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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs… Congressman Gosar concludes hearing for Resolution Copper Land Exchange By Taylor Sheaffer Ritter Early Tuesday morning, June 14, several residents of Superior met at the Resolution Copper office, eagerly awaiting the hearing scheduled by U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-01) and the Natural Resources Committee concerning H.R. 1904, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011. The bill seeks to trade roughly 5,300 acres of privately held land in Arizona for 2,422 acres of Federal land, referred to as Oak Flats, to move forward with the planned progress of the Resolution Copper Mine, providing thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue, both desperately needed by the public of the State of Arizona. During the hearing, several witnesses for both sides gave testimony of their reasoning for either supporting the land exchange or opposing it. “This project was one of the very first things brought to my attention by the people of my district. Many of those folks, excited for the economic development and sustainable growth that this project will bring, wanted this legislation introduced immediately with the start of the new Congress. However, I felt it was
my duty…to engage with interested stakeholders,” said Congressman Gosar. Throughout his opening statement, Gosar highlighted the many benefits that this bill would allow, including stimulating both job growth and the economy with more than 3,700 local jobs, providing more than $220 million in annual wages, with a total economic impact for the State of Arizona estimated at $61 billion total, at nearly $1 billion per year, plus another $20 billion dollars in Federal, State and County revenue. “This legislation,” he continued, “will also significantly contribute to our mineral and energy independence. Today we import 30 percent of our copper compared to 7 percent in 1993. This project will produce up to 25 percent of the current U.S. demand. The demand for copper is skyrocketing…Renewable energy production from solar, wind, geothermal and other technologies depend heavily on copper to transmit the energy they generate,” lending to the very relevant cause for the high price of copper. In a alternate view, Congressman Gosar stated this bill as not only “a jobs bill, it’s a conservation bill,” detailing that part of the land the public would acquire in the exchange
include important recreational and conservation areas, along with the one of the last un-dammed river in Arizona, the San Pedro River, nearly seven miles of which are included in the exchange. Additionally, Congressman Gosar pointed out that nearly 100 acres of Apache Leap will be conveyed to the U.S. Government in the legislation; the conservation of which is an immense concern to the Native American tribes. Due to speculation that this piece of legislation circumvents environmental law, Congressman Gosar staunchly explained, “[It] address[es] explicitly and implicitly compliance with Federal environmental laws and regulations pertaining to conveyances of Federal land and approval of mine plan of operations. The partners must comply with other applicable Federal laws and regulations prior to the conveyance of lands. Thus, the exchange will not go forward until major environmental requirements under the National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, Executive Orders pertaining to wetlands and floodplains, and Hazardous Materials Surveys are met,” guaranteeing that this bill is not meant to hastily push See Hearing, Page 3
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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Plans underway for Superior Fourth of July What could be more patriotic then spending the day with friends and family, playing games, eating food, swimming for free and then later oohing and awing over the colorfully explosive lights from a fireworks show? Why, doing all of the above in Superior, of course! The folks on the Town of Superior’s Parks and Recreation Board are already hard at work planning for the annual celebration of the Nation’s Birthday. A little birdie told us that there will be a water slide, free swimming at the Superior pool, games for the kiddies and food booths galore. Alas, no parade this year, but with the Arizona heat, the omission is surely forgiven.
The local planners, we’re told, are in DESPERATE need of volunteers! So if you can help out in some small way or, even better, in a big way, please call Barbara Arriola at 520-827-0052 and give her the good news. She’ll have something for you to do, we’re sure. So get out your red, white and blue decorations, dig out that patriotic spirit and get ready to spend the Fourth of July on Main Street! Check back with the Superior Sun next week for more details. You’ll be glad you did!
Recall election set for Nov. 8 By Taylor Sheaffer Ritter Superior voters this November will be asked whether to recall Mayor Michael Hing. As per protocol, Town Manager Melanie Oliver called for a recall election at last week’s Superior Town Council meeting. The election will be set for Tuesday, Nov. 8. The next action needed by the town council for the recall election to take place will be to pass a resolution officially
calling for the recall election. During his closing statements, Hing said, “I was considering resigning after I heard that over 300 names were submitted, but I changed my mind because of the fact that 60 names were thrown out right off the top by the Recorder’s Office and now there are some issues concerning those who have signed the recall so I will pursue legal issues that challenge the recall. I will do it because fiscally this will cost the
town about six grand [$6,000] to call this election, so I will pursue legal challenge to the recall such that the town will not have to go through this. There are some issues that surround the recall petition itself, the town attorney cannot handle this so I will pursue this off to the side. I did consider resigning after being informed about the amount of signatures received… but I will remain and will fight this to the end.”
By Taylor Sheaffer Ritter Superior residents who live on Magma Avenue will have to endure some minor inconveniences, but it will be worth it in the end when the street gets a fresh new coat of asphalt. Last week, at the Superior Town Council meeting, Town Manager Melanie Oliver explained that the planned paving of Magma Avenue would begin on July 11. “The Magma Avenue paving ... will take two to three days to complete. We will get information out to all residents on Magma Avenue so that they will be aware of the construction and that it will be difficult to get in and out of their driveways. We would like to move this along as quickly as possible. The
overlay will come from Main Street to the top of Magma Avenue and then Main Street to the bridge will be a slurry fill,” Oliver explained. Along with the overlay, crack sealing will be taking place due to the large amount of cracks on the road; it is necessary to do this prior to laying down the overlay on the road. “So…this dispels the rumors that we weren’t going to repair Magma Avenue,” Superior Mayor Michael Hing laughingly added. The town was able to save money due to the timing of the project. Cactus, the company which will be doing the work, are already going to be in the area addressing a different project and thus the town was not required to pay
additional fees to bring in the equipment. If you have questions concerning the re-paving of Magma Avenue, please contact Superior Town Hall at 520-689-5752.
Paving on Magma Avenue to begin Rapt attention ... Resolution Copper Company invited Superior Council Members and other local residents to watch the Land Exchange Hearing on a live feed in RCC ofﬁces. (Taylor Sheaffer Ritter photo)
Tentative agreement reached with Asarco, Unions Tucson, AZ – Tucson based ASARCO LLC (ASARCO) President and COO Manuel Ramos announced today that the Company and the Unions representing employees at five Asarco operating facilities located in Arizona and Texas have reached tentative agreement on a labor contract that will be effective through June 2013. Over the next week, the unions will be submitting the agreement for employee ratification at the various Asarco units. The Copper Basin News/Superior Sun
made attempts to contact Manny Armenta, the local sub district director for the United Steelworkers, but was unable to get additional comment prior to press time. ASARCO is an integrated copper mining, smelting and refining company with approximately 2,600 employees. The Company is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona and operates mines, mills and a smelter near Tucson and a refinery in Amarillo, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.asarco. com.
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Sheriff Paul Babeu named ‘2011 National Sheriff of the Year’ Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was named the “2011 National Sheriff of the Year” by the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA). The award was presented Sunday, June 19, at the opening session of the NSA’s Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) established the Ferris E. Lucas award in 1995 to recognize an outstanding sheriff of the year for contributions made to improve the Office of Sheriff on the local, state, and national levels, and for involvement
in the community above and beyond the responsibilities required. The award is given in memory of Ferris E. Lucas, NSA Past President (1944-46) and executive director (196482), who completed 50 years of distinguished service and leadership in law enforcement. This year’s award is sponsored by Pursuit Products, Inc. In 2008, Sheriff Paul Babeu won his first term in a landslide election victory over the incumbent sheriff. Since being elected as the Pinal County Sheriff, he has become one of the most progressive Sheriffs in
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Superior Church Directory 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. Contemporary Worship Service at 5 p.m. on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Our church is open for prayer the 2nd Wednesday of every month. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Anonymous prayer box located at the Save Money Market. We will pray for you! Phone: 689-2631
SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC CHURCH 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
New Life Church New Life Fellowship Inc.
955 W. Main Street (520) 827-9116 Sunday Morning Service: 10 am Sunday Youth Group (5-12): 4 pm Family Life Christian Center Wednesday Bible Study: 7 pm 56 Kellner Ave. Fri Youth Group (13-18): 5:30 pm Schedule of Services (located at Robert & Linda Doane, 658 W. Wight St., Sunday School 9:30 a.m. 520-483-2917) Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mel Korb Wed. Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Everyone welcome Everyone is Welcome Non-denominational Pastor Dennis & Sandy VanGorp We are a grace based Office 689-2202 Evangelical Church. Assembly of God
SUPERIOR FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 921 Belmont Street
PASTOR BART MUELLER 689-5751, Please leave a message
Where everybody is somebody and Christ is everything!
Sunday School 9 a.m. Sunday Worship Service10 a.m. Wednesday Study 6:30 p.m. www.superiorfirstbaptist.net
SUPERIOR HARVEST CHURCH Hill St. and Stone Ave. Sunday Morning Service: 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday Bible Study: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Victory in Jesus Pastor Albert M. Rodriguez 480-354-4499 (home) 480-329-3647 (cell)
The Potters House of Superior
We are located at 501 Lobb Ave. (The old medical clinic) (928) 812-2499 Schedule of Services Thursdays 7:00 pm Pastor Richard Kidd Everyone is welcome Nursery Provided
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the country. Sheriff Babeu has earned both statewide and national attention for his strong stance against illegal immigration. His stance and actions against those responsible for drug and human trafficking has earned him the distinction as one of “America’s Toughest Sheriffs on Illegal Immigration.” The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is the third largest in the state of Arizona with more than 700 employees. Under Sheriff Babeu’s direction, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has acquired both innovative equipment and technology through $7,000,000 in grant funding. Citizens of Pinal County used to have to wait up to 15 minutes for a deputy to respond, the response time has now been cut in half. Sheriff Babeu is a strong proponent of regional efforts to improve public safety.
The approach has allowed all agencies within Pinal County to pool their resources and work together, saving money and improving service. Thanks to Sheriff Babeu, Pinal County now has a Regional SWAT, Traffic and Narcotics Task Force. Sheriff Babeu has also organized a “Citizens on Patrol” program and a “Citizen Alert Network” which has brought the community forward and more active with the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Babeu is an Advisory Board Member for the National Organization for Victim’s Assistance. He is also in his second term as the President of the Arizona Sheriff’s Association. Sheriff Babeu has become a national spokesman on border crimes, illegal immigration and the need to secure the U.S./Mexico border. He has worked on the
development of the “10 Point Border Security Plan ” with Senator John McCain and Senator Jon Kyl. “I’m very humbled by this recognition for the exemplary work of our staff, volunteers and the strong community support by the public,” Babeu said. “We will not let up, but strive for further agency improvements in an effort to best protect our families.” National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is the largest association of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its 69-year history, NSA has
June 20, 2011 (Oracle, AZ) In recent weeks, both Pinal County and Gordon’s IGA have released dozens of residents from full time work. The Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition is reaching out to these and other unemployed and recently laid off workers with a free Resume Writing lab as well as an Interviewing Skills lab to help
them re-enter the workplace. Each four-hour lab will provide participants with hands on learning; practical tools to help in the job search, and insights into the current employment landscape. This is also an opportunity to review and refresh your resume for anyone in the market for work. The four-hour Resume Lab will be held Thursday, July 7,
from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Interviewing Skills lab will be the following Thursday, July 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both labs are hands-on sessions intended to provide each participant with knowledge and skills they can immediately put into action. Both labs are FREE of charge. The Business Success Center (BSC) is located at the
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Sheriff Paul Babeu served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government. NSA also provides management training for sheriffs and their command personnel at the National Sheriffs’ Institute and through other innovative programs, workshops, and seminars. The National Sheriffs’ Association, located in Alexandria, Virginia, also oversees the highly successful Triad Program and Neighborhood Watch.
Copper Corridor Business Success Center helps local laid-off workers
Tribute Charles Roberts Jr. March 11, 1920 - June 13, 2011
Charles “Chuck” Roberts Jr., age 91, of West, Texas, passed away quietly, Monday evening, June 13, 2011, at his residence. Military Graveside Services were held 9:45 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery near Dallas. A memorial service was held Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Flower Mound. Chuck was born March 11, 1920, in San Bernardino, California, the son of Charles and Leona (Brundege) Roberts, Sr. He moved to Arizona at an early age and spent most of his life there. Chuck attended schools in San Bernardino and Phoenix. On September 17, 1966 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Windham in Ash Fork, Arizona. Chuck served his country in the United States Army during World War II with the special services on Saipan. He managed movie theaters for Long Enterprises in Superior and for Wehrinburg Theatres in Prescott. He also managed newspaper operations at the Prescott Courier for a number of years and published the Prescott Valley Progress. He enjoyed fishing, camping and electronics. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Chuck was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. He was also a member of the Lions Club and Historical Society in Superior. Chuck is preceded in death by his parents; a beloved step-son, John Jenkins; and a sister, Bernice Owen. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Dorothy Roberts of West; two sons, Gary Roberts and wife Jane of Mesa, and Glen Roberts and wife Susan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; a daughter Joan Cole and husband Gary of Flower Mound; two step-sons, Brad Jenkins of Prescott, and David
Jenkins and wife Cindy Wren of Flagstaff; three step-daughters, Emily Jenkins and husband Jim Mathews of Sun City, Arizona, Evelyn Rankin and husband Steve of West, and Calette Ihrman and husband Ted of China Valley, Arizona; numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Honorary pallbearers are Glen Roberts, Gary Cole, Steve Rankin, Gary Roberts, Brad Jenkins, David Jenkins, Jason Reed, and John Jenkins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Texas Home Health Hospice or the American Cancer Society. You are invited to share your thoughts and memories about Chuck
Charles Roberts Jr. in our guest book found at www. aderholdfuneralhome.com. Aderhold Funeral Home in West is in charge of arrangements.
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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. June 9 Possible theft was reported in the zero block of Old Phoenix Road. June 9 A theft report was made at the Superior Police Department. June 10 Antonio Davila, 33, Bowie, was arrested on a warrant issued out of Graham County. June 11 Possible theft was reported in the 1000 block of Stone Avenue. June 11 Criminal damage was reported in the 800 block of Stone Avenue. June 12 Theft was reported in the 100 block of Main Street. Calls not listed include one medical call, five animal complaints, five alarm drops, 10 traffic reports, three civil matters, one attempt to locate, three information reports, nine disturbances, one 911 hang-up, one suspicious activity report, one fire, one agency assist and one abandoned vehicle. 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.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Report is taken from the daily logs, based on the information provided by deputies. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. June 12 Theft of railroad tie plates was reported in the area of East Hewitt Station Road and the Arizona Trail, Superior. June 15 Theft of gas cans was reported in the 200 block of West Monte Vista Drive, Queen Valley.
Continued from Page 1 through legislation, sacrificing the environment for the sake of jobs. Upon finishing his opening statement, the floor was then given to the various witnesses to give their testimony on the subject. Mary Wagner, Associate Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, spoke on the topic of environmental criterion for federal lands, stating that this bill would “direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey federal land for use as an underground copper mine in exchange for environmentally sensitive non-federal land in Arizona…the federal land to be conveyed contains a potentially sizable core copper ore body and adjoins an existing copper mine on private land owned by Resolution Copper.” Stating several benefits of the bill, she continued in her explanation detailing, “the bill would add five parcels of land with important resource values and riparian habitat totally almost 1200 acres to the National Forest System” along with reiterating the surrender of Resolution Copper’s rights to extract minerals from Apache Leap. Ms. Wagner expressed that “while the Department understands and appreciates the significance of the potential economic benefits…the department cannot support the bill as written; however, the Department is keenly interested and willing to work with the sponsor and committee to address our concerns.” Having stated this, she expressed the main concern being that an environmental assessment would be completed after the Land Exchange has been completed. During her testimony, Marcilynn Burke, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management, said, “The Department cannot support this bill as written” giving reasons such as the timing of the consultation with interested Indian Tribes, the timing of the exchange, appraisal provisions and value adjustment provisions. Additionally, she stated, “many of the lands to be exchanged hold significant cultural value to Indian Tribes; concerns have been raised by these tribes that the bill is contrary to various laws and policies and executive orders that direct federal land managers to engage in formal consultation with interested Indian Tribes and protect lands that are sacred to Native Americans.” Following Ms. Burke and representing the Town of Superior, Mayor Michael Hing listed the many reasons for moving forward with the land in regards to the extreme economic benefit it would provide for not just for the Town of Superior, but additionally on the State and Federal level. During his testimony, Hing highlighted the many existing elements that make Superior ideal for the Resolution Copper mine, such as its location, existing infrastructures and the existing mine, thus reducing the impact on the land that would be incurred by the development of a new mine. He noted the recent economic study that predicted $61.4 billion dollars of economic activity that would take place in the state during the life of the mine. “This is exactly the economic shot in the arm that we need,” he said. Additionally, Mayor Hing pointed out, “Resolution has voluntarily spent $30 million to clean up the old tailing piles and other mining debris in our community and will be spending another $20 million to finish the job,” giving credence to Resolution Copper as an environmentally responsible company whether they are required or not. On the same topic, Bryan Martyn, Vice Chairman of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, passionately stated the extreme necessity of moving forward with the land exchange. “This issue is not about politics, it’s about enhancing the quality of life of the citizen of Pinal County and Arizona. There are 3,147 counties in America, Pinal County is number two for growth; over 50 residents move into Pinal County every day for the last 10 years. We need jobs for these residents…today we have an opportunity to turn Arizona’s economy back around and utilize the resources that reside within our own state.” During his testimony, Martyn explained the improvement of environmental impact and commitments Resolution Copper has already moved forward with to benefit the environment. “This is not your granddad’s copper mine; the days of stripping the land are behind us. Improvements in safety, operational technology and environmental controls clearly set this mine apart. We on the board of Supervisors plan to hold Resolution Copper to the highest standard of environmental stewardship. Resolution Copper has already demonstrated through its actions, not just lip service, that it is dedicated to the residents of Pinal County and Arizona.” He further expressed that this bill would put more than 5,000 people into high paying jobs and quoted
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Senator Kyle, stating, “this legislation is a stimulus without a handout.” Jon Cherry, Vice President of Resolution Copper Mining, not only echoed many of the previously stated economic benefits of this bill, but additionally promised that “we will operate in a responsible and sustainable manner, and that we can and will comply with all regulatory requirements.” Additionally, Cherry pointed out that the land that would be exchanged and used as a copper mine lies within a historic mining district, the Copper Triangle. Beyond this, he pointed out that the land resides on and is surrounded by other historic mining operations, some of which have been in operation for more than 100 years, alluding to the fact that the region has a previous history in mining, rather than being a proposed new mine on pristine, untouched land. Addressing the concerns stated by Wagner and Burke, Cherry said, “We are completely committed to operating a safe and environmentally responsible mining operation. That is why we support and want everyone to be aware that prior to the exchange being completed, compliance with all applicable federal statutes is required including most of the same ones required by NEPA. Among others, this includes NHPA [National Historic Preservation Act], Section 106 consultation with Native American Tribes and Section 7 ESA [Endangered Species Act] consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” dictating that whether or not the NEPA took place before or after the Land Exchange, the requirements would be met. Following Cherry, Shan Lewis, President Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the Vice Chairman of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, said, “The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona opposes HR 1904; in fact tribes from all over the country have expressed their opposition to this bill because threats to our sacred sites in Arizona represent threats to sacred sites all over the nation…these lands are fundamental to the religion, traditions and culture…of the Apache, Yavapai and Zuni tribes among others.” He continued, explaining that the spiritual beings of Native Americans exist within the proposed area, noting that with the exchange the spiritual beings would then be owned by foreign companies, alluding to the partial ownership of Rio Tinto by entities in China. Additionally, he questioned the bill as a jobs bill, saying, “We question the number and types of jobs created by this proposed mine.” Also in opposition to the bill, Roger Featherstone, Director of the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition, stated that the bill “would have profound negative impacts on the people of America, especially our country’s Native Americans…giving away
Oak Flat well before Rio Tinto has even determined if a new mine is even feasible is not a sound financial decision for America…the American taxpayer would once again be short changed,” stating an opinion of several negative impacts the proposed mine could have on the public, including the belief that the proposed mine would operate remotely from a site in Utah, giving mines in the Pilbara as an example. Featherstone asked that the committee to “Stop, Look and Listen” in regards to their decision to move forward. As the final witness testifying during the hearing, Harrison Talgo, Former Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, began his testimony explaining that he served on the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council for 16 years, stating, “Today I come before you as a concerned private citizen…I am here to voice my support of HR 1904…I know the Tribal Leadership does not share my position. I have tried very hard to understand why they oppose this project when we are in such desperate need of jobs and industry; we are one of the poorest Indian tribes in the nation. Seven of 10 eligible workers in the tribe are unemployed and I am one of them. Almost 80 percent of our people live in poverty. Alcoholism, drugs are rampant and suicides are high… without jobs our children are forced to move to neighboring communities. With each passing generation, a piece of Apache identity is lost.” Throughout his statement, Talgo repeated the importance of saving the tribe through the economic development provided by this bill; he ardently explained, “This bill is not about our reservation land, our sovereignty, our heritage, our self-respect, these are not for sale. This is about putting my people, a lot of people, to work. I believe economic development should be our leadership’s top priority.” Talgo further expressed, “Oak Flats is a long way from us and I believe strongly that it is possible for our traditional values to coexist with economic progress, in fact, I don’t believe one can survive without the other. Economic progress and prosperity leads to a better standard of living…it increases our capacity to learn and expand our cultural horizons,” noting that many people do not express their true belief of this topic to the tribal council due to believing that they will lose their benefits and further pointing out that of 2,000 personal phone calls he made on the issue, many replied in favor of the mine. Following the testimonies, Representative Gosar lead questioning allowing for further explanation of concerns raised during the testimonies. He referred to Featherstone’s assessment that “very few financial benefits touted by
your company would be realized by the American public” before asking Cherry “is there any possibility this mine would be operated remotely from China?” to which Mr. Cherry replied “Absolutely not.” Congressman Gosar then inquired into the current jobs related to the operation and what the average pay is for these jobs. Cherry explained the current employment at Resolution Copper is more than 500 people with 100 full time Resolution employees and 400 contractors on site on a daily basis, along with spending more than $100 million dollars on various studies and research. Following Mr. Cherry’s statement that the average pay for one of the mining jobs is $60,000 a year, Congressman Gosar replied “so well below the $21,000 jobs that we’ve been seeing marketed across the country for job gains, right?” Congressman Raul Grijalva then began questioning the various witnesses regarding their testimonies, asking Wagner whether any information found in NEPA following the year time period stipulated in the bill could be acted upon by the federal government. Her reply explained that once the land was in private hands, the federal government would no longer have the ability to act upon information found in the NEPA. Additionally, Grijalva stated, “Resolution Copper admits there’s billions and billions of dollars of minerals in the ground, of which the US will probably see no benefits, thus even Resolution Copper’s own self-evaluation of the ore body underlying these public lands is of the magnitudes greater in value than that of non-federal parcels offered by RCC,” questioning why Resolution Copper is not paying a similar amount to that of the value of the possible extracted minerals; yet, the question could be posed as to whether the Federal Government has the capacity to tap, mine and produce these minerals themselves. In rebuttal, Congressman Gosar asked Cherry, “70% of the land you want from the US is underlain by your existing mining claims. If I am not mistaken, if Congress had not imposed a ban on claiming patents in 1994, do you believe that much of the land that you are seeking would already be yours under the mining laws?” Where he replied, “Yes, we do. Over the last 10 years we have been actively pursuing mining interests in that area. Those would have been patented and we would have picked those up in that area.” Congressman Gosar continued asking about the comment that Congressman Grijalva made expressing that the government would see no benefit from the mine, and was answered by Cherry expressing that the land appraisal process and
This ‘n That listings are reserved for nonproﬁt groups and community announcements. All items for this column must be in The Superior Sun ofﬁce BY 5 P.M. FRIDAY the week before publication on the next Wednesday. Submitting parties are responsible for the accuracy of the information given. Items will run at the sole discretion of the editors. Listings run according to space available and in date order. For a more complete listing, go online to www. copperarea.com. KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATIONS Kennedy Elementary is now accepting registrations for the 20112012 Kindergarten Class. Register at the office between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you have any questions, call 520689-3049. PASTRY BINGO BENEFIT Fiesta Queen Candidate Julissa Garcia will be holding a Pastry Bingo on Sunday, June 26, at 1 p.m., at the VFW Hall. Food will be sold . Come out support! For any donations please contact Loly at 827-3757. SUPERIOR 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION There will be a 4th of July Celebration for the Town of Superior
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in your parent company Rio Tinto, what percent do they own?” Cherry replied, “They own 10%.” Congressman Rob Bishop, Chairman of the Committee, asked Cherry, “Has the Tribal consultation occurred with you?” To which Cherry replied, “We’ve reached out to the tribe on a number of occasions and have asked and are open to having meetings; we have not been afforded that privilege yet.” He then asked both Mayor Hing and Supervisor Martyn, “Back in 2007, the Forest Service testimony was that the department supported the exchange as well as the evaluation provisions and believed this is in the public interest, do either of you still feel this in the public interest?” Both replied that they felt it was completely in the public interest. As one of the final questions of the hearing, Congressman Gosar asked Wagner about the NEPA process asking her if she had owned a business before. When she replied that she had not, he explained, “Part of business is that when you own something then you can pay for something and that is what this detail does, is that if I don’t own a piece of property then why would I pay for the environmental impact statement and those kind of processes. And what that does is, it does not skirt that responsibility, but what it does is that the company is going to pay for that instead of the American public. That’s what’s key here. There is no difference, they’re going to have to be under the same rules, the same laws, nit-picky all the way through. So I just wanted to make sure that we understand that.” To view video of the hearing, please head to http://naturalresources.house. gov/Calendar/Archives/ Look for the public update concerning the press conference given by Congressman Gosar following the hearing online at www.copperarea.com.
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Superior Little League All Stars go off with a bang! By Taylor Sheaffer Ritter Had you attended the Closing Ceremonies of the Superior Little League, you too would have felt like the entire town emptied onto its small playing field to hear the announcements of the All Star teams. Everyone was there. Not even the stark 104˚ temperature did not detour many of the people who showed up, I assume many of them were world’s smarter than I and came armed with sunscreen already slathered across any bare skin. I came armed with none, thinking that taking a few pictures of excited little kids wouldn’t take that long. I was wrong and consequently wandered back to my car crisped slightly; aahhhh Arizona, the only place where you can reasonably expect to get sunburned at twilight. I am sure that I could have snapped a few pictures and crawled back into my car and booked it home, but what can I say, the children’s excitement at receiving their trophies and possibly being named All Stars was palpable and I wanted to witness these undeniably adorable moments. It started out with the youngest of the chitlens (chitlen is someone-in-my-
family’s made-up word for cute, little children and yes, I am going to single-handedly try and get it entered into the dictionary – help me by using it); they excitedly danced around the edge of the fence, waiting for their names to be called so they could run rambunctiously towards the awarders and grasp their little baseball trophy and wave to their parents. Some were slightly more excited than their friends and ran straight past their trophies to their coaches; this is where I got to step in and help herd them towards the right spot. Yay! Following each little team, I got to take their picture and I apologize if some of the youngest were so distracted by their new shiny trophies that they weren’t paying attention. Since beyond my first duh! moment, I also only brought my longer lens which meant that I had to stand way back and yell at them to “SNUGGLE!”. I think it turned out ok. As we moved on to the slightly older chitlens, there was a nice mix of excited running and then the ‘I am way too smooth to run’ walk to receive their trophies. Once you hit the older kids, the
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‘smooth’ walk was fully on as was the ‘eeek no pictures no pictures’ squeal since most of them do not yet recognize that they are really the only one who notices that pimple. Fun was definitely had by all, though it was almost bittersweet to watch all the young boys crowd around the entrance to the field anxious to hear their names called out as All Stars…I wanted to yell “You are all ALL STARS in my book”…but decided against it since everyone present would instantly put me down in the book as the nerdiest reporter possible. Here is the lowdown! Names of the All Stars by Team: 9-10 year old Boys Nick Navarro, Bruno Godinez, Steven Ybarra, Freddie Borunda, Sammy Lopez, Marcos Bueno, Jesus Castellanos, Jesus Gonzales, Gabriel Garcia, Gabriel Castillo, Manager-Darren Casillas, Coaches-Saul Bueno, Nacho Godinez 11-12 year old Boys Jesse Lopez, Jalon Murray, Frank Pino, Edgar Galindo, Joseph Diaz-Gonzalez, Andrew Navarro, Austin Navarrette, Gage Cruz, Lorenzo Garcia, Stevie Denogean, ManagerMartin Navarrette, CoachesTommy Lopez, Mario Padilla Junior Boys Anthony Denogean Jr., Adrian Johnson, Ricky Longoria, Paul Madueno, Elias Olmos, Jose Lira Jr., Andrew Lopez, Eric Oatis, Matthew Zavala, Manager-David Olmos, CoachRudy Jimenez 9-10 year old Girls Softball Anisah Cardenas, Marlee
Estatico, Amber Alonzo, Sivanna Lopez, Analysse Juarez, Marisa Estatico, Jalisa Murray, Victoria Juarez, Alysse Madueno, Kayla Cardenas, Manager-Steve Estatico, Coaches-Sonia Estatico, Senesa Manriquez 11-12 year old Girls Softball Ashlee Guerra, Alicia Arriola, Tiana Madueno, Jasmine Castro, Sylvia Longoria, Juliana Ortega, Phalicitee Thomas, Elizabeth Ochoa, Yuvitza Romero, Ivie Lopez, Manager-Angelo Juarez, Coach-Joseph Lopez Senior Girls Softball Hunter Flanagan, Arrianna San Miquel, Gabrielle Salcido, Cierra Navarrette, Amber Hernandez, Adrienne Hernandez, Janessa Perez, Kiana Torrez, Lindsay Duarte, Sabrina Castillo, Manager-Joe Salcido, Coaches-Dora Salcido, Melissa Perez The 11-12 year old Girls will begin their games on Thursday, June 23, at Potter Field in Maricopa at 5:30 p.m. All other Tournaments will begin on Tuesday, July 5: • 9-10 year old Girls, Maricopa, Potter Field • Senior Girls, Maricopa, Potter Field • 9-10 year old Boys, Mammoth Little League Field, Mammoth • 11-12 year old Boys, Superior Little League Field, Superior • Junior Boys, Florence Superior will be hosting the 11-12 year old boys this year. Games begin Tuesday, July 5. There will be two games a night with the first game at starting at 5:30 p.m. and the second game at 8 p.m. Anyone interested in
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No fatal accidents reported on town U.S. 60 stretch since speed cameras on the job By Cindy Tracy With some in Arizona wanting to eliminate local authority in using photo radar for traffic speed enforcement, others support it. Superior has had a photo safety program since last autumn in arguably one of its most hazardous stretches of road, that part of U.S. 60 that runs through the town. There has not, seemingly, been a noticeable public outcry against the use of the Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. technology in place near the west town limits and in the center of the U.S. 60 business district. There seems to be evidence that the system, which went live October 1, 2010, is impacting the behavior of drivers and accident frequency, according to local police. “I think you can see from an officer standpoint that it has
obviously slowed people down,” Superior Police Lieutenant Mike Campbell said. “We have guys who run radar out on U.S. 60 and they are not writing as many tickets themselves, as individuals.” A lack of serious accidents since the cameras went up could be another pointer that people are slowing down because the cameras are on the alert. Research shows, according to information furnished by Campbell from the photo safety program materials, that speed factors into approximately a third of all fatal crashes in the U.S. More than 13,000 people die each year from speed related accidents and speed increases how severe the crash is by increasing the energy of the impact. Fifty percent of speed related crashes are single-vehicle accidents and the risk of death is
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proportional to speed directly. A past study by Redflex in cooperation with ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation), DPS (Department of Public Safety) and the City of Scottsdale along a 7.8 mile corridor of the Loop 101 around Phoenix showed an average speed reduction of 9 miles per hour, 71 percent reduction in single vehicle crashes, 58 percent reduction in side swipe crashes and 40 percent reduction in total injuries, as well as other findings. The study providing this data also includes information about other parts of the world that use photo radar, including Victoria, Australia and Great Britain. “The number of motorists exceeding the speed limit in monitored roadways is down 66 percent in Victoria and 32 percent in Britain,” this document states, citing the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety in 2005. “Crashes have been reduced in Victoria by up to 35 percent and up to 40 percent in Britain.” The material goes on to discuss the differential between road deaths in the U.K. and the U.S. from 1990 and 1999 and how strategies for speed control could potentially improve the picture for the U.S. Numerous studies with copious statistics and interpretations are available on the understanding of
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data related to speed cameras in Victoria and the U.K., as well as the U.S. and other places. Things are a little easier to quantify for the police in the town of Superior. “The nice thing about working in a small town is if there is a major accident and you are a police officer, you usually know about it,” said Campbell, who is project manager for the photo safety program. “You either respond to it or you hear about it. And, I would say that my personal information in responding to these accidents is that they are down. We haven’t had, maybe, one since October that could be deemed serious, and no fatalities.” Another factor to be considered in whether Redflex is keeping the town safer on the road is in the system itself. It simply sort of acts like a live police officer sitting out there in a police car tall the time, ever alert for speeders. “Keep in mind,” Campbell said, “that if you wanted to have fulltime traffic enforcement there, you’d have to hire three police officers, seven days a week, to cover 24/7.” The advantage to cameras, he said, is that they are always on the job. “They don’t need to go to the bathroom,” he said. “They don’t need to go have lunch. They don’t go home. They’re there.”
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Having 24/7 enforcement at those areas covered by the camera along that busy stretch of highway makes sense, he explained. That is an area where you have a lot of pedestrians. They are crossing the street to go to the convenience store or to the express gas station and there is also a store on the other side of the highway. “So we’re going to obviously want to make it safe,” he said. The town of Superior does not pay Redflex for its services. How it works financially, Campbell said, is that Redflex receives a portion of fines levied to violators. The town collects the money from its magistrate court and sends a check to Redflex for their portion. The town profits from the fines minus the Redflex portion and the town’s expenses. Superior police personnel review each photograph the camera takes
before it is sent to the court. There is no extra expense to the town as this is done during the officers’ regular shifts. According to the latest report made to Superior Town Council, revenues from Redflex totaled $2,685.39 for November and December of 2010. This included $1,123.40 in November and $1,561.99 in December. For the period of January and February, 2011, total revenues were $4,597.62. The breakdown for this period was $2,078.70 for January and $2,518.92 for February. The total revenue for the four-month period was $7,283.01. Expenses for that time frame total $1,416. This breaks down to $768 for November and December, $120 for January and $528 for February. A new revenue report will be generated and presented to the council at the end of June, Campbell said.
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Continued from Page 3 BOB JONES MUSEUM SUMMER HOURS The Bob Jones Museum will close for the summer months of June, July, and, August, and, will re-open on September 7, after Labor Day. Should anyone want to purchase a fundraiser of the DVD “Silver, Copper and Sweat”, the Story of Superior, or, the Copper Country Cookin’ Cookbook, please call 689-5733, or, 689-0119. These are also available at Rose’s Roses Flower Shop. WEATHER STATION WEB CAM The webcam for the Superior Highlands Weather Station is back online. You can see it by clicking on “Weather” at the top of the Town of Superior Home Page: http://superiorarizona.com/. When the weather station website opens, scroll down to the window for “Radar, Satellite, Webcams” and click “Webcams”. The view will be of the area south of the Superior Highlands housing development. The webcam is on 24/7 and a 24 hour time-lapse video can be viewed by clicking on “View” and when the page opens, scroll down to the date you would like to view and click “View Video.” BOOT CAMP EXERCISE PROGRAM IN SUPERIOR There will be a new boot camp exercise program in Superior. If interested, come into the Uptown Cafe on Main Street to sign up or for more information. The class is from 5-6 p.m., every Tuesday. There is a $5 fee. Bring your own exercise mat. 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 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. 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.
Published on Jun 28, 2011
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