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Progress 2019 Celebrating business in our community Globe-Miami-San Carlos Strong

Supplement to the Arizona Silver Belt | April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019


CVIT Has Seen the Future and It Looks Bright By Carol Broeder


Staff Writer

ffering career readiness training for students while they are still in high school. That’s what the Cobre Valley Institute of Technology (CVIT) District does in an effort to create successful futures for area students. It provides specialized vocational education — now known as Career and Technical Education (CTE) — to area students. CVIT started in 2000 with the Miami, Superior and Hayden-Winkelman School Districts. Six years later, voters in the San Carlos Unified School District approved joining CVIT and, in 2017, voters in the Ray Unified School District also decided to participate.

Voters in the Globe Unified School District (GUSD) elected to join in 2008, said CVIT Executive Program Director Mike O’Neal, who has been with GUSD for 22 years as a coach, vocational teacher, Career and Technical Education Director and Dean of Students. Now, CVIT is not only maintaining its current enrollment, but offering two new programs, as well. Welding and nursing assistant programs are now available through Central Arizona College’s Aravaipa Campus, at 80440 E. Aravaipa Rd., in Winkelman. “These new programs are creating opportunities for students in those areas to jump start their careers while earning college credit and industry certification,” O’Neal

said. In the past month, CVIT has also launched its new website, CVIT81. org, which “gives you an idea of who we are,” he said. Using the website, students are able to see the programs CVIT offers, view the requirements and apply online, O’Neal said. “It’s also a good way to reach homeschooled students who are hard to reach because they do not go to the high school,” he said. Also, on the horizon is shared CTE services among area school districts, a project O’Neal is working on with Miami Junior/Senior High School Principal and CTE Director Glen Lineberry. “We are working to revive and expand the sharing of CTE assets

Photo by Carol Broeder Through its TIGER project, the Globe High School Alumni Association bought new stoves and a ventilation system for the high school’s culinary arts program. Student Jennifer Ruiz, a 17-year old senior, can be seen in the background.

Photo by Carol Broeder Cobre Valley Institute of Technology Executive Program Director Mike O’Neal checks out the program’s new website, www.cvit18.org, with which students can view program offerings and even enroll online.

between local districts,” Lineberry said. “The governing boards in Globe and Miami are expected to renew an intergovernmental agreement permitting students in each high school to take CTE courses, as well as upper-level math and science classes, at the other school.” “In the past it relied on students physically moving between campuses,” using the shared bus route that takes Globe and Miami students to CVIT and the college each day, he said. “It looks like we will be able to offer at least some of these classes online, which would reduce student movement while expanding offerings,” Lineberry said. “We hope to include San Carlos in the exchange, as well.” O’Neal gave the example that if the

Miami school district has a graphic design teacher, but San Carlos does not, students in San Carlos could participate in that class in Miami. Calling it new and exciting, O’Neal said it will give CTE students another educational opportunity, which CVIT hopes to roll out in the fall. In the meantime, current CTE students continue to experience success. A recent example is the GHS culinary arts program, which attended the FCCLA leadership conference held April 15-17 in Tucson. Teacher Londa Waggoner called it a great learning experience for both herself and her students. “The students had never participated in anything like this competition,” she said.

The students earned a silver medal and three bronze in cupcake decorating, baking and pastry. Through its TIGER project, the GHS Alumni Association had bought new stoves after learning last year that while the culinary arts program had eight stoves, only one of them still worked. The alumni also bought a new kitchen ventilation system, which was installed without compromising the look of the historic building, O’Neal said. CVIT programs are open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who qualify, and they must apply through CVIT. For more information, or to learn about enrolling in CVIT programs, contact Mike O’Neal at 928-425-9654 or 928242-1907 or via e-mail at mo’neal@cvit81.org.

April 24, 2019



Welcome to Progress 2019

t has been an exciting year at the Silver Belt. Amid the comings and goings we experience as a community together, we have seen sections of Historic Downtown Globe spring to life with color and new and expanding local businesses. An infusion of talent and idealism has brought a spark to the Globe business community, as multiple marketing efforts from the City of Globe

and Gila County seek to bring economic growth to southern Gila County. While outreach to places beyond the Copper Corridor is a worthy ambition, it is the people of the Globe-Miami-San Carlos area that bring life and add color to the region to make it worthy of marketing efforts. The desert is a beautiful place, and the mountains add a majestic element, but it is the people that give it texture

and life as well as a sense of place for us all to call home. Spring is the time of year for renewal, for growth and expansion, which is why our Progress edition comes to full fruition during the height of the season. It is exciting to see a new business open or to see an existing business expand its services, and within the pages of our yearly honoring of our local economy you will

find stories of success that is sometimes tinged with tragedy. The year 2108 in Globe will forever be remembered for the tragic shooting in November, but from that tragedy there is strength in the coming together of our communities — Globe, Miami and San Carlos Strong. We have learned that we are stronger together when we put our differences aside and focus on

working as a community. That is not just a recipe for social success, but for economic success as well, which our readers will see in the following pages. When a business succeeds, we all benefit. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, Progress is defined as an expedition or a journey. It is forward motion to an objective or a goal. The businesses you’ll read about in this edition

of Progress are doing just that. They each have their own stories to tell and they are on their own journey for the betterment of the community. We hope you will enjoy their stories as we all work together to Progress for a better tomorrow. We progress together or we do not progress at all. David Abbott Editor, Arizona Silver Belt


April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019


Heritage Healthcare Center: Your Five-Star Facility By Carol Broeder


Staff Writer

eritage Healthcare Center in Globe received a five-star rating from the state earlier this year and the credit goes to its devoted and loyal staff. Calling it “an excellent survey,” Executive Director Tim Summerhays explained that the vast majority was based on clinical nursing. “Our nursing department had a perfect survey. There were no nursing deficiencies found at all,” which reflects on our care of the residents, he said. The survey checks the facility’s documentation, such as the residents’ charts and plans of care, ensuring that treatment is being delivered as it is supposed to be, he explained. “Basically, they are looking at how you are caring for your residents,” Summerhays said. It is clinical nursing that makes up the biggest part of the survey. “We are super excited that the clinical part of the survey was deficiency free,” he said. “It was a big highlight of the survey.” Now in his sixth year at Heritage, Summerhays gave kudos to the nursing department. “There are a lot of nurses that have been here for many years, so it’s a really stable environment,” he said. “Our nursing leadership is the key.”

Photo by Carol Broeder Marie Brantley, assistant social services/case management, and her supervisor Social Services Director Lisa Fletcher (seated), are shown in the Social Services office at the Heritage Healthcare Center, at 1300 South St., in Globe.

Life Care Center has owned Heritage for nearly 30 years and its staff tends to have longevity. Many employees have worked there 10 years or more. A case in point is Marie Brantley, who has worked at Heritage in Globe for 15 years. Formerly a certified nursing assistant (CNA), Brantley was promoted last month to assistant social services/case management. “Social services is about keeping residents and their families happy,” she said. “We’re going to be the new A-Team,” Brantley said about herself and supervisor, Social Services Director Lisa Fletcher, who has been with Heritage for 11 years. “The residents feel comfortable with Lisa,”

Brantley said. “At first they might be upset about something, then they talk to Lisa for 20 minutes and they’re fine.” While still attending to the needs of residents, “I’m not rushed, so I get to sit with the residents and talk to them,” she said. Social services also entails “seeing the little things,” said Brantley. For example, she recently noticed a resident trying to deal sugar packets like playing cards, so they bought her the real ones. “It’s about really paying attention to the residents,” she said. Brantley is one of two Globe staff members in 2018 to win awards in the Life Care Centers of America Southwest Division. A CNA at the time,

Brantley received the “Whatever It Takes and Then Some Award” in August 2018. The program rewards staff members — called associates — for extraordinary acts

of kindness. Heritage Director of Nursing (DON) Armida Dixon was named Director of Nursing of the Year on April 9, 2018. The award is bestowed upon the DON in each of Life Care’s divisions “who best demonstrates outstanding qualities in several areas, including customer service ratings, staff development and successful state surveys.” Fluent in Spanish as well as English, Dixon translates for residents needing help expressing their thoughts and feelings. After learning that local physicians were particularly concerned about wound care, Dixon started a campaign to have as many certified wound nurses as possible. By the time Dixon received her award, there were eight nurses at Heritage who had received

training and became wound certified. In addition to Heritage staff, Summerhays is also proud of the 96bed facility, housed in a building that has stood in Globe since the 1970s. At about the same time Heritage was its care survey, it was also undergoing a separate state survey that assesses safety at the facility — specifically emergency preparedness as well as other safety issues, he said. Heritage was told it had a five-star rated building, Summerhays said. The survey also looks at whether or not the building is up to code and that fire extinguishers are at the ready, etc. “It was a perfect survey — zero deficiencies,” Summerhays said. “That just doesn’t happen very often.”

Photo by Carol Broeder Executive Director Tim Summerhays, with Heritage Healthcare Center, located at 1300 South St., in Globe.

April 24, 2019


Wreck “O” Mended: Globe-Miami-San Carlos Strong By David Abbott


Staff Writer

t has been an interesting first year in business for Craig and Tricia Johnson, who last year opened Wreck “O” Mended, the newest local body shop at 1925 N. Broad St., in Globe. Business is expanding as Wreck “O” Mended is carving out a niche in the Copper Corridor, forging relationships with insurance companies and earning certifications that allows them to take in a wider range of vehicles for repair. “We’re working away at it. We have local vendors now, so that saves a lot of time,” Tricia said. “We’re now General Services Administration (GSA) approved and can do government vehicles and tribal approved too, so we can work on tribal vehicles. We’re really blessed.” Wreck “O” Mended brings more than 30 years’ experience along with the state-of-theart tools and up-to-date software that connects directly with insurance companies for fast track claims service. Globe native Craig Johnson has been fixing cars “since he was in diapers,” and both he and Tricia, who has spent her entire life in rural Arizona towns, worked for another local body shop for more than 10 years. They are excited to offer residents of the Copper Corridor a choice when they are in need of car repair.

Photo by David Abbott Craig and Tricia Johnson weathered a storm in 2018, their first year in business, but through the strength of their community have rebounded and are growing in 2019.

But it’s the community connection that really brings the business to life and keeps the Johnsons going, even in the wake of a tragedy that affected their lives and business in profound ways. The first year saw the expansion of their family unit, as they welcomed three new grandchildren into the fold for a total of four. But the year was also touched by the shootings that took place in downtown Globe last November, as their

daughter Charlie Peak is a survivor of that horrible night. Tricia said that if not for the community coming together in support, they may not have survived the incident. “We want to give a shout out to the community because people really stepped up,” she said. “We were hit hard by the shootings. We were closed for eight days and might not be here if not for that community support.” The Johnsons are survivors though, and have

made it through the initial shock of that experience to come back even stronger than before. “Everybody said the first year is the hardest, but we never could have foreseen this,” Tricia said. Community is at the heart of what they do at Wreck “O” Mended though, as the Johnson’s are always focused on keeping people moving. “We help people out: they need to have someone to advocate for them and they work with us to smooth things out,” she

said. “We do the small things: If your bumper is falling down we’ll do what we can to get you on the road again. Your vehicle is priceless if it gets you to work.” Wreck “O” Mended offers free in-town towing and can handle any type of bodywork on all makes and models of vehicles. They currently offer deductible discounts and mobile estimates, and anyone in need of service who cannot get away from a job to get their car in for service,

or has vehicle non-drivable vehicle that needs help, the staff of Wreck O Mended can go offsite to write an estimate and submit information directly to the insurance company. Wreck “O” Mended has office hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment anytime. For more information, got to the new Wreck “O Mended website at wreckmend.com or contact the friendly staff at 928-793-5987, or by email at wreckmend@ gmail.com.

April 24, 2019


Dominion Cutting Co. and Zona Ice: A Power Couple Making a Difference in the Globe Community By David Abbott


Staff Writer

ohn Daniel Flores has a vision for downtown Globe, and along with his wife Erika — Johnyd and Moquie, as they are known in the community — is doing his part to see it come to fruition. After opening Zona Ice a few weeks ago, the couple’s second business on Broad Street, Flores has his sights set on a bigger prize. While he is happy to be thriving in Historic Downtown Globe, he also hopes to be at the head of a renaissance to make Globe a destination for visitors and a place residents can take pride in. “I foresee Globe as being like Jerome or Scottsdale,” the enigmatic hair stylist said. “Like a gateway to the Wild West. We have a good collection of brains here and we need to get it together, and it’s way more than just us: We need to create a network.” A native son of the Globe-Miami area, Flores was born and raised in Miami, attended Miami High School, and represents the fourth generation of a long-time mining family. He is a focused businessman, accomplished hair stylist and both he and Moquie are actors with the Copper Cities Community Players. Four years ago, the couple opened Dominion Cutting Co. on the second floor of the old Valley National Bank building at the west end of Broad on East Mesquite streets. “As soon as we saw the space, we knew it was right,” he said. In September 2018, Flores opened an enlarged shop in the bottom floor of the building,

Photo by David Abbott Johnyd and Moquie Flores are becoming an economic force in Downtown Globe after opening Zona Ice last month, their second business in the core of Globe.

bringing an anchor business to a downtown block in dire need of urban development. The exterior is brightly painted, bringing a splash of color to an otherwise drab corner, and inside is an eclectic mix of historical artifacts, comfy couches and odd bric-a-brac, as well as televisions set to sports channels for the amusement of customers and the occasional visitor who just wants to hang out in a casual atmosphere. But the couple’s vision did not stop there. On March 23, Johnyd and Moquie opened Zona Ice in the old Mason’s building at 182 Broad St., bringing another colorful addition to Downtown Globe. The project has been in the works for two years and once the doors opened, the new business was packed with customers and well-wishers. The shop features frozen treats as well as games — even a classic foosball table — creating a welcoming spot for local youths. In addition to

and proudly share them with others,” Moquie said. “The last part is a little challenging, but ask what you can do to bring positive growth and change to our area. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. All it takes is an idea and some honest effort to make big things happen. Globe has so much untapped talent and potential. I am excitedly curious to see what comes next.” When the couple is not working tirelessly to keep the doors open on their local businesses, Johnyd and Moquie are out traveling the state in search of rural gems and

ideas to bring home to the Copper Corridor. “When we go on vacation, it’s not vacation: It’s study time,” Johnyd said. “We look at things like plaques on buildings and for other things tourists and people who haven’t experienced these types of things might find interesting.” For Johnyd and Moquie Flores, it is all about something bigger than self. “One thing that hasn’t changed is leaving an impact for future generations,” he said. “This is not just for tourism — tourism is just a byproduct.”

Photo by David Abbott The new, expanded Dominion Cutting Co. has brought life and color — along with a comfortable, airy space — to Broad Street in Downtown Globe. Pictured with Flores are employees Maritza Hurtado (standing, left) and Javey Chapo (right).

brightening up Broad Street, Flores also employs 11 people: Two at Dominion Cutting Co. and nine at Zona Ice. “I’d like to personally invite our local residents to, first, see our community for what it has to offer, instead of what it is lacking; second, to talk about those things


April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019


A Good Time to be a Tiger at GUSD By David Abbott


Staff Writer

t’s an exciting time and things are happening,” Globe Unified School District Superintendent Jerry Jennex said. In the interest of fulfilling its mission of “capturing hearts and empowering minds,” GUSD has made strides in preparing students for college and life beyond high school. Whether it’s preparatory classes in partnership with Gila Community College or participating in the robotics team, educational opportunities in Globe are better than ever. According to Jennex there are “literally hundreds of students” taking college courses through a partnership with GCC known as the College Academy Program. “Many will graduate with at least one year of college credits and some will have an AA,” he said. To fund the program, the GUSD board and administration have continued to use the district’s financial resources to compliment and promote the program, implemented at little to no cost to parents and students. Another win-win for the district has been a successful transition from semesters to trimesters. The change has allowed GUSD to offer more electives for students, but an additional benefit is that there is earlier intervention for

Photo provided The Globe High School Robotics Team, known as the Midnight Cicadas, is one reason it is good to be a Globe High School Tiger. Members of the team are pictured with representatives from local donors, Freeport McMoRan, Resolution Copper Co., Cobre Valley Medical Center and United Fund of GlobeMiami.

struggling students, which Jennex says is the main reason for implementation of the trimester schedule. The policies implemented by the district have had the ancillary effect of raising the tide for Globe’s high school students. “We moved from a D to a C in our state grade,” Jennex says. “It’s taken tremendous effort from Principal Bobby Armenta and his teachers and staff: We’re not satisfied but we’re going to keep pushing that rock like

Sisyphus.” There is good news in the teachers’ ranks too, as the GUSD is continuing its efforts to increase pay for all employees in the system. Thanks in part to the Red for Ed movement in 2018, district teachers are beginning to see bigger paychecks, which will also help the district recruit and maintain a full staffing compliment. “This has been a tremendous year for teachers,” Jennex says. “The Red for Ed helped with a 10 percent increase, but we were already

committed to giving them an additional $100 per paycheck, so some have received [as much as a] 14 percent raise.” But the board and administration of the district has not done it on their own. It has taken a lot of effort from top to bottom, including GHS’s Principal Armenta and the principals of High Desert Middle School, Tejay Montgomery, and Copper Rim Elementary, Brian Peace, as well. “Tejay is doing a great job,” Jennex says. “Upgrades to the auditorium

have allowed us to expand its use, so we’ve been able to host community productions from the Summer Youth Musical Theater Program and the Globe-Miami Community Concert Association.” Copper Rim and its principal Brian Peace are creating innovative programs too. “STEM has integrated into the classroom and it’s been highly successful: robotics, science and math,” Jennex said. “We couldn’t do what we do without the leadership at our schools.”

The district is also working to upgrade and repair other facilities, such as the GHS gym, which was damaged last year by a pair of leaking heating units and has been working with community members to create additional facilities for external school programs. “We’ve had a problem with the gym at the high school and it’s still a process,” Jennex said. “We’ll have the new floor installed this summer, so in late summer or early fall we’ll have a newly remodeled and freshly repainted gym.” The district has also been working to revive the old stockyard south of town to expand FFA and 4-H opportunities for kids who don’t otherwise have access to livestock. “That way, kids who don’t live on a ranch or farm can have the experience of raising animals,” Jennex said. And just to add some cherries on top, the district’s robotics team is going to the world championships in Houston, thanks to $21,000 provided by Cobre Valley Medical Center, Freeport McMoRan, Resolution Copper and the Globe Miami United Fund and the district also has Arizona Rural Schools Teacher of the year in Sal Fiorella commander of the JROTC program. “It’s a good time to be superintendent of the Globe district,” Jennex concluded.


April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019


Support the Nonprofits in Our Community


elp support these Nonprofit groups and organizations in our community so that their efforts can continue. The following are just a few: • Friends of the Globe Library. • Copper Cities Rotary Foundation. • Pinal Mountain Little League. • Copper Cities Youth Sports. • Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. • High Desert Humane Society.

• Dylan Earven Foundation. • Cobre Valley Active Adult Alliance. • Pinal Mountain Foundation for Higher Education. • Gila County Fair. • Gila County Food Bank. • Globe High School Alumni. • GILA House. • Habitat for Humanity. • Globe-Miami United Fund. • Eastern Arizona Alcoholic Recovery Center.

• Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center Foundation. • Gila County Historical Society. • Catholic Daughters of America. • Liberty High School. • Destiny School. Arizona • Eastern Health Education Center. This is not a complete list of the Nonprofits in Gila County, and we would like to thank them for all of their services in our community.


April 24, 2019

Profile for Gateway to the Copper Corridor

Arizona Silver Belt Progress 2019  

Our yearly salute to the Copper Corridor business community.

Arizona Silver Belt Progress 2019  

Our yearly salute to the Copper Corridor business community.