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JULY 2015

Lightning Storms Keeping Fire Crews Busy
Payson, Arizona, July 1, 2015—USDA FOREST SERVICE. 
Afternoon Thunderstorms along the rim have sparked 11
fires since Monday.  The fires are being reported by the
public, fire lookouts, aircraft and fire personnel patrolling
the area.  All 11 fires are single trees, and none have grown
larger than one acre.  Fire personnel are responding to each
report, staffing these fires, and building fireline as necessary
to keep them from spreading.  Light rain has fallen over
most of the Forest but rainfall amounts vary from less than
half an inch to over inches.
The July 4th weekend will be a busy recreation weekend,
and with fire restrictions being lifted, the public is being
asked to be cautious with their campfires, trailer chains, and
all-terrain vehicles.  “Help our firefighters by being extra
cautious with fire,” said Debbie Cress, Payson and Pleasant
Valley District Ranger.  “And remember that fireworks are
always prohibited.”
During this time of year monsoon storms bring lightning,
gusty winds and rain. This link provides good lightning
safety messages.  These are good reminders to stay safe
while enjoying the outdoors.

Three candidates announced
for Gila County Superior Court Judge

Three Gila County Attorney have applied to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey for consideration to replace long-time Gila County Superior Court Division 1 Judge Peter Cahill who retired last month after 40 years on the bench.  The are Shawn Clayton Fuller, Bryan Booth Chambers (who was just named president of the State Bar of Arizona, see below) and Steven Ellis Black.  Governor Ducey will be interviewing the three candidates in July before he makes his decision.

Chambers Becomes State Bar President

Gila County Attorney Bradley D. Beauchamp has announced
that Deputy Gila County Attorney/Civil Bureau Chief Bryan
Chambers became President of the State Bar of Arizona at
the conclusion of the annual State Bar Convention June 26,
2015, in Phoenix.  It is believed that Chambers is the first
State Bar President elected from Gila County.

As incoming State Bar President, Chambers spoke at the
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
Luncheon at the convention.  In his remarks, he stressed the
importance of justice in society and noted that too many
people can no longer afford traditional lawyer services.  He
stressed the need to make it easier for people who are
unrepresented by attorneys to navigate their way through the
court system.  He also challenged attorneys to financially
support legal aid organizations that provide legal services to
the poor.

Chambers has served in the County Attorney’s Office for
nearly 23 years and has served under five different Gila
County Attorneys.  Currently, he is assigned to represent and
provide legal advice to the Gila County Board of
Supervisors and other county elected officials.  Additionally,
he represents the Gila Community College District and
carries a felony prosecution caseload.

Chambers received his juris doctorate from the J. Rueben
Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1992
where he was an articles editor for the BYU Law Review. 
He received a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Spanish
from Brigham Young University in 1989.

The State Bar of Arizona was established in 1933 and
currently serves more than 23,000 members.  Its mission is
to serve the public and enhance the legal profession by
promoting the competency, ethics and professionalism of its
members and enhancing the administration of and access to

Bryan Chambers

Resolution Copper's Bryan Seppala presents a $10,000 check
to the Miami Unified School District for the Robotics Team. 
L-R:  Debbie Allen, Bryan Seppala, Sherry Dorathy.

Monday July 13, 2015   6:30 PM   Sullivan Street

The USDA wastewater project is still on hold in Miami,
according to Town Manager Joe Heatherly at last night's
Regular Meeting of the Miami Mayor and Council.  He
informed the Council that he's spoken with the USDA about
the project and they will wait until all the terms are fulfilled
by Miami before proceeding with phase 2 funding. 
Heatherly says the required 2012-13 Fiscal Year audit is
complete, and he hopes that Fiscal Year 2013-14 will be
done by the end of the month.  He says Kinkaid, the
contractor for the project has agreed to another 30-day
extension for the work to start, without a price change. 

There was quite a bit of debate, and total agreement that the
problem of vandalism and juvenile delinquency in Miami is
significant.  How to combat it is less certain.  One
suggestion, putting a fence around Veterans Park was met by
numerous objections.  Mayor Darryl Dalley said first more
lighting is needed and the surveillance cameras should be
fixed.  Those in place now do not work. 

Councilmember Susan Hanson noted that this is the fourth
time the issue has been raised.  She agrees the cameras need
to be fixed but feels the crux of the matter revolves around
the lack of concern by town parents.  She said the courts did
not know how to deal with it.  She wondered about stronger

Chief Scott Gillen mentioned the possibility of enforcing the
issue through the use of the contributing to the delinquency
of a minor statute, but was abruptly cut off by Town
Attorney Phyllis Smiley who insisted that the only
discussion on the matter permitted at this meeting was about
the fence.  The Chief was visibly frustrated by Smiley's
interpretation of municipal meeting rules. 

Currently it's a tremendous graffiti issue as well as one of
theft.  Councilmember Rosemary Castaneda recalled that
100 new chairs were recently purchased, and even though
they're kept in a locked area, 50 are now missing. She also
believes a fence will not resolve the situation. She felt
discouraged by the amount of vandalism and lack of respect.

Councilmember Don Reiman feels a small town can do what
needs to be done.  A group of volunteers can handle it
through a town watch.   He referenced where he was staying
in Colorado-a small town with flower baskets everywhere,
and flowers along the street, with people who watched out
and took care of it themselves. He thinks the solution lies
with the town's residents, not the police.   Mayor Dallley
concurred saying the community needs to step up and deal
with the problem.

Local business owner June Ruck also backs a community
watch and suggests there be some form of incentive to join,
such as a tax rebate for being involved.  And she wants more
youth services. Her thoughts were echoed by Karen Webb, a
resident also opposed to the fence, who rhetorically asked
what happened to the Parks and Rec programs.  Referring to
the delinquents, she said these rotten punks are our future
and we need to reinvest in better services for our children. 
Michael 23 joined the chorus against the fence and for
community involvement. He told the Council that he walks
his son to the bus stop at the park and just his adult presence
there changes the whole attitude of the kids waiting for the
bus.  He suggested security cameras that could be monitored
over the internet by a 'friends of the park' group.  He also
suggested a community wall for graffiti, giving local kids a
needed outlet for expression.  But he added, this does not
mean he condones defacing public property.  He thinks the
kids causing the problems should be punished. 

But how?  Heatherly said he's been talking with Gila County
Chief Probation Officer Kendall Rhyne about just that.

3137 swimmers visited the Miami Pool in June.  The total
from the pool's opening on March 23rd through Sunday, July
12th is 4980 people.  22% were from Globe, 52% from
Miami and 12% from Claypool.  The season's first lifeguard
rescue took place on June 8th when a disabled man fell into
the deep end of the pool. It was a non-life threatening,
non-emergency situation, which was handled by helping him
move to shallow waters.

With barely a quorum present, Mayor Dalley and
Councilmembers Hanson and Castaneda, along with Vice
Mayor Reiman attending by phone from Colorado, approved
the tentative budge.  The total for Fiscal Year 2015-16 is
$24,854,284, almost $20 million of which is dedicated to the
sewer project.   Tax rates remain the same, no town workers
will be let go, and there'll be a 2% increase in salaries.

The sale of the 196 N Keystone Avenue property for $85,277
was approved and the small adjacent lot is included with no
deed restrictions. ADOT agreed to the sale if the Town
would be granted use of the parking lot.  The new owner
agreed to a 3-year contract at $1 a year.

The Council approved proceeding with the Mackie Camp
crossing project.  A FEMA grant for $400,000 will take care
of the bulk of expenses, but Miami is obligated to contribute
10% and it doesn't have the $40,000.  Heatherly reported
that Gila County is inclined to come up with most of it under
the conditions that $16,000 would be in the form of a loan to
Miami. Heatherly believes it can be repaid with the _ cent
sales tax revenue, which is restricted to road and highway

Chief Gillen gave the police report for July 5th through the
13th.  There were 96 calls for service, 17 citations and 3
arrests.   One vehicle was stolen but was recovered within a
half hour of being reported.  Six months have passed without
a patrol vehicle breakdown.

Councilmember Hanson reminded everyone that the
weekend concerts are still taking place.  Councilmember
Castaneda remarked that the event this past weekend was
very nice.  Hansen added that these are sponsored concerts
and Miami needs more sponsors. If anyone's interested in
spending money on music, please let Susan Hanson know. 

Tuesday July 14, 2015   6:00 PM   City Council Chambers

Remembrances of Kip Culver underscored last night’s
Regular Meeting of the City of Globe Mayor and Council.  
Mayor Terry Wheeler noted that Kip “had his fingerprints all
over this town from the historic registry to the courthouse
renovation, to the train depot, the new elevator at the arts
center…  he will be very missed by all of us who knew
him.”  Councilmember Eric Mariscal concurred.  City
Manager Brent Billingsley added that everyone is
replaceable—but not Kip—to Globe, he is irreplaceable. 
Councilmember Mike Humphries referred to him as “a man
of many hats.”  And Councilmember Roberta Lee Johnson
noted, “Kip lived a colorful life.”  The mood was perhaps
best summed by Councilmember Mike Stapleton who said
Kip was “the definition of Globe… a true icon.” 

Town of Miami Manager Joe Heatherly appeared before the
Council again to request $31,500 in funding for the Cobre
Valley Community Transit.  With him was ADOT’s Sara
Alread who backed Heatherly’s running of the program,
saying that since he took over, things have gone in the right
direction and she has a lot of faith in him.  But once again
Councilmember James Haley had objections, specifically to
the value of the Dial A Ride program, and whether the
money that Globe might provide would be used to
underwrite Miami’s administrative obligations.   What
Heatherly neglected to mention in his presentation was that
96% percent of the riders either originate or terminate in
Globe.   City Manager Brent Billingsley mentioned that
$25,000 was already allocated in the annual budget that the
Council would next be approving, but the Council opted to
first pass the budget and then go over options before
committing the funds to CVCT.

And so it was that the final budget was adopted.  What
wasn’t clear at the meeting however, was what options
they’ll use to fund some of it.  Selling some city property is
on the table, but it’s murky because they’re not certain of
what they own and what can be sold.   A decrease in
services, such as limiting library hours to 40 per week, is a
possibility. It’s been decided that Besh Ba Gowah won’t be
closed for the hot summer months, as had been suggested.  
There will be some cost savings by eliminating benefits for
part time employees.  In order to do that without impacting
the workers, the nine part-timers involved will now put in 30
hours a week, in some cases at multiple locations such as the
Police Department, Active Adult Center, Library and Besh
Ba Gowan on varying days, thereby giving them enough
hours to qualify for insurance through the Affordable Care

When a water system is nearly 100 years old, you can rely
that things won’t go as planned during an upgrade.  Case in
point:  Fire hydrant replacement efforts.  Broken pipes and
valves are commonplace, destroying the original estimate of
replacing five hydrants per day.  This week, it was four days
to replace one hydrant and 90 feet of associated pipe. 
Another $102,000 was approved by the Council for the
project, coming from WIFA funds.

WIFA funds will also cover the  $1.3 million that was
approved for the construction of up to two new 1 million
gallon steel water tanks.  There were seven qualified bidders
and one was local.  Councilmember James Haley wondered
why the local concern didn’t get the nod, since this is a
company with experience building water tanks for the mines.
Public Works Director/City Engineer Jerry Barnes said there
was an extensive interview process, and Finance Director
Joe Jarvis chimed in that the winner was clear cut, that the
firm selected was definitely the one to choose—but as to
why, he said specifics would be available after the meeting. 
He did explain that local subcontractors will be used for a
large part of the work. 

Billingsley discussed the National League of Cities Service
Line Warranty Program.  If Globe opts into the program, city
residents will be able to buy low cost insurance to cover
water lines that are their responsibility. Billingsley said that
9 times out of 10, calls to the city are for lines that belong to
homeowners, not to the water company, and many low
income residents are not in a position to pay for costly
repairs.  The low cost insurance would cover up to $4,000 in
repairs for any City of Globe property, regardless of whether
it was served by Globe Water or Arizona Water. As this was
just an information item, no action was taken.

Paul Hendricks, the contractor for EUSI working on the
maintenance of Globe’s wells reported that it cost $150,000
to fix well #1, which was good news since had it not been
able to be repaired, a new well would have been $1 million.

The contract with the city auditor, John H Naylor, CPA, was
approved for another year.  Jarvis described his tenure by
claiming Naylor was doing great work for Globe “longer
than I’ve been alive.”

Councilmember Johnson attended the grand opening of the
San Carlos Apache Rural Healthcare Center, a $100 million
dollar, seven-year project that opened Monday.  She said it
was an amazing facility.   

Jill Anthony gave a quarterly report on the local Boys and
Girls Club. vSix kids were singled out as the Mayor’s
members of the month.  For April, it's Anthony Guevara and
Chloe Small.  Dominic Barajas and Savea Peace get the nod
for May.  And June recognizes Clayton Magboo and Gabby

Justin Fountain, the owner of J&S Towing received a
certificate of appreciation from the city for J&S’ donation of
equipment to the Globe Fire Department. 

And advertising for a request for proposals on a feasibility
study for the new regional aquatic center was approved. 
Included will be cost projections, timing and whether it will
contain an indoor or outdoor pool.

Boys & Girls Club Honorees L-R: Anthony Guevera,
Dominic Barajas, Savea Peace, Gabby Estevane

Justin Fountain, owner J&S Towing

Work Session of the Gila County Board of Supervisors
Tuesday July 14, 2015   10:00 AM   Gila County Courthouse

The big news at yesterday’s Work Session of the Gila
County Board of Supervisors was not on the agenda: 
Chairman Mike Pastor announced that the Roosevelt Post
Office will remain open.

The meeting essentially surrounded one issue:  the Gila
County Technology Department.  County Manager Don
McDaniel explained that this in depth look at the IT
department was the first of the sixteen individual department
presentations that would be made over the next few months. 

Kelly Riggs heads the department.  He said the current news
is that there’s been a major overhaul of the phone system,
which is now entirely VoIP, Voice Over Internet Protocol,
utilizing dedicated fiber lines through Century Link.  This
will not only be a cost savings, but will provide every
extension with features such as caller ID.   There’s full
redundancy built into the system, which is not susceptible to
power outages.  It’s an ongoing upgrade that should be done
by the end of the year.

The county has more bandwidth—not as much as they’d
like, but enough to function says Assistant County Manger
Jacquie Griffin.   New fiber lines now provide a 100 megabit
connection.  Griffin also mentions that negotiations have
been underway with SCATUI for the last seven months and
continue with the hope that more broadband will be
Riggs explained the new formula for the county’s computer
system, which is moving toward a virtual desktop
infrastructure using a dozen central servers on site and more
computing power in the cloud.  User screens will no longer
be tied to individual desktop units.  This client-server set up
will standardize and interconnect the system while offering
redundancy.    But to do it, the county will need to
renegotiate some of its software vendor agreements for cost
issues and to ensure conflict free interaction.

Software compatibility was on the mind of Supervisor
Tommi Martin who discussed the need to plan ahead for the
upcoming changes so that for once everyone in the county
would be using the same programs. 

The Technology Department budget was increased from
$715,000 to $745,000, and a part time staffer had been
added.   McDaniel sees the department as critical to
providing information both internally and externally.

Where social media might fit into the equation is still
unknown.  Guidelines and policies for its use must first be
formulated, but Pastor noted its importance and the need to
keep the county website updated. He said the public knows
when its behind and the county needs to make a commitment
to it being up to date.

Griffin added that the technical infrastructure touches every
life in our county, technology changes quickly, and Gila
County has to keep up with it.

Kelly Riggs Information Technology Director Gila County

Resolution Copper Project Director Andrew Taplin signs the
education sponsorship agreement that gives the Superior
Unified School District $75,000 to support projects outlined
by Superintendant Steve Estatico.  L-R:  William Duarte,
Superior Jr/Sr High School Principal; Taplin; Estatico;
Manuel Ramirez, JFK Elementary School Principal.

Superior Junior/Senior High School


More than two dozen scholarships were awarded to Gila
Community College students by various local organizations
on Thursday, July 16th at the Gila Pueblo Campus.

15 students received United Fund Scholarships:  Susan
Curtin, April Martinez, Savanna Sharette, Cassandra
Rodriguez, Annette Bowers, Denise Hansen, Nicole Renton,
Kristina Attaway, Sherry Clark, Cayla Wilson, Kayla Fillip,
Nicholas Durbin, Greg Becker, Dylan Hansen and Susan
Burk.   Many of the students received additional scholarships
including  Cassandra Rodriguez and Savanna Sharette who
were awarded Shawn Boxell Memorial Scholarships.   
Cayla Wilson and Kristina Attaway got Resolution Copper
Scholarships.  Susan Curtin, Rebecca Carnahan, Annette
Bowers and Denise Hansen received Freeport McMoRan
Scholarships.  Sherry Clark was the Native American Book
Fund Recipient.   And Pinal Mountain Foundation Fund
awards went to Rebecca Carnahan, April Martinez, Nicole
Renon and Greg Becker. 

The Scholarship Ceremony included Resolution Copper’s
Bryan Seppala who is the president of the Pinal Mountain
Foundation, and accountant Maryn Belling who gave the


Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Bryan Chambers
to serve as a Gila County Superior Court Judge.  He will be
on the bench through the remainder of Judge Peter Cahill’s
term, which ends in 2016.

Chambers, who was recently named President of the State
Bar of Arizona (see above story), has been the civil bureau
chief and deputy county attorney for the Gila County
Attorney’s Office. 

Monday July 27, 2015   6:30 PM   Miami Town Council Chambers

Due to Joe Heatherly's vacation, two of the new business
items at last night's Special Meeting of the Miami Mayor and
Council were tabled.  The IGA with Gila County for Animal
Control Services, and the appointment of a Council member
to sit on the Board of the Transit Authority Council will be
determined upon Heatherly's return.  Councilmembers Angel
Media and Susan Hanson both volunteered for the Transit
Authority seat.

The Library Service Agreement with the Gila County
Library District was approved for 2016.  Gila County was
able to reinstate the 5% of the funding that had been reduced
across the board last year, so Miami will get the full amount
of $54,400.

Library Director Delvan Hayward pronounced the 6 week
summer reading program a success.  50 children
participated, including 8 teens. Two adults also signed up. 
The Miami Library held 16 events including two book
signings, five movies, two parties and a magician.  There
were $1400 in donations-- $1,000 from the Friends of the
Library and $400 from the Hayward Stinson family. 

Town Clerk Karen Norris reported that a pump at the pool
failed over the weekend.  She said it would be replaced by a
new pump Tuesday.  There was no mention of who might
replace it, as Wes Sukowsky's Public Works Director
position was terminated last week. 

Matthew Haro, from Boy Scout Troup 5101, requested that
the Council approve his Eagle Scout project.  He said he will
construct a small garden at Bullion Plaza.  The Council
unanimously granted his request.

Tuesday July 28, 2015   10:00 AM   Gila County Courthouse

At yesterday's Special Meeting of the Gila County Board of
Supervisors, Gila County Manager Don McDaniel
introduced Michael Scannell, the new Deputy County
manager. Mike, who started work Monday, has managed
several Arizona towns.  He'll be overseeing community
services and other similar departments.  His last position was
town manager of Chino Valley.  

After a public hearing, which attracted no participants either
in Globe or Payson, the Fiscal Year 2015-16 County Budget
of 91,985,237 was passed.  It's a two and a half million
dollar decrease from the current budget.  The property tax
rate of $4.19 remains the same as it has been for the last five

Also passed was the Library District's annual budget of
$1,676,735 which is an increase over last year due to a
change in the tax rate for the library which rose from four
cents to four and a quarter cents, enabling the district to
reinstate money for libraries in the county that had been
reduced by last year's 5% cut in library funding.

Michael Scannell

Tuesday July 28, 2015   6:00 PM   City Council Chambers

Brent Billingsley will continue as Globe's City Manager. 
His three-year contract was passed at last night's Regular
Meeting of the City of Globe Mayor and Council.  Both
Mayor Terry Wheeler and Councilmember Roberta Lee
Johnson were on vacation.  Vice Mayor Eric Mariscal

Leaving city employment is Robert Rabogliatti who is
retiring after over 36 years of dedicated service.  Rabogliatti
whose father was once Globe Mayor, has worked for the city
since 1979 in various public works capacities, most recently
as a water treatment operator. 

Fire Canine Evo was on hand to approve a $1,000 donation
to the Globe Fire Department Canine Program from the
Haven of Globe Nursing Home.  Haven's Executive Director,
Mark Muir, presented the  check to Joe Bracamonte, Globe's
Fire Marshall. 

A new eight-inch waterline will be constructed along Route
60 from the City Hall area heading west.  It will be
completely within the Globe Water district.  WIFA funds will
pay for the line, which must be completed by the end of the

The city received an official government letter enquiring
about whether the funds earmarked for repairing the roof on
the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts would be used. 
Apparently everyone forgot about the money, and probably
the roof, but if the funds aren't spent by a given deadline, the
money will no longer be available.  That has everyone
scrambling to put the cash to proper use.  An RFP will
appear in the newspaper next week.

Billingsley presented the Council with a draft of the City's
communication policy.  Little discussion ensued, and a
request by KQSS for a copy was delayed until the Council
passes it, and the policy is made public.  In general, the
policy covers how the City deals with media, social media,
use of official logos, and the city's public image.

Councilmember Lerry Alderman mentioned the passing of
Ed Bacon, founder of Bacon's Boots and Saddles, a part of
Globe's landscape since the 1950s.  Prior to opening the
store, Ed, who was world renowned for his craftsmanship
was a saddle maker in Phoenix.  His son Earl continues the

Councilmembers James Haley and Mike Stapleton
commented on how nicely the celebration of Kip Culver's
life was handled. 

Fire Canine Evo

Haven's Mark Muir & Globe's Joe Bracamonte

Robert Rabogliatti

July 2015 archives


This is the first of several tourist attraction kiosks to be
placed along Route 60 from Miami to Apache Gold.  Six
more are built and the materials for them are ready to be
inserted as soon as the kiosks are put in place.  Many other
signposts are planned to point the way for Arizona tourists to
see the many area attractions.  The maps, posters and
banners are designed by KQSS' Jon Cornell, a Wayfinding
Committee volunteer.

Pictured above is the EDC's Karalea Cox standing by the
kiosk.  The project was just one of the many supported by
the late Kip Culver.


Hosted by Washington Federal Bank, a good time was had
by all.

L-R:  Washington Federal's Erica Muniz, Christopher Sailus,
Tricia McBride


Donald Robb was on hand in 1878 to celebrate Globe’s first
Independence Day.  There were no organized events.  We
know this because of Donna Anderson’s find.  She’s
Museum Director at the Gila County Historical Society and
was pretty excited by her recent find of an “ode” by Robb.  
(Note that “rifles” joined in the “chorus”.  That would
probably have you jailed today.) 


The sun shines down on this lovely scene
With genial and kindly ray.
And the rustling leaves and blades of grass
Are murmuring tunes all day.
With mirth, and glee, and song, and cheer,
We’ll make the air vibrate.
And our rifles will join in the chorus, too,
While the “Fourth” we celebrate.

We’ll keep the day, though we have no hall
Whose pillars are laurel-twined;
Nor festooned flowers, nor golden shields
In harmony combined;
Nor martial music, nor rhetoric’s gems
From orators full of fame;
But our hearts are true, and our faith is strong,
And we love the land the same.

A little cluster of provinces
‘Way back one hundred years,
Had won their freedom and carried their flag
Through carnage and strife and tears;
And the spirit that defied each man
Is ardent out here today,
Though the altars from which their offerings rose
Are thousands of miles away.

That is the spirit that reached across
Tot he blue Pacific’s strand;
That is the spirit that brings us here
To this wild Apache land.
And the flag is safe in our hands today
As when it was first unfurled,
And it’s story went out to the hard and homes
Of a tyranny-ridden world.

We honor the noble men who fought
So well in those early days;
And our voices go out on the summer air
In ringing paeans of praise.
And we claim some mood of honor, too,
We men of the rough frontier,
For we win for the land that gives us homes
An empire every year.

In the years to come, when these hills will ring
With music of sledge and drill,
And we who are lusty and strong today
Will be feeling Life’s Winter’s chill;
We will lingering look over memory’s page
With loving and tear-wet eye,
To the time when, here in this mountain land
We kept our first Fourth of July.

Peter Pan!