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

Talking points for Washington visit

GREENLEE COUNTY Talking Points in Washington D.C. Feb 24 to March 1
2017 FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
PROVISION OF FULL, LONG-TERM FUNDING FOR PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES PROGRAM (PILT)
The PILT program was established in 1976 to help offset losses in property taxes due to the tax-exempt status of federal lands and to partially reimburse for the costs incurred by counties for services provided on or associated with, federal public, lands including education, law enforcement, search and rescue, firefighting support, parks and recreation and other community services.
Greenlee County is comprised of 1,182,080 acres of which 907,852 acres, or 76.8%, is held by the federal government and unavailable for economic development and not part of the property tax base. Over 2/3 of Greenlee County lies within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest boundary with the balance being Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.
Greenlee County received $973,144 last fiscal year which assisted in providing the necessary services on the federal lands. The national forest draws large numbers of visitors which require services not provided by the federal government.
It is critical that Congress work with state and local governments to fund a long-term solution for PILT funding and provide local government with budgetary stability.
SHORT-TERM REAUTHORIZATION OF THE SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY SELF DETERMINATION ACT (SRS) AND A LONG TERM LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION FOR CONTINUED REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS TO FOREST COUNTIES
In 1980, a revenue sharing agreement was enacted so that 25 percent of Forest Service revenues from timber sales, mineral resources, and grazing fees were returned to counties and states that have national lands, because they do not have the opportunity for economic development. With the listing of the Mexican Spotted Owl, the timber industry in Greenlee County was decimated. Our payments under this formula fell from over $700,000 to under $70,000.
In 2000, the Secure Rural Schools Community Self-Determination Act was enacted to stabilize payments to counties including stabilized education and road maintenance funding. Between 15-20% of the funds are directly invested back into projects that benefit the national forest. Under this formula, we have averaged receiving approximately $650,000.
SRS was reauthorized for one year in 2013 as part of the Helium Stewardship Act but since then it has been funded for 2014, 2015 and 2016 through other mechanisms.
Without action by Congress, counties and schools will once again be faced with serious budget shortfalls for education and roads.
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT 2.0 RULE
In December 2016, BLM issued its final Resource Management Planning rule, known as Planning Rule 2.0. Throughout the rulemaking process, counties expressed concern that the rule as written will dilute local government input into land management decisions and hinder their ability for consultation and collaboration with the BLM. The rule will have substantial impacts on how the BLM engages with state and local governments and how it manages the 245 million acres of public lands and 700 million acres of subsurface minerals. Almost 14% of Greenlee County is under the jurisdiction of the BLM. Restricting and encouraging certain land uses, federal land management decisions will have a significant impact on our local economy. The Congressional Review Act (CRA) gives Congress the authority to roll back this rule which will provide the BLM, counties and public lands stakeholders the ability to work together to improve the regulations and ensure robust coordination with local government.
Passage of H.J.Res 44 is absolutely necessary to ensure that the BLM is required to work with intergovernmental partners on policy that has benefited from meaningful local collaboration.
FOUR-FOREST RESTORATION INITIATIVE (4-FRI)
The Four Forest Restoration Initiative is a business model that was developed utilizing the knowledge of the environmental community, industry leaders and local governments. It has been seriously underused. With over 1,054,000 acres of NEPA ready land, the Forest Service should be aggressively releasing contracts to thin the four forests within the region. With the continued environmental pressures on these precious resources, it is imperative that the Forest Service apply the 4-FRI model to the fullest extent possible.
MEXICAN GRAY WOLF
Current ongoing concerns with the program include the latest proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, BLM, USDA-Wildlife Services, Arizona Game and Fish Department and the tribes as well as county government including Greenlee County and all counties within the ECO region. The proposal completely removes the ability for the counties to participate in the Executive Director meetings. The only provision is to have one representative from all other signatories outside of the lead agencies (Arizona and New Mexico). In addition, the USFWS has excluded local government from any participation in the development of the Recovery Plan citing the court ruling mandating a completion date. The counties will not have the ability to see the document until the public comment period. This is unacceptable. At the same time, we are being requested to assist with hosting public meetings on potential initial releases and translocations.
Local government must be included in the Recovery Plan development and allowed continued participation at all levels of management of the program including the Executive Meetings and Middle Management meetings. Funding for the impacts to the local ranching community continues to be a serious issue. This is a federal program and the financial impacts must be mitigated.

Clifton Council Corner: Your input and sound decisions

By Mayor Felix Callicotte

The Clifton Town Council must address challenges in a systematic fashion, and must seek the maximum amount of public input in that process. We understand that decisions that have been made or future decisions that will be made will not sit well with a particular faction or group. The Council cannot and will not please everyone and also recognizes that the Council must represent the current residents of Clifton while trying to forecast the interests of those of us who will live here in the future. We believe the Council has made decisions that are sound and that respect the wishes of the majority. The Council listens carefully and only makes decisions after seeking information and input.

As always, we appreciate your responses to this column and are pleased by the many who have commented on their thoughts and issues. To our knowledge all have been addressed and there are happier people out there because they shared their concerns with us. We cannot resolve an issue if we are unaware of it. Traffic problems, noise nuisance, animal control issues and uneven sidewalks … Whatever is irking you … let us know.

Public Works ~ Parks and Recreation

Clifton’s Public Works personnel perform their job functions within the Town’s confines. Public Works crews are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all town vehicles, buildings, streets and sidewalk maintenance. Department personnel also perform residential trash removal services as well as landscape debris pickup and removal.

The Town of Clifton also utilizes the “Clifton Cleanup Crew” comprised of ADOC inmates who work hard maintaining the RV Park, maintaining town owned green spaces and in the cleanup tasks around the town. We have received many compliments on Tony Ortega’s crew on their on-going efforts keeping the RV Park and the Town’s public parks clean in addition to assisting the Town’s Public Works crews when called on.

We want to thank both Larry Barela and Tony Ortega along with their charges who are keeping Clifton clean to get the proper recognition for a job well done.

Community Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] is one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD]. This grant funds community facilities, housing, public services and infrastructure and economic development activities. CDBG, like other block grant programs, differ from categorical grants, made for specific purposes, in that they are subject to less federal oversight and are largely used at the discretion of the local government.

CDBG funds flow annually from HUD to the state. From the state, funds go through regional councils of governments then are distributed to rural, local and county governments. Local and county elected officials decide which projects to fund locally.

The Town of Clifton is expected to receive approximately $100,000 in FY2017 Federal CDBG funds. The town may also apply for the next or all future CDBG from the State special projects [SSP].

We invite and encourage the town’s residents to attend the public meetings to gather additional citizen input on the use of CBDG funds.

Distracted Driving ~ Millennials:

Teenagers have always had the reputation of being the most reckless drivers on the road, but there is now new evidence that shifts that line of thinking. Millennials are now considered the worst motorists, according to a study and survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Results found that millennials are more likely to do the following while operating a vehicle: exceed the speed limit by 10 to 15 miles per hour; run a red light; read or send a text message; and finally, be high on marijuana.

Within the last 30 days, over 88 percent of the millennial drivers admitted they had either run a red light or texted while driving. In comparison with other age groups, it had been found that millennials were 1.6 times more likely to read or send a text message or email, and more than twice as likely to speed in a school zone.

In 2015, the number of people killed in car crashes was a staggering 35,092, which is a 7.2 percent increase of the previous year. “Some of the drivers, ages 19 to 24, believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable.” David Yang, Executive Director of AAA Foundation for Traffic and Safety. Yang also stated that, “It’s critical that these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences… and that they change their behavior and attitudes in order to reduce the number of fatalities on U.S. roads.”

So, next time you hit the road, please be cautious and aware at all times. Do not text and drive. Do not speed or run red lights. Be smart and alert when you’re behind the wheel, because your life could be changed in a single instant.

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Take Pride in Clifton!

Annual Chamber meeting coming March 10

Renewal letter

Membership application

The Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce has continued to develop opportunities to celebrate and grow our local businesses over the past year, and we would like to extend an offer to all businesses working in Greenlee County to continue to be a part of this effort.

Greenlee County Chamber

In 2016, we were pleased to bring the following efforts to fruition for our members:

·         Organizing well-attended mixers, highlighting the successes of our members.

·         Participating in ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses in Greenlee County.

·         Encouraging local shopping efforts by hosting two “Shift the Way You Shop” events.

·         Leveraging our Facebook page to highlight the successes of our membership.

·         Sponsoring the Greenlee County Candidate Forum to ensure that the interests of the business community were addressed, with more than 200 people in attendance.

Annual Meeting

The Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting for members on March 10th at the American Legion Hall at 5:30pm. The evening will feature our keynote speaker Kimber Lanning, the Founder & Director of Local First Arizona. Also, awards will be given during the evening, please see the attached nomination form for details. Tickets will be $25 each. Reservations are due by March 3rd. After this date, tickets will be $30 each.

 

Membership Dues

Membership dues are paid annually to the Chamber and will be due March 31st. Please find the attached membership form for details. As we look forward into 2017, we are hopeful to expand upon these efforts and continue to bring value to our local businesses. Most notably:

·         Continuing our shop local efforts throughout the region, including completing a survey to identify consumer product needs.

·         Completion of a website to highlight Chamber activities and member-owned businesses.

·         A strong partnership with the Eastern Arizona Small Business Development Center to offer additional training offerings to the business community.

In order to best understand the businesses that we are serving, we have included a survey in the mailing of this information. We have enjoyed serving our members this year and look forward to accomplishing even more over the next year.