Monday, December 27, 2010

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday afternoon at Walmart.

Local EMS responded to an accident on Highway 60 and Kent Street. All of the people involved were evaluated and refused medical treatment.

There was a hit and run accident yesterday afternoon at a residence on Hackney Hill. The case is under investigation.

A car hit a utility pole Saturday night at High and Bailey Streets. One person was taken to Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center.

Early this morning a Globe Police officer conducted a followup to a report taken on Saturday and arrested 26 year old David Hayes for threats and intimidation.

Last night Globe Police were dispatched to a residence on Quartz Loop. A juvenile was taken to the juvenile detention center on charges of assault, criminal damage and domestic violence.

30 year old Erica Robles was arrested for domestic violence/assault and two outstanding warrants after a disturbance last night at a residence on Hackney Hill.

45 year old Dino Stevens was arrested at a traffic stop for driving with a suspended license. A records check on 32 year old passenger Danita Logan showed two outstanding warrants. Both people were booked into the Gila County Jail.

A Sheriff’s deputy took a report of animal cruelty at a residence on Kinnemure.

On Saturday Globe Police arrested 36 year old James Chavez on a failure to comply warrant for threats and intimidation.

A Tucson man was arrested after causing a disturbance Saturday night at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. 23 year old Christian Garcia had a Nevada felony warrant for child support and a failure to comply warrant from Globe PD.

47 year old Sam Hinton was arrested for trespassing at a business on US 60.

The Department of Public Safety arrested 29 year old Pamela Bloodworth on a failure to comply warrant for theft.

Globe PD arrested 21 year old Robert Salcido for domestic violence/assault in connection with a disturbance at a residence on Euclid Hill.

Two men were arrested for shoplifting Friday morning at the Hill Street Safeway. 21 year old Bo Goode and 18 year old Quintin Early were booked into the Gila County Jail.

Officers are investigating a burglary at a business on North Broad Street; a report of telephone harassment taken at a residence on Second Street; and a report of threats taken at a residence on Euclid.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from everyone at KIKO and Variety 97.3!

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Miami Council Meets Monday

Miami Town Council meets Monday at 6:30pm. They’ll consider establishing sewer service disconnection and reconnection fees. If the fees are approved, a Public Hearing will be held on February 7.

The Council will also consider the Sixth Amended Interim Emergency Fire Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Globe. This would extend the IGA for another 90 days.

HUD Announces $73 Million in Housing Counseling Grants

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development announces that nearly $73 million in housing counseling grants will go to more than 500 national, regional and local organizations. This is an increase of 22% over last year’s funding.

HUD says this will give hundreds of thousands of households a greater opportunity to find housing or keep the homes they have because of the housing counseling and counseling training grants.

HUD approved counseling agenicies also offer financial literacy training to renters and to homeless individuals and families.

Dance Fundraiser at Lady's Center

A New Year’s Eve dance will be held from 9:pm until 1:am at the Lady’s Center in Miami. The price is $30 a couple and $20 for a single. Proceeds will go to renovations at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. RSVP by calling 425-7946.

Blood Drive on December 30

A Community Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, December 30 at the LDS Church Gymnasium in Claypool. The hours are 1 to 6:pm. Donors will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt from the American Red Cross.

To schedule an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org. Use the sponsor code “Miami.” For more information call 928-225-1947.

Quick Found Guilty of Aggravated DUI

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores announces that last week a Gila County jury found 25 year old Andrew Quick guilty of two counts of aggravated DUI. Both counts are class four felonies.

Quick is scheduled to be sentenced in Payson on January 24. The presumptive term for a class four felony in Arizona is 2.5 years. If Quick is granted probation, he still must serve at least four months. Fines and fees for aggravated DUI are no less than $4,000 as well as possible seizure of the vehicle involved.

Police Log

Yesterday the Gila County Sheriff’s office arrested 48 year old John Pearce for animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

Globe Police cited and released 19 year old Yolanda Bahlan for shoplifting at Walmart.

San Carlos Police arrested 23 year old Casey Stanley for failure to appear on a charge of use of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

20 year old Johnny Casey was arrested on a warrant for providing liquor to a minor.

28 year old Van Chatlin was arrested for an open container.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft report taken in the area of Kinnemur.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

AAA Provides 'Tipsy Tow' Christmas Eve

AAA Arizona says the auto club is offering its “Tipsy Tow” service again from 6:pm Friday—Christmas Eve—until 6:am Saturday. Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers may call 1-800-AAA-HELP. Tipsy Tow provides a one way ride for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles.

Obituary

William O. Hughes of Globe passed away Tuesday. He was 87. He is survived by his daughter Sherrill Wilhoit; his son Dugger Hughes; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
A graveside service for William Hughes will be held Tuesday (December 28) at 10:am at Mountain Breeze Memorial Gardens.

Teen Meth Use Drops 65 Percent

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announces a major achievement in Arizona’s fight against methamphetamine. The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission’s 2010 Youth Survey shows that youth methamphetamine use across the state declined by more than 65% between 2006 and 2010.

Goddard says the development of a coordinated effort that includes law enforcement, treatment and prevention is a key reason for the decline.

Knights of Columbus New Year's Eve Dance

The Knights of Columbus are hosting a New Year’s Eve Dance on December 31 from 9:pm until 1:am at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The cost is $20 a couple and $10 for singles. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

If you’d like to buy your tickets in advance, call 425-3692, or contact any member of the Globe Knights of Columbus.

Nominations Being Accepted for Citizen of the Year

The Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce is accepting letters of nomination for the 2010 Citizen of the Year. The award will be given at a special dinner at the Dream Manor Inn on February 3. Nominees should have a record of strong community service in a variety of areas.

Letters of nomination are being accepted at the Chamber office. The deadline is 5:pm on January 18.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident shortly after midnight on Highway 60 in front of Sonic restaurant. One driver was cited for making an unsafe lane change.

Yesterday afternoon a car hit a stop sign at Cedar and Hill Streets and then left the scene. The case is pending further investigation.

Globe Police are investigating an assault report and a vehicle break in at Cedar and Broad.

Obituaries

Luke Paul Burnham of San Carlos passed away Sunday at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He was 2 years old. He is survived by his parents Kristin and Paul Burnham; his sister Kimora; his brothers Xavier and PJ; his grandparents and great grandparents.
The wake for Luke Burnham will be Sunday at 3:pm at the Dora Cosen residence. Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10:am at St. Charles Catholic Church.

Charlyne Myree Harris passed away Sunday at the age of 57. She is survived by her husband Joseph; her daughter; 3 sons; and 8 grandchildren.
A Memorial Service for Charlyne Harris will be held today (Thursday) at 1:pm at the Joseph Harris residence in Dripping Springs.

Herbert G. Nash passed away Tuesday at his home in Peridot. He was 56. He is survived by his brother Wilkie and his sisters Willetta Stevens and Willene Claire Halkini.
The wake for Herbert Nash will be Monday at 4:pm at the Nash residence. The funeral is Tuesday at 10:am at Burdette Hall.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rancher & Wrangler of the Year


The Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce announces that David Cook has been named Gila County Rancher of the Year. Cook is the owner of DC Cattle Co. He was honored at the annual Salute to Ranching on Dec. 16 at the Apache Gold Casino. Cook has been working with the US Forest Service to return cattle to public lands. He also works with several national cattle and ranching boards.


Cindy Tidwell Shelton was honored as Wrangler of the Year. Shelton grew up with ranching and continues her work through the University of Arizona agriculture and alumni program, and in the business arena.

State Seeks Applications for Clean Elections Commission


Applications are being taken for the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission. The Commission oversees the public financing system for political campaigns approved by voters in 1998.

To apply for appointment, you must live outside Maricopa County. You may not be registered as a Republican or a Democrat. And you may not have held or run for a public office or served as an officer of a political party for the last five years.

The application deadline is January 31. To apply, click here

Kettle Drive Concludes Christmas Eve

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive is down to its last three days. Your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters will still make a difference.

As of Tuesday the Salvation Army has given Christmas food boxes and toys to 151 local families.

Police Log

Globe Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to an address on Hackney Hill Road about 5:pm yesterday where juveniles had started a fire. The fire was put out and the juveniles were referred to juvenile probation for reckless burning.

Earlier in the day an officer on patrol contacted two juveniles at the Community Center. Both were issued referrals for prohibited use of fireworks, reckless burning and criminal damage.

Last night an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop near the Gila County Courthouse. The officer pursued the vehicle onto South Street where it stopped and one person fled on foot. The driver was 22 year old Billy Lopez of Tempe. He was arrested for felony flight.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Arizona Joins Agreement with Visa, MasterCard

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Arizona has joined 17 other states and the US Departnment of Justice in an antitrust settlement with Visa and MasterCard. The two credit card companies have agreed to change their rules to allow merchants to offer discounts, incentives, and information to consumers to encourage them to use less costly methods of payment, such as cash, check, debit or lower cost credit cards.

Merchants pay an acceptance fee every time they accept payment with a credit card. They pay higher acceptance fees for accepting reward cards which reward users with airline miles or cash rebates, among other things. The credit card companies’ current rules prohibit merchants from refusing to accept these cards or from encouraging consumers to use cards with lower acceptance fees. This will now change with the new agreement.
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Most State Offices Closed on Thursday

Most state government offices will be closed on Thursday. It’s one of six furlough days during the current fiscal year. The Department of Administration says an estimated 29,000 state employees will take Thursday off without pay as a state budget balancing step.

Certain state agencies providing essential public services will remain open

No Globe Trash Pickup December 24 & 31

The City of Globe will not be picking up trash on Friday, December 24 or Friday, December 31.

Police Log

A water main broke last night at Cedar and Hill Streets. The Globe Water Department turned off the water between Oak and Mesquite and between Broad and Hill Streets to make repairs.

There was a non-injury hit and run accident last night in the Fry’s parking lot. The case is under investigation.

A citizen found more than $6,000 worth of savings bonds at the Gila County Landfill. The bonds were taken to the Gila County Sheriff’s Office. They had been stolen in a burglary reported in September of 2009. The bonds were returned to the owner.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 40 year old Reena Steele of San Sarlos on failure to comply warrants for issuing bad checks, a probation violation warrant for possession of a synthetic narcotic, a DUI warrant, and a failure to comply warrant for driving with a suspended license.

20 year old Anastacia Henderson was arrested on a warrant for underage consumption.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42 year old Lupe Renteria on a warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Mesa Police arrested 19 year old Jacob Johnson on a failure to comply warrant on an assault charge.

Globe Police are investigating a report of credit card fraud; a burglary report taken at a residence on Escudilla; a burglary at a residence on Ruiz Canyon; a theft at the Besh Ba Gowah Museum; criminal damage to a residence on East Street; criminal damage to a business on South Broad Street; criminal damage at the Globe district office; and a theft at a business on East Ash.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating criminal damage to a vehicle at a residence on Golden Hill.

Globe PD Requests Info

The Globe Police Department is requesting that if you or your business has been contacted by anyone asking for help to provide a quality Christmas for a newly adopted family, please contact Globe PD at 425-5752.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Globe Lions Collecting Winter Items for the Needy

Globe Lions are collecting blankets, sweaters, gloves, and new and used coats until the end of January to help those in need keep warm this winter.

Collection boxes are at area grocery stores and at the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Miami Council Workshop to Discuss Copper Beneath the Town

Miami Town Council will have a Workshop Tuesday at 6:30pm. The Council will discuss copper mining beneath the Town of Miami with a representative of Bell Copper Corporation.

Police Log

On Saturday local fire agencies responded to a fire in the area of Scott Avenue.The fire was determined to be started by juveniles who were not located. The fire was put out and the case is under investigation.

Globe Police arrested 19 year old Edward Avalos yesterday for domestic violence/assault after a disturbance in the area of Kline and Devereaux.

28 year old Alicia Nosie was arrested for domestic violence/disorderly conduct at a residence on South Devereaux.

A juvenile was referred to juvenile probation for domestic violence/disrderly conduct after a domestic dispute on Hackney.

35 year old Juan Hernandez was arrested for DUI.

On Saturday officers arrested 32 year old Shaun Brooks of Phoenix for assault at Horizon Human Services.

25 year old Christopher Harper was arrested on a warrant for probation violation on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

One person was arrested after a minor injury accident Friday on Main Street. 18 year old Jacob Reynoso was charged with aggravated assault, possession of marijuana and suspicion of DUI.

42 year old Chester Martin, Jr. was arrested Friday for shoplifting at the Hill Street Safeway.

27 year old Leon King of Mesa was arrested for shoplifting at the Hill Street Safeway.

57 year old Margaret Green was also arrested Friday for shoplifting.

Apache County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23 year old Anthony Martin of San Carlos on a warrant for failure to comply on a charge of assault.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 46 year old John Farris for domestic violence after a disturbance on Glendale Avenue.

Deputies are investigating shoplifting at the Claypool Circle K; theft from a vehicle at a residence on Wilbanks; an attempted break in on Braley; criminal damage to a vehicle on Scott Avenue; and criminal damage at the Freeport mine.

Globe Police are investigating a report of harassment; a burglary at a residence on North High Street; and a report of identity theft taken at a residence on Desert Drive.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gas Prices Stabilizing Again

Last week the state and national fuel price average jumped almost 10 cents. But this week prices show signs of stabilizing again. The statewide average price for a gallon of unleasded regular increased only about a penny to a little less than $2.88 a gallon. Nationwide, prices also increased about one cent to a little more than $2.98.

Here in Globe-Miami prices are around $2.80.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday evening in the area of Third and Ash. One of the drivers—33 year old Martin Martinez was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Globe Police were dispatched to Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center yesterday afternoon when a man punched through a glass window and took a swing at a Physician’s Assistant. 18 year old Jeremiah Martinez was arrested for attempted aggravated assault, criminal damage and underage consumption. 19 year old Lyndale Goseyun was also arrested for underage consumption. Both were booked into the Gila County Jail.

Globe Police are investigating a burglary at an address on S. Surtherland; a report of threats taken at a business on East Ash; and a report of a burglary taken at a business on East Ash.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Besh Ba Gowah Festival of Lights on Sunday

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Sixteen hundred luminarias will be featured in the 23rd Annual Festival of Lights at Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park. It starts around 5:30pm this Sunday (December 19).

The Globe High School JROTC Color Guard will open the ceremony. There will be entertainment in the auditorium and a bonfire at the center of the historic pueblo ruins. There will also be hot cider, coffee, tea and cookies.

The festivities will come to a close at 9:pm.

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Hawaii Inmates Say Arizona Guards Beat, Threaten To Kill Them

Eighteen Hawaii inmates housed in a privately run Arizona prison claim they were stripped, beaten and kicked by guards.

Honolulu TV station KITV reports that the inmates are suing the state of Hawaii and Corrections Corporation of America. CCA runs the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy.

The inmates say they were forced to stand in the cold in their underwear, kicked while on the ground and prevented from changing their clothes for days. They say the guards were trying to coerce written statements about a July gangfight in which a prison guard was severely beaten.

State and CCA officials declined comment until they’ve reviewed the lawsuit.

Watch KITV video here.

Globe Moose Lodge Christmas Celebration on Sunday

The Globe Moose Lodge Christmas Celebration is Sunday from 2 to 4:pm.
Santa Clause will arrive on a fire truck and have prizes to give away. A girl’s bicycle and a boy’s bicycle will also be given away.

Teens Selling 'Sand in a Jar' Mixes Friday

The Copper Communities Hospice Teen Volunteers are selling “Sand in a Jar” mixes Friday at Fry’s and at the Claypool Safeway. The $10 jars contain your choice of a chocolate chip cookie mix, Snickerdoodle cookie mix or a hot chocolate mix.

Proceeds go to the Hospice Foundation Fund to help people have no available insurance or other coverage pay for hospice care.

Globe Senior Center Rummage Sale

The Globe Senior Center is having a Holiday Rummage Sale on Wednesday (December 22) starting at 9:am. They’ll have Christmas decorations and other holiday treasures. If you have stuff to donate, please bring it by on Tuesday.

Christmas Day festivities will be celebrated on Thursday, December 23 starting at 10:30am. Reserve your seat by calling 425-9030.

The Globe Senior Center will be closed on Friday, December 24.

AG's Announce Deceptive Advertising Settlement with Dannon

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Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and 38 other Attorneys General have announced a $21 million settlement with The Dannon Company. Dannon has been accused of making unsubstantiated and unlawful marketing claims for Activia yogurt and DanActive dairy drinks.

The $21 million payment is the largest payment to date in a multistate settlement with a food producer.

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Fireworks Banned in National Forests

Federal officials say visitors to national parks during the holiday season are prohibited from using fireworks, even though a new Arizona law allows sparklers and other fireworks.

Fireworks are prohibited year-round at all national forests. A violation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail or a maximum fine of up to $5000 or both.

Salute to Ranching Tonight

The Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Salute to Ranching tonight (Thursday). The dinner recognizes the accomplishments and programs of Gila County ranchers over the past year. Rancher of the Year and Wrangler of the Year will be announced tonight at the dinner.

Tickets are $30 at the door. No host cocktails begin at 5:30 followed by the dinner at 6:30.

Police Log

Kearny Police arrested 30 year old Wilfredo Lopez of Globe on a child support warrant.

San Carlos Detention Center arrested 24 year old Shawn Dili on a warrant for failure to comply with court orders for underage consumption.

44 year old Holly Gates was arrested on a Globe warrant for failure to comply on a charge of shoplifting.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft from a vehicle at a residence on Springfield.

Globe Police are investigating an assault report taken in the area of High and Mesquite and a report of telephone harassment taken at an address on South Sutherland.

Obituaries

Former Globe-Miami resident “Rosco” Ochoa passed away Monday at his home in Paradise Valley. He was 51. He is survived by his wife Katie; 3 daughters; 4 sisters; 5 brothers; and 5 grandchildren.
Services for Rosco Ochoa will be held Saturday at 10:am at North Hills Church in Phoenix.

Gary Irving, Sr. of Peridot passed away last Friday at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa. He was 61. He is survived by his children Gary Irving, Jr.,Gerald and Garrick Irving, and Geralynn Tarango; his sister; his brothers; and his foster brothers and sisters.
The wake for Gary Irving, Sr. will be Friday at 3:pm at the Irving residence. The funeral is Saturday at 9:am at St. Charles Catholic Church.

Chester Antonio, Sr. of San Carlos passed away last week at the age of 67. He is survived by his sons Chester Antonio, Jr. and Anthony Antonio; his daughter Althea; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
The wake for Chester Antonio, Sr. will be Saturday at 4:pm at the Antonio residence. The funeral is Sunday at 1:pm at Freedom Holiness Church.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

GCC Art Classes in Spring 2011 Semester

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Gila Community College’s Gila Pueblo campus is offering several art classes during the spring semester beginning January 12.

Evening classes include Fundamentals of Design, Color and Design, Figure Drawing, Stained Glass, Scrapbooking, Digital Illustration, Digital Publishing, and Illustration.

Daytime classes include Drawing, Figure Drawing, Stained Glass, Digital Photography, World Art 11, Watercolor, Oil Painting, China Painting, Ceramics, Jewelry, and Lapidary.

Sculpture and Ceramics classes will be offerred on Saturdays.
Tuition is waived 100% for students age 60 and over.

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AAA Predicts Increase in Holiday Travel

AAA predicts that more than 1.9 million Arizonans will travel more 50 miles or more from home over the year-end holidays. That’s an increase of nearly 3% over last year and the fifth consecutive year of increases.

Nationwide, more than 92 million Americans will travel over the same period. That’s an increase of 3%.

Medicare Benefits Counselor at Globe Senior Center

December activities at the Globe Senior Center continue on Tuesday (December 21) with a Medicare Benefits Assistance counselor at 8:am and a discussion about the “Latest Senior Scams” at 11:15.

Guitar lessons continue on Mondays at 12:30.

San Carlos and Bylas Light Parades

The annual San Carlos Christmas Light Parade begins tonight (Wednesday) at 6;30 at Burdette Hall.

The Bylas Light Parade begins tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 6:30 at Clarence Wesley Health Center.

Australian Newspaper Says 'Cameras Focus on Money Not Deaths '

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The Daily Telegraph:
IT RIPS $6 million a year in speeding fines out of motorists, making it the NSW Government's No.1 weapon in enforcing its mantra: speed cameras save lives.
But The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the state's most lucrative speed camera in Cleveland St, Moore Park, is located -- not at an accident black-spot -- but on a stretch of road where there were just five accidents, none of them fatal, in the three years before it was installed in 2007.

And in evidence directly contradicting Government claims speed cameras are road safety measures, not revenue-raisers, 10 of the state's highest-grossing fixed speed cameras are at locations that did not record a single fatality in the three years before they were installed.

Yet the Government has failed to install permanent cameras on dangerous stretches where lives are lost and hundreds of crashes are recorded...

'This confirms what the motorists across NSW have suspected -- the Keneally Labor Government considers fixed speed cameras a revenue-raising machine,' Shadow Roads Minister Andrew Stoner said.


Meanwhile a man in St. Petersburg, Florida is starting to convince City Council members about the false safety claims of camera advocates:
When the City Council discussed installing the cameras earlier this year, Florell said he started reading the studies that were both for and against.

He noticed the ones that were supportive of the cameras were often financed by vendors selling the surveillance systems. He also concluded that ones critical of the cameras used methods that were more scientific and objective...

Echoing research done by the University of South Florida's Department of Health, Florell found that studies generally show intersections are more crash-prone with cameras.

In Chicago, crashes went up by 5 percent at camera-equipped intersections. They climbed by 13 percent in Costa Mesa, Calif., by 40 percent in Greensboro, N.C., and by 133 percent in Temple Terrace.

Here in Globe, newspaper quotes by the City Manager and City Council members suggest that nobody is even bothering to pretend that the cameras are about safety anymore. One Globe City Council member calls it an alternative to raising taxes.

For more information watch this video.

Also read Ten Reasons (+1) Speed Cameras are Lame

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Police Log

Gila County Task Force agents arrested 45 year old James Berry for possession of dangerous drugs and misconduct involving a weapon.

Phoenix Police arrested 23 year old Kevin Rambler of Peridot on a warrant for extreme aggravated DUI.

Gila County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating criminal damage at a residence on Railroad Avenue and illegal dumping at a residence on Walliman Road.

Globe Police issued juvenile referrals for assault to two juveniles at Globe High School.

Officers are investigating a theft report taken at a business on Oil Circle Road and a report of arson taken at a business on Holly Road.

Obituaries

Walter Dekanek passed away yesterday (Tuesday) at Faubush Family Homes. He was 85.
Visitation for Walter Dekanek will be tomorrow (Thursday) from 5 to 7:pm at Lamont Mortuary. Interment will be private.

Francis Knuckey passed away yesterday (Tuesday) at Circle Ranch. Francis was 90. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday at 1:pm at Lamont Mortuary.

Erlinda De La Torre passed away Saturday. She was 92.
Visitation for Erlinda De La Torre will be Saturday at Noon at Divine Grace Presbyterian Church. The funeral is Saturday at 1:00.

Chester Antonio, Sr. passed away Friday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. He was 67.
The wake for Chester Antonio, Sr. will be Saturday at 4:pm at the Antonio residence. The funeral is Sunday at 1:pm at Freedom Holiness Church in San Carlos.

Dennis R. Mason of Globe passed away last Thursday at Scottsdale Healthcare. He was 63. He is survived by his wife Lupe; his children Sonia Mason-Haynes and Dennis J. Mason; and his sister Darla Deal.
Visitation for “Randy” Mason will be Sunday at 6:pm at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Rosary is at 7:00. The funeral is Monday at 10:am.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

GCC San Carlos Campus to Offer Health Care Programs

Gila Community College’s San Carlos campus is offering several Allied Health Care programs during the spring semester. These include Medical Assistant, Medical Transcription, Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician and Pharmacy Technician. These are certificate programs that require between 16 and 24 credits to complete.

Gila Community College is offering these programs to meet the need for a well trained, qualified workforce for the new San Carlos hospital now under construction.

The San Carlos campus will also offer a basic Emergency Medical Technician class this spring.

Students who are interested in any of these programs should call the San Carlos campus at 475-5981.

State Minimum Wage Goes Up a Dime

Arizona’s minimum wage will increase by ten cents on January first—up to $7.35 an hour. This will be ten cents more than the federal minimum wage.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that workers who receive tips will also get a ten cent increase, from the current $4.25 to $4.35.

Arizona voters created a state minimum wage in 2006. It was originally set for $6.75, with a provision for cost of living increases beginning in 2008.

Legal Assistance for Seniors

Globe Senior Center offers legal assistance for seniors on Fridays, but the Center will be closed on December 24 and 31. So if you have legal questions that can’t wait until the new year, stop by this Friday (December 17) at 10:am. The help is provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Police log

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47 year old Rojelio Delgado of Globe on a Superior Court warrant for failure to appear on charges of unlawful flight from law enforcement and extreme aggravated DUI.

A deputy took a report of criminal damage at the Miami High School parking lot.

Globe Police are investigating an atempted assault report and a vehicle burglary on Palo Verde Lane.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Supervisors Meet Tuesday

Gila County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday at 10:am. State Senator Sylvia Allen will discuss issues that affect Gila County in the upcoming Arizona Legislative session. The meeting also includes the supervisors’ annual property tax sale and auction.

The Supervisors will consider establishing guidelines for the selection of the Gila County Redistricting Committee. And they will proclaim December to be Drunk and Drugged Driving Preventuion Month in Gila County.

GCC Closes for Holidays December 18

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Gila Community College will be closed for the holidays beginning December 18. GCC will reopen on January 4.

The spring 2011 semester begins Wednesday, January 12 and registration is now underway.

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CVCA Hosts GCC Art

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Cobre Valley Center for the Arts hosts a “Student Showcase” during December featuring Gila Community College students. The art work created at GCC includes paintings, drawings, jewelry, lapidary, ceramics, sculpture, stained and fused glass, and photography.

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Cross Convicted of Attempted Murder

A Gila County jury has convicted Edgar Travis Cross of second degree attempted murder. Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores says the jury was presented evidence that Cross attempted to kill Mark Channel by firing five shots at him as Channel was leaving a residence on New Street. Channel was not hit by any of the shots but the truck he was driving was.

Cross was previously convicted of the same charge and other related charges in 2008 but an Appeals Court overturned the attempted murder conviction because of an error in one of the jury instructions. The other related convictions were not affected.
Cross is currently serving a 19 year sentence for his convictions in the 2008 trial. He will be sentenced on January 3 on the second degree attempted murder conviction.

Miami Council Meets Tonight

Miami Town Council meets tonight (Monday) at 6:30. They’ll consider approving a process and fee schedule for sewer system cut off and reconnection. They will also consider adopting a $5 fee for bulk trash collection with an option for residents to decline the service.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores will present a check and police equipment to the Town. And there’s a presentation by a Bell Copper Corporation representative about the development of copper beneath the Town of Miami.

Police Log

On Saturday Miami Police arrested 50 year old Ray Martin on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Globe Police arrested 21 year old Joshua Robles on Friday on warrants for assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 53 year old Edison Kenton on warrants for domestic violence/assault and aggravated DUI.

25 year old Vanessa Garcia was arrested on a DPS warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Deputies are investigating a hit and run that occurred Friday on Russell Road and a burglary on Cherokee Drive.

Globe Police are investigating a burglary from an auto on Verde Lane; theft of mail from a residence on Blake Street; theft at a residence on N. Third Street; and shoplifting at the Claypool Safeway.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Globe Council Meets Monday

Globe City Council meets tonight (Monday) at 6:00. They’ll consider approving the sixth amended Interim Emergency Fire Intergovernmental Agreement with the Town of Miami. They’ll also consider an amended Intergovernmenmtal Agreement with the State of Arizona concerning the Globe Gateway Phase II project at US 60 and Oak Street and at US 60 and Hill Street.

Globe Library Holiday Open House

Globe Public Library is hosting its annual holiday Open House all next week from 10:am until 2:pm. Hot drinks and goodies will be served. A special book sale features "like new" books suitable for gifts. An amnesty on overdue fines will forgive one dollar for each non-perishable food item donated to benefit the food bank.

Miami HS Drama Production

Miami High School Drama Club presents “Dr. Frankincense and the Christmas Monster” tonight (Friday) at 6:pm. It’s in the Miami High School auditorium. Admission is $3.00

Miami 'Small Town Christmas'

The Town of Miami is holding its annual “Small Town Christmas” tomorrow (Saturday). Santa will arrive at 9:30am. Kids can have their picture taken with Santa and will receive a bag of goodies. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served to children at no cost.

Most Arizona High School Grads Don't Finish College

Four out of five Arizona high school graduates do not have a college degree six years after graduating from high school. Just over half haven’t gone to college at all.

The Arizona Republic reports that a study by the Arizona Board of Regents suggests that the state needs to increase efforts to get more students into college and that colleges need to increase graduation rates.

Studies show that college degrees are increasingly required in the workforce and that workers with degrees make more money over their lifetime.

Arizona Drops to No. 31 Among Healthy States

Arizona has dropped to No. 31 among the states in the latest America’s Health Rankings.

Arizona showed a low prevalence of smoking, a low rate of preventable hospitalizations, and low rates of cancer deaths and cardiovascular deaths.

But the state showed a high rate of children in poverty, a high rate of people uninsured and low per capita public heralth funding.

Arizona Fuel Prices Jump 8 Cents

The price of fuel in Arizona jumped 8 cents this week to a statewide average of about $2.865 for a gallon of unleaded regular. The national average increased 9.6 cents to $2.975. Here in Globe-Miami prices are around $2.85 a gallon.

Elks Children's Christmas Party

The Pinal Mountain Elks Lodge annual community Children’s Christmas Party is tomorrow (Saturday) from 1:30 until 3:30 at the Lodge on Maple Street across from the Comfort Inn. They’ll have gifts games, prizes, punch and cookies. Santa will arrive on a fire engine at 2:pm.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday morning on Highway 60 at Ragus Road.

There were no injuries in an accident yesterday evening at Hill and Ash Streets. One driver was cited for making an unsafe lane change.

Last night Globe Police stopped a vehicle from an Ateempt to Locate issued on Wednesday. 30 year old Justin Alaniz was charged with misconduct involving weapons and possession of marijuana.

DPS in Phoenix arrested 26 year old Vincente Gallegos on warrants for endangerment and child support.

Globe Police are investigating an assault that took place on Lawrence Street; a theft from a vehicle on Picacho Drive; a burglary from a vehicle on Haskins Road; a theft at an address on Bailey; shoplifting at a busines on South Broad Street; and criminal damage at Oak and Broad.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Walking Blogger Passes Through Globe-Miami, Writes About It

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Blogger Peter Teeuwissen is walking across the US and just passed through San Carlos, Globe and Miami. A nice, long article about it includes photos and a bit of history about mining and the wild west.
I then wend my way back to Broad street to follow it back out to 60. On the way I pass a marble slab with an inscription. It says that near here was the Hanging Tree, a sycamore where L.B. Grime and C.D. Hawley were lynched in 1882 for the holdup murder of two men. It says the culprits had a 'fair hearing' before someone on Tuesday evening, and at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning they were taken out and hanged. 'Saloons were closed and it was an orderly lynching.' And--get this--the monument is dedicated to the law enforcement officers of Gila County. 'Protect and serve.' Behind it stands a young sycamore, perhaps twenty years old, which might be a descendant of the Hanging Tree.

That’s a pretty interesting commentary on local law enforcement. I don't know about you, but I get a little nervous in a place that brags, in the name of the law no less, about an orderly lynching.'

There's even a rant about "right wing radio." I love it.

Read the entire article here.

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Globe Library Craft Sale

The Friends of the Globe Public Library are hosting a Holiday Craft store Saturday in the library from 4:pm until after the light parade ends. They will be serving hot cocoa, coffee and goodies, and there will be a raffle drawing.

Globe Christmas Light Parade

The Globe Christmas Light parade will be Saturday at 6:pm in downtown Globe. This year’s theme is “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Habitat Surplus Building Supply Sale

Habitat for Humanity is having a Surplus Building Supply Sale Saturday from 8:am until 2:pm. The sale will be at 354 Hill Street. Proceeds will go back into the building fund for future homes in the Globe-Miami community.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday morning at Highway 60 and Main Street.

Globe Police are investigating a theft that also involved fraud at a business on Broad Street.

A Gila County Sheriff’s deputy arrested 55 year old William Escobedo on a warrant for parole violation on a charge of aggravated assault.

Deputies are investigating a theft from a vehicle in the Gila Community College parking lot.

Obituaries

Ronny Kowalzyk of Globe passed away Wednesday morning at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. He was 68.
A Memorial Service for Ronny Kowalzyk will be held Sunday at 2:pm at the Pinal Mountain Elks Lodge.

Ida Weatherford Chapman of Globe passed away Monday.
The funeral for Ida Chapman will be Saturday at 11:am at the Southern Baptist Church in Miami.

Rose Stemm of Globe passed away Monday. She was 85.
Visitation for Rose Stemm will be Saturday at 10:am in the Relief Society Room of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Globe Stake Center. The funeral is at 11:00.

Longtime Globe-Miami resident Lionel G. Blair passed away Sunday at Copper Mountain Inn. He was 86. He is survived by his wife Josephine; his daughter Rosemary Castaneda of Miami; his son; his sister; 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
Visitation for Lionel Blair will be Friday at 9:am at Miles Funeral Services Miami. The funeral is at 10:00.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

San Carlos Transit Information
Meetings

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The Arizona Department of Transportation is holding two public information meetings on Thursday. ADOT and San Carlos Apache Transit Services are currently conducting a transit study for the San Carlos Apache Tribe. The study will determine specific transit needs and develop a plan for expansion of services to better serve the community.

Residents and tribal representatives are encouraged to attend one of the meetings and provide input about current transit issues and future needs. Representatives of the project team will be there to answer questions and give information.

The meetings will be Thursday at 1:30pm at Goseyun Exhibit Hall in Bylas and at 5:30pm at Burdette Hall in San Carlos.

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Copper Basin Coalition Meeting

The Copper Basin Coalition meets Thursday at noon at the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Miami School Board Meets Thursday

Miami School Board meets Thursday at 6:30pm in the Miami High School Library. It includes a public hearing on the structured recess policy.

Tips for Holiday Charity Giving

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard offers some tips on how to avoid holiday consumer scams:

Make sure you know how your donation will be distributed and how much actually goes to the charity itself, rather than to administrative costs.

Except for the well known traditional bell ringers, don’t give cash and make sure your check is payable to the charity, not an individual.

Never give out personal information to a solicitor either by phone, mail or at your door.

And never give a donation to a charity that offers to take your donation directly from your account, or asks you to send a donation by courier/overnight express mail, or asks you to wire your donation. Donate directly to the organization, either in person—at an event sponsored by the charity—or through the US Postal Service.

Second Wednesday Program Presents Bob Zache

Tonight’s Second Wednesday event at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum features Bob Zache who will talk about some of the best places to hike in Southern Gila County.

The program is free and starts at 7:00. Light refreshments will be served.

Globe School Board Meets Tonight

Globe School Board meets tonight (Wednesday) at 6:00 at Mofford Activity Center. There will be a Public Hearing to discuss the revised 2011 fiscal year budget. During the Regular Meeting the Board will consider adopting the proposed budget.

Globe Senior Center Holiday Meal Campaign

Globe Senior Center has launched a Holiday Meal Campaign to make the season a little brighter for seniors who live alone and will be unable to spend the holidays with loved ones. They will receive a personal gift and a holiday meal.

The Senior Center has received a matching grant of $2,000 to double the contributions. Send your donation to the City of Globe Senior Center, 579 S. Broad Street. Print your name, complete address with zip code, and a phone number. A recceipt will be mailed to you.

San Carlos and Bylas Light Parades

Families, businesses, churches and school groups are invited to participate in the San Carlos and Bylas Christmas Light Parades.

The San Carlos Community parade will be Wednesday, December 15, starting at 6:30 pm at Burdette Hall. The Bylas Community Parade is Thursday, December 16 starting at 6:30 at Clarence Wesley Health Center.

$1150 in prize money will be awarded. Entry forms must be turned in by noon on Wednesday, December 15 at San Carlos administration or Bylas administration.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday afternoon at Broad and Mesquite Streets. One driver was cited for failure to control a vehicle to avoid an accident.

There were no injuries in an accident yesterday around noon at Maple and Devereaux.

Globe Police arrested 38 year old Tanner Denton yesterday for domestic violence/disorderly conduct.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26 year old Jaime Pena for trafficking in stolen property.

Gila County Task Force arrested 40 year old Michael Norris for possession of dangerous drugs. Norris also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on charges of possession of dangerous drugs.

Mesa Police arrested 47 year old Nicholas Pazzi of Globe on a warrant for possession of marijuana and theft.

A Sheriff’s deputy took a missing person report at a residence on Cherokee Drive.

Deputies are investigating thefts from vehicles at residences on Wesson and on Springfield.

Globe Police are investigating burglary to a vehicle at a residence on Desert Drive.

Obituaries

Charles Pollar Astor passed away Friday in San Carlos. He was 56. He is survived by his children David, Feather, Ace and Sequoia Astor; and 5 grandchildren.
The wake for Charles Astor will be Friday at 4:pm at St. Charles Catholic Church. The funeral is Saturday at 9:am.

Lionel G. Blair passed away Sunday at Copper Mountain Inn. He was 86.
Visitation for Lionel Blair will be Friday from 9 to 10:am at Miles Funeral Services Miami. The funeral is at 10:00.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

No New Posts Today (Except This One)

KIKO is having Internet connection problems with its computer network. Therefore, I have been unable to post anything new to this website today. (I'm writing this from home.)

Hopefully the problems will be resolved by tomorrow.

Monday, December 6, 2010

GCC and ADOT Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Gila Community College and the Arizona Department of Transportation have formed a partnership to offer a Pre-Apprenticeship Program at the Gila Pueblo campus. Applications are now being accepted for 15 slots that are available. If more than 15 applications are received, interviews will be conducted for student selection. The program is for those who wish to pursue a career in highway construction.

The spring semester starts on January 12. Class schedules are available throughout the community, at all the campuses, and online at www.gilaccc.org.

Prescribed Fire Near Roosevelt Lake

A prescribed fire operation is planned by Tonto National Forest fire specialists for December 13-17 near Roosevelt Lake. It will be seven miles northeast of Punkin Center.

The purpose of the prescribed fire is to reduce the potential for large, catstrophic wildfires by targetting decadent stands of brush throughout the 17,000 acre project area. The goal is to treat 3,500 acres a year over the next several years.

For more information call the Tonto Basin Ranger District at 928-467-3200.

Obituaries

Eva Marie Hollis passed away Thursday at Copper Mountain Inn. She was 85. She is survived by her son Robert Hollis of Globe; 2 daughters, including Diana Jones of Globe; and 2 grandchildren.
The funeral for Eva Hollis will be Wednesday at 10:am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

The wake for Henry May will be Friday at 4:pm at the Eva May residence. The funeral is Saturday at 1:pm at World Evangelist Church.

Police Log

Local fire agencies responded to a chimney fire on Bird Street last night. Damages are reported to be extensive but no injuries were reported.

Nobody was hurt in a single vehicle accident yesterday morning in the area of Kellner Canyon. The car was towed and 20 year old Vance Mata was cited and released for DUI.

A driver was cited after a vehicle-pedestrian accident Friday afternoon on Highway 60.

There were no injuries in an accident Friday afternoon in front of the Claypool Post Office.

Nobody was hurt when a truck hit a deer Friday night in the area of Highway 70/77.

There was a hit and run accident yesterday afternoon on Highway 60. 49 year old Rodney Doney later turned himself in for a Gila County warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. Globe PD charged him for the hit and run.

Globe Police arrested 35 year old Jessica Lopez yesterday on warrants for failure to comply on charges of drug paraphernalia and child support.

27 year old Charles Moore was arrested for domestic violence/assault after he left the scene of a disturbance Saturday morning on South Hill Street.

A call Friday night about two people throwing objects at vehicles in the area of Beer Tree crossing resulted in the arrest of 20 year old Delbert Martin for underage consumption, and a 17 year old juvenile for underage consumption and disorderly conduct.

51 year old Jody Herrera was arrested Friday on a child support warrant.

Gila County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a followup investigation in the area of Hershey Highway. Five stolen guns were located. The case is pending further investigation.

35 year old Joseph Hammer was arrested Saturday for driving with a suspended license.

Deputies are investigating a hit and run Saturday afternoon on Morrow Avenue; a vehicle theft in the area of Cherokee; a theft from a vehicle on San Carlos Drive; and a burglary report taken at Four Star Mobile Home Park.

Globe Police are investigating an assault at an address on Euclid; a report of harassment at a business on North Broad Street; a burglary at a business on North Broad Street; a burglary at a business on South Broad Street; and a theft at a residence on Rose Lane.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Miami Library Book Sale

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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.

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Obituary

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.

Obituary

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

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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?)

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AZ Panel to Recommend More
Privatization

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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.

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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.

Obituary

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

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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.

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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.

Obituaries

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

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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.

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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 www.azag.gov/consumer/holiday.

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.