Searching for crash Framing Iraq views at New animal control
history in the hills: the American Legion: officer wants new
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50 CENTS NO TOMBSTONE IS COMPLETE WITHOUT ITS EPITAPH LOCAL EDITION
VOL. CXXVII NO. 2 126 THE TOWN TOO TOUGH TO DIE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 , 2007
Local HS BUILDING barriers
debates: for $1M grant
lease or Planners propose renovating
sell old Fremont Street to original look
By Derek Jordan the proposal by deadline. By the
time officials learned about the
program, it was less than two
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Tombstone city officials are weeks before proposals were
edging closer to landing a $1 due.
for November million grant to restore historic
ballots causes The grant, sponsored by the Barnes said.
conflict in TUSD
Arizona Department of It was a
Transportation, will provide the close call:
city with the funds required to officials
Marcia Contreras build awnings and wooden turned in
boardwalks along Fremont the propos-
Street, between Third and Sixth al July 19, Barnes
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A decision that arose during Streets. the day they
the Sept. 5 school board meeting “The whole idea is to take were due.
has the board, administrators Fremont and return it to its orig- According to Sharon
and residents torn. In less than inal grandeur,” said George Mitchell, a SouthEastern
six weeks the Tombstone Barnes, Tombstone city clerk. Arizona Governments
Unified School District will “It can look a lot more like the Organization transportation
decide what will happen to the PHOTO BY RYAN KRAFT street it used to be, which is planner who looks over the ini-
old Tombstone High School Zacharia Pierce (right) and Keith Tillery (left), both of whom work for a private company, what we want.” tial proposals for errors, the
building on Fremont Street. secure border fence rails in Naco, Ariz. The 60-mile-long barrier is meant to slow illegal Officials first learned of the time crunch did little to hurt
National Guard begins
Two years ago, the district immigration and drug trafficking. grant after Steve Troncale, com- their work.
relocated Tombstone High missioner of the Historic “They did really well. I read a
School to a new facility, 1211 N. Districts Commission, decided lot of (proposals), and I was
Yellowjacket Way. The dated to do something about the mod- very impressed,” Mitchell said.
to leave Mexico border
school needed fixtures that were ern look of the street. With a pool of 15 proposals for
too expensive and the school “When people come to town, the four state grants, Tombstone
facilities board decided they they have no sense of arrival,” faces tough odds.
would no longer repair the old Troncale said, referring to the “There are a lot of good proj-
high school. street’s modern look. ects out there, and a lot that are
“They found it more cost There had been a lot of talk needed,” Mitchell said.
effective to build us a new one about doing something, but no Though the desire to restore
instead,” said Karl Uterhardt, one was up to the challenge, Fremont Street to its rustic ori-
TUSD superintendent. The Border Patrol is on track to Troncale said. gins had been in the minds of
Start to terminate
Now, the Board of Education increase their current total of 14,500 “I e-mailed a lot of our allies, Tombstone residents for some
MORE BORDER NEWS
has placed the decision of agents to 18,000 agents by 2008, he said. including the Arizona State time, recent events helped make
fully in June 2008
whether the building will go up National Guard Spc. Ernest Budomo Historical Preservation Office, the process more plausible.
for sale or be put on a long-term the Border Patrol. from Guam is set to leave the area by the the National Park Service, the The recent repainting of the
lease on the upcoming Nov. 6 The Guard has been an integral part in end of the month. One of his main tasks Arizona Department of street from a four-lane road to a
election ballot. By Bryan van Scoyk the construction of the border wall and during his time on the border has been driv- Commerce, and the Arizona two-lane road with a turning
The money generated from a other fences and roads in the area, said ing a water truck to keep fresh water com- Department of Tourism,” he lane provided some room to
sale or lease would no doubt Assistant Chief Patrol Agent George ing to troops and job sites, specifically con- said. work with, Barnes said.
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benefit the school district and The withdrawal of the National Guard Lopez from the Tucson sector Border struction crews as they work on the wall. This “brainstorming session” Previous to the repainting, the
Tombstone High School, but the from the U.S.-Mexico border has begun Patrol office. Spc. Budomo believes the departure of is eventually what brought road had very little space
issue is about more than just after a little over a year since their first In June, the drawdown began with a the National Guard will not have a detri- about the suggestion of the between buildings and the road,
money. presence as a part of Operation Jump Start. force reduction of 50 percent, with the mental effect on Operation Jump Start Arizona Transportation and provided only “very narrow
A sale would mean the district Since June of 2006, thousands of troops operation set to terminate June 20, 2008. and the Border Patrol will be fully capa- Enhancement Program. sidewalks,” he said.
has no say over what happens to have been supporting the Border Patrol in The opinion in the area seems to be that ble of carrying on without them. This program distributes Looking to Allen Street as an
the building in the future, the four border states of Ariz., Calif., the National Guard did a good job during “They should be as effective as us,” roughly $4 million in funds per example, officials knew their
including what the owners use it Texas and N.M. in their efforts to prevent their time in the area, and the gradual Budomo said. “We showed some mem- year for state projects, such as goal was attainable. Barnes
for or how they maintain it. illegal immigrants from successfully withdrawal of the Guard over the next bers of Border Patrol how to efficiently pedestrian safety and historical knows this project can be done,
While a lease would still leave entering the United States. year will not produce any seriously nega- do some tasks, but they already had some preservation, Troncale said. If with a little help from the com-
During the year they have been in the tive effects. really well-trained guys.” they make the cut, the city plans munity.
T U S D/page 4 area, National Guard troops from all over “Additional Border Patrol agents will Gerald Eberwein, an Army veteran of to have the restoration coincide The final presentation of the
the United States have contributed be needed to offset the loss of Guard per- over 30 years, has volunteered some of with the ADOT resurfacing of proposal takes place during the
through assistance in construction proj- sonnel,” Lopez said. “We are in the his property in the small border town of Fremont in 2010. first week of October, and the
ects along the border, the surveillance of process of hiring 6,000 additional “Just in time for the state cen- decision of whether or not the
the region and the training of members of Border Patrol agents.” B O R D E R/page 4 tennial,” Barnes said. grant will be rewarded will fol-
It was no easy task preparing low within two weeks.
problems Runaway boy at home LISTEN UP
Family attempts innovative
By Ross Hager plays the guitar
for his sister
appreciate the effort this com- Destiny Bales
approach to keep son grounded
munity went through to find
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(left) and friend
Last month’s sentencing of our son,” Barney said. Sylvanaya
Anthony Alan Jenkins, who In terms of the mission Engdahl (center)
was convicted of attempting to By Renee Pepe to the Barney home. expenses, Smith said it cost the at an after school
sell a cocaine and Kool-Aid Shortly into the search, an city of Tombstone time and club run by the
mix to middle school students, individual found tracks in a manpower. City officials were
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and the recent discovery of Reports of a missing child wash half a mile from the boy’s on payroll, but volunteers spent Their father is
youths using the Historic prompted a massive search home. Fire personnel were dis- their time and effort as well. pastor David
Episcopal Church to smoke party organized by the patched to the scene and recov- One of the search helicopters Bales, who does
marijuana, have locals con- Tombstone Marshal’s Office ered the boy and returned him was dispatched through the arts and crafts
cerned that there may be a the afternoon of Sept. 12, to his mother unharmed. Department of Public Safety, with the kids and
growing drug problem in including two helicopters, the What started as a young boy and although a mutual agree- holds a movie
night every Friday
Tombstone. Tombstone Search and Rescue simply wanting to take a walk ment between the marshal’s at 7 p.m.
“We have a similar drug Team, the Tombstone Volunteer with his dog resulted in a huge office and DPS absolves the
problem that most cities do,” Marshal’s Posse, Tombstone community effort to ensure the city of transportation charges,
said Marshal Merlin Jay Fire Department personnel, and boy’s safety, Smith said. “DPS (helicopter dispatch) cer-
Smith. “It’s a problem we’re numerous citizens. “Without the efforts of every- tainly cost somebody some-
constantly dealing with.” Colette Barney, a Tombstone one involved, it wouldn’t have thing,” Smith said.
Karl Uterhardt, superintend- resident, notified the marshal’s been a success,” he said. The border patrol in Sonoita,
ent of Tombstone Unified office that her son, Tristan, was Colette Barney also Ariz. dispatched the second
School District, agrees the missing around 2:15 p.m., expressed her gratitude to the helicopter because Tristan’s
problem is not localized. Marshal Merlin Jay Smith said. immediate community-wide father, Shad Barney is a Border
“The drug problem is every- The 5-year-old boy had been response she witnessed while Patrol agent.
missing for 30 minutes when her son was missing.
D R U G S/page 3 officer Scott Behar responded “Me and my husband really R U N A W A Y/page 2 PHOTO BY FRANK CALELLO
Hobbyist seeks lost planes
SEPTEMBER 21, 2007
Scours military records, maps Relying solely on the report taken, admitting that his friends
to find long-lost aircraft in hills
will not get a person to the site, Trey Brandt and Craig Fuller are
Fuller explained, as reports are pros at triangulating sites using
often sloppy and distances - let pictures.
By Kellen Quinn about the time he and fellow “avi- alone directions, are not always Sure enough, the spot he was
ation archaeologist” Trey Brandt exact and in some cases are little standing in the forest of thorn
rediscovered the long forgotten more than an investigator’s rough bushes looked just like it does in
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With blood drops on his crash site near Tombstone in estimate, Fuller said. the picture. The GPS agreed very
sleeves from bushwhacking at an February 1999. Luckily this crash was fairly closely.
almost careless quick pace Usually most wrecks take full well documented - five pictures Fusco and other aviation
through two miles of dense thorn days and more often than not, were taken. This particular crash archaeologists do not do this just
bushes, his eyes paying more multiple trips to hit the jackpot, was catastrophic, with very little for fun. Craig Fuller for example
attention to the Global Fusco said. remaining before the larger pieces has a degree from Embry-Riddle
Positioning System in his hand, “[Sometimes] we just tear our- were removed in the 1960s, due Aeronautical University and usu-
than the environment after hours selves to pieces,” he said. to pilots often calling in the crash ally tries to find evidence of why
of searching, Jim Fusco finds One would not think that air- site after spotting it from the air, the plane crashed and maps out
what he came all the way from craft crashes cover the state, let Fusco said. the sites, Fusco said.
Willcox to find. alone the county, but fellow From the five pictures, and fur- Trey Brandt, has perhaps the
It is little more than a piece of enthusiast Craig Fuller of Mesa, ther information obtained from deepest motivation because he
aluminum, but it is not a coke can has a 34-page list of military original newspaper clippings of does what Fuller admits he feels
left by campers in the desert – it is wrecks in Southeast Arizona the crash, and both pilot’s death uncomfortable doing - trying to
small remains of what was once a alone. certificates, one can check find personal items at the sites to
two-engine WWII bomber that Having been to the Tombstone whether all the sources agree with return to family members if they
crashed near Tombstone in crash before, Fusco skipped the one other and if one presents can be found and bring them to
September of 1945 during a rou- usual research necessary to decide more specific information than the wrecks for closure; something
tine instrument training flight where to start the search. others, Fuller said, giving a per- Fusco and Brandt have done
from Douglas Army Air Field. A person must first obtain a son an idea of where to begin together several times. PHOTO BY KRISTEN LORDI
Animal control officer
An onlooker would not suspect military crash report in order to looking. Fusco has also built memorials Animal Control Officer James Everetts tends to a stray dog at the shelter.
that the inconspicuous 57-year- have a vague idea of where to Luckily both the report and the with his own hands at some of the
old volunteer search and rescue begin, Fuller explained. He would death certificates of Lt. Irving wrecks that were very difficult to
wants new town shelter
team member was looking for an definitely know, as he is undeni- Ahrens and Lt. Harry Abinanti find.
airplane, if he was encountered on ably the king of crash reports, give the same location, which “I felt it needed to be done,” he
what can only be called the having bought them up by micro- means this crash report is proba- said.
“hunt.” fiche reels from the Air Force. bly very reliable, Fuller said. But this is a tough club to get
“I was just fascinated by it,” In the case of the missing B-25 One picture included in the into. The trio often gets e-mails
Fusco said, about the hobby that bomber near Tombstone, the report shows the wreckage in the from people wanting to know the
he has actively pursued for the Army Air Corps report supplied foreground and a mesa straight in GPS coordinates of crashed By Kristen Lordi they should do it.” ally take in a dog or cat at the
last 11 years, having been keenly by Fuller at Aviation the distance, with peaks on both planes, Fuller explained. Everetts said he will usual- end of the day and care for it
aware of it for another 30. Archeological Investigation and ends of the mesa even further in “You got to earn your dues,” ly talk to the pet owner about until other arrangements can
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He attributes his bug to reading Research - Fuller’s out of home the distance. Fuller said, so as to instill respect Are rattlesnakes creeping the situation first and work be made or the owners can be
about the ill-fated bomber “Lady business, states the crash occurred Fusco used this picture to find for the sites, as they are into your garden? Stray dogs out a deal. If the owner still found.
Be Good,” as a kid. five miles southeast of the distance of the crash from the the final resting or cats creating havoc in your does not comply, he will give The current construction of
The American bomber crashed Tombstone. mesa and to find the exact spot places of those yard? Well, fear no more — a citation with fees deter- an additional room to the
in North Africa during the war, the picture was inside. James “Rattler” Everetts is mined by the court. For more shelter should help with
the crew bailed out and Fusco said the new animal control offi- serious offenses or repeat accommodating stray cats.
on a trek of that the skills cer in town and is familiar convictions, the police will “I don’t believe in harming
desperation he honed by with all those pesky critters. make arrests. or killing animals unless they
died off one chasing air- The ex-bounty hunter has With all the stray dogs and are actually physically attack-
by one, plane wrecks lived in Tombstone for nine cats running around ing someone,” Everetts said.
choosing to got him into search and rescue years and has been tracking Tombstone, the local non- Even the most dangerous
hike in the wrong COURTESY PHOTO because he knows the area very down problem animals since profit, no-kill shelter is over animals deserve respect, and
direction. A North American B-25 Mitchell assigned to Douglas well. being appointed animal con- capacity. Many of the ani- Everetts has had to deal with
“We found that thing in 30 Army Air Field similar to the one that crashed in “I have actually saved lives trol officer by the City mals Everetts finds on the a few rattlesnakes on the job.
minutes or less,” Fusco said, Tombstone in 1945. because of my hobby,” he said. Council last month. He says streets do not have licenses Of all the rattlesnakes liv-
Mixed feelings about Iraq
the town has many stray cats or ID tags so it is difficult to ing in the Tombstone area,
that are considered free- find the owner. Everetts said the Mojave rat-
roaming spirits. Since the Tombstone shel- tlesnake is the most danger-
A large part of Everetts’ ter is full, any incoming stray ous and he has seen about
abound at American Legion
job is to make sure the ani- dogs or cats would have to be seven of these snakes since
mals owned in the surround- taken to the animal shelter in starting the job.
ing area have food and water Huachuca City where they He removes the snakes
available to them at all times. risk being euthanized if not from the resident’s yard and
He receives many calls of adopted. Everetts said this is releases it within three miles
emaciated animals because a last resort if there aren’t any of where it was caught, in
Some argue get-out-now approach
the owners are not properly accommodations in town. compliance with state law.
completely pull out of Iraq, you weaken strength. If you caring for them. Larger animals such as According to Everetts, snakes
while others encourage patience
some members feel just as don’t have the manpower, you Everetts must then make cows and horses are taken to are usually seen spring
strongly as Molina that the can’t get stability,” Sweet said. sure the owner complies and a holding facility in Willcox. through fall and are active in
United States should stick it Other members at Post 24 gives the animal the care it Since the shelter is at the mornings and evenings.
By Cat Casaigne “They’re sending (troops) out. are not sure what the answer to needs. Unfortunately, not all capacity, Everetts has decided Everetts hopes to see
that are married, just married, “We can’t pull out until there Iraq is. Duane Sartain and his people listen. to care for some of the dogs Tombstone open a city-
expecting their first son. They is stability,” said Jeff Sweet, a wife Audrey, whose son is an “I try to be nice and give and cats he finds himself. owned animal shelter in the
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Veterans at American have not even seen their first Navy veteran who served 15 Army Black Hawk pilot, everyone a break the first In addition to the six dogs, near future to accommodate
Legion Roy Fourr Post 24 had son. I don’t know how morale years. “Once you commit, you would like to see the troops time,” Everetts said. “I don’t six horses and four cats that the homeless animals. He is
mixed reviews of President is high,” Molina said. “We’re stay.” come home. like to be lied to, if someone reside at his ranch outside of currently looking to bring the
Bush’s announcement to with- not gaining anything, we’re Pulling out would send the “I would rather see the says they will do something, town, Everetts will occasion- issue to the City Council.
draw 30,000 troops from Iraq losing more lives than any- wrong message to the world – fighting over there than at
by next summer, although thing else.” that the United States starts home, but we’re not going to
most thought the withdraw was
Although Molina believes
about 80 percent of the post
trouble and then leaves, he
win,” said Duane Sartain, who
served in Vietnam from 1965
FROM THE FRONT PAGE
“I think it was a no-no to feels the United States should “If you cut down on troops, to 1968 with the Navy.
begin with,” said Frank “It’s like a marriage,” R U N A W A Y/from 1 asleep under a tree. break through the fence,” she
Molina, post commander. “It Audrey Sartain said. “If it’s According to Smith, this is Barney stated her son is in a said.
was wrong to send all these WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE bad and you stay in it for years not the first time Tristan has special education pre-school Due to concerns for her
troops out there.” AMERICAN LEGION? and years, it won’t get better.” wandered away from home. class because of underdevel- son’s safety, Barney and her
Molina, who served in the The Sartains’ view Iraq as a There were two prior instances oped speech problems, but husband have begun taking
Army in 1955, said there are lost cause. “You have to do this year where Barney report- said he is very physically precautions to prevent Tristan
several reasons he feels it’s Membership eligibility in The American Legion is based on something than just get our ed her son as missing. advanced for his age. from wandering away from his
time to bring the troops home. honorable service with the U.S. Armed Forces: soldiers killed and spend Barney said her son likes to Tristan has an 8-year-old yard without parental supervi-
Mostly he is angry at the gov- money. There has to be a better play hide-and-go-seek and this sister, Kayla, who recently sion.
ernment’s treatment of the World War I April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 answer than that,” Duane may seem like a game to him. taught him to prop his bike up “Right now my husband is
troops. World War II Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 Sartain said. “He can go really far, really against the backyard fence and testing an electronic bracelet
“Look how many have been Korean War June 25, 1950 an Jan. 31, 1955 Veterans at the post may fast,” Barney said, citing one climb over. This was Tristan’s for our son,” Barney said.
killed or wounded and the gov- Vietnam War February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 have different opinions about instance several months ago escape method on Sept. 12, When Tristan comes closer
ernment did not want to take Lebanon/Grenada August 24, 1982 and July 31, 1984 the war in Iraq and different where her son broke through Barney said. than 300 feet to the backyard
care of them,” Molina said. Panama December 20, 1989 and January 31, 1990 reasons for reaching their opin- their backyard fence and ran Once her son was over their fence, an alarm will be trans-
Molina isn’t buying Gen. Operation Desert August 2, 1990 until the end of hostilities ions, but they can all agree that off barefoot with his puppy fence, Tristan must have mitted to a base unit Barney
David Petraeus’ statements Shield/Desert Storm as determined the United States this war is complicated. trailing behind. pulled his dog through a gap keeps with her.
that the United States is suc- “We swung a bat at the hor- Smith also recalled a previ- and set out on his walk, “My son is priceless. I can’t
ceeding in Iraq or that troop All current U.S Armed Forces members nets’ nest and we have to live ous missing person report Barney said. put a price on what he means
moral is high. with it,” Sweet said. where Tristan was found “I had no idea he could to me,” Barney said.
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SEPTEMBER 21, 2007 PAGE 3
Yellow Jackets return to Earth Wacey
THS football drops Haygood
last two games after
Tombstone High School
Senior, Wide Receiver
By Carey Nathanson
and Defensive Back
Music: Haygood listens to rap. Preferring Kanye West to
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Tombstone’s senior wide receivers 50 Cent.
Wacey Haygood and Daniel Dotson
are looking to finish their high school Memorable Jacket Moment: In 2006, Haygood
careers on a high note. returned a fumble 48 yards against Benson.
They both scored a touchdown in
last Friday’s loss against the top- 2007 Season Statistics: Against Valley Christian,
ranked team in the 2A conference, Haygood caught a touchdown pass for 76 yards in the sec-
Valley Christian, dropping them to 2-2 ond quarter. It was his second of the season over 60 yards.
on the season. He now has three receptions for 146 yards. He also has two
“Our kids played their hearts out but receiving touchdowns on the season through four games.
we came up short,” Tombstone coach On defense, he has 10 solo tackles, one for a loss, and has
Mike Hayhurst said. assisted on 11 tackles.
Haygood caught a 76-yard touch-
down pass in the second quarter from ‘Zero Hour’: Haygood goes to school at 6 a.m. and lifts
Stephen Braswell. Dotson, who also PHOTO BY CAREY NATHANSON weights. The football booster club provides pasta so the
plays defensive back, intercepted a The Yellow Jackets practice on Sept. 4. THS lost its last two games by a combined nine points. team can load up on carbohydrates.
pass by Trojan quarterback Stephen
Sasso in the fourth quarter, returning it “We had a little trouble with the to home and wrestle at Pima The Yellow Jackets will face non-
for a touchdown to give the Jackets the inside run late in the game. They just Community College. region opponent Scottsdale Christian
lead, 21-20. lined up and ran it straight at us and we They will both play baseball in the Academy (1-3) today. They will open
After starting the season with two didn’t stop it,” Hayhurst said. spring. region play against Morenci (1-3) at
blowouts, the Yellow Jackets’ schedule Tombstone drove down the field Dotson has five interceptions on the home, Sept. 28.
has become tougher. They’ve lost the after the ensuing kickoff, but were season while Haygood has a pair of The losses were not helpful for the
last two games to non-region oppo- unable to score after being stopped on touchdown receptions, each for over 60 Jackets as they dropped from eighth to
nents San Manuel and Valley Christian fourth down inside the five-yard line. yards. 13th over the last two weeks in the
by a combination of nine points. The Trojans were then able to run out “(Dotson and Haygood) are super power points polls. The top 16 teams Tombstone High School
“Can’t win ‘em all,” Dotson said. the clock. high school wide outs,” Hayhurst said. advance to postseason play.
Senior, Wide Receiver
Haygood said the team was “not con- “I thought we did very well in every-
centrating at practice” the week before thing we did. We were playing an
the loss to San Manuel. He thought awfully good team. We did well and Music: Dotson enjoys listening to country music. His
they were more prepared for Valley they did well and it makes for an awful- 2A East Standings favorite singer is Kenny Chesney.
Christian. ly good game,” Hayhurst said.
Haygood and Dotson both said they After the school year, Haygood and TEAM W L PF PA STRK Memorable Jacket Moment: Dotson’s returned a kick-
thought Valley was the toughest chal- Dotson will go their separate ways to Benson 3 1 97 47 W1 off 95 yards for a touchdown against Bensen in 2006.
lenge of the season. attend different colleges. Thatcher 3 1 64 91 W1
After Dotson’s interception, Valley Haygood, who has played football Bisbee 2 2 67 72 W2 2007 Season Statistics: Dotson has seven solo tackles
Christian scored a touchdown to retake his whole life after staring flag football Tombstone 2 2 135 48 L2 and 17 assists and five interceptions for 60 yards, 16 of
the lead. The Trojans were successful in Huachuca City, Ariz., hopes to con- Morenci 1 3 88 110 L1 which came against Valley Christian and was returned for a
on a two-point conversion to make it tinue playing for Northern Arizona Willcox 1 3 79 113 L3 touchdown.
28-21. University. Dotson wants to stay closer
Family makes impulse purchase,
happy running Wyatt Earp home
By Krissy Sauter er by square nails. locals looking for artwork, people who
Jim was driven to restore the house to the want to walk the same steps as Doc
exact appearance it had when Wyatt and his Holliday and Wyatt Earp,” Diane said. “We
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Have you ever wondered how notorious two brothers, Virgil and Morgan, lived in also get a lot of Europeans, mostly from
Old West gunslingers lived back in the day? Tombstone. Ireland and England.”
People like Tucsonan couple Jim and Liz He sifted through historical documents All of the art originates in Arizona –
Allen have made a glimpse into old west and old photographs as a reference before Tombstone, St. David, Sierra Vista, Tucson
life possible with the Tombstone Wyatt starting the reconstruction. It was a family and Prescott – from about 22 local artists.
Earp House & Gallery, 102 E. Fremont St. project. The art is contemporary southwestern por-
Jim and his daughter-in-law, Diane, were Jim found some original materials of the traits of landscapes, Tombstone and Native
driving around Tombstone during the sum- house, but also decided to add some custom American art.
mer of 2003 when they came across a sign decorations. There are also items such as key chains,
that read, “For Sale: Wyatt Earp House.” “I helped furnish the place but Jim owns coffee mugs and T-shirts available for pur-
The next day Jim had his daughter, a construction company in Tucson and he chase on the gallery website: www.wyat-
COURTESY PHOTOS Dawn, researched the property and two was pretty hands-on the whole time,” Diane tearphouse.com.
Blues musicians Danny Kreiger and Steve Grams perform at festival. days later he bought it. said. “My mother-in-law is an artist and she
Blues hitting Bisbee
Diane Allen, who is also the gallery man- Jim first removed the outer wood of the has artist friends who show their art at the
ager, mentioned the history behind the house and then demolished two additions to gallery. We have also just met a lot of peo-
house is what really attracted her family to the house that were made by the Smith fam- ple who want to show their art so we let
buy and restore the historic house. ily, who had lived there since the 1930s. them,” Diane Allen said.
“The fact that you can sit in the same spot It took about a year to finish the project The Allen’s wanted to share the Wyatt
as he (Wyatt) had or where the Earp women and the Allen’s opened the Wyatt Earp home with the public without charging
would go and sew is really special,” Diane House & Gallery on Oct. 15, 2005. admission and have succeeded in doing so.
profits to improve many said. “You can walk in their steps.” The busiest month for the gallery is The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
hits the right note aspects of the arts in southern
The original Wyatt Earp house was very
small by today’s standards – 378 square
October, when Wyatt Earp Day and
Helldorado Days – the anniversary of the
Monday through Tuesday and Thursday
through Sunday and closed Wednesdays.
Together with the Bisbee feet. The adobe building had a parlor and OK Corral shootout – take place, Diane For more information visit the website at
0By Taylor Davies Arts Commission, Kazzam back bedroom with a back porch. The roof said. www.wyattearphouse.com or call
Events uses festival profits to was made of wooden shingles held togeth- “We get a whole variety of people – (520) 457-3111.
benefit performing arts in
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The third annual Bisbee Bisbee and award grants to
Blues Festival looks to be the
biggest and best yet.
local artists, Workizer said.
“We want to add an educa-
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On Saturday, Sept. 22, five tional aspect in addition to the
acts will take the stage pure joy of the performances,” D R U G S/from 1 ‘Everyone in town knows Many of the local stores now adorn
throughout the day at Historic Workizer said. “We would like where in the country,” Uterhardt said. “If their front windows with a sign that reads:
City Park in old-town Bisbee. to incorporate master classes you have five people in town, one is going who uses drugs. But “We have a Zero Tolerance for Illegal
“We have a much bigger and discussions with the to do drugs.” knowing is the easy part. Drugs and Users and will report them to
budget this year,” said Kazz Stephan George to artists.” Uterhardt, who has worked in Bisbee, the Tombstone Marshal’s Office.”
perform this weekend. Making the lawful arrest
Workizer of Zazzam Events, Participants would buy tick- Douglas, Elfrida and St. David, said he The sign also asks for anyone who sees
the company sponsoring the ets for the discussions, which believes Tombstone isn’t any worse than is the difficult.’ or suspects drug activity to report it imme-
festival. Blues Showdown in 2003. would take place in an intimate other cities in the county. diately.
Total ticket sales have Cottonwood, Ariz. resident setting over coffee and allow Although a 2000 study conducted by – Marshal Merlin Jay Smith Smith said he cannot say whether the
steadily increased, selling just Danny Rhodes from “Danny fans to speak openly with the the Arizona Department of Health Tombstone program has worked or not, but he has
over 1,000 in 2005 to more Rhodes and the Messengers” artists. Services concluded Cochise County had seen an increased awareness of the prob-
than 1,200 sold in 2006. is excited to perform in his Performances start at 11 52 percent more juvenile drug-related lem.
Harris Rosenburg, a volun- home state. a.m. on Saturday. Tickets for arrests than the state mean, Smith said the accessible, Smith said. Tombstone schools also share a zero
teer at the Bisbee Visitor “I’m really looking forward the festival are currently on numbers have remained consistent “The border is nearby so there is always tolerance policy, one they make very clear
Center, believes sales will to it,” Rhodes said. “I love sale for $18, or are available at through the years. a supply of marijuana, and meth can be to students.
increase again this weekend southern Arizona.” the door for $20. When arrests are made at the supply end made at home,” Smith said. “The more A drug charge calls for an automatic
due to the popularity of sever- Also on the bill are the An alternative to blues this of the drug operation, the immediate expensive drugs are harder to distribute.” long-term suspension — which can be up
al acts. Tucson duo of “Grams & month is the Cochise County effects can be seen with lowered numbers Tombstone’s small population and to one calendar year — or even expulsion.
“The festival has a wide Kreiger,” “Stephan George fair, running Sept. 20-23 in of drug arrests and an overall decrease in close-knit community make it difficult to “Expulsions are treated much more
variety of blues with a rock and the Conrads” and Sherman Douglas, Ariz. There will be drug availability. keep drug use a secret. judiciously because they are so severe,”
twist,” Rosenburg said. Robertson, whom Rosenburg rodeo events, live music, live- “We do see somewhat of a change “Everyone in town knows who uses Uterhardt said.
He also mentioned that local called the future of the blues stock auctions, carnival rides depending on who is in our jail at the drugs,” Smith said. “But knowing is the Students who are expelled have the
band and opening act “Buzz genre. and games for the whole fami- time,” Smith said. easy part. Making a lawful arrest is the options of taking online courses or
and the Soul Senders” is More than just an excuse to ly. Admission prices vary In the past, the drugs of choice have difficult part.” enrolling in a magnet school.
always a crowd pleaser. They spend a warm Saturday danc- from $3-$6, with discounts for consisted of methamphetamines, marijua- The Marshal’s office has teamed with So far this year, Uterhardt says he has
have performed at past festi- ing to rock ‘n’ roll, the Bisbee seniors and students on na and cocaine. These particular drugs are members of the local community in recent not seen any drug-related issues in the
vals and won the Arizona Blues Festival uses much of its Thursday and Friday. generally the cheapest and most easily years to create a drug-free environment. schools.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2007 PAGE 4
Some residents say14-foot
wall is a waste of money
By Ryan Kraft
THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH
orkers near Naco, Ariz., are making progress
on production of a new fence to protect the
U.S.-Mexico border. The maroon 14-foot-
high wall stretches deep into the desert with huge spot-
lights shooting into the sky every 100 yards.
The project, which is under way in towns from Naco to
Yuma, Ariz., is intended to secure the border against ter-
rorism and stop immigration violations, including drug COURTESY OF AMERICAN BORDER PATROL
According to Border Patrol officials, apprehensions of
illegal aliens are down 3 percent from last year. “(It’s) a waste of money,” he said, referring to the to curb illegal immigration.
“They’re still crossing, but it’s less now,” said Taron fence’s expansion. “They can build it 20 feet higher and they’ll still get
Maddux, a Bisbee Police Department sergeant. While construction proceeds miles out into the desert, over,” Borbon said. “They’re just people trying to find a
The fence is intended to act as a deterrent to illegal illegal immigration continues to occur right in town. better life.”
immigrants trying to cross. According to Urcadez, illegal immigrants don’t bother However, while the effectiveness and necessity of the
“The idea is it’s going to slow them down so we can climbing the border wall, choosing instead to jump the new fence is debatable, it is undoubtedly a greater pres-
apprehend them faster,” said Border Patrol agent Mike five-foot chain link fence at the port of entry. Many of ence than what had been there. Dwarfed behind the new
Scioli. these illegal immigrants try to evade Border Patrol by run- 14-foot-high concrete and steel wall is the old one — a
Border Patrol also hopes to use the fence to force illegal ning into his bar. frail, three-foot-high barbed wire fence capable of pre-
aliens to enter in specific places. “(Illegals) come into the bar everyday,” Urcadez said, venting farm animals from crossing the border.
“We can funnel them into certain areas,” Scioli said. although he believes that numbers are lower during sum- While the fence still may not fully stop illegal immigra- By Steven Zivic going over, say, a moun-
“(We can) wait on certain trails and catch them right mer months. “They jump the fence, then (Border Patrol) tion, it does serve other purposes. THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH tain,” said Border Patrol
there.” runs after and catches them.” “I think it’s had an impact with vehicle traffic,” Maddux agent Michael Scioli,
However, some Naco residents believe the construction Urcadez wonders about the need to expand the border said. onstruction along who operates in the
of the new fence won’t do much to accomplish that plan. fence when there are still leaks 20 feet from the port of Though individuals may be able to climb the fence, it the U.S.-Mexico Tucson sector of the bor-
“If you can walk 16 miles through the desert, you can entry. creates a wall that inhibits vehicles from passing through. border is proceed- der.
jump that fence,” said Leonel Urcadez, owner of the Gay Naco resident David Borbon occasionally sees lost ille- Gerald Eberwein, 72, has been a resident of Naco for 30 ing according to plan, “And I’m almost posi-
90’s Bar. The bar is located roughly 20 yards from the port gal immigrants roaming the roads in town before Border years, long before there was ever a fence. According to despite claims made by tive about a stipulation
of entrance into the United States. Patrol finds them. He also doubts the new fence’s ability him, before the fence, criminals would steal locals’ cars one organization’s aerial for different terrain.”
and property and bring them back into Mexico, causing survey of the area, Scioli said border con-
residents to demand its construction. according to Tucson struction is making great
“We weren’t looking so much for keeping people out Sector border officials. progress by building
as we were preventing them from taking stuff back,” he American Border deterrents where they are
said. Patrol, a non-profit appropriate.
The border wall now stands less than 50 yards from his organization whose goal “Fences are used in
backyard. is to assist the U.S. urban areas where we
“It was almost like somebody had a switch called Border Patrol in the have only a few minutes
crime and when they put up the fence they turned the apprehension and depor- to catch someone before
switch off,” Eberwein said. tation of illegal immi- they disappear into a
That original fence — which is now being expanded grants, released a sum- crowd,” Scioli said.
— had ended abruptly at the edge of town and required a mary on its Web site that “But out in the desert
police roadblock. The idea is that those positive effects stated much of the fence we’ll set up temporary or
will stretch with it. constructed to date does permanent vehicle barri-
“There’s an awful lot of people who flee from the not meet the standards ers, where if someone
police back into Mexico (with vehicles),” Eberwein said. required by the Secure crosses on foot, we’ll
“This fence will make that a little more difficult.” Fence Act of 2006. have a couple of hours to
Though he feels the fence has reduced many of Naco’s Citing the act’s get to them.”
crime problems, even he doesn’t deny it cannot stop requirement for a double- As of the end of
everything, notably illegal immigration. layered fence along the August, Scioli reported
“There’s the hardy and athletic and not-so-easily- border, the ABP’s sum- 24 miles of pedestrian
scared who still come over the top,” he said. mary stated only two fencing was constructed
As illegal aliens continue to pour over the fence, the miles of border fence in the Tucson sector,
struggle to stop this flow continues to shape Naco resi- built since the signing of along with over 72 miles
dents’ lives. A Border Patrol vehicle can be seen the act is actually dou- of vehicle barriers.
patrolling almost any road in Naco. ble-layered. This fencing was
Photo by Bryan van Scoyk “To us, (illegal immigration) is not a threat,” Urcadez “We don’t need a dou- designed to slow foot
Specialist Ernest Budomo provides water to construction and job sites near Naco. said. “We have about 60 agents here in Naco.” ble layer of fencing traffic across the border.
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B O R D E R/from 1 Without a search warrant, the istrative duties to help get the T U S D/from 1 to use immediately. This would If the vote called for a sale, will not damage it.
Naco, Ariz., to the National National Guard can not go onto Border Patrol agents back to the the district in charge of the mean Tombstone High School the future of this building could So far, the list of potential
Guard during their time in the private property, which for most front lines.” building, the length of the lease could access the money at once be in jeopardy and that has investors includes Stan Corliss,
region. of the border in Cochise County When asked how the with- could draw away potential to finish their long-awaited foot- Tombstone citizens worried. an entertainer with the Sons of
The piece of land near his starts about 60 feet from the wall. drawal of the National Guard will investors. ball and baseball fields. Long time Tombstone resi- the Pioneer singing group.
home is being called a transporta- According to Operation Jump affect the tasks in which they are “Investors don’t want us to Under a lease, the district dent and former TUSD employ- Corliss plans wants to turn the
tion consolidation point, and is Start, the National Guard was currently involved in, Eberwein come in and take the building would have to wait longer to get ee, Jo Ann Kearney said she old school property into a coun-
located about 20 feet from the only intended to do detection answered: “I don’t think it will, from them after four years,” the funds, but the funds would would rather get less money try music museum and dinner
wall. work with regard to illegal aliens. because in all aspects that they Uterhardt said. be directed to the district’s main- than lose the building forever. theater, Uterhardt said.
“The National Guard has built Besides their construction and have been involved, the Border Schools are available for lease tenance and operations fund, “While a sale sounds attrac- Jo Robinson, a real estate
roads, they’ve built fences, training duties, the Guard often Patrol has been trained in and is four years at a time, anything which would help offset some of tive to give the school more agent for Tombstone AZ Real
they’ve trained Border Patrol acts as the eyes and ears of the ready to take over.” beyond that is long-term and the daily expenses. money, I would prefer the dis- Estate, said there is nothing in
officers, and they’ve done a lot of Border Patrol, who they contact if Eberwein did see the National requires voter approval. Devere said he is torn on trict to maintain the ownership Corliss’ plans to change the out-
infrastructure improvements,” they locate illegal aliens crossing Guard’s gradual withdrawal as Uterhardt said the district is which way to go. “There’s two of the building so we can guar- ward appearance of the building.
Eberwein said. “It’s an excellent the border. detrimental in one aspect: “They looking into a 30-year lease of different pots of money,” he said. antee its historical integrity and “He is wanting to maintain
training opportunity because in a Lopez did point out that the will be missed because the pri- the property. A lease of this “It would be nice to finish our architectural integrity.” the integrity of the outside,”
lot of cases, our troops in the Guard has been a big help in their vate companies that are taking length would give investors (field) facilities. If we could get Kearney said Robinson said.
Guard don’t get this type of expe- support of the Border Patrol in over some of the wall construc- enough time to use the facility. (maintenance and operations) Kearney has been part of the Robinson added that Corliss
rience.” efforts to deter illegal aliens from tion are a lot more expensive than The Nov. 6 decision will also money from leasing, we could school district for more than 30 expects his investment, if
Since Eberwein’s backyard crossing the border and appre- the National Guard. They are affect the distribution of the possibly pay our teachers more.” years and cannot stand the approved, to boost tourism in
runs almost directly up to the wall hending those that do. working at a profit and the Guard funds generated from the sale or Offsetting costs and possibly thought of the original Tombstone.
of the border, he was also quick to “National Guard personnel was not because they were just lease. increasing teaching salaries are Tombstone High School build- The Nov. 6 vote will deter-
point out what he called some were provided to conduct Entry doing their duty.” A sale, according to Robert some of the advantages to a ing not existing. mine whether the district can sell
interesting legal complications Identification Teams Missions, Lopez said the Guard will be Devere, Tombstone High School lease, but keeping control of the “When your whole family’s or lease the property, but will not
regarding the use of the National Tactical Infrastructure Missions missed “in administrative, mis- principal, could bring in a lot building would be the main been involved, it becomes constitute the final decision.
Guard standing along the border. and Aviation Support Missions,” sion support, and tactical infra- more immediate money that advantage. something close to the heart and After the votes, Uterhardt said
“If an illegal alien comes Lopez said. “They have filled structure missions. could go toward capital projects, Old Tombstone High School you hate to see it go away,” the district would meet again to
across the fence a National critical border security missions, “However, what they leave which carry expenses of more was built in 1922 and was the Kearney said. hear offers or postpone the deci-
Guardsman has got to catch him including identifying and locating behind, tactical infrastructure for than $5,000. oldest functioning high school Uterhardt is convinced that sion for future review.
within the first 60 feet,” Eberwein people attempting to enter illegal- example, will still contribute to The advantages of this sale in Arizona. As such, it carries most people attracted to the “Either way we go, it’s going
said. “At that point all he can do ly, maintaining fences, roads and our mission after Operation Jump would be that the district gets all deep ties to the historical aspect building are interested in keep- to be beneficial to the district and
is notify the Border Patrol.” vehicles, and performing admin- Start concludes,” Lopez said. the money up front and can put it of the town and to the people. ing its architectural integrity and our students,” Uterhardt said.