Racing, racino to be discussed in Lordsburg

To the editor:

As most of you are aware, the New Mexico Racing Commission will be meeting in Lordsburg on Friday, Sept. 28 at the Lordsburg High School Gymnasium at 501 W. 4th Street. The meeting is slated for 1 p.m.

New Mexico Racing CommissionSome time ago, we polled our members on how they felt about the Racino coming to Lordsburg. The majority of the responses were in favor, a few not so much. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and we respect that.

However, as your Chamber of Commerce Director, I feel it is my responsibility to inform our membership of opportunities that has potential for economic development and growth in our community.Continue reading

NASCAR pace car coming to town

NASCAR pace car

We have some NASCAR fans in Greenlee County, quite a few actually, and we have good news for you. The Greenlee County Tourism Council has partnered with the new owners of the ISM Raceway. The Greenlee County Tourism Council  will be selling 18 NASCAR Infield Experience Tickets AND raffling 2 additional NASCAR Infield tickets  on a first come first paid basis.

This is a major undertaking by the Greenlee County Tourism Council and they hope to raise funds for events and activities on their planning calendar. Questions? Buy a ticket? Call 928-865-3313 or 928-432-1457 expect world class customer service and a big bang for your ticket purchase which includes – A Ride in the Pace Car on Race Day (Sunday Nov 11 – Yes a Veteran’s Day special event) plus Infield Experience Pass which puts you right next to pit crews, drivers and stars, ISM Raceway Swag and a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver – signed item.

Want more? Come to Clifton or Morenci Friday, Sept. 21, take  a seat in the pace car and get your photo taken behind the wheel of the official NASCAR Pace car for the race.

TIME                                                      LOCATION

4:30 A.M. to  9:30 A.M.                  Clifton Train Depot

10:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.                    Morenci Plaza beside the Morenci Bowling Alley

3:00 – 6:00 P M                                   at Tyler’s Taste of Texas parking lot

Benson Economic Outlook set for Oct. 4

The 2018 Benson Economic Outlook Luncheon will be held Oct. 4, from 11-1:30, at the Benson Unified School District Dining Auditorium, 360 S. Patagonia St.

Speakers will be, Dr. Robert Carreira, Chief Economist for the Cochise College Center for Economic Research, who will provide a review of the past year’s economy and a forecast for the coming year, and Vicki Vivian, Benson Interim City Manager, will give a presentation on current and planned projects within the city.SBDC

Attendees will receive a copy of the Benson Economic Review, published by the Cochise College Center for Economic Research.

Certificates for 2 hours of Continuing Professional Education will be offered in each of the following areas: Accounting, Financial Planning, and Real Estate.Continue reading

‘Distracted Driving’ rolling along

By Ákos Kovach

To date there are only 9 municipalities and 2 counties in Arizona that have established a local distracted driving ordinance. Clifton is one of those towns. Each one of these municipalities and counties is to be applauded.

While there are those who want to take a ‘wait and see’ posture we continue to be hopeful that by bringing together law enforcement and elected officials from Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties the first steps towards beginning the conversation and starting the process of making Southeastern Arizona a safe driving haven has begun.Distracted Driving

First, on August 16th a very important and highly publicized Public AWARENESS, & EDUCATION Road Show was conducted at four stops in Southeastern Arizona.

Leading the tour was Danny Sharp, Chief of the Oro Valley PD, and Brendan Lyons, Executive Director- LOOK! Save A Life the following Distracted Driving / Save-A-Life

The Road Show took place on Thursday Aug 16 and the first stop at the Benson Visitor Center was wonderfully covered by Tucson Ch 4 Multimedia reported Kendra Hall, KGUN 9 Reported Craig Smith, and Chris Dabovich editor of the San Pedro Valley News-Sun.Continue reading

Taking the library outdoors

The Greenlee County Library System received a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant in May in the amount of $18,445. This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The funds will be used at the Clifton, Duncan and Blue libraries.

The focus of this grant will be to get Greenlee public libraries involved with outdoor activities within the county. The libraries plan to promote geocaching, rock hounding, stargazing, bird watching, and StoryWalks© with these funds.

The Library System hopes to accomplish three major goals with this grant:Continue reading

Flooding in Clifton in 1983 and 1903

By Gary Dillard

More than 3 inches had fallen at Clifton on Oct. 1 and 2, 1983, according to a USGS report on the flood.
As the water came down the San Francisco River channel at almost 90,000 cubic feet per second on Oct. 1 — it had risen to this record level from 60,000 in a little more than four hours — it gave townsfolk little time to respond to the flood whistle.

The flooding which was overtopping the flood channel soon began receding, but on Oct. 2, the level rose again, this time to more than 90,000 cubic feet per second.

The flood reached 9 feet in depth, some 4 feet higher than the maximum in prior floods, the report said.
The river left a sea of mud behind, according to a newspaper report, with as much as 7 feet of mud in some homes.
The flooding destroyed 90 homes and 41 businesses, but there was no loss of life. The author of the USGS report attributed this to flood-warning sirens that were installed after the flood of 1972 and the efforts of local police to evacuate residents.Continue reading

Distracted driving interest grows

To date there are only 9 municipalities and 2 counties in Arizona that have established a local distracted driving ordinance. Clifton is one of those towns. Each one is to be applauded.

Further, we are hopeful that by bringing together law enforcement and elected officials from Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties that we can begin the process of making Southeastern Arizona a safe driving haven.

First, this message is being sent to you as an invitation for August 16 and second as a request for your feedback.
After speaking with Danny Sharp, Chief of Oro Valley PD, and Brendan Lyons, Executive Director- LOOK! Save A Life the following Distracted Driving / Save-A-life Road Show schedule has been tentatively proposed road stops:Continue reading

See Daniel Cervantez’ photos of 1983 strike

1983 strike changed everything

Your memories of the strike

Photos of 1983 strike

By Gary Dillard

It was a strike unlike any before or after it.

The Phelps Dodge strike of 1983 changed the company, changed the unions and changed many relationships among the people of Greenlee County.

And it’s still a touchy subject for many.

But it’s also — like it or not — a piece of the area’s history, no less than similar events in the first two decades of the 20th century. For that reason, it needs to be studied, and understood, and talked about.

Its causes, activities and effects are far too complicated to cover in any detail in a short article, so this is simply a brief resume of that event, and of another strike back in 1903, with the purpose of stimulating interest and discussion.

Organized labor and copper

Gov. Bruce Babbitt

The strike of 1983 heavily involved then-Gov. Bruce Babbitt, who first sent more than 200 DPS officers to keep peace, and later followed up by calling out the Arizona National Guard. (All strike photos are courtesy of Daniel Cervantez.

Organized labor began playing a role in the mining and processing of copper at Morenci at the opening of the 20th century. While there were many unions involved at any given time, it was usually the largest who ran negotiations and made decisions about actions.Continue reading