Halloween in Bisbee

by Debrah on November 11, 2015

It’s Halloween in Bisbee, and it seems the entire town is dressing up. There are parties and parades in Old Bisbee, and folks are celebrating the Mexican holiday El Dia de los Muertos at the same time. I’m staying home, however, not willing to brave the traffic and long walks anywhere. A lot of Bisbee’s kids go to the big Halloween party held each year at the Boys & Girls Club, so I don’t know how many trick-or-treaters I’ll get this year, but I’m ready for them. Next year, however, I should be strong enough at least to put in an appearance at the adult festivities. I think I’ll go as a pirate, and try to figure out how to make my prosthetic foot look like a peg leg.

We’ve had festivals and big events all month long. Fifteen hundred people—aged seven to eighty—signed up for the annual 1000 Stair Climb and brought friends and family along to enjoy the beer fest and a Plein Air competition for artists as well. Then there was the Bisbee After 5 Art Walk, and Vintage Bisbee, a wine tasting held in City Park.

Some folks participated in the Ironman Ice competition. They climbed a lot of stairs while carrying a block of ice in old-fashioned tongs. Our fire department benefits from the Fire and Ice Challenge, which is like the Ironman Ice race, but the participants are firefighters dressed in full gear.

Bisbee was up to its usual tricks this past month, when a man, discharged from the hospital, left the building, got drunk, and went back to the hospital. A woman, still in a hospital gown, walked into a local bank. Police were called about a man being hit by a car, but it turned out he just fell out of the car. Then a man was stopped for speeding and his excuse was that he was late for church.

A loose Rottweiler terrorized a neighborhood in Naco, our border town, and to the northeast of us a donkey was reported for chasing a woman who was walking her dogs. Later, a horse and a donkey were reported traveling together on a country road. We don’t know if it was the same donkey, however.

The Bad Neighbor of the Month award went to someone who won’t let even a six-foot fence stop him/her from throwing weeds into the yard next door. On the same street, perhaps at the same house, the neighbor was reported for cutting a tree and throwing it into the neighbor’s yard.

Family feuds got a little out of hand this month. A boy hit his father with a rock, but we don’t know what injuries occurred. Then a father dumped a plate of spaghetti on his son. Since there were no injuries, we don’t know why anybody called the police about it.

A bit more serious was a bomb threat at Cochise County Superior Court. It being Columbus Day there weren’t many people to evacuate from the building. There were plenty of people outside, however, with the Bisbee Police, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Fort Huachuca Bomb Squad/Canine Unit all showing up to help close the streets, etc. No suspicious devices were found.

Mid-way through the month, a cross-border shooting occurred. A U.S. Border Patrol agent fired his service weapon into Mexico near Naco. The agent was securing a suspect on this side of the line and believed he saw someone pointing a gun at him. We don’t know if anyone was hurt this time. Farther west of here, a few years ago, kids were throwing rocks north across the line at agents, one of whom fired a weapon. That time somebody died.

Police received a call from a man who wanted an officer to stand by while he terminated his caregiver. By which we believe he meant to “fire” the caregiver. Somebody called about not feeling well after buying 4000 tamales from a door vendor. We don’t know if there was a problem with the tamales, the man felt bad about spending all that money, or if he tried to eat them all at one sitting.

In Old Bisbee, the Ghost Tour group was chased by a skunk, which turned out to be real. Then someone called to report a man lying in a driveway. He claimed to be able to become invisible. By the time the police arrived to investigate, he had disappeared.


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