Friday, September 24, 2010

Forest Service Hosts Fall Colors Hotline

USDA Forest Service officials have set up a Fall Colors 2010 Hotline. The toll free number provides the latest information about fall foliage color changes on Forest Service lands.

Each fall thousands of people take trips each fall on national forests to see the spectacular show of colors.

The Fall Colors 2010 Web site has links to individual forest fall colors sites and it has suggestions on how to get kids excited about the season. The site also includes Frequently Asked Questions about why leaves change colors and what happens after the leaves fall.

The peak season for viewing usually begins in late September and continues through early November.

The Fall Colors Hotline number is 1-800-354-4595.

Globe Council Meets Monday

Globe City Council meets Monday at 6:pm. The Council will consider approving an amended Intergovernmental Agreement with the State of Arizona relating to the Globe Gateway Phase II Project at US 60 and Oak Street and US 60 and Hill Street.
There will also be a presentation by Copper Communities Hospice.

Falling Pump Prices Come to a Halt


Five weeks of falling gas prices in Arizona have come to a halt. AAA Arizona says the statewide average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline is just under $2.68 a gallon. That’s an increase of about a penny from last week. The nationwide average dropped almost two cents to $2.715 a gallon.

Here in Globe-Miami, prices are around $2.62.


Drop Off Unused or Expired Prescription
Drugs Saturday


The first ever statewide prescription drug “Take Back” initiative takes place tomorrow (Saturday) aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse and theft.

From 10:am until 2:pm tomorrow local law enforcement will collect potentially dangerous unused and unwanted or expired prescription drugs for destruction.

The local drop off site is the DPS office on Highway 60.


CVRMC Health Fair on Saturday


Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center is hosting their annual Health Fair tomorrow (Saturday) from 9:am until 1:pm. Added attractions this year include a Craft and Book Fair and a salsa and pie making contest. There will also be a car and motorcycle show, along with food and free health screenings.


Police Log

A motor home struck a gas meter yesterday afternoon at Alhambra Mobile Home Park. Local fire agencies stopped the leak until Southwest Gas could respond.

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday afternoon on Sullivan Street.

There were no injuries in an accident yesterday morning on Jess Hayes Road at Beer Tree Crossing.

Globe Police conducted a followup investigation on Walliman Road. 18 year old Joshua Gutierrez was charged with possession of marijuana.

32 year old Luv Estevane was arrested at a traffic stop for driving with a suspended license.

Officers are investigating hit and run accidents that occurred at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center and on Highway 60 at Judy’s Cook House. Also criminal damage to a business on East Ash Street.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pilot Parents Seminars Coming
to Globe

Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona is bringing two free seminars to Globe next Wednesday (September 29) at the Globe Public Library. The first seminar covers transitioning from high school to adulthood and the choices students need to make after high school. That seminar will take place from 11:am until 1:pm.

The second seminar follows at 1:30. It’s called “Being a Resiliant Family” and teaches how to bounce back when you are feeling burned out, stressed and depressed.

To register call 520-324-3150 or register here.

Globe Alumni Invited to Participate in Homecoming

The Globe Tiger Marching Band and Spiritline invite all alumni to participate in this year’s homecoming activities. The price to participate is $30 a person. You will receive a shirt and an opportunity to perform on the field with the current band and spiritline. For more information call Mr. Franco at 200-1603.

Police Log

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 49 year old Mark Persinger of Claypool at Mackey’s Camp for domestic violence/assault.

60 year old Jimmy Singh was arrested on two bad check warrants.

There were no injuries in a one vehicle accident at Railroad and Pineway but Benito Eylicio was arrested for DUI.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28 year old Lyndon Thompson of San Carlos on warrants for obstructing a highway, theft and criminal damage.

Globe Police are investigating a theft at America’s Best Value Inn and criminal damage to a business on North Main Street.


Betta Lou Wakefield Dunavant passed away Tuesday in Arlington, Texas. She was 91. She is survived by her son Roland Wakefield of Globe; 3 daughters; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service for Betta Lou Wakefiled Dunavant is being held this afternoon in Mansfield, Texas.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

'Bring Your Yorkie to Tea'

Puppy Love Treats is holding a Bring Your Yorkie to Tea event tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:pm. It’s an opporunity to meet other people in the area who have the same breed of dog that you do. There will be refreshments for both owners and their pets.

Court Strikes Down Forest Fees


The US Forest Service has lost an important court case on public land fees. The case involves a Sedona backpacker who questioned whether hikers, horse riders and others must buy a pass to visit much of the unimproved 160,000 acre forest surrounding Sedona.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the case is important because it calls into question the legality of charging someone a fee to use a wilderness area or unimproved trailhead in more than 90 other Forest Service areas nationwide. It also opens the door for others to ask that some pass citations be dismissed.

The Judge’s ruling says that the Forest Service can legally require passes and collect fees in areas with improvements—like restrooms, picnic tables, parking spots or trash collection—but it can’t require someone to have a pass just to visit an unimproved trailhead or a wilderness.


GCC Board Meets Thursday

The Gila County Community College District Governing Board meets tomorrow (Thursday) at 2:pm in Room 522 at the Gila Pueblo campus.

Opinion: Globe City Council Has Failed Us

By Jim Moss 9/21/2010 (Edited)

Monday night's City Council meeting may represent a low point in Globe City Council leadership.

The Mayor and the majority of the Council have demonstrated a profound lack of common sense and good judgment about the private prison industry issue from the very beginning. Back in April it took them a mere 7 days to pass a Resolution supporting a plan to bring a big for-profit prison to Globe.

The majority decision on April 19 to support the private prison industry was made with virtually no due dilligence conducted and with virtually no input or feedback from Globe citizens. Five months later, after ample opportunity to review objective research that demonstrates the permanent, negative consequences of a big prison in a small town, and after hearing from hundreds of citizens opposed to their prison project--this Mayor and Council stubbornly refuse to act with common sense, good judgment or to acknowledge the will of their constituents.

Instead, this Mayor and Council have chosen to play games with this critical issue. They want our community to believe the issue is dead, that it is "moot" due to the temporary cancellation of private prison bids by the AZ Dept. of Corrections.

Our "first line of defense" against the private prison industry setting up shop in Globe is our elected City government. The vast majority of citizens do not want another prison in Globe. Our Mayor and Council has failed us. The community remains vulnerable to the prison industry. When will Mayor Shipley and Council listen to the majority of citizens and pass the Resolution that we have been asking for? WHEN?

Opinion: Globe Politicians Still Want a Private Prison!
Globe-City of Hospitality or Prison Town?

Freeport Invests in Gulf Oil Drilling

Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold is investing $500 million in a Louisiana company that plans to increase oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. The Tucson Sentinel reports that this will effectively fund more than half of McMoRan Exploration Company’s purchase of shallow water operations from a Houston company. The Houston company says it wants to move to safer on shore drilling in the wake of the BP oil spill.

McMoRan Exploration is a separate oil production company that shares some management with Freeport McMoRan.

Miami Senior Center Events

The Miami Senior Center will be sponsoring Seasonal Flu Shots for Seniors on Thursday, October 7 from 12:30 until 1:30pm. Please bring your Medicare card and any other medical insurance cards that you may need.

A legal representative from Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens Agency on Aging will be at the Miami Senior Center on Monday, October 11.

Police Log

Two people were arrested after a domestic disturbance yesterday morning at a residence on Banker Avenue. 23 year old Misty Courtney and 18 year old Jesse Miller were charged with domestic violence/assault.

Last night Globe Police arrested 50 year old Connie Lagunas for domestic violence/assault at a residence on La Mesa Terrace.

Audrey Macias was arrested yesterday morning for aggravated harassment.

Miami Police arrested 28 year old Broderick Secody for domestic violence/assault after a disturbance at the Live Oak Apartments.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety in Phoenix arrested 32 year old Ryan Moses of Bylas on warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and liquor in a vehicle.

A Gila County Sheriff’s Office School Resource officer took a report of an assault that occurred at Charles Bejarano School.

A deputy took a report of a theft at a residence on McKinney.

Globe Police are investigating property damage to a residence on South Broad Street.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Elks Hold Soccer Shoot for Local Students

The Pinal Mountain Elks Lodge is holding a City Soccer Shoot this Saturday from 8:am until 2:pm at the Globe Community Center. There are four age groups: 7 and under, 8 and 9, 10 and 11, and ages 12 and 13. The first place winners at each level are eligible to advance to the District Shoot to be held in Tempe. All schools and students are encouraged to participate.

Globe School Board Meets Wednesday

Globe School Board meets tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6:00 at Mofford Activity Center. The agenda includes a presentation and possible approval of the Gila County Division of Health/Tobacco Free Environments Program. Also a presentation and possible approval of Globe Unified School District archivists by the Globe Alumni Association.

Arizona Mine Plan at Odds with Apache Traditions

This article from the Cronkite News Service was published today (September 21, 2010) in the Arizona Daily Star:
SUPERIOR - Dorothy Ross often journeys to this wooded area in the Tonto National Forest to pray, harvest acorns and pick medicinal plants. She's made the trip since she was a child.

Assembled at the Oak Flat Campground, east of Superior, Ross and other elders of the San Carlos Apache Tribe said this area of the Pinal Mountains is sacred. God created their people at this site and gave them the land, they said.

Speaking collectively in their native language through an interpreter, Ross, Delores Jordan, Gertrude Waterman and Audrey Johnson said spirits living in the crevices and canyons provide blessings to the Apaches.

Tribal leaders traditionally have preferred to have healing ceremonies and purification rituals here.

'God created this area for us,' the interpreter said, distilling the thoughts of the four women. 'Since the beginning of time, this area was never restricted to us.'

But the area also holds what's been called the largest untapped reserve of copper in the U.S. and possibly in the world. In a plan that includes the wider Oak Flat area, Resolution Copper Co., a joint venture of Anglo-Australian mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, wants to mine a deposit that's more than a mile below the surface.

With legislation pending in Congress to swap 2,400 acres of public land in the Tonto National Forest, including the Oak Flat Campground, for land elsewhere in the state, the plan pits leaders of the San Carlos Apache Tribe against supporters who say the mine would create sorely needed jobs and boost the state's economy...

'This was the home of the Apache people,' said Wendsler Nosie Sr., chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. 'God blessed this site of the world and told us of the importance of returning back to this place where the acorn gives us the acorn powder, which feeds and nourishes us.'

American Indians often view the entire area surrounding a sacred site as holy, said James Riding In, an associate professor of American Indian studies at Arizona State University. As a result, economic interests such as mining operations, ranching, ski resorts and tourism are often at odds with native beliefs.

'Non-Indians often don't understand Indian perspectives about sacredness of the land,' he said. 'Small Indian nations are often pitted against a government that protects economic interests, usually at the expense of Indian spirituality.'...

In a phone interview, Mary Lee Johns, senior adviser on tribal government for Rio Tinto, one of the companies with an ownership stake in Resolution Copper, said... 'We have tremendous respect for sacred areas, demonstrated by the work we have done in other countries. We'd like to sit down with all the Arizona tribes to develop an agreement.'

In April, the San Carlos Apache Tribe sent a letter asking the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to support its efforts to protect Oak Flat and Apache Leap.

'We've been kicked every which way, and this is why we are filing human-rights violations,' Nosie said. 'These important things that make a people are being undermined.'

Miami Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony October 16

The Miami Sports Hall of Fame Fourth Annual Induction Ceremony will be on Saturday, October 16 at Miami High School. More than 50 athletes will be inducted into either the Hall of Fame or the Wall of Champions. Three coaches will also be inducted. They are Henry Reyna, Vera Jackson and Opal Paddock. Coach Reyna will be at the ceremony. The other coaches will be represented by family members.

Girls making all-state that will be inducted include Nancy Trujillo, Anna Stone, Joy Hincha, Christina Bejarano, Lorre Anderson and Latisha Graham. They will go into the Miami Sports Hall of Fame. The Wall of Champions is made up of individuals who finished first in state track, tennis and badminton. These include Vivian Saenz, Sheryl Martinez, Susan Heatherly, Monica Velasco, Nancy Trujillo, Lorre Anderson, Karen Eager, Latisha Graham and Rene Hicks.

Bernard Demichles still holds the Vandal pole vault record of 14 feet 6 inches. He will be inducted into the Wall of Champions. All-state male athletes to be inducted include Dennis Marschall, Chris Lorenzen, Robert Johnson, Lonnie Graham, Steve Razo and Charles Yates.

Members of state championship teams will also be on hand and recognized.

The tennis state championship teams of 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989 will be recognized. The girls state championship teams in volley ball and basketball in 1987 will be there for induction. Two boys basketball teams, the 1981 state champions and the undefeated 1983 team will also be inducted.

The Mimai Sports Hall of Fame is located in the Miami Memorial Library. It is composed of trophy cases, photo rooms, a Coaches Corner, several murals and photo displays of Vandal teams.

The public is invited to the induction ceremony at 1:pm on Saturday, October 16 in the Miami High School Auditorium.

Globe Library Presents Story Time

Photo:Globe Library

Globe Public Library presents Story Time on the second and fourth Friday of every month starting October 8. It’s from 5 to 5:45pm. For information call the Globe library at 425-6111.

Photo:Globe Library

Police Log

Globe Police are investigating a burglary from a vehicle at a business on Hill Street; a burglary and criminal damage to a vehicle at a business on Broad Street; and criminal damage to a business on Broad Street.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at a residence on Third Avenue; a theft in Copper Hills; and a theft at Sunrise Mobile Home Park.


Scott M. Johnson of Central Heights passed away Saturday at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. He was 27. He is survived by his parents Brad and Roberta Johnson; and his sister Amy Johnson.
A Memorial Service for Scott Johnson will be held Saturday at 10:am in the Globe High School Gym.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Amateur Radio Operators Needed
to Help in Emergencies

Gila County Division of Emergency Management and Races Amateur Civil Emergency Service are recruiting and training amateur radio operators to help during emergencies. Classes are held Tuesday nights from 5:30 until 7:30pm starting tomorrow night (September 21). To register call 402-8805.

Supervisors Proclaim Family Day
September 27

Gila County joins a growing national movement called “Family Day--A Day to Eat Dinner With Your Children” on Monday, September 27. Research has consistently found that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. Family Day encourages parents to have frequent family dinners as an effective way to prevent kids from using substances.

Family Day was created in 2001 by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. It is celebrated every year on the fourth Monday in September.

Day for Kids Junior Rodeo
Saturday in Bylas

A Day for Kids Junior Rodeo will be held Saturday from 9:am until 4:pm in the Nelson Duane Memorial Rodeo Arena in Bylas.

For more information and to get the necessary waiver and liability release forms call 475-2148.

Gila County Fair Junior
Livestock Auction Results


35 animals were sold at the 41st Annual Gila County Fair Junior Livestock Auction yesterday. They brought a total of more than $94,000.

16 steers sold for an average of $4.20 a pound or $4,696 each.
15 swine sold for an average of $4.49 a pound or $1,129 each.
4 lambs sold for an average of $5.37 a pound or $676 each.

A total of 26 buyers participated.

Thomas Woods Grand Champion Swine was bought by AJAX for $4.50 a pound.
Bailey Sexton's Grand Champion Lamb was bought by Freeport McMoRan for $6.00 a pound.
Stevy Arthur's Grand Champion Steer was bought by McSpadden Ford for $7.25 a pound.
Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center bought Dalli Chase's Reserve Grand Champion Swine for $5.50 a pound.
Copper Mountain Inn bought Katelyn Tanner's Reserve Grand Champion Lamb for $2.50 a pound.
Bob and Miriam Boice bought Sarah Scott's Reserve Grand Champion Steer for $6.50 a pound.

The top ten buyers were:
McSpadden Ford
Bob and Miriam Boice
BHP Copper, Inc.
Earth Mover Tire Sales
Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center
Freeport McMoRan
Samaritan Veterinary Center
Oddonetto Construction
Dal Molin Excavating
J Bar B Cattle Company


Police Log

One man is dead from knife wounds after a fight late Friday night at a residence on Fourth Street. The case is being investigated by the Globe Police Department.

Canyon Fire Department responded to a structure fire Friday night in the area of Marlin Drive in Six Shooter Canyon. The fire was contained to a camp trailer. Canyon Fire was assisted by Tri City and Globe Fire Departments.

Miami Police arrested 36 year old Sandy Brewer yesterday for criminal damage and domestic violence/assault. 33 year old Randy LaRue was also charged with domestic violence/assault.

Yesterday Globe Police arrested a 16 year old girl for domestic assault after a disturbance on 1st Avenue.

Officers arrested 34 year old Amytiss Franco Saturday at a residence on Blake Street. She was charged with assault.

A 60 year old Tucson man was arrested after a disturbance Saturday evening at the Country Kitchen. Thomas Carr was charged with disorderly conduct and making threats.

24 year old Jessica Cosen was cited on Saturday morning for driving with a suspended license

Miami Police arrested 2 people Saturday after a domestic disturbance on Mill Street.27 year old Esequiel Flores was charged with disorderly conduct/domestic violence. 21 year old Nichole Salazar was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

On Friday Miami PD arrested Patrick Hernandez in connection with a criminal trespass investigation.

A car hit a guide wire for a power pole late Friday morning and the driver left the scene. 41 year old Larry Peru was located and taken to Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center for evaluation. After he was released from the hospital. Peru was arrested on a failure to appear wararnt on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

27 year old Michael Grant was arrested Friday night for DUI.

Globe Police arrested 41 year old Daniel Flores on a failure to comply warrant on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and criminal trespass.

Officers are investigating a domestic incident at a residence on 4th Street; a report of harassment taken at Copper Country Mobile Home Park; a burglary at a residence on Pinal Street; criminal damage to a vehicle on Broad Street; and criminal damage at a residence on Sierra Vista.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an assault report taken at a residence on Cactus Drive; a theft report from a residence on Snedden; a theft report taken at a residence on Cooley Ranch Road; and criminal damage to a mailbox in Ice House Canyon.

Supervisors Meet Tuesday

Gila County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10:am. The meeting includes several Planning and Zoning Public Hearings.

The Supervisors will hear an update from the Globe Boys and Girls Club and consider proclaiming Friday as Boys and Girls Clubs Day for Kids in Globe.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores will present Globe Police Officer Danny Rice with the Offcer of the Quarter Award.

Globe Salvation Army Major Arrested for Murder in Pennsylvania

Globe Salvation Army Major Brenda Smith has been arrested for murder in Pennsylvania. The Lewistown Sentinel reports that the 54 year old grandmother was charged with criminal homicide Thursday after police discovered her son-in-law dead at his home in Mifflintown.

Smith changed her story several times but finally confessed to shooting the man in the head at close range. She is being held without bail at the Mifflin County Pennsylvania Correctional Facility


Scott Michael Johnson of Central Heights passed away Saturday morning at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. He was 27. A Memorial Service is pending.

Albert Standing, Jr. of San Carlos passed away Sunday at Talkalai Lake. He was 31. Arrangements are pending.