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Our cross streets are Idaho & Superstition Blvd. We are located across the street from the social security office in Apache Junction, AZ. US 60 east to Idaho North on Idaho to Superstition Blvd. West on Superstition Blvd. to Plaza Drive. North on Plaza Drive First drive to the right, 3rd building on the left

About The Apache Junction & Gold Canyon News

Operating since: 1997

The Only Hometown Paper
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The Apache Junction & Gold Canyon News is your local source for the news that affects your everyday life.

We are locally owned, locally reported and trusted by the Apache Junction and Gold Canyon communities.

The business was originally inspired by a desire to give the residents of Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and the surrounding area the local news in a way that celebrates the good news and accomplishments of community members, as well as informing citizens about local news and issues. More than twenty years later, we hold fast to that ideal.

We encourage informed debate about local issues – and the broader issues that affect us locally. We share information about local events so neighbors can come together. We write about individual, organizational and community successes, because our town needs to celebrate our successes. We delight in holding up a mirror that reflects the unique personality of our proud, passionate, warm and often feisty community…

Because we don’t just serve the community; we are your neighbors. We shop the same places, pay the same taxes and live with the results of the same ballots and elections. 

When our advertisers pay their bills, their money flows back into the community as we, in turn pay ours. 

We Are AJ.

Strong newspapers help build strong communities, and we strive to make both the newspaper and the community – our community – strong.

Find us in your driveway, at local news stands, or online at www.ajnews.com. Or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Your Neighbors; Your News. The Apache Junction & Gold Canyon News.

Testimonials

Doug's Performance Transmission

 “We would definitely recommend any of our friends or business associates to AJ News.  We receive excellent customer service and attention to our needs. Thank You!!” Read more

TAD Management

“We’re about to kick off our 6th season of shows in Apache Junction and simply put, we could never have made it thru the first year without the phenomenal results generated by our ads in the AJ News. As we prepare for 2020, our first call will again be to the News as we look forward to anoth… Read more

Mesa Market Place Swap Meet

“Mesa Market Place Swap Meet loves the Apache Junction/ Gold Canyon News! We advertise in The AJ News every week because it works! We advertise our special events, who’s entertaining in our Food Court, and offer a $2 Market Breakfast coupon every week. How do you like this pile of coupons ou… Read more

Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery

“I just wanted to say “Thank you” to everyone at AJ News.  We have been advertising with them for years.  They are a great team and are always very helpful. The Trisha’s at The News have been so kind that when we have events, they will make fliers for me to match the ad they have created.  I… Read more

Sun Life Family Health Center, Inc.

“We have worked with AJ News for many years. We find them to be a good value but most of all they are easy  to work with and truly understand the needs of our non-profit organization and the local community.” Read more

Rosati's Pizza, Gold Canyon

“The staff at AJ News are wonderful to work with.  Their rates are reasonable, they work with us when we need our ads changed or modified and respond to us in a timely manner.  We definitely recommend the AJ News for all advertising needs.” Read more

Amazing Dental Care

“Advertising with the AJ News has been a great investment.  The measure of the value of running an ad is the response the business receives from the ad.  The ad we run in the AJ News, we routinely receive telephone calls asking about our services. Based on this, Amazing Dental Care believes … Read more

St. George Roman Catholic Parish

“AJ/Gold Canyon News has been wonderful to work with!  They are always fast to respond and make everything look great.  They’ve gone above and beyond to ensure that all of our needs are met.” Read more

Queen Valley Golf Course

“I have been advertising in the AJ News for quite a few years. Working with the staff has been great! They create my ads and are prompt at getting them back to me for proofing and approval. Prices are right and service to us as a customer have always been excellent. Thank you AJ NEWS!!” Read more

A Bit of Bliss Day Spa

“I found AJ News about a decade ago and have been very happy. Customers look for my coupon every month. The design of my ad looks great and the staff is always so nice. I would definitely recommend AJ News.” Read more

Bernie and Red

“We advertise in the AJ News every winter. I find we get great coverage at a reasonable price. Snowbirds definitely read this paper. Keep up the good work.” Read more

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Trisha Beltran –Advertising, Graphics Manager: I came to work for The News in 1997, when the paper was first created. For twenty years, I watc…

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Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News:

2017 Medium Business of the Year, Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce

2015 Small Business of the Year, Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce

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Bill Van Nimwegen, Lead Journalist/Webmaster:

2018 Better Newspapers Contest – 3rd Place – Best Headline: Non-Daily Greater than 10,000 distribution

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Trish Beltran, Advertising, Graphics Manager:

2018 Excellence in Advertising, Arizona Newspapers Association – 1st Place – Most Effective Use of Paid Small Space: Non-Daily Greater than 10,000 distribution

2018 Excellence in Advertising, Arizona Newspapers Association – 3rd Place – Best Color Ad: Non-Daily Greater than 10,000 distribution

2017 Excellence in Advertising, Arizona Newspapers Association – 1st Place – Most Effective Use of Paid Small Space: Non-Daily Greater than 10,000 distribution

2017 Excellence in Advertising, Arizona Newspapers Association – 3rd Place – Best Color Ad: Non-Daily Greater than 10,000 distribution

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Daniel Dullum, Sports Editor:

2018 Better Newspapers Contest – 3rd Place – Best Team, Sport or Sports Best Coverage: Non-Daily Greater than 10,000 distribution

2018 Better Newspapers Contest – 2nd Place – Best Team, Sport or Sports Beat Coverage: Non-Daily Greater than 10,000 distribution

2017 Better Newspapers Contest – 3rd Place – Best Sports Story: Non-Daily Greater than 10,000 distribution

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Robin Barker – Publisher: I became the publisher of The Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News by default. The paper was my late husband’s dream. Ed ate, slept and played The News and loved every minute of it.  When he passed away, there was simply no way I was going to sell his dream!

As a City Council member, I walk a tightrope to insure the paper and my political leanings do not co-mingle. I stay out of anything having to do with city decisions and policies, while keeping the paper out of Council decisions.

 I feel strongly that our community deserves to be served by a paper that cares about it. Our kids deserve to be celebrated for all of their achievements. Citizens deserve to know what their elected officials are doing and how their tax dollars are being spent. That was Ed’s dream. With the help of my fantastic daughter, Trish Hoagland, and an equally fantastic staff, The News continues to serve our community just as Ed dreamed it would.

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Trisha Hoagland – Chief Operations Officer: I was first exposed to the news business in my junior and senior years of high school. In the late 80’s, my dad, Ed Barker, started publishing The Bulletin, a weekly multipage newsletter that covered everything from local politics to local sports. For a short time, I sold advertising and helped with the business marketing strategy. I didn’t know it at the time, but by 1997, my father’s dream would grow into a full-sized newspaper, The Apache Junction & Gold Canyon News - The Only Hometown Paper.

It was the summer of 2007, when Ed called and asked if I was ready to start working with him again.  My first position at The News was in the sales & marketing department, where I worked with established clients and secured new local and national advertising. In 2010, I moved into the marketing manager position, responsible for one employee and marketing strategy. The summer of 2015, I began to get involved with some day to day operations of the business, public relations and strategy.

In April of 2017, just three months from the paper’s 20th anniversary, my dad and mentor passed away. The two years I spent learning about the business from him, combined with the unconditional support of the incredible people I work with, helped me find and grow into the leadership role I have today. Together, we captained our ship to our greatest accomplishment as a team: the redesign of our newspaper and launch of our website.

As 2019 unfolds and we begin the next chapter in our story, I am grateful for the continued opportunity to serve my community and look forward to carrying on the legacy my dad created.

I’m a native Arizonan, and, when I’m not at the newspaper, I love exploring the outdoors. I’m inspired by music, and I enjoy practicing yoga and spending time with my family and all of our rescue animals.

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Bill Van Nimwegan – Lead Journalist/Webmaster:  I always thought there was ink in my blood. My uncles were all in communications careers and my grandfather owned and edited a hometown paper in Iowa that was a lot like The News. At the Alton Democrat, the whole family would show up on press day and help out, whatever needed doing. That paper was printed in-house on an ancient press using lead type. It was loud, smelly and fast-paced—I loved it.

Several years ago, I answered a want ad for a reporter and that’s when I met The News founder and editor Ed Barker. He took a chance on me—I had done more design than writing—Ed was patient and a great teacher/mentor. Since then, everyone at the paper and in the community has been encouraging and helpful. It’s great to work in such a generous and friendly city, where there are residents with all kinds of stories

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Dana Hawman-Trumbull, -Journalist/Social Media Manager: I’ve been writing for The News since July 2017 – but my relationship with the paper began while I was the Public Relations Coordinator for Apache Junction Unified School District. For three years, I worked closely with Bill, Trish and Ed pushing press releases, ads and editorials on behalf of the district. When it came time to leave AJUSD, I knew where I wanted to go: The News team had earned my respect for their integrity and for their positive approach to reporting local news. There was (and is) no sense of the “If it bleeds, it leads” media mentality – and no need to wring blood from something minor just to fill the “slow news” days. The News’ mindset is that, if it is important to our community; it’s important, whether it is good, bad or somewhere in between – and there will always be at least one positive story on the front page! I like that. A lot.

I have always been drawn to jobs that hold a value that goes beyond the paycheck. Writing for The News allows me to not only inform others about important issues and events, but also reflect the great potential and accomplishments of individuals, organizations and businesses in this wonderful, warm, friendly and feisty town. If we, as a community, open the door to see ourselves in a better light, we allow others to also see us for whom we truly are.

I am originally from St. Joseph, MO, but have lived in AZ since 1990. I still long for the lush green that drapes the rolling hills and bluffs of home – but not the humidity that makes it possible! My four children attended AJUSD, and our family has lived in or near AJ since 1999. I am a graduate of ASU, with a degree in Multimedia Writing & Technical Communications.

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Daniel Dullum – Sports Editor: I arrived at The News in October 2015, replacing Chuck Baker as sports editor. Before that, I was a sports and general assignment reporter in Florence, after returning to Arizona in 2007. I’ve been at this since the mid-1970s and have been fortunate enough to pick up an award or two along the way (roughly 46, altogether, in sports, entertainment and general news reporting).

While most of my growing up was in the Red River Valley of North Dakota (Gardner, pop. 75), I was also a snowbird student in Mesa, 3rd through 8th grades. Back in the ‘70s, I wrote for school newspapers in high school and college and learned a lot from a school-year sports desk internship for four years at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. From there, it was radio, playing the “stax of wax” and “hits to click” in a variety of formats for about 15 years, along with writing and producing commercials and about 1,400 games worth of play-by-play —mostly for high school and college sports, plus a professional boxing doubleheader. I returned to print media for good in 1995, at my home area’s weekly in Casselton, ND; then it was on to The Daily Times in Farmington, NM, Senior Spectrum (50-plus demo) in Sacramento, CA, and back to Arizona.

When I’m not covering sports for The News, I have music and baseball book projects and “Rock and Roll 101,” an online music history show I host for SKY 7 broadband radio in Apache Junction.

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Shandi Bartnett - Office Manager: I have been Office Manager at The News since the beginning of 2019, but I have been in and out of The News for brief periods of time as a writer since 2010. I have been in management positions ranging from retail to small business offices, since I was 19 years old. I have a talent for organization & attention to detail that has successfully carried me through my career and is now called upon to help expand The News’ demographic appeal as we evolve to better serve our growing community.

 I am a rare Apache Junction native, and I graduated from Apache Junction High School in 2010. In high school, I was captain of the Cheer-leading Squad and also in the Concert Band - another rarity. Music is something I'm very passionate about, which made those two extracurricular perfect for me.

 In my personal life, I keep things very simple. I spend most of my time either painting or with my husband and our two dogs. We are huge animal lovers and adopted both our dogs from Paws & Claws.

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Kim Kreuzer - Distribution Manager: Delivery jobs in my family started with my grandmother, mother and father – and me working as their sidekick for the price of a hamburger and milkshake. My husband, Jaye, and I moved to Apache Junction in 1997 to raise our three children in a small town atmosphere, I was happy to find the The News in my driveway. I immediately went down to the The News office and acquired a delivery job.

After a few years of delivering the paper, Ed started offering me the Distribution Manager job. Many of you knew Ed and probably know how persistent he could be. It seemed like every week for a couple of years, he would ask and offer different incentives. The day finally came when my children were in school and I could be in the office when needed. The look on Ed’s face when I told him I could finally take the job was priceless.

As Distribution Manager, I recruited my children as they reached driving age, creating four generations of news delivery. I have been with the The News family for 20 years and I look forward to another 20 years!

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