Results from 2016 Javelina Chase

We had 210 athletes competing in the Javelina Chase Omnium 2016.  The standings are not easy to make sense of to mere mortals–don’t know why they make it difficult and convoluted but here are the overall Omnium winners and names.
An Omnium consists of 3 events which a rider must compete in.  In this years event the 3 events were a Road race, Time Trials, and a Criterium.  The below listed people won in their classification:
Shelby Hoglund        Women Pro1/2/3
Jane Berger              Women Category 3/4
Marcel Berger           Men Pro1/2/3
Nicholas Zukowsky   Men Category 3/4
Avery Cronyn            Men Category 4/5
Amy Findley              Women Master 35+
Natalie Potvin            Master Women 50+
Tim Scott                   Masters men Category 1/2/3/4/5
David Bixby               Men Masters 60+ Category 1/2/3/4/5
Below are the local people that rode in the 72, 50, and 25 mile Fondos.
James Plyler 72 mile
Denny O’flattery 72 mile
Brian Brogan 72 mile
Isaac Brogan 50 mile
Tavin Brogan 25 mile
Anne Bezanson 25 mile
Susan Breen 25 mile
Below are local people that ran the 5k.
Gary Giauque
Quinton Carlton
Terry Johnson
Brad Boyd
Chester Hupp
Silvia Chacon
Roberta Hupp
Isabella Leyba
Blanca Leyba
Steve leyba
Elijah Leyba
Rachelle Burnett
Jaymon Conyer
Peggy Conyer
Loretta Lemons
Joann Boyd
Sunny Perez
Micheal Goodgame
Amelia Savage
Dusty Murdock
Wyatt Skinner
Brenda Skinner
Declan Carlton

Clifton Council Corner: Distracted driving

By Mayor Felix Callicotte

Distracted Driving:

You do not have to travel far in Clifton to see people driving with risky driving practices. One or more of the below dangerous driving habits can be seen on a daily basis on Coronado Blvd (US191), Clifton’s main thorough fare and on most all our residential streets.

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.

1O Ways Keeping You and Clifton’s Roads Safe:

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, 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 frustrated.

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 mistakes. Driving prepared requires awareness, so 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. Don’t follow too close.

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.

Code Enforcement:

The Town of Clifton periodically reviews past reports that are made from concerned citizens within our town limits to the catalog of complaints regarding police and code enforcement issues. The primary mission of the Town of Clifton Police Department and Code Enforcement is to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public through the administration and uniform enforcement of laws and regulations related to land use, building construction and property maintenance of the town.

Complaints have triggered the police department and code enforcement to crackdown of the following: Unattended vehicle parking violations, parking violations in general, graffiti, unpermitted travel trailer and RV’s being used as living quarters. There has been an increase in domestic violence disturbances, drunk & disorderly conduct, trespassing, disturbing the peace, and nuisances. These issues have plagued and continue to plague the town. Unless Clifton’s town codes are enforced and residents take law and code enforcement more seriously we can expect our town to start on a downward slide and become unmanageable.

The Police Department and Code Enforcement has been working to make Clifton safe and appealing and although there is a noticeable improvement around town, there is still a lot of work to be done. It is important to contact the Police Department or Code Enforcement with any complaints. We cannot resolve a situation if we are not made aware of the complaint.

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!

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Take Pride in Clifton”

Horse racing returns to rural Arizona

It’s official … horse racing is returning to Arizona Rural Counties! Negotiations were finalized between the Arizona Counties Race Tracks at Safford, Sonoita and Douglas, Arizona, and the El Moro Foundation to host the 2016 El Moro de Cumpas horse race festival. Trials are scheduled to take place April 23-24, 2016 in Safford, Arizona, then on to Sonoita, Arizona on May 7-8, 2016, with finals taking place at Douglas, Arizona on May 21-22, 2016. The El Moro de Cumpas 2016 horse race series will be Arizona’s richest county El Moro race meet with over $250,000 estimated in purse distribution.

A twist on the traditional horse racing circuit will be Greenlee County’s historic Duncan Hopefuls horse races, which will be run in 2016 at the race tracks in Safford, Sonoita and Douglas. Robert Corbell, Greenlee County Supervisor for District 3, explained “our Greenlee County race track located at Duncan, Arizona sustained storm damage this summer. To keep in the spirit of rural Arizona horse racing, the Greenlee County Board of Supervisors agreed to participate in the El Moro festivities by hosting our historic Greenlee County Duncan Hopefuls races at our neighbor race tracks in Safford, Sonoita and Douglas. We’ll be there to cheer on the races and show our Greenlee County spirit.”

Sharon Denham, Chair of the Arizona Counties Racing Association stated, “We’re excited about the El Moro races coming to our community. These races bring the best Quarter Horses in the Western Region and Mexico to compete for the coveted title of El Moro de Cumpas Champion—it’s our version of the Kentucky Derby.” Geronimo and Gabriel Ramirez, President and Vice President of the El Moro Foundation noted, “The El Moro de Cumpas race has a legacy grounded in the culture of the Greater Southwest Region, but it is recognized worldwide as one of the most competitive bi-national horse races. As a tribute to our cultural traditions and heritage, we are pleased to have the 2016 El Moro horse races running in Arizona’s rural counties.”

The El Moro de Cumpas horse race is named in honor of El Moro from the Mexican town of Cumpas. In 1957, El Moro lost a match race to El Relampago from California. The race took place on the main street of Agua Prieta in Mexico, close to the U.S. border. Over 1.8 million pesos were bet (the equivalent of $1 million today), as well as cars, trucks, farm animals, and even many farms and ranches. The race drew thousands. El Moro was faster around the halfway mark, but he lost to El Relampago. The name El Moro, however, lives on as a tribute that both winner and losers are heroes.

Race information, nomination forms, and stakes schedules are available on the El Moro Foundation website: and the Southern Arizona Horse Racing Association (SAHRA) Facebook, or by calling the El Moro Foundation office at (520) 333-8316.

Head for Fairgrounds April 8 & 9

The Greenlee County Fairgrounds in Duncan will be “the place to be” this coming Friday & Saturday April 8 & 9. This Springtime activity has been revamped and expanded in many ways this year with special thanks to the vendors who have signed on to help make this a Big Family Fun Event:

Duncan Woman’s Club, Linda Durr County Assessor, St Philips & St. James Church, Doterra EmpowerU Team, Country Chic, Catalina Treats, Greenlee County Health Department, Greenlee County Cooperative Extension, Solar Cooking/72 Hr Kits, Pampered Chef, Pockets and Brass, Dodge’s Ice cream, Greenlee County Rodeo Royalty, Indian Fry Bread, Stotz Equipment, Row n Rock, EA Glass, Craig Bloomfield is bringing his company Clean up & Total Restoration, Home Depot, Town of Duncan, Town & Country, Duncan 4-H Club, Javalina Chase, Ace Hardware, TNT, Mana, Soft Sugarcookie and More

A lot of thought and effort has gone into putting together an amazing array of activities for children, adults and seniors alike. And yes, the Mud Drag series is back ~! Check out the 5th Annual Rock ‘n Roll Car Show; 10th Annual Junior Rodeo; the Kidz Zone; adults who throw horseshoes are in for a big treat as several teams are coming in from Silver City; Bull Bash; Team Roping; Home & Garden ideas; and when it’s all said and done – dance and groove to the band we all love: Crosswinds~! Call 928-359-2032 for details.

Reading Nook News: Biography in context

When you go to the Greenlee County Library website ( and click the State Wide Database link on the left side you will step into a world of data that is current, accurate and very useful. Remember this is available on any home computer and a library card. This article will talk about the Biography In Context button on the page.

Biography In Context is an up-to-date source of people from historically prominent people to present-day newsmakers. It is continually updated and includes written materials such as magazine, newspaper and journal articles as well as primary sources, videos, audio files and images. This database will offer students doing research a high level source of information and is also a great source for those people who want to expand their knowledge of newsworthy people.

The categories that are searchable include biographies of writers, notable women, artists, musicians, philanthropists, scientists, politicians and many more. The site itself is very easy to search and use. There are even FREE LESSON PLANS on the site for teachers.

Don’t forget to stop by your library to use which is free on the computers in the library building.

The Greenlee County Library System also offers a FREE ON-LINE service called ZINIO. This application lets you download FREE magazines to your computer, laptop, e-reader or smartphone. You can read them any time once they are downloaded. You can also print out articles if you are connected to a printer. This service is provided by the Arizona State Library to all public libraries in Arizona and again all you need is a library card to use the service. Your card will get you access to download the application and then you can create your own login and password for continued use.

There are over 100 magazines free to our library patrons on the Zinio site. Some titles include: 4 Wheel & Off-Road, American Cowboy, American Patchwork Quilting, Apple Magazine, Arizona Highways, Astronomy, Audubon, Aviation Week, Backpacker, Bead Style, Bead and Button, Beadwork, Bicycling, Billboard Magazine, BirdWatching, Bloomsberg Businessweek, Cabin Life, Car and Driver, Cloth-Paper-Scissors, COOL!, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan en Español, Country Living, Cowboys & Indians, Cruise International, Cycle World, Digital Photo, Digital Photo Pro, Discover, Do It Yourself, Drawing, Dwell, EARTH Magazine, Eating Well, Elle, The Economist, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Family Circle, Family Handyman, Field & Stream, Flying, Food Network Magazine, Forbes, Games World of Puzzles, Gluten-Free Living, Good Housekeeping, Grit, Guideposts, Guitar Player, Horse & Rider, Hot Rod, House Beautiful, Inked, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Lowrider, Macworld, Marie Claire, Martha Steward Living, Maxim, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, mental_floss, Model Railroader, Mother Earth News, Mother Jones, Motor Trend, National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Natural Health, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Newsweek, O-the Oprah Magazine, OK! Magazine, Organic Gardening, Outdoor Life, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, PC Magazine, PC World, Pets, PieceWork, Poets & Writers Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Popular Photography, Popular Science, Prevention, Publishers Weekly, Quilting Arts Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Road & Track, Rolling Stone, Runner’s World, Saveur, Seventeen, Shape, Shutterbug, Smithsonian, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Star Magazine, Taste of Home, Thrasher Skateboard Magazine, Traditional Home, Truckin, True West, Us Weekly, Vegetarian Times, Weight Watchers, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, Women’s Adventure, WOOD Magazine, Woodcraft Magazine, Woodworker’s Journal, The Writer, and Yoga.

All of these magazines also have back issues available to download and there is also a collection of back issues of magazines that are no longer in the current subscription as well as many stand alone magazines.

The National Geographic Magazines also have multimedia access so you can click on a link and watch an interview or a video that accompanies the article.

When you are on the Greenlee County Library webpage, just click on the Zinio link in the center column and download the free app to your devices. There are directions to walk you through the set up but if you have any questions, please contact your local librarian. Once you have that set up, you can begin your unlimited FREE downloads and enjoy reading at your leisure. When you are done reading, you can keep them or delete them from your computer, laptop, e-reader or phone.

Library Quote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Clifton Council Corner: Volunteer Fire Department

The Clifton Volunteer Fire Department is state of the art agency and is overseen by Chief Peter Ortega with his team of 21 volunteers. These volunteers conduct business and train at least once a month. They respond to all local calls and assist other fire departments all across southern Greenlee County when called on.

Volunteer firefighters are the kind of people who would show up to help even if there was not a fire department, but they also see the value of building their organization. They are willing to drop their own work to help a neighbor or friend the second their pager goes off, and are willing to put in the hours of training so that they can provide the best help possible to their neighbors.

In communities such as Clifton, when an accident or fire happens, it affects everyone. Neighbors are not casual acquaintances who are seen going to work and coming home, but people who live in our community. They are the people we live next to and are our friends. It is nearly impossible to be emotionally removed from situations that occur. It is not like a movie, where the fireman helps a troubled stranger. Instead, it is likely the call they receive will be an emergency affecting someone they know. It is easy to overlook how personal the struggle is for the volunteer firefighter.

Volunteer firefighters are connected to each person’s life through friends or family. It is impossible to escape those connections when they are the ones going in. In the simplest of terms, rural fire departments represent the best of small communities, being there for one another.

The next time you see Peter or one of our town’s volunteer firemen, please take the time to thank them for a job well done.

Citizen and Council Participation:

The Town Council will consider all proposals taking into account any legitimate propositions or suggestions received during the Town Council’s monthly meeting. These proposals will be made available for public inspection. Approved proposals will be taken under consideration at future Town Council meetings and decisions will be made on which issues that will be considered, pursued and/or implemented.

The Power of Your Voice

I have a simple philosophy that Government is by the people for the people and the sole reason your Town Government exists is to ensure Clifton’s citizens their Safety and Well-being.

It is the sole duty of the Mayor and Town Council to enable and ensure that our citizens and the people who conduct business in our Town are able to do so ethically and lawfully in accordance with the Federal and State Constitutions and laws of the State of Arizona.

When I say “The Power of Your Voice” I do not necessarily mean the volume but when, how we use that voice, and how it affects others. We have had a few controversial issues in Clifton and I find it interesting how quickly word of mouth travels through our fair Town. Of course some that want to share what they may have heard have good motives or well-meaning intentions but at times I wonder if something was lost in the translation.

When residents of Clifton have called or stopped me or have knocked on my door, I have listened to help solve or find a solution to their issues. For the most part just listening to the problems that arise in people’s lives helps validate the issue and therefore bring calm to the situation.

For every yes to a question there could be a no to that same question. There will always be some who will not agree on a decision and that is human nature. We all have a different take on a situation or issue and some things can interrupt our sense of calm.

Your Town Council value your opinions however, try to remember that your words are a reflection of you so use them wisely and kindly if possible. You can still get a point across without attacking a person personally. I believe that when a compromise can be reached both parties have succeeded.

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!

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

Take Pride in Clifton!

Clifton Council Corner: Community pride

As we head into the spring months in Clifton, we will see firsthand why where we live is much more than just a town, a dot on the map, or a collection of buildings, but rather a community of people. People will remark that they cannot believe this environment still exists today.

Clifton has been far more than a town, an address line or stop on the highway. Clifton is a collection of people who truly care for one another, who believe what makes a place worth living in are the people. Most all of us can recount a story of a random act of kindness that has happened; in fact some of us have committed these acts. We know about the neighbors who watch out for us, the business owners whose level of service seems to be extinct elsewhere or the area schools that are truly invested in seeing our children succeed. We know the high level of togetherness that is Clifton.

While we grab our lawn chair, head out to the porch or lawn, take time to wave at your neighbors and enjoy the company of others like us. Remember that Clifton is unique; we continue to be a collection of people who are strongly connected, dedicated to a lifestyle that most towns can only dream about. While growth continues, this growth will only add to our exceptional and unique Arizona town and that will improve our resume. Clifton is a group of interacting people, united, living in close proximity. Clifton truly meets the definition of community.

Kudos: Clifton Police Department

The men and women of the Clifton Police Department are committed to working in partnership with the Clifton community to ensure that they are effectively addressing crime at every level. They are cognizant that citizen involvement is a vital component to their success and depend on Clifton’s citizens to be involved in their community and report suspicious incidents to the police department. We are their eyes and ears.

We have good laws on our books and our town code serves us well as a document that is designed to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare. However, without enforcement, it is a meaningless document.

In Clifton we have an exceptional police force under Chief Omar Negrete’s outstanding leadership and they are doing an outstanding job. Clifton’s Police Department works efficiently and effectively having the full support of the Clifton Town Council, the Town Manager and the town’s administration offices but most importantly, it is our individual commitment to get involved when and where necessary.

Unfortunately at times when we see or experience the abuse and/or repeated violations of the laws and ordinances that are designed to protect us we tend to look away and hope that someone else will call the police. The task of calling the police is not a rewarding task if the offender is our neighbor, however we have to get involved if we want to maintain the quality of life in our community that we so often take for granted.

To that end, we extend a special thanks to our Chief of Police Omar Negrete, and to his Officers, Jason Mingura, Trevor Thompson, Jamie Clark, Shari Aguilar, Michael Schreiner, Omar Torres Animal Control Officer, Melodee Castaneda, Dispatch Supervisor, Sandra Vaughn and the department’s dispatchers in their exceptional police work that insures Clifton’s well-being.

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!

“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!

Reading Nook: National Geographic for Kids

Does your child enjoy nature videos? Do they like to read about animals and people? Would they enjoy having access to National Geographic for Kids magazine free? Do they ever need wonderful pictures for any of their reports?

If the answer is “yes” to any of those questions, there is a fantastic data base available FREE on the Greenlee County Library website that provides all of those. Simply go to the website ( and click on the Statewide Database link. Scroll to find the National Geographic for Kids button and enter your library card number to access all the free resources this data base can provide.

The home page offers suggested videos, books, photographs and magazines. By clicking on the search box you can type in any topic to find materials or you can use the Topic and Magazine links near the top. To see the full list of videos, photos, magazines and books, simply click on the MORE button.

There are over 120 videos created by National Geographic just for children. More than 300 books published by the company are free for children to read on line. Recent magazine articles from this publisher give children access to approximately 1,500 topics and professional photographers offer almost 700 beautiful pictures.

The books and magazine articles can be read by the child, or the site is set up to read to them. The photographs also have an audio explanation of what the photo is about and where it was taken. The videos are created with children in mind and are creative and fun to watch. All the materials also provide citation materials if they are used in presentations or reports. The database also has a language selection in case you want to change from English.

This great resource is free to any library card holder. If you don’t have a card, just stop by the Blue, Clifton or Duncan Public Libraries and get yours today.

Updating history page

The Greenlee County History page is constantly being updated with new material. Click the link on the library page or go directly to to find out more about our county.

If you have any historical photos or information you would like to share, please send an email to the Contact Link on the library page. Materials are still needed for Veterans, Virden history, Old Route 666, Local Community Leaders prior to 1950, Sports greats prior to 1950, Carlisle Mine, plus any other interesting areas.

Library Quote: “A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.”–Norman Cousins (American political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate)

Airport Fly-in joins Javelina Chase

By Philip Ronnerud

On April 24th the Greenlee County Airport will host an open house and a fly in. As part of the planned events, the Javelina Chase will hold 6 bicycle races at the airport. The public is invited to attend with activities scheduled during the morning. Aircraft owners are invited to fly in and participate in the Javelina Chase Weekend. Both fixed wing and rotor craft (helicopters) have been invited to display. Radio-controlled model owners have also been invited.

The Greenlee County Airport is located about 1 mile northeast of 3 Way along State Route 78. The County paved the runway in 1957 and has made additional improvements making this General Aviation facility top notch. The runway is 4977 feet long with a full length parallel taxiway. Eighteen tie down spaces are available. A small terminal building with restrooms is available.

Airports are an important part of the economic vitality of a community as they provide economic efficiency with time savings over surface transportation, emergency transport, and many other benefits. Businesses, emergency response agencies (include health and land management industries) in a rural area take advantage of the convenience as surface travel times can be significant. The civilian aviation industry moves millions of people annually for business, leisure, and pleasure and is a trillion-dollar industry. In Greenlee County, a military overflight area is designated. Rural airports are noted on charts and are available in emergencies.

Some people enjoy flying for recreation and spend hours building their own aircraft. These hobbyists are an important part of the community. Their aviation passion is often only one part of their activities.