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Barriers arrive in Globe to protect hospital from potential flooding.

GLOBE-  On Thursday of this week, the Arizona Department of Transportation began transporting Jersey Barriers to Globe from Coconino County to help Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. Each piece of barrier is 32” tall, 20’ long, and weighs 4 tons. The City of Globe has requested 40 barriers – 320,000 total pounds of barrier. ADOT is charging just $1 per barrier.  Due to their mass; only 4 can be delivered per truck-load over the 200 mile journey from Coconino to CVRMC. Courtesy Photos 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 »

Pinal Fire: After-Fire Mitigation efforts discussed at Community Meeting Tuesday

GILA COUNTY-As a result of the Pinal Fire, some areas may see an increased amount of water flow from the burned area. In an effort to mitigate flood damage several area agencies will be conducting flood abatement projects in the area which will require, in some cases, access to private property. Funding comes from a federal grant along with matching funds from local agencies.  In order to perform work on private property a “Right of Entry for Flood Mitigation” form will be available at the community meeting on Tuesday and residents are encouraged to sign off at that time. The form will allow City of Globe, Gila County and its contractors to enter private property and complete mitigation work which will begin immediately. In addition, residents are encouraged to remove any debris from waterways, culverts, or drainage ditches on their property, for example: dead and down vegetation, excess waste, or any other items that could potentially block a waterway. As a result of the Pinal Fire, some areas may see an increased amount of water flow from the burned area. Residents are encouraged to remove any debris from waterways, culverts, or drainage ditches on their property, for example: dead and down ... Read More »

WIFA Announces $3 Million Loan Closing for City of Globe

PHOENIX (June 13, 2017) – The City of Globe continues to take measures to ensure safe, reliable drinking water for its citizens. The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA) announced today that it has closed a $3 million loan for the City of Globe to repair and upgrade its aging drinking water system. This new loan continues the WIFA funding provided in 2014 to support the City’s efforts to rehabilitate and improve its drinking water distribution infrastructure. Utilizing the financial assistance provided by WIFA, Globe will replace waterlines in the Arlington, downtown and northeast areas of the City. Other drinking water infrastructure to be upgraded with these funds includes water meters for commercial establishments, a booster pump and a well. The City’s drinking water service area includes approximately 7,500 people. “Updated efficient water infrastructure is essential to safeguarding the well-being of Arizona families and building Arizona’s sustainable water future,” said WIFA Executive Director, Trish Incognito. “We are working closely with the City of Globe and other municipalities around the state to invest in important water and wastewater projects that will protect the environment and keep Arizona communities healthy and livable.” After evaluating Globe’s financial situation and the ability of ... Read More »

June Pet Adoption Fairs Announced in Miami and Payson

GLOBE, AZ (June 6, 2017) — In response to popular demand, Gila County Animal Care & Control will be hosting two June pet adoption fairs, offering several dogs and cats in its vibrantly decorated mobile adoption trailer. Read More »

James Menlove accepts position of Gila County Manager

(GILA COUNTY, AZ)— James Menlove has accepted the position of Gila County Manager. Since October 2016, Menlove has served as Gila County’s Finance Director. “I am excited at the prospect of serving as County Manager and am humbled by the outpouring of support from the staff,” says Menlove. Menlove impressed the hiring committee and Board of Supervisors with his ideas about long-term financial planning as part of a sound strategic plan and his commitment to improving County policies. “James’ years of finance experience and proven leadership make him an excellent choice for the future of Gila County,” says outgoing County Manager John Nelson. Read More »

Supervisor Tim Humphrey in Washington for Infrastructure Week

WASHINGTON, D. C. — Gila County District 2 Supervisor, Tim Humphrey, recently joined over 30 county leaders from across the country in Washington last week to outline how the federal government can help support local infrastructure goals. As with past Infrastructure Week activities, NACo hosted events on and off Capitol Hill for county leaders to carry the message for increased and reliable local infrastructure investment to the doorstep of key policymakers. Read More »

Pre-evacuation notification for residents in Icehouse/Kellner Canyon issues

Based on recommendations from the Pinal Fire Incident Management Team, Gila County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a precautionary pre-evacuation notification for residents in Icehouse and Kellner Canyons, south of the Icehouse/Kellner junction only (effective May 25, 2017). This is only a pre-evacuation notification and residents do not need to leave the area at this time. Residents of the affected area can expect local public safety personnel to be going door to door to convey pre-evacuation information to residents. Residents should start preparations now, in order to be ready to leave the area quickly if necessary. The planned location to shelter livestock is the Burch Sale Yard. Driving from Globe on Highway 188, headed toward Roosevelt, the Burch Sale Yard is located at the very first left after the train tracks. The Burch Sale Yard is open now for residents who wish to move their livestock. The Arizona Humane Society will assist in providing shelter for pets, if necessary. Call the Pinal Fire Incident Command Center at 928-487-0676 with any questions or visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5176/ for more information. In case of emergency, please call 9-1-1. Sign up for Gila County’s Emergency Alert system at www.readygila.com. Read More »

State prison unit in Globe not closing

Prison Wire. Photo by LCGross

The Arizona State Prison unit in Globe will not be closing, according to the Deputy Warden’s office. It was being considered for closure – along with a unit in the Safford area – because of low inmate numbers statewide and low staffing. “We are down more than 1,200 inmates across the state,” said Terry Willard, administrative secretary to the deputy warden for Globe. The unit was also being considered for closure because of low staffing. Globe Mayor Al Gameros told Globe Miami Times that he would be attending a meeting soon about the staffing issue, but he was glad the prison unit was not closing. “I’m not sure why there is a staffing issue, but we will meet to discuss that,” he said. Read More »

Updated: Pinal Fire at more than 700 acres

Globe area residents are warned to expect increased smoke from the Pinal Fire as it spreads through Ponderosa pine and conifer stringers. A Temporary Flight Restriction of 15 miles long by 7 miles wide has been placed over the Pinal Fire area encompassing Pioneer Campground, the 55-651 roads, and around the north side of the ridge. “Smoke management specialists are monitoring smoke conditions in close coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Gila County Office of Emergency Management,” according to Andrew Mandell, incident commander. The lightning-caused fire that started May 8 on Pinal Mountain is now at 700 acres, and its smoke is clearly visible in the Globe area. A closure order went into effect at 6 a.m. Tuesday and will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. The last wildfire in the area was in 1952, so crews will encourage low-intensity surface fire to burn away accumulations of live and dead plant material to prevent future devastating wildfire. Read More »