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  • Riding strong B Troop wins big at National Cavalry Competition

    10/23/2016 5:47:03 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Four members of B Troop — representing Fort Huachuca’s 1880s historic soldiers on horseback — returned from the National Cavalry Competition at Fort Reno, Okla., last month with top honors. “We cleaned house,” smiled Martina Peters, who has been a B Troop member for 12 years. “For a small group of all-volunteers, we did exceptionally well,” she added. B Troop, 4th Cavalry Regiment (Memorial), with Chris Zimmerman as program coordinator, came home with the Best Cavalry Unit honors, as well as the coveted Major Howze award, a mobility test consisting of a mock saber charge. The group...
  • Meet the ‘courtroom dogs’ who help child crime victims tell their stories

    10/21/2016 12:29:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    Getting child crime victims to open up is never easy for investigators and asking them to tell their stories to a jury can be brutally traumatizing. To help these kids overcome their fears, some courtrooms across the country are employing comfort dogs, canine companions who take the stand alongside them to calm and bolster their spirits. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports.
  • Aerostat to relaunch after scheduled maintenance

    10/20/2016 4:48:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Many keen-eyed residents may have noticed that one of the common sights of the local skyline, the aerostat on Fort Huachuca, has been missing from the skies above Sierra Vista for the last several weeks. After five years of serving as an important link in a chain of detection spanning the length of the international border, the most recent iteration of the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) has been brought down for regular comprehensive maintenance after reaching the end of its life cycle, said Robert Brown, TARS program manager for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which...
  • Veteran will celebrate 70th birthday as guest Drum Major with the MI Corps Band

    10/16/2016 6:38:18 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERRA VISTA – Gordy Coolman will be celebrating his 70th birthday as guest drum major for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band in the local Veterans Day parade on Nov 11. “They are accepting me as a guest, as a military veteran on Veterans Day, and they are honoring me on my birthday, which is really extraordinary,” said Coolman. “I am so honored and appreciative of their acceptance of me. It’s a blessing.” Coolman, who served in three branches of the Armed Forces - the Marines, Air Force and Navy - retired from the Navy with 34 years service....
  • McCormack receives France’s highest honor

    10/16/2016 6:13:06 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    The Government of France is pleased to announce that an Arizona veteran from Sierra Vista, Captain Robert J. McCormack, was approved to receive the award of the National Order of the Legion of Honor in the rank of the Chevalier (Knight). The award is the highest honor that France bestows on its citizens and foreign nationals. The award was presented by Mr. Garret M. Steenblik, Honorary Consul of France for Arizona, at a private ceremony on Oct. 8 at the Pima County Public Library at 101 N. Stone Ave. in Tucson.
  • Humor the Antidepressant: Rules, or How I learned to tow the PC line

    10/09/2016 6:34:10 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald | Elizabeth Cowan
    Do you remember the 1964 movie “Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”? In any event, that movie title inspired today’s column because of its obvious tongue-in-cheek nature. To be politically correct: Thou shalt not look another person in the eye while walking down the hall at work or on the street. That person may feel intimidated by your bold and uninvited eye contact.
  • Monsoon records above average rainfall

    10/06/2016 2:05:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    Rainfall totals for the recently-ended monsoon showed above average amounts, with significant variations in the higher elevations, Emily French, National Weather Service meteorologist, said Monday. “Everything east of Sells, Ariz., had above average rainfall amounts for the season,” French said. “West of there, it was considerably drier.” Local rainfall amounts varied dramatically during the monsoon, which began June 15 and ended Sept. 30. French said the Sierra Vista Fire Department reported a season total of 11.34 inches, which is 2.9 inches above the 30-year average of 8.44 inches.
  • Water Wise: Don’t let that soil get away!

    09/25/2016 11:30:26 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Mark Apel, Area Agent
    Now that our monsoon is winding down, perhaps you are noticing areas on your property where heavy rainfalls have begun to wash away one of your most precious resources – your soil. Depending on the topography of your property, you may notice areas of bare ground, new small channels that are forming or older channels that are deepening with every rain event. Soil erosion is a natural and human-caused phenomenon worldwide and can even be seen from space through satellite imagery. For example, a quick peak on Google Maps of the delta south of New Orleans shows a very muddy,...
  • Humor the Antidepressant: Are you a Devil or an Angel?

    09/25/2016 11:23:00 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Elizabeth Cowan
    Talk about a loaded question! Right? All the same, for this conversation and if all parties agree to embrace total honesty, neither answer is accurate. Unless you happen to be a heavenly being on a deluxe slumming tour of our charming little planet, you are probably part devil and part angel. The only difference is the degree to which either entity is in greater control than the other at any given time. Of course, we do not mean to imply that an actual miniature devil sits on one shoulder and a miniature angel on the other whispering in your ears,...
  • Soldier’s Best Friend: Touching two lives at a time

    09/19/2016 7:06:54 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Kay Phillips
    Southern Arizona veterans suffering from combat-related injuries have a new resource. Soldier’s Best Friend provides service dogs for U.S. military combat veterans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or combat related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Peoria, Ariz.-based non-profit began in 2011 after a veterinarian noticed some of his clients’ dogs were instrumental in helping them cope with their own issues such as depression or uneasiness in public. The program partners with local rescue shelters to obtain the dogs and it is from assisting the veteran and saving the dog that the organization gets its motto “Touching 2 lives at...
  • Humor the Antidepressant: Insult with style

    09/18/2016 10:17:46 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Elizabeth Cowan
    You have to admit there is a twisted sense of satisfaction derived from delivering a good insult. It is even more gratifying when your intended target does not realize it is an insult. Now, do not be squishy. No one is immune to the innate desire and even need to retaliate against folks who caused physical or mental anguish to you or someone near and dear to you. Sometimes turning the other cheek is not an option, particularly if the object of your retaliatory insult suffers from the pachyderm syndrome – thick skinned, thick headed and vocabulary disadvantaged. Before we...
  • Military Update: House votes faster firings at VA, speedier VA claim appeals

    09/17/2016 9:18:02 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | TOM PHILPOTT
    The House voted 310-116 Wednesday to arm the Department of Veterans Affairs, exclusively among federal departments, with tougher employee “accountability” tools to punish misconduct and better protect whistleblowers. It’s the latest political fallout from the patient wait time scandal of 2014 and multiple smaller investigations into misbehaving VA supervisors and staff that have become the primary focus of the House Veterans Affairs Committee under chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) who is to retire January. The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016 (HR 5620), introduced by Miller in July, would provide new authorities for VA to withhold financial...
  • Tucson Highlanders to perform at Faith Sept. 25

    09/16/2016 6:15:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald
    The Tucson Highlanders Pipes and Drums, dedicated to the music of the great Highland bagpipes, will be performing before and during worship at Faith Presbyterian Church, located at 2053 East Choctaw Drive in Sierra Vista, on Sunday, Sept. 25. Join Faith after worship for a time of fellowship with scones and jam. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. featuring the following music: Highland Cathedral, Amazing Grace, and Scotland the Brave. The Highlanders are proud to wear the Cameron of Erracht tartan. This is both an ancient clan tartan and is also truly a pipe band tartan, used by distinguished Highland...
  • Federal study finds mixed bag for groundwater levels along San Pedro River

    09/14/2016 2:52:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SierraVista Herald ^ |
    SIERRA VISTA — A multi-year study examining over a dozen indicators of groundwater discharge into the San Pedro River and riparian area indicates, that in some areas, streamwater and groundwater levels along the river are in decline. The study, conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, analyzed a series of data sets—including aquifer water levels, streamflow permanence, June wet-dry status of the river and spring discharge—collected over a 10-year span ending in 2012.
  • model railroading to life Local club going strong with a world of train layouts inside its door

    09/01/2016 2:42:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 47 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Steve Stockmar
    Attention to detail brings SIERRA VISTA — The precise attention to detail surrounding the room isn’t by accident when you walk into the Cochise & Western Model Railroad Club. All the track, the buildings, the lights and every other scale model carefully in place are there for a reason. The neighborhoods designed from the 1940s and 50s. The personnel responding to a building on fire. The construction worker welding away. Each layout “tells little stories,” said club member Jason Bease. The club has been going strong in Sierra Vista for more than 30 years, most of which have been in...
  • A new attraction rolls into the Benson Visitor Center

    08/28/2016 12:35:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    BENSON – The Benson Visitor Center’s murals and historic displays will be sharing the spotlight with a new attraction. A model train — the detailed replica of a Union Pacific SD 70 locomotive pulling five railcars — is now circling around the inside of the visitor center, mounted high overhead on a track suspended from the building’s ceiling. The project marks the first phase of a series of model train displays planned for the visitor center by Bob Nilson, tourism supervisor for the City of Benson. Funding for the train, track and support structures came through a $6,000 grant from...
  • Sportsman's Center to cease arms rental and ammunition sales

    08/25/2016 5:38:48 AM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tanja M. Linton, Fort Huachuca Media Relations Officer
    FORT HUACHUCA — The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is facing a more than $500,000 cut to recreation programs starting Oct. 1. As a result, DFMWR had to make tough and potentially unpopular decisions to rebalance its assets and make every dollar count. Up to this point, some recreation programs have been subsidized. This is no longer possible and passing along the costs associated with these services is prohibitive, especially within Outdoor Recreation. Outdoor Recreation and the Sportsman's Center will continue all services with the exception of arms rental and ammunition sales, which will end Aug. 28.
  • Trump supporters chastise Sen. Flake

    08/24/2016 5:53:55 AM PDT · by SandRat · 41 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    SIERRA VISTA — “If you can’t support Donald Trump, then I can’t support you,” a passionate constituent told Arizona U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake on Monday during an appearance in Sierra Vista. Questioned on his statements criticizing the Republican presidential nominee, Flake told a group of about 30 officials and members of the public that Trump needs to stop making controversial comments. “I can tell you it’s not a comfortable position, not to support the party’s nominee,” he said. “But if somebody doesn’t push back, we risk a lot more than just this election.”
  • Fishing Report keeps anglers informed

    08/20/2016 12:28:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    SIERRA VISTA — Looking for the latest info on where the best fishing spots are in southern Arizona and across the state? The Arizona Game and Fish Department has regular updates from anglers all over Arizona detailing what fish are hitting what baits and where as part of its weekly Fishing Report. Compiled from regular input from fishermen and women as well as Game and Fish officials, the report covers the fishing conditions at dozens of lakes and waterways, as well as stocking schedules, water levels and updates on which fish species are most active and when. “The idea is...
  • Cochise County confirms three Zika cases

    08/19/2016 10:22:18 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Liz Manring
    Health officials have confirmed three travel-associated cases of Zika virus discovered in Cochise County earlier this month. Two county residents tested positive for the virus two weeks ago, and a third person tested positive days later, on Aug. 8. All three individuals had recently traveled to Puerto Rico, which the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports has 7,855 locally-acquired cases of the virus. “None of these people (in Cochise County) are pregnant or are able to be pregnant,” said Elizabeth Lueck, Cochise County’s public health emergency preparedness program director. She said she could not confirm all three individuals are...
  • New facility, tech on display at open house Friday

    08/18/2016 2:10:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — The community at large will get its first look at the new Cochise College Downtown Center when the college hosts an open house for the new facility on Friday. From 3 to 6 p.m., visitors will have the chance to walk through the newly renovated halls of the former Sierra Vista Regional Health Center and speak with faculty and staff to learn about the various new technologies and course expansions that have filled the classrooms and laboratories in recent weeks. Located in the center of Sierra Vista, the new Downtown Center at the corner of Wilcox Drive...
  • Cleanup underway

    08/18/2016 1:53:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — City and Cochise County officials and the owner of several properties in the Fry Townsite have agreed upon the basis of a deal which would ultimately result in the clearing away of dozens of dilapidated mobile homes and junk vehicles from the county enclave. The final details of the deal are still being fine-tuned and will have to be accepted by a federal bankruptcy court, but after months of negotiations between property owner Lane Balmer and Mary Jacobs, assistant city manager of Sierra Vista, as well as Britt Hanson, chief civil deputy attorney for the Cochise County...
  • B-Troop to highlight Fort Bowie celebration

    08/15/2016 6:29:41 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    BOWIE — Fort Bowie will celebrate its 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service on Saturday, Sept. 3. The public has been invited to experience Fort Bowie’s role in westward expansion
  • Outgoing NETCOM Major General credited for his accomplishments at local post

    08/13/2016 8:14:49 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    FORT HUACHUCA — “There is no going back,” Major Gen. John B. Morrison, Jr., reminded an auditorium full of soldiers and civilians on Tuesday at the Change of Command ceremony, introducing the new leader of the Network Enterprise Technology Command on Fort Huachuca. Morrison, together with his wife Ann, have been stationed at the local post for more than two years. The couple were celebrated at a farewell dinner Monday night and Maj. Gen. Morrison officially surrendered his NETCOM position during the traditional ceremony Tuesday morning at Greely Hall on Fort Huachuca. Morrison’s next assignment will be as the Commanding...
  • Meteor shower visible late Thursday night

    08/11/2016 10:06:19 AM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Ted Forte, Huachuca Astronomy Club
    Meteor showers are associated with streams of debris left behind by comets. The Perseids are dust bits from Comet Swift-Tuttle and are famous for creating bright fireballs and elevated meteor activity for nearly two weeks in mid-August. This year it is predicted the shower will peak on the overnight of Thursday, Aug. 11, to Friday, Aug. 12. It is predicted to be twice the usual intensity. That’s because Earth will pass through the center of the debris stream rather than the grazing encounter we experience in most years. The display should be well worth the loss of a few hours’...
  • West Enders: Never surrender!

    08/11/2016 9:02:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    West Enders: Never surrender! Efforts to rejuvenate the West End are not new in this community’s history. Mayor Rick Mueller reminded us of that fact during his “Spotlight” speech Tuesday morning at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center. Technical problems prevented Mayor Mueller from starting his remarks with the benefit of a supporting video. All he had were a fist-full of notes and his decades-long memories of what Sierra Vista was like in its earlier days. That was more than enough. In the late ’90s, he and another local politician, Pat Call, invested themselves in doing something about the West...
  • Mandatory soldier transition courses have smoothed adjustment to civilian life

    08/07/2016 8:14:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    FORT HUACHUCA — After decades of service in the U.S. armed forces, living in a strictly regimented culture of knowing where and when a soldier, sailor or airman needs to be at any given moment, one of the biggest challenges can be adjusting to civilian life after separating from the military. For generations, this was a step that service men and women had to take alone, with no mandated assistance or guidance from the Department of Defense or the various military services, stretching back to the days of World War II and Vietnam, when soldiers were simply given their discharge...
  • Humor the Antidepressant: The choice

    08/07/2016 7:59:54 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Elizabeth Cowan
    Now that the political conventions for both parties are finally over, what looms on the horizon? The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, as in three more months of excessive carbon dioxide emissions, also known as empty rhetoric or hot air — including the same old same old promises which the winners never keep. All too often our choices for president are between the “absolutely not” candidate and the “hold your nose and vote” candidate. What we lack and sorely need is a stain free candidate. Teflon politicians need not apply. No murky past. No email trails, No...
  • Military veterans thrive as entrepreneurs Military veterans thrive as entrepreneurs

    08/07/2016 7:22:14 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — “I started indoor cycling classes in my garage with that raggedy bike over there,” laughs Tina Voigt, pointing to an older model stationary bike in her gym. “I had three other ladies and eventually we grew from my garage to the park, and now we’re here.” Here is Voigt Fitness and Personal Training in Sierra Vista — a modest 2,000-square-foot fitness studio located off Wilcox Drive. Co-owners Tina and Robert Voigt are retired Army non-commissioned officers and two of Sierra Vista’s many vet-trepreneurs who’ve found post-military success by going into business for themselves. Military veterans own 9...
  • Military Update: Progress on reserve vet status, vet preference initiatives

    08/06/2016 8:19:38 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | TOM PHILPOT
    Two no-cost initiatives to honor the service of Reserve and National Guard members are edging forward in Congress, though final passage this year is still far from certain. The more familiar of the two bills would bestow honorary “veteran” status on up to 200,000 Reserve and National Guard retirees who can’t now be called military veterans as defined under federal law. A newer initiative, being pushed by Reserve Officers Association, would make many more former Reserve and Guard members who were called to active duty under support orders eligible for veterans preference in competing for federal civilian jobs.
  • Many TRICARE beneficiaries to get new contractors in ‘17

    07/30/2016 6:28:02 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | TOM PHILPOT
    Leaders of military medicine are promising TRICARE beneficiaries a smooth transition of healthcare coverage next year when three support contract regions (North, South and West) are reorganized into two (East and West), and many TRICARE users see different contractors take charge of civilian provider networks that deliver health benefits off base. The two new mammoth TRICARE support contracts, valued at a combined $58 billion over five years, are designed to more standardize care quality across networks, improve monitoring of provider performance, and smooth continuity of care by requiring networks providers to share patient care data with the military direct care...
  • Dinosaurs in St. David Clea Brown shares stories of the dinosaur dig on her family’s ranch

    07/26/2016 1:59:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    ST. DAVID — There’s no telling how many times Milton Curtis stepped over those odd-looking rocks as he went about the day-to-day business of ranching. Back in 1921, life on Curtis Ranch in St. David was filled with cattle and horses and providing for a young family. Things like dinosaurs really weren’t the topic of discussion, nor did they get much attention. But in 1921, that changed. “What my father thought were rocks were actually the tips of tusks from a giant mastodon dinosaur,” chuckled 98-year-old Clea Brown, her eyes sparkling as she talked about a discovery that launched the...
  • Hastings stores to close

    07/25/2016 1:39:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    SIERRA VISTA — Five weeks after filing for bankruptcy, all Hastings locations are set to close by the end of October. The Amarillo, Texas-based entertainment retail chain operates more than 120 stores across the country, including a Sierra Vista location that has been in business for more than 20 years. As of July 13, all stores stopped accepting gift cards and store credit, and following the June 13 Chapter 11 filing in a Delaware federal court, the customer buy-back program was suspended and the video game rental program ended.
  • Plans in place for former bombing site clean-up, funds lacking

    07/23/2016 6:55:59 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ |
    SIERRA VISTA — A representative from the Army Corps of Engineers revealed the findings Wednesday of a four-year munitions study of more than 1,500 acres in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area (SPRNCA), southeast of the San Pedro House. The study was looking for live munitions or other environmental factors from World War II Army use that would impact the acreage. Two live explosives and fragments of explosives in the dense, thorny acreage were discovered. A third live explosive was carried out by a hiker and turned over to local authorities. “It is not a hospitable site,” said 1st Lt....
  • Plans in place for former bombing site clean-up, funds lacking

    07/22/2016 9:35:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ |
    SIERRA VISTA — A representative from the Army Corps of Engineers revealed the findings Wednesday of a four-year munitions study of more than 1,500 acres in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area (SPRNCA), southeast of the San Pedro House. The study was looking for live munitions or other environmental factors from World War II Army use that would impact the acreage. Two live explosives and fragments of explosives in the dense, thorny acreage were discovered. A third live explosive was carried out by a hiker and turned over to tlocal authorities. “It is not a hospitable site,” said 1st Lt....
  • An open letter to the citizens of Sierra Vista

    07/20/2016 9:51:34 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following commentary was submitted by Derek Osburn, President of the Sierra Vista Police Officers Association This letter is to express our appreciation for the overwhelming support you, the community, have shown over the last week since the Dallas tragedy in which five police officers lost their lives in the line of duty. Even though this occurred in Dallas, anytime a Police Officer loses their life, it affects all Officers nationwide. Since the morning following the shooting, Sierra Vista Police Officers have received cards of appreciation and thanks from both adults and children; food, coffee, gift cards, flowers...
  • Local courtrooms 1st to embrace remote court reporting

    07/20/2016 9:23:56 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    Cochise County is the first in the country to utilize a new technology that addresses a challenge facing a growing number of trial courtrooms. Remote court reporting, which allows a stenographer to record court proceedings from a remote location, has been in use at the Bisbee courthouse since May, Superior Court Administrator Eric Silverberg said Tuesday. The new process solves a continuing “demand and supply” problem, Silverberg said, which has limited the number of stenographers available to cover court proceedings. On May 9, the county launched a pilot program to test its remote recording system in Judge Terry Bannon’s courtroom....
  • Cyber center puts UA South on national level

    07/19/2016 8:44:39 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald | Eric Petermann
    With realistic aspirations of becoming one of just eight cyber academic centers of excellence in the nation, the University of Arizona South is aggressively developing a new program that will maximize the community’s efforts to attract new businesses to the area, the school’s dean, Dr. James Shockey said Monday. As part of that effort Jason Denno has been hired as the Director of Cyber Operations Program Development to oversee the preparation of a curriculum, meeting of certification requirements and construction of a “first-of-its-kind” virtual learning environment. Denno, 47, has worked most recently in cyber operations in the commercial sector and...
  • Sunsites man sentenced to more than 900 years for child molestation

    07/15/2016 6:34:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 27 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — A Sunsites man has been sentenced to nearly a millennium behind bars following his trial and conviction on multiple counts of sex crimes involving children. Romiro Preciado, 32, was sentenced on Tuesday in Cochise County Superior Court to nine consecutive life sentences, totaling 909 years in prison, after a trial during which he was convicted of nine counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and three counts of child endangerment, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation dates back more than a year ago, when sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of domestic violence in...
  • Corps of Engineers to detail munitions cleanup efforts at public meeting

    07/14/2016 8:47:53 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Cochise County residents are invited to learn how the Army Corps of Engineers plans to clean up decades-old munitions from local World War II-era training sites at a public meeting next week. The meeting, set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express at 1902 South Highway 92, will cover the recent investigation by the Corps of two sites, both located within the San Pedro River National Conservation Area. The sites, known as the Artillery, Mortar Ranges and Maneuver Area and the Charleston Maneuver Area, were visited several times by the Corps in an effort...
  • Top 10 for tech workers Sierra Vista among the best places in the nation for tech workers

    07/12/2016 7:38:49 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    SIERRA VISTA — A national survey of 201 cities ranks Sierra Vista as the tenth best place to work for employees in the technology industry in 2016. SmartAsset, an online financial service based in New York City, points to the average salary paid to local tech workers and the lower cost of living as two primary reasons Sierra Vista earned a spot in the top 10 this year. It the first time in the three-year history of the survey that any city in Arizona has earned a spot in the top 10.
  • Most dogs found over holiday reunited with owners

    07/09/2016 9:17:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — All but one of the loose dogs recovered by local police or animal control officers and sent to the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center around the 4th of July holiday have been reunited with their owners. The local animal shelter saw a significant uptick in the number of dogs brought into the shelter around the holiday, most likely due to becoming scared and panicked by the detonation of fireworks, said Arleen Garcia, animal control supervisor for Sierra Vista. By Wednesday, four of the 10 dogs had already been reunited with their owners, who were easily notified...
  • Military Update: Commission on care report reignites VA ‘choice’ debate

    07/09/2016 5:42:11 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Twelve of 15 commissioners appointed by Congress and the president to propose reforms to veterans’ healthcare have endorsed 18 “bold” steps to transform the system, but in the end rejected a push to dismantle it and to shift most veterans’ care into the private sector. And yet, say critics of the Commission on Care including several veteran organizations, its final report released Tuesday still proposes to expand veterans’ rights to choose outside healthcare providers, enough to put traditional VA healthcare at significant risk over time. The dangers, opponents contend, is that a steady shift of patients from VA to the...
  • Amendment limits military band activities to installations

    07/03/2016 8:45:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 30 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Those who enjoy hearing the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band from Fort Huachuca playing patriotic tunes at summer concerts in Veterans’ Memorial Park or while marching in the annual Veterans Day Parade in Sierra Vista may want to pay special attention to their performances during Monday’s Independence Day celebrations, because it could be one of the last times the band performs off post. In what she calls an effort by Congress to tell the Department of Defense that it has concerns about defense spending priorities, Rep. Martha McSally recently proposed an amendment to the annual Department...
  • Salute to the Buffalo Soldiers Pearl Harbor survivor honored in Tombstone

    06/30/2016 12:44:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    TOMBSTONE — Nelson Mitchell drew cheers and salutes from spectators lining Tombstone’s Allen Street, as he waved to the crowd from the back of an antique convertible. Mitchell served as grand marshal for the eighth annual Salute to the Buffalo Soldiers parade on Saturday, a celebration that commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers and honored Mitchell, the last African American survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. “He’s a celebrity,” said Charles Hancock, president of the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers, an organization based out of Sierra Vista. “He was clearly the star attraction for today’s ceremony and...
  • Military Update: Vet groups uniting to oppose privatized care, defend VA

    06/25/2016 2:53:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | TOM PHILPOT
    The nation’s leading veteran services organizations are rallying behind the Department of Veterans Affairs and its beleaguered health care system, touting the experience of staff, the breadth of services and its holistic approach to care delivery that they argue the private sector cannot match. The VSOs are warning of politicians and groups with agendas that constantly criticize VA health care, refuse to acknowledge reforms and thus advance a camouflaged campaign to dismantle VA health care. They also say it is time to better educate their own members on actions being taken to improve to the healthcare system that millions of...
  • Stars premier new ‘Independence Day’ movie with soldiers on Fort Huachuca

    06/22/2016 7:44:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 36 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Steve Stockmar
    FORT HUACHUCA — Even the stars were a little starstruck. It’s one thing to portray the military in Hollywood, as the cast of the blockbuster “Independence Day” did 20 years ago in a story that featured people of Earth banding together to topple alien invaders. Much of the cast has regrouped, with some new cast members, for “Independence Day: Resurgence,” the much anticipated sequel that hits theaters this Thursday. But to visit the troops on their turf and see what they do to defend the U.S. is quite another thing. Two stars from the new film, Jessie T. Usher and...
  • Cochise women clinch 8th overall at national finals

    06/21/2016 8:02:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Steve Stockmar
    In what was their strongest event heading into the national finals, the Cochise College women’s rodeo team placed two cowgirls among the nation’s Top 10 Saturday night, helping the team to a Top 10 finish overall. At the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., Apaches sophomore Georgia Diez placed third overall in goat tying, followed by her teammate, Makayla Boots, in seventh in the same event. Cochise had too much firepower in goat tying to not make a strong statement, Apaches head coach Rick Smith said Monday.
  • U.S. Army Garrison Fort Huachuca changes command

    06/21/2016 6:25:09 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tanja M. Linton, Fort Huachuca Media Relations Officer
    FORT HUACHUCA — U.S. Army Garrison Fort Huachuca will conduct a Change of Command Ceremony between Col. Thomas A. Boone (outgoing) and Col. James W. Wright (incoming) at 7:30 a.m., today, June 21, on Brown Parade Field. The community is welcome to join us for a colorful, traditional military ceremony. Boone assumed command of the U.S. Army Garrison April 30, 2014. He stays at Fort Huachuca for a new assignment at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence. Wright joins us after an assignment at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The Fort Huachuca garrison commander functions much like a city manager. The...
  • No signs of Zika or West Nile in Cochise County so far

    06/20/2016 3:40:00 PM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Andrew Paxton
    SIERRA VISTA — Cochise County has not seen a case of either the Zika or West Nile virus this season, but conditions will soon be changing which will bring more chances for mosquitos to flourish, and health officials are responding. County health officials have been trapping mosquitoes and sending them to state labs for testing, which have so far yielded no positive cases, said county Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Elizabeth Lueck. “The main point here is that right now, we don’t have Zika or West Nile in Cochise County,” she