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Gila County becomes 14th Farm Bureau Agency in the State

A group of Gila County ranchers made a bit of history this June when they formed a Farm Bureau in Gila County.  Of Arizona’s fifteen counties, Gila County becomes the 14th to form a Farm Bureau; a grassroots, volunteer-led farming and ranching advocacy organization.  The group met in June and voted unanimously to form a Farm Bureau, electingrancher, Cassie Lyman as its first president.  Quoting from a John Michael Montgomery’s song, “Life’s a Dance” Lyman made the point that the newly formed group would ‘learn as they go.’ 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 »

Taliesin Globe-Miami Studio Project loses funding amid unfulfilled expectations

By Aimee Staten & Linda Gross The widespread optimism that surrounded the launch of last year’s Globe-Miami Studio Project, which many hoped would spur economic development and make the region a tourist attraction, appears to be gone. It has been replaced by hope from some that the investment this community made in the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (Taliesin) will pay off as promised. Others, however, say they have seen too little fulfillment of the initial promises that the school laid out in its fundraising campaign here, which raised $785,000 in 2015. Just 18 months into a four-year project, the school is losing nearly a quarter of the pledged monies from its initial investors. Read More »

McGowen Machine Works full of history – still viable today

  In an age when self-reliance was a valuable commodity and computerized robotics a distant dream, McGowen Machine Works was the place to go for the entire state of Arizona. Now, the machine shop on the corner of Oak and Pine is mostly still, but that doesn’t mean the stillness is a permanent state of affairs. Owner Mike Knuckey, who currently resides in Pearland, Texas, has a couple of different plans. One of Mike’s plans is to reopen the machine shop, produce steel parts and operate as a type of industrial museum. A machinist uses machines like lathes, milling machines and grinders to produce precision metal parts for a variety of uses. 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 »

Boys & Girls Club changing its name; remains committed to community-based mission.

GLOBE- Despite rumors, the Globe Boys & Girls Club is not closing. It’s just changing its name and part of its mission. As of July 1, the Club will be called the Cobre Valley YOUTH Club (CVYC) and will no longer be under the umbrella of the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley, which has been its parent company since 2012. The current mission, which is to be a community-based, character-building youth development organization, will change only slightly with the new organization. The goal of CVYC will be to serve ages 5-10 with enrichment programs that make learning fun and rewarding while building character – much as it does now. The CVYC will be a safe, fun place for young people in these age groups to hang out, learn new things and have adventures. School day homework help will continue to be a focus for these ages. Read More »

Simply Irresistible. A Business is Born.

One local mom just couldn’t make herself go back to her job at a local bank after her second child was born. . . So she didn’t, and that was how she discovered how a home-based business, Simply Irresistible Embroidery, can grow so fast that it can’t be contained in a house. Nicole Gregory is the wife of Garrett and mother of three – no, four – children and runs her own business from her dining room. Although only three of the kids, Annabelle, Garrett and Wyatt, in her household are her natural-born children, Gregory also claims Spanish foreign exchange student Laura as her own. Read More »

Forest Service to Host Workshops, Seeks input on Proposed Copper Mine Tailings Facility

PHOENIX— Tonto National Forest officials will conduct two public workshops in March to collect information on what the public deems important with regard to mine tailings as the Forest Service analyzes alternate locations for Resolution Copper’s proposed tailings facility. Read More »