||Weddings, Births, Happy News
|December 29, 2010
Happy New Year!• Ajo continues to be a hub of holiday activity. Check out Ajo events calendar
• A blight demolition program made progress when permission was given for rubble to be taken to the Ajo landfill.
Historical preservation ad archaeological surveys are under way at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
|• Dorena Castillo Lopez died December 24,
2010. Visitation and rosary December 29 at Douglass Funeral Home,
mass December 30.
• David Canez - Douglass Funeral Home
|• Luciano Marcelino Ramirez was born
November 12, 20101, in Phoenix to Yvette Montijo and Luciano Ramirez of
• Happy birthdays Thelma Leatherwood and Carol Klinefelter.
|December 22, 2010
Merry Christmas!• As he has in decades past, Santa Claus will stop first at the Ajo Plaza on Christmas Eve before starting on his trip around the world.
• Among the many Christmas activities are church services and a potluck on Christmas Day at the VFW.
|• Carlos S. Vanegas, 82, died in a care
facility in Sacaton on December 17, 2010. Mass was celebrated in
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on December 23. Douglass Funeral
||• Happy birthday Deanna Neff!
• Congratulations GED graduates Adrien Granillo and Maricela Subia.
|December 15, 2010
||• Ajo is is busy, even Santa couldn't keep
up. There are workshops, seminars, shows, pageants, dinners, sales,
parties, and even a drum circle. Check out the Ajo events
calendar to find out when and
• The petition to form a street light district is about seventy signatures short. Arizona Public Service has begun removing 27 mercury vapor streetlights, about a quarter of the the streetlights scheduled to go dark on January 1 in the APS region of Ajo if the district is not formed. APS has stressed the decision was not theirs but rather a mandate under the Dark Sky ordinance.
|• Laura Marian Arthur, 94, died December 3,
2010, in a Tucson hospice. She was a longtime resident. No services are
planned at her request.
• Jerry Paul Spears, 68, died at his home in Powell, Texas, on November 27, 2010. He was a former resident. No services are being planned at his request.
|• Violeta Mercedes Contereas was born
November 4,2010, in Goodyear to Sara & Lupe Contreras.
• Happy birthday Miguel Betancourt and Katrina Fuller!
|December 8, 2010
||• The Smithsonian traveling exhibit "Key
Ingredients" opens at the Curley School this weekend. Greg McNamee will
the the speaker at the Saturday sneak peek while Gary Nabham will speak
at the official opening on Sunday. The
Sonoran Desert Alliance
promises lots of food and entertainment at the exhibit and its
• The Western Pima County Community Council heard about the Smithsonian exhibit, local law enforcement, and holiday activities. Elected to serve on the council were Lil Jones, Deb Morrow, Rick Shumway, John Peck, and Tony Montes.
• A $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist responsible for setting an apartment building at Brady & Sartillion on fire is being offered by 88-CRIME. Anonymous tips may be left by going to www.88crime.org
|• Dennis James "Bock" Kanan, 48, died at
his home in Ajo on November 23, 2010. He moved to Ajo this year. No
services have been announced.
||• Eliaynna Kristine Fejarang Cuevas was
born in Phoenix on September 26, 2010, to Cassandra Fejarang-Blake and
Guadalupe Cuevas of Ajo.
• Happy anniversary Michelle and Joe Pacheco!
|December 1, 2010
||• Representatives of the US General
Services Administration and from US Customs & Border Patrol fielded
questions about the housing project at 55 Sahuaro at a public hearing
on November 22.
• A 14-year-old student was arrested for possession of marijuana as he passed through the Lukeville Port of Entry to board a school bus.
• Concerts, open houses, sales, and other events herald the start of the holiday season. Check out the Ajo events calendar
|• Helen King, 69, died November 25, 2010.
She was a longtime resident of Ajo. Mass 10 a.m. December 4. Douglass
||• Happy birthday Lonnie Guthrie, Virginia
|November 24, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving!• Local businesses are encouraging residents to support the Ajo economy and shop here first.
• The VFW celebrates Thanksgiving with a community potluck.
• Fran Driver is assuming the reins as chief executive officer at Desert Senita Community Health Center from Fatima McCasland. Efforts to recruit providers continue, as does renovation work at the health center.
• Charity begins at home. American Legion Riders held their annual Birds on Bikes benefit for the Ajo Food Bank and the Friends of Ajo made donations to the food bank, Ajo Council for the Fine Arts, and ISDA from the proceeds from the Red & White Weekend.
|• Janie Brader, 85, died at her home in Ajo
on November 18, 2010. Services 11 a.m. Wednesday,
November 24, Calvary Baptist
• Jim Burchfield, 74, did November 17, 2010, in Peoria. He was a longtime Ajo resident. (services pending through Douglass Funeral Home)
|• Happy 90th birthday, Irene Douglass.
|November 17, 2010
||• US Border Patrol agents from the Ajo
station remain busy apprehending undocumented migrants and seizing
marijuana and other drugs. It is not unusual for agents to seize drugs
with a value over a million dollars in a week.
• Write-in candidate Tom Branson was re-elected to the Ajo Lukeville Health Service District board. He received 16 votes to Mari Zimmermann's 9. Dick Ducic's name appeared on the regular ballot and he won the other seat.
• Construction at the Lukeville Port of Entry is expected to reduce congestion. The port will be expanded from three to five lanes on the Mexico side and two more inspection booths are being added. In the future, the port may be open 24-hours daily.
• A Fair in the Plaza drew many people out to enjoy a pleasant Saturday.
• The season is getting busy with many activities planned by ISDA, the library, and other organizations. Many are listed on the Ajo events calendar, which is provided as a public service by WALD with cooperation from the Ajo Copper News, Ajo District Chamber of Commerce, and Tucson Style.
|• Thomas N. "Tom" Jones, died November 14,
2010, in a Casa Grande facility. He was an Ajo resident. Services will
be held at the Ajo Community Golf Course at 2 p.m. on December 4.
• Juanita F. Neblina Hood, 67, died at her home in Sells on November 9, 2010. She was an Ajo native and longtime resident. Mass was celebrated November 20. Douglass Funeral Home.
• Laverne Wilson, 74 died November 14, 2010, at her home in Ajo. Her ashes will be taken to New Mexico. Douglass Funeral Home.
• Sara Curtis Gonzales, 87, died November 11, 2010, in Georgia. She was a former Ajo resident. Services have been held. Thomas Strickland & Sons.
|• Happy birthday Elle Guthrie.
• Adriana Trevino was the Ajo Rotary Club student guest for October.
|November 10, 2010
||• Unofficial election results are in.
Marcia Duncan, Lisa Rossi, and Eric Krznarich prevailed over Devon Reno
and Alex Harper for three school board seats. Justice of the peace
Maria Alvillar defeated challenger Barney Seeley. George Gradillas was
unchallenged for constable. Dick Ducic retained his seat on the
Ajo-Lukeville Health Service District; no decision has been released
for which of the two write in candidates, Mari Zimmermann and Tom
Branson, will gain the other seat. State election results can be found
at www.azsos.gov and local results
• Tax credits for donations to the school, the streetlight improvement district petition, the chamber of commerce, library events, and a local gardening collaboration were all topics at the monthly meeting of Western Pima County Community Council.
• The Ajo CofC is sponsoring A Fair on the Plaza this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
|• Elmer Ray Richardson, 79, died June 16,
2010, in California. He grew up in Ajo. Services were held at the
Riverside National Cemetery in California.
• William "Billy" Manuel, 48, died November 1, 2010, in a Mesa hospital. He was lifelong resident of Ajo. Mass was celebrated in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on November 5. Douglass Funeral Home.
|• Congratulations to Carly & Cesar
Cardenas who were married on November 6 in the Plaza.
• Happy Birthdays Doyle Ivey and Dennis Metcalf.
|November 3, 2010
||• Ajo Improvement is transferring fourteen
power poles and related equipment to Arizona PUblic Service. AIC will
continue to provide utility service to Ajo residents.
• Fire struck the same small apartment building at the corner of Sartillion and Brady for the third time in six months; the structure was almost completely destroyed. Arson is suspected.
• Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is on of eight federal agencies slated to receive funds to mitigate border fence impacts.
|• There were no obituaries in the November
3 issue of the Ajo Copper News.
||• Roman Alexander Soto was born in Camp
Pendleton in California on January 19, 2010, to Rosemary (Gradillas)
& Roman Soto.
|October 27, 2010
||• Opinion differs on whether the GSA
purchase of 55 Sahuaro is a hardship or an opportunity. The agency
plans to place modular homes on the property to house Customs &
Border Protection personnel; current residents will have to move.
• Halloween is being celebrated with a variety of events, including traditional spook house, parade, and parties.
• Early voting continues at the library.
|• Hardy James Jackson Jr., 82, died at hi
home in St. Johns on October 21, 2010. He was a former resident. Burham
||• Happy retirement Joe Brigman.
• Happy birthdays Patti Bush and Kacy Tryon.
|October 20, 2010
||• Red & White Weekend filled the
community with people coming home for a visit with old friends and
family. The event was sponsored by Friends of Ajo.
• Five school board candidates fielded questions a a forum sponsored by the Ajo Parent Teacher Student Association.
|• Brian E. Wriston, 46, died in
Massachusetts on October 13,2010. He was the son of former Ajo
• Ray Richardson, 79, died June 16, 2010, in California. He was a former Ajo resident.
|• Happy birthday Gini and Jennifer.|
|October 13, 2010
||• Red & White Weekend is here - events
Friday through Sunday morning, Oct. 15-17.
• School board candidate forum: October 14, 7 p.m., Dicus Auditorium.
• Homecoming queen is Kim Robles, king is Austin Wells. Runners-up Dominique Pacheco, Alma Montijo, Susanna Esquivel for queen and Eric DeLeon, Chad Coyle, and Carlos Flores for king. Raiders lost to Gila Bend, 12-13, in a contest that some say was unfairly officiated.
• A quarterly meeting of Supervisor Sharon Bronson and community leaders discussed a restaurant grant program, the medical marijuana proposition, GED program, the golf course, highway signage, and other tourism and business issues.
• At the Western Pima County Community Council meeting topics included environmental soil testing, early childhood development & health, blight demolition, law enforcement, street lighting, light industrial recycling, food collaboration, and the community calendar.
|• Richard "Dick" Bryant, died October 5,
2010, in Green Valley. He was a former Ajo resident. Memorial service
Monday morning, October 18, Green Valley Community Church.
• Armida Mills, 84, did October 7, 2010, in Yuma. She was a former Ajo resident.
• Diega Vega, 88, died October 5, 2010, in York Valley. Mass was celebrated October 11 in Ajo.
|October 6, 2010
||• It's Ajo HIgh School Homecoming Week!
• Candidates for justice of the peace answered questions at a community forum. Incumbent Maria Alvillar, a Democrat, faces corrections sergeant Barney Seeley, a Republican, in the general election.
• The Ajo District Chamber of Commerce membership is holding an election to fill three open seats.
|• There were no new obituaries in the October 6 issue of the Ajo Copper News.||• Happy birthdays Frances Ann Guthrie,
Maria Carreras, and Estevan Ramirez.
• Anjel Kanan was the Ajo Rotary Club's student guest for September.
||• Candidates for school board are listed at
County School Superintendent's site; two have statements available
as pdf downloads.
• A TOPD officer crashed into the Elks Lodge in the early morning hours of Spetember 23. The officer was not injured but damage to the building was extensive.
• Clubs and organizations are starting to organize events for the fall and winter season. Up next are AHS Homecoming followed by the Red & White Weekend.
|• Susie O'Connor, 91, died September 26.
She was a longtime teacher and resident of Ajo. Services 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 2, First Presbyterian in Yuma.
• William H. "Bills" Helms died September 19, 2010, in a Phoenix area hospice. He was a former Ajo resident. Memorial services were held in Queen Creek.
|• Happy birthday Susan Gilbert!|
||• The Ajo Council for the Fine Arts is busy
planning events and is open to suggestions.
• Kurt McCasland, manager of the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, is being transferred to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. His wife Fatima McCasland, who is chief executive officer of Desert Senita Community Health Center, will join him in Georgia later this year.
• The US Border Patrol continues to seize drugs, rescue undocumented immigrants lost in the desert, and detain and deport illegal immigrants.
• Questions are needed for a question & answer forum for justice of the peace candidates Maria Alvillar and Barney Seeley. Submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
• The International Day of Peace celebration will be held in the Plaza on Tuesday evening.
|• Terry Orr, longtime Ajo resident,
teacher, and coach, died. Services were Saturday, Sep. 18, 1
p.m., Dicus Auditorium
• Robbie Gail Ownby, 81, died September 9, 2010, in Peoria. She was a longtime Ajo resident. Graveside services were September 25.
• Ellen Miller, 89, died in Buckeye on September 15, 2010. She was an Ajo resident. Memorial services were held September 25 in the Rock Church.
• Carol Ann Treharne Ortiz, 66, died in Ajo on September 16, 2010. She was an Ajo resident. Services were held in the Rock Church on September 25; burial in Ajo Cemetery.
|• Happy birthday Jimmy Vanegas and Samantha Weber!|
||• The International
Day of Peace will be celebrated on two days -- a kickoff event on
Sunday, September 19, in the Plaza, and the actual Day of Peace on
Tuesday, September 21, at the school and at the Plaza.
• According to US Border Patrol, illegal entries in the Ajo station's area have increased about 5% but arrests have increased more than 30%.
The Ajo Copper News is now on Volume 87 Issue 1. No one knows why the volume numbers don't equal the newspaper's age. The publication was founded in 1917.
|• Timothy W. Lengerich, 60, died in the
desert west of Ajo on August 27, 2010. He was a sometime resident of
• Harold Rudolf "Rudy" Martinez, 65, died in the Phoenix area on September 5, 20101. He was an Ajo native. Mass was celebrated in Scottsdale on September 10.
|• Happy birthdays to Ashlee Durham,
Danielle Durham, Cienna Nicole Goodwin, Maribel Betancourt.
||• The Western
Pima County Community Council
heard about the International Day of Peace celebration planned for Ajo
as well as library programs, street lights, food programs, landfill
hours, and law enforcement issues.
• Sgt. Dave Godfrey has retired after 24 years of service with Pima County Corrections. His spot is being taken by Barney Seeley who has been promoted to sergeant.
|• No obituaries in the September 8 issue.
||• Maxton müller Pfau was born in West
Des Moines, Iowa, on August 8, 2010, to Zeno & Leslie (Segura) Pfau.
• Happy birthday to Gia.
|September 1, 2010
||• A body tentatively identified as missing
local hiker Tim Lengerich has been found in the desert west of Ajo.
• AHS Red Raiders scalped the Ft. Thomas Apaches 32-8 in their first game of the season.
• It wasn't just students on the Lukeville bus whose parents and guardians had to prove residency; all students attending Ajo schools had to provide documentation.
• New teachers in the Ajo school system include Brian English, Donna english, Kimberly Howard, Sarah Meyers, David Shorey, and Tanya Ryks.
|• Oneita Verdell Brown Johnson, 75, died in
Maryland. She grew up in Ajo. www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com
||• Happy birthdays to Gery Krehbiel, Lesi Jones, Mary Jo Jones, Britny Stephens, Brennen Staples, Jerry Leatherwood, Willie Maya, Jewel Clearwater, Benny Lopez, Elvira Rendon, Sosene Picos, Jake Staples, Margie Walker, Samantha Weber Charmaine Hess, Neal Hamilton, Butch McCormick, Julia Fulkerson, Cameron McCarthy, Arturo Vega, and Scott Boyd.|
|August 25, 2010
||• School started Monday. Students boarding
the Lukeville bus had to show a Certificate of Educational Convenience
issued by Pima County before boarding the bus; only one student was
• Red Raider sports start soon with volleyball and football. Youth sports are also starting in Ajo through Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation.
• An ad hoc committee has organized to register Ajo for community-as-victim status through the Pima County Attorney's Office.
• Results of the primary election were not available at press time. Results can be found at the Arizona Secretary of State's website.
• What's happening? Ajo events calendar
|• Audrey Torgersen died in a Casa Grande
hospice. No services planned
||• Happy birthday Michelle Pacheco, Lesi
Jones, and Dick Ducic.
• Happy 50th Anniversary Claude & Joyce Williams.
• Alicia Seel & Heriberto "Eddy" Bon Jr. were united in marriage on July 2, 2010.
|AlAugust 18, 2010
||• School starts on Monday, August 23. There
will be an open house at the school on Thursday evening, August 19.
• Records are Desert Senita Community Health Center are changing from paper to electronic. Appointments will be limited next week while the staff is trained.
• Early voting in under way at the library and by mail for the primary election. The local Democratic precinct committee is holding an open house at the ChuChu Club on August 22.
• What's happening? Ajo events calendar
|• Ramon Martinez, 83, died August 13.
Services will be held in
Mexico. Douglass Funeral Home
• Fred Johnson, 80, died August 6. Services have been held in Mesa.
• Tom Dye, 84, died August 7, 2010. Services have been held in New Jersey; burial in Nevada.
|• Happy birthday Joe David, Joe Pacheco, Yaretzi Witlali Chichil Betancourt.|
|August 11, 2010
||• The Ajo school district is joining forces
with Education2020 to offer online instruction to students age 12-21.
To find out more visit www.az2020.com
• Many voters are casting early primary election ballots, either at the library or by mail. Unlike earlier years, no races will be decided in the primary; the two candidates for justice of the peace are in opposing parties and the school board and health service district seats are non-partisan positions.
• School board candidates are LIsa Rossi, Devin Reno, Marcia Duncan, Alex Harper, and Eric Krznarich. Their names will appear on the general election ballot in November.
• What's happening? Ajo events calendar
|• Jose L. "Chepe" Moreno, 73, died August
4, 2010. He was a former Ajo resident. Services wee held in Cottonwood.
|• Moss Lee Roers and Giles Gregg Rogers
were born June 7, 2010, to Gregg and Cymande Rogers of Lake City,
• Clint Treadway recented his master's degree in physical education from Arizona State University.
|August 4, 2010
||• DSCHC will be celebrating National Health
Center Week with a variety of activities.
• The Family Fun Night sponsored by ISDA raised money to help sponsor this year's International Day of Peace.
• Ajo has finally had some rain. Last week 0.12 inches were recorded by Freeport-McMoRan.
• The Desert Senita Community Health Center board held a meeting and the Ajo District CofC held a membership meeting.
• Early voting for the primary election is slated to start August 9 in the public library.
|• Services will be held Saturday, August 7,
starting at 9 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for Arturo
"Turi" Caraveo, who died March 18, 2010, in Phoenix.
||• Happy birthdays to Chepa Granillo-Mazon,
Gary Stacy, Alex Gonzalez Jr., Margaret Lozano, Lorenzo Galindo, Kelly
Moore, Maria Canez, Keri Mendez, Bernarda Gray, Paul Vasquez Jr.
Armando Zevallos Jr., Danny Luna, and Bart Lozano.
• Retirement congratulations to Paulette Walters.
|July 28, 2010
||• A new ICE office will be opened at the US
Border Patrol station in Why with a contingent of five to ten
investigators, according to Immigration & Customers Enforcement.
National Guard troop on a one-year assignment are expected to arrive
the first of August.
• Ajo students didn't perform well on the state's AIMS tests. Results are available through links at www.ade.az.gov/researchpolicy/AIMSResults
• Both Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge have been included in the Arizona Audubon Society's newly created Sonoran Desert Borderlands Important Bird Area.
• Only one person - Marcia Duncan - had filed to run for the school board as of Friday, though several others had indicated they were considering running. Incumbent Lisa Rossi has indicated she will run; Amy Runge and HJ "Hop" David have said they will not seek second terms. Filing deadline is August 4.
• Ajo has finally had some rain. Last week 0.12 inches were recorded by Freeport-McMoRan.
• What's happening? Ajo events calendar
|• There were no new obituaries in the July
28 issue of the Ajo Copper News.
||• Happy birthday, Dan Johnson!
|July 21, 2010
||• Pronghorn preservation vs smuggling
prevention has been a hot topic, the subject of recent editorials and
opinion pieces in several major newspapers. Curt McCasland of Cabeza
Prieta National Wildlife Refuge says it's old news harking back to a
2008 memo and covered thoroughly at the time in the Ajo Copper News and
• People who want to run for the school board or health service district board need to file their papers by August 4.
• A small travel trailer burned to the ground on Jefferson last Sunday. The trailer was fully engulfed when the fire department arrived; the Pima County Sheriff's Dept. and Ajo Ambulance also responded.
• What's happening? Ajo events calendar
|• Neal G. Mowers, 92, a longtime Why
resident, died July 7, 2010, in Tucson. No services are planned.
||• Happy Birthday Dominique Pacheco, Daisy
Farmer, and Gleason Antone!
• Congratulations Emily Marie Whitley on graduation from high school in Scottsdale.
|July 14, 2010
Farmer has retired as the Ajo school athletic director. He retired as a
teacher in 2004.
• Plea bargains have been signed for eleven of the senior pranksters over 18, others are considering the deal. The agreement involved community service, restitution, and a year of unsupervised probation. One individual was offered a separate plea agreement, which he refused. The cases of those under age 18 are still pending.
|• Lawrence Ray "Corky" Sipe, 82, died at
his home in Ajo on July 10, 2010. Memorial services will be held at the
Elks on July 31. Douglass Funeral Home.
• Perry "Pat" Alley, 91, died at a Tucson hospital. No service information was available.
|• Happy birthdays Nellie Jo David, Deana Pearson, Abrahan Alvarez Jr., Emelda Yasmine, and Angelique Ramirez.|
|July 7, 2010
||• Independence Day weekend, though hot, was
filled with activities. Several dogs were frightened by the fireworks
and ran away; some remain missing.
• Three people were seriously injured in an accident on SR 85 milepost 44. Two dogs were uninjured.
• Local organizations are making plans for food-related projets under a grant awarded to the International Sonoran Desert Alliance.
• While it's true Minerals Research & Recovery will be working on slag processing in Cottonwood, they have no plans to leave Ajo until the slag here is exhausted, a process expected to take several more years.
|• Edward Ivan Huish, 82, died July 2, 2010.
He was a longtime Ajo resident. Services were held at the LDS church on
July 8; burial was in Ajo Cemetery. Douglass Funeral Home
• Oscar Pullum, 81, died July 3, 2010, at his home in Ajo. Services were held at the funeral home on July 9. Douglass Funeral Home.
|• Happy birthday Myke V., Morgana Wallace-Cooper, Sherry Marquez, Sara Olea, Rigoberto Serventi, Nathan Pullum, Cristina Picos, Nancy Scholl, Yolanda Gonzalez, Martin Gray, Horacio Casillas, Belia Espinoza, Angie Olais, Barbara Miller-Staples, Adrian Rendon, Darlen Cubillas, Audrey Torgersen, Dominque Pacheco.|
|June 30, 2010
||• Independence Day festivities will be held
in the Plaza on Saturday. Fireworks will be set off Sunday
evening. Many local events and parties will celebrate the holiday.
• The Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers can create identification cards for kids. Call 387-8531 for more information.
|• There were no obituaries in the June 30 issue.||• Melanie Humphrey Moreno received her
masters degree in speech-language pathology from the University of
• Happy birthday Gayle Weyers.
|June 23, 2010
||• The Hook a Kid on Golf participants were
treated to presentations by Border Patrol, Pima County Sheriff's
Department, and golf course maintenance personnel.
• Plans are being made for the 4th of July. Primary sponsors are the American Legion, VFW, and American Legion Riders. The Ajo Gibson Volunteer Fire Department spearheads the fireworks display. Donations are needed by all to ensure community tradition continues.
• Summer events continue with programs by the library, ISDA, and Arizona Youth Partnership.
|• Lucille "Sheila" Flores Angulo, 64, died
June 6, 2010, in Scottsdale. She was an Ajo native. Memorial services
are being held in Scottsdale.
||• Happy anniversary Paula & Joey Call.
• Happy birthday Brandon Larremore and Kevin Acone.
• Marcos A. Acosta received his bachelor's degree in criminology & criminal justice with a minor in Spanish from Northern Arizona University.
• Jenna Rae Midgon has received her nursing degree.
|June 16, 2010
||• Following the discovery of two homemade
bottle bombs, residents were advised to steer clear of suspicious items.
• The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was rededicated and Father Peter Nwachukwu officially installed as parish priest.
• Victor Maduro-Flores was officially sworn in as Ajo's postmaster.
• Fernando Campa and Jose Flores foiled the daylight theft of a donations collection at Desert Senita Community Health Center.
|• Grace "Shorty" Durham, 92, died June 7,
2010, in a care facility in Idaho. She was a former Ajo resident.
Graveside services were held in Ajo on June 18. Douglass Funeral Home.
• Ann L. Hunter, 77, died in Oklahoma on June 11, 2010. She was a former longtime Ajo resident. Services were held in Oklahoma.
|• Brooke J. Petersen received both her high
school diploma and her associate of arts degree in Washington in June.
• Gabriel de Jesus Cardenas was born in Tucson on January 10, 2010, to Adriana Hernandez and Jesus Cardenas.
|June 9, 2010
||• The Western
Pima County Community Council
heard about programs to environmentally test and clear land, a Health
Start program for pregnant women, and updates from the sheriff's
department and county attorney's office. The formation of a new
landscaping & beautification business was announced. WPCCC will be
on hiatus until September.
• The Ajo Elks Lodge will hold a Flag Day ceremony at the lodge at 5 p.m. Monday, June 14. A dinner will be held at 6 p.m. with vets eating free, others must pay.
• The Las Artes program celebrated GED achievement for Nadine Hernandez, Vanessa Alegria, Ashley Pearson, Amber Juarez, Ramon Diaz, Anthony Vannasdale, Roman Sanora, Joe Atkinson, Brandi Gates, Ryan Marquez, Steven Stafford, Francisca Lopez, Raul Perez, Sierre Bosley, Marion Guevara, and Shelley Hinojos.
|• Bessie Miller, 87, died May 27, 2010, in
Phoenix. She was a longtime resident of Ajo and Why. A memorial service
was held in Vernon on June 4; she was buried there next to her husband.
• Saturnina Felix Sotelo, 87, died in Montebello, California, on June 3, 2010. She was a former Ajo resident.
|• Marcos Acosta, Joseph Alvillar, and
Denise Mariscales all received bachelor's degrees from Northern Arizona
• Happy birthday Louie Walters, Danielle Cowhig.
• Landon Allan Fate was born in Gilbert on April 21, 2010, to Brittany Celaya and Chad Fate.
|June 2, 2010
||• The Ajo High School Class of 2010
includes valedictorian Savannah Rachel McCasland, salutatorian Mandi
Elizabeth Macias, National Honor Society members Anissa Chanel Garcia,
Andrew R. Maya, Keshia Yazmeen Olea, and Leonela Vazquez, and graduates
Hugo Acosta, Rene Acuna, Jesse Ray Alvarez, Joaquin Antonio Betancourt,
Guadalupe Cuevas, Chynna Kristie Davis, Luz Elena Flores, Andrew Joseph
Foster, Bergundi Doraleen Gates, Joseph David Granillo, Ty-Ahna Morning
Dove Jones, Mackenzie Victoria Manuel, Jose Luis Martinez, Ivan U.
Molina, Danielle Ashley Morales, Alexys Ortega, April Ann Ortiz, Jose
Maria Ortiz Jr., Frank Javier Robles, Larissa Rachelle Velarde, and
• Immaculate Conception Church is being rededicated.
• The VFW and American Legion Riders are joining the American Legion in organizing the 4th of July celebration. The Ajo Gibson Volunteer Fire Department is trying to raise funds for the firework display.
|• Norma Faye Ortiz died May 26, 2010, in a
nursing facility. She was a lifelong resident of Ajo. Service at
Assembly of God on June 2. Douglass Funeral Home.
||• Happy birthday Josie Castro, Willie
Marquez, Paul Colarich Jr., Virginia Leatherwood, Mike Mekelburg,
Pamela Martinez, Juanito Lozano, Bob Guinn, Jan McKay Smith, Liz McKay
Olea, Bob Hickman, Larry Torgersen, Romeo Cubillas, Robert Jonston,
Virginia Garcia, and Katie Martinez.
|May 26, 2010
||• Ajo High School graduation is May 27;
eighth grade promotion is the day before. The administration has
expelled the prankster seniors and they will not be allowed to
participate in the graduation ceremony though they will be granted
• The American Legion is taking the lead to make sure the 4th of July celebration still takes place.
• The Ajo Community Pool is open for the summer.
• Four golf carts and greens were vandalized at Ajo Community Golf course.
• An single vehicle roll-over in Crater Range resulted in one fatality and injuries to three other people.
|• Richard "Dick" Park, 91, died May 9,
2010, in the Phoenix area. He was a former longtime resident.
• Maybelle Burchfield - no information available
|• Happy retirement to Robert Runge,
Margarita Martinez, Tracy Sepulveda, and Dixie Grissom. All are
retiring to the school system.
• Denise Ysela Mariscales was awarded a bachelor of science degree in criminology and criminal justice with a minor in sociology by Northern Arizona University.
• Ashley Marie Castillo has been accepted to the University of Washington's School of Medicine.
|May 19, 2010
||• Dark streetlights in the Ajo Improvement
area of town have turned some streets into gray areas. The outage is
because the lights do not have power; repairs are planned but no
timeline has been set. Ajo Improvement says about 75% of the
streetlights in their area have been upgraded with new bulbs and
fixtures in preparation for Project Dark Sky.
• 4th of July festivities remain in peril as no group has come forward to assume responsibility for the holiday events.
• No decision has been made as to whether the prankster seniors responsible for vandalism at the school will be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies. Superintendent Bob Dooley says damages came to about $5000.
|• Arturo T. "Turi" Rendon, 76, died at his
home in Ajo on May 16, 2010. Services pending. Douglass Funeral Home.
||• Elinor Luz Campion was awarded her
bachelor of science degree in computer engineering by Arizona State
• Thomas Dean Gagnon was born at Verde Valley Medical Center on April 19, 2010, to Corina and Paul Gagnon of Clarkdale.
• Happy birthday Don Weyers, Mona Yanez, and Nico David!
|May 12, 2010
||• Approximately 20 students were
disenrolled from the Ajo schools as the state school superintendent
demanded the local school return $1.2 million in funding for students
they say an audit determined lived in Sonoyta. Local superintendent
said the 120 student figure released by the state was highly inflated.
Both sides agree that the students in question are in the US legally
(many are US citizens) and that the issue is residency, not citizenship.
• A senior prank night went too far, edging out of the realm of a practical joke and into vandalism. A reported eighteen students were involved; one was arrested and the others cited. The school is also meting out punishment; it has not yet been decided if the students will be able to participate in the graduation ceremony.
• There may be no 4th of July celebration in Ajo. The committee that organized the parade and festival have given up the task, citing lack of community support. Ajo District Chamber of Commerce director Silvia Howard said there was not enough time left for it to take over the event. Chief David Tibbitt of the Ajo Gibson Volunteer Fire Department said only a tiny fraction of the money needed for the annual fireworks display had been donated; $400 has been received and a deposit for half the cost of $3400 is due on May 21. Unless substantial donations are received, the fireworks will be canceled.
• Movie night at the Oasis Theatre is resuming on Thursday, May 13, with films on Thursday & Friday evenings and a Saturday matinee.
|• Jack Dalton Dickerson, 69, died May 1,
2010. He was a former Ajo resident. A private family service is
planned. Chino Valley Funeral Home www.heritagefuneralchapels.com
• Christian Ramirez died prematurely on May 2, 2010, several months before expected birth.
|• Mike Mason was feted at a retirement
• Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument received a national award for excellence in wilderness stewardship.
|May 5, 2010
||• The Cinco de Mayo holiday will be
celebrated May 8 in the in Plaza. The American Citizens Social Club
sponsor the annual event.
• National Women's Health Week will see lots of events in Ajo. Desert Senita Community Health Center is joined in sponsorship by the Pima County Health Department, the public library, and other local groups.
• The new officers of the Desert Senita Community Health Center include president Bob Dooley, vice president Judy Macey-Spain, and secretary-treasurer Dick Ducic. As past president, Mari Zimmermann will serve on the executive committee.
• There are still lots of programs at the library, food sales,
|• William Joseph "Joe" Reid, 66, died at
his home in Ajo on April 30, 2010. Memorial services were held May 7 in
Douglass Funeral Home.
• Darlene Ricks Archer, 75, died April 30, 2010. in Texas. She lived in Ajo in her youth. Services have been held. Gentry Funeral Home of Ft. Stockton, Texas.
|• Sgt. Gary Chatham retired from the Pima
County Sheriff's Department in March after nearly 25 years with the
• Happy birthday to Hilda Alvarez, Gabrielle David, Anna Reynolds, LaVerne Reynolds, Linda Guan, Delia Wilkinson, Lina Olais, Aida Zevallos, Maggie Hamilton, Arlene Rojo, Bertha Pino, Henry Gray, Martha Olea, Kay Conroy, Billy Cratty, Selena Jerez, Lari Marie Krznarich, and Larry Wayne Zirkle.
• Happy Mother's Day!
|April 28, 2010
||• The Ajo Copper News turned 94 on April 29.
• Pima County Sheriff's Department deputies Kori Greene and Zachary Rapaich were promoted to sergeant. Both are permanently stationed in Ajo.
• The weekend will be busy with the Ajo Historical Society's open house at the museum on Saturday, Kaity's Way yard sale, and an Elvis impersonator at the VFW.
|• There were no new obituaries in the April
||• Bergi Gates was crowned prom queen and
Jesse Alvarez was king. Prom princess was Susanna Esquivel and prom
prince was Carlos Flores.
• Happy birthday Katherine Schumacher, Susanna Esquivel, and Lilia Mia!
|April 21, 2010
||• The All Ajo Reunion at Rustlers' Rooste
in the Phoenix area was attended and enjoyed by many. The print edition
of the Ajo Copper News had pictures of some of them, including a
picture of the AHS Class of 1960.
• Local land manager spoke out about the Congressional bill giving Border Patrol carte blanche on wilderness lands, noting USBP already had wide access.
• There's still lots to do with programs, food sales, and more on the community schedule.
|• There were no new obituaries in the April
21 edition of the Ajo Copper News.
||• Schroeder Leviticus Markham was born in
Phoenix on March 29, 2010, to Michael & Amber Markham.
• Happy birthday Mike Hipp, Cassandra Coyle, Amanda Weber, Lauren Weber!
• Scott Boyd is the new Exalted Ruler at the Elks Lodge.
|April 14, 2010
||• The school board approved reductions in
force for three teachers: Joanna Higgins, Girlie Ubarco, and Leslie
Belskis. The RIF status might change if the state sales tax increase
passes They also accepted resignation from Rebecca Estolano, Zoe Walsh,
Dixie Grissom, Margarita Martinez, and Oscar Sisk.
• Victor L. Maduro-Flores is the new Ajo postmaster. He has been with the US Postal Service for 17 years.
• The pronghorn recovery program is making progress with its captive breeding program.
|• There were no new obituaries in the April
||• Crystal Jean DeWitt and Jose Thomas
Sandoval were united in marriage on April 3.
|April 7, 2010
||• The earthquake in California on Sunday
was felt in Ajo as a quiver that swayed chandeliers. Some people felt
it, others didn't.
• The Western Pima County Community Council heard about the street lighting drive for the APS area, local law enforcement issues, the community garden, and plans for Earth Day. The non-governmental council posts minutes on their website.
• Work on government homes in the 55 Sahuaro housing area was scheduled before the GSA considered the park for potential purchase.
|• James A. Maddox, 83, died in a Phoenix
hospital on February 26, 2010. Burial services in Phoenix were private.
Greer-Wilson Funeral Home.
Gail Mcclelland died February 11, 2010. No details were available.
• Charles Lewis "Chop" Tschop died December 18, 2009, in Surprise hospice. He was a former Ajo resident. Services were held at his home in Surprise.
|• Happy birthday Angus Braseth, Sunnie Cox, Annie Reid, Tim Noran, Natalie Pullum, George Chism, Bobbye Yarberry, Ruth Runge, Ildegardo Olea Sr., Dennis & Esperanza Hughes, Lilia Garcia, Amanda & Lauren Weber, Sheila Colarich, and John Noyes.|
|March 31, 2010
HAPPY EASTER• The Easter sunrise service will begin at 6:30 a.m. in the Plaza.
• Crater Range got a scrubbing by volunteers organized by the Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association. The group tried to wipe out graffiti.
• The street light issue continues to prompt readers to write letters to the editor.
|• No new obituaries in the March 31 issue
||• Happy birthday Chloe Krehbiel, Cali Faith
• Audry Roy Kinney was born December 9, 2009, to Kristin and Brian Kinney of Petaluma, California.
|March 24, 2010||• A 4-day symposium on the Sonoran Desert
was held at Curley School campus. Representatives from Organ Pipe
Cactus National Monument, lead agency in organizing the event, were
joined by people from many agencies and interested individuals.
• The Rev. Dr. Jim Thrash is the new pastor at Ajo Calvary Baptist Church.
• The Palm Sunday community service will be held at the Ajo First Assembly of God.
• Planning is beginning for this year's Grad Night.
• A county program to demolish blighted structures is being rejuvenated for the Ajo area.
• US Border Patrol has announced an open bid has gone out to build a 52,000 square-foot building at the BP facility in Why. They expect an additional 150 agents to be assigned to the Ajo station over the next 18 months, bringing the total to 450.
• Activities include a kids' movie at the library, senior citizens potluck, art shows, an ice cream social, food sales, lectures, and more.
|• Theodore James "Jim" Schnell, 78, died at
his home in Ajo on March 18, 2010. He lived in Ajo most of his life.
Graveside services on March 26. Douglass Funeral Home.
• Delbert D. "Mac" Macfarlane, 84, died March 17, 2010, at a Tucson hospital. He was a longtime Ajo resident. Services at the LDS Church March 23; burial in Ajo Cemetery. Douglass Funeral Home.
• Gustavo "Gus" Vanegas Nogales, 92, died March 15, 2010, in Bellevue, Washington. He lived in Ajo as a youth. Mass was celebrated March 23 in Washington. www.Flintofts.com
• Arturo "Turie" Mazon Caraveo, 67, died at his home in Phoenix on March 18, 2010. He was an Ajo native. Mass was celebrated at Palm Funeral Home in Sun City.
|• Journey Jones was presented an award by
the Most Rev. Gerald Kincanas, bishop of the Diocese of Tucson, for her
participation as a student reader at church.
|March 17, 2010||• Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and
Congressman Raul Grijalva toured Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
and discussed border conservation and security issues. They were
accompanied by National Park Service director Jon Jarvis and by Bob
Eggle as well as representatives of other state and federal agencies.
• Free rides will be part of the celebration observing five years of service for rural bus service route 685 between Ajo and Phoenix.
• This Sunday evening's community pre-Easter service is being held at the Ajo Assembly of God Church. The Palm Sunday service will be held there as well.
|• Christopher Zachary Oberg, 20, died in an
accident in Chandler. Services were held in Tempe and burial was in the
||• Happy Birthday Lianna Castillo & Ray
|March 10, 2010||• Another big weekend for Ajo with the
Sonoran Shindig heading the list. There will also be a Rotary roping,
an art exhibits, lectures, and more.
• Funding cuts have lead to the lay-off of coordinator Norma Gomez by AzPYP.
• The Western Pima County Community Council heard about the proposed acquisition of 55 Sahuaro for Customs housing, a topic that brought about sometimes heated comments. They also heard about the census, the community garden, proposed property demolition, Border Patrol and PCSD, and a proposed visit by a Shriners group.
• This week's Lenten community service will be led by Pastor Rob Johnston in Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 14.
|• Agnes Wood Doig Osborn died March 5,
2010, in Portland, Oregon, She was a former winter resident of Why.
||• Spring is arriving, birds are singing,
and plants are blooming.
|March 3, 2010
||• The Victim Services Division is holding a
two-day session for people interested in volunteering.
• This week's Lenten community service will be led by Pastor Gary Stacy in Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 7. On March 14, the service will again be at Good Shepherd with Pastor Rob Johnson leading the service.
• The Season of Tradition will celebrate the crafts & skills of the Tohono O'odham and others every weekend in March at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Other activities include a horseshoe tournament, lectures, dinners, rummage sales, and a concert Tuesday by the Tucson Symphony.
• The weather has been warmer but rainy. Last week Freeport-McMoRan recorded 0.20 inches of rain.
• The resurfacing of streets after utility upgrades is a problem that has no clear answer. It appears that patching the roadway may be all that is required.
|• Maria Monreal Hoge, 97, died February 23,
2010, at a facility in Tucson. She lived in Ajo most of her life. Mass
was celebrated in Ajo on February 27, burial was in Ajo Cemetery next
to her husband. Douglass Funeral Home.
• Ernest W. James, 79, died February 25, 2010, in Tucson. He lived in Ajo since 1943. Family graveside services are being planned.
• Esteban "Steve" H. Olea, 69, died February 20, 2010, in a Chandler hospice. He was an Ajo native and lifelong resident. He was buried in Ajo Cemetery, next to his daughter.
|• Happy birthday Ray Fober, Elsie Lumley,
Ofilia Monje, Carolina Pullum, Paul Vasquez, Terry Alvarez, Minerva
Alvarez Connie Villaverde, Helen Mathews, Bud Klinefelter, Jeanette
Nicholls, Coy Wiley, Sunie Cox, Breana and Bianca Vallejo.
|February 24, 2010
||• Following two student-involved
single-vehicle rollovers in less than a month, the Ajo Unified School
District is looking into ways to educate students about driving.
• Several bobcat sightings have occurred recently and there has been at least one close encounter. People are reminded that bobcats are wild animals that should be avoided. In 2007 two local men received rabies inoculations after being attacked by a rabid bobcat.
• The week's activities include a talk by singer songwriter Jeni Foster, lectures, an evening in the desert, Bible study, a blood drive, food sales, auction, and benefit dance for Norma Ortiz.
|• There were no obituaries in the February
||• Happy first birthday Mary Milarnie.
• Happy birthday Simon E. Leon Sr.
|February 17, 2010||• The Ajo Historical Society is having a
busy season with renovations, exhibit expansion, fundraisers, and
greeting visitors who want to learn more about the area's history. Some
of the renovations are being made by members of the Tohono O'odham
Community College painting apprenticeship program.
• A quarter; economic development meeting was attended by county officials and local business and civic leaders. Issues discussed including zoning and building permits, business development, law enforcement, and the new WALD community calendar that appears in the Ajo Copper News and will be available on websites.
• Events this weekend are being led by the Legion Riders poker run and chili cook-off. Other events include food sales, art exhibits, potlucks, Bingo, field trips, lectures, and workshops.
|• Benjamin Lopez Rios, 88, died at a
Phoenix Hospital on February 2, 2010. He was an Ajo native. Services
were held in Ajo Federated Church February 13; burial in Ajo Cemetery.
Douglass Funeral Home.
• Rebecca Merrill Fullagar died February 12, 2010, in a Mesa hospice. She was an Ajo native. Services were held at a Mesa LDS ward.
• Roy Eugene Templeton II died at his home in Tucson. He grew up in Ajo. No services.
• Nicholas Orosco, 67, died at Archie Hendricks on February 3, 2010. He lived most of his life in Ajo. Mass was celebrated in Gu Vo.
|• Congratulations to Olsens Marketplace for
being one of just three 5-star IGA stores in a four-state area.
• Happy birthday Hop David, Cary Chatham, Mariah.
• June Nickell and Lil Jones reigned as sweethearts at a dinner held by local Beta Sigma Phi chapters.
• Aimee Nicole Shoulders and Christopher Michael Andela were married in Las Vegas on January 8, 2010.
|February 10, 2010||• The pharmacy at Desert Senita Community
Health Center is now open. Tom's Pharmacy remains open.
• The Ajo office of the state Motor Vehicle Department has closed. Some transactions can be handled online while others will require trips out of town to MVD offices or third-party services.
• Street lighting district formation, law enforcement issues, and the airport were topics at the Western Pima County Community Council meeting.
• Events in a gymkhana, concerts, a valentine dinner show, bird count, library lectures, food sales,
• Frank M. Estrella. 78, died February 3,
2010, at a hospice in Gilbert. He was a lifelong resident of Ajo. Mass
February 13 in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church . Douglass Funeral
• Ruth Wimer, 106, died February 7, 2010, in Indiana. Services have been held.
• Andrea Olivas Gonzalez died February 1, 2010. She was a former Ajo resident. She was buried in Ajo on February 6.
|• Happy birthday Margarita David, Joseph
Jaye Bejarano, Toni Cubillas, Carla Chatham.
|February 3, 2010
||• Ajo's busiest weekend -- fiddlers'
contest, quilt show, vaudeville, food and craft sales, lectures, church
events, Bingo, WPCCC and school board meetings, and more.
• The Ajo Parent Teacher Student Organization became the Parent Teacher Student Association. The group's next meeting will be Tuesday, February 9, in the school boardroom.
• Residents attended a Freeport open house and learned about everything from soil testing and utility upgrades to the possibility of future mining in Ajo.
• Though county budget cuts are in the 1 to 2% range, more severe cuts could be on the horizon. The county budget manager says annual cuts could add up to 10% over the next five years, a cumulative effect that would have definite affects on services offered in Ajo.
|• Marceline Marietti, 98, died January 25,
2010, at a Chandler facility. She was a longtime Ajo resident. Visitation
Friday, February 5, 10 a.m. at Ajo Federated Church followed by
services at 11 a.m.
Douglass Funeral Home in Ajo
• Marjorie Korolsky, 85, died January 25, 2010, in Casa Grande. Services will be in Casa Grande at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, at Calvary Southern Baptist Church. Simes Mortuaries - Casa Grande Chapel.
• Albert Venables, 86, died January 27, 2010, in a Tucson hsopital. No services are planned.
|• Happy birthdays to Ian Nez, Brian Bissell, Hop & Margarita David, Stella Krznarich, Ken Kermode, Frank Estrella Sr., Jesus Espinoza Jr., Victoria Munoz, Father Peter Nwachukwu, Joe Rosalez, and Esperanza Rosalez.|
|January 27, 2010
||• Rain and wind hit Ajo as three storms
passed through the state. Depending on the local area, 3 to 4.5 inches
of rain fell, possibly an Ajo record for January and about half the
area's yearly average. Winds toppled saguaros whose roots were
surrounded by moist soil, several sheds lost roofs, and homes and
businesses sustained both wind and water damage. The highest wind gust
in the region was reported to be 94mph in Ajo.
• It's another busy week. Kristie Miller will be at the library to discuss “A Volume of Friendship: The Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway, 1904-1953” at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Desert Senita Community Health Center will hold its annual health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday - included in the celebration is the newly opened on-site pharmacy. Other events include a Childs Mountain tour, a Fifth Sunday Sing, a day in the sonoran desert, food sales, meetings, and golf events.
• The Community Response Committee is continuing work on emergency plans to cover a variety of situations in the Ajo area.
|• Ross Erickson, 69, died December 31,
2009, in Canada. He was a winter resident of Ajo. Services were private.
• Christopher Strickland, 28, died December 10, 2009, in Alabama of injuries in a motorcycle accident. He was the son & grandson of former Ajo residents. A graveside service was held in Alabama.
• Lupita Ruiz-Castillo Johnson, 71, died at her home in Alabama on December 11, 2009. She was a native of Ajo. Mass was celebrated in Alabama. Fuqua-Bankson Funeral Home.
• Ramon Trejo, 74, died in Casa Grande on January 15. Mass will be celebrated in Ajo on February 13. Simes Mortuaries-Casa Grande Chapel.
|• EmmaRose Constance Antone was born in Chandler on January 15, 2010, to Carol Ann Guthrie and Gleason Antone of Ajo.|
|January 20, 2010
||• John Byrnes is the new president of the
Ajo school board and Lisa Rossi the new clerk. Other board members are
Rose Cameron, H.J. “Hop” David, and Amy Runge.
• The Ajo golf course has been reinstated in the county bond package, though at a decreased amount.
• The International Sonoran Desert Alliance has been awarded the grand prize in the nationwide MetLife Innovative Space Awards. It will receive $50,000; five other winners will receive $10,000.
• Events this week include a talk by author Rebecca McEldowney and other library programs, a cultural food festival, an ISDA meeting, a hike and a trek up Childs Mountain, food sales, and more.
|• Maria D. Rios, 87, died in a
Goodyear hospice on January 27, 2010. She was a longtime Ajo resident.
Mass was celebrated January 22 in
Tucson. Douglass Funeral Home.
• Richard “Dick” Westbrook, 86, died November 25, 2009, in Iowa. He was a winter resident. Services were held in Iowa; a memorial service was held at the Ajo Senior Center on January 22.
• Joseph Carter, 84, died in a Phoenix area hospital on January 17, 2010. He was an Ajo resident. Services were held at the Assembly of God on January 21. Douglass Funeral Home.
|• Congratulations Janae (Lewis) and Matthew
• Happy birthday Lisa and Sandra.
|January 13, 2010
Pima County Community Council met and
discussed the street lighting petition drive, community development
block grants, law enforcement issues, and Border Patrol activities. The
council's minutes are available on its website.
• The best-selling mystery author JA Jance will give a talk at the Dicus Auditorium at 1 p.m. this Saturday, January 16, as part of the Friends of the Ajo Library author series. Tickets are required but are available for free at the library and at the Ajo Copper News. Books will be sold at the talk and the author says she will be happy to autograph them.
• Closure of the Motor Vehicle Office in Ajo has been approved by federal authorities. People will have to handle transactions over the Internet or, when personal visits are required, at other state or third party offices. The office is one of twelve slated to close. For more information visit www.azdot.gov
• Ajo is starting its busy season with lots to do. JA Jance will be followed by two other authors speaking here this month. Art shows, food sales, culture classes, scrabble club games, library programs, parties and dances, golf events, and more are open to the public.
|• Dorine Monica Francisco died January 7,
2010. She is a former Ajo resident. A celebration of life washed at her
home in Sells; mass was celebrated in Charco 27 with burial following.
Marcus Funeral Consulting.
• Barry David Martin, 53, died at his home in Ajo on December 29, 2009. He was an Ajo native and lived here most of his life. Memorial Services are being held at the VFW at 2 p.m. n Saturday, January 16.
• Theresa Flores, 75, died December 30, 2009, in a hospice. A wake was followed by mass at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church at Menager's Dam; burial was at Menager's Dam. Douglass Funeral Home.
• Pauline Hightower died January 10, 2010, in a Glendale hospice. She was a longime Ajo resident.Mass 10 a.m. Friday, January 15, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Douglass Funeral Home.
|• Happy Birthday JonJon Cameron.
• Welcome home, erstwhile lost dog Marley.
• Nicole Goodman and Michael Wendelgass were untied in marriage on September 19, 2009, in Avondale.
|January 6, 2010
Happy New Year!• The Western Pima County Community Council will meet Thursday; the agenda has not been announced. New officers will be announced.
• The Desert Senita Community Health Center pharmacy is expected to open later this month.
• The community event calendar is filling up. Coming are book club meetings, WPCCC, library lectures, golf, the Second Sunday art show, art shows, and a talk by mystery author JA Jance.
|• Francisco “Shorty” Garcia, 92, died
January 1, 2020, in Archie Hendrick Skilled Nursing Facility. Services
will be held at the facility on January 8, burial will follow at Darby
Wells near Ajo.
birthday Paula Krehbiel Call, Cyndi Jones Sandoval, Helen Nelson, and
Lonnie D Guthrie III.