Full Moon Skateboard Ride for Jerome AZ Daredevils 1991

Many tourists describe the ride from Mingus Mountain to Jerome and Clarkdale, a distance of about 18 miles, as hair-raising—steep, curvy, narrow, with some unprotected dropoffs.  In 1991, on a Fall full moon, 14-year old Max Rapaport and Aaron Bacharach … Continue reading

Honoring the Women in Jerome AZ: International Women’s Day

Anyone who has lived in Jerome for any period of time knows this to be true: the women are strong, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, accomplished at what they set out to do and passionately engaged. Many are artists that have served the town politically. And they’re smart. Very very smart. Here’s my contribution to International Women’s Day.

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Modern Anasazi Hand-stacked Wall Builders of Jerome AZ —Jane Moore

Jane Moore is one of the few women who built hand-stacked rock walls in Jerome. I always looked at her driveway and corral walls when I drove up to Richard’s house and assumed Chuck Runyon, her partner, built them. I am so embarrassed. Jane wrote, “Not too many people have ever seen them. I’m sending you a few pictures. I don’t know of too many other women in Jerome who do dry stack walls!”

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Modern Anasazi Hand-stacked Walls—Paul Nonnast

Paul Nonnast is right at the top of my list of favorite artists, a visionary that is adept at sculpture, painting and architecture, as well as a master stonemason…Only a few people in Jerome know that Nonnast received one of four honorable mentions in the prestigious Vietnam War Memorial Design competition sponsored in Washington D.C. in l981.

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The Big Spliff: Jerome AZ Kids That Dared D.A.R.E.

About a year after the pot bust of 1985, the Clarkdale Elementary School set up a precursor to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. Mr. Steele, the fifth-grade teacher, brought in a policeman, whom he introduced as Officer Friendly. . . . After every educational program, Officer Friendly invited the kids to rat out their families or friends. “It’ll be a secret between us,” Officer Friendly said. Max and Omar had heard the stories about the snitch and the big bust in Jerome, they knew that a snitch was the worst kind of person.

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7-Up Billboard Bites the Dust in Jerome AZ—Love in the Wild 70’s

In the 70’s there was a hideous “7-Up Power” billboard ad in paisley flowers of Day-Glo orange/green/fuchsia. In an election year, the ad was temporarily replaced by an ugly mug of a sheriff running for the county spot against the USA’s red white and blue. One day, the billboard was gone…

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New Gold Mine Threatens to Open in Jerome AZ: 1980’s

Outfitted with overlarge Wellington boots, a hard hat with a flashlight and a self-rescue device, which would give us breathable air in case of a fire, Walter and I are ready to descend 1100 feet down the hoist located at the Audrey Shaft in Jerome, adjacent to the Douglas State Park. In the 1980’s, a new gold mine was proposed in this location.

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Azure-Colored Water Caused by Mining Wastes, Jerome AZ

Jerome’s mining wealth came at a big cost to the surrounding environment. Mining has always been a dirty business. The biggest environmental hazard that directly affected citizens in the Jerome community was the flow of azure-colored water.

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Rescuing The Jerome AZ Fire Department

Carmen Kotting was one of two new firefighters that volunteered in the late nineteen seventies. “Just after I got on the department there was a fire on Diaz Street. Nobody showed up when the alarm went off, so I jumped on the ‘28 truck. It had a bent seat and I had to stand up on the petals. Going down hill, I had to double-clutch and pray the brakes would hold. By the time I got to the fire, my knees were jelly. Then others came and we hosed the fire out.”

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