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Proudly serving Superior or,morethan, z" SMALLTOWNPAPERS SAMPLE 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 Car show cruises down Main to the beat of the first evening in June By Cindy Tracy The streets of Superior turned into a sizzling summer scenario Saturday afternoon and early evening, circa maybe somewhere in the mid-to:latter part of the last century.. The event was the 4 'h Ahnual Cruz'n Main Street Car Show on Main Street, Superior, presented by the Superior Chamber of Commerce. A nifty, nostalgic collection of custom cars, mighty motorcycles and shiny bikes, all lovingly and obviously worked on constantly by their loving vehicle hobbyist owners started to appear on Main some time before the 3 p.m. start time for the fun event. People started tygather 'round to watch the show as the shiny special Vehicles slid into places on both sides of the street in Besich Park area. More and more people started to bebop on downtown, although maybe "bop," a style of fast, improvisational jazz popular in the 1940s, is technically the wrong era to assign to this eclectic and exciting show. Cars ranged in their date of manufacture from the Model T era to the 50s, 60s, and beyond. With the music of DJ John Moreno from 3 to 6 p.m. and the band The Three Dutchmen providing a dynamic accompaniment, the street came alive with the fluidity of sound, sight and gleaming vehicular machines. With so much going on to stimulate the senses, it was almost hard to know where to look when bopping down that street on a late Saturday afternoon. The cars were especially visible at that time, during the first part of the event when the sun blazed and bounced over the shiny exterior. It was a good time to sit and stare at all the goodies and enjoy some food from the booth put up by Superio Car Club. The music wafted down the street and people were relaxed and mellow. From the restored Model T emblazoned with old-timey adverts for Lundeens Body Shop, Speedway Bar and the like to the two-toned 1955 Chevrolet to the deep orange truck with its windshield motto: "We Are the Ones Our Parents Warned Us About," creativity and lots and lots of hard work had gone into these classic vehicles. Memorable for the casual passerby was, among many great entries, the exhibit of a toy rat mounted on an engine under the hood of an amazing black truck, a purple pumped up small Ford automobile, gome exhibits of awards the vehicles had won and more. Just across the street at Besich, another fun booth was popular. That See Cars, Page 4 Getting up-close and up-to-date: BHP tailings cleanup meeting By Cindy Tracy : Up-close-and-personal time'to seek swers and learn the latest info on the BHP Northwest Study Area Tailings Removal Project was the mission at a community meeting ,May31. The session took place in the multipurpose room at Superior Junior-Senior HigE The evening had a social component as the pace Was leisurely and people had time to talk to each other as well as get the word on what was going on with the railings cleanup. A colorful and large buffet occupied a conspicuous place in the room. Lighting was subdued and the mood seemed relaxed. The food table brimmed with an array of delicious fare to tide over the appetites of attendees at the early evening event. On hand were a variety of experts and project officials to mingle and answer queries posed by the public. The meeting was informal, more a chance for those interested in the remediation project, especially residents of the study area, to get information. There were plenty of charts arid maps and summaries of the project around the room. Each station had some representative of those present to fill in the public on what was currently going on. "This open house is to introduce to the affected residents of the Northwest Study Area the information about the history of what is being done in terms of remediation," said Ken Black, Manager of Environment and Community, BHP Copper. Information shared included the various study results for the affected properties, some data about the excavation and the introduction of a requirement for a biomonitoring (health monitoring) program established under the work plan. Black's phone number is 520- 531-6927. Also listed on materials handed out at the open house was that of Tom Di Domizio, Project Manager, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. His number is 602-771-4229. BHP is continuing to work with the Afzona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to advance this tailings cleanup program in the town of Superior. The meeting included no formal presentation. People in attendance from 5 to 7 p.m. simply walked around, looked at the displayed materials, queried the facilitators, ate, talked and left. Project updates have been previously provided to the public in similar meetings. There was a "major milestone" in the remediation effort in September of 2010, when ADEQ approved BHP's "Tailings Removal Project Work Plan." The BHP Copper Tailings Removal Project Work Plan calls for removal of tailings and associated soils from primarily residential properties adjacent to the former Magma mine plant site in Superior. At properties where owners or tenants give their consent, soils that exceed an ADEQ-approved residential remediation level for soiis that contain metals will be excavated. The soil will be replaced.with clean soil. ADEQ approved BHP Copper's Tailings Removal Project Work Plan in September 2010. "Following this approval," BHP states in Project Update No. 3, "we are now doing the detailed planning of the soil excavation process, in accordance with the Work Plan. In addition, BHP Copper will be seeking Office space in the Town of Superior to house its project office" BHP Copper says, according to Update 3, that it continues to work with ADEQ "to modify its permit so that BHP Copper's Pinto Valley facility can receive and manage the soil excavated from Superior in an environmentally-protective manner. ADEQ has now.completed the administrative review and is finalizing the technical review of the permit modification." Mayor Hing to testify in land exchange hearing By Taylor Sheaffer Ritter ' It was announced and approved during the Town of Superior Council meeting that Mayor Michael Hing would travel to Washington, DC to possibly take part in the hearing addressing the Resolution Copper Land Exchange bill, being brought forth by Congressman Paul Gosar. The hearing is likely to take place on June 14 and the council approved Mayor Hing to go on behalf of the town. "We're a lot closer than we have ever been," Hing said following the meeting. "Congressman Gosar has really worked hard and really believes in this bill; he fully understands how important this project is, not only locally, but on a state-wide and nationally level." Hing spoke vibrantly of the experienceshe has had with the Congressmari and of his positive outlook on the hearing. Mayor Hing explained that initially the Congressman did not have enough information on the Resolution Copper Project having just been sworn into office, with Gosar explaining that he needed to do inore research before he fully supported the project. "[Congressman Gosar] has now met with the stakeholders and having done more research, is moving forward with confidence due to the information he gained from his research and meetings," Hing said, thus furthering the notion that the Congressman supports the project following his research. "I have a lot of comfidence in this," Hing said. "Congressman Gosar has done so much to make this happen just in the last six months." On the topic of the bill's impact on Superior, he explained, "This has a huge economic impact on Superior. Basically, people will begin to look towards Superior as a good economic investment," explaining that the project has the potential to become a $75 billion impact that affects Superior along with the rest of the State of Arizona. The hearing for the Resolution Copper Land Exchange will take place on June 14, Resolution Copper announces 2011 scholarship and leadership grant recipients Eleven graduating seniors from area high schools are the 2011 recipients ofscholarships from the Resolution Copper Scholarship Program. Four-year, renewable scholarships valued at $6,000 each were awarded to students from high schools in Apache Junction, Florence, Globe, Hayden, Miami, Ray, San Carlos and Superior. Also awarded were two Resolution Copper Steven L. Besich Leadership Grants. These one-time grant s of $500 each help defray educational costs and are awarded annually to students at Superior High School and GlObe High School. Resolution Copper scholarships are awarded to students attending an Arizona university, community college or business or trade school and favor, but are not limited to, students pursuing studies in math, science, engineering and business. Leadership grants, established in honor of late Gila County Manager Steve Besich, recognize outstanding leadership achievements of high school students. To date, Resolution Copper has awarded more than $310,000 in scholarships, and 18 recipients are attending Arizona colleges and universities. "We're delighted to play a role in supporting wOrthy local area students who aspire to broaden their horizons and accomplish their career and personal goals by furthering their formal education," said Jon Cherry, Vice President Environment, Legal and External Relations. Scholarship award winners were each presented with a personalized plaque at their schools' year-end award ceremonies, and will be honored at a dinner hosted for them and their families by Resolution Copper in late June. Recipients of the Resolution Copper Scholarship grants, in 2011, are: from Superior High, Christopher Floyd, Reinhold Everhart, Gilbert Romero; from San Carlos High School, Latricia Longknife, Xanthus Reede; Mario Reyes from Miami High School; Michael C. Ritchey of Apache Junction High School; Paula D. Real of Ray High School; Robert John Calloway Jr. of Globe High School; Rosie Marie Holmes of Florence High School; and Sarah Ann Cruz Escalante of Hayden High School. Recipients of the Steven L. Besich Leadership Grant for 2011 are Gilbei't Romero of Superior High School and Tianna M. Holder of Globe High School. Weather Date High Low Pcp May 30 84 50 May31 100 51 June 1 98 61 June 2 95 56 June 3 97 54 June 4 103 57 June 5 105 62 Weather readings courtesy Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Ill IllUI!lllllllllllllll t. , ,.0,,1111 )