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  • Democrats continue campaigns for CD2 seat

    05/03/2016 3:10:17 PM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra ra Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    With a little over eight weeks remaining until nominating petitions have to be filed, two Democratic Party candidates seeking the District 2 congressional seat are continuing to campaign. Both Victoria Steele and Dr. Matt Heinz are gathering signatures to get on the Aug. 30 primary ballot. The winner of that election is expected to face incumbent Republican, congresswoman Martha McSally. McSally is currently unopposed in her bid for re-election to a second full-term as the Arizona Congressional District 2 U.S. Representative. Steele is a former State Representative for District 9 in the Tucson area, elected twice since 2012 before she...
  • Trump backers yell foul over GOP delegate loss Former Gov. Jan Brewer: I got cheated!

    05/02/2016 6:39:20 AM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies
    PHOENIX Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled out a strategic victory at the Arizona Republican Party convention, nailing down a large majority of delegates to the national convention amid cheating accusations from backers of businessman Donald Trump. The Cruz slate won virtually all of the 28 at-large national delegates and roughly split the 27 delegates selected by congressional district.
  • Interstate 10 Shut Down Mile Post 352-Mile Post 378.

    04/28/2016 4:12:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 44 replies
    Pat Call
    Interstate 10 Shut Down Mile Post 352-Mile Post 378. The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is assisting with closing Interstate 10 both east and west bound lanes near San Simon. The closure is the result of zero visibility and multiple vehicle accidents. Please be advised to avoid this area until further notice. At least one semi-truck has collided with several vehicles, a San Simon Fire Truck and DPS vehicle have been involved in crashes as well. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is sending emergency vehicles to assist. DPS is re-routing traffic to Exit 352 through Highway 191 to Safford and back around...
  • Auction of Fry Townsite properties set for this summer

    04/28/2016 8:20:35 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA Seven tax delinquent properties in the Fry Townsite within Sierra Vista are expected to be auctioned off to the highest bidder later this year after a deal was struck between the property owner and Cochise County. The agreement was made last week, ahead of a scheduled hearing in federal bankruptcy court in Tucson originally set for Tuesday, April 26, and marks some of the most substantial progress in the ongoing effort by the county and city of Sierra Vista to clean up dilapidated properties within the enclave. Saddled by hundreds of thousands of dollars of inherited debt,...
  • Commissary reforms advance with shopper safeguards

    04/23/2016 2:42:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | TOM PHILPOT
    The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel has unanimously endorsed sweeping reforms to how groceries are procured, priced, promoted and sold on U.S. military bases stateside and overseas. The commissary reform package, largely shaped by Defense officials on advice from the grocery industry, has gained steam on promises to preserve most of current savings for patrons while modernizing commissary operations and lowering subsidies by more than $500 million a year by 2021. Thats money that the Joint Chiefs of Staff have testified they want diverted into readiness accounts to help ensure troops get the training and equipment they need...
  • Kartchner voted nation's best cave in USA Today

    04/20/2016 7:22:23 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    BENSON Kartchner Caverns State Park has been voted the best cave in the nation as part of the 2016 USA Today 10 Best Readers Choice Awards. Twenty of the countrys top caves were nominated for the distinction. According to a USA Today press release, Kartchner Caverns supporters quickly rallied to take the number one spot, holding there for the majority of the contest, with voting lasting several weeks. Along with Kartchner Caverns, the Readers Choice top five caves include: Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minn., with a passage sculptured from an underground spring one mile beneath the earths surface; Fantastic...
  • D-M Airmen: Security Forces on two wheels

    04/18/2016 11:58:23 AM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby, 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
    DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. The patrolmen, dressed in navy cargo shorts and blue polo shirts with Police printed on the back, slow their bikes down as they arrive in front of the crowded entrance of the Exchange. They secure their bikes and remove their helmets as they prepare to patrol the area when theyre stopped twice by pedestrians before they make it inside of the building. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgts. Damien Lyn and Johnny Nunnes, 355th Security Forces Squadron base defense operations center controllers, are responsible for the 355th SFS bicycle patrol fleet. So far its been...
  • Restrictions next week on I-10 east of Tucson. Full westbound I-10 closure

    04/18/2016 10:42:42 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Motorists traveling on Interstate 10 will encounter restrictions next week including a full closure of westbound I-10 between Benson and Tucson overnight Wednesday, April 20 while the Arizona Department of Transportation continues making improvements in the area. The following restrictions are scheduled for next week: The westbound I-10 on-ramp and eastbound I-10 off-ramp at Kolb Road in Tucson (Exit 270) will be closed from 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, until 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, for paving work on Kolb Road at the interchange. Traffic from Kolb Road can take eastbound I-10 to Rita Road and return...
  • Court rules in favor of Navajo Nation in fight over remains

    04/07/2016 8:28:28 AM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX A federal appeals court on Wednesday gave the Navajo Nation a chance to argue that remains found by the U.S. Parks Service at Canyon de Chelly should be immediately returned to the tribe. In a split decision, the judges said the tribe should not have to wait until the federal agency conducts an inventory of the remains. Judge Morgan Christen, writing for the majority, said there is evidence that long-existing treaties and federal laws allow the tribe to seek immediate return. But Wednesday's ruling is not an absolute victory for the Navajo Nation. All it does is give...
  • Alert: Tax Scam Warning from IRS

    04/06/2016 11:57:06 AM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    irs.gov ^ | TAP IRS GOV
    The IRS has seen a surge of scams, see the most recent below. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season. Tax Refund Scam Artists Posing as Taxpayer Advocacy Panel A new email scam targeting taxpayers has emerged. According to the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), taxpayers are receiving emails that appear to be from TAP about a tax refund. These emails are a phishing scam, where unsolicited emails which seem to come from legitimate organizations -- but are really from scammers -- try to trick unsuspecting victims into providing personal...
  • Sierra Vista looking to retirees to boost population New program just getting off the ground

    04/06/2016 6:17:35 AM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Amanda Baillie
    A new effort launched by local businesses to attract retirees to Sierra Vista is starting to see success. This month, the Retire in Sierra Vista Program (RSVP) will welcome its first guests to the community. Launched late last year, RSVP is a privately funded endeavor to bring retirees to the region, as part of a wider effort to diversify the local economy. In the past few months an advertising campaign, paid for by area business owners, has promoted Sierra Vista as an ideal retirement location. As a result, the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce, which is acting as the...
  • Appeals court says Arizona cant deny dreamers right to drive

    04/06/2016 6:11:06 AM PDT · by SandRat · 38 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX Arizona cannot legally deny "dreamers'' the right to drive, a federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Arizona cannot decide for itself who is legally entitled to be in this country. The judges said that power rests solely with Congress. The judges also said the policy of denying licenses to those in the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ran afoul of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. That's because the state was still issuing licenses to others in different deferred action programs....
  • MILITARY UPDATE Care Commission Shocker: The push to end VA health care

    04/02/2016 10:13:30 AM PDT · by SandRat · 37 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott
    Seven of 15 outside health advisors appointed to recommend ways to improve veterans health services over the next two decades have proposed shutting down all VA medical centers and outpatient services, and having its nine million enrollees get their medical care in the private sector. The 34-page straw man document released by the congressionally-created Commission on Care, calls for an immediate halt to construction of new VA hospitals and clinics, and launch of a BRAC-like process to begin closing existing facilities. Shuttering the largest medical system in the country would leave the VA to be primarily a payor for the...
  • Group seeks to raise state minimum wage

    04/02/2016 10:00:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX Arizona voters could get a chance this November to set the minimum wage for workers at $12 an hour by 2020. Or $9.50. Or perhaps just whatever $8.05 an hour now plus inflation by that point equals.
  • Berrier bullish on fort expansion

    04/02/2016 9:53:35 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    SIERRA VISTA Anticipating more air traffic and a need for more frequency space, the commanding major general at Fort Huachuca said plans are being prepared to expand Libby Army Airfield and other auxiliary air strips on the post. Speaking at the Fort Huachuca 50 dinner Thursday night at Pueblo del Sol Country Club, Maj. Gen. Scott Berrier said the expansions will help to reduce current and future congestion in the local air space as the fort increases its training missions. The future is going to be very complex, and the way we think about it is that we need...
  • McCain touts forts capabilities Expects training in UAV systems will double in the near future

    03/31/2016 10:01:27 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    SIERRA VISTA Training in unmanned aerial systems on Fort Huachuca should be coordinated with the efforts of the Border Patrol to increase surveillance along the U.S. border with Mexico, Sen. John McCain told a luncheon gathering hosted by the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. McCain said he plans to contact Jeh Johnson, head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, next week to urge the agency to coordinate its surveillance efforts with UAV training now happening at the fort. McCain said he expects both the number of military personnel being trained and the number of instructors will...
  • Gowan removes gun restriction at Capitol

    03/31/2016 9:51:30 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX The next time you're chatting with lawmakers at the Capitol, don't be surprised if you notice they're armed. House Speaker David Gowan has decided that he is applying the law that allows him to keep weapons out of his building only to staff, lobbyists, media and other visitors. But press aide Stephanie Grisham said that does not mean legislators who have their guns are breaking the law. Grisham said the law makes it a crime to bring a deadly weapon into a public building "after a reasonable request by the operator of the establishment.'' She said that means...
  • Grant will help fort with water conservation

    03/27/2016 10:59:54 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    A partnership led by Arizona Land and Water Trust has been awarded $5.9 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its partners to advance its efforts to conserve land and water around Fort Huachuca while maintaining military sustainability. The project is one of 84 nationwide and one of only two in Arizona awarded by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) out of 265 proposals. Arizona Game & Fish Department was awarded $900,000. "Fort Huachuca is a national security treasure that houses many of our military's unique and indispensable capabilities," said U.S. Rep. Martha McSally. "It's taken significant steps...
  • Legislation would require cursive writing in schools

    03/26/2016 1:26:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 56 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX Insisting it's good from everything from civics to brain development, state lawmakers want to require students to know how to read and write in cursive. Legislation on the desk of Gov. Doug Ducey would mandate that schools include cursive reading and writing in their curriculum. Specifically, students would have to show by the end of fifth grade they are "able to create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting.'' But, unlike a requirement that students know how to read by the end of the third grade, there is nothing in the law that says students who can't display that...
  • Smoke south of Palominas Saturday Mar 5th

    03/05/2016 4:26:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Patrick Call [patrick cochise county updates.ccsend.com]
    There is smoke visible south of the Mexican border, generated by two wildland fires. Neither fire is expected to threaten US property. One fire is approximately 3 miles south of the Palominas area and is being addressed by Mexican responders. Palominas Fire District and State Forestry have been monitoring the situation and as of this writing are preparing to demobilize. The second fire is several miles south of Naco, MX. Mexican authorities are also aware of and addressing that situation. Again, there is no anticipated threat to the US from either fire.
  • A Lone Ranger Campfire Cake

    03/04/2016 2:27:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies
    This Recipie is so neat!!!
  • Finding Unfailing Treasure: The extraordinary Christian life

    03/04/2016 1:50:12 PM PST · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Arlie Rauch
    Recently I drew attention to how ordinary the life of a Christian is. Christians tend to have the same kinds of careers and dress, likes and dislikes, possessions and abilities as anyone else. You might not be able to observe the difference if you meet one on the street. And likely you sometimes do. So the life of a Christian is often unremarkable. But at the same time the life of a Christian is extraordinary; some have noticed that Christians are different, and I wish to focus on one bit of evidence for that difference. Christians have access to the...
  • Senate votes to allow people with concealed-carry permits into public buildings

    03/04/2016 1:38:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX Saying signs don't protect people from "homicidal maniacs,'' the state Senate voted 18-12 Thursday to allow people with concealed-carry permits to bring them into unsecured public buildings. SB 1257 would overrule existing laws that allow government agencies to declare their buildings to be weapons-free zones by posting signs at entrances and providing lockers so those who are armed can store their guns. Instead, they would have to buy and install metal detectors and have staffers available to check those coming in. And if they did not, then those who have state-issued permits would be free to ignore the...
  • What will beneficiaries gain from higher TRICARE fees?

    02/27/2016 4:42:36 AM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott
    As they review the Defense Departments latest plan to raise TRICARE fees and co-pays, particularly for working-age retirees and their families, key congressional panels are asking what beneficiaries can expect in return. Faster appointments, more evening clinic hours, more physicians spending more time seeing patients and more base hospitals operating at full capacity were some answers given this week by military healthcare leaders. Perhaps the most important commitment came from Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, who said he, along with the new director of the Defense Health Agency, Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, and the...
  • Sheriff’s office seizes 19 roaming donkeys

    02/23/2016 8:00:23 AM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office has corralled more than a dozen donkeys and shipped them off for auction after their previous owner repeatedly let them loose to wander the Naco area. Animal control officers and livestock agents with the Arizona Department of Agriculture recently rounded up 19 of the animals, which have caused everything from traffic hazards to property damage, with reports to the sheriff’s office dating back to last summer, said Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. “They would be in the roadway or near the roadway, on people’s private property and causing damage,” Capas...
  • College earns full accreditation

    02/23/2016 7:21:04 AM PST · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Liz Manring
    SIERRA VISTA — For the second consecutive accreditation cycle, Cochise College has received full accreditation of 10 years from the Higher Learning Commission. This is the maximum number of years awarded by the HLC, which accredits more than a thousand colleges and universities in 19 states as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the U.S. Accreditation allows students to transfer to other institutions, give potential employers factual educational records and obtain federal financial aid. “This reaffirmation demonstrates the amazing dedication the Cochise College family provides for our students and community,” said Cochise College president J.D. Rottweiler in a press...
  • PBS TV series visits Cochise County for upcoming episode

    02/23/2016 7:13:14 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Terri Jo Neff
    The host and production crew of the television show “Mineral Explorers” visited several areas of Cochise County last week to film scenes for an upcoming episode of the popular show. “” is an unscripted, reality series of 30-minute episodes that features mineral dealer Thomas Nagin as he educates viewers about minerals, and showcases the cultures of miners, mining history and some myths about the industry. Earlier this month Nagin and his crew explored mining-related sites throughout southern Arizona, starting with the Tucson Gem & Mineral show, the Old Tucson movie set, then they were off to Bisbee and Tombstone.
  • Cochise College Rodeo

    02/19/2016 6:55:58 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Huachuca Scout ^ | M W R/Public Affairs Staff
    Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, Family and MWR, the Sierra Vista Riding Club and Cochise College will host the Cochise College Rodeo at Wren Arena, Fort Huachuca. Gates open at noon and the rodeo will start at 1 p.m. both days. Sunday, Exceptional Rodeo will start at 10 a.m., followed by Cowboy Church at noon. The rodeo is open to the public and will feature saddle and bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, team roping, bull riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Active Duty military and children 5 and under will be admitted free....
  • Senate panel votes to declare Obama executive action on guns unenforceable

    02/17/2016 6:57:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — A Senate panel voted to declare Tuesday that the latest executive action on guns taken by President Obama is not enforceable in Arizona. The Senate Committee on Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility voted to declare that presidential actions that are inconsistent with federal and state constitution is unlawful "and is not recognized by the state.'' It also bars public employees from enforcing, administering or cooperating with such actions.
  • The truth about how our founding fathers fought Islamic extremists - A President's Day Message

    02/15/2016 1:18:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Move America Forawrd
    Today we celebrate President's Day, a day in which Americans are expected to look back and honor our founding fathers and their contributions to our Nation's proud history. The words and writings of our founding fathers offer us wisdom and insight that stretches across the ages. The ideas about freedom and liberty that they wrote about and fought for are still serving America today. The system of government that they envisioned and set up for us continues to persevere, has brought great prosperity to the people residing in the United States. Through the centuries, millions of brave troops have risked...
  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 6:47:27 AM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies
    He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen. St. Thomas Aquinas is considered one of the most revered philosophers and theologians of any era. A 13th-century Dominican friar, his works include the “Summa Theologica” and several groundbreaking commentaries on the works of Aristotle. Over 750 years ago, he also had some prescient words about the spread of Islam, shared via Breitbart. In his work “Summa Contra Gentiles” — in which he argued for the truth of Christianity against other religions — he blasted Islam as a carnal, brutal religion which seemed to place earthly pleasures...
  • House panel OKs tax credit for concealed carry permit

    02/10/2016 9:05:31 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Arizona taxpayers could be on the hook for up to $240 million to help convince adults to get state permits to carry concealed weapons. Members of the House Ways and Means Committee voted 5-4 Monday to give individuals a dollar-for-dollar income tax credit for the cost of the required course, up to $80. House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, sponsor of HB 2494, said it will encourage people, who already can carry a concealed weapon without any training at all, to attend the eight-hour course. The Litchfield Park Republican said police officers have told him the first-line of defense...
  • Senate panel OKs bill blocking feds from arresting, detaining Az on domestic terrorism charges

    02/10/2016 8:59:21 AM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — State lawmakers are moving to protect Arizona citizens from being hauled off in the middle of the night by the Department of Homeland Security. The measure approved Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility makes it illegal to "arrest or capture'' any citizen "with the intent of detention under the law of war.'' It also would bar executing anyone who has not first been convicted in a federal court. Sen. Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, said SB 1437 is aimed at the heart of the National Defense Authorization Act. She said that law is...
  • Sierra Vista a ‘conditionally feasible’ cybersecurity hub, study finds

    02/10/2016 8:50:26 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — A three month study has determined that Sierra Vista is a potentially viable site for the development of a cluster of efforts focused on making the city a cybersecurity hub, although it would require significant investment and mean competing with other communities looking for a piece of the billions of dollars pouring into the industry. The cybersecurity and market industry analysis, conducted by Peoria-based Rainey & Associates, LLC, concluded that “the development of a technology cluster focused on cybersecurity in Sierra Vista is conditionally feasible,” said Thomas Rainey, president of the firm, during a presentation to the...
  • Community rallies to attend veteran’s funeral

    02/10/2016 8:39:29 AM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Amanda Baillie
    When word spread that WWII/Korean War vet had no one to mourn him, that changed quickly He died an American hero, but with no family to mourn him. On Tuesday, however, Sergeant First Class Sidney Dean Cochran was buried with full military honors, surrounded by hundreds of strangers who came to pay their respects to the World War II veteran. Thanks to a social media campaign that began with a post on funeral director Ryan Jensen’s wife’s Facebook page, word quickly spread about the service.
  • Future Eagle Scout leaves lasting impression

    02/09/2016 6:55:06 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Andrew Paxton
    17­-year-­old raised thousands to build memorial for fallen law enforcement officers SIERRA VISTA — When Zach Chrzanowski realized there was no memorial solely for officers killed while serving Cochise County, he took it upon himself to change that. As a member of the Cochise District Boy Scouts Troop 445, Zach had to complete a service project in order to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. The 17-­year-­old junior from Buena High saw this as a chance to fulfill his commitment and give back to the law enforcement community as well. About 10 months ago, Zach and his family began plans...
  • Military Update: Pledges, doubts shared over women in ground combat jobs

    02/06/2016 10:01:14 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Army and Marine Corps leaders swapped pledges with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday not to cave to political pressure and relax ground combat skill requirements so that more women will qualify to serve in infantry, armor and special forces units. Certainty that such pressure will come, and the need to resist to protect combat effectiveness, was expressed both by senators and witnesses during the first congressional hearing held to review how Army and Marine Corps plan to open all ground combat jobs to women. No senator on the committee suggested Congress should block the Dec. 3...
  • Old Dick Van Dyke Studio catches fire in Carefree Arizona

    02/01/2016 7:32:04 AM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies
    CAREFREE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Firefighters say flames swept through an abandoned studio for fashion shoots early Sunday morning in the town of Carefree. A passerby called sheriff's deputies at about 3:30 a.m., Sunday after spotting the flames shooting out of the empty building near Pima and Cave Creek Road in Carefree. We're told the building was known as Woburn Studios, an old retail fashion studio where shoots were held. When deputies arrived, the building was engulfed in flames. Rural-Metro firefighters also responded to the scene and they have been working to put out the flames.   Crews from Scottsdale...
  • Sanders campaign spurs hippie-era flashbacks

    01/29/2016 12:45:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies
    Upack your old tie-dyed T-shirts, roll yourself a fat doobie and warm up the ancient VW bus. We're going to do Woodstock and the 1972 presidential election all over again. And this time, the hippies are going to win! Four years of peace, love, and single-payer health care. But do take care to clear the path for Bernie Sanders. Because if he steps in something the dog left behind, he's going to blame Wall Street and start yelling and waving his arms around. And you know how much that upsets Republican congressmen who are otherwise so eager to oblige his...
  • Hottest year on record? Not in Cochise County Arizona

    01/26/2016 8:04:03 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Liz Manring
    SIERRA VISTA — While the national media discusses recent findings deeming 2015 as the warmest year on record, in terms of global average temperatures, southeast Arizona didn’t quite follow the trend. According to temperatures gathered at the Bisbee-Douglas International Airport, 2015 was the 23rd warmest on record in Cochise County at an average of 62.7 degrees, according to data maintained by NOAA Regional Climate Centers dating back to 1949. “There certainly could be considerable difference between that location and another part of the county,” said Ken Drozd, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Tucson bureau. “Because we get...
  • A Secret About The 1st Legal Slave Owner in America…

    01/24/2016 9:58:59 AM PST · by SandRat · 33 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | Addison Riddleberger on January 22, 2016 at 8:50am
    A Secret About The 1st Legal Slave Owner in America, but the Media Does not Want To Report This Most liberals just cannot stand the sight or sound of truth. Facts go over their heads as they look for opportunities to call others “intolerant” of their worldviews, resort to logic that they don’t recognize as faulty, and stoop to ad hominem commentary because they have no foundation on which to stand. Now, just imagine if I told them that slavery in American was started by a black man — yikes. The black male I am referring to is Anthony Johnson,...
  • Dog hoarding case has positive outcome

    01/18/2016 12:15:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 36 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Christine Steele
    BISBEE — A case of dog hoarding had a positive outcome Thursday when the owner agreed to voluntarily relinquish 37 of her 63 dogs, who all appeared to be healthy and well-socialized according to representatives from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, which took the dogs to be checked out, neutered and spayed and then adopted. Kelly Galligan, president of Friends of Bisbee Animal Shelter, helped coordinate the effort after talking with the woman at her home in Bisbee Junction last month, where she was keeping 62 shih tzus and a one-eyed poodle. “Kelly reached out to me and said...
  • Terror threat is worldwide, fort commander says

    01/17/2016 9:32:15 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — What the United States is facing when it comes to ISIL is not a state but rather “a proto-state actor,” Fort Huachuca’s senior commander said recently. The continuing turmoil caused by ISIL “will bubble up around the world,” Maj.Gen. Scott Berrier told those attending a monthly meeting of the Greater Sierra Vista Area Veterans Council on Jan. 2. “While the future is unknown,” as to how long it will take to end the threat of ISIL and other groups, Berrier said America’s military forces and other national intelligence organizations and allies will succeed in defeating the current...
  • McSally hails reports Air Force backing off A-10 retirement

    01/14/2016 9:49:39 AM PST · by SandRat · 78 replies
    TucsonSentinel.com ^ | Dylan Smith
    The Pentagon "is finally coming to its senses," said U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, welcoming reports Wednesday that the military is backing off plans to retire the Air Force's A-10 fleet, including planes based at Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The plans, leaked from the Pentagon, indicate a change of policy from the Obama administration's last two budget requests, which called for retiring the entire A-10 program, McSally said. Congressional pressure, including support from McSally and her predecessor, Rep. Ron Barber, kept the planes on active duty. "It appears the administration is finally coming to its senses and recognizing the importance...
  • Military Update: House eyes giving widows more relief from SBP-DIC offset

    01/02/2016 11:11:53 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    In a hopeful sign for 60,000 military widows and widowers who lost spouses to service-connected illnesses or injuries, a key House subcommittee is taking a fresh look at how Congress might allow a further easing the “SBP-DIC offset” to provide heartier and fairer survivor benefit packages. Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), chairman of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel, isn’t promising yet specific relief from the offset, which surviving spouses prefer to call the military widows’ tax. But Heck and colleagues did gather anew complaints about the offset during a special December hearing, and vowed to look for ways...
  • Denial of benefits

    Read http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3376638/posts before you cuss
  • HOW TO TELL YOU'RE AN OLD SOLDIER... (Are you an Old Soldier Like ME?)

    12/23/2015 5:14:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 65 replies
    Have a Look and Feal Old. http://www.nbc-links.com/oldsoldiers2.html
  • “Buddy Bench” dedicated to honor a lost friend An unplanned reunion for Coronado students

    12/23/2015 9:31:38 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Many of Tristan Jones classmates gathered at Coronado Elementary School on Tuesday to honor the friend they recently lost. His friends wanted to find a meaningful way to keep his memory alive, and quickly decided that a “Buddy Bench” was ideal. A Buddy Bench is a bench placed in schoolyards to help eliminate loneliness and foster friendship, inclusion and kindness. Children who are feeling left out can sit on the bench, signaling to others to reach out and be a friend. The simple method to make reaching out easier is catching on. Tristan’s classmates organized a group...
  • Fly-In bring Santa to Sierra Vista in style

    12/07/2015 8:35:59 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — The excited chatter of hundreds of children turned to gasps and cheers of delight outside Ace Hardware Saturday as Santa Claus descended from the sky to greet them during the annual Santa Fly-In, hosted by the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce. Instead of a magical red sleigh, however, on this morning Santa and Mrs. Claus made their entrance riding inside a bright yellow Airbus AS350-B3, piloted by local Air Evac crew members. With a wave of his white-gloved hand, St. Nick was greeted with cheers and applause as he stepped out of the helicopter. A line quickly...
  • Avoid These Holiday Scams

    12/07/2015 8:26:49 AM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Tucson — Santa isn’t the only one keeping track of who is naughty and who is nice! Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of these common holiday scams: Look-alike websites: When shopping online, make sure to use only legitimate websites. Watch out for URLs that use the names of well-known brands along with extra words. Fake shipping notifications: These can have attachments or links to sites that will download malware on your computer to steal your identity and your passwords. Don’t be fooled by a holiday phishing scam.