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SIERRA VISTA — Bond for the three undocumented Mexican immigrants arrested in connection to a woman being tied up in her guesthouse has been set at $15,000 each.
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Parents and children filled Castro Park on the first day of the annual Christmas Festival. While it was still a little cold, the wind had died down and made the evening pleasant. The event continued through Saturday
Cochise Community Foundation awards more than $55,000
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. – The Cochise Community Foundation awarded more than $55,000 in 2007 to 17 organizations in Cochise County and Agua Prieta, Sonora, 20 percent more than was awarded in 2006.
November 30, 2007
Grad requirements increased
PHOENIX — Students now in eighth grade will need an additional year of math to graduate from high school under a new policy adopted unanimously Monday by the state Board of Education.
Gas prices vary across the county
According to the Cochise College Center for Economic Research’s latest biweekly survey of gas prices, conducted during the week of December 3, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Cochise County increased to $3.00 from $2.99 over the two-week period. According to AAA Arizona, the statewide price decreased from $3.02 to $3.01. Nationally, according to the Energy Information Administration, gas prices dropped from $3.10 to $3.06 during the two-week period.
New member, hotel future among topics
The swearing in of a new council member and a decision concerning the stalled construction of the Best Western Motel on Pan American and 7th Street is due to be discussed during the regular meeting of the Douglas City Council tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12.
Breakfast with Santa
Approximately 300 children and adults came to the Douglas Elks Lodge on Saturday to enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancakes and meet Santa Claus. More than 800 pancakes and 200 sausage were served during this annual event. it was sponsored by The Daily Dispatch and participating merchants. After telling Santa his fondest wish, each child received a candy cane and toy.
December 3, 2007
Pearce woman tied up at home
SIERRA VISTA — Three Mexican men were in custody Thursday in connection to an incident in which a woman was tied up with rope and locked in a bathroom a day earlier in Pearce.
Christmas Light Expo & Santa’s Village begins tonight at Castro Park
The City of Douglas will host the 4th Annual Christmas Light Expo & Santa’s Village this weekend.
State, feds sign driver license deal
PHOENIX — Gov. Janet Napolitano signed a deal Thursday with federal officials to create a new “technologically enhanced” state driver license.
Free Breakfast with Santa tomorrow
Santa Claus will be at the Douglas Elks Lodge tomorrow, Saturday, December 8, for his annual “Breakfast with Santa” for the youth of the community.
Administration’s plans to construct ‘virtual fence’ moving ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration’s plan to use technology and physical barriers to keep people from illegally entering the country is back on track this week.
Cochise County Divorces
These are finalized dissolutions that are filed with the clerk of the Cochise County Superior Court. The records are from the clerk of the court’s office.
Douglas Mayor displeased with progress of hotel
In his Mayor’s Report Wednesday, Douglas Mayor Ray Borane expressed anger at the lack of progress on the proposed Best Western Hotel on Pan American Avenue and 7th Street.
Governor: REAL ID good for Arizona
BISBEE — Gov. Janet Napolitano responded to concerns voiced Wednesday by a state lawmaker and the state director of the American Civil Liberties Union in reference to an agreement the governor signed last week with the Department of Homeland Security to create a new identification card.
Judge critical of delay in revamping challenge to sanctions law
PHOENIX — A federal judge said Thursday he may let the state’s new employer sanctions law take effect while he debates its legality.
Local students get bachelor’s degree at Western New Mexico University
SILVER CITY- Some 200 degrees will be conferrred at the Western New Mexico University Fall Commencement Ceremony to be held on Friday, Dec. 14, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center Theatre. The keynote speaker will be Howie Morales, Grant County Clerk and WNMU alumnus.
Trial postponed for man charged in assault of Border Patrol agent in Bisbee Junction
BISBEE — A U.S. District judge postponed the trial for a man charged with assaulting a U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot his dog in Bisbee Junction on April 10.
Arizona Department of Health Services encourages everyone age 50 and older to make a new year’s resolution to get screened in ‘08
PHOENIX - As the end of 2007 fast approaches, The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is recommending that all Arizonans, age 50 and older, resolve to get screened for colorectal cancer in 2008 and make cancer screening a top New Year’s resolution. According to about.com, the top five New Year’s resolutions are:
Arizona GOP lawmakers vow fight against 3-in-1 license
PHOENIX — A group of Republican lawmakers and the head of the state’s ACLU vowed Wednesday to kill a plan by Gov. Janet Napolitano to create a “technologically enhanced’’ state driver’s license.
Group: Violations found along border
A Tucson-based human rights community organization has released a report that lists human and civil rights violations in the border region.
Redrawing of Legislative districts could put Dems in control
PHOENIX — The Arizona Court of Appeals is weighing whether to order the state’s 30 legislative districts to be redrawn, a mov that could put Democrats in control of one or both chambers.
Federal court wants negotiations on English learner suit
PHOENIX — The federal judges weighing whether Arizona has to provide more cash to teach English want state legislative leader to see if they instead can reach an out-of-court deal with the parents who are suing them.
Local Leadership Academy still accepting applications for the 2008 schedule
The Douglas Leadership Academy 2008 is still accepting applications for its upcoming schedule.
County supervisors table ordinance to prohibit the feeding of wildlife
BISBEE — Please don’t feed the bears, the coyotes or the javelinas or …
Financial aid meeting for
students, Dec. 19
A student financial aid meeting will be held Wednesday, December 19, in the Douglas High School auditorium.
County creating panel on recycling
BISBEE — With a unanimous vote, the Cochise County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday created a nine-person Citizens Recycling Advisory Committee to act as a liaison between county residents and county staff.
December 7, 2007
Lawmakers ask for study of border checkpoints
BISBEE — A bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, are asking the Government Accountability Office to study the effectiveness of Border Patrol checkpoints.
Gloomy day shows rain and snow late
SIERRA VISTA — When some people in Cochise County wake up this morning, it’s likely they may be seeing white somewhere.
Cochise Border Civil Defense Corps learns through trial, error
BISBEE — The director of Cochise Border Civil Defense Corps learned lessons from a border watch that the group hosted for the first time for non-members.
Open house at Douglas-Williams celebrates a century of ranching by Krentz family
In the tradition, of riding back through the ranching history, the Douglas Historical Society will host an open house at the Douglas-Williams House Sunday, December 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Southern Arizona Auto Company is playing Santa this year as it prepares to give away three eight-foot Christmas stockings. Southern Arizona Auto marks the beginning of the holiday season by giving away the three toy-filled stockings in their store to three lucky customers who register for a chance to win through December 15. Stockings are filled with items like action figures, stuffed animals, board games, books and dolls to name a few items. All three stockings are on display now at the front of the showroom floor at the G Avenue car dealership. Registration cards are available throughout the store. The giveaway will take place on Saturday, December 15 so time is running out to register. The winners will be announced at the dealership following drawings at 11 a.m. noon and 1 p.m. You must be present to win. Pictured with one of the stockings are sales associates Alexis Saminego, Jose Islas and Jesus Valencia.
Douglas Recreation Center hosts a children’s party, Dec. 24
The Douglas Recreation Center invites all community youth to a children’s party on Monday, December 24, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Seven accidents in three hours due to icy roads
There were seven separate accidents on State Route 80 between Mileposts 361 and 363 , west of Douglas, between the hours of 5:12 PM to 8:15 PM.
Dead body identified
Randall Gold has been identified as the person found dead on the 1100 block of 18th Street on Monday.
December 10, 2007
American Community Survey looks at Cochise County
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released results from its 2006 American Community Survey. This was the second year Cochise County was included in the survey, which provides annual updates to the census data collected every 10 years. Prior to 2005, only communities with a population of 250,000 or more were included. In 2005, this was changed to include populations of 65,000 or more.
Cochise College Events
Friday, December 7
Stuff to do
December 22 Bird Walk
‘For the Love of Music’ to present ‘Musica Sonora’ this weekend
“For the Love of Music” will present, on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 concerts by Musica Sonora, a vocal ensemble of 16 musicians specializing in Early Music. They call this program for the holidays “With Mirth and Good Cheer: a Traditional English Christmas”. Musica Sonora will present a lively mix of “a cappella” selections, instrumental offering and songs accompanied by a variety of instruments — flute, recorder, guitar and viol. The program will include traditional English carols and other seasonal works both medieval and modern.
Forty years, 83 courses and now a degree from College
SIERRA VISTA — “When I was just this big,” said Joanna Michelich, her palm indicating about knee-high, “I thought every kid lived in a house that was filled with shelves that were covered with books.”
Passport fair will be held tomorrow at Justice Court
BISBEE — The Cochise County Superior Court clerk is sponsoring two fairs on Saturdays in December to help meet the demand of a record number of passport applicants.
Help needed to collect food items
The Young Men’s organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) are collecting non-perishable food items to provide to various organizations proving for needy families this holiday season.
St. David artist gave life's work to promote learning
Hundreds of art pieces to be displayed at the Cochise College Benson Center this fall will be sold to raise funds for college scholarships.
Chamber players perform Oct. 26
Full of old-world grace, charm and, occasionally, fury, the Daystar Chamber Players present a face-to-face, quadraphonic experience of two violins, a viola and a cello at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the Sierra Vista Community United Church of Christ. The concert is brought to Sierra Vista by Cochise College Cultural Events.
Call to Artists . . .
Interested artists are invited to submit original artwork, completed within the last two years, for the 2008 La Frontera Tucson International Mariachi Conference poster. The conference is scheduled for April 21-26, 2008.
Cochise College Events
Saturday, October 20
Mesquite milling, pancake breakfast Sat.
Bisbee Farmers Market
All about believers and their checkbooks
It was the kind of cryptic theological statement that is often found stuck on automobile bumpers.
Entertainment versus religious messages
The idea for the movie began with a vision of three fake pirates falling from the sky into the ocean, transported in a magical rowboat back to the 17th century.
Religion In The News
Students now required to observe moment of silence in Illinois
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