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Safford Field Office
Release Date: 10/05/12
Contacts: Diane Drobka, 928-348-4403    

BLM Hosting Two History-Related Talks

Safford, Ariz.  With the busy summer season ended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Safford Field Office is resuming its monthly Brown Bag lunch talks.  The upcoming talk will be on October 12, at noon, at the BLM office, located at 711 14th Avenue in Safford.

Historian Hal Herbert will introduce Ryder Ridgway’s newly published book, “The Power Family of Graham County, Arizona” and Tom Cobb will introduce his new novel, “With Blood in their Eyes.” Tom Cobb is an expert on the Power Brothers’ shootout and adds his creative talent to the talk.  Both speakers will offer a reexamination of the Power Brothers shootout.

The Power’s Cabin is located within the Coronado National Forest in the Galiuro Mountains of southeastern Arizona.  The gunfight took place in 1918, resulting from the issuance of an arrest warrant for brothers Tom and John Power for draft evasion in World War I.

Ryder Ridgway wrote his book several years ago but asked that it not be published until after his death and the death of all the direct descendants of the participants as he did not want to embarrass anyone.

In 1975, the Power’s Cabin was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information about the talk, contact Dave Arthun at 348-4428.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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