Thursday, April 7, 2011

Old Dominion Park and Mining Rocks Festival

A formal dedication program for the Old Dominion Historic Mine Park will take place Saturday at Noon. The park is not quite ready for a full opening but you’ll be able to see the amenities, interpretive signage and several hiking trails.

The Mining Rocks Festival follows the dedication from 1 to 5:pm. Exhibits from mining companies, community agencies, food booths and games are planned. Several of the walking trails will be open and you can either walk the trails yourself or be part of a guided walking tour.

There is no admission charge.

Weather Workshop for Storm Spotters

A free training workshop for people interested in becoming a National Weather Service Storm Spotter will be held Saturday in Globe. It's from 10:am until Noon at Gila County Emergency Services on Apache Avenue. To register call 402-8805.

You will learn how thunderstorms 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. If you like to pay attention to the weather, you’re encouraged to become involved.

For more information visit

Arizona Food Prices Rise in First Quarter

Arizona food prices have risen 5% during the first quarter. The Arizona Farm Bureau Market Basket Survey of 16 basic grocery store items totaled $47.85 in the first quarter. That’s $2.41 more than at the start of the year. Of the items surveyed, six decreased in price and 10 increased.

Bacon showed the largest price increase, a gain of 30%. Other items that increased in price include Russet potatoes, ground chuck, white bread and shredded cheddar cheese. Items that decreased in price include whole milk, sliced deli ham and orange juice.

Genesis Board Meeting Tonight

The Town of Miami Genesis Board meets tonight (Thursday) at 6:00. A quorum of the Miami Town Council may be present.

The agenda includes a review if the first draft of the Genesis bylaws. Alumni members will report on ideas for a five year plan for Miami renovation and progress on a new website. And architect Nick Tsontakis will report on the drawings he has been working on for the amphitheater and lighting at Bullion Plaza.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday afternoon on Highway 60 in front of Fry’s. One person was cited for failure to control speed to avoid an accident.

A patient was taken to the hospital yesterday afternoon after an assault at a residence on Inspiration. An Attempt to Locate was issued for the suspect. The case is under investigation.

Miami Police arrested 26 year old Jaime Pena for conspiracy to commit theft.

Globe Police are investigating a credit card theft and criminal damage to the Copper Spike train on South Broad Street.

A Gila County School Resource Deputy took a report for drugs at Miami High School and a weapon offense at Charles Bejarano School.
A deputy took a report of credit card fraud at a residence on Elam.

Search Continues for Missing Man; Posse Member Dies in Fall

The search continues for 56 year old Mark Alexander of Bear Flats. A neighbor told the Gila County Sheriff’s Office that Alexander left his residence Friday morning in an ATV and hasn’t been seen since.

A 77 year old Gila County Sheriff’s posse member died Tuesday night during the search for Alexander. Larry Woolsey was leading his horse across an old dam in the Bear Flat campground area when he lost his footing and fell on rocks 20 feet below. The other posse members and medical crews were unable to revive him.


Marjorie Etta Grimes passed away Monday at her home in Central Heights. She was 86. She is survived by her son Steve of Central Heights; her daughter Sherry Thompson of Globe; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren.
A graveside service for Marjorie Grimes will be held Saturday at 11:am at Pinal Cemetery in Central Heights.

A Memorial Service for Barbara Freeman will be held today (Thursday) at 11:am at First Christian Church.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Gila County Fair Committee Meets Thursday

The Gila County Fair Committee meets Thursday at 6:pm at the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce.

San Carlos Apache Transit Study Meetings

The Arizona Department of Transportation and San Carlos Apache Transit Services will present two public meetings next Thursday (April 14) about the San Carlos Transit Study. The first meeting is from 1:30 until 3:pm at Albert Goseyun Hall in Bylas. The second meeting is from 5;30 until 7:pm in the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council Chambers.

The Transit Study is part of the Planning Assistance for Rural Areas Program. It will assess the specific needs of the San Carlos Apache Tribal members

Representatives of the project team will provide information and answer questions.

Bill Reduces GCC Funding Even If it Becomes Independent

The Payson Roundup reports that there’s bad news along with the good news that an Arizona House committee has approved a route for Gila Community College to become independent.

The House Higher Education Committee finally made Gila Community College eligible for money other colleges have received for years. But representatives of other community colleges threatened to bury the bill that would have made GCC eligible for $280,000 in workforce development funds. So Sen. Sylvia Allen agreed to amend the bill so that GCC won’t get the base payment received by the state’s other community college districts.

Each year $13 million is divided among the districts. The money goes to support job training and certification programs, like Gila Community College’s nursing program. Other districts oppose adding Gila County and the other provisional district in Santa Cruz County to the pool because it would mean less money for them.This means that Gila County taxpayers won’t benefit from the sales tax surcharge that helps students in the rest of the state.

GCC Board member Thomas Loeffler says that under the terms of the workforce training bill, GCC won’t get the funding even if it becomes independent. Loeffler says this is blatently unfair and urges Sen. Allen to fight for a new amendment when the bill goes to the House floor.

CVRMC Auxiliary Purse and Jewelry Fundraiser April 14

The Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is sponsoring a Purse and Jewelry Sale on Thursday, April 14. It will be from 7:am until 4:pm in the Conference Room. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the hospital and the Auxiliary Scholarship Program.

Police Log

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 25 year old Tiffany Horton on a warrant for forgery, tampering with public records and theft.

Deputies are investigating criminal damage to a business on Ash Street; criminal damage to a vehicle on Mountain View Drive; criminal damage to a vehicle at Pueblo Heights Mobile Home Park; a theft on Lancaster; a harassment report taken on Hospital Drive; and a harassment report taken on Highway 60.

Globe Police cited and released Robert Cano for driving with a suspended license.

Officers are investigating criminal damage to a vehicle on East Oak Street and theft of a license plate at Copper Country Mobile Home Park.


Elsie R. DeAnda of Claypool passed away Monday at Heritage Health Care Center. She was 88. She is survived by her son; 5 daughters; her sister; 3 brothers; 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Rosary for Elsie DeAnda will be Friday at 9:30am and Mass is at 10:00.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Second Saturday Downtown Tours

On Saturday you’ll be able to see behind the scenes at the Globe Post Office during the downtown Globe Second Saturday event. You can also take a tour of the old courthouse, the federal courtroom, the secret passageway and old fallout shelter.

You’ll also be able to see Globe’s first Social Security Office, IRS, Immigration Office and Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The tours are free and will be from 9:am to 4:pm.

Underage Drinking Town Hall

A Town Hall on underage drinking will be held Wednesday night at 6:00 in the Miami High School auditorium.

Teens who attend will be entered into a drawing to win free Prom tickets to the school of your choice for every adult you bring.

Printable Tonto Passes Now Online

Tonto National Forest officials announce that a new Tonto Pass online service is now available. The printable passes are vehicle and date specific. Day-use passes are $6.00, water passes are $4.00, and half- price seniors’ passes are $3.00.

The Tonto Pass is required at more than 50 recreation sites including the Salt and Verde River locations, boat launch ramps, swimming areas and campgrounds. Passes are sold at more than 250 locations.

For the online printable pass, click here.

Crime Victims' Candlelight Ceremony

The Gila County Attorney’s Office of Victim Services invites the public to a candlelight ceremony to honor victims of crimes and their families. It’s part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The ceremony will be Monday (April 11) at 5:15pm at Globe City Hall, just before the Globe City Council meeting. Light refreshments will be provided.

Water Line Maintenance Closes GCC Classes

Due to water line maintenance, the Gila Pueblo Campus in Globe will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday) morning until noon. All Gila Community College classes at the Globe campus before noon tomorrow are canceled.

The Gila Community College San Carlos Campus is closed both today (Tuesday) and tomorrow from 8:am until 5:pm. All classes at the San Carlos Campus today and tomorrow before 5:pm are canceled.

Police Log

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31 year old Justin Alaniz for domestic violence.

Globe Police are investigating a theft on Euclid Avenue and a report of threats at a business on Ash Street.


Georgia B. Fields passed away Friday at her home in Globe. She was 87.
She is survived by her son William Fields of Globe; her brother; and 3 sisters.
Funeral services for Georgia Fields will be private.

Monday, April 4, 2011

GCC Parent Night and Student Orientation

Gila Community College is hosting a Parent Night and Student Orientation on Thursday, April 14. It will be at 6:pm in Gila Pueblo Campus Room 522. The event is for those who have children that are interested in college here or elsewhere, or for students who are thinking about going to college but don’t know where to start.

The topics covered include admissions, placement tests, financial aid, scholarships, online resources, and a discussion of what classes to take to meet your goals. Staff will be on hand after the presentation to answer individual questions.

For more information call 425-8481.

Globe and Miami Band Concert

The Globe and Miami Bands will perform a spring concert Tuesday night at 7:pm at High Desert Middle School.

The admission price is $3, $2 with a student ID.

Globe Senior Center Bake and Spring Cleaning Sale

The Globe Senior Center Bake and Spring Cleaning Sale is this Friday (April 8) from 9:am unbtil 1:pm. Please bring your items to the Center by Thursday for pricing

Supervisors Meet Tuesday

Gila County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday at 10:am. They’ll adopt a Resolution expressing continued support of the Cobre Valley Community Transit program.

The Supervisors will also consider Intergovernmental Agreements with the Arizona Department of Transportation for two half million dollar projects. One would place pedestrian sidewalks along Six Shooter Canyon Road from Remington to Cherokee. The other would put pedestraian sidewalks along Main Street in Globe from Highway 60 to the intercsection of Golden Hill Road.

Another Resolution would declare support of ADOT’s Five Year Construction Plan project for reconstruction and lane additions to the Silver King and Superior Street sections of Highway 60.

The Supervisors will consider a Resolution asking the Arizona Department of Transportation to install either a signalized pedestrian crossing or flashing red lights operable by pedestrians on Highway 60 near Globe High School.

They will also consider an economic development grant for the City of Globe to use in the construction of the Old Dominion Historic Mine Park.

Police Log

One person was flown to Scottsdale Osborne Hospital after an ATV accident yetsrday on Escudilla.

Miami Police arrested 47 year old John Falquez for aggravated assault.

31 year old Nicole Sigmund was arrested on a warrant for possesion of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

41 year old Randy Mikulesky was arrested on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

36 year old Traci Wright was charged with crinminal trespass.

41 year old David Brown was arrested for shoplifting.

58 year old Linda Mitchell was arrested on a warrant for violation of a court order.

Yesterday morning a Globe Police officer tried to get information from a man in the area of Highway 70 and Montecito Drive. 27 year old Jamison Victor tried to flee and then assaulted the officer. Victor was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and an outstanding warrant.

19 year old Emilio Wright of Whiteriver was arrested yesterday for shoplifting at a business on Hill Street.

On Saturday Raymond David Selestewa was arrested for aggravated DUI.

27 year old Tiarra Clark was arrested on Friday for identity theft, credit card theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Five people were arrested Friday night after a fight at Sixth and Ash Streets. 23 year old Montana Barlow was booked into the Gila County Jail for disorderly conduct. 47 year old Dinah Dosela, 30 year old Jesse Contreras, and 41 year old Ralph Francsico were booked, cited and then released for disorderly conduct. Francisco was later arrested again for disorderly conduct and booked into the Gila County Jail after a separate incident at the Express Stop on East Ash. 25 year old Terry Goseyun was booked into the jail for disorderly conduct and a failure to comply warrant.

Officers are investigating criminal damage to the Old Dominion Mine, the Dollar Tree, Church’s Chicken and a residence on North Broad Street

Globe PD is also looking into a report of child abuse taken at the Claypool Safeway; a harassment report taken at Casa De Monte Mobile Home Park; a threats report taken at a residence on Collins; and a report of trespassing at Globe High School.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 40 year old George Snelling for domestic violence/assault and threats and intimidation after a disturbance Friday night on Jefferson Street.

Two people were arrested after a fight at the Shamrock Bar. 29 year old Salvador Russell and 27 year old Gregory Weston were charged with disorderly conduct.

Deputies are investigating a burglary that occurred in the area of Morrow; a stolen 24 foot trailer from Upper Pinal Creek Road; a theft of tools from a construction trailer in the Gila County Courthouse parking lot; a theft on Old Oak Street; a theft from a vehicle that had broken down on highway 60; criminal damge to a residence on Paxton; and criminal damage to a residence on Wilson Street.

On Saturday Mesa Police arrested 56 year old Ramon Contreras of Claypool on a failure to comply warrant for DUI.

On Friday Phoenix Police arrested 38 year old Christopher Ramirez of Globe on a child support warrant.


Thomas Arther Givens of Midland City passed away Thursday. He was 83. He is survived by his son Thomas W. Givens of Midland City; his step daughter Carrie Endicott of Globe; 2 step sons; 2 brothers, including Frank Givens of Miami; and his ex-wife and longtime friend Maxine Liest.
A Memorial Service for Thomas Givens will be held Friday at 11:am at the Claypool Moose Lodge. A potluck lunch will begin at Noon.

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.