PICTURE ROCKS DIGEST
|Volume 5, Number 6
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The Picture Rocks Digest is a publication of Citizens for Picture
Rocks, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(4) civic organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the community. Citizens
for Picture Rocks meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N.
Sanders Road. Meetings are free and open to the public. The next meeting is August 21, 2007. Everyone is welcome
to attend — membership not required, but highly recommended!
FIRE SEASON: PROTECTING
OURSELVES AND OUR COMMUNITY
Speaking at the June 19 Citizens for Picture Rocks meeting, Picture Rocks Fire
Department Division Chief Debbie Trimble and five firefighters outlined ways for residents to protect themselves and their
neighbors. As shown in the news, wildfires during the extreme drought are raging in many states, including Arizona.
They often begin unnoticed and spread quickly, especially in dry grasses.
||PRFD Division Chief Debbie Trimble, who has been with the department since 1984, shared fire safety information and answered
audience questions. She also announced that the Fire Department will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on November 3.
Watch for details.|
Among the ways to protect your own property are:
- Create a safety zone: keep weeds, wood and debris at least 30 feet from your home. BBQs should be in a cleared
area at least 15 feet from your house.
- Mark the entrance to your property with address signs that are clearly visible from the road.
- Provide emergency vehicle access through roads and driveways at least 12 feet wide with adequate turn-around
- Do not burn anything without a permit, and know that NO PERMITS ARE ISSUED DURING THE DRY SEASON.
When they are issued, burning is limited to natural vegetation, not trash, with a burn pit, a 10- foot clear area and a fire
extinguisher ready, at least 50 feet from any building.
- If fire threatens your home and time permits, shut off gas at the meter and turn off pilot lights and propane tanks.
Close windows and doors. Gather pets into one room and have a plan for evacuation and care. Face your vehicle in
the direction of escape with the doors unlocked and the key in the ignition. Connect garden hoses to outside taps.
Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet of your home.
- Don't toss cigarettes out of car windows or leave camp fires unattended. Observe all fire regulations.
- Teach children and grandchildren about fire safety. Practice evacuation. Have an Evacuation Kit ready that includes
medications and water to meet three days' needs.
PRFD firefighters Lyle Kennedy, Charles Hay, Karl Peipelman, Chris Farmer and Chris Cover answered
audience questions and shared their experiences dealing with emergencies in the area
CITIZENS FOR PICTURE ROCKS
July Meeting Cancelled
Regular Monthly Meeting will be
Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 p.m.
Picture Rocks Community Center
5615 N. Sanders Road
Guest speaker: Tom Evans,
Tucson Electric Power Company,
monsoon season safety.
Join us for an iced tea social time
before the meeting, at 6:30 p.m.
All neighbors are welcome.
WHERE THE NAME CAME FROM
Recently a media contest for
Southern Arizona's "Seven Wonders"
named Picture Rocks as one of the region's treasures - not our community, but the petroglyphs at the Redemptorist
Center over the hill off Picture Rocks Road.
Actually, there are many petroglyph sites in the Avra Valley. Most are hard to find,
except for Signal Hill
in Saguaro National Park (West), well worth a visit after paying the visitor's fee at the Red Hills Visitor Center. The Signal
Hill picnic area, with the 1/4 mile trail to the petroglyphs, is reached on Golden Gate Road, off Sandario, north of the
Kinney Road intersection.
Petroglyphs (commonly called glyphs) are drawings pecked, carved or incised into
rocks, and were made by the Huhugam people a thousand and
more years ago, and by the Archaic peoples before them.
Drawings that are painted on rocks are called pictographs. Among the most
common depictions are sunbursts, spirals and circles, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelopes, mountain lions, dancing
people, pregnant stick figures, and abstract designs.
While archaeologists disagree on the meaning of many symbols, it is likely that
petroglyphs often tell a story, offer prayers for good hunting and fertility, show locations, establish clan territory, and
dramatize representations of a spirit world visited by shamans. They are not random markings or graffiti, as some have
suggested. A look at the perfect spiral on top of Signal Hill, created by hitting a rock chisel with a rock hammer into an
uneven angular rock face with precision, shows the great care and skill that went into making petroglyphs, the reason
they are often known as rock art. Rock art sites are believed to be sacred and should not be disturbed or touched or
climbed on. They are protected by law and monitored by Site Stewards and Park rangers.
Three views of the many petroglyphs adorning the rocks atop Signal Hill in Saguaro National
Park - West.
The Huhugam people, believed by the
Tohono O'odham to be their ancestors, lived
near waterways like the Santa Cruz River, and built extensive canals to irrigate crops of corn, beans, squash and cotton
as much as six miles from the river. In the summer, groups came over the hill to grow crops, and moved tons of rocks to
control rainwater flooding down from hills during the chubasco season. And they made amazing rock art that we are
lucky enough to enjoy and appreciate a millennium later.
(Note: If you are interested in learning more about Arizona archaeology,
Old Pueblo Archaeology Center has free talks on the third
Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m., 5100 W. Ina Road. For information, call 798-1201.)
PARK OFFERS HIKES;
TRAIL PLANS OPEN TO COMMENT
Relatively flat terrain evening hikes are scheduled in Saguaro National Park - West
for Fridays, July 20, August 3 and August 17 at 6 p.m. The two-mile, two-hour walks require advance reservations; call
733-5158. An early morning Bird Walk is set for Saturday, August 4, at 6 a.m.
The Park recently laid out alternative plans for trails in the Park, and public
comment is invited before July 28. One plan would add a new trail around the Civilian Conservation Corps ruins off
Rudasill Road. Others would limit or add horse and bicycle activities. To check it all out and comment,
MARANA CARE FAIR TO BE HELD AUG. 4
The Marana Health Center and
Marana Unified School District will host the 6th Annual
Marana Care Fair at Marana Middle School, 11279 W.
Grier Road, on Saturday, August 4, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Booths will provide information on a variety of health and
medical topics. Children's activities will include a jumping castle, clown, pony rides and food. Free immunizations and
dental screenings will be available for K-12 students, 7th-12th grade sports physical for $20, and eligibility screening for
CPR FORMS YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
At the June, 2007 meeting of Citizens for Picture Rocks, local students James
Julian, Dillon Elster, Mike Balicki and Alex spoke to members about the need for more activities for young people in
Picture Rocks. They volunteered to help create a Youth Advisory Council that will address the needs and concerns of our
youth. CPR members Dann Barr and Tammy Shanley volunteered to be the adult advisors to the Council. Those wanting
to get involved can call Dann or Tammy at 603-8099.
At the July Coordinating Committee meeting, Roy Johnson of the
Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson explained how that organization
operates and how its programs might benefit Picture Rocks youth. We thank him for making the long trip out here and
sharing valuable information.
GRAFFITI WORKSHOP OFFERS HELP
On June 30, Citizens for Picture Rocks President Tom Allen, Secretary Kaitlin
Meadows, and Coordinating Committee Chair Jackie Hale attended a PRO Neighborhoods workshop on graffiti removal.
Graffiti is illegal activity, often gang-related, and should be removed as soon as possible. The participants came home with
some tools and some good ideas on preventing and/or removing graffiti, and certificates entitling them to limited support
when the community sets out to remove graffiti.
CORRECTION: ORTIZ CLINIC'S
PHONE NUMBER IS 682-3777
The phone number for the Ortiz Community Health Center in the recently-published Get Connected
Picture Rocks! guide to local services and businesses was incorrect; the correct number is (520) 682-3777. Sorry for any
inconvenience. The guide is available at local businesses and at the Picture Rocks Community Center.
WATER - SAVING TIPS
We live in the desert in a time of extreme drought and water conservation is always in order. Here are a
few ways to save water (and maybe even lower bills):
- Fix drips and leaks.
- Cover pools when not in use.
- Take shorter showers and turn water off while soaping and shampooing.
- Fix drips and leaks.
- Flush toilets less often.
- Turn off water after wetting toothbrush and while shaving.
- Don't water outside during the hot part of the day.
- Mulch trees and plants.
- Fix drips and leaks.
- Wash your vehicle less often.
- Run washing machines and dishwashers only with full loads.
- Keep evaporative coolers properly maintained, with clean pads.
- Keep a bottle of drinking water in your refrigerator; avoid running the tap to cool your water.
- Pray for rain.
- Fix drips and leaks!
The Picture Rocks Digest is written by Albert Lannon (email:
firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 622-3561).
Additional materials and formatting by Karen Zopf. Distribution of the print version is thanks to Jim Pethe.