Friday, April 29, 2011

Lane Restrictions and Delays on SR 188 Next Week

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The Arizona Department of Transportation will close lanes on a 10-mile segment of State Route 188 between Punkin Center and State Route 87 next week. Maintenance crews will apply rejuvenating oil from Monday to Wednesday (May 2-4) to protect and preserve the pavement.

Crews will work on three to four miles of the highway each day and apply oil to both sides of the roadway. Traffic will be restricted to one lane through the work zone.

Drivers can expect delays of 10 to 15 minutes.

Image:City of Yuma

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident just before noon yesterday in the area of Highway 60 and Main Street.

Globe Police arrested 43 year old Glen Edwards and 41 year old Sheryl Robles after a domestic disturbance on Euclid.

55 year old Michael Coppa and 39 year old Sonya Coppa were arrested for domestic violence after a disturbance on Crestwood Drive.

Officers are investigating a burglary at a residence on Highland Drive and a theft at a business on North Escudilla Drive.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31 year old Desiree Werner on a warrant for probation violation on a charge of aggravated DUI with a child present and domestic violence/assault.

25 year old Jessica Morales was arrested for domestic violence/assault.

Miami Police arrested 21 year old Malorie Tucker for criminal damage.


Justin Lawrence Hooke of San Carlos passed away Sunday. He was 22. He is survived by his parents Samuel and Carol Hooke; and his brother Steven.
The wake for Justin Hooke is tomorrow (Saturday) at 4:pm at the Betty Patten residence.The funeral is Sunday at 1:pm at Burdette Hall.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

AEN Says All Three LD5 Legislators Vote Against Education Funding '100% of the Time'

The Arizona Education Network has identified 59 of Arizona’s 90 state legislators who they say have voted against public education funding 100% of the time in 2011. The list includes all three legislators from Arizona’s District 5: Sen. Sylvia Allen, Rep. Brenda Barton and Representative Chester Crandell.

AEN says the legislators are not telling the truth when they say that they had no other choice but to cut $454 million from schools, community colleges and universities. For one thing, they say Governor Brewer’s original budget had $116 million less in budget cuts.

The group says legislators could work to close $10 billion in tax loopholes to raise more revenue.

For the complete analysis click here.

BTA/Picket Post Mansion Tours This Weekend

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum announces that Picket Post Mansion will be open for tours this Saturday and Sunday from 9:am until 4:pm

This is the first time Picket Post Mansion has been open to the public since the state of Arizona acquired the building in 2008.

Community Health Fair in Hayden

A Community Health Fair will be held Saturday from 10:am until 2:pm at the Hayden High School Gym.

There will be free health screenings, blood pressure checks, childhood immunizations and free prize giveaways.

Arbor Day and Art Show at GCC

Gila Community College invites everyone to the Art Show and Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday from Noon until 5:pm at the Gila Pueblo Campus.

The Art Show feaures a variety of art work by Gila Community College students and instructors.

Tree planting begins at Noon. Live music will be performed by the fish pond. Pinal Mountain Foundation for Higher Education will be selling food to raise money for their scholarship fund.

First Hamburger Fry of the Season Friday Night

The first monthly hamburger fry of the season at the Gila County Historical Museum starts at 5:30 Friday night. The cost of the all-you-can-eat meal is $5 a person.

Funds from the hamburger fry go to museum maintenance.

'The Coarse Acting Show' Begins Friday Night

Performances for the Copper Cities Community Players Spring Theater Production begin tonight. “The Coarse Acting Show” starts at 7:pm Friday, Saturday, and again next Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $15. Call the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts at 425-0884.

Charles Bejarano School Carnival on Friday

The Charles Bejarano Elementary School 2nd Annual Carnival is tomorrow (Friday) from 4 to 8:pm. It includes food, games and a talent show.

Summer Reading Volunteer Meeting

The first meeting for Summer Reading Program volunteers is tomorrow (Friday) at 2:pm at the Globe Public Library.

The program is designed to encourage children in grades 1 through 5 to continue reading during summer vacation.

For more information call 425-6111.

Study Shows Outdoor Recreation Supports 87,000 Arizona Jobs

A new study shows that more than 87,000 Arizona jobs and $370 million in state tax revenues are supported by outdoor recreation.

The study also shows that outdoor recreation indirectly supports another 100,000 jobs and produces $5.3 billion in Arizona retail sales. This is 12% of Arizona’s total retail economy.

The report by two Arizona economists shows that legislative efforts to cut funding for state and national parks, and for land preservation, could especially hurt economies in the state’s rural areas.

Police Log

Gila County Task Force arrested 28 year old Erlinda Ramirez-Gomez for use of dangerous drugs, dangerous drugs for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

28 year old Steven Goss was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs for sale and drug paraphernalia.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36 year old Andrew Marin for domestic violence and disorderly conduct after a dispute between father and son at a residence in Weaver’s Circle.

Globe Police are investigating an assault report taken at a residence on Escalara Street and criminal damage to a vehicle on Apache Street.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cinco de Mayo to be Celebrated on Saturday

This year’s Cinco de Mayo festivities will take place this Saturday in the Old Dominion parking lot in historic downtown Globe. The event is free and runs from 10:am until 10:pm. It’s a cultural celebration of music, food, art and community.


City of Globe Presents 'Old West Days' in May

The City of Globe will present a multi-entertainment event in May called “Old West Days.”

On Saturday, May 7, the Kick Off Dance will be held from 6 to 10:pm at the Drift Inn Saloon. There’ll be music and an old west reenactment group. Admission is $5.

Then on Saturday, May 14, the “Old West Days’ Grand Parade begins at 9:am. This will be followed by a Street Fair on Broad Street at the Old Court House and Historic Railroad Depot. In addition to food, music and other entertainmemt, there will be guided tours of the old jail, courthouse and cemetery.

The Historic “Copper Dust Stampede” Rodeo will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 5:pm and on Sunday at 1:pm.

Relay for Life Meeting May 5

The 2011 American Cancer Society Relay for Life is holding a committee and Team Captain meeting on Tuesday, May 5 in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at the Gila County Courthouse.

The committee meeting starts at 5:pm and the team captain meeting begins at 6.

If you or someone you know has been affected by this terrible disease, come and see how you can help find a cure.

For more information call Gail Lenox at 200-9777.

Police Log

Globe High School was evacuated during the noon hour yesterday after a fire alarm. Someone set off the alarm but there was no fire.

Tri-City and Canyon Fire Departments assisted Globe Fire Department with a dumpster fire behind the Claypool Safeway. The fire was put out and there was no damage to any structures.

Miami Police arrested 34 year old Raynell Pizano on a failure to comply warrant for disorderly conduct-fighting and a child support warrant.

Globe Police arrested 36 yeear old Gerald Bylas on a failure to comply warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

41 year old Shauna Salcido was arrested for shoplifting at AutoZone.

Officers are investigating criminal damage to a vehicle on Turnbull Turn and criminal damage at Globe High School.

Yesterday morning the Gila County Sheriff’s Office recovered a stolen flatbed trailer. 44 year old Jeffrey Spivey was charged with felony theft.

Deputies are investigating a theft of vehicle tags at a residence on Highway 60; a theft of money at the County Recorder’s Office; and a report of trespasing and theft at the Salt River Project Sub-Station on Russell Road. Someone dug under the fence and took copper wire that belonged to APS.


Burnelle Rose Nichols passed away 8unday at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa. She was 83.
Visitation for Burnelle Nichols is tomrorow (Thursday) from 5 to 7:pm at Miles Funeral Services Globe. The funeral is Friday at 2:pm.

David F. Gordon passed away last week. He was 79. He is survived by 4 daughters; his son Randall of Globe; and 2 brothers, including Phillip Gordon of Globe.
Visitation for David Gordon is tomorrow (Thursday) at 9:am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Globe. The funeral is at 10:am.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Miami Rail Rally

The second annual train ride from Globe to Miami and back leaves the Globe depot tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12:Noon. It’s a fundraiser for economic development projects for the Town of Miami. The train will pull into the Miami depot at 1:pm and then return to Globe around 1:30.

It is hoped that the community support for this event will encourage Arizona Eastern Railroad to add Miami to the Copper Spike excursion this fall.

Tickets are $35, which includes a lunch on the train. Call Marlene at 473-4134 to see if there are any seats left.

Landfill Info at Globe Senior Center

April is Keep America Beautiful Month. The Globe Senior Center will have a special presentation on Wednesday from Sharon Winters from the Gila County Landfill. She will talk about what goes into the landfill and how we can reduce the “stuff” that goes there. It starts at 11:30am.

Copper Rim Kindergarten Pre-Registration

Copper Rim Kindergarten Pre-Registration is taking place today (Wednesday) from 9:am until 2:pm at Copper Rim School.

There will be readiness screening, speech screening available, and the school nurse will be there to answer any questions.


Abel James Key, Sr. passed away Saturday at University Medical Center in Tucson. He was 71. He is survived by his wife Maxine; 4 daughters; 2 sons; his sister; 2 brothers; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Abel Key, Sr. will be Thursday at 4:am at the Key residence. Mass will be Thursday at 10:am at St. Charles Catholic Church.

Nomination Deadline Approaching for Nurse of the Year

The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards nomination deadline of May 13 is quickly approaching.

Nurses throughout Arizona may be nominated in one or more of 14 categories. The awards were established to bring awareness to the critical nursing shortage throughout Arizona as well as to support future nurses through scholarship funding.

Nomination forms are available at

The Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, August 27 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.

For more information call 602-287-9923.

Police Log

One person was air lifted to a Valley hospital after a two vehicle accident yesterday morning at Oak and Broad Street.

Miami Police arrested 47 year old Martha Garcia of Phoenix for two Globe warrants for assault and driving with a suspended license.

Globe Police arrested two people early this morning after a family dispute at Copper Country Mobile Home Park. 23 year old Mariah Taraba was charged with domestic assault. 25 year old Thomas Taraba was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Officers are investigating a domestic aggravated assault report and an assault in a separate incident at Globe Mobile Home Park.


Velia Bejarano Rios passed away last week at Heritage Healthcare Center. She was 86. She is survived by her sons David Mesa, Jr. and Daniel Rios of Globe; her brothers Arthur and Gilbert Bejarano of Globe; 2 sisters; 4 half-brothers; her half sister; 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Velia Rios will be Friday at 9:am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and Mass is at 10:00.

Victoria P. Martin of San Carlos passed away last week at Faubush Family Home. She was 75. She is survived by her children Cornelia Bush, and Ricky, Bradley and Mary Jane Martin; 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
Visitation is Friday at 4:pm at the Victoria Martin residence. The funeral is Saturday at 2:pm at San Carlos Miracle Church.

A Memorial Service for J.B. Long will be held this morning (Tuesday) at 10:00 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church.
A reception follows the service.

Monday, April 25, 2011

US 60 Lane Closures Near Florence Junction

The Arizona Department of Transportation has scheduled lane closures on US 60 near Florence Junction beginning Wednesday.

ADOT will apply a coat of rejuvenating oil to the roadway surface on US 60 at Queen Valley Road near Florence Junction. Work crews will direct motorists through the lane closures in the work zone. Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes.

On Wednesday, work will take place on the east and westbound right lanes, and the entrance and exit ramps at Queen Valley Road.

Work on the east and westbound left lanes will take place on Thursday.

Lane closures will be in effect from 8:am to 2:pm.

Chip Sealing in Country Club Manor This Week

The Gila County Roads Division is chip sealing in Country Club Manor this week, Tuesday through Thursday. The road work will be from 7:am to 4:30pm.

The streets affected are Arbor, Cherry Avenue,Country Club Lane, Cyprus, West Elm, First Avenue East, First Avenue West, Fourth Avenue, Palm Lane, Paxton, Paxton West, Rose Lane 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Spruce Street, Second Avenue and Third Avenue.

The County asks that you remove all vehicles from the work area.

If you have any questions call Pat at the Gila County Roads Department at 402-8532.

Globe Senior Center Picnic in the Park

The Globe Senior Center will have its first Picnic in the Park of the year on Tuesday. There’ll be entertainment and games along with cheeseburgers and hot dogs and other picnic goodies.

Call 425-9030 for more information.

Supervisors Work Session Tuesday

Gila County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday morning at 10:00. They’ll discuss the Boards, Commissions and Committees Report and evaluate compliance with applicable statutes, laws, policies and procedures.

Police Log

DPS, Sheriff’s deputies, and Canyon and Tri City Fire Departments responded to a fatal motorcycle accident yesterday morning on Highway 77.

No serious injuries were reported in a one vehicle accident late yesterday afternoon on Russell Road.

Nobody was hurt in accidents Friday on North Broad Street and on South Broad Street at Jess Hayes Road.

Globe Fire Department quickly put out a small brush fire yesterday morning at Mesquite and 7th Streets.

Miami Police arrested 21 year old Adam Shores for assault/domestic violence.

64 year old Richard Otero was arrested for DUI.

Yesterday Globe Police located a vehicle that belonged to a runaway juvenile at an address on East Cedar. The resident—19 year old Aubrey Moran --was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The runaway was referred to the juvenile detention center. Another runaway was located at the same residence. She was returned to her mother.

On Saturday officers arrested 45 year old Lawrence Dorame for disorderly conduct after he threw a bottle that hit a car at Connue’s Store.

45 year old Sandra Rittenbach was arrested Saturday for false reporting to law enforcement.

On Friday night a theft suspect at Walmart fled across the highway into the tailings area of the Freeport mine. Globe PD, Sheriff’s deputies, DPS officers and Freeport Security personnel were unable to locate the suspect. The case is under investigation.

Globe Police arrested 29 year old Jeffrey Werner on a failure to appear warrant for dangerous drugs.

Two people were arrested after a disturbance Friday night at the Drift Inn. 26 year old Matthew Villegas and 26 year old Tony Cruz were charged with disorderly conduct.

45 year old Lorenda Kozie was arrested Friday night for DUI.

Globe Police are investigating a hit and run accident at Jack in the Box; a domestic incident at a residence on South High Street; criminal damage at the Globe Education Center; and criminal damage at the Pickle Barrel.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42 year old Raymond Guevara yesterday for a child support warrant.

On Saturday deputies arrested 33 year old David Martinez at a residence on Lower Glendale for domestic violence, aggravated assault, endangerment, criminal damage and a child support warrant

Friday night Sheriff’s deputies located a vehicle stolen in the Six Shooter Canyon area. 22 year old Jacob Napolitano was charged with theft of means of transportation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies are investigating a report of criminal damage in the area of Paxton and a theft in the area of Main street.


Peter Russell Page of Miami passed away last week at Heritage Healthcare Center. He was 66. He is survived by his wife Dana.
A Memorial Service for Peter Page will be held today (Monday) at 10:30am at Lamont Mortuary.