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The mission of the ADOT is to get Arizona out of line and safely on the road. Over the past several years, we’ve made great strides doing that. But there’s another step to take, and it will cause a brief, but profound disruption to our services.

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Empty grocery store shelves, while inconvenient to everyone, create a crisis to food banks everywhere. It’s a crisis because grocery stores, always so generous, now have substantially less to share with food banks. Unfortunately, hunger does not decline. To meet the needs of its clients, Sup…

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PHOENIX, AZ, APRIL 2 – The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) recently launched a new resource aimed at connecting Arizona’s displaced hospitality workforce with industries that are urgently hiring during th…

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APACHE JUNCTION, April 1 - The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation department, in its continuing effort to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, has implemented additional measures in following guidelines set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Apache Junction, Arizona, April 1, 2020 – By now, most of you are aware of Arizona Governor Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” executive order. In that order, Governor Ducey noted some essential activities and businesses that are exempt. Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD…

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Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of t…

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PHOENIX – March 31, 2020 - As medical centers across the country report a shortage of N95 masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), the Innovation Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix has engineered a way to develop N95-substitute masks and other PPE prototypes inclu…

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PINAL COUNTY, AZ – The Central Arizona College Career & Transfer Center will host a virtual ASU/CAC Day through Zoom on Wednesday, April 15 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 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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It’s been 17 days since The Apache Junction & Gold Canyon News team decided to work remotely for the sake of social distancing. I miss seeing my tribe, but overall, the transition has gone well. My yoga room made space for my office and is now lovingly dubbed ‘The Yoffice.’ It’s an inter…

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Spencer Paden, the long-time director of the Apache Junction Public Library, retired on Thursday, March 26, after 33 years with the city of Apache Junction.

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Hannah O’Toole, a choir student at AJHS, 2525 W. Ironwood Dr. in Apache Junction, has even more to sing about now. The high school freshman was nominated in the “Best in Class” category by the Arizona Music Educators Association, Solo and Ensemble Tier 2. Only one male vocal solo and one fem…

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Empowerment Systems, Inc. is bubbling up with excitement at the opportunity to announce our newest community initiative in the Apache Junction/East Mesa area.

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What do you do when your club kitchen, full of meat and produce, has been closed by the Governor’s Executive Order, and you have a group of restless volunteers? Well, according to Danielle Green, President of VFW Post 7968 auxiliary, you get together with your neighbor, Los Gringos Locos, ga…

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Governor Doug Ducey today issued an executive order clarifying businesses and operations deemed “essential” by the state and providing certainty to business owners, employees and families. The order is a proactive and administrative measure to ensure consistent guidance across the state.

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“Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” – that’s what the state is asking of fellow Arizonans in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in spreading the word about a series of saguaro cactus thefts in the Apache Junction area. Saguaro cacti are a protected species in Arizona. No part of the cactus may be removed without a permit.

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Empowerment Systems, Inc. is proud to announce the Summer and Fall 2020 internship application process is now open. Up to ten internship opportunities are available per semester. All selected interns will be based out of our main office located in Apache Junction when not working in the fiel…

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Some key reminders as residential trash pickup in Apache Junction transitions to Republic Services on Wednesday, April 1. Residential trash service currently provided by other companies ends March 31.

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Empowerment Systems, Inc. has made the difficult decision to temporarily close its doors until April 13th due to COVID-19. Please note, the date of reopening is subject to change.

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The yearbook staff at Cactus Canyon Jr. High School, 801 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, received a Silver Crown for their yearbook, Oro.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that the deadline for air travelers to get a driver license or ID that complies with the REAL ID Act, including the AZ Travel ID, has been pushed back a full year to Oct. 1, 2021.

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Local artist, Josh Underwood, has been putting on the next layers of the mural at Flatiron Park in Downtown AJ. Josh and local youth completed the first phase, last fall. Next time you’re out for a walk or drive, check it out!

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Good NEWS! Many of you asked if there’s a way you can help our local Boys & Girls Club.

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Less than one week ago, the 2020 Census fully kicked off, and invitations continue to arrive in mailboxes across the nation. As of this morning, more than eleven million households have responded. America is stepping up to shape our future and ensure families and communities are counted.

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Imagine Prep Superstition’s head wrestling coach was named the 2019-2020 Canyon Athletic Association (CAA) wrestling coach of the year for the second year in a row. The CAA wanted to recognize this momentous achievement, as well as his inspirational work as a coach.

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Megan Nealy was named as the 2019-2020 Imagine Prep Superstition Teacher of the Year. Ms. Nealy has been teaching for 14 years, and this is her 4th year at Imagine Prep Superstition.

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Long before any of us could have even imagined that something like the coronavirus would threaten the population of the United States, Apache Junction has been proud to support numerous nonprofits that specifically serve those populations that must cope with food insecurity, whether through …

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Apache Junction Unified School District’s Food Services Department has expanded its curbside meal service to two locations, beginning Monday, March 30. The locations include Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Dr. and Four Peaks Elementary School, 1785 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction.

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At the Apache Junction Water District and Arizona Water Company, delivering a safe and reliable supply of water to our customers is our primary goal. As the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic evolve, we want to give our customers an update on the actions that we are taking to pr…

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Today, we are all facing uncharted territory – dangers that are unfamiliar to anyone in recent generations and mixed with conditions that make it unique to all of us. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all our families, communities and businesses – and yet, we rise up to meet the c…

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As a destination campus, we recognize that the current school location for meal pickup isn't accessible to all of our families. In an effort to connect more of our families with meals during the school closures, we are launching a "Meals on Wheels" program, beginning Monday, March 23.

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The Superstition Fire & Medical District and the Mesa Fire & Medical Department were dispatched to two house fires Sunday morning, March 22nd.

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The East Valley Institute of Technology has donated 2,500 masks and personal protection equipment (PPE), including about 350 isolation gowns, to a northern Arizona medical facility in need of supplies.