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  • Review of fatal accident in hands of County Attorney driver ‘didn’t see’ woman with cart

    02/09/2018 4:29:53 AM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Terri Jo Neff
    SIERRA VISTA – Police officials have completed an investigation into the death of Susan Dunbar, who was run over by a pickup truck in the Fry’s Food parking lot Dec. 28. “The case was sent to the Cochise County Attorney’s Office on Monday for review of whether the driver is charged,” said Sgt. Brian Sebastian of Sierra Vista Police Department (SVPD). County attorney Brian McIntyre confirmed his office has the file and that it will be given priority because it involves a death investigation. “As for a timeline, I cannot provide one as there are many factors that can affect...
  • Senate panel votes to expand animal abuse laws

    02/09/2018 4:15:07 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Linking the crime to domestic violence, a Senate panel voted Thursday to expand state laws of what constitutes animal abuse and demand harsher penalties. Existing law already makes it a Class 6 felony to intentionally or knowingly inflict unnecessary physical injury to an animal. The same penalty — a year in state prison — applies to those who subject any animal to cruel mistreatment. SB 1295 would create a special Class 5 felony for subjecting pets to cruel mistreatment. And the same penalty would apply for killing a pet without the owner's consent. Deputy Pima County Attorney Kathleen...
  • ‘A collage of information’

    02/09/2018 4:08:03 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Lauren Renteria
    SIERRA VISTA — Every year, the Southwestern Association of Buffalo Soldiers celebrates Black History Month with educational lectures commemorating the contributions of African-Americans, both past and present. This year, the organization will hold a lecture at the Sierra Vista Public Library from noon to 2 p.m., highlighting pivotal impacts African-Americans had in U.S. wars throughout history. Charles Hancock, presenter and president of the association, will discuss the contributions of African-Americans in the military, much of which, he said, isn’t commonly examined in history books. “It’ll be from the Revolutionary War to the present,” Hancock said. “From my research in dealing...
  • Lawmaker proposes tire spikes to stop wrong-way drivers

    02/08/2018 5:53:25 AM PST · by SandRat · 32 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Saying warning signs and detection systems may not be the right answer, a state lawmaker has a more radical approach to stopping wrong-way drivers: slicing and dicing their tires. Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita wants state transportation officials to identify highway stretches that have a high potential for people driving head-on into traffic. More to the point, HB 2539 would mandate the installation of spikes "that shred the vehicle tires of any wrong-way driver.'' Her legislation comes amid what appears to be an increasing number of motorists ending up on the wrong side of divided highways. The Department of Public...
  • State could finally pass texting-while-driving ban - with caveats

    02/08/2018 5:47:04 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Arizona may finally be ready to join the 47 other states who find the practice of texting while driving so dangerous that they have made it illegal. But supporters of the ban, who have come up pretty much empty-handed for more than a decade, are having to agree to some limits to try to push the bill to the finish line and get it signed into law. SB 1261 as approved Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Technology, would create a fine of no more than $99 for a first offense and $200 for repeat violations....
  • Tax break bill for military retirees makes leaps in the Senate

    02/07/2018 5:06:00 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — A tax break for military retirees has cleared a pair of significant hurdles. Four days after the measure initially failed, the Senate on Monday voted 18-11 to exempt the first $10,000 of military pensions from the state's income tax beginning in 2020. Under SB 1167, about 55,000 people who have served at least 20 years in the military would save about $280 a year. Separately, the House Committee on Military, Veterans and Regulatory Affairs on Monday gave its blessing to HB 2236 on an 8-1 vote. It also would create a $10,000 exemption, albeit on a different schedule....
  • Best Buy plans to pull CDs from stores by July

    02/06/2018 6:15:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 94 replies
    Remember seeing aisles upon aisles of CDs when entering a Best Buy store? By summer, shoppers won’t see any CDs in U.S. stores. The electronic retailer says it will start removing CDs from all U.S. stores starting July 1, according to a report from Billboard. The report says CD sales dropped 18.5 percent last year at Best Buy. The CD inventory has been shrinking at Best Buy stores for at least 10 years. Billboard said Best Buy will continue to sell vinyl albums and turntables for at least the next two years. The move to digital streams in the music...
  • McDonald's french fries may be cure for baldness, according to new study (HA HA HA HA * * *)

    02/06/2018 1:11:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies
    WXYZ Detroit ^ | Mary Stringini
    A chemical found in McDonald's French fries may be the cure for baldness, according to a new study. A stem cell research team in Japan found that a chemical added to the fries in order to prevent the cooking oil from splashing was able to produce hair follicles on mice. *******
  • Fort will conduct prescribed burn Wednesday

    02/06/2018 7:48:34 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tanja M. Linton, Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office
    FORT HUACHUCA — Fort Huachuca, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, will conduct a prescribed burn Wednesday in Training Area Tango 2 around Ranges 8, 9 and 10 to mitigate fire risk for our live fire training mission. Ignition should take place around 7:30 a.m. The majority of the smoke will likely be generated mid-morning and dispersed by the afternoon.
  • Tombstone’s biker women redefine motorcycle culture

    02/05/2018 6:49:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 27 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Lauren Renteria
    TOMBSTONE — In the town too tough to die, being a biker is no longer a men’s club. In fact, the ladies of Tombstone’s American Legion Riders are breaking stereotypes about what it means to be a biker. On a windy Saturday afternoon, the legion riders at Post 24 file in for the group’s regular meeting on historic Allen Street in Tombstone. The sound of heavy boots thud down the halls of the biker bar to the back room where a sea of leather-clad bikers filled the seats along long white tables. Some members of the American Legion are what...
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems soar to the Capitol

    02/05/2018 6:22:34 AM PST · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Jacqueline Moran For the Herald/Review
    Save PHOENIX — An Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) used for public safety flew above the capitol grounds in Phoenix on Wednesday, Jan. 17, during the 13th annual Aerospace Days at the Capitol. Hosted by the Aerospace States Association and Aerospace Arizona, the goal of the event was to educate legislators on the commercial uses of UAS, including agriculture, ranching, mining operations, inspecting large aircraft, and real estate. Demonstrations and displays regarding UAS uses, legislation, regulation, safety and technical issues, adorned the capitol lawn as legislators and citizens learned about the uses and economic impact of the aerospace industry, specifically as...
  • The African American Soldier At Fort Huachuca, Arizona, 1892-1946

    ABSTRACT This study examines the history of African American soldiers at Fort Huachuca, Arizona from 1892 until 1946. It was during this period that U.S. Army policy required that African Americans serve in separate military units from white soldiers. All four of the United States Congressionally mandated all-black units were stationed at Fort Huachuca during this period, beginning with the 24th Infantry and following in chronological order; the 9th Cavalry, the 10th Cavalry, and the 25th Infantry. During World War II, both all-black Army Divisions, the 93rd and 92nd trained at this Arizona fort. This study clearly demonstrates that Fort...
  • Celebrating the caverns Kartchner state park to hold CaveFest 2018

    02/02/2018 6:24:49 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Lauren Renteria
    BENSON — Every year, rangers and staff at Kartchner Caverns State Park celebrate the world-famous caves and critters that live in and around them at “CaveFest.” This year, the two-day weekend event runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday, Feb. 3 and Sunday, Feb. 4. Though the event isn’t ticketed, patrons will have to pay the park’s usual vehicle entry fee, which is $7. Jessica Mepps, a park ranger for Kartchner and special events coordinator, said the goal of the event is to celebrate the park’s conservation efforts and the one-of-a-kind caves hailed for their spectacular stalactites. It’s...
  • Chiricahua National Monument offers programs for African American History Month

    02/02/2018 6:11:49 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Libby Schaaf
    WILLCOX — Chiricahua National Monument park rangers will offer a series of programs highlighting the history of the 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers. These soldiers were stationed at Bonita Canyon from 1885-1886 during the Geronimo campaign. “The history of the Buffalo Soldiers is one of the lesser known stories at our park,” said Acting Superintendent Matt Stoffolano. “These soldiers are an important part of the cultural history of Chiricahua National Monument as they served to protect the western frontier.” On Saturdays in February, join a ranger at the Bonita Canyon Campground Amphitheater for an illustrated evening program about the Buffalo Soldiers...
  • Speaker to ask fellow lawmakers to censure Yuma representative

    02/01/2018 5:03:24 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — House Speaker J.D. Mesnard will ask fellow lawmakers to censure Rep. Don Shooter on Thursday following an investigation which found "credible evidence'' that the Yuma Republican violated the House of Representatives policy against sexual harassment. In releasing the 82-page report conducted by an outside investigator, Mesnard also said Tuesday he is permanently removing Shooter from all committee assignments. That goes beyond the action Shooter took last month when he stripped Shooter of his post chairing the House Appropriations Committee after the allegations first arose. But Mesnard said he believes that what the outside investigators turned up did not...
  • McSally, Dannels react to State of the Union

    02/01/2018 4:54:37 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels joined U.S. Rep. Martha McSally stand at the steps of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., prior to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Donald Trump. WASHINGTON, D.C. — It was exactly what the American people needed to hear, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally said Wednesday morning after President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address. Traveling by train after a late night, McSally reflected on the speech she characterized as “positive, hopeful and optimistic.” She invited Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels to attend the event and noted his commitment to one...
  • BP agent reunites with child he saved

    01/30/2018 6:37:46 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Emily Thurlow
    BISBEE — Even though he was off-duty at the time, one Border Patrol agent upheld the agency’s motto of “Honor First” when he performed life-saving CPR on a 2-year-old, earlier this month. To recognize those actions, the toddler and his family met with the agent at the Brian A. Terry Station in Bisbee Monday afternoon. “He was a miracle,” said Cristal Noperi, mother to 2-year-old Alexander Pina Noperi. Jed Eckler, an agent based out of the Brian A. Terry Station, shared how when he was driving home on Jan. 18, northbound on Highway 92 after his shift, he saw a...
  • GOP Senator isn’t convinced marijuana has legitimate medical uses

    01/30/2018 6:27:55 AM PST · by SandRat · 61 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — A Lake Havasu City senator says he's still has yet to be convinced that marijuana has any legitimate medical uses. But Republican Sonny Borrelli said Monday the fact remains that voters did approve legalizing the drug for medical uses in 2010 and more than 150,000 Arizonans have state permission to buy and use it. So he figures it's the state's obligation to ensure that buyers are getting a product that's not tainted and, in fact, has the amount of psychoactive THC that buyers are promised. SB 1420 would give the state Department of Agriculture the same authority over...
  • McSally announces 2018 State of the Union guest

    01/30/2018 6:18:13 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Submitted by Kelly C. Schibi, CommunicationsKelly C. Schibi,Communicat Representative Martha McSally
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Martha McSally announced that will attend the 2018 State of the Union (SOTU) address as her guest on Tuesday night. Just this past May, he was appointed Immigration and Border Security Chairman by the National Sheriff’s Association. In this national leadership position, he represents more than 3,000 sheriffs in counties all across the U.S. and is responsible for speaking on their behalf and taking their concerns and perspective to the Department of Homeland Security and President Trump’s Administration. “Sheriff Dannels is a national voice for sheriffs throughout America,” said McSally. “He is a leader with...
  • Arizona Office of Tourism celebrates National Plan for Vacation Day

    01/30/2018 6:06:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Emily Thurlow
    REGION — Arizonans left more than 11 million days of paid vacation unused last year, according to the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT). To encourage folks to utilize that time off, AOT is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day today, Jan. 30 and have highlighted a number of sights to see throughout the state, including those in Cochise County. "I think one of the reasons Arizonans waste fewer vacation days than our counterparts around the country is that we live in such a beautiful place. You don't have to look very far to find a reason to take a couple...