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Conference addresses economic challenges facing rural areas

Although the recession may be technically over, rural communities still lag behind metropolitan areas as they recover, Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens said.

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Company seeking copper mine forges pacts with town, stakeholder groups

In the “mutual benefits agreement” signed in 2008 and renewed recently, Superior pledged its support for federal legislation that would make a huge copper mine possible by exchanging protected land in the Tonto National Forest for parcels of comparable value elsewhere in the state. Any official communication opposing the plan to the governor or a member of Arizona’s congressional delegation would void the deal, and the town agreed to provide letters of support to those same officials.

But in promoting its plans Resolution Copper Mining LLC, the company that would set up the new mine, has created similar agreements with groups whose opposition could be detrimental.