Volunteers help clean up Apache Grove Road

By Philip Ronnerud
On Saturday morning at 7 a.m., June 27, 2015, more than 45 hardy souls braved the heat, bugs, and snakes to pickup trash on the Apache Grove Road.





The weather was great although warm. The Safford BLM Office sponsored the event. Greenlee County, the local section of SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.), Friends of the Frisco, and the public contributed time, equipment, and supplies to make the event hugely successful.
The Arizona State Land Department provided a permit over their land adjoining the road. More than 80 cubic yards of trash were gathered included 40 yards of recyclable metal, glass, aluminum, and plastic.
This road segment has been used for years as an illegal dump for trash. Every bit of the trash was dumped by someone! The road segment is part of the original route from Clifton to Duncan and ties into to southerly end of Cosper Loop.
The road shows on the 1881 land survey of the area! It is also part of the roads on a 1916 map commissioned by the Greenlee County Board. An old bridge and several culverts with headwalls are evidence of the improvements and the importance of this road.
As newer roads have been constructed, the segment cleaned up allows people access to the Gila River. This box is an ideal location for recreation including swimming and birding.
In the late 1880s before the railroad, food produced in Duncan help feed the Morenci Mining District. Other freight also choose this route. For a freight wagon, the journey took three days making about 10 miles a day.
Haulers camped at or near the Apache Grove area. The area boasted a black smith shop and other needed services.
Trash included electronics (televisions, printers, etc.), an aboveground swimming pool (including its ladder, filter, and sides), mattresses, burn barrels, furniture, landscaping cuttings, and general house debris.
All of these items should be placed in the landfill. One old car was pulled out of a 50-foot deep arroyo by one of three pieces of County equipment. After a title search is completed, the car will be taken to a junk yard.
While the event was a tremendous success, we were only able to remove about half of the debris. Another cleanup will be held in September or October of this year.

Behind the scenes at Clifton Hillclimb

By Chris Page, Jim Malone and Tami Nancolas

Putting on a Sports Car Club of America race is very much like herding a room full of cats. In addition, much like Greenlee County, we have some insurance constraints. In succeeding years, we can fine tune our model and make changes, but for this year we are locked into a total of 60 race cars for the entire event.

clifton hill climb logo sizedAs we discussed at our recent strategy meeting, the SCCA very much wants to partner with Greenlee County and the Town of Clifton in order to create a long term partnership within insurance guidelines.

Besides sponsoring a great event that will be enjoyed by all, we want to be able to give some of the event proceeds back to the community by way of a charitable donation.

We believe that for this year, the best way to do that is to have a “Handicap Hill Climb Championship Race” race on Monday, September 7.

The details are still being fine tuned, as you might expect, but we envision a separate entry fee of $50. Each car/driver will be handicapped so that anybody can win.

The numbers may change but to meet the twin goals of maximum driver participation and raising money for charity, $30 of each entry will go to charity and $20 of each entry will be divided among the first three finishers.

We believe that this event will be very popular and that most if not all drivers will stay over in the community for the Sunday night awards ceremony and the Monday handicap race.

We would plan to stop all racing by 1 or 2 p.m. on Monday in order to allow us time to clean the track, gather the timing wires and try to leave the area “as we found it.”

Which charity or charities should we be looking to benefit, it would be helpful to know so we can focus our fundraising strategies. In addition, if any local businesses would like to help sponsor the event, for example trophies, any sponsorship money can be directed back to the charity of choice.

Sponsorship is a win-win, as our costs decrease and more funds are directed to charity. The SCCA has a charitable mission, so this process is part of our mind set.

Chris Page is Regional Director, Az Region SCCA; Jim Malone is SCCA Board Member, President Raptor Motorsports, LLC; and Tami Nancolas is Business Manager Raptor Motorsports, LLC and SCCA member/driver.

Want to learn a foreign language?

By Karen Soohy

Would you like to learn a foreign language on your own time in the comfort of your own home? Would you like your children to be bilingual? Have you always wanted to travel but did not know the language?

The Powerspeak database available through the Arizona State Library and your local public libraries will let you learn that language now. Simply go to the Greenlee County Library website (www.greenleelibraries.org) and click on the Statewide Databases link on the left to find the Powerspeak link.

Languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean. There are also two ESL sections for Spanish and Chinese speakers to learn English.

The lessons are self-paced and can be repeated when needed. They include the basics section, a review section and also a section called Dig Deeper where you can learn more in depth phrases and vocabulary.

You need a computer with speakers so you can hear the proper pronunciation and a microphone so you can practice saying what you hear.

Topics included in the units include Getting Acquainted, At the Café, Leisure Time, Shopping, At the Hotel, and Going Places. Each unit has a number of lessons breaking down each material into short easy to learn sections.

So “Let’s get started,” “Sommes commences,” “Vaya a ser comenzado,” “Iniziamo,” “Wollen wir angefangen warden”!
Did you know that the Arizona State Library Archives have digitized old newspapers from 1836-1922 and put them on line so you can search them for free? While you are on the Greenlee County Library Website, also check out the link on the left called Chronicling America.

This project in connection to the Library of Congress has 68 Arizona newspapers on line for your free use. The Clifton Clarion, The Copper Era, The Graham Guardian, The Safford Rattler, and The Morenci Leader are some listed from Greenlee and Graham County.

The Arizona Digital Newspaper Project is a second link that will take you to the Clifton Clarion, the Copper Era, the Morenci Leader, the Safford Rattler, and the Graham Guardian. Each link has a search feature that lets you search by name, date, place, etc.

Library Quote: “Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom.” — Willard Scott, television personality.

Tourism by any other name

By Ákos Kovach

First impressions are lasting impressions. Ask any self-employed person how important making a good first impression on a new customer.

The same thing goes for the initial reaction a visitor, tourist or guest has when they drive to your county, city or town. Are they welcomed? What do your highway signs tell these travelers about you? This along with a dozen or more breakout session and workshop highlighted this years’ Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism 2015.

tourism page 1The fact that Governor Ducey carved out time to join attendees and address them during the Gala Awards Dinner made the event even more significant.

Remember, tourism is the only industry that affects all 15 counties in Arizona. Think about that fact. Every county, no matter how large or small, benefits from tourism.

And this message was underscored by Sherry Henry, Director, Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) at the opening general session titled “Arizona Travel Impacts & Portrait of the Arizona Traveler.”

The exhibitors filled a ballroom with their booths, videos, handouts and magazines. These are the very companies that have made a commitment to the Arizona Tourism Industry.

By taking the time to stop at each booth and speak with the staff it was obvious the most cutting edge ideas and best practices were being offered to every attendee.

Likewise the work sessions offered dynamic and up-to-date information on how to appeal to and attract the various generations of travelers (the generational imperative) like how best to reach out to: Boomers; GenX; Millennials; and the Silent Generation.

Another breakout focused on the “20 ways to ruin a perfectly good website” while other thought-provoking sessions detailed “Economic growth and tourism, a vital partnership.”

Taking notes during these three days took up a notebook, so suffice to say, take gander at the conference website, aztourismconference.com and peruse for yourself all the features, speakers and valuable information that was shared during the conference. Kudos to the extraordinary effort of the AOT staff for organizing this exceptional educational event.

It is time to talk to Mexico

By Julio Espinoza, International Trade Specialist at the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

“It is time to talk to Mexico and stop talking about Mexico.”

That was probably the most remarkable comment of David Farca, the new President of the Arizona Mexico Commission, during the reception hosted by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to introduce him to the community of Southern Arizona on June 2nd at Casino del Sol. The reception was a good opportunity to restate Governor Ducey’s international relations strategy and send Mexico a strong message of collaboration, trust and cooperation.

From left, Juan Ciscomani, Director of the Office of the Governor in Southern Arizona; Jaime Paz y Puente, Consul General of Mexico in Nogales; Ricardo Pineda, Consul of Mexico in Tucson; Lea Marquez-Peterson, President-CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Roberto Rodríguez, Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix; and David Farca, President of the Arizona Mexico Commission.

From left, Juan Ciscomani, Director of the Office of the Governor in Southern Arizona; Jaime Paz y Puente, Consul General of Mexico in Nogales; Ricardo Pineda, Consul of Mexico in Tucson; Lea Marquez-Peterson, President-CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Roberto Rodríguez, Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix; and David Farca, President of the Arizona Mexico Commission.

Mexico is not only one of the most important political allies and trading partners of the U.S., but also Arizona’s most important economic partner with a trade exchange of $14 billion per year. Arizona and Sonora have geographic proximity and share generations of history.

It is vital for our State leaders to raise the international stature of our state by reaching out to our neighbor and other important global players. Governor Ducey understands the significance of implementing a strong international relations campaign that repositions Arizona on the world map. The current developments in the Ducey Administration validate that Arizona is not only open for business but also open to the world and ready to revamp relations with Mexico.

During the last five months, the Ducey Administration has been introducing significant initiatives.

First, last February Governor Ducey appointed Juan Ciscomani, former Vice President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as Director of the Arizona’s Governor’s office in Southern Arizona. The appointment perfectly suited the State’s interest in growing relations with Mexico as Juan is bilingual and familiar with the political, social and economic factors related to growing business relations with Mexico.

He was raised in Sonora but moved to Tucson with his family at the age of 11. He values the strong relationships built over decades between Southern Arizona and Sonora, and will work to establish relationships between our new Governor and leaders in Mexico.

Another important appointment

Secondly, Governor Ducey appointed David Farca, a successful entrepreneur and Mexico City native as the President of the Arizona Mexico Commission.“In this increasingly competitive global economy, it’s critical that we continue to strengthen Arizona’s partnership with our largest trade partner, and to capitalize on opportunities that make both Arizona and Mexico more globally competitive [and] David will be key to this effort,” said Governor Ducey.

David Farca represents the new generation of Mexican immigrants that not only have achieved the American Dream throughout hard work but also embrace U.S. principles and serve as a bridge between our country and their home country.

Thirdly, last May, Govenor Ducey created a business leadership group called Arizona Zanjeros. The Zanjero was once the most powerful man in any community along the Colorado River Basin, entrusted with overseeing its most valuable resource: water.

Governor Ducey created a group of active and diverse CEO’s and business leaders from across the state co-chaired by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Lea Marquez Peterson, and the Arizona Cardinals President, Michael Bidwill.

The objective of the group is to promote the international image of Arizona while working closely with the state’s economic development partners to bring foreign direct investment and joint ventures for business leaders that want to live and do business in Arizona.

Gov. Ducey to Mexico City

Lastly, to show his commitment to international trade, Governor Ducey will travel to Mexico City with a delegation on June 17th to send a clear message that Arizona is open to business and ready to revamp the binational relationship, which suffered a backlash after the enactment of the controversial SB-1070 in 2010.

Governor Ducey will meet with high ranking elected officials and the most important CEO’s of Mexico in a trade mission trip that acknowledges the strategic importance of our neighbor to the south, a country whose nationals spend an average of USD 7.3 million per day in Arizona. He and his delegation will meet with the Arizona Mexico office which opened in late 2014 also.

Mexico stands as the 12th largest economy of the world. It is a country that in thirty five years will become the second largest economy in the Western Hemisphere, just after the U.S. and whose middle class today represents 44 million people (about the total population of Canada).

The Tucson Hispanic Chamber and its affiliate chambers in Sierra Vista, Nogales and Douglas will continue its work to grow business relations with Mexico. Our 1100 member businesses applaud the Governor’s leadership in engaging the public and private sectors of Arizona to work together to collaborate to provide economic prosperity to our region.

June 2015 Greenlee Clarion now available!

June newsletter graphicWhether your interest is high-tech ranching, great country music, mud bogs, birdwatching, event planning or so much more, the June 2015 edition of the Greenlee Clarion has something for you.

Of particular interest is a focus on the Greenlee County Fairgrounds, with a great country band that offers online registration. Be among the first to get your tickets online for this event, coming in August, and save yourself a few bucks!

Something tells me it’s all happening at the – Fairgrounds

Simon and Garfunkel enjoyed star status for writing, producing and singing ‘At the Zoo,’ little could they have known the song would be revived many times over the next five decades and remains today as a beacon of hope and innocence, two main components of the Greenlee County Fairgrounds.

Thanks to so many dedicated volunteers, parents/grandparents, groups and events such as the Little League, 4H, FFA, Greenlee Junior Rodeo, Rodeo Royalty, Junior Livestock, Mud Races, County Fair and numerous others demonstrate why the Greenlee County Fairgrounds is a place that offers a place to practice, to weigh-in for livestock judging, to watch barrel racing, roping, steer riding, but it also serves as a sanctuary from the chaos that surrounds us all.

Many hold fond memories of carnival rides, car shows, talent events and dancing music that went long into the night. The food vendors, the booths staffed by school supporters, the trinkets and all the rest will be joined this year by a big bad Monster Truck and some new additions to the County Fair line-up. In addition to the annual fair several additional events are already on the calendar, like the Yarbrough Band from Las Cruces, who won big at American Country Awards last year, is coming Aug 8, but don’t lose sight of all the fun coming up this month and in July (see the calendar of events).

There is ongoing planning taking place for events which will be located at the County Airport and Loma Linda Park, and that’s not all. You see, there is a new face on the team, and her name is Lendsey Basteen.

Lendsey is no stranger to 4H, FFA, Livestock events, rodeo activities, judging and a wealth of talent she will be sharing with all of Greenlee County and beyond. S\As the new Greenlee County Events Coordinator, Lendsey will be overseeing not only Fairgrounds events but will also pursue county-wide opportunities for indoor and outdoor fun throughout the county.

So please stay tuned, listen to Kat Kountry radio, read the Copper Era, Eastern Arizona Courier and the Greenlee Clarion for updates and news releases.

And check us out online: on Facebook look for Greenlee County Fair and Racing, Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce, the Greenlee Clarion, Greenlee Tourism Council, Growing Greenlee, Greenlee Music Festival and Business Association of Chase Creek for regular updates up-to-the-minute news. Greenlee County, come for a visit, spend a lifetime.

Greenlee Library wins prestigious grant

Thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, the Greenlee County Library System will be able to continue its work on a historical website which is being developed for the County.

This website will present narratives and historical photographs about Morenci, Duncan, Clifton and the Blue.
“History is important to Greenlee County and as a library system we want to help advance and preserve that information,” said Karen Soohy, Greenlee County Librarian.

“This grant will not only let us promote this information but the website will be a place where we can connect all the other sites that are out there. We are trying to search for as many references to our county history and include them as links on the new site.”

This is the second LSTA grant the Greenlee Library System has received for the county-wide project. “Also included in the grant is scanning equipment so we can digitize historical photos to post on the site,” added Mrs. Soohy. “Photos fade and deteriorate over time and digitizing will allow the libraries to provide groups in the county with digital copies in order to preserve these valuable historical items.”

The website (www.greenleecountyhistory.org) has been created and is a work in progress at this point. New narratives and photos will be added over the next few months. If any groups or individuals in the county would like to share their photos or memorabilia with the libraries, please contact Duncan, Clifton or the Blue libraries for more information.

In 2015, the Arizona State Library received about $3.17 million under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. More than $500,000 of the funding was awarded on a competitive basis to libraries in Arizona. The remaining funds will be used to support statewide services including family literacy and reading programs, electronic databases, digital government initiatives, continuing education classes and other programs.

“Learners are at the center of all our initiatives, as we dedicate our efforts towards lifelong learning and literacy,” says Joan Clark, State Librarian. “Our libraries have become community anchors that address diverse needs, including employment and economic development, civic engagement and human services. We’ll be there to lead and support these efforts.

Reading Nook News for June 2015

by Karen Soohy

There are lots of viewpoints on world news and social issues. Many times people simply latch onto one opinion they hear without really listening to all points of view. While many newscasts or articles give pertinent information, there may be another side to the story. To find out all sides of the story before making up our minds what stand to take, there is a great resource available free from the State Library of Arizona.

Not only will this information keep the public better informed but this database is also useful to high school and college research projects and debate teams.

This site is called Opposing Viewpoints in Context and presents information on the hottest social issues from around the world. The site has information on these topics from all perspectives including news reports, professional commentaries, and videos and interview from experts.

The site can be accessed from the Greenlee County Library System page (www.greenleelibraries.org). The Statewide Database link is on the left column of the page and is free to the public.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context has five spotlighted topics on the top image carousel that rotate across the page. You can click on them to get more information. These topics are usually the most researched topics on the page at that time or things that are current issues in the news.

You can also browse categories and topics and also search by keyword. There is also a featured video that you can watch by clicking on the title. You can read featured news commentaries in the same way. You can view other videos and news commentaries on the topic pages.

If you enjoy current events and want to be well-informed, then this database is for you.

Did you know that the State Library of Arizona offers hundreds of free e-books about Arizona. Topics range from history to fiction written by Arizona authors or books written that are set in the state. The link to this service is on the left side of the Greenlee County Library page and is called Reading Arizona.

Library Quote: “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” ~ Neil Gaiman, children’s author.