Clifton Council Corner: Halloween safety tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Everyone wants a safe and happy Halloween their children, themselves and their guests. Following the below safety tips and using some common sense will help you and your children make the most of Halloween, keeping it as enjoyable for you as it is for your children. Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a safe one.

Simple Safety Precautions:

1. Make sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant. All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.

2. Use caution when crossing streets. Cross streets at corners and watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Halloween poses special risks to pedestrians. Pay attention to your surroundings.

3. Make sure you and your children wear light or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or glow stick during the evening dark hours.

4. Make sure your children are able to see and breathe properly and easily when using facial masks.

5. Make sure you, a TRUSTED ADULT, or an older child; accompany younger children when “Trick or Treating.” A trusted adult is a person that parents/guardians have come to rely on and with whom they and their children feel comfortable.

6. Children should always stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.

7. Approach homes that are well-lit both inside and outside.

8. Become familiar with each home your child visits and the people who are providing Halloween treats to your children.

9. Parents should inspect all candy before it is eaten. Only eat treats that are in their original, unopened wrappers.

10. Children should NEVER approach a vehicle even if it appears no one is inside the vehicle.

11. Remind your children to stay alert for any suspicious activities and report anything that is unusual to you and/or law enforcement.

12. Remind your children if anyone tries to grab them to draw attention to themselves and loudly yell “This person is trying to take me,” or “This person is not my father or mother.” Instruct your children to make every effort to escape by walking, running, or pulling away; yelling; kicking; attracting attention; and/or otherwise resisting.

13. Vandalism is never cool. Graffiti, throwing eggs or shaving cream at houses and/or cars is a crime and will be prosecuted as such.

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Help protect trick-or-treaters by following the below driving safety tips on Halloween. Be especially careful between 5:30pm and 8pm, when most young “Trick or Treaters” are out and about.

  • Drive slowly, and do not pass stopped vehicles.

  • Park your cell phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you have stopped to call, text, or surf.

  • Watch for children darting into the street. Children can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian accidents happen at spots other than intersections.

  • Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they do not see your vehicle approaching or do not know when to safely cross the street.

  • Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals and if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up children, turn on your hazard lights.

Clifton Police Department Haunted House

Halloween is fun for people of all ages! The Clifton Police Department will be hosting their annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House. The Carnival opens Friday October 28th from 10am to 6pm and the Haunted House opens Saturday October 29th from 7pm to 10pm. All festivities will be held at the historical Clifton Train Depot. Ghouls, Ghosts, and Goblins will rule the night! Can you survive the terror?

Crime Prevention Watch:

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!

“After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.”

Take Pride in Clifton!

Girl Scout tree project

Hello, we are Nikki Bennette and Lailah Arteche and we are from Girl Scout Troop 1573 in Morenci. We think that trees are important. They give us oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide, plus they make everything look nicer. These are the reasons why we have decided as a Troop to plant trees in Greenlee County and make the world a better place by donating some of our cookie profits each year.
Last spring, Natalie Sterr earned her Bronze Award by planting three trees in Loma Linda park. This spring, we checked on those trees and saw that only one of them was connected to the sprinkler system. That tree was doing much better than the others, so we decided that our Bronze Award project this year would be installing irrigation lines between the three trees so they all receive an equal amount of water. We also decided to name them Greenie, Oliver and Pom Pom.
Two other girls in our Troop helped as well, Gracie Murillo and Avery Wilson. These two girls came with us as we met with Akos Kovach from Greenlee County Economic Development and discussed our concerns about our trees. Mr. Kovach said that he could put us in touch with the individuals in the County who could help us the most.
Tony Hines from Greenlee County Public Works then got a hold of us, through our Troop Leader Julie Sterr, and we scheduled a time when he and his crew would be using a backhoe to dig the ditch to bury the irrigation line running from Greenie to Oliver and then on to Pom Pom. Mr. Hines then wrote up a bill for parts and we offered as a Troop to pay for labor as well. The bill was about $100. Usually we would donate more locally, up to 10% of our cookie profits, but this year, we also donated some of that money to a new building for our Council in Tucson. Our Troop Leader also reminded us that $100 was how much the older girls (Juniors and Cadettes) spent on trips to Starbucks this year, so we thought it was important to help the County too with our money.
We presented a check to the Board of Supervisors on July 5, during their monthly meeting. We had our picture taken with the Board and our Troop Leader, and it was published in the local newspaper. Later, Ms. Sterr received a phone call saying that the Board would install plaques near our trees, listing their names. This thought this was very nice of them to do.
We had some problems we had to overcome with this project. We didn’t sell all our cookies by the end of cookie season, so we still had to sell them in May and June, to make sure we had the funds necessary to cover our Bronze Award project. We use our leadership skills to figure out how to fix this problem, by having a Girl-to-Gether and making promises to finish all sales by the end of June.
We have shown how important the Promise and the Law are, by using resources wisely and making the world a better place. We also were friendly and helpful and this means that we respect ourselves and others.

Clifton Council Corner: Trash cans, revisited

We all have them, and we can’t escape them: The black trash containers that create a less-than-welcome blot on your home and town’s landscape. There’s just no getting around it—you can’t make them pretty.

Clifton residents could find themselves being fined for putting their garbage cans out too early or leaving them out too long. Town officials continue to receive complaints about containers left on the town’s sidewalks and streets. During the November 15, 2012 council meeting it was approved by the Town Council to change the ordinance from a criminal offense to a civil offense. This ordinance change was to charge the violator(s) as a civil offense and designed to add a measure of safety for the town’s residents who would no longer need to dodge trash containers while walking on the town’s sidewalks or driving on the town’s streets.

When a complaint concerning a trash container is received, the homeowner or business will first be contacted by the town’s code enforcement officer and if no action is taken, a letter will be sent educating them about the ordinance provisions with a request for voluntary compliance. Those who ignore notifications and fail to remove their trash containers from town sidewalks and streets can be cited and fined. As outlined in Ordinance 03-2012, convictions for violations could carry an incarceration of 6 months in jail and/or a fine of $2,500. This is not meant to catch those who are a few minutes or hours late in removing their containers, but to discourage leaving the trash containers on the sidewalk or at the curb for extended periods of time. Unattended containers are a safety hazard especially during the dark hours. Citations will be issued to those chronic abusers who fail to remove their trash container from the town’s sidewalks and curbs.

As a side note: The trash container is your responsibility. If it is damaged or becomes unusable due to abuse the replacement cost lies with the homeowner.

Fall Fire Hazards

The recent summer rains that turned the hillsides green with rapid growth of vegetation in and around Greenlee County and the Clifton/Morenci areas will soon become a dry fire hazard. Weather conditions such as the cooling fall winds quickly remove the moisture content of all the growing vegetation around our homes.

While fall weather may make you think of crackling fires and warm, gooey cookies, it is also the time of year when you should be address the home fire hazards that could put you and your family members in danger.

For providing fire protection around your home, please follow the below guidelines:

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

  • Maintain trees and shrubs making sure they are trimmed away from buildings and are free of all dead wood, dry leaves, etc.

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

  • Portable space heaters: Heaters should have automatic shut-offs when tipped and be at least three feet away from anything that is flammable, such as furniture, bedding and curtains. Do not leave heaters unattended, especially if you have young children or pets.

  • Fireplaces: Always have a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room or onto your children. Burn ONLY dry, seasoned wood and NEVER burn trash, cardboard or holiday trees.

  • Stoves and ovens: Never use the top burners or oven to heat your home. Teach children to stay away from hot surfaces. If you make holiday cookies with your child, do so at a table or countertop away from the stove.

  • Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors should be installed on every level of the home and inside all bedrooms. They should be tested every six months, which will give all occupants a chance to hear and understand what the noise means.

If you have a concern about fire or combustible materials near or around your home, please call Town Hall. We will have someone investigate whether brush removal or other mitigation measures are required.

For additional information concerning any of the above concerns please contact: Angel Maldonado, Code Enforcement Officer at (928) 865-4146

Crime Prevention Watch:

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!

“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!

Clifton Council Corner: Repeat — No fireworks!

REPEATING ~ FIREWORKS Are Prohibited & Holiday Celebrations

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.

No you are not paranoid; they really are out to get you. If you plan to drink during this up-coming Independence Day holiday and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, the Clifton Police Department is determined to get you off the road.

Yes, there will be more police patrols on our streets and highways during this time of the year. Remember that almost everyone has a cell phone now and can report erratic driving instantly.

The best way to avoid the increased patrols is to not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. However, if you do drink and drive and you get caught, you are in for a lot of legal headaches.

Our advice: Do not drink and drive!

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!

Town Pride

Steeped in Arizona small-town heritage, Clifton is proud to be the kind of place where neighbors meet at the Post Office and talk over local issues where everyone turns out for the annual Festival of Lights celebration.

With a pride that only comes from the belief that we live in a truly special town, Clifton is the place to find all the opportunities and all the benefits of small-town living in a less taxing, more gracious friendlier environment.

The Town of Clifton would like to remind residents that summer is here. The temperature is warming up and it’s wonderful to see people tending to their flowers and green lawns. Taking pride in our town by cleaning up more than our own property has always been a tradition. Summer is now upon us and we respectfully ask the residents and business community of the Town to start getting out and beautifying their properties.

My earnest request to all dog owners is to please make it a point to stoop and scoop when walking your dogs and take pride in keeping your town clean.

The Town encourages the entire community to take part in some-way to help keep Clifton a beautiful safe place to live.

Let’s all take pride in the town “Where the Coronado Trail Begins”.

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!

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