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MESA – Mountain Vista Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, Steward Family hospitals, today announced both will resume offering elective health care procedures previously delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. As part of its “Safe & Ready” program, Mountain Vista and Tempe St. Luke…

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With stimulus checks reaching bank accounts, many households are planning to use their checks to make ends meet. But one retiree from Leisure World in East Mesa has different plans.

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Even at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the state’s economy and putting hundreds of thousands of people out of work, Arizonans showed the depths of their generosity and selflessness by donating nearly $5 million to the state’s non-profit organizations during Arizona Gi…

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The Apache Junction Homeless Coalition, Empowerment Systems, Rhino ReCreation Center, The Salvation Army, The Community Thrift Store, Horizon Health and Wellness and the Genesis Project have teamed up to help provide showers and a meal to our homeless residents!

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Apache Junction, AZ: Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) is holding steadfast to its mission to provide survivors of domestic and sexual violence with options for safety, justice and healing in the midst of a universal crisis. Amidst the growing concern over COVID-19, individuals…

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A team of skilled medical care staff from Steward Health Care in Arizona, including Mountain Vista Medical Center, East Mesa, and Tempe St. Luke's Hospital, are traveling to their sister facilities in Massachusetts. The team, made up of registered nurses, respiratory therapists and licensed …

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On average, a child uses six thousand disposable diapers before being potty trained, and given a supply of diapers can cost $100 a month, it’s no surprise many low-income families struggle to keep their child in clean and dry diapers.

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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…