Touring the Library website, part 4

By Karen Soohy

The Greenlee County Library Webpage ( was redesigned to make using it a lot easier. The tours so far have taken you to our online card catalogs, to other local libraries, to the state archives and to some free online training sites.

Our library Facebook page ( will be the stop today. Social media is a great way to let our patrons know of events that are happening in the community and the library.

We also use this page to provide a little humor about libraries and reading, provide resource links that are appropriate for your family and the page also highlights historical tidbits and literary information.

If you have a Facebook account, please LIKE us and share our page with your friends. Leave us what you would like to see on our page and send us appropriate comments and/or photos to share about our libraries and events in the community.

When our page gets to 500 likes, all of our followers will be entered into a giveaway sponsored by the libraries so head on over to the page and like and promote us to enter the drawing.

Clifton Council Corner: ACC headquarters, or Elks Lodge

By Mayor Felix Callicotte

After nearly a year of discussions and site visits, including evaluations of the structure by the town’s engineering firm, the former combined Safford/Clifton Elks Lodge #1607 graciously donated the old “Arizona Copper Company” headquarters building to the Town of Clifton in May 2017.

The Clifton Town Council voted unanimously to accept the gift of this building to the town. Arizona Elks Association President Alfred Skorupski, Clifton Lodge #1174 Trustees, Wes Hawkins and Wayne DeMarciso came to Clifton to mark the occasion with the trustees executing a quit claim deed to formalize the transfer.

The town has no current plans for the building. The town has executed a lease to allow the Clifton Closet Thrift Store to continue operating in the southern part of the building it currently occupies.

A little history on this “Clifton Landmark” follows: This two-story brick building is one of Clifton’s oldest commercial buildings. The Arizona Copper Co. (ACC), a mining company from Edinburgh, Scotland, operating in the Clifton-Morenci area from 1882 to 1921, found it necessary to build several buildings to improve their mining operations in the Clifton/Morenci area.

In February of 1904, ACC announced to the Town of Clifton that they would construct a general office building and it would be a two-story ornament for the town.

The building’s original plan designed in the Renaissance Revival architectural style is an elongated asymmetrical rectangle with the three front projections. Emil Schumann designed and oversaw the buildings construction.
The first in week April, 1904 ground was broken and foundation work began on the northern portion of this building. On June 5, 1904 James Colquhoun, President and General Manager of ACC, during an elaborate ceremony laid the cornerstone.

Company officials placed newspapers and a short history of the ACC behind the stone.

1910 addition

In 1910 the southern portion of the building was added to house the Arizona New Mexico Railroad offices, an ACC subsidiary. This addition was constructed to match the northern half of the building exactly.

Phelps Dodge Corporation purchased the Arizona Copper Company in 1921 and used the building for their offices after acquiring the ACC assets. In 1922, Phelps Dodge sold Arizona New Mexico Railroad, freeing the southern end of the building for other business use. In February of 1922 the Gila Valley Bank & Trust Company, later merging with the Valley National Bank, had their offices in the southern portion of the building until December 1985.

The Clifton Elks Lodge #1174 was upstairs. Earl Rogge had his law office at the north end. BPOE later acquired ownership of the building and constructed the “New Northern Addition” in the early 1970s with an enclosed staircase to reach the upper lodge floor area with the street level used for the Elks social areas.

Though the years the ground level portion of the original building has been home to a variety of Clifton businesses: The Copper Era, Valley National Bank, Western Auto, Greenlee County Alternative School, Treasure Chest to name a few. The second floor was used exclusively by the “Clifton Elks Lodge #1174”.

Fall and Winter Fire Hazards

The recent summer rains that turned the hillsides green with rapid growth of vegetation (weeds) in Clifton/Morenci and around Greenlee County are now browning and beginning to dry. Weather conditions such as the fall winds quickly remove the moisture content of all the growing vegetation around our homes.

While the fall and winter weather months seem far ahead and may make you think of crackling fires and holiday cookies, it is also the time of year when you should be addressing potential home fire hazards that could put you and your family in danger. For providing fire protection around your home, follow the below guidelines:

Keep your property free of accumulated combustibles such as dried weeds, vegetation cuttings and trash. Remove dead leaves and pine needles from roofs and rain gutters. Maintain trees and shrubs making sure they are trimmed away from buildings and are free of all dead wood, dry leaves, etc.

Portable Space Heaters: Heaters should have automatic shut offs if and when tipped. Do not leave heaters unattended, especially if you have young children or pets. Create a safety zone. Also, be particularly careful with candles. Candles are now a part of the year for festiveness, but they can be dangerous in combination with decorations and other combustible materials. Never leave candles unattended.

Fireplaces: Always use a screen to prevent sparks and create a hearth safety zone that is at least three feet wide. Allow nothing flammable into that zone. Never leave the home or go to bed until you are certain that the fire is fully extinguished. Burn dry seasoned wood ONLY and never burn trash or holiday trees.

Stoves and Ovens: Never use the top burners or oven to heat your home. Teach children to stay away from hot surfaces.

Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors should be installed on every level of the home and inside all bedrooms. They should be tested bi-annually, which will give your children a chance to hear and understand what the alarm means.

If you have a concern about fire hazards near or in your home, please call Angel Maldonado, Clifton’s Town Code Enforcement Officer at Town Hall (928-865-4146). She will investigate and determine what mitigation measures may be required.

Crime Prevention Watch

CALL THE CLIFTON POLICE DEPARTMENT or the GREENLEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity at the below telephone numbers:

Clifton Police Department: Emergency 911, 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566
Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office: Emergency 911, or 928-865-4149
CrimeWatch Silent Witness: 928-865-1062

You can be the eyes and remember you can always remain anonymous!

Take Pride in Clifton!

Touring the Library website, part 3

By Karen Soohy

Welcome back! Our next stop on the tour will be the first item highlighted on the left side of the Greenlee County Webpage ( ). If you like to explore and are a legal or history buff, the State Library Archives Search is a great side trip on your tour.

The Arizona State Knowledge Center (ASK) ( ) is a new service that lets you explore the archives collections from the State Archives of Arizona.

While you must still head to Phoenix to actually look at the physical materials, you can research what archived material is housed at the State Archives simply by typing into the Search Collections tab a search term or terms. This will give you the necessary background information to take to the State Archives Building and will save you time once you get there.

You can look at the Core Collections which includes copies of all records that Greenlee County must deposit with the State Archives by law. The Core Collections includes all Arizona Counties’ materials, records from each Governor, the Court System, Schools, and records from the Secretary of State.

You can also browse all of our collections through the Browse by Collection tab. This type of search will let you look up information for any Core Collection material but also a number of other records from a variety of organization regulated by the state of Arizona. Your search will bring up finding guides that describe the collection, and in many cases provide a file by file list of what is in each collection. 

There is also a Hot Topics link which takes you to new records now available. The Historical Maps Collection is currently listed under this section.

Once you know what collections you are interested in viewing you can save the information about the materials you want to access. Then you must take your information and stop by the Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History Building at 1901 W. Madison, Phoenix, Arizona during regular business hours and talk to an archivist about viewing the material in the collections for which you have searched.

The archivists will help you in any way they can. While you are at the Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History Building, check out their displays which change regularly. Take the time to learn a little more about the records of the great state of Arizona and enjoy the trip.

The Greenlee County Web Page has so much to offer you. Hope you enjoyed the trip so far and will join us again on our next adventure.

Clifton Council Corner: School is back in session

By Mayor Felix Callicotte

Clifton’s Police Chief Omar Negrete wants to remind everyone our children have strapped on their book bags and are off to school. The Chief also wants to remind drivers that school speed zones are back and the start of school also means more traffic. Strict enforcement will occur throughout the school year and will be focused on traffic and children’s safety in the areas at or near schools.

With school back in session, traffic safety is a constant issue in our community. We also realize with the amount of traffic on our streets and roadways there will be complaints relating to speeders, parking violations, failure to yield at crosswalks and traffic accidents. The Clifton Police Department will perform patrol in all areas, deploy officers on “speed and aggressive driver” details, enforce speeding and parking violations by citing the offenders and drivers who do not yield at crosswalks for pedestrians.

15 mph School Zone Reminders:

  • Arizona’s school zones are 15-mph zones and are zero-tolerance. It is never reasonable or prudent to speed in a school zone. That simply means that you can and will be cited if you are caught going even a few miles over the posted speed limit. You can be cited for going 16-mph in a 15-mph zone.

  • Passing is not permitted in a 15-mph school zone, no matter how slow another vehicle may be traveling. No passing means that your bumper cannot pass any other car’s bumper going in the same direction.

  • If any person is in a school zone crosswalk, they must be completely out of the crosswalk before any vehicle can proceed in either direction.

  • Once you have driven entirely past the last school crosswalk, you may resume the normal speed for that street.

  • Drivers also are reminded to maintain a safe following distance and obey the “Stop Sign” when displayed by a school bus when approaching or behind a bus, you must wait for children to board or get off a bus to safely leave and/or cross the roadway before continuing.

  • School zone violations can be costly.

Keeping You and Clifton’s Roads Safe:

We all know that the amount of traffic that currently traverses through Clifton on any given day at times can be mind boggling. To that extent all drivers who happen to be caught in traffic that seems to be never ending the below traffic safety tips will help you to avoid a traffic mishap and keep you and your passenger’s safe. Though these may seem like common sense, Arizona traffic rules and laws exist for a reason. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, so do not take any unnecessary risks.

  1. Make the smart choice ~ Don’t Drink and Drive: Drive only when you are fully alert. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in Arizona while your ability to do so is impaired by alcohol. Specifically, you may not drive when your blood alcohol level is at or over .08 nor you are not to drive if your ability is impaired by drugs.

  2. Use seat belts: The impact from a collision at 30 miles per hour, when not restrained by a seat belt, is the same as falling from a three-story building. Seat belts save lives when worn properly; they prevent you from being thrown around the inside of a crashing vehicle or, worse, thrown completely out of the vehicle. You and your passengers have a greater chance of surviving if you are wearing your seat belt. Make sure everyone including children are buckled in.

  3. Avoid Distractions ~ “Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel”: Drive alert with both hands on the steering wheel. When you are behind the wheel you need to focus on just one job, driving the vehicle. Cellphone talk/texting are distractions. Do not text and drive! Pull over to talk if you are using a hand held cellular phone. Eating/drinking, applying makeup/shaving or interaction among passengers are also distraction. These actions can divert a driver’s attention in a potentially deadly way.

  4. Tailgating: A general rule of thumb is there should be at least a three second space between you and the other vehicle. When traveling at night or inclement weather, leave even more space open between yourself and the other car. When stopping make sure that you can see the entire rear wheels of the car in front of you. This will prevent the typical rear-ender/chain reaction type of collision; Driving too close is not only rude, but it can make the person in front of you anxious and/or frustrated.

  5. Obey the speed limits: Remember as your speed increases so does your braking distance. If you double your speed, you quadruple your braking distance. Slow down when road and weather conditions are poor. Always follow posted speed limits; do not exceed them.

  6. Changing Lanes: Always use caution when changing lanes. Cutting in front of someone, changing lanes too fast or not using your signals may cause an accident or upset other drivers. Remember that lanes go according to speed. The furthest left lane is the “fast lane,” and the furthest right lane is the “slow lane.” Therefore, if cars are passing you on the right, you should move over to the right and allow cars to pass on the left. By the same token, you should always pass on the left, not on the right.

  7. Watch Out for the Other Guy: Expect the other drivers to make mistakes. Driving prepared requires awareness, so make sure you check your mirrors and keep an eye on side streets so you will know which other cars are around you and how they are driving. Do not focus only on the road in front of your car — look ahead so you are aware what is happening 50 to 100 yards up the road.

  8. Reduce your risks: Practice courtesy at all times. Don’t cut people off or make sudden stops or lane changes. Obey traffic control devices. A stop sign means come to a COMPLETE STOP. Be cautious when approaching intersections. A yellow light means clear the intersection – DO NOT try to beat the RED LIGHT. Make yourself visible. Day or night, always turn your headlights on, use your running lights, and make sure your tail lights are working. Use your signal lights so others on the road know what you are going to do. Don’t follow too close.

  9. Arizona Move Over Law: Requires motorists to move over one lane or slow down if it is not safe to change lanes when driving by any vehicle with flashing lights pulled to the side of a road or highway.

  10. Emergency Vehicles: When an emergency vehicle is flashing its lights/sounding its siren, all other cars must yield the right of way, and move closely over to the right as far as possible, until the emergency vehicle(s) have passed.

  11. Understand the Right of Way: If you approach an intersection and there are other cars there before you, you must allow them to go first. When two drivers on opposite sides of the intersection reach it simultaneously, a driver that is turning left has to yield to the car that is either going straight or turning right. A driver must yield to pedestrians using crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked. Be cautious of school buses, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and the Big Horn Sheep. Always be on the lookout for and yield to these vulnerable road users.

Crime Prevention Watch:

CALL THE CLIFTON POLICE DEPARTMENT or the GREENLEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity at the following telephone numbers:

Clifton Police Department: Emergency 911, 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566

Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office: Emergency 911, or 928-865-4149

CrimeWatch Silent Witness: 928-865-1062

You can be the eyes of your neighborhood and remember you can always remain that pair of anonymous eyes!

Definition of Community:

A group of people interacting with others united and living in close proximity ~

Take Pride in Clifton!

SWNMCOG wins Innovation Award

By Ákos Kovach

Some talk about it, others complain and point fingers – but a few get out there and get things done.
Our strategic partners at the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments (SWNMCOG) are getting things done and being recognized for their contributions.

“I would say this project has been great. What with local government budget cuts using public money to save the tax payers more money in the long-run just makes sense. I would like to thank all the local government entities for participating and being supportive of the project. But most of all 3B Builders for all their hard work, long hours, and days away from their families to take care of Southwest New Mexico”, said Emily Gojkovich Schilling – Economic Development Planner for SWNMCOG.

The accomplishments of the implementation by Southwest New Mexico Green Energy and Jobs Regional Strategic Plan include:

Hosted Storm water Harvesting Training
Hosted Green Building Training with ICAST
335,000 Square Feet of Local Government LED Lighting Retrofits for facilities and amenities. Saving of 733,602 annual kilowatt hours and $78,517 annually
Finalized Green Technology and Sustainable Food Business Incubator Feasibility Study
Purchased Bulb Crusher
Along with businesses throughout the region decided that the Regional Entrepreneurial Development Association would be duplicating the efforts of the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce

And just look at the partnerships they developed ~ this is called outreach, this is how you get things done. Nothing is accomplished by whining or complaining – true economic development stems from outreach.
SWNMCOG Project Partners: Power New Mexico (PNM), 3B Builders, Senator Bingaman, Senator Udall, Senator Heinrich, Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber, New Mexico Health Department, New Mexico Workforce Solutions, Gila Resource Informational Project, Deming-Luna County Economic Development Corporation, Gila Economic Development Alliance, Town of Silver City’s Office of Sustainability, Southwest New Mexico Housing and Community Development Corporation, Deming Public Schools, Western New Mexico University, New Mexico Tech University, Catron County, Grant County, Hidalgo County, Luna County, City of Bayard, Village of Columbus, City of Deming, Town of Hurley, City of Lordsburg, Village of Reserve, Village of Santa Clara, Town of Silver City and the Village of Virden.

Yes, the Village of Virden, our friends and family members who shop in Duncan, send their kids to our schools in Duncan and who support activities in Duncan and the Fairgrounds . This is what real economic development is about. Pooling resources for the greater good.

Clifton Council Corner: Monsoon weather

By Mayor Felix Callicotte

Each year, a variety of summer weather related dangers affect Arizona. Through a collaborative effort between National Weather Service offices that serve Arizona which includes offices located in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, the time period from June 15th through September 30th has been defined as “The Monsoon.”

Each year, a variety of summer weather related dangers affect Arizona. Through a collaborative effort between National Weather Service offices that serve Arizona which includes offices located in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, the time period from June 15th through September 30th has been defined as “The Monsoon.”

Monsoon Terminology:

• Flash Floods

• Downburst Winds

• Lightning

• Thunderstorms and Dust Storms

• Extreme Heat

• Wildfires

• Watches and Warnings mean that widespread severe weather is possible.

• A watch means that severe weather has not occurred yet, but weather conditions are becoming highly volatile. Pay close attention to the weather, and tune into TV, radio, or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts frequently.

• Warnings (Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood, Dust Storm, or in rare cases, Tornado) mean that life-threatening weather is about to occur, or has been reported. Take action immediately. 

• Flood Advisories mean heavy rains will cause minor flooding of washes, streams, and typical flood-prone areas. Flooding in this situation is usually not serious. If the flooding does become life threatening, then the flood advisory is upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning.


Clifton does not have an extensive graffiti problem; however, graffiti is having a negative effect on the appearance within our neighborhoods, on private, state and town property.

Graffiti vandalism includes symbols, nicknames or pictures spray painted on walls, fences, signs and/or on other properties. Graffiti is not art; it is blatant vandalism, a blight to all and is used by taggers as a means of attempting to gain recognition. Graffiti is illegal and a growing concern in every community and in Clifton.

Impact on the community: Graffiti vandalism has many negative effects on the community including:

• Costs to the Town of Clifton, businesses, and residents for graffiti removal.

• Affects property values, quality of life, and damages the Town’s reputation for livability.

• Reduction in the visual amenity of an area, graffiti can be associated with gang activity and can be indication of neglect in the community.

• When graffiti is allowed to remain, it invites more graffiti and leads to an increase in vandalism, decreases the perception of safety and can lead to other criminal activity. Catching graffiti vandals in the act may be a daunting task, but deterring the taggers from repeating the act is also difficult.

Preventing graffiti is a constant challenge but with your assistance and suggestions, I feel we can significantly control graffiti and help keep Clifton beautiful. Be assured your Town Council and Police Department is taking a pro-active approach to the problem of graffiti as to the arrest and prosecution of any and all taggers.

We need your help too. Please report any suspicious activities to the Clifton Police Department at 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566 and when reporting suspected graffiti activity, please provide the exact location of the graffiti activity.

Community Crime Watch

The Community Crime Watch Program, a joint effort between the Clifton Police Department and the Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office, is an effective and least costly way to prevent crime in Clifton and Greenlee County. It fights the isolation that crime creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between our local law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The towns of Clifton, Morenci, Duncan and Greenlee County are built on the strength of its citizens. Every day, we encounter situations calling upon us to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Not only does the Community Crime Watch Program allow citizens to help in the fight against crime, it is also an opportunity for our communities to bond through service.

The Community Crime Watch Program draws upon the compassion of average citizens, asking them to lend their neighbors a hand.

Although previous presentations were sparsely attended, we, the Clifton Town Council members, urge all local and county residents to attend future presentations and join with our local law enforcement agencies efforts in this crime prevention program. Young, old, single or married, renter or homeowner can join this beneficial endeavor and keep an eye out for your neighbor’s safety and property as they come and go.

Clifton Town Council Mission

The mission of your Clifton Town Council is to protect the quality of life for all Clifton residents, preserve our town’s heritage, community services and promote transparent and responsive town government through organized support. Our goal is to guarantee these values by having a seat at policy and budget formulation.

Citizen and Council Participation

The Town Council will consider all proposals taking into account any legitimate propositions or suggestions received during the Town Council’s monthly meeting. These proposals will  be  made available for public inspection. Approved proposals will be taken under consideration at future Town Council meetings and decisions will be made on which issues that will be considered, pursued and/or implemented.

Crime Prevention Watch

CALL THE CLIFTON POLICE DEPARTMENT or the GREENLEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity at the following telephone numbers:

Clifton Police Department: Emergency 911, 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566

Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office: Emergency 911, or 928-865-4149

CrimeWatch Silent Witness: 928-865-1062

You can be the eyes of your neighborhood and remember:“You can always remain that pair of anonymous eyes!”“No one built Clifton on their own.” “Clifton is great because we built it together.”Take Pride in Clifton!

Touring the Library website, part 2

By Karen Soohy

Here we are at our next stop on the tour of the new Greenlee County Library Website.

The webpage can be found at Today’s tour takes you through the rotating announcements on the right side of the page.

This section will slide on its own to the next item of interest or you can click on the dots at the bottom to see the items on your own.

Two items highlighted on the rotating announcements include information about the Morenci Enrichment Center and the Safford Library. Both are open to any Greenlee County resident. All you need to get your free card to use their services is a form of identification.

The Morenci Enrichment Center ( offers its patrons access to TumbleBooks for children K-6th, 3M E-books, One Click Digital Audiobooks, an online card catalog, Comics Plus which features graphic novels, mangas and comics online, Ancestry free on the library computers, and Zinio online magazines. There is a link within the rotating announcements to this site.

The Safford City Library ( which is also linked in the announcements offers an online catalog, OverDrive e-books, Pixels of Ink for free or reduced Kindle e-books, One Click Digital Audiobooks, Zinio online magazines, Tumblebooks, and Reading Arizona e-books. The site also offers many free research links, a calendar of events,, and an Ask The Librarian page where you can email questions to a staff member.

Another item in the rotating announcements is the National Geographic link to printable quadrant maps. There are also announcements of happenings at the local libraries such as story times or events that are meeting at the library.

You can also reach the Greenlee County History page and the County Library FaceBook pages from this section.
Finally there is a link to FREE Tutorials including technology, math, reading and science from GCF Learn Free.
This section changes from time to time so keep coming back to see if anything new is posted.

That’s the tour for today. See you next time for Tour 3 when we look at another section!

Rural broadband is vital to economies

Availability of internet broadband at local public libraries has a direct impact on community jobs, training and economic development, says Malavika Muralidharan, E-rate Administrator for Public Libraries at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

When people lose their jobs or are under-employed one of the first compromises they make is cutting off internet access at home.

Hence for their need for internet access, they go to their nearest public library. Often they share one computer between several family members and other children necessitating the use of public access computers in libraries. This is evident from the statistics of use of computers and on-line resources of the public library.

Public school students often have to study using on-line resources outside of school time.

The only place they can go to get access to a computer, printer, and on-line resources is the library.

When students take online classes with teachers in a different time-zone or even a different country, they book a meeting room or public access computers as they need to use these beyond school hours.

Libraries send mobile collections to remote rural areas equipped with WiFi and computers so that wherever they are parked people can access library on-line resources.

Even after the library is closed first responders sometimes use the WiFi in the parking lot to file their reports.
Within the library too, the online resources are a lot more popular than print resources.

Library internet is used for online classes, online tests and exams, job searches, job applications, online business, banking, paying bills, keeping in touch with family, STEM activities, using social media and more.

Library staff members play a crucial role in broadband adoption and teaching the community to use computers and on-line resources. new devices, download e-books and audio books on to kindle or thumb drive.

Muralidharan has stories of rural libraries assisting with funeral arrangements of their community’s loved ones because they were the only ones with free internet access.

Libraries in Apache county helped a nurse complete her course; an immigrant, study a drivers class and another family study for their citizenship test.

Sadly, Muralidharan said, rural libraries need a lot of help in getting more bandwidth without having to deal with all the stuff in your report. They shouldn’t have to deal with the technologies that bring broadband to them.

Their job is to help patrons in their communities with the information resources they need.

Even applying for e-rate reimbursement takes away from their very important job.

Since the E-rate program began in 1998, Arizona libraries have received more than $24 million in E-rate reimbursements.

Because of the reimbursements Libraries across Arizona have been able to upgrade their bandwidth, pay the recurring cost of internet access as well as upgrade wiring and internal connections.

The increased bandwidth has enabled them to provide all kinds of programs, including job searching, GED testing, college prep, and code clubs. The extra bandwidth can also make it easier for patrons to access the internet with their own devices in the library.

For more on E-rate and libraries, visit the Arizona Library website.

Clifton Council Corner: Summer safety

Summer Safety Tips:

As we are all aware the first weeks of May have been a true warm spring, however, that summer heat will arrive in Clifton soon.

Summer heat is/can be dangerous, even deadly, if you do not take the proper precautions. Everyone should follow the following basic heat safety tips in order to avoid the dangers of heat exposure.

  • NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a car.

  • Be a good neighbor; check on elderly and people with disabilities in our community who may need assistance keeping cool.

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible.

  • If you do go outside, stay in the shade.

  • Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day.

  • Wear sunscreen outside along with loose-fitting, light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

  • Take cool showers or baths.

  • Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol and sweet drinks intake which speed dehydration and make sure to leave plenty of water for your pets.

Aggressive / Distracted Driving ~ Observations

Arizona law says you must drive within what is called a “Reasonable and Prudent” limit. That means you not only have to obey the posted speed limit, you must drive a vehicle no faster than is reasonable and prudent under certain conditions.

Different traffic conditions require you to reduce your speed to the point where you are able to control the vehicle such as weather conditions, traffic congestion, approaching intersections and/or when crossing railway crossings, when approaching and going around curves, when approaching a school bus and school children, highway construction and road maintenance workers or other pedestrians in so doing avoiding a collision with any object, vehicle or person.

I have received only positive comments concerning Clifton’s new “Distracted Driving” ordinance that became effective the second week of May.

I find these “Positive” comments to be enlightening. Why you may ask? As most probably know by now. On most days, I observe traffic within Clifton’s town limits. Since the “Distracted Driving Ordinance” became effective I have noticed “Fewer” drivers with cell phones plastered to their ear or looking down into their laps which usually means “Texting”.

However, there are “Some” drivers who either do not know about the ban of hand held devices within Clifton’s town limits or are purposely seeing how far they can test Clifton’s police officers before they are presented with a “Distracted Driving Citation”.

Be assured our “Officers” are observing and do not be surprised if a set of “Red/Blue” flashing lights appear in your rear-view mirror if you continue to drive aggressive, use hand held cell phones and/or text.

What is aggressive driving?

Aggressive driving can be defined as:

  • Speeding: Exceeding the posted limit or driving too fast for road conditions.

  • Improper signaling and lane changing: Failing to signal intent, using an emergency lane to pass, passing on a “Double Line” or passing on the shoulder, cutting into another car’s path.

  • Tailgating: Driving near the back of another’s car too close of a safe distance.

  • Failure to stop at “Stop Signs” / “Red Lights” / “For School Buses”.

  • Driving in improper lane: Ignoring “Keep right except to pass” rule causing other drivers to perform more frequent lane changes.

  • Failure to observe Arizona’s “Move Over” law.

  • The “Aggressive Driver” fails to consider the human element involved. The anonymity of being behind the wheel gives aggressive drivers a false sense of control and power; therefore, they seldom take into account the consequences of their actions

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving can be broken into three distinct groups:

  • Visual: Visual distraction involves taking one’s eyes off the road.

  • Manual: Manual distraction involves taking one’s hands off the steering wheel.

  • Cognitive: Cognitive distraction occurs when an individual’s focus is not directly on the act of driving.

Driver distractions have been influenced by the advancement of technology, especially text messaging or talking on a cell phone. That alone requires a combination of visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, making these types of distractions particularly dangerous to you and other drivers. Distracted driving is simply “Anything that takes your eyes off the road.”

Violations to any of the above definitions of aggressive/distracted driving result in the total disregard to the safety of other drivers and pedestrians on the Coronado Blvd “Speedway” and/or within Clifton’s town limits.

Crime Prevention Watch:

CALL THE CLIFTON POLICE DEPARTMENT or the GREENLEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity at the following telephone numbers:

Clifton Police Department: Emergency 911, 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566

Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office: Emergency 911, or 928-865-4149

You can be the eyes of your neighborhood and remember you can always remain that pair of anonymous eyes!

Definition of Community:

A group of people interacting with others united and living in close proximity ~

Take Pride in Clifton!

New events for Javelina Chase

The Javelina Chase celebrates its fourth year with multiple events in the scenic Gila River Valley around Duncan, Arizona. As in prior years, “The Chase” will feature road races, “gran fondo” fun rides, a closed-course, timed “criterium,” a bike rodeo for kids 3 to 13, and a 5K walk/run for all ages.

This year the Javelina Chase expands in two major new directions, and adds a festive holiday celebration as well.

The 2017 Arizona State Championship Races in the Masters and Juniors categories will be held in the Javelina Chase road races. This means that many of Arizona’s most elite cyclists will take off from the starting line with category 1- 5 racers and other entrants.

Adding to the excitement is the new “Ghost Mine Rumble” – mountain bike races on 60- and 20-mile courses on spectacular back roads in the mountains north of Duncan. This is the first time the Javelina Chase has offered an event for mountain biking enthusiasts.

Finally, in observance of the Cinco de Mayo weekend, the Town of Duncan will host a family fiesta in Centennial Park on Saturday afternoon. There will be food, music, games for children, and two javelina piñatas for kids to swing at.

The Javelina Chase Omnium kicks off at the Duncan High School cafeteria from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 5, with a pasta dinner prepared by the Duncan Little League. All are welcome, for a charge of $7 a plate.

On Saturday, May 6, all the racers depart from the Greenlee County Fairgrounds following safety meetings and the national anthem. Ghost Mine Rumble mountain bike racers, depart at 7:15 a.m. Road racers (including the Masters and Juniors), with courses of 72, 50 and 25 miles, depart at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Gran Fondo fun riders, with 72-, 50- and 25-mile courses.

The 5K runners and walkers will depart at 8:00 a.m. Registration for the bike rodeo, a free activity for children 3 to 13, begins at 9:30.

Awards for the Saturday races will take place at the fairgrounds, beginning at 11 a.m.

The kids’ bike rodeo, organized by the Duncan PTA, offers a safe, fun course on the fairgrounds for young riders, along with free bike repairs and helmet giveaways. Loaner bikes will be available. Kids will be able to see the winning racers fly across the finish line at the fairgrounds.

The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Centennial Park, on Highway 70, will begin at 3 p.m. Local families and visitors are all welcome. Anyone interested in assisting the Town of Duncan with this celebration should call Town Hall, 928-359-2791.

On Sunday morning, May 7, the “Criterium” brings competitive riders onto a closed course on Old Virden Road, Virden Road, and a short stretch of Highway 75. Spectators are encouraged to come sit in bleachers on Old Virden Road to cheer for the riders as they pass. The first round of the Criterium begins at 7:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a break and an awards ceremony on Old Virden Road. And at 11:15 a.m. there will be a second round of the Criterium. At 3:30 p.m. on Old Virden Road, there will be a final awards ceremony for the Criterium and Omnium.

Cyclists and 5K participants may register at Further information on all events is available at

The all-volunteer committee overseeing the Javelina Chase is seeking more volunteers to assist with road preparation, parking, water hand-outs, and “spotting” at the criterium. To sign up, email

Sponsors from the neighboring cities of Safford and Morenci, Arizona, and Lordsburg and Silver City, New Mexico, have given generously to help make the omnium a success.

Each year, the Javelina Chase organizers approach property owners along the routes about dogs. If loose dogs chase bicycles traveling at high speeds there can be devastating consequences, especially with groups of cyclists. The organizers ask for property owners’ cooperation in keeping all dogs contained on May 6th and 7th from at least from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to ensure the safety of riders, spectators, and pets.

Greenlee County, Arizona, is one of the most remote, least populated and least known parts of the Southwest. Stretched along Arizona’s eastern border where the Gila and San Francisco Rivers flow in from New Mexico, the entire county tallies only two stoplights, both near the massive open copper pit mine in Morenci. Five miles from the New Mexico border along the Gila River, there isn’t even a stop sign on scenic Highway 70 as it passes through the Town of Duncan. But in part because of that remoteness, and in part because of the ups and downs of the river valley highways, Duncan is building some notoriety as a cycling destination. For more information on Duncan, see The Simpson Hotel website.