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Two dead in attempted burglary in Safford

SAFFORD — Safford Police are investigating two deaths that occurred Monday. According to a release, Safford officers responded to a burglary at 1:52 a.m. to a home on the 1200 block of Central Avenue. There, they found one of the homeowners had reportedly shot and killed the burglary suspect, identified as Miguel Garcia.
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Are you ready to rock? Battle of the Bands is Saturday

SAFFORD — One of the Gila Valley’s favorite events returns this weekend. The 18th annual Double R Communications Battle of the Bands is Saturday, July 9, at Graham County Fairgrounds. The first band takes the stage at noon, with a new band every 30 minutes. This year’s line-up...
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SPD issues release on Safford double homicide

SAFFORD – On Tuesday, the Safford Police Department issued a press release regarding the double homicide in midtown Safford early Monday morning. According to the release, officers were initially dispatched to a residence in the 1200 block of Central Avenue at 1:52 a.m. regarding a burglary. The homeowners said...

Early voting begins for primary election

SAFFORD – Today, Wednesday, July 6, marks the opening for early voting in this year’s Primary Election to be held on Aug. 2. Early voting for the primary will continue to be open until Friday, July 29, at 5 p.m. Those on the permanent early voting ballot list...

Two dead after incident in mid-town Safford

SAFFORD – Two people were reportedly killed in mid-town Safford early Monday morning in a domestic situation that extended into a neighbor’s residence. The incident occurred in the area of the 1200 block of Central Avenue. Officers were initially dispatched to the area around 2 a.m. According to...

Celebrating the spirit of America in the Gila Valley

GRAHAM COUNTY — Residents of the Gila Valley had plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Independence Day holiday Monday. The Town of Pima got things started at 7 a.m. with its annual Fourth of July Breakfast. The meal of pancakes, eggs and bacon was served at Pioneer Park and donations of $3 per plate benefited Eastern Arizona Museum and Historical Society.

Morenci Independence Day Parade draws huge crowds

Walt Mares Photo/Gila Herald: The American Legion Post 28 Clifton-Morenci color guard leads the Morenci July 4, 2022, parade on Burro Alley. Pictured are, from left, Bill Carlson and Bob Jackson. “Stars and Stripes Forever” was the patriotic theme. By Walt Mares. What more could a person want? The...

Strive, Marcia’s Garden celebrate with ribbon-cuttings

GRAHAM COUNTY — The holiday weekend saw two business celebrations — the grand opening of the new Strive Fitness Club in Thatcher, and the grand re-opening of Marcia’s Garden Soap Shop in its new location on 7th Street in Safford. Following the Graham County Chamber of Commerce...

Marcia’s Garden celebrates grand re-opening in a historic location

SAFFORD – A true, farm-to-table, family-owned and operated business, Marcia’s Garden Goat’s Milk Soap Natural Skin Care Products celebrated its grand re-opening Monday. The shop is now located in the historic Lewis Building at 417 W. 7th St. in Downtown Safford. Built in 1879 by Josh Baily, the building is said to be the oldest still in operation in Safford today.

Colleen Lynette Murphy

Colleen Lynette Murphy, a longtime resident of Safford, quiety passed into eternal life Thursday morning, June 23, 2022, at her residence, with her loving husband, Chris, at her bedside. Colleen was 50. Colleen Lynette (Isbell) Murphy was born March 28, 1972 in Fresno, CA to Daniel and Rosemary Isbell. Over...

Aurora Flores

Aurora Flores, of Safford, entered into eternal rest in the early hours of Saturday, June 25, 2022, with her family at her side. She was 80. Aurora was born in Safford to Andres and Juanita Arrellin. Later in life she moved to Phoenix, where she met and married her husband, Ralph Flores. Rory retired from UPS, returning to Safford 14 years ago. She enjoyed her music and barbecuing at home while Ralph did all the cooking. Rory and Ralph were married for 35 years.

Terry Don Coll

Terry Don Coll was born on Dec. 11, 1954, in Morenci, Ariz., to Glenn E. and Delma “Billie” (Noland) Coll. He passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Oklahoma City, at the age of 67 years, 6 months and 19 days. Terry grew up in Davis. He...

Safford to resume 20th Avenue construction on Tuesday, July 5

SAFFORD – On Friday, the city of Safford announced on its social media page that construction to widen 20th Avenue from Relation Street to Golf Course Road will resume Tuesday, July 5. Construction initially began in September 2021 but was halted in May 2022, when there was a concrete...