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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
No injuries suffered in recent downtown area residential blaze
House ﬁre … An overnight conﬂagration damaged a residential structure in the small hours of February 8-9. The structure is located at Copper and Neary. Fireﬁghters arrived on the scene six minutes following the report received. There were no injuries. Cindy Tracy photos
By Cindy Tracy A late night structure fire caused extensive damage to a residence on the corner of Copper Street and Neary Avenue. Fire department personnel and equipment responded quickly and were on the scene in six minutes from the report. No one was injured in the fire. The fire at 300 Neary was reported at 11:58 p.m. on February 8 by an unknown male, according to Superior Fire Operations Chief Todd Pryor. “Numerous other calls were received to report the incident,” he said. The tender was the first to arrive
on scene at 12:04 a.m. on February 9 to find the structure more than 50 percent involved with exposures threatened to the east and south, Pryor said. “Engine 631 arrived shortly after,” he said. “A defensive strategy was immediately implemented in order to protect the other structures threatened. Fire involvement of the vacant structure to the west was extinguished. The occupied structure to the south was evacuated.” He said the SFD would like to thank mutual aid units from Queen Valley and Apache Junction who
responded to assist in suppressing the fire. “Southwest Ambulance dispatched an ambulance to the town to cover EMS traffic while the on-duty crew was committed to fire suppression activities,” he said. Pryor said “complete fire knockdown” was achieved at 1:01 a.m. “Mop-up and overhaul continued for an additional hour and a half, and a small crew was left on-scene to control rekindles due to the high wind conditions.” The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation, he said.
Legends of Superior Trail ofﬁcially opened as ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at trailhead last weekend By Cindy Tracy The open air event at the Superior Airport has been held, the ribbon has been cut and the Legends of Superior Trail (LOST), built with the sweat and enthusiasm of countless volunteers, visionaries and partners has been rewarded. The official ribbon cutting ceremony
of the LOST trail took place on a beautiful February 12 midmorning. A relaxed but excited crowd arrived early for the outdoor fair that accompanied the speeches, followed by the ribbon cutting at the trailhead, followed by the opportunity, as Mila Lira of the trail committee told the attendees, to “take a hike!”
Artistic team … LOST logo winners from Superior School District are Andrea Bettancourt and Jessica Fraijo. Cindy Tracy photo
The dream of the LOST recreational trail that links the Superior area with the Arizona Trail and various other points has been realized. But the six-mile loop of useable trail will eventually expand to access other local sites, it was said at the event. The total length of the LOST trail is expected to comprise eight miles. In the course of her duties as emcee at the event, Lira gave a mini trail history for the visitors and identified the trail committee and partners. “The trail has actually been a project of both the Town of Superior and the Tonto National Forest for several years,” she said. Over the past three years both entities collaborated with other supportive partners to develop the trail. She introduced the trail committee that included representatives from Arizona State University that has been instrumental in helping with trail interpretation, from the U.S. Forest Service, from Arizona Game and Fish, and Laddie Cox from the Arizona Trail Association. “We need to give Laddie a really big round of applause,” she said,” because if it weren’t for Laddie, none of us would have had anything done.” She recognized representatives
from the Town of Superior, including Mayor Michael Hing and Vice Mayor Olga Lopez who, she said, were constantly out there putting in “backbreaking work.” And, she said, “I believe Council Member (Hank) Gutierrez was also there to represent us from the Town of Superior.” Other committee members she recognized included Pamela DaltonRabago of Dalton Realty and also representing the Superior Chamber of Commerce, Sandy Smith with Pinal Partnership, and representatives from the Tonto National Forest, Resolution Copper and others. She thanked the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Paul Babeau, Rosalind Boxer with the Arizona Department of Commerce, Brian Davidson with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Ignacio Godinez and Jed Lant with the Town of Superior, Deputy Warden Ron Lee from the Arizona Department of Corrections, Christine Martinez from the Superior Unified School District, Melanie Oliver of the Town of Superior, Supervisor Pete Rios of Pinal County District One and many more who aided in some way towards bringing the LOST
project into fruition. She introduced Superior students Andrea Betancourt and Jessica Fraijo who created the winning LOST logo through a DECA curriculum contest designed by Christine Martinez.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in areas such as marketing, finance and other disciplines in high schools and colleges. Speakers at the event included See LOST on P. 5
Ofﬁcial trail opening … Cutting the ribbon on the Legends of Superior Trail (LOST) February 12 are Superior Chamber of Commerce President Pete Casillas, Superior Mayor Michael Hing and Vice Mayor Olga Lopez; and (back row) Rick Reitz of the Tonto National Forest, Dave Hicks of the Arizona Trail Association, trail guru Laddie Cox of the Arizona Trail Association and Jon Cherry of Resolution Copper. Cindy Tracy photo
Student word masters Cemetery issues to be reviewed with compete at district spelling opportunity for input by citizens, Hing says Cindy Tracy week at a press conference regarding issues that had been come up in a burial fee for their relative on the bee, win by Allison Martinez BySuperior Mayor Michael Hing rethe Superior cemetery. 2010. One instance had to do with a basis that he was a resident. They disBy Cindy Tracy A John F. Kennedy Elementary 6thgrader spelled her way to top honors at the 2011 Superior Unified School District Spelling Bee February 11. Allison Martinez was the winner
of the “bee” that took place in the Kennedy Auditorium. Fourth-grader Jazmin Dozal and 8th-grader Ricky Longoria tied for second. Contestants displayed grace under See SPELLING on P. 5
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No recall election to be held due to glitch in petition sheet submission By Cindy Tracy A bid by “Citizens for Responsible Government” to recall Superior Mayor Michael Hing has not been successful due to an apparent numbering error on the submitted petitions. Town Clerk/Town Manager Melanie Oliver informed Jayme Valenzuela of Citizens for Responsible Government of this development in a February
10 letter. With the letter, the original 20 recall petitions filed by Citizens for Responsible Government were returned as well. The text of the letter explains the reason for the return of the petitions: “Pursuant to A.R.S. § 19-121.01(A) (1)(c), there are 0 signatures to be transferred to the County Recorder for veriﬁcation as none of the petition
sheets were in compliance with A.R.S. § 19-202.01(B) which requires the recall petition serial number to ‘appear in the lower right-hand corner on each side of each signature sheet.’” The letter said that because the “minimum number of legitimate signatures demanding the recall of a public ofﬁcer has not been ﬁled, no recall election will be called for.”
Valenzuela takes out new filing for recall petition against Hing
The Champ … Allison Martinez is the winner of the 2011 Superior district spelling bee on February 11. Cindy Tracy photo
By Cindy Tracy Numbering errors on petition sheets from “Citizens for Responsible Government” to recall Superior Mayor Michael Hing caused 20 pages of signed petitions to be returned to Jayme Valenzuela of Citizens for Responsible Government on February 10. Zero signatures were forwarded to the county recorder for the recall. Oliver stated the reason for the petition’s return in a letter to Valenzuela: “Pursuant to A.R.S. § 19-121.01(A) (1)(c), there are 0 signatures to be transferred to the County Recorder
for veriﬁcation as none of the petition sheets were in compliance with A.R.S. § 19-202.01(B) which requires the recall petition serial number to ‘appear in the lower right-hand corner on each side of each signature sheet.’” On February 11, Valenzuela filed for a new petition to recall the mayor, said Town Clerk/Town Manager Melanie Oliver. Deadline for these petitions to be returned is June 13. Oliver said the reason for the new recall request is the same as on the original petition. The new number is T0S20110211. Everything else is the same as on the previous filing. That
first application for recall petitions was December 2. Signatures required for filing are 178. Valenzuela is the chairman of Citizens for Responsible Government and Henry Munoz is the treasurer. When he first mounted the recall, Valenzuela submitted a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, The Superior Sun, citing the reason for the recall request. Mayor Michael Hing subsequently submitted his response after reading it to the public during council comments at a Superior Town Council meeting.
agreed with the manner of collection of the additional fee. The town council directed staff to seek mediation. The mediation service eventually closed out the case with a letter citing lack of response from the family to the mediation service. The second issue had to do with removal of ashes from a plot in the town cemetery. Minutes of an August, 2010 council meeting stated that a family member of a deceased person “gave a detailed report of her experiences in working with the town staff in regards to her father’s ashes being exhumed from his place of rest in the family plot. She stated that she was very unhappy with the actions of the staff and gave a timeline of the situation. She stated that the family is currently considering a law suit and has a lawyer reviewing their case.” When a Valley television station reSee HING on P. 3
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John F. Kennedy students show excellence Candidate forum on tap next week in spelling mastery at JFK school bee hosted by Superior Chamber By Cindy Tracy The top speller the February 10 John F. Kennedy Elementary School Spelling Bee was 6th-grader Allison Martinez. The very next day the word champ moved on to also take first at the Superior Unified School District 2011 Spelling Bee. The top 10 spellers in the elemen-
tary school contest on the 10th were Martinez, Michael Perea (2nd), Kassandra Baltierra (3rd), Jazmin Dozal (4th), and Tatianna Babino, Harrison Edmondson, Matthew Hernandez, Analysse Juarez, Elizabeth Ochoa and Eleanna Ybarra. Participating in the JFK bee also were Amber Alonzo, Anisah Cardenas, David Cruz, Gage Cruz, Marisa
Estatico, Jesus Gonzalez, Ashley Graham, Alexandria Hernandez, Victoria Juarez, Danielle Lopez, Makayla Martinez, Jewel Meza, Jalissa Murray, Andrew Navarro, Nick Navarro, Marco Ochoa, Andrew Salinas and Caroline Wernett. Pronouncer for the elementary bee was School Board President Cynthia Benson. Judges were Loretta Ellison, Luis Navarro and Angela Olmos. Spelling Bee Instructor was Carmen Navarro.
The Superior Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidate forum Thursday, February 24, at 7 p.m., according to Mila Lira of the Chamber. The forum will be held at the Superior Senior Center on Main Street. The public is encouraged to submit questions and will be moderated. The Chamber of Commerce does not endorse any particular candidate or issue and is hosting
Community Action Human Resources Agency (CAHRA) Rental Assistance Program on: Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at Empowerment Systems, 2066 West Apache Trail, Suite 116, in Apache Junction. At this meeting landlords will learn about the basic program guidelines, how to refer tenants and how the agency’s reimbursement process works. “We also look forward to answering the landlord’s questions and getting their feedback on our process. We are always looking for ways to improve our process and we believe their insights will be very valuable,” according to Mary Lou Rosales, Executive Director.
residents for the past 30 years. “We have always endeavored to provide comprehensive services focused on crisis stabilization and the improvement of personal and economic selfsufficiency,” Rosales said. “Although our main office is in Eloy, we provide services throughout Pinal County,” she added. CAHRA has in place a vigorous Rental Assistance Program that benefits homeless and non-homeless clients. This Program is designed to help a tenant who because of an unplanned emergency cannot afford the monthly rental payment or who has become homeless and is seeking to re-establish a permanent residence. This program is helpful to landlords because it reduces the burden of costs incurred during the eviction process and insures that persons re-establishing a permanent residence have in place the means to meet monthly rental costs. For more information on the meeting call Rosales at 520-466-1112.
SHS Hall of Fame: Preserving Superior school Landlord meeting set for Feb. 18 and property managers CAHRA has been providing a wide history, one banquet at a time areLandlords invited to a meeting to learn about range of services to Pinal County By Cindy Tracy Gilbert Sainz (1955), Betty Sanchez The 4th Annual Superior High (1949), Manuel Silvas (1967), School Hall of Fame Induction Maria Kelly Yniguez (1968), and the Banquet takes place Saturday, March 1954-1955 Class B State Football 12 at 5 p.m. in the Superior JuniorChampions. Senior High School Gym. Members and donors to the SHS The of Fame’s5162 mission HallPEP of Fame JOBSHS # /Hall NAME: SWG 2011 AdAssociation Design will receive isDESCRIPTION: the preservation of theSWG school’s to individual seats at 24/7 Ad preference 2011 ENGLISH history by recognizing alumni, staff2 Revision $25. Seating is limited. Reservations VERSION: Concept 2 – FINAL and community members2/14/11 affiliated must be made by February 23. For DATE: with Superior’s public school system information or to reserve seating, who have distinguished themselves AD SIZE: 5.25” x 10.5” call 520-680-5430 or mail payment and made notable contributions to the Copper to SHS Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 423, PUBLICATION: San Manuel, Basin, Superior Sun world community. Superior, AZ 85173. DUE DATE: 2/14/11 Honorees for 2011 include James (For past Superior Sun stories about RUN DATE: 2/16/11 Bunch (1958), Charlie Higuera the SHS Hall of Fame and previous (1961), Bob Hing (1951), Pedro induction banquets, visit www.copNajera (1953), Manny Ruiz (1951), perarea.com.)
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Letter to the Editor: Committee will refile recall petitions Editor, Superior Sun: The Citizens for Responsible Government Committee filed our recall petitions to the Town of Superior Thursday, Feb. 10, 2010. Although there were 20 petitions with 261 signatures, the packet was returned to us null and void due to a technicality. There was a Control Number that needed to be recorded on the reverse of all petitions but was left blank. When we received the original recall petition from the Town this blank was not completed. We made copies of it and didn’t realize that we needed to write the control number in that blank. This technicality was simply an oversight on our part. While there will be no Recall Election at this time, we have not abandoned our recall efforts. According to the Statute, we will need to start this process over again; so on Friday, Feb. 11, the Committee reapplied for a recall packet. We will begin to gather new signatures as soon as the packet is available to us. If you have questions, please contact me at 480-694-0146. /s/ Jayme Valenzuela /s/ Henry Munoz Citizens for Responsible Government
10 February 2011 Please be advised that Clarence J Cook and Bettie J Cook of 576 W. Gibbs Street, Superior, Arizona 85173 are both deceased. The Clarence J and Bettie Cook Revocable Living Trust maintains and manages all of their assets. Bobby R Cook is the sole Successor Trustee appointed to handle all transactions for their Trust, Estate and individual accounts. Any questions or concerns should be addressed directly to him: Bobby R Cook 2405 Plaza Del Grande Las Vegas, Nevada 89102 702.860.5297 No other persons or family members including Judy Cook Toner are legally authorized to transact business or enter under contractual obligations for any of the above mentioned parties. SUN Legal 2/16/11, 2/23/11, 3/2/11
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Superior Police Report
According to state law, there are two methods by which police may arrest suspected offenders. The suspect may be physically taken into the department and booked into jail, or the arresting ofﬁcer may write a citation and release the suspect to appear in court later. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Only criminal citations are listed. All damage amounts are estimates. Items are given to The Superior Sun by the Superior Police Department and reﬂect information available at the time the report is compiled. Feb. 2 An accident was reported in the 800 block of Highway 60. Feb. 2 Two separate theft reports were made at the Superior Police Department. Feb. 2 Possible vehicle theft was reported in the 300 block of Palo Verde Drive. Feb. 2 A criminal damage report was made at the Superior Police Department. Feb. 4 Theft was reported in the area of Main Street. Feb. 5 Burglary was reported in the 200 block of Stone Avenue. Feb. 6 Possible burglary was reported in the 800 block of Spray
Street. Feb. 6 Possible burglary was reported in the 200 block of Neary Avenue. Feb. 6 Burglary was reported in the 500 block of Santa Rita Street. Feb. 6 A loud noise, possibly gunshots, was reported in the area of Gorham Street. Feb. 7 Criminal damage was reported in the zero block of Mitchell Drive. Feb. 7 A fraud report was made at the Superior Police Department. Feb. 8 Ronnie Bowden Jr., 39, Superior, was arrested on warrants issued out of Gila County and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Calls not listed include five disturbances, two alarm drops, seven animal complaints, 18 miscellaneous traffic calls, two utility problems, one unwanted person, one information report, five welfare checks, five suspicious activity reports, one citizen assist, one fire call and one juvenile problem. Citizens are reminded to call Silent Witness at 1-800-358-INFO, Crime Stop at 689-5611 or the Information Tip Line at 520-827-0065 if they have information that may help the police department in solving a crime.
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Telephone (520) 363-5554 or (520) 689-2436 Fax (520) 363-9663 “There are numerous countries in the world where the politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. There is no country in the world where the press has seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians”
Continued from page 1 quested an interview on these topics from the mayor recently, he also invited the local media. Standing in the town’s Main Street, he mentioned his roots in Superior that went back to his grandfather. “I am raising the fourth generation here,” he said. He responded to a reference to the town manager. “In any situation dealing with a town manager, a council, when people are maybe upset with something, the first thing they’ll blame is the town manager,” he said. He expressed the view that in a small town there were a lot of politics going on, especially right now during an election period. He said that he supported his town manager. “I believe in her and what she is doing. All she is doing is fulfilling the policies and procedures that are set down by the mayor and the town council,” he said. “It is simple and very clear cut. To take this one person and say she is not doing her job correctly, I kind of say, ‘Well, we’re the ones who set the policies and ask the manager to carry them out.’” He said the town is reviewing policies because there are issues involved that have to be adjusted. The town has different cemetery rates for nonresidents and residents. “Because we are finding out that cemeteries are coming in short supply and people from the Valley are looking at the town of Superior for burials,” he said. “We have people from Kearny,
Winkelman, Hayden actually putting their loved ones here and burying them here in the town of Superior.” That is not unusual, he said. He cited another town in the region that he believed has closed its cemetery to nonresidents completely. “It is nothing unusual,” he said. “It is just now populations are growing and cemeteries are widely being bought up. That is what is beginning to happen in the town of Superior also.” In response to a media question about whether exceptions could be made to the policy, he said he thought there were exceptions but they have to be “clearly spoken about.” One exception might be when a resident who lives in Superior is placed in a rest home, he said. “That would be that person being relocated to another community,” he said. But that is when knowing that person is a resident of the town of Superior, he said, but had an inability to care for themselves and had to be located in a rest home that Superior does not provide. “I can understand a situation like that,” he said. “But when we look at the residence issue, we’re talking about residents,” he said. That is where everyone has some questions as to what a resident is. “Do I consider a resident a person who was born here and then leaves for the next 50 years and then passes away and says, ‘Well, I want to be buried in my home town,’” he said. “Is that considered a resident or a nonresident? Because most of us, since the hospital closed, we were born out of town. So to say, we
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were born here and we should have a right to the cemetery, there are so many areas that we need to address.” Residency to him, Hing said, was that “you’re an active member of the community, you’re a voter, you’re a part of the community.” In talking about the particular case regarding residency, he said it had been stated that the deceased lived in Gold Canyon. “So the manager was only acting out of policies that were set for a nonresident,” he said. He said the obituary in that case had stated residency as Gold Canyon. A question was asked as to whether there was space left in the Superior cemetery or whether it was running out. “No,” Hing said, “there is plenty of space but you have to anticipate what could happen. You know, you could get a mortuary to come in and say, ‘Well, we’re going to buy a ton of plots’ because they know that over the course of time areas are being taken up.” He commented on another regional community where a family on a farm has, he said, started a cemetery with the idea that the community did not have a cemetery. He said Superior was “just trying to get the feel of it.” With only a certain amount of acres set aside for the cemetery, the town doesn’t want it taken by people from out of town without knowing that they do have to pay an upfront fee. Responding to a question about the specific residency issue last year and “doing the right thing,” he said that had been part of the town seeking mediation. He said the town had
tried the mediation service to see that things were followed properly and whether there was something they could work out but there had been no response from the other party. “If they want to come back and sit down, I’m open to it,” he said. “The issue is there was a policy that was set down. The manager did her job. That is why the council ordered a mediation process to take place, which happened over several months, with no response from the parties.” Responding to a question about the removal of ashes and whether the town manager had understood policies in that case, Hing said there was nothing to understand. “The policies are very clear cut,” he said. “I think it is, again, small town politics trying to bring discredit to the town manager and her ability to do the job. It is just basically, with any community, when the community, quote, feels like they’re under fire, the first ones to get lifted are the town managers.” He said he looked at it as “we’re the ones who set the policies, we need to review them and we will begin to do so and the public will have an input.” Regarding the issue of the ashes removed from the plot, he referenced an ownership dispute. “Somebody comes and says, ‘I own that plot,’ and they have a deed to show it and that has caused a lot of headaches to the management, but we’ve been dealing with it.’” That, he said, is the honest truth. “I believe we have only taken over the cemetery in the past, maybe, eight years, 10 at the most. But it was
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removal of ashes had recently been brought up again. Hing said he did not know. He said that someone had called the media indicating issues regarding that case. He said basically the case involved someone coming in and claiming they owned the plot and they had signed documents confirming that. “And then we found out that the family did not really own the plot and that they wanted to place an urn there,” he said. See HING on P. 5
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SENIOR MOMENTS VALENTINE DANCE Superior Senior Site Council presents for your entertainment the Senior Moments Valentine Dance, to be held on Saturday, February 19, from 7 p.m. – midnight, at the VFW 405 W Main St. in Superior. Admission is $5. Must be 18 or older to attend. Food, music, door prizes, 50/50 rafﬂe and basket rafﬂe will also be a part of the festivities. For more information call 520-689-5182. SUPERIOR HAVE A HEART Superior Has Heart to Benefit the American Cancer Society will host a benefit on Sunday, Feb. 20, from
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Superior Church Directory THe PReSBYTeRIAN CHURCH OF SUPeRIOR 100 Magma Avenue Superior, AZ 85273
Pastor Jeanne Evenson Worship Service Sunday: 10 a.m.
Coffee & Fellowship immediately following worship. Youth Group for 7th-12th graders Sunday Afternoon. Our church is open for prayer the 2nd Wednesday of every month. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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70,000 people.” Kizer pointed out that the lines are not drawn in a vacuum, but are carefully thought out to meet stringent requirements set by the U.S. Department of Justice. The Voting Rights Act and legal challenges through the years have resulted from redistricting efforts that did not take into account the careful consideration of certain protected classes. Retrogression, or a diminishing of the ability of protected classes to be able to elect the candidate of their choice, is of particular concern in a diverse population such as Arizona’s. “We must make sure that there is no retrogression for protected classes
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be displayed at the VFW Post 3584 of Superior, Arizona. Past veterans, be it you or your husband, wife, father, mother, aunt, uncle, any relative or friend, we want to honor all veterans. To donate photos to be placed on the Wall of Honor, contact Debbie at 689-5820 or Rene at 689-2428 or any member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3584 of Superior, Arizona. PARKS & REC CLASSES Superior Parks & Recreation offers a Tae Kwon Do class every Saturday morning at the Superior Senior Citizens Center on Main Street from 10 a.m. to noon. For registration and/ or more information, come to the Senior Center on Saturday or contact Parks & Recreation Director Barbara Arriola at 520-827-0052. BINGO AT ARBORETUM APARTMENTS The Arboretum Apartments in Superior have bingo on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse. They play 18 regular games and two black out for prizes. They have an intermission with snack and punch. Come and have fun. ZUMBA® A Zumba® exercise class is being offered to the community by on Monday and Wednesday nights at the Superior Senior Center. Contact Parks & Recreation Supervisor Barbara Arriola at 520-827-0052 for details.
when we create the new voting districts,” Kizer stated. He also said that other factors are looked at such as population demographics, communities of interest, contiguity and physical barriers. “It’s a big job,” Kizer said. “That is why we have retained a consultant who is knowledgeable of the Department of Justice process to pre-clear our new districts so that the resulting election is fair and valid.” With a major presidential election next year, the time for coming up with voting districts is an urgent matter for many states and counties throughout the nation. “After the 2000 Census we had
some time to develop lines and get the clearance from the Department of Justice,” Kizer said. “Now with the election only a year away, the timeline for getting everything done is compressed.” The Elections Department hopes to get the final numbers on Pinal County’s population from the state in February or March. Between April and June, Elections will work closely with the county’s mapping staff to begin the process of drawing the lines. Kizer said he hopes to have the lines tentatively done between June and August. “From June to August, we will See PINAL on P. 5
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FLORENCE – By order of state statutes, Pinal County voters will be electing a five member Board of Supervisors in 2012, based on population data gathered in the 2010 census. As a result of the move to five districts, now is the time to figure out where the voting lines will go – a task that can last anywhere from six months or longer to get finalized. Pinal County Elections Director Steve Kizer is still waiting on the official numbers from the state. “Estimates peg our current population at around 350,000,” Kizer said. “That will mean we will have five supervisor districts, each with about
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corner, the Superior Chamber of Commerce is looking for possible street performers who are looking to showcase their talent to the festival; if you are interested in auditioning for a spot and would like to find out more information, please contact Taylor Ritter at email@example.com or call the Superior Chamber of Commerce at 520-689-0200. SUPERIOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Superior Historical Society is open on Wednesdays and Fridays, from noon until 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., depending on volunteer availability. Fund raisers include a DVD “Silver, Copper and Sweat,” The Story of Superior and a cookbook, Copper Country Cookin’, with traditional recipes and memorable pictures and story of Superior. The Bob Jones Museum is open for most events, and, we invite all who are interested to join our membership. BINGO AT VFW POST #3584 Bingo is bigger and better, prize wise, at the VFW Post # 3584 in Superior. Come have fun on Friday nights, starting at 7 p.m. There’ll be 20 games of the regular, jackpot and special type and a snack bar, with a regular bar open from 5 p.m. WALL OF HONOR VFW Post 3584 is seeking photos of veterans and military personnel to
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11 Church Avenue MASS SCHedULe: Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 and 11 a.m. Monday - Friday 9 a.m. Confession: Saturday 4-4:40 p.m. or upon request Rectory and Parish Office, 689-2250 Rev. Mark Long
Sunday Morning Worship Service 9:00am Sunday School 10:15am Sunday Evening Worship Service 6:00pm Thursday Evening Study and Prayer 6:00pm
(located at Robert & Linda Doane, 658 W. Wight St., 520-483-2917)
please call Angel Hernandez at 520827-9528. Hope to see you there! SUPERIOR OPTIMIST CLUB TEXAS HOLDEM POKER EVENT The Superior Optimist Club is sponsoring a Texas Holdem poker event on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Porter’s Café. There will be a $20 buy-in with a $10 re-buy. Proceeds for the event will go toward the Optimist’s scholarship programs. Both experienced and inexperienced players are invited to join in the fun. For further information, call Pete Casillas at 520-827-0692. HELP SAVE ALIANA ORTEGA’S SCHOOL The Queen of Peace school, where Aliana Ortega, Superior’s St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 2009 Fiesta Queen attends, needs your prayers, thoughts, and, help. To sustain operating costs, they need $250,000 in cash and pledges by March 15. If you can help with a donation, please do, by going to www.quop.org or calling 480-969-0226. Please pray for the school and share their online video with others: http://www.youtube.com/ watchv=VpSLUUhnbWs&feature=pl ayer_detailpage APACHE LEAP MINING FESTIVAL With the upcoming Apache Leap Mining Festival just around the
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955 W. Main Street (520) 827-9116 Sunday Morning Service: 10 am Sunday Youth Group (ages 5-12): 4 pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7 pm Friday Youth Group (13-18): 5:30 pm
1 – 6 p.m. Have a heart, and join in! Admission is $10 per person. The fine music of Armour Gomez, food, rafﬂes, and a live auction will be held in the Los Hermanos Ballroom, on Highway 60 in Superior. SUPERIOR OPTIMIST CLUB ORATORICAL CONTEST The Superior Optimist Club is encouraging area students to expound on the phrase, “If I were a Leader of the Free World, the First Issue I would Address would be……” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for 2011. Youngsters who turned 19 before December of 2010-2011 are eligible. Awards will be given for the best speeches, and scholarships may be won. A typewritten form of the speech must be submitted by or on Feb. 25 to the Superior Optimist Club. The contest gives students a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time. Contact Mila Lira at 520827-0676 for further information and entry forms. HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Columbus will be having a horseshoe tournament on Saturday, Feb. 26. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. at the Mashaws corral. Food, rafﬂes and fun. All proceeds go towards the 2011 Fiesta Entertainment. For more info
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Continued from page 4 also be waiting for the Arizona Redistricting Commission to finalize its plan,” Kizer said. “Once the commission’s plan is finalized, we might have to make some minor changes to our lines to make sure that no voting precincts are part of two legislative or congressional districts.” At the direction of the Board of Supervisors, Kizer and his staff will be holding public meetings in major areas throughout the county to present various proposals for comment. The Elections Department will then present that information to the Supervisors. “If everything goes right, we could be submitting the lines to the Department of Justice in September,” Kizer said. “We would hopefully hear back from them at the beginning of 2012.” For now, it’s a matter of getting prepared for what is sure to be a buzz of activity when the official numbers arrive from the state. “We have a good handle on what we need to do,” Kizer stated. “Our staff is dedicated and ready to go to make sure the lines are drawn in accordance with the law.”
Continued from page 3 “The town did not become aware of it until the headstones were removed,” he said. “The grandparents’ headstones were split apart so that the grandson’s headstone could be placed in. As soon as that was done, the family that owned the plot came forward and said, ‘Hey, that is not allowed, we do not allow that. We didn’t authorize that to take place,’” Hing said. “So we contacted the family,” he said. The town told the family. “Hey you need to move this. This was not approved and you indicated that you owned the plot but you did not, so we’re asking you to remove it.” He said that time passed and the ashes were not removed. “So the town manager had to order the urn to be removed and that’s what we did,” he said. Asked if the town still had the ashes, he said, “No ‘they’ have them.” Asked if he meant the ashes had been given back to the family, he said, “Of course.” He responded to a further question as to when the ashes had been returned to the family by indicating that it was last year. (For previous stories and editorial correspondence on the residency issue discussed in Hing’s statement, see www.copperarea.com. No phone number was available to contact family members for an update on the plot ownership and removal of ashes.)
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pressure as they calmly took to the stage at the afternoon spell-off. Everyone did a fantastic job as they spelled their way through round after round of words carefully pronounced by School Board President Cynthia Benson. Judges were Anna Flores, Loretta Allison and Nellie Perez. Winners of the Superior junior high and elementary bees competed in the district event. Junior high district contestants included Ariel Bueno, Melissa Castellanos, Erin Contreras, Jonathan Denogean, Brienna Everhart, Jose Lira, Ricky Longoria, Brieanna Mayfield, Ricardo Ochoa, Autumn Portwood and Brittany Velasquez. Elementary school district contenders were Tatianna Babino, Kassandra Baltierra, Jazmin Dozal, Harrison Edmondson, Matthew Hernandez, Analysse Juarez, Allison Martinez, Elizabeth Ochoa, Michael Perea and Eleanna Ybarra. Sponsors were Carmen Navarro for the elementary school and Karen Bowman and Karen Todd for the junior high. For more information on the next step in the county spelling bee competition, call the school district at 520-689-3000.
Continued from page 1 Chamber of Commerce Pete Casillas, Superior Mayor Michael Hing, Rick Reitz of the Tonto National Forest, Dave Hicks of the Arizona Trail Association and Jon Cherry of Resolution Copper. Tonto National Forest Archeologist Scott Wood gave a fascinating verbal tour to the crowd of the interpretative history aspect of the LOST trial route. Following the ribbon cutting, he led interested hikers on a tour of the six-mile loop with an eye to all the historic sights people will see as they walk on this trail.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Superior Sun, Superior, Arizona
‘CatRaptor’ arises in Superior classroom as school robotics team readies it for March competition
By Cindy Tracy Superior High School students are again this year offered the opportunity to become robot builders, learn about team spirit, compete for awards and have a lot of futuristic fun in the bargain thanks to sponsorship by the local mining company.
“As part of Resolution Copper’s ongoing search for innovative programs to promote student excellence in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related fields, the company is once again sponsoring teams from Superior High School and Alchesay High School in the
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FIRST Robotics competition,” said Melissa Rabago of Resolution. The program is administered in Arizona by Microchip Technology Inc. High school students are challenged to use science, technology and math to build a working robot that they will enter into competition. They also have a chance to advance to national competition with their metallic creature building skills. Teams are given six weeks to build and test their robot. Superior’s team is mentored by junior high science teacher Cathy Denogean. Fifteen enthusiastic students have joined the club. These include Ray Villalobos, Alex Romero, Eric Smith, Chris Floyd, Destiny Magallanez, Simon Ochoa, Bill Oliver, LeAndrea Rivera, Ricky Bueno, Cristine Lopez, Sebastian Martinez, Amber Hernandez, Adrienne Hernandez, Ryan Everhart and Anthony Frasier. The team meets after school and on weekends to complete their robotic project. Assisting the Superior team as mentors are Holly Schultz, Jason Fischer and Lindsay Grant. All three are currently enrolled as engineering students at ASU. Founded in 1989, by Dean Kamen, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) inspires student interest in science and technology. It also provides them with the chance to work with professional engineers, and promotes self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Students who participate are eligible for college scholarships. The Superior FIRST club vice president Ray Villalobos is in his second year in the program. He said he has learned a variety of skills from the activity. “Last year I did everything,” he said, “I did a lot of mechanics. We have a good team this year. There’s been some drama but we’ve gotten over it. We have a great mentor, Ms. Denogean. She’s been really kind, putting her time in this. We all love her deeply.” He said their next competition is at Hamilton High School in Chandler in March. “People from Superior can go down and see what we have accomplished. We’ve got a great robotics program here in Superior even though we’re a small town,” he said. Villalobos said that Superior Robotics is still a “rookie” team. “We’re not very experienced,” he
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said. “And we’re still looking for a lot of sponsors.” He said sponsorship in the community is needed. Sponsorship from Globe, Miami and “anywhere” is also requested. Businesses and individuals alike can donate to this great cause. “We’re trying to do a lot of fundraising,” he said, “which is something we didn’t do last year.” Club President LeAndrea Rivera explained that the robot would be taken to the three-day competition in Chandler March 17-19. “We unpack it. We do some adjusting,” she said. Superior then gets teamed up with two other clubs. “We don’t know who they are yet,” she said. “They tell us the day of the competition.” The competitors then go through preliminary rounds. “They give us points,” Rivera said. “If we have higher points we go on to the finals. There are then 10 teams and those 10 teams get to pick two teams to be their partners and after that they do a single elimination.” The “alliances” that win go on, she said, until there are two final alliances. “And the winners go to nationals!” she said. Rivera said she agreed with Villalobos that the club could use more sponsors. “Last year we cut it close with having three minor sponsors along with Resolution Copper,” she said. “This year we doubled the size of our team, so we are going to need approximately double the amount of funds we received last year.” She said contributors should call the school at 520-689-3100 and donate to the Superior Robotics. “I believe it is a refundable donation. There is a tax credit and it would really help us out,” she said. She added that if someone donates equal to or more than $100, they get their name on the team shirt. “It just encourages more people to help us because they get good publicity and this program is world-wide,” she said. “There are teams from Mexico who come to the competition with us. There are teams from everywhere, and it really looks good!” Mentor Cathy Denogean explained more about this. She said the team is required to have team uniforms. “So, of course, we are required to fund-raise and provide those team uniforms, whether we do T-shirts that are all universal among the team, or whether we go all-out or whatever it is. But this year, we’re just keeping it simple, doing a T-shirt that is for everybody on the team to wear.” The students also stay two nights near the competition site. “So funding for the hotel rooms is important.
That is not something the school district usually covers,” she said. “The club usually has to generate those funds.” There is also the cost of food. “We generally try to alleviate some of the cost to the kids and the parents by trying to fund-raise and give them some money during the time or taking food for them,” she said. Rivera said other required items that fund-raising pays for are safety necessities, storage bins for their tools, a banner they have to put up so they can identify their work station, and other articles “There are ‘spirit’ things we should get because we get extra points for that,” she said. Denogean said there are large amounts of scholarships earmarked for students who are in this program. “So they have an opportunity to get scholarships. They have an opportunity to get different kinds of awards.” In this competition itself, she said, participants have a chance to win awards as well. “So there are many
things they can get in the competition. But as part of the competition, they are required to have certain things that require funds,” she said. She stressed it is also important for people to go down to the event if possible and view the team in action. “It is really neat,” she said, “And really competitive. It shows their innovation, their creativity and the kind of engineering that they have to come up with to design a robot to fit the game that is specified this year.” The current game is called “Logo Motion.” This involves having a logo and putting pieces in certain positions. “They have a lot of competition and rules to abide by,” she said. “It is really an intense program. It takes six weeks to build a robot from scratch, program it to do what they say they want it to do.” The robot builders excel at carrying out this mission. “They’re really good at engineering the project, designing it and coming together as a team and making it happen,” she said. “So that’s just a benefit for everyone.”
Robot rising … A high tech robotic creature is growing up in a classroom at Superior High School under the skilled hands and guidance of the Superior Robotics Team. The robot is named ‘CatRaptor,’ in reference to team mentor Cathy Denogean, a science teacher at the school. Cindy Tracy photo
Competition bound … The robot ‘CatRaptor’ is in construction at the high school and being readied to compete with its creators, the Superior Robotics Team. Shown in no particular order are Ray Villalobos, Alex Romero, Eric Smith, Chris Floyd, Destiny Magallanez, Simon Ochoa, Bill Oliver, LeAndrea Rivera, Ricky Bueno, Cristine Lopez, Sebastian Martinez (not pictured), Amber Hernandez, Adrienne Hernandez, Ryan Everhart (not pictured) and Anthony Frasier. Cindy Tracy photo
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