Friday, July 15, 2011

ADOT Receives Funding for Crosswalk


The Arizona Department of Transportation has received federal funding for the design of a crosswalk signal on US 60 at Globe High School. Once it is installed, the signal will be activated when a pedestrian pushes a button. The signal will gradually stop traffic with yellow flashing lights followed by a red light. Once traffic stops in both directions, the pedestrian is signaled to walk safely across the street. Sensors allow the signal to turn green when the pedestrian has completely crossed the road.

ADOT still needs to go through the design process required by federal funding Then it will need federal approval to start the bidding and construction phase of the project.

In the meantime ADOT has updated and installed new and more prominent signing and striping at the intersection.


Miami Council Meets Monday

Miami Town Council meets Monday at 6:30pm. There will be a Public Hearing on Miami’s application to USDA Rural Development for funding assistance for the development of the Miami Wastewater Collection System Project.

The Council will also adopt the Final Budget for the next fiscal year.

Freeport McMoRan Morenci Agrees to Settlement

Freeport McMoRan Morenci has agreed to a $150,000 settlement for releasing sulfuric acid and heavy metals from a pipeline into Lower Chase Creek.

Freeport McMoRan will pay a $75,000 penalty and complete a supplemental environmental project valued at $75,000 as part of a consent judgment in Maricopa County Superior Couirt.

On October 30, 2008, Freeport’s Morenci facility discharged the solution directly into Lower Chase Creek from a stormwater pipe. The material traveled downstream for more than two miles, passing through areas of the creek publically accessible from both Morenci and Clifton. The discharge occurred after a contractor incorrectly connected an electrolyte solution pipeline into a pipeline dedicated to transporting stormwater through the mine.

When it became aware of the spill, Freeport McMoran acted quickly by constructing four temporary check dams, which stopped the discharge 120 feet from the confluence of the San Francisco River. They also minimized the potential impact by recovering 93,000 gallons of discharged liquids and removing 85,000 tons of contaminated sediment from the creek bed.

Freeport McMoRan has also agreed to conduct household hazardous waste collection events at dates and locations to be announced.

'Summer Safety Splash'

Gila County Injury Prevention’s Summer Safety Splash takes place tomorrow (Saturday) from 5 to 8:pm at Globe Community Center.

There’ll be food, demonstrations, safety tips, giveaways, and family fun with free swimming from 6 to 8:pm.

ADOT Honors 'Adopt a Highway' Volunteers

The Arizona Department of Transportation is honoring several Adopt a Highway groups for their outstanding clean-up efforts on Arizona’s highways. This includes “Forever in Our Hearts Chris Givler” in the Globe region on State Route 260.

ADOT is treating the volunteer groups to an Arizona Diamondbacks game this Saturday at Chase Field. At the game ADOT will publicly thank the 1500 Adopt a Highway groups across Arizona.

Police Log

Last night Globe Police added an additional charge to charges already pending in connection with an assault that occurred Wednesday on Euclid Avenue. 39 year old John Willard was also involved in a hit and run accident on Euclid and has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

25 year old Rafael Villela was arrested last night for criminal trespass at the Circle K on Santee.

Officers are investigating a domestic incident on Second Avenue; a theft at a business on Highway 60; criminal damage at a residence on Skyline Drive; and criminal damage at a residence on Maurel Street.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stolen vehicle that was left in the area of Upper Pinal Creek after it hit a boulder.


Michael Christopher Tena (son of Frank and Susie Tena) of Miami passed away Thursday at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 33. Arrangements are pending with Miles Funeral Services

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Free Movie at Globe Library

This week’s free Friday movie at the Globe Public Library is “harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” It starts at 2:pm.

Globe HS Basketball Camps

The Globe High School Girls Basketball team is hosting two basketball camps this summer. The first camp is from July 25 through 27 for girls and boys in grades 2 through 6. It will be from 3 to 6:pm each day and is $20 a student.

Another camp will be held for girls in 7th through 12th grade from July 28 through July 30. This camp is $25 a student and will be held from 3 to 6:pm on July 28 and 29 and from 8:am to 3:pm on July 30.

Both basketball camps will be held at the Globe High School Gym.

Resolution Land Swap Passes Committee

A bill to clear the way for the Resolution Copper mine near Superior was approved yesterday (Wednesday) by the House Natural Resources Committee.

The Arizona Republic reports that the 26 to 19 vote was along party lines. The full House may vote on the measure before the August recess.

The bill would authorize a federal land exchange giving Resolution Copper about 2400 acres in the Oak Flats area of the Tonto National Forest in return for more than 5,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land around the state.

The bill’s sponsor is 1st District Representative Paul Gosar who is on the Natural Resources Committee. But another Arizona Repreesentative Raul Grijalva opposes the bill. He is also on the Natural Resources Committee. Grijalva says the bill threatens sacred Apache lands and could endanger the area’s water supply. Gosar says the mine would bring jobs and revenue to Arizona.

Police Log

Last night Globe Police arrested 39 year old John Willard in connection with an assault that occurred earlier on Euclid. Willard drove to the Euclid residence and honked his horn. When the victim came out, Willard punched him in the mouth and left the area. The victim told officers that he did not know Willard.
About 45 minutes later officers were dispatched to the area of Monroe Street for a welfare check. The man was OK and turned out to be the assault suspect. The car that Willard drove to the Euclid address was also located. Willard was charged with assault, criminal damage and unlawful use of means of transportation.

20 year old Ashley Roberts was arrested yesterday for a shoplifting that occurred on Monday.

18 year old J’Lynn Hunter was arrested for assault and theft in connection with a report taken on Monday. A juvenile was also referred to juvenile probation for criminal damage.

28 year old Jesus Flores was arrested on a failure to comply warrant for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Globe PD says the mobile radar unit is on Jess Hayes Road today.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47 year old Brandi Brandon after a domestic disturbance on Savage Drive. Brandon was charged with assault/domestic violence, criminal damage, and threats and intimidation.

After a call about a possible vehicle accident, a deputy found an unoccupied stolen vehicle about 200 feet down in a canyon in the area of Russell Road. A report was taken and a tow company was contacted.

A vehicle was reported stolen in the area of Miami High School. It was located at another parking lot nearby and was not damaged.


Lifelong Globe resident Angie Salas passed away Monday. She was 77. She is survived by her daughters JoAn Minchew and Diana Walls of Globe; 2 sons; 6 sisters; 4 brothers; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Angie Salas is tomorrow (Friday) at 5:pm at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Rosary is at 7:00. The funeral is Saturday at 10:am.

Ronald Manuel Campos of Globe passed away Saturday. He was 62. He is survived by his brothers Joe and Ernie Campos of Claypool.
Memorial Mass for “Ronnie” Campos is at 10:am Monday at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Police Log

One person was taken to Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center with minor injuries after a two vehicle accident yesterday morning on Broad Street. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Two juveniles ran into the Tri City Fire Department and said they were threatened by a man with a gun. The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 59 year old Henry Amaro for endangerment, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

34 year old Joeylyn Anderson was arrested on a failure to appear warrant for issuing a bad check.

Superior Police arrested 25 year old Donald Price of Globe on a failure to appear warrant for unlawful flight.

Globe Police arrested 24 year old Scott Powell on a child support warrant.

33 year old Christina Henson and 34 year old Sherry Tidey were arrested at an address on Banker Street for violation of a protection order.

Officers are investigating a burglary at a business on Ash Street; a burglary at a business on Pioneer Hills; an attempted burglary at a residence on North Hill Street; and shoplifting at a buisiness on North Broad Street.

Globe Rejects Prison Initiatives

Globe City Clerk Gina Paul has rejected the initiative petitions that would have required voter approval for any new prison in Globe. Paul says the proponents of the initiatives failed to properly complete and file an Arizona Political Committee Statement of Organization. One of the petitions was also rejected because zoning by initiative is prohibited in Arizona. The City of Globe Press Release says an independent legal opinion supported these conclusions.

A copy of the City of Globe letter to Citizens to Protect Globe’s Resources was provided to the media. It says that the committee did not provide an official serial number for the petition or indicate whether it supports or opposes the initiative, both required by law. The letter says that signatures collected on petition sheets are invalid if they are collected before filing a properly completed Organization form. It also says that the signatures are invalid because the initiative singles out special treatment for a specific use of property, which is illegal and void in Arizona.

The Clerk’s office also found that 43 of the petition’s signatures are ineligible for verification. And six signature sheets were rejected for other errors.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Department of Corrections says on its website that the bid by Emerald Corrections to build a private prison in Globe is no longer being considered.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

All Star Girls Softball Team Fundraiser

The Pinal Mountain All Star Girls Softball Team is heading to the state finals. A Softball Tournament is being held this weeekend to help with food and lodging. The tournament is Saturday and Sunday at the Globe Community Center. The cost is $150 a team. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place.

The concession stand will be open serving breakfast and lunch. T-shirts will be on sale for $15. There will also be items raffled off and a dunk tank.

To register for the tournament call 812-4972.

Miami Jr/Sr HS Registration

Miami Junior and Senior High School will begin registering students for the 2011-12 school year on Tuesday, July 19.

Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores will register on Tuesday from 5 to 7:pm. Freshmen and 7th and 8th Grade students will register on Wednesday, July 20 from 5 to 7:pm. All others will register on Thursday, July 21 between 8:am and 2:pm.

Parents unable to register at these times may come to the high school office between 9:am and 3:pm Monday through Thursday.

Parents of students new to the district need to sign up in the high school office for a registration appointment with a guidance counselor beginning July 25.

Sheriff's Officers of the Quarter

Gila County Sheriff John Armer announces that Sergeant Lee Alexander has been selected Detention Supervisor of the Quarter and Victoria Garcia has been selected Detention Officer of the Quarter. They were chosen for their outstanding job performance and work ethic in the Gila County Globe and Payson detention centers.

Two Tonto Closures Lifted

Tonto National Forest officials have lifted the two area closures around the Mogollon Rim and the Mt. Ord, Four Peaks and Three Bar Wildlife area.

For more information about forest recreation sites and fire restrictions contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200 or check online at .

Police Log

Miami Police arrested 36 year old Ruben Mariscal for disorderly conduct/domestic violence and resisting arrest.

Globe Police arrested 43 year old Bryan Ledbetter for displaying fictitious plates.

18 year old Thomas Dorame was arrested for underage consumption last night after a disturbance on West Ruiz Canyon.

Officers are investigating a hit and run accident at Sycamore and Devereaux Streets; an assault on Cactus Drive; a theft at a business on East Ash; a burglary at a business on Ash; a burglary to a vehicle on Berautti Street; criminal damage to a vehicle on Hunter Drive; and a theft of prescription medication on North Broad Street.

Gila County Constable’s Office arrested 39 year old Jody Plank on a warrant for interferring with judicial proceedings.

Deputies are investigating a theft at the SRP substation on Russell Road; criminal damage at a residence on Russell Road; and a burglary at a residence on Six Shooter Canyon.

Fog Sealing Postponed Again

The Gila County Roads Department has postponed fog sealing in Country Club Manor again until 7:am tomorrow (Wednesday) because of the rain.

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

Monday, July 11, 2011

Globe Active Adult Center Picnic in the Park

Globe Active Adult Center is having a Picnic in the Park Tuesday at 11;30am with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or hot dogs. Let them know you’re coming by calling 425-9030.

A reminder that the Center offers free legal assistance for seniors every Friday beginning at 10:am.

Miami Fiesta Committee Meets Tuesday

The Town of Miami Fiesta Committee meets Tuesday at 6:pm. They will discuss and possibly agree to recommend to the Miami Town Council a plan to repay the Town General Fund from the funds raised by Genesis projects for the new trolley.

They will also discuss a possible patio area at Bullion Plaza with shade spots and tree lighting.

Supervisors Work Session on Tuesday

The Gila County Board of Supervisors Work Session starts Tuesday at 10:am.

The agenda includes a discussion about the Arizona Department of Transportation Five Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program and how the plan will affect Gila County and surrounding counties.


Evans Kitcheyan passed away July 6 at Banner Heart Hospital. He was 72. He is survived by his wife Victoria; five children; and his grandchildren.
The wake for Evans Kitcheyan will be Friday at 5:pm at the Evans Kitcheyan residence. The funeral is Saturday at 10:am in the Rice School Gym.

Facebook and Skype Workshops

Miami Public Library will have a free Facebook and Skype workshop at 6:30pm on Thursday. The workshop will also be held on Friday, July 22 at the Globe Library.

The workshop will show you how to use Facebook to connect with family and friends no matter where they live. Skype is a video chat program that allows you to talk to family and friends all over the world while actually getting to look at them while you talk.

For more information call the Globe Library at 425-6111 or the Miami Library at 473-2621.

Miami Council Meets Tonight

Miami Town Council meets tonight (Monday) at 6:30. They will consider appointing Sammy Gonzales to the Council to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Jesus Canizales.

The Council will also consider a Resolution declaring Miami’s interest in negotiating with Arizona Eastern Railway to provide rail service between Miami and Globe every Saturday between December 1, 2011 and April 28, 2012. This would be part of the Copper Spike excursion.

Police Log

There was an injury accident about 3:am Sunday morning on East Highway 60. The accident is under investigation.

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident late yesterday afternoon on Highway 60 in front of Walmart. The driver at fault was cited for failure to control a vehicle to avoid a collision.

Nobody was hurt in an accident Friday night at the Drift Inn.

Local fire agencies responded to a call about a structure fire at Holiday Hills Mobile Home Park on Saturday. By the time they arrived the fire had been put out with a water hose.

The Bullion Plaza Museum was broken into over the weekend. Two of the four juveniles involved have been caught. Miami Police are investigating the case for similarities to other burglaries.

Yesterday the Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47 year old Jack McConnell of Tonto Basin for domestic violence/disorderlly conduct and criminal damage.

28 year old Aaron Gatewood was arrested on Friday for discharging a firearm in the forest.

49 year old Christopher Kirk of Kingman was arrested at a traffic stop on Thursday for possesion and transportation of marijuana for sale. Kirk’s vehicle contained 42 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $29,000.

Deputies are investigating criminal damage to a vehicle in the area of Coppper Street and an assault in the Ice House Canyon area.

Globe Police arrested 28 year old Drew Morris Saturday night for domestic violence/assault.

20 year old Shannon Draper was arrested at McDonalds for disorderly conduct and underage consumption.

32 year old Arthur Downey was arrested for DUI and driving with a suspended license.

A juvenile was arrested in connection with a theft at a business on Hill Street.

Officers are investigating an assault and criminal damage at the El Rey Motel; a burglary at a residence on North Broad Street; a theft at a business on West highway 60; and a burglary from a vehicle at a residence on Maurel Street.

On Saturday the Department of Public Safety in Tucson arrested 32 year old Daniel Phillips of San Carlos on six failure to comply warrants for a bad check.

Fog Sealing Rescheduled for Tuesday in Country Club Manor

The Gila County Roads Division has postponed the fog sealing in Country Club Manor scheduled for today (Monday) until tomorrow (Tuesday) because of the rain. Fog sealing will begin Tuesday at 7:am.

The roadways scheduled for fog sealing are: Arbor, Cherry Avenue, Country Club Lane, Cypress, 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.

Please remove all vehicles from the work area before Monday If you have any questions, contact the Gila County Roads Department at 402-8532.