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Water is Life

(First published on May 31 2014)  Native artists bring a message to San Carlos in a mural Thanks to three young Native artists and a grant from a national organization affiliated with world-renowned street artist Shepard Fairey, an eleven and a half foot mural of an Apache woman now stands behind the Peridot Shopping Center off Highway 70. High above the ground, freshly pasted onto the side of a water tank, she cannot be missed. Her eyes gaze off into the distance; she appears noble and strong. Wearing a speckled camp dress and a t-necklace that hangs level with her elbows, she holds yellow pollen in her hands against a backdrop of crosses. Blue-green paint is sprayed all around her, representing water. Read More »

The Evolution Of A Band: Miami’s Big Band Sound

This story first appeared in our summer 2014 issue It’s the first Friday of June, and the sun is beginning to set behind Miami. An eight-piece band plays a lighthearted ‘50s tune in front of Bullion Plaza as a woman dances her heart out in the empty street in front of them. With a bounce and loaded shimmy in every step, she dances solo. A few other bodies jitter by her, but this woman’s gusto is hard to ignore. Read More »

The Winter 2017 Get ‘Er Done Award goes to physical therapist known for his house calls and humor

Bruce Bender is the man behind Pinal Mountain Therapy. Photo by LCGross

When just about every other business in town is closed the day after Christmas, Bruce Bender cheerfully answers the phone and says, “Yes, I’m open.” Bender is the owner and operator of Pinal Mountain Rehab, his physical therapy business. After a brief introduction at the start of his interview, one of the first things Bender has to share is, “I have been misunderstood my whole life.” This happened to be a quiet moment; he had just reopened his doors after lunch hour. It  wouldn’t be long before this house, converted into a rehab center, comes alive with the clamor of patients riding stationary bikes, using elliptical machines, lifting weights, and chatting. Read More »

Exploring the Globe Cemetery.And some of its lesser known stories

Globe Cemetery headstone for Woodmen of the World, circa 1898

 With its weathered, and often cracked headstones dating back to the late 1800s, it’s easy to let the Globe Cemetery capture the imagination. Covering roughly 32 acres of land in the hills on the west end of town, its entry lined with tall, ominous cypress trees (also known as graveyard trees), there is much to wonder about the cemetery’s long history and those buried below. To this day, some people are still buried in the “old” sections of the cemetery with their families, if their family claimed a plot many, many years ago, says Pam Leonard, the cemetery administrator at City Hall. Newer plots are still purchased from the City of Globe. Read More »

Swallowing Clouds

Swallowing Clouds Local chef and wonton soup connoisseur shares his love of the Chinese tradition

Local chef and wonton soup connoisseur shares his love of the Chinese tradition “Wonton soup means swallowing clouds,” Chef John Wong says. “It’s a weird translation, you know how English doesn’t translate to Chinese, and vice versa.” When a wonton (dumpling) is cooked, it floats up in the soup’s broth. That’s where the Chinese name comes from. “That’s a cloud, and you’re supposed to swallow it,” Wong explains. “The preferred way of eating wonton soup, wonton meaning dumpling, is to eat it whole.” Read More »

The Maintenance Couple – Matt and Barbara Kannegaard

This Issue’s Git ‘Er Done Award  Normally GMT features one person in the Git ‘Er Done series. However, Matt and Barbara Kannegaard are a team, and it would be nonsensical to recognize one without the other. What is clear is that the husband and wife duo believe in community growth. It is evident through the projects they work on as business owners, as well as the time they devote to community projects outside of work. If you are a local, you probably recognize Matt and Barbara’s (better known as Barb) familiar faces. Barb is a Miami native, and Matt might as well be, considering the two were high school sweethearts.  Read More »

Digging Beneath Superior

Driving on US 60 for the first time between Florence Junction and Superior is a memorable experience. It’s a white-knuckle kind-of-ride when there is nothing more than a bright yellow line separating you and the cars driving in the opposite direction. Recently, however, ADOT began a $45 million roadway improvement project to widen that five-mile portion between mileposts 222 to 227 and convert it into a modern, four-lane divided highway, for the sake of both traffic flow and safety. The department hopes to complete the project by 2017. Prior to construction, ADOT performed a standard review identifying any potential environmental impacts or impacts on sensitive cultural resources. “It’s the right and respectful thing to do and part of our commitment to the environment,” explains Dustin Krugel, ADOT’s Statewide Public Information Officer. Read More »

Living the Rodeo Dream

Trick Roper and Rider Nancy Sheppard Tells Her Story The year must have been 1947 when a dazzling 17-year-old brunette adorned in orchids was entertaining a crowd at what was considered the largest and most prestigious rodeo at the time at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The woman’s name is Nancy Sheppard. Her claim to fame was that she was the only woman who could stand on a running horse while spinning two ropes, one in each hand, at the same time. Sheppard is 85 years old now, yet, the world-renowned rodeo star still drives out to venues outside the sleepy town of Globe, where she resides, to perform trick roping for audiences.  Read More »

The Journey of Water in Globe-Miami, From Faucet to Drain

And the Problems That Come With It Back in California, for the first time in history, Governor Jerry Brown mandated water use restrictions in April, responding to the state’s four-year drought. Meanwhile, Phoenix is uneasy as the Colorado River continues to wane. Further east, in rural Arizona, we have our own set of water issues, including supply as well as infrastructure. Beneath the City of Globe, the Town of Miami and everything in between lie networks of aging water pipes, some of which are more than 100 years old. Yet, many of these pipes are what surrounding communities continue to rely on to bring water into their homes and carry sewage away. When these stop functioning, so do our neighborhoods. So, how are rural communities like ours handling water issues here in the Southwest? Read More »

Cattle Ranching in San Carlos – The Early Years

Updated April 18, 2015  The San Carlos Apache Reservation once attracted ranchers from all over the Southwest to buy cattle. When it came to cattle grazing, the land in San Carlos was considered the best of the best. The story of how this came to be dates back to the 1800s. A family with the last name of Stevens established two of the earliest cattle ranches on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. They were considered pioneers in developing the Apache cattle industry. Now that his father and grandfather are gone, Bob Stevens — former wildland firefighter, a well-known San Carlos hunting, fishing and hiking guide, and recently elected vice president of the Slaughter Mountain Livestock Association — is trying to not only keep his family’s ranch alive, but also the stories that came with it.  Read More »