VOL. 18  ISSUE NO. 2   |   JANUARY 11 – 17, 2012


william colemanMan who killed deputy also responsible for Sedona murders

Drew Maras is sounding eerily similar to Jared Loughner, the disturbed 23-year-old gunman charged with shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

ANTHEM – Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy William Coleman, 50, was shot and killed shortly after 4 a.m. on Sunday when he and two other deputies responded to a possible burglary in progress call in the Anthem community.  Keep reading ...

Also: "A sad day for MCSO and District VI"
A letter by Jim Van Allen, Retired MCSO Posseman  Keep reading ...


rural metro flyerRural/Metro does 180 over former objections to fire districts

‘This board can raise your property taxes for fire service as much as 8 percent a year without any vote.’

RIO VERDE – A Sahuarita resident, who asked not to be identified, contacted Sonoran News after reading the Jan. 4 front page article: “Rural/Metro pushes to form Rio Verde Fire District” and said, “Rural/Metro seems to have done a 180 on its take of fire districts” and told about Rural/Metro Fire Department’s (RMFD) campaign to keep residents in northern Sahaurita, a town in Pima County about 15 miles south of Tucson, from annexing into the Green Valley Fire District (GVFD) since April 2009.   Keep reading ...


carefree councilCarefree extends sign moratorium through December 2012

Schwan told business owners, ‘I think you need some tough love. People … want a quality community and A-frame signs are not quality.’

CAREFREE – Several business owners showed up for Tuesday’s council meeting to express their desire to continue the moratorium that allows them to use A-frame signs, which are otherwise prohibited by the town’s sign ordinance.  Keep reading ...


joe diazJoe Diaz keeps a stiff upper lip in quest for justice

Disgraced former Top Rank boxing promoter Peter McKinn’s restitution hearing continued to Feb. 24

PHOENIX – On May 5, one month, to the day, after Peter McKinn, a former Top Rank Boxing promoter, pled guilty to one count of theft, two counts of solicitation to commit perjury, as class 6 undesignated offenses, and was sentenced to five months in jail, boxing trainer Joe Diaz suffered a major heart attack.  Keep reading ...

JANUARY 11, 2012

Gov. Brewer: Federal government deals blow to Northern Arizona economy

“I am disappointed by the U.S Department of Interior’s decision today to ban uranium mining on more than 1 million acres of federal land near the Grand Canyon. This is yet another instance of the federal government engaging in excessive and unnecessary regulation, which is impeding the creation of jobs and economic growth.

“The 20-year ban comes at the expense of hundreds of high-paying jobs and approximately $10 billion worth of activity for the Arizona economy. Our state has years of experience with uranium mining in northern Arizona. Further, both the Arizona Geological Survey and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality have submitted findings that uranium mining – conducted lawfully and with proper oversight – represents a minimal environmental risk to the Grand Canyon and Colorado River.

“The Grand Canyon is a timeless treasure and Arizona’s most recognizable landmark. Nobody wants to see it harmed. But I believe that environmental protection and economic growth are not mutually exclusive. We could and should have both.”

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