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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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Concern about September 2 Elections

I am very concerned about the Sept. 2nd Wickenburg Town Council and Mayoral election. I am concerned that my fellow citizens will avoid becoming involved in this very important contest.

I firmly believe that a strong Chamber of Commerce is not only beneficial to Wickenburg, but is very important to the careful future expansion of our town. But, when is the Chamber doing its job and when is it overly extending its boundaries and becoming too controlling? The Chamber has been way too involved in this election, in my humble opinion.

The Chamber receives a very healthy amount of money …

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Town Council Retreat an Excercise in Futility for Townspeople?

Webmaster Note: We’re reprinting this letter to the editor by Jim Ferman as a service to the community, particularly for those residents and visitors who do not read The Wickenburg Sun, where it originally appeared. This reprint is with the permission of the author. – Maria

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to Councilman John Zerby’s Feb. 28th letter to the editor, in which he states that none of the “Loud Minority” was in attendance at the recent Town Council Retreat. I, for one, was out of town working and was unable to attend. Of all people, Mr. Zerby …

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Smart Voters Recognized by Developer in Newspaper Ad

I heard through the grapevine that Hermosa Ranch developer Jerry Diddy published a list of all 336 people who signed the petition circulated by Committee to Stop Irresponsible Development volunteers in December, along with a list of the volunteers. These are people who were smart enough to realize that a housing development at the end of Wickenburg Municipal Airport’s recently lengthened runway is just plain stupid.

I have no idea why Mr. Diddy spent his money to place such an ad. If his goal was intimidation, I think he failed miserably. The people who signed the petition were glad — …

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