Friday, April 6, 2012

Globe Council Meets Monday

Globe City Council meets Monday at 6:pm. Globe Police Chief Lee Kinnard will introduce new officer Kalene Carl and Elks Club Officer of the Year Mike Boyd. Globe Fire Chief Al Gameros will introduce firefighter Mike Peterson.

The Council will also meet Water and Wastewater Facilities Supervisor Matt Rencher and hear a presentation about the Farmers Market.

Other presentations include requests to proclaim April 9-13 National Library Week in the City of Globe and April 15-23 National Volunteer Week in the City of Globe.

The agenda includes a Public Hearing about the use of Community Development Block Grant funds.

The Council will consider a Resolution adopting a Fair Housing Policy and making known Globe’s commitment to the principle of fair housing.

Miami Council Meets Monday

Miami Town Council meets Monday at 6:30pm. The Council will consider an Intergovernmental Agreement with Gila County to purchase the Cobre Valley Community Transit building and property on Sullivan Street.

They will also consider a recommendation from the Genesis Board to spend about $700 from the Genesis Special Event Fund for flowers for up to 10 light poles.

The Council may possibly approve a new project to establish Community Gardens and Natural Vegetation to help beautify Miami.

They may also approve the use of the trolley or transit van to run during the Boomtown Spree.

The Council will go into Executive Session to discuss pending litigation with the Tri City Fire District.

Home Rule Forum in Miami on April 16

The Miami Town Council passed a Resolution in December that places the Home Rule issue on the May 15 General Election ballot.

A forum about “How Home Rule Affects You and Your Town” will be held on Monday, April 16 at 6:pm at Bullion Plaza.

Arizonans Spent 9 Percent of their Income on Fuel in March

Fuel prices appear to be reaching a plateau, but motorists across the country are still facing pump prices near $4. AAA Arizona says the Arizona statewide average dropped nearly a penny this week to $3.89 a gallon. The national average increased 1.5 cents to nearly $3.94 gallon. Here in Globe-Miami, gas prices are around $3.90.

The Oil Price Information Service says the percentage of income that the average Arizona household spends on gasoline jumped to 9% in March. This is the fifth most expensive month since they began tracking the data in 2000. The last time fuel spending totaled 9% in Arizona was in May of 2008, the same year Arizona hit an all time fuel price high.

Police Log

There was a fire yesterday afternoon on Gordon Street. The fire was contained to the yard.

Globe Police arrested 47 year old Robert Holy yesterday morning for criminal trespass at the Globe Safeway. He was booked and released on his own recognizance. Holy was arrested again a few hours later for an outstanding warrant and booked into the Gila County Jail.

40 year old Mary Cheever of Mesa was arrested Wednesday morning for criminal damage after causing a disturbance at the carnival next to Fry’s. Cheever was arrested again Wednesday night, this time for disorderly conduct at a business on Highway 60.

26 year old Randall Monroe of Tempe was arrested for DUI Wednesday night after an officer was dispatched to a disabled vehicle at a business on East Ash.

Two people were arrested during a traffic stop late Wednesday night. 27 year old Joseph Martinez was charged with consuming alcohol inside a motor vehicle. 33 year old Letha Williams was charged with aggravated DUI.

Officers are investigating an assault at a business on Highway 60; an attempted burglary at a business on Maple Street; illegal dumping at Hospital Drive and Russell Road; and a theft at a residence on North Bancroft.

Yesterday the Gila County Sheriff’s office arrested 21 year old Dixie Williams on a probation violation warrant for attempted trafficking in stolen property.

24 year old Mariah Taraba was arrested on a contempt of court warrant for aggravated assault.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Globe Easter Parade

The Fourth Annual Easter Parade in Globe begins Saturday at 9:30am at the historic train depot.

Contestants will walk the sidewlks of Broad Street and back to the Center for the Arts where winners will be announced around 11:30. Local businesses will help judge the best entries in four categories.

The first free showing of the 1948 claassic film “Easter Parade” begins at noon in the historic courtroom theater. There will be another showing at 3:pm.

Easter Sunrise Service

The community is invited to the Easter Sunrise Service at Dream Manor Inn on Sunday morning at 6:30.

An offering will be taken for the needy in our community. Breakfast will follow the service, hosted by Carl and Rebecca Williams of Dream Manor Inn.

This annual event is sponsored by the Gila County Ministerial Association.

Free Weather Training Workshop This Saturday

A free training will be held in Globe this Saturday (April 7) to teach people how to identify and report significant weather phenomena.

You will learn how thunderstorms work, how to identify cloud features associated with microbursts and tornadoes, visually estimate wind speeds, and how your reports tie in to warnings and advisories issued by the National Weather Service.

The workshop is Saturday from 10:am until Noon at Gila County Emergency Services on Apache Avenue.

To register call 402-8805.

First Friday Presents 'Mexican Americans in Early Miami'

Research specialist Christine Marin will talk about “Mexican Americans in Early Miami” during the First Friday program tomorrow at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum. The free program starts at 6:30pm.

The First Friday series is presented by Bullion Plaza and the Gila County Historical Museum each month. Light refreshments will follow the program.

Low Cost Rabies Clinic

The next Low Cost Rabies Clinic will be next Saturday, April 14 from 1:30 to 3:pm at the Animal Shelter.

The cost of a rabies shot is $10 plus the cost of a license. That’s $15 for an unaltered animal and $7 for a spayed or neutered animal.

Heritage Health Care Easter Egg Hunt

Heritage Health Care Center is having a community Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow (Friday) from 3 to 6:pm.

They have thousands of eggs and several prizes to give away, plus a pinata.

The Easter Bunny will be there for photos and hot dogs will be served to everyone who attends.

Miami Genesis Board Meets Tonight

The Miami Genesis Board meets tonight (Thursday) at 6:00.

They’ll discuss the next Pride of Miami home to be recognized.

The Board will discuss and set the date for cleanup month, Riverwalk on May 12. They will also discuss ideas to promote this day and possibly request funding from the special Genesis account.

They will discuss a tentative date for the next Building Tour and possibly volunteer to help the Sports Museum Committee paint the Library.

Police Log

Globe Police arrested 42 year old Leoniel Anderson on a failure to appear warrant for disorderly conduct/domestic violence and criminal damage.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27 year old Bobby Wilson on a probation violation warrant for burglary and theft.

39 year old Christopher Rivera was arrested on a child support warrant.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Gila County Least Healthy in Arizona

A national heath report released this week ranks Gila County last in Arizona for certain health indicators. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation studied more than 3,000 US counties and ranked them from healthiest to least healthy in each state.

Cronkite News Service reports that the entire state falls well short of national averages on a range of health indicators, from the prevalence of fast food restaurants to the availability of primary care physicians and the teen birth rate.

Gila County’s poor showing for health outcomes is based on its premature death rates, percentage of low-birthweight babies, and reported days of poor physical and mental health. Gila County’s premature death rates are about 50% higher than the state as a whole.

The county’s poor health outcomes come in spite of the fact that it ranked in the middle for health factors such as tobacco use, diet and exercise, and access to care.

United Fund Taking Applications

The United Fund of Globe-Miami is accepting applications for funding aid for the 2013 campaign. This is open to all local non-profit organizations with a 501(c)3 standing.

Contact Gail Lenox at the United Fund office, 928-200-9777.

The mailing address is P.O. Box 2160, Globe 85502.

Applications are due no later than April 30.

Globe School Board Meets Tonight

The Globe School Board meets tonight (Wednesday) at 6:00 in the High Desert Middle School auditorium.


Richard Dennis Swinger of Globe passed away March 31 in Florence. He was 71. He is survived by his wife Sharon; his daughter; 2 grandchildren; 2 step-sisters and his step-brother.
A Memorial Service for Richard Swinger will be held Saturday at 2:pm at Lamont Mortuary.
Memorial donations may be made to Miami High School or Globe High School.

John Eastlick passed away March 15 at the age of 91. He is survived by 2 children; 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
The funeral for “Jack” Eastlick is tomorrow (Thursday) at 1:pm at Lamont Mortuary.
Memorial donations may be made to the Copper Valley Relay for Life, TMC Foundation in Tucson or Montana Tech Foundation.

A graveside service for former Miami resident Ruth J. Gooding will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at 11:am at Globe Cemetery..

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

School Readiness Roundup April 24

Globe and Miami parents can register their children and get information at a School Readiness Roundup on Tuesday, April 24. Register for Kindergarten, Head Start and Early Head Start, and get information from health and community services organizations.

The School Readiness Roundup is from 9:am until Noon on Tuesday, April 24, at Pinal Mountain Little League Park in Claypool.

Landfill Begins Summer Hours

The Russell Gulch landfill begins summer hours this week: 6:am to 4:pm. They are closed on Sundays and holidays.

At the collection event on Saturday, 116 residents dropped off 408 electronics for recycling. The company that brought in the paper shredder destroyed 194 boxes of documents brought in by 25 vehicles.

The next Gila County Landfill event is free greenwaste disposal day on Saturday, April 21 for Earth Day. Greenwaste includes tree limbs, brush, grass clippings and leaves.

If you have any questions, call the Russell Gulch Scalehouse at 425-7470.

International Human Rights Group Accuses Arizona of Abuse in Prisons

The human rights group Amnesty International has issued a report saying that Arizona’s state prisons overuse solitary confinement in cruel, inhumane ways, especially for mentally ill prisoners and juveniles as young as 14. The report says that Arizona prisons use solitary confinement as a punishment more than most other states and the federal government.

Amnesty found that some inmates are held in solitary confinement for months and sometimes years. It calls for Arizona to use the practice only as a last resort and only for a short duration. It also asks that the practice not be used against children or prisoners who are mentally ill.

Amnesty found that 35% of inmates in maximum security were committed for non-violent crimes.The report mentions cases of inmates who have been in solitary confinement continuously for 15 years.

The Arizona Republic reports that last July, Corrections officials declined to meet with Amnesty representatives from London who were visiting Arizona.

The Amnesty International report says that out of the 37 cases of suicide between October 2005 and April 2011 in which it was able to collect information, 60% took place in maximum-custody solitary units. There have been at least eight more suicides and 16 other deaths since April 2011 that the Corrections Department only describes as “under investigation.”

Police Log

Phoenix Police arrested 34 year old Jerad Crockett of Globe on a failure to appear warrant for burglary.

Miami Police arrested 52 year old Nikki Cannon and 27 year old Piper Stidham for disorderly conduct.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft report taken at Golden Hill Nursery.


Juanita M. Hull passed away March 30 at her home in Globe. She was 64. She is survived by 3 children; her father; her brother; her sister; and 4 grandchildren.
Visitation for Juanita Hull is tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9:am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:00.

John M. North of Globe passed away March 31. He was 97. He is survived by 2 sons; his daughter; 11 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
A graveside service for John North will be held Friday at 1:pm at Globe Cemetery.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Supervisors Meet Tuesday

The Gila County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10:am.

There will be a Public Hearing on a Resolution authorizing the Gila County Housing Authority to submit its Annual Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Supervisors will consider an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Arizona Housing Department allocating $120,000 to help residents with housing rehabilitation.

The Supervisors will also proclaim April to be National County Government Month in Gila County and to encourage participation in related activities throughout the month.

Help Build a Miami Veterans Memorial Wall

Darryl Dalley is raising money to construct a Veterans Memorial Wall for the Town of Miami.

Local artists are making drawings and an archetect will design the wall. The Miami Town Council will approve the final design.

The front of the wall on the ground will be lined with red bricks. Darryl is selling the bricks for $50 each and you can put up to three lines on the brick. You may purchase a brick for a veteran, friend or family member, or in your own name.

For more information call 928-719-6921.

First Friday and Miami Hardscrabble Programs

Research specialist Christine Marin will talk about “Mexican Americans in Early Miami” during the First Friday program this Friday at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum. The free program starts at 6:30pm.

The First Friday series is presented by Bullion Plaza and the Gila County Historical Museum each month. Light refreshments will follow the program.

Then next Wednesday, April 11, Dr. Santos Vega will speak at the Miami Hardscrabble presentation. He will discuss his book on early Miami. The program begins at 6:30pm.

Learn About Falls and Housing Discrimination at Globe Active Adult Center

Gila Community College nursing students will be at Globe Active Adult Center today (Monday) at 10:30am to talk about preventing falls.

Blood pressures will be taken tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10:30. Then at 11:00 a Southwest Fair Housing Council representative will talk about housing discrimination and ageism.

Police Log

One driver was cited for failure to control his vehicle after a two vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in the area of South Hill Street.

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle accident Saturday in the area of South Fourth Street.

No injuries were reported in an accident late Friday morning at Main and Highway 60. One driver was cited for failure to control his vehicle and one car was towed from the scene.

Two people were arrested after a disturbance last night at a residence on Kinnemur Avenue. 19 year old Kevin Swedick and 19 year old Candice Plant were charged with disorderly conduct.

29 year old Matthew Widner was cited and released last night for driving with a suspended license.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 33 year old Joseph Martinez on Saturday for agravated DUI.

39 year old Luis Sanchez was arrested Friday for kidnapping in connection with a domestic incident on Huie Street.

48 year old Thomas Hogan was charged with disorderly conduct after a fight in the area of Windy Hill.

22 year old Lacey Compton was arrested on a failure to comply warrrant for possession and use of drug paraphernalia

33 year old Francisco Curiel was arrested on a child support warrant.

Deputies are investigating a theft report taken on Globe Avenue; a theft report taken at a residence on Dooley Drive; and a reported burglary on Calle de Loma.

Globe Police arrested two people for shoplifting Friday afternoon at Walmart. 22 year old Julena Upshaw and 22 year old Amador Hadley were booked, cited and released.

Officers are investigating a report of a broken vehicle window in a business parking lot on North Broad Street.


Ethel Jones of Globe passed away March 29 at Trillium Hospital in Mesa. She was 60. She is survived by her sister Pearl Upshaw; her aunts and her uncle.
The wake for Ethel Jones is Friday at 6:am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in San Carlos. The funeral is Friday at 10:am.