Tuesday, April 7, 2009

National Work Zone Awareness Week


This is National Work Zone Awareness Week. The Federal Highway Administration says 24 people died in crashes in work zones across Arizona in 2007. Four out of five victims in work zones are drivers or passengers, not highway workers. The number of deaths can be much lower if drivers take some simple steps:

Pay attention to signs.
Slow down and observe speed limits.
Avoid distractions, including cell phones.
Watch the car ahead of you. Don't tailgate. And
Always buckle up.


Landfill To Accept Greenwaste Free on April 18


The Russell Gulch Landfill will accept greenwaste at no charge on Saturday, April 18, in honor of Earth Day. Greenwaste includes tree limbs, brush, grass clippings and leaves.

Gila County Public Works Division announces that paper recycling has increased 17% in the last year. Bins are located at Fry’s, on Broad Street across from the VFW, and at the parking lot next to the Court House. The City of Globe has bins at the Globe Post office and at Globe High, Copper Rim, High Desert, Holy Angels, Liberty and Destiny Schools. A bin is located in the San Carlos area at the Mt. Turnbull Sanitation Yard and a bin is being placed at Roosevelt Estates.

There are three locations to drop off plastic bottles: the Russell Gulch Landfill, Fry’s and the Court House.

The Russell Gulch Landfill is the drop off site for discarded computers, printers and monitors. You can also drop off motor oil and car batteries. Residents can bring in 5 tires a year for free with the rim removed, and $2.00 a tire after that.
Landfill hours are 6:am until 4:pm Monday through Saturday.


Two Miami Public Meetings Wednesday Night

The Globe Fire Department will conduct a public informational meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) night about upcoming inspections of commercial buildings in Miami. The meeting is at 6:pm at Miami Town Hall.

The Miami Volunteer Fire Department will hold its first organizational meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7:pm at Miami Town Hall. For information call Councilman Levi Shaffer at 961-0866.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday morning at 108 South Broad Street.

Globe Police arrested 46 year old Julia Usry yesterday for DUI.

Officers are investigating shoplifting reports taken at the Hill Street Safeway and at the Circle K on Santee.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of fraudulent use of credit and bank cards taken at a residence on Carrie Lane.


Henry G. Colvin, Sr. of Globe passed away last Tuesday at Cobre Valley Community Hospital. He was 100. He is survived by his son Henry Colvin, Jr.; 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Visitation for Henry Colvin, Sr. is at 9:00 this morning (Tuesday) at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and the Funeral is at 10:00.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Opening Day


It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.
---A. Bartlett Giamatti

Baseball is a nineteenth-century pastoral game.
Football is a twentieth-century technological struggle.

Baseball is played on a diamond, in a park.The baseball park!
Football is played on a gridiron, in a stadium, sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.

In football you wear a helmet.
In baseball you wear a cap.

Football is played in any kind of weather: rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog...
In baseball, if it rains, we don't go out to play.

In football the object is for the quarterback, also known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy's defensive line.

In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! - I hope I'll be safe at home!
---George Carlin

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
---Rogers Hornsby

GCC Arbor Day and Art Celebration April 25

Gila Community College will have an Art Show and Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25. It will be from 1 to 4:30pm at the Gila Pueblo Campus. In honor of Arbor Day and Earth Day, staff members have planted several saguaro cacti along the Marietta Trail. The Art Show will feature a variety of art work by Gila Community College students and instructors. Pinal Mountain Foundation for Higher Education will sell food with proceeds going to the scholarship fund.


Supervisors Meet Tuesday

The Gila County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 10:00. County Attorney Daisy Flores will present the quarterly Officer Recognition Award to Officer AJ Castaneda of the Globe Police Department. The Supervisors will proclaim April 19-25 to be Great American Cleanup Week in Gila County in honor of Earth Day on April 22. They will discuss and possibly authorize the advertisement of a Request for Sealed Bids for the design of a new Gila County Jail Women’s Dormatory in Globe. The Board will also consider appointing John Perlman as Globe Regional Justice of the Peace Pro Tempore.

Kirkpatrick Coming to Globe American
Legion Post

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick will be at the American Legion Post in Globe on Thursday from 4 to 5:pm. Kirkpatrick is a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee. She wants to meet the Post Commanders in the Globe area and will welcome any information you would like to share.

HDMS Site Council Meeting Wednesday

High Desert Middle School announces that there will be a Site Council Meeting on Wednesday at 6:pm in the school library. They will discuss the school handbook for next year.

Arizona Spring Allergies May Be
Getting Worse


The Arizona Republic reports that the combination of winter rains, recent high winds and mild temperatures are affecting Arizonans with spring allergies. Doctors say that the spring months seem to be the worst for allergies in Arizona because the pollinating seasons for trees, grasses and weeds overlap. In most states, trees pollinate first, followed by grasses in early summer and weeds in late summer and fall. Arizona’s warm weather also means that allergy season starts early—in February—with most people having symptoms well into June. Mayo Clinic allergist John Lewis says he expects the peak to be in April when the olive trees bloom. Lewis says allergy seasons may be getting worse because evidence suggests that the amount of pollen in Arizona air has increased steadily since the 1940’s.

Pollen.com says that Globe-Miami’s pollen count has been between 10.3 and 11.3 for most of the past month. Anything above 9.6 is considered high. The Web site forcasts a count of 10.4 tomorrow (Tuesday), down to 9.5 on Thursday.



Willy Garcia passed away last Monday in Tucson. He was 33. He is survived by his wife Melissa; 2 daughters; 3 stepsons; his mother; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters, including Juanita Garcia of Miami.
Visitation for Willy Garcia will be tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9:30 am at Greer Wilson Funeral Home in Phoenix. The funeral is at 10::00.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident last night on Highway 60 near Judy’s Cookhouse.

Two people were taken to the hospital after a stabbing shortly after midnight at the Drift Inn saloon.

34 year old LeRoy Polk was charged with disorderly conduct after Globe Police took a report of two men making threats at Hackney and Broad.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 44 year old James Berry for assault /domestic violence after a disturbance at a residence on Radium Drive.

Deputies responded to a disturbance on Huie Street. A man came out and hit a vehicle with a baseball bat. 44 year old Ronald Whitworth was charged with assault with intent to injure and criminal damage.

Deputies and Tri City EMS responded to a domestic disturbance Saturday afternoon at a residence on Radium Drive. The victim was taken to Cobre Valley Community Hospital. An Attempt to Locate was issued for the suspect.

Globe Police are investigating a hit and run that occirred in the Taco Bell parking lot.


Paul Flores passed away Friday at his home in Miami. He was 67. He is survived by his sister Maria Mariscal and his brother Johnny Flores.
Visitation for “Chicho” Flores will be Wednesday at 9:am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and the Funeral Mass is at 10:00.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Arizona Supreme Court Seizes Control of
Globe Regional Court

The Arizona Supreme Court has seized control of the Globe Regional Justice Court. The Arizona Supreme Court issued an Administrative Order giving oversight of the day to day operations of the Globe Regional Court to Presiding Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill. At Cahill’s request, the Administrative Office of the Courts conducted an operational and financial assessment on March 11-13. The results showed numerous cases of processing inefficiencies, causing significant delays in issuing warrants, setting trials and hearings, and other activities. The financial management portion of the review identified multiple instances of noncompliance with Minimum Accounting Standards. The Administrative Order reassigns Judge Patty Nolan to perform only duties assigned by Judge Cahill.


Globe Council Meets Monday

Globe City Council meets Monday night at 6:00. The Council will consider and possibly authorize Globe’s application for 2009 Community Development Block Grant funds. They will also consider and possibly appoint former mayor Stanley Gibson to represent Globe at the Central Arizona Association of Governments Management Committee meetings and the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee.

Bill Would Expand Anti-Drug Trafficking Program to Include Arizona District One


Arizona Representative Ann Kirkpatrick has introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives that expands an anti-drug trafficking program to include District One law enforcement. The bill gives local, state, and tribal law enforcement new access to resources and information, helping them to shut down drug trafficking routes through the First Congressional District. The Southwest Border Narcotics Reduction Act will add seven Arizona counties to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program run by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Eight of Arizona’s 15 counties are already part of the program. The bill brings Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Apache, Coconino, Navajo and Yavapai Counties into the program. Kirkpatrick says that the HIDTA program has been extremely successful in the Arizona counties already enrolled. Meth seizures in those counties fell by almost 40% over two years, and cocaine seizures dropped by almost a third.

(High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas)

Arizona Pump Prices Among the Lowest in the Country

Arizona’s gasoline prices are continuing to stabilize and are among the lowest in the country. Statewide, motorists are paying slightly less than $1.94 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline. That’s an increase of less than one half cent from last week. Globe-Miami prices are around $1.93. The nationwide average continues to inch upward to $2.045, an increase of nearly four cents from last week. AAA says that in addition to calming crude oil prices, Arizona has additional gasoline supplies available due to a significant drop in fuel consumption in California.


US 60 Pinto Valley Blasting Alert

The next blasts on the US 60 Pinto Valley project are scheduled for today (Friday). There will be two or three blasts, with the first blast around 10:am and the last blast no later than 2:30pm. Drivers can expect delays of up to 30 minutes following each blast. There may be brief delays at other times during the day.

San Carlos Apache Tribe Dedicates Renovation of Ernest Stanley Memorial Hall

The San Carlos Apache Tribal Council invites everyone to the dedication ceremony for the renovation and expansion of the Ernest Stanley Memorial Hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:am in Bylas.


7-Mile Spring Fling on Saturday

The 7-Mile Spring Fling will be held at Mahsill Park tomorrow (Saturday) . It kicks off with a walk at 6:30am. The first 50 people who sign up will receive a T-shirt. Other activities include a co-ed softball tournament, a horse shoe tournanment, co-ed volleyball tournament and a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. There will be games for the children and an Easter Egg Hunt, and also a gospel singspiration in the evening.

First Friday Program Highlights Route 66


Tonight's First Friday program sponsored by the Bullion Plaza Museum and the Gila County Historical Museum features Richard and Sherry Magnum. They will present a program on Arizona’s historic Route 66. It’s at the Miami Memorial Library, starting at 6:pm. The program includes lots of old photographs, maps and colorful illustrations. It’s free and will be followed by light refreshments.

Police Log

One person received a neck injury in a two vehicle accident yesterday morning at Story Street and Russell Road. One car was disabled and was towed away by Action Towing.

Nobody was hurt in a hit and run accident involving two vehicles that occurred early yesterday afternoon on North Broad Street. One vehicle left the scene of the accident. The case is being investigated.

A man was taken to Cobre Valley Community Hospital last night with a non life threatening stab wound to his abdomen. At first the man reported that it was self inflicted, but he later decided that he wanted to file charges against another person who apparently caused the injury. The case is under investigation.


James Hilliard of Globe passed away Monday at Heritage Health Care Center. He was 74. He is survived by 3 daughters, including Karen Mediz of Globe; 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Services for James Hilliard will be private.

Former Globe resident Louise Cubitto Gibbs passed away February 8 in Sun City. She is survived by three daughters, including Claudia Cubitto of Globe; her mother; six siblings, including Claudia Sue Armer of Globe; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
A memorial celebrating the life of Louise Cubitto will take place at the home of Claudia Sue and John Armer on Saturday, April 11 at 12:30pm.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Flu Vaccine Still Available

The Gila County Health Department announces that flu vaccine is still available. Children’s flu shots are free. Adult flu shots are $30 or free with proof of Medicare Part B. For information call 402-8811..


Belinda Louise Patten of Peridot passed away last week at Kindred Hospital in Phoenix. She was 66. She is survived by her sons Sam, Cleon and Hugh Patten and Nathaniel Kenton; her daughter Carolinda; her brother Daniel McIntosh; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
The wake for Belinda Patton is today (Friday) at 4:pm at the Patton residence. The funeral is Saturday at 2:pm at San Carlos Miracle Church.

New Hours For Miami Library

Starting next week, the Miami Memorial Library will have new hours of operation. The library will be open from 10:30am until 6:pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10:30am until 5:pm on Fridays; and Saturdays from 9:am until 1:pm.
The library will be closed for Easter on Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11.

Goodard to Attend Nearby Regional Events Today


Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will take part in three nearby regional events today. He will address more than 100 elder service and elder abuse prevention specialists at the annual Pinal-Gila Elder Abuse Conference at the Apache Gold Casino. Goddard will discuss the increase in neglect and financial abuse of seniors during difficult financial times. He will speak at about 12:15pm.

Goddard will meet with San Carlos Apache Tribal leaders and law enforcement officials at 2:pm. at the San Carlos Police Department. He will discuss issues of common concern, including the prevention of methamphetamine abuse and consumer fraud.

Goddard then travels to Superior to meet with town officials at 4:00 to discuss issues including effective law enforcement partnerships and prevention of financial exploitation of seniors.

Police Log

Globe Police arrested 27 year old Adam Garcia last night for domestic violence and criminal damage in connection with an incident reported on Tuesday. Garcia’s mother—45 year old Linda Garcia—was charged with hindering prosecution.

54 year old Pamela Victor was arrested at a traffic stop early this morning. She was found to be driving intoxicated with her 15 month old grandchild unrestrained in the front seat. The child was turned over to San Carlos Child Protective Services.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 33 year old Michael Wilson for domestic violence.

A deputy assisted Globe PD with a pursuit on Russell Road. The car ended up in an accident on Forest Service Road 55. Medical personnel were dispatched and J&S Towing was called to pick up the vehicle.

Globe Police are investigating a report of criminal damage taken at the Dollar Tree and criminal damage to an electronic message board on Highway 60.


Charley Kenton of Cutter passed away Sunday at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. He was 49. He is survived by his wife Denise; 3 daughters, including Shelby Kenton of Cutter; 2 sons, including Jeffrey Kenton of Cutter; 2 sisters, including Rachelyn Kenton of Cutter; his brothers Sam and Russell Kenton; and 1 grandchild.
The wake for Charley Kenton will be Saturday at 4:pm at the Denise Kenton residence. The funeral is Sunday at 1:pm in the San Carlos High School Gym.

Betty Jane Bullis of Peridot passed away Monday at San Carlos Hospital. She was 66. She is survived by her brothers Herbert Stevens and Ray Stevens, Jr.; her sister; 13 children; 45 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
The wake will be Monday at 4:pm at the Betty Bullis residence. The funeral is Tuesday at 9:am at St. Charles Catholic Church in San Carlos.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Nearly $200 Million Stimulus Funds for Arizona 'Green' Projects


Arizona is going to receive nearly $200 million in federal stimulus money for energy and environmentsal programs. The funds are intended to help state and local governements and individual homeowners come up with new ways to conserve energy,generate electricity and promote alternative fuels. The Arizona Capitol Times says significant portions of the money could be used to provide financial assistance for solar energy products around the state. A wide variety of other projects are eligible for grant money. Under the Weatherization Assistance Program, Arizona families who earn up to $44,000 for a family of four will be eligible for up to $6,500 per home for energy efficiency upgrades. The US Department of Energy says this can help homeowners reduce energy bills by up to 32%. The State Energy Program also will provide rebates to homeowners for audits that will help them determine how to make their homes more energy efficient, and install the improvements to put those efficiencies into practice. Upgrades for government buildings and the development of alternate fuels and renewable energy programs will be funded as well.


Arizona House OKs Transportation Bill

The Arizona House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that could set the stage for the construction of new toll roads. The bill sets the ground rules for the Department of Transportation to enter into “public-private partnerships” on state transportation projects. These could—but would not necessarily--include toll roads. The bill now goes to the state Senate. Arizona law already allows toll roads but none have been built. The Arizona Republic reports that current statutes are considered outdated.


Arizona Trail Gets Federal Status


The 800 mile Arizona Trail has been designated a National Scenic Trail. The designation was part of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act signed last week by President Obama. It makes the Arizona Trail one of 11 routes with National Scenic Trail status.
The trail was first proposed in the mid 1980’s by Flagstaff school teacher Dale Shewalter. The Arizona Daily Star reports that the trail includes previously existing trail segments and about 300 miles of new trails.
Although many people have followed the trail on foot, bikes or horseback, it isn’t quite officially finished. The Arizona Trail Association says there are still about 40 miles to be completed.
The Arizona Trail runs from Mexico to Utah. For a map and other information go to www.aztrail.org. You can also read an e-book here. For a series of articles and pictures click here.


Food Bank Miami Branch Opens Today

Gila Community Food Bank opens its branch in Miami today. The Miami location for Gila Community Food Bank is at 505 Live Oak Street.

Globe School Board Meets Tonight

The Globe School Board meets tonight (Wednesday) at 6:00 with a Study Session followed by the Regular Meeting. The Board meets at the Mofford Activity Center. The agenda for the Regular Meeting includes approval of Salary Schedules for the 2009-2010 school year.

Police Log

A rollover accident yesterday around noon resulted in minor injuries. The juvenile driver was cited and released for reckless driving, failure to control a vehicle to avoid a collision, speeding and driving left of center.

The Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls late yesterday morning about a man in a large truck on Roberts Drive trying to run over a woman in a smaller car. 25 year old Levi Sullivan was charged with threats and intimidation and reckless driving.

A deputy was dispatched to Mckinney Avenue for a report of cruelty to an animal. Someone wrapped a chain around a dog’s neck and secured it with a wire. A neighbor revived the dog. There are no suspects at this time.

Globe Police arrested 29 year old Anthony Guerra on warrants for child support and for failure to appear on charges of aggravated assault, domestic violence and criminal damage.

48 year old Sandra Robles was arrested on a warrant for failure to comply on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sedalia, Missouri Police arrested 29 year old Carl Nagy of Globe on a warrant for forgery, fraudulent schemes and theft.


Geneva Cooper of Globe passed away Sunday at Cobre Valley Community Hospital. She was 82.
The funeral for Geneva Cooper will be Friday at 1:pm at Miles Funeral Services Globe.

Nancy Marie Martinez Perez passed away Saturday at her home in Winkelman. She was 38. She is survived by her husband Gabriel; her daughter; 2 sons; her mother; 2 sisters; her brother; and her grandaughter.
Visitation for Nancy Perez will be Friday at 9:30am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hayden. Rosary is at 10:00 and the Funeral at 11:am.