Thompson wanted to start playing the banjo. The duo felt they needed a third sound to “fill out” the sound, which is when Gast joined the Whiz! Bang! band. “This was a chance to do something different,” Beach-Moschetti said. “I’ve been shocked by the reception we’ve had.” The idea for a skiffle band started with Thompson who wanted to learn how to play the banjo. She said she wanted to learn to play the banjo because she feels like it’s an “American”instrument and sound. Whiz! Bang! first started playing on the Cochise College Sierra Vista campus behind the ceramics room and to their surprise drew a crowd just by practicing. During the year the band plays multiple


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Nic Moschetti, left, Virginia Thompson and Gabriel Gast are the Whiz! Bang! Chik’n Plucker Skiffle Band. community events, open-stages and any booked gigs they may have. Beach-Moschetti and Thompson said being in the skiffle band is a hobby for them which is why they like participating in community events even if it’s not a paid opportunity because showcasing their talents to local audience just show more of what Sierra Vista has to offer. Their first big show was Cochise College’s Pit Fire in 2016. Now that event is an annual tradition for the band to play in. “We’re more entertainers than musicians,” Thompson said with a laugh. “We’re a novelty act.” Whiz! Bang! shows are full of covers of current songs and originals that Thompson wrote. Some of the covers they have done are songs by Florida Georgia Line, Annie Lennox and Selena Gomez. Anything with that is upbeat and you can dance to Whiz! Bang! likes to put a skiffle spin onto them. “Even though they are often covers they

are very different,” Beach-Moschetti said. In their roughly four years of playing together, with just one night a week of practicing, the band has roughly three hours worth of material, between covers, mashups and original songs. “We’re focusing on entertaining the audience rather than the flashy technical stuff,” Beach-Moschetti said.


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The Celtic band The Rooks. The members are, from left, John Cordes, James Mahoney, Darrell Thompson and Jamie Wahl.

the time was in Mexico. Daily is the youngest Rook and the only female in the crew. Then the four begin to play and the music transports the listener to perhaps a small, cozy pub in Wales, Scotland or Ireland. Mahoney begins to sing in Irish. The song is about warning children that if they stray far from home they will be snatched by fairies. The song takes on a completely different meaning though if you’re an adult. In that case, the fairies could be lovers, Mahoney says with a smile. Why Celtic music? “It’s the music of the ancestors,� Mahoney says. “It’s root music,� replies Thompson. Whatever the reason, The Rooks make beautiful music together. The band plays in different bars and cafes in the area. Their main haunts are the Bisbee Grand Hotel and the Copper Queen Hotel. The band also plays at various events at the Tucson Steampunk Society and the Morning Star Cafe in Palominas. Mahoney also plays on the radio every Monday evening from 8 to 10 on KBRP 96.1 FM. The four met at a barn dance at a nearby ranch, says Mahoney, 64. They began playing together informally about five years ago and that blossomed into playing on Sundays at the Copper Queen, said the 67-yearold Wahl, the only one in the group who had belonged to an Irish band. The Copper Queen sessions drew in all kinds of people, Wahl said, and for certain reasons — “some of them political� — the four split off from the informal, every-Sunday gatherings and created their band. “We wanted something more permanent,� Wahl said. They joked about how they named themselves The Rooks, which Webster’s defines as “a common, gregarious Old World crow.� “We were just searching for some kind of animal,� Wahl said. “Somebody suggested that and it stuck.� Thompson mentioned the “clamor of rooks,� to describe the bird’s musical-like chatter.� These human Rooks certainly are gregarious, but their music is far from clamorous. It’s moving and rousing.

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rtist Kate Drew-Wilkinson is 80 going on 20. The white-haired dynamo, who says “I love being me,” is a fixture in Old Bisbee — a jewelry designer, painter and actor who has called the town home for almost three decades. Ask this octogenarian how often she works: “All the time. I go to bed at night completely fatigued.” Wilkinson’s specialty is lampwork, the art of


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making beads by using a torch to melt and shape the glass. And her barn-turned-studio is a wonderland of color filled with glass bead creations in the form of necklaces, earrings, tiny leather medicine bags and mini-bottles encrusted with beads for the average love potion. “I am self-taught,” Wilkinson says as she demonstrates the art of lampwork. Torch in hand, she turns a piece of glass into a beautiful black and white bead in less than five minutes. Becoming a lampwork artist did not happen

overnight for Wilkinson, however. She started out as a Shakespearean actress trained in the Old Vic Theatre School in England. In 1969 she was one of the original cast members in the controversial off-Broadway play “Oh Calcutta!” in New York City. She and the crew were featured in Playboy magazine much to the horror of Wilkinson’s aristocratic parents. But acting and the baggage that fame brings with it, was not for the free-spirited Wilkinson. “You were always at the beck and call of your agent and it was too constraining,” she said. So she turned to making leather clothes in New York City for rock and rollers. Strangely enough that launched her jewelry-making career, Wilkinson said. “I needed beads for one of the outfits,” Wilkinson said. “That turned into making jewelry.” She soon began landing work and accounts. She worked everywhere from Point Reyes, California to the beaches of Costa Rica where she made and sold her creations. Upon her return to the U.S., she began designing stone jewelry for the now-defunct Nature Company. The latter was a Berkleigh, California based retail chain that sold science toys,


art and jewelry — among other items — in retail stores in malls around the country. She discovered the art of lampworking while attending a bead conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. years ago. At the time, she was also a bead historian and was giving lectures. “I went to the bathroom (at the Mayflower) and I saw a door with the word ‘lampwork’ on it,” Wilkinson says. “I opened the door and I saw a camera on a pair of hands, a big television screen, and someone knotting glass. “It was an epiphany,” she said. “From there on I went straight ahead.” She went to Columbus, Ohio to learn lampworking from another artist. “I learned how to light the torch, torch safety and how to wind a piece of glass around a metal rod,” she said. She then moved to Mexico and lived in an Airstream with her husband. She stored all her supplies under the benches in the Airstream. At the time, she was still employed by the Nature Company. She was making stone and silver jewelry. “I sent them samples of my work and they asked me if I could work with recycled glass,” she said.

The first order from the Nature Company was 450 necklaces with 30 beads in each and a deadline. Five people whom she had trained, helped her get the order done. That was her first foray into lampworking. Her entry into Bisbee was just as much of an epiphany as was her introduction to lampwork. Wilkinson and her husband had decided they would live in Guadalajara. They had moved most of their belongings there, she said, “even my husband’s massage chair.” One day they went to Tucson and decided to take a few hours to see Bisbee. “I wanted to see a bead shop there,” Wilkinson said. “We were on Main Street near OK Street and I turned to my husband and said ‘The voice has spoken.’ “This was the last thing he needed to hear,” Wilkinson said. “I had been there for four hours and I said to him, ‘I’m supposed to live here.’” She met a realtor and ended up purchasing the house she has lived in for the last 27 years, for $50,000 cash. “Something must have been driving me and I must tell you, it must have been God,” Wilkinson said. “God picked up this little wild, gypsy actress artist and put her down!” Her husband ended up going back to England.

Jewelry designer Kate Drew Wilkinson displays a glass figurine she created which she says children may fancy. “I’ve never for one moment regretted moving here,” Wilkinson said. “The thing about Bisbee that’s so outstanding is the word ‘love.’ We also have a magical level of intellect here. But everybody here is incredibly loving.” Wilkinson said her main challenge now is tapping into the online market. Her jewelry is sold at Panterra Gallery on Main Street, but she also has a website where her work is featured and sold:

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tep inside the gallery for Huachuca Art Association & Gifts and immerse yourself in stunning displays created by local artists. Founded in 1968, the Huachuca Art Association is a nonprofit organization with more than 300 members committed to promoting and growing the community’s visual arts. Fifty of those members are juried artists whose work is on exhibit throughout the gallery located at 1835 Paseo San Luis in Sierra Vista. “Our gallery has a vast variety of media on display, including oils, acrylics, water colors, photography, jewelry, both fused and traditional glass, gourd art, scratchboard, wood, ceramics, pottery and much more,” said Lisa Stansbury, a fused-glass artist who handles social media and promotions for the association. “Nearly every month, we select two featured artists, a wall artist and a table artist, with photographer Robert Harris kicking off our 2020 year as the wall artist,” Stansbury said. “Longtime association member Sue Ziegler was January’s featured table artist with her fabulous collection of gourd art. Both of these artists do outstanding work.” The gallery hosts receptions from 3 to 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, giving the community opportunities to meet local artists and browse through the exhibits. “Along with artwork, we have a beautiful selection of unique, handmade gifts at very affordable prices,” said Stansbury, adding that some of the more popular gift items include prints, cards,


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Robert Harris jewelry and 3-D table art items. Weekly workshops taught by the artists are another one of the gallery’s offerings, as well as children’s classes, private lessons and one monthly demonstration where attendees can watch artists at work. During the first weekend in October, the Huachuca Art Association hosts Art in the Park, with 2020 marking the popular event’s 49th year. “This two-day event is one of the finest art fairs in the Southwest, where we have artists and vendors filling Veterans Memorial Park with displays from all over Arizona and other states,” Stansbury said. “It’s a very popular event and a great way to shop for unique gifts for Christmas.” The Association sets February aside for an open art show at its Paseo San Luis gallery. “This show features several divisions and includes the work of juried artists from all over Cochise County and the surrounding area,” said Stansbury, adding, “This is a huge show and a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see the incredible local talent we have.”

WHO: Huachuca Art Association & Gifts WHAT: Art Studio and Gallery WHERE: 1835 Paseo San Luis, Sierra Vista, AZ HOURS: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. OFFICERS: Huachuca Art Association is a nonprofit organization with the following officers: President — Liz Horning Vice President — John Marvin Secretary and Director — Sue Ziegler Treasurer and Director — Lori Giliberto Director — Teresa Ebbs CONTACT INFO: Call 520-803-1078, or go to

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Like many of the buildings in Tombstone’s historic district, the art gallery is in a building that comes with an interesting background. It started out as a mercantile when first built in the 1880s, later morphed into a bank, then back to a mercantile. For eight years, from 1952 to 1960, the building was a full-service hospital. Babies were born there and surgeries were performed in the back of the building, which is now a kitchen. “The morgue was even located here,” Stewart said. “It’s hard to believe this old building was a hospital.” Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the gallery is operated by its members on a volunteer, rotation basis. For information, call 520-457-2380 or go to

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hile known for its saloons, shops and gun fights, there is another side to Tombstone visitors may want to experience. The Tombstone Art Gallery, located in the heart of the town’s historic district at 383 Allen St., features beautifully displayed acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolors, photography, and jewelry by local artists. Carvings, gourd art, crafts and quilts also are showcased. The gallery hosts two shows every year, a quilt show in February and an open show in March, featuring the work of artists and artisans from all around Southeastern Arizona. This year marks the gallery’s 40th annual open show. “We are a nonprofit, all-volunteer gallery of 50 member artists,” said AJ Stewart, the gallery director. “Following the open art show, which features an exhibit of photography, charcoals, oils, acrylics, pastels, and watercolors, the gallery returns to featuring local artists only, with that show starting in April.” “People who visit our gallery for the first time are often amazed by the quality artwork that we have here,” said Desiree Pursley, the gallery’s quilt director. Tourists from all over the world visit the gallery and purchase items that are shipped to such distant locations as Australia, England, Canada and Germany. During the holiday season, the gallery carries a Christmas theme which is featured in November and December, Stewart said. “But it’s always Christmas in our gallery,” she added. “We even leave our tree up all year and people buy ornaments off of it.”

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Endeavor Art Gallery BY DANA COLE


ndeavor Art Gallery in Benson showcases the work of San Pedro River Arts Council (SPRAC) members in a beautifully arranged gallery filled with artwork of all media. “At the gallery, we rotate our featured artists on a monthly basis,” said SPRAC President Linda Stacy. “We also give our members opportunities to extend their presence from the gallery into other locations through our ‘Art Around Town’ program, where we feature artists at the Cochise College Benson Center (1025 State Route 90) on a rotation basis, as well as exhibit our work at the Benson Hospital.” SPRAC hosts an annual ‘Celebrate the Arts’ open show in March, also at the Cochise College Benson Center, where SPRAC members as well as artists from all over Southeastern Arizona display their work. “The 2020 show marks our 11th open, judged fine-art show and sale,” Stacy said. “Every year, this show has a fabulous selection of art on display, which speaks volumes about our local talent.” The community is invited to the show’s recep-


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WHO: San Pedro River Arts Council (SPRAC) WHAT: Endeavor Art Gallery

tion on March 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. where there will be awards, raffles, refreshments and live music. “The reception is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists whose work is on display at the show,” Stacy said. “Our open show features all media except photography, which has its own show. Our ‘Celebrate the Arts’ show is one of SPRAC’s most popular events. Every year, it draws wonderful participation from a large number of local artists.” Stacy urges the public to stop by SPRAC’s Endeavor Gallery in Benson and look at the art exhibits and displays, or attend the March 14 reception at the Cochise College Center. “As artists, we love to see you at our events, so come and help us celebrate the arts.”

WHERE: 298 E. Fourth St. at the corner of Fourth and San Pedro streets in Benson, with the entrance on San Pedro. Look for the spectacular cattle drive mural by Doug Quarles splashed on the side of the building. HOURS: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. OFFICERS: SPRAC is a nonprofit organization with the following officers: President — Linda Stacy Art Director — Shryl Miles Gift Shop Manager — Charline White Treasurer — Joan Davenport Secretary — Mary Lee Bringham CONTACT INFO: Call Endeavor Gallery at 520-586-2611 or go to

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e’s not your normal author and his latest work “Pound Laundry” is not your normal book. Michael Gregory, McNeal, finally finished the book about Ezra Pound, known best for “The Cantos,” after more than 20 years of research and rewrites. “He was the father of literary modernism,” said Gregory. “His techniques were non-traditional.” Pound, born in the U.S., associated with some of the better known poets and writers of the time: Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemmingway, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound James Joyce, W. B. Yates and T.S. Elliot during the end of an era in London which held people of lower class to insignificance and workers’ rights non-existent, Gregory explained. As England passed from the 19th to the 20th Century, long-held ideas of the aristocracy were on the eve of disruption. The United States had already passed laws favoring worker rights and allowed unions to form. And in the early 20th Century, organizers were knocking on doors to gather momentum for the right to have respect in the workplace and on the streets. “Pound and other authors were faced with a basic choice of accepting socialism or fascism,” said Gregory. “Pound chose Fascism and moved to Italy under Benito Mussolini. I wanted to understand that and his influence on modern poetry and writing.” However, Pound moved too far to the political right and took an anticapitalistic stance. “It’s an attempt to understand how minds of that quality could go that direction,” added Gregory. Gregory produced a 400-page, multi-faceted genealogy of Pound and the 20th century modernism in which he played a major role in producing. He delved into Pound’s history, writings, and life and saw a comparison of life at the turn of the century to today’s “surge to the right.” Though an eccentric, Pound was a medieval scholar, extremely intelligent and mastered several ancient languages which led to translations of Homer and Dante. “To follow his ‘Cantos,’ I had to have several other books open to understand what he was talking about,” added Gregory. “I wanted my book


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to be useful and interesting to several kinds of different audiences. He was a non-traditional writer and gave birth to a free form style of poetry. It was a radically different approach.” This was an academic exercise in writing which taught him a lot about his writing, he added. “Pound Laundry” is being published by Red Dragon Press, though a release date is still pending. The two hardest parts of writing is publication and distribution,” he said. “So many edits and rewrites.” Gregory holds an interdepartmental Bachelor of Arts degree in History, English and Philosophy, a master’s degree in English and has done post graduate work at University of California, Irvine and at the UCLA Center for the Study of Comparative Folklore and Mythology. His previous books include “Mr. America Drives His Car”, “Play, Hunger Weather 1959-1975”, and “The Valley Floor”. He is the co-founder of the Bisbee (Arizona) Poetry Festival and of the Central School Project artists cooperative in Bisbee where for 10 years he hosted the Poets Voice reading series. Since the early 70s, he has lived off-grid in the high desert of southeast Arizona ten miles from the U.S. border with Mexico. At age 79, he remains active in environmental concerns.

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alk into the historic home of artist and author Betsy Foster Breault and the senses are immediately assaulted with swirling colors, mythological characters and fantasy. The 73-year-old Breault, with flowing strands of gray and brown hair, is somewhat of an ethereal character herself, soft spoken, but with an intense gaze. Her walls are covered with her artwork, a style she calls mythical and representational. Some of the paintings are still in progress. “I’m interested in the myths of many cultures,” Breault says. She mentions that many of her works have been inspired by George Wiley Sellers, the artist and cartoonist who built the original residence where Breault lives. Sellers died in 1964 at age 56. But he never left the picturesque house. Breault had heard stories about the house and Sellers before she purchased it, but the tales of it being haunted didn’t faze her. Last year she finally finished the book she started writing in 2000 about Sellers. Aptly titled, “Sellers in the Kitchen Romancing the Ghost of George Wiley Sellers,” the book is both ghost story, and a retrospective of Breault’s early years in Bisbee. It also features other artists. “It’s about living with his ghost,” Breault says sitting on a couch in her living room. “It’s about Sellers and a subsequent generation of artists who followed in his wake.” Breault says she believes writing the book about Sellers — who never really achieved the fame that his artist friends Diego Rivera and Ted deGrazia did — has

“placated” his spirit. “He is less of a disturbed ghost and more of a placated ghost,” Breault says. “Sellers never really reached great prominence.” Mention of a kitchen in the book’s title refers to the house Sellers built downstairs where the kitchen is in Breault’s home. Breault and her ex-husband built the second floor over the kitchen in the mid-1990s. Breault was somewhat aware of the house’s history before she purchased it because Bisbee people talked about Sellers. “I know some people won’t live in a house after someone died in it....but I think that adds a kind of luster to it,” Breault said. “Now, what is now my kitchen was once his house. I’ve lived with his ghost for 28 years.” “I seek him out,” Breault added. Breault said Sellers was an oil painter, the owner of a newspaper and a cartoonist for that newspaper. He did the relief map at the Cochise County Courthouse and is also known for a painting of Geronimo. He was also a musician with his own swing band called the Cavaliers. She said she feels his presence every night before she goes to sleep, tugging on the bed covers. Some of her pieces — which depict myths and legends from Southwestern Native American culture, Mexico, and South America — have been influenced by Sellers. “But I was an artist before that,” she said. Breault said she landed in Bisbee over 50 years ago when she eloped with a man who had gotten a teaching job at Cochise College. Her parents had always encouraged her in the arts, her father being a professor of literature and her mother a painter. This is Breault’s artist

statement: “In making paintings we must devote ourselves over long periods of time, loving our work with such passion that we may hate it too. Cajole your art, suffer and plead with it,but, above all, honor it’s own intrinsic nature as you allow it to gestate. “Artwork must be tended as if it is a wonderful garden or a beautiful

room that you might live in. One must feed, cultivate and prune, one must dust, clean and polish. Tending to it at various times of night and day, observing things in differing lights; one must ruthlessly edit when necessary. When you irrigate with the tears of your eyes and see with all the waters of your being, things will sparkle and thrive.”

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The landscape of Cochise County JA Jance to release her 61st book BY ALEXIS RAMANJULU


f you read a JA Jance novel, you may notice some familiar sites and sounds. Jance was born in South Dakota but moved to Bisbee when she was 5 years old and the well-known author highlights unique factors of Cochise County in her novels because it’s what she knows. “When I write about Cochise County, I incorporate what I’ve learned,” Jance said. “The landscape of Cochise County plays a role in (the Brady) series of books.” Jance discovered her fascination with books during her second-grade year at Greenway Elementary School. She said

her teacher had shelves filled with books that she was able to read if she completed her work early. It was then Jance said she “wanted to put words on a page and be a writer.” In the spring Jance is scheduled to release her 61st book. Her career as a writer didn’t have an immediate start, in fact it was put on hold because of her previous marriage. Jance won a scholarship to the University of Arizona but once there she couldn’t take the creative writing class that was offered because in 1964 women couldn’t take the class. She started writing in 1982 as a single mother in Washington state. Her first novel, “Until Proven Guilty,” published in 1985 and her autobiography which was

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erched amid the rugged hills and spectacular rock formations of Texas Canyon in Dragoon is an internationally-known research center and museum. What was established in 1937 by William Shirley Fulton as a private, nonprofit archaeological institution 83 years ago, has evolved into the Amerind Foundation and Museum. The Amerind’s majestic Spanish-colonial style building located on a sprawling property about 20 minutes east of Benson, houses a museum and gallery that showcases some of the finest Native American art and artifacts in the Southwest. “Amerind’s exhibits and public programs focus on the history and culture of Native American people,” said Dr. Eric J. Kaldahl, President and CEO of the Amerind Foundation and Chief Curator of the Amerind Museum. “The museum cares for beautiful arts and crafts created by Native American artists from communities throughout the Americas. Amerind also supports original historical research and deepens our understanding of human history.” When the museum was first created, it was strictly a research institution, said Christine Szutler, who


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WHAT: Amerind Museum and FultonHayden Memorial Art Gallery HOURS: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays WHERE: 2100 N. Amerind Road, Dragoon ADMISSION: Adults — $10 Seniors (62 and up) — $9 College students with ID — $9 Youth 10-17 — $8 Children under 10 — Free Group Rate — $8 per person. Available for tours and groups of eight or more, if pre-registered. Call 520-5863666 to register. To learn more about the Amerind, visit the website, MORE INFO: No photography is allowed in the galleries at the Amerind Museum. This restriction is for all devices, including cameras, cell phones, tablets, etc.

served as the Amerind’s President and CEO prior to Kaldahl. “Research is still at the core of what we do, and that research is now being used to inform our public programs so that a wider group of people can learn about Native American culture, art and history.” Exhibits feature the stories of Native peoples from the American Southwest and Mexico. Along with the displays, the institution continues its outreach and research efforts by hosting events, seminars, visiting scholars and artisans from all over the world. Some examples of current exhibits include “Cowboys at Work,” a joint effort between Friends of Weatern Art and the Amerind, is currently on display through May 21, 2020. “Indegenous Water/Ways,” is a Smithsonian traveling exhibit on display through June 14, 2020. “Singing My Song,” featuring the art of Duane Maktima, a master jeweler and metalsmith, runs from March 17 through Dec. 31, 2020. For a complete list exhibits and run dates, as well as presentations and events on the property, go to the amerind website, at Sultzer, who has a background in archeology and publishing, urges the public to come visit the Amerind and walk through its incredible museum and exhibits. “You will not be disappointed,” she said. “You’ll be in awe. That is what our guests always say. Some don’t realize the Amerind is here, some have visited before and return with their friends. It’s one of those places that will keep drawing you in.”


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adventures await Marketing cochise county BY SHAR PORIER


ne would think every Arizonan would know about the great adventures awaiting them in Cochise County in general and Bisbee in particular with all of its “Best Ofs” recognitions from magazines and newspapers. But, that is not so. Last year, Bisbee officials hired Dog Cat Mouse Media (DCMM) to develop a marketing plan to get the word out of what a great place it is to visit. Jen Luria, Bridget Shanahan and Rachael Hudson wasted no time and have hit the ground running. Luria handles the marketing and face to face contacts, while Shanahan provides the graphic designs and Hudson hits the various social media platforms. However, their plan extends beyond tourism to economic development, like buying homes and starting businesses. “Tourism is an important function of economic development. But, what if we can get people to like it so much they stay here?” Tourists spend thousands of dollars to travel and have a good time. Towns need to be marketed to let potential visitors know what they can expect on a visit. Repeat visitors can become full-time residents,” said Luria. To give prospective visitors a look inside the character of Bisbee’s art community, they are developing the Bisbee Creator series, which will focus on various artists and provide a glimpse into their lives. “It’s to show people who the creative people are and what they create and familiarize visitors with what they might see in town before they arrive,” said Luria. The many uniquely-Bisbee events held throughout the year bring visitors to town and boost visitation, Luria said. The right marketing can bring in even more people by targeting the demographics of those who come and create messages to suit the audiences.


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housands of people travel to Cochise County every year for its unique birding opportunities high in the mountains, down in the valleys and along the San Pedro River. A favorite spot is the 55,900-acre San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) established by an act of Congress in 1988 which named the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as its caretaker. Years of development have impacted the river and the aquifer which partially feeds it, creating a cone of depression and worries about the future of the SPRNCA and the water that gives its abundant wildlife life. Now another impact is looming as the Trump administration pulls out all stops to erect a 30-foot-high wall along the border with Mexico, including a waiver of all environmental rules and regulations. The 1988 act was one of 41 waivers enacted in Arizona. Though environmental groups and even the International Boundary Water Commission have filed suits against the border wall construction across the west, the courts just recently ruled against the stop work injunctions, and the construction continues. However, in a last ditch effort, the Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Defenders of the Wildlife and Southwest Environmental Center have filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in which they question the Trump Administration’s authority to waive laws set by Congress. CBD attorney Jean Su said, the executive branch and the legislative branch have specific duties according to the Constitution. Congress alone is given the “distinct and exclusive authority to establish the relative priority of policies.” President Trump nor his administration have the authority to waive the laws Congress enacted, she says. Whether or not SCOTUS will hear the argument is up in the air as 4,000 petitions are requested and possibly only 40 actually make it in front of the justices, according to Su. Still, she thinks there may be a chance in that Justices Bret Kavanaugh, John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch seemed interested in the question of delegation of power. “It’s a small chance,” she admitted. “So, we’re hoping they will pick it up because the delegation of powers is important.” The problem along the San Pedro River, whose source is in Cananea, Mexico, is the


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A stretch of the San Pedro River in the Hereford area of Cochise County. vast floodplain which flows full force during the monsoon season carrying woody debris from trees in senescence and massive amounts of sediment from the higher elevations. Any proposed barrier would catch this debris and interfere with the flow of the river causing erosion and changes in the channel. The BLM and U.S. Game and Fish have not seen the plans for the portion of the wall across the river, but did offer their opinions of the possible problems which are in line with the objections of the conservation groups. Little information has been forthcoming from Customs and Border Protection, the Army Corps of Engineers or the Department of Homeland Security other than there are no plans yet. Flood gates could be added to the fencing to allow free flow of the river as has been done in the past at other wash locations in Cochise County, including the Ladd Ranch. The U.S.

Border Patrol is responsible for opening and closing the gates. However, when the gates are raised enough to let the debris-filled water flow, it also gives illegal immigrants and smugglers an open door, noted cattle rancher John Ladd. Culvert pipes could also be used, but again, they could still allow access to illegal smuggling of people and drugs. And, they would also fill with sediment and debris. While there are many in the county who think drug and human smugglers will continue to use various methods to make the wall ineffective and therefore senseless, there are many who believe the wall is necessary to keep out the illegal migration of people from Central and South America to the U.S. Whether plans are known or not, on Feb. 3 ground was cleared and trees felled along the river indicating some type of barrier will be constructed in the near future.

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one paid staff member Kate Cox who is also the marketing coordinator for Sierra Vista. Tourism is the No. 1 industry in the state and a leading industry for Cochise County so it remains an important priority of the local economies and the CCTEC. Marketing the county is not just a statewide effort, but a national and international effort as well. Thanks to matching grants from the Arizona Department of Tourism, Cochise County has reached out to advertise in Canada and Germany, she said. However, economic development is also an important area to pursue, she said. “The economic side is still evolving, “ she added. “Still new. So, we’re still looking at what that will be.” The county lost 3.5 percent of its population from Apr. 1, 2010, to July 1, 2018, a loss of over 5,000 people over those eight years, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Though statistics show a very slight increase over the past few years, more emphasis on what the county can offer as a place to make a home and grow a business are important to improving the status quo. “So, we really want to start increasing our marketing,” said Baillie. “Cochise County has much to offer.”

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e tick all the boxes. We are Arizona.” Amanda Baillie, Cochise County public relations and marketing officer, referred to the many attractions the southeasternmost part of the state has to offer – history, breathtaking national memorials and monuments in the Huachuca and Chiricahua mountains, Kartchner Caverns State Park, hiking, biking, birding, dude ranches, wineries, award winning restaurants, exceptional events and festivals, shopping, entertainment, unique lodging and fantastic weather. “We just need to let everybody know we have these attractions,” said Baillie. Tourism is an important part of the county economy and brings in over $330 million annually and supports over 3,400 jobs, she said. Statewide, 45.5 million visitors provide $24.4 billion and generate over 192,000 jobs. In order to attract more people to the beauty of Cochise County, she and the Cochise County Tourism and Economic Council are looking to rebrand the marketing approach to appeal to a wider audience. In addition to the county, members include Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Benson, Willcox and Douglas and they have all pitched in to hire a firm to develop the new brand. Tombstone is no longer a member, as its of-

ficials preferred to stay with its historical Old West brand, she explained. The city wants to go off and explore their own new direction. “Land of Legends, which was a great brand for us, it first came in 12 or 15 years Amanda Baillie ago and it doesn’t speak to us as who we are as a county now,” she continued. “We have outdoor recreation, wineries, arts, culture, museums, great cuisine and people are looking for those experiences. We just need a brighter, fresher look for the county.” Chief Cochise will remain the county’s seal as he is “our legacy,” she confirmed. To that end, she said, the council will be hiring a consultant to help with the rebranding process through the use of $35,000 of carry over funds from last year’s budget and the cost is being shared by all the cities. The hope is to have the rebranding ready to go in the spring, she said. “This will be a uniform message for the county itself, for tourism and for economic development,” she added. The CCETC has gone through some changes and is now has a steering committee made up of the city managers of the municipalities and the county administrator who meet quarterly. There is

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Cochise County is a paradise for those who love the outdoors, and Carr Canyon is a must for those who like to explore the outdoors. There are multiple trails for hiking and horseback riding. The extraordinary views allow you to see Sierra Vista, the San Pedro Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges. The narrow roads and the Carr Canyon waterfall overlook provide a bit of danger, so hikers are advised to use caution. 72

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Environmental Operations Park

Coronado National Memorial

The Coronado National Memorial is near Sierra Vista just east of the Huachuca Mountains and lies on the southern United States border with Mexico.

The Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park has guided bird walks each Sunday morning by local docents from the Friends of the San Pedro River and the Southern Arizona Bird Observatory.

Birds are not the only animals that can be seen in Sierra Vista’s Environmental Operations Park guided tours.

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hat started in 1927 as a trailer and camping spot for travelers passing through Bisbee has evolved into a remembrance of times gone by. The Shady Dell trailer court, with its vintage collection of 1947 through 1959 travel trailers, offers guests a unique “hotel experience” while taking them back to another era. “We get guests of all ages, from their early 20s to their 70s, and they love the accommodations we provide,” said Justin Luria, who has owned the Shady Dell since 2007. “We have period-correct furnishings in each of our trailers, complete with magazines from the 50s, along with phonographs and records from that era.” Some of the trailer park’s vintage accommodations include an Airfloat Trailer, a 1951 33-foot Spartan Royal Mansion and a 1947 Chris Craft yacht. “With its leopard carpet, martini glasses, old-style phonograph and collection of 78 rpm records, the Royal Mansion is one of the favorites,” Laurie said. “Another one of our more popular trailers is the 1947 Tiki Bus Polynesian Palace.” All of the trailers sleep two, with the exception of one that can accommodate four guests. Because of the vintage items and collectibles, the park is for adult guests only, Luria said. “We’ve just added more trailers and have repainted our diner which was closed for eight years. This is a 1957 Valentine Diner, which fits in nicely with the vintage trailers that we have here.” Once it reopens in the spring of 2020, the diner will be available for weekend brunches and will offer breakfast and lunch during the week. For those interested in experiencing the Shady Dell, Luria advises making reservations well in advance, as the park fills up quickly, especially on event weekends. “Our high season is between late January to late May, then it picks up again in the fall when a lot of events are happening in Bisbee,” he said. “We have events like the annual Stair Climb and the Bisbee Blues Festival.” In addition to the draw from events, the park gets repeat customers and hosts family reunions, birthday parties and classic car clubs. “We do our best to make this a perfect step back in time in every vintage detail, from radios that play era-appropriate programs, to televisions that broadcast in two colors, and we provide period books and magazines,” Luria said. The Shady Dell Trailer Court is located at 1 Old Douglas Road just north of the roundabout junction of Highways 80 and 92 in Bisbee. Depending on the trailer, cost ranges from $85 to $125 a night. For information, go to the website at, or call 520-432-3567.


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A fascinating history BY DANA COLE


Business partners Don Beesley and Linda Kelly have owned the Triangle T Guest Ranch for several years.

The original “3:10 to Yuma” was filmed on the property in 1957, with the movie set still standing today. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Triangle T served as an internment camp for Japanese dignitaries and their children. “The internment camp history is something most people who come here don’t know about, and they find it fascinating,” said Beesley. After Kelly purchased the property in 2005, she was joined by Beesley a few years later and

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ailed as one of Southern Arizona’s best-kept secrets, Triangle T Guest Ranch is tucked in the spectacular rock formations of the Little Dragoon Mountains. Located 60 miles southeast of Tucson just off Interstate 10 between Benson and Willcox, the Triangle T was established in 1922 by Pren Sebring as a guest ranch, during an era when guest ranches were just becoming popular, said Don Beesley who co-owns the ranch with Linda Kelly. “The ranch comes with a fascinating history, one that’s filled with rich business tycoons and famous Hollywood celebrities,” Beesley said. “After Netta Tutt purchased the property in 1927, she named it Triangle T. Through her family’s connections in New York and Hollywood, Netta started bringing in such well-known dignitaries as the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, members of the multimillionaire Mellon family and the Kennedys. On the Hollywood side, big names like Clark Gable, Will Rogers, Gregory Peck and John Wayne stayed at the ranch.” Steve McQueen, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson also have visited the property. “These are just a handful of the celebrities that have stayed at the Triangle T through the years,” Beesley said. When entering the ranch driveway, guests are greeted with signs bearing the names of wellknown dignitaries who have made their way to the relaxing property in Dragoon. In addition to its lineup of high-profile guests, movies have been filmed there.

spirit,” she said. The ranch’s saloon and restaurant — The Rock Saloon and Grill — is named after a large boulder behind the bar, incorporated into the building. Guests are welcome to hit the trail on guided horseback rides that take them through the beautiful Little Dragoon rock formations and Southern Arizona desert landscape. For those who prefer to explore the area on foot, hiking trails criss-cross the 160-acre ranch property, which borders the world-renowned Amerind Foundation and Museum to the south, representing another local attraction. Every year, the ranch hosts a number of events, including weddings, retreats, corporate parties and a huge annual garlic festival in July, with 2020 marking the festival’s 11th anniversary. In 2012, the Triangle T was visited by Anthony Melchiorri of Hotel Impossible, where he made recommendations to help rejuvenate the property’s draw. “We were featured on Hotel Impossible in December 2012, which aired three times on national television: twice on Hotel Impossible and once on A&E,” Beesley said. “It was an amazing experience. Those airings gave us 260,000 hits. It was like Super Bowl advertising for us.” Beesley and Kelly followed all of Melchiorri’s recommendations, which were mostly suggestions for boosting online bookings and promoting some of the guest ranch’s unique features. For a relaxing get-away with true western-style hospitality, experience Southern Arizona’s Triangle T Guest Ranch. “Our amazing setting, the ranch’s history and all that we offer here, are what make the Triangle T a unique, fascinating place for our guests,” Kelly said. “We welcome conferences, weddings, reunions and festivals and other events.”

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Sierra Vista March 7 “W” – Cochise County’s Women’s Magazine Girlfriends Retreat The W – Girlfriends Retreat is designed to provide a one-day retreat for women and friends to recharge and enjoy a variety of activities, relaxation, self-care education as well as all around fun with refreshments and fabulous food. Tickets available at or myheraldreview. com.

March 14-15: Sweet Treats and Swingin’ Sounds Sierra Vista Community Chorus members make wonderful desserts for audience members to enjoy along with a musical revue based on this year’s theme “Planes, trains and automobiles” featuring soloists and ensembles of the chorus and High Desert Sound women’s barbershop and guest performers from Buena High School Choir. Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased only from chorus members. These shows frequently sell out, so don’t count on tickets at the door. Info at 520-3780730.

March 28: Health, Wealth & Lifestyle Fair The Health, Wealth & Lifestyle Fair showcases a wide variety of businesses that focus on well being, personal finances and enjoyment of the attractions and benefits of living in Southern Arizona. It will also energize businesses and their customers, on helping clients capitalize their assets and explore all there is to offer in Cochise County. The Fair will be held at The Mall at Sierra Vista from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’ve added a Shred-AThon in the Mall parking lot so folks can rid themselves of paperwork weighing them down. Get more information at 520-378-0730.

March 28: Academic All Star and Golden Apple Award Breakfast Star students and educators in Cochise County, nominated by their peers and co-workers will be honored by the Herald Review at a breakfast at Cochise College Sierra Vista from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 520-458-9440 for more information.

April 11: Family Day at the UA A day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., of fun for all ages with raffles, 4-H petting zoo, games and activities by University of Arizona SV youth programs, food trucks, a Master Gardener spring plant sale and more. Contact 520458-8278 x2141.


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April 29 - May 2: Southwest Wings Spring Fling Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival is Arizona’s oldest birding festival. May is the beginning of the nesting season for many of our local specialties which makes them easy to find and see. The birds are hopped up on hormones making them very active and there are no juveniles to fret over in making an identification. A few of our late arrivals will not be around but 95% of the birds people come to see will be here. Southwest Wings birders get up close to the birds people most want to see. At Cochise College and at all the great bird venues. For details call 520-266-0149.

May 5: Best of the Preps Awards Banquet Thanking and honoring the hundreds of high school athletes, coaches and fans who have been featured in the pages of the Herald Review over the past year. Info at 520-458-9440.

May 15 - 17 Sierra Vista Open Raising funds for The Huachucans, the main event is a 36-hole stroke play tournament with Gross, Net, and Professional Flights played at Pueblo del Sol Country Club . Competitors come from all over the country to enjoy the views, golf, food, and entertainment. The public is welcome to come on out and see Professional golfers play as well as seeing some of the best in local talent. Even if you don’t golf you’ll appreciate the setting. Saturday’s Dining Under the Stars features live music by Desert Fever, silent and live auctions, raffles, and games. Email: info@

May 23: Sierra Vista Sips & Skies Enjoy a weekend discovering Sierra Vista’s extraordinary skies and uncommon ground. Whether you’re sampling wine and spirits, climbing the towering Huachuca Mountains, bicycling along the foothills, or exploring the San Pedro riparian areas, Sierra Vista should be your Memorial Day destination. Sunday will feature a winery tour of local vineyards. Phone: 1 800-288-3861.

July 4: Annual Independence Day Celebration Veterans Memorial Park vibrates with fun, family, friends, and fireworks. Enjoy music, a chili cook-off, arts & craft vendors, and more during the Fourth of July celebration at Veterans Memorial Park, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Presented by Sierra Vista Rotary. Phone: 520-458-3315.

July 24: 3rd Annual Twenty Under 40 Recognition Gala This event recognizes young professionals for their career achievement to-date, commitment to excellence in their career, leadership within company and/or industry, contribution to business growth, community involvement. Nominations begin in May. Go to to nominate and purchase tickets. Tickets also available at

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July 29 - August 1: Southwest Wings Summer Fest Sharing knowledge of nature, critters, birds, and the great flyway of Cochise County, there will be lectures, field trips, demonstrations, and live animals to meet up close. For details call 520-266-0149.

August 29: Home & Business Expo + Shred-a-thon Chamber of Commerce members showcase their businesses for other members and the public at the Mall at Sierra Vista, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s the largest trade show in the County with no admission charge. The monster shredder will be in the Mall’s parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get more information at 520378-0730.

Mid-September: Oktoberfest We know it’s not October, but Sierra Vistans like to get an early start celebrating Autumn, beer, and our German heritage (you can do this even if you are not German). Head to Veterans Memorial Park to listen to music, sip some local brews, eat a brat or two, and enjoy the usually great fall weather. Phone: 520-458-3315.

Mid-September Each fall the Herald/Review asks readers to vote for their Best of Bisbee, Sierra Vista & Tombstone in a wide variety of categories. The winners are celebrated at an evening banquet, and certificates are handed out to declare their “best-ness.” For details call 520458-9440.

October 3 & 4: Art in the Park Veterans Memorial Park glows with the work of almost 200 juried artists sponsored by the Huachuca Art Association. See the next addition to your home or all the gifts you’ll ever need, Saturday 9 a. m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p. m. For details see their website or call 520-803-0584.

October 10: Sierra Vista Cars in the Park This time Veterans Park absolutely bops with oldies to accompany an open show of cars, live music, arts and crafts, gift basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, food, and product vendors and door prizes. Oh, yes, and boats. The show opens at 8 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Call 520249-9756 for more information.


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October 10 & 11: Huachuca Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show. Usually held at Cochise College, this festival features the best in Cochise County rocks and their collectors. See demonstrations, educational displays, lapidary supplies, with food and beverages on the side. The show is free to all, and there is free parking. Call 719-6607530 for details.

October 31: Fall Festival The 13th annual Halloween Fall Festival is happening at Veterans Memorial Park in Sierra Vista from 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night. The festival, which fills the park with family-friendly games and activities, is supported by dozens of local businesses and organizations. Costumes are judged by age groups and categories. For information, call Murray at 520-2271405, or email kjmurray77@gmail. com.

Early December - Santa Fly In Santa and Mrs. Claus fly in — in a helicopter — to Cal Ranch to delight kiddies and promote shopping locally. Get more information at 520-378-0730.

Early December Christmas Light Parade Beautiful floats and community groups move down Fry Blvd with music and lots of lights. The Sierra Vista Parade is the longest continuously running Christmas parade in Arizona, and sets the city’s main street aglow every year. Get more information at 520-378-0730.

December 31: Laugh-In 2021 Herald/Review Media will help you ring in the new year with laughter and host three hilarious comedians for a 7 p.m. show on New Year’s Eve. Tickets available at or myheraldreview. com starting in November.

Huachuca City July 4: Family Friendly Independence Day There’s a free barbeque starting around 3 p.m. in Huachuca City’s Park, 500 N. Gonzales Blvd. with live music, games, kids’ activities, free swimming, and fireworks after dark. More information at 520-456-1354.

Early August: National Night Out and Back-to-School Fair Usually the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out aims to promote strong policecommunity partnerships and neighborliness. The Huachuca City Police Department and the Library work together with a free chance to pick up school supplies (register in advance), meet law enforcement officers and Smokey the Bear, and check out a fire truck. The 2018 event included an ice cream social. Call 520-456-1063 for more info.

October Fall Break: LibraryCon Special events and activities for children mark this annual school break event at the Huachuca City Library. Celebrate pop culture and literary characters with quizzes and games. Pick up a schedule at the library. All the events are free. Call 520-456-1063 for more info.

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October 31: Huachuca City Annual Trunk or Treat.

April 4 & 5: Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament

The Senior Center and Library parking lots sport decorated cars full of candy for safe trick-or-treating. The best-decorated car and best costumes might win a prize. Get more information at 520-456-1354.

The Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League and the Friends of Warren Ballpark host a two-day tournament, starting at 9 a.m. each day. Teams are dressed in period uniforms and play by rules adopted when Lincoln was president. Come cheer or razz the local team, the Bisbee Black Sox. Tickets are $15 for both days; $10 for one day. Kids 12 and under are free with an adult ticket. Active military are free on Sunday. Tombstone Brewing Company will serve local craft beer. Call 520-366-1455 for more info.

Early December: Tree Lighting Ceremony & Polar Express Start outside the fire station for a lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, hot cocoa, and cookies. Then head next to the library for a special reading of the holiday favorite “The Polar Express.” Santa may even make an appearance. Call 520-456-1063 for more info.


March 10-12: Return of the Turkey Vultures The real live vultures return to their nests in Bisbee in the spring, and Bisbee greets them with events at Saturday’s Farmers Market and the Copper Queen Plaza, starring the real live birds. There will be a parade downtown Saturday afternoon, and an African Reggae dance that evening. Wear something red in your hat! Look for Turkey Vulture details on Facebook.

March 14: Bisbee After 5 Art Walk Stores open at around 10 a.m. and stay open until 8ish for artist receptions, music, dancing, and special romotions. This event happens on the second Saturday of each month. See for more info.

March 21: MAKE Youth Arts Festival Central School Project fills its 1905 building with young artists. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and features artist designed craft activities, painting, writing, ceramics, film, dance, theater, and more, geared appropriately for ages 3 to 18. For more info call 520432-4866.


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June 19 - 10: Bisbee Pride Weekend This is Bisbee at its most colorful. Bisbee is proud of everyone and the rainbow shines all weekend. See shows, a parade, food, beer garden, dances, indoors and out. See for info on 2019 events and pics of past years.

July 4th: Independence Day Celebration Start the day early on Main Street to watch kids in their gravity powered coasters race by you for prizes and glory. Then head to the Warren area, three miles away, for a home grown parade and activities in Vista Park. In the afternoon, everyone is back in Old Bisbee for the drilling and mucking contests. Former miners and other strong citizens move rock into a mine car or pound a hole into solid rock. Bring a parasol. It’s hot. Call 520-4326000 for details on 2019.

Labor Day Weekend: Bisbee Cars and Bikes on the Streets of Bisbee A benefit car show for the Boys and Girls Club helps fund local activities for youth. Current and historical race cars bring thunder to the streets. The cars and bikes are all shiny and waiting for your appreciation. Call for details: 520-432-3010.

October 17: Bisbee 1000 - The Great Stair Climb Totally unique physical fitness challenge (or friendly fitness walk)! The 4.5-mile course features nine staircases (over 1000 steps total) connected by winding roads. Runners and walkers see some of the most scenic parts of Old Bisbee, and thousands of spectators cheer them on. Registration is online only, at For more information, email Bisbee1000info@ gmail or call 520-266-0401.

November 1: Bisbee Mariachi Festival The Bisbee Coalition for the Homeless sponsors this annual celebration of all things Mariachi. Bands and dancers from near, far, and of course, Mexico, gather to play their best tunes and twirl those gorgeous skirts. Info: 520-432-7839.

Mid-November: SidePony Express Music Festival Indoors and outdoors, up hill and down, the town vibrates with over 100 bands and soloists from Arizona and beyond. And, it’s all free. The festival showcases emerging independent musical artists in a wild variety of pop genres. Check sideponyexpressmusicfestival. com for news.

November 22 & 23: A Small Town Holiday & Festival of Lights Live entertainment, great artistic shopping, and Santa Claus are features of this family friendly holiday weekend. Friday is the day to light the lights with kids activities and Santa. Saturday shops, antique stores, boutiques, services, and art galleries will stay open late for the best shopping, and merchants vie for prizes in a window decorating contest. Customers vote for their favorites. See their Facebook page for 2019 details and contact info.

November 23 & 24: Bisbee Home Tour The Bisbee Woman’s Club sponsors the Home Tour and the Art Chairs & More Auction. Homes from a certain area of town are featured, and docents share construction and historic tidbits. The Art Chairs & More Auction features unique creations for the home, including tables, stools, and benches. See the Bisbee Home Tour Facebook page for 2019 details.


March 16 - 17: Wild West Days

This 10th annual weekend event is hosted by Tombstone Marine Corps League in “The town too tough to die.” Entertainers perform in the streets both days to support the USO. Activities also include a USO Canteen Dance and a Parade on Saturday. Email to get involved.

April 12 - 14: Rose Tree Festival Celebrate the 134th blooming of “The World’s Largest Rose Tree”. The ‘Softer Side of Tombstone’ is celebrated each spring sponsored by the Tombstone Vigilettes, a charitable organization of ladies portraying The Women of Tombstone from 1880 to 1915. The festival historically starts on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with the crowning of the Rose Queen and her court under the 9,000 square foot Rose Tree. The public is invited to attend. Other events may include, Art in the Park, High Tea, a Pet Parade, and more. Email: tombstonerosefestival@

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May 25 - 27: Wyatt Earp Days Honor of one of Tombstone’s most famous lawmen, Wyatt Earp. Scheduled activities include gunfights, chili cook-off, hangings, and an 1880’s fashion show. You can also find Street Entertainment and a Wyatt look-alike contest. Sponsored by the Tombstone Lions. Visit their website at

July 4: Family Style 4th Enjoy kids games, food booths, softball, and fun for the entire family. Firework Display at dusk put on by the Tombstone Fire Department. Located at Medigovich Field and Allen Street.

August 31 - September 1: Showdown at Territorial Days The Sixth Annual Showdown in Tombstone has combined with Territorial Days. Activities will include free street entertainment daily, gunfight skits, 1880s costume competition and exhibition, raffles, auction, and a non-motorized parade on Sunday. Spectators are welcome to see the world’s best re-enactors bring the Old West to life. While you are enjoying the festivities you can be hung or have someone hung by the Tombstone Vigilantes at the Hanging scaffold. Call for more information: 520-457-3707.

October 17 - 20: Helldorado Days Check out the most rip-roaring celebration in Tombstone during Helldorado Days, a Tombstone tradition since 1929. See gunfight reenactments, nonstop street entertainment, fashion shows and other entertainment. For more information visit their website at or call the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce at 888-457-3929.

October 31: Halloween in Tombstone No age limits, no charge. Costumes are not required, but they sure perk up the town. Tombstone has ten haunted destinations, which you can visit as part of the Gunfighter Ghost Tour, every night at dusk. For more info, contact 520255-0474 or

December 2: Tombstone Home Tour See inside some of the best historic homes, churches and buildings in Tombstone. Owners and docents will be on hand and will gladly tell you some of the secrets and history of these significant buildings. Check out for more information as it becomes available.

December 14: Christmas Light Parade Caroling, twinkle lights, Santa and his sleigh help this rough and ready town celebrate the holidays. The parade starts at 6 p.m. on 6th Street and proceeds down Allen Street to 3rd. Refreshments are served, and locals in period costumes greet visitors and sing carols.


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Personal commitment to professional excellence, coupled with a strong desire to help others, is the common thread among the Loan Officers at NOVA.

Leslie Thomas


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you’ve learned about living in Cochise County? “What surprised me the most in Cochise County, in the southern part here especially, was how green it was. Especially in August. The beautiful views. When I first thought of the desert I was thinking of the scrub and the cactus and all that, but it’s completely different down in the south end of the county.” Ed Surowiec, Hereford

“What’s really surprising me the most about Cochise County is you can go anywhere and you can meet someone and they actually know a place in Cochise County itself. Whether you’re going somewhere with the military or you’re going somewhere and they know about Bisbee.” Colleen Brady, Sierra Vista

“The thing that surprises me the most about Cochise County is that the people are very respectful and nice. If you ever need any help with anything they will help you as much as they possibly can.” Jasmine Polk, Sierra Vista


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“Cochise County is an amazing place. After 21 years of living here, it still amazes me to meet the nicest people from across the country. Has the most beautiful landscape and just so much variety and things to do.” Theresa Warrell, Hereford

“You learning history that they never taught or like it’s under the mainstream of a lot of things. Like a lot of history in Bisbee that you would’ve never known about. It’s pretty crazy, that rich history in Cochise County. The more you learn about it you get pretty surprised.” Chris Whitney, Sierra Vista


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