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Peak Wildflower Season has arrived in Globe-Miami region

Every spring, swaths of Mexican Gold poppies bloom along highway 60 lure photographers and petal-peepers to the communities of Miami and Globe. The burst of color is reliable even in years that lack generous winter rainfall, but with the rains we’ve had during the first quarter of 2017 this promises to be an exceptional display.   Read More »

Superintendent Roy Sandoval meets with stakeholders to discuss education challenges

GILA COUNTY- Gila County Superintendent Roy Sandoval recently brought together local school administrators and legislators for a conversation about some of the challenges that rural Arizona educators are tackling every day. Representatives David Cook and T.J. Shope as well as Senator Frank Pratt joined Gila County school administrators for the meeting on Friday, Feb. 10 at Globe High School. Read More »

Tonto National Monument offers Fee Free Day for Presidents’ Day on February 20, 2017

Roosevelt, AZ – Tonto National Monument, along with other national park units, national wildlife refuges, national forests and public lands managed by Bureau of Land Management will waive their entrance fees in celebration of Presidents’ Day on February 20, 2017.  Hike up to the Lower Cliff Dwelling, one-mile roundtrip, explore the museum, and enjoy the scenic views of Roosevelt Lake.  In partnership with the National Park Service, Western National Parks Association is offering a 15% discount in the bookstore.  Tonto National Monument protects two cliff dwellings built by the Salado people over 700 years ago.  Established as a national monument in 1907 by President Teddy Roosevelt, the cliff dwellings were part of the early archeological preservation movement in America. The Monument is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for December 25. Directions and additional information are available on the Monument’s website, www.nps.gov/tont , or you may call 928-467-2241. Read More »

Verde Canyon Railroad offers Valentine’s Day experience

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, on February 11, 12 and 14, 2017, Verde Canyon Railroad “sweetens” the experience aboard its most popular event, Chocolate Lovers’ Train. Where else can passengers enjoy a flight of wine and chocolate decadence while catching a glimpse of bald eagles in flight?  Read More »

Spelling Bee scheduled for Feb. 23 at Payson High School

GILA COUNTY – Each year, teachers and administrators volunteer to spend many hours organizing and hosting classroom, school and district level spelling bees so they can send their top spellers to the County Spelling Bee. The Gila County School Superintendent’s Office encourages you to support County students and schools by attending this year’s Gila County Spelling Bee. Read More »

March 1 is deadline to Nominate an Outstanding Teacher of the Year

GILA COUNTY-Gila County School Superintendent Roy Sandoval is proud to announce that the Teacher of the Year Award nominations are now open.             “This award is an important opportunity for us to lift up the stories of exceptional educators in Gila County,” says Superintendent Sandoval. “Anyone can nominate a teacher who has gone out of their way to change the course of their students’ lives.”  Celebrating its seventh year, the Gila County Teacher of the Year Program recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 professional educators from public and charter schools who have made a lasting impact on Gila County’s school-aged children.             Teachers can be nominated by a fellow educator, an administrator, a parent, or a community member. The Gila County Teacher of the Year will receive a $500 award, a plaque, and recognition countywide.             To nominate someone, download the form at www.gilacountyesa.org under “Upcoming Events/Teacher of the Year.” Alternatively, contact Christine Lopez at the Gila County School Superintendent’s Office at 928-402-8783 or by email at clopez@gilacountyaz.gov for more information on how to submit a nomination.              The deadline to submit nominations is by 5 p.m.  on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. To be eligible for selection as the ... Read More »

Free Geology Morning for Families hosted at Arboretum

Families are invited Saturday Feb. 18 to learn about rocks, collect interesting stones they’ll be allowed to keep – and see evidence of the volcanic and tectonic forces that shaped our region’s geology. All who sign-up in advance get free admission for pre-registered kids age 5-12 accompanied by two adults (parents, grandparents or other adult chaperones). Read More »

County looking for volunteers to host Teen Maze

GILA COUNTY- The Gila County Division of Health and Emergency Management will be holding the “Teen Maze” on March 21st from 4pm – 8pm for the public and on March 22nd for participating Gila County schools at the Gila County Fairgrounds in Globe. The Teen Maze is an event at which students have the opportunity to face consequences of randomly selected life-style choices associated with risky youth behaviors in a safe and controlled environment. The maze is set up as an interactive “Game of Life”. We are looking for volunteers for both days to help make the Maze a success.  No public health knowledge is required, just your passion for making Gila County a better and safer place for everyone! To volunteer, please contact Mariah Campagna at 928-402-8696 or mcampagna@gilacountyaz.gov.  You may also stop by the Health Department at 5515 S. Apache Ave. Suite 100 in Globe between 8am – 5pm. Read More »

Why we love rafting the Salt.

Rafting season is scheduled to begin on March 4th this year and river rafting companies are beginning to book reservations.  We’ve had a decent amount of rain this winter so the river should be running and fun begins in just over one month from now!  We are re-sharing this post from the Salt River Rafting folks to whet your appetite! For more on this, see our article by Anne McAuley on Rafting the Salt River . Plus, check out this video we found by Salt River Rafting folks who show that not ALL the fun is had on the water! And, here are the links to the rafting companies working the Salt River each year:  SaltRiverRafting (SRR):   This is one of the oldest rafting companies operating along the Salt, since 1992.   Noteworthy: Check out their “Super Wilderness One Day,” which meets up at Bernie’s Steakhouse, and includes 20 river miles, three Class IV rapids, a dozen Class IIIs, and three hours of rugged jeep trails to and from the river.    info@raftthesalt.com    800-472-5194 Mild to Wild:   This company operates in Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Noteworthy: They have rafts, premium boats and inflatable kayaks. Check out their “Dash of ... Read More »

St. Vincent De Paul thanks community

St. Vincent’s De Paul of Holy Angels would like to thank everyone involved in our Thanks giving and Christmas celebrations that just passed. We were able to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to 25 families and 25 Christmas dinners as well. We would also like to thank those volunteers and families who assisted with our Christmas Luncheon. We would also like to thank Santa for making a special appearance and handing out 66 stockings to needy children in our community. We would like to thank everyone who provided donations including, parishioners, Eastern Arizona Railroad, Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, and other misc. donators.  We would finally like to thank the families that participated in our Holiday Celebrations! -Father Arnold & St. Vincent’s Staff Read More »