Saturday, April 11, 2009

Former Television Reporter Matt Quinn Dies in Texas Wildfire

Former television news reporter Matt Quinn and his wife Cathy were among three people killed Thursday in Texas wildfires. Quinn's son and daughter Betsy and Ted Quinn currently live in Globe. Betsy Quinn was a reporter for KIKO News for four years.

The fires destroyed dozens of homes in rural Texas and scorched more than 100,000 acres. Cathy Quinn's adult son Chris suffered burns and was being treated Friday at the Parkland Memorial Hospital burn unit in Dallas.

Matt Quinn worked for ABC News before moving to WFAA-TV in Dallas in 1980. He stayed at WFAA until his retirement in the early 1990's.

For a video of WFAA's story about Matt Quinn, click here or here.

For examples of Matt Quinn's work, click here.

Matt Quinn's obituary


Friday, April 10, 2009

Kirkpatrick Requests $7M to Fund Gila
County Projects

Representative Ann Kirkpatrick has requested more than $7 million from the 2010 federal budget for crucial projects in District One. The projects include:


$580,000 to help local physicians align their medical records with Cobre Valley Community Hospital’s electronic health record system.

$1 million to resurface Young Road in the Tonto National Forest. This would allow it to be an evacuation route in case of wildfire.


$420,000 to Eastern Arizona College to expand its programs to address the regional nursing shortage.


$165,000 to acquire five acres of land for police, town hall and other community facilities at Pinetop-Lakeside.


$5 million to create a Job Corps program to serve rural Arizona.


Congresswoman Kirkpatrick is also one of more than 70 co-signers supporting a $10 million request from the Reach Out and Read program that will help fund 31 literacy programs in Arizona’s District One.

Gila County to Receive $13,000 to
Help Families

The Department of Homeland Security will make more than $13,000 available to help people in Gila County continue to care for their families in tough times. The funds will be provided through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. EFSP funds can be used by county and local governemnts to provide critical, one time assistance when it is needed most. County residents will be able to receive one month aid in making rent or mortgage payments to keep them from being kicked out of their homes. Funds may also be used as transition assistance to help families find stable living conditions if they are evicted.


Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a three vehicle accident last night on Highway 60 near Main Street. One of the cars left the scene but was located later. One driver was issued a citation for causing the accident.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 68 year old Norman Medlin on a warrant for assault/criminal damage.

41 year old Roger Longknife was arrested on a warrant for aggravated assault/domestic violence and threats and intimidation.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft from a residence on Woodard Street.

Globe Police are investigating a burglary from a vehicle near Escudilla Drive and criminal damage at the Swap Meet.


Delores Ramirez Reyes passed away last week at the age of 89. She is survived by 3 children; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service for “Lola” Reyes will be at 11:am next Friday (April 17) at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Research.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Arboretum Herb Festival This Saturday


The Boyce Thompson Arboretum Herb Festival is Saturday from 11 until 3. Exhibitor booths include the Arizona Herb Association. Enjoy live flute and guitar music from Celinda and John Levno.

The Easter Sunday Wildflower Walk begins at 12:Noon.


Dress Up for the 'Easter Parade'

The “Easter Parade” in downtown Globe is this Saturday. Entry applications are available at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts and the Copper Spike Train Station.

Poetry Forum to Honor Donnafred

The Gila Community College April Poetry Forum will be a tribute to Donnafred Hoff. Donnafred was a local artist, author, and personality whose enthusiasm and flair for fun made her a costumed fixture in many a downtown parade. A collection of her art is being exhibited at Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. Her poetry will be featured at the Poetry Forum this Saturday at 7:pm. It will be at vida e caffe, located at 157 West Cedar.

The Poetry Forum format is open mike and the venue is meant to be comfortable and to encourage poets of all ages to share their hearts and thoughts.

Moose Lodge Easter Egg Hunt This Saturday


The Globe Moose Lodge will host this year’s Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday (April 11). Sign up is from 9 to 10:am and the Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10. The ball fields in Claypool will be divided into four fields for different age groups. There will be prize drawings and hot dogs and chips for everyone.

Globe Library Will Be Closed Saturday

Due to an unavoidable one day staff shortage, the Globe Public Library will be closed Saturday (April 11).

Sheriff Armer Announces Detention Supervisor and Officer of the Quarter

Gila County Sheriff John Armer announces that Sgt. Robert Schuler has been selected as Detention Supervisor of the Quarter and Joe Laguna has been selected as Detention Officer of the Quarter. They are being recognized for their outstanding job performance and work ethic in the Gila County Detention Centers.


Pinto Valley Project Blast and Traffic Restrictions

The next blast on the US 60 Pinto Valley project is scheduled for this morning (Thursday) at 10:30. Drivers can expect delays of up to 30 minutes following the blast.

In addition to this, there will be pavement striping east of the Pinto Creek Bridge until 9:45am. Concrete barriers will be placed east of the Pinto Creek Bridge between 11:30 and 1:30. The roadway is restricted to one lane and flaggers direct traffic in alternating directions. Drivers can expect delays of 10 to 15 minutes.

Miami School Board Meets Tonight

Miami School Board meets tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 in the Miami High School Library. Agenda items include closing Lee Kornegay Junior High School; school position cuts and changes; and reducing or cutting other programs and purchases.

Globe School Board Meets Tonight

Globe School Board is having a Study Session open to the public tonight (Thursday) at 6:00 at the Mofford Activity Center. They’ll discuss progress with the Globe-Miami Consolidation Review Committee.

Police Log

A rollover accdent early this morning at Cottonwood and Fourth Street resulted in unknown injuries. The case is pending further investigation by the Globe Police Department.

Last night a citizen called Globe PD to report that she heard someone in the culvert behind her house calling for help. Officers located a 19 year old man who was taken to Cobre Valley Hospital.

Globe Police received a 911 call yesterday afternoon about a man lying along the side of Highway 70 near the 77 junction. An officer contacted the man and then called for EMS.

Two people were arrested after a fight early this morning at the Drift Inn saloon. 34 year old Timothy Fritz was arrested on an otstanding warrant and for disorderly conduct. 22 year old Justin Hamlet was also charged with disorderly conduct.

Officers and EMS responded to a report of a domestic assault yesterday afternoon at Globe Mobile Home Park. 31 year old Andrew Parsons was arrested for domestic violence/disorderly conduct.

A juvenile at High Desert Middle School was taken to the Gila County Juvenile Detention Center for possession of marijuana.

Officers are investigating a report of an assault on Hackney Hill and a hit and run non-injury accident. A car hit a business and then left the area.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of an airplane from the Cutter Airport and a report of identity theft from a resident in the Wheatfields area.


Anna Zola Burgess of Globe passed away Friday at Heritage Health Care Center. She was 93. She is survived by her daughter; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Services for Anna Burgess will be private.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

to Visit Globe


First District Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick will visit Globe tomorrow (Thursday) as part of her “Get Arizona Back on Track” Four County Tour. Representative Kirkpatrick will meet with members of the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce from 2 until 3:pm to talk about economic recovery. Then she will honor Gila County Veterans at the American Legion Post from 4 to 5:pm.

SR 77 Will Be Open for Easter
Holiday Travel

The Arizona Department of Transportation says State Route 77 between Globe and Winkelman will be open for holiday traffic from Thursday at 2:pm until Monday at 8:am.

ADOT is currently widening a two mile segment of the highway. State Route 77 will continue to be closed for blasting operations Monday through Friday from 6:am to 6:pm, except for the Easter Holiday. Blasting is expected to continue through mid May.

Construction crews will continue to haul materials on weekends from 6:am to 6:pm. A pilot vehicle escorts traffic through the project. You can expect delays up to 30 minutes when traveling through the construction area on weekends.

State Route 77 is open every night from 6:pm to 6:am for restricted northbound and southbound travel. One lane will be open, with traffic signals at each end of the work zone to control one way traffic.

School Roundup and Immunization Fair

Globe and Miami Head Start and the Gila County Health Department are hosting a School Roundup and Immunization Fair tomorrow (Thursday) for Kindergarten and Preschool students. It will be at the Gila County Community Services Building in Central Heights from 9:am until noon. The event includes games and activities for children 3 to 5, as well as opportunities for families to register for Kindergarten, Head Start, WIC and other services. Free immunizations will be given from 10:30 until Noon. Other community agencies will also be there to share information about services for families and children in the Globe-Miami area.

Miami Library Will Host Regional Forum
Pre-Event Open House

Miami Memorial Library will host the Arizona Library Association Regional Pre-Forum Event with an Open House next Thursday, April 16. It will be from 5:30 until 7:30pm. The Miami High School Hall of Fame will be showcased, with entertainment provided by The Big Band Sound. Refreshments will be served.

Shuttle Service Begins to Phoenix VA Hospital


The Globe VA Health Care Clinic has started a shuttle service to the Phoenix VA Hospital. The shuttle starts at the Globe Clinic at 7:30am on Mondays and Wednesdays and stops in Superior at 8:am. The shuttle returns as soon as the patients’ appointments are completed, but no later than 1:30pm. Veterans should call seven days ahead of time to schedule their rides. Call 602-277-5551, ext. 7451.

AJ Castaneda is Officer of the Quarter

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores announces that the Officer of the Quarter is A.J. Castaneda, Jr. of the Globe Police Department. Officer Castaneda also assists the County Attorney’s Child Support Office. He helped with the Arizona Youth Partnership “Dump the Drugs” Event, which disposed of 97 pounds of drugs. And he was recognized as Officer of the Year by Trinity Baptist Church and the Domestic Violence Coalition.

Allergy Forecast

The Globe-Miami Allergy Forecast from is High today (Wednesday) at 10.2, and 9.8 on Thursday. With rain in the forecast for Saturday, the pollen count should go down to 6.4.


Special Miami Council Meeting Today

The Miami Town Council is having a Special Meeting this morning (Wednesday) at 10:30. It’s a conference call workshop with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.

Police Log

Globe Police arrested 37 year old Minnie Lucero for aggravated assault.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating criminal damage to the contractor’s gate at Freeport McMoran.


Andrew Lupe of San Carlos passed away last Thursday at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa. He was 58. He is survived by his wife Priscilla; 2 foster sons including Wendell Smith of San Carlos; his brothers Daniel and Samuel Lupe and Robert Lupe, Jr.; 3 sisters, including Rebecca Smith of San Carlos; and 1 grandchild.
The wake for Andrew Lupe will be Friday at 4:pm at the Josephine Johnson residence. The funeral is Saturday at 1:pm at World Evangelism Revival Center in San Carlos.

Lifetime Globe resident Mary Jane Madrid passed away Sunday at Casa Del Sol in Mesa. She was 65. She is survived by her husband Matthew; her son; her daughter Sandi Murphy of Globe; her brother Raymond Ramirez; and 1 grandchild.
Visitation for Mary Jane Madrid will be Monday at 9:am at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Rosary is at 9:30 Monday and the Funeral is at 10:00.

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. 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.