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  • Army band to play final notes Saturday at Fort Huachuca ceremony

    06/15/2018 6:14:43 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Emily Ellis emily.ellis
    The U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band will hold a farewell concert and inactivation ceremony this Saturday, commemorating a 141-year legacy of Army music at Fort Huachuca. Band alumni, some traveling from as far as Alabama, will join with current members to perform a final concert. It marks the end of a long tradition of musical support, both at Fort Huachuca and at events in Sierra Vista, said Media Relations Officer Tanja Linton. “They add so much to the rhythm of life at Fort Huachuca. They’re ambassadors for the community,” said Linton. “It’s a loss, and we’re kind of heartbroken.”...
  • Soldiers, others celebrate Army’s 243rd birthday on post

    06/15/2018 6:07:16 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Early on Thursday morning, about 2,200 soldiers, their families and members of the public gathered at the Fort Huachuca Warrior/Sentinel Field to celebrate the Army’s 243rd birthday with a traditional run and cake-cutting ceremony. Birthday traditions have long been a part of the Army, which was established in 1775, a year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This particular birthday also marked the centennial of World War I’s end. The annual celebrations at Fort Huachuca, which includes a special birthday meal open to the public, are a way to both honor that legacy and to engage with the...
  • Play 'Fort Huachuca' brings history to life

    06/13/2018 5:46:14 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Emily Ellis emily.ellis
    Save Fort Huachuca hosted the cast of a Los Angeles-based play about African American Army nurses stationed at the post during World War II on Tuesday, giving the actresses a chance to walk in the the historical footsteps of the characters they play. Seeing the actual setting for her play “Fort Huachuca” was always in the back of playwright Ailema Sousa’s mind during the two years she spent researching and writing the work, which debuted at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 7. Sousa, who studied history as an undergraduate, first conceived of the idea following a struggle to...
  • Cards help people connect on all occasions

    05/06/2018 6:06:54 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Melinda Haun
    Have you ever looked at a card and decided it was too expensive? Instead of a special card this year, I’m doing Mother’s Day with a hug and a reusable shopping bag to the moms I love. I plan to tell each recipient they are saving our planet by refusing the plastic bags we see all over town that didn’t end in a trash container. My grandkids enjoyed Valentine’s card exchanges at their school in February. These store-bought Valentines are a real treat since they usually create most of their cards at home on a large table that has art...
  • City takes first steps to address recycling program costs

    05/06/2018 5:56:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Lauren Renteria
    SIERRA VISTA — With a change in global demand for recycled products, Sierra Vista leaders are grappling with rising costs and dwindling revenue, which could affect residential recycling services and fees. Council met in a work session on Tuesday to discuss the state of the county and city recycling program, along with how to move forward in an increasingly tough global market. Martin Haverty, Cochise County solid waste director, laid out recycling revenue trends and audit reports from ReCommunity Recycling, a recycling plant in Tucson. Since the county does not have its own recycling plant, it hauls materials to ReCommunity,...
  • Cochise athletes qualify for College National Finals Rodeo

    05/02/2018 8:27:58 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Submitted by Mark Von Destinon, Cochise College Athletics
    Held in Socorro, New Mexico, college contestants competed in the Grand Canyon Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) for a chance to go to nationals. Men’s Rodeo Team Jake Burwash finished second in the saddle bronc riding competition. Wyatt Hershberger had a pretty good weekend at the last college rodeo of the year. His times of 9.2 and 9.4 in the calf roping were good enough to win the average. In the short go for team roping, Hershberger took fifth place. The men’s team finished in third place. Jake Burwash, a rough stock rider (saddle bronc, bulls, and...
  • SVUSD to return to school Thursday

    05/02/2018 8:18:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | From staff reports
    Sierra Vista Unified School District officials announced Tuesday afternoon that the district's campuses will reopen to students on Thursday. The announcement also stated that SVUSD will not have early-release Thursdays through the remainder of the school year, in order to help make up for lost instructional minutes since the statewide teacher walkout began last Thursday. It was not immediately clear Tuesday afternoon what prompted teachers to return to the classroom, or if other area districts will follow suit. This article will be updated throughout the evening. The entirety of the SVUSD announcement reads: "While the state budget, which includes changes...
  • Fall-prevention program helping teach safety

    05/02/2018 8:12:10 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Fry Fire District.
    Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls” is a program for you. Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. “A Matter of...
  • Humor the Antidepressant: Two Sides to Book Festivals

    04/29/2018 3:42:21 PM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Elizabeth Cowan
    Have you ever attended a book festival or book fair? It is a safe bet that people who do love to read. They certainly do not go with the intention of finding their soulmates or even a last minute date. Although, stranger things have happened. You can always hope, but hold off making reservations for dinner. Many go to support their friends or family members who happen to be authors. Since writing is a solitary profession, authors spend hours, days, weeks and months alone in a more or less quiet room. It is fortunate for everyone's peace of mind that...
  • Community supports soldier in re-enlistment ceremony

    04/29/2018 3:35:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Alexis Ramanjulu
    Community supports soldier in re-enlistment ceremony SIERRA VISTA — When Sgt. Kascia Vigil joined the Army at 18 years old, she continued a family tradition. Just a little less than seven years ago, Vigil’s father was her recruiter when she decided to enlist in 2011 in Wyoming. Vigil is a third-generation soldier. Her father is retired Army, and her grandfather served in Vietnam. Her aunt is also a veteran. She completed her basic training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. From there, she attended Advanced Individual Training on Fort Huachuca. She then spent five years at Fort Carson in...
  • top story Workshop to lay out defenses against cybercriminals

    04/26/2018 4:45:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Whether shopping online, sending emails or connecting with friends, the internet — while essential — has opened the floodgates for identity theft, fraud and hackers. “In today’s world, understanding how to protect yourself from cybercrime is extremely important,” said Carol Capas, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. “While the internet has become an essential part of everyday life, it can also be a breeding ground for cyberattacks.” In an effort to educate the public on how to protect personal and financial information, the CCSO is hosting a Cybercrime Prevention Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday in...
  • Galloping back in time with the Pony Express

    04/25/2018 6:34:01 AM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    BENSON — A group of men on horseback rode into the Benson Post Office late Saturday morning delivering saddlebags of mail. Nineteen riders, members of the Navajo County White Mountain Sheriff’s Posse Search and Rescue team, rode 235 miles from the Lakeside, Arizona, post office to Benson. The 48th annual White Mountain Pony Express Mail Ride started Wednesday morning after the horsemen were officially sworn in by a postmaster at Lakeside, with the group arriving in Benson around 11 a.m. Saturday. The commemorative ride is organized to recreate a glamorized era of Western history that lasted a mere 18 months...
  • Senate OKs surcharge on traffic fines to pay for police programs

    04/25/2018 6:16:55 AM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Motorists who speed a little too much or drift through stop signs may soon be paying a bit more in their debt to society. Legislation approved Tuesday by the Senate would tack a $4 fee on all traffic fines. The proceeds would be used to pay for new training equipment for police. But those who seek to avoid fines by going to defensive driving school won't get off the hook. HB 2527 tacks that same surcharge on to what they pay for those classes. Mike Williams, who lobbies for the Arizona Police Association, said officers need access to...
  • Vote Monday could result in a higher cost for registering vehicles in Arizona

    04/24/2018 6:35:02 AM PDT · by SandRat · 22 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — It could soon cost more to register your car or truck in Arizona. On a 17-13 vote Monday, the Senate gave final approval to allowing the director of the Department of Transportation to levy a fee on each vehicle. But HB 2261, already approved by the House, does not spell out how much that fee would be. Instead, it tells the agency chief to raise enough to fund the Highway Patrol and a little bit more for good margin. Legislative budget analysts say the amount ADOT would need to raise is $148.9 million. And that translates out to...
  • The small-town social media approach

    04/24/2018 6:25:57 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Moniek James
    Part of the allure of a small town is that everybody knows everybody. For a business owner in a small town, though, this doesn’t mean we should take for granted that everybody in the community knows us. We still need to advertise and get the word out about our products and services, and social media is my preferred tool to do this. Many small-town business owners shy away from social media because it seems too big, and it seems like there are way too many users and too much going on. Facebook has more than 2 billion monthly active users,...
  • Trump shows he knows how to deal with Russia

    04/22/2018 5:01:16 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON — This was the week when America was being praised around the world for punishing Syria's evil, despotic regime that killed scores of men, women and children with its arsenal of lethal chemical weapons. It was certainly President Trump's finest hour in global leadership, hailed by our allies, several of who joined in a retaliatory attack to destroy much of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons facilities. Russia, Assad's accomplice in murder and mayhem, called the attacks an "act of aggression." Iran, which has bankrolled terrorist plots throughout the region, labeled it a "war crime." And Syria, whose government is accused...
  • Local rodeo invitational celebrates youth riders

    Save SIERRA VISTA — As guests started to fill the stands, food and drink in hand, standing on the other side of the arena is what the crowd came for at the Where They Buck Invitational Bull Riding Competition. The two-day competition kicked off — literally — Friday night at the Sierra Vista Riding Club arena with the junior riders facing off in a qualifying round for a larger match in Las Vegas. A small group of young bull riders competing Friday night stood behind a gate, adorned in traditional Western chaps and cowboy hats. The young cowboys all ranged...
  • Chili Time!

    04/21/2018 5:25:18 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Ted Fichtl.
    World-class chili cook offs are coming to Sierra Vista and surrounding areas. There are some great venues, outstanding events and opportunities to sample the best chili in the world while supporting charity fundraising for local groups in need. There are six upcoming local cookoffs, sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) and hosted by Sierra Vista’s very own High Desert Pod, a CASI-authorized member organization. CASI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for local charities. To learn more about CASI, go to High Desert Pod has been raising money for local charities since the late...
  • Economic Outlook: Sierra Vista economy on the upswing

    04/21/2018 5:11:24 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Shar Porier
    SIERRA VISTA — Though at a slower pace than hoped, Sierra Vista’s economy is improving. Robert Carreira, Cochise College chief economist of the Center for Economic Research, went over some of the statistics at the annual Sierra Vista Economic Outlook Luncheon held at Thunder Mountain Recreation Center on Fort Huachuca Thursday. Sierra Vista was fortunate to have a lower rate of unemployed people in 2017, 4.7 percent, and that trend continues into 2018. Offsetting that recovery is a population loss of 12,000 people over the past eight years, he said. Tourism appears to be a strong factor in the recovery...
  • Tent caterpillar population exploding this year

    04/20/2018 4:56:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    Save SIERRA VISTA — People walking beneath the sprawling cottonwood trees along the San Pedro River this time of year could get showered by caterpillars. While the fuzzy little insects are a regular springtime occurrence, milder than usual winter and spring weather has created ideal conditions for a tent caterpillar population explosion, said Bill Cook, horticulture program coordinator for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension out of Greenlee County. “It would make sense that we’re seeing such a high number of these insects because of reduced winter mortality rates from back-to-back mild winters,” Cook said. “Then add the mild spring,...