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‘Silver King’ is the mine to watch in 2010

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 30th, 2009

GLOBE ― It was a public announcement made in the town of Superior this past August: the Dean family, who are the owners of the old “Silver King” mine site, want to revive this historic producing silver property once again; the mine collapsed around 1888 during the short-lived mining boom in the early days of the Arizona Territory.

And it was Jack Felice of Mesa who made the announcement during an Aug. 21 Town Hall meeting at Superior High School about Resolution Copper’s land exchange in which Senator John McCain, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar attended.

San Felice told the crowd of nearly 800 persons that he was in charge of writing documentation of the “Silver King” mine. “We have submitted thousands of pages, documents and environmental studies that deal with a small mine ... an underground mine. It is a struggle to get this mine off the ground.” San Felice said he believed today’s government bureaucrats don’t understand mining and “the ones we have dealt with, all they understand are rules and regulations.”

In talking directly to Senator McCain before the crowd, San Felice said, “We have too many regulations now governing environment. And ADEQ has control of regulations as well as the Forest Service.” He points out the folks involved in the Silver King Mine project would like to see reduction of federal government paperwork so mining can get back on its feet here in Arizona.

“Mining, prospectors and cattlemen made Arizona. And I believe we are being set aside as the ugly stepchild. We are not the ugly step children and we are the people who support you, Senator.”

Jack San Felice is an historian, a longtime instructor at Scottsdale College, owner of the Millsite Canyon Company and is the author of the popular book “When Silver Was King,” of which he gave McCain a copy. The book deals with the history of the mine which led to the early beginnings of the Superior area.

For the complete article see the 12-30-2009 issue.

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