Friday, September 9, 2011

Miami Council Meets Monday

Miami Town Council meets Monday at 6:30pm. They’ll consider approving a grant application for State Community Development Block Grant Colonia funds related to housing and community development needs.

The Council will also consider a Resolution urging the Arizona Redistricting Commission to adopt a proposed district map that would keep Rural Arizona together for purposes of the redistricting.

Police Log

Yesterday the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28 year old Robert Anderson of Claypool on a warrant for conspiracy to commit kidnapping, aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful use of means of transportation, tampering with physical evidence, and attempted first degree murder.

Gila County Task Force Deputies arrested two people yesterday afternoon at the Claypool Safeway. 46 yeear old Vincent Winston of Phoenix and 24 year old Adrienne Kitcheyan of Globe were arrested on warrants for kidnapping, assault, sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an assault report taken at Charles Bejerano School and a theft from a residence on Cooley Ranch Road.

Globe Police took a report of assault and criminal damage after a fight about 2:00 this morning at G Hill. The case is pending further investigation.
Officers are investigating a report of criminal damage at Harbison Field; an assault at Globe High School; and a burglary at a business on Broad Street


Rebecca Agatha Thompson of San Carlos passed away Sunday at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. She was 31. She is survived by her parents David and Julia Thompson; 5 brothers; and 4 sisters.
The wake for Rebecca Thompson is today (Friday) at 4:pm at David and Julia Thompson’s residence, followed by Rosary at 7:pm. The funeral is tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:am at St. Charles Catholic Church.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Author at Globe Library on Friday

Globe Public Library is hosting a meet-and-greet Friday at 2:30pm for author Christopher Kline. Kline is author of the recently published book Hostile Lookout.

The “lookout” is a fire lookout tower in Arizona and readers will recognize many Arizona place names.

Kline will have copies of his book for sale and he will personalize them.

CRC Charity Golf Tournament

The First Annual Copper Resource Contracting Charity Golf Tournament is tomorrow (Saturday) at 7:am at the Queen Valley Golf Course.The tournament will benefit local food banks.

There will be food, raffles, and a silent auction.

For information call 480-313-2600.

'Famous and Infamous Characters of the Globe-Miami Area'

The season’s first First Friday program will be held tomorrow (Friday) because last Friday was part of the Labor Day weekend. It starts at 6:30pm at the Miami Library.

This month’s speaker is Gila County Historical Museum Director Bill Haak. His subject is “Famous and Infamous Historic Characters of the Globe-Miami Area.”

These monthly presentatiins are free and are provided by the Gila County Museum and the Bullion Plaza Museum, with assistance from the Arizona Humanities Council. Light refreshments will be available after the program.

GHS Tailgate Party

Globe High School Site Council and Booster Club are holding a Tailgate Party on Friday from 3 to 6:pm in the Globe High School student parking lot. There will be frybread, burgers, hot dogs, nachos and drinks.

All proceeds go to support Globe High School athletic programs.

Blood Drive October 3

The next local community blood drive will be Monday, October 3 in the Globe High School Auditorium.

To make a donation appointment call toll free 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) or visit

All donors in October will be entered in a raffle for a two night stay at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina plus a $100 gas card.

CVRMC Tracking Respiratory Cases During Managed Fires

Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center is tracking respiratory diagnosis through the Emergency Department and have compared this year with last year.

Last year the ER Department diagnosed and treated 31 respiratory cases between August 22 and September 2. During the same period this year the ER Department diagnosed and treated 29 respiratory cases.

The hospital is working with the Gila County Health Department to monitor the respiratory health of the region and is keeping the Globe Ranger District informed of any adverse changes.

Final Managed Fire Update

Globe Ranger District has released its final update on its two managed fires. The 650 fire in the Superstition Mountains is about 3,800 acres in size and is showing very little activity. Management ignitions continue on the Frio fire to protect power lines. The Frio fire in the Pinal Mountains has burned around 2,300 acres.

Rain is projected for the next seven days along with cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Fire specialists predict very little further activity on these fires. With reduced fire activity, smoke impacts will be lessened considerably.

Globe Ranger District thanks the community for its support and understanding. Ranger Rick Reitz says there are now 6,000 fewer acres of hazardous fuels to feed a local catstrophic wildfire.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a one vehicle accident yesterday morning at the Globe Stockyards.

No injuries were reported in a hit and run accident last night at a business on Highway 60.

Last night the Gila County Sheriff’s Department arrested 47 year old Brandi Brandon and 39 year old Angel Rosalez for domestic violence/assault after a disturbance on Remington Road.

Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Alhambra Mobile Home Park for a report of threats with a weapon. The suspect left the scene before deputies arrived and an attempt to locate was issued. A deputy arrested 21 year old Lacey Gonzales—also known as Lacey Compton—on warrants for failure to appear for pre-trial conference for disorderly conduct/fighting and failure to comply on a charge of possession and use of drug paraphernalia.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a theft from a residence on Quail Run.

Globe Police arrested 24 year old Sarah Miller for violation of a court order.

29 year old Charles Minchew was arrested on warrants for child support; failure to appear for arraignment on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.


Clifford Gilbert, Sr. of Peridot passed away last week at Chandler Regional Hospital. He was 76. He is survived by his wife Gretta; 4 children; 2 brothers; 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
The wake for Clifford Gilbert, Sr. will be Saturday at 4:pm at the Gilbert residence. The funeral is Sunday at 2:30pm at Peridot Lutheran Church.

Ben McGowen passed away Saturday at the McGowen Circle Ranch. He was 81. He is survived by his wife Carolea; 2 children; and 4 grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Ben’s life at the McGowen Circle Ranch on Sunday, October 2, beginning with a luncheon at 1:pm.
The family suggests memorials in Ben’s honor be made to the Globe High School Scholarship Fund, the University of Arizona College of Engineering, The Crossing Hospice or your favorite charity. All memorials should be sent care of Lamont Mortuary. They are assisting the family with arrangements.

Raymond V. Tarango passed away Saturday at his home in Globe. He was 73. He is survived by 6 children, including Gina Paul of Claypool, and Tony and Mark Tarango of Globe; his sister; 3 brothers; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Raymond Tarango will be Thursday at 9:am at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and the funeral is at 10:00.

Food Handler's Training Today

The Gila County Health Department will be at the Globe Active Adult Center today (Thursday) at 10:am for Food Handler’s training. The training is required for anyone who helps with food preparation at a volunteer kitchen. It takes about an hour and the cost is $15 a person.

Register Now for Chihuahua Races

The Miami Fiesta on Saturday, September 17 will feature the 13th annual Chihuahua races. Early registration is going on now through Friday at 5:pm. The cost is $7 per dog.

Registration after September 9 will be at the information booth at the Fiesta at a cost of $10 a dog. Register early because this year the race will be limited to 32 Chihuahuas.

'Around Miami' Book Now Available

The new book “Around Miami”—a pictorial history of Miami—is out and available at the Book Bank. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the author at a book signing during the Miami Fiesta on Saturday, September 17.

Dr. Santos Vega is a Miami native and a graduate of Miami High School. He is professor emeritus of the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University.

Globe Library Needs Haunted House Volunteers

Globe Public Library is looking for volunteers to put together a Halloween Haunted House. A planning meeting is scheduled for 2:pm Friday, September 23 at the library.

If you’re interested, call 425-6111.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Forest Officials Say No Threat of Agent Orange

Tonto National Forest officials say that smoke from the managed fire in the Pinal Mountains is not carrying Agent Orange.

Spokesman David Albo told 3TV in Phoenix that they did use the chemical in the 1960’s, but it is not a threat today. Tests in the 1970’s showed minimal risk and tests in the 1990’s showed no risk.

The forest office has been flooded with calls complaining about smoke. Albo says they know it’s inconvenient for residents irritated by the smoke, but the trade-off is not having a catastrophic wildfire threatening local communities sometime in the future.

SGCEDC Revolving Loan Program

The Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation’s Revolving Loan Program is now accepting applications. The program was created to help small businesses gain access to capital to create a new business or expand an existing business.

For information call 812-3056 or email

Supervisors Meet Today

Gila County Board of Supervisors meets this morning (Tuesday) at 10:00. They’ll discuss and possibly approve Supervisorial and College District redistricting mapping alternatives to be presented to the public during the second round of public hearings that starts tonight. They will also elect a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

The agenda also includes an amendment to a contract with the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy that adds an additional $300,000 for funding for weatherization services.

Police Log

Miami Police arrested 32 year old Pearl Crawford for conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32 year old Rhea Tucker at a residence on Montecito for aggravated harassment.

Globe Police arrested 35 year old Frank Membrila at a residence on 3rd Street for violation of a court order.

A juvenile was arrested for shoplifting at a business on Hill Street.

29 year old Cory Riley was arrested on a child support warrant.

Officers are investigating a theft at a residence on Manzanita.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Visitors Fee Angers Prison Reform Groups

The Arizona Department of Corrections is now charging a $25 fee for adults who want to visit inmates at its 15 prison complexes.

The New York Times reports that the one-time “background check fee” has angered prisoner advocay groups and family members of inmates. Many families already have the expense of traveling long distances to the remote areas where many of the prisons are located.

Critics say that the fee could have a negative effect on public safety by discouraging family visits. They say continuing family contact is one of the best ways to encourage prisoners to go straight when they get out of prison.

The money raised by the fee is supposed to go to repair and maintain the prisons. But a lawsuit filed against the Corrections Department by a Tempe prison reform group claims that the fee is a pretext for raising money “for general public purposes” in a time of severe budget cuts. They say this is unconstitutional because it amounts to a special tax on a single group.

Second Round of Redistricting Meetings

The Gila County Board of Supervisors is holding the second round of public hearings on proposed alternative plans for redistricting the Supervisor and Community College Districts.

Second Round Meetings begin tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6:pm at the Gila County Courthouse. Another meeting will be held Wednesday at 6:pm at Tonto Basin School. Meetngs have also been scheduled in Payson, Hayden and Whiteriver.

The proposed alternative maps will be available for viewing at the public meetings. Starting tomorrow (Tuesday) they will also be available on the Gila County Website at

You may make comments at the meetings, online, or by sending a letter to the Gila County Elections Department.

Wildfire Smoke Precautions

Smoke from the Frio fire continues to cause concern among Globe-Miami residents. The Gila County Division of Health and Emergency Services says that wildfires can cause irritation to the eyes and respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Protect yourself by limiting smoke exposure. Stay indoors as much as possible. Air conditioners have filters that help minimze smoke particles. If you use evaporative cooling, minimize the effects of smoke by closing air intake vents. Call your doctor if you have severe reaction to smoke exposure.

Local fire officials say that smoke levels should dramatically reduce in a couple of days.

Event information and updates are posted on the Gila County Emergency Hotline. Dial 402-8888 locally or 1-800-304-4452 extension 8888.

Fire Update

Globe Ranger District fire specialists continue to manage two lightning-caused wildfires. The Frio fire in the Pinal Mountains has burned 2,100 acres.

The 650 fire north of Superior in the Superstition Mountains has burned 3,800 acres.

The current monsoon humidity makes it possible to allow lightning-caused fires to play their natural role in the ecosystem.

Fiesta Subcommittee Meets Today

The Town of Miami Fiesta Subcommittee meets today (Monday) at 4:pm at the Miami Town Council Chambers.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident early Saturday afternoon near McDonalds. A driver was cited for failure to make a proper right turn.

There was a non-injury accident Saturday evening at the Highway 60/70 junction. A driver was cited for failure to indicate a turn.

A one vehicle accident occurred Friday night on Golden Hill Road. Medical personnel responded. The car was towed and a patient refused medical treatment.

A man was injured Friday evening on Maple Leaf when the car he was working on slipped off the jacks. He was taken to the hospital.

Saturday morning Globe Police detained a juvenile after a domestic incident at Copper Country Mobile Home Park.

40 year old George Snelling was arrested Saturday afternoon for theft.

19 year old Brandon Clark was arrested Friday night at a residence on Jones Street for trespassing and underage consumption.

41 year old Albert Anzaldua was arrested at a traffic stop for driving with a suspended license

Officers are investigating a theft; criminal damage at the Smoke Em Shop; and shoplifting at the Hunter Drive Circle K.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 40 year old Michael West for child abuse, aggravated assault/domestic violence and endangerment.

42 year old Brian Langenbach was arrested on a bad check warrant.

Deputies are investigating a theft at Triple Nickel Storage.

Miami Police arrested 42 year old Troy Milam on a child support warrant.


Patricia Irene Gayle of Claypool passed away Friday in Gilbert. She was 76. She is survived by her husband Charles; 8 children, including Lori Galvan and Misti Katich of Miami; her brother Thomas Cook of Claypool; 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Patricia Gayle will be Saturday at 10:am at Miles Funeral Services Globe. The funeral is at 11:00.
The family suggests that memorials be made to Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix.