Festival of Trees

This year’s Festival of Trees theme is Star of Wonder and the public is invited to participate.

If you’d like to put up your own tree at the Festival, which will be held Dec. 4-Dec. 9 at St. Rose of Lima in Safford, call Sara at 928-428-4920.

Participants need to have their own artificial tree, plastic ornaments, lights and extension cords. They’ll be set up Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and teardown will be Dec. 10.

Jimmy Dell concert

The Real Life Community Church of the Nazarene, 106 S. 8th Ave., is hosting a Jimmy Dell concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.

Dell was a rock ‘n roll singer in the ‘50s and ‘60s and today his ministry is Christian Evangelism and Gospel music.

Mt. Graham Safe House fundraiser ongoing

If you’d like to help out the Mt. Graham Safe House, you’re invited to participate in a beef raffle.

Tickets are $10 each or three for $20. You’ll have two chances to win 1/4 beef from the Graham County Fair 2021 livestock auction.

Tickets can be bought at Ginaveve’s in Safford or online at thebean.mobilebytes.com

The drawing will be held 9 a.m. Dec. 26 on Ginaveve’s Facebook page.

COVID mortgage/rental assistance

If you’ve fallen behind on your mortgage payments due to COVID-19, SEAGO may be able to help you.

To qualify you must live in Cochise, Graham or Greenlee county, eligible for unemployment or experienced financial hardship due to the virus, be at risk of homelessness or housing instability and have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income.

The funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For those seeking mortgage assistance: Applications can be found at www.seago.org/cares or you can call 520-432-5301 ext. 203 for assistance. For those renters and landlords seeking assistance: Apply online at des.az.gov/ERAP by Dec. 31.

Thatcher getting K9 officer

The Town of Thatcher is getting ready for its first-ever K9 officer.

The town council approved the purchase of a K9 officer over the summer and will spend roughly $21,000 for the specially trained dog and for Officer JR Maner to go to a training academy, said Chief Shaffen Woods. Last week, the council was told the vehicle purchased to transport Maner and the dog is in the process of being specially outfitted.

Maner will leave in February for Scottsdale where he’ll learn over the course of eight weeks how to handle the dog, who is being trained to sniff out cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin. At a later point, the dog will also be trained how to search for people, Woods said.

The dog will likely be a Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd and a “huge asset” to Thatcher and other local agencies, Orr said.

At least one other K9 officer has had to retire because he was trained to sniff out marijuana, which is now legal in Arizona.

Thriftee Pharmacy closing

The Thriftee Pharmacy is closing permanently at 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

According to a news release, Thriftee Food will continue to provide groceries, fresh produce and meat, bakery- deli and general merchandise for sale to people in the Gila Valley and beyond.

If you have questions, please visit the pharmacy in the coming days or call (928) 428-1156.

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