Friday, March 4, 2011

Arizona Ranked High By Mining Companies

An annual survey of 3,000 mining-related companies around the world ranks Arizona as the fifth most hospitable policy climate for mining in the US. Arizona ranks 25th worldwide. The survey was conducted by the Fraser Institute.

The Arizona Geology blog reports that Arizona ranks high in favorable tax structure, infrastructure, community development and trade barriers. Arizona ranks very high in labor relations and labor supply.

Police Log

Yesterday the Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 54 year old Jessie Palmer for possession of drug paraphernalia.

A deputy conducted a welfare check yesterday afternoon on Spurlock Drive. The person needed medical attention and medical personnel were contacted.

Gila County Rabies Control was contacted after a report of a stray dog that was shot in the area of Hicks Drive. The suspect was cited for animal cruelty.

Globe Police arrested 25 year old Timothy Patterson for a contempt of court warrant.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Antique Show This Weekend

The annual Antique Show sponsored by the Gila County Historical Museum will be held this weekend at Copper Rim School.

The show will be open to the public from 9:am until 5;pm on Saturday and 9 to 4 on Sunday. There is no admission charge to the show, which is being held in conjunction with the Historic Home and Building Tour.

Home Tour and Other Events This Weekend

Several fun events are taking place this weekend along with the Globe Historic Home and Building tour.

The tour itself features stops at several territorial-day homes and historic buildings, along with visits to the antique show and to the Smithsonian exhibit at the Historical Museum. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

A full size replica of Thomas the Tank Engine will be at the Copper Spike Railroad station on Saturday and Sunday, and then again next weekend (March 12 and 13). There’ll be train rides, live music, along with storytelling and other activities for the kids.

Then on Saturday evening, the “Bawdy Broad Street Tour” revisits the history of Globe’s bars and bordellos. Walking tours start at 6:30pm from inside the Old Jail and include a theatrical history talk inside the Old Courthouse. Tickets are $5, or $3 with a Home Tour ticket. Proceeds go to the Historic Main Street Program.

'Native Foods of the Tonto Basin'

“Native Foods of the Tonto Basin” is the topic of the March First Friday program. The presentation by Eddie Colyott starts Friday night at 6:pm at the Miami Library. It relates to the “Foods of America” Smithsonian exhibit now at the Gila County Historical Museum.

Colyott will talk about the very early residents of the Tonto Basin and how they survived on plant growth.

Free Appliance and Metal Discard Saturday at Landfill

The Russell Gulch Landfill will coordinate an old applianace “free day” this Saturday from 6:am until 3:pm.

This will include refrigerators, freezers, washers, dish washers, dryers, portatble trash compactors and water heaters. Other metal items will also be accepted.

The landfill fee for the weight of all appliances will be waived. All other debris will be collected at the regular price.

For more information call the landfill at 425-7470.

Bill to Ban Photo Radar Fails, But Related
Bills Pass

The bill to ban photo radar enforcement in Arizona failed to make it through the state Senate on Wednesday. But the Senate did approve a bill to let voters decide the issue next year.

The Senate also approved a separate bill that says photo radar citations must inform vehicle owners that they don’t have to identify someone else who may have been driving, even if that person is known. The bill also says that a citation recipient is not required to respond to a mailed notice. Action is only required if the motorist is formally served.

Lawmakers refused to ban photo enforcement outright in spite of a plea by Republican Frank Antenori, who says officials care more about cash than crashes. The Arizona Daily Star reports that Antenori accuses cities of trapping motorists with unusually short yellow signals.

Family Justice Bus Coming to Globe

The Family Justice Bus at the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law at Arizona State University will be in Globe on Saturday, March 5. The Family Justice Bus offers free legal advice and self help information relating to bankruptcy, unemplyment insurance, domestic violence, consumer rights, service member rights and income tax preparation. It will be at Holy Angels School from 10:am until 3:pm this Saturday.

Hourly information sessions have been scheduled. You can make appointments for help with income tax preparation and estate planning services to first responder personnel. You can also set up an individuall consultation if you are having problems with unemployment insurance applications or the appeal process.

To RSVP for a presentation or to set up an appointment call (480) 965-4450. For more information go to

Scheduled sessions:

10:am-Unemployment insurance
Noon--Consumer advocacy
1:pm--Domestic violence
2:pm--Civil support for service members

Clean-Up Event at Lower Salt River


A volunteer event to clean up the Lower Salt River bank will take place on Saturday from 8:am until 1:pm.

The Lower Salt River Recreation Area is one of the busiest recreation spots on the Tonto National Forest. Unfortunately many of the vistors leave trash behind that accumulates in the river.

If you would like to help clean up debris floating in the river to help restore its natural beauty, register online, or at the Blue Point Recreation Site at 8:am the morning of the event, March 5. Lunch and beverages will be provided free to volunteers.


Police Log

Miami Police arrested 38 year old Anita Yanora for disorderly conduct, assault and domestic violence.

Globe Police arrested three Mesa men who were trying to sell a genarator in the Fry’s parking lot. The $20,000 generator was taken from a cell phone tower in Mesa. 49 year old Toni Davis, 46 year old Todd Cook and 44 year old William Oldham were arrested for trafficking and possession of stolen property.

Last night officers located a runaway juvenile and returned her to her family. Three people were arrested in connection with the runaway. 49 year old Mason Dawson and 28 year old Joshua Dawson were charged with false reporting to law enforcement. 39 year old George Dawson was arrested for custodial interference.

23 year old Amanda Vining was arrested for shoplifting at Beall’s Outlet.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft from a gas metering station at Freeport McMoRan and a fraud report taken on Javalina Hill.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

State Receives Five Bids for Private Prisons

The Arizona Silver Belt reports that five bidders have submitted proposals to the Arizona Department of Corrections to build and manage private prisons in Arizona.

One of the bidders is Emerald Correctional Management which is proposing to build a 1,000 bed medium security prison near the Gila County Fairgrounds in Globe.

The bidding has closed, but no further information is being released by the Department of Corrections until the bids have been awarded. After that, state law requires the DOC to hold a public hearing at the proposed sites. The meetings will be conducted by the DOC, giving the community the opportunity to voice their support or opposition.


Former Globe resident Roger L. Holiday passed away February 7 in Daly City, California. He was 64.
A Memorial Service for Roger Holiday will be held Saturday at 2:pm at the Globe VFW.

Arizona Senate Passes Bill to Make GCC Independent

The Rim Country Gazette reports that on Tuesday evening the Arizona Senate passed the bill that would allow Gila Community College to become independent.

In a letter to the Gazette’s Blog, GCC Board Member Tom Loeffler thanked the blog’s readers for their help. Loeffler says the Arizona House will vote on the bill in a couple of days.

Arizona Schools Spend Less in Classroom

An Arizona Auditor General’s report shows that Arizona school districts spend less of their operating funds in the classroom than the national average.

KOLD reports that in the 2009-2010 school year, districts spent 55.9% of their total operating dollars in the classroom. That’s about 5% less than the national average.

Arizona districts spent a lower percentage on administration than the national average but a higher percentage on facility operations and student support costs, such as counselors and social workers.

Habitat Surplus House Open on Saturday

The Globe-Miami Habitat for Humanity Surplus House will be open on Saturday from 8:am until 2:pm. It’s at 352 S. Hill Street in Globe, across from the Hill Street Antique Mall.

Police Log

Two people were arrested after a domestic disturbance late last night on South East Street. 20 year old Jose Dorame was charged with domestic violence/disorderly conduct and 18 year old Rachel Green was arrested for domestic violence/assault.

The suspect in a hit and run accident yesterday evening on High Street was located a short time later. 52 year old Daniel Castro was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Gila County Task Force agents arrested 54 year old Daniel Singh for possession of drug paraphernalia and endangerment, and a child support warrant.

A Gila County Sheriff’s deputy arrested 28 year old John Monsees for driving with a suspended license.

Deputies are investigating a theft at a residence on Walliman Road and criminal damage to a fence at a residence on Highway 77.

Globe Police are investigating a hit and run accident that occurred in the Cobre Village Apartments parking lot and a theft report from a downtown business.


James Michael Priest of Globe passed away Sunday. He was 48. He is survived by his sons Casey, Darin and Matthew Priest; his sisters Estelle Belarde and Michelle Moran; and his brother Stan.
Servics for James Priest will be private.

Walter Fish, Sr. of San Carlos passed away February 20 at Heritage Health Care Center. He was 79. He is survived by his daughters Martha Case, and Sharon and Sandra Fish; his sons Walter Fish, Jr, and Alvin and Michael Fish; 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
The wake for Walter Fish, Sr. is Thursday at 4:pm at the Fish residence. The funeral is Friday at 2:pm at Burdette Hall.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hardscrabble Series Features Roosevelt
Dam Presentation

The Second Wednesday program on March 9 will feature Richard Powers talking about the history of Theodore Roosevelt Dam.

Powers is a local author and historian who was involved with the renovation of the dam and reconstruction of Apache Trail while working for the Arizona Department of Transportation. His presentation includes old photographs and some vintage 1918 film clips.

The program starts at 7:pm next Wednesday (March 9) at the Miami Library.

Globe Library Celebrates
Dr. Suess's Birthday

Globe Public Library is celebrating Dr. Suess’s birthday this Wednesday. The birthday party is from 3:30 until 5:30pm with cake, crafts, stories and more.

For more information call the library at 425-6111.


Valentina Dawn Jagles of San Carlos passed away Friday at San Carlos Indian Hospital. She was 2 months old. She is survived by her parents Vincent Jagles, Jr. and Francesca Small; 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
The wake for Valentina Jagles will be Saturday from 6:am until Noon at Velda Goode’s residence. The funeral is at 1:pm at San Carlos Miracle Church.

Globe Library Offers Beginning Computer Classes

Globe Public Library will be offering beginning computer classes for adults. The classes will start Tuesday, March 15 from 11:am until Noon or on Thursday, March 17, from 2:30 until 3:30. The classes will be every Tuesday or Thursday for six weeks. Sign up at the Globe Public Library.

The classes are made possible by a grant from the Arizona State Library.

For more information call 425-6111.

Supervisors Meet Today

Gila County Board of Supervisors meets this morning (Tuesday) at 10:00. There’s a Public Hearing on an amendment to the Gila County Planning and Zoning Ordinance to allow for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation sites.

The Supervisors will proclaim March 18 as the Centennial Anniversary of the official dedication of Theodore Roosevelt Dam and March 12 as “March for Babies Day” in Gila County.

They will also select Redistricting Advisory Committee members and alternates.

Police Log

Yesterday morning Gila County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on Russell Road where a vehicle was stolen. Later in the day the vehicle was located on Forest Servoce Road 55 in the Pinal Mountains. The car was not damaged and was returned to the owner.

31 year old Anthony Guerra was arrested yesterday on a child support warrant.

Globe Police were dispatched to a business on Hill Street to a possible domestic dispute. 46 year old Anthony Duane was arrested on a contempt of court warrant.

A student at Liberty High School was referred to juvenile probation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

A car hit a wall on Jess Hayes Road and then left the area without contacting the owner. The case is pending contact with the suspect.

Officers are investigating a telephone harassment report taken at a residence on North Broad Street.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a stolen horse trailer at the Cattle Growers Association.


“Dan” Radanovich passed away Sunday at his home in Miami. He was 96. He is survived by his wife Violet; his daughter Diana Levy; his son Robert; and 3 grandchildren.
Visitation for Dan Radanovich will be tomorrow (Wednesday) from 5 to 7:pm at Lamont Mortuary. The funeral is Thursday at 11:am.
The family requests that memorials be made to Serbian Cemetery c/o David Rogers,1525 E. Birch Street, Globe 85501

Monday, February 28, 2011

Copper Cities Players To Hold Auditions on March 10

The Copper Cities Community Players will hold auditions for the 2011/2012 season on Thursday, March 12 at 7:pm. Auditions for actors and musicians will be held in the Old Courthouse Theater on the third floor of the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.

They also need to fill numerous positions for back stage and production help. For more information call 425-8111.

If you can’t make the March 10 audition, another date can be arranged.

County Supervisors Oppose SB1411

County Supervisors across the state are expresing alarm over proposed legislation that weakens their authority over county budgets.

A Gila County press release says that Senate Bill 1411 strips boards of supervisors of their ability to oversee the budgets of county elected officials including sheriff’s, attorneys, treasurers, recorders and clerks of the court. The bill would replace it with limited authority to “approve and appropriate” those budgets.

The bill also gives elected officers in large counties new authority to enter into contracts, make purchases, and establish salary and personnel policies for their offices. These functions are currently managed by board policies across all county departments to maximize efficiency and reduce duplication.

The Gila County Board of Supervisors urges state lawmakers to allow county elected officials to work together to resolve their differences rather than changing state law that would lead to further conflict and reduce transparency.

Senate Bill 1411 was passed by the Senate Government Reform Committee on February 16 and will next be considered by a vote of the full senate.

Miami Council Meets Tonight

Miami Town Council meets tonight (Monday)at 6:30. They’ll consider a Resolution supporting an Arizona Senate bill allowing Gila County Provisional Community College to become a Community College District. They’ll also consider a Resolution supporting the Cobre Valley Community Transit 2012 budget.

The Council will consider accepting a $1.65 million WIFA loan for the watewater system and a consent agreement with the Gila County Attorney’s Office relating to violations of Arizona Open Meeting Laws.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident Friday around noon at Ash and Hackney Streets. One driver was cited for failure to control a vehicle to avoid an accident.

There was a a two vehicle non-injury accident Friday morning at Woodward and Russell and a one vehicle non-injury accident Friday evening at Oak and Broad Streets.

Miami Police arrested 24 year old Mariah Taraba for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Yesterday Globe Police arrested 29 year old Charles Minchew for possession of drug paraphernalia and a child support warrant.

50 year old Allen Tolman was arrested for failure to appear for 7 counts of aggraved DUI.

18 year old Shanece Irving was arrested for underage consumption.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office cited and released 31 year old Waylon Cobb for driving with a suspended license.

Saturday night Globe Police arrested 38 year old James Martin and 37 year old Marjorie Curry for organized retail theft in connection with shoplifting from Walmart.

Saturday afternoon officers arrested 32 year old John Prall on 2 failure to appear warrants for burglary and theft.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21 year old James Royse for domestic violence/disorderly conduct.

On Friday the Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24 year old Scott Powell on a warrant for disorderly conduct.

29 year old Charles Schlink was arrested on 4 bad check warrants.

Globe Police are investigating a sexual assault report; a domestic assault report taken at a business on East Ash; an assault report taken after a fight Friday night at the Drift Inn; and a theft from a residence on Main Street.

Gila County Sheriff’s office is investigating an attempt to sell drugs to a juvenile on Golden Hill; an attempted burglary and trespass report taken at a residence on Montecito; and criminal damage to a vehicle on Inspiration.


Long time area resident Dan Radonovich passed away Sunday morning at his home in Country Club Manor.
Funeral arrangements are pending.