STORY BY PATTI DALEY. PHOTOS BY TANNER YEAGER
ON THE T ROAD WITH YEAGER
anner Yeager, a professional photographer and videographer, tours with country music stars and shoots the action at BMX races. The most unique photo session, however, took place at the Resolution Mine in Superior in 2019. Once a “grunt” worker for the mines, Tanner was accompanied by top executives as they descended 4800 feet underground to take progress photos for shareholders. “Just going into the earth,” Tanner says. “15 minutes in an elevator. Watching the earth go by all that time.” Today Tanner is busy learning the many roles within his creative field, with the ultimate goal of being a director of documentaries. A highlight of the last six months was getting a manager. “It’s a dream come true,” says Tanner. “Someone who believes in me and takes me to the next level.”
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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” -H.S.T” Instagram post
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Home & Building Tour and Antique Show
Tanner Yeager grew up in Globe working on ranches and racing dirt bikes. His father worked for Globe PD and Tanner aspired to be a first responder. A self-described hyper kid, Tanner wanted to take photography in high school, but couldn’t get a referral into the program. “This kid won’t go anywhere,” one of his teachers wrote. Since then, Tanner has traveled to 46 states in the union photographing rodeos, motorbike races, country music stars and desert landscapes. Denied access to the photography program at GHS, Tanner worked on the high school newspaper and took a media class
After the Fire – Restoring the Trails U.S. Forest Service Trail Development in 2022 BY THEA WILSHIRE
The fun-filled weekend will highlight the town’s fascinating history and one-of-a-kind charm. Over the weekend of January 29-30, 2022, the Superior Chamber of Commerce will present its 14th Annual Home and Building Tour, as well as a free antique show to be held at the recently restored Magma Club. A popular event among locals and visitors alike, the Home and Building Tour will showcase Superior’s unique, historic architecture. HOME TOUR, Continued on page 15
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The Tonto National Forest is a mecca for outdoor recreation, famous for its stunning natural beauty, amazing places to explore and play, and great wildlife viewing. However, for local people who love to get outdoors, 2021 was a tough year: the Telegraph Fire resulted in the closure of all of Pinal Mountain for at least a year. Sheryl Cormack, Recreation Management Specialist with the Globe Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest, explained why it will be closed so long. “We don’t have any non motorized trails open because the post-fire flooding did a number on them. The roadbed and trail tread is gone in some sections. There’s also a safety concern that if we open up the trails, then people may not be able to find the routes, and there could be a concern for trees falling and killing people.”
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A Note from the Publisher
This January, with 2021 in the rearview mirror, we’re looking forward to more celebrations and challenges. Our kind of challenges! To kick off the year, we’ve signed on to the 52 Hike Challenge sponsored by REI, and invite you to join us (p. 5). The program is intended to get you outside, with a hiking buddy, once a week. Any hike counts, whether it’s a one-mile walk around the neighborhood or a ten-mile hike in the Superstition Mountains. And you can repeat a favorite one as many times as you like. There are local Facebook chapters, but we just ask you to tag your hike with #HikewiththeTimes52 and #52HikeChallenge, so we can celebrate your adventures. The 52 Hike Challenge offers suggestions for over two dozen hikes, from easy to difficult, and next month we’ll feature several “urban” hikes you can explore in the neighborhood. Let’s do this! Speaking of hiking, the Pinals got hit hard by the Telegraph Fire (p. 1), and it will be some time before the trails there are passable again. As you can imagine, trail building is expensive, and the key will be volunteer groups like the Tonto Gravity Riders. We hope you’ll be inspired to volunteer after reading about their work. In the meantime, consider exploring hikes in Superior on the LOST trail or those in the Sierra Anchas or the Superstition Mountains. Or take to the new walking path that just opened near the hospital (p. 19). This month we worked with the Superior Chamber to develop a walking map for their downtown area (p. 14), and we feature their upcoming Home & Building Tour on January 29th and 30th. News recently came out that Superior has purchased the old Superior High School, with plans to turn it into a multi-generational community center. The school will be on the tour, and we look forward to seeing the town’s re-imagined plans for this building. We hope to see you in Superior this month. Closer to home, we can all celebrate the Community Pool Complex project, which gets underway this month with the demolition of the old and the start of building out a new facility, scheduled to open in July. The project has grown from just fixing the problems that closed the pool back in 2014, to creating a pool complex incorporating many of the amenities usually identified with an aquatic center. Features such as a zero-entry, a heater to allow an extended season, lap lanes, open swim, and splash pad are just some of the amenities the new pool complex will offer. As a swimmer and community member, I applaud the City’s efforts and commitment in shepherding this project to this high point. Money from the American Recovery Act and grant funding were made available to the City as a municipality (advantages the proposed regional Aquatic Center didn’t have), which put the project squarely in the doable category. This encouraged additional investment from community partners (p. 7). Most recently, the hospital, which had supported the idea of an Aquatic Center, saw in the Community Pool Complex and its community partnerships an opportunity to sign on and make this project even better, achieve their own objectives – and enable the Pool Complex to be completed in time to open this summer. Let’s get ready to make a splash!
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A Hundred Words for Love
I couldn’t think of a better expression of this piece than Tara Ijai with her Loveglass Revolution, who I met in 2018 and continue to follow. As she says, “We choose to SEE the world with our LOVE GLASSES, viewing the world on our terms, repelling the negativity around us and increasing random acts of kindness and understanding that those small acts make a large impact. We view life as a gift and we live each day with gratitude and tolerance” Check her out on FACEBOOK. – Linda Gross
BY PATRICIA SANDERS
t’s said the Eskimos have dozens of words for snow. If you Google it, you find out it’s true. They have a word for snow that’s falling – qanik – and a different word for snow that’s on the ground – aputi. They have different words for snow that’s put to different uses, and different words for snow that falls in different ways. It turns out other languages also have lots of words for snow. Swedish has 25, including kramsnö, which means “snow that can easily be made into snowballs.” Icelandic has 46, including a specific word for slushy snow mixed with water, like what you might find in a puddle at a street corner. The word for it is krap, which is exactly what you might say when you accidentally step into it. Sami, the language of a tribe that lives in the far north of Europe, has 180 different words for snow – such as cahki – a hard snowball like only mean people make in snowball fights. Scots, the language of Scotland, wins the prize with a grand total of 421 different words related to snow. They have a word for melting snow – glush – and one just for snow that’s swirling around a corner: feefle. Experts say northern peoples have so many words for snow because weather is so important to them. Snow profoundly affects their lives and livelihoods, so they need to be able to communicate about it precisely. I can only think of a few words for snow in English:
flurry, blizzard, white-out, slush, powder, and the word snow itself. There are probably more, but I can’t think of them because snow just isn’t that important in my life. (If you can, I bet you lived in the North in the past, or you’re a skier or snowboarder or something like that.) But this is actually an essay about Valentine’s Day, not snow. I got to thinking about words for snow because I was thinking about those little candies with words on them, and the different words we have for love. But I couldn’t think of very many. It can be so hard to talk about love and say exactly what you mean. I think that’s because we just don’t have enough words for it. I looked love up in the thesaurus, and a bunch of words came up. But most of them are things that are like love, not different kinds of love. They’re not quite love, like fondness or warmth. Or they’re aspects of love, like devotion, tenderness, attachment, and intimacy. The word passion comes up, but that’s usually used about a career or a subject, not a person. The best I found were care and adore. (Then there’s lust, but I’m not sure that counts.) It’s work to come up with alternatives. No wonder we seem to need Hallmark cards to help us say what we want to say. We have more words for snow than we do for love. The ancient Greeks had nine. Love between family members was called storge, and love and affection between friends was philia. Love for yourself was philautia – which referred to self-esteem and confidence, not egotism. They had three different words for love within a couple: if the love endured over a long time, because it was based on commitment or duty, it was called pragma. If the love was romantic and sexual, it was eros – the root for our word erotic. And if it was playful, like you might feel when you’re flirting, it was called ludus. They had a separate word for unconditional, selfless love: agape. And the last one was for obsession – what we would call toxic love or codependence. They called it mania. The fact that we have just one single word for love, or three at the most, to cover all these different kinds, is one reason it’s so hard to talk about love. I think it’s why we have so many miscommunications. “I love you” can mean totally different things – from “I deeply value our friendship” to “I want to go to bed with you” to “I’m psychotically obsessed by you.” The ancient Greeks could flirt with each other and they knew it was just ludus, playful love. So they wouldn’t be likely to confuse it with pragma – lasting love – or agape – selfless love – or even necessarily eros. Things were clearer then, at least when it came to love. I’m sure, just like now, the ancient Greeks weren’t
“Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers.” –Kahlil Gibran always honest about their feelings – but at least it must have been easier to be, when they wanted to. They had the words to say what they meant. They didn’t use the same word for how they felt about hot wings and about their best friend, or their spouse. I think it’s a bit of a sad commentary on our culture, that we only have one word for love (or maybe three). It suggests love isn’t a very important aspect of our lives. That we don’t think about it very much. Maybe snow and love don’t have a lot in common, other than having four letters. One happens out in the world and the other happens inside your heart and soul. One’s cold and the other’s warm. One’s temporary and the other, at best, lasts a lifetime. If you hold snow close to your heart, it melts; if you hold love close to your heart, it’s your heart that melts. But both snow and love are beautiful and magical, they transform the world and make everything pure and clean again – or at least look that way. Someday I hope we’ll be like the Sami and the Scots, and have a hundred words for love.
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MAYOR’S MONTHLY REPORT AL GAMEROS CITY OF GLOBE COVID UPDATE Positive cases in Arizona and Gila County continue to rise with the Omicron variance spreading rapidly. Unfortunately, so do the number of hospitalizations that continue to create challenges to our health systems across the state. Arizona recorded 116,765 new cases for December for an average of 3,767 per day. Gila County recorded 1,113 new cases for an average of 36 per day. The Globe-Miami, Claypool, and San Carlos community recorded 483 new cases for an average of 16 per day. It is recommended to continue to be cautious in large gatherings as we work through the anticipated spike in cases after the holidays. We all need to work together to bring the numbers down so we are able to manage this virus before it has the opportunity to mutate into another variance. Gila County Health, Emergency, and Prevention Department continues to recommend getting vaccinated for COVID or get your booster if you are more than six months from initial vaccine. To schedule a vaccine or booster, call the Gila County Vaccine Hotline at 928-910-4009. To schedule a booster shot at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, call 928-402-2888. The City of Globe Covid team is currently reviewing the updated Covid recommendations by the CDC for isolation and quarantine in order to update requirements for the safety of our employees. A reminder that the public is required to wear masks when entering city facilities and City Council meetings are still at 50% capacity with masks required.
PROCUREMENT CONSULTANT SERVICES On December 7th, Council approved a contract with Sunny Path Associates, to provide Procurement Consulting Services to the City of Globe for an amount not to exceed $50,000.00. This contract will add resources to the City’s finance department to handle the increased demand of projected projects for 2022. Compliance with the code and the law for procurement is the key to moving projects efficiently along.
PUBLIC HEARING On December 7th, a public hearing was held to consider Ordinance 876. This ordinance amends the Globe zoning map from the C-2 Intermediate Commercial and the Transitional Residential zoning districts to the M-1 Light Industrial District for the land located on east Highway 70 near the reservation line. The acreage is located north of Highway 70 and south of the railroad tracks. The recommendation from the Planning and Zoning commission was to approve. Upon closing the public hearing, discussion was held by council and voted on passing unanimously.
COMMUNITY CENTER POOL UPDATE On December 14th, a Special Council meeting was held to announce an additional partner to the rehabilitation project of the Community Center Pool. The hospital board from the Cobre Valley Regional
Medical Center announced that they would like to bring an additional 1.5 million dollars above the already committed 2.3 million from the original plans. The additional funds do not change the original contract and renderings, but does require a modification to the completion date. The original contract that the city signed is for a splash pad, a zero-entry capability, a movable bulk head for competition swimming, heated pool, new electrical and plumbing upgrades. The hospital funds will add additional amenities to the project including an upgraded entrance area, showers, bathrooms, splash pad, and recreation space to the park side. The City of Globe would like to again thank the following organizations for their funding commitment to help meet the original commitment of 2.3 million dollars making the pool project a reality in 2022. Freeport McMoran Community Investment Fund Grant: $250,000 BHP Copper: $250,000 Capstone Pinto Valley: $100,000 City of Globe ARPA Funds: $500,000 City of Globe Administration Contingency: $30,000 City of Globe ARPA Contingency: $180,000 United Fund of Globe Miami: $200,000 Arizona Complete Health Grant: $50,000 The timeline for the project is as follows: October 20-January 4: Set up and design phase of pool and splash pad January 3-April 15: Manufacturing and installation of the following components - pool heater, splash pad components, gutter system, membrane liner, sand filter, bulkhead, starting blocks, lane ropes, reels, backstroke flags, and other accessories. July 14th: Anticipated completion date of phase 1 of the project and pool ready for operations
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR COMMITTEES The City of Globe is seeking applicants to become members of the Planning and Zoning Advisory Committee. This is a voluntary position appointed by the City Council that serve as an Advisory Sub-Committee. This committee reviews zoning issues and variance requests from the public as they arise and then make a recommendation for the Council to approve. The committee works closely with our Zoning Administrator for guidance and understanding of the issues brought before them. Only requirements are that they are eighteen years of age and have to live within the city limits of Globe. Applications can be picked up at city hall by contacting our City Clerk, Shelly Salazar at 928-4257146, extension 206.
FIRST FRIDAY EVENTS AND DOWNTOWN CRUISE The “First Friday” events continue to grow each month with more participation from downtown businesses, vendors, and cruisers. Everyone is invited to participate in the downtown cruise. We invite all the community to come downtown and support the participating businesses, enjoy live music, food trucks, vendors, and watch the vehicles cruising.
January 24 – Globe City Council Meeting (6pm) February 4 – F irst Fridays Downtown Globe Cruise Night
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How would you like to go on a year long journey that will change your life in a positive way? From bonding with friends/ family, creating new friends, building confidence, increasing physical fitness, relieving stress, anxiety or depression - these are all things finishers have told us the 52 Hike Challenge gave them! Check out the @52HikeChallenge if you’d like to enjoy the benefits derived from getting outdoors more. The goal is simple, sign up and commit to a hike a week. That’s it! Best of all it’s Free to join. Sign up and learn more at www.52HikeChallenge.com. And track the local hikes done by ourselves and friends of GMT’s facebook page this year where we will share our experiences. See you on the trail!
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Tonto Basin Fire District would like to thank all those who donated and contributed to our project for the construction of our new station. We are so happy, grateful, and appreciative of this long time needed new building. It would not have been possible without all your support and generosity on this huge endeavor. We were wanting to show our gratitude to all at our open house. Due to COVID we don’t feel it is safe to do so for all the public. Our Fire Board and Chief decided that we would show our thanks and gratitude to all who contributed through the local newspapers in our county, as well as acknowledgement banners to be hung at our new station. Pete & Christyne Randall Robert, George, & Fred Randall Family Junior & Deb Morris Curt & Margaret Rambo Payson Concrete Gila Redi-Mix Willy Brown (Brown Excavating) Clifford Johnson Gila County Planning & Zoning Tonto Basin Concrete Duke Arrington Martin Kumpe
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Chamber Holiday Mixer hosted by the Center for the Arts December 16
Chamber Director Tiana Holder and Rudy Amador
Christie Cothurn, Chamber Board President, with Board Member Erica Salinas and guests Vice Palmer and Lorda Yostrum
Nicole Gregory with Ana Nicole and Wyatt Gregory.
Adam Palmer with Elizabeth Eaton, Photographer and Center Manager Wil Bowen.
Jerry and Marcia Barnes, Rick Powers and County Manager James Menlove joined others in attending the retirement party.
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Steve Stratton Retirement Party hosted by Waggin Tail Winery December 16
Bobby Hollis, Hollis Cinemas with Mayor Gameros and wife Irene.
Gila County Supervisors Woody Cline and Tim Humphrey with Jodi Jackson
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In December, the hospital announced its support of the Community Pool Complex. The additional funds added amenities and allowed Council to reduce the need for phasing the project and instead open in July with a completed complex. L-to-R: Preston Pollock, Neal Jensen, Mayor Al Gameros, Linda Oddonetto with Globe City Council: Mariano Gonzalez, Fernando Shipley, Freddie Rios, Jesse Leetham and Mike Pastor. Not shown Mike Stapleton.
Strong Partnerships allow City to move forward with Community Pool Complex BY LINDA GROSS
his July, the Community Center Pool Complex will open once again to the public – and you won’t believe your eyes. The pool complex, which has doubled in size, will feature two slides for the ‘big kids’, one slide for the’littles’, new bathrooms, outdoor seating options, grassy areas for play, decorative safety fencing, shade awnings, and a large splash pad. And the pool itself will now offer a zero-entry, lap lanes, and an open swim area – plus a moveable bulkhead for competitive swimming. And it will be heated, extending the swim season to six months or more. “As long as there are people who come to swim,” says City Manager Paul Jepson, “I will keep the pool open.” What began as an effort to reopen the pool by fixing the problems that had caused it to close in 2014, evolved into a dynamic vision for a community pool complex shared by city leaders and community partners.
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“This has been personal to me,” says Mike Stapleton, who was elected to City Council in 2014, the same year the pool was shut down. At the time, the closure was a matter of public safety, due to the condition of the pumps and the amount of leakage. The pool sat empty for several years before Freeport McMoRan, in 2019, co-sponsored with the City an engineering study that showed the pool could be repaired by installing a new liner and pumps. The cost estimate came in at $850,000. The City was ready to move on the project in the 2020 budget, and then COVID hit. All city projects hit a hard pause at that time, according to Linda Oddonetto, Globe’s Director of Economic & Community Development, as the City prepared to deal with the loss of tax revenue and uncertainty about how the pandemic would play out. At the same time, efforts had been underway for years to raise funding for an Aquatic Center, but the price tag of $6 million continued to grow, and despite an enormous effort by the Aquatic Center’s board to find the funding sources and
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land necessary, the prospect seemed years off. This left the community with just two pools: the Hostetler Pool in Miami, with future operations uncertain, and the smaller members pool run by the Cobre Valley Recreation Center. Getting Globe’s community pool operational again was still on everyone’s mind. And it remained a priority of the City as part of Council’s overall commitment to parks, recreation and a greater quality of life for residents. . A year later, in 2021, the City was ready to move forward again, thanks to a big assist from funds received as part of the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA). Project costs had risen to $1.2 million due to the increase in building materials and labor. The City also recognized that simply fixing the community pool was not sufficient if they were to address current needs: a facility conducive for competitive swimming, a zero-entry, and heating so that the pool could be opened for a longer season.
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Miami High School Responds to COVID Pandemic with Flexibility and Communication
BY DAVID ABBOTT
For Miami High School (MHS) Principal Glen Lineberry – and everyone else on the planet – the past two years have been tough, but the school has rolled with the punches as the COVID pandemic sweeps through classroom and community alike. Whether classes have been fully online, hybrid, or face-to-face, the key to surviving the pandemic and keeping Lineberry’s students and their parents engaged has been communication. “For the most part, we have done an effective job of communicating what we’re doing with our students and families,” Lineberry says. “So when we’ve said, ‘Oh, we’re going to switch to hybrid now,’ or ‘We’re going back to full in-person,’ or ‘The numbers are up and we need to go back to virtual for a while,’ it made sense.” The roller coaster ride for the school began in spring of 2020 in the final quarter of the 2019-2020 school year, when the Miami Unified School District (MUSD) went to a virtual classroom model during the initial pandemic shutdown. Lineberry says it was “barely virtual,” as student laptops for distance learning were not available until July. But they made it through, and there was even a socially distanced graduation ceremony in 2020. The 2020-2021 school year started off remote, but in September 2020 classes shifted to a hybrid model with strict guidelines, including mask requirements and social distancing, for in-person classes. The school district even had to amend its dress code to allow students to wear masks. From that time through the end of the school year, classes fluctuated between virtual and hybrid, finally going full-scale in-person in spring of 2021. “After Thanksgiving , we reverted back to virtual because of increased exposure to the virus over the holidays,” Lineberry says. “When we came back after the holidays, we went virtual to the end of January, and then switched back
to hybrid. We were reacting to numbers and [Arizona Department of Education] recommendations.” The current school year started out entirely in-person, although given the spikes in COVID infections throughout the state as of the first week of January, Lineberry says he wouldn’t be surprised to see the school reverting to some form of online learning at some point. “I think we all expected that we’d have to fall back to hybrid or even virtual at some point in the fall,” he says. “We may yet, because we’re seeing spikes that are higher than the original outbreak.” Along with the resumption of live classes came the return of sports and extracurricular activities. The Vandals footballers maintained control of the coveted Copper Kettle—the prize for beating longtime rival Globe Tigers—for the fourth consecutive year. Between outbreaks at various schools, positive COVID tests, and last-minute event cancellations, student athletes and those involved in extracurricular activities have had to remain vigilant. “We’ve fielded all the fall and winter sports teams, but there has been some impact,” Lineberry says. “We canceled a couple of times when a program didn’t seem well put together and safety protocols didn’t really seem to be in place. Those decisions have been driven largely by teachers and students taking a look at what’s in front of them and making a decision. “Beyond that, everybody just has to understand that you may come to school expecting to hop on a bus at one o’clock to go play basketball someplace, and that trip may not happen.” Getting back to classrooms and sports arenas was an important aspect of the school district’s motivation. Many students come from households that may not give them as much structure as school provides during an important time in their development. “High school isn’t just essays and
geometry proofs and lab experiments, it’s a lot of things,” Lineberry says. “So we’re trying to provide as many of those things as we can: school dances matter, as do assemblies and pep rallies. Offering stability to kids who might not have a stable home situation is important, especially in Miami, where a lot of kids have a lot of challenges.” The social aspect also offers a historical connection to the community, since MHS is a 100-plus-year-old school, and many students are fourth- or fifth-generation Vandals. “It plugs them into their family experience and the community experience in ways that it might not at a big urban or suburban high school,” Lineberry explains. “When kids marched in the homecoming parade, it’s just like their great-grandparents may have done in ’55.” In 2019, Lineberry began work on an online learning program with the help of a $380,000 grant from the Helios Education Foundation. The Arizona Student Opportunity Collaborative (AzSOC) created a virtual classroom allowing students throughout the state to participate in advanced learning programs and gave rural Arizonans access to resources they might not otherwise have. While that program was intended to help ease a crippling, statewide teacher shortage, the timing of its creation was fortuitous given the pandemic. AzSOC was able to help schools that lost teachers over COVID concerns by taking on students affected by the pandemic. But an unintended consequence was to highlight the need for online learning, particularly in remote, rural areas. “The big change was that when we first started up, we had to devote about 20 minutes at the beginning of each conversation with a new school about why we were teaching online,” Lineberry says. “At Miami, we have students taking
courses through the network, but that’s because they may be taking advanced physics or something like that.” Lineberry explains that part of AzSOC’s purpose is to offer courses so a student who wants to go to ASU’s engineering school, for example, “has a shot at being on the same playing field as some kid coming out of a really top-notch program.” The pandemic has only exacerbated the teacher shortage, and Lineberry says it’s hitting hardest when he needs to find substitute teachers. “It’s been magnified by our inability to get subs,” Lineberry says. “If I call and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got this classroom and the teacher’s out because of a positive COVID test, which means somebody in the class probably had it, but I’ll pay you 100 bucks to come and spend the day,’ it’s not much of a draw.” The district is doing what it can to protect its students and teachers with a flexible approach to teaching, mask requirements, vaccine clinics, and free rapid testing. Despite everything that’s going right at MHS, the specter of COVID looms over everything, and everyone from students to parents to teachers to administrators is feeling the pressure. “We realized this fall that we were spending an awful lot of time talking about COVID. It’s right there behind you all the time,” Lineberry says. “But we also realized that we needed to not do that. I think we all thought this year it was going to be different, and it hasn’t been, and that’s hard on people. It’s wearing on everybody.” Lineberry credits amazing teachers, good kids, and patience from the community he serves for surviving the pandemic relatively unscathed at this point. “We’re working really hard at not letting it govern us,” he concluded. “There’s a real cost to kids when they lose their chance to go to school, a cost that we’re only beginning, I think, to quantify.”
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MIAMI HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL
Freshman Demetria Dosela brings the ball down the court against Cibecue. She had a team high 15 points in the 53-27 win.
Freshman Savannah Pietila was tough on defense for the Lady Vandals. She had 5 steals to go with her 14 points.
Senior Taylor Stevens brings the ball down the court against some tough defense. Stevens leads the Lady Vandals with 4.1 assists per game through the first 13 games of the season.
SAN CARLOS HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY WRESTLING
Senior Elmer Sign Jr. makes a move for his opponent’s leg. He scored some points but was pinned in the second round.
Senior Heaven Bullis battled hard against her Pima High School opponent. Senior Jeremiah Ailak pinned his Valley Union High School opponent in the first round of their match. He also pinned his opponent from Pima High School in the following round in 48 seconds.
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Senior Gabe Gerardo also pins his opponent from Benson High School. Globe beat Benson in the dual meet 46-36.
Senior Devin Monroe pins his opponent from Pima High School in the first round. Globe lost to Pima 23-44. Junior Michael Ferreira pins his opponent from Benson High School.
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process that began in Globe 18 years ago has built up steam in the past few years, and through a combination of loans, grants, and good old-fashioned in-house work, the City of Globe is moving its wastewater system into the 21st century. With a strategy utilizing Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) funds, along with reinvested revenues from the City’s sewer fund, the Globe Department of Public Works has rehabilitated a large portion of the sewer system in the community it serves. WIFA is the state agency that oversees the Clean Water State Revolving Fund that comes from a federal-state partnership to provide financing for the design and construction of water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Funding consists of low-interest loans combined with grants and forgivable financing for approved projects. Globe City Engineer and former Public Works Director Jerry Barnes, who moved over to Globe in 2014 after a long stint in Miami, has seen the aging system from many angles and has worked to keep the water flowing from tap to toilet for a good portion of his career. “Since I’ve been here, starting in 2014, the City has done over $13 million in water infrastructure repair or replacements projects,” Barnes says. The current wave of work on the system goes back to 2004, when Globe received $5 million for a series of upgrades, including waterline replacements for the Jesse Hayes, Ruiz Canyon, and Ice House Canyon areas, as well as work on booster stations and water tank repairs. A decade later, in 2014, Globe received a second WIFA loan for $5.5 million, with $3 million forgivable. That tranche of money went to projects that included more tank repairs as well as replacing equipment such as meters, hydrants, and pressure-reducing valves. The biggest part of that project was to replace the water line along Highway 60 just northwest of downtown. “What was unique about that is that we partnered with ADOT, and that allowed us to run that pipe underneath the road,” Barnes says. “They didn’t throw any money in the pot, but they helped cut through red tape for us.” But because former City Manager Brent Billingsly—who moved on to Florence in 2016—was averse to raising sewer and water rates to a level that would fulfill the terms of the WIFA loans, Barnes had to reevaluate the rate structure and convince City Council to implement rate increases. “The 2004 [WIFA loan] was done before I got to the City,”
Vincent Mariscal, Water/Wastewater Facilities Manager in front of the holding pond. Photo by LCGross he remembers. “But it was still outstanding when I got here in 2014. Probably the first week I was here, [Billingsly] pointed me towards that, and I cleared it up within a week.” In 2012, the City’s director of finance proposed a 35% rate increase for fiscal year 2013-2014, with 3% incremental increases through 2017. There was going to be an additional 20% increase in the 2017-2018 budget, but that rate structure never came to fruition. Instead, past councils adopted rate increases of 13.99% for FYs 2013 and 2014, with a 10.4% increase in 2016-2017 and no increases in FY 2015-2016 or 2017-2018. In May 2018, city staff proposed an annual 2.5% increase for five years in order to “stabilize debt service coverage.” “One of my jobs is to evaluate to make sure we’re keeping that [in compliance], or else we won’t qualify,” Barnes said. “The interest on these loans are extremely low, so it’s to our advantage to keep the rates high enough to qualify because
The wastewater facility. Photo by Vincent Mariscal.
it’s not all forgivable.” The small incremental increase was seen as a way to avoid sticker shock with ratepayers, but instead, Council opted to raise rates by 5% in 2020. That year, Council also applied for a $2 million WIFA loan for several remaining projects, including eliminating septic systems at the Community Center and addressing odor and “potentially dangerous gases” emanating from the Holgate lift station. A portion of that money also went towards a comprehensive study to determine the state of the wastewater system for future repairs. Aside from the acquisition of funding, the City has also relied on a talented group of employees to help cut costs, while maximizing the impact of WIFA money. An ongoing project to rehabilitate the Pinal Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility has seen substantial savings from keeping the work in-house and not contracting with outside vendors – about 20% of the costs, according to Barnes. The construction of a temporary retention pond to hold wastewater until work on the plant was completed was originally estimated to cost about $3.6 million. Thanks to the work of employees, the City saved about $1 million. “The City actually dug the temporary basin, put all the piping in, and managed the whole project,” Barnes says. “We also did all the design work ourselves, and that by itself probably saved us a half-million dollars.” Barnes says the major focus now is on finishing the plant and the final two holding tanks, and completing the Community Center project. Globe is in a good place now, though, and Barnes doesn’t see problems getting funds from WIFA in the future, should the need arise. “WIFA considers us now as the poster child,” he concluded. Barnes credits City Manager Paul Jepson and a stable City Council for the work being done to fix the aging system. Jepson says that capacity-wise, the Globe sewer system is in a good place. It’s running at 50 to 60% capacity, which means there’s plenty of room for growth in the city. “Everybody worries when you get close to capacity,” he says. “When you get up to 85 to 90%, you have to build a new treatment plant.” Future projects include taking the system to the fairgrounds and preparing for a new fire department at the site of a vacant medical center near Ash and Third streets, east of downtown. Funding for those projects will likely come from U.S. Department of Agriculture funds, according to Jepson. u
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HOME TOUR, Continued from page 1 The activity-packed weekend will feature live music, guided hikes, a pancake breakfast, handmade pottery for sale from the Mexican village of Mata Ortiz, and speakers who will bring the former mining town’s history to life. The self-guided Home and Building Tour begins at the Chamber of Commerce office at 165 W. Main Street and will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. With a history dating back to 1875, Superior has undergone an amazing resurgence in recent years that has included efforts to give new life to the town’s older buildings. Tour attendees will be able to explore some of these structures, such as a home built in 1929 with its beautiful architectural details preserved, including the original doors with glass doorknobs. Another highlight is one of the town’s few adobe buildings still standing: the Alvy Building, a two-story structure built in 1930 that housed the Knights of Columbus meetings for many years. It has been renovated into apartments with incredible views. Also appearing on the Home Tour will be the original Superior High School. The Town of Superior is excited to announce that it has purchased the school and plans to repurpose it as the Town’s multi-generational facility. The complex will house Town Hall operations, wellness spaces (dance room, gym and workout facilities), the Senior Center, and the library. The facility also will house the Superior Enterprise Center, a hub for job training and entrepreneurship development. The free antique show will take place inside the Magma Club – a community center that once hosted dinners, dancing, swimming, and boxing matches for Magma Mine workers. The show will feature a selection of quality antiques for sale, as well as live music on the Club’s spacious veranda. In addition to these intriguing buildings, the Tour will feature captivating stories about Superior’s past told by professional historians. Wyatt Earp, an acclaimed performer and relative of the legendary Wyatt Earp, will present a short play called “Life on the Frontier.” Stories of Mattie Earp, the common-law wife of the elder Wyatt - who is buried in Superior - will be shared. A lifelong Superior resident will also share folklore and interesting information about various aspects of the town’s history. For those who would like an even more up-close view of Superior and its past, there will be guided hikes to the old tunnel. Another popular annual feature of the Tour is the selection of exquisite, handcrafted pottery from the village of Mata Ortiz in Mexico. The artists themselves will be displaying their wares – and weather permitting, they will fire pieces in an open flame to demonstrate how the pottery is made. Each year, attendees of the Home and Building Tour enjoy learning about Superior’s fascinating history while observing how the town has been forging a unique new identity. Pre-sale tickets for the Tour are $15 via Eventbrite - look for the event in Arizona titled Superior Home And Building Tour (https://www. eventbrite.com/d/united-states--arizona/superior-home-and-building-tour/). Tickets will also be sold at the door for $18. All ticket holders receive 2-for-1 tickets to the Renaissance Festival and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at (520) 689-0200.
BY THE NUMBERS ✦On January 6, global total reported cases of COVID stood at 298 million, and total official deaths had reached 5,484,574. (1) ✦Total reported cases in the USA reached 58,805,186 and total official deaths exceeded 853,612. (2) ✦Arizona has seen a total of 1,419,562 cases and 24,570 deaths attributed to COVID. Arizona is currently the #2 state in the country for deaths per 1 million population, after Mississippi. (3) ✦Gila County has had 12,378 reported cases and 314 deaths, with 2,857 cases in zip code 85501. (4)
AROUND THE WORLD ✦Countries across Europe were reporting record case numbers in the last half of December and first week of January, due to the Omicron variant wave – leading to beefed-up restrictions in some countries. (5) ✦The World Health Organization reported that Omicron appears to cause less severe illness than the Delta variant, but people still should not consider it “mild.” (6) ✦In response, Italy is making vaccination mandatory for all people aged 50 and over, as well as teachers and healthcare workers. (7) ✦In Brazil, the Carnival in Sao Paolo will be canceled for the second straight year. (8) ✦Travelers all over the world were stranded over the holidays when thousands of flights were cancelled due to staff shortages and weather issues. (9)
✦Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, currently top ranked in the world, was detained at the Australian border because he’s unvaccinated. He had thought he had a medical exemption allowing him to play in the Australian Open, but the Australian Border Force saw things differently, and the player is being sent home. (10)
move, saying it could cause further spread of the coronavirus unless testing is included in the recommendations. (14)
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✦The FDA authorized Pfizer booster shots for children between 12 and 17 years old, but the CDC has yet to sign off on the authorization. (16)
✦Case numbers skyrocketed across the country as a result of the Omicron variant, increasing by 500% or 600% in just two weeks in some places – such as Florida and New York City. Hospitalizations were also increasing as a result, but COVID-related deaths held fairly steady through the first week of January. The Omicron variant currently accounts for 47.9% of infections in the United States. (11) ✦Children are being disproportionately affected by the Omicron surge. As of Jan. 6, a record number of 4,000 children are currently in the hospital with COVID-19 symptoms. (12) ✦More than 5 million Americans are under quarantine due to Omicron, and staffing shortages are affecting many sectors of the economy, resulting in empty shelves and causing the economic recovery to slow down. However, economists, along with everyone else, hope the Omicron wave will be shortlived and not leave a permanent mark on the economy. (13) ✦The CDC came out with new quarantine guidelines, reducing the recommended time from 10 days to 5 days on the basis of current data. This alleviates the strain of quarantines on individuals and businesses, but the American Medical Association criticized the
“The saddest words in the English language are ‘too late’. When you’re in ICU and you haven’t been vaccinated, sadly it’s too late to get vaccinated, so get boosted now.” – U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson
✦Flight cancellations affected the USA along with the rest of the world over the holidays. Nearly 20,000 flights were cancelled in the United States between Christmas Eve and January 6. (15)
✦Across the country, most schools are forging ahead with opening for in-person classes in spite of the Omicron surge. In Chicago, public school teachers defied the city’s in-person learning order, refusing to report to classrooms. (17) ✦The U.S. Post Office is seeking a 120-day waiver from President Biden’s employer vaccine mandate. The Postmaster General said the mandate would result in many employees resigning or having to be disciplined. The mandate is set to take effect January 10. (18) ✦The Grammy awards were postponed due to the Omicron surge, and the Sundance Film Festival, originally intended to be in person, was moved to virtual. (19) ✦People are starting to report coming down with a combination of COVID-19 and the flu at the same time - giving rise to the new term “flurona.” It isn’t clear yet how having both at the same time will affect a person. Both illnesses have similar symptoms, and both can be fatal. (20)
IN ARIZONA ✦By January 5, Omicron had become the “overwhelmingly” dominant variant in Arizona, according to researchers at ASU. More than 90% of samples were found to be Omicron. (21)
GLOBE-MIAMI ✦As of January 3, Gila County public health authorities reported the following town-bytown case numbers: Payson: 135, Globe: 51, Miami: 24, San Carlos: 9, Pine: 8, Tonto Basin: 8, Claypool: 7, Hayden: 3, Winkelman: 3, Peridot: 2, Star Valley: 2, Strawberry: 2, Roosevelt: 1. (22)
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San Carlos Unified School District tentatively plans on reopening schools for in-person daily instruction starting on Monday, February 7th. The reopening will be staggered as follows: • High School – Monday, February 7 • Middle School – Monday, February 14
Over Christmas Break, San Carlos Unified School District was pleased to brighten up the faces of so many children with a special delivery of toys from Santa. By the generosity of Ken & Cara Hall of Kingdom Fellowship, Gods Outreach Ministries of Kentucky, and Cleddie Keith Ministries, Santa’s elves delivered thousand of toys to thankful parents and children!
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What is a bare-root fruit tree and why would I want one? There are many advantages to growing a bare-root tree. When you first learn about bare-root trees, it may be a bit confusing and mysterious. When a bare-root tree arrives without any leaves and no dirt around it, you have to wonder what is going on here. This looks just like a dead tree that was pulled out of the ground. More curious than that is how absolutely ecstatic the nursery you bought this tree from is about this stick you are taking home. You will hear from them squeals of joy - how wonderful this root system is, and what a great scaffolding structure, and what great balance, how pliable, et cetera.
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But wait, really? This is the absolute best way to plant any deciduous fruit or nut tree? Here’s a little background. This bare-root fruit tree was growing in the ground at the growing nursery and then was expertly dug up while in the dormant stage. Bare-root trees are grown in the ground for a few years before being dug up. After being dug up, the dirt around the roots is removed. Bare-root trees are only available from mid-December to early spring, as this is the best time to plant, while the weather is still cool and the plant is still dormant. Planting the tree while it’s still dormant gives it a chance to grow a nice, strong root system before the weather warms up.
But don’t you want a tree in a big pot with some nice dirt in the pot and leaves on the tree and maybe some fruit too? No, you really do not want this if you are growing a deciduous tree - which includes almost any kind of fruit or nut tree. Here are some of the many advantages of bare-root trees over containerized trees. Bare-root trees are 30-40% less expensive and easier to transport. No challenges with having to deal with a heavy pot and fitting it in your car or finding a friend with a large truck. A bareroot tree contains three times as much root as a same-size tree that is sold in a container. After all, the bare-root tree has been growing in the ground and not in a limited space. Also, when you’re choosing varieties, there are many more choices with bare-root options. There’s a much wider selection, including root stock choices for your specific growing environment. And, as I said before, bare-root trees have an advantage over potted trees because they’re planted when dormant, giving them much more time to develop a healthy root system. They’re more adaptable to your local soil. When will my bare-root tree have leaves and fruits? When the weather warms up in the spring, the tree will flower and produce leaves. In gardener lingo this is call bud-break. Most bare-root fruit trees produce fruit within one to three years. When the weather cools down, that same tree will lose its leaves and go back into the dormant stage. Don’t let this fool you, as the tree is definitely still alive, just taking a winter break to work on storing energy for the coming season. Mystery solved! Enjoy the marvels of planting a bare-root fruit or nut tree. Mindy Lively lives just outside Globe on Flat Four Farms. She is a Master Gardener with the University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension. Her lifelong dream is for every patch of lawn, planter box, and small bit of yard to produce healthy, nutritious food. Her specialty is growing, educating, and selling fruit and nut trees, berries, and grape plants. Follow on Facebook @FlatFourFarms for more guides.
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City of Globe, Continued from page 7 They decided to think bigger and include more amenities, doubling the total square footage and making significant additions to the design: a large splash pad, new decking, a moveable bulkhead to accommodate competitive swimming, a heater to extend the swimming season to six months or more, and a plan to create a community facility that would serve families and the community in a variety of ways. This vision inspired additional investors to sign on to the project. Freeport McMoRan awarded the City $250,000 through their Community Investment Grant Program, representing the largest grant ever awarded through the program. The United Fund of Globe-Miami awarded a $200,000 grant, and other community partners weighed in: Capstone contributed $100,000, and BHP provided two grants totaling $250,000. This month, the City will go before the Gila County Board of Supervisors with a request for $500,000 after receiving positive feedback from the Supervisors during a presentation last October, which outlined the expanded scope of the project. Oddonetto says she believes investors saw a project that would (1) serve the greater community, (2) have the infrastructure largely in place, and (3) form part of a mature park facility that would serve as a key anchor in the larger overall recreation plan that the City had demonstrated they were fully committed to implementing. “This project checked off a lot of boxes for our partners,” says Oddonetto, who credits the strong support from key partners with moving the project forward so quickly. In December, Neal Jensen, CEO of Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, announced he and the hospital’s board had decided to put their support behind the community pool project. They shifted a $1.5 million matching grant program to the community pool that had originally been set up to help raise funds for an aquatic center. “We had held back,” Jensen says when the City was pursuing a simple fix of an old pool – in the board’s eyes, something that would not accomplish what was needed. But as the City expanded the scope of the project, it was no longer about “putting lipstick on an old pool.” When the project grew from $1.2 million to $2.3 million, that significantly changed things, Jensen says. Jensen met with the City to explore a partnership and determine whether some of the hospital’s “must haves” could be
incorporated into the City pool complex, which would help him sell it to his board. And the City delivered, presenting a new plan that the hospital board signed off on. In December, just before the holidays, the hospital’s board announced they were swinging their support behind the City and committing the $1.5 million. Preston Pollock, in-house counsel for CVRMC, says, “Once our shareholders came to the realization that from a timely standpoint, best may not be achievable – but the question was really how can we be better – that’s when the transition happened.” “If you look at this in terms of good, better, best,” Pollock said, “best might not be achievable. Being timely and getting to better IS perhaps best.” “We were absolutely thrilled when CVRMC contacted us,” says Oddonetto. “The hospital has always been an important partner in the community, and we share many similar goals in making this a community that can attract and retain a workforce. We are both focused on housing and creating the kinds of amenities that will attract people who want to live here and invest in their future here.” Fernando Shipley, who sits on both the hospital board and Globe City Council, as well as being an ex-officio of the Cobre Valley Aquatic Center, said the CVAC is discussing with each aquatic center donor to see if the new joint partnership surrounding the community center aligns with their purpose in donating funds. Shipley says, “For me, I pledged $5,000 over the next five years and have said I don’t want the money back. It could be used towards summer sponsorships for kids, or shuttle service to get families to the pool.” “There is still a list of amenities we’d like to see that could make the community center facility be even better,” says Shipley. And while the City has committed to both putting together the $2.3 million in funding for the pool complex and taking on the maintenance and operations for the facility, City staff are still in the process of raising the funds to implement the expanded scope. “We would love to see an event center on the property,” says Oddonetto, pointing to an area large enough to build out. “There’s already an outdoor screen and a large grassy area.” Community leaders will continue to vision and fundraise. But come July, residents will get to enjoy what they’ve been waiting so long for. u
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IN LOVING MEMORY
TRINA ELGO, March 21, 1984 – December 31, 2021, age 37, of San Carlos, passed away at Hospice of the Valley Ryan House in Phoenix. (LM) SALVADOR PEREZ, December 9, 1935 – December 30, 2021, age 86, passed away. (BM) NANCY HASELBAUER, June 22, 1946 – December 29, 2021, age 75, passed away. (BM) RAYMOND R. SANCHEZ, July 30, 1965 – December 29, 2021, age 56, passed away in Globe. Mony was originally from San Manuel and loved roping. (BM) MARGALITA SWIMMER, December 17, 1966 – December 29, 2021, age 55, of Peridot, passed away at her home. (LM)
NINA M. STAPLEY, November 16, 1946 – December 21, 2021, age 75, of Globe, passed away at her home. (LM)
JOSE VALENTIN, March 23, 1930 – December 14, 2021, age 91, passed away. (BM)
SYLVIA ANN HOOKE, May 20, 1985 – December 5, 2021, age 36, of Flagstaff, passed away. (LM)
CHRISTOPHER PAUL “KAT MAN” PHELPS, June 21, 1961 – December 21, 2021, age 60, passed away. Chris managed a video/record store and later worked at the bowling center in Morenci. (BM)
GLORIA ARVIZU-THOMPSON, August 4, 1947 – December 14, 2021, age 74, of Superior, passed away at her home. Gloria was a beautician for 15 years and later operated a landscaping company in Chandler. She was also a talented and inspiring artist. (BM)
ENRIQUE R. “LOUIE” FUENTES, April 15, 1963 – December 4, 2021, age 58, passed away. Louie was originally from San Bernardino, CA. (BM)
FRANCES NAWFEL, October 26, 1931 – December 19, 2021, age 90, of Globe, passed away at Heritage Healthcare Center in Globe. (LM) DAVID LEE STEELE, September 7, 1959 – December 19, 2021, age 62, of Peridot, passed away at an assisted living facility in Globe. (LM) TROY VERDELL HAMLET, September 21, 1961 – December 19, 2021, age 60, of Globe, passed away at CVRMC. Troy was a heavy equipment operator at the Pinto Valley and Phelps Dodge mines. (LM)
CLINT CHAMBERS, April 23, 1946 – December 28, 2021, age 75, of Miami, passed away at his home. (LM) GAIL GLEASON CRICK, March 4, 1931 – December 27, 2021, age 90, passed away. Gail worked in the mines and was originally from Kentucky. (BM) ELVIRA ARROYOS, July 14, 1935 – December 26, 2021, age 86, passed away. Elvira was a homemaker and also worked for Motorola for 10 years. (BM) GLORIA STAMBAUGH, August 6, 1936 – December 26, 2021, age 85, passed away. (BM) LUCI M. REYES, July 29, 1939 – December 26, 2021, age 82, of Globe, passed away at CVRMC. (LM)
KAROL JEAN EARLY, December 30, 1971 – December 19, 2021, age 49, of San Carlos, passed away at San Carlos Apache Healthcare Center in Peridot. Karol was originally from San Manuel and loved to cook for large events. (LM) LISA M. KENTON ENGLE, November 10, 1977 – December 19, 2021, age 44, of Peridot, passed away. Lisa worked as seasonal camp crew and at TANF as a receptionist. (LM) LAWRENCE “CHEETAH” NOCKEY, July 27, 1936 – December 18, 2021, age 85, of San Carlos, passed away. Lawrence enjoyed attending church, photography, and music. (LM)
KATHLEEN GOSEYUN, June 6, 1968 – December 25, 2021, age 53, of Peridot, passed away at CVRMC. (LM) COLEEN SOSH, March 14, 1975 – December 25, 2021, age 46, passed away at CVRMC. Coleen worked at Horizon and was born at Miami Inspiration Hospital. (BM) FLORIA MANUEL, July 13, 1962 – December 24, 2021, age 59, of Peridot, passed away at her home. (LM) JOAN KEY, February 26, 1951 – December 23, 2021, age 70, of San Carlos, passed away at Tucson Medical Center. (LM) LYLE TERRY MURPHY, July 27, 1936 – December 22, 2021, age 85, of Oracle, passed away at his home. Lyle worked in mining for 39 years. He died of mesothelioma and requests everyone to be checked for it. (BM) RODERICK J. GARCIA, August 21, 1991 – December 22, 2021, age 30, of San Carlos, passed away at San Carlos Apache Healthcare Center in Peridot. (LM)
BARRY WAYNE WHELCHEL, September 25, 1946 – December 18, 2021, age 75, of Kearny, passed away while residing at Desert Haven Care Center in Phoenix. Barry was originally from Santa Rita, NM, and loved fishing. (BM) PATRICK HERNANDEZ, August 6, 1972 – December 18, 2021, age 49, passed away in Globe. (LM) WILLIAM ROBERT MARSHALL, December 14, 1947 – December 17, 2021, age 74, of Globe, passed away at CVRMC. William started as a lineman for SRP and eventually became APS’s district manager for the Globe/Miami area. (LM) TOMAS BERUMAN SANCHEZ, September 7, 1961 – December 17, 2021, age 60, of Ray, passed away at his home in Mesa. (BM) KARL THOMAS WELCH, June 24, 1979 – December 15, 2021, age 42, of Globe, passed away at CVRMC. (LM)
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VINCENTE ULIBARRI, January 29, 1931 – December 13, 2021, age 90, passed away. (BM) ANNA “TINKY” LEWIS, December 13, 1950 – December 11, 2021, age 70, passed away. Tinky was most recently a sergeant with ADOC. (LM) PRISCILLA “CHILA” LOPEZ, November 12, 1954 – December 10, 2021, age 67, passed away. Chila was originally from Ray and was known for her cooking. (LM) VERNON BELNAP BENDLE, September 16, 1959 – December 10, 2021, age 62, of San Carlos, passed away at Heritage Healthcare Center in Globe. (LM) ROCHELLE YOUNG, June 22, 1990 – December 10, 2021, age 31, of San Carlos, passed away at CVRMC. Rochelle was a homemaker. (LM) MADOLYN LORRAINE EASON, October 16, 1945 – December 9, 2021, age 76, of Globe, passed away in Globe. (LM) MARYANN RASMUSSEN, July 10, 1934 – December 7, 2021, age 87, of Globe, passed away at her home. (LM) MICHAEL DAVIS, September 15, 1951 – December 7, 2021, age 70, passed away at Faubush Family Homes in Globe. (LM) JEFFERY MICHAEL MATHEWS, December 19, 1961 – December 7, 2021, age 59, passed away. (BM) MARY LOUISE BAHLEN, December 10, 1965 – December 7, 2021, age 55, of San Carlos, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. Mary worked as a housekeeper for a hotel. (LM) NORBERT ALLEN SR., August 14, 1958 – December 6, 2021, age 63, of San Carlos, passed away at San Carlos Apache Healthcare Center in Peridot. Norbert worked as a security guard for the San Carlos Apache Tribe. (LM) CHARLENE RANDALL, May 31, 1967 – December 6, 2021, age 54, of San Carlos, passed away at CVRMC. Charlene worked in the warehouse for the BIA Forestry Department. (LM)
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JASPER HUNTER JR., June 22, 1975 – December 4, 2021, age 46, of Lakeside, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. Jasper was a heating and cooling repairman. (LM) GILBERT RUIZ passed away on December 4, 2021. Gilbert was an auto mechanic, bull rider, and weekend cowboy. (LM) BERDELLA HARRELL, August 10, 1962 – December 3, 2021, age 59, of San Carlos, passed away at Abrazo Arrowhead in Glendale. (LM) ROBERT G. CASTANEDA, July 16, 1931 – December 2, 2021, age 90, of Miami, passed away. Robert worked at Miami Inspiration/Cobre Valley Hospital for 36 years and owned El Matador Pest Control from 1976 to 2020. (BM) BERTHA FRANCES TREADWAY, December 14, 1936 – December 2, 2021, age 84, of Claypool, passed away at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital in Scottsdale. (LM) ROBERT CURIAL PENA, May 26, 1954 – December 2, 2021, age 67, of Globe, passed away at Haven of Globe. Bob worked as a maintenance mechanic and welder at Freeport McMoRan. (LM) RANDALL S. SCHWICHTENBERG, November 3, 1962 – December 2, 2021, age 59, passed away. Rand loved mechanics, traveling, and home brewing. (LM) MARYANN CARMELO, August 15, 1943 – December 1, 2021, age 78, passed away. (BM) RONALD BENTON, June 27, 1963 – December 1, 2021, age 58, of Globe, passed away at his home. (LM) LESLIE HARLAND “PETE” SHAFFER, September 16, 1965 – December 1, 2021, age 56, of Globe, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. Pete worked at local auto parts stores and was part owner of J&S Towing. (BM) LINDY LEIGH LIPHART, November 2, 1970 – December 1, 2021, age 51, of Minneapolis, passed away. (LM) CHARMAYNE ALLYSYN BROWN, February 18, 1993 – December 1, 2021, age 28, of Peridot, passed away. (LM)
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Tanner, Continued from page 1 where he had access to stuff he was curious about. Green screen. Video editing. He learned how to teach himself things. By 21, he was shooting rodeos around Globe and Arizona. He took photographs of his friends in the team roping event and earned his first $300. He traveled to rodeos and dirt bike races and got more business-like – a booth with six computers that displayed photos as they were shot. Photos printed on site. But he wasn’t earning enough for his effort, Tanner determined, and he didn’t want to sit in one spot and not move. He was working in a furniture store and “still learning to be a photographer” when Instagram came on the scene. “Friends started investing their time to show me how to use light, what each lens does,” Tanner says, “the fine art side of photography; how to shoot manual.” Tanner got hired by a guy in Phoenix to shoot events for his motocross news website – 10 in the first year. This led to catalog work, first class flights and investment in better gear and lights. At 22, CEOs and Creative Directors were looking over his shoulder and Tanner wondered if he belonged in their world. By 23, he was earning a month’s wage for a single shoot. “That was when I knew I could do this,” Tanner says. “This is my career for the next 10-15 years.”
Dirt Bike Racing The dirt bike industry was the perfect niche for the emerging photographer. To this day, it remains his “bread and butter.” His brand. “Something they’re passionate about and I’m passionate about,” he explains. Tanner grew up racing dirt bikes every weekend. Some kids he competed with became Olympic champions with big name sponsors. Tanner took note of how they navigated their careers. “It was a matter of putting myself in the right place,” he says. He shot dirt bike races outside in the desert and inside stadiums and was tested to the full extent of his capabilities. Bike breakdowns. Camera breakdowns. Dealing with those elements, Tanner says, is what taught him to be a good photographer. He was the Official Photographer for the Enduro Tour from 2016 - 2019, shooting dirt bike races inside poorly lit arenas with culverts and rocks and speed, and chaos. “It was very dangerous to be on the floor shooting,” says Tanner. “I learned how to shoot in dark situations.” That made what came next seem much easier.
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Tanner Yeager shot his first concert in 2017. It was a band called Midland out of Phoenix. They had just released a song that was #1 on the radio and Tanner messaged them through Instagram. They invited him to their show – in Phoenix – on the date of his girlfriend’s birthday – in Las Vegas. “I knew I needed to do that show,” says Tanner. He drove from Vegas to Phoenix, shot the concert, and drove back to Las Vegas. The decision paid off. Midland’s album went double platinum, They were nominated for country group of the year. Tanner’s photos got a lot of attention. “That’s how it went,” says Tanner, reflecting on his career, “taking random opportunities and hoping for the best.” Before the pandemic took hold, Tanner was on set with Carrie Underwood. He went on tour with Carly Pearce as her personal photographer. In 2021 she won the Country Music Award (CMA) for Female Vocalist of the Year. The artist that opened for Midland won American Idol and became his best friend. “I like working with people who are big,” says Tanner, “but honestly, seeing someone’s dream come true…an emerging artist, is better.” The world of music and motorbikes came together when Tanner assisted on a music video shoot for Brantley Gilbert. The producer got sick. He handed Tanner his $150K camera and asked, “Do you know how to use this?” Tanner did. He shot two men riding motorcycles in a big metal ball and became the musician’s videographer. He got connected with management and a place to live for three months. He was about to go on tour with another musical artist when covid shut things down.
Landscapes & Beyond “I don’t like things holding me back,” Tanner says. “I’ve never had a very normal job.” Around the time Tanner got his start in the music industry, he bought a van. His goal for the last five years was to take as many photos as he could. He would find a “random event” to shoot and see as much as he could along the way. He also set out to travel to national parks and take photos for fun, meeting up with other photographers he met on Instagram. “Having a van in Arizona was the best thing ever,” says Tanner. “We take sunrise and sunset hikes and create as much as we can.” His landscape photos draw bigger numbers on Instagram than the music ones, but dirt bike action shots still elicit the most response from followers. After some time in Scottsdale during the pandemic, Tanner is back in Nashville, where the opportunities are
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bigger. The challenge, he says, is finding the people that he really wants to work with and who want to work with him, and not being manipulated by smooth talkers. “In motocross I found my little group of people,” Tanner says. “Now I want to find other people that fit with my lifestyle and I want to tell their story as they go through their journey of their artistry as a musician.” Through it all, Tanner considers Globe and Arizona his home base. “I wouldn’t be in country music if I had not grown up in a country town,” says Tanner. “That cowboying and rodeo stuff, and mining and all of it… it definitely sculpted who I am.” u
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Additionally, debris has fallen onto the trails or been moved over them by floodwater. “There’s so much deadfall on the trail, you’d be climbing over things,” says Cormack. “Think of drawing a line on the floor and then just scattering toothpicks. That’s what it’s like now.” To put the damage in perspective, Cormack said all $34,000 of the federal Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) funding was used to clear only part of Six Shooter Trail. The funds purchased 18 days of work by an Arizona Conservation Corps crew focused on log outs (removing dead trees). In addition, the Globe Hotshot crew went up on Six Shooter Trail and removed another 54 dead trees in a 1.5-mile stretch. Six Shooter is only one of many trails on the mountain - and is not the most damaged. Chris Johnson is the founder of Tonto Gravity Riders (TGR), a volunteer group dedicated to the development and rehabilitation of the Pinal Mountain trail system. They’ve received an exemption to go into the closed area. Johnson says, “East Mountain and Toll Road trails are a total wasteland. They got hit really bad. As far as our other trails, like Ice House, Six Shooter, Kellner, nothing is totally gone. Those are definitely fixable and already well on their way.” With so much destruction, a unique opportunity emerges to improve the trail system with new user-friendly options. Cormack says, “We want to make the system better by putting in more loops and making them sustainable and not so steep. We want to look at the whole trail system and really rethink it.” Because the BAER dollars have already been spent, the Forest Service is looking for other funding sources and relying on volunteer efforts to complete the work. Fortunately, TGR is already positioned to provide volunteers and is actively working to restore former trails and build new trail loops and flat walking routes. “We’re looking to expand and update the trail systems to encourage users to visit the mountain more and to give a variety of trails,” says Johnson. “The majority of trails go straight up or downhill. This is not really friendly terrain for a lot of people who are out hiking.” To add more trails, Cormack explained, some rarely used or underutilized trails will need to be decommissioned because of limited funding and the Forest Service’s obligation to maintain roads and trails in their system to a particular standard. They need to keep their trail inventory mileage down to a manageable level per district. The Forest Service is working to determine the next steps. In the meantime, Cormack highlights the role of volunteers: “The Tonto Gravity Riders are essential to helping us. Once they get nonprofit status, then we can form a serious trail plan.” TGR is in the process of becoming a 501(c)3 organization to help with fundraising, because trail building is expensive, particularly working within federal regulations. In the interim, there are lots of volunteer opportunities to help restore existing trails.
“Generally, people can volunteer every weekend,” says Johnson. “We have a wide variety of tasks that will accommodate most people’s abilities or fitness levels.” If you’re interested in helping, check out the Tonto Gravity Riders website or Facebook event page for meet-up times and places. Additionally, while the fire closed Pinal Mountain, the Tonto National Forest is so much more. With almost 3 million acres, it’s one of the largest in the country and has 589,000 acres of designated wilderness area. It’s also an area surprisingly underutilized by local residents. Cormack offers a few recommendations. Mostly, she’s sending people to the Legends of Superior Trail (LOST) in Superior. “It’s clear, you know where you’re going, there’s signs, and it’s getting maintained,” Cormack says. She says two large volunteer groups are working on that trail every Friday, keeping it maintained. For options closer to Globe-Miami, Cormack suggests people go to Round Mountain. One of her personal favorite trailheads on the Tonto is Tule, located on the southeast side of the lake - a short drive from Globe. “It gives you some really nice panoramic views of the Sierra Anchas,” Cormack says. Cormack also recommends the wilderness area at Miles Ranch in the Superstition Mountains, as an alternative to the Pinals. However, those trails are not well maintained, and people need to be aware that it’s wilderness. “You don’t have good cell service and can’t take your bike,” she says. If you’re not out hiking or biking, remember that TGR invites participation to rehabilitate the trails on Pinal Mountain. “We are definitely looking for public support,” says Johnson. “We want people to feel free to come up and join our volunteer events so they can give back in a way that suits them.” u
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All photos are courtesy of Chris Johnson with the Tonto Gravity Riders. They show various volunteer work days improving trails on Pinal Mountain. Tonto Gravity Riders is a grassroots Non-Profit organization born with the mission to provide volunteer resources to ease the burden of maintenance of the Pinal Mountain Trail System for the Tonto National Forest. Discover more at tontogravityriders.org/.
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