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<strong>Corridor</strong><br />

<strong>Winter</strong><br />

<strong>2024</strong><br />

Visitors Guide For<br />

Safford • Clifton • San Carlos<br />

• Globe • Miami • Superior<br />

• Kearny • Tonto Basin • Young<br />

• Gold Canyon • Apache Junction<br />


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Table of Contents<br />

Welcome to the <strong>Winter</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

Edition of <strong>Gateway</strong><br />

Let’s go to Clifton, Arizona ................................................... 4<br />

Ranching couple sees Scots cattle prosper in Arizona........... 6<br />

Map: <strong>Gateway</strong> to the <strong>Copper</strong> <strong>Corridor</strong> .......................... 12-13<br />

Topo Joes shuttle service for mountain bikers .................... 16<br />

Arizona Fan Fest celebrates pop culture ............................ 19<br />

Miami Loco Arts Festival <strong>2024</strong> .......................................... 20<br />

San Carlos Apache Culture Center Museum ...................... 21<br />

Apache Leap Mining Festival ............................................ 22<br />

<strong>Gateway</strong> Staff<br />

To advertise in the <strong>Gateway</strong> to the<br />

<strong>Copper</strong> <strong>Corridor</strong>, contact:<br />

~Publisher Mike Caywood<br />

mcaywood@silverbelt.com<br />

~Sales Representative, Kathy Riley<br />

kriley@silverbelt.com<br />

~Editorial, Douglas Long, David Sowders,<br />

dlong@silverbelt.com; dsowders@silverbelt.com<br />

Cover photo:<br />

Cover photo was taken by Tina Nixon<br />

Arizona Silver Belt<br />

PO Box 31<br />

298 N. Pine St.<br />

Globe, AZ 85502<br />

928-425-7121<br />

www.silverbelt.com<br />

<strong>Copper</strong> Country<br />

News<br />

PO Box 1692<br />

298 N. Pine St.<br />

Globe, AZ 85502<br />

928-425-0355<br />

www.coppercountrynews.com<br />

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Let’s go to Clifton, Arizona<br />

Located on the<br />

beautiful San<br />

Francisco River,<br />

tucked into a rugged<br />

mountain canyon, Clifton,<br />

Arizona, offers a wide variety<br />

of history, recreation,<br />

attractions, watchable wildlife<br />

and raw beauty. Some<br />

would say Clifton is magical.<br />

It’s like stepping back<br />

in time.<br />

Founded in 1873, the<br />

town was named after Henry<br />

Clifton, an early pioneer.<br />

Others argue that the town<br />

was a contraction of “Cliff-<br />

Town,” so aptly described.<br />

It was the former mining<br />

center of Greenlee County.<br />

Entering Clifton, you’ll<br />

see the remains of an old<br />

smelter. Continuing your<br />

drive, you will see the historic<br />

train station, which<br />

houses the new addition of<br />

the Art Depot and the historical<br />

Clifton Visitors Center.<br />

This massive structure was<br />

deeded to the city by the<br />

Southern Pacific Railway.<br />

Daily, sometimes many<br />

times a day, you will see<br />

and be stopped at railroad<br />

crossings watching the Eastern<br />

Arizona Railway and<br />

the Freeport McMoran train<br />

transporting needed sulfuric<br />

acid to the Morenci Mine.<br />

Beyond the Visitors Center,<br />

on the left, you will find<br />

the old Clifton Jail, a rock<br />

bastille blasted out of the<br />

side of the mountain built<br />

in 1878. Here, the infamous<br />

were incarcerated. It is one<br />

of the state’s famous jails.<br />

Adjacent to the jail is the old<br />

<strong>Copper</strong>head Locomotive<br />

No. 8, built in 1897. Farther<br />

on, you’ll find Chase<br />

Creek, once the epicenter<br />

of the town. In 1908, Chase<br />

Creek boomed for over 20<br />

years. However, because of<br />

raging floods, this part of<br />

town was almost washed<br />

away. Because of many<br />

people loving this wonderful<br />

area, it now showcases<br />

art galleries, antique shops,<br />

a book and toy store, an<br />

apothecary with many different<br />

local gifts available a<br />

beautiful church, and a historical<br />

museum.<br />

With all the history, expand<br />

your visit to include<br />

photo ops of the watchable<br />

wildlife. If you are lucky,<br />

you may come across some<br />

of our magnificent big horn<br />

sheep, often seen lazily<br />

grazing on the side of the<br />

road or train station lawn,<br />

and many more activities<br />

, including rock hounding<br />

and hiking. Did I mention<br />

bird watching? There are<br />

four trails within the area.<br />

Contact the CLIFTON<br />


865-3313 or P.O. Box 1415,<br />

Clifton AZ 85533) for more<br />

info. We will gladly help<br />

you plan your getaway for<br />

an unforgettable experience.<br />

Nestled high in the<br />

Pellocinno mountains, with the San Francisco<br />

river running by, you will find the North Clifton RV park. With 59 spaces,<br />

club house, Wi-Fi, showers, laundry, a new library walk, new playground equipment and<br />

picnic pavillions, pet friendly / pet area and beautiful scenery anywhere you look.<br />

Recreational activities abound. Birding trails, hiking, rock hounding, biking, river walk, watchable wildlife and if you are<br />

lucky you will see our famous bighorn sheep grazing on the grass in the park.<br />

Our park is in a quaint, quiet area, yet still in walking distance of Chase Creek, our historical district. Clifton, Az offers<br />

the rare blend of history, architecture, romance and adventure all wrapped up in the splendor of an Old West mining town.<br />

928-292-0070<br />

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Ranching couple<br />

sees Scots cattle<br />

prosper in Arizona<br />

Story by David Sowders<br />

Photos by Douglas Long<br />

Jim and Carol Ptak’s Gryphon Ranch, in<br />

the hilly El Capitan area south of Globe,<br />

Arizona, got its start in western Washington<br />

state 18 years ago.<br />

“We only had 100 acres; it was mainly a hay<br />

farm,” said Carol Ptak. It was after expanding<br />

that hay farm, doubling it in size, that the Ptaks<br />

were introduced to Scottish Highland cattle.<br />

“The next year, we went to harvest again, and<br />

we still had all that bad hay in the barn,” said<br />

Carol. “At that point you have a choice: Either<br />

pull it all out of the barn and burn it, or find<br />

something to eat it.”<br />

A friend suggested the “stupid-proof” Highland<br />

breed, so called because “you can be pretty<br />

stupid and still do well with them, because<br />

they’re so durable and hardy.”<br />

The Ptaks took that suggestion, buying a pair<br />

of Highland steers. Their intent was to eat one<br />

and sell the other. Discovering that it takes the<br />

breed three years to grow up, they purchased<br />

two more steers – and the couple’s venture into<br />

ranching would take off from there.<br />

“We had a neighbor down the road who had<br />

Highlands and he had taken ill, so we ended<br />

up boarding his breeding herd for six months,”<br />

Carol said. “He paid us in cow-calf pairs, and<br />

next thing you know we were off and running.”<br />

On an early January day, stretches of the road<br />

to Gryphon Ranch were covered in snow. As<br />

she drove a side-by-side toward the ranch, Carol<br />

said the road followed the original 19th century<br />

stagecoach route from Tucson to Globe.<br />

The move<br />

The Gryphon Ranch – Arizona’s sole commercial<br />

breeder of Highland cattle – has been<br />

at El Capitan for 10 years. It has always been a<br />

two-person “mom and pop” operation.<br />

The Ptaks came to Arizona for the same<br />

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eason many people leave their home<br />

states: health, in this case Jim Ptak’s severe<br />

migraines.<br />

“We discovered, coincidentally, that he<br />

was well, or 90% well, here. So we picked<br />

up the operation and moved,” said Carol.<br />

The spread had some history as a ranch<br />

before they arrived. A former ice house and<br />

the ruins of an old slaughterhouse stand on<br />

the grounds where the Ptaks’ cattle roam.<br />

The property was once owned by Charles<br />

“Bud” Clark and his wife Lenora, then by<br />

Paul “Dupper” Corso, who ran Mid-State<br />

Pipe and Supply in Globe. Corso later sold<br />

the land to developers from the Valley – “just<br />

as property crashed in 2008,” Carol said.<br />

“Then we bought it from them and restored<br />

it back to ranching operations.”<br />

Jim and Carol brought 19 head of Highlands<br />

down to Arizona.<br />

“We butchered everything we could, loaded<br />

everything else into two trailers, and off<br />

we went,” Carol said. They had the help, she<br />

recalled, of some Mennonite farmers.<br />

“It was interesting because the day before,<br />

they had tried to load an Angus bull for about<br />

six hours, and here they had 19 head of Highlands<br />

to put in two trailers – and we had them<br />

all loaded in 27 minutes. They’re very calm;<br />

they’re very easy cattle to work with,” she<br />

said.<br />

“When we first moved here, a lot of people<br />

thought we were crazy, bringing these<br />

fuzzy cows; they called them the hippie<br />

cows. ‘They’re never going to survive here<br />

with their long hair,’ they said. Now people<br />

come to us to buy animals for breeding because<br />

they’re adapted to this climate.”<br />

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RANCH from page 7<br />

What are<br />

Highlands cattle?<br />

The name Highlands reflects<br />

the breed’s origin in<br />

that region of Scotland.<br />

“They were bred to be<br />

able to withstand incredibly<br />

difficult conditions,”<br />

Carol said.<br />

“For a while the Scots<br />

thought they didn’t have to<br />

feed the Highlands at all,<br />

but the reality is the Highlands<br />

were eating everything<br />

from the lichens to<br />

the trees. They’ll eat anything<br />

a goat will eat.<br />

“The Highland hide is<br />

twice the thickness of an<br />

Angus. I can pick up an<br />

Angus hide, no problem,<br />

and throw it around all day<br />

long. I cannot pick up a<br />

Highland hide; it takes two<br />

of us. They’re that much<br />

heavier.”<br />

Highlands cattle, she<br />

said, would live in the<br />

house with Scottish families<br />

– people upstairs and<br />

cattle downstairs.<br />

“They were used for<br />

milk, for fiber – they would<br />

The fold – a group of Highland cattle is called a fold, not a<br />

herd – usually comes in to feed around 4 o’clock.<br />

The road through the Gryphon Ranch follows the original<br />

19th century stagecoach route from Tucson to Globe.<br />

take the hair and spin it into<br />

fiber – and for meat,” she<br />

said.<br />

She said Highland meat<br />

was very lean and healthy,<br />

lower in cholesterol and<br />

higher in protein as well as<br />

omega-3 and omega-6 fatty<br />

acids. The breed comes<br />

in seven different colors:<br />

white, silver, red, dun, brindle,<br />

yellow and black – and<br />

the Ptaks own one dun bull<br />

that can produce all seven.<br />

The black variety, called<br />

kyloes, originated along<br />

Scotland’s western coast,<br />

where cowherds would<br />

swim them from pasture to<br />

pasture among the islands.<br />

Carol added that there is no<br />

such thing as a “miniature<br />

Highland,” despite online<br />

claims; adult Highlands<br />

cattle grow to around 1,000<br />

pounds.<br />

Each of their cattle has a<br />

name.<br />

“When we started – we<br />

thought this was going to<br />

be enough – we named<br />

them in the order of the<br />

Greek alphabet,” she said.<br />

Of that original series, two<br />

cows named Delta and Epsilon<br />

are still on the ranch.<br />

After that, the Ptaks went<br />

through gems and minerals<br />

from A to Z, the Greek<br />

gods and flowers. Their<br />

latest series is named after<br />

trees; the newest addition<br />

to the fold is Holly, born on<br />

Christmas Day 2023.<br />

“So far, knock on wood,<br />

we’ve never lost an animal<br />

to predation, because<br />

they can take care of themselves,”<br />

she said. “All<br />

Highlands have horns; they<br />

know where their horns<br />

are and exactly how to use<br />

them. If a predator goes<br />

after one of the babies and<br />

the baby starts squalling,<br />

then you’ll see a bunch of<br />

adults running real fast.”<br />

The Code of the West<br />

On Gila County’s official<br />

website, a page titled<br />

“The Code of the West”<br />

outlines the challenges and<br />

potential drawbacks of rural<br />

life – from lack of services<br />

to extreme weather<br />

to animals. “Since the rural<br />

West will not change to accommodate<br />

your lifestyle<br />

or expectations, you should<br />

be prepared to adapt accordingly,”<br />

it reads in part.<br />

Carol expressed it this way:<br />

“Congratulations, you<br />

bought property out here;<br />

don’t expect to see many<br />

services because you’re<br />

not.”<br />

“Living off-grid is an<br />

interesting phenomenon,”<br />

she added. “We don’t have<br />

a lot of things people take<br />

for granted. We’re totally<br />

out here on our own.”<br />

Though the Gryphon<br />

Ranch employs solar power,<br />

there is no electric power,<br />

water, sewer or mail/<br />

package delivery, and<br />

stores are 14 miles away.<br />

“We do everything everybody<br />

else does; it’s just<br />

that we do it a little differently.<br />

Our internet comes<br />

by satellite, our power is<br />

solar, our water comes<br />

from a spring, we can’t<br />

use electrical fencing,” she<br />

said. “We had to replace<br />

water lines five times because<br />

they kept getting torn<br />

out by the next flood.”<br />

The Ptaks finally hired<br />

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a local company, Dixon<br />

Rock and Materials, to<br />

bury their water lines 8 feet<br />

deep. An added benefit to<br />

this was fewer frozen water<br />

lines, which Jim Ptak had<br />

had to fight in wintertime.<br />

(For anyone interested in<br />

further reading, the county’s<br />

“Code of the West”<br />

page, which begins with<br />

a reference to no less than<br />

Western author Zane Grey,<br />

can be seen at https://www.<br />

gilacountyaz.gov/government/community_development/the_code_of_<br />

the_west.php. Its text was<br />

adapted from “The Code of<br />

the West … The Realities<br />

of Rural Living,” written<br />

by former Larimer County<br />

(Colorado) Commissioner<br />

John Clarke around 1997.)<br />

Fire and flood<br />

Driving down the road<br />

to their property, Carol<br />

said ranching was not for<br />

the faint of heart – something<br />

that rings even more<br />

true when natural disaster<br />

strikes, as it did in 2021.<br />

Carol and Jim Ptak at their off-the-grid house on Gryphon Ranch.<br />

Gryphon Ranch’s business,<br />

she said, expanded<br />

greatly when COVID-19<br />

hit. On seeing no meat<br />

in grocery stores, people<br />

sought healthy options<br />

from a local source and the<br />

ranch sold out quickly.<br />

“We couldn’t expand<br />

our Highland offering fast<br />

enough for what the market<br />

was demanding,” she said.<br />

So the ranch began buying<br />

purebred Angus from a<br />

rancher in Klondyke, Arizona.<br />

“Angus finish for beef<br />

much faster, at 15-18<br />

months old; it takes 40<br />

months to get a Highland<br />

to finish,” she said. “The<br />

last few years have been<br />

very busy for us and very<br />

good – as a ranch. It’s been<br />

very good from a sales perspective.”<br />

But then there was the<br />

summer of 2021. On Gryphon<br />

Ranch, the devastating<br />

Mescal and Telegraph<br />

Fires came together; Carol<br />

called it the crossroads.<br />

“The fires burned<br />

out all of our perimeter<br />

fencing,” she said. “We<br />

were evacuated, and<br />

had almost a week to<br />

look at each other and<br />

say, ‘What are we going<br />

to do? Are we going to<br />

come back and rebuild,<br />

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Gryphon Ranch, located in the hilly El Capitan area south of Globe, is Arizona’s sole commercial breeder of Highland cattle.<br />

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RANCH from page 9<br />

or sell it and go?’”<br />

Not all was lost, though: Firefighters<br />

were able to save the Ptaks’ house,<br />

barn, other buildings and, importantly,<br />

the cattle.<br />

“So we decided to rebuild, and<br />

it’s taken our life savings to do that.<br />

Unfortunately, we didn’t know the<br />

floods were coming,” Carol said.<br />

“We took 22 floods for the summer<br />

of 2021, starting on July 3. The<br />

last big one came through Christmas<br />

Eve, and it tore out all of our internal<br />

fencing, all of our water lines, and all<br />

of our cattle handling facilities. So on<br />

top of losing all of our fences to the<br />

fires, then we lost all of our internal<br />

stuff and our topsoil to the floods. It’s<br />

been a very difficult, long trek back –<br />

from being totally dysfunctional and<br />

wondering what we were going to do<br />

with all these animals. Now we’re<br />

pretty functional and are trying to get<br />

back to full operations, but the ranch<br />

still has not recovered the forage. We<br />

lost about 90% of our forage, so that’s<br />

been especially difficult. We’ve had<br />

to augment with more hay than what<br />

we did previously.”<br />

She added that the plants that have<br />

grown back are toxic to cattle. Compounding<br />

their troubles, she said,<br />

is that insurance does not cover the<br />

flood damage.<br />

Range tech<br />

On the Ptaks’ dining room table sat<br />

a bit of more modern technology, a<br />

GPS tracker ear tag with a solar panel.<br />

“It keeps track of where the animal<br />

is, so I have an app on my phone that<br />

tells me by number – the tag number<br />

is assigned to the cow or steer, and<br />

so I know where they’re at, I know<br />

where they’ve been traveling and I<br />

know where to go find them,” Carol<br />

said.<br />

“The ranchers who have tens of<br />

thousands of acres, the cowboys<br />

spend days and days riding horses<br />

looking for cows. So we’ve been trying<br />

to use the more modern technology<br />

of GPS tags on the cattle.”<br />

The tag, she added, was “not quite<br />

ready for prime time yet, because<br />

with that single hole they tend to tear<br />

out of their ears.”<br />

The Ptaks are also seeking to improve<br />

their stock – “take our cattle<br />

to the next level,” as Carol put it –<br />

through artificial insemination, using<br />

semen from a Highland bull in the<br />

home country of Scotland.<br />

“We’re going to be breeding 10 of<br />

our cows,” she added. Helping them<br />

with the project, she said, was fellow<br />

Gila County rancher Tyler DalMolin.<br />

She said they use as much of an<br />

animal as possible, adding that hides<br />

and heads are donated to the Apache<br />

tribe, who use the hides for latigos,<br />

drums or moccasins. As for the<br />

heads, she said, “We’ve got friends<br />

who are missionaries out in San Carlos.<br />

They clean the heads up, then the<br />

Apaches help decorate them and they<br />

sell them. The proceeds go to their<br />

feeding ministry out on the San Carlos<br />

reservation.”<br />

In mid-January, Carol flew to Denver<br />

for the National Western Stock<br />

Show, where two Gryphon Ranch<br />

bulls were being exhibited.<br />

“We’re coming out of little Globe<br />

and we’re now going to show up on<br />

the national scene and see what the<br />

national breeders think,” she said.<br />

“The initial feedback has been very<br />

positive, so we hope the boys do a<br />

good job up in Denver and win. The<br />

National Western is the most prestigious<br />

Highland event in the country,<br />

so we’re excited.”<br />

Emerald<br />

Gryphon Ranch, a grass-fed,<br />

grass-finished beef operation, spreads<br />

over 1,000 acres.<br />

“As we drove in, we probably<br />

passed 45 head of cattle that you<br />

didn’t see because they’re hiding in<br />

all those canyons and little draws,”<br />

said Carol.<br />

The Ptaks own 469 of those acres<br />

and lease the rest.<br />

“That makes us a very large ranch<br />

and a very small ranch at the same<br />

time. A typical Arizona ranch is tens<br />

of thousands of acres, but typically<br />

the rancher only owns deeded 40 or<br />

80 acres. So it gives us freedom that<br />

a typical rancher doesn’t have,” she<br />

said.<br />

“Ranchers are your best ecological<br />

care people. They’re going to<br />

take care of the environment better;<br />

they’re the original environmentalists.<br />

At the same time, if we didn’t<br />

ranch and if we didn’t eat the animal,<br />

they would be extinct. You can’t afford<br />

to feed 62 head of cattle; at least<br />

I know I can’t. By them fulfilling the<br />

mission of why God put them on the<br />

face of this Earth, we get to enjoy<br />

these beautiful animals.<br />

“The oldest cow that we retired<br />

was 19, which is very unusual for<br />

cattle. That was Emerald, who we<br />

brought down from Washington.”<br />

The fold – a group of Highland cattle<br />

is called a fold, not a herd – usually<br />

comes in to feed around 4 o’clock.<br />

“It’s like if you knew somebody<br />

was going to bake you warm chocolate<br />

chip cookies at 4 o’clock every<br />

day, where would you be at 4? Also,<br />

our ranch is the only water in the<br />

canyon, so they have to come in for<br />

that,” Carol said. “My husband and I<br />

enjoy a really high quality of life, because<br />

we look at the beauty of these<br />

animals every day.”<br />

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Roosevelt Lake & Visitor Center<br />

Superstition Mountain Museum<br />

Dolly Steamboat<br />

Tortilla Flat<br />

Apache Gold Casino & Resort<br />

San Carlos Rec. & Wildlife<br />

Mt. Graham Observatory<br />

Graham County Chamber<br />

Clifton AVIC Visitors Center

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Topo Joes offers Pinal Mountain<br />

shuttle service for mountain bikers<br />

By Douglas Long<br />

Editor<br />

The Pinal Mountains<br />

just south of<br />

Globe are a haven<br />

for mountain biking, ranging<br />

from nearly 8,000 in<br />

altitude down to the high<br />

desert of 4,000 feet. The<br />

mountains are home to a<br />

wide variety of flora and<br />

fauna, including black<br />

bear, mule deer, bobcats<br />

and rattlesnakes.<br />

The severe terrain means<br />

that cyclists usually find<br />

themselves either pedaling<br />

up steep grades or flying<br />

downhill, with few options<br />

for flat, casual riding.<br />

For those who do not savor<br />

the prospects of struggling<br />

uphill for mile after<br />

mile to earn their downhill<br />

ride, Topo Joes bike shop<br />

in Globe offers a solution:<br />

a shuttle van that provides<br />

reliable transportation to<br />

higher elevations so mountain<br />

bikers can focus on the<br />

fun part of cycling – gravity-assisted<br />

downhill rides<br />

back into town.<br />

There are several options<br />

for the shuttle. Transport<br />

to higher points on<br />

the mountain – including<br />

access to Six Shooter Canyon<br />

Trail (TR-197), Telephone<br />

Trail (TR-192) and<br />

Kellner Canyon Trail (TR-<br />

242) – costs $30 per person<br />

with a bike, or $25 per person<br />

without a bike or with<br />

a Topo Joes rental bike.<br />

Douglas Long/<strong>Copper</strong> <strong>Corridor</strong><br />

The Pinal Mountains: great terrain for riding downhill on a<br />

mountain bike.<br />

There is a three-seat (or<br />

$90) minimum to schedule<br />

a shuttle, but big groups of<br />

six or more can ask about<br />

special rates. Reservations<br />

should be made at least 24<br />

hours before the desired<br />

shuttle time. The drive up<br />

to these trailheads takes<br />

about 1 hour.<br />

A shorter option is a<br />

drop-off at the junction<br />

of FR-157 and FR-651,<br />

which provides access to a<br />

fun, 6-mile, mostly downhill<br />

ride on the two-track<br />

FR-157 northward across<br />

the Pinal foothills to downtown<br />

Globe. The track is<br />

less steep and less technical<br />

than the trails higher<br />

up the mountain, making it<br />

a great ride for beginners.<br />

It’s also a good option<br />

when higher elevations<br />

are snowed in, or for those<br />

who are short on time (the<br />

ride can be done in well<br />

under 1 hour). The shuttle<br />

cost for this ride is $5 per<br />

person with a bike.<br />

Topo Joes staff advises<br />

those planning on using<br />

the shuttle service to be<br />

prepared for conditions on<br />

the mountain. Temperatures<br />

can be 20-40 degrees<br />

cooler than in town, with a<br />

greater chance for precipitation<br />

and higher winds,<br />

so appropriate clothing<br />

and gear should be worn<br />

for existing and potential<br />

weather conditions.<br />

Water is not available<br />

on the mountain and there<br />

is no trash service, so cyclists<br />

should plan on disposing<br />

of waste properly<br />

and following the “pack it<br />

in, pack it out” ethos. All<br />

trails on the mountain are<br />

multiuse and bidirectional.<br />

Horses and hikers have the<br />

right of way over bicycles.<br />

Above all, Topo Joes encourages<br />

cyclists to have<br />

fun on the trails. The shop<br />

is fully insured, licensed<br />

and permitted by the U.S.<br />

Forest Service to provide<br />

shuttle service.<br />

For more information<br />

on the shuttle and other<br />

services, including bicycle<br />

repairs and sales, contact<br />

Topo Joes by calling 928-<br />

351-6411, texting 928-<br />

961-2583 or visiting www.<br />

topojoes.com online. The<br />

shop is located at 465 N.<br />

Broad Street, Globe, Arizona.<br />

Hours are 10 a.m. –<br />

6 p.m. Wednesday through<br />

Saturday. They are closed<br />

Sunday through Tuesday.<br />

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928.425.7385<br />

Tue-Sat: 11am - 2pm<br />

1330 N Broad St, Globe, AZ<br />

gilahistoricalmuseum.org<br />

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Experience the Ancient History of Arizona<br />

The Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park in Globe, AZ, provides a unique opportunity to explore the<br />

partially restored ruins of the ancient Salado culture of the southwest.<br />

The Museum houses a large collection of pottery and artifacts that provide visitors a fascinating glimpse at<br />

the lifestyle of the people who occupied the site from 1225 to 1400 CE.<br />

Hours of Operation: Regular 7 Days 9AM-4:30PM, Summer Wed.-Sun. 9AM-4:30PM<br />

928.425.0320 | 1324 Jesse Hayes Rd Globe, AZ 85501<br />

Find us online! https://www.globeaz.gov/besh-ba-gowah-archaeological-park-and-museum<br />

: Amanda Moors<br />

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Arizona Fan Fest celebrates pop culture<br />

Safford is the place,<br />

and spring is the<br />

time, for southeastern<br />

Arizona’s premier pop<br />

culture event – Arizona Fan<br />

Fest, a convention spotlighting<br />

comics, gaming<br />

and original art.<br />

This two-day event<br />

(Friday, April 5 – Saturday,<br />

April 6) features the<br />

finest comic creators and<br />

self-publishers, along with<br />

collectibles retailers and<br />

master crafters of everything<br />

from jewelry and<br />

clothing to wild, unique<br />

items for home and work.<br />

The highlight of Arizona<br />

Fan Fest is the Cosplay<br />

Contest, where everyone<br />

has the chance to become<br />

their favorite character. The<br />

contest includes a Premiere<br />

category for cosplay master<br />

crafters; the Premiere<br />

winner will go home with<br />

$1,000.<br />

Arizona Fan Fest will<br />

take place at the Graham<br />

County Fairgrounds in Safford,<br />

inside the Agriculture<br />

Building.<br />

Admission is just $5 per<br />

person per day, and the fairgrounds<br />

features plenty of<br />

free parking. For more information,<br />

email Arizona-<br />

FanFest@gmail.com or call<br />

928-322-5029.<br />

Fernando Shipley<br />

License: AZ-6735550<br />

1400 N Broad St<br />

Globe, AZ<br />

928-425-7656<br />

Apache Junction, AZ . (480) 827-9144<br />

www.dollysteamboat.com<br />

Golden Hills<br />


www.goldenhillsnurseryaz.com<br />

Mon - Sat 8a - 5p<br />

Sun 10a - 3p<br />

(928) 425-6004<br />

5444 E Golden Hills Rd. • Globe, AZ<br />

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Arizona’s<br />

World<br />

Class Cruise<br />

Come up and see Mike!<br />

With over 40 years<br />

experience, Mike can<br />

help you find just what<br />

you need to make<br />

your life beautiful.<br />

Skilled Nursing Home Health<br />

For more info contact<br />

Franceen Gregovich<br />

Patient Care Coordinator<br />

996 N. Broad St.<br />

Cell 928-812-4227<br />

Cami, Kandace, Kenia,<br />

Danielle and Natalie<br />

Office: 928-425-4444<br />

Toll Free: 800-457-0274<br />

905 E Ash St<br />

Globe, AZ 85501<br />

(across from Chalo’s)<br />

www.camilucero.com<br />

Cami Lucero<br />

State Farm Agent<br />


Miami Loco Arts Festival <strong>2024</strong><br />

Courtesy of Amanda Rae<br />

Butoh Sonics from Tempe is among the acts scheduled to<br />

perform at the <strong>2024</strong> Miami Loco Arts Festival.<br />

The Miami Loco Arts & Music Festival returns for the 12th<br />

time this spring with live music, art exhibits, poetry performances<br />

and more over three days from April 19 to 21.<br />

The Miami Loco Arts Festival is a free, all-inclusive art walk<br />

in downtown Miami, Arizona. It will include art exhibits, dozens<br />

of bands, poetry readings and other stage performances for<br />

all ages and tastes at various locations around town.<br />

The event will feature a street stage on Keystone Street with<br />

live music on Friday night until midnight, Saturday all day and<br />

at night until midnight, and all day Sunday. Other artists will<br />

also perform on multiple stages in local bars and other venues<br />

around town. There will also be performance art, a poetry<br />

procession, food trucks, and vendors selling crafts and goods<br />

throughout the event.<br />

Among the performers confirmed for the festival are Courtney<br />

Odom and The Rhythm Weaver (Miami local), Karyn Ann<br />

(Portland,Oregon), The Max Riley Band (Sacramento, California),<br />

Comperson (Tucson), Dutch Holly (Phoenix), Instagon<br />

(Miami local), Sunburnt Stone (Albuquerque, New Mexico),<br />

20ft Neon Jesus (Phoenix), Joe Feldman (Phoenix) and Butoh<br />

Sonics (Tempe). Many more acts will be announced.<br />

Phoenix artist James B. Hunt (aka NXOEED) will bring a<br />

new show of art to the Miami Art Works Gallery. There are also<br />

plans for other popup art installations and exhibits around town.<br />

For more information on the festival, email the Miami Arts<br />

Commission at miamilocoartsfestival@gmail.com, or contact<br />

Lob Instagon at 562-225-7115.<br />

The Miami Loco Festival is a project of the Miami Arts<br />

Commission (MAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is<br />

to revitalize the Miami, Arizona, area through the arts.<br />

Courtesy of Amanda Rae<br />

Visitors get creative at the Miami Arts Commission table<br />

during the 2023 festival.<br />

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Preserving tradition while looking to the future<br />

By Douglas Long<br />

Editor<br />

In 2018, Peridot native<br />

Marlowe Cassadore<br />

took over as<br />

director of the San Carlos<br />

Apache Culture Center<br />

Museum. The museum<br />

had been founded in the<br />

late 1980s, as Cassadore<br />

explained, by a group of<br />

people who felt the need<br />

to preserve Apache culture<br />

and language.<br />

“They thought one of<br />

the best ways to do it was<br />

to have a museum, because<br />

there was this transition toward<br />

younger Apache not<br />

understanding who they<br />

are, what their culture is and<br />

their language,” he said.<br />

Cassadore was born and<br />

raised in the Peridot area,<br />

where the museum is now<br />

located along Highway 70.<br />

When he started kindergarten<br />

at Peridot Lutheran<br />

Mission School, he didn’t<br />

speak a word of English.<br />

He came from a family rich<br />

in Apache culture and tradition.<br />

He later graduated<br />

from the University of Arizona,<br />

and then lived and<br />

worked for a time in California<br />

before returning to<br />

San Carlos.<br />

When Cassadore took<br />

over as director five years<br />

ago, the museum collection<br />

already included a range of<br />

displays on Apache baskets,<br />

pottery, clothing, jewelry,<br />

tools, foods, traditional<br />

games and ceremonies, and<br />

more. Cassadore immediately<br />

stated his intention to<br />

apply knowledge obtained<br />

from Apache Elders to expand<br />

the museum, add new<br />

activities and even find a<br />

new location.<br />

“This museum was started<br />

from scratch. Before, this<br />

building was a place where<br />

people got their cars fixed,<br />

and then it was a small café.<br />

It eventually became a museum,”<br />

Cassadore said. “I<br />

think it was supposed to be<br />

temporary, this building.<br />

It’s an old building, and it’s<br />

not very suitable to protect<br />

and preserve some of the<br />

collection here, as far as climate<br />

control and storage.”<br />

Among Cassadore’s<br />

tasks as director is applying<br />

for grants for things like<br />

purchasing instruments to<br />

measure the moisture in the<br />

air and to help regulate the<br />

building’s temperature and<br />

humidity levels. He also<br />

hopes to secure funding<br />

for capacity building so he<br />

can hire consultants to help<br />

with finding a new building<br />

to properly house and preserve<br />

the museum, to help<br />

with the proper handling<br />

and appreciation of the artwork<br />

in the collection, and<br />

to advise the museum on<br />

how to become more organized<br />

and codified in its<br />

work.<br />

The museum also recently<br />

submitted a grant application<br />

to offer classes to<br />

develop Apache artisans to<br />

make moccasins, baskets<br />

See MUSEUM, page 22<br />



Located near milepost 272 on Hwy 70<br />

Fore more information,<br />

please call 928-475-2894 or write to:<br />

Cultural Center Director, Marlowe Cassadore<br />

marlowe.cassadore@scat-nsn.gov<br />


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Apache Leap Mining<br />

Festival celebrates a slice<br />

of Superior’s history<br />

The 35th Annual<br />

Apache Leap Mining<br />

Festival takes<br />

place March 8-10, <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

in the historic mining town<br />

of Superior, Arizona. This<br />

event is a chance to celebrate<br />

the town’s rich mining history,<br />

with a focus on the past,<br />

present and future of mining<br />

in the area. Named after the<br />

red escarpment on the east<br />

side of town, this event is a<br />

favorite among locals and<br />

visitors from across the state.<br />

One of the most popular<br />

events at the festival is the<br />

mining competition. The<br />

mining competition includes<br />

jack leg drilling, mucking,<br />

Courtesy photo/Debbie Torres<br />

The festival’s mining competition is a contest of brawn,<br />

skill and strategy.<br />

sawing and spiking. It is a<br />

competition of brawn, skill<br />

and strategy. While the spiking,<br />

sawing and jack leg<br />

drilling are individual competitions,<br />

mucking is a team<br />

sport. Participants are timed<br />

to see how quickly they can<br />

fill an ore cart, move to one<br />

end of the course and back,<br />

and dump it. Spectators will<br />

get a glimpse of the work by<br />

miners past and present that<br />

is often unseen, and will gain<br />

a new appreciation for the<br />

miners who work to bring<br />

critical minerals to the surface.<br />

This year’s competition<br />

will take place on Saturday,<br />

March 9, following the chihuahua<br />

races.<br />

The Mining Festival includes<br />

historical presentations<br />

on the town’s mining<br />

past, along with booths from<br />

local mines educating the<br />

public on their projects and<br />

the importance of mining<br />

and mineral extraction.<br />

Mining may be the focus<br />

of this celebration, but there<br />

is something for everyone at<br />

the <strong>2024</strong> Apache Leap Mining<br />

Festival, including a carnival,<br />

live entertainment all<br />

weekend long, a beer garden,<br />

speakers, chihuahua races, a<br />

petting zoo on Sunday and of<br />

course a wide variety of food<br />

and retail vendors.<br />

For more information and<br />

a schedule of events, visit:<br />

https://apacheleapminingfestival.com/.<br />

MUSEUM from page 21<br />

and other traditional goods.<br />

“Baskets are getting very hard to get<br />

ahold of now because they’re very expensive<br />

– only a few people can make<br />

them. People need them in ceremonies,”<br />

Cassadore said.<br />

In the meantime, the museum has<br />

been running a language preservation<br />

program in an effort to prevent the<br />

Apache language from going extinct.<br />

“I think my generation is probably<br />

the last generation that speaks fluent<br />

Apache. We’re at a point where it’s getting<br />

very serious that we are losing it,”<br />

Cassadore said. “Even though we try to<br />

preserve the language, I don’t think it<br />

will be in the form that I speak, because<br />

when you see people who don’t speak<br />

the language and who are learning,<br />

they really speak not wholly Apache.<br />

It sounds kind of different. It’s not pronounced<br />

the same way.”<br />

Another museum initiative is the<br />

Apache Clan Project, which endeavors<br />

to take people back to visit their original<br />

clan homelands.<br />

“If you’re Apache, you should have a<br />

clan name, so we have a project where<br />

we took people back to their clan homelands,”<br />

Cassadore said. “From that,<br />

I think people can relearn what their<br />

clans were and where they’re from.”<br />

The museum is also reviving the<br />

Apache Games – 15 games and athletic<br />

endeavors that Apache Elders say were<br />

played in the past, including a traditional<br />

stick game and running competitions.<br />

“We had some Elders advising us on<br />

the games, and they told us that they’re<br />

only played during the wintertime,”<br />

Cassadore said.<br />

“The Apache Elders say that the<br />

animals used to talk at one time to us<br />

but because they got disgusted with us,<br />

they didn’t want to talk to us anymore.<br />

So that’s why they say that in respect<br />

for the animals who are out during the<br />

summertime but are in their caves or hibernating<br />

in the wintertime, that’s why<br />

they won’t hear us, and so that’s why<br />

they say they have them in the wintertime.”<br />

As for the museum’s displays, Cassadore<br />

said he hopes they teach visitors<br />

that the Apache are still here and that<br />

each tribe is different, with their own<br />

language, their own ceremonies and<br />

their own ways of praying.<br />

“I’d like to see people who come here<br />

to learn that we still have our way of life<br />

and that it’s a life that is full of respect<br />

and that we try to honor other people<br />

and respect other people’s way of life<br />

and their religion,” Cassadore said.<br />

“We are a tribe that is trying to develop<br />

themselves so that we bring our<br />

people along with us, but at the same<br />

time we do it with respect to the spiritual<br />

things – the Earth, the water, the air,<br />

even the celestial beings up there.”<br />

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