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MEETINGS

Town of Miami Mayor & Council - Town Council Chambers
Monday June 26, 2017   6:30 PM  - Sullivan Street

Tuesday June 27, 2017  10 AM -  County Courthouse

City of Globe Mayor & Council - City Hall
Tuesday June 27, 2017  6 PM - Pine Street
JOB OPENINGS!

Gila County (including sheriff's office - great dispatch jobs!)

Gila County Schools (including adult education)

City of Globe (including police & fire)

Pinal County (form includes all departments)




Graham County (including police & fire)




Freeport McMoran (Arizona mining jobs)


ASARCO (No need to log in. Scroll to "Search Job Openings",  choose a location.)


Haven of Globe - seeking exceptionl RNs, LPNs & CNAs.



Indeed (for Globe Miami private & public jobs)
Simply Hired (for Globe Miiami Claypool jobs)
snagajob (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
Glassdoor (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
Linkup (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
Neuvoo (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
Jobs.com (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
ZipRecruiter.com (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Gila County Historical Museum will be showcasing a
collection of historic photographs taken from 1900 through
the 1960's.  The photographs highlight Globe/Miami
parades, picnics and celebrations throughout the beginning
of the last century, in an exhibition, called “Parades and
Celebrations”.  There will be an opening night and ribbon
cutting at 5pm on Friday, June 30th, along with their
monthly Hamburger Fry.

The Office of Environmental Engineering will hold free
food handling classes on Thursday July 6th at 1:30 PM at the
Bylas Older Adult Center, and on Wednesday August 9th at
9:00 AM at the Triplet's Conference Room

Gila County Community College is offering a Dental
Assistant training program through the Cobre Valley
Institute of Technology.  The application deadline is July
13th.  For more information, call 928-425-8481.

The Summer Youth Musical Theatre Program celebrates
its 20th year with a production of “Disney's Aladdin Jr.” 
Tickets are on sale now at the Cobre Valley Center for the
Arts on Broad Street.  Performances begin on Friday July
7th and end on Saturday July 15th. For more information,
call 425-0884.

Resident of Southern Gila County, particularly those in the
areas of Russell Gulch, Ice House Canyon and Kellner
Canyon, should prepare the areas near their properties for
Monsoon Season. Because of the Pinal Fire, these areas
may see greater than normal flooding.  Remove any debris
from waterways, culverts and ditches on your property.  For
more information, call the Gila County Emergency
Management office at 928-402-8789.

Learn the essentials of Quickbooks at a two-day seminar on
July 18th and 19th, from 8am to noon.  Classes are offered at
the Gila Community College.  The fee is $149 per person. 
For more information, call 928-428-8590.

This is your last chance to enroll in the welding program at
the Cobre Valley Institute of Technology. Students
graduating are work ready.  Free tuition, free books and
supplies.  Applications are available at local high schools,
the Community College and at the CVIT office, in Globe. 
For more information, call 928-424-1907.

The San Carlos School District will hold early registration
in July.  Come to Rice Elementary on July 17th, San Carlos
Hgh School on July 18th and at the SCUSD Training Room
on July 19th, School starts on Monday, July 31st.

Classes at San Carlos Apache College begin August 7th.  
Pick up an enrollment packet today at the College's
Administration Building.  For more information, call
928-475-2016.

The High Desert Humane Society is having a fund raising
auction at Bullion Plaza on July 29th.  The Humane Society
is now accepting donations for the auction and they can be
dropped off at the Botique/Thrift Store on Broad Street. 
There will also be raffle for a 2003 Yamaha Raptor 660
quad.  Tickets are only $10.

The Farmers Market is still going strong and is open to the
public Saturdays, beginning at 8am within Veteran's
Memorial Park, located in front of Globe City Hall.  Fresh
local vegetables, breads and more can be found at the
Farmer's Market, every Saturday morning.

The Miami Library Summer Reading Program, “Build A
Better World” has begun, with story/playtime for toddlers
and preschoolers every Thursday from 11 to noon. 
Children's Movie Time is on Friday's at 3:00 PM.  All ages
welcome. 

It is time to register for the Pinal/Gila Head Start Program. 
Head Start is a free preschool for children ages 3 and 4.  It
provides age appropriate learning activities and social
guidance.  For more information, call 425-9610. 

United Fund of Globe Miami is now accepting applications
for 2018 calendar year funding.  The application deadline is
August 1st.  Applicants must be a currently registered charity
operating in the Globe Miami area.  For more information,

Bring your gently used or new shoes to the Gila County
Public Health Department or the Courthouse and donate to
a great cause.  The shoes collected will be distributed to
organizations that assist people in getting back to work,
putting shoes on the homeless and helping those in need.
Have questions?  Call Chuck Turney at 402-8811 for more
information.

Age-related macular degeneration, AMD, is the leading
cause of blindness in people over 65, but some forms can be
slowed or stopped, and in some cases reversed, if found in
time.  Call the Foundation Fighting Blindness today at
800-BLINDNESS (800-254-6363) or go to
FightBlindness.org for free information.

The Globe Police Department urges local business owners
and residents to take caution when receiving utility related
phone calls. Scammers are back at it, again.  If you get a
call and are threatened with having your utilities shut off
because of non payment, don't do anything except end the
call and call your utility representative.  Scammers will say
whatever they can to get your financial information.  Don't
give them anything, especially gift cards.
The Warm Line, a free, confidential, non-emergency
behavioral health phone line is available for anyone who
needs to talk.  Callers can discuss their life's challenges,
whether it's grief or someone in the family experiencing
mental health or substance abuse disorders.  Call the Warm
Line now for more information, 877-770-9912.

The Globe/Miami Chamber of Commerce is running low on
giveaways for the Welcome Baskets they give to new
residents.  The Chamber invites you to help your business
become popular with new residents with things like
notepads, pencils, magnets.  It's a great way to give a
friendly hello to those who are new to our area. Call
425-4495 for more information.

Looking for an alternative internet provider.  Can't take the
slow dsl speed, cable's inconsistency, or the horrible latency
from satellites?  Try Triplet Mountain Communications,
Inc's new wireless service.   It comes with unlimited,
uncapped data usage, and real speed plans to fit any user,
residential or business.  Call 928-475-8624 for more info and
availability.

The High Desert Humane Society now has a furniture store
and they invite you to come and visit.  Now at 393 N Broad
Street, the store is stocked with furniture, pictures and lamps.
Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4
PM.

The Miami Senior Center offer lunch Monday through
Friday.  The suggested donation is $2.  The Center is located
at 506 Live Oak Street in Miami. The menu changes every
day, so come on in and have a seat. The phone number is
473-4190.  If you need a ride, call 473-8222.

Need a ride to Walmart, Fry’s, the hospital, or to the
courthouse?  Cobre Valley Community Transit can get you
there, and most everywhere else in town all day. Disabled an
in need of special transportation?  CVCT can come right to
your door, for only a dollar!  Senior and student discounts
too. Call 473-8222.  Get up and Go with Cobre Valley
Transit.  473-8222.

Overeaters Anonymous, a 12 step program meets every
Tuesday at noon, and Wednesday at 6 PM at St. John's
Episcopal Church in Globe.
PINAL FIRE COMMUNITY MEETING
Tuesday June 20, 2017

The Forest Service has repeatedly defended their stoking of
the Pinal Fire, saying that the area hasn't had a burn in 65
years and the fire was needed to clear out overgrowth. The
down side of that plan however, is that if the monsoons hit
with any force as they do most years, flooding is an
inevitable consequence of the denuded forest.  Last night, a
meeting was held at High Desert Middle School to help the
public prepare for what is probably coming. 

Barry Johnson, a Globe resident who is the Type 3 Incident
Battalion Chief for the Pinal Fire announced that it continues
to burn, in small, separated areas.  All the fire lines are being
held and the remaining fires are well within the interior of
the perimeter.  The closure order has been lifted and roads
are now open.  Johnson says he expects that overnight
camping will be allowed again by October 1st. 

Tom Beddow from the Forest Service's B.A.E.R, Burned
Area Emergency Response, team said the team's assessment
of the burn is almost complete and they are currently
working on identifying recommended post-fire treatments
and determining predicted water movement.

The culverts are being cleaned, and debris is being removed
from drainage areas.  Aerial mulching of 1200 acres using
hay dumped by helicopter will soon begin.  Contractors will
begin bidding on work early next week, with work beginning
by week's end. 

Ken Waters from the National Weather Service announced
that the NWS will be the agency issuing flash flood
warnings, if any occur.  He also is hopeful of providing early
warnings for microbursts and heavy rains.  

Emergency Management's Carl Melford added that
residents who haven't done so already, should sign up with
Everbridge at ReadyGila.com to have warnings sent directly
to their phones or computers.  Melford also announced that
sandbags are available to the public.  Residents can pick up
sandbags and information sheets in Central Heights at 5515
Apache Avenue.

Michael O'Driscoll, Gila County Emergency Management
head, moderated the meeting. He urged resident to clean up
their own properties now removing brush and debris from
any drainage areas.  Globe Public Works Director Jerry
Barnes added that the City is already at work clearing debris
from Pinal Creek and Russell Gulch.

David Deyman from the USDA's Natural Resources
Conservation Service discussed the Emergency Watershed
Protection Program and handed out flyers on it. The program
secures money from the federal government to assist local
communities in cleaning up private property.  Gila County
submitted a grant proposal Monday and is awaiting approval.

Assistant County Manager Jacque Sanders said the NRCS
grant funds are only available for a ten day period, and that
Gila County or Globe can only clear a property if
homeowners have filled out a form allowing access to their
land.  Forms were available at the meeting.  Sanders said that
in addition to the free sandbags, the County has established a
burn pit at the landfill for dumping green waste at no charge. 
Also available from the county are GIS maps and water flow
charts. You'll be able to identify your property and see the
route flood water is most likely to take. 

Linda Gross enquired about the amount of the grant Gila
County expects to receive.  It is $300,000.  She also asked
about estimates of flood severity. Johnson assured her that
agencies were trying to stay ahead of the game, but that there
was no way to know how much water to expect from a burn
area of 7,196 acres.

Another resident asked about fences that have been built in
drainage areas.  It was suggested that such fences be cut
down and pushed aside before it starts to rain. If not, when
the water comes, the fences will be knocked down and might
cause blockages. 

Sanders addressed the possibility that flooding might put the
bridge on Icehouse Canyon at risk.  She said they have lots
of equipment and will try to remove debris from the area
before it can damage the bridge.

Insurance agents were on hand to answer flood insurance
questions privately, but no specifics were discussed during
the meeting.  Flood insurance is not part of a homeowner or
renter's policy.  It can be purchased through an insurance
agent, but it is written by the federal government, which
fixes the policy price.  Anyone who wants flood insurance
can buy it. How much it will cost depends on whether the
property is located in a flood zone.  

After the meeting, KQSS asked Johnson about the results of
Agent Orange testing.  The most severe burning occurred of
the Pinal Fire in the area sprayed with Agent Orange in
1969.  Johnson said teams began to collect samples but ran
into difficulties due to the intensity of the fire there.  They
stopped, and contacted labs to find out how much testing
would cost.  When they discovered it would run as much as
$100,000, they decided not to test.   It's a certainty that
Agent Orange would not be on the surface of foliage or
floating in water, this many years later. However buried in
soil or silt, studies of the dioxins associated with Agent
Orange show that the chemical could easily survive over half
a century. 

As to what might happen when such dioxins were disturbed
by a fire, Globe Miami residents will never know, at least
not officially. And many locals who bitterly remember being
told there was nothing to it when people began to get sick
after the 1969 spraying, find no solace in being once again
told that past studies in 1971 and 1998 determined no issue.
Those results strain credibility in light of Dow Chemical
being forced to pay millions of dollars in compensation to
affected residents.

LOCAL NEWS

Find out what's happening locally, weedays everh half hour
from  6 to 9 AM and 3:30 to 5 PM. 

Catch the local obituaries at 6 AM, 8 AM & 4 PM
Hear the police logs at 6:30 AM, 7:30 AM, 8:30 AM & 5 PM

If it's important to Globe Miami, you'll hear about it on
Gila's Kiss, KQSS 101.9
REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY
OF GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Tuesday June 6, 2017   6:00 PM
City Council Chambers - Sullivan Street

There's an undeclared state of emergency in the City of
Globe it was revealed at last night's Regular Meting of the
Globe Mayor and Council.  Chief Engineer Jerry Barnes
voiced concern over the prospect of massive flooding due to
the loss of foliage from the Pinal Fire.  Barnes and County
Emergency Management head Michael O'Driscoll are
expecting the worst flooding in over half a century. And
they're expecting it soon.  Monsoons, they think, will be here
by July 4th.

O'Driscoll is holding an Emergency Preparedness meeting at
the County Public Works facility on Monday. He'll have
flow models from the Forest Service that will predict the
path the water will take.  Barnes sees the need for a state of
emergency declaration, but O'Driscoll has asked Globe not
to declare one. He wants Globe Mayor Al Gameros to turn
it over to the County, which would be responsible for the
timing of the declaration.  The reason for declaring a state of
emergency is to alleviate Globe from financial responsibility.
The county, state and federal government would absorb the
costs.  O' Driscoll expects federal funds for the City and
homeowners in the burn area for flood control management.

A public service announcement asking for help in cleaning
out the flood channels below the Pinals has gone out. 
During Call to the Public, Tom Morgan, who manages large
scale operation teams to clear out washes and canyons,
stressed that it must be done immediately. 

O'Driscoll said an evacuation plan has been established for
the communities below the Pinals, covering about 300
homes in Kellner and Ice House Canyons.  Barnes discussed
plans for flood control and said he's met with administrators
at the Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center to discuss
evacuation plans for the hospital, which is situated in a low
lying area.

A presentation was given by Tom Beddow, the BAER Team
Supervisor for the Tonto National Forest.  He announced that
their planning for assessment and implementation should be
complete by the end of the week, and they expect to get
started next week on lessening the impact of the burn area on
the community and forest.  The fire is now essentially out.
Beddow categorized it as a moderate blaze.

A tentative budget was passed for Fiscal Year 2017-18.  The
total amount is $21,590,448, which is still several hundred
thousand dollars above predicted revenue. Work continues
on how to reach break-even.

The Council passed the employee health plan renewal.  The
City will absorb the increase in premiums without passing
the expense on to workers.

Mayor Gameros announced that Besh Ba Gowah is receiving
a $70,000 grant from Freeport McMoRan. The cultural site
will also be getting a tourism kiosk in the next few weeks. 
The kiosks contain an attraction map done by KQSS' Jon
Cornell.  Another one will be placed soon near Judy's
Cookhouse.

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY OF GLOBE
MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Thursday June 22, 2017  5:30 PM

A Declaration of a State of Emergency for the City of Globe
due to post-Pinal fire flood potential was declared at
yesterday afternoon's Special Meeting of the Mayor and
Council.  The Mayor, Al Gameros, along with
Councilmembers Freddy Rios and Roberta Lee Johnson
were not there, nor was much of anybody else. 

An IGA with Gila County regarding the Natural Resources
Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection
Grant was unanimously approved.

The total amount of the grant, for which an application was
filed on Monday, is $300,000. Globe will receive 20 to 25%
of it.  The affected area is 22 miles, five miles of which are
within Globe City limits.

The grant is specific in its usage:  Funds can only go to
pre-flood clean up of dead debris and live plants under 8
inches in diameter which could impede waterflow.  But once
it starts to rain, money will not be paid. And all funds must
be used within a ten-day window.

Cleanup will be done on public and private land, both
commercial and residential, but private owners must sign a
letter of consent, or clean up crews will not be able to enter
their properties.

For that reason, the city is going door to door to pass out
consent forms to affected owners.  106 properties within the
city limit are involved, and about 50% of the owners of them
have already given their consent. 

Globe will be receiving a shipment of barricades donated by
Coconino County and delivered by ADOT. 

The hospital, which is situated on low-lying land has secured
cement barricades and is putting them in place.

A letter of explanation, and the declaration itself can be
found here.
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE GILA COUNTY
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Thursday June 22, 2017  -  10:00 AM

It was a one issue agenda at yesterday morning's Special
Meeting of the Gila County Board of Supervisors.  County
Attorney Jeff Dalton asked for approval of his response to a
request from Arizona's Auditor General.  Because there was
a tight deadline for a reply, the meeting was called.

Exactly what is going on is hard for KQSS to determine. Our
best guess is that, in its auditing process, the state is asking
the county for information on lawsuits filed or threatened to
be filed against Gila County. Here's the exact wording of the
lone agenda item:

Information/Discussion/Action to authorize the release of
the assessment of pending or threatened litigation, claims
and assessments against Gila County at June 30, 2014, and
for all subsequent fiscal year audits by the Gila County
Attorney to the auditing firm.

Dalton told the Board that with their approval there were
four items he would provide in response to the request.  
There was a suit brought by Strawberry Ridge, and one
brought by Carson Construction, both of which have settled. 
There is a pending suit from Center Ridge Apartments, as
well as several pending solar device cases.

As for future actions, Dalton said it would be impossible to
predict the outcome of lawsuits, which have yet to be filed
and of which he is unaware.

Supervisors Tommie Martin and Woody Cline attended by
phone. Tim Humphrey was present. All three green lighted
Dalton's response.