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The Voices of the Cienega Watershed Partnership
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    • Annie Helmericks-Louder Oral History Interview

    • Annie Helmericks-Louder Oral History Interview
    • Helmericks-Louder, Annie
    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona
    • Experiences living on the Empire Ranch from 1969-1975 when married to Steve Boice. This file is an excerpt from the oral history. The full audio file and typewritten transcript are in the collection of the Empire Ranch Foundation. Full length...
    • Austin Moss Oral History Interview

    • Austin Moss Oral History Interview
    • Moss, Austin
    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona
    • Austin Moss was born on December 9, 1923 in Oracle, Arizona. Orphaned at an early age, he was raised by his grandmother and other family members in Tucson and New Mexico. At the age of 15 he was hired to maintain and repair windmills by rancher...
    • Bailey Foster Oral History Interview

    • Bailey Foster Oral History Interview
    • Foster, Bailey
    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona; Slash S Ranch (Ariz.)
    • Recollections of his father working on the Empire Ranch for the Boice family. Bailey also describes his own work on the Cienega Ranch, his work for Bob Boice on the Slash S Ranch in Oracle, and his well-drilling business in Sonoita. This file...
    • Empire Gulch on the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

    • Empire Gulch on the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
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    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona; Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (Ariz.)
    • Empire Gulch on Las Cienegas National Conservation Area is a significant riparian area, with year-round water and dense vegetation important to birds and mammals. Once part of the historic Empire Ranch, the Gulch has been used for some time as a...
    • Fred Baker, Dean Bibles, and Henry Bisson Oral History Interview

    • Fred Baker, Dean Bibles, and Henry Bisson Oral History Interview
    • Baker, Fred; Bibles, Dean; Bisson, Henry
    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona; Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (Ariz.); Real property, Exchange of--Arizona
    • Dean Bibles was the Arizona State Director for Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Henry Bisson was the Phoenix District Manager for BLM, and Fred Baker was a Sonoita area rancher and land and agricultural real estate agent. They describe the...
    • George Proctor Oral History Interview

    • George Proctor Oral History Interview
    • Proctor, George
    • Oral history—Arizona; Watershed Management—Arizona; Forest Rangers—West (U.S.)—History
    • George Proctor discusses water resources and water politics in southern Arizona. He reflects on his career in the Forest Service and shares his observations of changes in the local climate as well as the habits of native wildlife. Mr. Proctor also...
    • Gerald Korte Oral History Interview

    • Gerald Korte Oral History Interview
    • Korte, Gerald
    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona
    • Gerald Korte worked and lived as a cowboy on the Empire Ranch for the Boice family from 1946-1949. He was the first president of the Empire Ranch Foundation. This interview discusses splitting up of the ranch among the Boice brothers and other...
    • Henry Dojaquez Oral History Interview

    • Henry Dojaquez Oral History Interview
    • Dojaquez, Henry
    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona
    • Memories of Henry's father, Mike Dojaquez, who worked as a cowboy on the Empire Ranch for the Vails, starting in 1907. Henry Dojaquez also worked on the Empire Ranch for the Boices for a very short period in 1936. He worked on a roundup and...
    • James Kolbe Oral History Interview

    • James Kolbe Oral History Interview
    • Kolbe, James
    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona; Rail X Ranch (Ariz.); Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (Ariz.); Real property, Exchange of--Arizona
    • James (Jim) Kolbe moved to Arizona in 1947 when his parents, Walter and Helen Kolbe, purchased the Rail “X” Ranch, which was originally part of the Empire Ranch. Located between Sonoita and Patagonia the Rail “X” ranch consisted of 500...
    • James Pickrell Oral History Interview

    • James Pickrell Oral History Interview
    • Pickrell, James
    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona; Veterinary Medicine--Arizona
    • Dr. James Pickrell is a veterinarian who worked for the Boice family at the Empire Ranch. Jim went to high school with Pancho and Bob Boice. His first involvement with the Empire Ranch as a veterinarian was when the foreman, Fred Barnett, asked...
    • Jeff Williamson Oral History Interview

    • Jeff Williamson Oral History Interview
    • Williamson, Jeff
    • Cienega Watershed (Ariz.); conservation of natural resources; Adaptive management (Environmental Management); Donaldson, John; Seidman, Mike
    • An interview of Jeff Williamson, Senior Conservationist with the Phoenix Zoo, who has logged in thousands of miles to conserve the Cienega Watershed. As director of the Arizona Zoological Society/Phoenix Zoo, Jeff brought together scientists,...
    • Jim Shilling

    • Jim Shilling
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    • Amerind Foundation (Ariz.); Texas Canyon (Ariz.)
    • Jim Shilling is a grandson of the original settlers of Texas Canyon. This photograph was taken at the time of his oral history interview on August 28, 2008. In his oral history, Shilling recounts the dance hall on the rock in Texas Canyon. Jim...
    • Jim Van Auken Oral History Interview

    • Jim Van Auken Oral History Interview
    • Van Auken, Jim
    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona; Livestock--Inspection--Arizona
    • Jim Van Auken was an Arizona livestock inspector (1953-1983) who inspected the last Boice Empire Ranch cattle and inspected Donaldson cattle at the Empire and on John Donaldson's Tortuga ranch. He describes the role of a livestock inspector and his...
    • John Donaldson Oral History Interview

    • John Donaldson Oral History Interview
    • Donaldson, John
    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona
    • John Donaldson entered into a joint venture with Anamax Mining Company in 1975 to run cattle on the Empire Ranch. He describes his business relationship with Anamax; his range management techniques, including mesquite removal; and the impact of...
    • Karen Simms Oral History Interview

    • Karen Simms Oral History Interview
    • Simms, Karen
    • Cienega Watershed (Ariz.); Bureau of Land Management; Land Use--Planning; Donaldson, John; Fish
    • An interview of Karen Simms, who has lived and worked on Las Cienegas National Conservation Area for 23 years. She began as a field biologist and became an ecologist and land use planner for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Karen describes how...
    • Las Cienegas Conservation Area Green-Up (Cienega Watershed)

    • Las Cienegas Conservation Area Green-Up (Cienega Watershed)
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    • Cienega Watershed (Ariz.); Bureau of Land Management; Land Use--Planning
    • Las Cienegas National Conservation Area is at the heartland of the southern part of the Cienega Watershed in southeastern Arizona. This desert grassland has been described as emerald green when temperatures and moisture permit native grasses to...
    • Laura “Dusty” Vail Ingram Oral History Interview

    • Laura “Dusty” Vail Ingram Oral History Interview
    • Ingram, Laura “Dusty” Vail
    • Empire Ranch (Ariz.); Ranches--Arizona
    • Laura “Dusty” Vail Ingram was the granddaughter of Walter and Margaret Vail and the daughter of Laura Perry and their son William Banning Vail, manager of the Empire Ranch from 1913 to 1928. Dusty lived on the Empire Ranch from 1914 to...
    • Martie Maierhauser Oral History Interview

    • Martie Maierhauser Oral History Interview
    • Maierhauser, Martie
    • Cienega Watershed (Ariz.); Colossal Cave (Ariz.); Cienega Corridor Conservation Council; Vail (Ariz.); Cienega Watershed Partnership; Colossal Cave Mountain Park
    • Martie Maierhauser came to Colossal Cave Mountain Park as a tour guide and stayed to become the director. She describes 50 years of efforts with her partner/spouse Joe Maierhauser to preserve the park and surrounding lands near Vail, Arizona, in...

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