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Gila County Employees Recognized

(GILA COUNTY, AZ)— Gila County recognized 87 employees during its annual service awards presentation at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, Feb. 7. “We’re grateful to these employees for their commitment to Gila County and proud of the way it reflects on the County as an employer,” says Shelley McPherson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Gila County Human Resources Director. Read More »

Code enforcer aims to beautify Globe

The enforcer walks softly and carries a big… list of city codes. These days, properties in the city limits of Globe are getting a lot of attention from newly hired Code Enforcement Specialist Michelle Yerkovich, and although her stick is local law, she doesn’t intend to batter anyone over the head with it. City Manager Paul Jepson calls the code enforcement program “positive persistence.” His and the City Council’s goal is to get everyone to do their share to make Globe beautiful. Yerkovich’s goals are to educate the public about city code and systematically remove blight from the area. “What I’ve found is that most people are not intentionally violating code,” she said. “They just don’t know what it is.” Read More »

Sheriff’s Office receives funding for an intoxilyzer

Courtesy of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office The Gila County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), received funding to purchase one intoxilyzer unit and five radar units. The intoxilyzer will be placed in the regional DUI van, which can be utilized by all law enforcement agencies throughout Gila County. The GOHS provided $8,105 to purchase the intoxilyzer unit to enhance DUI/impaired driving enforcement throughout the county. The Gila County Sheriff’s Office will utilize the five radar units in patrol vehicles assigned throughout Gila County to increase speed limit enforcement and to participate in speed enforcement details. The Office of Highway Safety provided funding in the amount of $11,000 to purchase the radar units. Read More »

Health Department to Offer Low-Cost Rabies Clinics and Animal Adoption Fairs

GLOBE, AZ (January 24, 2017) — Gila County Health & Emergency Management has partnered with local veterinarians and animal shelters to o er a number of new pet health, wellness, and adoption opportunities. At the top of the list are low-cost rabies clinics. The 1st clinic will be held February 25, 2017, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Tractor Supply Store, 2260 E. Highway 60, Miami, AZ. Dr. Rita Sanders, DVM, of Copper Hills Veterinary Services will be volunteering her time to administer vaccinations. Costs are just $10 for rabies shots or boosters. Annual license fees can be paid at the same time at $10 for a spayed/neutered dog or $30 if unaltered. For those looking to adopt, Gila County’s Mobile Adoption Trailer will be at the event, covering dogs for just $50 and cats for just $25, which includes neutering/spaying, chipping, and rabies shot. To view animals available for adoption, visit the department’s Facebook page or www.petharbor.com. Past events have been very well received. Residents should plan accordingly. Dogs must be on a leash, and aggressive dogs must be muzzled. Cats must be in an animal carrier. All pets must be supervised by an adult. With 53,000 ... Read More »

At-large dog owners will be cited

No matter who appears to be the victim County codes are designed to protect people and other animals from potential attacks, but what can be done if a dog leaps walls and climbs fences? Rose and Janeane Mancha of Globe found themselves asking this question after their pet was attacked by the same dog a second time in less than a year. The mother and daughter were pulling down Christmas lights Jan. 2 from their home on Apache Hills Lane, when Janeane walked toward the back of the house with her Yorkiepoo at her heels. Soon after her dog, Shark, and the neighbor’s dog started barking through the fence at each other, she heard whining and yelping. Janeane said she ran to save her dog, but the neighbor’s pit bull mix had already bitten the much smaller dog. The injuries (shown in photo) from the bites were so deep that the veterinarian couldn’t sew them up and stapled them instead, Rose said. Although Sharky is on the mend, the Manchas have already had to pay $500 in vet bills, and they’re wondering what will happen the next time their neighbor’s dog is on the loose. “If they don’t do something this ... Read More »

John Nelson resumes job as Gila County Manager

(GILA COUNTY, AZ)— At its first regular meeting of 2017, the Gila County Board of Supervisors appointed John Nelson County Manager. “I’m just so grateful that John is able to step back into this position he has held before,” says board chair Tommie Martin. Martin noted that Nelson brings history and knowledge to the position that will help the county take a hard look at where it stands, while moving forward. Read More »

Forest Officials to Meet Jan 12, with Town of Superior, Discuss Apache Leap

Forest Officials Meet with Town of Superior, Discuss Apache Leap

PHOENIX, January 10, 2017 — Tonto National Forest officials will meet with the Town of Superior’s mayor, town council and interested members of the public January 12 regarding establishment of the Congressionally-mandated Apache Leap Special Management Area. Read More »

Specialty plates generate millions to benefit worthy causes

Personalize your plate in the new year and contribute to a good cause by selecting one of many specialty plate designs offered through ServiceArizona.com. Of the $25 cost per year for a specialty plate, $17 goes to a designated group or cause.  Read More »

State Route 77 to close for daytime blasting starting Dec. 12

PHOENIX – To protect workers who are blasting potentially hazardous rocks along State Route 77 south of Globe, the Arizona Department of Transportation will close the road for five hours a day, Mondays through Thursdays, for the next four months. Beginning Monday, Dec. 12, SR 77 will be closed in both directions between mileposts 154-161 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closures will be in effect Mondays through Thursdays with no closures planned between Monday, Dec. 26, and Tuesday, Jan. 3. In addition, lane closures are expected each work day from 7-10 a.m. and from 3-5 p.m. During those times, a pilot vehicle will guide motorists through the work zone. Drivers should expect delays of about 15 minutes. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until March. ADOT crews have been working at night to remove potentially dangerous rock that could have fallen along SR 77 near Dripping Springs. Work is switching to the safer daylight hours after an 18-foot limestone boulder fell 150 feet during previous nighttime blasting and landed on the roadway on Nov. 30. The incident underscored the risk for construction crews and the potential hazard to motorists. In addition to the instability of the rock ... Read More »

Arizona begins installation of state’s first Safety Corridors

  PHOENIX – This week, Arizona motorists will see new signage designating segments of some state highways as Safety Corridors. By the end of December, motorists may also notice an increased law enforcement presence in these Safety Corridors. Safety Corridors are highway segments that have more crashes, injuries and deaths than would ordinarily be expected. Over the next two months, the Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will implement four Safety Corridors in Arizona, aiming to reduce crashes, severe injuries and traffic fatalities. “These segments were selected because they have higher-than-average instances of speeding, aggressive driving, impaired driving and lack of seat belt use,” said Brent Cain, director of ADOT’s Transportation Systems Management and Operations Division. “Those are the leading factors in traffic deaths, and decreasing their occurrence makes the roads safer for everyone.” Motorists will see new signs signaling they are entering and leaving a Safety Corridor, as well as signs that alert drivers that there will be zero tolerance for violations in a corridor. “There will be strict enforcement of driving laws with zero tolerance for violations,” said DPS Lt. Col. Daniel Lugo. “If drivers obey the speed limit ... Read More »