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Hot Shots contain fires near Globe

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
Globe -- Hot Shots and other firefighting personnel contained two lightning-caused fires last week near Globe. The first blaze, the Simpson Fire, started about 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 in the Pinal Mountains, approximately 8 miles southwest of Globe, and 6 miles southeast of Top of the World.
Nearly two inches of rain fell Saturday, helping crews gain solid
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Globe approves rezoning of Hollis property

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
Globe -- The first major step toward a major new housing and commercial development near the old drive -in theater took place June 23.
That's when the Globe City Council unanimously approved rezoning approximately 58 acres currently owned by local businessman Bob Hollis. The land will now be zoned as a Planned Area Development, and will allow for housing and
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Miami fares poorly on 2011-12 audit

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
Miami -- The Miami Town Council failed to approve a tentative budget during last week's meeting. "We're not in any situation right now to approve the tentative budget," said town manager Joseph Heatherly. "There are still a lot of holes that need to be filled."
He said he needed to work more on the accounts receivable side of the budget.
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Supervisors approve tax levy increase

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
Globe -- Taxes were the subject du jour at the Gila County Board of Supervisors meeting on June 23.
The supervisors voted 3-0 to approve an increase in the primary property tax levy. The increase is for $2.6 million and is a result of the county's combined assessed property values increasing from $418 million to $482 million.
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New Meals on Wheels van dedicated to memory of Jane Eck

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
On Friday morning at the Globe Active Adult Center, the new Meals on Wheels van was dedicated to the memory Jane Eck. Funds for the van were raised by the Eck family in their Jane Eck memorial golf tournament, as well as by a fundraiser sponsored by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens and Copper Communities Hospice. Pictured at right is
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Kearny fire evacuates 300 people

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
Kearny -- Last week's Kearny River Fire evacuated close to 300 residents and destroyed three homes, two sheds and a car, but the damage could have been much worse.
Despite the fire's dangerous proximity to hundreds of residents, no injuries were reported.
"If it wasn't for the first responders and their resources, we could have had a really bad
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Lamont Mortuary named 2015 Business of the Year

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
Globe -- Lamont Mortuary was named the 2015 Business of the Year at the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting on Thursday at Dream Manor Inn.
Owner Ian Lamont and his wife, Cathy, were recognized for their work with the Globe Rotary Club, the CVRMC Foundation, the Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation, St. John's Episcopal Church, the Cobre Valley
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Miami budget workshop creates confusion, angst

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
Miami -- A budget workshop in the Miami Town Council chambers last week left more questions than answers among council members. Town Manager Joseph Heatherly called on Town Financial Manager Rachelle Sanchez to present the budget and answer questions.
Sanchez didn't pull any punches and went straight to the point. "We're not balancing and unfortunately the shortfall is in the
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Major ADOT project begins on US 60

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
Superior -- The first of a series of planned improvement projects along US 60 between Superior and Globe started Wednesday, June 17, when the Arizona Department of Transportation began work to construct a new passing lane from Devils Canyon to Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233), along with other improvements. When completed, this $8.8 million safety improvement project will make it easier
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Miami Post Office dedicated to World War II hero

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
United States Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick was present this past Friday at the ceremony to dedicate the Town of Miami Post Office to Staff Sgt. Manuel V. Mendoza, a World War II veteran born in Miami whose heroic service posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Kirkpatrick introduced the legislation to the House of Representatives and it passed, making possible the
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Project draws bevy of comments

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
Globe -- At its meeting on June 9, Globe City Council heard from the public for the first time regarding a large commercial and residential Planned Area Development (PAD) on 58 acres of land around the old drive-in theatre. The land is owned by local businessman Bob Hollis.
At its meeting on June 3, the Globe Planning and Zoning Commission
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New bridge opens

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
Tonto Basin -- Gila County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Pastor thanked the community and stakeholders at a ribbon cutting for the newly completely Oak Creek Bridge in Tonto Basin on Monday, June 8.
Pastor and others present stressed the importance of the bridge for the Tonto Basin community, explaining that it provides crucial connectivity for the east and west
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City Council gets results of Globe Police audit

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
Globe -- Globe City Council heard a presentation on the recent police department audit at a regular meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at City Hall in Globe.
Council received a presentation from Kim Craven of Public Safety Strategies Group (PSSG) regarding the final Police Department Operational Audit.
According to City Manager Brent Billingsley, the audit can provide "guidance going forward
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Globe holds public hearing on proposed housing/retail project

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 10th, 2015
The issue of re-zoning four parcels of land around the old drive-in theatre for mixed-use came before Globe's City council for the first time on Tuesday.
Called a PAD (Planned Area Development), the re-zoning would allow the land's would-be developers, Red Bridge Partners, to add residential units to what is now zoned as a commercial property, while retaining the
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School Board informed on tentative budget

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 10th, 2015
The Miami School Board heard a presentation on the tentative 2015-2016 budget reductions and discussed school lunches at its regular meeting on June 1 at Miami High School. Board members Paul Licano and Robert Mawson were absent.
The board heard a presentation on the tentative fiscal year 2015-2016 budget and opened a required public hearing and a 30-day comment period
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Standoff ends peacefully; suspect faces charges

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2015
Globe -- A Globe man faces multiple charges after allegedly aggressively displaying a knife to a police office and then leading officers on a foot chase.
Jayme Holmes, 24, has been charged with Aggravated Assault/Domestic Violence, Aggravated Assault on an Officer, Misconduct Involving Weapons/Prohibited Weapons, Resisting Arrest/Risk of Physical Injury
On Saturday at approximately 10:32 p.m., officers were dispatched to
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Massive housing project recommended by P&Z Commission

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2015
Globe -- At its meeting on Wednesday, June 3, the Globe Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted to recommend to the City Council that it approve a Planned Area Development on 58 acres of land owned by local businessman Bob Hollis.
Commissioner Carl Williams, owner of the nearby Dream Manor Inn, had some strong concerns with the proposed project,
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GHS holds graduation ceremony

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2015
San Carlos -- Globe High School celebrated its 105th graduating class at Apache Gold Pavilion on Friday, June 5. Due to inclement weather, the ceremony was moved indoors, from Harbison Field in Globe to the Apache Gold Pavilion.
The Master of Ceremonies was Angela Philpot, class of 94, and the keynote speaker was Eddie Lopez, class of 93. Lopez joked
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State school superintendent visits Globe

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2015
Globe -- As part of her "We Are Listening" tour, Arizona State School Superintendent Diane Douglas heard from educators, administrators, parents, and members of the public on Thursday evening at a packed Gila County Board of Supervisors meeting room in Globe.
Douglas did not respond to questions at the meeting. Instead, she promised that the tour will return in
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Flores found guilty of disorderly conduct

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2015
Globe -- After a jury trial that was held May 6 and 7, Esequiel Paul Flores was found guilty of disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon. He was found not guilty of aggravated assault-deadly weapon and aggravated assault-adult upon child under 15. The case was tried by June Ava Florescue and Flores was defended by Anna Ortiz. Flores continues to
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Runaway truck crashes into building on Mesquite

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2015
A scary incident that happened on Thursday afternoon had a relatively happy ending. A commercial truck that was hauling dirt and rocks lost control as it headed up Mesquite Street. The truck then reportedly traveled backward across Broad Street, narrowly missing several vehicles and pedestrians. The truck reportedly blew a tire, and finally came to a stop after hitting a
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