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As one of the fastest growing counties in the state, Pinal County has impressive plans for development of regional parks and trails. Kent Taylor, director of the Open Space and Trails Department, is responsible for, not only implementing these plans, but managing the county’s existing inventory.

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In December 2008, an 18-year-old boy named Justin was stationed at Camp Casey, Korea. It was his first time out of the U.S.A., and his grandmother, Marlys Anderson, wanted to send him a stocking cap she made herself. That first cap was the beginning of something great; a way of making many m…

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It seems like just yesterday it was September, and we were gearing up for the winter season here in Apache Junction. As we’ve often heard many locals say, “You can tell that winter is coming, because the color of the license plates is changing,” signifying the return of our winter visitors.

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The VFW Auxiliary is seeking vendors for their arts/crafts and garage sale fundraiser on February 29 at VFW Post #9399, 133 N. Saguaro Rd., Apache Junction (NE corner of Saguaro and Apache Trail). Spots are $10.00; please bring your own tables and chairs.

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Central Arizona College was recently named the 2020 Workforce Development winner for the prestigious Bellwether Award at the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) held in San Antonio, TX.

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They say a penny saved is a penny earned, but student council members from Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction, discovered that a collection of pennies can also be used as a great fundraiser.

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Apache Junction is known for its historic Old West ambiance. Accordingly, the city has zoning ordinances in place that prohibit the use of recreational vehicles being used as dwelling units on residential properties, outside of RV parks.

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Spotlighting the numerous things people can do in the city, as well as updating some important projects within the city, Mayor Jeff Serdy delivered his final State of the City speech on Feb. 12 at the Apache Junction Performing Arts Center on the Apache Junction High School campus.

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Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) officers responded to a report of a hit and run, vehicle vs. pedestrian collision in the alleyway near the 700 block of west 16th Avenue. When the officers arrived on scene, they located Adrian Kerr, an 18-year-old man.

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The Apache Junction Founders Centennial Committee (AJFCC) is proud to announce the winner of the Centennial Logo Contest! Congratulations to Kelsey Smith for the winning entry.

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Writer-in-Residence workshops continue monthly through April with novelist James L. Thane at the Apache Junction Library, 1177 N Idaho Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119.

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After warming the hands and hearts of Chicagoans and New Yorkers battling freezing temperatures last year, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) is launching an expanded version of its “Sunshine to Share” social media campaign today.

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Front row, L-R: Ava Martin, James Hutcheson, Nevaeh Urquijo, Madison Arthur, Eli Gutierrez, Dominic Lemmons and Julian Allison II. 

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Knights of Columbus Council #7243 hosted the 15th Annual "Show Your Ride" Car Show on October 26th 2019. We raised $2,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley. Russell St. John, branch manager for the club, received the check for $2,000 from Tom Wolf, Grand Knight of Council #7243.

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Now in its 19th year, the Lost Dutchman Marathon is Arizona’s longest running destination marathon. Not only do people travel from all over the US to run in this race, but from all over the world!

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The Superstition Mountain Republican Club will host candidate Anne Marie Ward on Thursday, February 13 at Village Inn, 575 Apache Trail, from 6:30 –8:00 p.m. She is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S House of Representatives from Arizona District 4.

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During the months leading up to the November 2019 election, Apache Junction Unified School District came under fire for requesting a capital override and bond without, some said, due diligence toward obtaining grant funding from the Arizona School Facilities Board (SFB: the state agency put …

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The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) just received a wonderful and gracious donation of stuffed animals. These, along with the officers other equipment, will be available to comfort children who may have been victimized by a traumatic event.

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The EVIT Governing Board voted unanimously Monday to reinstate Dr. Chad Wilson as Superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology after the state Attorney General's office dismissed charges against Dr. Wilson and the state fingerprint board reinstated his fingerprint clearance card.

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Cole Denham, a junior at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction, won “Audience Favorite” in the recent AJ Kid’s Idol talent competition.

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The USDA Forest Service, including the Tonto National Forest, will waive fees at most day-use recreation sites Feb. 17 in honor of Presidents Day. The fee-waiver day is the second in a series of such opportunities offered by the agency in 2020.

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Apache Junction Unified School District will conduct kindergarten registration and host a fun kick-off event for incoming kindergarteners and their parents, Monday Feb. 10 at all three AJUSD elementary school sites.

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Residents of the city of Apache Junction are receiving detailed information about the transition to a single company handling trash pickup and recycling for single family homes, duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes.

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The city of Apache Junction will close all administrative offices on Monday, Feb. 17 in recognition of Presidents Day. Emergency services through the Police Department will not be impacted by the holiday.

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Avery Fisher, a sophomore at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction, won first place in the 7-12 grade level category in the recent AJ Kid’s Idol talent competition.

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New executive committee members were elected at the January 29, 2020, meeting of the Central Arizona Governments Regional Council.

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Apache Junction, February 3, 2020: Lost Dutchman Marathon is Arizona’s longest running destination marathon. Not only do people travel from all over the US to run in this race, but from all over the world! If you have not participated in one of the 5 races they put on, you are truly missing out!

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At about 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 44-year-old Richard Alex Padilla of Tolleson, and 42-year-old Jeffrey Charles Schomer, of Gilbert were arrested and charged with Burglary in the third degree.

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The public and all Vietnam Veterans are invited to attend and participate in this 50th Anniversary Commemoration ‘Pinning Event.’ It will take place at Mesa Market Place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, starting at 10:45 a.m.

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The Apache Junction Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS §13-3825, the Community Notification of Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreem…

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This program is in the fundraising stage. Once funding is collected, the program will provide laundry vouchers to the homeless twice monthly.

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The city of Apache Junction is conducting a comprehensive quality of life survey and information about the survey is in the mail.

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What are the consequences to all types of wildlife when we build highways, subdivisions, canals and other modern conveniences? Are all species affected similarly, or do some thrive while others langish? And are there ways to minimize or limit negative consequences to both wild animals and hu…

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The Apache Trail Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be dedicating a marker in honor of the Apache Trail on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. at Flatiron Community Park. The park is located at 100 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. The Apache Trail C…

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A Phoenix-area resident, who is alleged to have been the leader of a group of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Al-Fallujah, Iraq, appeared pm Friday, January 31, before a federal magistrate judge in Phoenix, Arizona, in connection with proceedings to extradite him to the Republic of Iraq. He is wanted…

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Apache Junction High School students Michael Jada and Jaden Erschen and their U.S. Government Teacher Sheryl Anderson received an unusual opportunity to hear from two political experts when they attended the Arizona Speaker Series at Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix …

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Apache Junction Unified School District students from the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) traveled to Northern Arizona University on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and visited the NAU campus, learned about admissions requirements and asked NAU representatives college-related questions.

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The city of Apache Junction will hold its next blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Vitalant bloodmobile will be located in the City Hall parking lot, 300 E. Superstition Blvd.

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Haley Butel, a sixth grader from Desert Vista Elementary School proved she was an orthographer (good speller) by taking first place in the Apache Junction Unified School District Spelling Bee. Haley competed against students from Four Peaks Elementary, Desert Vista Elementary, Peralta Trail …

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This January, hundreds of teachers from across Maricopa, Gila and Pinal County submitted their classroom wish lists for a chance to take part in Desert Financial Credit Union’s Adopt-A-Teacher program.

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The American Voices Project is a fact-finding census launched by Stanford University and Princeton University that interviews 5,000 people in 200 communities across the country. They are seeking to understand local successes and struggles, hopes and dreams and ideas for improving shared expe…

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The city of Apache Junction has a variety of diverse properties and zoning districts within its borders. The zoning regulations are just as diverse.

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Apache Junction continues to grow and expand. On April 1, 2019, the city adopted a new property maintenance code.