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CORONADO NATIONAL MONUMENT — Protesters organized by Cochise County resident Kate Scott gathered along the border in the Coronado National Memorial Tuesday, Nov. 29, to oppose Gov. Doug Ducey’s construction of a border wall being built with shipping containers. The group’s presence prevented…

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The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has requested the state Supreme Court issue a warrant of execution for death row inmate Aaron Gunches. The 51-year-old Gunches was originally sentenced to death in 2008. He’s one of 21 death row inmates who have exhausted their appeals. Last month, Gunches asked the Arizona Supreme Court to issue a death warrant for him to give closure to the victim’s family. The state has 110 inmates on death row and has already executed three inmates this year. Gunches fatally shot his girlfriend’s ex-husband in 2002 and pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murder.

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COCHISE COUNTY — Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! There may be no tigers but there are mountain lions and bears making their home in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

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WILLCOX — Mayor Mike Laws, on behalf of the city of Willcox, has sent an open letter to Cochise County Supervisors Tom Crosby, Anne English and Peggy Judd regarding the proposed one-half cent sales tax to fund the construction and operations of a new county jail facility.

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Powered by a $1.2 million grant, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office has taken its first steps in a new mental health initiative program by hiring a behavioral health specialist who has already hit the streets and helped intervene in a handful of situations.

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BISBEE — A filing by Cochise County Board of Supervisors attorney Daniel McCauley to quash a ruling by Pima County Superior Court Judge Casey McGinley and have a case remanded to U.S. District Court was rejected, according to Sophia Solis, deputy communications director for Secretary of Stat…

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DOUGLAS — Cruz Farm, located 9 miles north of Douglas on Leslie Canyon Road in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains, is a multi-generational farm that focuses on regenerative, sustainable and organic practices.

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Annie Lang has an enclosed porch for the view, but lately grasshoppers have been blocking the desert scenery she and husband, Richard, have grown to love in their 24 years in southern Arizona.

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PHOENIX — Lame duck Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he won’t call a special legislative session to deal with problems with school funding before his term ends this month until he gets a promise that lawmakers will deal with some issues on his own agenda.

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When Daniel Gamez’s office received a call from someone asking what to do about a suspicious package found near a government building in Hermosillo, Sonora, the instructions they gave were fairly simple: Don’t open the box.

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Holiday horticulture tends to revolve around the same handful of plants. Gardening writer Jeff Lowenfels identifies five classics: paperwhites, poinsettias, Christmas trees, amaryllis and Christmas cactus. Paperwhite bulbs are pre-chilled so they can be planted now and produce flowers in four to six weeks. They do well planted in a shallow container of soil. The trick to poinsettias is keeping them alive through the holiday season. That starts with keeping them warm, even on the trip home from the store. Christmas trees must be kept watered and can later be recycled or used as bird habitat. Make sure your amaryllis is planted so that 1/3 of the bulb's top is above the soil line. And Christmas cactuses do best in bright light, without too much watering.

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Schools contending with soaring student mental health needs and other challenges have been struggling to determine just how much the pandemic is to blame. Are emotional struggles the sign of a disability that will impair their learning, or something more temporary? For students who don’t qualify for special education, where should they go for help? It all adds to desperation for parents trying to figure out how best to help their children. To qualify for special education services, a child’s school performance must be suffering because of a disability in one of 13 categories, according to federal law.

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BISBEE — The Subway Gallery will celebrate Bisbee's Bovee Brothers’ new show featuring all new work from Saturday, Dec. 10, through the second week of January. The gallery is open 5-8 p.m.

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WILLCOX — The City Council met on Thursday, Dec. 1, for a special meeting with two major items on the agenda, hearing public input on proposed new fees for Sunset Cemetery, and the swearing in of council and mayor.

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COCHISE COUNTY — A contingent of 205 county and school district superintendents — including 13 from Cochise County — along with executive directors of educational organizations have penned a letter to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives requesting a sp…

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SIERRA VISTA — If you've always felt you have a flair for floral design but didn’t have a workshop to nourish your creativity, a new business has opened its doors on the city’s east side with a do-it-yourself studio to help spark your talents for flower arrangement.

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BISBEE — Almost as familiar as the sun and the sky she busks under, Christa Leigh is as close to a living — and singing — landmark in Old Bisbee as it gets.

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BISBEE — Thanks to U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s effort to secure funding to help build a countywide animal shelter in Bisbee, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has appropriated $1.1 million toward the project.

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BISBEE — Though the Cochise County 2022 election results have been put to bed, many residents of District 1 and District 3 are discussing recalls for their county Board of Supervisors representatives Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd.