Monthly Archives: January 2010

Dos Cabezas in Cochise County

Snow covered mountains in Cochise County

Dos Cabezas Photo (c) Luanne Mattson

I was in Willcox in Cochise County for a meeting today and took this photo  of the Dos Cabezas Mountains. “Dos Cabezas” means two heads in Spanish, which makes sense when you look at it. See the two heads?

The snow was left over from last week’s storm, and there was rain coming down in Willcox this morning. There will probably be more snow after this weather system passes through. That precipitation is good news for the farmers and wine growers in the region. Willcox is fertile ground where a lot of grapes are grown that eventually are made into Arizona wine. More on that on a later post.



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Sierra Vista in Phoenix Magazine

Elin Jeffords wrote a great 4-page article in the January issue of Phoenix Magazine. She went to Sierra Vista a while back and got to sample some of the ethnic cuisine that the city has. Fort Huachuca has been a particular influence in that area.

Want to find more about Sierra Vista? Visit the Sierra Vista travel website or contact the Visitor Center at 800-288-3861.

You can also find out about the surrounding area by visiting the Cochise County website or by requesting a free visitors guide.

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Wings Over Willcox 2010

Birders who attended this year’s Wings Over Willcox were treated to a record number of sandhill cranes in Willcox and Cochise County. Rich Glinski gave the keynote on Saturday evening and about 20 of the 45 workshops were sold out!

You can read Carol Broeder’s article “A walk on the wild side” in the Arizona Range News for a complete account. The article reports sightings of the Ruddy Ground-Dove of Mexico, a Hairy Woodpecker and a seldom-seen Greater Scaup.

One thing I thought was really cool was the Easy Birding Sampler tour. It gave Northern Cochise Nursing Home residents a chance to get out and share their knowledge of birds and the annual sandhill crane migration. They seemed to love the tour, and the leader was excited too. Unfortunately, nursing home residents can sometimes be a forgotten population, and I was impressed that the Wings Over Willcox organizers included a program for them!

This was the 17th year of the festival. Will you be there for the 18th? It’s always on the weekend of Martin Luther King Day. If you’ve always wanted to go, follow the festival on Facebook or simply check their website. Registration for the tours opens in fall, so be on the lookout!

Sandhill cranes usually stay in the area until about March, so there’s still plenty of great birding opportunities in Cochise County.

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Fun February events in Cochise County

Just added: lectures on Zapotec weaving tradition at Cochise College, Feb. 9 & 10!

Jan. 27-Feb. 24, Tombstone Association of the Arts 27th Annual Quilt Show, Tombstone

Every corner of Cochise County is represented in this voluminous display of original modern and traditional quilts of all sizes and patterns. Some are for sale, and others are family heirlooms displayed for viewing only. Visitors will be encouraged to vote for three People’s Choice Awards.

Details: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily, Jan. 27-Feb. 24 at the Tombstone Association of the Arts Gallery, 317 Allen St. in Tombstone. Admission is free. Call 520-459-7960 for more info.

Jan. 31, Cowboy Cowgirl Roundup, Benson

The Singing Wind Book Shop presents its “Cowboy/Cowgirl Round-up,” a day full of readings and music. Poets and writers will satisfy cravings for Western history and culture.

Details: 1 p.m. at the Singing Wind Bookshop. Admission is free. Call 520-586-2425 for more info.

Feb. 9 & 10, Lunch Lecture: The Zapotec Weaving Tradition, Sierra Vista & Douglas

Alex Martinez, a Zapotec weaver from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, shares his family tradition of master weaving that employs the same ancient methods of carding and spinning wool to create rugs and tapestries that their ancestors used more than 100 years ago.

Feb. 9: 12:10 – 1 p.m., at the Sierra Vista Campus, 901 North Colombo Ave., Room 313. Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning. Call 520-515-5492 for more information.

Feb. 10, 12:10 – 1 p.m., in the student union on the Douglas Campus, 4190 W. Highway 80. Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning. Call 520-417-4772 for more information.

Feb. 12-14, 18th Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry Music & Poetry Gathering, Sierra Vista

Once a year, for three days, Sierra Vista becomes the center of Western poetry, music, storytelling and song. More than 60 artists from the U.S. and Canada will converge for three stage performances and free mini-concerts on Saturday, Feb. 7. Learn the history of the Arizona Territory through song and poetry.

Details: Various free events are held throughout the weekend. Headline shows are 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 & 13 and 1 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Buena Performing Arts Center (at the high school); 5225 Buena School Dr., Sierra Vista. Admission is $6 for high school students, $16 for seniors and military and $18 for adults. See for more info or call 520-417-6960. 

Feb. 13, Chocolate Tasting, Bisbee

Serious chocoholics will melt for this fundraiser to benefit the city of Bisbee’s public library. A ticket buys you entrée to a spread of decadent chocolate desserts at Arizona’s oldest library, the Copper Queen. This is Valentines Day, after all, so pick up a to-go box of exquisite chocolates created in Bisbee kitchens to share later with your darling.

Details: 6 – 8 p.m., Feb. 13 at the Copper Queen Library, 6 Main St., Bisbee. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 520-432-4232 for more info or view the events calendar at

Feb. 13, Fairbank Days

Fairbank Days is a monthly event planned with different themes and re-enactors. Visitors can enjoy tours, exhibits and talks. This month there will be live music, art exhibits, re-enactments of “the Great Fairbank Train Robbery” and tours of the Townsite and cemetery.

Details: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 at Fairbank (on Highway 82 east of the San Pedro River between Tombstone and Whetstone). Admission is free (donations accepted). For more info, call 520-457-3062.

Feb. 27 & 28, Celebrating Quilts, Sierra Vista

The Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt Guild will hold its annual show.

Details: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28 at Buena High School, Sierra Vista.  Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Visit for more info.

February, Miniature Art Show, Willcox

Stop by the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture to admire a nationally judged show of artwork no bigger than 35 square inches. The mini show and sale, sponsored by the Art League of Willcox, features artists from all over the country.

Details: The show will be held 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat.; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sun. the entire month of Februrary at the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture’s Visitor Center, 1500 N. Circle Road in Willcox. Admission is free. Call 520-384-2272 or 520-384-5317 for more info.

Feb. 28, Current Events Symposium, Benson

The Singing Wind Bookshop will hold its annual current events symposium on wilderness preservation. Art in the Wilderness, a book published by the Sky Island Alliance Project will be featured. It is dedicated in memory of photographer Bob Van Deven, whose photographs are included. Other photographers, artists, musicians and poets are featured such as Chip Hedgecock, Diana Madaras, Richard Shelton and Charles Bowden. Some of the books artists may attend. Singing Wind will welcome Doug Scott, author of Our Wilderness: America’s Common Grounds, who is an acclaimed authority on wildlands preservation.

Details: 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Singing Wind Bookshop. Free to the public. Valet parking is available. Singing Wind is located 2-1/4 miles north of I-10 exit 304 and 1/2 mile east on Singing Wind Road. For more info, call the Singing Wind at 520-586-2425.

For ideas on places to stay or other things to do, visit the Cochise County website or the websites for the communities of Benson, Bisbee, Sierra Vista, Tombstone or Willcox.

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AZ State Parks: Kartchner Caverns, Tombstone Courthouse face budget cuts

Last year I wrote a post about Kartchner Caverns that has been popular of late.

One of the reasons?

There is such a hullabaloo in Arizona right now on the state budget, and the state legislators are considering taking funds from the State Parks budget to fill the gap.

This has prompted lots of talk about closing parks that are in rural communities. It’s a shame, really, because these parks offer recreation, history, camping and so much more. Kartchner Caverns itself is such a treasure, but it could face closing on certain days of the week.

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park has gone  from being open daily to opening only 5 days a week. It is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The economy and the state budget mess has not been kind to Arizona. Subsequently, our State Parks are nearly under siege. Funds seem to be fair game for whittling away the deficit our state lawmakers are facing (and have faced for months).

At any rate, the parks are among the highlights of Cochise County. Tombstone Courthouse has a courtroom that looks much the same as it did back in the late 1800s, and there are loads of exhibits that give you a sense of what life was like in Tombstone. I recommend a visit to the Tombstone Courthouse. It’s only a $4 entrance fee for now. Thier fees might go up to $5 soon, but it’d still be worth it!

If you haven’t been on one of Kartchner’s tours, I highly recommend you go. It is such a cool place! I went last year with my fiance and his daughter, and we had a great time! We also went to Tombstone, Fairbank ghost town (which is on BLM land next to the San Pedro River) and Sierra Vista that weekend.

You can book a tour at Kartchner by calling 520-586-2283. Find out more about the Tombstone Courthouse by visiting the Tombstone Courthouse website.

Other communities in Cochise County include Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, Sierra Vista, Tombstone and Willcox. Visit Cochise County’s Tourism website or click on any of the communities above for more information on things to do and where to stay.

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