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Vol. 87 No. 38

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Dave Ericsson Schools Reporter on Arizona Ranching

See Story, Pages 4 & 5 Also In This Issue: Superior Fiestas, See Story & Photos, Pages 6 & 7



Charges Against Dr. Wilt Dismissed in Plea Agreement, See Story Page 10

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Superior Sun, Superior, Arizona

September 21, 2011

Letter to the Editor: Valenzuela to run for mayor Editor, Superior Sun: The deadline to file Nominating Petitions for the Recall Election expired on Friday. According to the Town Elections Official, I was the only individual who filed a petition before this deadline. I am submitting this Letter to the Editor to officially kickoff the “Jayme Valenzuela” Campaign to run for Town of Superior Mayor on September 8, 2011. Those of you I grew up with know I am proud to

be a lifelong resident of Superior and Pinal County. I attended Superior schools and graduated from High School in 1981. During those High School years, I was active in Spanish Club, Library Service and Sports— playing Baseball and Varsity Basketball. My career in law enforcement/corrections began with Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in 1982. I served as a Detention Officer, Patrol Deputy, Civil Deputy and Detective and was awarded the

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and a member of Superior Substance Abuse Coalition. I was also active in Superior Little League for many years. My three grown daughters also attended Superior schools and graduated from High School here and they have given me six amazing grandchildren. The reason I want to be the Mayor of Superior is so that I can serve the people in our community and bring a sense of commitment, communication and leadership back to our small government. I want to open up Town Hall and ensure that residents are better informed about town activities and problems. I think we have lost sight of what we are put into office to do—and I want to bring back that sense of leadership, awareness and responsibility.

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Distinguished Service Medal in 1995 for performance and dedication in the line of duty. I currently serve as Commander of Program Services in the Pinal County Jail and oversee Contracts and Requests for Proposals for direct and indirect services, such as, procurement, food service, telecommunications, etc. I have also worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections, Corrections Corporation of America and Arizona Public Service. I ran for Pinal County Sheriff and was a Town Councilman and Vice-Mayor of Superior. I am actively involved in community organizations throughout the Copper Corridor as a Board Member for Community Action Human Resources Agency (CAHRA)


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At this point, the community recognizes there are many problems in the Town: the Cemetery, building inspections, permitting, lack of responsiveness to problems, lack of recreation for youth and poor street conditions, to name a few. And, it appears that these problems are a direct result of the current Mayor making decisions on his own and not sharing information with the Council or the residents/ taxpayers. I want to open up this process to the Council and the residents. I believe that the Mayor and Council together need to take a tough look at the issues and make decisions as a team. I promise as your mayor to facilitate this open process and transparency. The mine is a big player in our community, and we are creating a great partnership with them. I believe that as your Mayor the Council and I can create a more positive interaction between the mine

and the public sector to make this Town a better place for everyone! Today our budget is being balanced on the backs of our taxpayers. My goal is to create additional revenue prospects, capture more money and hold staff accountable to reduce costs and expenses—coming up with creative ways to work within our budget. We need to bring our budget in balance in all areas and stop borrowing from the Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF/Streets and Roads) account to pay other salaries and expenses. This will help us improve health care, create projects and transportation for seniors and plan structured activities for our kids. I want to work on a debt consolidation plan that will help us repay our Municipal Property Corporation bond on the Industrial Park, our Greater Arizona Development Authority loan on the Fire See Mayor, Page 3

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September 21, 2011

Pinal County to hold meetings for public input on redistricting FLORENCE – On Wednesday, Sept. 7, the Board of Supervisors accepted three proposed redistricting maps for Pinal County to be presented for public comment. The 2010 Census found that Pinal County’s population is at 375,770. By law, Pinal County will now have to add two new supervisors. The proposed redistricting maps reflect the change by containing five supervisorial districts. Pinal County Elections department encourages

Sheriff’s Report 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. Sept. 4 Burglary was reported in the 1000 block of North Williams Drive, Queen Valley. Sept. 10 Brian Wayne Beaver, 50, Queen Valley, was arrested in the 300 block of South Alta Vista Road, Queen Valley, on a probation violation warrant. He was transported and booked into the Pinal County Jail in Florence. Sept. 11 Burglary was reported in the area of North Elephant Butte Road, Queen Valley. Sept. 13 A road rage incident was reported in the area of Gonzales Pass near Superior. A driver was nearly forced off the road by another driver. The incident was also reported to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Sept. 13 Julie Ann Otero, 33, Superior, was arrested at milepost 209 on Highway 60, Superior, on a warrant for failure to appear. She was transported and booked into the Pinal County Jail.

the public’s attendance and involvement during the upcoming redistricting meetings. People who attend the meetings will have an opportunity to provide their input on the proposed district boundaries and ask questions of the elections department. More information on redistricting and the proposed district maps can be found on Pinal County’s website (shortened url) at: Residents who cannot attend any the meetings can also offer their comments online as well at the same url address. The redistricting meetings will be: San Tan Valley – Friday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m. at Walker Butte Elementary School, 29697 North Desert Willow Boulevard Superior – Monday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m. at the Pinal County Justice Court, 60 East Main Street Eloy – Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m. at the Eloy City Council Chambers, 628 North Main Street Saddlebrooke – Thursday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m. at the HOA #1 Club House Coyote Room, 64500 East Saddlebrooke Drive San Manuel – Thursday,


Sept. 29, 6 p.m. at the Pinal County Administration Building, 28230 South Veterans Memorial Boulevard The public may attend any of these meetings and offer their input on the new redistricting maps. For more information, please call the Pinal County Citizens Help Center at (520) 509-3555. Editor’s Note: The three proposed redistricting maps can also be found on our website at


Continued from Page 2 Station, the loans to purchase a new computer system and police vehicles, as well as the money we have borrowed from the Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF/Streets & Roads) and the Sewer/ Refuse Enterprise Fund (Wastewater Treatment Plant). The Mayor continues to authorize more and more loans and spending without a firm plan for repayment. Without any kind of an aggressive plan, my grandchildren will be taxed to pay for these loans! I don’t want that for my grandchildren OR for yours. Sincerely, /s/ Jayme Valenzuela

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Superior Sun, Superior, Arizona

September 21, 2011

No Bull Ranching – more exciting than By Taylor Beard Most jobs have some fairly galvanizing attributes…in fact, I would like to say that all jobs do, depending on the person holding that role. Maybe gardening is not terribly exciting to you or me, however I think back to that suspenseful moment in Dennis the Menace when Walter Matthau’s character is anxiously awaiting the blooming of a flower that

takes something like 50 years to mature and Dennis robs him of what would have, no doubt, been an thrilling minute for a master gardener. What does ranching have to do with gardening? Probably not a lot, yet I illustrate this point to highlight that while a select few might find only a couple of moments in certain jobs exciting, I don’t think I would be out

of line stating that most people would deem several more than a few aspects of ranching exciting. Yes, it is true that, while I did grow up in a ranching family, I did not experience every facet of ranching life. But I did experience my fair share and from that I would reckon that if a ranching employer wanted to “inform” their potential applicants that ‘in this position, you may

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find yourself in several situations that raise your heart rate a significant amount’, they would simply be telling the truth. So let me tell you about a few of my ranching “high” points… Once while tagging calves, there was one heifer-calf pairing that was proving more difficult than the norm. This mom was a little more defensive of her calf than most; so Dad told me to “grab the calf and hop in the bed of the truck.” I am not sure what 13-year-old girl can easily “grab” a 90 lb., spastic animal, but apparently I was suited for the job. Cool, right? We can easily isolate the calf and tag it, no big deal. Wrong! Mom was having none of it, went ahead and, in a frighteningly agile manner, heaved her 1700 lb. frame into the back of the truck with me and her calf. I quickly decided to bail on that party. I have been “gingerly” pinned/flattened/forced against a fence by a ton and a half sized Angus bull named Mr. Bishop (he was a big dude). Mr. Bishop was generally a sweet-natured bull, yet I was like a little annoying toothpick to him and he

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didn’t really know any better. I don’t really even think he knew I was there for the most part. Though being slim is certainly desirable, that method is just unacceptable. I would have to say that my cousin Chuck, having been kicked in the junk by the tickedoff, soon-to-be-steer he was trying to brand and castrate, would call the experience “stimulating”, at the very least. Hey, Chuck was stealing his “gems” and the steer was just trying to get him to sympathize. It’s definitely a hairraising experience to check on newborn calves and find, all in one season, a calf born without a face, one born with two heads, one with an extra limb, several pairs of twins and a pair of triplets (litters are not the norm)… and my family ranches naturally, with no crazy injections that could have caused this. You find yourself standing there, looking at the faceless/ two-headed calf, logically considering ‘It’s an alien!’ Exhilarating, every one of those moments could be summed up by this one word and that was just a smidgeon of happenings on the ranch. I don’t know many people who would have walked away unfazed from that kind of crazy, but

I am sure they exist. I recently had the extreme pleasure of becoming acquainted with one possible candidate. I have never actually ranched with Dave Ericsson, a local rancher who was honored at this year’s Night of the Cowboy, but from the time I have spent with him, I don’t think it’s easy to get him to blink twice. I get the feeling that he would not come within inches of blanking out and only saying “boo-boo-mooshgoo” for the rest of his life after being thrown through a fence by an angry bull, this being the reaction I would probably have—and even if he did come within inches of this, you would probably never know it since he likely would not have the supreme freak-out that would be my second option. Dave has been ranching his entire life and for more than 15 years, has been doing so at the JI Ranch at Top of the World. Originally hailing from Wyoming, he has run the extreme gamut that ranching represents. I don’t simply mean that he’s had loads of “fun” ranching experiences; since the man takes the whole idea of ranching much further than anyone I have ever known, literally morphing the very idea of

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we knew, Part One: What I did know ranching I have known all my life. Typically in ranching,

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Rudolpho “Rudy” P. Haro passed away on Sept. 1, 2011, in Mesa at the age of 70. He was born on June 29, 1941, in Superior. He served his country as a Marine from 1960 to 1964. He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen Jeannette, his parents and one brother and sister. He is survived by his three sons, David, James and Christopher (Jennifer); his brothers, Umberto (Tessie) and Angel (Carolyn); sisters, Olivia (Tele), Bernice and Yolanda (Jack); six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his love for

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Helen Jeannette Haro

Helen Jeannette Haro passed away on May 9, 2010 in La Mesa, California, at the age of 66. She was born on Aug. 18, 1943, in Superior. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Helen Garcia, her brothers, David and Larry Garcia. She is survived by

daughter, Danielle; and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be held for Jeannette and Rudy, her husband of 20 years, at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.






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to various area of pasture; this can be private open range pasture to BLM Land to National Forest. Depending on the time of the year, you feed them daily when pasture is inaccessible. You bring in the herd several times a year to be “worked”; and by “work” I mean putting them through the chutes to brand, castrate and generally check-up on their well-being, among other things. You move the bulls into the herd for breeding, you work the females to make sure breeding achieved its purpose and then you start the long, cold season of calving, checking on the herd repeatedly throughout the day and night for new,

little bubbs. Now humans are on the short-bus when it comes to gaining mobility, probably behind everything else on the planet…if we, godforbid, were ever in the type of situation where we needed to be tagged and numbered, this could easily be done probably like once a month. Cattle operate a little differently. That newborn calf is up n’ cruisin’ within an hour, if not minutes of being born. So to even have a remote chance of catching a calf, you have to do so early before they get their bearings and even then it’s a pain in the posterior. Oh yeah, calves are cute as heck and you love up on them almost always, but

most especially when they are sucking your fingers in lieu of an utter…but they can be twerps in every sense of the word as well. I have literally ridden then entire 45 minute drive from the farm to my house in the back of my father’s truck because I was covered, head to toe, in crap, and Dad just “[felt] that the open air would be good for [me]”. This is the ranching that I, and I

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September 21, 2011

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By Yolanda Nájera-Ewing Winners, winners, and more winners were the final highlight of the 32nd Annual St. Francis Church Fiestas Patrias which came to a close Sunday night. Kicking-off the two day event was the Saturday morning parade with Grand Marshals Dora Vasquez, Ernie Villegas, Hilda Bueno and Vera Muñoz. The ladies make up one of the longest standing Catholic Church groups in Superior. They are the ladies of the Altar Society. First place winners in the float category were the Sanchez and Estatico Families who honored the parade theme, “Keeping the Faith,” in red, white and blue. They walked away with the top prize of $150. Second place and $100 went to the Queen’s Float featuring past years’ queens Sabrina Castillo, Jessica Sanchez and Cassandra Perez. In the marching category, Baile Folklorico de Superior took first place and was awarded $150. The Ray-Kearny ROTC marched away with second place and $100. El Mariachi, Andrew Barreras earned third place and $75. The third and final category was that of decorated vehicle. In this category, first place and the $150 went to Karen Murrieta. Second place and $100 went to the 2010 Fiesta Queen, Maribel Castro. And finally, third place and $75 went to this year’s Fiesta Queen, Julissa Garcia. Judges for this event were Lucy Fritz, Gloria Martinez and Trini Apodaca. Parade Chair, Christine Alvarez is grateful for the assistance of the judges and for all the parade entries and to all who participated in her fund raisers which provided for the parade prizes. Top winners of the Third Annual Fiestas Patrias Car Show were: Best of Show Auto to Pearl Hernandez with Phoeniquera Classics and a 1947 Chevy Fleetmaster; Best of Show Truck to Ernie Ortega of Taylor, Arizona and a 1976 Chevy; and last, Best of Show Bike went to Tony Ortega with Rollerz Only of Tombstone, Arizona. Each winner received a plaque and $100.00 cash. Chairpersons of the Car Show, Joe and Patti Castaneda, wanted to particularly thank the Tiempo Car Club from Las Vegas, Nevada for traveling the distance to participate in the Show. The St. Francis Church Youth Organization also conducted a fund raiser with winners announced at the end of the Fiestas Patrias. Funds raised were used to send the youth group on their annual retreat. First place and $500 went to Olga Lopez. Second place and $250 went to Manuel Castillo. First, second, third and fourth place winners respectively for the church giveaway were Richard Robles, Tony V. Solis, Velma Sestiaga and Patsy Maldonado. Prizes were a 19” flat screen television, a boom box with disc player, a champagne basket and a Halloween basket. Last, but not least, were the winners of the St. Francis Parish raffle. The winning tickets were selected by Queen Julissa Garcia. Winning the top prize of $300 was Donna Still. Winner of the second place prize of $150 was Frank Rabago. Third prize of $75 went to Mary Gammon. The prizes came to an end and so did the 32nd Annual Fiesta Patrias of Saint Francis Parish. Fiesta Chairperson, Steve Lopez, and Parish Priest, Father James Aboyi publicly thank all involved in the Fiestas Patrias in any way and also thanked all those who attended. Gratitude was also expressed to the mariachi, Los Changuitos Feos for traveling from Tucson to play at the two day event. As grounds were being cleaned and booths were taken down thoughts on next year’s fiesta were already being discussed. Editor’s Note: The Superior Sun’s thanks go to Yolanda for covering this event so wonderfully for the paper. jrc

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This ‘N That • SUPERIOR LITTLE LEAGUE 2012 BOARD ELECTIONS Board Elections for 2012 Superior Little League Baseball/Softball Season will be held on Friday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 pm in the Superior Fire Department Training Room. All coaches and volunteers and all those interested in becoming volunteers are encouraged to attend. • OPEN HOUSE Superior Parks and Recreation invites everyone to its Open House on Sept. 23 from 3-7 p.m. at Roosevelt School Room 5. Refreshments will be served. Come see what’s new. • SFB FOOD BOX DISTRIBUTION The Superior Food Bank will have its September Food Box distribution on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30, from 3 – 4 p.m. Additional pickup will be available on Sunday, Oct. 2, by calling Mel, 827-9116, or Dennis, 827-0988, in advance. • SUPERIOR OPTIMIST CLUB Optimistically, the Superior Optimist Club looks forward to hosting a Center, Left, Right dice game on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at Porter’s Cafe, who is sponsoring the events. There will be a $3 buy-in to play. In addition, there will also be a beer tasting. Proceeds raised will benefit the programs of Superior Optimist Club. • 4-H CLOVER RIDE Join the 4-H Club for a fun bike ride fundraiser, the 4-H Clover Ride, Saturday Oct. 8. Registration is from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., at the Pinal County 4-H Office, 820 East Cottonwood Lane, Casa Grande, 85122. The ride begins at 10 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 US Highway 60 in Superior, 85173. For more information, call 866-836-5221, toll free or send an email to

• CPR/FIRST AID TRAINING On Saturday, Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Friend, Family and Neighbor Caregivers Outreach Assistance Project will be hosting CPR and First Aid Training, a basic overview of CPR and First Aid Training, for the Copper Corridor area. Participants will receive a certification card good for two years.You must attend the training all day in order to receive certification. Interested? You may RSVP by visiting Please pass this information along to others who may be interested, as well. At least five participants must be registered for the training to be held. Childcare is available for FFN-COAP participants with five days advance notice. • SUPERIOR HEAD START PRESCHOOL Superior Head Start Preschool is always accepting applications for 3 and 4 year old children. A variety of educational, mental health, nutrition, health activities, and, sometimes medical and dental needs are provided to meet special needs through this program. Families participate in education, social service and parent involvement activities. Children must be three years old by Aug. 31. Families must income qualify and have proof of guardianship (birth certificate or DES certified letter with child’s name and birth date). Children must have the following immunizations: Varicella, 4 DTP, 3 Polio, 1 MMR, 3 Hepatitis B and HIB booster. Call 689-2812 for more information or stop by at 150 Lobb Avenue Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. • VFW #3584 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE The VFW 3584 George E. Truman Post is having a membership drive, and, seeking family members of veterans to join the Ladies Auxiliary and men to start a Men’s Auxiliary. In March, 2012, they will be having their 75th anniversary celebration. Anyone interested in joining should contact the Post. • 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.

Clubs & Meetings • RHYTHMIC YOGA A Rhythmic Yoga Class will be taught by Yolanda every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Superior Senior Center. Everyone welcome. For more information, please contact Barbara Arriola at 520-827-0052. • ZUMBA Superior’s new Zumba instructor Sonya will be having Zumba classes every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Superior Senior Center. Everyone welcome. For more information, please contact Barbara Arriola at 520-827-0052. • FAMILY LIFE CHRISTIAN CENTER BIBLE STUDIES Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m., at 56 Kellner, the Family Life Christian Center will be holding new Bible Studies, for women and men. The Women’s study will be”Secrets, Transforming your Life and Marriage.” and for the men, there will be “Strong Men in Tough Times.” Call 689-2202 for more information. Join us for a great time in God’s Word.

• 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. • PARKS & REC CLASSES Superior Parks & Recreation offers a Tae Kwon Do class every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. For registration, location and/or more information, come to the Senior Center on Saturday or contact Parks & Recreation Director Barbara Arriola at 520-827-0052.

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Superior High School Football 2011 Superior vs. Pima Friday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Away SHS Football Schedule & Record Aug. 26 Superior 36, Ray 13 Sept. 2 Superior 14, Ft. Thomas 38 Sept. 9 Superior 41, Gilbert Christian 14 Sept. 16 Superior 53, Hayden 8

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By John Hernandez The Superior Panthers defeated the Hayden Lobos handily last Friday 53 – 8. Statistics and game highlights were not available at press time. The Superior vs. Gilbert Christian game on Sept. 4, which was cut short by lightning, goes into the record books as a win for Superior. Superior was leading 41 – 14 when the game was stopped. Touchdowns were scored by Chris Grap, Anthony Flores, Martin Granillo, Peter Palacio, Mario Padilla and Louie Fuentes. Mario Padilla led the defense with seven solo tackles and 12 assisted tackles. Chris Grap intercepted a pass and fumble recoveries were made by Matthew Zavala and Martin Granillo. The Panthers travel to Pima this Friday where they will play the undefeated and number one ranked Roughriders. Superior’s defense will be challenged by Pima which averages 206.5 yards rushing and 48 points per game. Offensively the Panthers will have to take advantage of any scoring opportunity as the Roughrider’s defense is only allowing 10.75 points a game. Kick off is at 7 p.m.

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Rotary continues honoring students of the month From the Superior Rotary We all read stories about people who judge their success by their wealth. The problem is that material possessions often do not bring happiness, for there is always someone who has more. Most of us, however, want our life to be measured by what we have done. That’s why Rotary’s 1.2 million members world-wide believe that it starts with a commitment to “Service Above Self.” In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you’ll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio. Rotary International celebrated its 100th birthday in 2011. The Superior Rotary Club is the oldest club/ organization here—established in 1929! Over the years, our membership has changed and recently diminished; however our Club still meets weekly at noon in the Los Hermanos

Blue Room for lunch, interactive planning and lively discussion. Rotary’s work with youth dates back to the 1920s, when clubs began participating in Boys’ Week events throughout the world. Here in Superior, Rotary supports youth activities in school and in collaboration with other groups—such as, Optimist and Superior Substance Abuse Coalition. Each month, we are excited to meet the Students of the Month who visit and share their life and school experiences with each other and our Club members. Anna Flores, who is the Jr/Sr High School Counselor and an active Superior Rotary Club member, escorts those who have been chosen by teachers and staff as outstanding students. Since school recently started, Tuesday was the first visit by Students of the Month for the 2011-2012 school year. September Students of the Month listened to the Club members introduce themselves and give a brief

background and history of Rotary. President Roy Chavez congratulated each one and emphasized the importance of education. He urged them to focus on their futures early in their lives so that they would be able to take advantage of many of the programs and opportunities available to them as they progress through high school and go on to higher education. After lunch, the students introduced themselves, gave their family history, their participation in school activities and their plans for the future. Jesse Lopez, a seventh grader, indicated that he was Club member Olga Lopez’s grandson and that he plays on the football team. He doesn’t yet have a clear vision of his plans after high school graduation. Allison Martinez, also a seventh grader, talked about her keen interest in going to school. She has plans to be a veterinarian when she graduates high school. Rachelle Serrano, a 12th grader, provided her focus

Rotary Students of the Month are Jesse Lopez, Allison Martinez, Rachelle Serrano and Francisco Rafael Morales-Gonzales. (Mila Lira photo) on drafting design. Rachelle plans to attend Central Arizona College after graduation. Francisco Rafael MoralesGonzales, another 12th grader,

was part of the wrestling team now plays varsity tennis. He was proud to tell us that he plans to go into the military service with the Marine Corps.

Superior Rotary is extremely proud of its historic recognition of Superior youth and will continue to sponsor Students of the Month and

What about the water? Detailed presentation made to council By Mila Lira Every drop of the 450,000 gallons of water that is consumed on a daily basis in Superior travels 23 miles up hill from wells just south west of Florence Junction, Arizona Water Company President William Garfield told members of the Superior Town Council last week. In those 26 miles, he continued, the pipeline also increases in elevation by 1600 feet to the storage tanks in Superior where it is then distributed to customers in Superior. Garfield provided a detailed presentation to the council on how the company provides water to Superior and their service guarantees. He explained that getting the water to Superior is costly because of the infrastructure. However because of Arizona Water Company’s cautious investment policies, they are able to keep costs for the Superior resident reasonable. The presentation showed that the average water bill in Superior has decreased from a peak of $40 per month in 1993;

currently the average bill is about $35. Another of the key components that have kept the water rates from rising dramatically is that infrastructure costs are shared with the customers in Apache Junction, Miami and Superior. With the infrastructure for Superior’s water source being mostly above ground pipe along the Magma Arizona Rail Road, Arizona Water Company has constructed three storage tanks. Together the tanks hold three million gallons of water which in the event the pipeline or pumps are damaged there would be adequate water to supply the customers in Superior. The process for the water to be delivered to customers in the Arizona Water Service area also includes arsenic treatment and a cooling system. Garfield stated that in the area where Superior’s water comes from, arsenic is naturally present and is not there as a result of human actions. He also stated that the water can be 140 degrees in the Summer so the cooling system brings the

water to a consumable level. How is Superior’s Water managed? Superior’s water sources are managed under the Phoenix Active Management Area (AMA). AMA’s are protected areas where water is managed and where providers must develop the rights to drill for water. In the Phoenix AMA, the primary objective is to ensure no more groundwater is being withdrawn than is being annually replaced. With this explanation Garfield explained that in order for any development in the AMA to be built they must be able to prove that they can guarantee that the development will have enough water to sustain the development for 100 years while not depleting the ground water resources of the entire AMA. If ground water is used it must be replaced in the groundwater system. This means that a development in Superior or any of the other communities in the Phoenix AMA would have to prove that their development will have enough water for 100 years and ensure that they are

not taking water away from existing customers. Garfield also confidently expressed that they have planned for Superior’s growth and there is sufficient water resources for future development of Superior. An example of the growth discussed is the proposed development of Superstition Vistas which is being proposed as a megapolitan in the Sun Corridor, the developers will be required to prove they have at least 100 years of water to serve every home, public facility and business in that area. Development and Water, the technical portion of the presentation was primarily focused on the regular water use and how the water is transported to Superior. Garfield touched on the use of Arizona Water Company Water for mining and construction. He explained that Arizona Water Company is not obligated to any of the mines in Arizona and while they provide some construction water for Resolution Copper mainly for dust control and for some office use, they are not negotiating with

Resolution Copper to provide water for the actual mining operations. He stated that the costs for the amount of water needed for mining purposes would be very costly to the operation and additional infrastructure would be needed to provide that type of water services for the mine. He also touched on the Curis mine project which is 12 miles south of the wells that supply Superior’s water explaining that Superior’s water source is not located in the same AMA for the Curis project which is located in the Pinal AMA and would not have any affect on the water sources for Superior. He also explained that Arizona Water does provide water to the Arizona Department of Transportation and other construction projects using metered hydrants. The presentation closed with a few questions and comments from the public and the council. One key suggestion made by Councilman Gutierrez was for the Arizona Water Company to work with the first responders in Superior to work out an emergency plan should there be

an emergency in Superior that would affect the water supply. Garfield explained that they would be more than happy to do that. He shared that when the Rodeo Chedeski Fire affected the Heber/Overgard area, they did not have an adequate joint emergency plan for managing the local water system and that created many problems for firefighters and clean up crews. Members of the Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Sylvia Barrett and Manuel Ortega shared articles regarding the proposed water use of the Resolution Copper Mine project and provided comments to the council once again affirming their fears that the Resolution Copper Project will jeopardize the water source for Superior. To these comments, Garfield reaffirmed that Arizona Water Company is not in any type of negotiations or discussions with Resolution to provide water for the mining operations and that Superior’s water source would not be in any jeopardy due to this mining project.

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Charges against Wilt dismissed in plea agreement By Taylor Beard Several citizens from the community met at the Pinal County Courthouse in Superior to show their interest in the outcome of the trial taking place against Dr. Glen A. Wilt in a civil suit brought by the Town of Superior. Presiding Judge Larry Bravo entered the courtroom to a full house Thursday afternoon to find Wilt absent but represented by his attorney, with acting Town Manager Lou Digiralamo and Town Attorney Chad Niven at the table to represent the Town of Superior. The trial was quite short with the Town of Superior dismissing the five charges they have brought against Wilt without prejudice (meaning that the Town of Superior can re-file these charges at a later date). While this left the vast majority of the audience confused and upset, Chief Digiralamo later explained the purpose of the town’s decision. The Town of Superior entered into a plea agreement with Wilt including the agreement to dismiss the five pending civil actions against him, wherein he agreed to withdraw his request for post-conviction relief on previous charges. As part of the plea, Wilt and the Town of Superior will create a list of his properties that are in need of improvement to comply with town code. the Town of Superior will have the ability to prioritize this list. Following this, they will create a timeline by which Wilt must stick to in bringing his properties in compliance. Chief Digirolamo expressed that due to the nature of the plea, if Wilt defaults on this agreement, the Town of Superior may then re-file the dismissed charges against him. Billy Holmquist who has been one of the chief proponents in support of the Town of Superior bringing Wilt in compliance with town code,

explained the reasoning behind his support. “It’s been an unparalleled disaster on Main Street, he is smothering small towns and is suppressing this town by keeping values low throughout the town,” Holmquist said. Pete Casillas, president of the Superior Chamber of Commerce, explained, “The Chamber of Commerce has been approached by several citizens of Superior to do something about Dr. Wilt due to the lack of action on this subject. We need to act, we need to get serious about the future of the community; this is the lifeblood the community. There is a need for buildings that can become prospering businesses in this town and he is keeping that from becoming a reality. Moving forward with this pertains to economic development, it pertains to quality of life, it pertains to safety and especially to the future and the ability to have a viable community.”


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e, the family of Dorina Vidal, would like to express our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone during the difficult time and loss of our beloved Frank Ochoa. special thanks to Father James for the inspirational church service and for all your prayers which wil never be forgotten. Your thoughtfulness meant so much. A special thanks to all the people who sent food to the luncheon and a special thanks to the ladies and men who helped serve at the luncheon. gain, thank you all for all your kindness. It was very much appreciated. Dorina Vidal and Family



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September 21, 2011

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