Greetings from the staff of Gateway to the Copper Corridor Magazine. Spring has been kind to the desert this year, as a wildflower explosion of epic proportions has brightened the region from the Mogollon Rim Country to the Valley floor.
As spring eases into summer and the temperatures begin to rise, the hardy “shoulder season” visitors and even hardier year-round residents begin to explore a harsh, but beautiful time of the year.
In this edition, we once again feature the photography of contributor Diane Drobka, an avid photographer who enjoys travel, birding and capturing images of wildlife, scenery and friends on her hiking forays into the desert.
Drobka is the publicity chair of the Graham County Historical Society and is retired from the Bureau of Land Management. She has kindly offered her take on Birding in the Copper Corridor with an article that allows us a glimpse into the mind of a local birder with years of experience. See pages 13 and 14.
Several other contributors have added their creativity as well.
As the winter visitors head back to their homes, the fun in the desert ramps up for the year-round residents who relish the heat, the monsoons and all that entails.
Diane Notarianni provided burro photos for our Summer Sizzles in Superior feature. Thanks also to Mila Besich-Lira for photos of Superior events.
Staff writer Susanne Jerome has written another report about the San Carlos Apache Culture Center Museum on page 23 and this edition is chock-full of behind-the-scenes contributions from award-winning journalist and staff member Carol Broeder.
Other highlights found in the pages of Gateway to the Copper Corridor include Superior’s Second Fridays and save-the-date info on the upcoming Run with the Burros event. Both Globe and the Town of Miami will soon get their Summer Music Programs going, and our readers will find many other hidden gems to explore in the Copper Corridor.
As the winter visitors head back to their homes, the fun in the desert ramps up for the year-round residents who relish the heat, the monsoons and all that entails. Again, we hope you find activities to fit your tastes and enjoy your visit to beautiful central Arizona and the Sonoran Desert.
Editor, Gateway to the Copper Corridor