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BISBEE — It’s only been three weeks, but Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels already knows he can fully rely on his new second in command to lead the agency and take the reins on everything from the budget to the jail.

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FORT HUACHUCA— COVID-19 cases on Fort Huachuca among soldiers coming back from holiday leave were lower than expected, officials said this week, and as a result some restrictions placed on service members have been relaxed.

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COCHISE COUNTY — It has almost been 11 months since schools closed to prevent further spread of COVID-19 when Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected,” executive order on March 30.

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BISBEE — Frustration from people trying to get appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine are being heard loud and clear by the county health department, and now steps are being taken to try to help residents get registered and vaccinated.

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BENSON — Historic Highway 80, touted as the country’s first “National Road,” extends through southern Arizona as it stretches from Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia to San Diego, California.

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It was 10 years in the making, but Carla Reaves has opened the doors to My Little Playhouse, a place where children can have a safe place to play with various toys and dress-up costumes and adults can rent the space to hold birthday parties and other gatherings.

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DOUGLAS — Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly was in Douglas Friday touring the Douglas Port of Entry in what was his first visit to the border as a senator.

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SIERRA VISTA — Whether it’s for medical purposes, for recreation or both, city council members on Tuesday said they would allow a marijuana dispensary in Sierra Vista following the passage of Proposition 207 in November.

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ST. DAVID — After 30 years with Apache Nitrogen Products Inc., the company’s Business Development and Public Relations manager, Lyndon Denton, has retired.

As announced at the Sierra Vista Unified School District’s Governing Board meeting on Jan. 5, a motion was approved to consolidate the district’s Food Services Program to address the program’s increasing deficit.

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DOUGLAS — People from all over southern Cochise County converged on Douglas Saturday to take part in the first round of Phase 1B Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations.

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SIERRA VISTA — The number of positive COVID-19 cases are beginning to rise daily at Canyon Vista Medical Center, a spokeswoman said, with Thursday morning seeing 33 new cases at the health-care facility, a slight increase from the day before.

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BISBEE — The widow of a cyclist killed inside the Mule Pass Tunnel last summer intends to sue several government entities and the motorist who struck her husband with her vehicle, claiming negligence by all the parties involved. She is seeking $2 million in damages.

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COCHISE COUNTY — Because of some glitches being reported in the state’s health department website by individuals signing up to get the Moderna vaccine under Phase 1A, Cochise County officials said Tuesday that details will be published to inform the public when and where the inoculations wil…

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People in Phase 1A and 1B can register for the coronavirus vaccine at https://covid-cochisehealth.hub.arcgis.com/pages/vaccines. As the vaccine becomes more readily available, additional phases will be opened for registration. 

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BISBEE — Environmental, border community and tribal groups have done everything in their power to stop a 30-foot border wall from going up across Arizona’s rich, diverse, fragile and remote desert ecosystems and have yet to prevail.

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BISBEE — Health care workers, residents and staff at nursing homes and first responders who have not yet registered to receive the Moderna vaccine can now do so online, said associate county administrator Sharon Gillman Wednesday morning in an email.

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COCHISE COUNTY — Engineer paramedic Jared Haros became the first frontline health care worker Tuesday morning to get a shot in the arm — otherwise known as the Moderna vaccine at the Fry Fire District station in Sierra Vista.

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COCHISE COUNTY — The Moderna vaccine has arrived in Cochise County and 30 entities authorized to administer it will start immunizing frontline health care workers immediately, officials said Monday.