APS gives boost to stamp mill restoration project

CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum volunteers have been working diligently over the past year restoring the 1880s Golden Reef Mine Stamp Mill.

At 7 a.m. on May 18, a boatload of volunteers, including a couple of APS employees with a crane, showed up to help hoist a major component of the stamp mill into place.

While the wheel assembly weighed an estimated 6,000 pounds, volunteers and a large crane made setting it in place look relatively easy.

The museum is trying to raise approximately $30,000 to complete the next phase of the project.

MAY 18, 2011

Living with the Sun – AZ style lecture series solar and sustainability

Date: Thursday, May 19, 7 8:30 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd. (NW corner of McDowell and Granite Reef, behind the convenience store)
Topic: Site, Landscaping, and Seasonal Adaptation: Summer solar adoption and adaptation - 10+ things you can do right now

As we all know, solar is much, much more than that panel on the roof. It is the utilization of the resource of the sun for meeting a number of needs and providing comfort, and it is a resource to be considered in trying to maintain comfort throughout the year. The plants in the Arizona biosphere are "solar devices" thriving from the sun's energy and adapting to its positive and negative impacts, and providing a physical and aesthetic solar adaptation resource for desert inhabitants.

Solar site, landscaping, and vegetation are a critical element in living with the sun in our desert clime. Solar access for daylighting, warmth, and comfort; thermal decompression for physical adaptation and tempering the building environment; evapo-transpiration and shade for mitigating harsh summer sun conditions; wind control (a form of "solar" for directing wanted and unwanted impacts); cool courts/warm courts for seasonal adaptation; and more - are all natural, solar landscape elements of energy and solar design - helping to keep us cool in the summer and allowing us to include outdoor spaces as expanded living spaces year around.

Speakers: Judy Gausman (CEO) and Matthew Johnson of the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association will provide insights, guidelines and resources for an effective and beneficial Living With the Sun approach to gardening and vegetation. Learn about sustainable landscaping in the desert and interact with the specialists that can make your visions a reality.

Admission: The program is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.

Contact: For more information about this lecture and the series please check the AZ Solar Center website - or call Dan Aiello at 602-503-5574.

The Living With the Sun - Az. Style lecture series is a monthly, free series of talks and information sharing put on by the Az. Solar Center and the Az. Solar Energy association under the auspices of the City of Scottsdale Green Building Program.