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Bisbee - Hard Rock Drilling Competition - If you've never seen one, put it on your calendar for Fourth of July!

"Miners immense pride in their skills of the craft led to mining competitions. Miners competed in mucking, pushing cars, machine drilling and the greatest contest of all them, hand drilling. To be successful in a hand drilling competition one has to master ,team work, technique, and have speed, with fantastic endurance. Danger always lurkers with the possibility of a hand destroyed by a miss of the steel by the hammer. The best drillers will be striking the steel 60 to over 70 hits a minute.
The contest were held using all styles of hand drilling with additional style call single hand . It is done like double jacking except the driller does all the hitting except no switching with the person turning the steel.
There is a lot of disagreement and misinformation on the drilling records set. Most of the misinformation is from the lack of understanding how to drill.

The important factors to consider in comparing early drilling contest
• Rock type – hardness, consistence
• Hammer weight
• Steel width
• Time allotted
• Style"
"Hi guys, it's me!" is probably not the way our publisher would want a video introduced.

It's me, reporter for Herald/Review media, roving the county assisting writers with imagery and finding stories of my own. It's like, like, well, like months since I started here. I've met some amazing people and heard some cool stories.

Hey, did you know Billy the Kid killed his first person right here in Cochise county? I didn't.

I learned this while on assignment with Karen Schaffner who is working on a Heritage Festival project. Check out video of what I learned. The ranchers is owner of O Bar O Ranch Tim Robinson.

Here's my off-assignment report:
For this Wednesday's paper I was at the border town of Naco, AZ, capturing an image for Lyda Longa's piece on three tourists trapped on the Mexican side of the border when US Customs closed the port of entry earlier than scheduled. Frustration and confusion ensued.

Read Lyda's report for details, but first listen to the "two gringas and a gringo" briefly describe their ordeal in my on-the-spot video.
In my previous post I mentioned meeting some amazing people and hearing cool stories while I'm covering Cochise County.

Well this is one of those amazing people. His name is Kacey McCallister and he's had an incredible life story to tell.

In my video, Kacey tells jokes on stage to loosen up his audience.

Read the story I filed for Benson:

"Kacey was at Benson High to tell his story. The results of that horrific accident are obvious, he has no legs. “Everyone is overcoming challenges,” Kacey said, “and honestly, not having legs is not my challenge.”

That was his message on that day. “In everyone’s life there are challenges, even if it seems less significant like grades, or large as losing a loved one. Whatever that challenge is, it’s large to that person, but I think we can address them in the same ways. It’s one day at a time and I keep moving forward. Even if you fail a dozen times, if you keep looking forward you can overcome that challenge.”

On stage McCallister tells of a young Kacey undeterred by his missing limbs, wanting to participate in sports and activities that some found ill-advised or simply just not possible for him to accomplish. His determination only grows with age, while mostly ignoring nay-sayers. “They’re not me, they weren’t me! I decided what I could achieve.”