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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… Read more g

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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.” Read more g

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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… Read more g

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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…

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On March 23, 1961, a body was discovered in the Superstition Wilderness by John Pearce, 78, and Harold Moulton, 40, of Glendale, Arizona. The men were prospectors in the area of Weaver’s Needle. Pearce’s camp was about 600 yards from the spot where the body was discovered in Needle Canyon.

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Pinal County has the second highest property tax rate in the state of Arizona. My property tax for 2019 is $2,301. Of that amount, $747 supports the AJUSD and $363 goes to Pinal County Junior Colleges. So 48% of my tax dollars already supports education. I guess that’s not enough. There are …

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I am asking the voters of Apache Junction to vote yes to the bond election and the capital overide election. I am a teacher and a mother of a student within the school district. As a teacher, I am very proud to have worked in this district for the past 17 years. I have had the pleasure to wo…

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As everyone is well aware, voters will be deciding whether to approve a Bond and Capital Override during the next several weeks. My hope is to illustrate why the budget override must be passed.

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As a member o f this community, I cannot say I agree with all the politics of school funding or some of the decisions made by the AJUSD School Board. I will, however, say this, “Our kids deserve the best possible education and school environment we can provide.”

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About the Bond and Override: $62 million is a lot of money. Our taxes going up is not something we celebrate. The abuse of power, secrecy, rubberstamp school boards, and inept leadership of the past are still fresh on our minds and haunting our thoughts and perceptions of the present.

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I am voting in favor of the Apache Junction Unified School District (AJUSD) bond and capitol override propositions. If our state legislature would fund education adequately it would not be necessary to stick it to us property owners. They are the reason Arizona schools remain close to last i…

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It was disappointing to see a School Board member publicly pat themselves on the back regarding the situation involving the previous School Superintendent. The entire operation of the school district (the cause) rests with the elected Board as a whole and for one member to publicly pat thems…

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Earlier this summer I read something in your paper about surprise medical bills. As a senior citizen, I’m always interested in any healthcare news, but I didn’t know exactly what this meant; however, lately we’ve been inundated with radio ads which warn that Congress is beginning to act on t…

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I have lived in this fine community since 1983. I have served the community in various ways, including my 16 years on the school board. During my time on board the school district passed bond and override questions as they were needed. I feel the community and our kids need and deserve the f…

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I hope this helps the community understand from the perspective of a teacher in the district. This is my 4th year here. I also went to school here and graduated nearly 20 years ago.

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Prior to roads and the horse drawn carriage the only means of travel between Superstition Mountain and the surrounding towns was by horseback or afoot. Since those long forgotten days, little has changed within the boundaries of the Superstition Wilderness Area. Today, one must still travel …

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Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of conversation about the Apache Junction Unified School District. Normally, I would be very happy, because it would mean people are celebrating the great things happening with our students and in our classrooms, but, sadly, this is not the case.

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I read an opinion article stating that “once again” AJUSD was going out to voters to ask tax payers to fund their “over-enthusiastic budget”… REALLY? I don’t know how to be anything but “over-enthusiastic” when it comes to this community and when it comes to these kids and teachers. They des…

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It’s refreshing, in these days of hyper partisanship, for the opposite ideological sides agree on an issue. I applaud Pam Burks, as Chairperson of the Gold Canyon Republicans, for coming out in support of the upcoming Bond Election and Prop 432.

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The tale of the Soldiers’ Lost Mine continues to circulate around campfires in the Superstition Wilderness Area of central Arizona. The story is often associated with the Lost Dutchman Mine and the Silver King Mine. Sims Ely mentioned the story in depth in his book The Lost Dutchman Mine, pu…

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“Gun Violence Epidemic” by Roberto Reveles is emotional hysteria—and untruthful.

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I filed my 2018 Federal tax return in Feb. of 2019. After waiting 7 months for a refund and receiving no answers from IRS except “your return is still being processed”, I contacted Senator Sinema, Senator McSally and Representative Gosar concerning my delayed refund. Senator Sinema responded…

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The biggest hurdle to citizens buying into an override plan has always been the system itself: too many layers, Districts, Superintendents, Principals, Assistant Principlas, etc.; in addition, the forumula for obtaining resources by the state is convoluted.

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Recent articles have advocated voting in favor of the AJUSD bond and capital override proposals in the November 5th election. Proponents argue these excess expenditures are needed as an investment in the community, tugging at our heart strings with phrases like “OUR children” and the idea it…

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This is pertaining to the man who saved my life on July 27th of this year, at around 7 in the morning. A pit bull was viciously attacking me & bit me in 6 different places on backs of both my legs and left buttock trying to get my dog who I was holding. I was screaming for help and he ca…

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It’s that time of year when those of us who call Apache Junction and Gold Canyon “home” start seeing folks flock in from the cooler climes.

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Once again, the AJUSD is asking taxpayers to vote for a Maintenance & Operations override and a Capital Improvement Bond. A little history: Voters last approved a bond election in 2004, for which taxpayers are still paying and will continue to pay until 2026. If approved, the projected c…

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Anyone well versed in the history and prospector lore of the Superstition Wilderness Area has heard of Alva Reser. He prefered to be called Al by his friends. Al Reser devoted almost fifty years to his search for the Lost Dutchman Mine. What would possess a man of Al’s background to pursue s…

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We all want to support our young people and we have another opportunity to show that support at the ballot box. The Apache Junction Unified School District (AJUSD) needs to upgrade and maintain its facilities to ensure a comfortable and safe environment for their students.

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My education began in a one-room schoolhouse with one teacher for six grades. The rudiments of learning in that one room were reading, writing and arithmetic. Seven decades later, that same pedagogical world is bursting with unimaginable technology. Flying cars and hoverbikes are already on …

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Yes it’s time again for the AJUSD to ask for more money because they have overspent again! Every election they want the citizens to vote for more money... I wish I could go to my employer and ask for more money because I overspent, I have to live within my means, why can’t the school distric…

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Mr. Harry: I don’t do English very well, so excuse me. The last time I did vote for a politician was McGovern, that’s true. But I vote for issues every time I’m allowed. Never missed one except being overseas, 1968. Never knew M.L. King, Jr. was gone until Bobby Kennedy was gone, and we didn…

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Apache Junction High School Swim Team wants to thank The City and residents of Apache Junction for their support and generosity. On Saturday, September 7th, Apache Junction High School Swim Team had a carwash fundraiser at Arizona Tireman Services. The team wants to personally thank Bob Mats…

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I would like to speak about the city’s intent to contract with Republic Services as the exclusive service provider for the city’s new solid waste program.

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I am asking the citizens of the Apache Junction Unified School District to vote yes on both the bond election and the capital override election. I see these items as investing in our children, our community and our future. In the last two years we have made significant strides in improving t…

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I am writing in response to Lee Gladden of AJ whose letter I found to be downright incredulous. Mr. Gladden wrote in to condemn gun control, the Obama administration, the present state of politics and his perceived loss of freedom. Mr Gladden, you stated that you haven’t voted since McGovern…

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Editors Note: Mr. Reveles addressed the Pinal County Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting on September 4. After his remarks, the Board directed county staff to draft a resolution in support of gun violence research by the NIH. Following is a transcript of his comments.