I just heard that Phelps Dodge, the land-plundering copper company responsible for such scenic wonders as Morenci and Bisbee, is going to turn Safford, Arizona into one of "the most environmentally-advanced copper mines in the world." (Isn't that an oxymoron? Or maybe they mean something different when they say "advanced?")
Look, we all need Copper, Cows, Cotton, Climate and Citrus, and since Safford doesn't start with a "C" like all of Arizona's other crown jewels, it'll just have to go. Can't say I'll miss the old town of Safford exactly (or at all), but the Gila River is bound to suffer some from the environmental advancements. That is, whatever parts of the river haven't already been destroyed by cows, cotton, citrus, and climate change.