Clifton Council Corner: Sewer upgrade needed

(This guest article is provided by Clifton Town Manager Ian McGaughey.)

There are few things less glamorous than municipal sewer systems. But when you stop to think about it, there are really few things in municipal operations that are so important.

I think it’s safe to say that when we wash the dishes or flush the toilet, we all assume the sewer system is going to do its part and take our wastewater away. Far away. Out of sight, out of mind.

But in the past few years, the uncomfortable reality that Clifton’s wastewater treatment plant and collections system (essentially the pipes and lift stations) are reaching a tipping point of deterioration.

The treatment plant was built in 1954. That’s when Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe. It’s when “Rock Around The Clock” was at the top of the charts. That’s a long time ago.Continue reading

New Campbell Blue Bridge opened 

bridge dedication

By Philip Ronnerud

Although the Campbell Blue Bridge site remains a construction zone  traffic is allowed to use the bridge. The Blue Road, which is about 3 hours from Clifton and serves the local residents, land managers,  hunters and recreational users. The road is also the only year round access to the one-room Blue School.

To the best of our knowledge the Campbell Blue Bridge was built during the 1930s then improved in early 1950s. As most major drainage ways, the Blue River was used by native Americans and explorers. The European settlers improved the path to a road which became the route from Clifton, Arizona to Reserve, New Mexico.Continue reading

Touring the Library website, part 8

By Karen Soohy

There are a lot of internet resources that adults can use to help with many things. The Greenlee County Library webpage (www.greenleelibraries.org) has links to lots of helpful pages. Just click on the ADULTS tab to explore some of these awesome resources.

The Seasoned Times link is dedicated to encouraging wise and healthy aging. It is designed for baby boomers, seniors and anyone 55+.

Eldercare is a link sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Resources and helps locate lots of information through the Administration on Aging.

You can easily visit our Facebook page by using the link provided. Visit and LIKE us when you have time to browse.Continue reading

Clifton Council Corner: Festival of Lights winners

By Mayor Felix Callicotte

Festival of Lights”

Each December, the Town of Clifton sponsors the Festival of Lights, a major holiday celebration that brings together residents to kick off the holiday season in Clifton and surrounding Greenlee County. Clifton’s Festival of Lights is one of the largest electric light parades in small town Arizona.

Clifton’s Festival of Lights is a family-focused event that people can make an entire day and night out for a community event and it worked again this year, the 21st year. The real fun is seeing all the families out for the afternoon activities and then getting excited about the parade of lights floats. For the past 20 years the only real complaint about the Festival of Lights celebration was that it didn’t last long enough. As a holiday and community celebration, the day-long event has become so popular and successful that revelers are reluctant to leave when it is over.

Our 21st year event was no different it had it all, food and entertainment along with the floats, emergency vehicles, and various other entries that were all brightly lit creating the awe-inspiringly beautiful “Classic Christmas Cinema” event theme. The Festival of Lights provides the opportunity for us all to meet our neighbors, enjoy our community and just have a great time. Continue reading

Clifton Council Corner: Christmas holiday safety

By Felix Callicotte

The Christmas season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors.

At Home

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.

  • When leaving home have a family member or neighbor watch your house. Notify the Clifton Police Department if you are planning an extended absence. They will perform a security patrol for your home.

  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.

  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.

  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and/or doors of your home.

  • When using lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.

  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  • Be sure your Christmas tree is in a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.

Shopping

  • Go shopping with a friend. There is safety in numbers.
  • Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Purses hanging down by your side become an attractive target. A fanny pack can be used instead of a purse. Keep wallets in a front or inside pocket.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card, when possible.

  • When arriving at your intended destination, where do you park? You should park your vehicle in a location that is highly visible, close to an entrance, and in an area, that will remain well-lit after dark.

  • When leaving your vehicle, always make sure it is completely secured.

  • When returning to your vehicle, check the area for people that seem to be loitering. If someone or something does not seem right or is suspicious, do not go to your vehicle. Return to the business and request they contact law enforcement to check the area.

  • Place packages inside the trunk. If this is not possible, place them on the floorboard and cover them. Never leave packages inside the passenger compartment of your vehicle that are visible to people walking by. If it catches your eye, it will also catch a potential thief’s eye.

  • Look inside your car and around it as you approach and before entering. This process takes only a couple of seconds. Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach. If attacked those keys can be used as a defense tool.

Safe Online Shopping

Use Familiar Web Sites: Start at a trusted site rather than shopping with a search engine. Search results can get rigged to lead you astray, especially when you drift past the first few pages of links.

Look for the Lock: The URL for the site will start with HTTPS:// ~ Never ever buy anything online using your credit card from a site that doesn’t have SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption installed.

• Do Not Tell All: No online shopping store is going to need your social security number or your birthday to do business.

Protect Your Computer: You need to protect against malware, Trojan horses with regular updates to your anti-virus program.

• Use Strong Passwords: Be sure to utilize uncrackable passwords. Use a mixture of capital letters, lower case letters, numerals and special characters. It is very important to have a strong password when banking and/or shopping on line.

Privatize Your Wi-Fi: Only use the wireless connection if you access the Web over a virtual private network (VPN) connection. It is not a good time to try out a hotspot you are unfamiliar with. Stick to the known networks, even if they are free, like those found at Starbucks.

What’s Too Good to Be True ~ Is usually True: Those “Offers” can come via social media. Beware even of your friends, who might innocently forward such an offer. Skepticism goes a long way toward saving you from a stolen card number or identity theft.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a bank, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.

  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you. Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location

Pet Safety

  • Aromatic Candles or potpourri may kill pet birds which have sensitive respiratory systems. Candles are also a fire hazard.

  • Poinsettias are unlikely to kill a pet, though they are not exactly healthy eating. Fresh lilies can be lethal. Keep these plants out of reach of your pets.

  • Chocolate and nuts might make pets sick, especially chocolate. Macadamia nuts can make dogs sick and even cause temporary paralysis.

  • Kittens and cats love shiny baubles and tend to eat tinsel or ribbon. Dangling ornaments are also tempting toys. Make sure your tree is solidly anchored to prevent tipping.

We have left this Holiday Safety Tip for last:

No, you are not paranoid; they really are out to get you. If you plan to drink during this up-coming holiday season and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, the Clifton Police Department is determined to get you off the road.

Yes, there will be more police patrols on our streets and highways during this time of the year. There may be one of those annoying checkpoints and on top of that, remember that almost everyone has a cell phone now and can report erratic driving instantly.

The best way to avoid the increased patrols and checkpoints is to not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. However, if you do drink and drive and you get caught, you are in for a lot of legal headaches.

Our advice: Do not drink and drive!

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!

The Town of Clifton wishes all a Safe, Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

Clifton Council Corner: Holiday safety

By Mayor Felix Callicotte

The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors.

At Home

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.

  • When leaving home have a family member or neighbor watch your house. Notify the Clifton Police Department if you are planning an extended absence. They will perform a security patrol for your home.

  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.

  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.

  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and/or doors of your home.

  • When using lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.

  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  • Be sure your Christmas tree is in a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.

Shopping

  • Go shopping with a friend. There is safety in numbers.
  • Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Purses hanging down by your side become an attractive target. A fanny pack can be used instead of a purse. Keep wallets in a front or inside pocket.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card, when possible.

  • When arriving at your intended destination, where do you park? You should park your vehicle in a location that is highly visible, close to an entrance, and in an area, that will remain well-lit after dark.

  • When leaving your vehicle, always make sure it is completely secured.

  • When returning to your vehicle, check the area for people that seem to be loitering. If someone or something does not seem right or is suspicious, do not go to your vehicle. Return to the business and request they contact law enforcement to check the area.

  • Place packages inside the trunk. If this is not possible, place them on the floorboard and cover them. Never leave packages inside the passenger compartment of your vehicle that are visible to people walking by. If it catches your eye, it will also catch a potential thief’s eye.

  • Look inside your car and around it as you approach and before entering. This process takes only a couple of seconds. Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach. If attacked those keys can be used as a defense tool.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a bank, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.

  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you. Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location

Pet Safety

  • Aromatic Candles or potpourri may kill pet birds which have sensitive respiratory systems. Candles are also a fire hazard.

  • Poinsettias are unlikely to kill a pet, though they are not exactly healthy eating. Fresh lilies can be lethal. Keep these plants out of reach of your pets.

  • Chocolate and nuts might make pets sick, especially chocolate. Macadamia nuts can make dogs sick and even cause temporary paralysis.

  • Kittens and cats love shiny baubles and tend to eat tinsel or ribbon. Dangling ornaments are also tempting toys. Make sure your tree is solidly anchored to prevent tipping.

We have left this Holiday Safety Tip for last:

No, you are not paranoid; they really are out to get you. If you plan to drink during this up-coming holiday season and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, the Clifton Police Department is determined to get you off the road.

Yes, there will be more police patrols on our streets and highways during this time of the year. There may be one of those annoying checkpoints and on top of that, remember that almost everyone has a cell phone now and can report erratic driving instantly.

The best way to avoid the increased patrols and checkpoints is to not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. However, if you do drink and drive and you get caught, you are in for a lot of legal headaches.

Our advice: Do not drink and drive!

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!

The Town of Clifton wishes all a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.

Book should be required reading

By Ákos Kovach

“Water is the fundamental resource on which communities build,” writes Doug Griffiths in Chapter 1 of his book “13 Ways to Kill Your Community,” second edition.

In this day of challenges far beyond our wildest dreams – rural America must stand tall, because rural America is the backbone of entrepreneurism, women owned businesses and job creation. But at the same time we must remain vigilant and avoid the pitfalls that are proven to ruin what we cherish the most – our unique quality of life.13 Ways To Kill Your Community

In “13 Ways,” Chapter 2, Griffiths challenges us all: “A second way to make sure your community is destined for failure (emphasis added) is to be certain you don’t attract new businesses or retain businesses you already have.”

Let that sink in a moment, this is two-part test. If a community does not actively work on business attraction how can they be successful in business retention?

This won’t be a chapter by chapter recap, because my hope is each of you interested in your community, your town and frankly – the quality of life not just in Greenlee County, but anywhere you call home.

To this point, recall an article last month penned by Supervisor David Gomez who wrote about engaging and involving our youth in governance and community affairs.

Here is what Griffiths has to say about that: “When I refer to “youth” I mean anyone approximately 35 years and younger. They are typically the most energetic individuals within your community, full of creative, innovative ideas, but not yet prejudiced by bad experiences and fruitless pursuits. Within youth lies the hope anything is still possible.”

I encourage you to find this treatise on ways to solidify the quality of life you cherish so much. Complacency is unacceptable, ignoring the value of our senior citizens is deplorable, and yes ignoring outsiders restricts your ability to interject proven concepts and solutions from other rural areas.

Find the book, please read it- then let’s start a conversation about the continued successes we all want for our community, this place we call home.

Touring the Library website, part 5

Today we are heading to a hidden gem that you will enjoy if you love magazines and would like them FREE rather than paying for a subscription. The Greenlee County Library (www.greenleelibraries.org) and the State Library of Arizona offer a service to any of our patrons who has a laptop, a computer (which you probably have if you are reading this online article in the Greenlee Clarion), a smartphone or an e-reader.

ZINIO is a product that the State Library of Arizona pays for and you, as patrons of the Greenlee County Library System, can use it for FREE just by setting up the ZINIO app on your internet connected devices. There are over 220 popular magazines that you can access listed on the ZINIO service for you to browse, save, download, print and read. It is just like having the magazine delivered to you but you pay nothing.

All you need to have to access this service is a library card number from Duncan, Blue or Clifton. There is a “How to” section under Library Information Documents that will help you set up your device. If you have any questions, just check with your local library.

Magazines listed on the site are full issues though some of the magazines are back issues only because that magazine is no longer available to us. Many current magazines also allow you to download back issues.

Examples of magazines include 4 Wheel and Off Road, Alive, All Recipes, American Cowboy, American Patchwork and Quilting, Arizona Highways, Audubon, Babybug, Backpacker, BeadStyle, Better Homes and Gardens, Bicycling, Billboard, Birdwatching, Bloomberg Business Week, Car and Driver, Consumer Reports, Cooking with Paula Deen, Cosmopolitan, Country Gardens, Cowboys and Indians, Dell Horoscope, Diabetic Living, Digital Photo, Discover, Eating Well, Economist, Elle, Equus, ESPN, Esquire, Rachel Ray Every Day, Family Circle, Field and Stream, Food Network Magazine, Forbes, Games, Good Housekeeping, GQ, Grit, Guideposts, Highlights, Horse and Rider, International Tattoo, Kiplinger, Ladies Home Journal, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Mental Floss, Mother Earth News, Motor Trend, The Enquirer, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, O Magazine, OK Magazine, Parents, PC Magazine, Pets, Popular Mechanics, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Star, Taste of Home, True West, US, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, Woodcraft, and The Week.

Some magazines also offer online links to videos and graphics that you do not have access when you receive the printed magazine in the mail. One example is National Geographic which not only has fantastic photography but many times has accompanying videos with the stories.

Just click the magazine you are interested in reading and you will be prompted to download the app and create an account. You will be asked for your library card number to verify that you are a Greenlee County patron to continue. If you have your card, enter your number. If you need your number, just call your library. Once you set up the app and login, you can download as many magazines as you like. You can also set up your account to let you know when the new issues come out each month. When you are done reading, you can delete the magazine or keep it as long as you like. You can also highlight and print articles or recipes from your device. Remember that if you need a tutorial, there are some in the Library Information section under Documents.

Hopefully you will try this service and let us know what you think. That ends today’s tour. See you next time!

Clifton Council Corner: Halloween safety tips

By Mayor Felix Callicotte

Everyone wants a safe and happy Halloween their children, themselves and their guests. Following the below safety tips and using some common sense can help you and your children make the most of Halloween, keeping it as enjoyable for you as it is for your children. Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a safe one.

Simple Safety Precautions:

  • Make sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant. All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.

  • Be careful crossing streets. Cross streets at corners and watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Halloween poses special risks to pedestrians. Pay attention to your surroundings.

  • You and your children should wear light or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or glow stick during the evening dark hours.

  • Make sure your children are able to see and breathe properly and easily when using facial masks.

  • Make sure you, a TRUSTED ADULT, or an older child; accompany younger children when “Trick or Treating.” A trusted adult is a person that parents/guardians have come to rely on and with whom they and their children feel comfortable.

  • Children should always stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.

  • Approach homes that are well-lit both inside and outside.

  • Become familiar with each home your child visits and the people who are providing Halloween treats to your children.

  • Parents should inspect all candy before it is eaten. Only eat treats that are in their original, unopened wrappers.

  • Children should NEVER approach a vehicle even if it appears no one is inside the vehicle.

  • Remind your children to stay alert for any suspicious activities and report anything that is unusual to you and/or law enforcement.

  • Remind your children if anyone tries to grab them to draw attention to themselves and loudly yell “This person is trying to take me,” or “This person is not my father or mother.” Instruct your children to make every effort to escape by walking, running, or pulling away; yelling; kicking; attracting attention; and/or otherwise resisting.

  • Vandalism is never cool. Graffiti, throwing eggs or shaving cream at houses and cars is a crime and will be prosecuted as such.

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Help protect trick-or-treaters by following the below driving safety tips on Halloween. Be especially careful between 5:30pm and 8pm, when most young “Trick or Treaters” are out and about.

  • Drive slowly, and do not pass stopped vehicles.

  • Park your cell phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you have stopped to call, text, or surf.

  • Watch for children darting into the street. Children can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian accidents happen at spots other than intersections.

  • Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they do not see your vehicle approaching or do not know when to safely cross the street.

  • Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals and if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up children, turn on your hazard lights.

Clifton Police Department Haunted House

Halloween is fun for people of all ages! The Clifton Police Department will be hosting their annual Halloween Haunted House. The doors will open on Saturday October 28th at 7PM until all the “Little Goblins” have enjoyed the Ghouls, Ghosts, Goblins and treats. Will they survive the terror? All festivities will be held at the historical Clifton Train Depot.

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!

“Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place when the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

Touring the Library website, part 4

By Karen Soohy

The Greenlee County Library Webpage (www.greenleelibraries.org) 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 (facebook.com/greenleelibrariesarizona) 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.