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Headstones And History: The Find A Grave Project

“Be careful when you step on a grave. With all this rain the ground is soft. You may sink a little bit,” says Joe, “and that’s scary.” Wearing long pants, sturdy shoes and broad rimmed hats, Joe Skamel, a local volunteer for Find A Grave and I begin our field day at the Globe Cemetery which dates back to 1876. Many of the graves here are unmarked and the writing on many headstones is difficult-to-impossible to read. Weeds and high grass make it even more difficult to find what we are looking for.  Our task, on this hot August morning is to photograph as many headstones from our list of graves as we can find. Read More »

Fishing tournaments to resume at Apache, Canyon lakes

Saguaro Lake tournaments remain suspended  The U.S. Forest Service has been notified by the Arizona Game and Fish Department that fishing tournaments at Apache and Canyon Lakes can resume, effective immediately. Fishing tournaments were temporarily suspended when golden alga (Prymnesium parvum) blooms developed over large portions of the lakes. Golden alga produces a toxin (prymnesin) that affects any organism with gills. Although golden alga is still present, the blooms have subsided considerably and are no longer producing toxin.  However, the golden alga bloom is still a concern at Saguaro Lake and the tournament suspension will remain in place until the bloom diminishes.  The Arizona Game and Fish Department will continue to monitor the golden alga at all the Salt River-chain lakes. Golden alga blooms are not a public health threat. The toxins that golden alga produce are only harmful to gill-breathing organisms such as fish and clams, and there is no evidence they are harmful to people, livestock or other animals. However, as a precaution, fish that are found dead or dying should not be consumed. Read More »

Nurd Berger owner cited for violating city sign code

Mayor wants Nurd Berger grandfathered in after codes are fixed Whether a sign or a mural or whether one supports or despises the new artwork on the side of the popular Nurd Berger Café, its appearance soon after the death of actress Carrie Fisher in December has raised questions about what is acceptable to the community and to Globe city code. Nurd Berger, which is just north of Hwy. 60 on Hill Street in Globe, has a bit of a cult following with its grilled sandwiches, coffee, gaming and occasional live music. The tiny restaurant is crammed with high school students, out-of-towners and regulars from lunch to dinner time. Two years ago, Taylor Harrison bought the building, which was a rundown flower shop, as well as the house directly behind it. Most of the money he makes at the café goes into restoring the historical house – built in 1905 – on the property, he said. He learned two things after the artists began work on the mural. The first was that he may need a city permit to paint the sign or mural, and the second was that his property was located in the historical preservation district. “I didn’t ... Read More »

Picket Post Mansion opens for rare tour Dec. 10-11

West-facing walls and windows of historic Picket post House are all that most people have ever seen of the 7,000 square foot mansion — but after a five-year hiatus, two special weekends of public tours return Dec. 10-11, and also Jan. 7-8. Read More »

Tonto National Monument

By: Jean Sullivan Tucked away in canyons high above Roosevelt Lake stand two 700 –year-old cliff dwellings inhabited by a multi-ethnic group that archaeologists have named the “Salado”.  Salado dwellings were located along the Salt River, Tonto Basin and in Globe (Besh Ba Gowah and Gila Pueblo). Archaeologists believe these people were a blend of Ancestral Puebloans (formerly known as the Anasazi) from the North, the Mogollon from the East, and the Hohokam already established in the area. What distinguished this new culture from other cultures in the Southwest at that time were their beautiful polychrome pottery and the intricate weavings. The Salado farmed crops of cotton, corn, squash and beans along the Salt River and its tributaries. They were also hunters and gatherers. Mesquite beans, agave, and cactus fruits along with small game rounded out their diets. Read More »

Making the Most of our Magnificent Prickly Pear

Story by Gina Gentry McElroy Cheri’s Desert Harvest products will be represented at this year’s Prickly Pear Festival.  Who knew so much could come from a desert cactus? Cheri Romanoski, that’s who. A native Tucsonan who grew up appreciating the desert and its natural resources, Cheri took it upon herself to learn everything she could about indigenous plants readily available in her native environment.  Read More »

Cats of Miami

Have you ever wondered what’s up with all the painted cats in downtown Miami? Writer Autumn Giles explains… Miami-based artist Marianne Collins remembers getting up around 5:30 a.m. and painting until it got too hot each day for months on storefronts, doorways, planters, and trash bins around Miami’s historic downtown. Her objective? To line the streets with 121 original painted cats and other creatures. “I had felt a civic duty to the Town of Miami in trying to add a little pizazz to the community,” Collins says, explaining the impetus for her project, which started in the spring of 1993 and continued through the later part of the year.  Read More »

Old Dominion Mine Park: Where Hiking Meets History (Update)

The Old Dominion Copper Mine was one of the greatest mines in the world at the turn-of-the-century. Eighty years later, a Historic Mine Park becomes reality. Slated to open Feb 2011, it promises to be a draw for tourism and locals alike. Read More »

Prison Life On View In The Old Jail

Globe’s 1910 Territorial Jail reveals history, attracts tourists A crude message scratched into the concrete walls of a cell is a melancholy reminder of prison life in the old jail. Lest he be forgotten, one prisoner chose to write his story on the walls, “Bob D. in for rape 1964…15 years to go?” He ends it with small sign of hope; a question mark.  At the time it was written, the old jail was being condemned as substandard by several federal, state and county groups; the plumbing didn’t work, the ceilings had begun to sag, there was only one working bathroom. The jail was originally built for 35 prisoners but routinely exceeded that number and over-crowding was a problem almost from the day it was built. Read More »

GMT Takes a Ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad

  GMT was lucky enough to take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad last week! Should you find yourself in the Clarkdale area, don’t miss one of these excursions! Read More »