Friday, February 4, 2011

The Income Survey and the May 17 Election

Residents of the two sanitary districts between Globe and Miami have been asking about the Median Household Income Survey and the election that will be held in May.

Cobre Valley Sanitary District President Mary Anne Moreno says the two separate issues both have to do with the area getting a wastewater collection system. The income survey is necessary to get as much as possible of the system to be paid for with federal grants. The lower the average household income, the larger the grant may be. All information gathered in the survey is confidential.

In May voters will decide whether or not to approve the merger of the Cobre Valley Sanitary District and Pinal Sanitary District. Moreno says it’s hard to get a quorum of both boards of directors at every meeting and to have to always work with intergovernmental agreements. A merger would also simplify the process of seeking funding and writing contracts with engineering firms.

The election on May 17 would create a single sanitary district with one board of directors. The new district would be called Tri City Regional Sanitary District. It would cover the same area that Tri City Fire Department and the old Central Heights Fire District covered when they merged a few years ago.

The next public meeting of the two sanitary district boards is Thursday, February 10 at 5:pm at the Cobre Valley Country Club.

Miami Senior Center Closed Today

Miami Senior Center is closed today because of frozen water pipes.

Police Log

A semi truck hit a stop sign at Ash and Oak Streets yesterday morning and then left the scene. The driver was located later and cited for failure to control speed to avoid an accident.

Two people were arrested yetsreday morning after drugs were found on students at Globe Education Center. 19 year old Jaycee Stanley and 18 year old Al Brown were arrested for possession of marijuana in a drug free zone.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34 year old Tristan Frantom on a warrant for disorderly conduct and threats.

Deputies are investigating a theft report taken on Wheatfields Road.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

First Friday Program About 'New Deal Food'

The First Friday program tonight at the Miami Library is related to the special Smithsonian Exhibit now at the Gila County Historical Museum. It’s called “Eating the Depression: New Deal Food” and it is presented by ASU professior Betsy Fahlman.

There is no charge for the presentation which begins at 6:pm. Arrive early and enjoy a bowl of hot soup as part of the presentation.

Scouts Collect Food for Local Food Banks This Saturday

This Saturday local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will be collecting food for local food banks. They will be outside grocery stores and also going door to door to collect canned and other non-perishable food items.

The goal of the drive is to help replenish the shelves of food banks after the holidays when many people might not otherwise remember those in need.

Workshop for Weather Service Storm Spotters

A free training workshop for people interested in becoming a National Weather Service Storm Spotter will be held this Saturday in Globe. It's from 1 to 3:pm at Gila County Emergency Services on Apache Avenue. To register call 402-8805.

You will learn how thuinderstorms work, how to identify cloud features associated with microbursts and tornandoes, visually estimate wind speeds, and how your reports tie in to warnings and advisories issued by the National Weather Service.

Anyone can be a spotter and if you like to pay attention to the weather, you’re encouraged to become involved.

For more information visit

Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday

This Saturday there will be a Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic at the animal shelter from 1:30 to 3:30pm.

The cost of the rabies shot is $10 plus the cost of a license. That’s $15 for an unaltered animal and $7 for a spayed or neutered animal.

The High Desert Humane Society of Globe will be there to show animals that they have for adoption.

State law requires that all dogs over 4 months old be vaccinated for rabies and licensed in the county you live in.

If you have any questions call the Gila County Rabies Control Department at 425-5882.

Bullion Plaza Celebrates 'Key Ingredients' Saturday Afternoon

The Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum invites you to celebrate the ethnic diversity of Miami—past and present—through food.

Sample ethnic dishes representing the various cultures on Saturday from 1 to 4:pm in the George and Hazel Cox Room at Bullion Plaza.

You will also be able to bid on a number of outstanding items in a silent auction.

There is no charge to visit and taste, although donations are always welcome. Proceeds from the silent auction will be applied to upgrading the cultural diversity exhibit.

Relay for Life Kick Off Saturday at 10:AM

The Kick Off for the Globe-Miami Relay for Life is Saturday at 10:am at the Chamber of Commerce. If you were a Team Captain in 2010, or are a Team Captain in 2011, or are interested in participating in this year’s Relay for Life, you are invited to attend.

AAA Invites Ideas for Top 100 Arizona 'Do and See' List

Arizona celebrates its centenial next year and AAA Arizona invites Arizonans to help build a list of top 100 things to see and do in the state. The list will accept both the grand and the obscure, from forests, to fiestas, to food festivals.

Submit your ideas by email to You don’t have to be a AAA member to participate.

You’ll be able to see if your suggestion made the list beginning with the May/June issue of Highroads magazine.

Police Log

Last night Globe Police took a report of threats at a residence on Silver Street.

A Gila County School Resource Officer took an assault report at Charles Bejerano School.

A Sheriff’s deputy took a theft report from a resident on Russell Road. Metal fence and gates were cut and stolen.

Deputies are investigating a domestic disturbance at Alhambra Mobile Home Park.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ABC15 Reports on Globe Crosswalk

ABC15 in Phoenix did a report this week about the crosswalk near Globe High School.

Two students have been struck by cars recently while trying to cross Highway 60.
Cars frequently fail to stop when people are in the crosswalk. Reporter Jay Reynolds saw several close calls himself and you can see a couple of them in his video report.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is responsible for the roadway. They told Reynolds that they didn’t know there was a problem, but they are willing to work with local government to fix it.

Globe High School Principal Cindy Parravano is afraid it’s only a matter of time before something disastrous happens. She says she will probably write a letter soon to the Department asking them to take some action.

'Dump the Drugs'

A “Dump the Drugs” event will be held Saturday, February 12 in the Fry’s parking lot. Drop off expired or unused prescription and over the counter drugs. Drugs may also be dropped off at the Globe and Miami Police Departments.

The event is sponsored by the Copper Basin Coalition. For more information call 425-9276.

Globe School Board Meets Tonight

Globe School Board meets tonight (Wednesday) at 6:00 at Mofford Activity Center. The Regular Meeting will be followed by an Executive Session to consult with the District’s attorney for legal advice about resolution of an Open Meeting Law complaint.

Police Log

Yesterday Globe Police arrested 19 year old Allen Davolt at a traffic stop for possession of marijuana.

32 year old Richard Barbuti was arrested on a child support warrant.

Miami Police arrested 18 year old Ryan Courtney for disorderly conduct.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 45 year old Patrick Martindale on warrants for child support and disorderly conduct.

Last night deputies responded to a call about a man destroying items in a house. 50 year old Orlando Valenzuela was cited and released for criminal damage.

Maricopa County Sherff’s Office arrested 27 year old Marlene Pazzi of Globe on a warrant for failure to comply on a charge of criminal trespass.

Apache Junction Police arrested 47 year old Tod King of Globe for failure to appear on a charge of theft.

Gila County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary in the Golden Hill area.

Globe Police are investigating criminal damage at Copper Country Mobile Home Park and shoplifting at the Seventh Street Circle K.

Punxutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring

Punxutawney Phil emerged just after dawn today to predict an early spring when he did not see his shadow. This is only the 16th time since 1887 that Phil has not seen his shadow.

The annual celebration is based on a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on February 2—-the Christian holiday of Candlemas—-winter will last another six weeks.

Actually Phil's prognostication is decided in advance by 14 members of the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle.

The South’s version of Pennsylvania’s groundhog—General Beauregard Lee—didn’t see his shadow either. That celebration takes place in Lilburn, Georgia.


Elva J. Polk passed away last week at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe. She was 49. She is survived by her husband Tracy; 2 sons; 8 brothers; and 2 sisters.
The wake for Elva Polk will be Friday at 4:pm at the Polk residence. The funeral is Saturday at 10:am at Grace Lutheran Church in San Carlos.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

'Warm Up With a Good Book'

A Family Reading Night for Los Lomas and Miami Preschool students will take place Wednesday night from 6 to 7:pm at Las Lomas Elementary School. The event is called “Warm Up With a Good Book.”

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served in the cafeteria. Then Miami High School athletes and cheerleaders will read books in the hallways. After that the students will return to the cafeteria to receive a new book and a pair of green sport socks.

The special event is sponsored by Carlotta Copper Company.

Supervisors Meet Today

Gila County Board of Supervisors meets today (Tuesday) at 10:am. The agenda includes an Agreement for Energy Assistance for Renewable Neighborhoods Implementation with APS for $79,000. The Supervisors will also consider a Resolution to support the Copper Basin Coaltion and the Payson Community Prevention Council for their efforts to curb underage drinking.

Reading Council Workshop Today at Museum

Gila Reading Council is conducting an instructional workshop today about how to incorporate the Smithsonian Exhibit at the Gila County Historical Museum into classroom activities. The workshop is today (Tuesday) from 4:30 until 6:pm at the Historical Museum. There is no charge for this workshop and light refreshmnts will be served. For more information call 425-5985.

Police Log

A car hit a building yesterday around noon at Broad and Murphy. The driver was cited for failure to control his vehicle.

Yesterday morning Globe Police received a call about criminal damage occurring at a building behind AM/PM. Two juveniles were arrested for criminal damage and referred to juvenile probation.

Gila County Sheriff’s deputies cited and released 20 year old Shannon Draper for disorderly conduct and underage consumption after a disturbance at Pueblo Heights Mobile Home Park.

19 year old Alexandria Cook was also arrested yesterday for disorderly conduct and underage consumption.

32 year old Daniel Morales of Globe was arrested for 2 Maricopa County warrants for failure to appear on a driving violation and a DPS warrant for driving with a suspended licesnse.

Deputies are investigating a report of possible child abuse taken at a residence in Alhambra Mobile Home Park.

Globe Police are investigating a burglary report and a stolen vehicle at a business on South Hill Street; and a report of child neglect taken at an address on North Street.


Sidney C. Medlock passed away yesterday (Monday). He was 74. He is survived by his wife Lavon; his son; his daughter; his sister; and 2 grandchildren.
A memorial gathering for Sidney Medlock will be held Saturday at 11:am at First Baptist Church in Superior.
Donations in Sidney’s name may be made to the Superior First Baptist Church or the Diabetes Foundation.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Kingman Private Prison Still Has Deficiencies

Some Arizona officials say that there are still changes that need to be made at the Kingman prison where three inmates escaped six months ago. The escape reignited the debate about the role of private prisons in Arizona.

The Arizona Republic reports that the Department of Corrections has put in a new administration at the prison, which is operated by Utah based Mangement and Training Corporation.

Corrections Director Charles Ryan released a detailed memo after the breakout citing the shortcomings and providing a plan for MTC to correct them. Ryan has said that canceling the company’s contract is a possibility if it does not comply.

Police Log

Globe PD and ADOT are advising the public to be aware of dump truck traffic this week through Friday on Jesse Hayes Road. Please slow down and proceed through the area with caution.

Patients were airlifted to nearby hospitals Friday night after a rollover accident on Highway 60 at the Rod Plant.

Two juveniles were questioned in connection with a fire Saturday afternoon at a business on South Broad Street. The case is pending further investigation.

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday afternoon at Copper Country Mobile Home Park. A 17 year old juvenile was referred to juvenile probation for hit and run.

There were no injuries in a two vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Ash Street near Third Street. One driver was cited for failure to control a vehicle to avoid an accident and for no proof of insurance.

Yesterday Globe Police arrested 39 year old Juan Moreno for domestic assault after a disturbance on Euclid Hill.

42 year old Howard Bunch was arrested at a traffic stop last night for DUI.

24 year old Daniel Allen was arrested for having an open container in public after locking the door and demanding liquor from a business on Broad Street. The business does not sell liquor.

Miami Police arrested 18 year old Kevin Swedick for criminal trespass.

22 year old Jason Angeles was arrested on a shoplifting warrant.

On Saturday night the Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32 year old Christina Perry for driving with a suspended license.

Deputies are investigating a report of threats taken on Snell Road and a burglary at a residence on Highway 60.

Globe Police are investigating an assault and a report of domestic violence/abuse.


Winnie J. Johnson passed away Friday at Copper Mountain Inn. She was 100. She is survived by her granddaughter Rosemary Johnson and 2 great grandchildren.
A graveside service for Winnie Johnson will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11:am at Mountain Breeze Memorial Gardens.