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Family can mean many things to anyone. It can mean a mom, dad, siblings and grandparents. For others, family can mean a deep relationship that fosters a sense of community.

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The Apache Junction Food Bank (AJFB) will be joining up with United Food Bank and 12 News as part of a televised interview on Arizona Midday July 25th and August 28th. 12 News is the host of the “Summer of a Million Meals” program, an effort to raise awareness of childhood hunger in our region.

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On May 11th, following the US Postal Service Food Drive, the Apache Junction Food Bank witnessed a flood of goodwill from the community with the collection of 39,006 pounds of non-perishable food. Now, due to high summer demand, that food supply has dwindled to 1,925 pounds.

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The AJ Mounted Rangers are looking for five youths who are interested in horsemanship. These youngsters will be provided with weekly lessons for 4 months. All lessons will be funded by the AJ Mounted Rangers. Those interested need to be in grades 4 through 12 and live within the Apache Junct…

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Cory M. Papp (43) was convicted in 2016 of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Sexual Exploitation of a Child/20+ images. His victims were unknown juvenile females. He is 6’3”, 170 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. Papp is living at 231 W. 22nd Ave. in Apache Junction. He is consid…

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The Woodbury fire, which was first reported June 8, is now 100% contained. There is still smoke and active fire moving inside the perimeter consuming pockets of unburned fuel, and local fire personnel remain in place to monitor the burn. The threat of the fire spreading any further, however,…

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Residents of Apache Junction can junk a load of trash during “Free Dump Week,” on August 5-10.

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The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn everyone about a scam.

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The Apache Junction High School Cheerleading team is looking for sponsors in hopes of replacing their worn out and stained uniforms. It has been four years since the team had new uniforms, and they will need to raise $2500 by early August for the girls to have the uniforms in time for the fi…

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I am very proud to share that Arizona’s booming economy continues to receive national recognition! Our state has once again earned the prestigious Gold Shovel Award from Area Development Magazine, which recognizes states with significant success in attracting high-value economic development …

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On July 24th, 2019, beginning at 6:00 a.m the Apache Junction Police Department and Superstition Fire and Medical will be conducting training exercises in the 900 block of West Apache Trail.

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Cory M. Papp (43) was convicted in 2016 of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Sexual Exploitation of a Child/20+ images. His victims were unknown juvenile females. He is 6’3”, 170 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. Papp is living at 231 W. 22nd Ave. in Apache Junction. He is consid…

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At the Apache Junction City Council meetings on Monday July 15 and Tuesday July 16, 2019 Council members discussed their support for the route of the North-South Corridor as detailed in the Pinal Regional Transportation Plan approved by the voters of Pinal County.

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The city of Apache Junction’s Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center was named one of the 10 “Must-See” swimming pools in the United States by nationally known pool supply company, Leslie’s Poolmart.

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With 530 fatal crashes on roadways within Pinal County between 2008 and 2017, the Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, in cooperation with Central Arizona Governments, Maricopa Association of Governments and Pinal County, is developing a comprehensive Strategic Transportation Saf…

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The Woodbury is 100% contained around the perimeter edge. This does NOT mean that the fire is controlled. There is still smoke and active fire moving within the interior through pockets of fuel that have not yet burned.

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The Board of Supervisors have ended a month of speculation and guessing by voting to begin negotiations with Public Works Director Louis Andersen for the soon-to-be open county manager position.

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July 23rd marks the beginning of the new of school year here in Apache Junction. The streets and intersection in the areas around the schools will be extra busy with increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) encourages all motorists, parents and stude…

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Crisis Response Network confirms that 2-1-1 Arizona will continue operations, despite lack of funding by the State of Arizona and reductions in financial support from major funders.

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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is issuing a Health Watch (HW) for ozone effective July 15, 2019, in the Phoenix area. ADEQ recommends that people limit outdoor activity while the HW is in effect, especially children and adults with respiratory problems.

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Brady Williams, Apache Junction High School incoming senior and Navy Junior ROTC cadet, was recently selected as a candidate to attend one of the military service academies. His goal is acceptance into either West Point or the United States Naval Academy, working toward a degree in either el…

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As part of a regional consortium of community colleges and industry partners, Central Arizona College will receive $1.2 million in federal funding to develop industry-recognized apprenticeships in manufacturing. Pima Community College will lead the $4.23 million federal grant to develop Ariz…

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Introducing math and science to young children doesn’t have to be complicated. Parents and caregivers don’t have to wait until a child can solve written math problems or conduct complex science experiments. Activities such as finger painting, building blocks and baking are fun and interactiv…

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There is a new technology available to the school district of Imagine Prep High School and Middle School that allows parents to conveniently apply for free and reduced meal benefits for their children.

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At the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on July 9, 2019 commissioners voted unanimously to revoke CUP-4-17, a conditional use permit amendment granted to Perpetual Healthcare Inc. The medical marijuana cultivation and infusion kitchen facility that began operations in 2015 at 1575 E. 1…

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Arizona’s latest Excessive Heat Warning will see The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) activate 12 heat relief stations throughout metro Phoenix, where anyone in need can go for indoor cooling and hydration.

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At the July 9 Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting, the Board approved Dr. Patricia Goolsby and Bill Hazell as assistant principals at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction. They will be joining Principal Dr. Christopher Lineberry t…

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Have you ever found remnants of released helium-filled balloons while enjoying the Tonto National Forest?

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Three suspects were arrested in Apache Junction last week and charged with multiple counts of Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Misconduct Involving Weapons.

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Prospector Days are fast approaching for students at Apache Junction High School! This is an opportunity for students to come in and deal with scheduling issues, pay fees and outstanding fines, buy parking passes, etc. Freshman Boot Camp (July 17) will also include a Q & A time for parents.

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Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested doctors start prescribing play for young children. “Play supports the formation of the safe, stable and nurturing relationships with all caregivers that children need to thrive,” the report said.

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In 2013, Apache Junction City Councilwoman Robin Barker helped lay the foundation for something that would become life-changing for hundreds of people. Barker provided her water bottle to a woman in need during the summer months.

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At the Apache Junction City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, Council held further hearings on changes to City Code Vol. II, Land Development Code, Chapter 7: Development Fees. Council heard a presentation by Development Services Director Larry Kirch on recommendations for 5-year upd…

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A festive Hawaiian luau greeted attendees of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce Awards Night at Roadhaven Resort on Thursday, June 30. Themed decorations, including leis, handmade table centerpieces and photo backdrops, invited members and guests to relax and enjoy a delicious buffet, w…

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The city of Apache Junction and the Superstition Fire and Medical District want to remind area residents of the threats to our community, which often come with the monsoon season.

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Central West Zone Type Three Incident Management Team will be transferring command back to the Tonto National Forest July 5, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. Firefighting resources will continue to staff the Woodbury fire and patrol the containment line. For any updates of the Woodbury fire, visit the Wood…

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Apache Junction Unified School District will be participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. As part of this program, Four Peaks Elementary School will offer healthy meals every school day at NO COST to the students due to the implementation of Provision 2…

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Last week, as I was leaving a meeting, someone pulled me aside and asked, “How’s everything going over at the paper? How’s the ‘project’ coming along?” I chuckled and paused, sorting through what we in the office have lovingly dubbed ‘the website haze’ before I responded.