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SON OF ARPC MEMBER PENS POEM RECOLLECTING FATHER’S DEPLOYMENT

4/17/2014 – BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  — (April marks the month of the Military Child.)

U.S  Air Force Tech Sgt Rob Hazelett ( Who is from Globe ) writes...

When Master Sgt. Zachery Mleko deployed last year, he realized he was answering his nation’s call to protect and preserve freedom. It wasn’t the first time the Air Reserve Personnel Center system requirements analyst had deployed, but to his wife, Jamie Mleko, of 15 years and each of his six children, they held onto every minute before he departed.

Little did he know one member in his family was taking it all in moment by moment on the way to the airport.

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Master Sgt. Zachery Mleko, Air Reserve Personnel Center system requirements analyst, and his wife Jamie Mleko, spend time with their children upon his return from deployment in December, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

The deployment experience provided Mleko’s oldest son Josiah the emotion to write a poem entitled ‘Deployed.’ It described what his family endured the day his father left for a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. It also conveyed how excited they were when he returned home just before Christmas.

Josiah’s poem was a homeschool assignment at the Mleko Christian Academy, where the Mleko’s have homeschooled their children since 2000.

Zachery Mleko said homeschooling has been everything he’s ever wanted and more.

“It is highly rewarding and Jamie has taught three of our kids how to read so far. The smaller classroom environment allows her to give extra time to the kids that need it more, versus them falling behind in a 30-kid classroom public school. We also have the freedom to teach them a curriculum they wouldn’t receive in a public school,” he said. “There’s plenty of other opportunities for socialization outside of public school, too, like going to park a lot, field trips and church activities.”

When it came to writing about his father’s deployment, Josiah had no problem putting words on paper regarding his emotions.

“It was easy because I knew what happened, so I knew what kind of stuff to write down,” Josiah said.

Mleko is a 15-year Air Force veteran who sees the poem from a father’s standpoint and is keen to point out there are other service men and women still in harm’s way.

“I thought it was awesome that Josiah can express himself that way; I was touched,” he said. “However, we are praying for the families who are still dealing with moms and dads being away. We know exactly what they are going through since we’ve done it twice now in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

While Josiah said it’s “super good” his father is home, he added he and his family had to stay focused while his dad was away.

“I was really sad when he was gone. I’d cry and pray for him when I thought about him,” Josiah said. “But we kept busy by doing a bunch of stuff. We went to the zoo, played outside and saw the movie ‘Frozen.’”

In the meantime, the Mleko’s have gotten back to their daily routines and, as Jamie Mleko said, having Zachery home means life has returned to normal.

Yet normalcy can change from moment to moment before a deployment and, every now and then, it can be captured in the words from a child.

Deployed

By: Josiah Mleko
Mleko Christian Academy
6th grade

My dad was wearing his suit,
He looked cool,
But he seemed sad.
We all were at the airport,
We were heartbroken
And lonely,
We said bye,
He said bye.
He was now gone.
We watched his plane go.
He was at Afghanistan
It was dumb,
It had a lot of violence.
It had mountains.
We were still sad,
And lonely.
Some months later he came back!
We were all together again.

Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett
Air Reserve Personnel Center Public Affairs

GENERAL FIRE RESTRICTIONS ON TONTO NATIONAL FOREST BEGIN FRIDAY, APRIL 18

PHOENIX (April 18, 2014) – Drought conditions, hot temperatures, and increased fire danger have resulted in fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, April 18.

Most types of fire or fire-causing activities are prohibited across the entire Tonto National Forest.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited.

Restrictions also apply to operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without spark-arresting devices in effective working order, or discharging firearms except in taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.

Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site.

Use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed, and some developed campgrounds are exempted from these restrictions.

Ted Lake
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LATEST REGIONAL JOB ALERTS
April 18, 2014

Pinto Valley Miami ( Capstone Mining Company ) seeks Chief Geologist, E & I Supervisor, Contracts Administrative Assistant, Metallurgist. Gila County Government Globe seeks Automobile Mechanic, Lube Specialist. Safeway Thatcher seeks Apprentice Meat Cutter. Tradesmen International seeks Pipe/Combo Welders Journeymen at Morenci $29 to $30.50 per hour.  Freeport McMoRan Morenci seeks Mechanical Engineer, Townsite Recreation Specialist. U.S. Indian Health Services at San Carlos seeks  Institutional Environmental  Control Officer $39,179 to $75,376 yearly..

Freeport McMoRan Safford seeks 2014 Summer Intern for MIS, Principal Chemist, Supervisor Electrical Maintenance. ASARCO Hayden seeks Electrical Planner. Arizona State Parks seeks Park Ranger at Safford. Lab Corp Safford seeks Phlebotomist. U.S. Indian Health Services Whiteriver seeks Cook $17.18 to $20.14 per hour, Supervisor Clinical Nurse $67,720 to $82, 957 year.

Freeport McMoRan Miami seeks Human Resources Generalist, Human Resources Generalist Two. Wells Fargo Bank Apache Junction seeks Personal Banker, Part Time Teller.  ITC Service Group Apache Junction seeks Warehouse Person.

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System taking applications for Eligibility Interviewer to work in Globe $25,844 year. U.S. Justice Department Safford seeks Education Specialist $57,982 to $75,376 a year. Bashas at Peridot seek Grocery Clerk. Factor Motor Parts seeks Warehouse Parts Counter Associate to work in Kearny area

Fresenius Medical Care Florence seeks Ward Clark. Troon Golf at Florence seeks Part Time Guest Attendant.  GEO Private Prison at Florence seeks Part Time Clerk.  Tractor Supply Company Thatcher seeks Store Team Member Savage Companies Morenci seeks Rail Transload Operator. Barnet Delaney Perkins Eye Center Safford seeks Optician.  Freeport McMoRan Morenci seeks Support Equipment Operator1 for Surface Operations.  Factory Motor Parts Morenci seeks Location Manager, Warehouse Counter Associate.

Ted Lake
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SB 1164 SOUGHT BY SANITARY DISTRICT IN GOVERNOR’S HANDS
April 16, 2014

Arizona State Senate Bill 1164 has passed both the State Senate and Arizona House and it is now on the desk of Governor Jan Brewer.  Here is what happened to this proposed legislation in the past 48 hours.

Senate Bill 1164, sponsored by State Senator Barbara McGuire was caucused yesterday afternoon and then passed during the Final Reading of the State Senate.  The vote was 28 yes, 1 no and 1 State Senator not voting. After passage, the legislation requested by the Tri City Regional Sanitary District in Globe -Miami was sent on to Governor Brewer’s desk for her signature

It was on Tuesday at the state capital when SB 1164 passed the house by a vote of 34 yes and 26 house members who said no.  Then the Speaker of the House transmitted the bill back to Senator McGuire who concurred with the changes and placed the measure on the Senate Caucus for  calendar yesterday were it passed in the Final reading  28 to 1 with 1 abstention.

The Tri City Regional Sanitary District late last week issued an urgent appeal to the local community to call lawmakers at the state capital urging their support of the measure to get it on the House floor for a vote..  The District said if SB 1164 didn’t come before a vote early this week in the Arizona House , the Sanitary Districts proposed $45 million dollar wastewater treatment project and new sewer treatment plant in Wheatfields to serve the incorporated areas between Globe and Miami “would be dead in the water.”  The District went on to point out that without the adoption of this proposed legislation to extend the term of loans ( bonds ) needed for this project, residents in the Incorporated areas benefiting from this proposed $45 million sewer project may not be able to afford the resulting monthly sewer bills and the project will die. There are some 2,565 registered voters in the District and more than 3,000 property owners.

Reporters note:  If the measure if  signed by the Governor, this means some 3,000 plus property owners in the Tri City Regional Sanitary District will have 41 years to pay off their property sewer assessment liens/loans instead of 30 years.  These assessments are anticipated as part of the district proposed $45 million dollar waste water treatment project and new sewer plant in Wheatfields between Globe and Miami. The new law apparently allows only the Board of Directors of the Tri City Regional  Sanitary District to make all decisions pertaining to multi million dollar bonding or  loans  and does not provide for elections of property owners or registered voters on such financing issues to be incurred by the district.

Ted Lake
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ARIZONA HOUSE PASSES SENATE BILL 1164
April 16, 2014
 
Here Is The Latest Of Arizona House Bill 1164 From State Senator Barbara McGuire’s Office:

Senate Bill 1164 passed out of the House yesterday by a vote of 34 (ayes) and 26 (nays).  The Speaker transmitted the bill back to the Senate on 4/15/2014 (yesterday).  Senator McGuire has concurred with the changes and the bill has been placed on the Caucus calendar for today.  During Caucus there will be a review of the amended language.  The bill will then wait to be placed on the Final Read calendar.

KWSS News note:  If the measure is approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, this means some 3,000 plus property owners in the Tri City Regional Sanitary District will have 41 years to pay off their  property sewer assessment liens instead of 30 years.  the assessments anticipated as part of the district proposed $45 million dollar wastewater treatment project and new sewer plant in Wheatfieds between Globe and Miami.

Ted Lake
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THIRD READING TOMORROW IN STATE HOUSE ON SENATE BILL 1164
April 15, 2014

A bill which would allow the Tri City Regional Sanitary District to issue bonds up to a term 41 years is getting ready for a full vote before the Arizona House of Representatives before being returned to the Arizona State Senate.  It is Senate Bill 1164 which is on the House’s Third Reading Calendar for tomorrow ( Tuesday ).

The Tri City Regional Sanitary District late last week issued an urgent appeal to the local community to call lawmakers at the state capital urging their support of the measure to get it on the House floor for a vote..  The District said if SB 1164 didn’t come before a vote early this week in the Arizona House , the Sanitary Districts proposed $45 million dollar wastewater treatment project and new sewer treatment plant in Wheatfields to serve the incorporated areas between Globe and Miami “would be dead in the water.”  The District went on to point out that without the adoption of this proposed legislation to extend the term of loans ( bonds ) needed for this project, residents in the Incorporated areas benefiting from this proposed $45 million sewer project may not be able to afford the resulting monthly sewer bills and the project will die. There are some 2,565 registered voters in the District and more than 3,000 property owners.  A copy of the proposed Senate Bill 1164 which is going through the 3rd reading tomorrow can be viewed HERE

Ted Lake
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LATEST REGIONAL JOB ALERTS
April 11, 2014

Jacobs Field Services seeks Water Treatment Plant Trainee to work near Globe.  City of Globe taking applications for Animal Control Officer $14,000 to $23,000. State of Arizona Child Protective Services seeks Unit Supervisor in Globe $53,300 year. Advance Medical seeks Travel Speech Pathologist to work 13 weeks in Superior, Physical Therapy Associate to work in Superior.  Empire Caterpillar Company seeks Warehouse Worker at Morenci.

Arizona Department of Economic Security Safford seeks Program Service Evaluator $12.42 per hour. Barnett Delaney Eye Center Globe seeks Patient Services Representative. Fresenius Medical Care Miami seeks Registered Nurse. Pinto Valley Copper Mine ( Capstone Mining ) seeks Junior Financial Analyst.

Gila County Government Globe seeks Juvenile Detention Officer, Nutrition Services Manager, Conciliation Services Mediator, Recorder’s Clerk Court Room Clerk, Building Maintenance Tech, IT Administrative and Support Tech Senior, Public Health Nurse ( Jail ), 911 Dispatcher, Deputy Sheriff. Apache Gold Casino San Carlos seeks Chief Financial Officer. Air Methods Kearny seeks Rotor Wing Pilot.  Desert Cross Veterinary Hospital Thatcher seeks Associate Veterinarian.

Freeport McMoRan Miami seeks Laboratory Supervisor Smelter, EMT/Security Officer: Freeport has two job positions open for Technical Instructor/Facilitators at San Carlos Training Center: They are Instructor in Fixed Plant Maintenance, Instructor in Heavy Equipment Maintenance. Freeport McMoRan Safford seeks Accountant 2, Crusher/Conveyor Employee.  Freeport McMoRan Morenci sees Mill Repair Employee, Administration Clerk.

Safeway Thatcher seeks Courtesy Clerk.  Rent A Center Safford seeks Customer Service Representative. Bashas Thatcher seek Baker.  Arizona Department of Economic Security Safford seeks Human Services Specialist 2 $31,308 to $40,527. Arizona Children’s Association at Safford seeks Resources Family Specialist.

Pinal County Government Florence seeks Superior Court Deputy Clerk $37,565, Superior Court Accountant 2 $43,578 to $45,816. L& R Distributors Miami seeks Part Time Field Service Merchandiser. U.S. Indian Health Services Whiteriver seeks Patient Contact Representative $31,315 to $45,376.

Graham County Government Safford seeks Courthouse Security Officer $15.38 hourly, Deputy Sheriff $37,414 to $40,404 yearly. Detention Officer $14.78 hourly, Dispatcher $28,522 yearly, Technical Clerk 2 $29,666 yearly.

Ted Lake
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KIRKPATRICK RAISES NEARLY $325K IN 1ST QUARTER
April 11, 2014

FLAGSTAFF – The Congresswoman Ann  Kirkpatrick  re election campaign announced a major milestone for the 2014 cycle with more than $1 million cash on hand. The congresswoman has raised more than $1.5 million since being reelected in 2012, and hauled in nearly $325,000 during the most recent quarter.

Ted Lake
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TRI CITY REGIONAL SANITARY DISTRICT: URGENT MESSAGE TO GLOBE-MIAMI
April 11, 2014

Timing is critical, if Senate Bill 1164 does not go out on the floor for voting by Monday April 14th, the TRI CITY  REGIONAL SANITARY DISTRICT project will be dead in the water.

Of course you should be aware that without the adoption of this legislation to extend the term of the loans, the residents of TRI CITY REGIONAL SANITARY DISTRICT may not be able to afford the resulting monthly sewer bills and the project will fail.”

The Tri City Regional Sanitary District which serves the unincorporated areas between Globe and Miami has been working on a $45 million waste water project with a new sewer treatment plant in Wheatfields to serve more than 3,000 property owners.  There are 2,563 registered voters in the district.

Call and / or email Speaker, House of Representatives, Andy Tobin TODAY!   (602) 926-5172 / atobin@azleg.gov

Ted Lake
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FAMILY DOLLAR TO CLOSE 370 STORES
April 11, 2014

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar says it will be cutting jobs and closing about 370 under performing stores as it looks for ways to improve its financial performance.

The company’s stock fell more than 3 percent in Thursday pre-market trading.

The announcement came as Family Dollar reported its profit and revenue declined in the second quarter as it dealt with bad winter weather.
Family Dollar said its store closings and job cuts should lower annual operating expenses by $40 million to $45 million, starting with the fiscal third quarter. Family Dollar Stores Inc. currently has more than 8,100 stores in 46 states    The company did not identify the stores scheduled to close.

Ted Lake
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SAN CARLOS SCHOOLS GET $578,000 FEDERAL GRANT
April 10, 2014

U.S. Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz has  announced that the San Carlos Unified School District will receive a $578,221 physical education grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant for San Carlos is from the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, which helps local education and community-based organizations initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Ted Lake
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ROOSEVELT LAKE BEING STOCKED WITH 500,000 BASS
April 10, 2014

The Arizona State Game and Fish Department says it is in the process of restocking Roosevelt Lake with  500,000 large mouth bass. The fish are coming to Arizona from the Florida State Wildlife Conservation Commission.  The first shipment of 275,000 fish already arrived here in our state by way of Federal Express and are now in the waters of Roosevelt Lake here in Gila County. The bass are expected to grow up o 20 pounds according to Game and Fish

Ted Lake
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CARLOTA PLANS LAYOFFS
April 9, 2014

The Carlota Open Pit Copper Mine owned by KGHM International is planning to layoff nearly all of its employees except a skeleton crew by the end of the year as the mine stops producing all copper and the site goes into a 100% reclamation project.

Employees at Carlota Copper are being told the first round of layoffs will be next month, followed by more layoffs in September and a final round of employee cut backs in December.
Some 150 persons are presently employed at the local copper operations.

During  the peak period of its  operations, the Carlota Mine which cost some $240 million to develop, had as many as 260 employees.

Another mining company Freeport McMoRan Miami had announced in an earlier report to the community that it had plans to stop producing copper at its Miami open pit at the end of 2016
and this site would then be converted into a land reclamation project.  Freeport already has several reclamation projects underway on properties it owns here in Globe-Miami

Ted Lake
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FINAL OUT ABOUT GLOBE HIGH CENTENNIAL
April 9, 2014

Globe High School will have officially been in operation for 100 years as of this year.  A huge  Centennial Celebration is planned  September 18 th through the 21st under the joint sponsorship of the Globe High Alumni Association and the Globe High School. There will be free and ticketed events to choose from including the re-dedication and musical review which are free along with such ticketed events as the Centennial Ball, Tigers Reception, Hall of Fame Dinner and the Homecoming Game between Globe and Miami

For further information and a complete list of events, costs and details, please visit the special website about the upcoming Centennial Celebration at GHScentennial.eventbrite.com.

Ted Lake
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ARIZONA STATE GAME AND FISH ANNOUNCEMENT
April 9, 2014

The draw results for Arizona’s 2014 elk and pronghorn antelope big game hunts are now available by visiting https://az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml and scrolling down to the “View results and bonus points” link. Applicants can also find out if they were drawn by calling (602) 942-3000 and selecting option two.

There were more than 140,000 applicants for this year’s elk/pronghorn antelope draw for hunts or bonus points, and 26,041 tags were issued. The total number of applications, including those submitted on paper and online, was approximately 109,440.

Hunt permit-tags for successful applicants, and refunds for unsuccessful or rejected applicants/applications (less application fees), are expected to be mailed out by April 18, pursuant to Arizona Game and Fish Department Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

There are about 121 leftover elk tags, available on a first-come first-served basis by mail (beginning April 21) or in person (beginning April 28). These leftover tags are a good option for hunters who missed the draw deadline or were not drawn for the hunt(s) for which they applied. A list of leftover tags is available online at www.azgfd.gov/draw and will be available for purchase.

Ted Lake
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GILA COUNTY AUCTION SET FOR MAY 5TH
April 9, 2014

The Gila County government has scheduled another one of its big surplus auctions.  This one will be on line starting May 5th. There are 45 vehicles up for sale to the highest bidders.  They are:

YEAR MAKE MODEL

1994 Buick Park Ave
2000 Ford Taurus
1985 Chevrolet 1 Ton Cab and Chassis
1974 Ford F-350
1998 Chevrolet Suburban
1992 Plymouth Acclaim
1988 GMC RV Van
1989 Dodge Ram 150 Van
1990 Chevrolet Blazer
1997 GMC Safari Van
1991 Ford E-150 Van
1996 Chevrolet Astro Van
1992 Pontiac Trans Sport SE
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
2000 Ford Taurus
1986 Chevrolet Celebrity
1996 Plymouth Voyager
1996 Ford F-150
1997 Ford Escort LX
1990 Ford Pickup 1 Ton 4×4
2003 Chevrolet Venture 7 Passenger
1994 Ford Taurus SW
1991 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup
1993 Chevrolet Pickup ? Ton 4×4
1998 Ford Ranger
2001 Ford Explorer 2 Door
1979 GM Dump Truck
1992 GMC Bucket Truck
1952 STND Steel Water Tanker
1993 Chevrolet Blazer
1994 GMC Yukon
1998 Ford Explorer 4×4, 4 Door
1995 Ford Explorer 4×4
1996 Ford Explorer 4×4
2000 Ford Taurus 4 Door
2005 Suzuki ATV
2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 4×2
2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 4×4
2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 4×4
2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 4×4
2007 Ford Expedition 4×4
1994 Ford Bronco
1953 STND Steel Water Tanker
1953 STND Steel Water Tanker
1998 Ford Taurus

Find out more by going to the Public Surplus Auction website at http://www.publicsurplus.com. and cick on Gila County.

Ted Lake
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GILA’S PUBLIC HEARING ON COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANT MONIES
April 8, 2014

The Gila County Government’s Public Hearing over the use of Community Block Grant Monies  will start 5:30pm Thursday , April 10th  in room #200 of the Gila County Complex located at 5515 South Apache Avenue in Globe

Interested persons are being asked to come to  the public hearing to give their suggestions about possible projects and community needs using such government grant funds.

Examples of uses for Community Block Grand  monies  include projects involving  water, waste-water, street improvements, parks, health clinics, libraries, senior or youth centers, housing rehab, new housing constructed by a non-profit, purchasing a van to transport persons with disabilities, equipment or to rent to start a new job training program, loans to businesses for job creation, acquisition of land for an existing expansion

The Gila County government is expected to receive $120,000 this fiscal year in Federal Community  Block Grant Monies from the Arizona Department of Housing Regional Account and Gila officials intend to apply for $330,000 also this fiscal year in Community Block Grant Monies from the States Special Projects Account..  Proposed projects are to primarily  benefit low and moderate income persons or reduce slum or blight or meet an urgent need or health hazard.

Ted Lake
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LATEST IN REGIONAL JOB ALERTS
April 5, 2014

BHP Billiton seeks Supervisor of Care and Mainenance at its remaining properties in the Globe-Miami area, Apache Gold Casino San Carlos seeks Chief Financial Officer. Air Methods seeks Rotor Wing Pilot to work in Kearny area.  Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Safford seeks Crusher/Conveyor Diagnostic Mechanic, Environmental Specialist, Environmental Engineer, Support Equipment Operator, Diagnostic Electrician, Senior Health and Safety Specialist, Health and Safety Specialist. Freeport McMoRan Miami seeks Laboratory Supervisor,  Smelter Diagnostic Mechanic, Environmental Engineer, Line Electrician, Metallurgist Acid Plant, Diagnostic Electrician Hydro Met.  Freeport McMoRan Morenci seeks Railroad Brakeman, 2014 Summer Intern Metallurgical/Chemical Engineering, Senior Supervisor of Contractor Management, Hydro Met Repair Employee, Planner Two at Crusher/Conveyor, Mill Repair Employee.  Freeport McMoRan Corporate Phoenix seeks Manager of Records.

KGHM International Carlota Copper Mine near Miami seeks a Project Engineer for mine closure planning and a significant planning role during the final year of active mining at the Carlota. Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center Globe seeks Patient Registration Clerk. Walgreens Safford seeks Pharmacy Manager. Empire Caterpillar Ray seeks Warehouse Worker. ASARCO Hayden seeks Human Resources Administrator. Supplemental Healthcare seeks to fill the following positions in Globe: Intensive Care Nurse 12 hour days and Telemetry Nurse.  U.S. Indian Health Services San Carlos taking applications for Medical Technologist $69,497 to $90,344 a year and seeks an Administrative Support Assistant to work at Whiteriver $31,628 to $50,952 a year.

Capstone Mining Pinto Valley Miami seeks Security and CEM Supervisor , Network Support Supervisor, Electrical Planner, and Process Control Engineer. Genessee & Wyoming Railroad Claypool seeks Track Laborer. Mt Graham Regional Medical Center Safford seeks Part time Cashier. Division of Child Safety and Family Services of Arizona State Government seeks Child Protective Services Specialist to work in Globe $31,000 to $32,000. Arizona Department of Corrections Florence seeks Executive Staff Assistant $36,814 to $65,828 year. GEO Private Prison Florence has two job opportunities: Correctional Officer and Maintenance Technician. Century Link seeks Supervisor of Area Plant at Florence.  Pinal County Government Florence seeks Justice Court Clerk #2 salary at $30,022 to $31,782.

Sonic Drive In Miami has several job openings. In Genesis at Florence seeks Pharmacy Technician. Safeway Thatcher seeks General Clerk.  Airgas Incorporated at Safford seeks Part Time Inside Sales Representative.

Gila County Government Globe seeks Building Maintenance Technician, A Senior IT Administrative and Support Technician, Public Health Nurse ( Jail ). Canyon Lands Health Care Globe seeks Part Time Medical Assistant. Town of Miami taking applications for a Courier. CMS Direct seeks Inpatient Physical Therapist to work in Globe $70,000 to $83,000 a year. Follet Corporation in Thatcher seeks Sales Associate, Store Manager, Temporary Employee. Empire Caterpillar seeks Warehouse Worker in Safford. Global Empire seeks Radiology Technician to work in Safford. Randstad Health Care seeks Surgical Technologist to work in Globe.

Geotemps Safford seeks Laboratory Technician. Arizona State Division of Employment and Rehabilitation seeks Human Services Specialist to work in Safford $31,308 to $40,527. U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons Safford seeks Clinical Psychologist $82,642 to $107,434.

Ted Lake
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THREE SCHOOLS MAKE TOP 100
April 4, 2014

There were only three high schools in our part of the state which made the list of the top 100 high schools in Arizona by SAT scores.  they were:

Liberty High School of Globe placing 52nd
Payson High School placing 72nd
Show Low High School palcing 92nd

Top high school in the state of Arizona was the “basis” school in scottsdale which placed 1st with average score of 2075.

Ted Lake
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CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OPENING AT APACHE GOLD
April 4, 201

Apache Gold Casino Resort – San Carlos, AZ – Person selected as Chief Financial Officer will be  responsible for all the financial affairs of the San Carlos Apache Tribe Gaming Enterprise and San Carlos Apache Tribe Recreational Services Authority. This position controls the finances of all operations in the most cost effective method possible, as well as complying with all Federal, State and Tribal regulations as directed by all governing agencies.

The Casino Chief Financial Officer:

Establishes an organizational chart showing the relationship between the General Manager, CFO and Board of Directors. Submits the chart to the appropriate authorities for approval.

Establishes and supervise the effectiveness and adherence of all departmental budgets, (wage, purchasing, advertising, comp, and other expenses) projections and preforms, after complete consultation with the General Manager and Corporation Board Members, and all Department Heads. Establishes goals and management incentive programs consistent with the above. Supervises the program adopted.

Ensures proper internal controls and procedures are established, effective and followed, and ensure the safeguarding of the company’s assets. Ensures proper training is provided to comply with all internal control procedures established. Establishes procedures for the most cost effective method of purchasing and upon approval, to then supervise its implementation and operation.

Schedules the collection of all accounts receivable and the payment of all accounts payable and supervises its operation.Supervises the preparation of all inventories-both perishable and non-perishable goods.  Reviews and recommends alternate programs to the operations “fixed expenses” i.e., insurance, both casualty and medical, industrial coverage unemployment comp, all utilities, etc. Supervises all check cashing procedures and collection of bad checks.

Supervises and updates all internal audit functions of the Corporation and all of the Corporations subsidiaries. Ensures proper training is provided to ensure compliance.  Responsible for all accounting entries and responsible for the preparation of all daily, weekly, and monthly un-audited reports.

Prepares and submits all reports required by all authoritative agencies. Organizes all reports and work papers for the Corporations annual audit and work closely with the various agencies independent auditors.  Prepares all monthly, quarterly, and yearly tax returns, revenue reports assure timely payments. Responsible for representing the Corporation when the returns are audited.

Ensures compliance with the Corporations policy of capital expenditures. Prepares and defends all documents necessary to protect and promote the corporations relationship to all of its secured lenders. Provides monthly written reports to the General Manager and Corporation Board Members concerning compliance with procedures established. Hires, trains, disciplines and terminates all Finance employees within the guidelines established by the Employment Manual.

Ted Lake
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FOUR CORNERS POWER PLANT LOOKS TO EXPAND NEARBY COAL-MINING OPERATIONS
April 3, 2014

WASHINGTON – Conservation groups are worried that a proposed expansion of coal-mining at the Four Corners Power Plant could reverse fourcorners Ted Lakerecent environmental gains at the plant that last year was on a list of dirtiest in the country.
But officials with Arizona Public Service, which is a majority owner in the plant, said the proposal is a step forward for the plant both economically as well as environmentally.
“We have reduced our coal burning by a third,” said APS spokesman Damon Gross of the coal-burning plant near Farmington, N.M. “Getting more (coal) from another location won’t affect how much our plant burns.”
The proposal seeks to expand surface coal mining operations on 2,744 acres of the proposed Pinabete Permit area, with an eye toward providing 5.8 million tons of low-sulfur coal a year to the plant for 25 years, beginning in 2016. The plan was posted in Friday’s Federal Register in a draft environmental impact statement by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
Gross said the plan is the result of a lengthy research process on how to best improve on the prospects of the plant after the lease on the coal-rich lands owned by the Navajo Nation was extended to 2041. The plan will be the subject of a series of public hearings from late April to early May in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

Environmentalists said residents of that region are already affected by the plant.

“People who live near the plant often tell me that some days they feel like there’s a dust storm,” said Suma Peesapati, an attorney for Earth Justice, an environmental advocacy organization. “But it’s just the plant.”

She said that Four Corners made a step in the right direction after the release of a 2013 report that called it the 15th-worst power plant in the country in terms of pollution, but she is concerned that those gains could be lost with this new proposed mining operation.
But Gross said those days are behind the Four Corners plant. Since APS bought out Southern California Edison’s shares in the plant, it moved to shut down three of the five generating units there, he said.

“We have two working units left and we are doing everything we can to upgrade them to be as environmentally clean as possible,” Gross said, adding that environmental upgrades on those units are expected to be ready by 2016.
Gross also said that nitrogen-oxide emissions are projected to be reduced by 36 percent under the plant’s current plan.

Colton Gavin
Cronkite News

Traffic-Safety Bill: HB 2359
April 3, 2014
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PHOENIX – Pointing to an advocacy group’s report listing Arizona among states falling behind in addressing distracted driving, rules for novice drivers and protecting occupants of vehicles, AAA Arizona is calling on state lawmakers to strengthen traffic-safety laws.

“We’re puzzled as to why lawmakers aren’t making this more of a priority this session,” said Linda Gorman, communications and public affairs director for AAA Arizona.

A start, AAA Arizona contends, would be addressing distracted driving by novice drivers, but an effort to do that faces an uncertain fate this legislative session. Bills to ban texting while driving have gone nowhere.

The group noted that the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’s Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws lists Arizona as “dangerously behind” in its laws on distracted driving, promoting safe driving by novice drivers and protecting those in vehicles.

The report faults Arizona for not banning texting while driving, not making lack of seat belts use a primary offense and not requiring all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. For drivers with graduated driver’s licenses, the report calls for restricting cellphone use and a minimum age of 16 for a learner’s permit.

Arizona currently bans all cellphone use for school bus drivers but doesn’t have any other restrictions on the use of mobile devices.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 41 states and the District of Columbia ban text messaging while driving. Twelve states and the District of Columbia prohibit drivers from using handheld cellphones while driving

Jamie Killin
Cronkite News

WILDFIRE SEASON
April 3, 2014
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PHOENIX – Wildfire season is off to an earlier start this year because of dry conditions, but the state is prepared for the fight, Gov. Jan Brewer and fire officials said Wednesday.

“Everyone in Arizona knows, especially after last year’s tragedy, just how dangerous wildfires can be,”

Brewer said at a news conference held at the Arizona Division of Emergency Management.
State Forester Scott Hunt said Arizona has already had 179 fires this year, including 24 just in the past week. The wildfire season usually starts in late May, but he’ll be putting his crews on early this year.

“We are critically dry,” Hunt said. “This is setting the stage for a potentially critical fire season.”

This year’s lack of precipitation was the third consecutive dry winter, and some areas of the state had record levels of dryness, Hunt said.

In the lower elevations around the state, particularly the deserts around the Phoenix area, the lack of rainfall means less annual grass and less firefighting in those areas, he said. He’s primarily concerned about southeastern Arizona and higher elevation areas in the north.

Rachel Leingang
Cronkite News

 U.S. GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES $1 BILLION FOR ABANDONED URANIUM MINE CLEAN UP ON THE NAVAJO NATION
APRIL 3, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – A settlement announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice secured approximately $1 billion in funds to cleanup 10 percent of abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.

The funds, going to both the EPA and the Navajo Nation, will be used to clean up contamination, which includes radioactive waste near communities, resulting from approximately 50 uranium mines that were operated by Kerr McGee during the Cold War

Ted Lake
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SUPERIOR GETTING FIRE TRUCK FROM MESA
April 2, 2014

The mining town of nearby Superior is getting a fire truck from the city of Mesa, all because one of the Mesa council members who works for Resolution Copper came up with the idea that it be donated to the small copper mining community which was having financial challenges and not in a position to buy a needed new fire truck..

It was Dave Richins, the  District One City Councilman from Mesa who works during the day as Resolution Copper’s Adviser of Government Affairs, who discovered the city of Mesa had a fire truck available this year for donation to a smaller community. This is  something Mesa has done in the past when upgrading its fire trucks for front line service and phasing out the older ones..

At a recent Mesa City Council meeting, the donation of a fire truck was on the agenda.  Assistant Fire Chief Jim Bloomer told the council, Mesa’s 1997 Pierce Quantum 1,500 gallons per minute fire pumper truck was no longer needed by the city and it has met all of its replacement criteria with the Purchasing Department in order to be released.

Richins was recommending the truck be donated to the town of Superior. He told others on the council he had the opportunity to work with many communities in the Copper Corridor, such as Superior, Globe-Miami, Hayden-Winkelman and this emergency vehicle would be a great value for Superior’s Fire Department.

The Town of Mesa had received two requests asking for the truck.  They came from Mesa’s Sister City, Guaymas, Mexico and the Town of Superior.  The council went for Superior.  As city councilman Dennis Kavanaugh put it, “Superior’s Request was a more immediate need.”

Ted Lake
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PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CONTINUES IN APRIL FOR PASSENGER RAIL STUDY
April 2, 2014

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation has scheduled a lineup of public outreach events during April for its Passenger Rail Corridor Study as the department continues to examine the feasibility of a passenger rail line between Phoenix and Tucson.

ADOT is calling on the public to provide input on the three alternatives that have been selected for further study. The department has already received a tremendous response from participants — the month of March drew more than 2,000 comments both online and during public outreach events. The public comment period began on March 7 and runs until May 31.

Last summer, ADOT narrowed the list of rail alternatives to three: the Green Alternative, which would run along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson; the Orange Alternative, which would serve East Valley population centers and share part of its alignment with the planned North-South Freeway Corridor; and the Yellow Alternative, which would also serve East Valley communities and share right of way with Union Pacific Railroad north of Eloy, where appropriate. All three alternatives would run along I-10 south of Eloy and would also follow I-10 and US 60 in the western part of Maricopa County.

Ted Lake
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MINE LAND EXCHANGE BILLS GOING NOWHERE
March 27, 2014

As far as the two land exchange bills in Congress needed to pave the way for the $6 billion underground copper mine east of Superior, there has been no movement on either measure so far this year.

The Resolution Copper land legislation introduced jointly by Democrat Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick and Republican Congressman Dr. Paul Gosar is still waiting to come to the floor of  of the U.S. House of Representatives for a full vote of the entire House  after being passed by a Congressional committee last year.

Basically,  it is the same story for the Resolution land legislation  introduced jointly in the U.S. Senate by Arizona Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. Their measure,  identical to the Kirkpatrick /Gosar House bill , received a committee hearing last year , but  nothing has happen since.

Ted Lake
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GILA COUNTY JOBLESS RATE DROPS
March 27, 2014

New figures out! The Gila County jobless rate has dropped to 8.9% in February, down from January’s 9.7% according to the Arizona Department of Administration.  The state agency says there were 1,899 persons on the unemployment rolls last month in Gila which is down from the  reported 2,101 persons in February.

Statewide the seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell two tenths of a percentage point from 7.5% in January to 7.3% in February. There were some 17,300 non farm jobs added to the payrolls last month here in Arizona with half of these being government jobs.

Ted Lake
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STATE:  BOYS & GIRLS CLUB NOW IN GOOD STANDING

Story Update – (March 25, 2013) A change now in the corporate status of the Boys & Girls Club of Globe.  The Arizona State Corporation Commission now says the Boys & Girls Club of Globe is a Corporation in Good standing and the organizations annual report which was over due has been received by the agency.

The Arizona Corporation Commission originally had a red alert earlier on its website that the Boys & Girls Club of Globe was declared a corporation not in good standing because the group failed to file their annual report which was due January 27th.

Again the commission’s web site shows the state agency now has the overdue annual report from the  the Boys & Girls Club of Globe and the local organization is once again a corporation in Arizona in good standing. The the red alert was removed from the commission public web page.

Ted Lake
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REPORT AIRED ON KQSS FM – STORY ON PHILLIPS MINE IN NEW BOOK

Dear Mr. Lake

I read your July 15, 2013, article on the Phillips (asbestos) Mine and homestead. I have included it, along with a reference to the source and your by-line in what will be my Volume II of my e-book, Mines of the American West – Gila County, Arizona. Unfortunately the Volume II will not likely be out until around 2016, as I just completed and published Volume I. I published it this month, just before I found your very interesting article.

If you want to preview it, you can go to the Amazon Kindle system and enter my name in the search box and it should pull up all of my books. Since Gila County was the last published, it should come up first. The book contains over 1,735 entries, in 792 Kindle pages, on mines and mining companies that were active in Gila County since the 1840’s.

If you have any objection to my using the article please let me know and I will delete it. Also, if you have any further information on the decision on what to do with the historic property, that I could use, it would be appreciated. If you OK with the article’s use, here is what the entry would look like for the Phillips Mine in Volume II (so far).

Phillips Mine (a.k.a. Phillips Property; Crosthwaite-Steward Group; Golden Fiber Claims; Grand View; Grandview Claims; Grandview Mine): (33.47.28N by 110.32.25W – USGS Mule Hoof Bend map) (Asbestos)
Coordinates are for the ore body of this underground, past producer.

A second reference, MRDS, shows The Phillips Mine at 33.47.30N by 110.32.00W.

USGS MRDS Data Base Record 10060322, Released December 4, 2013; based on a record of July 1, 1992; updated December 1, 1992: The Phillips Mine is located at 33.47.30N by 110.32.02W (Decimal Equivalents of 33.79175 by -110.53402), placing it in the Salt River Mining District, in the Tonto National Forest and in the area included on the USGS Mule Hoof Bend 24K, Seneca 100K and Mesa 250K maps. The Public Land Survey System locators are Section 33, Township 5 North, Range 17 East. Asbestos is present and is shown as a primary commodity. The Chrysotile ore is found in a host of Mescal Limestone and associated with a Neo-Proterozoic, Mafic, intrusive Diabase. The geology, in the general area of the site, is described as Middle Proterozoic Diabase. An undated reference shows the Phillips Asbestos Company as the Owner, with some past production having been reported.

USGS MRDS Data Base Record 10282408, Released December 4, 2013; based on a record of November 4, 1983: The ore body of the Phillips Property is shown at 33.47.15N by 110.32.07W (Decimal Equivalents of 33.78758 by -110.53539). The geology, in the area of the ore body, is described as Middle Proterozoic Diabase. A 1966 record shows the Owner of the Located Claim as Freeman and McClure of Arizona.
USGS MRDS Data Base Record 10282888, Released December 4, 2013; based on a record of November 4, 1983: The main entrance to the Phillips Mine is shown at 33.47.05N by 110.31.54W (Decimal Equivalents of 33.78478 by -110.53179), placing it in the Tonto National Forest and in the area included on the USGS Mule Hoof Bend 24K, Seneca 100K and Mesa 250K maps. The Public Land Survey System locators are Section 34, Township 5 North, Range 17 East. Asbestos is present, but only at a tertiary level as the mine is believed to have been “mined out”. Identification, of additional resources, should they exist, will require exploration and development. A 1976 record shows the 100% Owner of the Located Claim as Rex Towne of Arizona.

Ivan Herring

From KQSS Website from July 15, 2013;

“Tonto Forest: Stop Total Clearance of Phillips Mine Site”

Gila County’s  historical industry of asbestos mining  dates back to 1872 when this rock fiber was first discovered at Chrysotile near Ash Creek.  It wasn’t until June 27, 1916, when the community of Chyrsotile, population 150, officially had a U.S. Post Office .Over the long years there were numerous other small mines that flared up near the Salt River Canyon and elsewhere in the north central part of the county. However, it wasn’t until the1940′s and 1950′s when the demand for asbestos reached its heyday creating lots of local jobs and bringing money into the community. But later the mining boom came to an abrupt ending with many asbestos mines and their mills folding up over the uproar over the discovery that exposure to asbestos could cause mesothelioma cancer.  The industry was hit with numerous lawsuits and many mines and their owners or corporations went into bankruptcy and then out of business.

The Phillips Asbestos mine north of Globe on the south side of the Salt River Canyon is one of those old mining properties that went through the boom and later the bust. Guy Phillips and his wife Ruby Mae Phillips had a house near the mine tunnel. The tunnel by the way was first built in the canyon wall.  It was around 1962 Guy Phillips was murdered, shot to death in his home.  His wife was charged with his murder but she was later acquitted by a Gila County Jury in Globe.

What is amazing about the Phillips mine situation, after all these years, some structures  still remain in the area of the underground mine  including the couple’s  house where he was killed., even with the heavy vandalism which has occurred here over the years. Photographs of what was their home, a few mine structures, tunnel entrance and tailings were taken a few years back and can be seen on the Internet at forum.ghost-towns.com.  There are other websites which also have more recent photos and  these can be found by clicking on the name of the small abandoned  nearby community of ” Mule Hoof Bend.”

Last month the Tonto National Forest came out announcing plans which call for basically clearing off, burying, or covering whatever is left of the old Guy and Ruby Mae Phillips Home and their former asbestos operations which all are situated on mining claims they had located many years ago on Tonto National Forest Land.  However, with these photographs  showing what remains at the Phillips Mine property and nearby area, there is now some thinking by those in our community including Donna Anderson of the Gila County Historical Society that  although the Phillips site needs to be cleaned up from the hazards of asbestos, shouldn’t this federal agency  also be directing its efforts  to preserve and restore what remains not only because it is historical the area it appears to have the potential of becoming a tourist attraction.

The Phillips mine represents basically all of what is left from an early part of our history here some 40 to 50 miles north of our community. From this writers’ point of point, the Tonto National Forest needs to take a look at what they can do to benefit the community in addition to cleaning up a serious health hazard.    How about having a detailed historic evaluation done on the Phillips site and nearby  “Mule Hoof Bend” area before taking any final action of total site clearance in what the Forest Service apparently wants to do?   The bottom line is there are things remaining at the Phillips mine and surrounding area  that perhaps should be considered for historic preservation if this can be feasibility done along with the removal of the remaining  hazardous asbestos at the Salt River Canyon site.

The Phillips mine represents basically all of what is left from an early part of our history here some 40 to 50 miles north of our community. From this writers’ point of point, the Tonto National Forest needs to take a look at what they can do to benefit the community in addition to cleaning up a serious health hazard.    How about having a detailed historic evaluation done on the Phillips site and nearby  “Mule Hoof Bend” area before taking any final action of total site clearance in what the Forest Service apparently wants to do? The bottom line is there are things remaining at the Phillips mine and surrounding area that perhaps should be considered for historic preservation if this can be feasibility done along with the removal of the remaining hazardous asbestos at the Salt River Canyon site. The public needs to speak out now on this issue. You don’t have much time left. Get some of your written comments together with your thoughts about the old Phillips Mine and get them over to the Tonto Forest Main headquarters in Phoenix.  You can do this by either U.S. Mail or e mail.  Deadline is the end of the business on July 15th of next week.

Ted Lake
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INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES SEEKS ADMINISTRATOR AT SAN CARLOS
March 24, 2014

Job Opening
Health System Administrator (CEO) GS-0670-14

(Salary $97,667 to $126,667 yearly)  CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS THURSDAY , APRIL 24TH ) The persson hired for this will serve as the Indian Health Services Administrator ( Chief Executive ) for the San Carlos unit located on the San Carlos Reservaton.

Ted Lake
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CLOSED ROADS IN WHITE MOUNTAINS TO RE OPEN
March 24, 2014

The Arizona Department of Transportation will reopen several roads in the White Mountains, which are closed annually for the winter season, beginning Tuesday (April 15). This winter season did not have the heavy snow fall accumulations as in past winters, but ADOT still takes time in clearing the roads of any leftover snow drifts, downed trees which have been blown into the roadway from the high winds or any other road repair which may affect traffic.

The following highways  are scheduled to re open:
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State Route 261 between Eagar and Big Lake.
State Route 273 between Sunrise Park and Big Lake
State Route 473 between State Route 260 and Hawley Lake

Ted Lake
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IRS LISTS 37 LOCAL TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS
March 23,2014

The Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ) has identified 37 local  “Organizations Eligible to Receive Tax-Deductible Charitable Contributions as outline in IRS publication 78.  Twenty four are in the Globe area, nine in Miami and four are on the San Carlos Reservations.

The IRS list includes the following tax exempt organizations in Globe that are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions:

Eastern Arizona Area Health Education Center Inc
Southwestern Steel Guitar Association Inc
Pinal Mountain Foundation for Higher Education Inc
Sultana Rebekah Lodge No.5 loof
Signal Peak Community Foundation
318 Ministries
Arizona Reservation Ministries
The United States Coast Guard Lightship Sailors Association
Globe Rotary Club Foundation Inc.
Gila County SOS
Copper Cities Youth Basketball League
Humane Society of Southern Gila County Inc
Association of Universal Philosophy
The Cobre Valley Center for the Arts Inc
United Fund of Globe-Miami Inc
Eastern Arizona Alcoholic Recovery Center Inc
Gila Community Food Bank
Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center
Liberty High School
Los Vecinos Y Companeros
Destiny Advanced Learning Center
Friends of Globe Public Library
Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation
Gila County Historical Society Inc.

The IRS list includes the following tax exempt organizations in Miami that are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions:

Copper Cities Rotary Foundation Inc
Miami Arizona Downtown Economic Resurgence Inc.
Miami Genesis Inc
Friends of Miami Memorial Library
Ed and Patricia McWilliams, Inc
Miami Arizona Boomtown Spree Inc
Tonto National Resources Learning Center
Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum
Miami Church of Christ
 
The IRS list includes the following tax exempt organizations on the San Carlos Apache Reservation that are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions:

San Carlos
First Nation Ministries
Freedom Holiness Church
Apache Fair Trade Cooperative Inc
Bylas
Apache Baptist Academy Inc

( Source: Internal Revenue Service )

ZILISCH APPOINTED AS GCC GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER FOR DISTRICT 1
March 23, 2014

PAYSON – Gila County School Superintendent Linda O’Dell has announced the appointment of Mr. John Zilisch of Payson as the District 1 representative to the Gila Community College (GCC) Governing Board. In all, seven eligible candidates applied for the appointment in the second application period. A swearing in ceremony will be held in Payson prior to the next GCC Governing Board meeting.Originally from Wisconsin, Zilisch moved to Payson 13 years ago and has established himself as an active member of the community. He has a Master’s degree in Education and has held leadership and training positions throughout his career with Caterpillar Tractor Company. O’Dell expressed her confidence in Zilisch’s “ability to work with the other board members as they collaborate to address the many challenges faced by Gila Community College.”

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF GLOBE  ” NOT IN GOOD STANDING ”
March 23, 2014

A Globe Corporation getting some bad marks from a state government regulator.  The Arizona Corporation Commission has publicly announced the Boys & Girls Club of Globe which was organized by  local businessman Mickie Nye is now a corporation in our state  “Not in Good Standing.”

The commission has posted a red alert on its public website that Nye’s organization was ” Not in Good Standing ” because it failed to file an annual report  to the regulatory agency as required by Arizona State law.

According to latest information available from the Arizona State Corporation Commission the Boys & Girls Club of Globe is still an individual  corporation and there are no filings with the state agency of any merger or corporation dissolution actions.  The last time the Boys & Girls Club of Globe provided any updates about its organization was on May 30, 2013.  Mickie Nye was still listed as President, Chief Executive Officer, Statutory Agent and a member  of the Board of Directors along with ten other members on the Club’s board.

acc Ted Lake

Ted Lake
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FREEPORT’S REPORT TO GLOBE-MIAMI
March 23, 2014

In its latest report to the community Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold, inc, said employment at its operations near Miami amounted to approximately 1,000 employees and 300 contractors.  The latest number of contract workers is down some 200 from a previous company report

Globe-Miami residents were be told by the company said the Miami Smelter Modernization Project to meet new tougher EPA standards of operations has been underway and the new Oxygen Plant Tower at the Miami operations was commissioned recently in January.

Work was said to be continuing on the Webster Lake #5 Tailings Pond and Stockpile Reclamation Projects.  Scheduled to resume early next year are the reclamation activities at the Miami Land Bridge and #5 Davis Stockpile projects

Ted Lake
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RESOLUTION’S WATER TREATMENT PLANT BUILT AT SUPERIOR
March 20, 2014

This week, Resolution Copper Mining is celebrating five years of operation at its onsite water treatment plant. In the five year history of the plant, water removed from the inner workings of the old Magma Mine has been sent by pipeline to farmers in the New Magma Irrigation and Drainage District. Resolution Copper Mining is helping deliver water to 6,800 acres of crops near San Tan Valley via 27 miles of pipeline by electing to pump out, treat and pipe water for beneficial use. “Finding a way to benefit Arizona farmers through our dewatering project is a win-win scenario,” said James Almaas, Manager of Dewatering and Reclamation, “Using our water allows local farmers to reduce groundwater pumping.”

The Resolution Copper Project is located in the same area occupied by the Magma Mine, which ceased production in 1996. After its closure, groundwater has been accumulating in the abandoned workings and in order for mining operations to be feasible again; the water needed to be removed. Beginning in 2009, excess mine water has been brought up from 4,000 feet below the surface to be treated at an onsite state-of-the-art treatment plant, where it is cleaned and filtered. “I am pleased about our exceptional safety record over the last five years of the plant’s operation,” said Andrew Taplin, Project Manager “finding a mutually beneficial use for this water only adds to its success. This is the way Resolution Copper does business.”

The pipeline runs downhill and uses gravity, not energy-driven pumps, to move the water. The water is blended with Central Arizona Project water and used to irrigate crops including alfalfa, cotton, turf and small grains. Growers are provided with all data pertaining to their fields at the end of each growing season. To date, sampling and monitoring results have indicated water quality has been suitable for soils and crops grown within New Magma Irrigation and Drainage District.

Ted Lake
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ADEQ OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE $6,500 BROWNFIELDS GRANT TO GILA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR ASBESTOS SURVEY
March 19, 2014

PHOENIX (March 20, 2014) – A $6,500 Brownfields grant has been awarded to the Gila County Historical Society of Globe to determine if there is asbestos and lead-based paint in a portion of the Gila County Historical Museum, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials announced today.

The museum site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 1330 N. Broad Street. It was once the Globe-Miami Mine Rescue Station, which provided training in safety, first aid and mine rescue work. As the underground mines closed and mining companies took over safety training programs, the station was closed and turned over to the historical society in 1972.

The grant money will be used to assess the quantities and extent of asbestos containing materials and lead-based paint in the museum basement and other service areas in preparation for required upgrades and maintenance of the building. These assessments are to address issues of worker safety and exposures in these areas as well as make them safe for future use.

“This is an excellent example of how our Brownfields program makes Arizona communities better. In this case, a large benefit comes from a limited investment of money,” said ADEQ Director Henry Darwin.

ALICE MENDOZA ACCEPTS MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HER LATE HUSBAND SGT MANUEL MENDOZA WHO WAS A MIAMI NATIVE
March 19, 2014

(The White House, Washington D.C) Alice Mendoza of Mesa, Arizona accepted the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on behalf of her late husband, Sgt Manuel V. Mendoza. This is the nation’s highest combat-valor award which was given to his 90 year old widow for her husbands courageous actions during World II . He was among 24 members of the U.S. Army in World War ll to receive the medal which was given in the East Room of the White House by the President to overlooked veterans. Only three of the recipients are alive today.

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Alice Mendiza at the White House – USA Today

Mendoza, who was born in Miami, Arizona, reportedly had tucked his medals and ribbons away in a drawer for no one to see. Other members of his family at the mass ceremony at the White House were the couple’s son and two daughters who live in the Greater Phoenix area.

Sgt Mendoza, who died in 2001 at the age of 79, was recognized for his actions on Mount Battaglia, Italy, on Oct. 4, 1944. While serving as a platoon sergeant he single-handedly broke up a counterattack by some 200 German Soldiers.

Ted Lake
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CAR DIVES  OFF STATE ROUTE 88 EAST OF APACHE JUNCTION!
March 19, 2014

One person from China was killed  and another injured after the car they driving ran off State  Route 88 and dropped more than 200 feet into a ravine just east of Tortilla Flat in the far East Valley.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officer Michael Hunt was the first officer to arrive and said the crash happened just after 2 a.m. Wednesday. He said the dark blue 2003 BMW was completely demolished.

“It doesn’t look like a vehicle at all,” Hunt said
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Colin Williams of Rural-Metro said the victims were University of Oklahoma students from China and were visiting a friend in the Valley for spring break and taking in the clear Arizona night on the historic scenic road. He said the Chinese Embassy had been contacted.

CBS 5 KPHO TV

FEDERAL JOB OPENINGS ON APACHE RESERVATIONS
March 19, 2014

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has announced it is taking applications for two federal job
openings on the Apache Reservations..

One open position is on the San Carlos Reservation for Supervisory Forestry Technician (GS-462-06/07, Vacancy ID # 1075820 ). Salary ranges from $35,256 to $50,932 a year.

Meanwhile at Whiteriver , applications are being taken for the open position of Fire Management Officer ( GS-0401-11/12 Vacancy ID# 1075838 ). Salary ranges from $57,982 to $90,344.

Compete descriptions are on the U.S. Jobs website and also on the Bureau of Indian Affairs web page

Ted Lake
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ENDANGERED RED SQUIRREL ACCIDENTALLY KILLED
March 14, 2014

MT. GRAHAM – An endangered Mount Graham red squirrel was unintentionally shot and killed by an Arizona Game and Fish Department wildlife manager on Wednesday ( March 12 ). The wildlife manager was working with University of Arizona researchers when the incident occurred according to a report on KVOA Channel 4 .

“While the accidental taking of any endangered species is of course regrettable, our wildlife manager in the field self-reported his actions as early and as ethically as possible,” Jim DeVos, Game and Fish Assistant Director of Wildlife Management told the Tucson Television Station.

Since early 2012, Game and Fish has been assisting biologists working to reduce competition for the endangered species by removing Abert’s squirrels from drought-affected red squirrel habitat on Mount Graham. Following Department protocol, the manager reported the accident to his supervisor, who contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The remains of the squirrel were preserved and are being transferred to USFWS.

According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Mount Graham red squirrel population hit its peak at 550 animals in the late 1990s. However, the number usually ranges between 200 and 300.

ICEHOUSE CANYON AND TELEPHONE TRAILS WILL BE CLOSED MAR. 13 – MAY 15 FOR POWER LINE MAINTENANCE
March 15, 2014

Globe, Ariz. (Mar. 13, 2014) – Icehouse Canyon Trail (TR198) and Telephone Trail (TR 192) will be closed to the public Mar. 13, through May 15, 2014 while maintenance work is conducted on the adjacent power lines.

The purpose of this trail closure is to protect forest visitors, employees, cooperators and contractors as the maintenance work poses significant risk of serious bodily harm.

“We ask for the public’s patience, understanding and support while the trails are closed,” stated Richard Reitz, Globe District Ranger. “It will take approximately two months to complete the project. Several other popular trails in the Pinal Mountains are unaffected by this closure and remain open.”

For more information, please contact the Globe Ranger District administrative office at 928-402-6200.

GILA REPUBLICANS OUT NUMBER DEMOCRATS NEARLY 1,000
March 14, 2014

According to the latest figures there are 29,723 registered voters in Gila County. The breakdown shows 11,262 Republican voters, 10,266 registered Democrats and 8,046 who are Independents or without a party.

Statewide there are 3,244,793 registered voters in Arizona.1,131,263 are Republicans, 1,123,998 Independents or those without a party, 962,828 are registered Democrats while there are some 26,387 Libertarians . ( Source State of Arizona Registration Report from the office of the Arizona Secretary State )

Ted Lake
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MORE ABOUT  MASTER SERGEANT MANUEL V. MENDOZA
March 5, 2014

Manuel Mendoza who was from Miami, Arizona served in the U. S. Army during World War Two and the Korean War.  He died in 2001.

On March 18th during a special mass ceremony in Washington D.C., Master Sergeant Mendoza will be among 24 over looked Veterans who will be bestowed ” The Medal of Honor” by President Barrack Obama.  Only three of the 24 recipients are still living today.  Mendoza’s daughter Sylvia will be accepting the honor for her father.

The U.S. Army has released the following additional information about the Miami native:

manuelvmendozafull Ted Lake

Biography

Medal of Honor nominee Manuel Mendoza, was born in Miami, Ariz., June 15, 1922.
Mendoza entered the U.S. Army at Fort MacArthur, Calif., November 1942. He served in both WWII and Korea
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Then-Staff Sgt. Manuel Mendoza is being recognized for his actions on Oct. 4, 1944, in Mt. Battaglia, Italy, where he is credited with single-handedly breaking up a German counterattack.

Mendoza was nicknamed the “Arizona Kid” for his actions in combat. Following his Army career, Mendoza found employment as a foreman at one of the largest nuclear plants in the country. He passed away at age 79.
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In addition to the Medal of Honor, Mendoza received the Distinguished Service Cross (this award will be upgraded to the Medal of Honor on Mar. 18), Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with five Bronze Service Stars, Presidential Unit Citation with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge (Second Award), Honorable Service Lapel Button-World War II, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Italian Cross for Merit of War Unit Citation.

SPELLING BEE WINNERS
February 28, 2014Here is the list of the winners of the annual 2014 Gila County All Student Science Fair that was held last Wednesday at the Bulllion Plaza in Miami. This list has students from all over Gila County. Overall there were 127 students who participated. There were 95 projects. Some divisions did not have a first place winner.

Gila County Regional Science Fair Winners

Animal Sciences – Elementary
1st – Kinsey Speer (Tonto Basin)
2nd – Lily Thornhill (Payson)
3rd –Animal Sciences – Junior
1st – Krislyn Alford (Pine-Strawberry)
2nd – Hunter Human (Young)
3rd – Camille Hudson, Akala Hatch (Globe)Animal Sciences – Senior
1st –
2nd – Cheyenne McNeeley (Payson)
3rd –Behavioral & Social Sciences (Elementary)
1st – Michael Staudt (Payson)
2nd – Lyana Romero (Hayden-Winkelman)
3rd – Hope Carl (Pine-Strawberry)Behavioral & Social Sciences (Junior)
1st – Bailey Wilson (Payson)
2nd – Sarah Dixon (Young)
3rd – Becca Ralls (Pine-Strawberry)Behavioral & Social Sciences (Senior)
1st – Bethanie Hudson (Globe)
2nd – Michael Tucci (Young)
3rd – Aspen Bauer (Payson)Biochemistry (Senior Division only)
1st –
2nd – Maezzy Patterson (Payson)
3rd –Cellular & Molecular Biology (Elementary)
1st – Nancy Phillips (Globe)
2nd – Victoria Mabb (Payson)
3rd –Cellular & Molecular Biology (Junior)
1st –
2nd – Sierra Bainter (Hayden-Winkelman)
3rd –Cellular & Molecular Biology (Senior)
1st –
2nd – Grace Bruce (Globe)
3rd – Tory Harmsen (Payson)Chemistry (Elementary)
1st – Brinton Paulson (Payson)
2nd – Arena Haught (Tonto Basin)
3rd – Makenzie Abney (Pine-Strawberry)Chemistry (Junior)
1st – Jerusha Paine (Pine-Strawberry)
2nd – Hunter Robertson (Young)
3rd – Wyatt Taylor, Trenton Cline (Tonto Basin)Chemistry (Senior)
1st – Anna Schouten, Oliver Driscolli-Lowe (Payson)
2nd – Kelsey Jensen (Globe)
3rd – Martha Paula Fox, Linda Kame, Ernesto Magallanez (Hayden-Winkelmen)Computer Science (Elementary)
1st – Jack Windle (Payson)
2nd –
3rd –Computer Science (Junior)
1st –
2nd – Ryan LaFave (Pine-Strawberry)
3rd –Earth & Planetary (Elementary)
1st – Jesus Sanchez (Payson)
2nd – Gibby Carmelo, Javier Lopez, Diego Garcia (Hayden-Winkelman)
3rd – Kody Medina (Globe-Home school)Earth & Planetary (Senior)
1st –
2nd – Sierra Ramos, Angyl Bazan (Payson)
3rd –Engineering (Elementary)
1st – Blayze Vanta (Globe)
2nd – Brandon LaFave (Pine-Strawberry)
3rd – Autumn Cline (Tonto Basin)Engineering (Junior)
1st –
2nd – Koy Duran, Brie Harrison (Payson)
3rd – Samantha Jones (Pine-Strawberry)Engineering (Senior)
1st –
2nd – Kyria Bracco (Globe)
3rd – Trevor Tangerose (Young)Environmental Sciences (Elementary)
1st – Kaitlyn Attaway, Jasmine Burnett (Globe)
2nd – Coby Carpenter (Payson)
3rd – Adam Leneberg (Pine-Strawberry)Environmental Sciences (Junior)
1st – Taylor Wilson (Globe)
2nd – Gage Ryden, Jason Lyons, Joe Kesterson (Payson)
3rd – Brittany Fleming (Pine-Strawberry)Environmental Management (Senior Division Only)
1st –
2nd – Dakota McKneeley, Rachel Ralls (Payson)
3rd –Medicine & Health Sciences (Elementary)
1st – Abby Ast (Pine-Strawberry)
2nd – Bayleigh Tulk (Globe)
3rd –Medicine & Health Sciences (Junior)
1st – Meredith Kiekintveld (Pine-Strawberry)
2nd – Jacqueline Lopez (Payson)
3rd –Medicine & Health Sciences (Senior)
1st –
2nd – Matthew Haro (Globe)
3rd – Sena Acuna, Jacob Sanchez (Hayden-Winkelman)Microbiology (Senior Division Only)
1st – Abby Greenleaf (Payson)
2nd – Breanna Boutwell (Globe)
3rd –Physics & Astronomy (Elementary)
1st – Wyatt Whiterock (San Carlos)
2nd – Vanessa Valenzuela (Payson)
3rd – Grant Hathaway (Tonto Basin)Physics & Astronomy (Junior)
1st – Cole Tenney, Arielle O’Connor, Elly Schreur (Payson)
2nd – Travis Paige (Young)
3rd (tie) – Bobby Manriquez, Anthony Lopez (Hayden-Winkelman)
3rd (tie) – Maddy Abney (Pine-Strawberry)Physics & Astronomy (Senior)
1st – Liam Rama (Globe)
2nd – Harrison Parrish (Payson)
3rd –Plant Sciences (Elementary)
1st – Anastaysia Peters (Payson)
2nd – Jonaly Goode (San Carlos)
3rd – Rebekah Zuidema, Ruben Garcia (Globe)Plant Sciences (Junior)
1st – Bobbie Price (Pine-Strawberry)
2nd – Isabelle Cooper (Young)
3rd – Jake Joslin, Javier Tablas-Tapia (Payson)Plant Sciences (Senior)
1st – John Morris, Jayme Peet (Payson)
2nd –
3rd –

CONGRESSMAN ED PASTOR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
February 28, 2014U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor who lives in Phoenix and is a former Globe-Miami resident announced Thursday he is reitring from Congress.   The 70 year old Democratic Congressman who has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991 said his retirement will take effect at the end of his current term of office ( end of this year ).Rep Pastor said it was time for him” to seek a new endeavor.”  He represents Arizona’s 7th Congressional District which is located in the Greater Phoenix area.  He is a graduate of Miami High School and Arizona State University. Pastor is a former high school Chemistry Teacher but later left that position to pursue a law degree at ASU which he received in 1974 and
then went to work for former Arizona Governor Raul Casto.  Pastor also served for years as a member of the Maricopa County Supervisors in Phoenix.until he resigned to run in a special election to fill the Congressional seat held by Arizona Congrerssman Mo Udall in which he won. Udall left Congress because of problems he was having with Parkinson’s DeseaseRep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., released the following statement on the retirement of Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor.entire life, he has represented the best of rural Arizona. In my district, we like to think Ed was only on loan to Phoenix. He grew up in the Copper Corridor, and we are proud to call him one of our own. In Washington, Ed’s steady hand gave our state a much-needed seat at the table. His leadership brought critical infrastructure as Arizona experienced rapid growth. He stood up for seniors, public schools and our tribal communities. Long after he retires, Ed Pastor’s legacy will continue improving the lives of people across Arizona. Thanks You Ed.Republican Congressman Dr. Paul Gosar upon hearing Pastor’s announcement on Thursday
said:
“Although we come from different political parties, it has been an honor to serve alongside Congressman Pastor over the last three years. He has served Arizona and his constituents honorably for more than a decade. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
MIAMI MAN AMONG 24 GETTING MEDAL OF HONOR
February 24, 2014

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Manuel V. Mendoza

A Miami solider during War World Two is among 24 over looked veterans who will be bestowed the Medal of Honor from President Barrack Obama next month in Washington, D.C..  The honor comes after a decade long congressional mandated review of minorities who may have been passed over for the U.S. Military’s highest honor because of long held prejudices.  The unusual mass ceremony will be March 18th at the nation’s capital with only three of the recipients still living.

Of the twenty four, eight fought in the Vietnam War, nine in the Korean War, and seven in World War Two.  The local man who fought in World War Two is among the posthumous recipients..  He was Staff Sgt Manuel V. Mendoza, born in Miami, Arizona, and is to be honored by the President of the United States for his courageous actions during combat operations on Mount Bataglia, Italy on October 4, 1941. Sgt Mendoza is being recognized for his actions while serving as a platoon Sergeant where he is credited single handly breaking up a German counter attack.  Sylvia Nandin, his daughter, will accept the Medal of Honor on his behalf.

Ted Lake
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GLOBE’S KENDRA MARTINEZ WINS GILA COUNTY SPELLING BEE
February 21, 2014

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Kendra Martinez

MIAMI – The 2014 Gila County Spelling Bee winner is Kendra Martinez, an eighth grader at High Desert Middle School in Globe. Alyssa Miller, a sixth grader at Payson Community Christian School, took second place, followed by third place winner Brett Beckham, a seventh grader at Rim Country Middle School.
Martinez will represent Gila County at the Arizona Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 29 at the Eight/Arizona PBS Studio located at 555 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. The winner of the state spelling bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in late May 2014.

Gila County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Linda O’Dell, whose office sponsors the annual event for outstanding students, said  this year’s Gila County Spelling Bee lasted 10 rounds before a champion finally emerged.
In all, 23 contestants vied for the chance to represent Gila County at state last Thursday in Miami High School’s auditorium.

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Spelling Bee Winners

They came from Copper Rim Elementary School and High Desert Middle School in Globe, Winkelman Elementary and Leonor Hambly Middle School in Hayden-Winkelman, Lee Kornegay Intermediate School in Miami, Payson Community Christian School and Rim Country Middle School in Payson, Pine-Strawberry School, Young Public School, and Tonto Basin School District.

This year’s pronouncers were Mrs. Claudia Armer and Mrs. Lynn Haak. Serving as this year’s judges were Gila County Treasurer Debi Savage, Gila County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp, and Gila County Clerk of the Court Anita Escobedo.

MILD WINTER HAS RABIES SEASON OFF TO FAST START IN 2014
February 20, 2014PHOENIX – The unusually mild winter is fueling a rabies outbreak among skunks in southern Arizona, and one expert said it’s only a matter of time before the problem begins in northern Arizona.
“Skunks are active during the summer and fall, and then they go into winter dens,” said Tad Theimer, a Northern Arizona University associate professor in biology. “During a warm winter, more skunks survive. They also move around a lot more and spread rabies.”Thirteen rabid skunks have been found in Pima and Santa Cruz counties so far this year, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Only 17 rabid skunks were found in those counties in all of 2013.“That’s a huge leap,” said Laura Oxley, a spokeswoman for the agency.
Pima County officials last week issued an alert for hikers who came near a rabid skunk at a trailhead. While skunks are nocturnal, this one was out at noontime.rabiesstats Ted Lake“The skunk plopped down in the middle of the sidewalk, unafraid of passers-by,” said Michael Fink, an epidemiologist with the Arizona Department of Health Services.If a skunk believed to have rabies bites or scratches someone, they are at risk for infection, Fink said. The treatment is a series of four shots over 21 days.Theimer said rabies outbreaks among skunks also are driven by the creatures preferring developed areas where they can pinch pet food and, an even bigger draw, bird feed.“If you ask a skunk, they will always choose the city,” he said.
Congregating around bird feeders and other urban food sources – and also fighting over the food and mates – allows skunks to spread the disease, Theimer said.Where’s there is food, the creatures find a home. Skunks choose to establish dens in home foundations because they are warm and protect against the elements.Raised homes popular in Flagstaff are like an “apartment complex for skunks,” Theimer said.“They all hang out together and increase the likelihood they’ll infect each other,” he said.To keep away their cohabitors Flagstaff residents can fill their foundations with concrete or block openings with wire mesh and reinforce it with rocks to prevent the animals from burrowing underneath, Theimer said.A small fence around bird feeders helps prevent late night skunk dinner parties, and other pet foods shouldn’t be left outside after sunset, he added.Fink said Arizona will have to let the epidemic run its course.
“I expect this to be a problem for at least a few months,” he said.
Brittany Elena Morris
Cronkite News
9TH CIRCUIT COURT: RENZI CAN NOW STAY OUT OF PRISON DURING APPEAL
February 19, 2014
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has granted a request by lawyers for former Arizona Republican Congressman, Rick Renzi, that he be allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction by a federal jury last year on charges of  public corruption while in office.  The decision overturns an earlier decision by a U.S. District Court Judge in Tucson that Renzi was to begin serving his three year federal prison term early last month. The Appeals court in handing down its ruling said that that Renzi,  does not pose a danger of fleeing during the appeals process.  He had been Arizona’s Congressman from the 1st Congressional District from 2003 to 2009 and now resides in Virginia.
PAVING PROJECT ON US 60 BETWEEN GLOBE AND SHOW LOW STARTS NEXT WEEK
February 14, 2014
The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin a repaving and realignment project on Tuesday, Feb. 18 on US 60, between mileposts 304 and 310, about six miles north of Salt River Canyon.
This $5.6 million project, which is anticipated to be complete this fall, includes:* milling existing pavement and then repaving in multiple locations
* realigning a two-mile section of the roadway (mileposts 304.5 and 306.5) an improved drainage system
*ground and slope stabilization
* new guardrail Work hours will be sunrise to sunset Monday through Friday, during which there may be intermittent lane restrictions and delays.
All work takes place within existing ADOT right of way.
Reduced speed limits will be posted at times, and drivers should be alert for construction equipment, lane closures and intermittent delays
TONTO NATIONAL FOREST ANNOUNCES FEE-FREE WEEKEND IN HONOR OF PRESIDENT’S DAY
Febuary 7, 2014Day-use fees waived Feb. 15-17 as Tonto National Forest joins other federal agencies in offering a fee-free weekend, Sat., Feb. 15 through Mon., Feb. 17 in honor of President’s Day.The remaining 2014 fee-free days honored by national forests are:
•         June 14, National Get Outdoors Day
•         Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day
•         Nov. 8-11, Veterans Day WeekendTraditionally, fees are not charged on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free. This includes opportunities such as camping and picnicking.Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the forest for these listed dates. Camping and campground fees are not waived.During all other times, the Tonto Pass is required at more than 50 recreation sites including Salt and Verde river locations, boat launch ramps, swimming areas, day use areas, and campgrounds
TOP 16 GILA COUNTY PROPERTY TAXPAYERS
February 1, 2014
ASARCO                                                5,612,836.06
ARIZONA PUBLIC SERVICE           2,611,674.84
FREEPORT MCMORAN                 1,166,533.08
CARLOTA MINE                                 825,207.06
SALT RIVER PROJECT                     528,971.00
BHP BILLITON COPPER                  381,549.26
QWEST ( CENTURY LINK )            346,809.82
SOUTHWEST GAS                            307,682.84
RETAIL TRUST III (PAYSON)       217,085.80
PAYSON REGIONAL HOSPITAL  196,847.46
SAFEWAY STORIES                          175,804.50
HOME DEPOT                                    135,823.76
‘FREEPORT MIAMI MINING        129,298.44
PAYSON VILLAGE CENTER             129,199.50
BLACK BUFFALO GOLF LLC            115,057.66
WAL-MART PROPERTIES              112,688.56
Note: Figures from Gila County Treasurer Debra Savage based on 2012 taxes paid.  Salt River Project’s payment is in lieu of property taxes.
ARIZONA SEEING MORE CASES OF NICOTINE OVER-EXPOSURE FROM E-CIGARETTES
With electronic cigarettes gaining popularity, officials in Arizona and elsewhere are seeing more cases of people exposed to too much nicotine, not just from inhaling but by spilling or swallowing the liquid drug. Many of the cases seen nationally involve young children.
Kirsten Kraklio
Cronkite News
AS OF TODAY, THE PINTO VALLEY COPPER MINE STILL HAS THE FOLLOWING JOB OPENINGS WHICH APPARENTLY HAVE NOT BEEN FILLED.  THEY ARE SHOWING ON THE CAPSTONE MINING COMPANY WEB PAGE
Title Job Type Location
12/9/2013 Benefits Supervisor Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
12/11/2013 Concentrator Heavy Duty Mechanic Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
1/20/2014 Concentrator Laborer Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
1/20/2014 Concentrator/Crusher Supervisor Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
12/12/2013 Electrician Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
12/11/2013 Health & Hygiene Technician Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
12/9/2013 HR Generalist Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
12/19/2013 HSEC Manager Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
1/20/2014 Instrument Technician Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
12/11/2013 Instrumentation Supervisor Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
1/7/2014 Lab Technician Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
12/9/2013 Maintenance Condition Monitoring Tech Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
1/20/2014 Mill Control Technician Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
12/11/2013 Mine Mobile Heavy Duty Mechanic Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
1/3/2014 Paymaster Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
1/3/2014 Payroll Administrator Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
12/13/2013 Pipefitter Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
1/7/2014 Superintendent Maintenance SXEW/NPI/SMARRCO Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
1/3/2014 Superintendent Mine Production Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539
1/8/2014 SXEW/NPI Work Management Planner Full-time Miami, AZ, US 85539

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LAWMAKER SEEKS TO REOPEN ARIZONA MINING AND MINERAL MUSEUM
January 25, 2013

24 museum full 300x200 Ted LakePHOENIX – For three years, most of the rocks, gems and artifacts once displayed by the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum have remained unseen.

Meanwhile, efforts to create a centennial-themed museum in its former space near the State Capitol have stalled for lack of funding. Saying the old museum should never have been closed in the first place, a state lawmaker has introduced legislation to bring it back.

“I think it was an experiment gone bad by a couple individuals who thought about changing the museum into something else, and now it lies dormant with nothing going on,” said Sen. Eddie Ableser, D-Tempe, author of SB 1023.

Ableser has introduced a bill to reopen the museum every year since it had to shutter its doors in April 2011. In 2010, Gov. Jan Brewer presented plans for an Arizona Centennial Museum, which would occupy the Mining and Mineral Museum’s renovated space and showcase Arizona’s Five C’s: cattle, copper, cotton, citrus and climate.

It was with this intention that the Legislature transferred responsibility for the museum and the state’s mineral collection from the Department of Mines and Minerals to the Arizona Historical Society.
Brewer assigned the Arizona Centennial Commission to raise money for the new interactive museum by approaching businesses, with fundraising goals set between $9 million and $15 million.
But the commission never raised enough money to move beyond the planning phase. After Arizona’s centennial came and went, the proposed museum’s name changed to the Arizona Experience Museum.

Brewer’s press office didn’t respond to calls and emails seeking comment on the bill. Karen Churchard, director of the Arizona Centennial Commission, was out of the office until Monday, Jan. 27, according a person who responded to a message left with the Arizona Office of Tourism.

24 museum train full 300x225 Ted LakeAbleser’s bill, which had yet to be scheduled for a committee hearing, would transfer responsibility for the museum from the Arizona Historical Society to the Arizona Geological Survey, which absorbed the Department of Mines and Mineral Resources’ duties in 2011.

Ray Grant, a retired geology professor at Mesa Community College and co-author of “Mineralogy of Arizona,” said closing the museum prevented people from learning about a profession vital to Arizona’s fabric as a state.

“To me it’s one of the greatest geologic states ever. Millions of people come to the Grand Canyon. What’s it about? It’s all geology, isn’t it?” he said.museum history Ted Lake

Former Rep. Russ Jones, R-Yuma, who authored the 2010 legislation transferring responsibility for the museum and its collection, said low revenue and high rent made the old Mining and Mineral Museum unsustainable.

“The museum portion was very, very popular. Unfortunately, the revenues from the activity as a museum were just a fraction of the cost of maintaining and paying the rents on that facility,” he said.
The rent for the old building is still paid for by the state. According to a report by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the fiscal 2014 budget provides $428,000 to the Arizona Historical Society, $360,800 of it for rent on the unused museum space and $67,500 for a curator to care for the state’s mineral specimens.
Saying it’s unfortunate that the commission couldn’t raise enough funds for a centennial museum, Jones said Ableser’s legislation would only cause more problems. The Arizona Geological Survey would require a huge sum of money and an increase in staffing to restore the museum, he added.

“There’s so much we need to do that remains undone as we crawl out of the recession, I find it hard to justify millions of dollars for a mining museum when need to fund things for Child Protective

Services, the list goes on and on,” Jones said.

Ableser’s bill doesn’t include any appropriation for bringing the museum back.

24 museum wood full 300x225 Ted LakeThe collection from the former museum currently consists of more than 21,500 specimens and objects, according to the Arizona Historical Society’s website.
Even if Ableser’s legislation doesn’t succeed, people can see several of the state’s minerals on display at the University of Arizona Mineral Museum, including a 225-pound azurite boulder from Bisbee.

Other minerals will be part of a new Gallery of Natural History opening soon at the Arizona Historical Society’s Museum at Papago Park, said Mark Candee, assistant curator and collection manager at the UA museum, but Ableser still thinks the Mining and Mineral Museum should once again serve as home to the state’s collection.

“Many of the volunteers that sacrificed their hours and time and resources have all the supplies still with them, ready to go, and we can reinstitute the mineral and mining museum today,” he said.

Harmony Huskinson
Cronkite News

LUNG ASSOCIATION REPORT CARD FAILS ARIZONA ON TOBACCO-CONTROL FUNDS
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

smoke 150x150 Ted LakeAn American Lung Association report card gives Arizona an A for keeping air free of tobacco smoke but has harsher grades for its funding of efforts to keep people from taking up smoking and to help smokers quit. It says tobacco use killed 6,861 Arizonans in 2013.

Jamie Killin
Cronkite News

ADOT SAYS  THOSE WHO ALTER SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES FACE BIG FINES

24 plates full 150x150 Ted LakeBuying special license plates doesn’t give Arizona drivers the right to customize or modify them, yet officials say many still do. Now the state Department of Transportation is spreading the word that those who alter plates are risking fines of at least $300

Jordan Youg
Cronkite News

KIRKPATRICK SELECTS TWO FROM HERE
January 23, 2014

kirk 150x150 Ted LakeU.S. Democratic  Congresswoman,  Ann Kirkpatrick,  has announced her  District One’s nominees for the U.S. military academies. Each year, members of Congress have the privilege of nominating outstanding candidates from their districts to attend our country’s service academies.  From our  part  of the state, Kirkpatrick has released  the names of two nominees. They are:

Bryan A. Dude, Peridot: U.S. Military Prep School/Army

Altin-Myka Hing, Superior: U.S. Prep Air Force Academy/ Air Force

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GILA COUNTY SURPLUS AUCTION
January 17, 2014

seal Ted Lake(Globe AZ) Gila County will conduct an online auction to dispose of surplus property beginning January 21, 2014. Items include 33 various automobiles, trucks, and vans, an 18-ft boat and trailer, as well as industrial equipment consisting of a forklift, crane, water truck, dump truck, service truck and a wrecker.  Miscellaneous items include several file cabinets, 5-drawer dresser, small wheel chair, 40” LCD tv with wall mount, 72×72 hot tub-spa and a recliner with lift and massage.

Interested persons may view a complete list of the items with a photo and a brief description on the County Website or just click on the PDF Here

Bidding will begin January 21st at 12:01 a.m. and close on January 31st at 7:00 p.m. All items are offered “as is” with no seller’s warranty.

It must be noted that this is an online only auction.  Internet access is required to bid on any items.  [Note: free internet access available at all libraries in Gila County.]  Also, bidders must be registered at the auction site, and may do so in advance of the January 21st “go live” date.

There is a link on the front page of the County website to the auction site (last item in the left navigation pane list).  For further information, contact John Root at Gila County at (928) 402-8524.

Ted Lake
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NEW APPEAL KEEPS RENZI OUT OF PRISON
January 15, 2013

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Rick Renzi

Former Arizona Republican Congressman Rick Renzi did not turn him self in to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons last Monday to serve his three year prison term as recently ordered by a federal judge in Tucson.

This is because of the latest move by Renzi’s defense attorneys who filed another appeal in his case, this time with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court Appeals in San Francisco.  The move allows him to stay out of prison for the time being as the Justices and Attorneys involved review his latest petition .

Renzi was convicted last year by a federal jury in Tucson on a number of corruption charges and other felonies while he was serving in public office as a U.S. Congressman from Arizona District One which included Gila and a number of other rural counties.

TED LAKE EDITORIAL ON FREEPORT MCMORAN MIAMI AND ASARCO ( GRUPO MEXICO ) HAYDEN
January 9, 2014

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LYNDA CARTER BACK ON TV!
January 6, 2014
linda Ted LakeThe hit 1975-1979 television series of “Wonder Woman” starring former Globe resident Lynda Carter as back on national tv again.  The  programs recently returned on the ME-TV television network and are being seen throughout the U.S.Here in Arizona, ME-TV is being carried by Cox Cable and in Tucson on KOLD TV Channel 13 digital Channel 2 and in Phoenix on KAZT TV Channel 7 digital channel 2. The shows starring Carter can be seen on Saturday nights around 7pm and 8pm.Lynda Carter was born on July 23, 1951 in Phoenix and was the youngest of three children of Colby and Jean Cordova Carter. Her brother is Vincent Carter and her sister is Pamela Carter.Lynda first made her public television debut in Phoenix at the age of 5 on the Lew King Talent Show on KPHO TV.  Her family later moved to Globe where she attended Globe high school.  But  she went back to Phoenix to complete her high school education at Arcadia High then attended Arizona State University in Phoenix. She also appeared as a singer for a number of bands performing in Phoenix and Las Vegas.In 1972 she won title of Miss World USA representing her home state of Arizona.  And it was in 1975 she was picked to star in the Wonder Woman television series which ran for the next four years on major television networks..5098 Carter Lynda Ted LakeSince her hit television series she has obtained some 39 credits for being in movies and her appearances on various other television shows.   She has  also become a popular singer and has been appearing in concerts at casinos and night clubs throughout the U.S. Some of her upcoming performances include concerts in Gulfport, Mississippi at the Island View Casino on February 22, 2014,  Yoshis at San Francisco, California on April 9th and 10th, Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, California on April 11 and 12, Lincoln Center in New York on April 25 and 26, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Washington, D.C. June 21stLynda Carter and her husband, Attorney Robert Altman live in their 20,000 square foot home in Maryland.  The couple have two children Jessica, 23 and James 25.
GILA COUNTY EMPLOYEES WITH LONGEST YEARS OF SERVICE
December 30, 2013The Gila County Government, which has some 650 employees,  has just announced its Service Awards which are given to employees who have worked five years or more with the county government
5 Years
Bagwell, LeRoy
Clay, Martin C.
Corn, Elois A.
Cova, Brenda
Cunningham, Jamie R.
Dickison, Emmett E.
Gonzales, Antoinette R.
Hernandez, Ramon
House, Yvonne M.
King, Lisa K.
Lemon, Linda
Lemon, Michael
Listiak, Sharon K.
Lord, Brandon
McDaniel, Joel A.
McDaniel, William C.
McGroarty, Christopher
Miller, Robin L.
Mitchell, Clifton C.
Myers, Jolene M.
Nudson, Thor E.
Ortiz, Christine M.
Prine, Dorine E.
Reid, Cynthia E.
Rutherford, Nancy K.
Sipes, Karla J.
Wilbanks, Porter
Wills, Travis T.
10 Years
Anderson, Steven L.
Belarde, Estelle K.
Bennett, Bethel G.
Brunson, M. Kathy
Cahill, Peter J.
Childers, Terri L.
Duarte, Christine J.
DuBois, Luetta J.
Epperson, Arthur L.
Garrett, Christine J.
Goode, Josephine
Gooding, Athena N.
Goodman, Patrice E.
Guadiana, Rebecca A.
Hoffman, Yvette
Horn, Paula M.
Jennings, Brian G.
Kaufman, Mark A.
Paige, Caryn J.
Riggs, Kelly L.
Romance, Cynthia M.
Schuler, Robert J.
Schutter, Annamaria
Slaughter, David H.
Solberg, Terry G.
Valenzuela, Jay A.
White, Sarah A.
Wilson, Wesley T.
15 Years
Byrum, Susan
Castaneda, Cynthia
Griffin, Jacque C.
Jafetsdottir, Svanhildur
Joerns, Mark E.
Lance, Shirley J.
Measeles, Roilene L.
Trimble, Lynn D.
20 Years
Baxley, A. Yvette
Bocardo-Homan, Juley D.
Buzan, Malissa A.
Castaneda, John D.
Cruz, Vicky J.
Davis, Ernest V.
Guevara, Tammy C.
Hom, David B.
Jones, L. Austin
Mendoza, Joe
Miranda Regina T.
Savage, Debora
Scott, Timothy K.
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Cook, Janice L.
Hernandez, Sylvia A.
Ratliff George A.
Ripple, Denice D.
Vanta, Betty K.
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Greenwalt, Jo Nelle
Guthrey, Barbara L.
Havey, Brian L.
Rodriguez, Linda M.
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Valenzuela, Beverly
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Pastor, Eleanor L.
NEW FIGURES:  GILA JOBLESS RATE FALLS TO 8.4%
December 26, 2013Here in Gila County new figures were released by the Arizona State Department of Administration and the unemployment rate in our county has dropped to 8.4% last month from 9.4% in October. The new 8.4% figure is the second lowest monthly rate  for Gila County this year. It was back in May when it dropped lower to 8.3%According to the state, total number of persons in our county officially listed as unemployed in November was 1,843 which is a drop from 2,019 in October.Statewide, the jobless rate dropped to 7.8% in November last month from 8.2% which was reported in October.  Officials report Arizona added 25,900 non farm job during the past 30 days.
Again it begins on January 21st

teddlake@yahoo.comRENZI STILL SET TO START PRISON TERM NEXT MONTH
December 17, 2013

Rick Renzi 150x150 Ted Lake

Rick Renzi

Former U.S.  Congressman Rick Renzi is still scheduled to turn him self into the Bureau of U.S. Prisons next month to start his three year prison term according to records of the U.S. District Court in Tucson.

It was last June when a federal jury in Tucson found the former Republican Congressman from Arizona guilty of 17 of 32 corruption charges he had been indicted on by a federal grand jury.

A U.S. District Court Judge later handed down the 36 months prison sentence.  The court records checked as of today show the January 6th date still stands, however there are four unsealed motions filed in this case  by attorneys that have  yet to be acted on by the court.

Ted Lake
teddlake@yahoo.com

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
December 16, 2013

Pinal Mountain Foundation for Higher Education awarded a number of scholarships totaling $6,400 to students attending Gila Community College’s Gila Pueblo Campus in Globe and San Carlos Campus for the spring 2014 . Scholarship recipients were Angelica Bravo, Jessica Lopez, Bradley Elmer, Kasheena Harris, Nicole Renon, Tamerin Clark, Pamela Moore, Kristin Baker, Marissa Kramer, Melissa Homen,  Bryan Seppala and Cassandra Fletcher

The scholarships awarded include funds from Pinal Mountain Foundation for Higher Education Scholarship Fund, Elder Quality of Life Scholarship Fund, the Freeport McMoRan Scholarship Fund, the Shawn Boxell Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Scott Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Wal-Mart Scholarship Fund, and the Native American Book Fund…that’s according to spokesperson Trena Grantham.

Ted Lake
teddlake@yahoo.com

LAST DAY TO BUY 2013 ARIZONA HUNTING OR FISHING LICENSES ONLINE IS DEC. 15
Dec. 11, 2013

2013 licenses will still be available for purchase at license dealers and at Game and Fish offices through Dec. 31, 2013

Customers who wish to buy a 2013 Arizona hunting or fishing license to hunt or fish for the remainder of the 2013 calendar year are advised that the online purchase option for those licenses will be available only through Dec. 15, 2013. Online purchases of 2013 licenses will not be available from Dec. 16 through Dec. 31 in order for the Arizona Game and Fish Department to prepare the online system for the new 2014 hunting and fishing licenses that will become available for purchase on Jan. 1, 2014.

Starting Dec. 16 (and running through Dec. 31), those wishing to purchase a 2013 license will have to do so at a license dealer or at an Arizona Game and Fish Department office. The 2013 licenses are valid through the end of this year (Dec. 31, 2013). The 2013 Class A (General Fishing) and Class U (Urban Fishing) licenses are currently on sale for half price.

A new license structure and fees will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. Licenses under the new structure will be available for purchase online on or before Jan. 1, 2014, and at license dealers beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Any updates to this information will be posted at http://www.azgfd.gov/

ARTIFACTS BEING RETURNED TO SAN CARLOS APACHES
December 11, 2013

A non profit organization based in Los Angeles  paid a total of $530,000 at a auction in France and purchased  two dozen contested Native American artifacts from two Arizona Indian tribes . According to the announcement from the Annenberg Foundation, the group will be returning these historic items to the San Carlos Apache Tribe near Globe and the Hopi Tribe in northern Arizona. Attorneys representing both tribes had petitioned a French court to stop the auction sale, however, the judge ruled the sale of the disputed artifacts were legal in his country.

Ted Lake
teddlake@yahoo.com

McCLUSKEY WON’T BE EXECUTED, BUT WILL GET LIFE
December 11, 2013

A Judge in Albuquerque, New Mexico will be  sentencing John McCluskey to life in prison for murdering a retired Oklahoma couple during a multistate crime spree that followed a 2010 a private prison break in Kingman, Arizona. McCluskey, while on the run with his companions had stopping briefly here  in Gila County to see his mother at Jake’s corner North of Roosevelt Lake. Then,  they traveled on into New Mexico where he shot and killed Gary Linda Haas of Oklahoma as they were staying at campground during their vacation.  McCluskey also has family members living in Safford, Arizona. A sentencing date has yet to be set.  McCluskey was convicted earlier by a New Mexico jury of murder and numerous other charges.

Ted Lake
teddlake@yahoo.com

53 MEDIA OUTLETS USING SGT ROB HAZELETT REPORTS
December 11, 2013

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt Rob Hazelett of Globe has now written 66 articles for armed forces websites and other media reporting about the activities of the people who are staying at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.  He also has assisted an NBC Television network news crew in their coverage of wounded servicemen taken to Germany. Recent visitors at the airfield to meet U.S. troops here have been  the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey,  the CJCS holiday troop visit which included: Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, “Duck Dynasty” cast members Willie Robertson and Jep Robertson, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Bridget Kelly, former New England Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light, actor and comedian Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles and former correspondent for NBC’s “The Voice” Alison Haislip.

Presently 53 media outlets are using the local man’s news reports.. Yahoo has set up a website on the internet showing more than 349 of his photos which have been published about Americans  who are in or have been in Afghanistan. Here are some of his latest reports below:  ( You will find links to his earlier reports elsewhere on the Gila 1019.com web page and also on the Bagram Air Field public website.)

Bagram’s Aeromedical Evacuation Team featured on the top news program last
night (December 4, 2013)

Nightly News with Brian Williams

December 10, 2013
CJCS leads USO visit to Bagram

November 29, 2013
Senior military leaders make Thanksgiving day visit to Bagram

November 18, 2013
Deployed chaplain officiates wedding via Skype
http://www.bagram.afcent.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123371078

SGT ROB HAZELETT VIDEO SENDING CHRISTMAS GREETINGS  TO HIS  FAMILY  AND  FRIENDS IN GLOBE.
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To Globe, AZ folks:

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/309895/tech-sgt-rob-hazelett

Ted Lake
teddlake@yahoo.com

YAHOO FEATURES HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS TAKEN  BY LOCAL MAN 
December 2, 2013
More than 300 photos featuring the military personnel and people presently  living at Bagram Airfield, Alghanistan, have been picked up by Yahoo and are now on the web in one collection.  Almost all  of the photographs were taken by a Globe man,  U.S. Air Force Sgt Rob Hazelett who is stationed at the Air Base.These photographs were taken from the Bagram Airfield Public Website  which contains features of numerous individual stories and photos about the people who are there.  Yahoo’s selection of putting some of these photographs together  can be seen by going to yahoo, and in “Search Web, ” write in  Sgt Rob Hazelett photos or click HERE
NEW BOOK BY  PHILIP SMITH  
December 1, 2013Former Globe High  School Teacher Philip Smith has announced his new book “Fire in the Forest” is complete and is now at the printer and should be available in 4 to 7 weeks from Amazon.com .
fireintheforest Ted Lake
Smith taught high school here during the 1960s and he later moved to Northern, Arizona where he continued his teaching career until he retired in 2004. He and his wife later moved to Claremore, Oklahoma where they still reside today.While living in Arizona and during some of his summer breaks from teaching, Smith often worked for the U.S. Forest Service in fire look out towers both south of Globe high in the Pinal Moutains and  other mountain tops in Northern  Arizona.  His new book is about his experiences working as a fire lookout.  Philip Smith can be reached at his e mail address: philip0284@sbcglobal.net.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES DROPS
November 25, 2013

New jobless  figures have been released by the Arizona Department of Administration.  Statewide, the jobless rate dropped last month to 8.2% from 8.3% in September even though Arizona added 14,200 non farm jobs in October there were still loses in construction and manufacturing.  Figures on copper mining employment were said to be flat.
Gila County’s jobless rate dropped  to 9.2% in October from 9.3% in September.  The agency listed the total number of persons employed in Gila County is 19,997 with 2,021 persons listed as unemployed.
BIG PROBLEM FOR OPPONENTS OF MT GRAHAM TELESCOPES

Nov. 16, 2013

Opponents of the University of Arizona and Catholic Church Telescopes sitting on Mt Graham on U.S. Forest Service Land near Safford who have been battling for some 20 years to  get the removable of the three “scopes ” at the 10,000 foot high Mt Graham Observatory have now run into a major stumbling block.  One of the major claims by those seeking their removal was the telescopes existence  was causing a decline in the endangerd Mount Graham Red Squirrel Population .

But that is apparently not the case and in fact the Red Squirrel Poplulation recently increased according to a press release issued from the Arizona State Game and Fish Department last Thursday which said.:

This year’s survey shows an increase of 59 squirrels over the 2012 estimate of 213 squirrels.

“After coming off our lowest population count ever last year, this jump in numbers is certainly encouraging,” says Tim Snow, nongame specialist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “The recovery team speculates that better cone crops the last two years may have contributed to the increase in squirrel numbers, but it’s hard to say with certainty since small mammal populations fluctuate so much.”

The red squirrel survey is conducted each fall by visiting a random sample of known middens (areas where red squirrels store or cache their cones).

Mount Graham red squirrels live only in the upper elevation conifer forests of the Pinaleño Mountains and feed primarily on conifer seeds. Females produce two to seven young per year. The species declared endangered in 1987.

The Mount Graham red squirrel population spiked to around 550 animals in the late 1990s, but typically ranges between 200 and 300 individuals. Habitat losses caused by fire and insect infestations and poor cone crops caused by drought are considered primary factors influencing population size.

Biologists continue to explore new ways to conserve the species, including habitat improvements, squirrel research and consideration of a pilot captive breeding program.

Conservation of the species is guided by the Mount Graham Red Squirrel Recovery Team, a partnership that includes the Coronado National Forest, Game and Fish, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, University of Arizona, Native American tribes and others.

Ted Lake
teddlake@yahoo.com

FIRST-MONTH RESPONSE TO OBAMACARE UNDERWHELMING IN ARIZONA AND NATION
Nov. 16, 2013

WASHINGTON – Arizona Reps. Kyrsten Sinema and Ron Barber joined 37 other Democrats who crossed the aisle Friday and voted for a GOP-backed bill to let people keep their current insurance policies under the health care reform act.

The 261-157 vote split mostly along party lines for the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013, which would let insurance companies keep selling health-care policies that were in danger of being discontinued because they do not meet new minimum standards under the Affordable Care Act.
The bill comes as the White House is under fire for the number of people who say they have lost their policies, despite President Barack Obama’s repeated promises that people would be able to keep insurance coverage they liked.

Obama apologized Thursday to people whose health-care plans were canceled, and announced that the Department of Health and Human Services would “grandfather in” existing policies.
But Obama also vowed to veto the Keep Your Health Plan Act if it reaches his desk, saying it undermines the Affordable Care Act. The bill has yet to be heard in the Senate. The bill would allow insurance companies to keep selling any plans that were in effect as of Jan. 1, 2013. They could continue to sell those plans throughout 2014.

Sinema, a Phoenix Democrat, called the bill a “commonsense” solution to the problem of canceled policies and said it would keep Obama’s earlier promises.

“We promised that individuals who like their plans would be able to keep them and this bill keeps that promise,” Sinema said in a statement Friday.

Barber said in a statement that allowing people to keep their plans was “only fair,” especially considering the glitches that have made it hard for people to sign up on the Healthcare.gov marketplace since it opened Oct. 1.

“I am frustrated and angered by the continuing problems with the health-care website and I know southern Arizonans are frustrated and angry, too,” Barber, a Tucson Democrat, said in the statement.
But Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, opposed the bill, saying it would undermine reform by letting insurers continue to offer plans that deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, charge more to women and have other provisions that violate the reform law.

The bill approved Friday would only create an exception to the Affordable Care Act, without improving it, Kirkpatrick said in a statement.

“Lost in all the partisan noise-making are the people who have been waiting years for quality, affordable health care,” she said.

Only 739 people in Arizona had signed up for health insurance on the marketplace between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2, according to numbers released this week. The Obama administration had originally estimated more than 7,000 Arizonans would sign up in the first month, said Rep. David Schweikert, R-Scottsdale, in a statement Friday.

“Even when they manipulate the data, the results are still abysmal,” Schweikert said.

While much of the discussion Friday centered on how to let people keep their existing plan, and on the continuing difficulties with the Healthcare.gov website, some Arizona lawmakers said these problems are only part of the bigger picture.

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, said in a speech on the House floor on Thursday that the Affordable Care Act “is fundamentally flawed in both concept and execution.” That was echoed Friday by Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Mesa, who said in a statement that the law needs to be repealed entirely.
“While our bill today repeals parts of Obamacare and ensures more choices for Americans, the ultimate solution is still a full repeal of Obamacare,’” Salmon said.

In addition to Sinema and Barber, other Arizonans voting for the bill were Salmon, Gosar, Schweikert and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale. Opponents included Kirkpatrick and fellow Democratic Reps. Ed Pastor of Phoenix and Raul Grijalva of Tucson.

Jack Fitzpatrick
Cronkite News

APS RAISES RATES FOR SOLAR USERS
November 16, 2013

PHOENIX – The Arizona Corporation Commission on Thursday narrowly approved a charge averaging $4.50 a month for APS customers installing new solar systems, resolving a contentious case over the future of net metering.
APS asked the commission to have solar users pay for access to the grid into which they feed excess electricity and in return receive credit against their bills.

The utility sought a higher amount and opposed the final agreement, a joint proposal from the state’s advocate for residential ratepayers and an industry group composed of several rooftop solar companies. That monthly charge, based on a solar system’s capacity, will be 70 cents per kilowatt starting in 2014.

Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump, who joined Bob Burns and Susan Bitter Smith voting in favor, said the decision balances the needs of all ratepayers and the future of solar power.
“This commission is interested in ensuring that solar has a bright future in Arizona, but this commission is also interested in ensuring all ratepayers get a fair deal,” he said.

Commissioners Brenda Burns and Gary Pierce voted no, calling the amount too low.

“I don’t know what the right number is, but I don’t think it is 70 cents,” Brenda Burns said during the public hearing.

Prior to the commission’s two-day hearing, during which scores of people spoke, rooftop solar users didn’t pay to access the electric grid. Solar advocates and solar industry groups contended that the benefits of the systems offset the cost to utilities of establishing and maintaining the grid.

Jim McDonald, a spokesman for APS, said the decision recognizes that non-solar users pay for solar users to have access to the grid, but he said the amount doesn’t shift enough of that cost.

“It does not take into account the impact on our million customers who don’t have rooftop solar,” he said.

As more people adopt solar, more of the cost will be shifted toward households without solar, McDonald said.

Kyle O’Donnell
Cronkite News

REPORTS FROM BAGRAM BY TECH SGT. ROB HAZELETT
November 14, 2013

Tech Sgt Rob Hazelett who is from Globe is stationed with the U.S. Air Force at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. He is writing reports on happenings there and in the city of Kabul which are being seen on the Armed Forces websites and many newspapers

Below are links to Sgt Hazelett’s latest reports from Afghanistan

Bagram Airfield public web site

Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS)

November 2, 2013
Bagram maintenance squadron set for snow removal, de-icing operations

November 1, 2013
Legal officer’s commitment to service gives back to U.S.

October 29, 2013
An Air Force wife is leaving Bagram (re-deploying) but before she goes, she will be replaced by her newly-wed husband in the same job. They only have a few days together before they’re separated again, but they have the best attitudes.
Re-deploying budget technician replaced by husband

October 27, 2013
Karaoke singing held on Bagram

October 26, 2013
Son of deployed PA helps start 2013 World Series

October 25, 2013
BAF legal team changes eastside location, continues offering assistance

October 20, 2013
Flightline chapel is first on BAF to be operated by Air Force

October 28, 2013
Husband and wife reunion in AOR strengthens bond

October 27, 2013
Karaoke singing held on Bagram

October 26, 2013
Son of deployed PA helps start 2013 World Series

October 25, 2013
BAF legal team changes eastside location, continues offering assistance

October 20, 2013
Flightline chapel is first on BAF to be operated by Air Force

74th EFS flight clinic offers valuable skill set

POL ensures jets are fueled, pilots aren’t pedestrians

THEY WERE THERE ON  9/11 

Bagram holds memorial services to honor Lobraico’

Bagram finance at a glance

 EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE! MASCAL tests BAF responders

Tommy Davidson visits Bagram

Warrior of the Week’ Staff Sgt. DéJayé Herrera

“Airmen create lasting impression”

Millen completes final flight at Bagram Airfield

Warrior of the Week’ Staff Sgt. Omar Arellano

RED HORSE aircraft ramp construction on Bagram nears completion

Deployed Airmen log in, answer the call to stay connected

No sweat! BAF volunteers clean up ministry center

‘Got Consent?’ 5K ruck march held on Bagram”

Bagram’s SARC, EO director visit Kabul

Bagram’s Russian tower houses history

455th AEW hosts change of command

 National Geographic film crew visits Bagram

Peachtree 10k shadow race held on Bagram

Reapers discover IED through keen eyes, alertness

Egyptian field hospital re-opens on Bagram Airfield

Ted Lake
teddlake@yahoo.com

3  YEARS PRISON FOR RICK RENZI – Ordered to report to Bureau of Prisons on January 6, 2014
OCTOBER 28, 2013

Former  U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi has been sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge to serve 36 months in federal prison following his June conviction by a federal jury in Tucson, Arizona, for extortion, bribery, insurance fraud, money laundering and racketeering. Renzi’s co-defendant, James Sandlin, was also sentenced in the same criminal case  by Judge David C. Bury to serve 18 months in prison for his role in the extortion, bribery and money laundering scheme.

The 55 year old Renzi who now lives in Burke, Va., and the 62 year old Sandlin,  of Sherman, Texas, were convicted on June 11, 2013. Renzi was found guilty of 17 felony offenses including conspiracy, honest services wire fraud, extortion under color of official right, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators. Sandlin was convicted of 13 felony offenses including conspiracy, honest services wire fraud, extortion under color of official right and money laundering.

According to evidence at trial, Renzi, then a member of Congress from Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, promised in 2005 to use his legislative influence to profit from a federal land exchange that involved property owned by Sandlin, a real-estate investor.

At the time, Sandlin owed Renzi $700,000 in future payments from their business dealings, and Renzi threatened proponents of the land exchange that he would not support it unless they purchased Sandlin’s property in Cochise County, Ariz.  When they refused, Renzi promised a second proponent of a land exchange that he would support the exchange if they purchased Sandlin’s property.  According to an agreement reached in May 2005, Sandlin was paid $1 million in earnest money, out of which he paid $200,000 to Renzi.  Just before Sandlin received the $1.6 million balance owed on the exchange, he paid an additional $533,000 to Renzi.

Evidence at trial further showed that from 2001 to 2003, Renzi engaged in insurance fraud by diverting his clients’ insurance premiums to fund his first campaign for Congress, and he subsequently sent false letters to his insurance customers and provided false statements to various state regulators who were investigating his activities.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.  The prosecution was handled by Trial Attorneys David Harbach and Sean Mulryne of the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gary Restaino and James Knapp of the District of Arizona.

Ted Lake
teddlake@yahoo.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CRM
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013        (202) 514-2007
http://www.justice.gov/ TDD (202) 514-1888

FORMER CONGRESSMAN RICHARD G. RENZI SENTENCED FOR EXTORTION AND BRIBERY IN ILLEGAL FEDERAL LAND SWAP

WASHINGTON – Former U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi was sentenced today to serve 36 months in prison following his June conviction by a federal jury in Tucson, Ariz., for extortion, bribery, insurance fraud, money laundering and racketeering. Renzi’s co-defendant, James Sandlin, was also sentenced today to serve 18 months in prison for his role in the extortion, bribery and money laundering scheme.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth A. Strange of the District of Arizona, Special Agent in Charge Douglas G. Price of the FBI’s Phoenix Division, and Special Agent in Charge Dawn Mertz of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) made the announcement following sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge David C. Bury.

Renzi, 55, of Burke, Va., and Sandlin, 62, of Sherman, Texas, were convicted on June 11, 2013. Renzi was found guilty of 17 felony offenses including conspiracy, honest services wire fraud, extortion under color of official right, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators. Sandlin was convicted of 13 felony offenses including conspiracy, honest services wire fraud, extortion under color of official right and money laundering.

“Mr. Renzi abused the power – and the corresponding trust – that comes with being a member of Congress by putting his own financial interests over the interests of the citizens he had sworn to serve,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Raman.  “He fleeced his own insurance company to fund his run for Congress, and then exploited his position for personal gain.  Mr. Renzi’s conviction and today’s sentence demonstrate the Justice Department’s commitment to fighting corruption at the highest levels of government.”

“Former Congressman Renzi disregarded his oath to uphold the law, ignoring the interests of the people he was elected to serve in favor of his own interests,” stated First Assistant U.S. Attorney Strange.  “The sentences imposed today reinforce the fundamental principle that no one, including an elected official, is above the law.”

“When our elected officials betray the trust of the American people it strikes at the very core of our democracy,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Price.  “The sentencing of former Congressman Rick Renzi illustrates the commitment by the FBI and our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute corruption at all levels.   Today’s sentencing is a reminder that when a public official violates the public’s trust they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

“The public expects its elected officials to be honest, to be trustworthy and to show respect for the law,” stated IRS Special Agent in Charge Mertz.  “Those in public office should be held to a higher standard and are not exempt from criminal prosecution.  The prison sentence imposed today should serve as a wake-up call to other public officials who believe there are no consequences for betraying the public trust.”

According to evidence at trial, Renzi, then a member of Congress from Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, promised in 2005 to use his legislative influence to profit from a federal land exchange that involved property owned by Sandlin, a real-estate investor.

At the time, Sandlin owed Renzi $700,000 in future payments from their business dealings, and Renzi threatened proponents of the land exchange that he would not support it unless they purchased Sandlin’s property in Cochise County, Ariz.  When they refused, Renzi promised a second proponent of a land exchange that he would support the exchange if they purchased Sandlin’s property.  According to an agreement reached in May 2005, Sandlin was paid $1 million in earnest money, out of which he paid $200,000 to Renzi.  Just before Sandlin received the $1.6 million balance owed on the exchange, he paid an additional $533,000 to Renzi.

Evidence at trial further showed that from 2001 to 2003, Renzi engaged in insurance fraud by diverting his clients’ insurance premiums to fund his first campaign for Congress, and he subsequently sent false letters to his insurance customers and provided false statements to various state regulators who were investigating his activities.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.  The prosecution was handled by Trial Attorneys David Harbach and Sean Mulryne of the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gary Restaino and James Knapp of the District of Arizona.

Ted Lake
teddlake@yahoo.com

HERE NEXT WEEK:  20 COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS!
October 22, 2013

The Fifth Annual Career and College  Fair sponsored by Gila County School Superintendent Dr. Linda O’Dell will have representatives from 20 colleges, Universities and Vocational schools at next week’s event. A total of some 50 organizations will be  participating.  Local high school students and their parents are being encouraged to attend the Gila School Superintendent’s  annual fair which will be next Tuesday morning , October 29, from 9am to 12 noon at the Freeport McMoRan Training Center in the Cobre Valley Plaza

Confirmed representatives of Colleges, Universities, and Vocational Schools for next Tuesday morning’s Career/College Fair include

Arizona State University, Carrington College, Colorado State University, Cobre Valley Institute of Technology ( local ), Everest College, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Gila Community College ( local ), Glendale Community College, Grand Canyon University, ITT Technical Institute, Maricopa Skills Center, Northern Arizona University, Northland Pioneer College,South Mountain Community College, Universal Technical Institute, University of Arizona, Southwest University of Visual Arts.

Other organizations that will be there Tuesday morning  include United States Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy, Rehabilitation Services Administration/Vocational Rehabilitation

Also U of A Cooperative Extension, Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold, Resolution copper, Globe Fire Department Horizon Human Services, Rotary-Miami Copper Cities, Mary Kay, Teen Outreach, Wells Fargo Bank, AZ Transfer, Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, Eastern Arizona Health Education Center, Gila County, Globe, Miami Libraries, Gila County Recorder’s Office, Gila County Division of Health/ Anti-Tobacco, Central Arizona Association of Governments, Globe Police Department, Arizona Silver Belt, GED testing office..  Further information about next Tuesday morning’s event can be obtained by contacting Holly Sow, Communications and Outreach Specialist at the Gila County School Superintendent’s Office and Gila County Courthouse in Globe.

The goal of the Career and College Fair according to Dr. O’ Dell is connecting high school students and their parents directly with representatives of the colleges and universities who will be here, along with a number of vocational schools, members of the business and mining community, civic organizations ( many which offer scholarships) in addition to representatives from various federal and local agencies and representatives from the U.S. Armed Forces. The event is free and open to all interested persons.

PUBLIC TELEVISION FEATURES FORMER GLOBE RESIDENT
October 21, 2013

Hollywood Actress Lynda Carter was featured in a Pioneers of Television broadcast Friday night shown nationally on PBS.  The program  was entitled ” Wonder Woman as Every Ones Super Hero”.

Carter  was a former Globe resident and a student of Globe High School but later moved to the Phoenix area.  She was the starring actress in the Wonder Woman Television series than ran  from  the years 1975 to 1979.   The Friday night PBS Special  described the origins of Wonder Woman and how Ms Carter played the part on television to appeal to both women and men.

Ted Lake
teddlake@yahoo.com

TRI CITY HAS YET TO FILE ANY PERMIT APPLICATIONS  FOR $45 MILLION SEWER WATER PROJECT HERE
October 21, 2013

ADEQ says it has not been told anything about a  $45 million dollar waste water treatment system in the unincorporated areas of Globe-Miami which includes a major sewer treatment plant proposed somewhere in Wheatfields  by the Tri City Regional Sanitary District.

The State regular also says it has no applications filed to date for required ADEQ permits needed for such a project with proceedings that call for public comments and allows interested parties an opportunity to request a public hearing.

Mark Shaffer, Communications Director for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, remarked  ” I checked with our folks about the Tri City Regional Sanitary District proposed new waste water treatment plant and they have filed no applications nor even contacted us about the Aquifer Protection Permit. ”

Shaffer went on to say they would need this permit  (APP) and if there is a discharge of “Waters of the Waters of the United States”, they would also need an AZDES permit ( Arizona Discharge Elimination System ).  They would also need a Clean Water Act 208 amendment.   Depending on what they are going to do with the (sewer ) effluent they might need a reuse and /or recharge permit.”

Ted Lake
teddlake@yahoo.com

PAYSON MAN GETS 5 YEARS PRISON IN GLOBE CASE
October 16, 2013

A Payson man who set fire to a Little League concession stand in Globe drew a five-year prison term and must pay $83,000 in restitution. Taylor James Vance-Parker pleaded guilty to felony charges that included trespassing, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, arson and burglary, according to Gila County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp

- Payson Roundup

50 ORGANIZATIONS TO BE AT CAREER/COLLEGE FAIR
October, 14, 2013

More that 50 organizations are expected to be at the upcoming annual Career and College Fair being put on by Gila County School Superintendent Dr. Linda Odell.  This Fifth Annual Career & College Fair for high school juniors and seniors will take place Tuesday, October 29thfrom 9am to noon at the Freeport McMoRan Training Center in the Cobre Valley Plaza.

Dr. O’Dell said the goal of the Fair is connecting Gila County high school students with representatives from colleges, vocational schools, and members of the business community.  Civic organizations, many of which offer scholarships or volunteer opportunities to high school students are also invited to participate.

High school students will be provided with a list of event participants prior to the fair so they have the opportunity to map out their own time. They will also be receiving preparation guides to help them get the information they need from representatives in order to make informed decisions about their futures.

The 50 participating organizations for the event include state universities, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, four branches of the U.S. Military, Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc, and the Cobre Valley Medical Center.

School Superintendent Dr. O’Dell said she would like to extend a special invitation to members of the community, especially parents to come by the Career & College Fair on Tuesday October 29thfrom 9am to noon and see what opportunities are out there for students in the way of post-secondary education and career choices.

More information about the upcoming Career & College Fair or other organizations interesting in participating  can be obtained by contacting Holly Sow at the Gila County School Superintendent’s Office:928-402-8784 or be e-mail to hsow@gilacountyaz.gov

Ted Lake
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Arizona Drive-in Closes After Nearly 60 years!
September 30, 2013

KGUN’s Nine on Your Side, Guy Atchley, snapped this shot while visiting the Apache Drive-In theatre in Globe on one of the last nights that people could enjoy the cinema under the stars.

DriveInlastnight Ted Lake

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44th ANNUAL GILA COUNTY FAIR JUNIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION
Results for Sunday, September 22, 2013 – Globe, Arizona

At Sunday’s auction 50 animals brought $175,215.

The top ten buyers were:

Iron Dynamics
Oddonetto Construction
Freeport McMoRan
John Augustine Ranch
Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center
Earth Movers Tire Sales
BHP Copper, Inc.
McSpadden Ford
Stillwater Landscape
AJAX

There were a total of 29 buyers who participated:

Jacob Wagner’s Grand Champion Steer was bought by BHP Copper, Inc. for $7.00 per pound.
Diego Varela’s Grand Champion Swine was bought by Carlota Copper Co. for $5.50 per pound.
Brenna Sexton’s Grand Champion Lamb was bought by Apache Gold Casino for $12.00 per pound.
Joseph Mat’s Grand Champion Goat was bought by Hoofin’ It Feed & Tack for $11.00 per pound.
B.J. Cecil Trucking, Inc. and Earth Mover Tire Sales bought Garrett Wagner’s Reserve Grand Champion Steer for $7.00 per pound.
Freeport McMoRan bought Jaren Maybury Encizo’s Reserve Grand Champion Swine for $5.00 per pound.
Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center bought Brook Fansler’s Reserve Grand Champion Lamb for $9.00 per pound.
5D Mining & Construction bought Chase McPeak’s Reserve Grand Champion Goat for $12.00 per pound.
Knute Haught’s Best of Gila County Bred ‘n Fed Steer was bought by Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center for $6.50 per pound

The 50 animals sold were comprised of:

22 steers that sold for an average of $5.18 per pound or $6,010 each.
22 swine that sold for an average of $6.20 per pound or $1,604 each.
3 lambs that sold for an average of $10.29 per pound or $1,242 each.
3 goats that sold for an average of $12.79 per pound or $1,322 each.

We have great community support for these young exhibitors and we thank everyone who attended our annual auction. We want to especially thank our faithful buyers and all of our new buyers; they make this event a success.
Gila County Fair Junior Livestock Auction

Ted Lake
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HONDA ANNOUNCES FIVE DRIVE-IN THEATRE WINNERS

The on line voting is over and the Honda Motor Company  over the weekend  released the names of the five winners in its contest to win a new commercial digital projector used in movie theaters.  The Apache Drive in Globe was among the many theaters in the running but it was not one of the five winners.

Bobby Hollis, owner of the Apache Drive In, said earlier he would keep his outdoor theater business open for now if he had won one of the projectors.  He told Cronkite News recently this projector needed to keep his business going costs around $130,000 and he couldn’t afford one.

The Apache Drive Inwill be closing for the last time this Friday.  The closing will be marked with a gala event hosted by the Globe-Miami Times and the Hollis family..  Featured movie Friday evening will be “American Graffiti” and  there will be a Fashion, Fenders and Wolfman Jack Contest, a tailgate party and more.

Ted Lake
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GILA AND STATE JOBLESS RATES UP
September 21, 2013

Gila County’s unemployment rate increased to 9.4% in August up for 8.9% in July according to new figures just released by the Arizona Department of Administration.  The agency points out there were 20,777 persons working at jobs last month in our county  which was a dropped from the July of 21,215.

Statewide, Arizona’s jobless rate increased to 8.3% in August from 8% reported in July despite the fact our state added 39,800 non farm jobs last month.

Ted Lake
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GRAVES OUT AS SUPERIOR TOWN MANGER
September 16, 2013

Another big change in the Superior Town Government.  Kane Graves has resigned as Town Manager and Town Attorney.  Steve Cooper has been hired by the town council as Superior’s new Attorney while Margaret Gaston has been approved as the new Town Manager under contract.

On September 5th, Mila Besich-Lira took her seat as the newest member of the Town council after defeating incumbent Kiki Peralta in a landslide recall election.  While Besich-Lira has  has been a major supporter of the new proposed $6 billion Resolution Copper Mine, Peralta has been an outspoken opponent against the mine and even testified at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing in May against the Kirpatrick/Gosar land swap bill needed for the 7,000 foot underground operation..

Both Peralta and Graves had appeared before the Globe city council urging the councilmen here to vote against a city resolution supporting the new mine.  Graves previously was the  Globe City Manager and City Attorney until after last year’s city council election when  voters elected Terry Wheeler as the new Mayor  and approved three  other new members on the city council.  Graves resigned from his positions with the Globe city government shortly they took office.

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Fort Apache Timber Company sawmill in Whiteriver to reopen; $10 million loan secured
Sep
tember 9, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., is pleased to announce a $10 million loan has been secured to reopen the Fort Apache Timber Company (FATCO) sawmill in Whiteriver on the White Mountain Apache Nation. The funding will provide working capital, support the repair and replacement of equipment, and rebuild the log deck.
Throughout the summer, Kirkpatrick met with stakeholders and urged Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn at the Bureau of Indian Affairs to finalize efforts to fund the sawmill reopening. The White Mountain Apache Tribe estimates the sawmill reopening will create 185 jobs.

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SAN CARLOS DEATH INVOLVES TONTO JUDGE!
September 6, 2013

A lawsuit involving the death of a young man is raising complex issues about the liability of Native American casinos, tribal governments and a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council, who is also a Tonto Apache Tribal court judge.

A San Carlos Apache family that lost their son in a drunk driving accident two years ago is suing  Tonto Apache Tribal Court Judge Tao Etpison (who also sits on the San Carlos Tribal Council.).

The family of Justin Hooke claims Etpison got their 22-year-old son alcoholic drinks and then let him drive home from the Apache Gold Casino Resort in April 2011. The casino’s surveillance team meanwhile watched the men drink throughout the night and then drive home, according to court documents.  Hooke later crashed his vehicle and died. He had a blood alcohol content more than double the legal limit. The family claims Etpison and the casino are at fault.

Their initial complaint also named the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Tribal Council, but a tribal appeals panel overturned a decision by a former state Supreme Court judge acting as a contract judge for the tribal court naming them defendants. The appeals panel ruled that the tribe has sovereign immunity and dismissed it from suit.

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Alexis Bechman
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CITY  ATTORNEY RULING: GLOBE CITY COUNCIL RUN OFF SET FOR NOVEMBER
AUGUST 30, 2013

There is going to be a run off election in the race for the Globe city council seat in District #4 and it has been set for November 5th.   At 12:50 this afternoon ( Friday ),  Globe City Clerk Gina Paul announced the city attorney has determined the two write in candidates receiving the highest number of write in votes in the August 27th election are to have their names placed on the November 5 General Election Ballot in a run off.

The two write in candidates who will be on the November ballot are Desmond Dezi Baker who received 46 votes and Mike Stapleton who received 24 votes  Two other write in candidates Sam Palmer and Bernard Wohforth each received 23 voters.

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WEDNESDAY SUPERIOR TOWN HALL AND EDITORIAL
AUGUST 21, 2013

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UPCOMING GLOBE PUBLIC HEARINGS
AUGUST 19, 2013

The City of Globe’s Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hold three public hearings later this month.   One will be to seek public comment on proposed amendments to the City Code on A Frame signs for advertising and the possibility of allowing such signs with restrictions.

Another public hearing will be over proposed amendments to the City Globe on RV Occupancy in non  RV zoned areas which will permit short term RV Occupancy in residential areas.

The third hearing seeks public comment on a proposed amendment to the City Code allowing chickens in residential zoned areas

All three public hearings will be conducted by the City of Globe’s Planning and Zoning Commission when it meets 6pm in the Globe City Hall on Wednesday night August 28th.

Ted Lake
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GILA JOBLESS RATE DROPS BELOW 9%
AUGUST 19, 2013

New figures are out and our county’s unemployment rate has dropped to 8.9% last month from June’s 9.3% which was the high so far this year.  State authorities are listing 2,062 persons here in Gila County as unemployed while 21,173 persons here are working at jobs.

State wide, there was no change in Arizona’s unemployment rate last month, still at 8% which was the same in June.  However, last month, our state lost 5,500 jobs in the private sector and some 9,600 government jobs.

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RAILROAD’S OPERATING REVENUES UP 84.3%
AUGUST 19, 2013

In its second quarter report to stockholders Connecticut ased Genesee & Wyoming Railroad said its total operating revenues increased  84.3% to $400.7 million.  Adjusted income from operations were up 103.2% to $107.6 million; Reported operating income of $107.4 million

Jack Hellmann, President and CEO, said 2013 quarterly results ending June 30, 2013 was the second reporting period of which Genesee & Wyoming’s consolidated results include the former RailAmerica railroads which his company purchased earlier. “We are pleased to report continued strength in our financial results, with adjusted earnings up more than 50%.  Our combined company same railroad adjusted revenues increased 10% in the second  quarter of 2013.” Hellman pointed out.

He went on to say in each of our eleven operating regions effectively managed their costs. As a result, in North America, our adjusted operating ratio improved 2.1 percentage points to 74%.

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GLOBE CITY ELECTION UPDATE
August 15, 2013

Voters in the Globe city election are being reminded to be sure and return the ballot you recently received in the mail.  Gila County Recorder Sadie Jo Tomerlin says you must return  your ballot by 7pm August 27th to either the Gila County Recorder’s Office, the Globe Public Library or Globe City Hall.  Post marks at not accepted .

Tomerlin says 3,704 ballots were mailed out to registered voters in the city of Globe and to date 650 completed ballots have been returned.   Voters will be deciding on Home Rule issue for the city of Globe and the election of city council candidates.

In District 3 there are two candidates on the ballot who are Robert Lee Johnson and James Gillette.  In city council District 6, incumbent Lerry Alderman is running unopposed.  In District 4, there are no candidates on the ballot but there are four announced write in candidates.  They are Bernard Wohlforth, Sam Palmer, Desmond Baker and Mike Stapleton.

Ted Lake
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Non Profit Tax Exemptions Revoked  by IRS July 15, 2013

What happens when a tax exempt 501 C 3 non profit organization no longer has an income tax exemption because it was revoked by the Internal Revenue Service?

Here are some of the most common questions asked and answers given about such a situation according to the experts at the National Guide Star Foundation who research non profits throughout the United States..

Question:  Without an IRS approved exemption, what happens to the organization now?

Answer:  The former non profit group must now be filing regular federal income tax returns every year with the Internal Revenue Service and will have to pay income taxes. Those non profits  which previously could accept tax deductible contributions are no longer eligible to do so.  However, they still  can accept donations, but those donations will not be allowed as deductible on a donor’s annual income tax return;

Question:  Should donors to charities be aware of IRS Revocations that have taken place? . Answer:   You certainly should be.  If you plan to take a charitable gift deduction on your income taxes, before making this contribution, you will need to confirm that the non profit receiving your donation has  an approved IRS Tax Exemption, otherwise, the Internal Revenue Service may step in and disallow your deduction and you could even be required to pay a penalty.

Question:  My organization’s IRS tax exemption was revoked, but I am sure it was a mistake.  What can we do to fix it?

Answer:   You need to contact the Internal Revenue Service and provide documentation that your organization did file an annual IRS tax exempt return on one of the following forms: IRS 990, 990N, 990EZ or 990 PF.

Question:  Which non profits must file such annual tax exempt returns with the IRS?.

Answer:   Most tax exempt organizations are required  to do so except for churches.

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LOCAL NON PROFITS AND IRS TAX EXEMPT  FILINGS
July 2, 2013

In an examination of their most recent annual 990 tax exempt filing statements sent to the Internal Revenue Service, here is what some of our local non profit organizations told federal authorities.

Destiny School, Incorporated. Total annual revenues $2,499,771, total annual expenses $2,333,022 ( includes salaries $1,460,376  ).

Liberty High School, Incorporated.  Total annual revenues $553,132, total yearly expenses $484,139 ( includes $379,723 in salaries ).

Globe-Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation.  Total annual revenues $132, 868, total expenses $134,927 ( salaries  $73,079).

Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum.  Total annual revenues $57,125, total expenses $37,508 ( salaries, none ).

Gila County ARC of Arizona, Inc.  Total annual revenues $187, 497, total expenses $177, 104 ( Salaries $112,497 ).

Signal Peak Community Foundation.  Total annual revenues $8,343, total annual expenses $125,018  ( includes $23,452 in professional fees and payments to independent contractors, office expenses $94,665, salaries, none ). Total annual deficit (-) $116, 675.

United Fund of Globe-Miami Inc. Total annual  revenues $102,131, total annual expenses $76,443 ( includes $10,537 in salaries ).

Boys & Girls Club of San Carlos.  Annual 990 tax exempt filings from this organization could not be located in the IRS public  files. However, a notice was found stating the Internal Revenue Service had revoked the 501 (c) (3) Income Tax Exemption for the Boys & Girls Club of San Carlos effective May 15, 2010.

Boys & Girls Club of Globe.  Annual 990 tax exempt filings from this organization could not be found in a search of the Internal Revenue Service’s  records available for public inspection.  Nor could an IRS 501 (c) (3) tax exemption approval  in the name of  this Globe organization be located.   Mickie Nye, President of the Boys & Girls Club of Globe,  told the Globe city council several weeks ago that since 2008 some $100,000 has been donated  towards improving the club’s youth center facilities.

Arizona Reservation Ministries (Globe ).  Total annual revenues $444, 473, total annual expenses $467,572 ( includes salaries $200,210 ).

Globe Downtown Association. Total revenues, $32,083, total expenses $28,959 ( include salaries $7,150 ).

Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, Inc.  Total annual revenues $92,735, total yearly expenses $98,151 ( includes salaries $33,164 ).

Eastern Arizona Health and Education ( Globe ).  Total annual revenues $679,695, total annual expenses $651,093 ( includes salaries $311, 722 ).

Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation. Total annual revenues $113,366, total expenses $97,206 ( includes $43,698 in salaries and $28,917 in professional fees and payments to independent contractors, etc ).

Pinal Mountain for Higher Education.  Total annual revenue, $16,677, total annual expenses $19,696 ( salaries, none ).

Globe-Miami Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust Fund.  Total annual revenues $70,228, total expenses $ 74,069 ( includes salaries $38,300 ).

Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. Total annual revenues of $39,761,028, total annual expenses of $36, 117,802  (includes salaries of $19,402, 028.

Ted Lake
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Superstition Wilderness Trails West” has received the finalist Silver Award for Best History Book
June 7, 2013
Superstition Wilderness Trails West” has received the finalist Silver Award for Best History Book in the 2013 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards. The awards were presented on May 29, 2013 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
This new book,  which came out last year form Clear Creek Publishing Company of Tempe, is written by Jack Carlson and Elizabeth Stewart.  Featured throughout their masterful writings are page after page of detailed history of the rugged area and the mountain trails  along with the old  legends of the mighty Superstitions Mountains in this vast Wilderness area.  One can also read about the insight behind the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine along with descriptions for the trails extending in the western end of the Superstition Wilderness such as the Peralta Trail, Dutchman’s Trail, Peters Trail and many others.
Popular trips for those who hike or go on horseback into who go here include Weavers Needle, Charlebois Spring, Garden Valley, Peters Mesa, Bluff Spring, and many more. There are History and Legends sections in this book about trails and trail heads to maximize one’s wilderness experience when venturing into the area.  Hikers, horse riders, and armchair travelers have found this a worthwhile guide and reference to the Superstition Mountains.
This is the latest honor given to this East Valley couple for their outstanding
research about the fascinating Superstitions.  On November 16 of last year “Superstition Wilderness Trails West won two top awards, the Best History Book-Arizona and Best Book-Arizona during the annual New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards which were presented in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Both Stewart and Carlson, were the authors of an earlier book  ” Superstition Wilderness Trails East” which was published in 2010 and also received top honors.
OBSERVATORY TOURS HAVE RESTARTED AT MT GRAHAM 
June 6, 2013

Public educational tours of the International Observatory on top of Mt Graham located Southeast of the San Carlos Reservation have restarted according to the Eastern Arizona Courier. The publication points out  Eastern Arizona College at Thatcher co operates with the Coronado National  Forest and the University of Arizona’s
Stewart Observatory in providing educational visits to the three world class telescopes located on Mt Graham’s Emerald Peak at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet.
These educational tours of the Observatory are now being conducted on Saturdays,
only,  through the end of October depending on weather conditions.  Due to safety concerns, children must be at least eight years of age at the time of visit.  There is a $40 fee which includes a boxed lunch, travel to and from the mountain top observatory,  and visits through all three telescopes.  For those who sign up for tour, it begins 9am at the Eastern Arizona College Discovery Park Campus, with a brief orientation on the history of Mt Graham International Observatory.  Information will also be provided about the safety and health concerns of the high altitude visit in the Coronado Natural Fores.  Also rules and conduct will be discussed about visiting these facilities within the Mt Graham Red squirrelRefugium.
Observatory visitors will see the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, utilizing the first mirror fabricated by the U of A’s Steward Observatory Mirror Lab in Tucson.  The visit continues with the Sub-millimeter Telescope which has a 32.8 feet parabolic dish capable of capturing the highest frequencies of any radio telescope in the world.
The final visit is to the majestic Large Binocular Telescope. This is the world’s most powerful telescope; its unique feature of two massive 28 foot mirrors designed and constructed by the Steward Mirror Lab in Tucson.  It provides over two million times the light gathering ability of the human eye, to allow researchers to see further and clearer into the depths of space than any other telescopes in the world.
The trip up the mountain is an easy-paced ascent through the five zones found on Mt Graham.  The guides, according to Eastern Arizona College, will describe the military and recreational uses of Mt. Graham over the last 100 years, and will point out the diversity of the plans and animals found on this “Sky Island.”
For information and reservations about the Saturday educational visits to the Mt Graham International Observation, contact Jackie Madsen at the EAC Discovery Park Campus at 928-6260.
ONLY THREE FILE FOR CANDIDATES IN GLOBE ELECTION
June 1, 2013
The May 29th has passed and Gina City Clerk Gina Paul has released the names of those persons who filed as city council candidates for the upcoming August 28, 2013  city council Primary election. Two persons filed as candidates for the seat in Globe City Council District #3
and they are: James Gillette and Roberta Lee Johnson.
In Globe City Council District #4 no one filed nomination petitions as a candidate which lives the door open for a write in candidate or candidates
And in Globe City County District #6 incumbent Lerry Alderman filed for re election and he has no opponents.
MAY 29TH DEADLINE TO FILE AS COUNCIL CANDIDATE
 MAY 20, 2013
If you plan to run as candidate for the upcoming Globe city council election you must file your nomination petitions by 5pm May 29th at the office of City Clerk Gina Paul.  Persons seeking to run as a candidate for City Council District 3 must have a minimum of 38 signatures of registered voters on their nomination petitions.  For candidates in District 4,  it is a minimum of 31 signatures, and for Council District 6 it is 26 signatures.Individuals interested in running for the Globe city council can still get their candidate’s packets at the Globe city hall.  Four persons are presently circulating nomination petitions for the Globe City Council.  They are James Gillette and Roberta Johnson in District 3, Bernard Wohiform in District 4, and Lerry Alderman in District 6.
Rick Renzi Dropped The Ball That Never Rolled
MAY 13, 2013
In making reference to the alleged corruption/extortion trial of former Congressman Renzi underway in federal court at Tucson, San Carlos Tribal Attorney Alexander Ritchie told the Globe City Council last week it was former Republican Congressman, Rick Renzi, who started the ball rolling on the issue of the Resolution Copper land exchange.  Quite the contrary, our past  news reports show different. It was Renzi who badly dropped the ball back in 2005 and 2006   and stumbled while he was at the helm for what was not happening to this legislation in the U.S. House. Under his tenure in public office, his bill was stagnate and going no where   Renzi  never even got a committee hearing and maybe he didn’t even try, who really knows?  Renzi,  while in Congress representing our district during this period of time,  basically kept the local communities in the dark on the issue for more than a year and a half.  During the few times he was in town, Renzi would always let the local newspapers take pictures of him while he was here. However,  he refused to discuss the land exchange legislation needed for this huge new underground new copper mine. Time, and time again in 2005 and 2006, the local press requested interviews from Renzi to try and find out just exactly what he was doing. Such requests were made to his staff members both here in Arizona and in Washington, D. C.  But, each time, they were  ignored, or not answeredThe situation got so bad with Renzi, the state’s largest newspaper, the Arizona Republic in August, 2006 ,came out with an editorial suggesting Renzi should step aside if he couldn’t do the job and let another Congressman from Arizona get involved and lead the push for approval of a land swap bill in the House. Although there was not a ball ever rolling in Renzi’s court,   the real ball player in the land swap legislation was U.S. Senator Jon Kyl who just retired.  Kyl,  after he got his first land exchange bill the U.S. Senate about the same time Renzi introduced his in the House, went to work and was able to get a public hearing back in Washington D.C. before a Senate Committee. This is where proponents of the Resolution Copper Mine project presented their case.  Representatives of the San Carlos tribe also had their say and  were telling this Senate committee  Oak Flat  was sacred land of the Apaches this was were the Apache people had picked acorns.In response of  lack of initiative on the part of U.S. Congressman Renz in the House of Representatives  back then , I wrote,  in part, the following editorial which appeared in Globe-Miami, and San Carlos on September 15, 2006.”It was over a year ago, around May 27, 2005, when our Congressman sponsored and introduced his land exchange measure into the House of Representatives. Representative Rick Renzi issued a lot of press releases this year.  But, it is interesting to note, we can’t find a release from him where he reports on the progress of his land exchange bill.Here we have an Arizona Congressman not keeping his constituents informed on a piece of major legislation he has introduced in the U.S. House.  Legislation calling  for a land swap which could result in a major economic development for the mining communities.Congressman Rick Renzi, just exactly what have you been doing?On a brief trip August 24, 2006 to our community, Renzi made  apparently his first public comments locally about his Resolution Copper land exchange bill he introduced in May of 2005. This may have been the  result of an Arizona Republic editorial which came out that same day critical of his delays in moving on the bill, accusing Renzi of “waffling’ on the Resolution Land exchange and should get out of the way and let someone else do his job.While in Globe that day, Renzi admitted he had not been pushing for passage of the Resolution Copper land exchange.  That he would continue to hold back until all of the concerns of the San Carlos Apaches have been resolved so it can get U.S. House approval. “  Don’t worry, “  he remarks,” this bill will pass.”Some three months later in November of 2006  Renzi told a group of supporters inGlobe he decided to introduced a new “stand alone” land exchange bill in the House.  But it wasn’t until Tuesday December 5, only a few days left before the U.S. Congress adjourned and went home for the holidays, when he finally decided to introduced his other land exchange  bill for the new Resolution mine project. However, the measure never had a chance to be even be considered by the House of Representatives because of its lateness in introduction and it immediately died when the Congressional session ended.  Maybe Renzi, knowing it was so late, didn’t want it to pass anyway. Only he knows why he waited so long.  He never introduced another Resolution Copper land swap bill again while he was in the U.S. Congress.In the year following, there were news leaks of  possible indictments against Renzi.  Later he resigns from the House Intelligence Committee. Then Renzi says he will not seek re election to a fourth term of Congress. It was early in 2008 when Rick Renzi  was  actually indicted on numerous felony charges by a federal grand jury.  Among the allegations made by prosecutors, was  Renzi allegedly vowed to block passage of the Land Swap legislation needed for the new Resolution Copper Mine  if the bill he was being asked to support in the House did not contain the purchase of a large parcel of  land in Southern, Arizona belonging to James Sandlin, claimed to be a business associate of Renzi.  Renzi is allegedly quoted in the indictment as telling Resolution Copper officials “No Sandlin property no ( land swap ) bill.”When this allegation first surfaced, there were other media stories about it. One report said an official of the Resolution Copper Company was so up set with the demand made ,  he wrote  a dated letter outlining what was allegedly told to him, signed it  and mailed it to himself.  Another reported Resolution Copper Executives backed away when they discovered ties between  between Sandlin and Renzi.A number of other allegations against Renzi in this trial are over his alleged use of monies taken from his private insurance business to be used in the Congressman’s 2002 election campaign.The alleged corruption/extortion trial of Renzi is now underway in U.S. District Court in Tucson.  Some 16 of the original 49 felony charges against him have reportedly been dropped.  The jury trial expected to take some two months.

The Lawsuit Over The Death of Justin Hooke of San Carlos
MAY 7, 2013   

ASARCO Copper, which is the area’s largest employer with 1,401 persons on the payroll at its Hayden/ Ray operations,  currently has the following job openings listed below. Complete descriptions are on the company website.

I went over information in two old history books which challenge major elements in the legend of Oak Flat the Apaches have been hitting hard on.  These books, one published in 1884 by Wallace Elliott and another in 1918 by  Arizona State Historian Edwin Farish raise serious questions about the Oak Flat legend. Both historical books are pointing out some 50 Apaches were killed around 1870 when they jumped to their deaths from a mountain top south of Superior and not the high mountain bluff at Oak Flat east of Superior.  Both books say the Apaches were trying to escape from the gunshots fired by settlers whose village they had attacked earlier in the Florence area . There is no mention the  U.S. Calvary was involved. “Tordillo  Peak” , which is at an elevation of 4,375 feet is about 4 miles west of Oak Flat.. Tordillo Peak was later re named Picket Post Mountain which is the very high mountain above the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Southwest of Superior.

Tri City Sanitary Editorial

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