2019 was a busy news year in Wickenburg. Here’s a look back at some of the headlines, in chronological order.


Wellik Foundation lets go of Flying E Ranch The Wellik Foundation has sold the Flying E Ranch to investors from Arizona, Flying E Ranch Holdings, LLC, of which Western Destinations is a major owner.  Owned and operated for more than 50 years by the late Viola F. Wellik, the Flying E Ranch is an authentic dude ranch that has hosted guests for 71 years and provided the ultimate in western hospitality in Wickenburg.

Wranglers celebrate their Coyotes Invitational tournament championship Despite another cold-shooting night, Wickenburg High School’s Boys basketball team returned home with the championship trophy from last month’s Coyotes Invitational basketball tournament at Arizona Lutheran High School in south Phoenix.

Champion Physical Therapy under new ownership

After more than 10 years in practice, Dr. Steve Sorensen has decided to sell Champion Physical Therapy to pursue his doctorate in a new medical field.  The business has been purchased by 2010 Eastern Washington University grads Dr. Edward Flamand and Dr. Janell Hays. “We are excited to continue to provide the same level of care,” Flamand said.

Houses, condos, quads proposed in Saddleback

A proposed rezone of a subdivision in west Wickenburg is back on the table this month. Caliber Companies has applied for a rezone and Planned Area Development (PAD) on 80 acres of vacant land northwest of the intersection of Vulture Mine Road and West Wickenburg Way.

Watts recognized as man, woman of year

Tom and Betty Watt were recognized as Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce’s Man and Woman of the Year during the annual awards banquet Saturday evening at Rancho de los Caballeros.

Art club donates $10,486 toward schools’ visual arts

Wickenburg Art Club President Fred Fleck presented a $10,486.75 check to Wickenburg Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Howard Carlson last week to be used for school art programs.

Four-day school week?

Wickenburg Unified School district officials are asking parents whether they would be in favor of a four-day school week beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

P & Z approves U-Haul facility

A proposed new U-Haul facility gained initial approval from the Town of Wickenburg Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday evening. A mini-warehouse, automobile rental and retail facility will be situated on approximately 16 acres owned by Woody Grantham at the northwest corner of U.S. 93 and Scenic Loop Road, adjacent to the cellphone tower, which is disguised as a water tank near the entrance to Wickenburg Ranch.


Wickenburg featured in Western Horseman Magazine, “Quest for the West” article

The February issue of Western Horseman Magazine, includes Wickenburg in an article titled “Qwest for the West, 10 Towns, Still Cowboy to the Core.”

WHS star athlete Johnson invited to Australia

Wickenburg High School senior and star track and field athlete Masaada Johnson has been invited to the 2019 Down Under Invitational Games in Australia next July.

Wranglers slam dunk 3A title

Wickenburg High School’s boys basketball clinched the 3A West Region title Monday night at home.

Soccer team wins first playoff match

Holding its No. 15 position in the Arizona 3A Conference rankings at the end of the regular season, Wickenburg High School’s boys soccer team earned a first-round home game in the state playoffs last week.

Horse Clinic by world-renowned trainers

Rancho de los Caballeros will host a High Performance Horse Clinic presented by world-renowned trainers and coaches Sandy Collier and Barbara Schulte.

A popular ‘Cook’

He’s described as “the people’s mayor,” and in some form of fashion he served Wickenburg since the moment he arrived in town.  The 38th Mayor of Wickenburg, John Cook, turns 80.

ADOT improving US 93, 89

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Planning Administration, is planning to improve the safety and traffic operations on U.S. 93 from State Route 89 to Tegner Street In Wickenburg.  

Watts, Deibels honored with town’s Henry Award

Both Deibels and Watts have personal collections of Old West wagons and stagecoaches as well as mule and horse teams to pull them. They are very generous in both their time and efforts to keep Wickenburg western and share their collection at many local organizations’ events and even take them on the road to give Wickenburg a presence in the Fiesta Bowl Parade and other statewide events.

A wild success

Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption at Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds.

The BLM brought more than three dozen wild horses and burros to Wickenburg for a three-day adoption opportunity.

Special showing of locally made film ‘For the Love of Jessee’

Wickenburg residents have the opportunity to get a sneak peak at a movie which was the brainchild of a local woman and filmed largely at local landmarks.

Jones, Ullery earn Eagle Scout Awards

Logan Jones (14) and Drew Ullery (14) earned the highest awards in the Boy Scout program, the Eagle Scout award.  Only seven out of 100 Boy Scouts reach this elite status.

Cowgirls Cadillacs Horse Sale

“Horses from Ladies, for Ladies” attire was wild rags and muddy boots for the first annual Cowgirl Cadillac Horse show and sale, held at the Rancho de los Caballeros Dude Ranch Resort.


Council steers I-11 toward town

Town of Wickenburg officials want the proposed I-11 freeway to be located east of Black Mountain, close to town limits. The Town of Wickenburg weighed in on where it would like for I-11 to be located when town council passed a resolution depicting a preferred route.

WHS applications to West-MEC hits

record high

Wickenburg High School Director of Career

and Technical Education Rose Garcia reports that students applying for admission to the West-MEC program has hit a record high, with 22 applicants for the 2018 fall semester.

Four-day school week passes

Wickenburg Unified School District will follow a Monday through Thursday instructional week beginning in the 2019-20 school year, after a unanimous decision.

Fancy horses & pretty pennies

One of Wickenburg’s most anticipated events of the year in equine community, the fifth annual Horse Sale at Rancho Rio did not disappoint as bidders and spectators cheered as 59 team roping and high performance horses were run through the sale ring.

Half a million in cash, prizes

The six-day “Duel in the Desert” consisted of 18 individual ropings over seven divisions.  Ropers from across the nation competed for more than half a million in cash and prizes including trophy Cactus Saddlery saddles, custom Gist Silversmith buckles and a one-of-a-kind new Ford F-350.

Multifaceted vision unveiled this week

A sizeable downtown makeover is being proposed in Wickenburg as a result of the collaboration of private and public interests over the past several months. The plans include construction of a new hotel and retail space, remodeling the Community Center, new public park and commons spaces and re-purposing the ramada at Coffinger Park.

Local teachers join walk-in for better pay

Last week a majority of the teachers from Wickenburg High School, along with Superintendent Howard Carlson, joined their colleagues around the country for a walk-in to raise awareness of teachers’ wages in Arizona.

Four earn top honors for girls basketball team

Four starters of Wickenburg High School’s girls basketball team this past winter earned numerous awards and recognition. The four seniors were guards Jaden Leavitt and Morgan Macias, forward Brynlee Lindsey, and center Cienna Bungard.

The 72nd Annual Desert Caballeros Ride

About 160 men leave Wickenburg on horseback for a five-day trek through the Arizona desert.

Wickenburg’s Wild West Run

Fun had by all Wickenburg’s Wild West Run was well attended by all ages.

Bye Bye Birdie

The cast of the Wickenburg High School Performing Arts Department have been singing songs and dancing their hearts out to get ready to perform their Spring Musical Bye Bye Birdie

WPD officer turnover linked to lower pay

Over the past three years, Wickenburg Police Department has experienced a 70 percent turnover rate, costing taxpayers an estimated $430,000, according to WPD Chief Les Brown. The main factor driving the loss of sworn officers is the rate of pay, he told Wickenburg Town Council during his department report earlier in the year.

Coughanour swims to elite Navy training

Wickenburg High School standout athlete Tanner Coughanour is putting one of his strongest talents to work in service of his country. Tanner was recently accepted to the aviation rescue swimmer field for the U.S. Navy.

Patton Fire contained to 570 acres

Firefighters from multiple agencies fought a wildland fire 18 miles southeast of Wickenburg over the weekend.

Museum celebrates 50 years on Frontier

On May 9, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum will celebrate 50 years since opening its doors in its current location on Frontier St.

VTC takes operations at WR

Van Tuyl Companies (VTC) recently announced it will assume operations of Wickenburg Ranch, which until now have been performed by M3 Companies.

Hospital expands services to include eye surgery

On April 23, Wickenburg Community Hospital (WCH) expanded its Surgical Center Services to include eye surgery.

Three Wranglers qualify for state track/field finals

Wickenburg High School seniors Masaada Johnson and Alex Tillapaugh will make their second consecutive appearances at the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Division III state track and field championships.

Las Damas 2019

Close to 95 women gathered for the 70th annual Las Damas ride held this year at Bar U Ranch near Skull Valley.

Vulture Peak teachers retiring end of school year Lisa Cole and Tiffany Schuck are teachers at Vulture Peak Middle School who plan to retire at the end of the school year.

Hospital embarks on $1.1 ED renovation Wickenburg Community Hospital Emergency Department (ED) has seen a steady increase in patient load over the past five years. To meet the demand, renovations will begin in that department this week.

WCA junior high boys team takes third place Wickenburg Christian Academy’s junior high boys’ team took third place overall in the CAA Division I State Track Meet last weekend, the pinnacle of several accolades for both the junior high and high school teams.

Time’s up The Town of Wickenburg will this week serve legal notice of breach and default to the Wickenburg Regional Economic Development Partnership (WREDP) in relation to the Forepaugh Property, Town Attorney Trish Stuhan confirmed following a Council executive session on Monday night.

Council okays hotel site plan Wickenburg Town Council on Monday evening unanimously approved a development agreement with Gateway Oasis VI, LLC for construction of a hotel and retail shops in Heritage Square.

Work revs up on Kerkes Trailhead The Perryville Fire Crew, consisting of 20 females, helped clear the way for a new trail from Kerkes Street to the Hassayampa River.

WHS Class of 2019 One-hundred-twelve Wickenburg High School graduates sat together as a class for the final time Friday night during graduation ceremonies.

Senior center to be named for Welliks Funded largely by the Wellik Foundation, the building will be named the George and Vi Wellik Wickenburg Community Services Center.

Pereira unseats Sickles Rui Pereira will take over as Wickenburg mayor on June 17.  In the May 21 Recall Election, Pereira unseated Everett Sickles in the midst of a four-year term which began in December 2016.

My Father’s Retirement Ranch celebrates 40 years in Wickenburg We began in Wickenburg… We grew in Wickenburg… We continue in Wickenburg…

Clementz hands off track coaching job He will continue to coach the Wickenburg High School cross country team and teach, but Doug Clementz has announced his retirement after 30 years as head coach of Wranglers’ track team.

Starring roles set for ‘The King and I’ performance The Webb Center held auditions for the production of The King.  Thirty-three students auditioned for lead roles in the Camp Imagination musical.

Referendum threatens hotel deal A referendum petition has been pulled in an effort to block the already approved agreement between the Town of Wickenburg and the developer planning a hotel and retail shops at Heritage Square.

Four-day week yields hiring boom at WUSD Wickenburg Unified School District has seen an upswing in teacher applications and applications from candidates with greater experience following the governing board’s decision to implement a four-day week as of the 2019-20.

Wickenburg Ranch named to top 50 best master-planned communities Wickenburg Ranch was honored as one of the 50 best master-planned communities in the United States by Where to Retire magazine.

Town revises I-11 recommendation The Town of Wickenburg has revised its recommendation to Arizona Department of Transportation on its preferred route of Interstate 11 as a result of outcry from Vista Royale residents.

Magley spurs to fourth in state, earns spot in National High School A Wickenburg High School student has earned the right to try his talents against tough bulls and determined riders from across the country this summer as the National High School Rodeo Finals.

Sun wins national awards The Wickenburg Sun is the winner of three first place awards and a second place in the National Newspaper Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest.

Wickenburg Day at D-Backs July 7 Join us on Sunday, July 7 at Chase Stadium for MLB Baseball D Backs vs. Colorado Rockies.  Use promo code ‘Wickenburg’

Guns vs Hoses Wickenburg police and firefighters got out bats, balls and gloves on Sunday evening to see how much fun could be had at Sunset Park.

“Bee-ing” able to spell well Vulture Peak Middle School held it spelling bee, sponsored by Century 21 and Wickenburg PTA. Bailey Monesmith was the champion again for the second consecutive year, and Caydon Haney and Jatziry Jurado were runners-up.

Flying E Ranch hosts cowboy camp for foster kids OCJ Kids (Opportunity Community and Justice for Kids), was founded in 1992 by Gary and Tammie Webb to help kids who live in the foster care system.

Hospital welcomes three new providers Wickenburg Community Hospital (WCH) recently welcomed three new providers, Tanner Moore, DPM, podiatric surgeon Juan Vasquez, MD, physician of internal medicine, and Blair L. Funk, MD, physician of family medicine are scheduled to start practicing at WCH clinics in July.

Rancho Bar 7 under new ownership Tina Engebritson and Michelle Gentry are the new owners of the Rancho Bar 7, and reopened its doors June 19.

House burns during shooting investigation A 47-year old man is dead as a result of a gunshot he apparently received at a house on Luray Road on Sunday night.  The same house went up in flames in the presence of law enforcement Monday morning while the alleged shooter was being detained by authorities.

Blankenships win silver, bronze at national shoot Two Wickenburg High School rifle team members placed in the top three at the NRA Under 25 national rifle competition and earned places in the world shoot next spring in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Neighbor pulls man from house fire Early Sunday morning a fire engulfed the home of North Ranch resident Kerwin Hieb.  Across the street, 85-year-old Dean Reynolds was awakened by exploding

House returns home An historic house is hauled through town from Vulture City (around 1935) to N. Adams Street in Wickenburg.

WAC wins People’s Choice Award in Scottsdale Wickenburg Art Club, was the winners of the People’s Choice Award at the Arizona Art Association’s exhibit “A League of Their Own” at the Holland Gallery in Scottsdale.

Hospital warns of false bill collector visit Wickenburg Community Hospital President and CEO Jim Tavary warns area residents of a man falsely demanding payment for bills due to WCH.

Destination Wickenburg Photo Contest The Wickenburg Sun has received some beautiful entries in the Destination Wickenburg Photo Contest.

Shriver rides high at national finals rodeo Sixteen-year-old Avery Shriver of Morristown had earned a spot at the 2019 National High School Rodeo Finals and placed 15th in the world standings.

Hershkowitz graduates U.S. Air Force Airman Hailey Hershkowitz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.  She is a 2018 graduate of WHS and daughter of Michael and Shannon Hershkowitz of Wickenburg.

Developer checks out A developer with plans for a hotel, restaurant and retail shops in downtown Wickenburg has ridden off into the sunset.

John Burden rides away On July 26, 2019, John threw a saddle on Big Enough, climbed aboard and rode off into the light on that trail that we all must travel at some point. John was born Jan. 14, 1929.

WUSD looks forward to a strong 2019-20 school year The academic education and success of our students drives all of our work, helping us to achieve our mission: “Every child has hope, every student is a graduate, every graduate has a dream”.

Wickenburg on national TV Aug. 7 Wickenburg will be highlighted on The Cowboy Channel on August 7 with segments from the recent Cowgirl Cadillac Horse Sale along with advertising from local businesses.

Sickles honored for fight against poverty in Wickenburg, surrounding communities Patty Sickles was honored with the Heart in Hand Award from Wildfire (formerly known as the Arizona Community Action Organization) for her dedication to charitable causes in the community of Wickenburg.

WCO upgrades schoolhouse The Wickenburg Cultural Organization is upgrading the Garcia Little Red School House to meet ADA requirements.

Hospital introduces Hitachi SCENARIA 128 CT Imaging System Wickenburg Community Hospital (WCH) has added the Hitachi SCENARIA 128 CT imaging system to its list of diagnostic offering.

Cowboy from Wickenburg receives Working Cowboy Award Ed Ashurst, an Arizona cowboy who has gathered cattle and horses on more than 7,000 square miles of the American West, will receive the 2019 Working Cowboy Award, Sept. 21 during the 42nd Annual National Golden Spur Award dinner at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock, Texas.

Color run registration open The first annual family friendly Color Me Wickenburg! 5k color event is Saturday, Oct. 12.

Osborne visits Wickenburg schools Arizona Rep. Joanne Osborne (District 13 – R) was given a tour of the Wickenburg High School campus by Principal Mark Gorman and Wickenburg Unified School District Superintendent Howard Carlson.

Quenching students’ thirst for art Dusty Kinman of 60 West Gallery in Wickenburg is bringing art instruction to eight local schools that no longer teach art.

Coughanour retires after 20 years with DPS, steps in as new Town code enforcement officer Twenty-year resident Davis Coughanour makes a seamless transition from DPS Sargent to Wickenburg Code Enforcement Officer.

Goodbye Jim May 13, 1939 – Aug. 16, 2019 James Lewis Corbet, a lifelong Arizona resident and an passionately involved Wickenburg resident since 1970, passed away Aug. 16, 2019 in Wickenburg.

Henson makes his final delivery Wickenburg residents have had the pleasure of Jeff Henson delivering their UPS packages to them for 36 years, but that came to a halt Aug. 28 when Henson made his final deliveries for the shipping company.

Babyar named ‘New Business Educator of the Year’ Wickenburg High School teach Bill Babyar was named New Business Educator of the Year by the Arizona Business Education Association for the 2018-19 school year.

$2 million solar project moving along at WHS Arizona Public Service (APS) awarded Wickenburg Unified School District with a $2 million grant to install a solar system on the campus at the high school.

WUSD enrollment numbers steady Officials at Wickenburg Unified School District expected a downturn in the number of students enrolled for the 2019-20 school year and budgeted for 1,296 students. The actual head count turned out to be 1,354 – down only one student from last year’s 1,355 count.

Affectionately known as “The Earl of Wickenburg”, Earl Valentine Joseph Temerowski passed away peacefully at his home in Wickenburg on Aug. 28, 2019, at the age of 84.

Hot time at Fiesta de Septiembre Hundreds of folks took in the sights and smells, and learned some history, during the 31st annual Fiesta de Septiembre in historic downtown on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Century 21 agents hosting Wickenburg Ranch homes Century 21 Arizona West agents will now be hosts at Wickenburg Ranch for luxury Silver Ridge Properties by Edmonds Homes.

PACT Preschool opens in effort to meet town’s daycare demand Sensing there’s a need for daycare in Wickenburg after another facility recently closed its doors, P.A.C.T. Preschool is opening to fill some of that need.

WCA swim team starts strong at first meet Wickenburg Christian Academy high school swim team took on nine other schools from the greater Phoenix area in its first swim meet of the season.

Town looks to move PD Wickenburg Town Council is taking another look at the possibility of moving the police department out of Town Hall.

Up to $200k put down on streets In less than two weeks after Town Council approved and authorized Mayor Rui Pereira to enter into a contract with Cactus Asphalt of Tolleson on Sept. 3, the paving company was in downtown Wickenburg performing its end of the deal last week.

Ducks go see Diamondbacks The Wickenburg Ducks in a Row Foundation attended the Arizona Diamondbacks game on Sunday, Sept. 15, through their adaptive recreation program.

Affordable health screenings coming to Wickenburg Residents in and around Wickenburg can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.  Mount Hope Assemble of God will host this community event.

Moments that matter Hank Bonney captured this photo on the sidelines of the Wranglers game, and submitted it with the following thought: “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. You need to be cognizant of your actions on or off the field because someone might be looking up to you. This is my grandson Clay Watson(13) with Stevee Davis (12).”

Town Emergency Operations Plan in place The Town of Wickenburg has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) in place that encompasses not only natural disasters and acts of mother nature, but police, fire and public health as well.

Rollover knocks out power, ruptures natural gas line A vehicle rollover one mile south of Wickenburg Sunday morning downed power lines, ruptured a high pressure gas pipe and brought traffic to a complete stop for more than two hours as emergency crews unraveled the dangerous situation along US 60.

Sun City All Stars performing at community center The Sun City All Stars consist of five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, a bass, a piano, a female vocalist and the musical director, all top in their field of expertise.

Church celebrates 60 years St. Alban’s Episcopal church in Wickenburg is observing its 60th anniversary.

Country Club reopens with new managers Jeff “Stitch” Harnasch and Steve “Stevie” Ray were recently hired at the Wickenburg Country Club as the club’s new assistant general manager and food/beverage manager, respectively.

Wickenburg High School boys football team wins their Homecoming 2019 game over Coronado 52-14 WHS students organized many activities including Homecoming Royalty, Homecoming Assembly, Powder Puff football, and a WHS marching band performance.

Town Manager awarded with new contract Wickenburg Town Council gave Vince Lorefice a vote of confidence with a unanimous vote at Monday’s meeting.

Author returns to tell another Wickenburg tale; Downey explores ‘Vulture Mine and Vulture City’ Author Lynn Downey published the historical “Wickenburg” in conjunction with the DCWM in 2011 and she has returned to the Wickenburg area through her writing with the recently released “Arizona’s Vulture Mine and Vulture City.”

Cox donates $11,000 to Wickenburg non-profits Most of the funds awarded came from generous donations of Cox’s 3500 Arizona employees.

Vulture Mountain Recreation Area coming; work set to start next year When the 1,045-acre Vulture Mountain Recreation Area gets up and running with all the promised amenities by Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department there will be plenty of excitement to go around.

35,000 rides and counting Freedom Express began transporting seniors to all corners of town Jan. 5, 2015 and has provided 35,322 rides to date.

Conservation foundation ready to celebrate 20 years The mission is “to protect Wickenburg’s unique western lifestyle and stunning landscapes while crafting trails for non-motorized enjoyment of our fantastic desert.”  For more information go to wickenburgtrails.org

Forepaugh under contract Roping producer Yost buying 77 acres west of Wickenburg. On Monday evening, Town Council approved a contract allowing the sale to move forward and potentially resolving the tangled web surrounding the property.

Annual walk raises $18,000 for locals Wickenburg’s Walk to Boot Breast Cancer raised more than $18,000 this year to benefit the Pink Ribbon Angels who help fund diagnostic services and equipment at WCH.

The Sun wins awards; Hankins serves on boards The Wickenburg Sun scooped up eight awards in state and national contests over the past month, and Wickenburg Sun Publisher Jeanie Hankins stepped into leadership roles on both levels.

WCO receives $500 GACMA scholarship The Greater Arizona Country Music Association (GACMA) is pleased to announced this year’s Anita Wells Scholarship recipients are the Wickenburg Children’s Cultural Organization and the historic Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse.

Ropers descend on Ranch Rio for season kickoff Pick-up trucks pulling horse trailers are beginning to fill up the streets around town as temperatures start cooling off a bit, giving Wickenburg notice that the season is here.

After a hard-fought win, Wranglers honor seniors in home finale Friday Even though Head Coach Mike Mitchell was frustrated most of the night, his Wickenburg High School football team survived a 15-13 victory against host Chino Valley last Friday night.

Town purchases building for WPD The Town of Wickenburg is the new owner of the former bank building at the corner of Vulture Mine Road and West Wickenburg Way.

Det. Urlaub earns Congressional award On Oct. 14, during the Wickenburg Town Council meeting, Urlaub was presented a certificate of Law Enforcement Congressional Recognition from Congressman Paul Gosar’s office.

Bluegrass music in the air all weekend One of the oldest bluegrass festivals in the Southwest returns to Wickenburg for the 40th year this weekend.

Roundabouts; How many more? When? Two Arizona Department of Transportation projects along 93 will be adding five new roundabouts, according to ADOT Northwest Assistant District Engineer Andrew Roth.

WUSD superintendent ready to retire After serving as the superintendent for Wickenburg Unified School District for more than 10 years, Dr. Howard Carlson has announced he will be retiring at the end of the school year.

The Carlene Carter Trio play at the Webb Center Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter Cash and 1950s country superstar Carl Smith, will perform a collection of Carter Family songs and orginals inspired by her family, from her new released album The Carter Family – Across Generations.

Trappings of the American West show at DCWM This award-winning exhibition is coordinated by the Dry Creek Arts Fellowship based in Flagstaff, Arizona and features contemporary painting, photography, bronze sculpture and exquisitely crafted gear of the working cowboy, all created by Southwestern artisans, some from the Wickenburg area.

Scholarship recipients My Father’s Retirement Ranch announced the current semester’s winners for its scholarship program that is offered to employees at My Father’s.  Funds are contributed by residents and matched by the ranch.

Alder, Grantham, Watson are all-region first-teamers Junior running back/defensive back Bryson Alder and senior offensive lineman Wyatt Grantham both earned double recognition and were joined by junior offensive utility/flex player Clay Watson as Wickenburg High School football team representatives on the 3A West Region all-region first teams selected by the region’s head coaches.

Kay El Bar to remain open year-round Kay El Bar Guest Ranch, the oldest dude ranch in Arizona has announced it will be open year-round beginning this month.

Town celebrates Henry’s 200th Celebrating a 200th birthday doesn’t come around every weekend, so the Town of Wickenburg and Wickenburg Historical Society, along with other local organizations, are bringing a multi-day wingding to honor Henry Wickenburg.

Wickenburg’s kin welcomed with key On Saturday Wickenburg Mayor Rui Pereira presents a Key to the Town to Martina Wickenburg Hubrig, whose great-great-grandfather was a great-cousin of Henry Wickenburg.  Hubrig id from Essen, Germany.

 Racers roll in for Tour de Ranch The Town of Wickenburg and Flying E Ranch hosted the first-ever Tour de Ranch bike race. Seventy-three participants pedaled through expert, intermediate and family fun courses.

ADEQ grants smelter permit A company wanting to operate a secondary aluminum smelter in Wenden recently cleared a major hurdle when Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) granted a Standard Class II Air Quality permit.

Town looks again at redevelopment Wickenburg Town Council will reconsider adopting a downtown redevelopment area during its regularly scheduled meeting.

Roping winnings in the millions Las Vegas and Big Gamble ropings are going to highlight “Ty Yost’s Viva Las Vegas in Wickenburg” from Dec. 2-10 at Rancho Rio Arena. The event paid out $1.5 million in cash in 2018.

Veteran’s find magic at WAC art classes Wickenburg Art Club (WAC) is teaching veteran’s as part of their Community Outreach Art Program spearheaded by Delphia Gough, WAC vice-president and education director.

Town looks toward dark skies An idea to make Wickenburg a recognized International Dark-Sky Community could make the town a star in astronomy, conservation and tourism universes.

Watsons to lead parade Stan and Bette Watson have been named Grand Marshals of the 2020 Gold Rush Days Parade.

Pete Incardona (Pete the Miner) June 1948 – November 2019 Pete was included as an adopted father, son and brother to many and a best friend to all. Many of his stone creations stand in Wickenburg.

Council delays redevelopment area decision Wickenburg Town Council tabled discussion on the proposed downtown redevelopment area (RDA) on Monday, Dec. 2. The topic was moved to the Jan. 16 agenda.

Benner-Nawman food boxes progress report Benner-Nawman fills 396 food boxes this year exceeding last years count of 274. Boxes are delivered to families during the school Winter break who normally use the school lunch program.

Kerkes Trailhead project officially finished after 10 years Wickenburg’s Kerkes Trailhead officially opened during a rainy afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 4 to give legal access to the Hassayampa River bed from downtown for off-highway vehicles (OHVs), hikers and horses.

Arizona Eye Institute debuts first-ever trifocal lens implant “This groundbreaking technology further helps me to customize every patient’s cataract surgery,” said Emilio M. Justo, M.D., Founder/Medical Director of Arizona Eye Institute.

Veterinary cowgirls hold shop Wickenburg was home to the first-ever “Learn and Live” Veterinary Cowgirl CE retreat at Rancho de los Caballeros. Animal veterinarians gathered from around the country.

17 graduate Leadership Institute Wickenburg Leadership Institute was created nine years ago. Ninety-three participants have graduated from the program, and this year another 17 participants completed the courses.

Christmas parade lights up the season The 25th annual Christmas Parade of Lights rolled through town with 38 entries entertaining an appreciative crowd on Friday, Dec. 13.  WHS marching band tops youth entries.

School shooting threat A 13-year old eighth grader arrested at Vulture Peak Middle School on charges of threatening to carry out a school shooting.

Ed Mell’s art on view beginning Saturday A first-of-its-kind exhibition of famed Arizona artist Ed Mell’s work will open at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum on Dec. 21.

Desert Heart Transportation up, running Registered nurse, Chris Buckland started Desert Heart Transportation, a non-emergency transportation service to meet the needs of non-driving senior citizens in Wickenburg.

WUSD could join national lawsuit against e-cig manufacturer After determining teenage use of nicotine is skyrocketing, the law firm of Wagstaff and Cartmell is giving the Wickenburg Unified School District Board the opportunity to join a nationwide lawsuit against electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) manufacturer JUUL.

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