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Douglas, Cochise County Approve Location for New Port Of Entry

The Douglas City Council and the Cochise County Board of Supervisors voted last week to support a proposed location for a new commercial port of entry in Southeastern Arizona. The existing Raul H. Castro Port of Entry in Douglas has been facing traffic congestion issues for years.


It Soon Will Be Illegal to Text and Drive in Arizona

The Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday passed two bills that would prohibit forms of distracted driving. One of the approved bills, sponsored by Republican State Representative Noel Campbell, targets people who use their cellphones while driving. The other bill, sponsored by State Senator


Benson, Pomerene school districts benefit from massive settlement

The $14.7 billion Volkswagen settlement is hitting close to home with two San Pedro Valley School districts receiving direct benefit. Benson and Pomerene Unified districts are among four Cochise County Schools to receive grant funding reimbursement for the purchase of school buses, according to a Co


Arizona police release graphic video of deadly officer-involved shooting

Arizona police released a video Wednesday that showed a man throwing a wrench at deputies before they shot him to death while responding to a call from family members concerned for the man’s mental health on Friday.


Kirkpatrick spends time in Cochise County

REGION — U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick spent the last two days in Cochise County providing input and support over discussions regarding a second commercial port of entry in Douglas, as well as making time to visit the local Girl Scouts and speak at Cochise College's Take Back the Night event.


Arizona lawmakers pass cellphone driving ban, sends bill to Ducey

PHOENIX — Editor's note: In the above video, the father-in-law of police Officer Clayton Townsend makes his plea for passing a statewide distracted driving law. Townsend was killed when he was struck by a car operated by a man texting.


Coleman drives in winning runs, solid in mound outing

Ethan Coleman turned in a solid outing on the mound and drove home the Bobcats' two runs Tuesday in Benson's region victory over Thatcher. Coleman doubled home D'Ondre Villalobos who'd reached on an error and Mason Fletcher who singled to account for the Bobcats' run tally in the 2-1 victory.


Wildlife officials say 2019's first known Southeast Arizona bear sighting was April 2

Wildlife officials thought they had a video, with a timestamp showing April 6, of Southeast Arizona's first confirmed bear sighting of 2019, but they've since obtained an earlier photo.


Arizona governor signs 'Blow Dry Freedom' law

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed a bill into law Tuesday to abolish occupational licensing requirements to blow dry hair in the state, a move he has praised as a “big win for freedom and Arizona workers.”


Arizona health officials say Guatemalan child in border patrol facility doesn't have measles

PHOENIX — Editor's note: The above video is from a previous story about the mayor of Yuma, Ariz. signing an emergency proclamation declaring an imminent threat in response to the increased release of migrants in the community.


Arizona becomes latest state to shield lottery winners' names

PHOENIX — Arizona joined a growing number of states allowing winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous Wednesday after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation letting winners of jackpots of $100,000 or more request that their names not be made public.


Southern Arizona will be hoppin' with Easter egg hunts this weekend

Tucson community organizations are gearing up for the Easter holiday with activities for the whole family. Saturday egg hunts will prepare little ones for what’s in store on Easter Sunday, and music and activities will get you in the spring mood.


Two local realtors in contract dispute with RE/MAX HomeStores; Judge to meet with parties in effort to settle claims before trial

BISBEE — A civil complaint and counterclaim involving contract disputes between two local real estate professionals and one of Cochise County’s largest property management companies is headed to a settlement conference in the hope of resolving the matter without a trial.


Cochise County Residents Report Bizarre Raffle Scam

On Monday April 15, 2019 a Hereford couple reported being target of a bizarre telephone scheme. According to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, the couple said “that they had previously signed up for what they believed to be a contest entry. The couple received a call today from a male subject who


Census: Maricopa County – again – saw country’s biggest population gains

WASHINGTON – Maricopa County again saw the largest population increase of any county in the nation last year, adding 81,244 residents to make eight straight years of gains, according to figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau.


Cochise County wins top award for volunteer program

BISBEE — Cochise County has been recognized for its efforts to not only become a healthier workplace, but for expanding that philosophy into the community. Healthy Arizona Worksites awarded its top honor to the county — platinum status — for the impact it has made both within and beyond its walls an


Legal challenge filed to halt Douglas mayoral recall

DOUGLAS – The wife of Douglas Mayor Robert Uribe filed a legal challenge Monday to halt the recall effort that seeks to unseat Uribe well in advance of the June 2020 end of his term.


Emergency management strives to connect county for wildfire preparedness

BISBEE — As the wildland fire threat builds with the high winds and parched greenery, and memories of the Monument Fire still haunt dreams, Cochise County intends to be prepared if another such frightening disaster materializes.


Starting the conversation: Cochise College hosts event on planning for the end of life

SIERRA VISTA — Talking about death and dying, particularly when it concerns yourself or a loved one, is never easy. However, having that conversation and making plans for the future can help to reduce a lot of stress, pain and conflict down the road.


Bobcats flex power, pitching in wins

The onslaught through opposing softball teams continues with the Bobcats looking to make it 10 straight when Thatcher is in town Tuesday. On Friday, host Benson topped non-league St. David, 12-1, marking the ninth-straight win for the Bobcats. Overmatched teams notwithstanding, the Bobcats have outs