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I’m a retired business owner and executive. I hold a BSM, MBA and PHR; I learned a long time ago, compromise is a tool that solves the problems and differences we all have. I’m writing this at 2:30 p.m. on Monday on 3/23/2020. Perhaps things will change before this is published (I hope so). Read more g

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An anonymous caller from Gold Canyon left a message on voicemail for The News team this week, asking about a new road that has opened off Sleepy Hollow Trail in the new Peralta Canyon development in Gold Canyon. She wanted to know if it was open to the public or emergency access only. Read more g

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My child attended a charter school, and I am thankful Arizona has so many school choice options, but the Legislature needs to ensure our tax dollars are being used to responsibly benefit our state. Read more g

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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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Thanks for your very informative online article showing local and Phoenix Metro events cancelled or postponed because of the virus. I was surprised to find that it was much better than the information provided on the websites of our major TV networks. The information regarding the COVID-19 V…

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We’ve paid insurance premiums to American Reliable Company (Adams Agency and Diamond State) for 18 years for our home. In July and August we were on vacation for 5 weeks, when we got a call from Arizona Water Company on 8/6/19 saying we had very high usage. We found 640,000 gallons went over…

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Rep. Townsend was recently quoted in an article on the effects of the Corvid-19 virus and it’s impact on the state legislature: “If you asked every single person here what they think, I bet you’d get 60 different answers,” Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, told the House on Tuesday.

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Thanks for printing accurate information in a straightforward manner. In this time especially, we need scientifically correct facts. Take care and stay healthy!

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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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Most of us enjoy living in this part of the valley for the solitude, quiet, dark skies and beauty. We also enjoy not having the limitations of an HOA. Unfortunately there are those that have no appreciation for the good fortune to be living in the shadow of the Superstitions. Those that come…

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Your front page story by Dana Trumbull was colorful, but misleading, coverage. Marathons are 26.2 Miles, not K’s. (The “.2” is because the Queen wanted the London Marathon to end at Buckingham Palace so she could view it from her balcony.) [*Editor’s Note: Thank you, Darch, for the correction!]

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When I was growing up in Detroit in the 1960s, we had no Native Americans in our neighborhood. We had no African Americans either. We were all white. In 4th grade, we were taught from our history books about the first settlements of Native Americans; then our teachers always threw in the fac…

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During the past couple of weeks I’ve been viewing two historical documentaries on television, one about George Washington the other about John Adams. Watching these men and those around them struggle to create our Republic makes one thing painfully clear: we’ve gone from true statesmen who p…

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The Courage Under Cancer Foundation (CUCF) is excited to announce their first-ever fundraiser: A Mystery Date Night! Five local Apache Junction eligible bachelors are being raffled off, and you can win a date with one of them! The bachelors are Erik Scott (Divine Signs), Dale Larrew (Larrew …

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On February 21, Empowerment Systems had the pleasure of attending what has become a biannual event called the Youth Matters Forum. This forum, held at Central Arizona College, San Tan Campus, brings together middle school and high school youth from all over Pinal County for a day of educatio…

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Representative Paul Gosar is out of touch with Arizona voters when it comes to defending and protecting our National Parks and public lands. The majority of Arizonans want to protect our parks for future generations, our wildlife, our state economy, Native American heritage and environmental…

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On March 14 at 12 p.m., you’ll have a chance to drink tea like mad! The Genesis Project will be hosting its 2nd annual Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center.

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On February 19, 2020, the Apache Trail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a historical marker dedicated to the Apache Trail at the northeast corner of Flatiron Park.

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Per my meeting yesterday, the SCR1043 bill [Veterans Property tax exemption for those partially disabled by combat] has passed muster with the Rules Committee and the Senate Republican caucus.

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Thank you for the wonderful guest commentary, “Show Your Community Some Love This Valentine’s Day” by Quint Studer. It was exceptionally well written and absolutely important in today’s world. This attitude of giving of our time and skills is vital to our community and to every individual’s …

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I feel like the first few Democratic caucus/primaries should be a huge wake-up call to anyone who is happy with their insurance plan, as most people in this country are. It should also kickstart the conversation of how a Medicare-for-All plan will be paid for. In the run-up to the primaries,…

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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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School districts all over Arizona are challenged today by aging schools and inadequate funds to repair or replace them. This is a major problem for our educators and for the children they teach – and it is a violation of the Arizona Constitution, which requires the State to maintain a “gener…

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Editor’s Note: We received a letter from Pinal County Assessor Douglas Wolf this week, following up on the recent thread concerning property tax exemption for veterans. The letter was received too late for readers to take action, so we requested a follow up. Both letters are included here:

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Apache Junction as we know it today didn’t exist when the first prospectors searched for gold near the base of Superstition Mountain in the late 1860s. The U.S. Army called the Superstition Mountains the ‘Sierra de Supersticiones’ and was still pursuing hostile Apaches in the mountain’s interior.

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Many of our readers have heard of the O.K. Corral. However, your recollections will probably conjure up memories of Tombstone and the Earps. Well, Apache Junction has its own O.K. Corral. As a matter of fact, Apache Junction has had an O.K. Corral since 1968.

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Most of us love our community and want the best for it. It’s our home. It’s where we live, work, learn, play and raise our families. And yet, it’s easy to go about our daily lives without ever stopping to think, what can I do to make my community better?

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The 56th Annual Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo is upon us! This annual event, taking place February 28-March 1, brings Arizonans from all over to our beloved city and its hotels, stores and restaurants, while showcasing the very best that Apache Junction has to offer.

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As someone who is not a runner, I have to hand it to the people who are. You all are a loyal bunch and you have even found a way to live your passion while simultaneously giving back. Anyone who has lived in the Apache Junction area for a long enough period, knows that February is a BUSY mon…

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I would sincerely like to thank the AJ Parks and Rec dept and whomever else was responsible for repairing the hiking trails on Silly Mountain. I made my first hike up the mountain after injuring my ankle 6 weeks ago. The trails are so much improved. Again kudos to the Park and Rec dept.

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One of my favorite quotes is, “A rising tide raises all ships!” Well, there is no better group that raises all of Pinal County tides than Pinal Partnership.

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I am a resident of Mesa who reads your publications, my attention was drawn to the letter written by Gary Gehlen on gas prices in the east valley and Phoenix, I have family in New York State and Connecticut. I have visited each state at least once a year for the last fifteen years. Their gas…

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Editor’s Note: In December 2019, The Apache Junction & Gold Canyon News published an article about Diana Granillo, who had just been presented with the Story of the Year award in the Middle School Category at the National High School Journalism Convention. That story, originally printed …

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Regarding property tax exemptions for our deserving wounded warriors: As President of the Arizona Assessors Association, I have proposed, and my fellow assessors have unanimously supported, a restoration of the law that allowed a property tax exemption for partially disabled combat veterans.

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Barbed wire was invented in De Kalb, Illinois in 1874 for the fencing of range cattle. The barb spacing, fence height, post seperation etc etc was designed for cattle; not for horses. In fact, several countries, including France have outlawed barbed wire.

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General Plan "open space": the population of our City is being denied open space to walk, drive, ride horses and access of emergency vehicles by the Council approving abandonment of roads and fencing easements. View: Smoketree and Apache Dr. North gated Goldfield and South 18th East complete…

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2019 is gone and in the books. We can’t change the past, but we can influence the future. When it comes to money, it’s not how much you earn, but it is definitely how much you save that determines your financial future.The question is how do I save money? I have children, bills and other fin…

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In the middle of the most current Iran crisis, when American citizens couldn’t be sure that Trump’s incendiary blundering hadn’t started another war, our district’s U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-4th) deliberately posted a photo-shopped fake photo of former President Barack Obama shaking hands with…

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This week, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors held a Special Session to consider a single agenda item – a media access agreement between Wall to Wall Media Limited and our Pinal County. Under the proposed agreement, the film producer would be given access to our taxpayer-funded Sheriff’s …

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This is my response to Mr. Waldon’s response to my letter of two weeks ago regarding AJ’s and Pinal County “veteran friendly” offerings. With all due respect to Mr. Waldon I am well aware of what AJ has done to “promote itself” to our current veteran population and to others that might be lo…

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We recently contracted with Republic for trash and recycling pickup as we heard from City Hall that as of April 1, Republic would be delivering to all homes in AJ. We paid apprx $70 for the delivery of the containers. But we then found out that new customers, as of April 1/20, will not be ch…

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I have been hiking Silly mountain for 20 years and I am sad to say it is in very bad disrepair. Some trails are hazardous to seniors and children. In particular, the Brittlebrush trail and Palo Verde trail have some treacherous spots because the rain has washed all the dirt away and there is…

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I hope there is a reader or some expert who is able to explain why the price of regular gasoline is about $3.00 a gallon for this area. My wife and I recently made a trip to the state of Florida in December. The price for a gallon there ranged from $2.19 to $2.39 and that included prices on …

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Beginning January 28th, Empowerment Systems will hold a series of Mental Health First Aid classes at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center through a partnership with Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens.

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Jim Cravey woke up one May morning in 1947 from a dream he had about a lost gold mine in the Superstition Mountains. He was convinced it was the Lost Dutchman Mine. He believed from his dream he could find the mine.

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The nation’s leading wild horse protection group, the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), is calling foul over the Trump Administration’s plan, announced January 9, to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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The realities of the modern economy, an economy primarily dominated by large nationally branded, investor-owned companies, is plagued with several stark realities. These realities vary in size, scope and range depending upon one’s economic contribution, but the overall impact to society is s…

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For the third year in a row, Apache Junction/ Gold Canyon kids have shined in a yearly event known as AJ Kids Idol. I have no doubt in my mind you’ve heard of American Idol or America's Got Talent. Well, this yearly event, that I have the personal pleasure in helping put on, is one of the be…

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Editor’s Note: I have had many conversations lately about what it means to “buy American” in a global economy. It is popular sentiment (and I believe rightly so) to boost our nation’s economy and help support our neighbors by purchasing the goods we need from companies located in the USA. It…