The PRT Newsletter for the Week of August 23, 2023

Photo By Nisa Talavera Thirsty hummingbirds enjoying a summer bird feeder in Nogales.

Community News

New Documentary Film by Longtime PRT ‘Nature Journeys’ Columnist Vince Pinto Now Available on Vimeo

Patagonia Area Resource Alliance shares: “Fellow watchdogs and friends, you can now view the film Biodiversity in the Heart of the Sky Islands in the comfort of your own homes. Discover the rich ecology and inherent beauty of these key wild areas – including new threats to their valuable natural resources. Will generations to come have these natural treasures to enjoy or will they be carelessly squandered?”

For more on this film, which was co-directed by local filmmaker Michele Gisser and produced by PARA, click here to read Robert Gay’s review in the April issue of the PRT. For more on Vince Pinto, click here to see Marion Vendituoli’s 2019 profile in the PRT.

Tempers Flare at South32 Open House

Tempers ran high at an open house hosted by South32 at the Rio Rico High School on August 17. After repeated interruptions from audience members, Hermosa Project President Pat Risner left the stage abruptly, in spite of the fact that he tried to keep his remarks focused on the potential benefits that the Hermosa project would bring to the community. Hermosa’s parent company, South32, is developing manganese and zinc mines in the Patagonia Mountains in eastern Santa Cruz County .Click here to read more.

Bats Participation Study

In last week’s newsletter, Clare Bonelli wrote an article entitled A Drink for Our Pollinating Bats. The bats, known as the lessor long-nosed bats, are migrating between Mexico and the northern Sonoran Desert near Tucson and are in need of backyard hummingbird feeders for a much-needed drink along their route. AZ Game and Fish is looking for volunteers for a hummingbird feeder monitoring study they are conducting for these bats. Participation is easy and interesting! If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study, click here to read how to sign up.

Jaguar Critical Habitat Loses 50,000 Acres

A judge has clarified that only the 50,000 acres containing the proposed Rosemont and Copper World mine sites will be removed from a key area of federally protected jaguar habitat south of Tucson due to a recent Appeals Court ruling as first reported by the AZ Daily Star. U.S. District Judge James Soto’s ruling last week leaves another 301,000 acres of protected jaguar habitat intact on land lying south of the prospective mine sites. A May ruling from the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had raised the possibility that those lands could also be pulled out of critical habitat.

Click here for our updated list of all the locations across eastern Santa Cruz County where you can find a free copy of the latest issue of the PRT print edition. The PRT is published on the first Friday of every month (except July and September) and is available at these distribution points while supplies last.

Remember When???

The PRT has been hard at work placing online over 2,300 articles, photographs, artwork and poems from past years’ print editions. Take a walk down memory lane with this 2019 article

Grayce Left Her Mark On the Town She Loved

By John Arnold

March 2, 2018

The son of Grayce Noteboom Arnold—legendary founder of Grayce’s Gift and Candle Shop in Patagonia—recounts highlights from Grayce’s remarkable life.

Continue reading…

Submitting Community Events to the PRT

The PRT is committed to sharing details and information about upcoming community events with our readers at no-cost in our weekly e-newsletter. Due to the large number of submissions, the PRT will no longer be able to post each and every poster in our newsletter. We will share a link to your event page or poster, or a brief description of each event. Each week we will post one or two event flyers. Please share your events via email to at least one week prior to the event date. Poster submissions require a JPEG format along with a brief typed description about the event in your email. Submissions and or questions should be in email to Nisa Talavera, Assistant Editor at All submissions for the Wednesday e-newsletter must be submitted by Monday, 5pm.

New Pool Schedule

The Patagonia Pool Updates – The Pool will be closed through August 25, with a tentative re-open date of August 28, with the following schedule:

M-W-F from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with lap swimming from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Water aerobics from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Still need two, 9-1-1 volunteers just as before to cover each shift (1st shift is from 9 – 10:30, 2nd shift is from 10:30 – 12:00). We may also ask for another volunteer to help with a little cleaning if needed. There will be a need for people to sign up when reopening date is secured.

Upcoming Community Events

Aug. 25: 3pm Sonoita Library – Game and Fish will be doing a presentation at the library. Click here to view the event poster.

Sept. 2: 4pm Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. Click here to view the event poster.

Sept. 16: 4 – 8pm Fundraiser Event at Tia Nita’s Cantina for Susan G. Koman Foundation. Click here to see flyer.

Live Music and Events

Fri. Aug. 25: 9am SCPFA PRESENTS “A Magical Morning” Mini Concert – Outdoors in the Opera House Courtyard. Come and hear music performed by local talent for local audiences. MARK BERG, PAT MCNAMARA and CHRISTINA WILHELM welcome the morning with a half-hour of delightful music! The piano, flute, piccolo, melodica and percussion take center stage with a program of baroque, ragtime and modern morsels with some tangos and Dixieland classics.

Live Music at Sonoita Vineyards Aug. 26: 12 – 3pm Craft and Sip Cluster Funk Creations Aug. 26: 1 – 4pm Live music from Jeff Driscoll

Live at the Sage Stage –Autumn Sage Vineyards Aug. 26: 1 – 4pm Billy Shaw Jr. Sept. 2: 1 – 4pm Sophia Rankin and The Sound

Sep. 8: 6 – 8pm At The Patagonia Lumber Co.
FULL TILT featuring Cindy Mohr & Scott Ramsey

Mescal Movie Set – End of Summer Tour Schedule. Click here to see event information and dates.

Sept. 16: 2:30 – 4:30pm Johnny and Jack at the SCC Fair – Sonoita

Sept. 23: 5 – 10pm Movie Under the Stars: The Empire RanchNight of the LepusBring your own seating. Click here to view the event poster.

Oct. 14: 10am – 2pm – Borderlands Native Seed Collection/Walking Tour. Click here to view event poster.

Nov. 4 – 5: Empire Ranch Cowboy Festival, Sonoita. Click here to view event poster.

Local Library Events

For Monthly Events at the Sonoita Library, click here or Facebook.

For Monthly Events at the Patagonia Library, click here

Local Church Events and Schedules

Canelo Cowboy Church

St. Therese Parish in Patagonia

Sonoita Hills Church

The Vine Church Sonoita

Patagonia United Methodist Church

Sonoita Bible Church

Community School Information

Click here to see the online store of Patagonia LOBO merchandise. A portion of all sales go to support student athletes.

Homework Tutors Wanted – Click here to read more about this paid job opportunity for HS seniors.

Sept. 5: 5pm Elgin School Board Meeting at the school conference room.

Childfind Screenings available. Click here to view the event poster.

Community Interest Items

Friends and family members of Patagonia HS students! Volunteers needed for working the concession stand. Spots available for both student and adult volunteers. Click here to sign up.

August 26: 9am-3pm – Patagonia Community UMC and St. Therese de Lisieux Catholic Church are teaming up for the next American Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, August 26, from 9am-3pm at the St. Therese Social Hall, 262 Sonoita Ave, Patagonia. The U.S. is currently experiencing a CRITICAL blood shortage, which means it’s more difficult to provide lifesaving blood to those who need it, including those affected by natural disasters such as the recent fires in Hawaii. YOU can help us reach our goal of 46 donors! To sign up, please visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins on the day of the drive are also welcome. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of blood recipients in Arizona and beyond!

8:00a.m. – Every Sunday Community Family Bike Ride. Meet in front of the Patagonia Lumberyard.

Mariposa Youth Community Center is offering virtual and in-person options for help with mental health. Psychiatry and therapy for adults and children 6 and up is available. Click here to view the event poster.

Are you interested in learning more about the Empire Ranch and sharing your knowledge with visitors to the Empire Ranch? Empire Ranch Foundation Docent Training Class on Saturday, Sept. 16: 9 – 2:30 pm.
If you’re interested in participating as a docent, please let us know by Sept. 1. You can register by clicking here or by contacting Alison Bunting at The Empire Ranch Foundation is now accepting applications for volunteer photographers to help document the upcoming 2023 Empire Ranch Cowboy Festival. Click here for the application link.

The Hidden Problem – A Note from the Family Health Care Amigos
Many of you who are new to the community do not know about our non-profit. Though we started our current services in 2016, our organization has been helping residents since 1976. Click here to read the entire message.

Join the Santa Cruz County Democrats for enlightening talks every 3rd Friday of each month 12 – 1pm Sept 15: Molly Anderson, MD on what is routine preventive health care for adults and how to get it. Full details and the Nogales location will be provided with your RSVP to:
A donation of $20.24 covers the talk and a lunch provided by the Santa Cruz Training Program. THIS EVENT IS FREE TO SUSTAINING MONTHLY DONORS TO THE SANTA CRUZ DEMOCRATIC PARTY Join Cochise and Santa Cruz County Democrats from 3 – 5 pm the 4th Thursday of each month at Dos Cabezas for wine and pizza and guest speakers.

The Santa Cruz Office of Emergency Management and Public Works Division is providing sand and sandbags (Bring your own shovel) at the following locations: Patagonia Fire Station 142 N 3rd Ave – Sonoita Elgin Fire District 3173 AZ-83.

Dr. Parker, Veterinarian, will be taking appointments for August 25 at the fairgrounds.

Community Employment Opportunities

Accounting Clerk Employment Opportunity. Click here to view position details.

Water Operator I Employment Opportunity. Click here to view position details.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Employment Opportunity Communications Officers
Under general supervision, answers emergency 9-1-1 and non-emergency telephone lines, determines the nature and urgency of the call, refers to appropriate agency or dispatches appropriate police, fire, and medical personnel and equipment; records time and nature of call as well as time and nature of response; directs concerns or calls for service to proper channels, including other law enforcement agencies to confirm or locate stolen vehicles, missing persons, and wanted persons; performs registration and driver’s license checks. Apply now at or call – (520) 761-7869

Part Time Employment Opportunity Sonoita-Elgin Fire seeks a dynamic individual to become our next Administrative Assistant.
Reporting to the Fire Chief, this position supports the entire department through excellent organization and communication skills. The position requires 30 hours a week and days worked are flexible. Pay Rate- $15.15/hour
Annual Clothing Allowance of $300 Paid Sick Leave – Paid prorated PTO Core job functions include, answering and resolving incoming calls, verification of employment eligibility for new members, data entry for key databases (ambulance billing, retirement system, payroll). Working with our contracted bookkeeping service, processing incoming and outgoing revenue and payments due. Processing all incoming mail. To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume to Fire Chief Meredith. Interviews scheduled for late July.

Patagonia High School is currently recruiting a High School Soccer Coach. Interested individuals can contact Nate Porter at the school for details.

Prioress Abbey is looking to hire baking staff. Position is Monday thru Friday assisting with the manufacturing of Communion Hosts. Two days per week baking and three days processing the hosts. Must be able to lift 50 lb. bags of flour. This position is working with the Abbey staff completing the production process. Contact Sister Rita for further details. 520-455-0481.

SCFPA Presents “Zoom Bachs”- Body Moves to Classics – designed to experience and enjoy classical music with movement. Sessions are offered in the courtyard at the center on Thursdays – 8:30a.m. Contact for questions – Click here to view event poster.

Community Farmers Market Schedule

Patagonia Farmers and Crafts Market -Thursdays 9am-12pm by Red Mountain Foods. Sonoita Farmers Market – Saturday Mornings 9am-12pm at the Sonoita Post Office parking lot (NW corner of Hwy 82/83)   Sierra Vista Farmers Market – Thursday 10am-2pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Click here for more info. Nogales “Little” Mercado – Fridays 4-7pm 163 Morley Ave, Nogales. Click here for more info.

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