Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rural Counties Have Lost More Jobs Than Urban Counties

An article in the rural America newspaper the Daily Yonder says that four years after the beginning of the recession, job losses in rural counties are higher than those in urban or exurban counties. (Exurban counties are those beyond the suburbs of a city. They are in metropolitan regions, but about half of the people who live there are in rural settings.)

Rural counties had nearly 850,000 fewer jobs this December than in December of 2007. That’s 3.7% fewer jobs in rural America four years after the recession began.

Urban counties had lost 3.3% of their jobs four years after the recession. Exurban counties lost 2.9% of their jobs.

The county with the largest job loss was Yavapai County in Arizona. That exurban county lost around 8,800 jobs.

Globe Celebrates 100 Years of Arizona Statehood

Globe will be “Ringing in the Second 100 Years” to celebrate the 100th anniversay of Arizona statehood. At 5:pm next Tuesday, February 14, there will be brief comments by dignitaries followed at 5:30 by community bell ringing.

The event will take place at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts bandstand in downtown Globe.

'Scenic Drives in Arizona' Presentation

The Miami Hardscrabble program returns to the Miami Memorial Library tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6:30pm. Rick Powers will have a presentation about “Scenic Drives in Arizona.”

There is no charge for the program, which is followed by light refreshments.

Copper Dust Stampede Rodeo May 11-13

This year’s Copper Dust Stampede Rodeo will take place on May 11 through 13. A “Junior Copper Dust Stampede” will be added to get kids involved in the rodeo experience.

A parade in downtown Globe will kick off the event at 10:am on Saturday, May 12. New events and attractions will be available at the Gila County Fairgrounds following the parade.

For information on how to help or sponsor call 928-701-3551.

Police Log

The Gila County Courthouse was evacuated during the noon hour yesterday after a bomb threat. No bomb was found.

Miami Police responded to a report of suspicious activity on Prospect Avenue. One man was contacted who would not identify himself. He was taken to the Miami Police station for further investigation. Once there, the man ran from the officer. He was caught and later identified. 37 year old Manuel Robles was charged with false reporting, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and an assault warrant.

Officers saw a small child run across Merritt Street who was almost hit by a passing car. The officers contacted the mother and found that she had an outstanding warrant from Maricopa County for fraud. 38 year old Karrie Moya was arrested for the warrant and taken to the Gila County Jail.

Mesa Police arrested 23 year old Vincent Doss of Globe on a failure to appear warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34 year old Raynelle Pizano on warrants for child support and shoplifting.

Deputies are investigating a burglary in Six Shooter Canyon, a theft at a business on Russell Road and a report of counterfeit money at the Claypool Circle K.


Elizabeth Helen Stotler of Globe passed away Sunday at Copper Heights in Mesa. She was 98. She is survived by 2 sons, including Frank Stotler of Miami; 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
A graveside service for Elizabeth Stotler will be held at 1:pm Thursday at Pinal Cemetery.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Supervisors Meet Tuesday

The Gila County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday at 10:am. They’ll recognize employees who have been employed for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years in Gila County.

The Supervisors will accept a donation from BHP Billliton of $3,000 to purchase parts for the County’s Refurbished Bike Program.

Librarian at Globe Active Adult Center

February is Library Lovers’ Month and Marion Steele will be at the Globe Active Adult Center Tuesday to talk about what the library has to offer. It starts at 11:00.

Family Game Night at Bejarano School

Bejarano Elementary School is having a Family Game Night Tuesday night. It’s from 6 to 7:pm in the cafeteria.

Stubbs to Run for Sheriff

Darrell Stubbs has announced that he is running for Gila County Sheriff on the 2012 ballot.

Stubbs has served as a Gila County deputy sheriff, a patrol officer for the Town of Miami and the Gila County Task Force.

Forest Service Says Mobile Home Park Violates Policy

The Tonto National Forest is moving to shut down a 167-resident mobile home park overlooking Roosevelt Lake.

Woodall’s Campground Mangement blog reports that the Forest Service has decided that the lease of the land for the park violates its policy that bars private use of public lands. The park consists mostly of trailers owned by vacation homeowners.

The operators of the trailer park say the action will shut down the only sewage treatmant plant in the area. They say it could also dry up business at the marina.

The people with mobile homes in the park have until January 2013 to move them. But many of the homes are so old that they don’t meet modern standards necessary to relocate them.

Park manager Shari Harper says it’s not about losing homes, but the park brings about $2.5 million from outside Gila County into the local economy.

Gila County Constable Elected State Secretary

The Arizona Constables Association has elected Gila County Constable Colt White to be State Secretary.

AZINews.com reports that the new slate of 2012 Board members also includes outgoing Secretary Jean Bishop, who was elected State Treasurer.

The mission of the Arizona Constables Association is to preserve the office of Constable by promoting training, professional conduct, and legislation for peace officers who enforce court orders and serve process in Arizona.

To learn more about Arizona Constables, visit www.ArizonaConstables.com.

Workshop for Dementia Caregivers

A five-session workshop to develop skills needed to care for someone with dementia or memory loss will be held next month in Globe. There is no charge but seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

At the workshop you will learn about dementia and its impact, how to manage frustration and stress, how to communicate with your loved one, and how to take better care of your own health.

To participate you need to be providing an average of four or more hours of care or supervison a day.

Respite assistance may be available to help caregivers attend the workshops.

The program is a partnership of the Alzheimer’s Associaition, Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

For more information call the Alzheimer’s Association at 602-528-0545 Ext. 210.

Candidate Forums at Bernard's Coffee Station

If you missed the candidate forum last week, a series of forums is being held at Bernard’s Coffee Station. The programs start at 6:pm.

Terry Wheeler will be there tomorrow (Tuesday), Jim Gillette on Wednesay and Fernando Shipley on Friday.

District 3 candidate Carmen Cassillas will be at Bernard’s Coffee Station this Thursday and Erik Mariscal next Wednesday, February 15.

District 2 candidates Thea Wilshire and Mike Humphrey have declined to participate.

Comment Period Extended for Environmental Assessmant

Tonto National Forest officials are seeking comments on the Travel Management Environmental Assessmant.

The first 30 day comment period ended yesterday. Officials decided to add another 30 day comment period based on public input and requests.

The proposed action involves a system of roads, trails and areas. The final product will be a Motor Vehicle Use Map that shows which roads and trails will be open to motor vehicle use.

A copy of the travel management environmental assessment is on the Tonto National Forest web site. Comments must be submitted by March 5. You can use a comment form on the Internet, or comment by mail, email or telephone.

Email: comments-southwestern-TMRTonto@fs.fed.us

Travel Management Team Leader
Tonto national Forest
2324 E. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Phone: 602-225-5213

Police Log

Yesterday afternoon Globe Police arrested 42 year old Denise Curry for disorderly conduct and criminal damage after a disturbance on South Fifth Street.

32 year old Brenda Barber was arrested in connection with a criminal damage report taken at the El Rey Motel.

18 year old Sean Stroud was arrested on Saturday for possession of stolen property.

37 year old Robert Rodriguez was arrested on a child support warrant and a failure to comply warrant for driving with a suspended license.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32 year old Jess Perez on Saturday for DUI.

53 year old inmate Raymond Allen was served a failure to pay warrant on Friday for a bad check charge.

30 year old James Torres was arrested on a failure to comply warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Deputies are investigating a theft at the Carlotta Mine and a burglary at the Little League field in Claypool.


Former Miami resident Cpl. Cody Benjamin Adler passed away January 26. He was 20. Cody was stationed in San Diego in the U.S. Marine Corp.
He is survived by his mother Gloria Goodman; his sister; and his brothers Troy and Timothy Goodman of Globe.
Visitation for Cody Adler will be Saturday at Noon at Lamont Mortuary. The funeral is at 1:00.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Register Now for Preschool Story Time

The Globe Public Library is taking registrations for their Preschool Story Time. The program is for children 3 to 5 years old. You and your child will enjoy stories, crafts and more during the one hour free program.

Sign up at the library. If you have any questions about Preschool Story Time call Emily or Mary Helen at 425-6111.

Miami Arts Commission Meets February 15

The Miami Arts Commission will meet Wednesday, February 15 at 6:pm at Copper Mine Picture Café.

The public is invited to join in discussions about current and future projects.

Call Jim at 200-2743 for more information.

'Dump the Drugs' Event

The Copper Basin Coalition is sponsoring a “Dump the Drugs” event tomorrow (Saturday) in the Fry’s parking lot.

Drop off your unwanted, unused or expired medications from 8:am until Noon.
The event is sponsored in partnership with Fry’s and the Globe Police department.

Reed Found Guilty in Domestic Incident

Yesterday (Thursday) a Gila County jury found 32 year old Wesley Reed guilty of aggravated assault, criminal trespass, threats and intimidation and criminal damage.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores presented the case to the jury.

On October 16, 2010 the former Young resident threatened his grandmother with a knife. He also threatened to kill his mother and grandmother separately from his use of the knife. Reed’s grandmother ordered him out of the houise. He left but came back later and banged and kicked at the front door. He then entered the home through a window.

Reed has 5 prior felony convictions and this offense was committed while he was on parole from his most recent conviction.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores says it is fortunate that no one was hurt, but a situation like this can easily escalate to where law enforcement is responding to a homicide or a victim with serious injuries. She says no one deserves to be subjected to this behavior. Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence should call local law enforcement immediately.

Because of his extensive criminal history, Reed is facing a minimum of 7.5 years, and a maximum of almost 19 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Wesley Reed is currently at large. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts should contact the Gila County Sheriff’s Office at 928-425-4449.

Sheriff Armer Announces Retirement

Gila County Sheriff John Armer has announced that he will retire at the end of his term.

Sheriff Armer has been in law enforcement for 43 years, as Deputy Sheriff in Maricopa County, Globe Police Chief and Gila County Sheriff.

Armer says he appreciates the trust that Gila County voters have placed in him. He thanks his command staff for their support. He says the employees of the Sheriff’s Office are among the best he has ever worked with, and the fact that the office has never been the subject of lawsuits or public criticism is the result of their professionalism.

Sheriff Armer says he plans to remain an active resident of Gila County.

Police Log

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21 year old Matthew Miller on a failure to comply warrant for disorderly conduct/fighting.

A Deputy served a probation violation warrant to 23 year old inmate Kyle Hamlet for attempted hindering prosecution.

A deputy took a report of a domestic incident at Apache Trail Mobile Home Park.

Miami Police arrested 33 year old Robertson Chatlin on a warrant for driving with a suspended license.


Mary Ann Stevens of Peridot passed away January 30 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. She was 67. She is survived by her husband “Jay”; 7 children; 14 brothers and sisters; 30 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

The wake for Mary Stevens will be tomorrow (Saturday) at 4:pm at the Stevens residence. The funeral is Sunday at 1:pm at San Carlos Miracle Church.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

First Friday Program About 'Prehistoric Arizona'

Eddie Colyott returns to the First Friday historic lecture series tomorrow night at the Miami Memorial Library. His presentation on “Prehistoric Arizona” begins at 6:30.

The program is free and is followed by light refreshments.

Scouts to Collect Food for Local Food Banks

Local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will be collecting food for the local food banks this Saturday in the Annual Scouting for Food Drive.

Scouts will be outside grocery stores and also going door to door for canned and other non-perishable food items.

The goal of the annual food drive is to replenish the shelves of local food banks after the holidays when many might not otherwise remember those in need.

Registration Continues for Pinal Mountain Little League

Registration continues this weekend for Pinal Mountain Little League Coach Pitch and T-Ball. The hours are 9:am until Noon Saturday and Sunday at the Claypool Safeway.

Forms must be turned in by February 17.

More information may be found online at www.pinalmountainlittleleague.org.

Free Friday Movies in Globe

The Globe Public Library is showing free movies every Friday afternoon in February. This Friday’s movie is “Cars 2.”
Next Friday, February 10, they’ll be showing “Dolphin Tale”; “Lady and the Tramp” on February 17; and “Puss in Boots” on February 24.

Globe Active Adult Center is showing the movie “Courageous” tomorrow (Friday) at 12:30. They provide popcorn and soda, too.

Globe Tool Lending Library Needs Volunteers

The Globe Tool Lending Library is looking for volunteers to maintain the files of patrons as they “check in” and “check out” tools. Volunteers are needed Monday through Thursday from 8:am until Noon and Friday from 8 until 2.

The Tool Lending Library is located behind the Globe Active Adult Center.

Call Mary Stemm for more information at 402-8768.

Candidate Forum Tonight

The Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum of Globe and Miami Council candidates tonight (Thursday) at 6:30. The forum will be in the Supervisors’ Hearing Room at the Gila County Courthouse.

Candidates will give a short opening statement followed by questions from the audience. You will be invited to submit questions in writing. Facilitator Jay Spehar will ask the candidates your questions.

For more information call the Chamber of Commerce at 425-4495.

Miami Genesis Board Meets Tonight

The Miami Genesis Board meets tonight (Thursday) at 6:00 at Miami Town Hall. They’ll discuss several ongoing projects, including the upcoming Building Tour, and plan a fundraiser booth for the Boomtown Spree in April.


James Darrell Carlson of Globe passed away January 28. He was 77.
A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held on Saturday at 4:pm at the Globe Elks Lodge, followed by a potluck.

Police Log

Miami Police are investigating the theft of a trailer full of equipment from a Miami residence. The doors and the wheels of the trailer were locked, so it took time and effort to take the trailer. Anyone with information about the trailer is urged to call Miami PD. The 2006 box trailer is white with Arizona license plate S02553.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 63 year old Ignacio Renteria on a failure to comply warrant for issuing a bad check.

50 year old Mark Riggs was arrested on a child support warrant.

Deputies are investigating criminal damage to water pipes at a residence on Euclid and the theft of a cord of wood from a residence on Old Oak.

Globe Police are investigating two reports of burglary at Copper Country Mobile Home Park,.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ed Carpenter Named 2011 Citizen of the Year

The Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce has named Ed Carpenter 2011 Citizen of the Year.

Recognized for outstanding community service at Friday’s dinner at Dream Manor were (front l-r) Cheryl Brazell, Pearl Nancarrow, Claudia DalMolin, and (back l-r) Darryl Dalley, 2011 COY Ed Carpenter, and William Herrera. The chamber recognized these people for their volunteer work within the community at the citizen of the Year dinner.

Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Lower Salt River

The Tonto National Forest is looking for volunteers to help clean up the Lower Salt River area. A River Bank Cleanup will take place on Saturday, February 18 from 9:am to 1:pm at the Blue Point Recreation Site.

Lunch and beverages will be provided free to volunteers. Trash bags and parking will also be provided.

For more information visit the Mesa Ranger District website at www.mrdvolunteers.org.

Police Log

Miami Police were called to the area near Maquey Mobile Home Park about two men dumping trash into the nearby canyon. The men were caught and taken to the Miami Police Department.

A child was bitten by a dog on Merrit Street and received minor injuries. 36 year old Kari Moya was cited for the violations.

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

No injuries were reported in a two vehicle accident last night on Highway 60.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26 year old Charles Fee for burglary, trafficking in stolen property and theft.

Two people were arrested during a traffic stop yesterday afternoon on Ice House Canyon Road. 30 year old Syvina Gomez was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 43 year old Thomas Henson was arrested on a child support warrant.

23 year old Kyle Hamlet was arrested yesterday for driving with a suspended license.

A juvenile was cited in connection with a burglary on Roberts Road.

Deputies are investigating criminal damage to a vehicle on Grandview Drive.

Globe Police are investigating a report of missing license plates taken at a business on North Broad Street.

Tempe Police arrested 38 year old Melissa Cruz of Globe on a failure to appear warrant for use of a dangerous drug and aggravated harassment.