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  • B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Memorial Regiment (Memorial) hosts Cavalry Heritage Day

    05/26/2017 8:44:20 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Angela Camara, public affairs officer at Fort Huachuca
    FORT HUACHUCA — B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) will host its Cavalry Heritage Day beginning at noon May 27 at Wren Arena featuring riding demonstrations, cavalry charges and more. The public is invited to attend this free, family-friendly event to see cavalrymen demonstrate horsemanship and weapons employment skills in challenging obstacle courses. Bring the kids and meet the troopers and their mounts. Food and souvenir vendors will be on location. The 4th Cavalry Regiment is one of the most famous and most decorated regiments in the U.S. Army. Since its activation in 1855, the 4th Cavalry has continuously served...
  • Teen inspires new law Buena High School graduate, local fire chief help pass SB 1201

    05/24/2017 7:24:58 AM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Monique Brand
    PALOMINAS — A Sierra Vista teen is the face of a new law that will help ease the scare of helping others. Jennifer Fonseca’s journey began in 2015 while hiking at Ramsey Canyon with two family members. During the trek, they encountered an injured person who was not breathing. Each person in Fonseca’s group performed CPR on the individual until first responders — including the Palominas Fire District — arrived. Unfortunately though, the injured hiker succumbed to his injuries. “For a 16-year-old, that is a lot to take in,” Fonseca, 18, said. “We tried to help him, regardless of how...
  • Battling to be the best NETCOM competition tests top soldiers

    05/20/2017 10:36:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Soldiers from around the the globe participated in a grueling week-long competition on Fort Huachuca from May 15 through 18. The U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) Best Warrior Competition tests soldiers in a series of tasks, including the army physical fitness test, obstacle course, M4 rifle marksmanship, day and night land navigation, army warrior tasks, battle drills and much more. “These soldiers are exhausted,” Master Sgt. Richard Torres said on Thursday while watching competitors advance through different drills. “This is their eighth day of testing and these drills are grueling,” added Torres who is the...
  • NETCOM inducts Soldier into Signal Cove of Remembrance

    05/19/2017 8:52:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Sharon K. Shulsky, NETCOM Public Affairs Office
    FORT HUACHUCA – Signal Soldiers of the Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort Huachuca honored their own during a memorial ceremony for the Signal Cove of Remembrance, Wednesday, at the NETCOM headquarters, Greely Hall. The Cove is dedicated to the more than 100 Signal Soldiers and civilians who have died since the 9-11 terrorist attack. During the solemn ceremony May 17, the name and image of Sgt. 1st Class Allen E. Brown, formerly of the Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, was added to the NETCOM Signal Cove of Remembrance memorial. Brown,...
  • Border Patrol agents encounter a pickup truck smuggling illegal aliens

    05/14/2017 6:49:37 AM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tucson Sector, Border Patrol Public Affairs Office
    WILLCOX – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Willcox Station apprehended a male United States citizen for attempting to smuggle 10 Mexican nationals. Thursday afternoon an agent spotted two suspicious vehicles driving east on Apache Pass Road near Bowie. The agent followed one of the vehicles, a Chevy Silverado, to the parking lot of a convenience store. The agent consensually walked up to the vehicle and talked to the front passenger while the driver was in front of the truck. During the conversation, the agent determined the passenger was illegally present in the United States. The agent also observed four...
  • 55 arrested in Arizona in connection with gangs, homicide, kidnapping

    05/14/2017 6:40:05 AM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    PHOENIX — A six-week nationwide gang operation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) concluded this weekend with 1,378 arrests across the U.S., 55 in Arizona – the largest gang surge conducted by HSI to date. The operation targeted gang members and associates involved in transnational criminal activity including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder and racketeering. Arizona arrests included 48 U.S. citizens, seven foreign nationals, 16 confirmed gang members, and seven gang associates. Numerous state, local and federal law enforcement partners, including ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), participated in the...
  • POAD TRIP! Destination: Bisbee City lauded as ‘Prettiest Town in Arizona’

    05/13/2017 7:54:30 AM PDT · by SandRat · 46 replies
    BISBEE — Bisbee has joined three southern Arizona communities who ranked high in USA Today's “Best Small Towns in the Southwest.” Bisbee ranked second, behind Ajo, respectively. USA Today 10Best editors compiled a list of 70 towns with populations less than 10,000, and narrowed those down to 20 for the vote. According to, nominees were "travel-worthy for their beauty, culture, shopping, dining, entertainment and lodging options.” Bisbee has a population of about 5,500 and is known for its affluent art community and preserved historic architectural heritage. Last year, Bisbee was chosen by Sunset Magazine editors as the “Best Small...
  • Scoping things out Astronomy club gives local kids a vision out of this world

    05/13/2017 7:11:29 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA - Ted Forte, Ken Duncan, and Bob Gent met at Colonel Smith Middle School recently and young astronomers observed the planet Venus, the moon, and the sun through their telescopes. The trio also brought the Planetary Science Institute's meteorite kit, and student scientists studied pieces of Mars and a rare and beautiful Pallasite meteorite. Later that evening, they drove to Faras Elementary School near Douglas, and Rick Burke joined Forte, Duncan, and Gent. “The seeing was good, and we observed the moon, Jupiter and other wonders of the night sky,” Gent said.
  • Kids, parents observe National Bike/Walk Day

    05/12/2017 7:02:58 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vistsa Herald ^ | Monique Brand
    SIERRA VISTA — As many opted for a typical car or bus ride to school, others chose more of an environmentally-friendly approach to commemorate National Bike/Walk to School Day on Wednesday. The day is part of National Bike/Walk to School Week, supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and the National Center for Safe Routes to School. “On Bike to School Day, we’re pleased to report that places around the country are celebrating the fun of biking to school and prioritizing children as they look to improve transportation safety for their entire communities,” said Nancy...
  • SIERRA VISTA — Two School District campuses got awith a visit from an Olympic medalist on Tuesday.

    05/10/2017 3:47:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Monique Brand
    SIERRA VISTA — Two Sierra Vista Unified School District campuses were graced with a visit from an Olympic bronze medalist on Tuesday. Before the first school bell rang at Huachuca Mountain Elementary School, students rode side by side with Olympian Donny Robinson to the campus. His competitive sport is Bicycle Motocross, also known as BMX. At the Carmichael Elementary School campus, the cafeteria was at capacity with students, parents and teachers anxiously awaiting the Olympian’s arrival. “This week is about having an option to walk or bike to school safely,” preschool teacher Rachael Franks said. Franks is also the campus’...
  • Taking the final leap Five join Fort’s historical cavalry

    05/08/2017 7:45:06 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Monique Brand
    FORT HUACHUCA — At exactly 2:20 p.m. on Friday, five soldiers took a knee and placed shiny spurs on their boots. “Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to the newest members of the B Troop, 4th Cavalry Division,” said Garrison Commander Col. Whit Wright to the crowd. A wave of cheers followed. For close to 16 weeks, the group — four men and one woman — learned all things 1880s as they now represent the Fort’s historic horseback soldier. Sgt. Kascia Vigil, the class’s only female student, joined the troop as it “was something prideful about them.” “This training was...
  • Military Intelligence Corps Band receives new commander

    05/04/2017 7:38:39 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — After 30-months as Commander of the Military Intelligence Corps Band on Fort Huachuca, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Crane handed the baton over to a new commander. In a Change of Command Ceremony on Brown Parade Field Wednesday, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Jeffrey Moore was charged with the responsibility of the band as its new commander. Col. Whit Wright presided over the ceremony, where he spoke of the important roles that U.S. Army bands have throughout the country and more specifically, the MI Corps Band’s significance as the face of Fort Huachuca. “The US Army is...
  • Fire claims part of historical area

    05/02/2017 2:17:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Monique Brand
    The Palominas Fire District responded at approximately 3:56 p.m. on Sunday to the area of Highway 92 and Bethlehem in Palominas for a reported brush fire, threatening the former Miracle Valley Bible College. Monique Brand “Units arrived to find about a four to five acre brush/grass fire that was moving quickly to the south by moderate winds from the north,” said Fire Chief Mark Matthews. “The fire had already caused one of the older structures on the old Bible College property to start burning.” Close to 30 personnel from Palominas Fire District, Fry Fire District, Bisbee Fire Department, U.S. Forest...
  • Unfinished cross-border tunnel uncovered in Naco

    05/01/2017 7:04:20 AM PDT · by SandRat · 41 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Emily Thurlow
    NACO – An incomplete cross-border tunnel was uncovered by a construction worker clearing old fencing near Naco. According to Christopher Sullivan, a public information officer and Border Patrol agent based out of the Tucson sector, the construction worker contacted Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents at the Brian A. Terry Station to report a “possible smuggling tunnel.” Following an investigation, agents discovered the unfinished tunnel. “The tunnel was approximately 15 feet deep and extended into the United States about four feet from the international boundary fence,” he said. “The tunnel has no ventilation or lighting.” The tunnel has already been filled...
  • Agents discover pounds of dope concealed in a casket

    05/01/2017 6:50:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 66 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Border Patrol, Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office
    WILLCOX – Willcox Border Patrol Agents, from the State Route (SR) 80 Immigration Checkpoint near Tombstone, stopped a hearse and found more than 67 pounds of marijuana concealed in a casket. Early Saturday evening, agents working near the immigration checkpoint noticed a white hearse travelling north of Tombstone. Upon further investigation of the hearse, agents conducted an immigration vehicle stop at the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 82. After several inconsistencies and based on the totality of the circumstances, a Border Patrol canine unit was requested and alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emitting from the...
  • Don’t rock the vending machine

    04/30/2017 8:25:57 AM PDT · by SandRat · 31 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Christopher Zimmerman
    Vending machines have changed since I was a kid. Not only do they look different, but they dispense different products now. Some things that you used to be in vending machines are no longer available. For instance, you used to be able to buy cigarettes from vending machines. However, someone figured out that unsupervised children could also buy cigarettes from vending machines. Nowadays, your children are thankfully limited to healthy vending machine products like soda, candy, and R-rated movies. I remember the cigarette machines when I was a kid. I never got any cigarettes out of them, but the machines...
  • McSally introduces bill on staffing shortages at dorder

    04/30/2017 7:36:03 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Kelly Schibi
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., has introduced bipartisan legislation to boost national security and alleviate the shortage of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Border Patrol agents along the border. The bill will provide the Commissioner of CBP with discretionary authority to expedite the hiring of existing law enforcement officers and veterans who meet CBP background checks and experience standards. "Fully staffing our CBP officers at our ports of entry and Border Patrol agents between the ports of entry is vital for security and economic growth of our communities and nation,” said McSally, Chairwoman of the...
  • Military panel sees local opportunities

    04/30/2017 7:29:32 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Laura Jones-Martinez Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation
    SIERRA VISTA -- The Arizona Regional EDF hosted a panel of military advisors from around the state to discuss military and defense issues. The panel met at the Sierra Vista Police Department training room to share the importance of military installations to our economy. The panel was introduced and welcomed by Mayor Rick Mueller. Mueller highlighted the importance of the military to our economy, saying that “combat readiness” is the fifth “C” of Arizona. The defense industry has a $10.2 billion economic impact on our state and provides approximately 96,000 jobs. Dr. Joseph Cuffari, military policy advisor to Gov. Ducey...
  • Subtlety vs. Rusty Scalpel

    04/30/2017 7:05:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Elizabeth Cowan
    Are you inclined toward verbal slicing and dicing, without bloodshed? Or, do you prefer to couch what you say in clever or unique phrasing? Then euphemisms could be your go-to mode of communication. Saying what you mean can get you in trouble especially if the words are spot-on blunt. Far too many folks are faux-squeamish when it comes to what hits their eardrums, but only in public. In private, their vocabulary and cruelty would make a drill sergeant blush. There are ways of skirting awkward or crass language. You simply get creative and rely on euphemisms. Be warned. Euphemisms can...
  • Students encouraged to bike or walk to school in May

    04/29/2017 3:14:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA – Local schools and partner organizations in Sierra Vista and on Fort Huachuca will once again celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10, by encouraging students to walk or bike to school all week long. The Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District and Sierra Vista Unified School District have been celebrating National Bike to School Day locally for several years now. With the support of the City of Sierra Vista and other community partners, the local event has grown to extend a full week and includes prizes offered as incentives for students to participate in hopes...