Thursday, February 16, 2012

Report Slams Arizona Private Prisons

A new report from the Arizona chapter of the American Friends Service Committee says that Arizona’s private prisons are unsafe and not cost-effective.

The report says that Arizona paid $10 million more for private prison beds between 2008 and 2010 than it would have for equivalent state beds. And the state’s plan to add another 2,000 private prison beds will cost at least $6 million a year more than incarcerating those inmates in state prisons.

In the past three years, Arizona private prisons have experienced at least 28 riots and more than 200 other “disturbances.” Many of these disturbances have not been reported to the public until now.

The group says that private prison corporations have been buying their way into the criminal justice system, boosting demand for their services by lobbying for even tougher criminal laws.

The Huffington Post reported this week that one major private prison company recently wrote to the governors of 48 states offering to buy their state-owned prisons outright. The offer would require a guarantee that the prisons be kept 90% full.

The full report is online at

Gosar Questions Interior Secretary About Land Swap Proposal

Cronkite News Service reports that 1st District Representative Paul Gosar was one of the Congressmen who questioned Interior Secretary Ken Salazar during a budget hearing on Wednesday.

Gosar asked Salazar why his department isn’t supporting the land swap bill that would clear the way for the proposed Resolution Copper Mine near Superior.

Gosar called the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act “jobs legislation” that would create more than 3,000 jobs.

Salazar said that his department generally supported a version of the bill that was introduced in the last Congress because it would have required an environmental analysis before any land exhange and also another one before mining could begin.

Gosar’s bill does not ask for an analysis before the land exchange. Salazar says an analysis should be done in order to address tribal concerns and issues relating to water.

Last week the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona told a Senate hearing that the Resolution mine would not only destroy holy land but it would also contaminate surrounding water sources.

Supporters of the mine insist that environmental and cultural issues will be addressed but the land swap should go through first because the state can’t wait for the economic boost.

Sgt. D.G. Denton Memorial Benefit Ride

The Sgt. D.G. Denton Memorial Benefit Ride takes place this Saturday (February 18). Riders can sign up on the day of the event from 8:30 until 10:am at the American Legion in Globe.

The cost is $25 for each bike, including a free breakfast.. The first 50 registered bikes will get a memorial patch.

Kick stands go up at 10:15. The escorted ride will go from the American Legion post in Globe to the Butcherhook in Tonto Basin. Then it will go to Bernie’s in Wheatfields, The Huddle in Globe and then to the Drift Inn in Globe.

There will be raffles and prizes, and the Drift Inn will offer food disciounts. Music will be provided by Grey Wolf.

Free Movie at Globe Library

Globe Public Library is showing the movie “Lady and the Tramp” Friday at 2:pm. There is no charge.

Bill Would Lower Minimum Wage for Tip Workers

Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill to lower the minimum wage for tip workers and part-time, temporary workers under age 20.

Restaurant operators told the House Commerce Committeer that the 2006 ballot measure that established a state minimum wage has hurt their business.

The Arizona Republic reports that the proposal would allow employers to drop the $7.65 an hour minimum wage by $3 for any part-time worker who is employed for 90 days or less. It would apply to any worker under age 20.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in an accident yesterday morning at Alhambra and Highway 70. One driver was cited for failure to yield from a stop sign.

Globe Police arrested 52 year old Phillip Gonzalez for disorderly conduct at the Express Stop.

21 year old Corrina Randall was arrested for disorderly conduct after a disturbance at the Wendy’s Shell.

29 year old Kyle Thomson was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

47 year old Leola Upshaw was arrested on a failure to appear warrant for shoplifting and criminal trespass.

Officers are investigating a report of an assault on a minor taken at a residence on Hackney; a theft report at a residence on South Broad; a burglary at a residence on South Agave; and a burglary at an address on Maple.


Catherine F. Giorsetti of Globe passed away Tuesday at Heritage Healthcare Center. She was 87. She is survived by 4 sons, including Joe Giorsetti of Globe; her brother; 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Catherine Giorsetti will be Saturday at 9:am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and Mass is at 10:00.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

'Arizona Experience' Website Launched

The virtual Arizona Experience website was launched Tuesday at a special Centennial event in Phoenix.

The website features interactive, multimedia content from nearly 300 content providers.

It was created in just three months, largely by the Arizona Geological Society. Each month for the next year they will introduce a major theme. March’s theme will be Mines and Mineral Resources.

The site is supported by Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation as a presenting sponsor with additional funding from the Helios Education Foundation.

You’ll find the website at

Miami Arts Commission Meets Tonight

The Miami Arts Commission meets tonight (Wednesday) at 6:00 at Copper Mine Picture Café.

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

Call Jim at 200-2743 for more information.

Candidate Series Continues Tonight

Globe District 3 City Council candidate Erik Mariscal will be at Bernard’s Coffee Station tonight (Wednesday) at 6:pm for a candidate forum.

Police Log

Yesterday Globe Police arrested 37 year old Terry Gonzales for domestic assault after a disturbance at a residence on Manzanita.

Officers are investigating criminal damage at the Besh Ba Gowah Museum and counterfeit money at the Express Stop.

Superior Police arrested 38 year old Jerry Robles of Globe on a child support warrant.


Baby Angel Lynn Keoke of San Carlos passed away February 9 at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. Angel is survived by her parents Michael Keoke and Makella Barlow; her sister Kylie; and her grandparents.
The wake for Angel Lynn Keoke will be Thursday at 6:am at Freedom Holiness Church. The funeral is at 1:pm.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

BHP to Restart Pinto Valley Operations


BHP Billiton has announced that it is restarting mining operations at the Pinto Valley mine.

BHP says the operation will produce 60,000 tons a year of copper concentrate and create 650 new jobs. Mining is expected to resume at the end of this year.


Valentine's Day at Miami Senior Center

The Miami Senior Citizen Center will celebrate Valentine’s Day today (Tuesday) with live music by Jose Sanchez and the Blue Diamonds. It starts at 11:00.

Miami Mayor Rosemary Castaneda will crown the Miami Senior Center King and Queen.

Lunch will be served at Noon.

The Globe-Miami community is invited to attend.

Police Log

Globe Police arrested 26 year old Russell Giles for domestic violence and criminal damage after a disturbance early this morning at a residence on Escalera.

21 year old Morgan Powell was arrested yesterday afternoon for making fraudulent purchases at Walmart.

Officers are investigating an attempted burglary at a business on Highway 60 and a burglary at a residence on East Maple.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating criminal damage to a window at a residence on Scott Avenue.


Bennie Robles of Globe passed away February 9 in Phoenix. He was 89. He is survived by his daughter; his son; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Bennie Robles will be Sunday at 6:pm at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Rosary is at 7:pm. Mass of Christian Burial is Monday at 10:am.

Former Globe resident Louise Haught passed away Saturday at her home in Tucson. She was 87. She is survived by 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren
Visitation for “Wesie” Haught will be Thursday at 11:am at Northwest Bible Church in Tucson.
Viewing will be Saturday from 10 until Noon at Lamont Mortuary in Globe. Interment will be at 3:30pm Saturday at Young Cemetery in Young.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Arizona 100th Birthday in Globe

A special birthday tribute to the State of Arizona starts at 5:pm tomorrow (Tuesday) on the bandstand in front of the Center for the Arts.

Everyone is invited to bring a dinner bell, cowbell or whatever you have handy to ring in the next 100 years at 5:30pm. Area churches have been invited to ring their church bells.

Southwest Gas will have bell bracelets for the first 200 children 12 and under, accompanied by their parents.

Globe Active Adult Center Celebrates February 14

Globe Active Adult Center celebrates Arizona’s birthday and Valentine’s Day Tuesday at 10:30am. Rick Uhl will provide music.

Boys and Girls Club Golf Tournament March 17

The Boys and Girls Club of Globe is hosting the 4th Annual 3-Person Scramble Golf Tournament on March 17 at the Cobre Valley Country Club.

Breakfast and registration begins at 7:30 and the shotgun start is at 8:30. Lunch and the award presentation begins at 1:30pm.

The cost for early registration is $45. It will be $50 the day of the tournament.

The Boys and Girls Club is looking for 3-person golf teams, and donations to the prize table, drawing table and auction table.

For more information call Sharon Listiak at 402-8841.

Arizona Statehood Talk on March 2

The First Friday program on March 2 will feature Jim Turner with a talk about Arizona statehood. The program is free and starts at 6:30 at the Miami Memorial Library. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

The First Friday series is sponsored by the Gila County Historical Museum in Globe and the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum in Miami.

Miami Council Meets Tonight

Miami Town Council meets tonight (Monday) at 6:30. They’ll consider an Intergovernmental Agreement with Gila County to purchase the Cobre Valley Community Transit building and property at 506 Sullivan Street.

The Council will discuss a request to renovate the memorial at Veteran’s Memorial Park and a request from the Eagle Scouts to construct a Police and Fire Department Memorial at the Police Department.

The Council will also consider requests to use the Bullion Plaza for the March of Dimes “March for Babies Walk” on March 17, and a dedication of the Rose Mofford Room at Bullion Plaza on April 21.

Police Log

Nobody was hurt in a single vehicle accident yesterday afternoon on Russell Road.

There was a single vehicle rollover accident yesterday afternoon at Round Mountain.

A truck hit the bridge at Connie’s Store Saturday morning. Nobody was hurt. The driver was cited for failure to control speed to avoid a collision.

Yesterday Globe Police arrested 50 year old Vicki Malhorn for possession of a dangerous drug.

35 year old Adam Contreras was arrested Saturday for public consumption after causing a disturbance at the Twice as Nice store.

43 year old James Mathews was arrested on Friday on a failure to comply warrant for assault.

Officers are investigating domestic violence/criminal damage at the Budget Motel; criminal damage at Harbison Field; criminal damage to a business on West Highway 60; criminal damage at a residence on High Street; a missing juvenile report taken at a residence on Tenth Street; a theft report taken at a residence on Maple; and illegal dumping in the area behind Walmart.

Miami Police arrested 48 year old Troy Miller on a failure to pay warrant from Maricopa County for DUI.

On Friday San Carlos Police arrested 32 year old Cristi Hensley on a child support warrant.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 55 year old Jeff Belarde on Friday on a failure to comply warrant for issuing a bad check.

27 year old Justin Philpot was arrested on a child support warrant.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the egging of several cars and residences on Basham Drive; criminal damage to a vehicle in the area of Euclid Avenue; illegal dumping in the area between Kyser Crossing and Miami Gardens; and a theft at a ranch on Highway 77.