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ONLINE V~ BENSON ST. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009 50 CENTS 8AN P|DH0 V. ALL Y *******o*MZXED17 ADC 852 SNALL TONN PAPERS O26 CALZFO SEATTLI~, hlA R9NZZA36AV~ S[4 EWS DAVID POMERENE CASCABEL * IV] ESCAL * J-SIX D RAL~ u~,,. sT. DA~#. Saturday Farmers Market upc0ming, A2 H~~. Way We Were feature, A3 BeEKV. What's happening in &around Benson, A7 THIS WEEK IN B SECTION OUR FURRY, FEATHERED FRIENDS Hospital moving,forward wilh vital election Thelma Grimes SAN PEDRO VALLEY NEWS-SUN The San Pedro Valley Hospi- tal District is moving foi'ward with election plans without offi- cial'approval from the Arizona Legislature. Benson Hospital CEO Ron McKinnon said he's sure the legislature will pass the bill that would allow them to hold the special tax election, but to meet election deadlines, they have to send out ballots before lawmak- ers officially vote. The hospital was caught in the crossfire of a new law passed in 2007, requiring school districts to hold override and bond elections only in Novem- ber. The problem with the law was that hospitals also have to hold such elections in-Novem- ber, and" Benson and one other hospital in the state were faced with losing up to $1 million in revenues if an emergency bill weren't passed by the state leg- islature to hold an election as planned this summer. Tom Schelling, Cochise Coun- ty Election Director, said the new law passed because law- makers felt more people vote in November elections. The San Pedro Valley Hospi- tal District (SPVHD) goes to voters every five years to seek approval to continue the sec- ondary hospital district proper- ty tax. The tax, which is 90 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, was first approved in 1999. It was last approved in 2004. Denise Hurtado, the hospital's chief financial officer, said if the See VOTE, A6 Benson not up to .Fortune 500 standard-s Thelma Grimes SAN PEDRO VALLEY NEWS-SUN Benson City officials said they aren't sure why an anonymous Fortune 500 company opted not to build a new cloud computing center in Benson. Mayor Mark Fenn said a couple months ago a meeting was held in Benson with city officials and local utility companies such as Southwest Gas and Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Power Cooperative (SSVEC), where members of the Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO), and Arizona Department of Commerce, said they had "a client" interested in building a new project in the area. Fenn said few details were divulged in the meet- ing: Public Works Director Brad Hamilton described it as "a job interview" for the city. They were asked questions about the city, What it could provide and if the utility companies such as SSVEC could meet their needs. All partieb attending the meeting still do not know the identity of the actual company. All they know is they were planning to build a cloud com- puting center, or a server warehouse for online services on a 6,000-acre parcel off State Route 90. See NO DEAL, A6 SSVEC board tours future solar park ThelmaGrimes SAN PEDRO VALLEY NEWS-SUN Members of the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric (SSVEC) Power Cooperative board said they could provide the power required to get the solar energy park planned on Aviation Drive running in the future. SSVEC representatives toured the site for the future production plant on Thursday. Kevin Rasch, the developer of the 200-acre property, told the util- See SSVEC, A6 The multiplying factor THIE~ ~ I News~Sun Sad affair: While cute, the sad reality is many kittens and cats never find a home because they are placed in the "unwanted" category. Above, is a litter now available for adoption at the Benson Animal Shelter. One unfixed cat can turn into 420,000 kittens Thelma-Grimes SAN PEDRO VALLEY NEWS-SUN In just seven years, one cat and its first titter of kittens can produce more than 420,000 unwanted cats if pet owners don't take advantage of the spay and neuter programs available in aknost every communi- ty. Residents who cannot afford the veterinary bills but own animals, still have a responsibility not only SEE MORE ABOUT PETS IN THE VALLEY IN THE B-SECTION to the community, but also to their pet. Programs such as those provid- ed by the San Pedro Valley Humane Society (SPVHS)offer assistance. Sandra Watson, the SPVHS exec- utive director, said they have been helping pet owners with spaying and neutering costs~since 1993. SPVHS has worked out a deal with both the All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and the Benson Animal Hos- pital to try to limit the number of unwanted cats and dogs born every year. According to the Humane Soci- ety of the United States, besides 420,000 cats being born in seven years, one unfixed dog and its first see RXED, B5 ADOT to discuss Cochise County transportation in Benson meeting Thelma Grimes S~N-PEDRO VALLEY NEWS-SUN The Arizona Depart- ment of Transportation (ADOT) will be hosting a meeting in Benson June 30 to discuss the North- west Coc~se County Transportation Plan. Bill Harmon, of ADOT's Safford district, said the meeting will dis- cuss plans for the future regarding State Routes 80 and 90 and the Inter- state 10 corridors. "We need to look "at population and growth in the area," Harmon said. "We are going to look at the demands on traffic and the improvements we can do to accommo- date that growth. Then we will need to put our heads together and figure out how to pay for all of it." Harmon said like every other department in the state, ADOT will be taking a hit in the 2009-2010 budget. "We are no different than the rest," he said. "The recession has hit us just as hard, and I think a lot of projects are going to suffer because of it." Harmon said a lot of projects will be put on hold in the upcoming year, and in the Benson area, the only thing mov- ing forward will be the reconstruction on Inter- state 10 near State Route 90. The upcoming meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Benson Community Cen- ter on Union Street. Flag retirement The annual: Flag retirment cere- mony was held in Benson Sun- day at Cochise Gardens of Rest Cemetery. See more photos on AIO.