Magma Copper smelter multimedia exhibition at Boyce Thompson Arboretum begins Nov. 20

In collaboration with Resolution Copper, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is hosting a multimedia exhibition to coincide with the removal of the last buildings and structures of the historic Magma Copper Co. smelter at Superior. “The six-month exhibition honors the Magma Copper smelter’s cultural significance as a landmark in the community, its place in Superior’s mining history […]

ASU geologist leads Aug. 25 rock walk at arboretum

Geologist and Arizona State University Professor Steve Semken is to lead a walking tour at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior. See rocks and volcanic formations along the arboretum’s main trail on a guided tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour, […]

Annual home & building tour returns Jan. 27-28 to Superior

On Jan. 27-28, the Superior Chamber of Commerce will present its 10th Annual Superior Home and Building Tour, providing attendees with a unique experience unlike other home tours they may have visited in the past. The Superior Chamber of Commerce invites visitors to join them in this once sleepy town and help them on their […]

Pinal County copper mine land exchange claims, objection period closes Jan. 29

As evaluations continue for the proposed land exchange between the federal government and Resolution Copper Mining LLC for a copper mine near Superior in Pinal County, the U.S. Forest Service has established a comment period for those with federal or private land claims. Persons claiming such properties or having any liens, encumbrances, or other claims […]

Arboretum events this weekend spotlight desert edibles, mushrooms

Native Sonoran desert plants and mushrooms will be featured in events taking place Sunday, July 23, at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 U.S. Highway 60 in Superior. •Taste Desert Edibles: Learn some of the edible and medicinal uses for native Sonoran desert plants on a leisurely guided walk at 8 a.m. Sunday. Apache Junction resident and […]

Learn about lizards at Boyce Thompson Arboretum weekly in June

Colorful, comical, skittering lizards are the hook for summertime lizard walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum guided by outdoor educator “Wild Man Phil” Rakoci. Attend his excursion Saturday, June 10, and you’re likely to learn about more than just herps (that’s short for herpetology, the formal name for scientific study of reptiles). “My goal is introducing […]

UPDATE: One lane of U.S. 60 west of Superior reopens after crash

U.S. Highway 60 west of Superior has one lane open after a crash at milepost 224, according to an e-mail from the Arizona Department of Transportation sent shortly after noon today, July 19. Traffic will alternate in the westbound lane to get by the crash site. There is no estimate for when the eastbound lane will […]

ADOT: Expect twice-weekly U.S. 60 blasting closures east of Superior through June

Having already cleared nearly 90,000 cubic yards of rock material from a mountainside, the Arizona Department of Transportation is entering its final stages of blasting work needed to build a passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior.

U.S. 60 blasting operations will continue on a twice-weekly schedule until the end of the project in June.

During that period, the closures for work between Devil’s Canyon and Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233) will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Motorists should plan ahead and consider alternate routes.

Traffic on eastbound U.S. 60 will be stopped east of Superior (milepost 227), and traffic on westbound U.S. 60 will be stopped at the Top of the World, west of Miami (milepost 235), until the blasting work is completed and debris is cleared.

Blasting operations are expected to be completed by the end of June. Following the blasting work, ADOT will pave the widened roadway before opening the additional travel lane to traffic this summer.

ADOT started the $8.8 million project in August 2015 to provide the westbound passing lane, shoulder widening in Devil’s Canyon (mileposts 233-234), bridge work at Waterfall Canyon (milepost 229) and drainage improvements (milepost 242) west of Miami.

Fall hours in effect at arboretum, plant sale scheduled for Oct. 17

Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 U.S. Highway 60 in Superior, has October events ranging from weekend bird walks to a rollicking concert of Americana from Valley-based Trio Rio. Daily hours for the fall-winter schedule are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Most public events are included with daily admission of $10. Check the website or connect on Facebook for specific details.

Arboretum annual members are invited to a preview of special plants in stock that will take place Friday, Oct. 16, one day before BTA’s big seasonal sale opens to the public on Oct. 17. The sale will continue through Nov. 1.

Trails and gardens are open to all visitors every day of the fall plant sale but the members-only preview shopping day on Oct. 16 reserves the selection of new and choice plants for members-only shopping.