Friday, April 1, 2011

Globe Parks and Rec Committee Meets Monday

The City of Globe Parks and Recreation Committee meets Monday night at 6 in the Globe Municipal Building conference room.

The committeee will discuss plans for Old West Days and Cinco de Mayo. They’ll also discuss tourism support ideas, including scenic byway designation.

Gila County Redistricting Forum April 12

Gila County Recorder Sadie Tomerlin invites the public to the Gila County Redistricting Forum on Tuesday, April 12 from 9:am until 3:pm. Arizona Election Director Amy Bjelland and Maricopa County Election Director Karen Osbourne will be the special guests.

Space is limited so if you would like to attend, RSVP by April 6. Call 402-8735.

Work on Ice House Canyon Bridge Next Week

Starting Monday (April 4) and continuing through Thursday, work will be done on the Ice House Canyon Bridge. Please be careful and obey all posted traffic signs when traveling in the Ice House construction area.

On Wednesday (April 6) water will be turned off on Ice House Canyon Road and Six Shooter Canyon Road from 8:am until Noon. They will be working on the water line.

Miami Council Special Meeting Saturday

Miami Town Council is having a Special Meeting tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:30pm at Besh Ba Gowah. The meeting includes a review of Town Council Rules and Procedures; a discussion of the status and future of the Miami Volunteer Fire Department; and discussion about developing a theme for branding and marketing the Town of Miami.

Police Log

There was a multiple vehicle accident yesterday morning around 7:30 at Miami High School. A car collided into eight parked, unoccupied cars. The driver was airlifted to a Valley hospital. There were no injuries to Miami High School students or staff. The case is under investigation.

The driver was gone when a Sheriff’s deputy responded to a single vehicle accident yesterday morning in the Silver Hills area. The car was towed and the case is under investigation.

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday morning on Highway 60 at Mile Post 248. A driver was cited for failure to control a vehicle to avoid an accident.

One driver was cited after a two vehicle non-injury accident at Ash and Cedar Streets.

Globe Police arrested 25 year old Tyler Scott at a traffic stop for driving with a suspended license. Scott was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Miami Police arrested 31 year old Nichole Sigmond for failure to appear on a charge of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

41 year old Randy Mikulesky was arrested for probation violation on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 30 year old Erica Robles for forgery, identity theft and fraudulent schemes.

Deputies are investigating a burglary at a residence on Hermosa Vista

Globe Police are investigating a harassment report taken at High Desert Middle School.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Opening Day


It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.
--A. Bartlett Giamatti

A Great and Glorious Game


Rummage and Burro Sale Friday and Saturday

The Knights of Columbus Rummage and Burro sale is going on Friday and Saturday from 8:am until 1:pm. The money raised will be used to help build their new hall.

If you’d like to place an order for burros call 425-4323.

Local Geology Featured at First Friday Program

The First Friday Program at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum this Friday features a talk about the geology of the local area. The speaker is Ben Henderson, a geologist with Resolution Copper. It starts at 6:pm.

First Friday programs are free. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Arizona Cancer Rates Lowest in the Nation

Arizona has the lowest cancer rates in the country. A report from the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control says Arizona has the lowest incidence of all cancers combined among men and women; the lowest rate of cancers in men; and the second lowest rate of cancers in women.

The Arizona Republic reports that even though Arizona cancer rates are low, more people in Arizona are diagnosed at later stages, emphasizing the need for early prevention and education.

Miami Wastewater Advisory Board Meets Today

The Town of Miami Wastewater Advisory Board meets today (Thursday) at 4:pm.

Topics of discussion include the Open Meeting Law Training, the scheduled USDA site visit to Miami on April 15, and the recent approval of the second WIFA $1.65 million loan.

Police Log

Globe Police located a runaway juvenile from a residence on Lincoln Way. The juvenile was booked, cited and released to her guardian.

A trailer broke loose and landed in a ditch on Manzanita. The vehicle left the scene. The case is under investigation.

Officers are also investigating a stolen vehicle report.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Blog Archive: 'Photo' Radar Scam

(Originally posted October 22, 2010)

Ignite Phoenix #6 - "Welcome to Arizona, the surveillance state"

Presenter - Ross Trumble:

Photo Radar was forced on the people of Arizona, promising safer roads. Instead it made roads less safe, conflicts existing law, clogs up courts & frustrates citizens with a flawed state wide VIDEO RECORDING system. Lobbyists, missteps & broken promises from AZ Government have allowed it to continue, but a citizens initiative aims to eliminate it.

More info:

Photo Enforcement in Globe Starts April 1

The City of Globe announces that the Redflex photo enforcement cameras will be activated at 12:01am.

The cameras are located at Highway 60 and Ragus Road, the Highway 60/188 junction at Kaiser Crossing; Highway 60 and Main Street (Central Heights), the Highway 60/70 junction and Highway 60 at Third Street. There will also be a mobile unit that can be used in residential areas as well as on the highway.

There will be a 30 day warning period. Violators during this period will receive warnings by mail. After that, violators will be issued citations.

Kirkpatrick to Run for Congress Again

Former Arizona District 1 Representative Ann Kirkpatrick says she plans to run for Congress again in 2012. Kirkpatrick lost to Republican Paul Gosar last year.

She told the Arizona Republic that she hopes the 2012 political climate will be more hospitable to her candidacy because it is a presidential year and will probably have a bigger voter turnout.

Arizona’s congressional districts will be redrawn this year to accommodate an additional House seat that the state is getting because of its population growth. This could significantly change the 1st Congressional district. But since Kirkpatrick and Gosar are both from Flagstaff, they’ll most likely be in the same district.

Gila County Least Healthy in Arizona

A study that measures the health of Arizona residents shows that Gila County is once again the least healthy county in the state. Santa Cruz County is the healthiest.

The 2011 County Health Rankings were released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They found that Gila County residents are more than two times more likely to die a premature death than those living in Santa Cruz County.

The study also shows that 24% of Gila County adults smoke. That compares to 17% in Santa Cruz County.

The five healthiest counties in Arizona are Santa Cruz, Yuma, Maricopa, Coconino and Pima.

Sheriff's Office to Honor Dispatchers April 10-16

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center will honor the vital role played by 9-1-1 dispatchers during National Telecommunications Week April 10-16.

Throughout the week small gifts will be delivered to express gratitude to the 20 dedicated Gila County dispatchers who work around the clock, all year long to support the deputies and firefighters in the field and help keep the public safe.

Globe School Board Retreat Tonight

Globe School Board is having a public Board Retreat today (Wednesday) from 5:30 until 9:30pm. It’s at High Desert Middle School, Room 419.

Topics to be discussed include the Open Meeting Law; an update on the High School Math program; the High Desert Middle School and Globe High School schedules; survey results concerning a 4 day week; and Board Evaluation.

Police Log

Miami Police arrested 41 year old David Brown for shoplifting.

Globe Police arrested 20 year old James Tower at a traffic stop for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A passenger was referred to juvenile probation for underage consumption.

Globe Police are investigating a case of possible identity theft.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an assault that occurred at Four Star Mobile Home Park and a report of someone dumping a bag of dead puppies.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Friday Last Day to Nominate Teacher of the Year

Friday is the last day to nominate teachers to be Gila County Teacher of the Year. Applications are available at the Gila County School Superintendent’s Office or online at

The Teacher of the Year program recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 professional educators from public and charter schools who have made outstanding academic contributiions to Gila County’s school aged children.

One winner will be selected from each of five categories. The Teacher of the Year will be chosen from the five category winners and will be Gila County’s nominee for the Arizona Rural Schools Association’s Teacher of the Year.

For more information call 402-8783.

Humane Society Thrift Store Book Sale

The High Desert Humane Society Thrift Store and Boutique is having a book sale Wednesday through Saturday. All books are 25 to 50 cents and there are hundreds of books to choose from.

Store hours are 10:am until 4:pm.

Copper Rim Kindergarten Pre-Registration

Pre-registration and screening for next year’s kindergarten classes takes place on Wednesday from 9 until 2 at Copper Rim School.

Police Log

Globe Police arrested 20 year old Paula Hernandez for driving with a suspended license.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 38 year old Nikki Hernandez for driving with a suspended license, an expired plate and speeding.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of threats and a burglary at a residence on Pinal Canyon Drive.

Globe Police are investigating criminal damage to playground equipment at Copper Rim School; criminal damage to a residence on South Devereaux; and a burglary from a vehicle on Mesquite Street.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Supervisors Meet Tuesday

Gila County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday at 10:am. The Workshop includes a discussion of the County’s possible application for Arizona Public Service Company’s Solar for Schools and Government program. The Supervisors will also discuss the Arizona Open Meeting Law and an amendment to the Planning and Zoning Ordinance concerning medical marijuana.

Chamber Accepting Business of the Year Nominations

Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Small Business of the Year Award.

The award is given to a Chamber business member who has demonstarted sound business practices, community service and customer service. Letters of nomination will be accepted along with the form.

The winner will be announced at the annual dinner in June.

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office or online at

Monday Classes Canceled at Gila Pueblo Campus

All classes at the Gila Community College Gila Pueblo Campus are canceled today (Monday) due to the City of Globe’s maintenance work on the water main. Other GCC campuses and facilities are not affected, including the Wellness Center and Occupational Training Center.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident yesterday afternoon on Highway 60.

There were no injuries in a two vehicle accident Friday morning on Highway 60 near Radanovich Blvd.

Miami Police arrested 40 year old Adrian Duran for assault/domestic violence.

Globe Police arrested 21 year old Rory Cutter at a residence on Bancroft for criminal damage.

23 year old Armando Garcia was arrested for disorderly conduct last night after a fight at the Drift Inn.

On Friday officers arrested 25 year old George Barnes for domestic violence and criminal damage after a disturbance at a residence on North Broad Street.

40 year old Jamie Sanford was arrested for domestic assault after a disturbance on Escudilla.

There was a fight late Friday night at the Hunter Drive Circle K. The people involved were gone when officers arrived but one of the vehicles was located a short time later. 40 year old William Slack was arrested for DUI.

35 year old Joseph Spottedtail was arrested for disorderly conduct at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center.

42 year old Dennis Umphenour was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Officers are investigating criminal damage to a residence on East Carico.

Last night Gila County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 51 year old Marjori Ollson at a residence on Daybreak Drive for domestic violence/assault/criminal damage/threats and intimidation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

23 year old Rodney Spotted Elk was arrested Saturday night for domestic violence/assault and endangerment after a disturbance on Monroe Place.

The Boy Scout who was missing near the Timber Camp area was located Friday morning by a DPS Ranger. He was OK.

Deputies are investigating a stolen vehicle; a theft at a residence on Central Avenue; and a theft at a residence on Golden Hill.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24 year old Daniel Allen of San Carlos on a contempt of court warrant for criminal trespass.

Miami Council Meets Tonight

Miami Town Council is having a Workshop tonight (Monday) at 5:30, followed by a Special Meeting at 6:30.

During the Workshop, the Council, the Water Advisory Board, Genesis Board and Fiesta Committee will particpate in Open Meeting Law Training presented by the L:eague of Arizona Cities and Towns. This is required by the Consent Agreement with the Gila County Attorney’s Office.

The Special Meeting at 6:30 includes an ordinance that prohibits public parking in certain areas and on the bridges on Miami. Keystone, Inspiration, Cordova and Reppy Avenues and the depressed crossing on Forest Avenue. The Council will also approve the Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Globe extending the Emergency Fire Agreememt for another six months.


Buster W. Leep passed away Friday. He was 73. He is survived by his wife Billie; 2 sons; 2 daughters, including Sharon Listiak of Claypool; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service for Buster Leep will be held Saturday at 2:pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Kearny. A celebration of Buster’s life will follow the service in the reception hall.