MONDAY MARCH 19, 2012
to rezone a portion of aparcel in Elfrida fromTR-18 (transitionalresidential on 18,000square feet) to GeneralBusiness like the restof the parcel from thecommissioners.This legitimizes a U-Haul business and acoffee shop on locatedHighway 191.The matter will nowgo before the CochiseCounty Board of Super-visors for final rezon-ing approval.A second rezoning,this one a down-zoning,was also unanimouslygranted to Bo Hodaiwho owns two TR-36 (asingle-family residenceon a 36,000 square footlot) and wanted themcombined so he canbuild his own home.Anyone owning fouracres or more can takeadvantage of the coun-ty’s owner-builder opt-out clause.Hodai plans to builda very small homeserved by solar power, just 200-square feet,near Elfrida off RuckerCanyon Road on thefive acres.That will also gobefore the board of supervisors for finalapproval.A special use per-mit was unanimouslygranted to Zane Riten-our to establish a pow-der coating business ina general business dis-trict on Fry Boulevard.
Other requests approved include special use permit for business
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Local birders now being recruited for study
Dr. Julie Stromberg, a professor at ArizonaState University, is leading a team of scientistsin a project taking place in the HuachucaMountains. The study is being conducted forthe Department of Defense, and Stromberg isrecruiting local birders to take part.According to Stromberg, the military isbeing proactive in investigating how climatechange and water availability might impactfuture management decisions. Grant moneyfrom the Department is funding researchers instudies to help understand ephemeral streamsin the vicinity of multiple defense installationsin the southwestern U.S. Stromberg’s projectinvolves eight study sites in each of threecanyons: Ramsey, Garden, and Huachuca.“We are in our third year of data collection,“Stromberg said. “And it hit me: We have a lotof experienced local bird experts right here inthe Huachuca area.”So, she contacted Tricia Gerrodette,president of the Huachuca Audubon Society.As a result, the scientists are now recruitingexperienced birders from Huachuca Audubonand from the broader birding public. Thesevolunteers will collect data at the study sitesin May and June (for breeding birds), andNovember and December (for resident birds).One of the researchers, Hillary Nicholasfrom the University of Arizona, will speak atthe next Audubon meeting, Tuesday evening.She will describe the project, show slides of where the study sites are located, and explainhow local “citizen scientists” will be able tocontribute to the effort.The public is invited to the HuachucaAudubon Society’s meeting at 7 p.m. March 20in Room 702 at Cochise College. Experiencedlocal birders who are interested in helpingwith this research project, or who just wantadditional information, can contact TriciaGerrodette at 378-4937 or Triciag2@cox.net.
Friends of San Pedro to train new docents
Do you have a love of nature? Are youinterested in sharing that love with others inthe community? Would you like to learn moreabout the San Pedro River environment?The Friends of the San Pedro River (FSPR)are looking for people with these qualitiesto be docents. The FSPR Docent trainingclass will be starting soon. Join us for fourThursday evening classes (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)and three Saturday morning classes (8:30 a.m.to noon) beginning April 5.Classes will be presented by local expertson birds, plants, insects, hydrology, geology,and much, much more. The cost is only $25(for materials and is refundable after 50 hoursof “docenting.”) The San Pedro River is awonderful local resource.Learn more about it and the wildlife andshare that knowledge with others. Thetraining is fun, informative and, as a docent,you get to work with great people. To register,call 459-2555 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former sheriff sentenced in cocaine case
TUCSON — Former Deputy Sheriff JesusRene Contreras, 31, of Nogales, was sentencedon Tuesday by Senior U.S. District JudgeMarvin Aspen to six years in federal prisonfor conspiracy to possess with the intent todistribute cocaine. Contreras pleaded guilty tothe charge on July 14, 2011.Court documents state that Contreras andhis co-conspirator, Ernesto Castro, reachedan agreement with another individual forContreras to use his position as a deputysheriff to transport cocaine past the BorderPatrol checkpoint on Interstate 19. On March2, 2010, Contreras drove approximately 4.9kilograms of cocaine past the Border Patrolcheckpoint while in uniform and driving hisofficial Santa Cruz County patrol vehicle.Castro was sentenced on Sept. 26, 2011, to sixyears imprisonment for this offense and arelated supervised release violation.“When law enforcement officers engage incorrupt activities while in official uniform,they not only violate the public’s trust, butthey also put our communities’ safety at risk,”said Acting U.S. Attorney Ann BirminghamScheel. “The United States Attorney’s Officeremains committed to working with our lawenforcement partners to find and prosecutethose who engage in border corruption. Icommend DHS and the FBI for their successfulinvestigation of this case.”The investigation in this case was conductedby the U.S. Department of HomelandSecurity, Office of the Inspector General;and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’sSouthern Arizona Corruption Task Force.The prosecution was handled by Mary SueFeldmeier and Robert A. Fellrath, AssistantU.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson.
Border watch group on the decline in state
PHOENIX — The Minuteman border-watchmovement that exploded in southern Arizonain the last decade has virtually disappeared,according to a new report from an Alabama-basedcivil rights center that monitors such groups.
The Arizona Daily Star
reports ( that anannual report by the Southern Poverty LawCenter said the drop comes after members’concerns about illegal immigration have beenadopted by other groups and state legislatures.In 2011, the number of groups termed bythe center as “nativist extremists” — such asthe Minuteman — declined by 42 percent, thecenter’s report said. But at the same time thecenter said the number of anti-government“Patriot” groups grew to record levels.The center began tracking what it calls“nativist extremist” groups after theMinuteman movement exploded in the mid-2000s. These groups distinguish themselvesfrom regular anti-illegal-immigration opinionby directly confronting suspected illegalimmigrants.
FROM PRESS RELEASES AND WIRE REPORTS
‘Going to the Dogs’ plannedfor April 28 at Arbenz Field
Care for the Horses plans 2nd Equine Expo
Pursuit lasting 20 minutes ends with arrest of female
BY JACOB PETERSEN
SIERRA VISTA — Atabout 5:28 a.m. Sundaymorning, an attemptedtraffic stop turned intoa vehicle pursuit afterthe driver of a vehicleseen traveling withoutits headlights activatedattempted to flee frompolice.According to Sgt. An-thony Venditto withthe Sierra Vista PoliceDepartment, the driverof the vehicle, Dani-elle McKay, 24, wascaptured by officersroughly 20 minutesafter the initial trafficstop was attempted atAvenida Cochise andOakmont Drive, nearthe mall.“She used mostlymajor arterials (mainroads),” Venditto said,describing how the sus-pect first fled south be-fore heading back northand facing capture onNelson Drive, just off Charmichael Avenue.At one point, the sus-pect fled far enoughsouth that the CochiseCounty Sheriff’s Officewas notified, althoughSierra Vista Policehandled the pursuit.“Calls were madeto the county, but of course this was a dy-namic vehicle pursuit,”Venditto said.As a result of thechase, McKay has beencharged with felonyfleeing and aggravat-ed assault on a policeofficer.Although no police of-ficers were hurt duringthe incident, “It lookslike she did damage apatrol vehicle with thevehicle she was in,”Venditto said, explain-ing the assault charge.McKay also facescharges of unlawful useof transportation, Ven-ditto said, because “ap-parently this was a ve-hicle she did not own.”There were no inju-ries or reports of prop-erty damage aside fromthat done to the policevehicle, Venditto said,adding that drugs andalcohol are not suspect-ed to be a factor in thepursuit because therewere no charges filedto that effect.However, Vendittosaid, “I would considerthis to be an ongoinginvestigation. Theremay be additionalcharges.”
BY DANA COLE
PALOMINAS — Carefor the Horses, a localequine rescue group,is announcing its sec-ond Equine Expo onApril 14, an event thatfeatures lectures andlabs by local veterinar-ian, Dusti Prentice.The event will be heldfrom 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. atRockin JP Ranch, 10522S. Dove Song Lane, off Highway 92.Preregistration is re-quired, with a deadlineof April 1, 2012. Registeronline by going to www.careforthehorses.comor contact Ann Jost at559-2224. Tickets are $35each and include day-long lectures, labs, doorprizes and lunch. Thecost for participants 17and under is $20.This marks the sec-ond expo for Care forthe Horses, with allproceeds from theevent going to the orga-nization and its equinerescue efforts. The or-ganization also assistshorse owners with vet-erinary and feed ex-penses when unexpect-ed hardships occur.The horse owners enterinto a contract withCare for the Horses andrepay the loan whentheir financial situa-tion improves.Prentice, who will bepresenting “How to beYour Own Vet — someof the time,” says sheenjoys conducting edu-cational presentationsand helping horse own-ers become more knowl-edgeable about generalhealth, nutrition andprevention issues.“This event is similarto the first expo that Iput on, which was afirst aid clinic and labto educate the public onprincipals of examina-tion and first aid care,”said Prentice. “It hadgood attendance, withabout 130 people. We’rehoping for a similarturn-out at this event.”Along with Prentice,Animal CommunicatorLinda Johns will be oneof the presenters, as wellas Stephanie McLean of Purina who will be dis-cussing nutrition. AnnGallus will talk aboutEmergency Prepared-ness, something thatbecame a pressing issueamong horse ownersduring last summer’sMonument Fire. Therealso will be a demon-stration on how to prop-erly fit a saddle.“All proceeds for thisexpo stay right in thecommunity and benefitCare for the Horses,”said Jost, who is theorganization’s founderand president.“We’re a non-profit,501 (c) organization thatis completely dedicatedto rescuing horses thathave been abused orneglected, rehabilitat-ing the horses, and thenplacing them in goodhomes,” she said.The organization wasstarted by Jost in 2002after she discoveredeleven starving horseswhile out trail riding.Since its inception,more than 200 horseshave been rescued bythe organization.
BY DANA COLE
SIERRA VISTA — With itsfocus of “promoting responsibledog ownership,” the Greater Si-erra Vista Kennel Club invitesthe community to “Going to theDogs” on April 28.The day-long event is from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arbenz Field inSierra Vista, near the commu-nity center.Activities will kick off with anAmerican Kennel Club Matchfeaturing conformation, obedi-ence and Rally competitions,with mixed breeds welcome tocompete in obedience and Rally.There also will be junior show-manship for young people. Inaddition, the Canine Good Citi-zen Test will be offered for allthose interested in having theirdogs tested.“A match is just like a dogshow, only there are no pointsawarded,” said Rene Politi, along-time GSVKC member whois the club’s publicity chairper-son. “Exhibitors often use dogmatches to help prepare for thebigger shows where points areawarded. And people new toshowing use matches to learnwhat is expected of them whenthey are in the show ring.”While preregistration is pre-ferred, the club is accepting reg-istrations the day of the match.“People are welcome to bringtheir well behaved dogs to thisevent,” said Politi.There will be a professionalphotographer, vendors, educa-tional programs and demon-strations — to include agility — at the event. Rescue groupswill be available with dogs foradoption, as well as with infor-mation about the different res-cue organizations. In addition,veterinarians will be on handto micro-chip dogs and answerquestions.“We’re going to have an oppor-tunity for people to learn aboutdifferent dog breeds through‘Meet the Breeds’ where someof our members will have dogsavailable for people to see andask questions,” Politi said.“This has been very popularand it’s a wonderful way tosee what breeds make the bestfit for different families andsituations.”For event vendor information,call 456-1033.For general information, call458-7839.
MELISSA MARSHALL • HERALD/REVIEW
This file photo shows Cooper, aYorkie, wearing his sunglasses dur-ing a Going to the Dogs event heldin 2010.
ABOUT THE CLUB
The Greater SierraVista Kennel Club servesSoutheastern Arizona andCochise County. Membersare devoted to advancingthe sport of purebred dogs,along with promotingresponsible dog ownership. The organization holdseducational programs,supports the Cochise CountyHumane Society’s rescueefforts and services andoffers an annual scholarshipto a Cochise County highschool graduate committedto pursuing a career inanimal health. GSVCK hostsan American Kennel Clubmatch every year in SierraVista.In addition to the match,GSVKC hosts an annual AKCshow every November aspart of the Coyote Classic,a huge four-day event in Tucson. Held in conjunctionwith the Tucson Kennel Club,the event is located at thePima County Fairgrounds off Houghton Road and attractsprofessional dog handlersand exhibitors from all overthe country.GSVKC will be holdingits next general meetingon March 20 at 7 p.m. atthe Windemere Hotel andConference Center, in theBuffalo Soldier Room. Forinformation, call.458-7839 orgo to the website at www.gsvk.org.
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