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Freeport-McMoRan Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

This year’s recipients of the Globe-Miami Community Investment Fund were announced at Freeport’s 3rd Quarter Partnership meeting in Globe. The fund,  established in 2012, has distributed $1,326,000 to this region and is governed by a board made up of local community leaders representing diverse organizations and two FMI representatives. The fund looks for eligible programs and projects in the area of education, community and economic development, environmental stewardship and health and wellness. Read More »

Miami Memorial Library gets Lobby Upgrade

Miami Memorial Library gets an upgrade

*Note: This article corrects an error in the recent print edition of our Summer issue which stated the grant for the project was $25,000.  It should have read $2,500.  GLOBE- It is one woman’s tribute to libraries―and the Miami Memorial Library, to be precise. Artist Patty Sjolin put in 100 hours over the last month, transforming the lobby of the Miami library with a colorful mural that now covers two walls top to bottom. The design includes nods to much-loved titles for children including The Cat in the Hat and Meet Peter Rabbit, salutes to Arizona history and Vandal pride, and an embrace of the great classics of literature. “I loved doing this mural,“ says Sjolin. “My hope is that the visitor will take a minute to enjoy the mural as they enter the library, and that, like a puzzle, every book and extra piece has a significant meaning, adding  that she sees the mural as a tribute to the love of libraries. “As the age of electronics becomes more the normal,” says Sjolin, “libraries are losing what was so magical about them.”  Read More »

Flooding concerns prompt City to suspend vacations and reassign staff to clearing washes.

The City of Globe declared a State of Emergency last night during a special meeting held at City Hall.  The declaration allows for more legal and operational latitude by Mayor and Council in managing the very real threat of flooding which the City is facing as a result of the Pinal Fire.  It was announced last night that all scheduled vacations have been suspended and staff are being reassigned to work on the flooding concern.  Read More »

County threatened by flooding after Pinal Fire moves to mitigate possible damage.

The question is not if flooding will occur, but when it will come and how much damage it may do. At a community meeting in Globe Tuesday night, experts from multiple agencies and local government addressed the threat of flooding in this area as a result of the fire which burned over 7000 acres throughout much of May and June in the Pinal mountains.  In satellite images provided by the forest service, significant swaths of the Pinals show high to moderate burn severity which means when the monsoon rains do come this summer there will be little to stop the water from picking up the fine ash left by the fire and flowing downhill at greater velocity, and with more debris than before. Read More »

Public invited to Community Meeting Sunday May 21 to discuss Pinal Fire

The Pinal Fire which began on May 8th due to a lightening strike is a controlled burn which now covers over 1400 acres. It is being allowed to burn underbrush which has accumulated in the area for nearly 65 years since the last fire in 1952.   Read More »

Sheriff Department announces seizure of marijuana and oxycodone pills worth over $40,000.

GILA COUNTY- During a traffic stop near Pine, on Hwy 87 milepost 252, Gila County Sheriff detectives from the Drug Task Force discovered approximately 12 bundles of hydroponic marijuana and 57 oxycodone pills, a narcotic drug. The vehicle along with $281 in cash was seized as a part of this investigation. The street value of the marijuana is estimated at $39,000 and the street value of the oxycodone narcotic pills at $1,710. The stop, which occurred on April 11, 2017, at approximately 4:30 a.m, included a canine search which alerted deputies to the possible drugs.  As a result of the investigation Jimmy Brown and Amanda Wellington, both age 20, were arrested and booked into Gila County Jail for the Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for Sale, Transportation of Marijuana for Sale, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Possession of a Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is committed to continuing an aggressive stance on the drug problems that impact our communities. Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to thank the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission for their continued funding of the Gila County Drug, Gang, and Violent Crimes Task Force which makes operations such as this ... Read More »

Warning to Globe utility customers paying online

Globe recently discovered that a third-party on-line bill pay website which is designed to look like it is affiliated with the city  has been collecting payments from local citizens who pay their bills online. The company, DOXO.com charges a fee and has created issues of late-pay notices despite customers paying Doxo on time.   It should be noted that, while third-party sites are legal, not all third-party sites are equal. And this one is causing problems in the Globe area.  DOXO.com is based in California and is able to reach Globe customers who search for online bill pay in the area because their Google listing is the first one that shows up on a google search. Local residents think they are going to Globe’s bill pay site when they are actually going to DOXO. Linda Oddonetto, Executive Assistant to Globe’s city manager, said the City was just made aware of the fact recently when they had to resolve an issue for a customer who had paid through Doxo and yet their account was tagged as delinquent.   The City is now trying to get the word out to customers about this issue.   Please note: The City of Globe does offer an online payment system ... Read More »

Local Vet sees 1st snakebite of the year

Think of the Arizona desert, and the first things that come to mind are probably heat, saguaro cactus―and rattlesnakes. As the saying goes, practically everything in the desert will “stick you, sting you, bite you or burn you.” But for newcomers to the Southwestern desert, the scariest hazard is probably the rattlesnake: that fearsome serpent that lies in wait, coiled under the nearest prickly pear, ready to strike at anyone who comes near. Read More »

A Greek Monastery in the Sonoran Desert

This was first published in print for our Winter Issue in 2011 and later published online, February 5th, 2011. I had heard about St.Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery (located just south of Florence) years ago, and I finally made the time to visit it in June 2011. Although I am not Orthodox, the visit was a spiritual experience for me in much the same way any place of serene beauty confirms the presence of a Greater Hand at work in the universe. The monastery is out in the desert and seems to be an unlikely spot for such beauty since the desert south of Florence is a fairly non-descript flat expanse of the Sonoran Desert. You’ll see a lot of greasewood, shrub brush, and cholla cactus, but that’s about it. However, the monastery compound stands out because of the various kinds of stately palm trees that grace the grounds and its orchards and olive groves. Read More »

1909 was a very good year for Globe

Before looking ahead at our own New Year quickly approaching, we wanted to take a moment to look back to 1910 when the local newspaper, the Arizona Silver Belt ran a full page article on Globe, with the bold headline: “Growth Phenomenal During Year Just Closed” Globe Outdistances All Rivals In Growth “When Globe ushered in the new year at midnight, this morning, it left behind one of the most prosperous years in the history of this, the most thriving mining city in the territory.” The article, as it was written is quite dense and the scan makes it hard to read, so I have listed a few of the highlights from that most prosperous of all years – 1909.  Growth of Globe *The population of Globe increased 20% ending with nearly 13,000 people in Globe proper. Contributing to this, according to the article, were new mining camps and new towns, “of which Miami is a notable example.” *The city’s wealth also increased and ended the year with nearly three-quarters of a million dollars more in worth in taxable property than the year before. *The largest bulk of this increase came from the addition of a dozen new businesses and public ... Read More »