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Smuggling — Out Wickenburg Way, Part III: When Backpacks Talk…Studying Discards at Smuggling Sites

Here is a representative sampling of the “typical” contents found in a discarded pack: One pair of jeans One black or dark pullover jacket One T-shirt or long sleeve shirt One or two changes of underwear One pair socks One or two heavy duty black oversized garbage bags Toothbrush and small toothpaste One small bar of soap Disposable razor Deodorant Comb or brush One roll toilet tissue Food items: One or more bottles of electrolyte beverage — usually unopened One loaf of Bimbo Blanco Super Pan bread — partially consumed One jar of marmalade — unopened or partially consumed One or more packages of Crackets or Saladitas saltine cracker packs One package Marias Gamesa cookies — unopened One or two cans of tuna — usually unopened One can of refried beans — usually unopened One or two pieces of fresh fruit The discarded clothes are usually soiled articles from previous days of travel that have been exchanged for fresh clothes in the pack. …

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Smuggling — Out Wickenburg Way, Part II: A Study of Smuggling Routes and Sites

There is only one known instance of a site being used for both transfer and resupply, but the removal of fresh backpacks by newly arrived groups at this and other sites makes it impossible to know how often this type of operation occurs. …

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Goodbye, Old Bridge

On December 4th, 2009 the last support column for the old north bridge was pounded into rubble, bringing to a close the life of a bridge that served Wickenburg residents and countless travelers for seventy-three years. …

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Smuggling — Out Wickenburg Way, Part I: Foreword

He confirmed the following economy flight reservations: June 15 @ 07:25 — TACA # 42 from Quito, Ecuador to Lima, Peru June 15 @ 10:30 — TACA # 40 Lima, Peru to San Salvador, El Salvador June 15 @ 19:20 — TACA #411 San Salvador to San Pedro Sula, Honduras He also booked reservations for six nights at the Hotel Villa Nuria, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula. …

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Encounters with the Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx Californianus)

Recently a fascinating event happened as I watched an often-maligned predator who stood on the patio several feet from a large yellowbell bush. Suddenly he swiveled his head towards faint chirps. Lowering his body, he dashed into the bush,, returning with a struggling sparrow-sized baby quail held by the neck in his powerful beak. He ran down a path pursued by screeching parents. To quiet his prey, the roadrunner pounded it on the gravel, then rapidly ran away with his food dangling from his beak.

A few months before, I’d seen him or another roadrunner leap into the air, catch …

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