Friday, December 3, 2010

Miami Library Book Sale


The Friends of the Miami Memorial Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale tomorrow (Saturday) from 9:am until 1:pm. All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Room and programs.



David Roy North pased away November 24. He was 68.
The funeral for David North is tomorrow (Saturday) at 11:am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Claypool.

Candlelight Service for Lost Loved Ones

The Crossing Hospice will hold a candlelight memorial service for everyone who has experienced a loss. Christmas and the holidays can be a very difficult time, especially the first Christmas without your loved one. The community is invited to attend the non-denominational service. Bring a photo of your loved one for the remembrance table.

The Memorial Service will be Thursday, December 9 from 5:30 until 6:30pm at Calvary Shadows Assembly of God Church.

Gas Prices Inching Up

AAA Arizona says the price of fuel is inching higher. The statewide average for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline is just under $2.79. The national average is just under $2.88 a gallon.
Here in Globe-Miami prices are around $2.77.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday morning on Second Avenue. One driver was cited.

There were no injuries in an accident yesterday around noon on Highway 60 at Manor Drive. One driver was cited for making an improper lane change.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 30 year old Mark Stidham on a DPS warrant for possession of dangerous drugs.

Miami Police arrested 18 year old Jayden Hocker for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Globe Police are investigating a domestic incident on Blake Street and criminal damage at a business on Broad Street.

Funeral Date and Time Change

The funeral for Bessie Spaich has been changed to 10:am Monday (December 6) at Miles Funeral Services Miami.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tip Your Firefighter and Police Officer Night

Globe Police and Fire Departments will take the place of waiters and waitresses Saturday at Judy’s Cookhouse and Irene’s Mexican Food from 5 to 9:pm.

The tips earned by fire and police officers will go to buy food and gifts for the K-9 Christmas Program to help needy families during the holiday season.

Copper Cities Community Players Christmas Concert

The Copper Cities Community Players will present their annual Christmas Concert Saturday at 3 and 7:pm.

Performances will be in the historic Courtroom Theater at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.

The 3:pm matinee is $15. The evening performance has sold out.

For tickets to the matinee call 425-0884.

Copper Basin Coalition Meeting

The Copper Basin Coalition is holding a meeting on Dec. 9th, at the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce. The meeting will start at 12 pm.

Museum Holiday Open House

The December First Friday program is the annual holiday open house for the Gila County Historical Museum and the Bullion Plaza Museum and Cultural Center. Everyone is invited to gather at the Globe museum from 4 to 7:pm Friday (December 3) to enjoy visiting and a light holiday buffet.

Case Management Conference Set for Johns

A Case Management Conference has been set for Monday in Gila County Superior Court for 69 year old Ronald Hughes Johns. Johns is charged with the attempted murder of his neighbor Loren Eaton in Tonto Basin. The two men have been feuding for years about disputed property lines.

Police say that on May 5, Johns fired two shots at Eaton, hitting Eaton once in the back of the head. The other bullet struck one of Eaton’s horses. The horse was put down and Eaton was taken to a Valley hospital with serious injuries to his face and jaw.

Johns was charged with attempted murder, aggratvated assault, recklessly killing a horse and several counts of misconduct involving weapons. Johns says he fired in self defense. A trial date has not yet been set.

Police Log

Mesa Police arrested 34 year old Jason Cook of Globe on a Superior Court warrant for aggravated harassment/domestic violence and interfering with judicial proceedings.

A Gila County Sheriff’s deputy arrested 36 year old Traci Wright on a failure to comply warant for fraudulent use of a credit caerd. Wright also had Maricopa County warrants for possession of dangerous drugs and possession of forgery tools.

A deputy took an animal cruelty report on Old Highway 60. A cow was shot and its throat cut. The case is under investigation.

A DPS officer in Tucson arrested 32 year old Daniel Hosteenez of San Carlos on a child support warrant.

Globe Police were dispatched to Judy’s Cookhouse after a call about a disorderly person. 21 year old Joseph Martinez was charged with disorderly conduct. Martinez was also arrested on a Maricopa County warrant for aggravated assault, a dangerous drug offense and criminal damage.

46 year old Sam Hinton and and 33 year old Jerry Hinton were arrested for disorderly conduct at Connie’s Store.

Officers were dispatched to an injury accident yesterday morning on Highway 60 at Radanovich Blvd. 31 year old Mark Stidham was arrested for aggravated DUI and aggravated assault.


Udell McSpadden of Gold Canyon passed away Tuesday at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa. He was 78.
Visitation for Udell McSpadden will be Friday from 4:30 until 6:30 at Church of the Nazarene in Globe. The funeral is Saturday at 11:am at Foothills Southern Baptist Church in Gold Canyon.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Prisoner at Private Prison Beaten Into a Coma


A prisoner at a private prison in Idaho was beaten into a coma while prison guards watched. A surveillance video leaked to the Associated Press shows the man pleading for help and banging on a prison guard station window, but no one steps out to help him.

Shortly after the beating stops, the cellblock door opens and the prisoner is checked for signs of life. He spent three days in a coma.

Idaho Correctional Center is owned by Corrections Corporation of America. Lawsuits from inmates claim that the company denies medical treatment as a way to cover up such assaults.

Click here to watch the video.

(Are there STILL local politicians who think a private prison in Globe--or anywhere else-- is a good idea?)


AZ Panel to Recommend More


KPHO in Phoenix reports that members of a state commission say they expect to recommend that Arizona privatize at least some state parks and increase the number of private prisons.

Gov. Jan Brewer formed the Commission of Privatization and Efficiency earlier this year. It submitted a preliminary report a few months ago but is preparing a larger report that is due December 31.


Arizona Graduation Rates Decline

Arizona is one of only three states where graduation rates fell during the past decade. A report by America’s Promise Alliance shows that Arizona graduation rates fell from 75% to 71% between 2000 and 2010.

Nationwide, high school graduation rates went up 3%. The alliance didn’t find specific reasons for the decline in Arizona, but its chief executive officer says this should be a wake up call for the state’s leadership. She says better government leadership and community involvement are keys to improving education and graduation rates.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday afternoon at Pine and Oak Streets. One driver was cited for unsafe backing.

Gila County Task Force arrested 36 year old Adrian Gomez of Phoenix at a traffic stop for possession of marijuana for sale, possession of stolen property, misconduct involving a weapon with a drug offense, as well as a DPS warrant for obstructing justice. A juvenile was placed in the Gila County Detention Center under the same charges and then released to a family member.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31 year old Nathan Peek for domestic violence/ assault and criminal damage after a disturbance on Maple Leaf.

26 year old Jason Cutter was arrested on two assault warrants.

Globe Police arrested 22 year old Anthony Vanmeter on a warrant for disorderly conduct/fighting, assault, threats and intimidation, and criminal damage.

27 year old Tee Jay Francisco was arrested for shoplifting at a business on Highway 60.

60 year old Darryl Whipple was arrested at McDonalds for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

46 year old Robert Holy was arrested for criminal trespass at Dave’s Fast Stop.

Globe School Board Meets Tonight

The Globe School Board meets tonight (Wednesday) at 6:00 at the Mofford Activity Center.


Bessie K. Spaich of Miami has passed away at the age of 92.
The funeral for Bessie Spaich is Friday at 10:am at Miles Funeral Services Miami.
Memorial donations may be made to the Globe-Miami Serbian Cemetery Association.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gila County Working to Alleviate Tonto Basin Flooding


The Gila County Public Works Department says it is working on three separate projects to help flooding problems in the Tonto Basin area. They have contracted with Westland Resources to try to obtain a permit to allow the replacement of missing riprap on the water diversion dike above the Roosevelt Gardens East Subdivision. Riprap is rock or concrete used to stabilize stream flows. This would help alleviate future flooding in that area.

County staff has also contacted the US Forest Service and Corp of Engineers to coordinate a project to remove dead and down wood.

Gila County is also looking into the possibility of removing some sandbars or islands located in the Tonto Creek area that do not contain critical habitat. County staff is currently working to identify the specific sandbars or islands for further discussion with the agencies that regulate these areas.

If you’d like more information about these projects, contact the Gila County Public Works Department.


Salute to Ranching on December 16

The Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Salute to Ranching on Thursday, December 16. The dinner recognizes the accomplishments of Gila County ranchers.

Nomination forms for Rancher of the Year and Wrangler of the Year are available at the Chamber of Commerce office.

The prime rib dinner is $25 a plate if you register in advance. It’s $30 at the door. Call the Chamber at 425-4495 to make a reservation.

Miami Council Special Meeting

The Miami Town Council will have a Special Meeting tonight (Tuesday) to approve an ordinance to correct typographical errors in the ordinance establishing increased rates for sewage collection.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday afternoon at Broad and Yuma. One driver was cited for making an unlawful left turn.

30 year old Conie Rivera was arrested yesterday for domestic violence/assault in connection with a report taken on November 25.

Officers are investigating a theft of services report taken at a residence on Hackney Avenue and a harassment report taken at a residence on Hunter Drive.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of child abuse in the Claypool area; a report of theft and fraud from a Ranch off Highway 60; and a burglary at a residence in Ice House Canyon.


Former Globe resident Betty Lou Reynolds passed away Saturday. She was 74.
Visitation for Betty Lou Reynolds will be this Saturday (December 4) at 3:pm at Miles Funeral Services Globe. The funeral is at 4:00.

Alfred Leo Hetzelt of Globe passed away Friday. He was 74.
A Memorial Service for “Fred” Hetzelt will be held Monday at 3:pm at Miles Funeral Services Globe.

Monday, November 29, 2010

San Carlos Apache Tribe Wants To Join
Bald Eagle Suit


The San Carlos Apache Tribe is asking a federal judge for permission to join a suit seeking to return Endangered Species Act protections to Arizona's bald eagles.

A federal judge ruled in October that desert nesting bald eagles can be removed from the lists. The Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson then filed a lawsuit to keep about 200 desert bald eagles protected.

The government does not consider Arizona’s eagles to be separate from those elsewhere in the nation. They were declared no longer endangered in 2007.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe says that the eagles are fundamental to their religion.


Allen Still Plans to Introduce GCC Independence Legislation

State Sen. Sylvia Allen says she still plans to introduce legislation to remove roadblocks to Gila Community College independence.

A task force has been looking into the possibility of doing away with the property tax base and population thresholds that keep Gila County from operating its own fully accredited college.

The Payson Roundup reports that many Graham County residents oppose the plan because they believe an independent Gila Communmity College would take money away from Eastern Arizona College. GCC contracts with EAC for administration and accreditation.

Gila Community College pays a 25% overhead fee to Eastern Arizona College on top of all expenses.

Supervisors Meet Tuesday

The Gila County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10:am. They’ll have a Public Hearing on the proposed merger of the Cobre Valley Sanitary District and the Pinal Sanitary District. They will also meet as the Gila County Library Board to approve the Library Service Agreement between the Gila County Library District and the Globe Public Library.

AG's Holiday Consumer Tips

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has launched a special holiday web page to provide answers to common questions about holiday shopping, charitable giving and other consumer problems during the holidays. Additional shopping tips and alerts will be posted on the site each week throughout the Holiday Season. Visit

Free Conference for Seniors and Caregivers

There will be a free conference for senior citizens and family caregivers of seniors on Thursday (December 2) at the Apache Gold Casino. They’ll answer your questions about Medicare health plan coverage choices, Arizona long term care, Alzheimer’s Disease, caregiver stress and other important topics. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The conference will run from 8:30am until 3:pm on Thursday. You must register ahead of time because space is limited. To register call 1-800-293-9393.

The conference is sponsored by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens Area Agency on Aging, Pinal-Gila Long Term Care and Eastern Arizona Health Education Center.

Hiking Info with Bob Zache

The Second Wednesday program at the Bullion Plaza Museum and Cultural Center will feature Bob Zache, who leads a hiking class at Gila Community College. He’ll share some of the best trails to hike in Southern Gila County. The event will be next Wednesday--December 8--at the museum from 7 until 8:pm. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Miami Council Meets Tonight

Miami Town Council meets tonight (Monday) at 6:30. They’ll appoint a permanent Town Clerk. They’ll also review model ordinances providing zoning regulations for nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation sites. The Council will also discuss reestablishing a fee for bulk trash service and a system for cut off and reconnection of sewer service.

Police Log

Local fire agencies responded to a structure fire Saturday night on View Street. The fire was contained to the chimney and attic areas. There were no injuries.

53 year old Steven Williams was arrested at a traffic stop Saturday night for DUI.

22 year old Joshua Becker was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Globe Police are investigating a non injury hit and run accident that occurred Friday night in the area of Broad and Hackney; a domestic dispute at Copper Country Mobile Home Park; a domestic violence complaint taken at a residence on Prickley Pear; criminal damage at an address on Seventh Street; a burglary at a residence on Lawrence; a theft at a residence on East Mesquite; a theft from a vehicle at a business on North Broad Street; and a theft from a vehicle at a business on Willow.