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SMALLTOWNPAPERS SAMPLE 5026 CALIFORNIA ST. SW SEATTLE, WA 98136 Inore: People in trees on view in March 6 competition at Arboretum By Cindy Tracy It was all about trees and things people do in trees at a recent Saturday morning competition deep in a patch of leafy green woods at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. located at 37615 on U.S. Highway 60 in Pinal County. The all-day fun and outdoorsy March 6 occasion was the 2010 Arizona Tree Climbing Championship put on by the Arizona Com- munity Tree Council Inc. (ACTC). With its mission "To Encour- age and Facilitate Tree Planting and Care in Arizona," the ACTC is.a nonprofit organiza- tion promoting communication and information about trees and their role in the well-being of Arizona corn- - munities. The ACTC is composed of representatives from various counties, tribal communities, government agen- cies, professional organizations and other interested parties. The ACTC serves in an advisory role to the State of Arizona Forestry Division, Urban Community Forestry program The competition focuses on skills involved in work done in trees and in climbing trees in general. A number of the people out there who took to the trees to compete or stayed rooted to the ground lending their expertise as judges or supporters identified themselves as arborists (e.g., people who work with trees). The next step m competition fol- lowing this state championship is the international climbing competition and the state winner is sponsored by the ACTC to compete at this level. The international event will take place in Chicago'this year. Both male and female climbers are encouraged to enter the competition but no women had joined the ranks of contestants at the March 6 event Certified arborist and ACTC board member Dominique Piche. the lone woman judge out there on Saturday, said there are always some women - competing in the international event. She said there don't happen to be a lot of female arborists in Arizona. 'Tm one of the few," she added. Piche was judging the "footlock" event at the competition. Other events were the "work" competition and the "aerial rescue." Footlock. she said, is "just purely a time issue, how fast can you climb up a rope in a ree and whoever gets there in the shortest time wins." Footlock seemed the most basic of the competitions the climbers completed. Although not complex. it appeared to require a high level of physical fitness, not to mention that it was followed by competitors loading up huge amounts of packs and eqmpment and moving on to the next event. As an unidentified climber from Phoenix put it while he cheer- fully finished the footlock climb and strapped massive amounts of bulky items to his orange jumpsuit, "It is good exercise." The other events are more skill related. "You have to show the judges See TREE P. 4 Seats open on local school boards The Pinal County School Office has partnered with Arizona School Boards Association to hold a Prospective Board Member workshop in Florence at the County School Office on Tuesday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to run for School Board is encouraged to attend. The Pinal County School Office will have School Board election packets , available by March 15. Anyone wishing to run for your local Governing Board can call Chief Deputy Tonya Taylor at (520) 866-6579 for a packet or you can pick up a packet at the Pinal County School Office, located at 75 N. Bailey St., Florence. You can also email Taylor at ttaylor@pinalcso.org and a packet will be mailed to you. The number of signatures required on nomination petitions will be included in the packet. The following seats will be open in your local school district: In Oracle. two seats are open for election: Mike Carran and Aune Defoe. Both are four-year terms. In the Mammoth-San Manuel School District, two four-year seats are bpen: Araeeli Bonner and Mark Phelps. In Kearny, Tino Flores's and Martha Gonzales's seats on the Ray School Board will be open for election. Both are four-year terms. In Superior. seats held by Jessie Arroyos and Robert Cervantes will be open for election. These seats are also four-year terms. The elections will be held in November. Talking sh ... e Spring cl anmg community day set for town next month Come on out. Superior Community! Now is the time to show your pride and have fun doing it on Community Pride Day, April 3 between 7 a.m. and noon. Have you been meaning to clean out those closets, sheds, garages and yards? Sort through all that extra stuff you've somehow collected that you've been thinking of getting rid of?. There's no better time to do it. This is your chance! You can get rid of it all for FREE on that weekend morning. All Superior residents can bring trash to the roll offs on Mary Drive. said Sue Anderson of the Let's Talk Trash Committeerecently. "This includes general trash, appliances, furniture, mattresses and all metal, which will be separated and recycled," she said. "All yard waste and tree clippings must be taken to the transfer station at the west end of town. Superior residents can also bring up to five tires to the transfer station, we will not be able to take hazardous waste or construction material, such as large quantis of wood. any drywall, roofing, insulation,.flooring or tile, during this clean up effort." Anyone unable to take their trash to the roll offs should put it outside their fence by 7 a.m. on the 3rd. Yard clippings must be in manageable sizes (no longer than 4 foot lengths) or boxed. "Please don't leave branches out to be picked up," Anderson said. "Volunteers will come by with trucks and trailers. They will need your help to lozd them." At noon the fun will begin with a picnic at the Caboose Park. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Stop by to see who is cooking this year. Loads of great prizes are to be given out. This may be your lucky day. Bring a side dish and the family and go home with a full stomach and a great sense of pride. The Let's Talk Trash Committee, Town of Superior, Allied Waste, Resolution Copper, See TRASH on P. 6 The mining brief Presentation on possible modular home product distribution center a discussed in council meeting By Cindy Tracy Products that enhance beautiful and sturdy little houses made with big boxes? Residential and commercial building panels marrying a mix of sturdy metal and airy Styrofoam? Those were ideas put out for con- sideration of Superior Town Council members March 4 in a presentation by David Smith of Agave Develop- ment Group: Smith was discussing a possible business plan he had for Superior Industrial Park Lot 4 that he owns. Theproducts he talked about were components of modular homes, like " the houses made with boxes and oth- ers, which he is considering distribut- ing at the site. In the first phase of the develop- ment he would fulfill the goal of warehousing the wall and roof panel components. "This building compo- nent is commonly referred to as an SIP (Structural Insulated Panel)," he wrote in the plan presented to the council. Other products were also mentioned in the plan, which proposes the ex- pansion of the industrial lot and other Do the bunny hop on downtown for day fun at Parks & Rec Easter holiday event Birds. bees, flowers and trees! It's spring and the Easter holiday is just around the comer. April 3 is the Saturday before the big day and the Town of Superior Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a fun event in celebration. The 25 t Anniversary "Easter in the Park" festival starts at noon on that Saturday. All events will take - place at Besich Park on Main Street. Things get rolling at noon with an Easter egg hunt, according to Parks and Recreation Supervisor Barbara Arriola. Also planned are a pifiata break, an Easter hat contest, cake walk and many games and prizes throughout the day. Hamburgers will be available for sale at the event, Arriola said. as well as sodas. "Come join the fun," she added. "Everyone is welcome!" " site improvements. The proposal at this time was for information only and no action was taken. In other business a report by, staff was given on recent recall petitions circulated against certain council members and the mayor. Recall petitions submitted by resident Richard Green against Vice Mayor Olga Lopez and Council Member Lynn Heglie were deemod by the county to not have enough valid signatures. The petition submit- ted to the town against the mayor was returned to the circulator by the' town for lack of enough signatures. It was never forwarded to the county and not resubmitted. The petition against Council Mem- ber Soyla "Kiki" Peralta was found by the county to have enough valid signatures. The town must therefore hold an election, although it was stated at the council meeting that Peralta has the option to resign but as of that time she had not done so. Town Manager Melanie Oliver said to the council at some point in See COUNCIL on P. 4 Friends of the Library book sale on Apache Leap festival Saturday If you're out of reading material and in the market for a few good books this month, you're in luck. Friends of the Superior Public Library will be holding their annual book sale in the library basement on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Library Director Josie Campos. The event is on the same Saturday as the Apache Leap Mining Festival so this is a good time to come on in, browse the books and pick out something good to enjoy after a fun day at the festival. Superior Public Library is located at 99 North Kellner Avenue. For informa- tion on the sale. contact the library at 689-2327. Ta/es from the Morgue... Wing accepted to U.A. Honors Program From the pages of the March 21, ticipate in the University of Arizona 1963 Superior Sun honors program for outstanding David S. Wing of Superior has students. accepted a faculty invitation to par- son of Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Wing, AL festivities set for mid-March Excitement is mounting, plans are ongoing and everyone is invited to join the Superior Chamber of Com- merce and the Town of Superior at the 22nd annual Apache Leap Mining Festival, "Traditions of Superior." By Lana Jones Copper prices rose last week, CNNMoney.com reported, after the earthquake that hit Chile, the vorld's largest cpper producer. Business Week-also reported thatcopper was up due to the weaker dollar. May copper reached a high of $3.46 per pound Friday. It fell to $3.39 Tuesday morning accompanying a stronger dotlar. ASARCO Grupo Mexico reached an agreement last month with the United Steelworkers union to extend the current collective bargainmg agreement with ASARCO work- ers until June of next year. Grupo Mexico shares were trading at $2.57 Tuesday morning. Resolution Copper Bills have passed the Arizona House and Senate that would allow Resolution Copper to earn more water storage credits. Under current law, water users can earn storage credits if the amount of water they store in a year exceeds the amount of groundwater they pump. However, storage credits can only be earned if the stored water could not have been ptit to direct use. The bills modify the definition of direct use to exclude groundwater withdrawn for mining and delivered to an irrigation district in the same year. In order for this exclusion to apply there must be a demonstrated groundwater use reduction in the district. The bills only apply to non-municipal water suppliers that store Central Arizona Project water within their area. The bills will allow Resolution Copper to earn water storage credits that they would not have otherwise been able to earn. Water storage credits are generally earned and held for the purpose of future use or sale. Resolution Copper is a member of the Rio Tinto Group. Rio Tinto shares were trading at $221.24 Tuesday morning. Other mining news Augusta Resource Corporation announced at the end of last month that it would sell 11.8 million shares of common stock to raise money to support development of the Rosemont Copper mine south of Tucson. The offering is scheduled to close on March 12. The festival takes place March 19- 21 and a schedule will be released as details are finalized, but one thing is certain, there's sure to be lots of food, fun. contests and entertainment for young and old alike during the three day event. Entertainment will be featured for all on the Resolution Copper Stage. Confirmed at this time are Verona's Saints, Battle of the DJ's, Baile Folklorico Alma de Superior and the Native American Yellow Bird Hoop Dancers. Powerdrive, and stories about local history of Jack San Felice and Sam Lowe. All three days will feature a carni- val. food booths and game booths. Presale carnival wristbands will be available for purchase at the Chamber Office. Cherish the Momem. Save Money Market, Rose's Roses and Rolling Rock Gallery. All presale carnival tickets must be purchased before noon on Thursday, March 18. For more information about the festival or to become an Apache Leap Mining Festival sponsor or vendor contact the Superior Chamber of Commerce 520-689-0200 or visit us online at www.superiorarizonach- amber.or.g. Details about contest and competition entries and regislrations are also available from the Chamber. Here it comes again... The miningcompet t on will be making its annual return to Superior during the Apache Leap Mining Festival set for March 19-21 (Cindy Tracy photo) 1126 Main St.. he is a freshman, majoring in architecture in the Col- lege of Fine Arts. He graduated from Superior High School and attended Arizona State University in the sum- mer of 1962. Wing is one of 56 honor students chosen from 3,345 U of A freshmen to take part in the program. The participants were nominated and elected bya comtnittee of fac- ulty members at the end of the first semester. Their selection is based upon a su- perior grade point average, and upon "qualities of mind and temperament which indicate that they may well become true scholars," said Dr. Arthur H Beattie, honors director. The honors program, to cover all four undergraduate years, in- cludes special lectures, individual conferences with a panel of faculty advisers, and work assignments beyond the minimum requirements of a course. Weather Da High Low Pcp Man 1 65 41 Ma 2 71 44 .01 Ma 3 71 41 Ma 4 69 41 Ma 5 70 39 Ma 6 75 46 MaL 7 60 44 .77 Weather readings courtesy Boyce Thompson Arboretum.