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Gila County Cattle Growers Annual Salute to Ranching

2015 Holiday Dinner-Dance and Auction a HUGE Success

The Gila County Cattle Growers kicked-off the holidays with the biggest bash of the season.  Following a sumptuous dinner of melt-in-the-mouth, 12-ounce ribeye steaks and all the fixins’, the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce awarded the Rancher of the Year to Johnny Johnson and Wrangler of the Year to Mayor Terry Wheeler.

GCCGA Rancher of the Year 2015 - Johnny Johnson

Our Rancher of the Year for 2015 embodies the spirit of a true Gila County rancher.

Hard-working, big hearted, trustworthy and honest, his cows always come first.  He sees the best in everyone, and is willing to go the extra mile to give anyone a chance and lend a helping hand.

He first got into ranching after his fathers’ death, in partners with his uncle and cousin.  They had the KA Ranch, near Horseshoe Dam on the Verde River.  They renamed it the Johnson Ranch. He bought the Flying V Ranch in 1985 and brought his long time friend and helper Rodrigo with him to Young along with his wife and 3 children, LeRoy, Willie and Matt.  Together, with a lot of hard work they have cleared land, built corrals and many other ranch improvements. He's lived in tents, cow-camps, trailers and after 30+ years of sacrifices, he is starting on his house.

As a GCCGA member and director, every year Johnny is always first on site to help ready the Burch yard for the up-coming sale.  With welder and generator in tow he searches through the pens fixing gates and pens until the last one is done.  He provides workers and equipment to help feed cattle and help before and during the sale.  Most of the time, he is the first one there and the last one to leave. When the association was in financial straits and the possibility having the annual sale was questionable, once again, this rancher went above and beyond to help get us back on our feet.

 Though not a politician, Johnny Johnson is a staunch advocate and supporter of those who are in the organization.  Expressing concerns and opinions on current issues and threats that affect our ranchers this rancher is once again ready and willing to help in his quiet and gentle voice.

When the Forrest Service pulled all the cattle off the Tonto in 2000-2002, Johnny worked tirelessly to get the EQIP program expanded from private to Federal lands, partially financing trips for our 'member-politicians' to Washington to get the job done.  He has fought and won the battles of trich, drought and extensive predator control, including the US Forest Service.

Our Rancher of the Year is a rare find.  If you can't find him in a cow-camp on the ranch, chances are the sale is over and he's 'gone fishin'…

Thank you, Johnny, many your years of unselfish support.

GCCGA Wrangler of the Year 2015 - Terry Wheeler

Our Wrangler of the Year has many descriptions:

Rancher . . . Range Technician . . . Environmental Conservationist . . . Politician.

Terry Wheeler has dedicated his life to the ranching community as well as the citizens of Gila County.

As our President in 2002-2004, he fought persistently in Washington to successfully restore cattle to the Tonto and preserve the values and way of life we hold so dear.

After selling his ranch, he didn't just set in his rocking chair.  He has dedicated his life to the ranching community as well as the citizens of Gila County.  Over the years, he has established himself as a professional ranch resource technician, which gives him a great knowledge in articulating the debates on our environmental problems. He has served on many committees for our County and State, as well as attending many meetings in Washington as a member of the National Resource Conservation Department.

His conservation expertise can be seen daily on the tailings in Miami.  Working with local ranchers, the project is the perfect marriage of ranching and mining industries that produced results that even pleased the environmentalists!

The success of this project spawned similar projects worldwide.

As a City Councilman, he was the liaison between politics and the ranching industry keeping all informed of policies that not only adversely affect the ranching community, but are also detrimental to all citizens.  Through his many years helping and working with our San Carlos Apache Tribe neighbors, he strengthened our ties and working relationship.

As Mayor of Globe, he continues to strive for the betterment of the ranchers and for our community.  His support of the SAFE Plan for healthy forests as well as his concerns over water-rights and the adverse effects predator releases in near-by areas are manifestations of his dedication.

Thank you, Terry, for your years of dedication.

Rounding out the evening, guests danced to the toe-tappin’, boot-scootin’ music of Moonshine Mafia, periodically stopping to bid on live and silent auction holiday gift items ranging from a 7-day vacation on the Baja in Loreto Mexico to stocking stuffers of jewelry sets and gift certificates.

The event was well attended and enjoyed by all.  You will not want to miss this next year.

The GCCGA Board of Directors extends our sincere thanks to all who volunteers and who helped make this evening a complete success.  Special thanks to the Gila County Board of Supervisors, Bill and Penny Conway, Fred Nack, John and Elaine McBride, Frank DalMolin, Velma and Leroy Tucker, Linda and Misty Brost, Kathy Johnson, John and Jana Cline,  Pam Griffin, Glen Hazzard, Woody, Letha, Lacy and Lexie Cline, Lindy Oddonetto - Copper Bistro, JBS Meat, Jill and Joe Wilson, Kyle and Sarah Conway, Justin and Katy Taylor, the Young, Globe and Payson FFA and 4-H Clubs, Nathan Ellison.

We also thank those who donated items for our live and silent auctions:  Steve and Tammy Smith, Mid-State Plumbing and Supply, Jana Cline, Tractor Supply of Globe, North Valley Mule Deer Foundation, Nathan Ellison, Mick Holder, Bill and Linda Brake, Apache Gold Casino, Bob Mounce - Globe Stock Yards, the Young FFA, Mike Hemovich, Bill Conway, Conway Feed, Earth Mover Tires, Fry’s Grocery Store, Horne Motors, Holiday Inn Express, Tractor Supply of Payson, Pet Club of Payson, John Cline, Griffin Ranch, Doc Lane, Ace Hardware of Globe, Nancy Sheppard, Guayo’s, Ty Barton Saddlery, Bob’s Western Wear of Payson, Van Wilson, McSpadden Ford, Armstrong Pawn of Payson, United Jewelers, Steve and Dorothy Bixby, Jane Nichols - Heart J Jewelry, Rodrigo Garrbo and Duane Reece.

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