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Sierra Vista man arrested for smuggling 6 Mexican men

A Sierra Vista-area man was arrested Wednesday by Border Patrol agents south of Benson for transporting in his vehicle six Mexican men who were illegally present in the United States, authorities said. ... Read more»

Civil rights leaders want six Confederate memorials in Arizona removed

Local civil rights and faith leaders are pushing for the removal of six Confederate memorials in Arizona, calling them symbols of terrorism and bigotry.... Read more»2

BP: 67 lbs. of pot found boxed up in hearse

Border Patrol agents stopped a hearse Saturday night north of Sierra Vista and discovered more than 67 lbs. of marijuana worth more than $33k concealed in a casket, with bags of manure used to cover the smell. Despite the fragrant cover-up, a drug dog alerted to the hidden drugs. ... Read more»

Profits of policing: Az asset seizures net $200M in past 5 years

Civil asset forfeiture laws let Arizona police seize tens of millions of dollars in cash and property each year, even if suspected criminals aren’t convicted, and with little oversight of how the proceeds are spent.... Read more»

Empty Border Patrol vehicle hit by gunfire near Sierra Vista

On Friday evening, a Border Patrol vehicle was hit by several gunshots south of Sierra Vista. An agent in a mobile surveillance unit next to the vehicle spotted two people with a rifle in the distance, but they fled on foot and have not been found.... Read more»

Obituary

Former SV Herald publisher Walter Wick dies at 85

Walter Wick, the former publisher of the Sierra Vista Herald and one of the driving forces behind the expansion of the Wick Communications newspaper chain, died Christmas morning at his home in Hereford. ... Read more»

SIerra Club & Border Patrol tout 'conservation and collaboration on the border'

They've clashed in the past over conflicting goals - border security and protecting the environment - but representatives of the Sierra Club and Customs and Border Protection recently made their first joint public presentation about working together. Security goals and environmental preservation can go hand in hand, they said.... Read more»

Border agents seize drugs, guns while trying to stop smugglers near Sierra Vista

Border Patrol agents seized nearly 72 pounds of marijuana, an AK-style semi-automatic rifle, and a Colt handgun while trying to intercept a group of smugglers near Sierra Vista, Arizona on Friday, authorities said. ... Read more»

ACLU: Border Patrol wrongfully detained U.S. citizens, seized vehicles & property

The ACLU has filed complaints from 10 people who say they were wrongfully detained by BP agents and held in frigid, dirty and overcrowded cells before being released without charges. They also say that the agency routinely seized vehicles and belongings, and required them to sign "hold harmless" agreements to get their property back. ... Read more»

Az's online voting makes it easier to deployed military to cast ballots

It was just a few short days before Halloween in October 2012. Petty Officer Second Class Scott Bourque was stationed in Japan and had just received his mail-in absentee ballot for the presidential election. He knew it would be nearly impossible to fill out his ballot and mall it back in time for it to be counted by Arizona election officials on Nov. 6.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Pay tribute to Gowan's water entitlements

Let's talk water rights and water entitlement. Few cases better illustrate how the Legislature has looked out for the "little guy" over the last quarter-century. Water security is key to the future of Sierra Vista — not to mention Ft. Huachuca — but Tribute's developers see it as a just bump on their road to fortune.... Read more»1

Lost migrants rescued by Predator drone crew

Pilots flying a Predator drone out of Sierra Vista for Customs and Border Protection are credited with rescuing three migrants lost in the desert earlier this month, authorities said. ... Read more»

Fort Huachuca plans ‘buffer’ against development; conservationists skeptical

A trio of federal agencies announced this week that Fort Huachuca will be part of a program aimed at preventing land development around bases, to aid military operations while protecting vulnerable environments. Conservationists are skeptical.... Read more»1

Some banks pulling back from doing business on border

In late September, U.S. Sen. McCain wrote letters accusing Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and Citigroup of scaling back services and closing branches in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»3

Weather Service warns of freezing temps overnight Monday

It's not just your imagination — the weather has finally cooled off. How much cooler? The National Weather Service is warning of freezing temperatures across a swath of Southern Arizona east of Tucson in the early-morning hours of Tuesday. Residents of Sierra Vista, Benson and Willcox should cover sensitive plants and make sure their pipes are wrapped or drained.... Read more»

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