Friday, February 11, 2011

Globe Council Meets Monday

Globe City Council meets Monday at 6:pm. The Council will consider granting a license and conditional use permit for Medical Marijuana Related Facilities to "Globe Farmacy" at 200 W. Ash and 200 N. Broad Street.

Gas Prices Continue to Rise

Gasoline prices are rising for the 11th week in a row. AAA Arizona says the average statewide price for a gallon of unleaded regular is $3.10. That’s an increase of 6.5 cents since last week and the highest statewide fuel price on record for the month of February.

The nationwide average is just under $3.12 a gallon.

Here in Globe-Miami prices are around $3.11.

Humane Society Thrift Store Need Donations

High Desert Humane Society announces that their new Thrift Store in downtown Globe had a fantastic first month of operation. But now they are already low on inventory. They need more donations to keep operating.

The donations can include almost anything—collectibles, DVD’s, CD’s, books, household items, clothing—just about any new or gently used items that can be sold. They will also do all the work involved to set up estate donations.

The Humane Society Thrift Store is open Wednesday through Saturday. For more information call 425-2220.

Police Log

There was a two vehicle accident yesterday afternoon at Chaparral Loop and Picacho Street.

Globe Police arrested 41 year old Elvis Kinney for 3 contempt of court warrants.

Gila County Sheriff’s office is investigating a report of a hit and run taken at a residence on Russell Road.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

'Dump the Drugs' on Saturday

Copper Basin Coalition is sponsoring a “Dump the Drugs” event on Saturday from 8:am until noon in the Fry’s parking lot. It’s an opportunity to drop off expired or unused prescription and over the counter drugs.

You can also drop off the drugs anytime at the Globe and Miami Police departments.

For more information call 425-9276.

Family Night at the Museum

Tomorrow night (Friday) is Family Night at the Gila County Historical Museum. It’s an opportunity for everyone to see the special Smithsonian exhibit now on display. From 4 to 8:pm Friday there will be gifts and a treasure hunt for the children.

The “Foods of America” exhibit will be at the museum until March 13. Museum hours during the exhibit are 10 to 4 on Mondays through Thursdays, 10 to 8:pm on Fridays, and 11 to 6 on Saturdays. There is no admission charge.

Two Workshops Friday at Senior Center

Globe Senior Center is hosting two workshops on Friday. The first one at 10:30am will discuss credit reports, what they say about you and how they can be improved. The workshop at 12:30 will talk about debt and how to avoid debt issues. Attend either or both workshops and lunch is free. Sign up in advance by calling 425-9030.

Research Suggests Higher Stroke Risk from Diet Soda

New research has raised health concerns about diet soda. KGUN9 reports that findings from a federally funded study in New York suggest that people who drink diet soda every day have higher risks for stroke and heart attack than people who drink no soda at all.

Doctors don’t know why diet soda may be risky. Maybe people who drink lots of soda also fail to exercise, weigh more or have other risk factors like high blood pressure. But the researchers took these factors into consideration and the trend remained.

The study was discussed Wednesday at an American Stroke Association conference in Los Angeles.

Sheriff's Office Needs Help Identifying Woman's Body

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a young woman whose body was found in the forest off Young Road in June. She may have been dead for as long as six months before the body was found.

The woman is described as White or Hispanic, 18 to 24 years old, 5’6’’ to 5’7’’ tall, 110 to 120 pounds, with shoulder length brown hair. Her toenails and fake fingernails were painted bright blue. She also had a size 5 stainless steel ring with a square white stone setting.

The FBI did a facial assimilation and released the above photos yesterday.

If you have any information you are encouraged to call Gila County detectives at 928-474-2208.

Police Log

Miami Police arrested 30 year old Valerie Stewart on five failure to comply warrants for issuing bad checks, drug paraphernalia violations and possession of marijuana.

Tempe Police arrested 26 year old Ramirez Ayson of Globe on a warrant for failure to comply on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of property damage at the Claypool Circle K.

Globe Police are investigating a burglary at a residence on Maurel and criminal damage to a fence on Quartz Loop.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

College Independence Bill Passes Committee

The Payson Daily Bugle online newspaper reports that the Arizona Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that would make it easier for Gila Community College to become independent.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Sylvia Allen and Sen. Rich Crandall, who is Chairman of the Committee. If the bill is approved by the full Legislature, it would amend Arizona Revised Statutes relating to community colleges by allowing provisional colleges to meet certain criteria to gain independence.

A similar bill in the Arizona House is sponsored by 5th District Representatives Brenda Barton and Chester Crandell.

Gila Community College is a provisional college and contracts with Eastern Arizona College for administrative services. EAC makes all decisions concerning budget, program and tuition, and charges a 25% overhead fee for its services.

GCC Governing Board Special Meeting

Gila County Community College Governing Board meets Thursday afternoon at 1:30. The agenda includes a discussion about community college redistricting with Gila County elections officials.

This Special Meeting will be in the Gila County Courthouse Conference Room

Disaster Loans Available

The federal government is offering low interest loans to small businesses that were affected by flooding or winter storms.

Businesses in Gila and 5 other Arizona counties can apply to borrow up to $2 million from the Small Business Administration to replace damaged or destroyed propery, equipment, inventory or other assets. Eligible homeowners and renters can also apply.

Disaster declarations cover Gila, Coconino, Navajo and Yavapai counties as a result of an October flood on the Havasupai reservation that forced the evacuation of tourists and damaged infrastructure.

Mohave and La Paz counties are covered as a result of severe winter storms that hit parts of California and Arizona in December and January.

Meth Coalition & D-Backs Sponsor Contest

The Gila County Meth Coalition and the Arizona Diamondbacks are sponsoring a contest called “Going to Bat Against the Dangers of Drugs.” Tell them what you and your family have been doing to keep our community drug free.

Monthly winners from May to July will win 4 tickets to a Diamomdbacks game and dinner for four. For an entry form and more information click here.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident yesterday on Broad Street near La Casita.

Shortly after midnight Globe Police responded to a call about a fight at Jack in the Box. There wasn’t a fight but officers arrested 20 year old Kyle Chavez. Chavez had an outstanding warrant from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office for probation violation for reckless display of a deadly weapon. Chavez was also arrested for aggravated assault and fictitious plates in connection with an incident that took place on December 26. And he was charged with aggravated assault in connection with an incident on January 1.

Officers are investigating a theft at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center and a harassment report taken at a residence on Birch Street.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at a residence on Rattlesnake and a burglary at a residence on Spruce. The homeowner on Spruce also reported her son as a runaway.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Lawmakers Consider Head Injury Bill

Arizona legislators are considering a bill to protect student athletes from head injuries during games. The bill would require all schools to pull a player from a game immediately if a head injury is suspected. ABC15 reports that the player would not be allowed to return until examined and cleared by a doctor.

Studies show that if players return to the game too quickly, another concussion could cause more problems. It can even be deadly.

The Arizona Sports Concussion Network says 40% of players receiving a concussion return to the game too soon.

Miami Hardscrabble Series Talk Wednesday Night

Author Jack San Felice is the speaker tomorrow night (Wednesday) at the Miami Library as part of the Miami Hardscrabble series.

San Felice is the author of the new book “Superstition Cowboys,” which is about the first cowboys and their women who pioneered in harsh desert mountain country.

The presentation begins at 7:00.

Bill Would Reduce Use of Interlock
Device for First-Time DUI Offenders

The Arizona Senate is considering a bill to reduce the amount of time that a first time DUI offender will have to have an ignition interlock device.

An ignition interlock device is a breath analyzer that is wired to a car’s ignition. The driver has to blow into the device before the car can be started. If it shows bood-alcohol content above .08, the car won’t start.

Since 2007, a person convicted of DUI has had to have an interlock device for a minimum of one year. A bill sponsored by Sen. Linda Gray would drop that to six months for first time offenders who complete an alcohol or drug education or treatment program. reports that Mothers Against Driving Drunk opposes the bill. They say six months is not enough time for offenders to change their behavior.

Police Log

There was a four vehicle accident yesterday at the Walmart intersection. One driver was cited for failure to control her vehicle to avoid an accident.

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Hill and Sycamore. The vehicle left the scene. The case is under investigation by Globe PD.

Miami Police arrested 22 year old Jacob Napolitano for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Globe Police cited 29 year odl Adam Garcia for excessive speed.

Officers are investigating a hit and run accident at a business on US 60; criminal damage to a vehicle in the area of Oak and Broad Streets; and a harassment report taken at a residence on Escudilla Drive.

Gila County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a stolen vehicle from a residence on Russell Road and a theft report taken in the Ice House Canyon area.


Helen Armer Smith passed away Saturday at Copper Mountain Inn. She was 99. She is survived by her son John Armer; her daughter Sharon Ausloos; 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Helen Smith will be Friday at 9:am at Lamont Mortuary. A Memorial Service begins at 10:00.
Contributions to honor Helen Smith may be made to the Gila County Historical Museum.

Dora Cosen passed away last week at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. She was 82. She is survived by 10 children; her brother; 2 sisters; 49 grandchildren, 69 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
The wake will be tomorrow (Wednesday) at 3:pm at the Dora Cosen residence. Rosary is at 7:00. Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday at 9:am at St. Charles Catholic Church.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Meeting to Keep Boys and Girls Club in Globe

A brainstorming session to try to keep a Boys and Girls club in Globe will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Chamber of Commerce office. Stop by between 5:30 and 6:30pm. The club was originally under the San Carlos charter but that is no longer available.

The Boys and Girls Club was serving 40 youngsters a day with after school programs, and it offered an extensive recreation program last summer.

Public Meetings About Improvements to Cutter Road

The San Carlos Apache Tribe invites the public to attend one of two public meetings about safety improvements to Indian Route 6 and the corresponding Environmental Assessment. The first meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday) at Exhibit Hall in Bylas. The second is on Wednesday at the Council Chambers in San Carlos. Both meetings are from 6 until 8:pm and will include the same information.

The Tribe is conducting a Corridor Analysis report and engineering design plans to improve the safety and accessibility of Indian Route 6, also known as Cutter Road.

This is the second round of public meetings to help inform the public about the project and to receive input.

Roundtable Discussion Tuesday Night

Gila County Supervisor Shirley Dawson hosts another roundtable discussion tomorrow (Tuesday) in the Supervisors’ hearing room at the Gila County Courthouse. The discussion begins at 6:pm. Come early and enjoy a bowl of homemade soup.

Former EDC Director Bob Moffet will be among the guests to talk about efforts to diversify the Southern Gila County economy—including the private prison.

Globe Senior Center Offers CPR Training

Globe Senior Center is offering CPR and First Aid Training today (Tuesday) at 12:30pm. The Center is at 579 S. Broad Street.

Information Session for Post Secondary Financial Aid

A Family Financial Aid Information Night will be held next Tuesday, February 15 in the Miami High School Library. It’s for high school students and their families who are interested in post secondary opportunities. The meeting is from 5 until 6:pm. You’ll learn how to apply for Federal Student Aid, loan and grant opportunities and scholarships.

For more information call Miami High School Counselor Jim Stiles at 425-3271, ext. 1213.

Applications Taken for Clean Elections Commission

Applications are being taken for the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. The Commission oversees a public financing system for political campaigns and promotes voter registration efforts.

Since there are already two Republicans, two Democrats and two Maricopa County residents on the Commission, the current position must be filled by someone outside Maricopa County who is not a member of those two parties.

To apply, go to and click on the button “Click Here to Apply.” The application deadline is February 28.

Chamber Announces Citizens of the Year

The Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award was announced last week at the Dream Manor Inn. This year’s award is shared by Jay Spehar and Mickie Nye.

Spehar was honored for his efforts in area water issues. He served on Globe’s Water Advisory Committee and helped Miami plan a new wastewater treatnment plant.

Nye was cited for his work on the Gila House, which offers transitional living quarters for families, and for the Boys and Girls Club, which offers after school and summer programs for youth.

Miami Council Meets Tonight

Miami Town Council meets tonight (Monday) at 6:30. The agenda includes a Public Hearing on an ordinance that establishes disconnection and reconnection fees of wastewater services. The Council may vote on the ordinance following the Public Hearing.

Police Log

Canyon Fire Department responded to a brush fire Friday afternoon in the creek just off of Alamo Way. The fire was quickly put out.

Globe Police arrested 47 year old Clifford Martin yesterday after a disturbance at a motel on East Ash.

53 year old Richard Owens was arrested last night for DUI.

Officers arrested 21 year old Erick Figaro of Tonto Basin on an assault charge Saturday night at Two Lanes.

36 year old Christopher Myers was arrested Saturday for driving under the influence of drugs.

Miami Police arrested 53 year old Vincent Haupt for hit and run.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft report taken on Russell Road; a property damage report taken at a residence on Lancaster; and an assault that occurred Friday night at the Shamrock Bar.

Globe Police are investigating criminal damage at a residence on Euclid and shoplifting at the Santee Circle K.