Sun Editor

The La Paz County Board of Supervisors were scheduled to hear arguments Jan. 13 for and against a aluminum smelter opening up operations in Wenden, but that meeting was canceled by company that has been fighting an uphill battle to get a green light for the facility.

Alliance Metals attorney Tom Galvin notified the county to cancel the meeting.

“We received a letter from Alliance asking that the meeting be taken off the agenda,” said Ron Drake, La Paz County Administrator. “No rescheduled date was mentioned.”

Alliance Metals did not respond to an inquiry by The Sun asking why it canceled the meeting.

The two agenda items, one requesting a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and the other asking for a rezone of the property at 70050 Highway 60 from Rural Agriculture to Industrial Planned Development, advanced to the supervisors’s desks despite the Planning and Zoning Commission voting unanimously (7-0) Dec. 5 against recommending approval to the board. The commission serves only as an advisory function.

That meeting was held in Wenden with about 300 residents in attendance. Other than Alliance Metals representatives, no one spoke in favor of the plant.

Alliance Metals wants to bring a $30 million investment and 30 jobs with its aluminum processing facility to the Salome-Wenden area.

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