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.

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 (http://www.greenleelibraries.org/ ). 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) (https://ask.azlibrary.gov/starweb/l.skca-catalog/servlet.starweb?path=l.skca-catalog/skcacatalog.web ) 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.

Graffiti

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

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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 www.greenleelibraries.org. 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 (http://www.morencitown.com/residents/library/) 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 (http://cityofsafford.us/index.aspx?nid=336) 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, Tutor.com, 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!