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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Green Valley, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Green Valley, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Green Valley, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Green Valley, AZ

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Green Valley, AZ

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Green Valley, AZ

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Green Valley, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Green Valley, AZ

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Green Valley, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Green Valley, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Green Valley, AZ?

Check out our FAQ page or reach out to our helpful customer service team today @

520.263.8881

Latest News in Green Valley, AZ

Will GVR get a dog park? They're a step closer

A previous version of this article stated that, according to GVR Foundation President Tim Stewart, the GVR Pickleball Club supported a dog park at Canoa Ranch. Stewart has since told the Green Valley News that the GVR Pickleball Club has not issued official support.Green Valley loves its dogs, but for those looking for open spaces, it’s a long drive to the two public dog parks in Sahuarita.The GVR Foundation and a group of dog-loving GVR members are looking to change that with a proposed private dog park coincidi...

A previous version of this article stated that, according to GVR Foundation President Tim Stewart, the GVR Pickleball Club supported a dog park at Canoa Ranch. Stewart has since told the Green Valley News that the GVR Pickleball Club has not issued official support.

Green Valley loves its dogs, but for those looking for open spaces, it’s a long drive to the two public dog parks in Sahuarita.

The GVR Foundation and a group of dog-loving GVR members are looking to change that with a proposed private dog park coinciding with a yet-to-be-formalized Canine Club.

The GVR Planning and Evaluation Committee on Thursday discussed several projects identified as having interest among members, including a dog park.

Leslie Kush is president of the Canine Club, a newly formed group of about 50 GVR members who have submitted an application to become a GVR club. They have met each week since mid-December to develop ideas for the club and to research what it would take to make a dog park a possibility.

“A lot of GVR members who use the Pima County dog parks find they’re very much on the outskirts of our boundaries,” she said. “We sat around and dreamed of a park closer in, frequented by people we knew, knew their dogs. We saw an opportunity to bring more attention to our need.”

Kush said for many Green Valley residents, packing their dogs in the car and getting to Sahuarita — which operates two public dog parks — can be challenging.

“I think it could be so helpful as seniors can so often be challenged with mobility or balance, briefly or for a long period,” she said. “A dog park becomes an essential part of having a happy household at that point.”

Kush said a 2018 GVR survey showed about 50% of GVR members are dog owners, and the desire for a Green Valley park comes up a lot, even among people who don’t have dogs.

“We figure the more we talk about a dog park the more likely we are to have one,” she said. “We don't think a dog park is an entitlement and we really want to help.”

If the dog park is approved by the P&E Committee, it would be a GVR members-only park. Kush said the concept of a membership park has a lot of benefits.

"When people know each other they seem to come at the same time, then they look after each other,” she said. “If someone’s mobility is impaired, other people are cleaning up after the dog for them, making sure their dog’s ball gets thrown.”

“We think there's a lot to be said for a well-managed membership park where people can know who they are mixing with and what dogs, (and) have some kind of control over the environment, and that makes it safer and cleaner usually.”

The GVR Foundation supports a dog park and has been instrumental in getting the Canine Club going.

Foundation President Tim Stewart said he and fellow P&E Committee member Carol Lambert contacted dog owners about a club.

“When we are out talking with folks, they say, ‘Gee, we need a dog park.’ It’s something we hear repeatedly,” he said. “Carol, having a gorgeous dog, said, ‘Hey, I'll work with you on that. Let's see what we can do.'”

“It was always my contention that there was a massive need and there would be great enthusiasm for it. Dog people are very passionate about their dogs.”

Stewart said the Foundation’s part in the dog park will be funding efforts and helping to plan.

“We’re a partner and that's what we want to be,” he said. “We will work with staff to give them input. Once you identify a location for a park and what you need, you can do fundraising.”

The foundation has suggested an unused area by the pickleball courts at Canoa Ranch, a location Stewart said is ideal for the type of dog park they are looking for.

“I think it would work well there. It’s on the south side of Green Valley and we have nothing over there,” he said. “That's the place we recommended to GVR. They would have to do engineering but we’ve never heard it committed to any purpose, it’s not additional courts.”

He said the area already has certain infrastructure in place, such as water and restrooms, and does not intrude on homes. He also said the GVR Pickleball Club supports a dog park there.

It meets the main needs Kush sees for a Green Valley dog park — space to separate dogs of different sizes and types, clean water, level land for ADA accessibility and a convenient location for residents.

During the meeting, GVR members also brought up concerns and questions, including liability, location, cost and timing. Some questioned whether there were potential insurance liabilities due to the possibility of dog bites.

CEO Scott Sommers said that’s something they are still exploring the cost of with their insurance provider.

The original estimated budget presented for the project was $95,000. It has now gone up to as high as $270,000.

GVR Director Kathi Bachelor raised her concerns with the project’s timing and unforeseen costs during the meeting as an audience member.

Bachelor added that she didn’t want this project to be rushed when costs hadn’t been locked down.

Director Bart Hillyer, who also was in the audience, was skeptical of GVR taking on a dog park and listed several questions for the committee to consider.

“How many GVR members actually own dogs? How many GVR members use the dog parks in Sahuarita? I don't know the answer to that,” Hillyer said. “How many HOAs have dog park areas? I don't know the answer to that question either but I can tell you that my HOA does.”

Hillyer argued that a dog park would make more sense to be managed by a municipality or an HOA, rather than GVR.

“It seems to me that the first step ought to be a coordinated lobbying effort with GVR Foundation, the Greater Green Valley Community Foundation, the Canine Club and individual dog owners all lobby Pima County to have a park,” Hillyer said. “To me it just doesn't make much sense for GVR to have a dog park when it doesn't have any people parks.”

Sahuarita's two dog parks at are Quail Creek-Veterans Memorial Park and Anamax Park. Quail Creek and Rancho Sahuarita have private dog parks for residents.

The Canine Club and GVR Foundation said the county has no plans to bring a dog park to Green Valley, and the possibility of adding a dog park to the Canoa Hills Trail Park has been ruled out.

Kush believes safety concerns could easily be mitigated by the dog park etiquette class they plan to require of Canine Club members.

The committee voted to move forward with the dog park, collaborating with Canine Club members to determine amenities and location and then present a recommendation to the committee next month.

Kush is hopeful for the dog park and said the Canine Club will be considered for approval in the March meeting and hope to have a kick-off event in the fall.

The Canine Club will also unveil a website featuring local resources for dog owners soon.

Green Valley hospital to close permanently June 30

Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital in Green Valley announced Friday it will close the doors permanently at noon June 30.The decision comes less than a week after notifying 300 employees that there was a strong possibility it could cease operations by the end of summer.CEO Steve Harris said the decision came after they were unable to secure staffing for emergency room services over the Fourth of July weekend.On Monday, the 49-bed hospital triggered a WARN Act notice, a federal action required at least 60 days before a ma...

Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital in Green Valley announced Friday it will close the doors permanently at noon June 30.

The decision comes less than a week after notifying 300 employees that there was a strong possibility it could cease operations by the end of summer.

CEO Steve Harris said the decision came after they were unable to secure staffing for emergency room services over the Fourth of July weekend.

On Monday, the 49-bed hospital triggered a WARN Act notice, a federal action required at least 60 days before a mass layoff or plant closure. The hospital will pay employees through Aug. 20, in accordance with the act.

The slide to the end started in early June, when Tucson Medical Center announced it would not pursue purchasing the hospital after considering it for seven months.

Hospital owner Lateral GV, an offshoot of California-based Lateral Investment Management, sold the hospital building and land last year to Broadstone, a real estate investment trust in New York. Officials at Lateral, which continued to operate the hospital, did not immediately answer requests for comment Friday. An official from Broadstone said they had no comment.

Nearby medical buildings and physicians clinics planned for Tubac and Nogales are not affected by the closure.

The closure will leave the Green Valley/Sahuarita area with one hospital. The 18-bed Northwest Medical Center Sahuarita opened at Interstate 19 and Sahuarita Road in 2020.

The Sahuarita hospital released a statement Friday that read, in part, “Closing a hospital is never an easy decision, and we acknowledge and respect the team at Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital for the care they have provided to the community. Northwest Medical Center Sahuarita is strong, and we are continuously evaluating additional ways we can serve the community. We believe that it's important for patients to have access to healthcare close to home, and we will continue to provide that care locally.”

Northwest officials did not specifically address whether they would increase care options or open more beds in Sahuarita as a result of the Green Valley closure.

“It’s been a long, painful, agonizing process basically since day one,” Christy said. “It kind of rocks you when all of the sudden you realize they expended every avenue and every pathway to try to stay open and there’s just nothing left.”

Christy said the hospital would be a tough sell to investors given its history of financial instability.

Sue Koeller said she’d gone to the Green Valley hospital once as a patient.

“The only time I went out there I needed an MRI and the machine was broken,” she said. They gave her a CAT scan; she had to get an MRI elsewhere.

Even so, Koeller sees a specialist who works out of the hospital and said the closure will have an adverse impact on the area.

A broken ankle sent Judy Moulton to hospital’s emergency room. She was told she needed surgery, but the appointment they scheduled her for in Tucson was set for just 15 minutes after her discharge in Green Valley.

“That was several years ago and they’ve been through a lot of ups and downs,” she said. “I am sad to see it close. It seems like it’s been in trouble since day one.”

“Tucson is available,” she said. “Sometimes, it’s inconvenient.”

Santa Cruz opened as Green Valley Hospital in May 2015, financed through the U.S. government’s EV-5 Investor Visa program.

It filed for bankruptcy in 2017, and was purchased by Lateral, the lone bidder in a deal finalized by the courts in July 2018. Shortly thereafter, Northwest Healthcare announced an 18-bed hospital in Sahuarita, nine miles north.

UPDATE: Free income tax prep and filing assistance; East Center appointments taken

IRS-certified volunteers are ready to assist residents in the Sahuarita/Green Valley area with their income tax preparation and e-filing needs at four locations.The operations will differ slightly at each location.The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will operate sites at St. Francis-In-The-Valley Episcopal Church and the Sahuarita Food Bank. AARP Tax-Aide will operate a tax site at La Posada. All East Center appointments are taken.Tax preparers in both programs go through a rigorous training and certification pro...

IRS-certified volunteers are ready to assist residents in the Sahuarita/Green Valley area with their income tax preparation and e-filing needs at four locations.The operations will differ slightly at each location.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will operate sites at St. Francis-In-The-Valley Episcopal Church and the Sahuarita Food Bank. AARP Tax-Aide will operate a tax site at La Posada. All East Center appointments are taken.

Tax preparers in both programs go through a rigorous training and certification process, then must pass IRS certification tests before they can meet with clients. The difference between the two tax programs is their primary customer focus.

•VITA focuses on younger families that may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other beneficial IRS programs.

•AARP Tax-Aide focuses on seniors aged 50 and above.

But both programs will prepare and e-file tax returns for anyone who falls within the guidelines determined by the IRS. Neither program can prepare business returns, but many self-employed individuals can utilize the free tax services. Due to Arizona being a community property state, neither program can prepare Married Filing Separately tax returns. Neither program can prepare returns containing farm income. VITA has income restrictions, AARP does not.

Due to continuing COVID issues, the tax preparation process at each site will involve minimum person-to-person contact. Face masks are required for all interactions between volunteers and clients, unless posted otherwise.

Anyone who feels ill, has been in recent contact with someone with COVID-19, or has tested Positive for COVID within the previous five days should not come to any of the Green Valley tax sites until they feel better or test negative. This health precaution applies to both clients and volunteers.

GVR East Center, 7 S. Abrego Drive, Green Valley: ALL APPOINTMENTS TAKEN.

St. Francis-In-The-Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Canada, Green Valley: Curbside service only (no appointments), at the rear of the church. This tax site will see clients every Monday, noon to 1:30, and Friday, 9:30-11 a.m., beginning Feb. 4 and ending April 18. Clients will complete an IRS intake sheet and VITA consent forms, then leave that paperwork and their tax documents with a volunteer at their appointment time. The documents will be given to a counselor for preparation of the tax return, then passed on to another counselor for quality review. If any interview questions arise, the preparer or reviewer will contact the client at the phone number listed on their intake sheet. When the tax return is complete, the client(s) will be notified and asked to return to the site to review the completed tax return. Completed tax returns will be e-filed with the IRS and the applicable state(s). For married couples, only one member can be present when completing the initial paperwork, as a COVID precaution. When the tax return is completed, both members need to sign the final paperwork. For further information on this tax site, contact Pat Murphy at 520-329-3818.

Sahuarita Food Bank, at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ Community Resource Center, 17750 S La Canada Drive, Sahuarita: Curbside service only, until the COVID situation subsides. The site will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 9-11 a.m., beginning Feb 1 and ending April 13. Volunteers will meet taxpayers in the parking lot with the required paperwork. Clients will complete the forms in their vehicles and hand them over to a volunteer for review. Tax counselors will prepare and review each return over the next few days, and clients will be called when it’s time to review and sign for their completed return(s). The site will also be open on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for same-day service, beginning Feb. 3 and ending April 14. The drop-off process will be the same as described above, and clients will be called when their return(s) are completed. If COVID conditions subside, tax counselors may resume face-to-face preparation before the end of the tax season.

La Posada Recreation Building, 685 S La Posada Circle: This is Green Valley’s AARP tax site. It runs Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning Feb. 2 and ending April 15. All dropped off tax return information will be accepted by the site via appointment only. The only state counselors receive training in is Arizona; tax returns for other states cannot be prepared. Appointments can be scheduling, beginning Jan. 18, by accessing an online scheduling program at appt.link/gv-laposada-taxaide. Clients can select from multiple appointment choices, and they will get a confirmation e-mail after their selection is finalized. Clients without computer access and a valid e-mail address may call 520-222-7652. Please leave a voice message, as necessary. Tax preparation procedures will be similar to those described earlier for St.-Francis-in-the-Valley. Clients may pick up the necessary tax preparation paperwork at Valley Assistance Services, 3950 S. Camino Heroe (in The Springs development), beginning Jan. 25.

Procedures above are all based on the most recent COVID-19 restrictions. If those restrictions change, tax site procedures could also change. Our primary goal is to keep everyone safe during this pandemic. The final day for this year’s tax filing season is April 18. For further information, contact Mark Haskoe at 520-300-6407.

From the Editor: A final mission, a life changed

His final mission was certainly the most dangerous and, perhaps, the most life-changing. And Green Valley played a part in it.My brother Pat returns to Arizona from Ukraine on Thursday to consider his next move after spending a total of three months there since the war broke out Feb. 24.Less than a week before his trip home he set out on a mission — as he calls them — and the entire family was along for the ride via WhatsApp, which keeps us all connected in real time through texting. Here’s how it played out....

His final mission was certainly the most dangerous and, perhaps, the most life-changing. And Green Valley played a part in it.

My brother Pat returns to Arizona from Ukraine on Thursday to consider his next move after spending a total of three months there since the war broke out Feb. 24.

Less than a week before his trip home he set out on a mission — as he calls them — and the entire family was along for the ride via WhatsApp, which keeps us all connected in real time through texting. Here’s how it played out.

“EXTREMELY URGENT: Driver and vehicle needed for immediate extraction of very sick little girl with cancer tumor in head… The child cannot sit up and needs to be able to lay down in the vehicle. This is an EXTREMELY urgent case…”

An ambulance and several others declined to go because the girl's village was being shelled and curfew in eastern Ukraine near the front is strict — if you're out after hours, anything could happen.

Pat thought about it — probably not for very long — and texted us: “This might be my purpose."

He told the dispatchers he would go, along with Graham, his 20-year-old sidekick from Virginia who’d been with him for weeks.

We would later learn that a large group of volunteers in the dispatch chat immediately tried to talk him out of it. The child was in a village outside Kharkiv where the pitted roads, unstable military situation and bombs going off indiscriminately rendered it a near impossible task.

“We actually had some really tough arguments with many,” Pat wrote to us. “Eventually, there were a few who sent us personal messages telling us they understood why we went, but there were many who kept telling us that 4 dead people wouldn't bring back one.”

The dispatchers sent Pat a photo of the child — actually, a young woman of 20 — to brace him for what he’d be dealing with. A cancerous tumor had more than doubled the size of her head. Pat said when they arrived, it was actually far worse. The woman weighed about 60 pounds, skin and bones. Her name is Viktoria.

Just before deciding to go, Pat had dropped off a load of child-sized quilts at an orphanage. They were handmade by a group of women from Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley. One of his early texts after arriving in Viktoria's village unveils what we call a God moment:

“She can't breath, she can't hold her head up. She can't eat. She is skinny as a rail. Sleeping means suffocating. We have a paramedic on the phone constantly, we were told originally one was riding with us, but that info was wrong,” he wrote. “God told me to hold on to 5 of the quilts Danny's ladies sent and it was a life saver. They were perfect to make a laying down place for her and to keep her warm.”

Then they started the slow, frustrating, arduous drive out of eastern Ukraine. Pat said they couldn’t go over 10 mph the first few hours because of the awful roads. They hadn’t slept in a day, and had to stop every hour so Viktoria’s mother could clean out her mouth to allow her to breath. Choking to death was a very real possibility. All the while, missiles flew overhead.

Pat points out more challenges on the journey to and from eastern Ukraine:

“The checkpoints out this far east are beyond strict at curfew. We had machine guns pointed at us each time we were stopped and searched. But each time, the soldiers told us how sorry they were but had to do their jobs. They said, 'We are human and we wish you luck on your mission.' This was before we got to her. Now, they look in the window, jump away and wave us on.”

Along the way, Pat kept us informed of what was happening, hour by hour. We prayed, we offered ideas, we encouraged him. We knew much of this Pat had to maneuver alone. How could we possibly understand what he was going through from 6,000 miles away? But what we all shared at times was a sense of despair. And, as we had all along, anger at this damned, meaningless war.

About 7 p.m. Friday, Pat told us he had 14 hours to go “just to meet a real ambulance.” Then he said it might be closer to 20, which turned out to be accurate.

“Every time I hit a bump she groans in pain and it reminds me of how I have no right to ever complain again about my own comfort.”

They were in constant contact with a paramedic team during the ride.

“The hardest part is looking at her mother’s face knowing that her pain of not being able to stop her daughter’s pain is just as real and painful.”

At one point they passed a village that, three hours later, was hit by 24 missiles. Pat got a firsthand report on the damage from somebody he knows in a nearby town.

“My house shook terribly,” she wrote to him. “It was very scary.”

Along the way, an ambulance team agreed to meet them at a warehouse in Lviv and to take Viktoria to Berlin.

“After we got her in the ambulance, her mom started to cry so hard,” Pat wrote. “I honestly don’t know what to think… I don’t know if there is any hope. My guess is no. I hope I am wrong.”

He also wrote, “Those quilts were a huge help to support her head and keep her warm. Her mom says they will keep them forever.”

Hours later, Pat gave us a couple of updates.

“I just found out that the warehouse that we met the ambulance at last night was blown up with missiles this morning here in Lviv.”

He also said he had a request from officials to stay in Ukraine longer to help evacuate people from the east, and he was strongly considering it. A couple of days later, he decided it was time to come home for a while. We all think he made the right decision. He wasn’t so sure.

“I am going to have these feelings of abandoning people,” he wrote.

Our family reminded him of the hundreds of people he’d helped, how he had conducted himself with honor, made good decisions, and knew when to move forward and when to pause. All of that kept him useful and alive.

“There will never be a good time to leave,” he eventually conceded.

On Tuesday morning, we asked if there were any updates on Viktoria. Pat told us he'd met some volunteers in Lviv. He was putting some equipment into his donated bright-yellow van when a couple of volunteer drivers approached and said, ‘Is this the famous yellow submarine?! OMG, dude, you’re a legend! We’ve been talking about you for days now! You saved Viktoria!'”

They told him they wanted to form a team with him when Pat returns to Ukraine. Then they showed him a video of Viktoria being delivered to a Berlin hospital in the ambulance, then photos of her in a hospital bed, looking rested and well cared for. She has a very long road ahead, but she just might make it.

— Dan Shearer

Nearly a month later, no leads on missing man

This week marks one month since Green Valley resident Johnnie Huff went missing from his Pueblo Estates home, and the case is still turning up more questions than answers.Huff, 71, was last seen on Jan. 10 around 10 p.m. near his home on the 200 block of West Palma Drive wearing a gray shirt and jeans.Lt. Paul Hill, commander of the Green Valley substation of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said two detectives have been assigned to the case but as of Friday, still had no updates.“They’re still wor...

This week marks one month since Green Valley resident Johnnie Huff went missing from his Pueblo Estates home, and the case is still turning up more questions than answers.

Huff, 71, was last seen on Jan. 10 around 10 p.m. near his home on the 200 block of West Palma Drive wearing a gray shirt and jeans.

Lt. Paul Hill, commander of the Green Valley substation of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said two detectives have been assigned to the case but as of Friday, still had no updates.

“They’re still working the case and have, for lack of a better term, a lot of irons in the fire and they’re currently waiting on results from some of the things they’re looking into, but no specifics and no updates,” Hill said.

“We’ve disseminated a lot more pictures to a lot of places in town, and the family is still really involved which is good, but really just nothing new has come up. It’s frustrating because it’s just kind of a weird case,” he said.

Friends, family, neighbors and even strangers have rallied around search efforts to find Huff over the past few weeks, looking through washes and remote desert areas for any sign of where he might be.

Chris Natalini, a hiker and long-distance runner from Amado, has personally logged more than 60 miles on foot in her own search for Huff alongside her dog and other volunteers.

“We truly appreciate everyone that helps search and is spreading the word,” Natalini wrote in a post on the Nextdoor group, “Let’s Find Johnnie Huff.”

“We’re doing our best and I believe every little clue can lead us closer to bringing Mr. Huff home,” she wrote.

Last month, a local UPS store helped volunteers print hundreds of copies of posters with Johnnie Huff’s image, free of charge. Store owner Bill Berk said it was the least they could do.

“We’re a part of this community here, and we thought it was just a small thing we could do to help out,” he said.

Volunteers have spent several evenings distributing flyers and posters around Green Valley, all the while still running into people who had no idea he was missing or believed he was already found, Natalini said.

Like others still searching for answers, they are not giving up hope, Natalini said, but acknowledged that “every day that passes makes this harder to solve.”

Anyone with information on Johnnie Huff’s whereabouts is encouraged to call 911. Huff is described as 5-foot-11 inches, approximately 171 pounds and has early stages of memory loss, according to a PCSD spokesman.

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