Clifton Council Corner: Volunteer Fire Department

The Clifton Volunteer Fire Department is state of the art agency and is overseen by Chief Peter Ortega with his team of 21 volunteers. These volunteers conduct business and train at least once a month. They respond to all local calls and assist other fire departments all across southern Greenlee County when called on.

Volunteer firefighters are the kind of people who would show up to help even if there was not a fire department, but they also see the value of building their organization. They are willing to drop their own work to help a neighbor or friend the second their pager goes off, and are willing to put in the hours of training so that they can provide the best help possible to their neighbors.

In communities such as Clifton, when an accident or fire happens, it affects everyone. Neighbors are not casual acquaintances who are seen going to work and coming home, but people who live in our community. They are the people we live next to and are our friends. It is nearly impossible to be emotionally removed from situations that occur. It is not like a movie, where the fireman helps a troubled stranger. Instead, it is likely the call they receive will be an emergency affecting someone they know. It is easy to overlook how personal the struggle is for the volunteer firefighter.

Volunteer firefighters are connected to each person’s life through friends or family. It is impossible to escape those connections when they are the ones going in. In the simplest of terms, rural fire departments represent the best of small communities, being there for one another.

The next time you see Peter or one of our town’s volunteer firemen, please take the time to thank them for a job well done.

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.

The Power of Your Voice

I have a simple philosophy that Government is by the people for the people and the sole reason your Town Government exists is to ensure Clifton’s citizens their Safety and Well-being.

It is the sole duty of the Mayor and Town Council to enable and ensure that our citizens and the people who conduct business in our Town are able to do so ethically and lawfully in accordance with the Federal and State Constitutions and laws of the State of Arizona.

When I say “The Power of Your Voice” I do not necessarily mean the volume but when, how we use that voice, and how it affects others. We have had a few controversial issues in Clifton and I find it interesting how quickly word of mouth travels through our fair Town. Of course some that want to share what they may have heard have good motives or well-meaning intentions but at times I wonder if something was lost in the translation.

When residents of Clifton have called or stopped me or have knocked on my door, I have listened to help solve or find a solution to their issues. For the most part just listening to the problems that arise in people’s lives helps validate the issue and therefore bring calm to the situation.

For every yes to a question there could be a no to that same question. There will always be some who will not agree on a decision and that is human nature. We all have a different take on a situation or issue and some things can interrupt our sense of calm.

Your Town Council value your opinions however, try to remember that your words are a reflection of you so use them wisely and kindly if possible. You can still get a point across without attacking a person personally. I believe that when a compromise can be reached both parties have succeeded.

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!

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

Clifton Council Corner: Community pride

As we head into the spring months in Clifton, we will see firsthand why where we live is much more than just a town, a dot on the map, or a collection of buildings, but rather a community of people. People will remark that they cannot believe this environment still exists today.

Clifton has been far more than a town, an address line or stop on the highway. Clifton is a collection of people who truly care for one another, who believe what makes a place worth living in are the people. Most all of us can recount a story of a random act of kindness that has happened; in fact some of us have committed these acts. We know about the neighbors who watch out for us, the business owners whose level of service seems to be extinct elsewhere or the area schools that are truly invested in seeing our children succeed. We know the high level of togetherness that is Clifton.

While we grab our lawn chair, head out to the porch or lawn, take time to wave at your neighbors and enjoy the company of others like us. Remember that Clifton is unique; we continue to be a collection of people who are strongly connected, dedicated to a lifestyle that most towns can only dream about. While growth continues, this growth will only add to our exceptional and unique Arizona town and that will improve our resume. Clifton is a group of interacting people, united, living in close proximity. Clifton truly meets the definition of community.

Kudos: Clifton Police Department

The men and women of the Clifton Police Department are committed to working in partnership with the Clifton community to ensure that they are effectively addressing crime at every level. They are cognizant that citizen involvement is a vital component to their success and depend on Clifton’s citizens to be involved in their community and report suspicious incidents to the police department. We are their eyes and ears.

We have good laws on our books and our town code serves us well as a document that is designed to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare. However, without enforcement, it is a meaningless document.

In Clifton we have an exceptional police force under Chief Omar Negrete’s outstanding leadership and they are doing an outstanding job. Clifton’s Police Department works efficiently and effectively having the full support of the Clifton Town Council, the Town Manager and the town’s administration offices but most importantly, it is our individual commitment to get involved when and where necessary.

Unfortunately at times when we see or experience the abuse and/or repeated violations of the laws and ordinances that are designed to protect us we tend to look away and hope that someone else will call the police. The task of calling the police is not a rewarding task if the offender is our neighbor, however we have to get involved if we want to maintain the quality of life in our community that we so often take for granted.

To that end, we extend a special thanks to our Chief of Police Omar Negrete, and to his Officers, Jason Mingura, Trevor Thompson, Jamie Clark, Shari Aguilar, Michael Schreiner, Omar Torres Animal Control Officer, Melodee Castaneda, Dispatch Supervisor, Sandra Vaughn and the department’s dispatchers in their exceptional police work that insures Clifton’s well-being.

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!

“Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place when the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

Reading Nook: National Geographic for Kids

Does your child enjoy nature videos? Do they like to read about animals and people? Would they enjoy having access to National Geographic for Kids magazine free? Do they ever need wonderful pictures for any of their reports?

If the answer is “yes” to any of those questions, there is a fantastic data base available FREE on the Greenlee County Library website that provides all of those. Simply go to the website (www.greenleelibraries.org) and click on the Statewide Database link. Scroll to find the National Geographic for Kids button and enter your library card number to access all the free resources this data base can provide.

The home page offers suggested videos, books, photographs and magazines. By clicking on the search box you can type in any topic to find materials or you can use the Topic and Magazine links near the top. To see the full list of videos, photos, magazines and books, simply click on the MORE button.

There are over 120 videos created by National Geographic just for children. More than 300 books published by the company are free for children to read on line. Recent magazine articles from this publisher give children access to approximately 1,500 topics and professional photographers offer almost 700 beautiful pictures.

The books and magazine articles can be read by the child, or the site is set up to read to them. The photographs also have an audio explanation of what the photo is about and where it was taken. The videos are created with children in mind and are creative and fun to watch. All the materials also provide citation materials if they are used in presentations or reports. The database also has a language selection in case you want to change from English.

This great resource is free to any library card holder. If you don’t have a card, just stop by the Blue, Clifton or Duncan Public Libraries and get yours today.

Updating history page

The Greenlee County History page is constantly being updated with new material. Click the link on the library page or go directly to www.greenleecountyhistory.org to find out more about our county.

If you have any historical photos or information you would like to share, please send an email to the Contact Link on the library page. Materials are still needed for Veterans, Virden history, Old Route 666, Local Community Leaders prior to 1950, Sports greats prior to 1950, Carlisle Mine, plus any other interesting areas.

Library Quote: “A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.”–Norman Cousins (American political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate)

Airport Fly-in joins Javelina Chase

By Philip Ronnerud

On April 24th the Greenlee County Airport will host an open house and a fly in. As part of the planned events, the Javelina Chase will hold 6 bicycle races at the airport. The public is invited to attend with activities scheduled during the morning. Aircraft owners are invited to fly in and participate in the Javelina Chase Weekend. Both fixed wing and rotor craft (helicopters) have been invited to display. Radio-controlled model owners have also been invited.

The Greenlee County Airport is located about 1 mile northeast of 3 Way along State Route 78. The County paved the runway in 1957 and has made additional improvements making this General Aviation facility top notch. The runway is 4977 feet long with a full length parallel taxiway. Eighteen tie down spaces are available. A small terminal building with restrooms is available.

Airports are an important part of the economic vitality of a community as they provide economic efficiency with time savings over surface transportation, emergency transport, and many other benefits. Businesses, emergency response agencies (include health and land management industries) in a rural area take advantage of the convenience as surface travel times can be significant. The civilian aviation industry moves millions of people annually for business, leisure, and pleasure and is a trillion-dollar industry. In Greenlee County, a military overflight area is designated. Rural airports are noted on charts and are available in emergencies.

Some people enjoy flying for recreation and spend hours building their own aircraft. These hobbyists are an important part of the community. Their aviation passion is often only one part of their activities.

Clifton Council Corner: Community pride

As we head into the spring months in Clifton, we will see firsthand why where we live is much more than just a town, a dot on the map, or a collection of buildings, but rather a community of people. People will remark that they cannot believe this environment still exists today.

Clifton has been far more than a town, an address line or stop on the highway. Clifton is a collection of people who truly care for one another, who believe what makes a place worth living in are the people. Most all of us can recount a story of a random act of kindness that has happened; in fact some of us have committed these acts. We know about the neighbors who watch out for us, the business owners whose level of service seems to be extinct elsewhere or the area schools that are truly invested in seeing our children succeed. We know the high level of togetherness that is Clifton.

While we grab our lawn chair, head out to the porch or lawn, take time to wave at your neighbors and enjoy the company of others like us. Remember that Clifton is unique; we continue to be a collection of people who are strongly connected, dedicated to a lifestyle that most towns can only dream about. While growth continues, this growth will only add to our exceptional and unique Arizona town and that will improve our resume. Clifton is a group of interacting people, united, living in close proximity. Clifton truly meets the definition of community.

Kudos: Clifton Police Department

The men and women of the Clifton Police Department are committed to working in partnership with the Clifton community to ensure that they are effectively addressing crime at every level. They are cognizant that citizen involvement is a vital component to their success and depend on Clifton’s citizens to be involved in their community and report suspicious incidents to the police department. We are their eyes and ears.

We have good laws on our books and our town code serves us well as a document that is designed to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare. However, without enforcement, it is a meaningless document.

In Clifton we have an exceptional police force under Chief Omar Negrete’s outstanding leadership and they are doing an outstanding job. Clifton’s Police Department works efficiently and effectively having the full support of the Clifton Town Council, the Town Manager and the town’s administration offices but most importantly, it is our individual commitment to get involved when and where necessary.

Unfortunately at times when we see or experience the abuse and/or repeated violations of the laws and ordinances that are designed to protect us we tend to look away and hope that someone else will call the police. The task of calling the police is not a rewarding task if the offender is our neighbor, however we have to get involved if we want to maintain the quality of life in our community that we so often take for granted.

To that end, we extend a special thanks to our Chief of Police Omar Negrete, and to his Officers, Jason Mingura, Trevor Thompson, Jamie Clark, Shari Aguilar, Michael Schreiner, Omar Torres Animal Control Officer, Melodee Castaneda, Dispatch Supervisor, Sandra Vaughn and the department’s dispatchers in their exceptional police work that insures Clifton’s well-being.

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!

“Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place when the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

Discovering the pristine, picturesque

By Ákos Kovach

On any given weekend Greenlee County plays host to guests, visitors, tourists and the curious. Some ride motorcycles, others recumbent bicycles. They come in Porches, Corvettes, MG’s and vintage vehicles. Other’s use travel trailers, motorhomes and converted buses. But they all share one thing in common, knowing that witnessing firsthand what Greenlee County has to offer is worth every minute it takes to reach our remote wonderland.

The ranks of those who think Greenlee County ‘is too far away’ are shrinking, and with sports tourism increasing once again new faces and new generations of families are learning about the ‘secret county of Arizona’.

Another reason tourism in Greenlee County is increasing is actually the result of several factors: increased publicity in the metro television market of Tucson; Valley TeleCom television coverage of sports; high profile placement in magazines such as Sunset, Dorado and Gateway magazines; local and regional cove rage in the Eastern Arizona Courier and Copper Era; radio spots on Kat Kountry Radio; plus the advent of the Greenlee Clarion and numerous social media outlets, mostly on Facebook and Twitter.

Another reason Greenlee is now ‘on the map’ is thanks to the combined efforts of the Greenlee Chamber of Commerce, and the Rivers, Valley’s, Mountains and Trails Tourism Council ~ also known as the Greenlee Tourism Council. The former hosts a monthly Chamber Mixer that attracts guests and members regularly from Safford and Thatcher in addition to Virden, NM Duncan, York Valley, Loma Linda, Verde Lee, Clifton and Morenci.

The later has been doing an outstanding job supporting events such as the Javelina Chase, Colors of Copper Art Show, 8-man Division VI All-Star Football Game, the Greenlee County Fair to name a few. Elsewhere in this edition is a special article devoted to another Greenlee Tourism Council sponsored workshop coming up January 22.

But there are other strategic partners involved that are helping bring this increased attention; namely the leadership of the Greenlee County Board of Supervisors and the strong alliance they have established with Freeport McMoRan. But in the same breath we must mention the United Way, Cenpatico, Southern Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona Workforce Connection, Small Business Development Centers and Eastern Arizona College. What we have just briefly described is regional collaboration.

So come and see for yourself why so many are saying so much about Greenlee County Arizona.

Greenlee County, 2015 in review

By Ákos Kovach

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I’ve never been a big fan of ‘looking back’, it is far better to look ahead and make a new way; however because 2015 was such a successful and productive year – setting new records and accomplishing things that have not happened in Greenlee for over 30 years I was advised to take a moment and share some highlights:

In January the Greenlee Clarion got a foothold in the mind’s eye of our readers and subscribers jumped on board to get their monthly installment of ‘all things Greenlee’. By February we were collaborating with the Arizona Workforce Connection on a Job Fair while also expanding the services and resources posted on the Growing Greenlee website.

By March Greenlee kicked off television promotion of our county via video ads in concert with the towns of Clifton and Duncan. March also saw the second iteration of the Javelina Chase bicycle event, which has now grown to a two day affair which will include the Greenlee Airport at this years’ event. We also kicked off magazine ads promoting the new Nugget Trail concept to attract a wide regional audience.

April saw us host a new training series entitled World Class Customer Service, in conjunction with the SBDC and Eastern Arizona College. The class was well received and we are bring the classes back this year to a larger audience. In April we also got word that Greenlee County was the fastest growing (by percentage) county in Arizona. And around the same time new Birding maps and brochures were helped bring new attention to our growing birding tourism activities, with new trails and new birding spots being identified.

In May the County assisted the Business Association of Chase Creek with producing a Map of Clifton, the map was mailed to all AOT Tourism offices and visitor centers around the state.

June offered Mud Drag race fans the opportunity to watch some excellent races at the Fairgrounds, the Mud Drag Race Series hit some snags, but had a very good year. This was also the second year in a row that the Duncan PTA, Duncan Booster Club and many others came together to host the 8-man Division 6 All Star Football Game. It has turned in to a 3 day event that will be back in 2016 thanks to the organizers excellent work.

The month of July was made special by several things but the fact the Tourism Council earned their 501-c-3 designation and the Chamber was becoming known regionally for the Mixers and activities in Greenlee County, ‘our story’ was now being told successfully by these two organizations.

Finally in August the long-awaited performance by the Yarbrough Band took place at the Fairgrounds in Duncan to an appreciative audience. Almost everyone danced until the music stopped after hours of entertainment and fun for the whole family.

September, of course, saw the reinstatement of the famous Labor Day Clifton Hill Climb as well as the 97th annual Greenlee County Fair. Both events were enormously successful, attracting large audiences.

The month of October saw the beginning of new commercial development in Greenlee County, the first new commercial construction in over 30 years. Now with Dollar General and NAPA new apartments were started by Empire-Cat. First a 10 plex was discussed but it developed into three quad plexes. The first new residential construction in over 30 years as well.

November ushered in the third annual Colors of Copper, this year going ‘Internationale’ by hosting artists from France, Russia, Hungary, Mexico and the USA. The two day event was stretched to three days with hundreds of art lovers, wine tasters and many others participating. A new attendance records was set at the Chamber Mixer in Duncan, with 77 adults and 8 children in attendance.

December helped wrap the year with big parades in Clifton and Duncan plus another new record attendance for the Mixer in Morenci with 99 adults and 7 children. The attendance was boosted by grant checks being distributed by Freeport McMoRan and the United Way, but clearly a sign of respect fot he ability of the Chamber to attract a big audience.

So what’s on tap for 2016? Stay tuned.

In search of pARTners

In search of pARTners

submitted by Barbara Ahmann

 

Americans for the Arts is a national advocacy program dedicated to the advancement and funding of the arts. It is their goal to heighten public awareness to cultural needs, benefits and spectrum of possibilities, and to ensure the health and vitality in the art sector. Americans for the Arts latest survey has some interesting statistics: first, 54% Americans agree, the arts improve the quality of life. Next, 49% agree the the arts help create a vibrant community and society. 47% concur arts improve academic performance for students.

 

Being an art educator and art advocate, I feel a need for starting a pARTnership of volunteers dedicated to advancing the arts in Greenlee County. Please complete this survey. If you are in strong agreement with the conclusion of this survey, you might be an advocate of the arts and feel the need to join in a group of volunteers to promote the arts in our community.

Clifton Council Corner, December 2015

Christmas holiday safety

The Christmas season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors.

At Home

* Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
* When leaving home have a family member or neighbor watch your house. Notify the Clifton Police Department if you are planning an extended absence. They will perform a security patrol for your home.
* Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
* Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
* Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and/or doors of your home.
* When using lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
* Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it fresh and green.
* Be sure your Christmas tree is in a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.

Shopping Awareness

* Go shopping with a friend. There is safety in numbers.
* Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Purses hanging down by your side become an attractive target. A fanny pack can be used instead of a purse. Keep wallets in a front or inside pocket.
* Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card, when possible.
* When arriving at your intended destination, where do you park? If possible, you should park your vehicle in a location that is highly visible, close to an entrance, and in an area that is well-lit after dark.
* When leaving your vehicle, always make sure it is completely secured.
* When returning to your vehicle, check the area for people that seem to be loitering. If someone or something does not seem right or is suspicious, do not go to your vehicle. Return to the business and request they contact law enforcement to check the area.
* Place packages inside the trunk. If this is not possible, place them on the floorboard and cover them. Never leave packages inside the passenger compartment of your vehicle that are visible to people walking by. If it catches your eye, it will also catch a potential thief’s eye.
* Look inside your car and around it as you approach and before entering. This process takes only a couple of seconds. Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach. If attacked those keys can be used as a defense tool.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

* If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a bank, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
* Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you. Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location

Pet Safety

* Aromatic Candles or potpourri may kill pet birds which have sensitive respiratory systems. Candles are also a fire hazard.
* Poinsettias are unlikely to kill a pet, though they are not exactly healthy eating. Fresh lilies can be lethal. Keep these plants out of reach of your pets.
* Chocolate and nuts might make pets sick, especially chocolate. Macadamia nuts can make dogs sick and even cause temporary paralysis.
* Kittens and cats love shiny baubles and tend to eat tinsel or ribbon. Dangling ornaments are also tempting toys. Make sure your tree is solidly anchored to prevent tipping.

Town parking observations

After traveling Clifton’s residential streets I as a layman can see the below listed parking violations. Residents should not be over confident that illegal parking is not being noticed and/or enforced by our police officers.

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. 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 handicapped space without proper documentation.

My observations have taken place over the past year and I realize that some citizens may be unaware of the in place parking laws and regulations. Most streets in Clifton are narrow 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 the Clifton Police Department there can be a waiver issued for that 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.

Recently 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 hate apathy, if it isn’t working let’s find a solution to the problem.

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!