January 27, 2014: Our next Palominas Tea Party potluck, held at 7:00 p.m., at the Church of Palominas community room, will have Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels in attendance as guest speaker. The public is invited to attend–and if you can’t think what to bring along for the potluck (or the grocery budget just won’t stretch that far this month), don’t sweat the small stuff; there’s always plenty to eat.
In fact, I’m hoping we can tempt the Sheriff a bit this time around. The last time I happened to sit across the table from Mark during one of these events, he didn’t do much more than nibble a bit. The man is definitely self disciplined.
He’s also a very solid speaker, and there are a number of issues it would be good to see him address. For example, there’s been a recent escalation of violence in the border town of Agua Prieta, right across the line from Douglas, Arizona. As borderland.com reported on January 19, 2014:
Sonora has experienced an explosion of violence since the end of December when Macho Prieto of the Sinaloa Cartel was killed in a violent shootout with police in the city of Rocky Point, especially in the border city of Agua Prieta. Multiple fierce harsh shootouts have occurred, including 3 in the past week in an apparent struggle of the plaza.
There are plenty of rumors circulating about a split in the Sinaloa cartel ranks being the source of all this, but for most of us civilians at this point, that’s just what they are: Rumors. The Sheriff will have the straight scoop on that, no doubt about it, and no doubt he’ll be asked questions on that front as well as others.
There will also be copies of the Palominas Press available for anyone who wants them. If you’re a Cochise County resident, you might want to stop in on Monday evening long enough to pick up one or more of those. The Press has some important info to impart, including updates on the latest shenanigans by the Cochise County Planning & Zoning board. The board has already submitted a new batch of intrusive restrictions to the County Board of Supervisors. If approved (and, barring a miracle or a lightning fast grass roots rebellion, they will be), the new regs will get you sooner or later.
For example, quoting from the Palominas Press:
What will you live with?
All new construction will require air conditioning as the main cooling; swamp coolers will only be used as secondary cooling. All ‘points of entry’ for water (faucets, showers, etc.) must have on demand hot water regulators. These are just a few of the intrusive regulations we will live with. These will also apply to any remodeling over $1,000.
Sounds like fun, eh?
At any rate, I figure to dust off my camcorder and tune it up for Monday evening–but don’t let that scare you away from attending the potluck. I won’t be aiming the beast at the audience, just filming the talk by Sheriff Dannels and then either publishing that in a new post or updating this one.
It’s 2014, and if nothing else, that means it’s time to start paying attention to who might be running for what in this midterm election year. Who knows? We might even learn a little something about that during the side conversations that inevitably abound during these functions. Even if that doesn’t happen, though, Sheriff Dannels is bound to provide a few insights into both criminal and political activity in Cochise County that you just won’t get anywhere else.