Safford, AZ

Safford man sentenced to four years in prison for smuggling illegal aliens and possession of firearms

TUCSON – Last week, Jordon Mark Skinner, 29, of Safford, Arizona, was sentenced by United States District Judge Scott H. Rash to 48 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release. Skinner previously pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Transport Illegal Aliens for the Purpose of Private Financial Gain, Transportation of Illegal Aliens for the Purpose of Private Financial Gain, and Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon.
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New Pima High School by 2025

PIMA — Pima Unified School District Superintendent Sean Rickert said the time is right to build a new high school. Rickert gave a presentation to the Pima Town Council on Tuesday, explaining that the district has received $22.3 million from the Arizona School Facilities Board for construction. “It will...

SUSD, City of Safford partnering to expand recreational opportunities

SAFFORD — The City of Safford and Safford Unified School District will be working more closely together following an agreement unanimously ratified by the City Council on Monday. The agreement allows the city to use certain school facilities for city recreational programs, including the Middle School gymnasium; the basketball...

Safford Council appoints first Parks Committee members

SAFFORD — The Safford Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee has its first members. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to appoint five people to the new committee, which will help the city with parks recommendations and prioritize projects. “The Council has requested a work session to be conducted to...

Hamilton delivers Morenci 2022 keynote commencement address

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Morenci 2010 grad Jeremy Hamilton poses with Class of 2022 members in Wildcat Memorial Gymnasium. It was prior to the start of the May ceremony. The commencement speaker offered advice to the school’s 117th graduating class, numbering 69 students. MORENCI – A few weeks removed...

Safford Library getting more space for bigger, better programming

SAFFORD —A purchase originally planned for the City Council will result in more room for the library. The City Council currently meets in the programming room at the rear of the library. A few months ago, the city acquired the building at 814 S. Central Ave., with the plans of using it to house the City Council, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and any other boards and commission that serve the city as well as nonprofit organizations seeking meeting space.

Bloodied man found lying on the road

GRAHAM COUNTY – A man who was found bloodied and lying on the highway Tuesday afternoon apparently fell while intoxicated. First responders were dispatched at about 3:50 p.m. to the 2000 E. block of U.S. Highway 70 east of Safford near the Tower Mobile Home & RV Park regarding a 60-year-old man covered in blood lying in the roadway.

Obituary for Dale Patton Earven

Dale Patton Earven, J.D. was born to Myge P. (Cowboy) Earven (deceased) and Mary Alice (Paula) Earven, both hard-working ranchers, in Safford, Arizona, on March 5, 1950. He was immersed in his faith and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from Western State University with his Juris Doctorate. He was a General Practice attorney by week and a rancher by the weekend for more than 30 years.
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MSHA issues report on runaway cement truck fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has released the final report on a fatal accident at Freeport-McMoRan’s FMI surface copper mine in Morenci, Arizona. The report said that on the morning of Jan. 28, 2022, Monroe Caston, Jr., a 56-year-old mixer driver with three years of mining experience, received fatal injuries and David Butler, a 24-year-old mixer driver in training with two years of mining experience, received serious injuries when the cement mixer truck they were in lost control, overturned on its side, and slid into a berm.

A record-breaking summer at the Safford Library

SAFFORD — There was plenty of good news coming out of the Summer Reading Program at the Safford City-Graham County Library. “We had record-breaking numbers, it was a lot of fun (and) we saw a lot of families come through,” said Library Supervisor Leslie Talley. There were 282...

Pima Animal Care Center Offering Weekly Incentives

Throughout the month of August, Pima Animal Care Center will be participating in NBCUniversal Local’s national ‘Clear the Shelters!’ event to find loving homes for pets in need. This month-long event kicked off on Aug. 1 and features fee-waived adoptions for all animals in the shelter. In addition, a different adoption incentive will run Monday to Friday of each week. A $20 licensing fee will apply to dogs 4 months of age or older.