Volunteer opportunities abound throughout Copper Basin area

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

During this past May, many former residents came back for graduations, weddings or birthdays. While they were happy to be amongst family again, they complained or took pity on our local towns. Their comments were, “How sad it is to see a once thriving town look so bad. How did this happen?” That is a great question. I say it is a revolving door of whose fault it could be. Could it be that the younger generation is moving away and taking their kids to raise in the cities where there are more opportunities? Could it be the company’s fault, by transporting workers from those faraway cities to work in the mine, therefore no one is living here?  Or could it be that someone is holding the town hostage by buying it all up and letting it deteriorate, therefore reducing the value? Or are we so set in our ways that we don’t want change?

  Who is fighting for our towns? Residents left here are trying desperately to take pride in their little communities along with organizations like Copper Community Action Board (CCAB), Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce, Scouts, Brownies or the local students/teachers trying to clean-up with what little we have. The Towns do what they can with what little they get.

  Also left behind are the elderly, who are stubborn enough to stick it out in their antiquated homes. I can picture these small towns becoming like the tourist towns of Jerome and Tombstone. Some of our towns are over 100 years old. Buildings have crumbled, but there are a few buildings left, like the elderly…too stubborn to go. I still have hope that one day our communities will rise from the ashes like the name of a city that is just a couple of hours away…

  Volunteer and do something about it! The Chamber is hosting a planning retreat for the year on June 21 – join us! Contact the Chamber for more info!

I hope someone reads this and decides they want to help. Not just say, ”How sad….”

  Just trying to do my part,

/s/ Martina Burnam

Copper Area Resident

Staff (4145 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Along the Gila: Rural Policy Forum, Copper Basin Chamber and Prickly Pears

    19 hours ago
    by

    The Arizona Rural Policy Forum took place in Thatcher and Safford this past week. Over three days, the group held […]


    Along the Gila: Accentuating the Positive

    August 10th, 2017
    by

    So, what’s a town to do in this day and age? The economists talk about how Arizona has come back […]


    Dry Heat: Pardon My Interruption

    August 3rd, 2017
    by

    President Trump’s idea to ban transgenders from the military is wrong! He should have spoken to his military leaders before […]


    Along the Gila: Pinal RTA on the Ballot in November

    July 27th, 2017
    by

    The citizens of Mammoth, Kearny, and Superior will want to learn about two November ballot items, Propositions 416 and 417, […]


  • Additional Stories

    Dry Heat: Living in a Bizzaro World

    July 20th, 2017
    by

    In case you have noticed, I have been away from my column for some time now. After the election of […]


    Letter to the Editor: Thank you to the volunteers who cleaned Veteran’s Memorial Blvd.

    July 20th, 2017
    by

      What a wonderful group of caring people who live in and around San Manuel. Our San Manuel highway shows […]


    Letter to the Editor: Reader enjoys Hosler’s column

    July 20th, 2017
    by

      Keep on the good work, Copper Basin News! One of the things I enjoy are the weekly articles by […]


    Letter to the Editor: Outstanding 4th of July show at Apache Sky Casino

    July 13th, 2017
    by

      Magnificent, outstanding Casino Apache Sky should be proud of the fireworks  presented to the public on July 1, 2017. […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger