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(AS WE READ IT, SEE IT, HEAR IT, OR IS SENT IN TO US)
Seen in or around several Palominas yards
and our desert recently
Quickly identified by members of the Palominas egroup.
(Mastigoproctus giganteus (Lucas))
From an Internet site, this was found:
It is found primarily in west Texas especially in the Trans-Pecos
region, but has been reported as far north as the Panhandle and in south
Texas.Life Cycle: Eggs are carried in a sac by the female. After
hatching, they ride on the female’s back similar to scorpions.Habitat,
Food Source(s), Damage: Mouthparts are for chewing.Vinegaroons are
nocturnal and have poor vision, relying on sensing vibrations to locate
prey. They are more commonly found in desert areas but they have also
been reported in grassland, scrub, pine forests, and mountains.Pest
Status: Considered non-poisonous but they can pinch; capable of
spraying a mist from scent glands at the base of the tail when
disturbed. The mist produced by our species contains 85% concentrated
acetic acid or vinegar, hence the name "vinegaroon.
August 23, 2006
|In reply to the 'letter to the editor' published in the Sierra Vista
Herald on 30 July, 2006, APS has sent out this information letter to
its affected customers and also to this Palominas web site.
The original letter to the editor is included below the APS letter.
For a PDF version of this APS letter, please
use this link.
subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
N. BROWN AVENUE
GRANDE, AZ 85222
August 23, 2006
Dear Valued Customer,
I am writing to thank you for your patience as APS
works to improve its electrical service in the Hereford-Palominas area.
recognize that you may have experienced electrical service interruptions
throughout this process. Although the majority of the outages you have
experienced have been weather related, some of these disruptions have
occurred as we upgrade our equipment and facilities to meet the growing
population -- and increased electricity usage -- in the area.
Since 2004, APS has completed significant
improvements to the electrical infrastructure serving this area, including
upgrading the substation and distribution feeders; rebuilding utility
poles and power lines; replacing and/or rebuilding transformers; and
installing lightning arrestors to help lower the number of weather-related
outages. To increase the amount of power we can import into the
Hereford-Palominas area, we are constructing a new 69,000-volt
transmission line that will connect to a new substation located in the
Palominas area. The substation is set to be completed in 2008.
Upon completion, total maintenance and improvements
to the electric facilities in the area are estimated to exceed $7.8
I realize any power outages and momentary service
interruptions are frustrating and inconvenient. However, I assure you that
APS is making a considerable effort to maintain existing facilities in the
area and to construct new infrastructure. We value our customers and take
great pride in providing the best service possible. Should you have any
concerns or questions, please feel free to contact Don W. Hudgins, Area
Supervisor, Cochise District, at (520) 364-1536.
Southeast Division Manager
Here are the APS phone numbers: Bisbee: 432-2281; 1-800-253-9405 (Report
each power outage.)
A LETTER TO THE EDITOR - PUBLISHED IN THE SIERRA VISTA HERALD ON 30
LET COMMISSION KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT APS
To the Editor: (SV Herald, July 30, 2006)
Are you are tired of the repeated power outages causing the lack of
cooling for your home, no water if you are on a well, etc.? This is a
health and sanitation issue, too. Arizona Public Service has actually
admitted that the existing lines cannot handle the power demand now. Just
wait until the developers start their planned push for 420-plus 1/2-acre
lot, $400,000 homes in Palominas.
The promises of underground lines has turned into the huge overhead metal
“lighting rod” poles they have been/are putting in. The promised new
substation will not be built until 2008. Don’t believe them. They are
trying to placate us and we have fallen for it for too many years. We will
have to make our voices heard. Tell your representatives how you feel and
that you will be expressing these feelings in the local elections. Call
the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Utilities Division at
1-800-222-7000 and file a complaint. We have been working with the Arizona
Corporation Commission and have been advised by the commission and the APS
repair people that everyone needs to call the toll-free number below and
leave a message about power outages, no water because of no well pumps,
and well breakers being tripped and any other gripe you may have every
time an outage occurs, no matter how brief. These are the outages that
burn up your electronics, too.
Did you know APS is up for a rate hike hearing in October? Every complaint
that gets filed (with the commission) will be on the docket for that review. It is especially
important you do not call when you know it’s a Mother Nature thing. For
a monsoon lightning outage, etc., call APS. It doesn’t matter when you
call, they have an answering machine 24/7 you can talk in to. Leave your
name, the time, the day, your gripe and a call-back number — if it is a
long outage, call back again when it is over and leave time, date etc.
again. They will call you back.
The docket for the October meeting can be viewed at www.cc.state.az.us
. The commission will give you the exact date and time of the meeting when
it becomes available. You will be able to listen to the meeting on the
Internet via live streaming audio. It will be available on the
commission’s home page at “Divisions” and “Utilities” on the day
of the meeting.
You will not be able to speak via the Internet, so get this info to the
commission now and every time it happens. The docket number for the case
For your information, Arizona state statute reads: “40-321. Power of
commission to determine adequacy of service rendered by public service
corporation; enforcement by order or regulation; duty of compliance by
“A. When the commission finds that the equipment, appliances, facilities
or service of any public service corporation, or the methods of
manufacture, distribution, transmission, storage or supply employed by it
are unjust, unreasonable, unsafe, improper, inadequate or insufficient,
the commission shall determine what is just, reasonable, safe, proper,
adequate or sufficient, and shall enforce its determination by order or
“B. The commission shall prescribe regulations for the performance of
any service or the furnishing of any commodity and upon proper demand and
tender of rates, the public service corporation shall furnish the
commodity or render the service within the time and upon the conditions
Judy Hartman and Michelle Deerfoot