Santa Cruz Named National Heritage Area

Eastern Santa Cruz is now part of the Santa Cruz National Heritage Area, newly designated by Congress in February and signed into law on March 12, 2019. There are 54 other Heritage areas in 32 states. 

Gary Nabhan, a Patagonia resident, is a board member of the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance that helped passed this legislation through.

Nabhan wrote that Santa Cruz residents live in a “3300 square mile landscape that was nationally recognized for its distinctive natural, historical and multi-cultural heritage.”

Stories We Are Following

In the next issue of the Patagonia Regional Times, we will be bringing you an update on the fate of the Patagonia Pool, the effects of light pollution in Santa Cruz County, a report on South32’s application for a use permit, efforts to restore public access to Forest Service lands, and much more. Look for the May PRT in our new, beautiful news boxes painted by talented local artists. These boxes were generously donated to us by the Arizona Daily Star.

Lending Shed Rummage Sale

It’s that time of year again! The Lending Shed, sponsored by Family Health Care Amigos, will be having their second annual rummage sale in the park during Earth Day festivities Friday and Saturday before Easter April 19 and 20. Please donate any gently used items including household items, small furniture, or collectibles you are ready to let go of to the 

Patagonia Park either the morning of April 19, or call Don at 297-7065 to donate items before the weekend of the sale. Remember, The Lending Shed is your non-profit community partner providing durable medical equipment and adult incontinent supplies free of charge to residents in Elgin, Sonoita, and Patagonia.

The Patagonia Regional Business Coalition will be doing a hazardous waste collection during the Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 20, 2019 by Doc Mock Park across from the Wagon Wheel from 8a.m. – 12p.m. 

There will be NO Town Clean up this year. The PRBC has requested the Town of Patagonia have a FREE dump day for residents of Patagonia in lieu of the town clean up. The dump will be open Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 7a.m. – 1p.m. 

Photo by Cheryl Rogos

Over 250 enthusiastic guests attended the Empire Ranch Foundation Milestone Celebration on March 23 to commemorate the stabilization and preservation work on the historic 1876 Empire Ranch House. (From left) Steve Christy, Pima County Supervisor; Faith Boice, President, Empire Ranch Foundation; Jayme Lopez, BLM Tucson Field Office Manager; Jim Kolbe, former U.S. Representative Az; Dean Bibles, former BLM State Director Az., Or., and Wa. 

PUHS students volunteered to clean up the Patagonia Cemetery. (From left) Lizzy Urias, Amaris Ochoa, Janelle Valenzuela, Brianna Young, 
Hannah Young, Jesus Vasquez. Julian Vasquez, John Hubbell, Ralphie Quiroz, Dylan Jacob, Carolina Quiroz, Amanda Zamudio. Photo by Cynie Murray

On Friday, March 15, the Ag Students from PUHS, along with a few middle school students, provided a community service by cleaning up at the Patagonia Cemetery. Murphy Musick joined in and supplied new flags to replace the worn flags on Veterans’ graves. This community service has become a tradition, one we hope will continue through the years.