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A Fatal Combination

John Wayne is famously credited for having said “Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.” I was reminded of this quotation while doing some research on mining fatalities in Arizona’s Territorial days and the years following Statehood. As many folks know, the Vulture Mine was the richest gold strike in the state’s history, and it put Wickenburg on the map in 1863. Mining is a dangerous business of course, and it remained so in spite of continued efforts to impose tougher mining codes. Two accidents at the Vulture Mine illustrate why the combination of “stupid” and “mining” are …

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Water Under the [New] Bridge

I was out and about today with my Flip Video camera, shooting video of the Hassayampa and other places after yesterday’s heavy rainfall. While not exactly at flood stage, the river is flowing pretty good, making crossings at Rincon Road impassable.

I thought I’d share this footage with site visitors.

If you have photographs of the flooding, please use the Contact Us link to send it to us. Be sure to include your name and a caption.

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Wickenburg Dark Sky Advocates

The Wickenburg Dark Sky Advocates is a political action committee, registered with the Town Clerk of the Town of Wickenburg, created to advocate for and support the Town of Wickenburg’s enactment of a Dark Sky Ordinance.

What is a Dark Sky Ordinance?

Dark Sky Ordinances are enacted to protect a community’s night skies from light pollution or urban glow which interferes with being able to see, at night, the starry beauty of deep, dark night skies.

Dark Sky Ordinances typically provide that outdoor lights, at night, should shine downward. Other typical provisions:

Lights should be turned off when not necessary. …

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Pardon Our Appearance

If you’re a regular wickenburg-az.com visitor, you may notice something different: the entire appearance of this Web site. After putting it off for nearly two years, I’ve finally gotten around to updating the site’s software. And, as part of that process, I’ve introduced a new theme that will determine the appearance of the site.

Over the next few weeks, the site will be completely reworked in a new format. Although all content should be accessible during this time, you may get the occasional error messages while accessing features. Please feel free to post a comment on this post to share …

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