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Author Archives: Aimee Staten

Community Pool or Aquatic Center pose No easy answers.

Cobre Valley Country Club Pool

A swimming pool is generally the most popular and populated recreation site in a community during the summer, so what happens when one local option has permanently closed and the other two are failing? According to several area leaders, it is time to think regional. “The time has come where we need to approach new projects and ideas as a region (because) it has become extremely difficult to get funding standing alone, especially in rural communities,” Globe Mayor Al Gameros said. “We are a stronger force when we collaborate and work together.” Read More »

San Carlos Tribe prepares for future with new College

Five years ago, a man had a vision of an upwardly mobile people with their own college, respect for tradition and a strong sense of cultural identity. The tiny plant that grew from the seeds of that vision poked its head above the soil last month with the opening of the San Carlos Apache College. Terry Rambler, San Carlos Apache Tribal chairman, was the man with the vision, but he knew he would need some help, so he asked Arizona State University President Michael Crow. On Monday, Aug. 14, the college’s doors opened to its first 58 students. Read More »

New Attraction in Globe, Arizona designed to Haunt Visitors

All the pounding and sawing inside the historic jail in Globe over the month of August has raised questions about the possibility of sinister happenings in these parts. Tales of crazed zombies desperately scratching at windows and the sounds of unearthly moans emanating from the ghostly throats of long-gone prisoners have caused concern among the local folks, and they are demanding answers. Since Sept. 28, citizens have taken to lining up in front of the historic jail house on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at sun-down so they can see the goings-on for themselves. This is expected to continue through the weekends in the month of October and end with a special showing for kids on Halloween night. Trouble is, the more people that are allowed in, the more screams and maniacal laughter are heard by those on the outside. Read More »

Celebrate fire safety at Tri-City Fire open house

Tri-City Fire District will hold its annual open house at its Claypool station on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help Tri-City celebrate another year of service to the community and raise awareness about fire safety! Tri-City will have firefighting vehicles, equipment and helicopters open for families to explore. There will be raffles, giveaways, goodie bags, plus hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. This year, the Gila County Public Health Department and the Miami High School Anti-Tobacco squad will be at the open house with pig lungs to demonstrate healthy lungs. They will also have tobacco “quit kits” and other resources available. The Health Department, along with Copper Basin Coalition, will also present information on Naloxone (the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose) and will have Naloxone “recovery kits” available. Read More »

Forest Offices to close for Columbus Day

All Tonto National Forest offices will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017, in observance of Columbus Day. Offices will resume normal business hours Tuesday, October 10. For localized information, contact one of the following Ranger District offices during regular business hours: Tonto National Forest Ranger District Offices:   Cave Creek Ranger District, (480) 595-3300  Globe Ranger District, (928) 402-6200 Mesa Ranger District, (480) 610-3300 Payson Ranger District, (928) 474-7900  Pleasant Valley Ranger District, (928) 462-4300 Tonto Basin Ranger District, (602) 225-5395 When visiting the Tonto National Forest, consider the following: Check the weather for that specific part of the forest at http://www.weather.gov/ Practice good campfire safety Respect public lands by packing out trash Additional info can be found on the Tonto National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/tonto/. Read More »

Fall Weather Camping Opportunities on the Tonto National Forest

Fee machines have been installed and are available to pay fees for overnight camping on the Mesa, Cave Creek, Globe and Tonto Basin ranger districts.  Timber Camp Campground, on the Globe Ranger District, and Burnt Corral, Cholla, Frazier Horse, Schoolhouse and Windy Hill campgrounds are currently open on the Tonto Basin Ranger District.  The Tortilla Campground on the Mesa Ranger District opened for the winter on Sunday, Oct.1.  Fee machines are available at the Tortilla, Burnt Corral, Cholla, Schoolhouse and Windy Hill campgrounds to pay for overnight camping.  The fee machine for Frazier Horse Camp is located just down the road at the Windy Hill Campground.  The Mesquite, Horseshoe, Riverside and CCC campgrounds on the Cave Creek Ranger District are also open, however fee machines are located at the entrance to the Ranger District Office and at the Bartlett Lake overlook.  Make sure to pay for your camping site before you drive all the way out to the campgrounds. The following information may be helpful for planning winter activities on the Mesa Ranger District: Overnight use is allowed at Coons Bluff on Friday and Saturday nights Oct. 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018. Overnight use will also be allowed on the Sunday night before the following holidays:  Columbus Day ... Read More »

Driver dies at scene of accident east of Globe

The driver in a single-vehicle collision just east of Globe was pronounced dead at the scene at about 12:30 on Sept. 20. The Globe Police Department, along with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office and The Department of Public Safety, responded to the area of Hwy. 60 and Hwy. 254 in reference to the single vehicle collision. The collision resulted in a fatality of the single occupant, a 20-year-old male from out of the Gila County area. The investigation, which is being conducted by the Globe Police Department, is ongoing, but the initial investigation shows that the collision was a result of the driver driving over the posted speed limit. Globe Fire personnel responded but the single occupant of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. The roadway was closed by the Arizona Department of Transportation for approximately two hours while investigators gathered evidence and cleared the scene. Information courtesy of the Globe Police Department. Read More »

Draft Wilderness Inventory Map and Evaluation Criteria Available for Public Review

PHOENIX, September 13, 2017—Tonto National Forest officials have developed a draft inventory map as part of the ongoing Wilderness Recommendation Process. The map is now available for public review. The Tonto National Forest (TNF) developed the final inventory criteria used to produce the draft inventory map after listening to public comments during public meetings and analyzing written comments during two rounds of review. Read More »

Actors wanted for the Haunted Jail at Globe

Auditions are this Friday for parts at The Haunted Jail at Globe! People can try out for parts from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Historic Jail in Globe on Friday, Sept. 15. If you can work for this guy, we have a job for you! We are looking for people to work this new haunted house attraction. Show dates are Sept. 28 -Oct. 31, 2017, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Read More »

Gila County Superintendent Office Wins Grant to Train Science Teachers

Submitted by Roy Sandoval, Gila County Superintendent Educators working in rural areas face a particular set of challenges that can make even the simplest of tasks a headache. Far-flung schools and dirt roads mean teachers and students are isolated from resources that urban schools take for granted. The Gila County Superintendent’s office, however, is working to overcome these challenges, one grant at a time. Just recently, their team secured a $412,000 grant that will support raising student achievement in physical science county-wide. The grant’s focus area – physical science in grades three through eight – was selected as the target based on recent AzMERIT scores, which revealed that Gila County students could use a boost in this area. Read More »