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Road trip to the old mining town of Mammoth, Arizona


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Canadian Curis Resources copper mine ramping up in Florence Arizona?

Mining Weekly reports, “Curis sees full production by end-2013 at Arizona copper mine”.

Take a tour of downtown Florence, Arizona.

Mining for treasure in Bisbee, Arizona

Bisbee rocks on a Bisbee table

Bisbee rocks on our Bisbee table

When we were in Bisbee, Arizona last, we took in the Queen Mine Tour, which was great and recommended. We are going back again soon, as there is so much to do and see. The reason we only did the mine tour last time we were there is that we wanted to do “local stuff“. We thought that the best way to do that is to not plan too much, and just walk around a lot. We did, and we stumbled on a sign for a thrift sale at the Old Bisbee School (money donated to its renovation), next to the Gym Club Suites (great place to stay). And, not only was it fun walking around the creeky old school house stairs, but we met some friendly folks in there. And to top it off, we found a Bisbee treasure! We discovered an old table for $15, that we now call our “Bisbee table“. The unique table top is pictured with the rocks we bought at the Bisbee mine (click on the image to enlarge it). It is so Bisbee. to find your Cochise County treasure!

Santa Cruz Valley folks seek reform of nation’s 1872 mining law

The Sahuarita Sun reports, “Sahuarita has seat at Washington talks on mines”, and that “Farmers Investment Co. owners Dick Walden (Waldens own 5,000 acres of pecan groves) and Nan Stockholm Walden of Sahuarita and two other local activists attended the hearing and presented senators with an inch-thick set of documents on the proposed Rosemont Copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains titled, “An Example of the Devastating Impacts of an Antiquated Law in One of the Most Scenic Areas of Arizona.”

Murray Bolesta photo of proposed mine site

Murray Bolesta photo of proposed mine site

The Sun further stated, “Senators were given a 2008 letter from the Arizona Game and Fish Department to the Forest Service says the mine would virtually destroy wildlife habitat in the northern Santa Rita Mountains, and could jeopardize groundwater supplies in the Santa Cruz Valley for decades.”

Photographs of the of Santa Rita Mountains by Santa Cruz Valley’s own, Murray Bolesta of CactusHuggers Gallery in Tubac, were used as part of effort at US Senate on Tuesday to confront US mining law and the Rosemont situation.

Nice shootin’, Murray!

For more information visit these sites:

US Senate link on issue
Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (SSSR)
Sky Island Alliance
CactusHuggers Photography
Image used with permisson.

Jerry Parra – ARTIST in Oracle, Arizona

Arizona Art in Oracle, AZ

Arizona Art in Oracle, AZ

This is more than just a cool artist’s gallery. It is almost like a little tiny town. Drive in there if you are in Oracle, AZ.

The Jerra Parra Art Gallery and Ranch Store Center in Oracle, Arizona is a must visit. It is uplifting.

Jerry Parra is an accomplished sculptor of unique and unusual metal artwork. He puts his imagination to use by creating “larger than life” sculpture and garden art. His pieces are made from recycled metal, car and motorcycle parts. Jerry is also keeping the mining culture alive in the Oracle area by using in his artwork old scrap metal and tools purchased from the now-closed local copper mine.”

Parra is not just a Sculptor/Artist, but “Sue and Jerry” Parra are also Historians, Curators, Antique Dealers, Jewelry Designers, and Architects. And, much more I am sure.

Their amazing place kind of reminds me of an Oracle’s Ted Degrazia’s Gallery in the Sun in that their living and working space becomes a work of art in itself.  The whole “property” or “”gallery” is art. Degrazia’s Gallery and Parra’s Gallery both inspire

Oracle, Arizona SLIDESHOW

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