Friday, October 7, 2011

Miami Council Meets Monday at 6:30

Miami Town Council meets Monday at 6:30pm. They will consider an amendment to the Town Code allowing the Town to charge a fee to reispect properties cited under the public nuisance or blight provisions. They also will consider establishing a Reinspection Fee.

The Council will proclaim October to be National Disability Awareness Month in Miami.

Globe Council Meets Monday at 6:00

Globe City Council meets Monday at 6:pm. They will consider a request to make High Street a one-way street, and to facilitate the installation of the HAWK pedestrian crosswalk signalling system at High Street and US 60.

The Council will go into Executive Session to discuss the lease of CAP water from the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

Career Fair Hiring Event for Veterans

A special career fair hiring event for veterans and military spouses will be held in Phoenix next week.

The event will be on Thursday, October 13 from 11:am until 3:pm at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Over 300 veterans and military spouses are expected to attend this opportunity to network with veteran-friendly employers.

Slow to Moderate Employment Growth Expected

The Office of Employment and Population Statistics within the Arizona Department of Administration is forecasting a gradual increase in nonfarm employment in Arizona for the 2011-2012 projections time period.

Compared to the forecast released earlier this year, nonfarm employment is predicted to be slightly slower in 2011 and moderate in 2012.

For the complete report, click here.

Police Log

Last night the Gila County Drug Task Force arrested two people on warrants at Holiday Hills Mobile Home Park. 46 year old James Estes of Flagstaff and 46 year old Steve Caldwell of Portland, Oregon were arrested on a warrants for sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crime against children.

The Gila County Drug Task Force arrested 37 year old Stephen Gerardo at the Economy Inn on warrants for theft, child support, and driving with a suspended license.

Deputies are investgating a theft from Eastern Arizona Railroad, and an attempted burglary and criminal damage at a residence on Beer Tree Crossing.

Globe Police arrested 19 year old Ernest Victor for unlawful consumption.

Officers are investigating a counterfeit bill that showed up at a business on Cedar and a theft that occurred at Fry’s.


John Elbert Simmons, Sr. of Globe passed away Wednesday at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center.
Visitation for John Simmons, Sr. will be Tuesday from 10:am until Noon at Miles Funeral Services Globe. The funeral is at 12:00.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

PMFHE Oktoberfest Saturday

Pinal Mountain Foundation for Higher Education is hosting their fourth annual Oktoberfest Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Park in front of the Globe Municipal Building. It runs from 11:am until 8:pm. Admission is free. Refreshments include German bratwurst, hot dogs, sodas, and a beer garden.

All proceeds go to scholarships for Gila Community College students at the Gila Pueblo and San Carlos campuses.

GHS Sing-It-Again Chorus Performance

The Globe High School Sing-It-Again Chorus will present a program called “Time in a Bottle” Saturday afternoon at 1:30 in the Globe High School Auditorium.

It’s a light hearted musical retrospective on life at Globe High School during the 1950’s. Performances include the reconstituted Tigerettes, the Globe High School Band, Debbie and the Double Eagle, and the Globe High School Spirit Line.

The presentation will be followed by a tour of Globe High School, including the new Rose Mofford Room, which contains memorabilia of historic achievemnets by Globe High School students and faculty members.

'Show Off Your Car'

Gold-n-Oldies Car Club presents a “Show Off Your Car Day” Saturday at 3:pm at Globe Auto Sales. Everyone is invited to bring your car and show it off.

First Friday Program Features Jeremy Rowe

Tomorrow’s First Friday program features Jeremy Rowe, who is returning with more and different historical pictures of the Globe-Miami area.

The presentation starts at 6:30pm at the Miami Library.

Free Friday Movies at Globe Library

Globe Public Library begins its series of Halloween themed free Friday movies tomorrow at 2:pm. They’re showing “Scared Shrekless.”

The library will be closed for construction later this month, so the rest of the schedule has been changed to October 14 and November 4.

GHS Tailgate Party

The Globe High School Tailgate Party starts Friday at 4:pm at Harbison Field.

ADOT Expedites US 60 Construction to Reduce Traffic Impacts

The Arizona Department of Transportation says it is expediting US 60 construction in Gold Canyon to reduce traffic impact. Additional public safety officers will help with the flow of traffic to reduce congestion.

Crews will be working around the clock through Saturday. Intermittent lane closures will continue between mileposts 199 and 204. This may cause traffic congestion at Superstition Mountain Drive, Mountainbrook Drive, Kings Ranch Road and Peralta Road.

Miami Public Hearings for Brownfields Grants

The Town of Miami is seeking public input for a grant application to the US Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA administers a Brownfields Grant Program that provides nearly $75 million to communities and non-profit organizations to address contaminated property.

Miami will host two public meetings. The first is Wednesday, October 19 at 6:pm at Miami Town Hall. The second meeting will be on Wednesday, November 2 at 6:pm at the Miami Senior Center.

Police Log

A car hit a pedestrian yesterday morning on Highway 60. The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian.

Gila County Task Force and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Highway 60 near the ADOT Yard after a sighting of the undocumented aliens who ran from a traffic stop on Tuesday. Eight people were taken into custody to await pick up from Immigration Customs Enforcement.

Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Starview. 47 year old Derral Warden and 20 year old Austin Colman were charged with disorderly conduct-fighting and assault. Warden was also arrested for discharging a firearm.

Globe Police arrested 47 year old Mario Guerrero yesterday afternoon for extreme DUI.

An officer responded to a call about a group of people lying in the road on Highway 60. 20 year old Jacob Conrad and 19 year old Kasidy Tanner of Scottsdale were arrested for underage consumption. Conrad was also arrested for criminal damage.


Margie O. Peralta passed away Sunday at her home in Superior. She is survived by her husband Raul; her daughter; 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
A Memorial Mass for Margie Peralta will be held Saturday at 11:30am at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Superior.

Miami Genesis Board Meets Today (Revised)

The Town of Miami Genesis Board meets today (Thursday) at 6:pm in the Miami Town Council Chambers.They’ll review and discuss the cleanup project scheduled for October 29. They will also consider presenting a program to the Miami Town Counci that recognizes people who show community pride by maintaining a clean property and presenting a positive image of the town.

The Genesis Board will consider recommending that Miami participate in the Centennial Concert, splitting the cost with the City of Globe.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Peoria Shuts Off Red Light Cameras

Peoria is the latest Arizona city to drop photo enforcement traffic cameras. Intersections such as 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird saw large increases in accidents.

The blog War on Driving reports that Peoria officials claim that overall there was a 29% increase in accidents during the three years of the program. But increases of 300 to 500% were recorded initially.

Redflex Traffic Systems lost their contract with Tempe a few months ago over a legal dispute. Redflex was not only suing Tempe for a larger percentage of ticket fines, they and city officials were also the target of a RICO lawsuit related to the red light cameras.

An initiative to put Redflex speed and red light cameras to a vote is currently circulating in Paradise Valley.

Photo enforcement has also been discontinued in Houston and Los Angeles.

ADEQ Settles Gila County Veterinary Clinic Violations

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office have announced that Star Valley Veterinary Clinic in Gila County has agreed to a $65,000 settlement for biohazardous waste violations.

The clinic will pay a $5,000 penalty and conduct a $60,000 Supplemental Environmental Project. Veterinarian services will be used to treat animals for the Central Arizona Humane Society. In addition, information will be provided about the proper management and disposal of biohazardous medical waste in the animal care industry.

An inspection by ADEQ’s Solid Waste Inspection and Compliance Unit in 2009 determined that the clinic disposed of untreated biohazardous medical waste syringes contaminated with blood in regular solid waste containers that were dumped in the Gila County landfill between 1999 and 2009.

ADEQ Director Henry Darwin says these are serious violations, but this is also a creative settlement that will allow many abandoned pets and other animals to receive medical treatment while at the same time educating animal owners about the proper disposal of this medical waste.

Tanner Fire 80% Contained, Highway 288 Re-Opened

Pleasant Valley Ranger District fire specialists are managing the lightning-caused Tanner wildfire, about 19 miles south of Young. The fire has burned about 5,500 acres and is 80% contained.

Highway 288 is now open. The highway was closed last week from McFadden south to the A-Cross Road due to fire conditions.

Forest and ADOT officials are asking the public to drive with caution on that stretch of Highway 288. ADOT crews are performing maintenance and firefighters are cleaning up debris from the fire.

Miami Library Closed Today

The Miami Memorial Library is closed today (Wednesday) for a Gila County librarians meeting.

The library will reopen tomorrow at 10:am.

Police Log

Gila County Sheriff’s office arrested 54 year old Andrew Hill for domestic violence, disorderly conduct and assault after a disturbance on South Broad Street.

Gila County Task Force conducted a traffic stop on US 60 at MP 254. Several people ran from the car and got away. The car was driven to the office for inventory. A report was taken.

Globe Police arrested 22 year old Jocelyn Kessay at a business on Broad Street for fraudulant schemes.

Officers are investigating a burglary to a shed at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center.


Zachary Christian Spurgeon of Globe passed away Friday at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. He was 5 years old. He is survived by his mother Skie Spurgeon-Mora; his father Tony Philpot, Jr; his stepfather Larry Mora; and 3 brothers.
Visitation for Zachary Spurgeon will be Saturday at 9:30am at River of Life Church. The funeral is at 11:am.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fall Weather Finally Arrives This Week

The National Weather Service says fall weather will finally arrive later this week. Daytime temperatures should drop well below normal.

A low pressure system will move into the area from the northwest. High temperatures will drop into the mid to upper 60s. Overnight lows will be in the 40s.

The Weather Service says temperatures will be so cool in the high country that there is a chance of snow above 7,000 feet. Freezing temperatures are possible for much of the high country Friday and Saturday mornings.

Report Says Putting Kids in Jail Doesn't Work

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says that putting kids behind bars doesn’t keep them from committing crimes later on. The report says decades of research along with new data shows that incarceration doesn’t provide public safety benefits, wastes taxpayers’ money, and exposes young people to violence and abuse. It says that the “crimes” in most juvenile cases are minor. Most juveniles are either charged with nonviolent offenses or are there primarily for acts of defiance to adults.

Public News Service reports that several states are already moving away from relying on juvenile incarceration, mainly because of budget problems or scandals over abuse in institutions. More than 50 facilities have been shut down nationwide since 2007.

Last year Arizona Governor Jan Brewer proposed shutting down the State Department of Juvenile Corrections and transferring those resonsibilities to counties. The child welfare and juvenile justice director of the Children’s Action Alliance says locking up fewer kids is a good idea, but the governor’s plan would have simply cut the budget without supporting community-based programs that provide better results at a fraction of the cost. Beth Rosenburg says juvenile jails especially don’t work for children with mental health problems, who make up more than a third of the kids in the Arizona system.

You'll find the full report at

Police Log

Last night Globe Police arrested 20 year old Tyler Hamlet on two Graham County warrants after responding to a report of domestic threats.

47 year old Paul Pahe was arrested on two outstanding local warrants after becoming intoxicated and passing out at a business on Ash Street.

Globe Police are investigating a domestic incident at a residence on Linda Vista; a report of phone harassment taken in the area of West Hackney; a report of threats taken at a business on Hackney; and a fraud report taken at a business on North Broad Street.

Phoenix Police arrested 30 year old Lucy Salazar of Globe on a bad check warrant.

Gila County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating criminal damage to a mailbox in Kellner Canyon.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Supervisors Meet Today at 10:am

The Gila County Board of Supervisors meets this morning (Monday) at 10:00.They’ll approve a Supervisorial District and a College District redistricting map to be used by Gila County until the next census.

The Supervisors will declare October “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Gila County.

And they’ll consider an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportatin for pavement marking upgrades to Wheatfields Road, Main Street and Golden Hill Road, Russell Road, Ragus Road and Railroad Avenue, San Carlos Drive, Gisela Road, Fossil Creek Road, Control Road and Colcord Road.

Police Log

There was a hit and run accident with injuries Saturday night on US 70 near Hunter Drive. An Attempt to Locate was issued for a blue Pontiac Grand Am with heavy front end damage.

There were no inuries in an accident Friday night on Highway 60 and Main Street. One driver was cited for failure to control speed to avoid an accident.

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident Friday afternoon at the 60/70 junction.

Yesterday morning a Gila County Sheriff’s Deputy was told there was a man with a felony warrant at a residence on Eagle Ridge. 25 year old Jesse Parcell of Mesa was arrested on a Maricopa County Sheriff’s warrant for probation violation on charges of assault, drug-alcohol abuse, endangerment and DUI.

25 year old Tanya Horta was arrested yesterday for extreme DUI.

Two people were arrested Saturday afternoon at a residence on Cooley Ranch Road. Zachery Edmiston and Erika Langley were charged with threats and intimidation.

Deputies are investigating a domestic disturbance at a residence on Blake; a theft of weapons at a residence in Dripping Springs; and a theft at a residence on Mayss.
Yesterday Globe Police arrested 26 year old Aaron Stanley in connection with assaults near Connie’s Store and the Jack in the Box parking lot.

Two people were arrested for causing a disturbance late last night at Jack in the Box. 20 year old Devon Dosela was charged with DUI and 32 year old Henry Bullis for open container.

Officers are investigating a hit and run at a residence on Euclid; an assault at an address on Escudilla; criminal damage at a residence on Eleventh Street; a burglary at a residence on N. Maurel Street; and a theft at an address on High Street.


John G. Moya, Sr. of Phoenix passed away last week. He was 85. He is survived by his wife; 7 children; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A graveside service for John Moya, Sr. will be held Saturday at Noon at Greenwood Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix.