To Run the AC, or Not to Run the AC?

hot and tired

Q: My friend turns his air-conditioning off when he goes to work, goes on vacation or plans on being out of the house for more than a few hours. It gets up to 100 degrees in his house. Is he really saving money on his electric bill?

A: Coincidentally, as this is written, the air-conditioning is off here at the Valley 101 offices on the No. 9 parapet of the Dark Tower.

Joe Felmer’s Mule Scheme Goes Awry


Going back a few years, before the mass migration of green­horns, Joe Felmer was one of Arizona’s better-known colorful personalities. Felmer did a little scouting for the Army around old Camp Grant in the 1870s and had a little ranch a few miles from the post. He had been married to an Apache woman for a time and considered himself able to match wits with the wily warriors in every way.

Quick and Easy Salsa Recipe


About once a month, we’re bringing you a scrumptious and doable recipe with a southwestern flare. This salsa recipe was originally published in Clay Thompson’s Enormously Big Official Valley 101 Cookbook. Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Whether you’re a professional chef or home cook, we want to hear from you. Submit to

The Concrete Iron Man of Bisbee

The Concrete Iron Man of Bisbee

BISBEE — About two years ago, Bisbeeans celebrated the 75th anniversary of a statue. Not just any statue, however. It’s a city icon, standing nine feet tall and weighing in at more than 2,000 pounds. Although commonly called the Iron Man or the Copper Man, the official name is the Courthouse Plaza Miners’ Monument. And it is neither iron or copper.

Casa Grande Domes Are Nobody’s Homes

Domes near Casa Grande

CASA GRANDE — Oddity seekers will find a bonanza when they come across a set of round relics squatting in the desert south of Casa Grande. At first glance, they look like abandoned UFOs. Closer inspection reveals they’re manmade, and they’re sort of spooky.