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

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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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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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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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After months of hard work and dedication, young farmers will be showcasing their cattle, sheep and swine for bidders at the Pinal County Fair Junior livestock auction. All of the animals were raised by about 12 Apache Junction members of the Country Kickers 4-H club.

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is pleased to announce Casseus Rhodes, a home schooled sixth grade student from Apache Junction, Arizona, has been named the second place national winner and recipient of a $4,000 award in its 2019-20 Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Casseus, who was sponsored …

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The Kiwanis Club of Apache Junction donated Title 1 curriculum to Four Peaks Elementary School. It is an on-going Kiwanis of Apache Junction program that provides material each year to an elementary school in our community.

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The Apache Junction Elks Lodge #2349 and Apache Junction High School worked together to pilot a Mentor Incentive Program at Four Peaks Elementary School. Brenda Willis, a science teacher at AJHS and volunteer Gay Hayward of the AJ Elks Lodge worked in conjunction with Principal Phyllis Belle…

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Justin Bern, ADEQ manager of the Clean Water Act permitting program, will talk with the Superior Community Working Group (CWG) on Wednesday, March 11. Topics include the Section 404 permitting program, updates on recent surface water regulatory changes, and implications for communities affec…

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Land Advisors Organization is pleased to announce the sale of 78 lots in Peralta Canyon Phase II, located at the base of the Superstition Mountains in Gold Canyon, to Beazer Homes for $6.659 million.

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When Apache Junction Unified School District, 1575 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, sent out a request for sponsors to underwrite a recognition event for classified (non-teaching) employees, AJ Moose Lodge #2039 quickly jumped into action and agreed to completely fund the Classified Empl…

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One of the most innovative ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet is known for their electrifying performances that include Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, and jazz-inspired music. They are now one of America’s premiere “indie” string quartets, defying easy classificati…

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During the night of Christmas Eve, 1944, 25 Nazi prisoners of war escaped from Papago Park POW camp on the outskirts of Phoenix and headed towards Mexico. These men were hardcore Nazis, ex U-boat commanders and submariners, who had successfully dug a nearly 200-foot tunnel that took four mon…

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Dutch Ovens have nothing to do with wooden shoes, although the name may conjure up that image, but they do sometimes stand on three legs. Dutch ovens are large cast iron pots that are used over an open fire or with charcoal piled under and on top of the lid of the pot, for cooking or baking …

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Every year, Paws 4 Life has a Spring Fling Fundraiser to raise money for their dog training organization. This year, we decided not to have the usual event, due to challenges. But then we decided, yes, maybe we could do it at the Greyhound Park where we train the dogs – that is, if the Greyh…

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On February 21, AJ Mounted Ranger Peter Heck presented a check in the amount of $1,500.00 to the Country Kickers 4-H Club kids. They will be working at Lost Dutchman Days next weekend. This money will help them get the things they need.

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Artwork submitted by Hailey Webb, an eighth grade student at Cactus Canyon Junior High, 801 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, won at the state and southwest regional competition and is now being considered for a national honor by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) has received a $10,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The grant will be used to provide music therapy for children impacted by domestic and sexual v…

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Gold Canyon and Apache Junction Lions are combining prides this year to present the annual premier fundraiser event, “A Masquerade Ball.” You will experience the mystery and pageantry, lights, sights and sounds produced and performed by an experienced Utah Dance Company.

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Remember when you were just a kid and your parents and teachers taught you to clean up after yourself? Or leave things better than you found them? Well, sometimes adults need a reminder.

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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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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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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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Judy Holder Insurance (JHI) was founded in 1987, and as of January 1st, 2020 has merged with A and H Insurance! JHI will still continue to give you the personal service you expect, now with the added backing and additional insurance services (such as life & health benefits) that A and H …