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Book Reviews: A Gentleman in Moscow soars

“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.” —The Washington Post A Gentleman in Moscow shows what one can accomplish in a crumbling world with the right attitude about changing fortunes. The hero of the book, Count Alexander Rostov finds his fortune reversed when the Bolsheviks take over and he is relegated to house arrest in ” The Metropol, the famed Moscow hotel where movie stars and Russian royalty hobnob, where Bolsheviks plot revolutions and intellectuals discuss the merits of contemporary Russian writers, where spies spy, thieves thieve and the danger of twentieth century Russia lurks outside its marbled walls. <iframe style=”width:120px;height:240px;” marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ src=”//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=globemiamitim-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0670026190&asins=0670026190&linkId=014c07626df743bde0a1b7ae6b5fbdbb&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true”></iframe> No matter the circumstances, the Count displays the wisdom and manners of his station in life as a gentleman and, in doing so, gives much to his fellow travelers whether they are the hotel staff, a passer-by or the ruling class du-jour.   “After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a ... Read More »

United Fund hosts a packed crowd for Kick Off Breakfast

The United Fund of Globe Miami hosted their kick off breakfast this morning at Cobre Valley Country Club where they announced the 2018 recipients. It was a packed house despite the early morning breakfast hour with members of the 20+ agencies represented, along with community leaders and major stakeholders. The keynote speakers were Mayor Daley of Miami and Mayor Al Gameros of Globe who both talked about the importance of collaboration among the two communities and within organizations in order to get things done.  Susan Hansen who is on the board of Habitat for Humanity gave a short presentation on their new project involving a multi-unit housing project on Nash Street in Miami. Hansen says they will be energy efficient, and modern while utilizing materials which reflect the culture and history of a small town mining community. Habitat has secured the land and had it blue staked and expects to begin construction in 2018.  According to United Fund, they are on track to invest $755,000 into the local community non-profit organizations.  Update: Here is the list of recipients: Arizona Reservation Ministries, Boy Scouts of America, Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum, Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, Cobre Valley Youth Club, ... Read More »

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. This photo was taken on May 19th at dusk by Kenneth Chan.

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 »