Which other industries are best for Greenlee?

By Ákos Kovach

There is probably more interest and activity related to Greenlee County right now than there has been for many years. It is the culmination of several groups, lots of people and economic momentum coming together all at the right time.

One of those activities is actually better defined as a process – the Target Industry Analysis.Target industry analysis

Basically it is a methodology by which stakeholders interact with a consultant and with each other. They help gather data, encourage their friends, family and colleagues to take the target industry survey. There is a data input component plus of course online access as well.

Over a period of months, goals are assessed, and reassessed. The results are refined to reflect the best possible industries alongside our highest likelihood of attracting such an industry.Continue reading

Does Greenlee need more housing?

By Ákos Kovach


That is the current number of families or individuals waiting for housing in Morenci. So one would deduce that yes, Greenlee County needs housing.

But what does the buying public want? Or what do they expect? Compare those facts with what is available on the market today, there is a big difference between current housing inventory and the demand that is bursting at the seams.Housing graphic

The Greenlee Housing Feasibility Study is responding to and addressing the various questions, needs, concerns, wants and desires of the consumer public. Some only want to rent, the cheaper the monthly rent the better. Others understand a free market rental environment and know how to weigh the best deal between renting and owning. The remainder simply wants to buy and own a home.Continue reading

Small Business Woman nominations sought

Small Business Woman of the YearThe 6th Annual Gila Valley Small Business Woman of the Year Awards, an event to celebrate women business owners in Graham & Greenlee Counties, is coming up in October.

It’s now nomination time, with a deadline of 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11.

How Does It Work?

Nominate any local woman small business owner you think deserves to win this award (please nominate only one individual per form).

Nominations will be reviewed by an appointed committee and two winners will be selected.

At a reception held on Thursday, Oct. 25, all nominees who attend will be recognized and receive a gift. Two of these nominees, one from Graham County and one from Greenlee County, will be recognized as our Grand Prize Winners and each will receive $1,000.Continue reading

Cash for College scholarship event Oct. 30

To the editor:
Cash for College has been moved to October. Attached is a short article. If possible, please put this in the October Clarion.
Ted Prina

Eastern Arizona College, the United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties and the Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley have partnered to present the Fourth Annual Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Night. This free event is an opportunity for Greenlee and Graham County students, families, and educators to learn more about post-secondary scholarships available for both traditional and non-traditional college students. College cost planning and FAFSA application assistance will also be topics of discussion.Continue reading

Racing, racino to be discussed in Lordsburg

To the editor:

As most of you are aware, the New Mexico Racing Commission will be meeting in Lordsburg on Friday, Sept. 28 at the Lordsburg High School Gymnasium at 501 W. 4th Street. The meeting is slated for 1 p.m.

New Mexico Racing CommissionSome time ago, we polled our members on how they felt about the Racino coming to Lordsburg. The majority of the responses were in favor, a few not so much. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and we respect that.

However, as your Chamber of Commerce Director, I feel it is my responsibility to inform our membership of opportunities that has potential for economic development and growth in our community.Continue reading

NASCAR pace car coming to town

NASCAR pace car

We have some NASCAR fans in Greenlee County, quite a few actually, and we have good news for you. The Greenlee County Tourism Council has partnered with the new owners of the ISM Raceway. The Greenlee County Tourism Council  will be selling 18 NASCAR Infield Experience Tickets AND raffling 2 additional NASCAR Infield tickets  on a first come first paid basis.

This is a major undertaking by the Greenlee County Tourism Council and they hope to raise funds for events and activities on their planning calendar. Questions? Buy a ticket? Call 928-865-3313 or 928-432-1457 expect world class customer service and a big bang for your ticket purchase which includes – A Ride in the Pace Car on Race Day (Sunday Nov 11 – Yes a Veteran’s Day special event) plus Infield Experience Pass which puts you right next to pit crews, drivers and stars, ISM Raceway Swag and a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver – signed item.

Want more? Come to Clifton or Morenci Friday, Sept. 21, take  a seat in the pace car and get your photo taken behind the wheel of the official NASCAR Pace car for the race.

TIME                                                      LOCATION

4:30 A.M. to  9:30 A.M.                  Clifton Train Depot

10:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.                    Morenci Plaza beside the Morenci Bowling Alley

3:00 – 6:00 P M                                   at Tyler’s Taste of Texas parking lot

Benson Economic Outlook set for Oct. 4

The 2018 Benson Economic Outlook Luncheon will be held Oct. 4, from 11-1:30, at the Benson Unified School District Dining Auditorium, 360 S. Patagonia St.

Speakers will be, Dr. Robert Carreira, Chief Economist for the Cochise College Center for Economic Research, who will provide a review of the past year’s economy and a forecast for the coming year, and Vicki Vivian, Benson Interim City Manager, will give a presentation on current and planned projects within the city.SBDC

Attendees will receive a copy of the Benson Economic Review, published by the Cochise College Center for Economic Research.

Certificates for 2 hours of Continuing Professional Education will be offered in each of the following areas: Accounting, Financial Planning, and Real Estate.Continue reading

‘Distracted Driving’ rolling along

By Ákos Kovach

To date there are only 9 municipalities and 2 counties in Arizona that have established a local distracted driving ordinance. Clifton is one of those towns. Each one of these municipalities and counties is to be applauded.

While there are those who want to take a ‘wait and see’ posture we continue to be hopeful that by bringing together law enforcement and elected officials from Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties the first steps towards beginning the conversation and starting the process of making Southeastern Arizona a safe driving haven has begun.Distracted Driving

First, on August 16th a very important and highly publicized Public AWARENESS, & EDUCATION Road Show was conducted at four stops in Southeastern Arizona.

Leading the tour was Danny Sharp, Chief of the Oro Valley PD, and Brendan Lyons, Executive Director- LOOK! Save A Life the following Distracted Driving / Save-A-Life

The Road Show took place on Thursday Aug 16 and the first stop at the Benson Visitor Center was wonderfully covered by Tucson Ch 4 Multimedia reported Kendra Hall, KGUN 9 Reported Craig Smith, and Chris Dabovich editor of the San Pedro Valley News-Sun.Continue reading

Taking the library outdoors

The Greenlee County Library System received a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant in May in the amount of $18,445. This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The funds will be used at the Clifton, Duncan and Blue libraries.

The focus of this grant will be to get Greenlee public libraries involved with outdoor activities within the county. The libraries plan to promote geocaching, rock hounding, stargazing, bird watching, and StoryWalks© with these funds.

The Library System hopes to accomplish three major goals with this grant:Continue reading

Flooding in Clifton in 1983 and 1903

By Gary Dillard

More than 3 inches had fallen at Clifton on Oct. 1 and 2, 1983, according to a USGS report on the flood.
As the water came down the San Francisco River channel at almost 90,000 cubic feet per second on Oct. 1 — it had risen to this record level from 60,000 in a little more than four hours — it gave townsfolk little time to respond to the flood whistle.

The flooding which was overtopping the flood channel soon began receding, but on Oct. 2, the level rose again, this time to more than 90,000 cubic feet per second.

The flood reached 9 feet in depth, some 4 feet higher than the maximum in prior floods, the report said.
The river left a sea of mud behind, according to a newspaper report, with as much as 7 feet of mud in some homes.
The flooding destroyed 90 homes and 41 businesses, but there was no loss of life. The author of the USGS report attributed this to flood-warning sirens that were installed after the flood of 1972 and the efforts of local police to evacuate residents.Continue reading