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Air Force extends comment period on plan for faster, lower flights over Az training grounds

Southern Arizona residents will have more time to comment on the U.S. Air Force's plan to break the sound barrier at lower altitudes, and fly more training missions at night over 10 military aerial training ranges, after officials decided to extend the comment period to June 3. ... Read more»

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Air Force shoots for lower supersonic flights, more night training across Southern Arizona

The Air Force is seeking to break the sound barrier as low as 5,000 feet and fly more training missions at night over 10 aerial ranges that stretch across large parts of Southern Arizona and western New Mexico. ... Read more»

Burro racing? A nod to mining, Arizona communities embrace the competition

Burros made their way into the Southwestern United States more than 3,000 years ago, and the hard-working animals played a huge role in mining and exploring. Now, in the last few years, burro racing has taken place in Superior, Black Canyon City and Tombstone to keep the history alive.... Read more»

Arizona parks find a way to survive through COVID pandemic

In 2020, about 2.9 million people came from across the nation to Arizona’s 30 state parks and historic sites, which include Picacho Peak, where the westernmost Civil War battle was fought to a draw; the Tombstone courthouse where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday faced trial; and a memorial to the Granite Mountain Hotshots, 19 firefighters killed in a 2013 wildfire.... Read more»

DUI suspect dies after night in Bisbee jail

A 78-year-old man was found unresponsive Monday after a night in the Cochise County Jail, officials said. John H. O'Connor, who'd been arrested on DUI charges, was declared dead at a nearby hospital.... Read more»

Judge dismisses charges against man wounded in 2017 BP checkpoint shootout

A federal judge has dismissed charges filed against a Tombstone-area man, who was shot and wounded during an exchange of gunfire with Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint last summer.... Read more»

Hunger persists in Cochise County

Hunger gnaws at Cochise County citizens more than for average Americans.... Read more»1

Old West history helps corral Az tourists — and not just in Tombstone

The history of railroads, miners, outlaws and cowboys have made Arizona emblematic of the American West. But the state’s Old West history is not just a romantic tale; it's a history that’s been preserved in a variety of ways, some more authentic than others, and a legacy that continues to help many cities and towns prosper.... Read more»

Feds ID man wounded in Tombstone shootout with Border Patrol

The man shot and wounded by Border Patrol agents at checkpoint just north of Tombstone on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as 76-year-old Gary Smith. ... Read more»

Man wounded after shooting at agents at BP checkpoint

Border Patrol agents shot and wounded a 76-year-old man after he fired on them at the checkpoint north of Tombstone on Highway 80 on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. ... Read more»

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»

Cochise County economy lags as Ft. Huachuca jobs plunge

Fort Huachuca, the U.S. Army base that has been at the center of the Cochise County’s life since frontier days, has seen its work force drastically cut over the past decade, resulting in an economic downturn in the area.... Read more»

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»

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»

Update: Tombstone actor shot when live rounds fired during gunfight

An Old West re-enactor was wounded Sunday when another actor fired a bullet from a pistol that held live rounds. Ken Curtis of the Tombstone Vigilantes was shot, a woman was struck by another bullet, and fragments hit nearby buildings. Curtis was in good condition after surgery, and charges may be filled against the man who shot him.... Read more»

S. Az resident among dead in Afghan plane crash

A civilian worker from Sierra Vista was among those killed in the crash of a C-130 transport plane in Afghanistan on Friday. Carlos Carrasco, a Southern Arizona native, was among five contractors and six U.S. service members who died in the crash, officials said. ... Read more»

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