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    US Border Patrol arrested about 40% all of undocumented aliens in Arizona. Their figures showed that 320 of those at-tempting the trek into the Ari-zona desert died.
    The speed limit across the To-hono O'odham Nation on High-way 86 was raised to 65 mph ex-cept as otherwise posted.
    New officers and representa-tives were installed in organiza-tions and boards including the Ajo Rotary Club, Ajo Garden Club, Desert Music Club, and Lions Club.
    Edith Vance, Ken Freese, and Jim Snyder were newly elected members of the Western Pima County Community Council.    Ken Kermode joined re-elected members Lisa Rossi and Malin Lewis on the board of the Ajo Unified School District.
    Elected to the Ajo Lukeville Health Service District were Linda Feidt and Karen Gonzales.
    The board of Desert Senita Community Health Center added four new members – Fred Fout, George Gradillas, Jim Decheine, and Joe Martinez.
    More pollinator gardens were planted in the area. The gardens are part of an International Sono-ran Desert Alliance project.
    Staff members at the Ajo Neighborhood Recreation Center received a Team Work Award from the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation department.
    Janice Cantu and Tracy Taft, two of the founders of the Ajo Schools Arts Partnership, were nominated, along with the cur-rent program coordinator Claire Bistline, for the Governor's Art Award in the Arts in Education category.
    Why Fire District had an in-teragency training session during which they practiced many as-pects of fireground activities. Monthly training continued through the year.
    Elks, American Citizens So-cial Club members, and other volunteers painted the "A" on Camelback Mountain.
    Zero tolerance for illegal op-eration of ATVs was announced by the Ajo District of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
    Head Start teachers have been hired and began recruiting pre-schoolers for their program. Millie Hedrick and Diana Ro-mero will be joined by a cook/custodian to staff the pro-gram.
    The Piecemakers quilt group displayed quilts at the Elks Lodge showing off their work.
    Ajo High School basketball teams ended their season. The girls had 10 conference wins and 5 losses during the season and 18 total wins and 11 losses; the boys' conference record for the season was 8 and 7.

    Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reopened its 53-mile Puerto Blanco Drive on January 1 following a three-month closure because of the drought conditions that caused the unexpected movement of endangered Sonoran pronghorn into the area and some dangerous events along the border. By the end of the month, rain had increased enough that some spectacular flower displays were being seen.
    Fernando Cruzado, M.D., and Kathryn Gradin, a physician assistant, were hired by Desert Senita Community Health Center to replace Dr. Steven Williams and PA Newell Belnap. Dentist Viviane Winthrop was hired for the newly-funded dental department.
    Keith Stone was named Ajo/Gibson Volunteer Fire Department's Firefighter of the Year for 2002.
    The 25th annual Fiddler's Contest brought a crowd into town for the weekend festivities. Besides fiddling, there was dancing, jamming, and lots of fun all weekend.
    Funding for the Ajo to Phoenix bus route was approved but transportation has yet to become a reality.
    The Sonoran Shindig celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System with exhibits, contests, wildlife displays, food, and fun.
    A border runner who was a fugitive avoiding arrest was killed in Lukeville. Thirty-year-old William Petersen was shot by US Customs Inspector Phillip Reese when he asked Petersen to leave the vehicle and was dragged when Petersen started driving away from the Port of Entry.
    The International Sonoran Desert Alliance board decided to take some time to refocus, plan, and raise funds before hiring a new director following the resignation of Reggie Cantu who had been with the organization for seven years.
    The Head Start program opened with sixteen 3- and 4-year-olds. They opened again for the new school year in October.
    Ajo public school students celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday on Read Across America Day. Volunteers from the community read stories and joined the students in the celebration.

    The Bureau of Land Management closed about 65,000 acres west of Highway 85 and south of Darby Wells, Scenic Loop, and Chico Shunie Roads from March 15 through July 15. They joined Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in an effort to protect endangered Sonoran pronghorn during fawning season.
    Wildflowers made a pretty show but were not as spectacular as in some past years.
    Marvin Silva was selected Teacher of the Year in the Ajo public schools.
    Hope Coalition was formed involving community organizations and concerned Ajo citizens in addressing issues of drug and alcohol abuse.
    Principal Jim Walker resigned and a search for his replacement began. The school board hired the new principal Lina Miller before school closed. She was introduced to some of the staff before summer vacation.
    The 13th annual O'odham Traditions Day was celebrated at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument with exhibits and educational demonstrations by O'odham. Games. dancing, food and music were also part of the fun-filled day.
    The 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System was celebrated in Ajo again this month on the date of its creation, March 14.
    Arsenic was mentioned as a concern because Why Utility Company's annual reports indicated health-related violations in the amounts of arsenic in the water. New standards have been set by the EPA which is currently reviewing the feasibility and costs involved in compliance with the new standards.
    Work began on the site of the new Olsen's Market with tree salvage efforts.
    Marge Hagen remained an inmate in the Arizona Correctional Facility at Perryville, serving a 15-year sentence for attempted arson of an occupied structure in Ajo. She is expected to be released on January 5, 2004.
    Provider Appreciation Day was celebrated at Desert Senita Community Health Center.
    Alejandrina Molina, 23, died in her home under suspicious circumstances. Following investigation by the Pima County Sheriff's Department, the death was declared a homicide. Investigation continues.
    The staff at The Stockmen's Bank put up a war information board for residents to list friends and relatives involved in the war against Iraq. The Ajo Copper News also printed profiles and pictures of military people to show support for their efforts. Pizza Hut had a similar information board.
    There were reports of at least one mountain lion in the area. Residents were encouraged to exercise caution, especially by keeping pets and small children well-supervised while they're outdoors.
    A thank you potluck was held in honor of Barbara Ford who recently gave up chairmanship of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts and the Desert Artists' Guild which she had held for eight years.
    The Humane Society's mobile spay and neuter center was in Ajo for two days giving residents access to low cost services.
    Merlin, a visual aid machine, was donated to the community. The machine is housed at the Salazar-Ajo Branch Library for use by anyone who needs assistance reading small material. Many groups and organizations, led by the Ajo Lions Club, contributed to the purchase of the machine.
    Artspace Projects Inc signed a contract as developer/consultant for the feasibility and predevelopment phase of the Curley school Project. An Artists Market Study, public meetings, and a Housing Market Study are being conducted as well as a site analysis that includes an environmental assessment, an extensive survey, and an appraisal.
    Cornelius "Mac" McGrady was the first speaker in the public library's Ajo living history series.
    The School Improvement Plan developed by administrators, teachers, and parents was complimented by the State Department of Education. They said the strengths of the plan were extensive but an increased focus on writing skills was needed. Superintendent Bob Dooley had already added a sixth grade writing skills program to the other skills being emphasized.
    Desert Senita Community Health Center sent three staff members and one board member to Washington, D.C. for the annual Policies & Issues conference of the National Association of Community Health Centers.
    Six homes in the historic district were opened for the Ajo District Chamber of Commerce Home Tour.
    Flags and bows lined the main thoroughfare in recognition of troops fighting overseas.
    Philip Reese, US Customs inspector at the Lukeville Port of Entry, was exonerated in the February 13 fatal shooting of William Otto Petersen.
    Tom & Marty Branson resigned from the board of the Desert Senita Community Health Center following a mandate from the health center's funding source. Both remain in their elected positions on the board of the Ajo Lukeville Health Service District.
    The traditional sunrise service was held in the Plaza on Easter Sunday. Other holiday activities included an egg hunt on Saturday.
    The Ajo District Chamber of Commerce received word that it could lose up to 20% of its funding. Ajo residents wrote letters of support for CofC activities to try to retain its funding level and the actual cuts were minimal.
    A group of residents expressed an interest in adding heat to the Ajo swimming pool for year-round use. The expense for heating and staffing the facility was found to be prohibitive.
    Plans began for Ajo's sesquicentennial celebration in 2004. Reunion, production of Ajo's history in The Copper Giant, and festivals are being planned.
    Jack Garchow retired from the Motor Vehicle Division but agreed to continue to keep the local office open two days a week.
    The AHS baseball team ended its season with 6 wins and 14 losses. The softball team ended its season with 8 wins and 7 losses. The track & field teams had a 14 win and 20 loss record. The AHS golf team had 3 wins and 23 losses during the season.

    Fiesta de Mayo was held on May 3 in the Plaza sponsored by the American Citizens' Social Club.
    Beta Sigma Phi's  Xi Gamma Phi chapter's Woman of the Year was Carmelita Corella.
    The Puerto Blanco Drive at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was closed for remodeling with an anticipated completion early next year.
    The honors banquet was sponsored by the Ajo Rotary Club.
    Students presented a spring concert of folk and patriotic songs under the direction of Susan Spitzer.
    Jade Valenzuela brought home the state trophy in shot put. Her distance was 34'11" which beat her last year's winning throw of 33'1".
    A Law Enforcement Explorer Post was started by personnel in US Border Patrol. It was opened to young men and women ages 14 through 20.
    Retro Bill, a DARE character, presented a motivational program for students at the elementary school.
    Kenneth "Kink" McBiles retired as plant superintendent for Phelps Dodge Ajo, Inc. and Ajo Improvement Company. Ray Romero will become operations manager in addition to his management duties as site manager with Phelps Dodge at Cypress Amex Corporation on the Tohono O'odham Nation.
    Ajo Gibson Volunteer Fire Department received a grant for a new fire truck which has been delayed several times. The truck may finally be delivered in 2004. While donations received this year totaled $24,000 and will provide for operation expenses, $108,000 are needed to meet National Fire Protection Association standards. The department continues to seek additional funds and volunteers, as well.
    National Park Service developed a proposal and sought public input for increased protection for personnel and resources from vehicles coming into the US illegally. Work is progressing on a vehicle barrier that would not impede animals.
    A mock motor vehicle accident was staged by Ajo Ambulance with the help of the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Ajo/Gibson Volunteer Fire Department, Tohono O'odham Fire Department, Douglass Funeral Home, and LifeNet as part of National EMS Week.
    Members of the Ajo Calvary Baptist youth group traveled to Washington D.C. with chaperones to attend ceremonies for law enforcement officers who were honored during National Law Enforcement Memorial Week.
    The annual Ajo Rotary Club honors banquet for students achieving academic excellence and those receiving scholarships was held May 1. Seniors receiving scholarships included Dayna Lewis, Joshua Manuel, Bandon Sepulveda, Carlos Yanez, Raquel Solis, Adriana Vazquez, Leslie Segura, and Margarita Aceves.
    Graduating seniors were valedictorian Adriana Vazquez, co-salutatorians Dayna Lewis and Margarita Yesenia Aceves, Raquel Solis, Leslie Segura, Jesus Vejar, Lonnie Guthrie, David Mesquita, Christian Soto, Jade Valenzuela, Carlos Yanez, Adam Munoz, Joshua Manual, Vanessa Martinez, Brandon Sepulveda, Brandon Thorpe, and Jose Valenzuela Jr. Graduation ceremonies were held on Thursday, May 29. The ceremony was followed by an all-night graduation party with activities at the community pool, the bowling alley, and the school gym.
    Postal workers collected 1716 pounds of food to be donated to the Ajo Food Bank.
    Summer school, June 2 to 26, offered an opportunity for some students to receive extra help in language, reading, English as a Second Language, and math.
    Many residents were upset when Ajo Improvement requested an increase in water and sewer rates. AIC says it has spent $1.8 million in improvements that have been absorbed by Phelps Dodge. No increases have been requested since 1986. The increases, if approved, could begin in March 2004.
    Carmelita Monreal Corella was selected Woman of the Year for 2003 by Xi Gamma Phi sorority. She is a 1927 graduate of Ajo High School who retired in 1976 from the Pima County assessor's Office. She and her husband Charles had two children.
    Mountain lions were seen in the Five Acres and in Gibson Arroyo in town. Arizona Game & Fish Department investigated and believed that if residents were alert and took precautions, the lions would move through without incident.
    Pima County supervisor Sharon Bronson and Jan Lesher of Governor Janet Napolitano's southern Arizona office attended the Western Pima County Community Council meeting answering questions and giving updates on issues concerning residents of the area.
    The annual Tucson Pima Library's summer reading program had participants from kindergarten through high school. Several afternoon programs and activities, including a magician, Ronald McDonald, and animals from the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and Reid Park, added to the fun.
    A survey of artists took place as part of the feasibility study for the Curley School Project.
    Residents met with BLM personnel to discuss concerns. More meetings are planned to update area residents and continue discussions about BLM's land use plans.
    National attention has been drawn to Ajo's Shadow Wolves, an all-Indian US Customs unit. Bryan Nez and his fellow trackers were the focus of an article in Newsweek in 2000 and the Smithsonian in 2002 which was reprinted in Reader's Digest in 2003.
    Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was voted most dangerous national park by the US Park Rangers Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.
    The door to Marvin Silva's room at the Ajo High school was turned into a makeshift shrine by students expressing their sorrow after he was killed in an accident shortly after he retired. His wife, Barbara, also a retired teacher, is recuperating following the automobile accident on Hwy 85 south of Buckeye.
    Four deputies have new vehicles. Chris Wilson, Ken Walsh, Gilbert Caudillo, and Mike Walsh have completed training and will now spend part of their time on bicycles instead of their squad cars.
    The 4th of July festivities began with the usual parade. Prizes were awarded later at the festival at Bud Walker Park. Charlotte &  Jim Thomas were grand marshals and Mary Davis, winner of the parade theme contest, rode in one of many US Border Patrol vehicles that also participated. Swimming activities were held for kids at the pool during the afternoon. Fireworks topped off the day.
    During the festivities, Pima County supervisor Sharon Bronson and Congressional representative Raul Grijalva found time to visit the Curley School and lend their support to the project.
    The Plaza Supermarket opened its doors for business on July 4.
    Ajo's Desert Sharks swim team participated in several swim meets through the summer.
    Summer heat again caused the deaths of many undocumented aliens.
    Will Nelson of Ajo Stage Line moved to North Carolina leaving Ajo Transportation in the care of Cathy Hutton & Scott Boyd.
    A temporary foreign worker bill was introduced in the Arizona House of Representatives and federal funds are being released to border counties in an effort to deal with some of the issues involved in illegal migrant entry across the US/Mexico border.
    Mother Nature dumped between 2 and 4 inches of rain on Ajo in under an hour on July 29 leaving considerable flood damage in its wake. Pima County representatives, including Supervisor Sharon Bronson, came from Tucson to assess the damages to about 50 homes. Special qualifying income rates were established for the Pima County Home Repair Program so victims of the flooding could get assistance but few applied. Several businesses, Pima County offices and the public library sustained damage that took days to months to repair.
    The county worked on clean-up and developed long-term plans to mitigate the possibility of a repeat of the flood problem.
    School started with a new principal, a new counselor, seven new teachers, and a scheduling fiasco in the high school. Most problems were resolved during the first week. The elementary school opening went smoothly.
    Construction was begun on the modular building to be used for the adult care facility planned by Desert Senita Community Health Center. Opening in February is anticipated.
    Following a near accident, Ajo District commander Lt. David Allen reminded residents that they are required to pull off the road and stop until any emergency vehicle with lights & sirens operating is safely out of their vicinity.
    The Arizona Department of Transportation submitted an application to the Justice Department asking permission to close 22 mostly rural locations of the Motor Vehicle Division. Many Ajo residents signed petitions and District 25 Senator Marsha Arzberger opposed the closures that would affect several offices in her district.
    Results of the Stanford 9 testing in the Ajo school showed students were improving but still below the national average.
    Streetlights on Hwy 85 through the Five Acres and improvements to the Ajo Municipal Airport were approved by the Pima County Board of Supervisors.
    The Ajo Calvary Christian Academy opened on Monday, August 25, with 39 students. This is the third year of operation.
    The Diabetes Outreach Program at Desert Senita Community Health Center received national recognition when it was highlighted by the Health Resources & Services Administration's Diabetes Collaborative.
    Desert Senita Dental Center opened on September 15. Dentist Viviane Winthrop and her staff provide oral health through Desert Senita Health Center.
    The You Know It's Hot in Ajo When… Contest winner knew it when "…our copy of the Copper News arrives in Montana still smoking." Dorothy Jorgensen of St. Ignatius, Montana, and Ajo submitted the entry.
    A power outage was the result of high winds and storms. The outage lasted about 16 hours in some places.
    The death toll for undocumented aliens in Arizona surpassed last year's record of 145 known deaths. The total this year was 148, according to US Border Patrol.
    The campground at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was closed from September 15 through mid-November. A facelift included replacement of water lines and resurfacing and widening of portions of the campground's entrance road.
    Sgt. Bill Ned of the Pima County Sheriff's Department completed 20 years of service and was awarded the Department's Honorable service Medal by Ajo District commander Lt. David Allen.
    The Ajo Lily Restaurant opened in the Plaza in the space once occupied b the Copper Kettle. The restaurant is owned and operated by Bob & Edie Cargill.
    The International Sonoran Desert Alliance was awarded $400,000 from Housing & Urban Development for the Curley School Project. The county added $20,000 with another Community Development Block Grant.
    Ajo Improvement Company requested rate changes for water and wastewater service. Public comment is planned for March with a public hearing scheduled for April 1.
    Two Ajo residents are serving on Pima County committees. Tracy Taft was appointed to the Neighborhood Reinvestment Bond Advisory Subcommittee and Carol Klinefelter is serving on the Small Business Commission for Pima County.
    Lorraine Eiler is serving her second term on the Arizona Bureau of Land management Resource Advisory Council which advises BLM on public land issues.
    The AHS Class of 1953 held its 50th class reunion on September 27.
    Jorge Soto, Eric DeLeon, and Richard Valadez won the NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition in Ajo.
    Tracy Taft and June Nickell accepted a 2003 Excellence in Rural development Award at the Governor's Luncheon in recognition of Ajo's Comprehensive Plan that includes the Curley School Project.
    Residents noticed a property tax increase. School superintendent Bob Dooley said part of that increase was the result of an Arizona department of education funding issue. He said funds were received by the school and spent; later the ADE rescinded its decision and the money had to be repaid. Dooley said this should not happen again and future tax levies will depend only on the legislative and student enrollment issues.
    Ballet Folklorico de Ajo, directed by Norma Gomez, performed at the Arizona State Fair on October 11.
    Five students took advantage of an opportunity provided by Ajo Transportation, Ajo Rotary Club, Ajo Elks, Salazar-Ajo Branch Library, and Ajo Realty to visit the Arizona Capitol Museum to see an exhibit of the rare, original "Dunlap broadside" copy of the Declaration of Independence.
    The AHS football team played its homecoming game against Maricopa when Desert Eagle had to forfeit due to ineligibility. The game ended in a tie. Homecoming floats paraded through town. Eddie Williams and Reneé Martinez were named King and Queen. A dance was held on Saturday.
    Ajo's Red Raider football team ended its season with 4 wins, 4 losses, and a tie. They made it to the first round of the state playoffs.
    Ajo's Lady Raider volleyball team ended its season with a 10 win and 18 loss record. They attended the regional championships where they lost to St. David.
    Mitch Vader, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, resigned.
    The Ajo Garden Club participated in Make a Difference Day. Some people cleaned up areas of town, others helped homebound people with their yards, while others spread cheer with smiles.
    Andrea Mulcahy is the first artist in residence at the Ajo school. The Ajo Schools Arts Partnership program received a grant for this expansion. Mulcahy is working with fifth and sixth grade students.
    The Piecemakers, a quilting group, worked on quilts they plan to donate to the Desert Senita Adult Living Facility when it opens.
    Edye Calderon began working as a physician assistant at Desert Senita Community Health Center.
    Progress is being made on the Curley School Project. Research and study continues in the areas of funding, site assessment, and market demand.
    The Ajo public schools re-ceived a label of "performing" in Arizona's accountability program for the 2002-2003 school year and has achieved "annual yearly progress" for 2002-2003 in the federal accountability program. The school had previously been labeled "under performing" and had not received an "annual yearly progress" rating for 2001-2002. Among several issues be-ing addressed at the school are test scores, attendance, and tardi-ness.
    Supervisor Sharon Bronson attended the Western Pima County Community Council meeting and discussed the bond issue that will be on the May ballot, the flood and floodplain mapping. She continued to sup-port the Curley School Project.
    Students in Rose Cameron's art class painted a tri-cultural, intergenerational mural on the wall of the Ajo Transportation office. Ajo Transportation hopes to begin an extracurricular work-study program leading to certifi-cation as tour guide for high school students.
    Incorporation is being dis-cussed again. A committee was formed by the Ajo District Chamber of Commerce to inves-tigate the issue and present the information to the public. The last time the issue was seriously discussed, in 1984, it was soundly rejected in a survey.
    Activities for the winter sea-son began with a fashion show for Desert Senita Community Health Center, Ajo Lions Club's turkey shoot, the second annual Great Western Street Fair spon-sored by the Ajo District Cham-ber of Commerce and The Stockmen's Bank, and a jazz concert by John Hanagan to benefit the Ajo Schools Arts Partnership.
    Outreach has been the empha-sis at Desert Senita Community Health Center all year. The Dia-betes Outreach Program has seen more than a hundred diabetics educated on self-management of their disease, a series of discus-sions for women on healthy life-styles, students in grades 5 and 6 learned about self-esteem and anger management, and staff or-ganized a health fair with another planned for January.
    Detective Bill Clements and Deputy Chris Wilson were pro-moted to the rank of sergeant with Pima County Sheriff's De-partment.
    The Ajo Head Start program began classes in October and had an open house for the commu-nity.
    Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument visitor center was named the Kris Eggle Visitor Center on November 22 in honor of the National Park Service Ranger who was killed in the line of duty in 2002.
    Construction on the five mile section at the beginning of the Puerto Blanco Drive at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument began this month and, when fin-ished, will allow access to more of the park.
    Bureau of Land Management held a meeting to get public input about land management issues. Their work on long-term plans for Phoenix South Region and the Sonoran Desert National Monument will continue for an-other two years.
    A proposal to require fees for the disposal of residential gar-bage at the Ajo Landfill was re-jected by the Pima County Board of Supervisors. The supervisors believed charging fees would have placed an undue hardship on Ajo residents, many of whom are on fixed incomes, and in-crease wildcat dumping in unau-thorized areas.
    Construction on Hwy 85 through Organ Pipe Cactus Na-tional Monument began. Turnout lanes, drainage culverts, and turn lanes should be completed in the spring.
    An auction to benefit the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts and the Curley School Project drew people to the Ajo Country Club where many items were auctioned in silent and very vocal live auction by auctioneer school superintendent Bob Dooley. The event brought in more than $5,000 to be split between the two causes.
    Eighteen Law Enforcement Explorers were graduated following a 65-hour training academy lasting about five weeks. The graduates are now ready to work in the community in collaboration with other organizations helping the elderly, working with youth groups, providing security or traffic control at parades, dances, flag raisings, and other events, and participating with other Explorer groups around the country in law enforcement competitions involving tactics learned at the academy.
    The Ajo Garden Club received the Governor's Award for their efforts to keep Ajo Clean & Beautiful.
    A break in a water main coming from the well kept two crews of Ajo Improvement Company workers busy for more than 30 hours to repair. In addition, Sheriff's deputies and volunteers were kept busy distributing emergency drinking water to residents.
    BLM continued its discussions with residents about off-road vehicle use and resident input was gathered by architects and Artspace Projects for use in designs for the Curley School Project.
    Horatio Montijo renovated a model of Mexican Town that he had donated to the Ajo Historical Society Museum in 1980.
    The annual Christmas Bird Counts were held in Ajo and on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.
    Western Pima County Community Council held its annual election of council members. Many community members voted thinking they were voting on incorporation for the town.
    The Chamber of Commerce held a business and residential holiday lighting contest and La Posada, a reenactment of the search for shelter by Mary & Joseph, to celebrate the season. Santa Claus talked with kids compliments of the Ajo Rotary Club. Many businesses and groups enjoyed holiday parties, open houses, dances, and celebrations.
    Santa visited on Christmas Eve.
    Churches held services to celebrate the birth of Christ.
    Marjorie C. Hagen, serving a 15-year sentence for arson, is due to be released from prison on Monday, January 5, her earned release credit date. Though convicted of only two charges, Hagen is popularly believed to be responsible for a rash of fires in Ajo in the early 1990s. The adopted daughter of a Minnesota heiress has also been suspected of the deaths of four different people, including her adoptive mother, in three separate incidents but was never convicted.   
    Firefighters, deputies, and ambulance crew members were called out about 7:30 a.m. December 30 to fight a house fire on North Rosedale reportedly started by a candle. The flames engulfed the residence.
    The Democratic Precinct Committee's selection committee is accepting resumes from people interested in becoming the community's new justice of the peace after the retirement at the end of January of Judge John Casey. Applicants must be able to read and write English, have been a registered Democrat for the past year, and live within Justice Precinct 3's boundaries. Resumes may be left at K-5 Enterprises, 625 N. Second Avenue in Ajo, addressed to the attention of Bud Klinefelter. The Pima County Board of Supervisors will appoint a justice of the peace to serve until the November 2003 election.
    A Mexican citizen playing a nickel slot machine at the Golden Has:an on December 21 won the biggest jackpot in the history of the casino in Why -- $174,682.35.
    Happy New Year!


Welcome To Our World
In the 2003 issues of the Ajo Copper News, we printed birth announcements, welcoming to our world:
Joaquin Ismael Alegria
Abrahan Erasmo Alvarez
Giselle Aracely Ibarra
Yalissa Yvette Bischoff
Fernando Campa Jr.
Catrina Alison Crynock
Hannah Marie Garcia
Lilia Mia Garcia
Presley Elizabeth Huston
Victoria Kathleen Jeffords
Gabriel Jesus Leon
Michael Anthony Mendez Jr.
Joshua Andrew Mesquita
Marisol Katrina Moreno
Jaylynn Summer Muñoz
Joshua Thomas Peterson
Haley Lexine Runge
Destiny Leilani Sanchez
David Marques Sandusky
Esai Joseph Sanora
Hanna Jean Steckel
Macy Rae Valdez
Matthew Nathaniel Tamayo Valenzuela
Logan Christopher Villanueva
Kristina Claire Ward
Lauren Elizabeth Weber
Nicholas Trey Zahary

May They Rest In Peace
The obituaries of these friends and neighbors appeared in the Ajo Copper News in 2003.
Michael Aguila
Reginaldo L. “Chapo” Aroz
Florence Bliss
John Boesenberg
Daniel Bosworth
Garry Briggs
Winona P. Bruce
Gerald Bullock
Diana Bush
Zobeida Campos
Paul Carolan Sr.
Nettie T. Carroll
K.M. Carruthers
Raymond L. Carson
Alice C. Castillo
Robert Chiono
Kathryn Cleveland
Timothy Jody Collins
Belle Cooper
Weldon B. Corn
William Distler
Genoveva Dorame
Isadora Dorame
W.E. “Bill” Elms
Michael J. Francisco
Joseph A. Garcia
Ramiro Gonzalez
Elmer Griggs
Gene Roy Guinn
Louise Guthrie
Roberta Hale
Mae Asmussen Hall
Denny Kay Harman
Richard Harpool
Robert Hastert
Ernest Hawes II
Hank Heiss
Maria Hernandez
Gabriel Hernandez
Alice Hold
Scott Allen Huish
Ruby N. Jaeger
Caswell Johnson
Viola Morago Johnson
Judith Sather Johnston
Robert L. Kaster
Eleanor Keith
Elton L. “Bud” Kesler
Martha S. Korn
Sam Korolsky Sr.
Russell Kuckenbaker
Chester Leatherwood
Scott W. Lindner
Luz C. Lopez
Eva Mattia
Marina Mazon
Harriet Mendez
Lola Mesquita
Jesus Miranda
Alejandra Molina
Ray Nelson
Clifford Oglesby
Gloria Olea
Alfredo Ontiveros
Nancy R. Orr

Victor Parsons
Angelique Placencia
Opha Jo Price
Anthony Francis Ramon
Steven Ramon
Maxine Rasmussen
Helen T. Rendon
Margaret E. Ross
Margie Russell
T.T. Sanders
Jesus Santiago
Alfred Schneck
Maria de los Angeles Serventi
Fred Shoulders Jr.
Marvin Z. Silva
J.L. “Jay” Smith
Janice Snyder
George Sorenson
Sharon Stace
Shirley Stewart
Thaddeus “Ted” Szymczak
LaLoni L. Taylor
Jack Terry
Louie J. Thurlo
Leora Tomkinson Jay
Rex R. Topping
Lorena Turner
Maria Valenzuela
Audrey Walker
Trudy Le Wallis
Lenora Womacher
Floy Woodard
Walter A. Zitlau

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