Friday, February 10, 2012

Globe Council Meets Monday

Globe City Council meets Monday at 6:pm.

Bob Hutchinson will be presented a watch in honor of his retirement. And new police officers Kevin Fane, Carl Melford and Steve Nash will be introduced.

The Council will consider authorizing the City Manager to apply for an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant.

Gas Prices Continue to Climb

AAA says gasoline prices are up again for the seventh straight week.

Nationwide, the average fuel price climbed 3.3 cents to nearly $3.49 a gallon. Statewide, the price of fuel has increased 2.5 cents to a little more than $3.43 a gallon. Arizona’s fuel average has increased more than 22 cents—or 7%-- since the start of the year.

Arizona drivers experienced the highest January fuel prices on record. The Arizona fuel average for January was 12% higher than in January of 2011.

The average fuel price this week in Globe-Miami was around $3.40 a gallon.

Keystone Stairs Cleanup Tomorrow

A cleanup of the historic Keystone Stairs in Miami will take place tomorrow (Saturday) from 8:am until Noon.

Please wear sturdy shoes, bring your own gloves, tools to pick up garbage, and water. Garbage bags will be provided.

Police Log

A Gila County School Resource Deputy took a child abuse report at Charles Bejarano School. The incident occurred at a residence in Miami. One person was taken into custody.

A Gila County Drug Interdiction Agent arrested 50 year old Patricia Hunter for possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 35 year old Rebekah Mathews on a failure to appear warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

36 year old Jessica Lopez was arrested on a child support warrant and a failure to comply warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies are investigating criminal damage at a business on Broadway.


Michael A. Johnson passed away February 4 at th his home in Whiteriver. He was 51. He is survived by 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
The wake for Michael “Micee Boy” Johnson will be tomorrow (Saturday) at 4:pm at the Vanette Bourke residence. The funeral is Sunday at 1:pm.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Copper Cities Community Players Auditions

The Copper Cites Community Players will have auditions on Friday for the 2012-2013 production season. People of all ages are needed for acting, singing and dancing roles. They also need people interested in production, back stage, lights and sound, and promotion assistance.

The Players are especially looking for a young male lead singer and actor—age 18 to 30—for a production this spring.

Auditions will be held on Friday from 6 to 8:pm at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. If you are interested but are unable tio make this audition, call Jo Nell Brantley Thomas at 425-8111.

Sweetheart Spaghetti Dinner

The American Legion Auxiliary is having a Sweetheart Dinner tomorrow night (Friday) from 5:30 until 7:30. The cost is $8 a person for a spaghetti dinner with wine and dessert.

San Carlos and 13 Other Tribes Receive Housing Grants

Fourteen Arizona Native American tribes have been awarded a total of $44 million in housing grants.

KOLD in Tucson reports that the money is part of $400 million in US Housing and Urban Development Department funds distributed to tribes nationwide.

The Indian Housing Block Grant program benefits low income families living on tribal land.

Tribes can use the money for housing assistance, crime prevention and safety, and to find ways to solve affordable housing problems.

The Gila River Indian Community, the White Mountain Apache Tribe, the Hopi Tribe and the San Carlos Apache Tribe received the largest amount of Arizona grant funding.

Globe Schools Public Forum Today

The Globe Unified School District is searching for a new superintendent. There’s a public forum today (Thursday) at 5:30 in the High Desert Middle School Auditorium. The search process will be explained and you will have the opportunity to give your input about the characteristics a superintendent should have.

A survey has also been created for additional input. The survey is anonymous and goes directly to the Arizona School Boards Association for data collection and interpretation. It is on the District website at


Betty Key Ayze of Peridot passed away Monday at Copper Mountain Inn. She was 82. She is survived by her son Larry; her daughter Marilyn Begay; and 2 brothers.
The wake for Betty Ayze will be Saturday at 6:am at the Larry Ayze residence. The funeral is Saturday at 1:pm at World Evangelism Revival Center.

Frederick Louise Tarango of Globe passed away Sunday at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. He was 66. He is survived by his partner Mona; 4 children; his sister; and 2 brothers.
Services for “Doggie” Tarango will be private.

Police Log

A shed caught fire yesterday on Smith Street. Neighbors used water hoses to keep a home from also burning. Globe and Miami firefighters controlled the fire. No injuries were reported.

Miami Police arrested 22 year old Joseph Gomez on warrants for assault/domestic violence, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and open liquor container in a vehicle.

Globe Police arrested 44 year old Christopher Brice for burglary/trafficking in stolen property.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft and criminal damage at a residence on Bixby Road.

Hayden Police arrested 21 year old Jose Molina of Globe on warrants for failure to comply with release conditions, possession of drug paraphernalia and attempted theft.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Statewide Telecom Project Launched

On Tuesday Governor Brewer announced the launch of a telecommunications project that will create Arizona jobs and expand communication and broadband capabilities throughout the state.

The project is made possible by a $32 million grant from the US Department of Commerce. The 2010 grant was awarded as part of an initiative to build a statewide microwave and fiber network to increase broadband capacity and internet connectivity in each of Arizona’s 15 counties.

Bread Claims May Be Misleading

ABC News reports that the claims on the front of bread packages may be misleading. Terms such as “whole grain,” “multigrain” and “12 grain” have been given no legal defination by the Food and Drug Administration. That means bread manufacturers can use them even if their products contain more white flour than whole grain.

So if you’re looking for healthier bread, you need to look at the list of ingredients on the back of the package. The ingredioents are listed in order, from most to least. If you want more whole grains in your diet, make sure the first ingredient is a whole grain.

When you see “whole wheat” on the front, that’s the only time you are getting whole grain wheat flour. If the package just says “wheat bread,” it is almost certainly white bread with little or no whole grain flour.

When it says “whole grain,” that doesn’t necessarily mean it is mostly whole grain.

“Multigrain” simply means there is more than one type of grain, but it may be all refined flour.

Check the list for ingredients like “maltodextrin,” “inulin” or chicory root fiber, oat hull fiber, oat fiber, wheat fiber and wheat starch.

Home Rule Option Goes to Miami Voters

The Miami Town Council has approved the Home Rule Option after two public hearings, determining that an alternative expenditure limitation is necessary. They are submitting it to Miami voters at the May 15 general election. A copy of the Resolution and the proposal is available at Town Hall upon request.

The Town of Miami is requesting arguments “for” or “against” Home Rule to be included in the ballot measure’s publicity pamphlet.

Bring statements to Miami Town Hall or email .

Police Log

Last night Globe Police arrested 35 year old Adam Contreras for criminal trespass at a business on Hill Street.

Officers are investigating a burglary at a residence on Bancroft.

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. 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

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.


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.