Friday, December 16, 2011

Globe Council Meets Monday

Globe City Council meets Monday at 6:pm.A special presentation will recognize City retirees Leon Cons, Frank Renteria and Lynette Brandon.

There will also be a presentation by Resolution Copper and a request for a letter of support. And District Engineer Rod Lane will give an ADOT update.

The Council is expected to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation for the pedestrian signal on Highway 60 at Globe High School.

Globe Recycling Rate 24%

A report from Right-Away Disposal says that more than 215 tons of garbage and recycling was collected in the City of Globe during November. Out of that, more than 51 tons of recyclable material was diverted from the landfill. This accounts for 24% of the total material collected. This is a savings of more than $2,000 in landfill costs.

Globe Police Chief Says Photo Enforcement is Working

Globe Police Chief Lee Kinnard says accident reports continue to show that Gllobe’s photo enforcement program reduces accidents as well as red light and speed violations.

In a press release, Kinnard compares data from May through November for the years 2005 through 2011. He says the information from Redflex shows that there has been a continued reduction in speed violations at fixed locations.

There was a slight increase in red light violations in the months of October and November, but the numbers are still lower than May through August of this year.

Chief Kinnard also says that a review of the video of an injury accident on December 1 helped determine the violator when there were no witnesses.

The press release includes data indicating that the photo enforcement program is not costing the City money and is in the black

Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to ring the bell this weekend at Walmart, Fry’s and both Safeway stores.

Call Audrey at 200-9919 to sign up.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday morning on US 60 near Main street.

Gila County Task Force arrested 23 year old Ambra Ruvalcava for fraudulent schemes, theft, and theft of a credit card; and a probation violation warrant for possession of narcotics. Globe Police charged Ruvalcava with forgery.

Gila County Task Force arrested 33 year old Chad Mastin on charges of fraudulent schemes, theft, theft of a credit card, forgery and harboring a fugitive.

Globe Police arrested 51 year old Allan Tolman on a failure to appear warrant for fraudulently obtaining utility service.


Kirk L. Steele passed away December 10 at his home in San Carlos. He was 23. He is survived by his parents Maynard and Sadie Steele.
The wake for Kirk Steele is today (Friday) at 4:pm at the Steele residence. The funeral is tomorrow (Saturday) at 1:pm at the Church of Jesus Christ in San Carlos.

Jesus Hernandez of Globe passed away Wednesday at Banner Gardens Hospice House in Mesa. He was 55. He is survived by his wife Gloria; 2 sons; his daughter; 4 brothers; 4 sisters; and 12 grandchildren.
Visitation for Jesus Hernandez is Monday at 9:am at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and Mass is at 10:00.

Sylvia J. Almeyda of Miami passed away Thursday. She was 94. She is survived by 2 brothers, including Trinidad Hernandez of Miami; and 2 sisters, including Angelita Jimenez of Miami.
Visitation for Sylvia Almeyda will be Wednesday (December 21) at 9:am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and Mass is at 10:00.

John W. Thomas of Globe passed away Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. He was 79. He is survived by his wife Doris; two sons; his brother; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service for “Jack” Johnson will be held Thursday, December 29 at 2:pm at the Pinal Mountain Elks Lodge.
Memorial donations may be made to Elks Charities.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Besh Ba Gowah Festival of Lights

The Besh Ba Gowah 24th Annual Festival of Lights will take place this Sunday evening.

Sixteen hundred glowing luminarias will light the walls and walkways starting at dusk.
The evening includes cultural performers from the San Carlos Apache Reservation with flutist Robert Wilson. Local singing groups “The 40 Somethings” and the Diamonds will perform traditional and Spanish Christmas music in the auditorium.

Visitors can warm up around the bonfire at the center of the historic ruins. Hot cider, coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

Entertainmet begins about 5:30 and the Park will close at 9:00.

2nd Annual Christmas Give-Away

The 2nd Annual Christmas Give-Away takes place this Saturday from 9 until 2 at Holy Angels School. Fresh produce, household items, toys, children’s clothing and some adult clothing will be given away.

The Knights of Columbus will be serving free hot dogs and hamburgers while supplies last.

Moose Lodge Hosts 'Santa's Children's Christmas'

The Globe Moose Lodge will host Santa’s Annual Children’s Christmas on Saturday afternoon from 1 until 3 at the Lodge in Claypool.

This year there is an entry fee of one can or nonperishable food item to be donated to the local food banks.

Santa Will Be at Miami's 'Small Town Christmas'

Santa will be at the Small Town Christmas celebration at Miami Memorial Park on Saturday at 9:am. Bring a can of food for the Food Bank and have a picture taken with Santa and his helpers. There will be hot cocoa and free goodies.

Centennial Band Christmas Concert

The new Centennial Band will perform a Christmas concert Saturday at 6:30pm in the High Desert Middle School Auditorium. The band consists of musicians of all ages from both Globe and Miami.

Museum Presents 'First Christmas in Globe 1876'

The Gila County Historical Museum presents a special Christmas production tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday night in the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Performances of “The First Christmas in Globe, Arizona 1876” begin at 7:pm.

Former Gila County Historical Museum Director Bill Haak and Bullion Plaza Museum Director Tom Foster will play Bill McNelly and Felix Knox, who are hosting a Christmas gathering at their saloon in early Globe.

There is no admission fee for the production which will be followed by light refreshments.

Gila County Unemployment Increased in October

Gila County’s unemployment rate rose in October The county’s rate rose from 9.8% in September to 10.1% in October. But the state’s unemployment rate fell slightly from 9.1% to 9%. That’s down from about 9.7% a year ago.

Nationally, the unemployment rate held steady at 9.1 percent. That's the first time in several months that Arizona’s rate has dropped below the national unemployment rate.

Gila County’s work force in October stayed pretty much the same at a little more than 23,000.

Police Log

One person was flown to a Phoenix hospital yesterday afternoon after being run over in the Barnett Delaney Perkins parking lot.

Nobody was hurt in a single vehicle accident on Pinal Creek. The car was towed and a report was taken.

Globe Police arrested 35 year old Troy Goodman on failure to comply warrants for disorderly conduct, threats and intimidation/telephone harassment/domestic violence.
42 year old Sheryl Robles was arrested on a child support warrant.

Officers are investigating a sexual assault report and a damage report taken at Globe High School.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 43 year old Thomas Henson on a child support warrant.


Raymond Steven Badilla of Claypool passed away Monday at Banner Baywood Medical Center. He was 75. He is survived by his wife Lupe; his children Anna Sanchez, and Mike, Phillip and John Badilla; his brother Rudy; 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Raymond Badilla is Saturday at 9:am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and Mass is at 10:00.

Ruth Elizabeth Trumbo passed away December 9 at her home in San Carlos. She was 71. She is survived by her daughter Lizzie McIntosh; her son Eric Ramos; her brother; and 5 grandchildren.
The wake for Ruth Trumbo is Saturday at 4:pm at the McIntosh residence. The funeral is Sunday at World Evangelism Revival Center.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Miami Genesis Board Meets Thursday

The Miami Genesis Board meets Thursday at 6:00pm in the Miami Town Council Chambers.

In addition to a discussion of on-going Genesis projects, the Board will consider a Town of Miami Building Tour to coincide with the Home Tour in Globe.

Poll Says Arizonans Value Education But Are Critical of System

A poll by the Morrison Institute of Public Policy finds that Arizona voters support education but are critical of the educational system.

Arizonans consider education to be among the top three issues that the governor and Legislature need to address. Education was cited by 20% of the respondents, just behind immigration and jobs.

When asked to prioritize how state money should be spent, 51% rated K-12 education as very high and 40% high priority, a total of 91%.

But when asked how well Arizona public schools are doing, only 39% said the schools are doing a good job and 6% said an excellent job. A total of 41% said the schools are doing a poor or very poor job.

Arizona Ranks Near Bottom in Child Homelessness

A new report ranks Arizona near the bottom for child homelessness.

The National Center for Family Homelessness report examines the extent of child homelessness, risk for homelessness, child wellbeing and state policy and planning.

Arizona is in 47th place overall. It ranks last among the 50 states for risk for homelessness, based on economic factors. The study compares Arizona’s $7.25 minimum wage to the $17 an hour needed to rent a 2 bedroom apartment. 27% of Arizona households pay more than 50% of their income for rent. And the five-year average percentage of children in poverty is 21%.

Vermont is the top ranked state and Alabama is 50th overall.

Southwest Gas Rate Hike Approved

The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved a rate increase for Southwest Gas Corp. beginning January 1. A mechanism was also approved that allows the company to recover revenue lost from improved energy efficiency. reports that this will result in a 7.7% increase. That’s about $3.33 more a month for the average residential ratepayer. The monthly service charge remains at $10.70.

Your bill could either increase or decrease depending on the cost-recovery mechanism. But there will be a 5% limit on increases to the non-gas portion of your bill and no limit on possible decreases.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt when a car hit a rock in the roadway on Highway 60 just west of Miami.The continuous rain caused several rocks to roll onto the highway throughout the day but no other accidents were reported.

Last night Globe Police were dispatched to the Hill Street Safeway after a man pulled a gun on a customer and fled the scene. 25 year old Justin Shaffer was contacted at his residence in Four Star Mobile Home Park and charged with aggravated assault.

45 year old Cynthia Begay was arrested on a probation violation warrant for theft.

Officers are investigating a theft report taken at a business on Devereaux.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people after a domestic disturbance at Sunrise Mobile Home Park. 31 year old Joshua David and 26 year old Okalena David were both charged with domestic violence/disorderly conduct and criminal damage.


Longtime Globe resident Mary Jane White passed away December 11. She was 61. She is survived by her husband William; her parents; 4 children; 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
A Memorial Service for Mary White will be held Saturday at 10:am at Mariposa Gardens in Mesa.

Jack W. Thomas of Globe passed away Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix.
A Memorial Service at the Pinal Mountain Elks Lodge will be announced.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

PMFHE Awards $8,500 in Scholarships

On Thursday, December 8th Pinal Mountain Foundation for Higher Education awarded $8,500 in scholarships to students attending Gila Community College at the Gila Pueblo and San Carlos Campuses.

These scholarship awards include self-directed scholarships from Freeport McMoRan, the Carrissa Barcon Memorial Fund, Shining Times Car Wash, the Native American Book Fund, and the Elder Quality of Life Nursing Program.

(Pictured from left to right, back row: John O’Donnell, PMFHE Vice President, scholarship recipients Corbin Olson, Adam Amado, Michelle Dickison, Dominque Hayes, Shannon Casillas, Tanisha Morales, and Lisa Kennedy, Brian Seppala, PMFHE Secretary, and Jerry McCreary, PMFHE President. Front row: scholarship recipients Lennette Cons, Bonnie Mikeworth, Mariah Kitcheyan, Catie Carnahan, Elizabeth Rodriquez, Rachel Stevens, and Caycie Madison, Fernando Shipley, Globe Mayor and PMFHE Member. Scholarship recipients not pictured: Lillie Vega, Jerry Ellison Jr., Crysten Hedges, Ashley Garcia, and Jessica Lopez.)

CVCA Film Club Presents 'White Christmas'

The Cobre Valley Center for the Arts Classic Film Club and Hollis Cinema are hosting a special holiday screening of “White Christmas,” with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. It will be Thursday at 6:30pm.

Tickets are available at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts with a limited number available at the theater prior to showtime.

Ticket proceeds will benefit the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts Elevator Fund.

Southern Gila County Leadership Academy Begins January 17

The fourth annual Southern Gila County Leadership Academy begins January 17. Participants will learn the nuts and bolts of government, local community groups and non-profits during the 10 week course. Classes will be on Tuesday evenings in the Supervisors’ hearing room at the Gila County Courthouse. Some Saturday field trips are also planned.

The Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce and Gila County are sponsors of the event, with several corporate sponsors. Tuition for the class is $100. Some scholarship aid is available.

If you are interested, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 425-4495 for an application form. You can also download the application from their website at

Miami Hardscrabble Series Presents 'Antique Radios'

Ron Hughes will give a presentatiion about the history of radio entertainment before the television era at the Miami Library tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6:30pm. It’s part of the Miami Hardscrabble series.

There is no charge and light refreshments will be served following the program.

Police Log

Miami Police arrested 49 year old Alfred Fuentes for disorderly conduct/domestic violence.

Globe Police arrested 37 year old Traci Wright yesterday on a child support warrant.

A car ran off the road in the Vertical Heights area early yesterday morning. No injuries were reported. A Gila County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report and the case is under investigation.


Albert J. Thompson of San Carlos passed away December 9 at Trillium Specialty Hospital in Mesa. He was 50. He is survived by his wife Gloria; his daughter; his son; 2 brothers; and 2 grandchildren.
The wake for Albert Thompson is today (Tuesday) at 4:pm at the Agatha Thompson residence. The funeral is tomorrow at St. Charles Catholic Church in San Carlos.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Polish Company's Buy Out Bid Includes Carlota

The Polish government-owned mining company KGHM has made a bid to buy out Quadra FNX, including the Carlota copper mine in Miami. The reported price is $2.84 billion.

Last month Quadra FNX announced it will “wind down” production at Carlota because of higher costs and lower ore grades than expected.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday morning on Bankers Street.

There was a minor accident Saturday night at a business on Hill Street.

An injury accident occurred Friday night on North Broad Street. 23 year old Brandon Wright was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Yesterday a Gila County Sheriff’s deputy cited and releasaed 29 year old Mathew Widner for driving with a suspended license.

42 year old Henry Perez was arrested yesterday for driving with a suspended license.

Deputies are investigating an assault that took place at Four Star Mobile Home Park and a theft at the Claypool Circle K

On Saturday Globe Police arrested 60 year old Jerry Lawhon for DUI.

56 year old William Escobedo was arrested for disorderly conduct Friday night at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center.

31 year old David Scott was arrested for disorderly conduct at a business on North Broad Street.

Officers are investigating a harassment report taken in the area of Connie’s Store; criminal damage at a residence on Fourth Street; and an attempted break in at a residence on Surmont.

Miami Council Meets Tonight

Miami Town Council will have a Public Hearing at its Regular Meeting tonight (Monday) on the home rule option. The meeting starts at 6:30.

The Council will consider an Intergovernmental Agreement with the state related to enforcing installation standards for manufactured homes, factory-built buildings and mobile homes in the Town of Miami.

The Council will go into Executive Session for legal advice relating to Barcon Corporation vs. Town of Miami.