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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 1:00 am

Five years ago

Santa Cruz Union High School recovers after Internet hacking

Though the Eloy Police Department is unable to comment as of yet on the case, officers are seriously investigating the hacking of the high school’s computer system, which began around Aug. 17.  According to a Santa Cruz tech support staff member, the school had been experiencing problems with its Powerschool program since the start of the school year.  Powerschool is a student information system (SIS) that provides real-time information over the Internet on grades and attendance to school staff, students and parents.  The unknown suspect had been using staff usernames and passwords of seven accounts to access special education files, class schedules and AIMS test scores.

City sees EDGE as ‘economic arm’ to encourage retail development

Slowly but surely, the city’s official economic development group, whose mission is to “foster economic development in order to improve development in order to improve the quality of life for residents of Eloy and surrounding region,” is coming into its own.  At the March 21 meeting at the Eloy Housing Authority, board members revealed to a 30-strong audience a pamphlet, logo, and basic principles of the group that has been hashed out and tentatively designed for EDGE (Economic Development Group of Eloy).  All is ready to go out to print pending board approval on or around July 1, for the new fiscal year.

Police crack down on drugs

The arrests and charging of three persons in the Eloy and Arizona City area, including a former Eloy City Council member, will and have reduced the amount of marijuana that is being transported from Mexico into the Eloy area, along with numerous other communities in Arizona and across the United States, police say. A lengthy, multi-agency investigation consisting of the Tucson District Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in conjunction with the Eloy Police Department, ICE Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), U.S. Border Patrol, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, resulted in several arrests in the Eloy and Arizona City areas last month, as well as a search warrant being executed in Gilbert, Ariz.

Ten years ago

Council budget review includes mayor’s phone

The Eloy City Council goes through the first round of its budget review Monday for the 2003-2004 fiscal year. Among the items on the council’s budget is a cell phone for Mayor Manuel Salas. Among the line items discussed for the council’s budget was telecommunications. Vito Tedeschi, finance director, said that was basically any telephones, cell phones, phone lines that relate to the city council.  “Right now the only thing we have coming out of there is the mayor’s cell phone.”  

“That’s why there is a separate line for that, Councilman Richard Horton said. “All other cities in the area do not provide their mayor a cell phone. Casa Grande, Coolidge and Florence submit a bill for reimbursement.  Why do we provide one?”

Voters will go to polls in recall election

Eloians will one again be asked to go to the voting booths in a forced recall election to determine the fate of councilmember’s seat. The recall election will be held Sept. 9 for Councilman Richard Horton following verification of a sufficient number of signatures. The recall attempt was filed on Jan. 22 by Elias Fernandez for the group Eloy Citizens for Better Government. The group needed 107 valid signatures to force the recall against Horton. Horton had 184 signatures filed against him, and 32 ruled invalid, leaving 152 valid signatures. Mary Ridgell, city clerk, said that signatures were verified and Horton notified by Feb. 12. Horton had five business days to take options to resign, which he chose not to do.

Adjustments approves billboard variance along I-10

Travelers on Interstate 10 will be seeing 12 additional billboards as the Eloy Board of Adjustments approved a variance to Arizona Valley for permits for a term of 25 years. The board approved the variance for the billboard along Interstate 10 during the March 20 meeting with a 4-0 vote. Member Grace Rossi was absent. The request was made by Arizona Valley, Inc./TDC properties, Inc. for a variance of the city sign code as part of conditions precedent to the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the applicants against the city. The council approved the settlement Feb. 10.

Fifteen years ago

Sewer plant bids come in almost $1 million too high Engineer to study bids, make report

Sewer plant construction bids that came in $900,000 more than estimated is a problem the city council is dealing with. The information came during a regular Monday night at city hall. Bid openings for expansion and upgrading the main city sewer plant were held last week and Higgins said that “they were not entirely to our liking.” There were four bids ranging from $2 million to $3.3, but the low bidder apparently had a math mistake and is withdrawing that bid. The city has a $2.4 million budget for work and all of the bids except the low one were well above $3 million.

More funny money found at businesses

Eloy businesses are still being plagued by a rash of counterfeit money as a bogus $100 bill was discovered at a truck stop, according to city police reports. A couple paid a $13.33 food tab with a $100 bill that had no face impression on one side of the bill. The identifying bar was missing, as well as a darker green than usual. The clerk, however, did not recognize the bill as being counterfeit until she entered it at the register and informed the truck stop manager. They tried to stall the couple until the police arrived, but were unable to do so.

Guaymas students to visit Picacho School this week

A total of 16 elementary students and six adults from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, are scheduled to visit Picacho School Thursday and Friday as part of the Hands Across the Border Program, according to coordinator Steve Cartwright.  The students will start with visit to classrooms and newly arrived computers followed by a 10 a.m. assembly in the cafeteria where Picacho and Guaymos students will give dance performances.  The Santa Cruz Valley Union High School Mariachi Band is scheduled followed by introductions.  A classic American turkey dinner is planned for lunch.

Twenty years ago

New postmaster named for city

Glenda Dunmore is the new postmaster of the Eloy Post Office.  Israel Martinez, who was postmaster here for about 20 years, retired several months ago.  Being new to the job and the community, Dunmore said, “I have not had an opportunity to really see the whole community.  I would like to take the time in the near future maybe to get out to some of the businesses, City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce to try and touch base with people.” The new postmaster is looking at ways to improve postal service for Eloy. “I’ve been looking at specific goals for the Eloy Post Office and talking with my employee.” Dunmore lives in Tempe and commutes to Eloy daily. In July she will be celebrating 20 years of service with the post office. She started working with the post office in Jersey City, N.J. She transferred to Arizona in 1976 and worked in the Phoenix areas.

New superintendent ‘excited’ about job

Richard Carino, the new superintendent of the Eloy Elementary School District, has been spending some time with Jim Russum, retiring superintendent, during the weeks since he was offered the job by the school board. Carino is still working as principal of the Eloy Junior High School. He said, “I spent some time over there (at the district office) during the spring break, but I will be doing more of that when we start working on the budget. One of the most important and first thing that would be addressed, Carino said, is reading. “Continuity has a lot to do with it. If there is a lot of continuity, we’ll see growth in the kids,” Carino explained.  In Eloy instruction is still personalized. Carino has another advantage: That he was raised in Eloy.  “From growing up here, I know the people in the community.”

SC pays for trip to meet for Top Devil wrestler

Apparently, the Santa Cruz Valley Union High School board in a special meeting Monday night gave Bill Sisco, superintendent, authority to spend school money to send a board member’s son and a coach to a national wrestling tournament in Pittsburgh, Pa., this weekend.  Ralph Belloc, son of board member Joel Belloc, has been invited to participate in National High School Wrestling Championships; Santa Cruz coach Jay Denton would accompany Ralph Belloc to the meet.  Sisco said in an interview Tuesday afternoon that the board took no formal action on the matter brought to their attention by Lynn Prouty, principal, Sisco said, “I was given direction to proceed if money is available and it would be formally ratified at a future meeting.  It was a last-minute thing.”  He said there is money in the budget for the trip.

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