So that answers the "who" question but why did Faraday think they needed a show of muscle before their recent infomercial event in Oracle?
By design there was no central presentation or even welcome to focus the attentions of the curious. Call it commercial by information dispersal. The goal of course of this approach is to deep six any possible coordinated reaction that might disrupt the early stages of a controversial mining project in the Galiuros. So locals were left to their own devices to wander around, peering at slick displays and asking a question or two of various character wearing Faraday logoed shirts.
I had several conversations with Faraday shirt wearers that followed a template always ending with "too early to say".
The upshot of the non-event seemed to be "time will tell". Maybe Faraday is just doing advance work (drill, assay, raise capital, promote); or maybe Faraday will be involved in the actual mining. One tout said open pit 'yes', another not so sure. Nothing about water use, nothing about risks to the environment, or economic trade offs (which are huge now that the Tri-Community has rotated away from blasting, hauling and smelting ore in favor of tourism and open space recreation). And nothing about a union (too soon to tell...).
So I suppose it's fair to say Faraday may call the event a success - a community gathering with a box checked somewhere, somehow ... without riling up too many more of us locals. I'm sure corporate is pleased that the security force had nothing to do beyond showing up in force.
Truth be told, however, some locals are already riled up having put together a well crafted website: coppercreekmine.com.
I've gotten a lot of pointed reactions from locals who attended the event described above. Two in particular stand out. Here's Craig Anderson's:
"Very nicely done Frank. The "Oracle Chronicles" accurately captured the non-event ... sales event. There were a few of us that were "put off"... "dismayed" by the "International Security Services" ominous black SUV and personnel in bulletproof vests we passed to enter the San Manuel, Mammoth and Oracle Community Centers.
As Faraday said in their NI 43-101 Technical Report Mineral Resource Estimate Copper Creek Project, Arizona
Report Date: August 18, 2022., section 5.5 Infrastructure Availability and Sources "The area is in a mining-friendly and politically stable jurisdiction with extensive infrastructure, including power, rail, water, roads, and access to skilled personnel."
Another comment comes from an individual with lifelong employment experience in the mining industry. His curiosity piqued by the Faraday claims, he four wheeled to the Copper Creek location. He found the remote location access-challenged and the proposed mine scheme itself likely more "speculative scam" than productive venture.
If you've never witnessed several hundred grade schoolers encounter a world class opera singer for the first time in their young lives, look for the next opportunity! It was quite a scene yesterday afternoon organized by Dr. Stephen Cook and the Oracle Piano Society and the Mammoth-San Manuel School District. The event included the introduction of Lorena Candelaria who starting now brings her considerable musical knowledge and talent to MSSD. (There's a lot more to be said about how all this came about and what the future looks like but let's save it for future posts.)
Maybe it gets better than this in the sweet by an by but it's hard to imagine.
Joined by local stars sitting in to help make it happen even better.
Two hours later on this same Sunday afternoon. We transition from the Way of Bean Coffee Club to the Oracle Center for the Arts.
How about this?
A remarkable Sunday afternoon musical journey from down home/Cajun genius to operatic magnificance in our little town. Musical alchemy.
Stories from recent Oracle history as lived by Kaz and myself: frankpierson.substack.com
Jodi and César at the Metaphysical Faire
Laurie, Liz, and Pat at the Oracle Learning Garden Plant Sale
Kristina at Way of Bean (Tom Turino, Shannon Arnold and Ralph White make music tomorror 1-3)
For Oracle's life and times as Kaz and I have lived them go here: frankpierson.substack.com
Kind of mindblowing what's going on around here these days. Exercise your imagination with a cornucopia of events!
Into metaphysics or just metaphysics curious? There's a Metaphysics Faire tomorrow, Oct 21, 10-4 at the Oracle Community Center. Mentally cramped? The same day there's a book sale at the Oracle Library to help you break out of your summer torpor. Never appreciated opera but want to? There's an amazing concert at OrCA 3 pm, Oct 22 with a pianist and opera star. And if you can imagine feeding yourself with a successful fall/winter garden, the plant sale at the Oracle Community Learning Garden is for you (Fri, Sat and Sunday). And BTW if you can picture the brush pile in your yard gone, the Oracle Brush Dump is now open!
The short answer is vibrant local institutions coupled with leaders willing to invest time, energy, and money in those institutions.
This comes to mind because several recent events testify to the vitality of our town and what makes it tick. Here’s an example. The day before yesterday the Oracle Piano Society brought a pianist/composer/superstar from Cuba, Aldo Lopéz-Gavilán, to Oracle and the Tri-Community. What defined the experience for Kaz and myself wasn’t just his phenomenal sold out performance but his willingness to take on the challenging teaching work of young pianists with a joyful expert eye.
If you’ve never witnessed a “master class” conducted by a true master it’s hard to grasp the quality of attention and personal development unfolding before your eyes. I suspect that every one who has something to teach - whether parents with their children, teachers with their classes, artists and trades people with with their apprentices, coaches with their teams, and even institutional leaders of non-profits and churches with their members, could learn a lot from the best of the best in the kind of “master class” conducted by a master like Aldo Lopéz-Gavilán.
But it didn’t stop there. Aldo, Dr. Stephen Cook, and one of Stephen's young local proteges, Isaac Tineo, ventured into an assembly in the Mammoth/San Manuel School District auditorium populated by the toughest crowd of all - young students. Their efforts were rewarded by rapt attention and promising future prospects of the youngsters. Who knows? Maybe there’s another Isaac Tineo in the gathering ready to be inspired to step in to a new world of musical performance.
Kaz and I moved to Oracle in 1979. The house we bought dated to the late 1940s. With little advance knowledge of the place, we set out to build a new life together, intending to settle in and raise a family.