Thursday, June 16, 2011

No New Posts for a Few Days

I will be away from the station for a few days.
New posts on this blog will resume on Monday or Tuesday. Please check back then.

Miami School Board Meets Monday

Miami School Board meets Monday at 6:30pm in the Miami High School Library. There will be a Public Hearing on the Proposed Operating Budget for 2011-2012.


Eleanor Rees Hesketh passed away last week at Heritage Health Care Center. She was 89. She is survived by 4 children, including Ed Hesketh of Globe; her sister; her brother; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchuildren.
A Memorial Service for Eleanor Hesketh will be held on Saturday, June 25 at 11:am at First Christian Church.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Dylan Earven Foundation or to the charity of your choice.

Intermediate Computer Classes

Globe Public Library is partnering with the Globe Senior Center to provide an Intermediate Computer class. Contact the Library or the Senior Center at 425-9030 to see if there are still openings available.

'Monsoon Season' Is Here

Arizona’s monsoon season officially began on Wednesday.

Until a few years ago, the monsoon season was defined by weather conditions—three straight days of average dewpoints above 55 degrees. But meteorologists decided that there should be a specific season, much like the hurrican season. They decided on June 15 to September 30.

National Weather Service meteorologists say they expect at least an average monsoon season, possibly a little stronger than average.

Arizona Considers Repeal of Emission Rules

A proposal from Governor Brewer and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality would repeal Arizona’s tough vehicle emissions standards. Public News Service reports that under federal law, states can choose to follow the national EPA standards or the more strict California emission rules. Arizona and 12 other states follow the California emission rules.

The state is claiming that the federal standards are similar to the California standards but the benefits of keeping the California rules don’t justify the higher cost.

Arizona Public Interest Research Group Director Diane Brown says the state should be implementing not repealing clean air programs.

Gila County and Yuma County have received an “F” for ozone pollution along with the two metropolitan counties. Brown says clean cars produce less air pollution which reduces health problems, such as asthma attacks.

A public hearing on the repeal of the Arizona Clean Cars Program will be held on June 21 in Phoenix.

Police Log

There was an injury accident last night in the Fry’s parking lot. The case is pending further investigation.

Two people were arrested after a disturbance yesterday morning in the area of Connie’s Store. 36 year old Gabriel Allen of San Carlos and 40 year old Sharolena Armstrong of Pinetop-Lakeside were arrested for aggravated assault.

Globe Police are investigating a burglary at a business on East Ash and criminal damage to a vehicle at a residence on Birch Street.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31 year old Joshua David for criminal damage, assault and disorderly conduct/domestic violence after a disturbance at Sunrise Mobile Home Park.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Greenwaste Fees Waived June 25 and July 2

The Russell Gulch Landfill is waiving landfill fees for greenwaste on two upcoming Saturdays. This will allow residents to clear their property of weeds and brush to protect their homes from fire danger.

On Saturday, June 25 and Saturday, July 2, greenwaste will be accepted from residents at no charge, excluding commercial haulers. Greenwaste includes tree limbs, pine needles, brush, grass clippings, weeds and leaves. All other trash will be charged the regular price.

Russell Gulch Landfill hours are 6:am until 4:pm Monday through Saturday. The landfill is closed Sundays and on Monday, July 4.

Sanitary District Boards of Directors Meeting

Tri City Regional Sanitary Districts Boards of Directors will meet Monday (June 20) at 5:pm at the Cobre Valley Country Club.The public is invited.

Police Log

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 25 year old Charles Fee for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after an incident at Pueblo Heights Mobile Home Park.

Deputies are investigating a theft of a weapon at a residence on Apache Hills Lane.

Globe Police arrested 42 year old James Lyman on a failure to appear warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

45 year old Frank Araujo was charged with disorderly conduct/domestic violence after an incident early yesterday afternoon at US 60 and Ragus Road.

Officers are investigating a theft of mail at a residence on Collins.


Eugene F. Deatherage passed away Monday at his home in Claypool. He was 78. He is survived by his wife Nancy; 4 children, including Darryl Deatherage and Cathy Ruiz of Globe; his sister; and 2 brothers.
Funeral services for Eugene Deatherage will be private.

Criste S. Kelsey passed away June 8 at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. She was 54. She is the daughter of Rod and Harryette Weinberg.
Funeral services for Criste Kelsey will be private.

Betty Jane Bush passed away June 5 at her home in Miami. She was 79. She is survived by her brother and her niece.
Funeral services for Betty Jane Bush will be private.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

VA Benefits Counselors in Globe

The Veterans Administration is offering a new service to Globe-Miami military veterans. VA Benefits Counselors will be at the DES office in Central Heights on the third Tuesday of every month.

To make an appointment call the Chandler office at 480-558-2052. Or call 1-800-252-8387. Appointments are from 10:am until 2:pm.

Heritage Hosts Community Barbecue July 1

Heritage Health Care is hosting a community barbecue on Friday, July 1 from 10:30 am until 1:30pm. They invite everyone to dress in their favorite red, white and blue and help the residents of Heritage Health Care kick off the holiday weekend. They’ll provide hamburgers, chips and snacks for everyone who attends. The activities include a watermelon eating contest, face painting, a cake walk, music and carnival games.
For more information call 425-3118.

GCC Reverts to Old Tuition Schedule

Gila Community College Governing Board has reversed its decision to alter the tuition schedule.

The Payson Roundup reports that instead of charging $88 a credit hour, the board reverted to the former schedule, which gives a discount to students who take between two and six credit hours.

At its meeting last week the board did agree to add a 25% tuition increase and charge seniors 60 and older 25% of the $88.

The new schedule should bring in an additional $350,000 with additional money from charging seniors partial tuition. This will still fall short of filling a $630,000 deficit. Senior Dean Stephen Cullen says he hopes additional enrollment will make up the difference.

ADOT: Several Highway Closures Still Exist Due to Wallow Fire

Information from ADOT:
The Arizona Department of Transportation wants to remind travelers that several highways remain closed due to the Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona and travel in the area should be avoided.

While fire conditions have improved in the region, the following closures on state highways remain in effect:

State Route 260 is closed from the Hawley Lake turnoff to the South Fork junction (mileposts 369-390).

US 191 is closed between Alpine and north of Clifton (milepost 176-253).

State Routes 261 (mileposts 395-413) and 273 (mileposts 378-394), the main access roads to Big Lake and Crescent Lake in the White Mountains, are closed.

SR 373 that connects the town of Greer with SR 260 west of Eagar is closed (mileposts 386-391).

US 180 is closed between the SR 260 junction near Eagar and the New Mexico state line (mileposts 403-433).

In southern Arizona, SR 366 is closed at milepost 118 leading up to Mount Graham (milepost 143) near Safford after the U.S. Forest Service determined the risk of wildfire is too extreme to allow access.

State Route 289 near Rio Rico in southern Arizona has reopened. It was closed on June 4 due to the Murphy Fire.

Drivers in these areas are advised to watch for fire crews and to be alert for reduced visibility as a result of smoke.

ADOT estimates nearly 200 miles of state highways remain closed due to wildfires burning across Arizona or due to the threat of wildfires.

Additional information on the Wallow Fire can be obtained through the Arizona Division of Emergency Management at To stay up-to-date on the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 5-1-1.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday evening at Highway 60 and Main Street. One driver was cited for failure to control a vehicle to avoid an accident.

A one vehicle accident occurred last night in the area of Silver Street. A report was taken.

A Gila County Sheriff’s deputy took a missing person report. 56 year old Tom Troxell was entered into the national computer.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft report taken at a residence on Bixby Road.

Details of Friday Night Incident

Globe Police have released the details of an incident Friday night that began with an attempted assault at the Drift Inn and ended up in a pursuit through Globe and on Highway 77.

30 year old David Scott was asked to leave several times by the owner of the Drift Inn after being disorderly. Scott attempted to assault the owner in the parking lot as he was being escorted out of the building and was injured in the process.

While still investigating the incident, officers located Scott in a vehicle in the Two Lanes parking lot. When the officers attempted to contact him, Scott fled the scene and led officers on a pursuit through Globe to Highway 70 and then to State Route 77, south toward Tucson. Scott continued to flee officers by entering the Pipeline Recreational Area. He was apprehended at the far end of Six Shooter Canyon Road near China Town.

Scott required medical treatment for the attempted assault and was taken to Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. After he was released from the hospital, Scott was booked into the Gila County Jail for unlawful flight from law enforcement. Additional charges of disorderly conduct, attempted assault and driving under the influence are pending review by the prosecutors office.


Anita M. Sandoval passed away June 4 at her home in Globe. She was 66. She is survived by 3 children; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Rosary for Anita Sandoval will begin at 9:30am Saturday at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Magma Mine Reclamation Projects

Resolution Copper says it is proceeding with voluntary reclamation on the old Magma Mine outside Superior.

In its quarterly newsletter, the company says it is re-contouring the landscape to improve drainage and water collection. The company is also covering tailings and rock piles with three feet of rock and soil. After that they will hydro-seed the area with a mixture of mulch, fertilizer, water, seeds from native vegetation and a bonding agent. When the vegetation takes hold, this will prevent erosion and keep moisture away from old mining waste.

Resolution also reported on treatment of water from the historic Magma Mine shaft. The water is being treated, tested and then transported through a 27 mile pipeline to the New Magma Irrigation and Drainage District, where it is blended with Central Arizona Project water to irrigate 5,000 acres of Arizona farmland. Resolution says that to date they have delivered more than 1.6 billion gallons of water.

You'll find more details here.

(Via Arizona Geology)

Globe Prison Initiatives Have Enough Signatures to Go on March 2012 Ballot

Members of the Globe ballot initiatives campaign announce that they have received 586 signatures so far. This is more than the number required to place the initiatives on the ballot in Globe’s next regular election in March of 2012.

The ballot initiatives require voter approval of any new prison project constructed in Globe.

Volunteers will continue to collect signatures for several more days.

You may sign the ballot initiative at United Jewelry or at the Pickle Barrel Trading Post.

You may also register to vote at these two downtown shops at the same time you sign the ballot initiatives.

Water Will Be Turned Off Tuesday in Parts of Globe

The City of Globe will turn off the water in parts of Globe tomorrow (Tuesday) morning while crews replace a 6” water valve.

The water will be off for about 6 hours starting at 4:am, affecting Santee Street, Gillette Street, Side Street and Blake Street, between Broad and Gleason Street.

Tonto Forest Increases Fire Restrictions

Tonto National Forest has increased fire restrictions due to drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger. Most types of fire or fire-causing activities are prohibited.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal burning device is prohibited.

Restrictions also apply to smoking outside of a cleared area, operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without spark-arresting devices, or discharging firearms except in taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.

Use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns and heating devices is allowed, and some developed campgrounds are exempt from the restrictions.

Miami Council Meets Tonight

Miami Town Council meets tonight (Monday) at 6:30. They’ll appoint a new councilmember to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Chuy Canizales. They’ll also appoint a new member to the Board of Directors of the Municipal Property Corporation to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Paul Licano.

The agenda includes a Citizen’s Review of a Zoning Ordinance decreasing the minimum separation requirement for Medical Marijuana Favilities to 250 feet from the nearest residence. Members of the public will be given an opportunity to express issues or concerns they may have about the proposed amendment.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident Saturday afternoon near Connie’s Store. One driver was cited for failure to control a vehicle to avoid an accident.

Miami Police arrested 47 year old John Falquez, Sr. and his son 26 year old Jon Falquez II for domestic violence and assault.

Last night Globe Police arrested 41 year old Charles Houston of Mesa for disorderly conduct and criminal damage after a fight at McDonalds.

18 year old Deidra Hickman was arrested yesterday afternoon for trespassing and disorderly conduct at Jack in the Box.

49 year old Pedro Garcia and 44 year old Maria Garcia were arrested for theft last night after going through the Salvation Army donation box.

24 year old Amber Lucero was arrested Saturday morning for domestic violence/criminal damage after a domestic dispute on East Oak.

Globe Police arrested 24 year old Dylan Fuller Saturday night for domestic violence at a residence on Linda Vista Drive.

19 year old Angel Cutter was arrested in connection with a burglary on Bancroft.

Friday night Globe Police arrested 25 year old James Roberts for criminal damage.

30 year old David Scott was arrested for felony flight after a fight in the Two Lanes parking lot.

36 year old Sandra Brewer was arrested on failure to pay warrants for disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.

37 year old Nora Peru was arrested on warrants for child support and failure to comply for driving with a suspended license.

Officers were dispatched to a business on North Broad Street about a man who wouldn’t calm down. The man became injured and was taken to Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center where he was treated for a self inflicted injury. A report was taken for criminal damage.

Globe Police are investigating an assault report; a hit and run accident that occurred Saturday morning at Broad and Cottonwood; and a burglary at a residence on Blake Street.

On Saturday the Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23 year old Christopher Castaneda on a failure to comply warrant for assault, and threeats and intimidation.

70 year old Francisco Ortiz was cited and released for DUI.