Healthcare issues forum


A “Healthcare Issues Forum” will be hosted by the Cochise County Democratic Committee on Wednesday, April 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Sierra Vista Police Department Training Room, 911 N. Coronado Dr., Sierra Vista.  

Members of the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center Government Relations Committee will share information on State and Federal healthcare issues impacting our community.  This forum is open to the public.   For more information, contact Pat Fleming, email:, phone 520-378-4386. 


Kinder roundup, Child Find


Parents of children who will be five years old before Sept. 1, 2013, are asked to attend the Kindergarten Roundup to register their child for kindergarten classes.

Registration will be held in the Willcox Elementary School on Thursday, April 11 from noon until 2 p.m.  It will be necessary for you to bring your child’s birth certificate, current immunization records and proof of residency when you register.

Do you have preschool age children?

Come to the Willcox Elementary School Child Find.

Child Find is a federally mandated program designed to screen preschool children for developmental delays in order to identify any who would benefit from an early intervention and/or a preschool special education program. We encourage all parents of preschool children to bring their child in for this developmental screening whether they think their child may have a delay or not. This is also the time we enroll students in the First Steps Preschool if the parent wishes. 

Screening will be held at the Elementary School on Thursday, April 11 from 8:30 to  11:30 a.m. in Room 23. To schedule an appointment, contact the Special Service office (Kris Duncan) at 384-8626. 6738.


RAD sponsor incentives


Rex Allen Days, Inc. is seeking sponsors for the 2013 Events for the RAD weekend.

And as an incentive, any individual, organization or business that places and pays to sponsor this year’s RAD prior to May 3 will be entered in a drawing for two tickets to the Country Music Association’s Music Festival in Nashville, June 6-9.

These are 4-day tickets with access to the all-star nightly concerts at LP Field, plus multiple daytime stages and activities.  Details can be found at  A sponsor will be entered one time for every $100 contributed.  For example, a $500 contribuor will have five entries in the drawing; a $2,000 contributor will have 20 entries in the drawing.

Complete information regarding sponsorship packages as well as a sponsorship form can be found on the RAD website:


Book signing for Arizona book 


Author Jo Baeza, a resident of northern Arizona for nearly 65 years, will be selling and signing her new book, “Arizona: The Making of a State,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Rex Allen “Arizona Cowboy” Museum and Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame, 150 N Railroad Avenue in Willcox.

Her authentic but colorful history is the story of Arizona’s long journey from Coronado’s entrada in 1540 to a star on the flag of the United States of America in 1912.

Four years ago Baeza and Greg Tock, editor and publisher of the White Mountain Independent, became partners in an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project approved by the Arizona Historical Advisory Committee. Her stories of territorial Arizona appeared in weekly installments in the Independent until the Centennial Celebration in February 2012. The book is a collection of “100 stories for 100 years.”

The author traces the political influence of European rivalries, Spanish colonization, Mexican Independence, the Mexican-American War, the discovery of gold and silver, conflicts over land and water, outlaws and lawmen, colonization by Latter-day Saints, Civil War engagements, the coming of the railroads, and the tragic, inevitable outcome of conflicts with the First Americans. Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble writes in the Foreword: “Yup, Ms. Baeza left no stone unturned in her narrative on Arizona’s rocky road to statehood. They’re well researched and, most of all, fascinating to read. I’ve known her and admired her work for more than 40 years. “The Making of a State” is Jo Baeza’s birthday gift to the Great State of Arizona and it’s a dandy.”

Arizona: The Making of a State is available from White Mountain Publishing Co., 3191 S. White Mountain Road, Show Low, AZ 85901, for $20 plus shipping, or pay via credit card by calling (928) 537-5721. translation.


Gluten Intolerance group speaker April 4


The Gluten Intolerance Group of South East Arizona wil bring a nationally known educator and speaker to Willcox. Sara Vollmer will talk with us about living the gluten-free life on Thursday, April 4 at 6:55 p.m. at the Elsie S. Hogan Community Library.

Sara is a lifelong celiac and approaches life with zest and humor. She will speak to us about Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity and living a full life with either. 

“You have to have humor when you’ve got something like this, or any food intolerance, because life is serious enough all by itself, and a food intolerance is very frustrating and isolating.” 

About one in 100 Americans now have Celiac Disease, while many more have gluten intolerance that can only be treated through a gluten-free diet. Lingering misconceptions and a general lack of understanding about how any amount of gluten can be dangerous to a sufferer, can lead many to avoid social situations, especially eating out with friends. 

“You’ve got to be brave and go out!” she said.

Sara is a specialist in Sanford’s Office of Continuous Improvement, N.D. She works in her spare time to raise awareness of celiac disease and inform people around her about the importance of avoiding gluten for people like her – the only cure to deal with the illness for now. She serves as co-manager of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Fargo-Moorhead, which has 350 paid members. She also acts as an educator and speaker at National Conferences across the country.

Q&A will follow. We invite all to come and get your questions answered, too. For information call Susan Guetter, Branch Manager at 384-2785.


Senior center events set


Rose Allen Senior Learning Center meeting will be held on Monday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m with lunch following at Pizza Hut. On Friday, April 5, at noon, there will be a potluck.  

Hot lunches at the center every Wednesday at 11 a.m. are $3, including dessert. You must make your reservation on Monday and prepay. 


NCCH Auxiliary Jail & Bail fundraiser


Be aware, citizens of Willcox! The Northern Cochise Community Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a “Jail & Bail” Fundraiser on Tuesday, May 14. Many “culprits” have already been identified.  “Arrest warrants” are being served to persons suspected of being one of the really good guys/gals in town, so watch out!  

Marshal Bo and his gun-totin’ deputies, will be on the premises to keep order. And we’re told that some “sassy” ladies might be making an appearance. They are all members of the Marshal Bo’s Gunslingers of the West.  Will you be part of the fun? Arrestees  will be directed to show up at “jail,” (The Brass Rail), at “High Noon,” pay their bail of $100 and have lunch. In order to ”Get Out of Jail,” arrestees will be asked to call friends, family and colleagues to raise the $100 (or more!) to make “bail” (or, of course, the culprits may pay the bail amount themselves.)  All proceeds go toward purchasing equipment for your hospital. Even if you don’t get arrested, feel free to drop in to “harass” (donate to) the “jailbirds . . (sorry, no free lunch for this!). For more information contact Mary Ulses at 623-680-9720.


Free Notary Workshop


A free Notary Workshop will be held Thursday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Board of Supervisor’s Hearing Room, 1415 Melody Lane, Building G, Bisbee.  

Staff from the Secretary of State’s office will conduct the free, three-hour workshop for anyone interested in learning the notary statutes, duties and responsibilities.  You will receive a copy of the teaching materials to use as a reference.

To sign up for the workshop, please follow the link below:


Ag Expo in Elfrida April 6


Ag Expo is hosted by the Elfrida Community Garden and will provide education to the public on the many ways agriculture touches lives daily. 

It will be held Saturday, April 6. Vendor set up begins at 6:30 a.m. and gates open at 7:30 a.m., at the Elfrida Community Garden. It is free and open to the public.

Contact Mike Ramirez at (520) 678-2290

Presenters, vendors, and demonstrations still wanted. Call Mike at the above number. 


Willcox Relay for Life April 12


Relay For Life of Willcox will be held from 6 p.m., on Friday, April 12, to 7 a.m., on Saturday, April 13 at Willcox High School, 480 N. Bisbee Avenue. Opening Ceremonies will be at 6 p.m.

Make a difference in your community by forming a team or joining one, joining in survivor/caregiver activities, register as an individual participant or sponsor the event.

For more information go to or contact Lisa Powers at (520) 323-4209 or e-mail


Dragoon Spring Fling 


The Dragoon Woman’s Club Spring Fling Rummage and Bake Sale will be held Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1871 N. Johnson Road, Dragoon.

I-10 East to Dragoon Road (Exit 318) and follow the signs.

Donations can be made April 3, 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. 


Fireworks fundraiser 


City of Willcox Department of Public Safety Annual Fireworks Fundraiser begins again! The Willcox Fire Department is asking for your assistance in raising the $9,000 needed for this year’s annual fireworks display.

A $50 donation, or any amount, will help. If you would like to have a shell dedicated to someone, a message to a loved one, someone in the Armed Forces, birthday, anniversary, in memory of a special person or loved one, or a promotion for your business, the deadline for these requests is June 30.

Contact Assist Fire Chief Patti Ackerson-Rodriguez at 520-384-4673 at the Willcox Police Department. Make your donation payable to the Willcox Fire Department Fireworks Fund, 320 W. Rex Allen Dr., Willcox, AZ 85643


Low-cost veterinary service


Geiger Mobile Veterinary Services now serves Willcox every Tuesday at Healing Heart Rescue, 5540 N. Fort Grant Rd. in Willcox. Garrel Geiger, DVM works with Cochise County Humane Society.

Call or text 520-732-8262 to schedule low-cost spay, neuter or come to the walk-in vaccine clinic between 1 and 3 p.m. Low-income families in need of financial assistance may call 520-803-7385.

Geiger has been practicing veterinary medicine for more than 34 years and has been with Coronado Veterinary Hospital in Sierra Vista since 2002. Prior to that he owned his own practice in Wisconsin for 25 years. 




Art show

Join us this Saturday, March 30 from 1-4 PM for our special Local Artist Showcase at Coronado Vineyards, 2909 E. Country Club Drive, Willcox.




This ONE DAY event will feature 19 Cochise County artists working in a variety of styles and media, including metalwork, sculpture, watercolor, oil, acrylic and earth-pigment paintings and more. Many of the artists will be available to talk about their work.




There will be no admission fee to enjoy the artwork and everything in the showcase will be available for purchase.




For event details and a preview of artwork and artists in the show - see our Facebook event page at:


Outdoor Hall of Fame inductee nominations due April 25

The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation is soliciting nominations for this year's inductees into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. The deadline to submit nominations is April 25, 2013, at 5 p.m.

The Outdoor Hall of Fame annually recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions toward Arizona?s wildlife, the welfare of its natural resources, and the state?s outdoor heritage.

This major award and induction event was developed in 1998 by the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation. Selections for inductees are made annually by the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation board of directors, who review nominations that have been submitted.

To download a nomination form, visit, fill it out, and return it along with all supplemental materials to:

Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundationc/o Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Ben Alteneder, DOHQ5000 W. Carefree HighwayPhoenix AZ 85086

Nominations may also be submitted by fax to (623) 236-7903, or by email to Ben Alteneder at For further information call (623) 236-7334

This year's inductees will be honored on Aug. 17 at the foundation's annual banquet at the Chaparral Suites Scottsdale, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.

For more information about the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame, visit or call (623) 236-7281.

For more information about the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation, visit 

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