Friday, July 31, 2009

GCC Now Offers Fire Science Associate of Applied Science Degree

Gila Community College announces that a Fire Science Associate of Applied Science degree is now available. It is for students who either plan to enter employment or who are currently working in fire services or related fields and want to upgrade their knwledege and skills.

GCC also offers a Certificate of Proficiency in Fire Science. The Fire Science Certificate program prepares students for service as firefighters in rural settings.

Fire Department Operations I will be offered this fall on Wednesdays from 5 to 9:50pm. Fire Department Operations II will be offered during the Spring 2010 semester.

Adult students interested in either program are encouraged to call Dean Patricia Burke at (928) 425-8481.

(In the photo, Globe Fire Chief Al Gameros and Dean Patricia Burke finalize paperwork for the new Fire Science AAS degree.)

Arizona Gets $53M for New
Charter Schools


State School Superintendent Tom Horne has announced that Arizona will be getting more than $53 million over the next five years to help open an additional 92 charter schools.

Horne says the new schools will provide “rigorous academic programs” for “at risk” students in inner city and poor rural areas.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that existing charter schools that want to use federal dollars to open new branches will have to show a record of success in meeting the goals of the grant. They will also have to prove that they have a better than average record at academic achievement and in getting students to graduate.

Globe Council Meets Monday

Globe City Council meets Monday at 6:pm. The Council will consider a test removal of traffic signals at the intercsection of Cedar and Broad Streets.

They will also vote on a Resolution to provide procedures for public participation in preparing the Globe Northeast Area Plan.

The Council will also consider an ordinance concerning riding on sidewalks.

Gas Prices Rise But Still at Four Year Low

AAA Arizona says gasoline prices are starting to rise again but are still at a four year low. Arizona motorists are currently paying an average of just under $2.51 for a gallon of regular unleased gas. That’s an increase of 1.5 cents since last week. But Arizona’s July average of $2.545 is the lowest statewide fuel average for the month of July since 2005.

The nationwide average price is close to $2.52.

Globe-Miami prices are a fraction of a cent lower than last week at a little more than $2.48 a gallon.

Season Ends for Local Swimming Pools


Today (Friday) is the last day to enjoy the Miami Hostetler Swimming Pool. Swimming is free today from noon until 4:pm.

The last day of the season for the Globe Community Center Swimming Pool is Sunday. The pool will be open on Sunday fom Noon until 5:pm.

Police Log

Globe Police arrested 40 year old Rudy Mojica on charges of domestic violence and criminal damage after he turned himself in at the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

30 year old Rhea Tucker was arrested yesterday on outstanding warrants for aggravated assault/criminal damage and child abuse, and for false reporting to law enforcement.

DPS arrested 42 year old Magalita Swimmer on warrants for failure to appear on a bad check charge.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 37 year old David Wagner for assault/domestic violence, and threats and intimidation.

Depuites are investigating an assault that occurred at a residence on Marion Canyon Road.


Nancy Slick Gilson of San Carlos passed away Sunday at Kindred Hospital in Phoenix. She was 78. She is survived by her sons Robert Garcia and Kenneth Gilson; her daughter; and two brothers.

The wake for Nancy Gilson is tomorrow (Saturday) at 4:am at Apache Independent Church. The funeral is at 10:am.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

More Stores Accepting Food Stamps


USA Today reports that more and more retail stores are now accepting food stamps—now known as Electronic Benefit Transfers. Family Dollar and other stores say their earnings have been stable during the recession partly because they participate in the federal food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

In its third quarter earnings report, Family Dollar cited the debit-like EBT cards as one of the reasons for its success in the current economy.

Other stores now accepting the EBT card include Target, Costco and Seeven-Eleven.

An estimated 39 million people currently receive food stamps. Arizona and several other states have seen a 30% growth in the numbr of people using food stamps in the last year.

Click here for eligibility guidelines and here for a breakdown on what you can and cannot buy using the EBT cards.

Gila County Historical Museum
Hamburger Fry

Image:Associated Content

The monthly Gila County Historical Museum hamburger fry is tomorrow night (Friday) at the museum on Broad Street. The fundraiser takes place on the last Friday of each month through September. It starts at 5:30, and it’s $5 a person for hamburgers, chips, salads, cowboy beans, desserts and drinks.

Concert in the Park Features 'Gone Country'

Tomorrow night’s (Friday) Concert in the Park features Gone Country. It’s at Miami Memorial Park from 6:30 until 9:30pm. Bring your lawn chairs and coolers. Staff from the Miami Recreation Department will have food items to sell.

AAA Launches Online Community for
Teen Drivers

AAA has launched an online social community designed especially for teen drivers. Teens are invited to log onto to share their on the road experiences with other teens. There are also safe driving tips and other resources.

The site has introduced a Teen Driving public service announcement contest. Teens interested in entering the contest should create a 60 second PSA designed to build awareness on the biggest issues facing teen drivers.

Entries must be submitted by August 31. The top five PSAs will be posted on the Web site, where the public will be invited to vote for their favorite. The grand prize is $2,000. The second place winner will receive $700 and third place will receive $300.


Charles Thomas Fisher passed away Tuesday at his home in Globe. He was 85. He is survived by his daughters Debra Madrid and Sharon Kowalzyk.
Services for Charles Fisher will be private.

Ethel Evaughn Banta of Globe passed away Wednesday at Copper Mountain Inn. She was 97. She is survived by 2 daughters; her son; and her sister.
Services for Ethel Banta will be private.

Police Log

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28 year old Laverne Copeland on warrants for extreme DUI, assault and child support.

Depuites are investigating the theft of a 500 gallon propoane tank from a residence on highway 77; a burglary at a residence on First Avenue in Country Club Manor; a theft from a motor home in the area of Randall and Apache; and a burglary from a residence on Kellner Canyon.

Globe Police are investigating a theft from a residence on Lipton.


E. Kendrick Holder of Globe passed away Monday at Friendship Village in Tempe. He was 87. He is survived by his wife Lora; his brother; his son; and 2 daughters.
The funeral for Kendrick Holder will be Saturday at 10:am at the Pinal Mountain Elks Lodge.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Nearly Half of Arizona Crashes Caused by
Four Safety Concerns

AAA Arizona reports that nearly half of all auto crashes in Arizona last year were caused by one of four major AAA safety concerns. These concerns are: distracted driving, red light running, tailgating and speeding.

AAA’s Traffic Safety Culture Index shows that most drivers share these concerns, and yet many of them continue the same behaviors themselves.

80% of motorists surveyed said distracted driving is a very serious threat to their safety. But more than two thirds of them admitted to talking on a cell phone, and 21% admitted to reading or sending a text message or email while driving.

Nine out of ten people considered running a red light unacceptable, yet 26% of those same people admitted to running a red light.

Nine out of ten people considered tailgating unaccepatable, but 24% of them admitted to tailgating in the last 30 days.

And 63% considered speeding a threat to safety, but 28% admitted to speeding on the highway and 21% admitted to speeding on residential streets.

AAA says it is their goal to help drivers realize the dangers and change their behavior for the safety of everyone on the road.

Globe School Board Special Meeting

The Globe School Board is holding a Special Meeting tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8:10pm at the Mofford Activity Center. The agenda includes a presentation and possible approval of the Cerified and Classified Personnel Report.

Arizona 'Kids Count' Data Shows Disparity Between Rural and Urban Communities

A national report released this week ranks Arizona 40th in the nation on 10 indicators of child well being, including education, death rates and poverty. This is the third consecutive year that Arizona’s ranking has slipped in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s "Kids Count" report.

County by county data show sharp disparities between conditions in urban and rural areas. Children and teens in Arizona rural counties fared significantly worse in rates of child deaths, teen deaths, high school dropouts and poverty, compared to children living in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

Rural counties have the worst teen death rates. Gila, Graham, Cochise and Apache Counties report twice as many deaths per 100,000 teens as Maricopa and Pima Counties.

Chilren’s Action Alliance vice president Amy Kobeta attributes this to a lack of economic opportunities and less access to mental health services.



Visitation for Michael Amado will be Friday from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Miles Funeral Services Globe. The funeral is Saturday at 10:am.

Police Log

Gila County Sheriff’s Office Task Force arrested 32 year old Joseph Armendariz for cultivation of marijuana.

Miami Police arrested 36 year old Patrick Hernandez on a warrant for criminal trespass.

Globe Police arrested 40 year old Mark Robles of Mesa at a traffic stop on a warrant from Maricopa County. Robles was also charged with aggravated assault in connection with an incident that occurred on June 27.

33 year old Amytiss Franco was arrested yesterday on warrants for criminal damage/assault and domestic violence.

Officers are investigating a burglary report taken at a residence on North High Street.


Lillian Rivera Gamez of Globe passed away Friday at Heritage Healthcare Center. She was 66. She is survived by her mother Lillian Rivera; her son; and 3 sisters.
Visitation for “Baby” Gamez will be tomorrow (Thursday) at 9:30am at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Rosary is at 10:30 and the funeral is at 11:00.
The family requests that memorials be sent to Holy Angels Church.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Comment Period Extended for
Solar Study Areas


The Department of Energy and the Bureau of Land Management have extended the public comment period on plans to study public land in Arizona and five other states They are trying to determine where solar power stations should be built.

The public comment period has been extended 45 days. It will end on September 14.

The agencies announced in June that 24 tracts of land in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah will be evaluated.

The solar energy study areas include 670,000 acres. Sensitive lands, wilderness areas and lands with high conservation value have not been included.

Comments may be submitted through the Solar Energy project Web site at

Lee Kornegay Open House

Lee Kornegay School is having an Open House tomorrow (Wednesday) from 6 to 7:30pm in the Miami High School cafeteria. Refreshments will be served.

Miami PD Investigating Two Homicides

The Miami Police Department is investigating two fatal shootings that have occurred in just over a month. They say there is no indication that the two shootings are connected.

The latest victim is 40 year old Michael Amado who was shot Sunday morning while walking on the railroad tracks between Latham Boulevard and Loomis Avenue.

Miami PD is unable to give any further information without jeopardizing the investigation, but they ask that if you have any information about either of the shootings, call them at 473-4141.

The first shooting victim was Ernie Singh, who died on June 24.

Governor Establishes Coordinating Council

Governor Jan Brewer has issued an Executive Order establishing a Coordinating Council to come up with ways to create a more streamlined system of education that improves academic achievement.

The Council will be a statewide forum that will provide recommendations to the Governor on specific education reforms outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In Arizona’s State Fiscal Stabilization Fund application, the Governor assured progress on several key education reforms. These include improving the distribution of qualified teachers, enhancing academic standards, and supporting the state’s struggling schools. The Coordinating Council will be the vehicle for these reforms.

Police Log

A juvenile driver was injured yesterday afternoon when a car drove down an embankment near Eucalyptus Street.

Globe Police took a shoplifting report at the downtown Safeway late yesterday afternoon after three suspects fled the scene. About an hour and a half later, one of the suspects returned to the store. Two juveniles were located nearby. One of them was arrested for shoplifting, both of them were arrested for minor consumption. Two adults were also arrested. 22 year old Daryl Early was charged with DUI. 20 year old Alecia Cruz was arrested for minor consumption. The juveniles were released to their family. Cruz was later released. Early was taken to the Gila County Jail.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42 year old Scott Brakesfield of Tonto Basin on a warrant for criminal trespass, impersonating a peace officer and expired registration.

Deputies are investigating a theft of a motorcycle from a residence on Russell Road.

Globe Police are investigating criminal damage at the Besh Ba Gowah museum.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Game and Fish Videos Attract A Million Views

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says its online videos have exceeded the one million viewer mark.

Their top video has had more than 128,000 views on YouTube. It is a segment about hunting dogs that was produced for the department’s award winning televison series on PBS.

Other popular videos include features on black footed ferrets, burrowing owls, and falcons nesting on downtown skyscrapers. There is also a “fish cam” at one of their hatcheries.

The Game and Fish Department’s videos can be seen on most video websites and at

Supervisors to Adopt Budget

The Gila County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 10:00. After a Public Hearing about the County’s intention to raise primary property taxes, the Supervisors will consider adopting the 2009-2010 fiscal year budget by a roll call vote.

They will also meet as the Library District Board of Directors to adopt the Library District budget.

CNBC Poll Rates Arizona 18th for Business

Arizona is tied with Oregon in a CNBC survey ranking states for business climate.

CNBC’s annual report ranks Arizona 18th based on 40 measurements, grouped into 10 large categories.

Arizona scored best in the work force category at No.4. States were rated based on their work force education level, number of available employees, union membership and training programs.

Arizona’s worst score was for education, where it was 45th.


Destiny School Leads in Most AIMS Scores


Recently released AIMS test scores show Destiny School leading Globe and Miami District schools in most categories.

100% of Destiny fifth graders met or exceeded requirements on the Math and Reading tests. 96% of Destiny fifth and sixth graders met or exceeded requirements on the Writing test.

Miami seventh graders had the highest scores for their grade on the Math test. Miami seventh and eighth graders scored highest on the Reading and Writing tests.

Globe third graders scored highest on the Writing test.

Rep. Kirkpatrick Hosts 'Tele-Town Hall'

Representative Ann Kirkpatrick is having a telephone Town Hall on health care reform today at 5:30pm. She will discuss her priorities for addressing rising costs and for increasing access to quality health care. She will also take questions on this issue.

To participate call 877-229-8493. Press 15024 when prompted.You can ask a question by pressing *3.

Police Log

Globe Police arrested 52 year old Raymond Tucker early this morning for possession of marijuana and an outstanding warrant.

Globe Police arrested 70 year old Richard Potyka Saturday morning for stalking, aggravated domestic violence and an outstanding warrant.

24 year old Charlotte Williams was arrested at a traffic stop for DUI.

Tucson Police arrested 21 year old Bernie Baca of San Carlos on a warrant for criminal damage and false reporting to a law enforcement officer.

Globe Police are investigating an assault report taken at a business on Highway 60; a hit and run accident that occurred on Highway 60 at Kaiser Crossing; a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence at Copper Country Mobile Home Park; and criminal damage to vehicles at a residence on East Maple.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a child abuse report taken at a residence on Board Drive.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

PMFHE Awards 26 GCC Scholarships


Pinal Mountain Foundation for Higher Education has awarded 26 scholarships to students attending Gila Communmity College at the Gila Pueblo and San Carlos campuses. The scholarships totaled more than $10,000.

18 of the scholarships were directly from PMFHE. The organization raises money primarily from its annual Oktoberfest, Golf Tournament, Auction, and from donations by businesses and individuals. Eight of the scholarships are scholarships that PMFHE administers for other groups.

To learn how you can participate or contribute, call Jerry at 701-3107.

Number of Independent Arizona Voters Continues to Grow


Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett recently released the latest statewide voter registration figures. The number of registered voters has increased to more than 3.1 million.

Arizonans registered as Independents or members of unrecognized parties have increased in number by just under 18,000, to nearly 898,000 since April.

The number of registered Republicans dropped by a little more than 2,000 to a total of 1.1 million. There are now a little more than 1,000 fewer Democrats, a total of about 1 million.

Republicans account for around 37% of all registered voters in Arizona. Democrats make up nearly 34% of the total, and independents almost 30%.

Libertarians and Greens together account for less than 1%.

Kirkpatrick Staff Office Hours Postponed

The weekly office hours hosted by members of Representative Ann Kirkpatrick’s staff scheduled for July 29 have been postponed for two weeks.

The staff will again hold office hours at the Gila County Courthouse on Wednesday, August 12.

Local Choir Members Sing National Anthem at Tonight's D-Backs Game

Members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Choir will sing the national anthem tonight (Friday) at the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Game time is 6:40pm.


Phyllis Ann Craft of San Jose, California passed away last week. She was 50. She is survived by her husband James; 3 sons; her daughter; her mother; her step father; 2 sisters; 2 brothers; and her grandmother.
The wake for Phyllis Craft is Sunday at 4:am at the Emma Pike residence. The funeral is Sunday at 2:pm at House of God in San Carlos.

Larry Kent Walker, Sr. of Peridot passed away Monday in Tucson. He was 35. He is survived by his daughter Lori Jane Walker of San Carlos; his son; his mother; his sister and 2 brothers.
The wake for Larry Walker, Sr. is Sunday at 6:pm at the Timothy Walker residence. The funeral is Monday at 10:am.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident yesterday afternoon on Highway 60 near NAPA Auto Parts.

There were no injuries in a one vehicle accident in the area of Mesquite Street. The car was towed from the scene.

Globe Police arrested 24 year old Derek Marin yesterday for aggravated assault.

26 year old Phillip Herrera was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28 year old Jesse Contreras for domestic violence/assault.

35 year old Gregg Sykes was arrested yesterday for domestic violence.

38 year old Andrew Murphy was arrested on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia involving methamphetamine.

Deputies are investigating a report of a hit and run at the Gila Pueblo Campus.

Globe Police are investigating a burglary at a residence on South Eleventh Street and a report of vulnerable adult abuse.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Deadline Approaching for GCC Mining Technology Programs


August 7 is the application deadline for Gila Community College's two mining technology programs. Program size is limited and applicants will be considered on a first come basis.

The Electrical and Instrumentation Technology program prepares students for a career as an industrial electrical and instrumentation technician.

The Industrial Plant Technology program provides training for mechanical maintenance and repair occupations.

To enroll it is necessary to complete an admissions form and take placement tests. The forms and testing are available at the Gila Pueblo Campus. Call Dean Patricia Burke for information at 928-425-8481.

'Karaoke in the Park'


The Miami Recreation Department is hosting “Karaoke in the Park” Friday night from 6:30 until 9:pm. It’s at Miami Memorial Park on Sullivan Street. Staff members will be selling snacks.

Special Globe School Board Meeting Saturday

The Globe School Board is holding a Special Meeting on Saturday at 1:pm at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff. The meeting includes discussion and school improvement planning for the 2009-2010 school year.

San Carlos Back to School Clothing Assistance

San Carlos Apache Tribal Social Services is providing Back to School Clothing Assistance next week.

Children must be enrolled members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, have successfully completed Spring 2009 schooling, and be enrolled or eligible for enrollment for the fall school session. Applicants are also required to take a suicide prevention education class from the Wellness Program. Parents must apply for clothing assistance in the district where they vote.

Clothing Assistance will be available for the Bylas district on Monday (July 27) ; Tuesday at San Carlos High School for the Peridot district; Wednesday at Burdette Hall for the Gilson Wash district; and Thursday at Burdette Hall for the Seven Mile Wash district. It starts at 9:am each day.

Tribal families are asked to not stand in line all night as has been done in previous years. This is for the safety and welfare of adults and children. You are also asked to not tie chairs together to reserve a space.

For more information call Tribal Social Services at 475-2313.

Gas Prices Drop for Fourth Consecutive Week

Gasoline prices fell for the fourth straight week. AAA Arizona says the statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.295. That’s a drop of four cents since last week. The nationwide average is just over $2.46 a gallon. Globe-Miami prices are still around $2.49.


Pinto Valley Project Blast Today

The next blast on the US 60 Pinto Valley project is today (Thursday) at 3:30pm. Drivers can expect delays of up to 30 minutes following the blast.

Police Log

One person was flown to a Valley hospital after an ATV accident around 5:30 yesterday morning in the Walmart parking lot.

A man drove a motorcycle into the side of a trailer yesterday afternoon at Copper Country Mobile Home Park. 21 year old Brandon Wright was arrested for unlawful means of transportation and driving under the influence of drugs.

Miami Police arrested 62 year old Tony Licano on a warrant for disorderly conduct.

Globe Police are investigating a burglary at a business on Euclid.


Nealand Micah Boni of Peridot pased away Monday. He was 3 years old. He is survived by his parents Jason and Kimberly Boni; his sister; and his brother.
The wake for Nealand Boni will be Friday at 4:pm at the Stella Boni residence. The funeral is Saturday at 2:pm at the LDS Church in San Carlos.

GCC Board Meeting Canceled

The Gila Community College Governing Board meeting that was scheduled for today (Thursday) has been canceled.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Program Tackles Diabetes Among Young American Indians


A special curriculum to tackle the growing prevalence of diabetes among American Indian children has been developed by health officials, tribal leaders and educators from across the country.

Officials with the national Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools project say prevention starts in the classroom. Now teachers who work with Native American students can incorporate the program into their lessons this fall.

ABC15 reports that a handful of educators are being trained in Albuquerque this week to introduce the program to schools throughout New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of Colorado and Utah.

Globe Council Considers Tax Increase and Final Budget

Globe City Council holds a Special Meeting tomorrow night (Thursday) at 6:pm. It follows a Public Hearing on Globe’s proposed 5% property tax increase. The increase will be voted on during the Special Meeting.

The Council will also vote on the proposed final budget for 2009-2010.

GCCC Board Meets Thursday

The Gila County Community College District Governing Board meets tomorrow (Thursday) at 3:pm by ITV in Gila Pueblo Campus Room 522.

Court Reopens Case Challenging Vote Machines

The state Court of Appeals is reviving a lawsuit that challenges most Arizona counties’ use of special voting machines for the disabled.

The East Valley Tribune reports that the Court unanimously rejected arguments by the Secretary of State’s Office and county election officials that the decision to certify machines manufactured by Diebold Elections Systems and Sequoia Voting Systems cannot be challenged. The Court said it is proper for courts to consider the issue of whether the machines comply with Arizona law.

The Court also said that there is a legitimate question of whether the machines are accurately counting votes.


'A Dose of Cod Liver Oil'

A new exhibit about the Great Depression in Arizona opens at the Globe Public Library on Saturday, August 8.The exhibit is called “A Dose of Cod Liver Oil.” It features historic photos, documents, letters and artifacts from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Museum in Phoenix. Globe is the second stop for the exhibit that is touring the state for the next year.

An opening reception will be held at the Globe Library on August 8 from 1 to 3:pm.It will include a discussion about federal programs developed during the 1930’s, presented by archivists from the State Library. Bring your Depression era artifacts, letters or photographs and share your thoughts on the Great Depression.

San Carlos Youth Conference July 29

The San Carlos Youth Conference is next Wednesday (July 29) in the Convention Center at the Apache Gold Casino. The focus is on how to succeed in education. Participants must register to attend. Registration forms are avalable at the San Carlos Health Department or Bylas Wellness Center.

Police Log

Local fire departments responded to a report of a fire yesterday morning on Alberta Street and Golden Hill. It turned out to be a fire in a trash can in the kitchen, possibly caused by a cigarette. The fire was contained before causing much damage.

A delivery truck hit a telephone pole on Grover Canyon. The hit and run is under investigation.

Yesterday an inmate at the Gila County Jail was charged with aggravated assault on an officer.

A 44 year old California woman was arrested during a traffic stop on Highway 60 for possession of a dangerous drug for sale.

Miami Police arrested 18 year old April Valsquez yesterday for domestic violence and assault.

30 year old Stephanie Weaver was arrested on a warrant for disorderly conduct.

28 year old Anitra Salazar was also arrested yesterday on a warrant for disorderly conduct.

Globe Police are investigating criminal damage at the Globe Cemetery and a theft from a residence at Copper Country Mobile Home Park;

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Grand Canyon Among 28 Finalists for '7 Wonders of Nature'


The Grand Canyon is one of 28 natural landmarks that are in the final phase of the global poll to choose the “New 7 Wonders of Nature.” Anyone can vote by Internet or phone. The winners will be announced in 2011. Over 1 billion people are expected to participate.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a panel of experts chose the finalists from the 77 nominees that gained the most votes in an early round of voting. People originally suggested 261 landmarks in all countries of the world.

The New 7 Wonders organization says the purpose of the campaign is to promote cultural diversity by supporting, preserving and restoring monuments and natural sites.

You can vote at

Mt. Graham Sacred Run


The annual Mt. Graham Sacred Run activities begin tomorrow (Wednesday) at Oak Flats with a Sweat Lodge at 9:am, 1:30 and 5:30pm. There’ll be a dinner Thursday evening at 5:00.

The run itself begins at 4:am Friday, from Old San Carlos Monument to the top of Mt. Graham. It is open to everyone.

Activities continue through the weekend. For information call 928-475-2494.

Land Exchange Forum Tonight in Superior

The Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Coalition presents an informational forum tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00 at the VFW Hall in Superior. Critical issues concerning the Oak Flat Land Exchange legislation will be discussed. This inludes the area’s Native American cultural and religious importance, mining methodology, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Social Security Representative at VA Clinic

A Social Security Administration representative will be at the Globe VA Clinic tomorrow (Wednesday). The representative will answer your questions from 10:am until 2:pm.


SR 77 Construction Extended
Through August

The Arizona Department of Transportation has extended its construction work on SR 77 between Globe and Winkelman. The highway will continue to be closed 6:am until 6:pm Monday through Friday until the end of July. Starting August 1, SR 77 will be closed 6:am until 4:30pm.

Traffic delays of up to 30 minutes will continue during nightime and weekend hours.

The alternate route is US 60 to Superior and SR 177 from Superior to Winkelman.

US 60 Pinto Valley Blast

The next blast on the US 60 Pinto Valley project is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10:am. Drivers can expect a delay of up to 30 minutes following the blast. Delays of 10 to 15 minutes are possible at other times during the day.

Police Log

23 year old James Castaneda was arrested yesterday for sexual assault, kidnapping and luring a minor for sexual exploitations.

Globe Police cited and released 31 year old Jerad Crockett yesterday morning for criminal trespass at Copper Country Mobile Home Park.
Officers responded to a report of a fight several hours later and arrested Crockett for assault and booked him into the Gila County Jail.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29 year old Valerie Canchola on a warrant for failure to comply on a charge of issuing a bad check

Globe Police are investigating criminal damage at Besh Ba Gowah and a theft at a residence on Third Avenue.


Michael H. Loughran of Show Low passed away last week. He was 77. He is survived by his daughter Michele Jensen; his son Michael Loughran; and his brother.
A Memorial Service for “Coach” Loughran will be held Monday at 10:am at Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Paul Ray Mobley passed away last week. He was 82. He is survived by 4 children, including Nicole Mobley of Globe; and 2 sisters.
Services for Paul Mobley will be private.

Monday, July 20, 2009

AG Announces Settlement with DISH Network


Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has announced a $5.9 million settlement with DISH Network. The agreement settles consumer protection allegations from attorneys general in 46 states. The company denies any wrongdoing.

The states alleged that DISH network refused to accept reponsibility for the misconduct of its third party retailers and installers; failed to disclose all terms and conditions of their customer agreements, including the availabilty of rebates, credits and free offers; did not disclose that purchased or leased equipment was previously used or refurbished; and charged credit cards and bank accounts without providing adequate notice and obtaining appropriate authorization.

Unresolved complaints sent to DISH Network or the Arizona Attorney General’s Office since January 1, 2004 are elligible for restitution. Consumers can also file a complaint to be considered for the restitution program as long as the complaint is about activity that took place within the last two years.

Transportation Board Approves 17 More Construction Contracts


The State Transportation Board has awarded 17 more contracts for highway projects statewide. This raises the total number of Recovery Act projects to 41. Nine of them are already under construction. Most of the bids were well under ADOT estimates, leaving money for additional stimulus work.

The approved projects include pavement sealing of SR 177 and SR 288 in Pinal and Gila Counties. The other Gila County project is the replacement of the safety fence on SR 87 between Payson and Pine.

The Board also awarded 9 other contracts not funded by ARRA, including construction of 4.5 miles of divided highway on SR 260 from Little Green Valley in northern Gila County to Thompson Draw.

Sports Physicals at CVCH Specialty Clinic

The Cobre Valley Community Hospital Specialty Clinic is giving sports physicals tomorrow (Tuesday) by appointment. The Specialty Clinic is located in the Medical Plaza in front of the hospital. You will need to bring your school’s sports physical form.

The physical is $29 and payable at the time of the service by either check or cash.

For questions or to make an appointment, call 425-3246.


Supervisor Work Session in Star Valley

The Gila County Board of Supervisors is holding a Work Session tomorrow (Tuesday) in Star Valley. The meeting starts at 2:pm. The public may attend the meeting by ITV at the Gila County Courthouse. The subject of the meeting is Northern Gila County water issues.

Initiative Would Provide More Community College Funds

President Barack Obama has announced a plan to provide $12 billion to improve community college facilities.

The Arizona Republic reports that the program would encourage business partnerships for workers to obtain new skills and it would design curriculum coordinated with job placement.

The plan would also improve remedial and adult education programs; expand course offerings and online instruction; encourage dual enrollment and easier credit transfer with high schools and four year colleges; and create a $2.5 billion fund for improving community college facilities.

Funds for the program would come from the savings in federal money distributed to private lenders that make college loans. It’s part of a presidential innitiative to graduate an additional 5 million community college students by 2020.

The plan must be approved by Congress.


Miami Town Council Meets Tonight

Miami Town Council is having a Special Meeting tonight (Monday) at 6:30. The agenda includes approval of the 2009-2010 tentative budget.

The Council will also consider a revised rental agreement for the Miami Senior Center.

They will also consider appointing a temporary position of Building Inspector to serve in the absence of the Town Inspector.

Police Log

Miami Police arrested 19 year old Felina Bell for assault/domestic violence.

66 year old Frank Toscano was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of criminal trespass.

The Gila County Sheriff's Office is investigating a theft at Four Star Mobile Home Park.

Registration at Globe Education Center

Globe Education Center is now accepting registration for new students. To register your child for the alternative high school, stop by the office for an enrollment packet. It’s at the old East Globe campus. Or contact Jennifer at 475-5800.

Classes begin on August 10.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Biggest Gas Price Drop Since December


AAA says that Arizona motorists have experienced the largest drop in gasoline prices since just before the Christmas holiday.

Average statewide prices are just under $2.53 for a gallon of unleaded regular. That’s a drop of more than six cents from the week before. The nationwide average is just over $2.49.

Globe-Miami prices are around $2.49.


Submit Photos for Globe Web Page

Anyone interested in submitting pictures for the City of Globe web page is encouraged to do so by July 29. The City requires any person submitting a photo to sign a release of copyright for any photo submitted.

You may submit pictures by email to Angel Thompson at For information call 425-7146, ext.10.

Supervisors Meet Monday Morning

The Gila County Board of Supervisors meets Monday at 10:am. The agenda includes authorization of a $22,000 grant application to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety by the Sheriff’s Office.

The Supervisiors will also consider authorizing a Request for Sealed Bids for the construction of a new building for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

Globe Council Meets Monday

Globe City Council meets Monday at 6:pm.

The Consent Agenda includes a Resolution authorizing a grant application for funds to provide facilities for pedestrians along Main Street from Highway 60 to Golden Hill Road.

The Council will consider adopting a revised general fee schedule.

They will also consider an ordinace adding a new section to the City Code for “Sexually Oriented Businesses.”


Dorothy Louise Shultz Mott passed away Wednesday. She was 91. She is survived by her son Philip; 3 daughters; her sister and 2 brothers.
Services for Dorothy Mott will be private.

Destiny School Registration Starts Monday

Destiny School is registering new students for Kindergarten through 8th grade from Monday (July 20) through Friday, August 7. Office hours are 8:am to 2:pm Monday through Thursday.

Please bring an immunization record and birth certificate if you are registering for the first time. All students who are returning to Destiny School must re-register in the office.

If you have any questions call the office at 425-0925.

Copper Rim Kindergarten Registration Starts Monday

Testing for Kindergarten students at Copper Rim Elementary School has been scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The hours are 8:am until noon and 2 until 7:pm.

Kindergarten enrollment is from 5 to 7:pm on Wednesday (July 22) in the Copper Rim parking lot.

Copper Rim’s Meet the Teacher Night will be Tuesday, July 30 from 5 to 7:pm.

Classes begin on August 3.

SCHS Registration Begins Monday

San Carlos High School Registration begins on Monday. Seniors register Monday, Juniors will register on Tuesday, Sophomres on Wednesday, and Freshmen on Thursday.

Registration is from 9:am until 4:30pm. Parent meetings have been scheduled for each evening at 5:pm in the cafeteria.

Classes begin on August 3.

Police Log

A car crashed into a house and into the living room early this morning on Roberts Drive in Little Acres. Nobody was hurt. A 17 year old juvenile was arrested for underage consumption, aggravated assault, endangerment and criminal damage.

A motorcyclist received minor injuries yesterday morning when her motorcycle slipped on some dirt at Ash and 7th Street.

Globe Police responded to a burglary in progress last night at a residence on Sotol Loop. The homeowners returned to find a man in their house. The man fled on foot. 49 year old Jack Stokes of Payson was apprehended a short time later and booked on charges of burglary and possession of stolen property.

Gila County Task Force arrested 31 year old Renea Haddick on warrants for failure to appear on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia involving methamphetamine and burglary.

Globe Police are investigating a burglary at a residence on Escalera and a burglary at the Community Center.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a buglary at a residence on Golden Hill Road.


McKay Miller, Jr. of San Carlos passed away last Friday at Arizona Heart Hospital in Phoenix. He was 63. He is survived by his wife Julianna; 3 sons; 3 daughters; and 2 brothers.
The wake for “Gup” Miller is today (Friday) at 4:pm at the Corrine Miller residence. The funeral is tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:am at World Evangelism Revival Center.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Help Send All Stars to State Playoffs

An evening of family fun is planned for Saturday at the Little League Fields in Claypool to raise money to send the local Little League All Stars to the state playoffs in Peoria.

Hot dog and hamburger plates, sodas and water will be sold. There will also be music, raffles and silent auctions. Any and all donations are welcome.

For information call Jeremiah Dowd at 928-701-1797.

Blood Drive on Friday

A Blood drive is being held tomorrow (Friday) from 8:30 until 1:00 at the Pinal Mountain Elks.

All donors in July are eligible to win a 2009 Saturn Aura.

Be sure to drink plenty of water and eat a hearty, low fat meal before donating. Bring your ID and a list of medications.

Arizona Could Receive $6.2 Million for Rebate Program

Arizona could receive $6.2 million for its state run rebate program for consumer purchases of new Energy Star qualified home applianaces. US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced this week that a total of $300 million will be available nationwide from stimulus funds.

To get the funds, states must file an initial application by August 15 and a full one by October 15. States will receive 10% of the money after the initial application.

The program covers all appliances, heating and cooling equipment and water heaters.

FHWA Approves Additional Funds for Highway 60

Miami Mayor Chuy Canizales says that the Federal Highway Administration has approved adding the funds needed to replace the collector system lines under highway 60 through Miami during the upcoming repaving project. State highway officials submitted the request to the federal agency on Monday.

Canizales says this adds $1.85 million to the repaving project, but it is necessary in order to assure the health and safety of residents and highway users.

Police Log

Two people suffered smoke inhalation in a fire last night in the Holiday Hills Mobile Home Park. Tri City Fire firefighters found a minor fire and light smoke coming from the kitchen area. The home suffered minimal damage.
Tri City EMS personnel treated Gerald and Joyce McNeely for smoke inhalation and then took them to Cobre Valley Community Hospital for further evaluation.
A Gila County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence in Alhambra Mobile Home Park after a report of a woman attempting suicide. The woman was taken to Cobre Valley Hospital and then turned over to Horizon Human Services for a mental evaluation.

Two people were arrested after a report of harassment yesterday evening at a local business. 36 year old Renea Baca and 20 year old Amber Baca were charged with disorderly conduct.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26 year old Keegan Ornelas for theft of means of transportation and possession of narcotics.

Mesa Police arrested 20 year old Raymond Steele of Globe on warrants for unlawful use of transportation, criminal damage and criminal trespass.

Renton County authorities in Washington arrested 34 year old Jaime Martinez on warrants for failure to appear on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, posession of a dangerous drug for sale and possession of marijuana.

Globe Police are investigating a hit and run accident that occurred yesterday morning on Blake Street and a theft at a residence on Escudilla.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating criminal damage to a residence on Central Avenue

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

78% of Arizonans Support Updating
1872 Mining Act


A recent survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies shows that 78% of Arizonans support updating the 1872 Mining Act.

A press release from the Arizona Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited says that provisions being considered in Congress include protection for environmentally sensitive areas and fair royalty fees to reimburse taxpayers for minerals extracted from their land.

The people surveyed support several changes to the 1872 law, including requirements for mining companies to pay royalty fees similar to thiose paid by oil, coal and gas companies. They also support the idea of allowing mining companies to lease the land they are mining instead of selling federal land to mining companies. And those surveyed support holding mining companies responsible for any damage they cause to the land and water by strengtheneing air and water pollution standards.

Local leaders are also concerned that current federal poicy allows the mining industry to operate next to Arizona icons like the Grand Canyon.

Free Suicide Prevention Training

The Bylas STEPP Coalition is hosting two free QPR suicide prevention training sessions on August 10. "QPR" stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, three steps to help prevent suicide.

The sessions are co-sponsored by Southeastern Arziona Behavioral Health Services and
Community Partnership of Southeastern Arizona.

QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States. More than 700,000 adults have been trained in classroom settings in 48 states.

The first training will be held in the morning on August 10 at the Fort Thomas Unified School District for all school personnel. The afternoon session will be held for all interested Bylas community members at the Bylas Learning Center.

For information or to sign up call Louis Lorenzo at 475-7335.

Bejarano 'Back to School Festival' August 4

Bejarano Elementary School will host a Back to School Festival on Tuesday, August 4, beginning at 5:pm. Activities include parent workshops, classroom visits, community services and a hamburger/hot dog fry. There will also be drawings for door prizes.

Rep. Kirkpatrick Co-Sponors Bill to Audit Federal Reserve

Representative Ann Kirkpatrick says she has signed on as a co-sponsor to the nonpartisan Federal Reserve Transparency Act. The bill calls for an audit of the Federal Reserve to shed light on its operations and check the government’s power. Kirkpatrick says the Federal Reserve has been allowed to operate with little oversight for decades and we are paying the price for it.

The bill has more than 260 co-sponsors from across the political spectrum, including the entire Arizona delegation.


Police Log

Tri City Fire Department with assistance from Canyon and Globe Fire Departments were dispatched to a structure fire in Claypool shortly before 5:am yesterday. Southwest Gas and APS also responded.

Tri City Fire Department put out a small chimney fire yesterday morning at a residence on Old Oak

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Main and Highway 60.

Globe Police arrested 24 year old Scott Myers last night for sexual misconduct with a minor under the age of 15.

27 year old Charles Minchew was arrested yesterday on warrants for theft and criminal trespass.

45 year old Sandra Burdette was arrested at a traffic stop for DUI.

Globe Police took a theft report at Jerry’s and later arrested 54 year old Deborah Short for theft.

Officers are investigating a report of criminal damage to a vehicle at a residence on East Cedar.

Gila County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a theft of two mountain bikes at a residence in August Hills Mobile Home Park.


John Wilbert Keenon of Miami passed away Monday at Heritage Health Care Center. He was 92. He is survived by his wife Mary and 4 daughters.
The funeral for John Keenon is Friday at 10:am at First Baptist Church in Miami.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Transportation Board to Consider 17
More Contracts


The State Transportation Board will consider approval of 17 more Recovery Act projects at its meeting this week in Payson. The meeting is Friday at 9:am in the Payson Town Council Chambers.

The list of projects includes pavement sealing of SR 177 and SR 288 in Pinal and Gila Counties. The other Gila County project is the replacement of the safety fence on SR 87 between Payson and Pine.

One of two additional projects to be considered is also in Gila County. It is the construction of 4.5 miles of divided highway on SR 260 at Little Green Valley.

Globe School Board Meets Wednesday

Globe School Board meets tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6:00 for a Public Hearing on the proposed 2009-2010 budget.

Approval of the budget is on the Regular Meeting agenda following the Public Hearing.

After the Regular Meeting, the Board will go into Executive Session to conduct a hearing on a recommendation for expulsion of a student.

San Carlos Health Career Scholarships


The San Carlos Hospital Health Careers committee announces that two scholarships are available for the 2009-2010 year.

The committee wants to help San Carlos Apache college students pursue careers throughout the health care professions. Jobs will be available when the new San Carlos Apache Medical Center opens in the near future.

Applications may be picked up at the I.H.S. Health Education Office, Tribal Health Careers Program, Tribal Education Program, and the Clarence Wesley Health Center in Bylas. The application deadline is July 31. For information call Bob Cassa at 475-7134.

Former ADOT Director Confirmed as Federal Highway Administrator

Former Arizona Transportation Department Director Victor Mendez has been confirmed by the US Senate as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. He will begin on July 20.

FHWA says Mendez’s accomplishments in Arizona include the construction of the Regional Freeway System in the Phoenix area that was built six years ahead of schedule. He delivered statewide construction programs on time, including major infrastructure improvements throughout the state. And he worked to improve the agency’s customer service within motor vehicle and highway division offices.

Rep. Kirkpatrick Opens 'Virtual Office'


Representative Ann Kirkpatrick has launched a new official website to serve as her “virtual office.” Kirkpatrick says the purpose of the new website is to make sure that citizens in this large rural district have access to services and have the opportunity to share their thoughts on key issues.

The website is at

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday afternoon at Hill and Sycamore Street.

Globe Police arrested 20 year old Brittney Bowan for possession of marijuana.

22 year old Iroquois Sullivan was arrested early this morning for criminal trespass after trying to enter a residence at Globe Mobile Home Park.


Fred Peterson passed away last week in Waverly, New York. He was 73. He is survived by his son Guy Peterson; his daughters Debbie Spitler, Julie Mercer and Lois Carter; and his brother.
A Memorial Service for Fred Peterson will be held Friday at 1:pm at Lamont Mortuary.

Lee Kornegay Open House July 29 (Change)

The Lee Kornegay School Open House will be Wednesday, July 29 in the Miami High School cafeteria. Refreshments will be served.

Monday, July 13, 2009

San Carlos Apache Tribe Will Receive $1.1 Million to Improve Water Services


The San Carlos Apache Tribe is one of eight tribes in Arizona that will benefit from stimulus funds to improve water services. The US Environmental Protection Agency and the Indian Health Service have announced that $90 million will go to projects to increase access to drinking water and sanitation services.

More than $1.1 million goes to the San Carlos Apache Tribe for drinking water system improvements serving 1,055 homes.

Supervisors Meet Tuesday

The Gila County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 10:00. They will discuss and possibly adopt the 2009-2010 tentative budget. They will also meet as the Library District Board of Directors to adopt the Library District tentative budget.

Las Lomas Registration This Week

Registration for new Kindergarten, first grade and second grade students at Las Lomas Elementary School takes place through Thursday from 8:am to 3:pm. Call 425-3271, extension 2503 for information.

Children who attended Las Lomas last year do not need to re-register.

Governor Signs Solar Legislation


Governor Jan Brewer has signed legislation that will help Arizona attract solar and renewable energy companies.

The Quality Jobs Through Renewable Industries Program extends tax credits and other incentives to manufacturers of renewable energy equipment if they locate in Arizona and meet other criteria.

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council says several businesses have been waiting for the incentives package to become law before announcing plans to relocate to Arizona. GPEC says they will meet this week with officials fom 25 major solar companies at the Intersolar North American conference in San Franciso.

Arizona Department of Commerce Director Don Cardon says the legislation will help Arizona secure the lead it should have for solar and renewable technologies.

Police Log

Globe Police arrested 45 year old Robert Holy last night for disorderly conduct at the downtown Safeway.

26 year old Daniel Lopez was arrested Saturday night on a warrant from Pinal County, false reporting to law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers are investigating a report of a runaway juvenile and a theft report at Sonic Drive In; theft from a vehicle at Country Club Annex, and theft from a vehicle on Escudilla Drive.


Georgia Ann Victor of Peridot passed away last week at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa. She was 60. She is survived by her daughters Melanie and Veronica Victor; her sister; and 3 brothers.

The wake for Georgia Victor is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4:pm at the Victor residence. The funeral is Wednesday at 8:am at Peridot Baptist Church.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Globe Council Meets Monday

Globe City Council is having a Public Hearing on Monday evening at 5:45. The purpose of the hearing is for public input on an amendment to the Zoning Code concerning Sexually Oriented Businesses.

A Work Session follows the Public Hearing. It will include that item along with several other proposed revisions to the Globe City Code.

The agenda also includes a resolution adopting a revised general fee schedule.

The Council will go into Executive Session for legal advice concerning a broadband license agreement and to discuss Police Chief interviews.

MHS Registration Starts Monday

Registration at Miami High School begins Monday (July 13) for Juniors and Seniors. Registration hours are 5 to 7:pm.

Sophomores will register on Tuesday and Freshmen will register on Wednesday from 5 to 7.

Parents pick up and complete registration packets in the library. Once completed, the packets are returned and checked by the high school office staff located at tables in the library.

Parents unable to register at these times may come to the High School office between 9:am and 3:pm Monday through Thursday.

New students may register in the Miami High School office anytime next week during normal office hours.

Parents of students new to the district need to sign up in the office for a registration appointment with a guidance counselor.

Miami Council Meets Monday

Miami Town Council meets Monday evening with a Workshop at 6:15 and the Regular Meeting at 6:30.

The Council will discuss and possibly aprove the 2009-2010 draft budget.

They will also consider re-instating the magistrate court in Miami.

And they will consider granting permission for Marianne Collins to paint a mural in the Miami Memorial Library.

Brewer Re-Establishes Forest Health Council


Governor Jan Brewer has signed an executive order to re-establish the Forest Health Council, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the health of Arizona’s forests.

The Council will advise the Governor on forest restoration, community protection and fire management, and provide a forum for tracking forest projects across the state.

Reward for Info About Courthouse Window Damage

Fifteen double pane glass windows on the south side of the Gila County Courthouse building were damaged by rocks sometime Thursday night.

Gila County Public Works is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever caused the damage.

Contact the Gila County Sheriff’s Office at 402-1872.

Arizona Gets $3.2 Million to Clean Up Leaking Underground Storage Tanks


The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality announces that Arizona has received more than $3.2 million in federal stimulus funding to help clean up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks.

The money will be used by ADEQ’s Tank Programs Division to clean up tanks at 23 sites. This includes $150,000 to clean up the facility at Shores Communications Service on East Ash Street in Globe.

The majority of the proposed projects are cleanups of leaking underground storage tanks for which the owners cannot be identified or where owners are not financially capable of conducting cleanups.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday around noon at Ash and Hill Streets.

There were no injuries in a two vehicle accident last night in the area of Evans and Broad Street. One driver was cited for unsafe backing.

No injuries were reported in an accident around 10:pm near the overpass.

A Super Stop employee called Globe Police around 2:00 this morning about a woman who said she was assaulted by her boyfriend. 24 year old Aaron Stanley was arrested for assault.

24 year old David Hayes was arrested yesterday for fraudulent schemes and trafficking in stolen property.

Coty Fuller was arrested for fraudulent schemes and conspiracy.

Globe Police are investigating criminal damage at the Super 8 Motel.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Marlene Pena Indicted for Embezzlement


A federal grand jury has indicted 45 year old Marlene Pena for allegedly embezzling more than $1 million from the Marian Miami Federal Credit Union.

Pena was hired by the credit union in 1994 and became its manager in 2000. The indictment alleges that Pena operated a scheme to defraud the union between January 2001 through at least December 2006. The indictment goes on to allege that by accessing the credit union’s computer system, she created about 140 fictitious loans and fraudulently issued loan proceeds checks to her friends and family members.

Pena has been charged with 25 felony offenses of embezzlement. A conviction for each of these offenses is punishable by up to 30 years in a federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

Canyon Fire Department Holds Budget Meeting

Canyon Fire Department is holding a public meeting tomorrow night (Friday) at 7:00 concerning the proposed annual budget.

Summer Youth Musical Theater Program Presents 'Jungle Book'

The Summer Youth Musical Theater Program presents Jungle Book starting tomorrow night (Friday) at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. Performances are at 7:pm Friday and Saturday and next weekend. Matinee performances start at 2:00 this Saturday and next Saturday.

For ticket information, call the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts at 425-0884.


Gas Prices Continue to Drop

Gasoline prices have dropped for the second straight week. Arizona motorists are currently paying an average of $2.605 for a gallon of regular unleaded. That’s a decrease of more than four cents. The nationwide average is a little more than $2.59. Prices in Globe-Miami are around $2.53.

AAA says that plentiful supplies and weak demand means we’ve probably seen the worst of summer 2009 fuel prices. Prices will probably settle in the mid $2 range for the rest of the summer, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Miami School Board Meets Tonight

Miami School Board meets tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 in the Miami High School Library. There will be a Public Hearing on the proposed budget and possible adoption of the budget during the Regular Meeting.

Police Log

Globe Police arrested 33 year old Robert Heydt of Springerville on charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale and transport of dangerous drugs.

26 year old Franciso Gonzales was arrested last night for indecent exposure at a business on East Ash. Gonzales was on work release from the Gila County Jail.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 51 year old Gilbert Levario for assault.

Deputies are investigating a report of criminal damage at a residence on Gordon Street.

Globe Police are investigating criminal damage at the Fashion Gap; criminal damage at the Dollar General; and a burglary at a residence on Hackney Hill.


Guadalupe Garcia Herrera of Globe passed away Tuesday at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa. She was 56. She is survived by her husband Mike and 3 children.
A Memorial Mass for “Lupe” Herrera will be held Saturday at 10:am at Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Kenneth Brink passed away Tuesday at Heritage Healthcare Center. He was 75.
A Memorial Service for Kenneth Brink will be held (next) Saturday (July 18) at 10:am at St. Pauls United Methodist Church.
The family suggests donations be made to the church or your favorite charity.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Working Group Aims to Improve Food Safety


A food safety working group established by the White House says the government working to boost the safety of some of the nation’s most popular foods. They announced stricter rules for the production of eggs, poultry, beef, leafy greens, melons and tomatoes.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the White House and Congress are turning their attention to this issue after a series of food safety breakdowns in recent years, from contaminated spinach in 2006 to salmonella in peppers and possibly tomatoes last year.

The group is also directing the Food and Drug Administration to help the food industry establish better tracing systems in the event of an outbreak.

Grant Will Prepare More Native American School Principals

A nearly $1 million grant from the US Department of Education will support a four year project to increase the number of well-trained K-12 principals for schools on American Indian reservations. The money will go to Northern Arizona University's “principal certificate” program.

The objective of the program is to add 25 K-12 principals by 2012 to serve in schools on the Navajo Nation, Hopi, San Carlos Apache and White Mountain reservations.

The program is open to qualified American Indian teachers, who will have their college tuition and associated fees paid. Classes will be provided through NAU’s Extended Campuses. Interested candidates should begin by providing a nomination letter from their school principals and superintendents describing their potential to be in the certificate program.

Police Log

Miami Police arrested 46 year old David Stenhouse for kidnapping and criminal trespass.

Globe Police arrested 18 year old Joseph Cline for shoplifting at the Santee Circle K.

Officers are investigating a burglary that took place on Hackney Hill.

Teens Who Move Have Higher Suicide Risk


A recent study shows that kids whose families move frequently have a higher suicide rate than those that don’t. reports that psychologists have known for years that moves can be distrssing for kids. But a new study published in the Archives of Psychiatry shows that the impact on some adolescents may be more devastating than anyone thought.

The study found that kids aged 11 to 17 were twice as likely to attempt suicide if their families moved three or more times. If the family moved more than 10 times, the children were four times as likely to attempt suicide compared to those who had never moved.

The researchers say parents can lessen the impact of moving if they include the child in discussions of the anticipated move and give them an opportunity to see the new house and neighborhood before moving. They can also encourage their kids to stay in contact with their old friends through email and video conferencing, and by inviting their friends to visit the new place.


Hector H. Bejarano, Sr. passed away Sunday in Mesa. He was 69.
Visitation for Hector Bejarano, Sr. is tomorrow (Thursday) at 9:am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and the funeral is at 10:00.

Francis Bruce of Roosevelt passed away Friday at Heritage Health Care Center. She was 91.
Services for Francis Bruce will be private.

Charles Philip Erickson of Miami passed away last week at Odyssey Hospice in Tucson. He was 64. He is survived by his sister and his daughters Elaine McDowell, Lisa Martin and Ruth Erickson
Services for Charles Erickson will be private.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

US 60 Gonzales Pass Project Nominated for National Award


The US 60 Gonzales Pass reconstruction project is one of two ADOT projects that have been nominated for national awards. The project between Superior and Florence Junction converted 10 miles of US 60 from a two lane road to a safer four lane divided highway. It was opened to traffic 10 months ahead of schedule.

The Gonzales Pass project and the Regional Freeway System in the Phoenix area were nominated for the prestgious America’s Transportation Awards. The competition recognizes the best transportation projects in the country—projects that are on time, on budget, and demonstrate innovative management.

ADOT says both projects have improved traffic flow and regional connectivity and have helped Arizonans get safely where they need to go.

Recovery Act Funds Go To San Carlos Apache Economic Development

Representative Ann Kirkpatrick announces that the US Treasury Department is making nearly $130,000 in Recovery Act funds available for economic development on San Carlos Apache lands. The funds are part of $8 million in technical assistance grants for community development financial institutions serving Native communities.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe is in the process of establishing a non-profit organization that will provide small business lending and financial services on tribal lands. The funds are being distributed to help them get their organization off the ground as part of the Native American CDFI Assistance Program.


Beer Tree Crossing Closed Wednesday

Gila County Public Works announces that Beer Tree Crossing at the train tracks will be closed to traffic tomorrow (Wednesday) from 6:am to 4:30pm. There is also a possibility that it may be closed on Thursday to complete the work.

If you have any questions, contact the Gila County Public Works Division at 402-8532.

Miami Council Special Meeting Tonight

Miami Town Council is having a Special Meeting tonight (Tuesday) at 6:30. The Council will discuss and possibly act on the procedures and process of the Town Administrator taking vacation leave.

Police Log

Globe Police responded to a 911 call last night from Gas and Go. 59 year old Raymond Ybarrondo of Payson was arrested for misuse of 911 and use of a telephone to harass.

A Gila County Sheriff’s deputy arrested 21 year old Michael Miranda for telephone harassment.

19 year old Timothy Bush was arrested yesterday for extreme DUI.

46 year old David Worley was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs.

Globe Police are investigating a burglary on Jess Hayes Road.

Miami Junior High School Registration

Registration for students attending Miami Junior High School starts today (Tuesday) and ends Thursday. Hours are 8:30am until 2:pm. Classes begin on August 3.

Students who wish to participate in athletics should have their physical and apprpriate paperwork turned into the office in time for the first day of school.

There have been a number of changes to the dress code. Information about the changes is available at the school office.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Arizona Could Have More DOs Than MDs


An article in the Portland Oregonian says that Arizona schools will soon be graduating more doctors of osteopathy than medical doctors. There will be twice as many DOs graduating in 2012 than MDs. That gap could increase if the University of Arizona is unable to expand its medical school in Phoenix.

Midwestern University in Glendale graduated its first DO class in 2000. A.T. Still University in Mesa will graduate its first DO class in 2011. Their expected total of 350 in 2012 is expected to ease a growing doctor shortage. Arizona has one of the worst ratios of primary care doctors per resident.

Like MDs, DOs are licensed to diagnose illness, perform surgery and prescribe medicine. DOs say their emphasis is on a more holistic view of medicine and that they believe in the body’s ability to heal itself. Their education also includes instruction in osteopathic manipulative treatment.

The number of osteopathic doctors has increased 67% nationwide since 1990.

Supervisors Meet Tuesday

The Gila County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 10:00. The meeting includes the public sale of several unnecessary public roadways.

The Board will consider Intergovernmental Agreements with the City of Globe, the Town of Star Valley, the Town of Hayden and the Town of Miami; and a Transit Agreement with the Payson Senior Center. The agreements provide Local Transportation Assistance Funds for senior center transportation.

Arizona Has 25,000 Homeless School Children

The Arizona Republic reports that the number of homeless school children in Arizona has exceeded 25,000. That’s an increase of nearly 18% in the past year.

Educators say the increase is due to the soaring rate of unemployment and foreclosures. About two thirds of the state’s homeless students live in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has provided Arizona with $1.9 million to give homeless children as young as preschool age equal access to free public education.

School districts across the state have applied for federal stimulus grants.