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

You can be the eyes of your neighborhood and remember:“You can always remain that pair of anonymous eyes!”“No one built Clifton on their own.” “Clifton is great because we built it together.”Take Pride in Clifton!

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!

Rural broadband is vital to economies

Availability of internet broadband at local public libraries has a direct impact on community jobs, training and economic development, says Malavika Muralidharan, E-rate Administrator for Public Libraries at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

When people lose their jobs or are under-employed one of the first compromises they make is cutting off internet access at home.

Hence for their need for internet access, they go to their nearest public library. Often they share one computer between several family members and other children necessitating the use of public access computers in libraries. This is evident from the statistics of use of computers and on-line resources of the public library.

Public school students often have to study using on-line resources outside of school time.

The only place they can go to get access to a computer, printer, and on-line resources is the library.

When students take online classes with teachers in a different time-zone or even a different country, they book a meeting room or public access computers as they need to use these beyond school hours.

Libraries send mobile collections to remote rural areas equipped with WiFi and computers so that wherever they are parked people can access library on-line resources.

Even after the library is closed first responders sometimes use the WiFi in the parking lot to file their reports.
Within the library too, the online resources are a lot more popular than print resources.

Library internet is used for online classes, online tests and exams, job searches, job applications, online business, banking, paying bills, keeping in touch with family, STEM activities, using social media and more.

Library staff members play a crucial role in broadband adoption and teaching the community to use computers and on-line resources. new devices, download e-books and audio books on to kindle or thumb drive.

Muralidharan has stories of rural libraries assisting with funeral arrangements of their community’s loved ones because they were the only ones with free internet access.

Libraries in Apache county helped a nurse complete her course; an immigrant, study a drivers class and another family study for their citizenship test.

Sadly, Muralidharan said, rural libraries need a lot of help in getting more bandwidth without having to deal with all the stuff in your report. They shouldn’t have to deal with the technologies that bring broadband to them.

Their job is to help patrons in their communities with the information resources they need.

Even applying for e-rate reimbursement takes away from their very important job.

Since the E-rate program began in 1998, Arizona libraries have received more than $24 million in E-rate reimbursements.

Because of the reimbursements Libraries across Arizona have been able to upgrade their bandwidth, pay the recurring cost of internet access as well as upgrade wiring and internal connections.

The increased bandwidth has enabled them to provide all kinds of programs, including job searching, GED testing, college prep, and code clubs. The extra bandwidth can also make it easier for patrons to access the internet with their own devices in the library.

For more on E-rate and libraries, visit the Arizona Library website.

Clifton Council Corner: Summer safety

Summer Safety Tips:

As we are all aware the first weeks of May have been a true warm spring, however, that summer heat will arrive in Clifton soon.

Summer heat is/can be dangerous, even deadly, if you do not take the proper precautions. Everyone should follow the following basic heat safety tips in order to avoid the dangers of heat exposure.

  • NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a car.

  • Be a good neighbor; check on elderly and people with disabilities in our community who may need assistance keeping cool.

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible.

  • If you do go outside, stay in the shade.

  • Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day.

  • Wear sunscreen outside along with loose-fitting, light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

  • Take cool showers or baths.

  • Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol and sweet drinks intake which speed dehydration and make sure to leave plenty of water for your pets.

Aggressive / Distracted Driving ~ Observations

Arizona law says you must drive within what is called a “Reasonable and Prudent” limit. That means you not only have to obey the posted speed limit, you must drive a vehicle no faster than is reasonable and prudent under certain conditions.

Different traffic conditions require you to reduce your speed to the point where you are able to control the vehicle such as weather conditions, traffic congestion, approaching intersections and/or when crossing railway crossings, when approaching and going around curves, when approaching a school bus and school children, highway construction and road maintenance workers or other pedestrians in so doing avoiding a collision with any object, vehicle or person.

I have received only positive comments concerning Clifton’s new “Distracted Driving” ordinance that became effective the second week of May.

I find these “Positive” comments to be enlightening. Why you may ask? As most probably know by now. On most days, I observe traffic within Clifton’s town limits. Since the “Distracted Driving Ordinance” became effective I have noticed “Fewer” drivers with cell phones plastered to their ear or looking down into their laps which usually means “Texting”.

However, there are “Some” drivers who either do not know about the ban of hand held devices within Clifton’s town limits or are purposely seeing how far they can test Clifton’s police officers before they are presented with a “Distracted Driving Citation”.

Be assured our “Officers” are observing and do not be surprised if a set of “Red/Blue” flashing lights appear in your rear-view mirror if you continue to drive aggressive, use hand held cell phones and/or text.

What is aggressive driving?

Aggressive driving can be defined as:

  • Speeding: Exceeding the posted limit or driving too fast for road conditions.

  • Improper signaling and lane changing: Failing to signal intent, using an emergency lane to pass, passing on a “Double Line” or passing on the shoulder, cutting into another car’s path.

  • Tailgating: Driving near the back of another’s car too close of a safe distance.

  • Failure to stop at “Stop Signs” / “Red Lights” / “For School Buses”.

  • Driving in improper lane: Ignoring “Keep right except to pass” rule causing other drivers to perform more frequent lane changes.

  • Failure to observe Arizona’s “Move Over” law.

  • The “Aggressive Driver” fails to consider the human element involved. The anonymity of being behind the wheel gives aggressive drivers a false sense of control and power; therefore, they seldom take into account the consequences of their actions

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving can be broken into three distinct groups:

  • Visual: Visual distraction involves taking one’s eyes off the road.

  • Manual: Manual distraction involves taking one’s hands off the steering wheel.

  • Cognitive: Cognitive distraction occurs when an individual’s focus is not directly on the act of driving.

Driver distractions have been influenced by the advancement of technology, especially text messaging or talking on a cell phone. That alone requires a combination of visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, making these types of distractions particularly dangerous to you and other drivers. Distracted driving is simply “Anything that takes your eyes off the road.”

Violations to any of the above definitions of aggressive/distracted driving result in the total disregard to the safety of other drivers and pedestrians on the Coronado Blvd “Speedway” and/or within Clifton’s town limits.

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 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!

New events for Javelina Chase

The Javelina Chase celebrates its fourth year with multiple events in the scenic Gila River Valley around Duncan, Arizona. As in prior years, “The Chase” will feature road races, “gran fondo” fun rides, a closed-course, timed “criterium,” a bike rodeo for kids 3 to 13, and a 5K walk/run for all ages.

This year the Javelina Chase expands in two major new directions, and adds a festive holiday celebration as well.

The 2017 Arizona State Championship Races in the Masters and Juniors categories will be held in the Javelina Chase road races. This means that many of Arizona’s most elite cyclists will take off from the starting line with category 1- 5 racers and other entrants.

Adding to the excitement is the new “Ghost Mine Rumble” – mountain bike races on 60- and 20-mile courses on spectacular back roads in the mountains north of Duncan. This is the first time the Javelina Chase has offered an event for mountain biking enthusiasts.

Finally, in observance of the Cinco de Mayo weekend, the Town of Duncan will host a family fiesta in Centennial Park on Saturday afternoon. There will be food, music, games for children, and two javelina piñatas for kids to swing at.

The Javelina Chase Omnium kicks off at the Duncan High School cafeteria from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 5, with a pasta dinner prepared by the Duncan Little League. All are welcome, for a charge of $7 a plate.

On Saturday, May 6, all the racers depart from the Greenlee County Fairgrounds following safety meetings and the national anthem. Ghost Mine Rumble mountain bike racers, depart at 7:15 a.m. Road racers (including the Masters and Juniors), with courses of 72, 50 and 25 miles, depart at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Gran Fondo fun riders, with 72-, 50- and 25-mile courses.

The 5K runners and walkers will depart at 8:00 a.m. Registration for the bike rodeo, a free activity for children 3 to 13, begins at 9:30.

Awards for the Saturday races will take place at the fairgrounds, beginning at 11 a.m.

The kids’ bike rodeo, organized by the Duncan PTA, offers a safe, fun course on the fairgrounds for young riders, along with free bike repairs and helmet giveaways. Loaner bikes will be available. Kids will be able to see the winning racers fly across the finish line at the fairgrounds.

The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Centennial Park, on Highway 70, will begin at 3 p.m. Local families and visitors are all welcome. Anyone interested in assisting the Town of Duncan with this celebration should call Town Hall, 928-359-2791.

On Sunday morning, May 7, the “Criterium” brings competitive riders onto a closed course on Old Virden Road, Virden Road, and a short stretch of Highway 75. Spectators are encouraged to come sit in bleachers on Old Virden Road to cheer for the riders as they pass. The first round of the Criterium begins at 7:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a break and an awards ceremony on Old Virden Road. And at 11:15 a.m. there will be a second round of the Criterium. At 3:30 p.m. on Old Virden Road, there will be a final awards ceremony for the Criterium and Omnium.

Cyclists and 5K participants may register at www.SWSportsREG.com. Further information on all events is available at www.javelinachase.com.

The all-volunteer committee overseeing the Javelina Chase is seeking more volunteers to assist with road preparation, parking, water hand-outs, and “spotting” at the criterium. To sign up, email javchaseaz@gmail.com.

Sponsors from the neighboring cities of Safford and Morenci, Arizona, and Lordsburg and Silver City, New Mexico, have given generously to help make the omnium a success.

Each year, the Javelina Chase organizers approach property owners along the routes about dogs. If loose dogs chase bicycles traveling at high speeds there can be devastating consequences, especially with groups of cyclists. The organizers ask for property owners’ cooperation in keeping all dogs contained on May 6th and 7th from at least from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to ensure the safety of riders, spectators, and pets.

Greenlee County, Arizona, is one of the most remote, least populated and least known parts of the Southwest. Stretched along Arizona’s eastern border where the Gila and San Francisco Rivers flow in from New Mexico, the entire county tallies only two stoplights, both near the massive open copper pit mine in Morenci. Five miles from the New Mexico border along the Gila River, there isn’t even a stop sign on scenic Highway 70 as it passes through the Town of Duncan. But in part because of that remoteness, and in part because of the ups and downs of the river valley highways, Duncan is building some notoriety as a cycling destination. For more information on Duncan, see The Simpson Hotel website.

Greenlee Health Dept. offerings

Immunizations:
(Call to make an appointment)
The Greenlee County Health Department contracts with the Arizona Department of Health Services to provide a full range of childhood (6 months -18 years) and adult (19 years and older) immunizations for residents of the county. (Must meet financial eligibility).This program is funded by the Federal Government. 

Family Planning Services:
(Call to make an appointment)
Services are primarily by appointment and include: information and counseling about contraceptive methods, physical examinations and follow-up, contraceptive supplies, diagnosis and treatment of minor gynecological problems, pregnancy testing and referrals to providers for OB/GYN services. Males/Females over the age of 14 years old are provided service on their own consent. Parental consent not needed. Services are confidential.
(Must meet financial eligibility.) This program is funded by the State of Arizona.
 
Tuberculosis Control Program:
Greenlee County Health Department TB Control operates a clinic five days a week staffed by Public Health Nurses and Physicians with expertise in management of TB disease and TB infection Skin testing x-ray referrals and case management. Tuberculosis (TB) Control is mandated by Arizona Statute and funded with State and County dollars. This program is funded by the State of Arizona.
 
Public Health:
Health education, blood Pressure checks, Blood glucose checks 

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Control Program:
This program deals with disease intervention activities to prevent disease transmission through education and by assuring that people who have a treatable STD or those that have been exposed to an STD are, by referral, promptly examined and adequately treated. Testing is free and confidential.

Alzheimer’s Support Group:
An open gathering of people with common problems needs and interests. They come together to share their feelings, thoughts, and experiences, in a combined effort to better cope with and manage the shared problems of dementia, in a safe environment. The goal of the Alzheimer’s Association support group is to provide emotional, social and/or educational support to group members.

Communicable Disease Control:
This program investigates reported communicable diseases such as Hepatitis A, vaccine preventable diseases such as whooping cough, measles, etc. Consultation provided about disease, prevention and control measures.
This program is funded by the Federal Government.
 
Ryan White Program Early Intervention:
We offer free and confidential human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing and linkage to care. Services are available to anyone ages 13 and up, with no parental consent, testing is done with the Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab combo. It’s a fast and accurate test and results are given with in twenty minutes. The primary goal of the Ryan White Program Early Intervention services is to reduce the transmission of HIV. Funding of this contract is provided through Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Southern Arizona AIDS foundation (SAAF), a nonprofit corporation contracted with ADHS.
 
Environmental Health Services:
Protects public health in Greenlee County through a variety of programs, (Restaurant inspections, issuing permits for food, waste water systems, investigations of repotted unsanitary health conditions, West Nile Virus Information, Safe Food, Water and Sewage Programs, Environmental Engineering Programs, Institutions Program Information, Recreational Sanitation Programs, Community Environmental Health Program) which promote healthy environmental conditions and reduce risks associated with communicable disease. This program is funded by the Public Health District.  

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Program
WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children. Services include nutritional and bio-chemical assessment to determine health risks, assistance with obtaining nutritious food packages, nutrition education and counseling, and referrals to other pertinent programs. Education is provided on nutrition and breastfeeding.

Pregnant and post-partum women, infants and children up to age five are screened and assessed as to their nutritional risk, income level and residency. There is no charge for these services. This program is funded by the State of Arizona and Federal Government.
 
Tobacco Prevention:
· Refer clients to Ashline-Arizona’s number one smoke free hotline 1-800-556-6222
· Implement smoke free strategies throughout the community and in Greenlee County Schools.
· Lead a STAND Student Taking a New Direction) group. Students who implement smoke free strategies throughout the community. STAND students also preform undercover sting with the Attorney General’s office and FDA to stop the sales of tobacco to minors.
· Work with Probation department on providing Drug and Alcohol classes to underage youth. This program is funded by the State of Arizona.

Chronic Disease:
· Implement Million Hearts Initiative throughout Greenlee County to help reduce heart disease and heart attacks.
· Provide Healthy Cooking Classes once a month at the Greenlee County nutrition center in Clifton, Duncan senior Center, along with one class in Morenci at the Morenci Club.
· Work with schools to implement healthy eating and exercising, along with a school garden in Morenci.
 
SEAGO (Home Care Services):
A variety of services are provided to elderly and disabled individuals through this program (home delivered meals, housekeeping, personal care, visiting nurse, and in home respite services). A Case Manager works with individuals, their families, and support systems to help find resources for elderly and disabled people. The Case Manager may be able to authorize the services named below for individuals who have a need for one or more of these services and who have no other person or agency to provide these services. Low income individuals with the greatest physical, emotional and social needs receive the highest priority for services available through the program. These services are provided under contract with South East Arizona Government Organization (SEAGO). If any services are authorized, ongoing case management services are provided to monitor clients’ well-being and to assist as needed and appropriate.

The Case management Program:
The Case Management program also provides Information and Referral services and assists individuals to attain services from a number of other programs or agencies. These include utility discounts, safety devices, home weatherization and repairs, Telephone Assistance Program, durable medical equipment or home adaptation, nutrition and food programs, information on local housing options, Veteran’s services, prescription discount programs, benefits programs such as, SSI, ALTCS, AHCCCS, QMB & SLMB, MEDICARE, heating & cooling assistance, immigration and naturalization programs, support groups and consumer credit assistance. Case manager also provides informal caregivers as a part of the National Family Caregiver Support Program. This program provides case management support, information and referral services, assistance to caregivers in gaining access to supportive services, access to a comprehensive video library on care giving issues, and respite services for individuals over 60 years of age who meet the program criteria.

There is no charge for any of these services or for Case Management services, although donations are welcome. Funding is provided through a contract with SEAGO that utilizes Older Americans Act funding, as well as State of Arizona funds.

 HAPI:
 Health in Arizona Policy Initiative (HAPI) utilizes evidence-based approaches to address population health needs through policy, systems and environmental change such as community nutrition, school health, school nutrition, worksite wellness, and children with Special Healthcare needs.

Each topic will be approached with different solutions such as: healthy options on restaurant menus, community gardens, school lunch revisions, school health advisory committees, worksite wellness trainings, Special Olympics, and many other great improvements set in place. Through collaboration with in the community we will put Greenlee County back on the map as a healthy county! HAPI is funded through Arizona Department of Health Services, focusing on innovative solutions to improving the health and well-being of the communities within Arizona.

Vital Records:
Certified Birth and Death certificates for all available years, you can obtain Certificates for $20.00 cash or money order Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 A.m. and 5 P.m.

Clifton Council Corner: Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving ~ Ordinance 02-2017 ~ Hand Held Devices:

Attention drivers ~ Please put down your phones and listen to this: Clifton’s Town Council adopted Ordinance 02-2017 on Thursday, April 13, 2017 banning the use of handheld phones and other devices that may distract a driver while operating a motor vehicle within Clifton’s town limits. The ordinance will take effect 30 days from the April 13th adoption date.

There’s more reason than ever now to get used to going hands free. Even handling your phone when you drive may get you a citation in Clifton and Governor Ducey has signed a state law that applies statewide in Arizona banning teens who are newly licensed or those with a learner permit from texting behind the wheel.

All Drivers” while within the “Town Limits” may only make and receive phone calls using “Hands-Free” technology, such as Bluetooth, or systems that are integrated within the vehicle. Also permitted are single-finger touch and swipe movements to devices that are mounted to the vehicle. If those options or equipment are not available, drivers should pull over to a safe location before using their hand-held devices.

A person violating the ordinance and is not involved in a motor vehicle accident is subject to a civil penalty of $50 for the first violation, $100 for the second and $200 for the third. A person who violates the ordinance and is involved in a vehicle accident is subject to a civil penalty of a minimum amount of $250.

There will a public relations pamphlet available to educate motorists about the new ordinance. In addition, the Clifton Police Department will soon be offering assistance in to help motorists learn how to use their hands-free equipment.

Distracted Driving ~ Part 2:

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 thorough fare 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 permits.

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.

Town Parking Violations:

You say you have always parked your car on the curb in front of your house.

You say your wife always parks at the curb facing the wrong way.

You say your son’s car is partly blocking the driveway, but, hey, it’s your driveway.

A past Mayor of Clifton remarked that there have been parking and traffic issues in Clifton since the horse and buggy days. My response; Today is not the horse and buggy days. I detest ennui, if it isn’t working let’s find a solution to the problem.

After traveling Clifton’s residential streets, I as a layman can see parking violations within Clifton’s town limits most every day. Violators should not be over confident that their illegal parking is not being noticed and/or enforced by our Code Enforcement Officer and or the Clifton Police Department.

Illegal parking is defined as: The act of parking vehicles in an illegal or restricted area such as a loading zone, where signage is posted, in crosswalks, on sidewalks, blocking a drive way or fire hydrants/stop signs within the denoted buffer zones or in a manner that impedes the flow of traffic. There are additional parking violations that are covered by Town Code.

Below are several of the observed violations.

  • Blocking sidewalks, driveways and parking within the boundaries of an intersection. (Town wide)

  • Vehicles assumed abandoned and/or repairs being performed on town streets or not being moved within the 72-hour limitation. (Town wide)

  • Parking in areas with posted signage: NO PARKING or NO PARKING THIS SIDE OF STREET. (South Clifton)

  • Parking within marked (RED CURBING) with signage as prohibited parking.

  • Parking within the 15ft limitation of Fire Hydrants and 30ft of Stop Signs (Town Wide)

  • Parking in such a manner that creates a hazard for other vehicles, specifically parking against the flow of traffic. (Town Wide)

  • Purposely ignoring the 15-minute Loading Zone limitation (Lower Chase Creek)

  • Parking in a manner that it impedes the flow of traffic. (Town Wide)

  • Parking in a handicapped space without proper documentation. (Town Wide)

My observations have taken place over the past year and I realize that some citizens may be not be aware of the in-place parking laws and regulations. Most streets in Clifton are narrow and all above cited parking violations can be considered a safety issue when it comes to pedestrian safety and emergency vehicle access. If a reasonable request due to unusual circumstances is received by our Code Enforcement Officer or the Clifton Police Department there can be a waiver issued for that single occurrence.

I ask our town citizens to be aware of the state laws and local codes that pertain to parking. Be considerate and abide by the posted signage.

Crime Prevention Watch:

CALL THE CLIFTON POLICE DEPARTMENT or the GREENLEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE to report 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!

“Apathy” is commonly known as: That is the way it has always been done,

I don’t know and I don’t care ~ Apathy is only an excuse for non-action.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

Clifton Council Corner: Summer safety tips

As we are all aware the first weeks of March in Clifton were a true spring, however, the beginning of the summer heat will soon arrive in Clifton.

Summer heat can be dangerous, even deadly, if you do not take the proper precautions. Everyone should follow the following basic heat safety tips in order to avoid the dangers of heat exposure.

  • NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a car.
  • Be a good neighbor; check on elderly and people with disabilities in our community who may need assistance keeping cool.
  • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible.
  • If you do go outside, stay in the shade.
  • Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear sunscreen outside along with loose-fitting, light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol and sweet drinks intake which speed dehydration and make sure to leave plenty of water for your pets.

Summer Fire Hazards

The recent spring rains that turned the hillsides green with rapid growth of vegetation in and around the Clifton/Morenci areas are now quickly becoming brown and dry. Weather conditions such as the warm spring/summer winds quickly remove the moisture content of all the growing vegetation around our homes.

If you are like most people, summer cannot come fast enough! Everyone is tired of the cold and rainy weather, and if you are like most of us, you cannot wait to spend a few afternoons/evenings barbecuing outside with family and friends. However, you need to be prepared for the fire hazards that come along with summer as well. As the temperature rises, so does the risk for fire, so make sure your home is prepared providing fire protection around your home, follow the below guidelines:

  • Keep your property free of accumulated combustibles such as trash, dried vegetation and cuttings.

  • Landscape your property with fire resistive plants, such as ground covers that are not conducive to fire.

  • Maintain trees and make sure they are trimmed and are free of all dead wood, dry leaves, etc.

  • Trees and shrubs should be trimmed away from buildings and chimneys.

  • Remove dead leaves and pine needles from roofs and rain gutters.

  • Practice cookout safety. Make sure that safety is your top priority.

  • Focus on keeping unauthorized “Chefs” and children away from the grill and manage the flames.

  • Do not leave the grill unattended for just a second. it could be accidentally knocked over.

  • Make sure that the grill is fully extinguished before leaving the cookout site.

  • Another fire hazard is the use of fireworks in the homes area. Everyone should always be careful about fireworks. As a reminder fireworks are not legal for use within Clifton’s town limits.

  • Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Detectors should be installed on every level of the home and inside all bedrooms. They should be tested biannually, which will give your child or elders a chance to hear and understand what the alarm means.

If you have a concern about fire vulnerable materials near your home, or placement of Smoke Detectors, please call Angel Maldonado, Code Enforcement Officer at Town Hall (928-865-4146). We will have someone investigate whether brush removal or other mitigation measures are required.

Crime Prevention:

To report any SUSPICIOUS activity, CALL 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

Remember you can always remain anonymous!

“Apathy” is commonly known as: That is the way it has always been done,

I don’t know and I don’t care ~ Apathy is only an excuse for non-action.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

March 2017 calendar

3/7 (also 3/21) 8-11 a.m., Greenlee County Board of Supervisors, Courthouse Annex.

3/8 (and every Wednesday through April 19) 10-11 a.m., Mt. Graham Safe House, domestic violence info classes, St. Philip & James, A Frame Church, Morenci.

3/8 Nutritionist Day, Morenci Community Center, sample healthy snacks.

3/10 5:30-8 p.m., Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, American Legion, Clifton.

3/10 Mario Mania Day, Morenci Community Center.

3/14 – 3/24 noon-2 p.m., spring break movie days, Morenci Library.

3/17 St. Patrick’s Day, get your beads at Morenci Community Center.

3/25 8-noon, Family Fishing Day, Silver Basin Lake, Lower Eagle Creek entrance, byo fishing gear for bass, catfish, carp. Registration required. No swimming, dogs, fires, fireworks.

4/10 6-8 p.m., Family (Easter) Bingo, Morenci Club.

4/14 7:45 p.m. sharp, Flashlight Eggs-Stravaganza, for kids 2-12, at Sumitomo Park and Veterans Memorial Ball Fields. Free.

4/15 Spring Rampage. See box at
right for details.

4/29 8 a.m. signup, Mt. Graham Safe House benefit golf tournament, Greenlee County Country Club, entry fee of $50 per person includes lunch. Contact Frank Ogas to sign up at (928) 215-0145.

See Morenci School District calendar at its website.
http://morenci.k12.az.us/2016-2017%20Calendar.pdf