There's no exact formula for starting your own wine company. You could buy land and plant grapes, but then you'd need a place to make the wine. Or you could have the winemaking facility, but you'd need the fruit. Or you could have none of those things but the burning desire to make wine. The basics ... More >>
The Cochise County Record website and its crotchety publisher have been buzzing around southern Arizona officials for a couple of years now like a flies on an old burro. One of those ticked-off officials, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, has managed to convince several Republican state lawmaker ... More >>
Why Arizona wine? In 2000 -- the year I planted my first vineyard at the end of a lonely, dusty road in Cochise County, 12 miles south of Willcox -- one of the 10 Best 'How to Lose Money' jokes on Saturday Night Live was: Plant a Vineyard In Arizona. Arizona is all Sonoran Desert, obviously suicid ... More >>
Now a week after Election Day, counties across Arizona are still counting votes, and the winner of one congressional race is still undecided.Democratic Congressman Ron Barber currently leads Republican challenger Martha McSally by 654 votes, as of the time of this post.See also:-Ron Barber Now Leads ... More >>
Maricopa County's long march toward a final vote count slogs on, with county Recorder Helen Purcell today announcing that by late this afternoon, 47,351 early ballots had been tabulated. Purcell's statement noted that "approximately 46,000 early ballots still remain to be processed for tabulation." ... More >>
Pictures from Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever's fatal September 18 crash and published by a southern Arizona news site show open containers of liquor -- and Dever's lifeless body. Click here to see the report by the Cochise County Record. David Morgan, a semi-retired news blogger and political ... More >>
The high blood-alcohol content found in Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever's body after his fatal crash last month suggests the sheriff had a strong tolerance for booze, experts say. In other words, Dever -- known by many as a Mormon who didn't drink -- may have been a problem drinker. If so, did hi ... More >>
Death has an odd way of manipulating memories. While the death of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever is evoking standard heartfelt condolences to his surviving family members, reactions from two particular camps in neighboring Pinal County also are altering reality. See also: Sheriff Larry Dever ... More >>
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever lost control of his truck "for an unknown reason" on a dirt road, leading to the fatal rollover, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office says. Dever, 60, died at the scene following the one-vehicle crash at about 6:30 p.m. last night on Forest Road 109 about two mile ... More >>
Ten Arizona sheriffs -- five Democrat, five Republican -- gathered at the Arizona State Capitol on Friday to call for an independent investigation into the "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal. The sheriffs held a news conference in front of the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial, decrying the "blood ... More >>
Nicole Whittington and James WaldronWhen I went up to the Verde Valley to bottle wine with winemakers Eric Glomski, Tim White and Sam Pillsubry, I kept hearing that "wine making isn't as romantic as everyone thinks." Maybe the guys were afraid that I would find the monotonous assembly of bottl ... More >>
If you drove to work this morning thinking the Valley looks hazier than usual, you're right -- and Canada's to blame.Mark Shaffer, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, tells New Times the haze isn't the usual smog that often blocks the mountainous scenery during the ... More >>
With spring in the air and the near-perfect weather in Phoenix, it's time to fire up the grill and make some burgers. We asked Pavle Milic, FnB co-owner and wine director, to pair up Martha's best burgers with wines that make them shine.
Timothy Fattig: the real life Norman Bates?The Tombstone man arrested last week after revealing to police that he knew his mother's dead body had been sitting in her house for more than a year won't be charged with a crime, authorities in Cochise County announced yesterday.Timothy Fatt ... More >>
Last year, when we were reporting "Badlands" and "Rancher Down," two stories about life and death in Cochise County, on the southeastern border of Arizona and Mexico, we had the privilege of interviewing cattle rancher Rich Winkler. Billionaire brothers don't sit well with one pissed-off bord ... More >>
Believe it or not, back in the day (three decades or so ago), the big news at the U.S.-Mexico border down in Cochise County wasn't illegal immigration--it was a religious cult led by a charismatic woman preacher named Frances Thomas. In 1979, Rev. Thomas moved her flock to a ... More >>
Quick note in the "If it wasn't for bad luck" department.For obvious reasons, those of us who write tough stories for a living have to try to maintain a professional demeanor at all times.Earlier this year, we traveled down to Cochise County to conduct the first media interview of Mrs. Susan Kren ... More >>
Tamara AustinIf you ask us, doing meth probably isn't the best idea. Doing meth when you're pregnant, in our humble opinion, is just disgusting.A Sierra Vista woman might disagree.Police in Sierra Vista say a woman gave birth to a baby over the weekend, which would have been good news had doctors ... More >>
We gathered a lot of material for our recent "Badlands" and "Cowboy Down" stories about life and death on the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona that didn't make the final cut, and we're going to share a few gems in the coming weeks. Here's one for you: Early on the evenin ... More >>
Paul RubinIn this week's print edition -- and in a story posted online today -- New Times staff writer Paul Rubin has an exclusive interview with Sue Krentz, who was widowed when her husband, Rob, was shot on the family's ranch near the U.S./Mexico border in March.Krentz's murder, which is ... More >>
We were driving back from Cochise County yesterday afternoon when a funky old Nissan lumbered past and pulled back in front of us. Someone had scribbled in large white letters on the trunk, "HONK AT ME. I'M LEGAL!" What the heck, we thought, flashing on the infamous Senate Bill ... More >>
www.callum-mcdonald.com The murder of a prominent Arizona rancher has re-ignited calls for a stronger military presence at the U.S./ Mexico border, but Arizona isn't the only border state seeking to beef up security in wake of the tragedy -- New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson says he will ... More >>
A huge fire early this morning at a Salt River Project substation sent a big smoke plume several miles to the west. The burning transformer, at the SRP substation near 121st Avenue and Broadway Road, hasn't caused any reported power outages so far. A dozen firefighters battled the blaze through t ... More >>
www.tpm.comSenator John McCain's GOP primary opponent, J.D. Hayworth, is using the killing of a prominent Cochise County rancher to question McCain's stance on immigration, despite there being no confirmation that an illegal immigrant had anything to do with the murder.Robert Krentz was fou ... More >>
A Superior Court judge has ruled against several criminal defendants who wanted him to disqualify the Maricopa County Attorney's Office from prosecuting their cases. Judge Wallace Hoggatt is the Cochise County jurist assigned to the sweeping case by a "special master" who is overseeing ... More >>
Panel discussion focuses on the Wild Wild West, circa 1982
Tapino's Locavore dinners started off as special events at the restaurant, always featuring locally grown produce, ingredients from local purveyors, and Arizona wines. Inevitably, the events would sell out, and they'd have to add new dates. Lately, Tapino has taken things to the next level by going ... More >>
Arizona pistachio farmers are hoping the government soon lifts a blanket warning against eating the nuts, which was issued after a California batch tested positive for salmonella. So far, there's no indication the illness-causing bacteria infects any Arizona products, but ... More >>
89! I hear this is the best score ever given to an Arizona wine (Callaghan's 2001 Syrah scored the same). Not bad for a debut label, huh? Wine Spectator rated Arizona Stronghold's Nachise in a recent Super Bowl feature where the editors rounded up 22 top wines (a la 22 players on the football fiel ... More >>
By Ray Stern Two Democrats will add to the mix on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission, which previously had been an all-Republican affair. Tuesday's election filled three empty seats on the commission. Sandra Kennedy, a small business owner and former state lawmaker, and Paul Newman (p ... More >>
By Ray Stern A Border Patrol checkpoint nailed Paul Newman, an Arizona Corporation Commission candidate and current Cochise County Supervisor, for driving with pot residue in his county car four years ago. According to the article by Arizona's one-man news service, Howard Fischer, a report by Bord ... More >>
Butch-lesbian nativist Laine Lawless loves incinerating Mexico's flag. Is she a dangerous wacko or a proud patriot?
Would-be legislator Dan Coleman wants to talk issues. But his past is just so much more interesting
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Arizona is awash in crystal methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant that makes the weak strong, the lazy motivated, the fat thin, the trivial profound. Abuse it enough, and it can also make you psychotic.
His daughter is a gubernatorial confidante. His appointment raised questions of cronyism. But it was Judge Ramon Alvarez's strange behavior in the courtroom that made him a target of misconduct allegations.
Wild Bill Mahoney owns Wyatt Earp's patented mining claim in Tombstone. All that prevents him from turning it into a tourist attraction are the dozens of people living on it.
A hotheaded Border Patrol agent is the only suspect in a double slaying. One of his guns has vanished, and he's still got his job.
REMOTE BORDER AREA IS TERRORIZED BY ROBBIN' HOODS
THE KLUMPS HAVE RUN COWS ON PUBLIC LAND FOR DECADES. NOW THEY'RE TELLING THE GOVERNMENT THEY OWN IT.
A gun-pointing raid in Cochise County nets only a morsel of dope