Friday, July 22, 2011

Globe Council Meets Monday

Globe City Council meets Monday at 6:pm. They’ll consider a Resolution requesting that the Arizona Postmaster correct the misaddressing of a portion of Globe, and that those portions of Globe with Miami mailing addresses be given Globe addresses.

The Council will consider directing the City Manager to advertise a Request for Proposals for remodeling the Rogue’s Gallery Building. This would be funded by the Arizona State Library.

Arizona Gas Prices Lowest in the Nation

Arizona has the lowest gasoline prices in the nation for the second week in a row. Prices dropped for the tenth straight week, now averaging $3.38 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Tucson has the lowest gas prices anywhere, at $3.38 a gallon.

Prices in Globe-Miami are around $3.47.

USDA Designates San Carlos Apache Reservation Disaster Area

The San Carlos Apache Reservation has been designated a primary natural disaster area due to losses from wildfires, drought and excessive heat.

The US Department of Agricuklture also announced Thursday that farmers and ranchers in Gila, Apache, Navajo, Pinal, Graham and Greenlee counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

Farmers who meet eligibility requirements have eight months to apply for low interest emergency loans to help cover part of their losses.

Author Guides BTA Walking Tour Then Visits Book Bank

Apache Junction author Jean Groen has published a new book about edible desert plants. The book includes recipes as well as pictures and other information. On Sunday there will be two chances to meet the author and learn about native Sonoran desert plants and their uses as food, medicine and fiber. She will be guiding the once-a-month walking tour at Boyce Thompson Arboretum starting at 8:30am.

Sunday afternoon at 3:00, Jean Groen will be at the Book Bank in Miami. She will give a presentation followed by a food tasting. The event is free but please RSVP by calling 473-4134 or email

Police Log

A Gila County Sheriff’s deputy served a failure to pay warrant to 26 year old inmate Jaime Pena on an original charge of assault/domestic violence.

A deputy took a credit card fraud report on Omega Drive. The case is pending further investigation.

A deputy responded to the area of Pineway for a report of shots fired. The sound turned out to be from a transormer that malfunctioned. APS was notified.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Free Movie at Globe Library

This week's free Friday movie at the Globe Public library is Rango. It starts at 2:pm.

'Be the Match'

The friends of the Wayne Blake family are hosting a donor registry drive to raise awareness about the need for marrow donors and to possibly find a donor for Wayne and other patients like him.

You can join the "Be the Match" registry between 9:am and 2:pm Saturday at the Tri City Fire Department. They are also having a car wash and bake sale, plus a pancake breakfast until 11;30am.

Independent Redistricting Commission Public Hearings

The Independent Redistricting Commission is now holding its first round of Public Hearings around the state.

There will be a Publi Hearing in Mesa at the Mesa Convention Center on Monday (July 25) at 6:pm. Another one will be held at the Casa Grande City Council Chambers on Wednesday (July 27) at 6:pm. And there will be one next Saturday (July 30) at the Hon Dah Casino in Pinetop at 1:pm.

For a complete list of locations and times click here.

Tonto National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions

Tonto National Forest officials have lifted all campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest, effective 8:am tomorrow (Friday).. The fire restrictions are no longer needed because fire danger has been reduced by increased moisture and humidity from the annual monsoon weather.

Destiny School Has Highest Percentage of Students Passing AIMS Test

Statistics from the Arizona Department of Education show that Destiny School has the highest percentage of local students between third and eighth grade who passed the most recent AIMS test.

The only category in which Destiny students did not come out on top was among sixth graders who took the Writing test. Only 29% of those students passed.

100% of the Destiny seventh grade students who took the Reading test passed.

ADEQ Fish Consumption Advisory for Tonto Creek

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a fish consumption advisory. The advisory recommends that people not eat certain fish caught from a 51 mile stretch of Tonto Creek between Hellsgate Wilderness and Roosevelt Lake.

Tissue samples of fish from Tonto Creek are showing high levels of mercury. The consumption advisory recommends that people not eat smallmouth and largemouth bass, green sunfish and black bullhead catfish caught from this stretch of Tonto Creek. The advisory recommends that carp caught from this section should not be eaten by children under 6, and that it be limited to one eight ounce serving a month for those between 6 and 16 and two servings a month for those over 16.

The advisory does not limit the consumption of trout taken from Tonto Creek or the use of Tonto Creek for fishing or other recreational activities.

Fish consumption advisories also remain in place for several other Arizona waterbodies, including Roosevelt Lake.

ADEQ officials are contimuing to test Tonto Creek to identify the source of the contamination. The advisories will remain in effect until further notice.

More info:
Fish Consumption Advisories Fact Sheet
Tonto Creek FAQs

Police Log

Globe Fire Department and Tri City Fire Department responded when some people became stuck in an elevator at the Gila County Courthouse. All of the occupants were safely removed. The malfunction is believed to be weather related.

Local fire agencies responded to a brush fire yesterday evening in the Ice House Canyon area. The fire was caused by lightning. It was controlled and turned over to the Forest Service.

Miami Police answered two medical calls. An elderly woman fell and injured herself. She was taken to Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. Later a man wen into seizures, possibly brought on by alcohol consumption. He was also taken to the hospital.

A car struck another car from behind in Miami after railroad arms malfunctioned and caused traffic to back up. A 16 year old juvenile received a citation.

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident at the Claypool Post Office. The case is under investigation.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 25 year old Charles White on a failure to appear warrant for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

20 year old Jonathon Speer was arrested on a failure to comply warrant for drug paraphernalia.

Deputies are investigating criminal damage to a vehicle at Four Star Mobile Home Park.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrested 46 year old Benjamin Mason of Globe on warrants for child support and trespassing.

Department of Public Safety in Tucson arrested 48 year old Wilfred Pechuli of San Carlos on a failure to comply warrant for a bad check.

Globe Police are investigating criminal damage at a business on Jess Hayes Road.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Law for Photo Enforcement Notices

As of today (Wednesday), photo enforcement violation notices in Arizona are required to say that you don’t have to respond and you don’t have to identify the driver in the picture.

Photo enforcement is relatively new in Globe and hasn’t stirred up much controversy, but it has been common for other cities to imply that ignoring a notice could mean trouble. However-- as reported often in the Phoenix New Times and other places-- the truth is that ignoring the initial notice only means the possibility of a ticket being served at your home. Having a server come out does mean an additional $25 fine. But if the server never comes, or if you don’t appear to be at home when the server comes, then the photo enforcement ticket becomes invalid. If you are served, however, you must then treat the citation as if it were issued by a police officer at a traffic stop.

Now Arizona law requires notices to say that the notice is not a court issued document; you are not required to identify the person in the photo or respond to the notice; and failure to respond to the notice may result in official service with an additional fine.

(New Times also points out that the new law also requires $13 of every ticket to go to a task force with a mission of "strict enforcement" of immigration and gang laws. If you oppose such "strict enforcement," this could be another reason to ignore a photo enforcement notice.)

GCC Governing Board Meets Thursday

The Gila County Community College District Governing Board Meets today (Thursday) at 2:30pm at Gila Pueblo campus Room 522 and in Payson. The agenda includes a presentation about a four year college in Payson, a discussion of items related to the budget, and information about solar covered parking at the GCC campus.

High Desert Middle School Fall Sports Parents Meeting

There will be a meeting on Monday, August 1 for parents and athletes who plan to participate in fall sports at High Desert Middle School. The meeting will be in the gym at 6:pm.

If your child is interested in playing fall sports and has not yet picked up an athletic packet, packets are available at the school office on Mondays through Thursdays from 7:am until 5:pm. If you have any questions call 402-5900.

Police Log

Globe Police responded to a call yesterday about a man threatening customers and employees at a business on East Ash. 48 year old Lyle Pahe was charged with threats and intimidation and trespassing.

40 year old Albert Anzaldua was arrested yesterday at an address on Fourth Street for domestic disorderly conduct and criminal damage.

25 year old David Shaw was arrested last night for criminal damage.

Officers are investigating a burglary to an automobile on Bankers Avenue and a theft from a business on North Broad Street.

The Globe Mobile Radar Unit is on Maple and East Streets today.

Gila County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary at a residence on Block Avenue.

Miami Police are investigating an attempted burglary at a local antique shop.

Supervisors Special Meeting Today

Gila County Board of Supervisors has a Special Meeting today (Wednesday) at 10:am. There is a Public Hearing for comments about the final budget for the next fiscal year. The Supervisors will also meet as the Gila County Library District Board of Directors to adopt their final budget.

The agenda also includes contracts with the Arizona Community Action Association for $115,000 to provide utility deposits, repair and replacemenmt work, and bill assistance to eligible citizens in Gila County, and $20,000 for weatherization assistance. A contract with Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will be considered to provide $6,000 to help qualified residents with minor home repairs.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Globe School Board Meets Wednesday

Globe School Board meets Wednesday at 6:00 in the High Desert Middle School Auditorium. There will be a presentation about bus routes for the new school year. And there will be presentations and possible approval of parent/student athletic handbooks, athletic eligibility forms, band fees and physical fitness fees.

New Law to Protect Stranded Drivers

A new state law goes into effect tomorrow (Wednesday) that requires drivers to give stranded motorists more safety room. If you see a vehicle on the side of the road with flashing lights or warning lights, you are required to slow down or to move over a lane if it is safe to do so.

This is a secondary violation, which means you will only be cited if you are stopped for something else, like speeding.

Until now Arizona law only protected first responders helping motorists on the side of the road. Fines for violating the new law vary according to the city in which the violation occurs.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident yesterday afternoon on North Broad Street. One driver was cited for unsafe backing.

41 year old Ignacio Renteria was arrested for driving with a revoked and suspended license.

An officer took a report of criminal damage on North Sutherland.

Globe’s mobile radar unit is on Maple and East Streets today.


Otto Santa Anna passed away Saturday at his home in Miami. He was 83. He is survived by his wife Alma; 4 children; and 4 grandchildren.
Visitation for Otto Santa Anna will be Thursday from 6 to 8:pm at Lamont Mortuary. The funeral is Friday at 10:am at Divine Savior Presbyterian Church.

Cheryel Jo Thompson has passed away at the age of 63. She is survived by her daughter; 2 sisters; her brother and her grandson.
Visitation for Cheryel Thompson will be Friday at 9:am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and Mass at 10:00.

Thomas Blair of Superior passed away last Thursday. He was 58.
The funeral for thomas Blair is today (Tuesday) at 10:am at Miles Funeral Services Globe.

Sara Rios Gomez of Globe passed away last Thursday at Copper Mountain Inn. She was 87.
Visitation for Sara Gomez is Thursday at 9:am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Visitation is at 9:30 and Mass is at 10:00.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Book Signing and Cooking Demonstration

The Book Bank in Miami will have a book signing and desert foods cooking demonstration on Sunday (July 24) with authors Don Wells and Jean Groen. It’s at 3:pm.

The two authors have been writing books about local desert plants since 1997. Their latest book is “Cat’s Claw to Cow’s Tongue and Other Lesser Known Plants of the Sonoran Desert.”

If you plan to attend this cooking demonstration and book signing please RSVP to the Book Bank.

Gila County Attorney's Child Support Division Ranked Top in the Country

A report released by the Arizona Department of Economic Security Division of Child Support Enforcement ranks Gila County number one in total federal incentive scores.

Several years ago the federal government began ranking the states on five different child support performance measures in order to divide up a fixed amount of federal money among the states. Arizona uses the same performance measures to divide its federal incentive money among the state’s county attorney offices. The report shows that if Gila County were a state, its combined incentive scores would make it the top child support program in the country.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores says she is pleased with the report. She also notes that her office recently received perfect scores for the third time in a row on its internal performance audit. The Child Support Division says it is unaware of any other Arizona child support office ever receiving even one perfect annual audit score.

San Carlos Low Income Clothing Assistance

San Carlos Apache Tribal Social Services applications for low income clothing assistance will be distributed at Stanley Hall on Thursday, July 28 and at Burdette Hall on Friday, July 29.

There will be a mandatory workshop at 8:am followed by application distribution at 9:00. You must attend the workshop first to receive your application.

For more information call Tribal Social Services at 475-2313.

Renteria Found Guilty

On July 13 a Gila County jury found 34 year old Frank Renteria of Chandler guilty of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, misconduct involving weapons, and DUI.

Renteria will be sentenced by Judge Robert Duber on August 8. Renteria must serve a minimum of 5 years in the Department of Corrections for possession of methamphetamine for sale. He could face a total sentence of up to 20 years.

Police Log

One person was flown to a Phoenix area hospital Saturday evening after a vehicle rollover in the area of New Street and Locomotive.

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident at Broad and Oak Streets.

There were no injuries in an accident Friday evening at the Highweay 60/70 junction. The driver at fault was cited for failure to control a vehicle to avoid an accident.

Another two vehicle non-injury accident occurred Friday night at Broad and Ash streets.

Miami Police arrested 56 year old Maria Beltran yesterday afternoon for disorderly conduct. A 13 year old juvenile was also detained for disorderly conduct and criminal damage.

Yesterday a Gila County Sheriff’s deputy followed up on an assault case at a residence on Hackney Avenue. 20 year old James Tower was cited and released for disorderly conduct and assault.

On Friday the Gila County Constable arrested 24 year old David Smith on warrants for assault/domestic violence, stalking, interfering with judicial proceedings, criminal damage and contempt of court.

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a stolen vehicle from Maricopa County found in the area of Marion Canyon.

Saturday afternoon Globe Police arrested 59 year old Franklin Reede for taking donations left outside the Salvation Army.

21 year old Nathan Perry was arrested for aggravated DUI.

Officers are investigating a burglary at a business on West Highway 60; criminal damage to a residence on North Sutherland; shoplifting at a business on East Ash; a report of threats taken at a residence on Cottonwood; and a report of telephone harassment.

Phoenix Police arrested 45 year old Brian Tackett of Miami on a failure to comply warrant for disorderly conduct-fighting, criminal trespass and resisting an arrest.


Michael Christopher Tena passed away Thursday at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. He was 33. He is survived by his daughter Emelia; his parents Frank and Susie Tena; his brother Matthew; and two sisters.
Visitation for Michael Tena will be Friday at 6:pm at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Rosary is at 7:00 and Mass is Saturday at 10:am.