Quote of the year: "So the temptation for people to defend
themselves is growing." Peter Harling, a Damascus-based expert
with the International Crisis Group.
By RITA DAOU, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Published: 16 Oct 2011 11:04
Lookout and trail temporarily closed
Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 8:49 am
The area around the Atascosa Lookout west of Nogales and the Atascosa
Lookout Trail from Forest Road 39 to the Atascosa Fire Lookout have
been temporarily closed.
The Coronado National Forest said the closure is meant to allow for
public safety while stabilization work is completed on structures
damaged during the Murphy Complex wildfire. The closure is in effect
until Oct. 31 or rescinded, whichever is earlier.
For more information, contact the Nogales Ranger District Office at
Note: locals will remember the family has been fighting this for a
The economy of northern Mexico lies in the drug trade: Julian LeBaron
BY: STAFF | 17-OCT-2011 16:45
Social activist Julian LeBaron said that development and economic
growth in Northern Mexico is based on the actions of the drug trade,
so that by getting money in this way have succeeded in pushing aside
another economy that sustains much of the gains in the north.
This was declared in the Government Palace, before going to the
governor, Cesar Duarte Jaquez to discuss some issues concerning
social justice, after participating in several events with Javier
"Declare war on drugs is actually declare war on the economy of
northern Mexico, because for many years has been a source of income
that has not been able to get on the other side," he said.
On the other hand, he said that the time is right for society at
large to wake up and become aware of errors being committed and find
a solution, not only government but the citizens themselves.
Note: looks like the bad guys still have run of the place.
Despite a costly fire and gunfights, the government continues to
downplay dangers in the Peck Canyon Corridor
by Leo W. Banks
Incident commander Mark South stands before a mountainside scorched
by the Murphy Fire.
The man suspected of setting a distress fire that blew out of control
and became the Murphy Complex Fire was an illegal alien from Toluca,
Mexico, and the federal government doesn't think you have a right to
know his name.
The fire began on May 30 and continued through mid-June, burning
68,000 acres, most in the Coronado National Forest north and west of
Nogales. At one point, the Murphy Fire, which merged with the
Pajarita Fire on June 5, threatened Rio Rico, as well as homes in
Aliso Springs west of Interstate 19 near Tubac.
The Tucson Weekly reported on the fire on June 30 ("Arizona
Burning"), quoting incident commander Mark South, a well-known
wildlands firefighter. The paper sought additional information
through a Freedom of Information Act request, and much of the
information we received tracks with what we already reported.
But the documents obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection
did add a few details. They state that at 2:30 p.m. on May 30, the
pilot of a Forest Service helicopter responding to a fire southeast
of Bear Grass, west of Arivaca, "observed a subject waving in an
attempt to get the pilot's attention."
South previously told the Weekly that the man admitted setting the
fire, and that Border Patrol agents on the scene believed that he'd
been traveling with a group of 10 or 12. South added that agents
pulled out several others who needed medical attention.
Border Patrol arrived and "determined the subject to be an illegal
alien and suffering the effects of dehydration." The man said he'd
been without water for two days.
The Border Patrol memos make no mention of a confession by the man
who flagged down the chopper. But they state that given his proximity
to the fire, "the subject will be held pending a possible interview
by Forest Service law enforcement officers."
The interview took place at University Physicians Hospital (Kino) the
following day, after which Forest Service officers opted not to
pursue charges. On June 2, the man was "declared fit for travel
incarceration, released from Kino Hospital and transported to the
Tucson Coordination Center for processing."
Note: by way of the SDNM??
Suspected smuggler arrested in Casa Grande
Associated Press | Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 1:35 pm | Comments
A Phoenix man has been arrested after 53 pounds of marijuana were
found in his car following a police chase.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said that a deputy on patrol Monday
morning on Interstate 8 in Casa Grande tried to pull over an
unusually slow car that was clocked at 59 mph in a 75 mph zone.
The sheriff's office says the driver pulled over, but then sped away
into the desert when the deputy approached him.
The deputy called for backup and saw the man jump out of his moving
vehicle about 100 yards away from the interstate, jump a barbed-wire
fence and continue running.
The deputy found the marijuana in the car, and backup deputies found
and arrested the man, identified as 26-year-old Jose Ernesto Garcia-
Reyes of Phoenix. He does not yet have a lawyer.
Garcia-Reyes faces charges of drug possession, transporting marijuana
for sale and unlawful flight.
SINALOA UPDATE = Sunday night body count, 6.
Note: from 100 years ago in Arizona, violation of the neutrality law.