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45-day Objection Period Begins August 26 on Draft Decision for Apache Leap Special Management Area Management Plan

PHOENIX, August 25, 2017 —  Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth’s selection of the Proposed Action for the Apache Leap Special Management Area management plan – which recommends approval of the management plan while concurrently amending the forest plan — is subject to the pre-decisional objection procedures identified in 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 219 subpart B. Objections must be submitted within 45 calendar days following the August 25 publication of a legal notice in the Arizona Capitol Times(link is external). The objection period starts one day later on August 26. However, the publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection. Note that regulations prohibit extending the time to file an objection. Those who may file an objection are individuals and entities who have submitted substantive formal comments during opportunities provided for public comment during the planning and environmental review process for this decision. Only those who provided a substantive formal comment will be eligible to object to the proposed decision. Comments are considered substantive when they are within the scope of the proposal, are specific to the proposal, have a direct relationship to the proposal, and include supporting reasons ... Read More »

Superior Chamber to host 6th Annual Prickly Pear Festival August 19th

SUPERIOR- This year’s Prickly Pear Festival is billed as a “Celebration of our Incredible Edible Desert” This annual event originated from our friends at Boyce Thompson Arboretum- A World Class Botanical Garden!  What started out as a series of classes demonstrating the many uses of the Prickly Pear fruit blossomed into an annual event that showcases Food Education, Natural Medicines, Urban Gardening, Homeopathic, Sustainability and an overall healthy lifestyle! All the while with the beloved Prickly Pear as its mascot! Read More »

Devastating fire burns two homes at Top of the World

A tiny spark started a blaze that quickly consumed two trailer homes, several vehicles and other structures at Top of the Mountain on Wednesday. A resident of one of the trailers at the back of the Oaks Trailer Part at 52744 E. Hwy. 60 was apparently working on his vehicle when a spark ignited a fire that completely consumed his garage, his home, and, by the time Superior firefighters arrived in a tender truck with 1,800 gallons of water on board, half of a neighboring home. Read More »

Shop Superior 2nd Friday celebrates a one year anniversary

In small towns it is not unusual to see the downtown business district close up at five and go home. Yet, for the last year, Superior merchants have been lighting up the downtown district and staying open late for Shop Superior 2nd Friday. There are deals to be had, as each shop offers up a special for the evening, and there is live music, street vendors and entertainment found up and down Main Street, Superior.     Boonie LeBlanc owns the Wild Cow Gallery and is a founding member of the Superior Merchants Association, which launched the  ‘Shop Superior 2nd Friday’ event last year. The group consists of over a dozen retail merchants who have businesses in Superior, mostly lining the downtown district along Main Street. Read More »

Picket Post Mansion opens for rare tour Dec. 10-11

West-facing walls and windows of historic Picket post House are all that most people have ever seen of the 7,000 square foot mansion — but after a five-year hiatus, two special weekends of public tours return Dec. 10-11, and also Jan. 7-8. Read More »

A matter of perspective. Michaele Cozzi: Three decades as a documentary photographer.

Michaele Cozzi’s photography studio in Superior is a study in black and white. The cinder-block walls are painted white; the concrete floor is dark and glossy. Attached to the walls, floor-to-ceiling panels of concrete reinforcement mesh serve as a vertical work space. Clipped to the wires with clothespins and black metal clamps are black-and-white photographs – hundreds of them. Some are small enough to hold in your hand, and some are large, as wide as a door. Read More »

Marijuana as Medicine

Five of these green bottles is 2.5 ounces of flower. Arizona law permits medical marijuana patients to purchase 2.5 ounces of flower every 14 days. Photo by LCGross

Steve Shapiro started Superior Organics because of a friend. He was healthy, young, wildly athletic—one of those guys you suspect might be invincible—until he got cancer and died in his early forties. In the end, one of the few things that provided him any relief was medical marijuana. The experience stuck with Shapiro to such a degree that when the opportunity to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona came up, he knew it was what he wanted to do. This summer marks three years since medical marijuana dispensaries began opening their doors across Arizona. Superior Organics and Globe’s dispensary, Globe Farmacy, both opened in July 2013 and were among the first round of about 100 dispensaries to be licensed by the state. The licenses were distributed via a state-wide lottery and were dispersed based on geography. In April of this year, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced that it would accept applications for new dispensaries, allocating the additional licenses based on patient density. This is expected to benefit mostly high-population urban areas. Read More »

Public discussions of mine’s impact begins in earnest with scoping process

  The Tonto National Forest announced that it would double the length of the public comment “scoping” period for the Resolution Copper Project, from 60 to 120 days, at a scoping meeting last night in Superior. Last night’s meeting was one of four currently scheduled in the area that provide an opportunity for members of the public to voice concerns with and influence alternatives to Resolution’s current plan to mine the Oak Flat area using “block cave” mining, which will result in a crater that is 1,000 feet deep at the center and 1.5 miles in diameter. Other issues that came up at the meeting last night included concerns about the potential public health impacts of another mine in the area and questions about the proposed tailings facility, which will take up approximately seven square miles once complete. A similar meeting will be held tonight in Globe tonight, April 5, 5:00-8:00 p.m.at the Elks Lodge, 1775 East Maple Street. You do not need to be present for the whole meeting. How to provide feedback if you cannot make it to a meeting: Send written comments to: Resolution EIS Comments, P.O. Box 34468, Phoenix, AZ 85067-4468 Send comments via email to ... Read More »

Bill Holmquist: Making a U-Turn in Superior

When Bill Holmquist was hired to work on the 1997 Oliver Stone film U Turn, he lied and said he knew where Superior, Arizona was in where the film was set to be shot. “I had no idea and I had lived in Mesa for about 15 years,” he says with a laugh. “I got on the phone with my wife and said ‘Where the hell is Superior?’” They both agreed it was “east or something.” Holmquist has been the construction coordinator—think project manager for set construction—on over 70 films, including There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, Raising Arizona, Tombstone, Twilight, and the recently wrapped Independence Day: Resurgence. He recalls arriving on set for U Turn and finding Superior’s historic district completely boarded up. “The town was not in good shape in 1996. It was pretty bad actually,” he says. His orders were clear: “We’re going to re-do the whole street,” they told him. “We’re going to open this town up.” Read More »

Designation holds promise for next ten years

At its January 5th meeting, the Gila County Board of Supervisors approved a partnership with the Gila County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to apply for the highly-competitive Promise Zone designation.    This is the third and final year of Promise Zone designations, and only one rural designation will be awarded this year. The program would give organizations in our area a vital leg up when applying for federal grants. Once awarded, a community’s Promise Zone designation lasts for ten years. “Promise zones, with their bonus points, will receive the lion’s share of federal funding for the next ten years,” notes Sandy Palmer, Administrative Manager for the IDA.  The IDA will serve as the required lead agency for the application. Read More »