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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. Read more g

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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. Read more g

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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… Read more g

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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…

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It would have been nice if Mr. Blewitt has taken just a little time to check on the tremendous amount of support, especially AJ gives to it’s Veteran population. I have lived here for 27 years and Veterans Memorial Park was already built, we just did out 33rd annual Veterans Day Parade with …

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Here we go with another code for garbage cans code enforcement dont enforce more important codes like trash cars rvs in plane site of road and in some cases people living metal sheds and in old rvs and trailers if you want a example look at [address deleted] lawson dr in aj one of many just …

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October Plat Map regarding Peralta Trails Phase2 now shows emergency road as general access, and has been given the street name of Peralta Trails Way. Now awaiting P & Z for approval. Grading phase is currently underway.

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Per the Rolling Stones’ song: “I can’t get no satisfaction.” If you are unhappy with the way the trash service debacle was handled and you’re being stuck with the bill there is a way to get satisfaction. Vote every member of the Council and the Mayor out of office. You hired them and you and…

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In July and August we were on vacation in North Dakota for five weeks. AZ Water called us on Aug 6th saying we had a high usage water bill and they shut off the water to our house. We got back on August 9th at 10a, there was still water coming out of the house in three different places. We h…

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The city council has created a monopoly for our new trash collector. Everyone in business knows that good competition is what keeps pricing down. They say that Republic Services has agreed to only a 5% increase per year, why wouldn’t they, lets figure that out and what it means to us:

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For years, there have been some fence sections along the Bush Hwy, keeping horses in and people out or vice versa; it didn’t make much sense. But the fences were unbarbed wire, friendly to both humans and horses. In fact, any horseman knows that horses can be badly injured by barbed wire, an…

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In the coming weeks, The Apache Junction & Gold Canyon News is bringing you a series of articles, written by Kevin Fort, Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer for Regenerative Business Institute (RBI), a cooperative development firm working on a business and economic developmen…

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The nautical history of Canyon Lake has been an interesting one. When Canyon Lake was first filled in 1925, several valley entrepreneurs were convinced they could operate a profitable business enterprise by transporting visitors by bus up the Apache Trail and then place them on a tour boat f…

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If you looked only at the big picture, you’d have to say we live in deeply troubled times. It seems we’ve never been more polarized. Political discourse feels more like a war zone than a thoughtful national conversation. But what happens when you zoom in closer?

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The spirit of Christmas was in the air in late December of 1955. The first snows had fallen in Arizona’s high country and winter had announced its arrival in the Superstition Wilderness. Low stratus clouds engulfed the towering spires of Superstition Mountain, and a slow, drizzling rain fell…

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I’m not a Dr. Seuss fan. When it comes to children’s books, I’m more a Curious George or Peter Rabbit guy. I generally don’t like the doggerel or the illustrations in Seuss, which doesn’t leave much to admire.

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In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner’s assistant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia O’Hanlon (1889–1971), whether Santa Claus really existed.

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Traditionally, The News publishes the “Year in Review” as the last edition before the New Year, recapping the most notable headlines and events from the year gone by. 

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Long ago, in the desert we now see as home, a desert some now see as inhospitable, the Hohokam people flourished. Their story began around 300 A.D., when a small group of people from the Gila-Salt River Basin was able to organize community labor and dig a canal for three miles through hard v…

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Many years ago, I was riding in the Horse Camp Ridge area, when I came upon an interesting trail. The trail had been carved out of solid stone by animals carrying heavy loads. There were places were the hooves of the beast of burden had worn deep into the volcanic tufa.

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I am extremely disappointed with the State of Arizona, Pinal County and Apache Junction in particular, in regards to what it offers for Veterans. By that I mean property tax exemptions and other services. With the exception of the MVD, and the exemption for 100% totally and permanently they …

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Here in the valley of the sun, many people are already retired. But what do you explain to someone who is not sure whether or not they are ready to retire? Of course, one of the most important factors is of the financial nature. Questions begin to arise. Will you receive a pension? If so, wi…

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There’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile - ever since last June when the Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a $64 million general obligation bond sale to cover the cost of new construction for county buildings (passed 3-2, with House, Goodman and Miller voting for and Ri…

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The Superstition Wilderness Area and Superstition Mountain, in particular, have been an attraction to human kind for more than a millennium. First came the Native Americans who found the region conducive to their way of living. Hunting and gathering was their main means of survival. The regi…

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From the time most of us are old enough to earn an allowance, we are taught that “a penny saved is a penny earned.”

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Just wanted to make a small correction to the excellent article written by Tom Kollenborn. The article stated Bill Barkley and his mother until about 1961. In October 1962, I went to Apache Junction to visit Jim Bailey. We were in the 101st Airborne together. He took me out to meet his broth…

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Queen Creek has just annexed 755 acres in San Tan Valley, bounded on the north and west by Combs and Gantzel (Ironwood) Roads. Surprise! Not surprised.

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There are many stories among storytellers about lost Spanish Jesuit Missions in the Apacheria. The Apacheria included lands above and below the Gila River. The Jesuits established many missions and vistas in the Pimeria Alta. The church missions were permanent settlement sites and were assig…

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Have any of you ever wondered about the source of the place named Massacre Ground? There are many stories about this site on the northwestern end of Superstition Mountain. The story begins in the early settlement of Phoenix more than a hundred and thirty-six years ago.

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I have found out that Apache Junction went with Republic services for their Commercial Services. With that prior RFP there had been virtually “pennies” cost difference between the two bidders? Now Republic is getting this contract? City of Apache Junction gets $1.50/ton of trash dumped at Re…

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During the most recent Democrat debate, the leading presidential candidates continued to push out their visions for the future of our healthcare system, but this time, I’m glad that they were actually asked how it is going to be paid for. Most of the candidates want a massive overhaul that g…

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Flatiron Park: We have a beautiful park and everyone is enjoying it.

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Probably one the most bizarre searches I have ever been involved with occurred in the summer of 1980. Like my friend Bob Corbin, I had sworn to stay out of the Superstition Mountains in the summer time. The extreme heat was dangerous and rattlesnakes were quite common—not to mention water wa…

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A homeless man by the name of Donald passed away on Wednesday, October 16, after suffering a brain aneurysm that led to a stroke.

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The late 1950s found me working on a cattle ranch known as the old “Quarter Circle U” in the Superstition Mountains. I was following a dream to be a cowboy. My education about cowboys had been derived from the Western movies at the old Rex Theater in Hayden, Arizona, and my dream to be a cow…

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There’s an abundance of wonders in our local neighborhood (the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California) and there’s a lot more variation and personality in the Great Southwest than the stereotypes would suggest. Many of the area’s most unique and relatively undis…

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Once Again the Taxpayers in the school district find themselves in the throes of deciding whether to allow the district to spend more money than the school budget allows. School administrators are responsible for making sound, responsible, financial decisions for the school. Let us take a lo…

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At the Rodeo Lounge on July 18, 2016, I walked over to Donald and asked him to dance with me, 7 dances. We held on another hug and had the most wonderful time dearly ever. He kissed me and then he walked out the door.

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As CEO/President of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, our mission is to assure that the business community continues to thrive. We believe it is critical for the community to support our educational systems and ensure that our students have the tools they need to su…