Greenlee Clarion logo competition

With the Greenlee Clarion going into its fourth year of publication, it’s time for a logo, and that could be an opportunity for local artists.
This month there is an opportunity to win as much as $250 by designing a logo for this publication.
Deadline for submission is now Jan. 20, 2017.

Below are the rules. Be sure to read all three parts.

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Clifton Council Corner: Christmas safety tips

By Mayor Felix Callicotte


“I represent the Town of Clifton first and foremost. I will fight against anything that is not in the best interests of the citizens of Clifton because that is my job. Each and every day I try to improve the quality of life of those who have entrusted me with this position.”

Christmas Holiday Safety:

The Christmas season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors.

At Home

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.

  • When leaving home have a family member or neighbor watch your house. Notify the Clifton Police Department if you are planning an extended absence. They will perform a security patrol for your home.

  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.

  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.

  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and/or doors of your home.

  • When using lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.

  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it fresh and green.
  • Be sure your Christmas tree is in a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.

Safe Online Shopping

Use Familiar Web Sites: Start at a trusted site rather than shopping with a search engine. Search results can get rigged to lead you astray, especially when you drift past the first few pages of links.

Look for the Lock: The URL for the site will start with HTTPS:// ~ Never ever buy anything online using your credit card from a site that doesn’t have SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption installed.

• Do Not Tell All: No online shopping store is going to need your social security number or your birthday to do business.

Protect Your Computer: You need to protect against malware, Trojan horses with regular updates to your anti-virus program.

• Use Strong Passwords: Be sure to utilize uncrackable passwords. Use a mixture of capital letters, lower case letters, numerals and special characters. It is very important to have a strong password when banking and shopping on line.

Privatize Your Wi-Fi: Only use the wireless connection if you access the Web over a virtual private network (VPN) connection. It is not a good time to try out a hotspot you are unfamiliar with. Stick to the known networks, even if they are free, like those found at Starbucks.

What’s Too Good to Be True ~ Is usually True: Those “Offers” can come via social media. Beware even of your friends, who might innocently forward such an offer. Skepticism goes a long way toward saving you from a stolen card number or identity theft.

Shopping Awareness

  • Go shopping with a friend. There is safety in numbers.
  • Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Purses hanging down by your side become an attractive target. A fanny pack can be used instead of a purse. Keep wallets in a front or inside pocket.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card, when possible.

  • When arriving at your intended destination, where do you park? If possible, you should park in a location that is highly visible, close to an entrance, and in an area that is well-lit after dark.

  • When leaving your vehicle, always make sure it is completely secured.

  • When returning to your vehicle, check the area for people that seem to be loitering. If someone or something does not seem right or is suspicious, do not go to your vehicle. Return to the business and request they contact law enforcement to check the area.

  • Place packages inside the trunk. If this is not possible, place them on the floorboard and cover them. Never leave packages inside the passenger compartment of your vehicle that are visible to people walking by. If it catches your eye, it will also catch a potential thief’s eye.

  • Look inside your car and around it as you approach and before entering. This process takes only a couple of seconds. Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach. If attacked those keys can be used as a defensive tool.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a bank, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.

  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you. Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location

Pet Safety

  • Aromatic Candles or potpourri may kill pet birds which have sensitive respiratory systems. Candles are also a fire hazard.

  • Poinsettias are unlikely to kill a pet, though they are not exactly healthy eating. Fresh lilies can be lethal. Keep these plants out of reach of your pets.

  • Chocolate and nuts might make pets sick, especially chocolate. Macadamia nuts can make dogs sick and even cause temporary paralysis.

  • Kittens and cats love shiny baubles and tend to eat tinsel or ribbon. Dangling ornaments are also tempting toys. Make sure your tree is solidly anchored to prevent tipping.

Crime Prevention Watch:

CALL THE CLIFTON POLICE DEPARTMENT or the GREENLEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE to report any SUSPICIOUS activity at the following telephone numbers:

Clifton Police Department: Emergency 911, 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566

Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office: Emergency 911, or 928-865-4149

You can be the eyes of your neighborhood and remember you can always remain anonymous!

“Apathy” is commonly known as: That is the way it has always been done,

I don’t know and I don’t care ~ Apathy is only an excuse for non-action.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

Expand your horizons

By Philip Ronnerud

Greenlee County has a perceived shortage of “temporary” or “short-term” housing. When planning events, the question often rises about housing visitors.

During a recent poll the Tourist Council found 30 RV Parks in the county. The Council believes that there is demand for temporary housing and more means to supplying the demand needs to be developed. Although some of the RV Parks have few amenities, they have great locations from which to visit other areas and rents reflect the amenities.

Many parks have no tenants most of the time (but will fill up when a big project is built at the mine.) There are 3 or 4 hotels in the County and several bed and breakfast establishments. What is not generally known is how to contact the owners.

In their homes, many people have sleeping rooms that are not used. Websites have developed (such as Airbnb) that will list the rooms and take care of most of the paperwork and payments for you. Some of the sites also “prescreen” the applicants. Have a side business, provide a bed and bath and can get to know some interesting people.

When you have guests or someone that need short-term housing, where do you send them? Do you let your friends or acquaintances that spend a part of winter in Arizona know that this is great place to stay? Tell them that places to part RV’s are available here and then provide them the contact list.

Greenlee County is less that an hour from Lordsburg and I-10. While not widely known, US 70 has a steady stream of winter visitor seeking a less-traveled route. If you have an opportunity, let your friends and relatives know of the opportunities for staying in Greenlee County.

Stay safe on the road

We all know that the amount of traffic that currently traverses through Clifton on any given day at times can be mind boggling. To that extent all drivers who happen to be caught in traffic that seems to be never ending the below traffic safety tips will help you to avoid a traffic mishap and keep you and your passengers safe.
Though these may seem like common sense to you, Arizona traffic rules and laws exist for a reason. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, so do not take any unnecessary risks.

1. Make the smart choice ~ Don’t Drink and Drive: Drive only when you are fully alert. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in Arizona while your ability to do so is impaired by alcohol. Specifically, you may not drive when your blood alcohol level is at or over .08 nor you are not to drive if your ability is impaired by drugs.
2. Use seat belts: The impact from a collision at 30 miles per hour, when not restrained by a seat belt, is the same as falling from a three-story building. Seat belts save lives when worn properly; they prevent you from being thrown around the inside of a crashing vehicle or, worse, thrown completely out of the vehicle. You and your passengers have a greater chance of surviving if you are wearing your seat belt. Make sure everyone including children are buckled in.
3. Avoid Distractions: “Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.” Drive alert with both hands on the steering wheel. When you are behind the wheel you need to focus on just

one job, driving the vehicle. Cellphone talk/texting causes distractions. Eating/drinking, applying

makeup/shaving or interaction among passengers also diverts a driver's attention in potentially

deadly ways. Do not text and drive … pull over to talk if you are using a cellular phone.

4. Tailgating: A general rule of thumb is there should be at least a three second space between you

and the other vehicle. When traveling at night or inclement weather, leave even more space open

between yourself and the other car. When stopping make sure that you can see the entire rear

wheels of the car in front of you. This will prevent the typical rear-ender/chain reaction type of

collision; Driving too close is not only rude, but it can make the person in front of you anxious and/or


5. Obey the speed limits: Remember as your speed increases so does your braking distance. If you

double your speed, you quadruple your braking distance. Slow down when road and weather

conditions are poor. Always follow posted speed limits; do not exceed them.

6. Changing Lanes: Always use caution when changing lanes. Cutting in front of someone, changing

lanes too fast or not using your signals may cause an accident or upset other drivers. Remember

that lanes go according to speed. The furthest left lane is the "fast lane," and the furthest right lane

is the "slow lane." Therefore, if cars are passing you on the right, you should move over to the right

and allow cars to pass on the left. By the same token, you should always pass on the left, not on

the right.

7. Watch Out for the Other Guy: Expect the other drivers to make the mistakes. Driving prepared

requires awareness, make sure you check your mirrors and keep an eye on side streets so you will

know which other cars are around you and how they are driving. Do not focus only on the road in

front of your car — look ahead so you are aware what is happening 50 to 100 yards up the road.

8. Reduce your risks: Practice courtesy at all times. Don't cut people off or make sudden stops or

lane changes. Obey traffic control devices. A STOP SIGN means come to a COMPLETE STOP. Be

cautious when approaching intersections. A yellow light means clear the intersection – DO NOT try

to beat the RED LIGHT. Make yourself visible. Day or night, always turn your headlights on, use

your running lights, and make sure your tail lights are working. Use your signal lights so others on

the road know what you are going to do. Do not Tailgate.

9. Share the road: When an emergency vehicle is flashing its lights/sounding its siren, all other cars

must yield the right of way, and move closely over to the right as far as possible, until the

emergency vehicle(s) have passed. Understand the Right of Way: If you approach an intersection

and there are other cars there before you, you must allow them to go first. When two drivers on

opposite sides of the intersection reach it simultaneously, a driver that is turning left has to yield to

the car that is either going straight or turning right. A driver must yield to pedestrians using

crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked. Be cautious of school buses, cyclists, motorcyclists,

pedestrians and the Big Horn Sheep. Always be on the lookout for and yield to these vulnerable

road users.

10. Have your vehicle serviced regularly: A well-maintained vehicle is a safe vehicle.

Clifton Town Council Mission:

The mission of your Clifton Town Council is to protect the quality of life for

all Clifton residents, preserve our town’s heritage, community services and

promote transparent and responsive city government through organized

support. Our goal is to guarantee these values by insuring our residents

have a seat at policy and budget formulation.

"Law enforcement officers are never 'off duty.' They are dedicated public servants

who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place when the peace is

threatened. They need all the help that they can get.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

Clifton Council Corner: Halloween safety tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Everyone wants a safe and happy Halloween their children, themselves and their guests. Following the below safety tips and using some common sense will help you and your children make the most of Halloween, keeping it as enjoyable for you as it is for your children. Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a safe one.

Simple Safety Precautions:

1. Make sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant. All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.

2. Use caution when crossing streets. Cross streets at corners and watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Halloween poses special risks to pedestrians. Pay attention to your surroundings.

3. Make sure you and your children wear light or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or glow stick during the evening dark hours.

4. Make sure your children are able to see and breathe properly and easily when using facial masks.

5. Make sure you, a TRUSTED ADULT, or an older child; accompany younger children when “Trick or Treating.” A trusted adult is a person that parents/guardians have come to rely on and with whom they and their children feel comfortable.

6. Children should always stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.

7. Approach homes that are well-lit both inside and outside.

8. Become familiar with each home your child visits and the people who are providing Halloween treats to your children.

9. Parents should inspect all candy before it is eaten. Only eat treats that are in their original, unopened wrappers.

10. Children should NEVER approach a vehicle even if it appears no one is inside the vehicle.

11. Remind your children to stay alert for any suspicious activities and report anything that is unusual to you and/or law enforcement.

12. Remind your children if anyone tries to grab them to draw attention to themselves and loudly yell “This person is trying to take me,” or “This person is not my father or mother.” Instruct your children to make every effort to escape by walking, running, or pulling away; yelling; kicking; attracting attention; and/or otherwise resisting.

13. Vandalism is never cool. Graffiti, throwing eggs or shaving cream at houses and/or cars is a crime and will be prosecuted as such.

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Help protect trick-or-treaters by following the below driving safety tips on Halloween. Be especially careful between 5:30pm and 8pm, when most young “Trick or Treaters” are out and about.

  • Drive slowly, and do not pass stopped vehicles.

  • Park your cell phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you have stopped to call, text, or surf.

  • Watch for children darting into the street. Children can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian accidents happen at spots other than intersections.

  • Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they do not see your vehicle approaching or do not know when to safely cross the street.

  • Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals and if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up children, turn on your hazard lights.

Clifton Police Department Haunted House

Halloween is fun for people of all ages! The Clifton Police Department will be hosting their annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House. The Carnival opens Friday October 28th from 10am to 6pm and the Haunted House opens Saturday October 29th from 7pm to 10pm. All festivities will be held at the historical Clifton Train Depot. Ghouls, Ghosts, and Goblins will rule the night! Can you survive the terror?

Crime Prevention Watch:

To report any SUSPICIOUS activity CALL the below telephone Numbers:

Clifton Police Department: Emergency 911, 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566

Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office: Emergency 911, or 928-865-4149

Remember you can always remain anonymous!

“After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

Girl Scout tree project

Hello, we are Nikki Bennette and Lailah Arteche and we are from Girl Scout Troop 1573 in Morenci. We think that trees are important. They give us oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide, plus they make everything look nicer. These are the reasons why we have decided as a Troop to plant trees in Greenlee County and make the world a better place by donating some of our cookie profits each year.
Last spring, Natalie Sterr earned her Bronze Award by planting three trees in Loma Linda park. This spring, we checked on those trees and saw that only one of them was connected to the sprinkler system. That tree was doing much better than the others, so we decided that our Bronze Award project this year would be installing irrigation lines between the three trees so they all receive an equal amount of water. We also decided to name them Greenie, Oliver and Pom Pom.
Two other girls in our Troop helped as well, Gracie Murillo and Avery Wilson. These two girls came with us as we met with Akos Kovach from Greenlee County Economic Development and discussed our concerns about our trees. Mr. Kovach said that he could put us in touch with the individuals in the County who could help us the most.
Tony Hines from Greenlee County Public Works then got a hold of us, through our Troop Leader Julie Sterr, and we scheduled a time when he and his crew would be using a backhoe to dig the ditch to bury the irrigation line running from Greenie to Oliver and then on to Pom Pom. Mr. Hines then wrote up a bill for parts and we offered as a Troop to pay for labor as well. The bill was about $100. Usually we would donate more locally, up to 10% of our cookie profits, but this year, we also donated some of that money to a new building for our Council in Tucson. Our Troop Leader also reminded us that $100 was how much the older girls (Juniors and Cadettes) spent on trips to Starbucks this year, so we thought it was important to help the County too with our money.
We presented a check to the Board of Supervisors on July 5, during their monthly meeting. We had our picture taken with the Board and our Troop Leader, and it was published in the local newspaper. Later, Ms. Sterr received a phone call saying that the Board would install plaques near our trees, listing their names. This thought this was very nice of them to do.
We had some problems we had to overcome with this project. We didn’t sell all our cookies by the end of cookie season, so we still had to sell them in May and June, to make sure we had the funds necessary to cover our Bronze Award project. We use our leadership skills to figure out how to fix this problem, by having a Girl-to-Gether and making promises to finish all sales by the end of June.
We have shown how important the Promise and the Law are, by using resources wisely and making the world a better place. We also were friendly and helpful and this means that we respect ourselves and others.

Clifton Council Corner: Trash cans, revisited

We all have them, and we can’t escape them: The black trash containers that create a less-than-welcome blot on your home and town’s landscape. There’s just no getting around it—you can’t make them pretty.

Clifton residents could find themselves being fined for putting their garbage cans out too early or leaving them out too long. Town officials continue to receive complaints about containers left on the town’s sidewalks and streets. During the November 15, 2012 council meeting it was approved by the Town Council to change the ordinance from a criminal offense to a civil offense. This ordinance change was to charge the violator(s) as a civil offense and designed to add a measure of safety for the town’s residents who would no longer need to dodge trash containers while walking on the town’s sidewalks or driving on the town’s streets.

When a complaint concerning a trash container is received, the homeowner or business will first be contacted by the town’s code enforcement officer and if no action is taken, a letter will be sent educating them about the ordinance provisions with a request for voluntary compliance. Those who ignore notifications and fail to remove their trash containers from town sidewalks and streets can be cited and fined. As outlined in Ordinance 03-2012, convictions for violations could carry an incarceration of 6 months in jail and/or a fine of $2,500. This is not meant to catch those who are a few minutes or hours late in removing their containers, but to discourage leaving the trash containers on the sidewalk or at the curb for extended periods of time. Unattended containers are a safety hazard especially during the dark hours. Citations will be issued to those chronic abusers who fail to remove their trash container from the town’s sidewalks and curbs.

As a side note: The trash container is your responsibility. If it is damaged or becomes unusable due to abuse the replacement cost lies with the homeowner.

Fall Fire Hazards

The recent summer rains that turned the hillsides green with rapid growth of vegetation in and around Greenlee County and the Clifton/Morenci areas will soon become a dry fire hazard. Weather conditions such as the cooling fall winds quickly remove the moisture content of all the growing vegetation around our homes.

While fall weather may make you think of crackling fires and warm, gooey cookies, it is also the time of year when you should be address the home fire hazards that could put you and your family members in danger.

For providing fire protection around your home, please follow the below guidelines:

  • Keep your property free of accumulated combustibles such as trash, dried vegetation and cuttings.

  • Maintain trees and shrubs making sure they are trimmed away from buildings and are free of all dead wood, dry leaves, etc.

  • Remove dead leaves and pine needles from roofs and rain gutters.

  • Portable space heaters: Heaters should have automatic shut-offs when tipped and be at least three feet away from anything that is flammable, such as furniture, bedding and curtains. Do not leave heaters unattended, especially if you have young children or pets.

  • Fireplaces: Always have a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room or onto your children. Burn ONLY dry, seasoned wood and NEVER burn trash, cardboard or holiday trees.

  • Stoves and ovens: Never use the top burners or oven to heat your home. Teach children to stay away from hot surfaces. If you make holiday cookies with your child, do so at a table or countertop away from the stove.

  • Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors should be installed on every level of the home and inside all bedrooms. They should be tested every six months, which will give all occupants a chance to hear and understand what the noise means.

If you have a concern about fire or combustible materials near or around your home, please call Town Hall. We will have someone investigate whether brush removal or other mitigation measures are required.

For additional information concerning any of the above concerns please contact: Angel Maldonado, Code Enforcement Officer at (928) 865-4146

Crime Prevention Watch:

To report any SUSPICIOUS activity CALL the below telephone Numbers:

Clifton Police Department: Emergency 911, 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566

Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office: Emergency 911, or 928-865-4149

Remember you can always remain anonymous!

“Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place when the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

Clifton Council Corner: Repeat — No fireworks!

REPEATING ~ FIREWORKS Are Prohibited & Holiday Celebrations

Clifton salutes patriotism and honors our nation’s history, however, the use of illegal fireworks – any device that explodes, rises in the air or moves about the ground or any fireworks device that pose a serious fire hazard and disturb the peace within the town limits are strictly prohibited in the Town of Clifton.

The Clifton Town Council reminds residents the following are all illegal types of fireworks and are prohibited: Skyrockets, Bottle Rockets, Roman Candles, Mortars, Cherry Bombs, and Firecrackers of any type.

In response to any complaint concerning illegal fireworks use, the Clifton Police Department will increase its enforcement efforts against any person who lights up illegal fireworks during the 2016 Independence Day holiday.

No you are not paranoid; they really are out to get you. If you plan to drink during this up-coming Independence Day holiday and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, the Clifton Police Department is determined to get you off the road.

Yes, there will be more police patrols on our streets and highways during this time of the year. Remember that almost everyone has a cell phone now and can report erratic driving instantly.

The best way to avoid the increased patrols is to not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. However, if you do drink and drive and you get caught, you are in for a lot of legal headaches.

Our advice: Do not drink and drive!

The Town of Clifton recognizes that it is important to remember our nation’s history and to celebrate this historic occasion, but please celebrate safely!

Town Pride

Steeped in Arizona small-town heritage, Clifton is proud to be the kind of place where neighbors meet at the Post Office and talk over local issues where everyone turns out for the annual Festival of Lights celebration.

With a pride that only comes from the belief that we live in a truly special town, Clifton is the place to find all the opportunities and all the benefits of small-town living in a less taxing, more gracious friendlier environment.

The Town of Clifton would like to remind residents that summer is here. The temperature is warming up and it’s wonderful to see people tending to their flowers and green lawns. Taking pride in our town by cleaning up more than our own property has always been a tradition. Summer is now upon us and we respectfully ask the residents and business community of the Town to start getting out and beautifying their properties.

My earnest request to all dog owners is to please make it a point to stoop and scoop when walking your dogs and take pride in keeping your town clean.

The Town encourages the entire community to take part in some-way to help keep Clifton a beautiful safe place to live.

Let’s all take pride in the town “Where the Coronado Trail Begins”.

Crime Prevention Watch:

CALL THE CLIFTON POLICE DEPARTMENT or the GREENLEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE to report any SUSPICIOUS activity at the following telephone numbers:

Clifton Police Department:

Emergency 911, 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566

Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office:

Emergency 911 or 928-865-4149

You are the eyes of your neighborhood and remember you can always remain anonymous!

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

Legacy of Consul General Rodriguez

By Julio Espinoza

Mexico has one of the most influential diplomatic and consular networks in the world with about 150 offices worldwide and a network of about 50 consulates in the U.S.

Phoenix is perhaps the most strategic consular post for Mexico due to national security reasons: most of the political stability of the U.S-Mexico relationship depends on the correct management of the Arizonan-Sonoran desert region, which is a gateway for trade and investment but also presents a myriad of governance issues: illegal trafficking of people, drugs and arms as well as other organized crime activities such as money laundering and kidnapping.

Mexico has progressively overcome the stereotype of an undeveloped country and has taken leadership in the new international system, only thanks to a generational transformation in the government elite of our southern neighbor. Now we see that Mexican officials graduate from American or European universities, speak more than two languages, have at least a master’s degree, if not a PhD, and are very cosmopolitan. That broad world-view has enable this generation of Mexican public servants, such as Consul General Rodriguez, to be able to live, work and deliver results in any continent always keeping in mind the Mexican national interest.

Mexico might have governance problems being a democracy in transition. But we all must recognize two major changes. First, Mexico is no longer the backyard of the United States as several pundits used to believe, but the front yard. This is thanks to the rapidly increasing levels of interdependence between the two countries.

Second, Mexico has been playing a responsible role in this new American Century. Mexico is a trading nation with a strong orientation for a world order where peace, law, democracy and free trade prevail. What is in the best interest of the U.S. and Arizona (a stable and open international system) is also in the best interest of Mexico.

If we are looking for the same results then we need to work with our neighbors making the most of our commonalities, which reminds me of the words of Consul Rodriguez a few weeks ago:

“México and Arizona are friends and strategic partners, both share multiple economic, social and cultural ties. México ranks as the first destination for Arizona’s exports with USD 9.1 billion in 2015. An estimated 111,216 jobs in Arizona rely on bilateral trade with México. But beyond trade, our most valuable asset continues to be our people. Arizona is home to 1.7 million people of Mexican origin that contribute importantly to the prosperity of both Arizona and México. We need to reinforce our path to the future, unlike the past we must build bridges and not walls.”

If we evaluate the last three years of the Arizona-Mexico relationship in retrospective, Consul Rodriguez achieved so much in a short period thanks to his commitment to cooperation and the steady intention of the last two Federal Administrations of the Mexican Government to improve relations with the U.S. and Arizona, in spite of the loud and reckless statements of some political actors who damage the U.S. national interest with their irresponsible points of view.

Since his appointment in 2013, Consul Rodriguez conducted an inter-agency dialog that resulted in the establishment of the ProMexico trade office in Arizona and Nevada (the international business agency of Mexico), entry into force of memoranda of understanding of Phoenix with multiple Mexican cities, and the opening of the Arizona State Trade and Investment Office in Mexico City.

Progress in the Arizona-Mexico relation was also possible thanks to the advocacy of community leaders such as Mayor Stanton of Phoenix who found in Consul Rodriguez the perfect ally to conduct regular trade mission trips to different parts of Mexico. Two of the most globally minded citizens of the Valley were always side by side with Consul Rodriguez, always advocating for a true partnership with Mexico.

Both Michael Patterson, attorney at law with Polsinelli, and Doug Brunhke, CEO of Global Chamber have been perhaps the best friends of Mexico in Arizona’s corporate world. That is why last Monday June 13 at Polsinelli’s corporate office in Downtown Phoenix we gathered to wish Consul Rodriguez our best in his new consular post in California.

We took the opportunity to express the assurances of Arizona’s highest consideration to Consul General Rodriguez for building bridges and tearing down ideological walls between our state and the world.

The top diplomat of Mexico in Arizona is a highly demanding job due to the flow of sensitive information and the need of precise coordination in real time with Mexico City and the other four consulates of Mexico in Arizona (Tucson, Nogales, Yuma and Douglas), along with the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C.

Being the top Mexican diplomat in Arizona is a 24/7 job that requires a massive amount of analytical skills and stamina, besides a very rare talent for negotiation and peace building. We are grateful for your service and commitment to peace and cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico. Mr. Consul Rodriguez, you will be missed; but we look forward to working with you again to build more bridges and tear down more walls between our countries.