State Representative Rosanna Gabaldon speaks with “peaceful presence’ demonstrators in Patagonia after she had toured the Trench Mine remediation site with representatives from South32. Photo by Lynn Davison

Local residents gathered to create a peaceful presence on Jan. 10, 2020 at the corners of McKeown and 3rd Ave. in Patagonia, seen here meeting with State Representative Rosanna Gabalon outside the South32 office. The group was there to offer a counterpoint to the briefing and tour led by South32 for local and state elected officials and staff on that morning. 

Participants on the South32 tour included State Representative Rosanna Gabaldon, Santa Cruz County Supervisors Bruce Bracker and Manuel Ruiz, Patagonia Vice Mayor Michael Stabile, Patagonia Town Manager Ron Robinson, ADOT board member Mike Hammond and Amanda Stone, ADEQ Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs.