Clifton Cemetery cleanup; graffiti

There will be a gravesite cleanup and restoration project for the Clifton Cemetery beginning on Saturday, October 10 through Monday, October 19. Porta Potties and trash bins will be furnished.

Family members, volunteers or any community organization is invited to join in this cleanup and restoration of the gravesites. This project is in conjunction with the recently completed general cemetery cleanup performed by the Town of Clifton’s Parks Cleanup Crews, which recently performed cemetery access road and cemetery walkway maintenance.

The Town of Clifton’s project goal is to preserve the rich history of the Clifton Cemetery and the memory of the individuals that helped make Clifton what it is today.

Many of the people who are interred in the Clifton Cemetery helped carve Clifton and Greenlee County from the raw wild-west, worked hard and were the founders of several of our current and former businesses.

These include former town and county officials, doctors, lawyers, marshals, veterans, mothers, fathers, and the children of “Clifton and Greenlee County”, who kept Clifton and Greenlee County vibrant and alive have now unfortunately, some have become the forgotten ones.

Do not make the mistake of thinking there is not a historic cemetery in our area. Wherever people have lived, people have died cemeteries are often neglected and fall into disrepair, but with just a small amount of effort, everyone can see the results preservation quickly.

Cemetery preservation is a good family and volunteer project that honors those people who helped create Clifton’s and Greenlee Counties history. This is a great opportunity for citizens and civic organizations to give back to their loved ones and to their community.

Please bring the suggested tools for this project. These include gloves, rakes, gas operated blowers, brooms, and any other tools that you may need.

If you or someone you know would like to take part in a future cleanup project, need community service hours, or simply want to learn more about the history of our Town please contact Town Hall at 928-865-4146.

Graffiti

Clifton does not have an extensive graffiti problem, however, graffiti is having a negative effect on the appearance of 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 our 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 will be 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 and 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 and when reporting suspected graffiti activity, please provide the exact location of the graffiti activity.

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 anonymous!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Take Pride in Clifton!

Start your engines! for Clifton Hill Climb

By Jim Malone and Tami Nancolas, Raptor Motorsports

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

On Friday, September 4th the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) will open  registration inside Tyler’s Taste of Texas in Clifton, Arizona beginning at 3 p.m. This is the time all drivers and workers sign their insurance waivers, pay their fee to race, get time trial permits or complete any paperwork necessary. Registration will run until 7:30 PM.

After registration, the drivers take their cars/trailer/race rigs to the Official Paddock Area, located on a large dirt lot near the LDS church, at the corner of Riverside Drive and 191 (just across the bridge, near Go-Go-Gas). This area should easily accommodate all drivers.

We are also using the space between Veteran’s Park and the Rode Inn for our workers that have RV’s if they do not want to be in the driver area. (To locate continue on 191 just past Go Go Gas, through the curve at the Rode Inn, the Veteran’s Park parking lot is located on the right before you reach the railroad tracks, on the backside of the Rode Inn Motel).

Spectators are welcome in the Paddock Area Friday night and all through the event. Most drivers are happy to talk about their cars and racing in general.

The race group (over 20 cars at last count) will be divided into two groups. We have several entries that are going to ‘share’ cars with 2 or more drivers, the SCCA will make sure that cars with “double use” stay on Ward Canyon Road for the duration of practice and race day.

All other cars will be cycled (two groups) off and on the hill with police escort—one group runs up the hill, the hill is closed and they come down the hill and are escorted back to the paddock area and the next group is then escorted to the starting line at the bottom of the hill and they race up and drive back down the hill. That cycle will repeat itself all day long!

Saturday September 5 is the official Practice Day—Start time is 8:30 AM. Since the average run time is 2 minutes, 6 cars will take about 20 minutes. We allow about 10 min for the cars to come off the hill, before the next group can start. Allowing for worker breaks, road cleaning, etc. Groups will run about every 45 min. If everything goes as planned each group will get 5 practice runs in the morning and 5 practice runs in the afternoon.

Lunch will be from noon until 1 PM.

Both Practice Day & Racing Day should be over around 4:30 PM and all cars will be in the paddock (great time to visit). At 6 PM, there is a parade (with escort) from the Paddock up 191 to Mendoza’s Drive In at the corner of Coronado Blvd. (191) and Chase Creek Street before the stretch that enters the Horseshoe curve into Morenci. Down Chase Creek back to 191 and return to the Paddock. The cars will be driving slowly, great time for photos, etc.

Saturday night is a big BBQ at the Clifton RV Ball Park on Frisco Street. Start time is 7 PM. Stephen Guzzo with the Mares Bluff memorial Group will be selling meals. BYOB, soda/water will be part of the meal. It is my understanding that the town ordinance about alcohol in the RV park has been suspended for Saturday/Sunday night. Everyone will have to provide their own transportation to the park. There will be several bands playing both nights. This is a great time for the town and all the SCCA folks to get to know each other.

Sunday September 6 is race day, every car will likely get 4 race runs.

Start time will be 8:30 AM and end around 4:30 PM. Sunday night the SCCA is the host for the RV Park dinner with Tyler’s Taste of Texas catering the affair. Dinner is $20 and again kids eat for free.

Trophies will be given out for 1st to 3rd place in each class: Spec (cars built to identical standards in each group, so the driver makes a difference); GTU (sports/road racers under 3.0 L displacement (180 cubic inches)); GTO (sports/road racers over 3.0 L displacement (over 180 cubic inches); Vintage (in general road/race cars prior to 1987) and Solo/Special (all other cars including dedicated hill climb cars). In addition 1st – 3rd  overall, and the coveted: King of the Hill.

Our hill climb queen, Julia, will be very busy giving out trophies and taking photos! There will also be short comments from Officials and the SCCA. Again a great time for the local community to mingle with the drivers/workers and get their picture taken with a champion or two! There are 22 trophies.

Monday, Labor Day – September 7, is Handicap Race Day based on your best race time. So in essence, if driver #9 is 7 seconds faster than driver #5, driver #9 will be held at the line after for an extra 7 seconds so the best driver will win.

The Labor Day Race is also a charity event. There will be cash awards for 1st  – 3rd  and last (with trophies at the end of the race) and the extra money raised goes into an Educational Fund, specifics are still being developed. It is the intention of the SCCA to raise money year round for this fund, so that hopefully the yearly educational grant amount is realistic with respect to actual college costs. This event should conclude by noon.

Wards’ Canyon road will be closed at 6 AM Thursday September 3 and reopen 6 AM Tuesday September 8, in order to allow time for safety set-up and clean up.

 

 

Clifton Council Corner, September 2015

Clifton Town Council Commitment

Your Town Council’s ongoing commitment is to reach out to the citizens of Clifton. We often receive inquiries from residents that are commonly asked “why don’t ‘you’ blankety-blank?”

The “you” typically refers to Town Council or the Town of Clifton. The Town Council is the representative body that has been elected to represent you and our community at large. We do this by listening to Clifton’s residents, researching trends, and formulating policies and ordinances that will improve the Town making it both business and resident friendly.

The input from residents and other sources ranging from Town Manager contacts, phone calls, letters, email, and voiced comments taking into account any legitimate propositions or suggestions received.

From there the ideas/concerns move to the Town Manager as to the viability of the idea or the validity of concern who advises the Council on his recommendation(s) formulating solutions where appropriate.

Recommended proposals will be taken under consideration at monthly Town Council meetings and decisions will be made on which issues that will be pursued and/or implemented. All Town Council meetings are open to the public with the goal of serving the will of the people. So consider attending a meeting, both the Town and you will reap the benefits!

School Is Back In Session

Clifton’s Chief of Police Omar Negrete wants to remind everyone our children are strapping on their book bags and heading back to school.

Chief Negrete also wants to remind drivers that school speed zones are back and the start of school also means more traffic. Drivers must obey the school zones speed limit, obey school crossing guards, traffic signs and do not attempt to pass other vehicles when approaching crosswalks.

Drivers also are reminded to maintain a safe following distance when behind a school bus. When approaching a school bus that is picking up or dropping off passengers, drivers must come to a complete stop before reaching the bus, regardless direction of travel. School buses have alternating flashing lights and a mechanical stop-sign arm extended while passengers are entering or leaving the bus. You must remain stopped until the stop-sign arm and flashing lights are no longer shown. Strict enforcement will occur throughout the school year and will be focused on traffic and children’s safety in the areas near schools.

Distracted Driving

You do not have to travel far in Clifton to see people driving with risky driving practices. One or more of the below dangerous driving habits can be seen on a daily basis on Coronado Blvd (US191), Clifton’s main thoroughfare and on most all our residential streets.

There will be times when people do not realize that they are driving too fast or not exercising good driving behaviors. Drivers need to be reminded of speed limits and defensive driving habits. Most drivers these days would agree that there’s not a “need for speed” on roadways to somewhere however; there will always be the people who are running late for appointments, the distracted drivers, and commercial drivers who think they have the right to go faster than what the law allows.

Almost all vehicle accidents are caused by careless driving. There are many different levels of inattentive driving habits that include speed, tailgating, failing to signal, improper lane changes, passing on double lines, ignoring or rolling through “Stop” signs, driving too slowly that impedes the flow of traffic, eating, cell phone talk or texting while driving, ignoring school zone speed limits and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Giving yourself plenty of time to get where you are going and using your common sense will help you drive more safely and arrive at your destination safely.

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 anonymous!
Eliminate the “I DON’T KNOW AND I DON’T CARE” attitude.
Take Pride in Clifton!

Trying times for economic development

By Randy Heiss
Exedutive Director, SEAGO

Even in the best of times it can be difficult to produce measurable results in the economic development business. What I’ve been reading in the news recently suggests economic conditions over the next few years may produce an even more challenging environment than we’ve experienced during our so-called ‘recovery’ from the Great Recession:

Recent data indicates the global economy is headed for more trouble. The revised GDP figure for the first quarter showed the U.S. economy contracting by nearly 1%; due to soft consumer demand, U.S. productivity fell for two consecutive quarters for the first time since 2006; and factory orders declined for the sixth consecutive month.
According to The Wall Street Journal (July 9, 2015), in its report on the world economic outlook, the International Monetary Fund downgraded its growth forecast for 2015 by 2/10 of a percentage point to 3.3%. That’s down from last year’s pace of 3.4% and the slowest since the global economy contracted in 2009.

As part of a cost-saving plan, the Army recently announced it would be cutting its active-duty force from 490,000 soldiers to 450,000 over the next two years. The Army’s civilian workforce would be cut by about 17,000 over the same period.

And if policy makers in our Nation’s capitol cannot avert a new round of sequestration, the Army says it will have to reduce forces even further, to 420,000 soldiers.

Fort Huachuca will reportedly experience a reduction of about 114 soldiers from its active duty population. While the cut will impact less than 5 percent of the active duty personnel on post, the impact it will have on Fort Huachuca’s civilian employees remains unclear.

Having already lost between 3,000 and 4,500 active-duty military, civilians, students, and contractors since 2009, this presents another layer of economic challenges for Cochise County and Sierra Vista.

Economic growth in China, the world’s #2 economy, slowed to a level not seen in 25 years – 2014 gross domestic product was a paltry 7.4% after decades of growth of around 10%.

The prices of copper, oil and other commodities that fuel manufacturing in China are in steep decline. Since June 12th, the Chinese stock market has lost more than $4 trillion in value.

The Chinese government responded by cutting interest rates to a record low, providing capital to brokerages to buy billions worth of stocks, and imposing a suspension of new share listings, but despite these efforts, the plunge has continued.

Some analysts are drawing comparisons of the Chinese scenario to the 1929 U.S. stock market crash that preceded the Great Depression. This is bad news for Arizona’s hopes of capitalizing on international commerce and trade. About 74% of the commercial cargo handled by the Seaport of Guaymas is bulk mineral products, 33% of which is exported to manufacturing countries such as China, India and Brazil.

About 1,279,022 tons of copper concentrate was shipped from the Port of Guaymas in 2014 – approximately 80% of that coming from Arizona.

International trade, defense spending and mining operations provide many sustainable wage jobs in the SEAGO region. We work diligently to bolster tourism in our efforts to diversify the economy, but let’s face it, several low-paying service sector jobs are required to replace every job lost in these higher-paying sectors.

All of this means that cities, towns, counties and economic development organizations in the region must come together and devise a viable strategy to move our economy forward despite these challenging times.

Over the next ten months, SEAGO will be rewriting its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and will need input from the brightest minds to ensure that the strategy employs the best possible tactics to prepare us for the difficult years ahead.

Anyone interested in serving on the strategy committee should contact Larry Catten at (520) 432-5301, Extension 210 or lcatten@seago.org.

Puerto Peñasco destined for major transformation

By Lea Márquez Peterson
President/CEO, Tucson Hispanic Chamber

If there is one word to describe our recent Trade Mission Trip to Puerto Peñasco, it’s “opportunity”. They are on the precipice of many changes over the next several years.

The city is known by many as a sleepy beach town, and it was obvious that it had been hard hit during the 2008 economic recession. Real estate, construction, and tourism dollars dropped dramatically.

Thankfully, the information our delegation heard during our trip spoke of optimism and possibility. The National chamber (Canacanaco) announced recently that tourism from the U.S. to Mexico is recovering and has risen by 11% nationally.

This trend can also been confirmed in Puerto Peñasco, whose mayor-elect, Ernesto “Kiko” Munro, was quick to mention that tourism was up 22% year to date in 2015.

The Cruise Home Port will be a huge boon to the “Arizona beach town.” Our delegation, comprised of 20 from Arizona, asked many questions and learned that 2/3 of the foundation of the Home Port has been completed — almost 750 meters.

Diana Nieves, Marketing Manager of the Home Port, and Luis Castro Galán, the Captain of Puerto Peñasco, toured us by water and explained that an additional 300 meters will be built at a 45 degree angle to reach the 60 foot depth needed by the cruise ships.

As many of us heard, construction was delayed last year. Diana Nieves explained that the construction company had determined that the natural rock they were using was not efficient. They stopped construction to strategize and after several months, began manufacturing a concrete product with local labor.

The delay caused a challenge in the steady continuation of federal funds. Now, fortunately, after the brief delay, the public-private partnership in charge of the construction is back on track and very optimistic.

While construction continues on the Home Port, we learned that the Puerto Peñasco airport has plans of their own. Alonso Domínguez, the Puerto Peñasco Airport Manager, excitedly announced to us that they had secured a small regional airline to fly from Phoenix on Fridays and return on Sundays to draw Phoenix tourists. Being from Southern Arizona, we immediately asked about the possibility of a flight between Tucson and Puerto Peñasco.

The airport is also planning for a future 3,000-square-meter terminal to accommodate cruise-ship tourists in the future. Direct flights from Tucson and Phoenix into more Mexican cities will foster economic exchanges. Our chamber will continue raising awareness and facilitating the dialog on both sides of the border.

Our delegation of attendees included real estate developers, property management firms, restaurant owners, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema’s office (D-AZ 9th District), the U.S. Commercial Service, the Tucson Mexican Consulate’s office, the Arizona Daily Star and Arizona businesses of all size.

Together, we agreed that Mayor-elect Munro brought renewed energy and optimism to his beach town as well as the Southern Arizona-Northern Sonora region. He identified many key projects he would like to champion including special events to draw tourists, a renewed emphasis on the safety and security of Puerto Peñasco, the value of a desalination plant, and many real estate developments.

He spoke of the City’s lack of a boardwalk or public market for the future cruise ship tourists. In addition, he stressed that Puerto Peñasco does not currently have an efficient public transportation system. Mayor-elect Munro realizes the value that a new bus system for residents and visitors could be to the local economy.

He takes office on September 16th and will have only one three year term per the current Mexican election law. Our chamber will work closely with the mayorelect on his ambitious goals.

In addition, during our mission, our Tucson Hispanic Chamber signed a collaborative economic development agreement with the Peñasco Chamber for Commerce, Tourism and Services, CANACO, during a private luncheon for our delegation at the Playa Bonita Resort.

Our agreement spoke to collaboration and building sustainable tourism and trade within our region. We also plan to promote to Arizona retailers that Mexican businesses buying product for resale do not have to pay sales tax per our Arizona Department of Revenue.

We heard anecdotes about businesses shopping in Tucson and Phoenix at local stores who were unaware of the law.
Puerto Peñasco has many exciting opportunities over the next several years — a potentially booming cruise business, the development of a retail center, a public transportation system and the construction of a state-of-the-art airport terminal.

With over 10,000 Americans living in Puerto Peñasco and only a four-hour drive from Tucson and Phoenix, Puerto Peñasco is destined for a major transformation.

Interested in learning more about opportunities in international trade and tourism with Mexico? Our chamber hosts Trade Mission Trips to Mexico every quarter, and our next Trip is to Mexicali in the Fall. Mexicali has had a number of industrial developments recently and is attracting attention and foreign direct investment. Learn more at www.TucsonHispanicChamber.org or call (520) 620-0005.

Freeport cuts spare Morenci, Safford

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. on Aug. 27 announced significant cuts to spending and production to reduce its costs in a difficult metals market, but the company at Morenci told local officials that day that the cuts wouldn’t impact the operations at Morenci and Safford, which already are lower-cost mines.

Freeport said it would enact:
▶ 25% reduction ($700 million) in estimated 2016 capital expenditures in Mining
▶ Projected consolidated 2016 capital expenditures for Mining and Oil & Gas estimated ata $4.0 billion, down 29% from the estimates provided in July.
▶ Reduction in copper sales of 150 million pounds, in each of the years 2016 and 2017.
▶ 20% reduction in estimated 2016 unit site production and delivery costs compared to the estimate for 2015.
▶ Moves that will enhance the outlook for free cash flow.

These moves by Freeport, of course, are in response to the continually declining price for copper on the world market.

The following day, Asarco LLC said it planned an indefinite shutdown of its Hayden concentrator as well as a reduction in its stripping for leaching at its Ray mine. This would cut 211 hourly jobs and cut production by 67 million pounds per yeare of copper output, or 17% of the company’s total.

Freeport said its strategy has been, since 2013, to complete three major growth projects — includidng the Morenci expansion — and on its long-term development plans in Indonesia.

It completed the Morenci expansion project, as well as one at Tenke Fungurume (copper and cobalt) in Africa. These two are providing “significant cash flows despite recent declines in copper prices,” the company said.

With the imminent completion of the Cerro Verde copper project in Peru, and access to projected higher grades at Grasberg in Indonesia beginning in 2016, Freeport said it is “positioned to generate strong cash flows for debt reduction.”

LME (London Metal Exchange) copper prices averaged $3.11 per pound in 2014 and $2.69 in the first half of 2015. So far during the third quarter, prices have averaged $2.41 per pound and at the time of Freeport’s announcement were at about $2.25, near a six-year low.

In its 2014 annual report, Freeport said the total unit costs of a pound of copper produced at its North American mines was $2.11 (based on the byproduct method of determining costs.) The company does not break out costs at individual mines.

Based on plans prior to the announcement, Freeport was anticipating total unit costs of $1.53 this year and $1.25 next year, worldwide. The reduction was anticipated because of great copper output, because of expansions at several mines, and much greater gold output, because of higher grades to be encountered in Indonesia.

After the announced adjustments, costs are expected to fall to $1.51 this year and $1.15 next year.

The impact of the revised plans will be to reduce 2016 and 2017 copper production by approximately 150 million pounds per year from July 23, 2015 estimates, principally resulting from reduced operating rates at several operations in the Americas.

That includes the suspension of mining operations at Miami (which produced 57 million pounds in 2014), a 50% reduction in mining rates at Tyrone (which produced 94 million pounds in 2014) and adjustments to mining rates at other U.S. mines.

At El Abra in Chile (which produced 367 mm pounds in 2014), the plan is to reduce mining and stacking rates by about 50% to achieve lower operating and labor costs, defer capital expenditures and extend the life of the existing operations.

The company said its cuts in North American, incuding capital spending reductions, is expected to result in about a 10% reduction in employees and contractors.

In molybdenum, the new plan anticipates a 35% reduction in Henderson’s previous annual production estimate of 27 million pounds.

The company said it also anticipates capital-spending cuts in Africa and Indonesia.

And the company will cut its 2016 minerals exploration costs from $100 million to $50 million. It also is pursuing significant reductions in its general and administrative costs.

In addition, FCX is targeting reductions in its working capital requirements and savings in the global procurement of materials, supplies and third party service costs.

Freeport said it views the long-term outlook for its business positively, supported by limitations on supplies of copper and requirements for copper in the world’s economy.

“In the near-term, FCX must respond aggressively to current market conditions by deferring investments and adjusting operations to maximize current cash flow under weak market conditions while preserving its large mineral resources and growth options for the longer term,” the company said in its recent announcement.

Clifton Council Corner: New recreational amenities

The “Clifton Council Corner” is a place designed to keep the people in the Town of Clifton informed and up to date on current affairs. We will address concerns in the community; discuss future projects, and present ideas for improvement. We appreciate your responses to this column and are pleased by the many who have commented on their thoughts and issues. We cannot resolve an issue if we are unaware of it. We are continually looking for ways to help the Town of Clifton run more efficiently and this column will hopefully help you become involved.

Submitted by Barbara Ahmann

The town’s investment in recreational amenities, intended to improve our residents’ physical health and sense of well-being, has also enhanced the aesthetic of our environment, become a source of community pride, revitalized the neighborhood and spurred economic growth; altogether this will contribute to the sustainability of our community.

On Saturday June 20th more than 200 people attended the daylong opening celebration of Clifton’s new Splash Pad. There was tremendous community support for the celebration. The ceremony began with the Women’s Auxiliary Unit 28 leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. Morenci Holy Cross Life Team coached the smaller children in water play with buckets and water guns; they also decorated the kids with face paint.

The Clifton Fire Department and the Mares Bluff Veterans Memorial Committee provided lunch. And, if you haven’t ever had one of the Lions’ Club’s Turbo Twinkies, man have you got a taste treat in store! Another winner was the ice cream served by the Mighty Mountain 4-H.

There was a special guest appearance by Smokey Bear. I don’t know how that fuzzy bear came out on such a hot day. Thankfully, the Greenlee County Health Department was giving out sunscreen and cold water.

From 1:00p.m. To 4:00p.m. Frank Thompson, brought to us by the Arizona Commission of the Arts, conducted a Rhythm Drum Circle. One participant remarked, “It just doesn’t get any better than this.”

By replacing an area of blight with a colorful, fun and healthy recreational activity, Clifton’s sense of community and pride were bolstered. Numerous improvements surrounding the new Splash Park are still under way. There will soon be covered picnic tables and chairs. Plans for improving Fernandez and Sidebottom Parks are in progress, creating more opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages to gather, recreate, exercise or simply relax. There are families there at the Splash Pad when it opens 10 a.m. in the morning and there are people there at closing at 7 p.m. This investment in our town is already showing its positive effects in community health, welfare and civic pride.

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 anonymous!

Take Pride in Clifton!

Reading Nook: Science in Context

By Karen Soohy

School is starting soon. That means homework and reports to be written and projects to be created. If your child needs help with any science related project, go the GALE Database called Science in Context. You can find this informative database by going to the Greenlee County Library Page (www.greenleelibraries.org) and clicking on the Statewide Database link on the left side of the webpage.

Science in Context is a database filled with information from earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biographies. It provides topic overviews, experiments, biographies, latest scientific developments, in articles from magazines, academic journals, newspapers, reference sources, links to quality websites, and multimedia.

Areas of science covered include Biology, General Science, Chemistry, Health and Medicine, Earth and Environmental Science, Biographies of Scientists, Physics and Astronomy, Math, Engineering and Technology.

As you look at topics in any of these areas, you will be taken to a page where there are even more links to that topic from a number of different sources, all of which are researched and easy to use for citation purposes.

You can browse maps, multimedia, topics list, current events, and curriculum standards. This is a great site for public and private school students, home schooled students, college students as well as a wonderful resource for science teachers.

So as school begins, keep this valuable resource in mind throughout the year. If your child needs homework help, don’t forget about the Tutor.com link on the Library page for free homework help 24/7!

If you are looking to complete your GED it is available at the Clifton and Duncan Libraries. It is individually focused, teacher assisted, computer web based. Stop by the libraries and talk to the librarian to set up your appointment to take the pretest and get started.

The Clifton Library is now also a GED testing site. You no longer have to drive to Safford to take your final GED test.

Call 928-865-2461 (Clifton Library) or 928-359-2094 (Duncan Library) for more information.

LIBRARY QUOTE: “And if you are a parent, introduce your children to their neighborhood library. It will give them a real sense of independence to have their own library card and enjoy borrowing books.”

— Sarah Jessica Parker, actress

 

So much to see, so much to do

By Ákos Kovach

As we rapidly close in on the end of summer and the first days of a new school year there is no shortage of family-friendly fun on the calendar here in Greenlee County. August is packed with everything from frivolity to serious competition.

Take for example the pairing of a sleek 1,200 lb race horse and a rider one tenth the size, place them on a clover leaf track in a well primed arena and you have barrel racing at its best. Or examine the time and effort each rodeo royalty contestant puts into preparing for royalty competition.

If music and or dancing is your thing, then the Fairgrounds Ramada near the grandstands will be the place to be over the next couple of months as popular groups such as the Yarbrough Band, Crossroads, a mariachi band and local talent like Skylee Shae will be on hand to provide entertainment beginning August 8th all the way through to the 97th Greenlee County Fair in September.

If the sound of roaring engines and screeching tires is in your blood the Clifton Hill Climb race over Labor Day weekend will certainly fulfill your need for speed. Add some dirt and water and the Mud Drag Race Finale complete with alcohol fueled race vehicles, big tires and loud pipes are gearing up to put on quite a show at the County Fair as well. But don’t forget the Arizona Colors Monster Truck that will be on site at the fair providing rides to those who dare climb the step ladder and strap in for a cruise on the back of a monster.

Prefer something more demure? Perhaps laced with softer tones of music, wine while surrounded by beautiful art? Then the 2015 Colors of Copper Internationale Art Show is for you. Check out the calendar of events, mark your calendars and get yourself ready for great entertainment.

And last, but certainly not least, new construction in Greenlee County! New housing, new commerce, new vertical success. Stay tuned for announcements and updates.