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Cobre Valley Foundation serves hospital mission and improves patient experience

The Cobre Valley Foundation is a local non-profit organization that helps provide equipment and amenities at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center that align with the mission of the hospital. According to Fernando Shipley—who serves on both the foundation’s board and the hospital’s governing board—“These are items that improve the overall experience for the patient.” An example of something the foundation funded for the hospital is a device called a vein finder. When it’s difficult for a nurse to find a vein in order to administer an IV or take a blood sample, the nurse might have to try several times in different places. But with a vein finder, the nurse can instantly scan the patient’s arm and see a map of the blood vessels. Now the nurse can go straight to a vein, with only one poke. Shipley explains, “The foundation can take a look at a piece of equipment and say, ‘this will enhance the interactions between the patient and the care giver; it’s about developing relationships, not just about making money; it’s about community. It’s about caring about the people that are here under our care. So even though it doesn’t make us a dime, it’s still worthwhile ... Read More »

The Community Health Needs Assessment: Making People’s Lives Better

When you walk along a neighborhood street in a local community, behind the closed doors you pass, the stories of our region’s social, economic, and health challenges will be unfolding. If that neighborhood street reflects the region in general, the stories there might be something like these: Behind the closed door of the first house, an elderly man, living alone, is unable to go to the grocery store because he doesn’t own a car. He has diabetes, and lives in poverty. Behind another closed door, a single mother is struggling to care for her children. She spends nearly a third of her paycheck on rent. She smokes and doesn’t get much exercise. She would like to improve her and her children’s health, but doesn’t know how. Behind another closed door, a teenage girl is at risk of becoming pregnant. She feels on edge every day and has experimented with marijuana. She doesn’t know where to turn for help with her mental and sexual health. Read More »

Gardening in Globe-Miami: Tis the Season.

Bob Zache says one of his favorite rewards of gardening is as simple as a tomato. Specifically, he says, “A fresh tomato that’s still warm, with a little salt on it….” Gardening season is upon us. For those who are new to it, starting a garden can seem like a big undertaking. Yet, considering all the gardeners who live in Globe-Miami, an easy introduction to gardening could be as simple as collecting a few tips from one of these knowledgeable locals. Take someone like Zache.  Zache is a familiar figure at the Globe-Miami farmers market—a tall, rangy man wearing a wide-brimmed felt hat. He often sells tall stalks of garlic and pine saplings in containers, along with a variety of vegetables. Read More »

Laying down Ink. How Ray Webb and NeoTat are changing the industry

When Ray Webb picks up a block of steel in his shop, there’s something about the familiar way he turns it over in his hand that tells you he knows everything there is to know about it—that he must have handled ten thousand blocks of steel like this one. And he probably has. Webb is the inventor of NeoTat, an innovative machine for tattooing that has earned respect throughout the tattoo community as smooth-running and lightweight, with less vibration and, according to some, faster healing. The block of steel that Webb has picked up is the raw material for a NeoTat machine. It will be shaped, painted, and combined with other components, all right here in NeoTat’s production shop in Miami. Then the finished machine will be tested twice and cleaned before being shipped to one of NeoTat’s customers around the world. These include renowned tattoo artists such as Jime Litwalk, Josh Woods, and Jessica Weichers, as well as Top Notch Tattoo in Globe. Read More »

Examining the Building Blocks of Globe-Miami

The partnership of Globe-Miami and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in a four-year studio project is bringing fresh eyes to the historic districts of Miami and Globe. Both challenges and opportunities are offered by the buildings here, some of which are more than 100 years old. Their stories are fascinating and complex—starting with the very materials they are made of. In Miami and Globe—like almost every mining community of Arizona—the first dwellings were tents made of canvas. Adobe was also common, mud being easier to obtain than wood in those days. When the towns became more established, homes, stores, and offices were often built of wood. In Miami, poured concrete was a popular alternative to wood. Brick and stone were more expensive materials that came into use as the region prospered. Adobe According to historians, adobe structures were built in the early part of the century in both Globe and Miami. They were used as housing for miners, as well as commercial buildings. Today, there are still notable adobe or part-adobe buildings on Broad Street in Globe, including 386 N. Broad, which houses Simply Sarah’s, and 290 N. Broad, the Keegan Building, which now houses Mon Journée. The ... Read More »

Globe Author Publishes Food Preservation Book

If you’re like us, you have bowls and baskets overflowing with grapefruit or lemons from your own trees or your friends. And before long, summer vegetables and fruit will be so abundant we might wonder what to do with it all. In other words, canning season is coming up! Globe author Autumn Miles has some suggestions. She’s just published a new book called Beyond Canning that offers new flavors and new techniques to help you preserve the bounty. Read More »

Free Online Books from Gila County Libraries

Do you enjoy reading books on your phone, tablet, or Kindle? How about listening to audiobooks? Would you use the library more often if you didn’t have to drive there or worry about due dates and late fees? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might just love an amazing resource that the eight libraries in Gila County offer. You can borrow ebooks and audiobooks online, free, anytime, anywhere. All you have to do is go to the Gila County Library District website, www.gcldaz.org, and click on the blue rectangle under the words DIGITAL LIBRARY. You do need a library card and a pin—if you don’t have a library card or a pin, your local library can help. The libraries currently have 4,868 books available online, from classics to best-sellers. Currently popular titles are The Girl on the Train, All the Light We Cannot See, The Martian, and John Grisham’s Rogue Lawyer. There are romances, thrillers, mysteries, biographies, self-help—even cookbooks! And new titles are added every month. From March 17 to March 31, American Sniper will be available as an unlimited checkout as an ebook, meaning there won’t be a waiting list and everyone who wants to ... Read More »

Reevis Mountain Farm to begin Farm-to-Table Tours 2016

Gila County is famous for a few things: copper mining, cattle ranching, the Pleasant Valley War—not so much for its farm produce. But if you are a chef at one of the Valley’s four-star restaurants searching for some of Arizona’s best asparagus, peaches, or lettuce, you just might find it here. For 35 years, Peter “Bigfoot” Busnack has quietly been growing some of the region’s highest-quality organic produce on his 12-acre farm in the Tonto National Forest, an hour’s drive northwest of Globe. Valley chefs such as Chris Bianco (Pizzeria Bianco), Aaron Chamberlin (St. Francis, Phoenix Public Market Café), and Chris Lenza (Café Allegro at MIM) compete for the output from Bigfoot’s garden and orchard. And they aren’t the only ones who prize Peter Bigfoot’s farm produce. At Globe-Miami’s farmers market, Bigfoot often sells out of kale, chard, lettuce, and eggs within minutes of the market’s opening. He has shipped fruit to aficionados as far away as Florida. Read More »

Taliesin kicks off a four-year Studio Project for Globe-Miami

Last night the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture kicked off its partnership with Globe-Miami at a public presentation at Bullion Plaza. For the next four years, the school will conduct a studio project focusing on Globe-Miami that promises to increase the vitality, beauty, and sustainability of our communities. Aaron Betsky, dean of the school, and Jason Donofrio, the school’s director of development, announced some of the specific projects that the studio project will focus on in its first semester. Five students and two professors from the school will spend most of their time during the spring semester in Globe and Miami. They will be working on several different projects in both communities. Some of these projects will be completed within one semester, and some will continue for a longer period of time. Additional projects will be added in future semesters. The school selected one project for Miami and one project for Globe that will be the key projects for those communities, and these particular projects will last for the full duration of the four-year studio project. For Miami, the key project is the Highway 60 entrance corridor, and for Globe, the key project is Broad Street. Details of these ... Read More »

Globe Robotics Team Gearing Up for 2016

Alyssa Jost puts a game controller in my hand and looks at her mentor, saying, “I want her to drive.” Meaning, me. I’m not sure I’ve ever even held a game controller before. And what I’m supposed to be “driving” is just as unfamiliar—a robot on wheels. On top of that, Alyssa won’t tell me how it works. She wants me to “experiment.” I push a button and an arm flies out from the side of the robot. I push another button and another arm extends, from the other side. A third button makes a vertical arm lift up. “Try those,” Alyssa says, pointing at the actual drive controls. I say a quiet prayer and send the robot into a spin. Read More »