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A trio of Taiwanese planes flying out of Luke AFB, in USAF colors.

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»

Burros played a huge role in mining and exploring. They carried the miners’ tools, hauled resources collected from the mines and much more.

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»

Joey (in life vest) and Daisy wait while Haley Fryling of Tucson gets ready for a boat ride at Patagonia Lake State Park boat-in campsite.

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»

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»

The scene at the Border Patrol checkpoint just north of Tombstone on State Route 80 after Gary Kent Smith, then 76, was wounded after he fired on agents manning the checkpoint.

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»

Ben Thompson works on making space in Tombstone Community Food Bank freezers in time to fill them with Thanksgiving turkeys. The freezers are packed with meat for local families.

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

Members of the Cataract Creek Gang put on a gunfight every day in Williams. Members of the gang also stage a live train robbery on the Grand Canyon Railway.

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»

Tucson Sector Chief Felix Chavez briefs reporters on a shooting that took place at the checkpoint just north of Tombstone on Wednesday. One man was wounded in the exchange of gunfire.

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»

The scene at the Border Patrol checkpoint just north of Tombstone on State Route 80 following a shooting that left a 76-year-old man wounded after he fired on agents.

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»

Photos taken by bystanders show the hearse and the marijuana that Border Patrol agents removed from its hiding place in the casket.

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»

Kmart in Sierra Vista, Arizona will close its doors. About a dozen Cochise businesses, in a variety of sectors, closed over the past year, including the county’s biggest retailers Kmart and Hastings.

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»

Tombstone High School

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»

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»

Mock gunfighters from the Tucson Vigilantes in a photo posted in September on the group's Facebook page.

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»

Carlos Carrasco

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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