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Airport Park in Douglas officially tobacco free

Alex Boneo, left, stands with Youth Health Coalition members and fellow adviser Jesus Duarte, far right.

Alex Boneo, left, stands with Youth Health Coalition members and fellow adviser Jesus Duarte, far right.

By Jasmine Lopez

DOUGLAS — On Feb. 11, the mayor of Douglas and the city council approved the final reading of ordinance 14-1047, which makes Airport Park the first tobacco-free park in the community.

The Cochise County Youth Health Coalition, a state-funded program run by adviser Jesus Duarte and Alex Boneo, had been pushing this project since November 2014. Once the final reading was approved by Mayor Danny Ortega and all six council members, the mayor called Duarte to the podium to make a short speech.

“Thank you mayor and council for taking action on our presentation and approving the Airport Park in becoming tobacco free,” he said. “Most importantly, thank you for allowing the voices of the youth to be heard and acknowledged and that they do matter in Douglas.” Continue Reading »

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Namuo discusses the future of ‘resilient’ community colleges

By Gavin Hungerford

SIERRA VISTA — Dr. Clyne Namuo delivered a speech at Cochise College on Wednesday, Feb. 11 about the importance of community college and future that lies ahead. He also discussed the troubles community colleges are facing.

Namuo, a teacher at Cochise College and author of “Community College Strategy,” shared some of his doctoral research about how community colleges have managed fiscal constraint. He explained that community colleges in Arizona get their money from property taxes, tuition fees, and state allocations — a “three-legged stool” — and these colleges rely heavily on slowly reducing state allocations.

“So a few years ago, specifically I’d say three or four years ago, the state of Arizona reduced their allocation to community colleges by 50 percent,” Namuo said. “So one of the three legs of the stool was cut in half.” Continue Reading »

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Students, community members enjoy ‘Mandela’ during Multicultural Film Series

By Tess Sims

SIERRA VISTA — On Feb. 11, Cochise College offered free screenings of the film “Mandela” at the Sierra Vista Campus as part of its annual Multicultural Film Series.

The film was presented to honor Black History month this February and instill appreciation for African-American culture. The movie is a “biographical film of the civil rights activist Nelson Mandela,” according to the event’s flier. The film was also shown Feb. 12 in Douglas and Feb. 13 in Bisbee.

“We try to show films from different cultures,” said Tanya Biami, coordinator of the Multicultural Film Series. “For instance, for Hispanic heritage, we showed a film about Cesar Chavez, and we even had his personal photographer come in and she showed her photo album — that was really neat. In November, we showed Smoke Signals for Native American heritage.” Continue Reading »

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Taste the ‘Sweet Treats and Swingin’ Sounds’ Concert

By Terese Ellis

SIERRA VISTA – Tickets are now on sale for the Sierra Vista Community Chorus’ “Sweet Treats & Swingin’ Sounds” concert to be presented on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at the Ethel Berger Center.

There will be two concerts on Saturday, one at 2 p.m. and one at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, there will be an afternoon concert at 2 p.m. Enjoy luscious, homemade desserts and a beverage while the soloists and ensembles of SVCC play a full-length musical revue for only $8 per person. This year’s theme is “Here’s to the Losers…Songs That Didn’t Win An Oscar.”

Each ticket includes three luscious desserts from an array of baked goodies home made by chorus members who lovingly prepare their individual specialties, said Harry Walther, the Chorus General Manager. Continue Reading »

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Make reservations for special Valentine’s Day dinner at The Grille

By Tess Sims

SIERRA VISTA — Pueblo Del Sol Country Club’s restaurant, The Grille, will be hosting a five-course gourmet dinner experience open to the public on Valentine’s Day.

Reservations are available for dinner between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. at $45 per person. The deadline to reserve a table is Feb. 10. Pueblo Del Sol and The Grille are located at 2770 Saint Andrews Dr. Wine is included with each of the five courses and vegetarian options are available. Dinner will be served in the grill, the foyer, and in the ballroom, each with a full view of the 18-hole golf course.

“They will be giving each lady a rose,” said Priscilla Vilhauer, who works in the club’s member services. “The lighting will be very subdued and romantic; we eat with our eyes.” Continue Reading »

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‘Mandela’ film screenings honor Black History Month

By Gavin Hungerford

SIERRA VISTA — The Cochise College Arts/ Humanities department, in association with the City of Sierra Vista’s Commission on Cultural Diversity and Arts & Humanities Commission, have teamed up to provide a way for the community to come together in celebrating Black History Month.

Cochise College is offering free showing of the film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” at three locations on three separate days in February.

On Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. the Sierra Vista Campus will initiate the event with the showing of the movie in room 900. On Thursday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. the Douglas Campus will have its showing in the Little Theatre, followed by the Bisbee Central School Project at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Continue Reading »

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Spring Literary Guild discussions feature dystopian books

The Cochise College Literary Guild club for readers and lovers of books has announced its spring 2015 schedule of book discussions.

This semester’s theme is dystopia:

Book discussion participants can buy these books at the college’s bookstore, check them out from the library, or download them to an e-reader device.

Literary Guild is free and open to all students and members of the community. Discussions are from 11 a.m. to noon in the Horace Steele Room in the library building of the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch.

For more information, contact Mary B. Coyle at (520) 515-5499 or coylem@cochise.edu.

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