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Rural high schools confront low college completion rates

Students in rural Arizona counties like Cochise have significantly lower college completion rates than those in counties that have bigger cities and state universities. While 30 percent of more urban county residents have bachelor's degrees, only 23 percent of Cochise residents have one.... Read more»

Study: Number of Az polling places cut sharply since 2012

When Arizona voters go to the polls Tuesday, it will be at 212 fewer polling places than in 2012, with 13 of the state’s 15 counties cutting sites in that time, a new report shows.... Read more»

Chiricahua National Park Act could provide economic boost to Cochise County

WILLCOX–U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is promoting legislation to designate Chiricahua National Monument as a national park. If the move is successful, Arizona would gain its fourth national park.... Read more»

9th Circuit rejects Cochise County man’s challenge of sex-offender registry

A federal court Friday upheld a Cochise County man’s conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, even though the state’s sex-offender registry law was passed the year after his sexual misconduct conviction.... Read more»

Human remains found at Cochise County power plant

Human remains were discovered inside part of a coal delivery system at the power plant near Cochise, Ariz. on Monday morning, authorities said. ... Read more»

Arizona budget spends millions for unwanted Border Strike Force

The new budget deal spends millions of dollars on a new Border Strike Force created at Gov. Ducey’s request last year, but border county sheriffs say they want no part of it.... Read more»

Fairbank Day: Make tracks to explore old Arizona ghost town

Ghost town tours, rope tricks, history, music and food are all a part of Fairbank Day, from 10 a.m.- 2p.m. Saturday.... Read more»

Ducey asks feds to fund state border 'strike force'

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced plans Monday to expand a "strike force" of state police to combat drug trafficking along the Arizona-Mexico border during a field hearing of a U.S. Senate committee in Phoenix. ... Read more»

Cochise ranchers feel abandoned by D.C. on border issues

Arizona ranchers who live near the border say they’ve been left out of the debate and forgotten by Washington lawmakers, who they say have done nothing about immigration reform.... Read more»

Cochise sheriff asks Senate to work with local lawmen to secure border

Local law enforcement must be involved in securing “the rural parts of the Southwest border,” which is still dangerously insecure, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels told a Senate panel Tuesday.... Read more»1

Judge nixes Barber request to count more CD2 ballots

A federal judge ruled Thursday that an additional 133 ballots won't be added to the count in the congressional race between Rep. Ron Barber and Martha McSally. Barber, trailing 161 votes in the final tally, will now pin his hopes for re-election on a mandatory recount set to begin next week.... Read more»2

Barber sues to add more ballots to CD 2 vote count

Attorneys for Ron Barber filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday morning, alleging that ballots in Arizona's CD 2 race were improperly rejected. Last week, Barber asked county and state officials to delay the canvass of the election and include more votes. The Democrat trails challenger Martha McSally by just 161 votes, and has claimed between 133 and 167 ballots should be added to the count.... Read more»1

Barber presses SoS on uncounted ballots

Attorneys for Ron Barber wrote to Secretary of State Ken Bennett, asking him to delay the statewide election canvass. Both Pima and Cochise counties declined Barber's requests to review more ballots. The Democrat trails Republican challenger Martha McSally by just 161 votes, and claims 167 ballots should be added to the count. ... Read more»

Cochise rejects Barber call to delay canvass, count more ballots

Cochise County joined a move by Pima County earlier in the week, rejecting a request Thursday by Rep. Ron Barber to delay a vote to approve the canvass of the election, a move that would give the Democrat more time to make a case for adding some rejected ballots to the count.... Read more»1

Cochise vote count delayed; McSally leading

While challenger Martha McSally was leading Rep. Ron Barber by just 36 votes Wednesday morning, that widened to about 2,000 as the Republican stronghold of Cochise County slowly tallied ballots, then dropped to 1,300 as more Pima County numbers came in.... Read more»

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