Legacy of Consul General Rodriguez

By Julio Espinoza

Mexico has one of the most influential diplomatic and consular networks in the world with about 150 offices worldwide and a network of about 50 consulates in the U.S.

Phoenix is perhaps the most strategic consular post for Mexico due to national security reasons: most of the political stability of the U.S-Mexico relationship depends on the correct management of the Arizonan-Sonoran desert region, which is a gateway for trade and investment but also presents a myriad of governance issues: illegal trafficking of people, drugs and arms as well as other organized crime activities such as money laundering and kidnapping.

Mexico has progressively overcome the stereotype of an undeveloped country and has taken leadership in the new international system, only thanks to a generational transformation in the government elite of our southern neighbor. Now we see that Mexican officials graduate from American or European universities, speak more than two languages, have at least a master’s degree, if not a PhD, and are very cosmopolitan. That broad world-view has enable this generation of Mexican public servants, such as Consul General Rodriguez, to be able to live, work and deliver results in any continent always keeping in mind the Mexican national interest.

Mexico might have governance problems being a democracy in transition. But we all must recognize two major changes. First, Mexico is no longer the backyard of the United States as several pundits used to believe, but the front yard. This is thanks to the rapidly increasing levels of interdependence between the two countries.

Second, Mexico has been playing a responsible role in this new American Century. Mexico is a trading nation with a strong orientation for a world order where peace, law, democracy and free trade prevail. What is in the best interest of the U.S. and Arizona (a stable and open international system) is also in the best interest of Mexico.

If we are looking for the same results then we need to work with our neighbors making the most of our commonalities, which reminds me of the words of Consul Rodriguez a few weeks ago:

“México and Arizona are friends and strategic partners, both share multiple economic, social and cultural ties. México ranks as the first destination for Arizona’s exports with USD 9.1 billion in 2015. An estimated 111,216 jobs in Arizona rely on bilateral trade with México. But beyond trade, our most valuable asset continues to be our people. Arizona is home to 1.7 million people of Mexican origin that contribute importantly to the prosperity of both Arizona and México. We need to reinforce our path to the future, unlike the past we must build bridges and not walls.”

If we evaluate the last three years of the Arizona-Mexico relationship in retrospective, Consul Rodriguez achieved so much in a short period thanks to his commitment to cooperation and the steady intention of the last two Federal Administrations of the Mexican Government to improve relations with the U.S. and Arizona, in spite of the loud and reckless statements of some political actors who damage the U.S. national interest with their irresponsible points of view.

Since his appointment in 2013, Consul Rodriguez conducted an inter-agency dialog that resulted in the establishment of the ProMexico trade office in Arizona and Nevada (the international business agency of Mexico), entry into force of memoranda of understanding of Phoenix with multiple Mexican cities, and the opening of the Arizona State Trade and Investment Office in Mexico City.

Progress in the Arizona-Mexico relation was also possible thanks to the advocacy of community leaders such as Mayor Stanton of Phoenix who found in Consul Rodriguez the perfect ally to conduct regular trade mission trips to different parts of Mexico. Two of the most globally minded citizens of the Valley were always side by side with Consul Rodriguez, always advocating for a true partnership with Mexico.

Both Michael Patterson, attorney at law with Polsinelli, and Doug Brunhke, CEO of Global Chamber have been perhaps the best friends of Mexico in Arizona’s corporate world. That is why last Monday June 13 at Polsinelli’s corporate office in Downtown Phoenix we gathered to wish Consul Rodriguez our best in his new consular post in California.

We took the opportunity to express the assurances of Arizona’s highest consideration to Consul General Rodriguez for building bridges and tearing down ideological walls between our state and the world.

The top diplomat of Mexico in Arizona is a highly demanding job due to the flow of sensitive information and the need of precise coordination in real time with Mexico City and the other four consulates of Mexico in Arizona (Tucson, Nogales, Yuma and Douglas), along with the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C.

Being the top Mexican diplomat in Arizona is a 24/7 job that requires a massive amount of analytical skills and stamina, besides a very rare talent for negotiation and peace building. We are grateful for your service and commitment to peace and cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico. Mr. Consul Rodriguez, you will be missed; but we look forward to working with you again to build more bridges and tear down more walls between our countries.

Teachers learning new skills

By Tom Powers, Greenlee County School Superintendent

Well school is out, so all the teachers can enjoy all that free time.

Oh, wait; some of that precious time just got volunteered away.

The week of June 6 there will be 234 Greenlee and Graham teachers volunteering to learn many new and different ways to teach students. They will be attending the South East Arizona Teachers Academy (SEATA) at Eastern Arizona College. SEATA recruits education experts from our own ranks and from around Arizona to provide the newest, latest, and greatest ways to educate our students.

SEATA is comprised of 132 one-and-a-half-hour breakout sessions on subjects from Preschool to High School math. Teachers will be able to participate in 16 different sessions over the four day academy.

Some of the classes included are one day field trips to the Mt. Graham International Observatory and the newest computer teaching programs.

There will be sessions on the newest research findings on teaching reading, math, and language skills. The sessions are designed so that every grade and subject teacher will have an opportunity to attend a class in their area of interest each session.

There is no cost to the teachers as all the program is provided by the Greenlee and Graham County School Superintendents’ Offices.

2016 All Star game in Duncan

By Ákos Kovach

Fifty-five of Arizona’s top high school football players, their families and coaches will converging on Duncan June 9-11 for the annual Class 1-A State Football All-Star Game.

Duncan High School’s Packer Field will be the host facility for this 2016 All-Star Game Classic.

Eldon Merrell, Coach and Duncan Schools Superintendent is very happy to welcome this event back to Duncan. There will also be a 5-on-5 passing tournament that will take place on Saturday morning and early afternoon. The tournament will consist of underclassmen from schools across the state preparing for the upcoming football season.

Any school interested in attending can call the high school (928-359- 2474) for more information.

The All Star game, the attendees and number of players has increased each year since the first game was held here in 2013. The coaches, staff and players appreciate the attention to detail as many additional activities and meals are scheduled during the time the players are here in Greenlee County. A swim and workout trip to the Morenci Fitness Center and communal meals are also on tap.

The game-day festival on Saturday includes numerous vendors, food and fun for all ages. Please call 928-359-2474 or 928-359-4000 for questions and additional information.

More details on All Star game

By Dustie Robinette

The Arizona Football All-Star DIV VI  game presented by the Arizona Coaches Association (ACA), and co-hosted by the Athletic Booster Club of Duncan (ABCD) will be held in Duncan June 11, 2016.  This is the 3rd year  that Duncan has had the honor of hosting the game.

50 players from 17 schools across Arizona have been invited to participate in the All-Star game.  The players and 8 coaches will arrive in Duncan on Thursday June 9th.  A welcome reception will be held by ABCD  that afternoon. The players will be  housed in the Duncan High School Gym and practices where held at Packer Field. Locals, family, friends and football enthusiast are invited to come came out  enjoy the cooler evenings, stadium lights and watch the practices. The meals will be prepared by various volunteer organizations in the Duncan area and will served in the high school cafeteria.

Come out and join us Saturday for a packed full, loads of family fun, ALL-STAR DAY.  The day will kick off  at 7:00 a.m. with registration for the Horseshoe Tournament and 3-on3 Knockout Basketball Tournament.  Both tournaments will get under way at 8:00 a.m..  At 9:00 a.m. the All-Star Classic Car Show registration will open.  By 10:00 a.m. the day will be in full swing with the start of the 5 on 5 passing tournament, car show and community festival.

PTA’s concession stand will have great burgers, etc and there will be lots of vendors offering wonderful gifts and goodies.  Take your chance at the dunk tank and try to send one of our VIP volunteers into the icy water, or enjoy the water slide, bounce house, wagon ride or other great activities.  At 3:00 p.m. a VIP reception catered by Black Hills Catering and hosted by ACA and ABCD will be held for the parents and coaches of the All Star players along with bronze level and above event sponsors.

Gates will open at 5:00 p.m., with the All-Star game starting at 6:00 p.m.  The cooler temperatures of the evening and dramatic vistas from Packer Field will make for a spectacular back drop for a hard hitting football contest.

This event will show case the “community capacity” of Duncan as over a 100 volunteers come together with hundreds of hours of service to help celebrate Arizona’s  rural community athletes. ABCD would like to thank Superintendent Eldon Merrill, who coordinates and carefully oversees the entire event, The Town of Duncan, The Greenlee County Board of Supervisors, Freeport MacMoran, United Way, DVEC, and Graham County Electric Cooperative for their sponsorship, and the many volunteers who make it all come together.

Arizona and Mexico: Geography is Destiny

By Julio Espinoza and Doug Bruhnke

Arizona and Mexico are more than neighbors. The two are more like a married couple with a complicated interdependent history, and a mutually dependent relationship. The NAFTA region shares common historical struggles within and against foreign powers and has one of the most symbiotic partnerships in recent history.

Regional leaders in the know are fully aware of the strategic value of stability and competitiveness in North America. But how aware is the general public on both sides of the border about the interdependence between the two countries, particularly amidst the noise of the U.S. presidential campaign season?

Trade text with American and Mexican flags over container ships at port

We argue that Mexico has changed significantly and will be an asset for U.S. primacy in the future international system.
Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix, Roberto Rodríguez, referring to statistics of the U.S. Census Bureau highlights that “while much attention is given to the rising volume of U.S. imports from México over the past decade, what is often overlooked is the fact that México has emerged as the second destination in the world for U.S. exports.

Mexico is No. 2 export destination

In 2015, U.S. companies exported $236 billion in goods to México, more than a five-time increase since the implementation of NAFTA in 1994. As a measure of the significance of our bilateral trade, the United States exports more goods to México than to Brazil, India, Japan and the United Kingdom combined, with six million U.S. jobs relying on our bilateral trade.” (Source Consul General Rodriguez with data retrieved from the U.S. Census Bureau, www.census.gov, March 2016).

U.S. exports to Mexico also exceed combined exports to Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. (Source: Realizing the Value of Crossborder Trade with Mexico, Figueroa, Lee and Van Schoik, ASU, 2013).

The U.S. is Mexico’s largest source of foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and the keystone for strategizing and implementing foreign and national security decisions. Both countries are interdependent to an extent that any cycle of economic growth or slowdown will impact both markets. Any threat to the stability of Mexico would also be a threat to the national security of the U.S., like the potential use of the border by organized crime, terrorist groups or enemy powers challenging the U.S. leadership in the world.

The “U.S. – Mexico marriage” did not happen after the entry into force of NAFTA: NAFTA is a long lasting honeymoon. The special relationship has always been underlying as a result of geographical proximity. The U.S. and Mexico, sister republics, declared their independence from the European rule almost at the same time (the U.S. in 1776 and Mexico in 1810) and since then the borderlands have been a constant factor in the relationship: either a cause of war or an opportunity for immigration, trade and investment flows.

Border states’ commonality

Arizona is one of the lost Mexican territories in the Mexican-American war of the mid 1800’s with California, New Mexico and Texas. The bordering states have a commonality: They are links between one of the most significant empires in history and a democracy in reluctant transition.

The borderland is a source of disagreements in D.C. and Mexico City, but also the home of advanced industrial clusters and food, water and energy supply chains as well. The strategic value of the U.S.-Mexico border is present in most foreign and national security memos of both governments. By itself, “Amexica”, as some pundits call the border between the two countries, represents the 4th largest economy in the world, including 10 states.

For globally minded entrepreneurs the borderlands represent business opportunity: a place where the largest market in the world collides with one of the most vibrant economies of the 21st century, a market eager to consume American products and services, and a country with a decreasing sense of anti-Americanism.

Today, Mexico’s perception of the U.S. is positive and getting better. According to Mexico’s Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, between 2004 and 2012, taken as a whole, both the Mexican general public and leaders see the U.S. as a trustworthy neighbor and a source of admiration. Distrust and disdain towards the U.S. have decreased over the last decade. On a scale of 1-7, where 1 represents a very negative action and 7 a very positive one, both groups gave the highest average rating to the U.S. action of promoting free trade (the public rates it at 5.1, and leaders 4.7).

When it comes to U.S. national security and foreign policy initiatives, the Mexican public and leaders grant less legitimacy to U.S. actions in the Americas and the world. However, the U.S. policy towards Mexico is perceived with moderation in both groups: the public ranking it at 5.1, and leaders at 4.3. (Source: Mexico, the Americas and the World 2012-2013. Foreign Policy: Public Opinion and Leaders, Gonzalez et. al., Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, Mexico, 2013).

Valuing our alliance

How much do Americans and Arizonans value the U.S.-Mexico alliance, a union that in the mid 19th century expelled the French Empire from the Americas, the real reason we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? In 2050, how much will the U.S. value having Mexico (by then the 6th largest world economy) by our side as an ally as close to us as Canada or the U.K.?

Global-minded leaders in Arizona understand that the state is tied to the legendary American Southwestern territory and that Mexico still offers opportunity for fortune hunters. The 21st century Arizonan trailblazers are looking into new trade corridors represented by efficient logistical infrastructure and outsourcing opportunities in a market with low production costs and strong copyright enforcement.

Many leaders have understood that the old stereotypes of an impoverished, corrupt and uneducated Mexico have faded away after profound political and economic transformations. Now Mexico is a democracy in transition and a fast-growing and steady emerging economy. In a few decades, as long as the Mexican elites continue with the structural reforms, Mexico will be a more fully evolved democracy with a strong free market economy and an outstanding middle class of 80 million people by 2030.

Border is region of opportunity

The U.S. Southwest border with Mexico is as a region of opportunity. We must appreciate the growing Mexican middle class with their discretionary income as much as the Mexican selected group of magnates that can invest in the U.S., because both can help ensure the sustainability of the NAFTA region.

We must envision North America as the most advanced and sustainable economic engine in 2030 because at that moment our traditional Western allies will be lagging behind the growth of economies such as China, India, Indonesia, Brazil and Russia, most of them being challengers of the existing U.S.-European shaped world order. (The World in 2050: Will the shift in global economic power continue?, PwC, 2015).

Ultimately the new economic world order means a challenge and opportunity to the U.S. for developing and hosting advanced industries and services, promoting American FDI, products and services in the world by free trade agreements and intellectual property enforcement. Yet the general public doesn’t always see the value of free trade agreements, many stuck in paradigms that don’t represent current and future economic reality.

Mexico investing in Arizona

Currently most of the FDI coming to Arizona is European; however, Mexico will exceed the largest European economies and Japan by 2050. Do we already have an effective long term strategy to attract more Mexican FDI into Arizona? Are we able to support our business strategies with our political intentions and state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure? Are we ready to host the Mexican transnational companies that will be looking into the U.S. to expand operations? Today Arizona only hosts about ten large Mexican companies, most of them in mining, food and beverage industries.

Aquila Astrologa china Chinese astrologyThe U.S.-Mexico border is a perfect laboratory to corroborate the international trade notion that “exports rely on imports” per Figueroa et.al. About 40% of the content in U.S. imports from Mexico is actually produced in the United States. Just to demonstrate the level of interdependence, the Mexico Ministry of Foreign Affairs translates this fact into plain words for us: forty cents of every dollar spent on imports from Mexico comes back to the U.S., a quantity ten times greater than the four cents returning for each dollar paid on Chinese imports.

Mexicans that legally cross the border to shop and visit Arizona represent about $ 7 million per day according to the Arizona Mexico Commission. Consul General Rodríguez elaborates on the strategic value of Arizona in the U.S.-Mexico relationship: “México and Arizona are friends and strategic partners, both share multiple economic, social and cultural ties. México ranks as the first destination for Arizona’s exports with $ 9.1 billion in 2015. An estimated 111,216 jobs in Arizona rely on bilateral trade with México.

“But beyond trade, our most valuable asset continues to be our people. Arizona is home to 1.7 million people of Mexican origin that contribute importantly to the prosperity of both Arizona and México. We need to reinforce our path to the future, unlike the past we must build bridges and not walls.” (Source: Consul General Rodriguez with data retrieved from the U.S. Census Bureau, www.census.gov, March 2016; U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NAFTA Triumphant: Assessing Two Decades of Gains in Trade, Growth, and Jobs, October, 2015; and Pew Research Center, www.pewhispanic.org, Demographic Profile of Hispanics in Arizona, 2011)

The U.S.-Mexico border region attracts FDI from around the world. So in many ways the border represents not just trade between Mexico and the U.S., but with the world as well. That is why we cannot wait and let other states such as California and Texas continue to make the most of the geographical proximity with Mexico; we need to catch up with more aggressive and progressive regional trade and investment strategies that take into account the epicenters of international trade and investment: our metropolitan areas.

For Phoenix and Tucson, global engagement must be a priority, while boosting existing local firms with export capabilities to make the most of already developed industrial clusters. (See Global Cities Initiative, Brookings and JP Morgan Chase, Atlanta, 2015)

Getting the attention of Carlos Slim

Things have changed, and more change is needed. Last year a group of business leaders with the support of the City of Phoenix were able to entice the Mexican Telecommunications tycoon, and the world’s 2nd richest man, Carlos Slim to Arizona. Mr. Slim’s companies are heavily engaged in Mexico and throughout the Western Hemisphere.

That trip opened the door to Mr. Slim’s companies in Arizona and helped facilitate other trade discussions for business and government leaders. Small business steps have been leading to more opportunities.

We need to continue hosting an open dialog to educate our general public and decision makers about the potential that Mexico represents and advocate at the business level for a more coherent strategy to embrace Mexico.

The 2016 Global and Arizona Town Hall discussions in Phoenix and Tucson fostered a productive dialog with Mexican colleagues that will translate into better policy and more business and jobs for Arizona.

If you want to be informed and partake of the dialog, keep reading our media contributions and join us for our high level discussions. We will be happy to provide you with the right information to make your business be “global and unstoppable.”

Clifton Council Corner: Fireworks prohibited

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 city government through organized support. Our goal is to guarantee these values by our residents having a seat at policy and budget formulation.

FIREWORKS Are Prohibited:

Clifton salutes patriotism and honors our nation’s history, however, the use of illegal fireworks – any device that explodes, rises in the air or moves about the ground or any fireworks device that pose a serious fire hazard and disturb the peace within the town limits are strictly prohibited in the Town of Clifton.

The Clifton Town Council reminds residents the following are all illegal types of fireworks and are prohibited: Skyrockets, Bottle Rockets, Roman Candles, Mortars, Cherry Bombs, and Firecrackers of any type.

In response to any complaint concerning illegal fireworks use, the Clifton Police Department will increase its enforcement efforts against any person who lights up illegal fireworks during the 2016 Independence Day holiday.

The Town of Clifton recognizes that it is important to remember our nation’s history and to celebrate this historic occasion, but please celebrate safely!

Summer Safety!

There are other dangers to children in and around cars that you should know. One of those dangers is hyperthermia, or heat stroke, from being left unattended in a parked vehicle. Never leave children alone in the car—not even at the convenience store with the engine running. Vehicles heat up quickly – even with a window rolled down two inches, if the outside temperature is in the low 80s°, the temperature inside the vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes.

Vehicles can be a danger to children even if they are not in the vehicle. Make sure you walk around your vehicle before you get in it and back out of a driveway or parking spot. As a driver, know that every vehicle has a blind zone.

As the size and height of a vehicle increases, so does the blind zone area. Large vehicles, trucks, SUVs, RVs, and vans, are more likely to be involved in back overs than cars because they have the largest blind zones.

Make sure to lock vehicle doors at all times when not in use. Children may enter vehicles on their own because the vehicle was unlocked or the keys were left out and accessible. Many incidents can happen as a result of an unlocked vehicle.

Remember that long trips can be especially tough on children. Stopping along the way makes the trip easier and less tiring for them as well — and more of an adventure, too. Bring along a few favorite books or soft toys to keep the little ones content and occupied. The trip will seem to go faster for them, perhaps lessen the number of times they ask, “Are we there yet?” And let you keep your attention on safe driving.

The above is courtesy of NHTSA [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]

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 are the eyes of your neighborhood and remember you can always remain anonymous!

“The strength of the team is each individual member.

The strength of each member is the team.”

Take Pride in Clifton”

Results from 2016 Javelina Chase

We had 210 athletes competing in the Javelina Chase Omnium 2016.  The standings are not easy to make sense of to mere mortals–don’t know why they make it difficult and convoluted but here are the overall Omnium winners and names.
An Omnium consists of 3 events which a rider must compete in.  In this years event the 3 events were a Road race, Time Trials, and a Criterium.  The below listed people won in their classification:
Shelby Hoglund        Women Pro1/2/3
Jane Berger              Women Category 3/4
Marcel Berger           Men Pro1/2/3
Nicholas Zukowsky   Men Category 3/4
Avery Cronyn            Men Category 4/5
Amy Findley              Women Master 35+
Natalie Potvin            Master Women 50+
Tim Scott                   Masters men Category 1/2/3/4/5
David Bixby               Men Masters 60+ Category 1/2/3/4/5
Below are the local people that rode in the 72, 50, and 25 mile Fondos.
James Plyler 72 mile
Denny O’flattery 72 mile
Brian Brogan 72 mile
Isaac Brogan 50 mile
Tavin Brogan 25 mile
Anne Bezanson 25 mile
Susan Breen 25 mile
Below are local people that ran the 5k.
Gary Giauque
Quinton Carlton
Terry Johnson
Brad Boyd
Chester Hupp
Silvia Chacon
Roberta Hupp
Isabella Leyba
Blanca Leyba
Steve leyba
Elijah Leyba
Rachelle Burnett
Jaymon Conyer
Peggy Conyer
Loretta Lemons
Joann Boyd
Sunny Perez
Micheal Goodgame
Amelia Savage
Dusty Murdock
Wyatt Skinner
Brenda Skinner
Declan Carlton

Clifton Council Corner: Distracted driving

By Mayor Felix Callicotte

Distracted Driving:

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

We all know that the amount of traffic that currently traverses through Clifton on any given day at times can be mind boggling. To that extent all drivers who happen to be caught in traffic that seems to be never ending the below traffic safety tips will help you to avoid a traffic mishap and keep you and your passengers safe. Though these may seem like common sense to you, Arizona traffic rules and laws exist for a reason. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.

1O Ways Keeping You and Clifton’s Roads Safe:

1. Make the smart choice ~ Don’t Drink and Drive: Drive only when you are fully alert. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in Arizona while your ability to do so is impaired by alcohol. Specifically, you may not drive when your blood alcohol level is at or over .08 nor you are not to drive if your ability is impaired by drugs.

2. Use seat belts: The impact from a collision at 30 miles per hour, when not restrained by a seat belt, is the same as falling from a three-story building. Seat belts save lives when worn properly; they prevent you from being thrown around the inside of a crashing vehicle or, worse, thrown completely out of the vehicle. You and your passengers have a greater chance of surviving if you are wearing your seat belt. Make sure everyone including children are buckled in.

3. Avoid Distractions ~ “Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel”: Drive alert with both hands on the steering wheel. When you are behind the wheel you need to focus on just one job, driving the vehicle. Cellphone talk/texting causes distractions. Eating/drinking, applying makeup/shaving or interaction among passengers also diverts a driver’s attention in potentially deadly ways. Do not text and drive … pull over to talk if you are using a cellular phone.

4. Tailgating: A general rule of thumb is there should be at least a three second space between you and the other vehicle. When traveling at night or inclement weather, leave even more space open between yourself and the other car. When stopping make sure that you can see the entire rear wheels of the car in front of you. This will prevent the typical rear-ender/chain reaction type of collision; Driving too close is not only rude, but it can make the person in front of you anxious and/or frustrated.

5. Obey the speed limits: Remember as your speed increases so does your braking distance. If you double your speed, you quadruple your braking distance. Slow down when road and weather conditions are poor. Always follow posted speed limits; do not exceed them.

6. Changing Lanes: Always use caution when changing lanes. Cutting in front of someone, changing lanes too fast or not using your signals may cause an accident or upset other drivers. Remember that lanes go according to speed. The furthest left lane is the “fast lane,” and the furthest right lane is the “slow lane.” Therefore, if cars are passing you on the right, you should move over to the right and allow cars to pass on the left. By the same token, you should always pass on the left, not on the right.

7. Watch Out for the Other Guy: Expect the other drivers to make mistakes. Driving prepared requires awareness, so make sure you check your mirrors and keep an eye on side streets so you will know which other cars are around you and how they are driving. Do not focus only on the road in front of your car — look ahead so you are aware what is happening 50 to 100 yards up the road.

8. Reduce your risks: Practice courtesy at all times. Don’t cut people off or make sudden stops or lane changes. Obey traffic control devices. A stop sign means come to a COMPLETE STOP. Be cautious when approaching intersections. A yellow light means clear the intersection – DO NOT try to beat the RED LIGHT. Make yourself visible. Day or night, always turn your headlights on, use your running lights, and make sure your tail lights are working. Use your signal lights so others on the road know what you are going to do. Don’t follow too close.

9. Share the road: When an emergency vehicle is flashing its lights/sounding its siren, all other cars must yield the right of way, and move closely over to the right as far as possible, until the emergency vehicle(s) have passed. Understand the Right of Way: If you approach an intersection and there are other cars there before you, you must allow them to go first. When two drivers on opposite sides of the intersection reach it simultaneously, a driver that is turning left has to yield to the car that is either going straight or turning right. A driver must yield to pedestrians using crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked. Be cautious of school buses, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and the Big Horn Sheep. Always be on the lookout for and yield to these vulnerable road users.

10. Have your vehicle serviced regularly: A well-maintained vehicle is a safe vehicle.

Code Enforcement:

The Town of Clifton periodically reviews past reports that are made from concerned citizens within our town limits to the catalog of complaints regarding police and code enforcement issues. The primary mission of the Town of Clifton Police Department and Code Enforcement is to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public through the administration and uniform enforcement of laws and regulations related to land use, building construction and property maintenance of the town.

Complaints have triggered the police department and code enforcement to crackdown of the following: Unattended vehicle parking violations, parking violations in general, graffiti, unpermitted travel trailer and RV’s being used as living quarters. There has been an increase in domestic violence disturbances, drunk & disorderly conduct, trespassing, disturbing the peace, and nuisances. These issues have plagued and continue to plague the town. Unless Clifton’s town codes are enforced and residents take law and code enforcement more seriously we can expect our town to start on a downward slide and become unmanageable.

The Police Department and Code Enforcement has been working to make Clifton safe and appealing and although there is a noticeable improvement around town, there is still a lot of work to be done. It is important to contact the Police Department or Code Enforcement with any complaints. We cannot resolve a situation if we are not made aware of the complaint.

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!

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Take Pride in Clifton”

Horse racing returns to rural Arizona

It’s official … horse racing is returning to Arizona Rural Counties! Negotiations were finalized between the Arizona Counties Race Tracks at Safford, Sonoita and Douglas, Arizona, and the El Moro Foundation to host the 2016 El Moro de Cumpas horse race festival. Trials are scheduled to take place April 23-24, 2016 in Safford, Arizona, then on to Sonoita, Arizona on May 7-8, 2016, with finals taking place at Douglas, Arizona on May 21-22, 2016. The El Moro de Cumpas 2016 horse race series will be Arizona’s richest county El Moro race meet with over $250,000 estimated in purse distribution.

A twist on the traditional horse racing circuit will be Greenlee County’s historic Duncan Hopefuls horse races, which will be run in 2016 at the race tracks in Safford, Sonoita and Douglas. Robert Corbell, Greenlee County Supervisor for District 3, explained “our Greenlee County race track located at Duncan, Arizona sustained storm damage this summer. To keep in the spirit of rural Arizona horse racing, the Greenlee County Board of Supervisors agreed to participate in the El Moro festivities by hosting our historic Greenlee County Duncan Hopefuls races at our neighbor race tracks in Safford, Sonoita and Douglas. We’ll be there to cheer on the races and show our Greenlee County spirit.”

Sharon Denham, Chair of the Arizona Counties Racing Association stated, “We’re excited about the El Moro races coming to our community. These races bring the best Quarter Horses in the Western Region and Mexico to compete for the coveted title of El Moro de Cumpas Champion—it’s our version of the Kentucky Derby.” Geronimo and Gabriel Ramirez, President and Vice President of the El Moro Foundation noted, “The El Moro de Cumpas race has a legacy grounded in the culture of the Greater Southwest Region, but it is recognized worldwide as one of the most competitive bi-national horse races. As a tribute to our cultural traditions and heritage, we are pleased to have the 2016 El Moro horse races running in Arizona’s rural counties.”

The El Moro de Cumpas horse race is named in honor of El Moro from the Mexican town of Cumpas. In 1957, El Moro lost a match race to El Relampago from California. The race took place on the main street of Agua Prieta in Mexico, close to the U.S. border. Over 1.8 million pesos were bet (the equivalent of $1 million today), as well as cars, trucks, farm animals, and even many farms and ranches. The race drew thousands. El Moro was faster around the halfway mark, but he lost to El Relampago. The name El Moro, however, lives on as a tribute that both winner and losers are heroes.

Race information, nomination forms, and stakes schedules are available on the El Moro Foundation website: www.elmorofoundation.org and the Southern Arizona Horse Racing Association (SAHRA) Facebook, or by calling the El Moro Foundation office at (520) 333-8316.

Head for Fairgrounds April 8 & 9

The Greenlee County Fairgrounds in Duncan will be “the place to be” this coming Friday & Saturday April 8 & 9. This Springtime activity has been revamped and expanded in many ways this year with special thanks to the vendors who have signed on to help make this a Big Family Fun Event:

Duncan Woman’s Club, Linda Durr County Assessor, St Philips & St. James Church, Doterra EmpowerU Team, Country Chic, Catalina Treats, Greenlee County Health Department, Greenlee County Cooperative Extension, Solar Cooking/72 Hr Kits, Pampered Chef, Pockets and Brass, Dodge’s Ice cream, Greenlee County Rodeo Royalty, Indian Fry Bread, Stotz Equipment, Row n Rock, EA Glass, Craig Bloomfield is bringing his company Clean up & Total Restoration, Home Depot, Town of Duncan, Town & Country, Duncan 4-H Club, Javalina Chase, Ace Hardware, TNT, Mana, Soft Sugarcookie and More

A lot of thought and effort has gone into putting together an amazing array of activities for children, adults and seniors alike. And yes, the Mud Drag series is back ~! Check out the 5th Annual Rock ‘n Roll Car Show; 10th Annual Junior Rodeo; the Kidz Zone; adults who throw horseshoes are in for a big treat as several teams are coming in from Silver City; Bull Bash; Team Roping; Home & Garden ideas; and when it’s all said and done – dance and groove to the band we all love: Crosswinds~! Call 928-359-2032 for details.

Reading Nook News: Biography in context

When you go to the Greenlee County Library website (www.greenleelibraries.org) and click the State Wide Database link on the left side you will step into a world of data that is current, accurate and very useful. Remember this is available on any home computer and a library card. This article will talk about the Biography In Context button on the page.

Biography In Context is an up-to-date source of people from historically prominent people to present-day newsmakers. It is continually updated and includes written materials such as magazine, newspaper and journal articles as well as primary sources, videos, audio files and images. This database will offer students doing research a high level source of information and is also a great source for those people who want to expand their knowledge of newsworthy people.

The categories that are searchable include biographies of writers, notable women, artists, musicians, philanthropists, scientists, politicians and many more. The site itself is very easy to search and use. There are even FREE LESSON PLANS on the site for teachers.

Don’t forget to stop by your library to use Ancestry.com which is free on the computers in the library building.

The Greenlee County Library System also offers a FREE ON-LINE service called ZINIO. This application lets you download FREE magazines to your computer, laptop, e-reader or smartphone. You can read them any time once they are downloaded. You can also print out articles if you are connected to a printer. This service is provided by the Arizona State Library to all public libraries in Arizona and again all you need is a library card to use the service. Your card will get you access to download the application and then you can create your own login and password for continued use.

There are over 100 magazines free to our library patrons on the Zinio site. Some titles include: 4 Wheel & Off-Road, American Cowboy, American Patchwork Quilting, Apple Magazine, Arizona Highways, Astronomy, Audubon, Aviation Week, Backpacker, Bead Style, Bead and Button, Beadwork, Bicycling, Billboard Magazine, BirdWatching, Bloomsberg Businessweek, Cabin Life, Car and Driver, Cloth-Paper-Scissors, COOL!, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan en Español, Country Living, Cowboys & Indians, Cruise International, Cycle World, Digital Photo, Digital Photo Pro, Discover, Do It Yourself, Drawing, Dwell, EARTH Magazine, Eating Well, Elle, The Economist, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Family Circle, Family Handyman, Field & Stream, Flying, Food Network Magazine, Forbes, Games World of Puzzles, Gluten-Free Living, Good Housekeeping, Grit, Guideposts, Guitar Player, Horse & Rider, Hot Rod, House Beautiful, Inked, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Lowrider, Macworld, Marie Claire, Martha Steward Living, Maxim, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, mental_floss, Model Railroader, Mother Earth News, Mother Jones, Motor Trend, National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Natural Health, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Newsweek, O-the Oprah Magazine, OK! Magazine, Organic Gardening, Outdoor Life, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, PC Magazine, PC World, Pets, PieceWork, Poets & Writers Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Popular Photography, Popular Science, Prevention, Publishers Weekly, Quilting Arts Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Road & Track, Rolling Stone, Runner’s World, Saveur, Seventeen, Shape, Shutterbug, Smithsonian, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Star Magazine, Taste of Home, Thrasher Skateboard Magazine, Traditional Home, Truckin, True West, Us Weekly, Vegetarian Times, Weight Watchers, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, Women’s Adventure, WOOD Magazine, Woodcraft Magazine, Woodworker’s Journal, The Writer, and Yoga.

All of these magazines also have back issues available to download and there is also a collection of back issues of magazines that are no longer in the current subscription as well as many stand alone magazines.

The National Geographic Magazines also have multimedia access so you can click on a link and watch an interview or a video that accompanies the article.

When you are on the Greenlee County Library webpage, just click on the Zinio link in the center column and download the free app to your devices. There are directions to walk you through the set up but if you have any questions, please contact your local librarian. Once you have that set up, you can begin your unlimited FREE downloads and enjoy reading at your leisure. When you are done reading, you can keep them or delete them from your computer, laptop, e-reader or phone.

Library Quote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!