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


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.


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

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.

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.


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


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.


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 '

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

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.


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


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.


CVCA Hosts GCC Art


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.


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.