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Reduction of golden algae in Saguaro Lake allows organizers to resume fishing tournaments

  PHOENIX –  With golden algae levels lower than previous samples, the Arizona Game and Fish Department informed the Forest Service on August 14 that Saguaro Lake can resume hosting fishing tournaments.   Fishing tournaments temporarily were suspended in June when golden algae (Prymnesium parvum) blooms developed over large portions of Saguaro Lake. Golden algae produces a toxin (prymnesin) that affects any organism with gills. Similar golden algae levels raised concerns at Apache and Canyon Lakes but a drop in levels by late July resulted in tournaments restarting at these two lakes.   According to Arizona Game and Fish Department officials, Golden algae blooms are not a public health threat. The toxins that golden algae produce are only harmful to gill-breathing organisms such as fish and clams, and there is no evidence they are harmful to people, livestock or other animals. However, as a precaution, fish that are found dead or dying should not be consumed. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will continue to monitor the golden algae at all the Salt River-chain lakes. Read More »

Fishing tournaments to resume at Apache, Canyon lakes

Saguaro Lake tournaments remain suspended  The U.S. Forest Service has been notified by the Arizona Game and Fish Department that fishing tournaments at Apache and Canyon Lakes can resume, effective immediately. Fishing tournaments were temporarily suspended when golden alga (Prymnesium parvum) blooms developed over large portions of the lakes. Golden alga produces a toxin (prymnesin) that affects any organism with gills. Although golden alga is still present, the blooms have subsided considerably and are no longer producing toxin.  However, the golden alga bloom is still a concern at Saguaro Lake and the tournament suspension will remain in place until the bloom diminishes.  The Arizona Game and Fish Department will continue to monitor the golden alga at all the Salt River-chain lakes. Golden alga blooms are not a public health threat. The toxins that golden alga produce are only harmful to gill-breathing organisms such as fish and clams, and there is no evidence they are harmful to people, livestock or other animals. However, as a precaution, fish that are found dead or dying should not be consumed. Read More »

Globe man beats victim with sawed-off shotgun

SWAT team arrests Robert Herrera for assault, misconduct with weapon and other charges A Globe man who beat his victim with a sawed-off shotgun, causing deep lacerations on the victim’s head and neck, was arrested today on two counts of domestic violence/aggravated assault, misconduct with a weapon and several other felony charges. Globe Police were called to the home of Robert Christopher Herrera at 589 Hackney Hill Road in Globe the evening of July 16 for a report of domestic violence. Bystanders told police they wrestled the shotgun away from Herrera, and as the victim was driven away, the suspect reportedly fired one round at the vehicle with a .380 caliber pistol. The bullet struck no one. A search warrant for the suspect’s residence was obtained. Based on the nature of the crime and the circumstances, the Globe Police Department requested the assistance of the Arizona Department of Public Safety SWAT team (DPS SWAT) and the Gila County Drug, Gang, and Violent Crimes Task Force. On July 19, at about 2:15 p.m., DPS SWAT served the search warrant on the residence and took Herrera into custody without incident. After the residence was secured, Globe PD and the Gila County Task Force conducted a search of the ... Read More »

McGowen Machine Works full of history – still viable today

  In an age when self-reliance was a valuable commodity and computerized robotics a distant dream, McGowen Machine Works was the place to go for the entire state of Arizona. Now, the machine shop on the corner of Oak and Pine is mostly still, but that doesn’t mean the stillness is a permanent state of affairs. Owner Mike Knuckey, who currently resides in Pearland, Texas, has a couple of different plans. One of Mike’s plans is to reopen the machine shop, produce steel parts and operate as a type of industrial museum. A machinist uses machines like lathes, milling machines and grinders to produce precision metal parts for a variety of uses. Read More »

Globe Police actively investigating recent rash of burglaries

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Over the last few weeks, there have been a significant increase in the number of burglaries. The burglaries are primarily concentrated in the Globe downtown area, although there have been some in other nearby areas. The Globe Police Department is actively investigating these crimes and are asking for assistance from anyone who may have information regarding these burglaries. If you have information concerning burglaries, please call the Globe Police Department: Non-Emergency Line:        (928) 402-1872 WeTip (Anonymous Reporting):      (800) 78-CRIME – (800) 782-7463 The Globe Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind business owners throughout Globe to check the security of your building. Here are a few suggestions that can help make your home or business less appealing to burglars. Lock your doors and windows (many burglars enter through an unlocked door) Use a deadbolt that has a minimum of a 1” throw and use 3” screws to secure the deadbolt. Use security locks or blocks for windows and sliding doors. Make sure to secure old unused doorways and windows. Keep jewelry stored in a se Anonymous Reporting cured location (safe) and large amounts of cash. Install a security alarm ... Read More »

Man in Globe killed with single stab wound

Globe Police discovered a man dead from a single stab wound after receiving a 911 call June 30, 2017. When they arrived at the home at 541 W. Hackney Hill Road in Globe, they found a hysterical woman inside, and she was taken into custody without incident. Police also found a deceased man inside who appeared to have been killed with a single stab wound. The police had to force entry into the house when they arrived. They were initially given the wrong address during the 911 call, but they soon discovered the correct address, according to the news release from the Globe Police Department. No names – the victim or the person of interest – will be released until the next of kin has been notified and the investigation is concluded. According to the Globe Police, this is believed to be an isolated incident. Read More »

Pinal Fire UPDATE

May 24, 2017 Fire caused by lightning May 8 in Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District, 6 miles south of Globe near Pioneer Pass. Current size: 3,927 acres Containment: 21% Smoke:  Smoke levels may increase over the next few days due to weather conditions and fire growth. Smoke management specialists are continuing to monitor smoke conditions in close coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Gila County Office of Emergency Management. If you have respiratory problems or are sensitive to smoke, either stay indoors with windows closed or, if possible, relocate to someplace away from the smoke. If symptoms persist or become more severe, please contact your primary care provider as soon as possible. For more information, see http://legacy.azdeq.gov/environ/air/smoke/download/fire_smoke_your_health_brochure.pdf. Fire Behavior: The fire intensity will pick up as the weather patterns grow hotter and dryer and will continue to spread through the underbrush and duff. Yesterday, May 23, the fire encountered pockets of dense vegetation and brush and became quite active for a few hours. This created a great deal of smoke, some of which settled in and around Globe overnight. Values at Risk: No structures have been damaged or destroyed. No evacuations anticipated. Restrictions & Closures: A closure order ... Read More »

State prison unit in Globe not closing

Prison Wire. Photo by LCGross

The Arizona State Prison unit in Globe will not be closing, according to the Deputy Warden’s office. It was being considered for closure – along with a unit in the Safford area – because of low inmate numbers statewide and low staffing. “We are down more than 1,200 inmates across the state,” said Terry Willard, administrative secretary to the deputy warden for Globe. The unit was also being considered for closure because of low staffing. Globe Mayor Al Gameros told Globe Miami Times that he would be attending a meeting soon about the staffing issue, but he was glad the prison unit was not closing. “I’m not sure why there is a staffing issue, but we will meet to discuss that,” he said. Read More »

Updated: Pinal Fire at more than 700 acres

Globe area residents are warned to expect increased smoke from the Pinal Fire as it spreads through Ponderosa pine and conifer stringers. A Temporary Flight Restriction of 15 miles long by 7 miles wide has been placed over the Pinal Fire area encompassing Pioneer Campground, the 55-651 roads, and around the north side of the ridge. “Smoke management specialists are monitoring smoke conditions in close coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Gila County Office of Emergency Management,” according to Andrew Mandell, incident commander. The lightning-caused fire that started May 8 on Pinal Mountain is now at 700 acres, and its smoke is clearly visible in the Globe area. A closure order went into effect at 6 a.m. Tuesday and will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. The last wildfire in the area was in 1952, so crews will encourage low-intensity surface fire to burn away accumulations of live and dead plant material to prevent future devastating wildfire. Read More »

Injured man rescued after a motorcycle crash in remote area

Balazs Pongracz, 50, of Venice, Calif., was involved in a motorcycle accident south of Globe in the Pioneer Basin on May 8 that resulted in a leg injury. According to a news release, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office received the 911 call at about 3:27 p.m., and the injured man said he was “doing O.K., his phone was charged and he had food and water,” according to the Sheriff’s Office news release. Deputies and the Search and Rescue coordinator responded to the area and located Pongrazc at 5 p.m., and the injured man was transported to the Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. He was later flown to Banner Desert Hospital for treatment. In addition to the Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue, Tri City Fire Department and Native Air responded and helped coordinate the rescue effort. Read More »