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This letter contains information for the residents and business owners in Apache Junction. The following data explains a service charge by SRP added to each individual and business electric bill. Read more g

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I really enjoyed your Donation Station article. I’ve lived in Gold Canyon from 1987 to 1992 and 2006-to present. I’ve actually approached dumpers a few years ago and afterwards I wrote a letter to the AJ News about this topic and the Pinal County resources available with phone #’s and web ad… Read more g

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Some thirty-two years ago, Bob Corbin and I visited Ernie Provence and Tracy Hawkins at the store called the Lost Dutchman Mine Store, some eight miles east of Highway 60 on the old Quarter U Circle Ranch road. The store was located about a mile east from the junction of Peralta Road and Qua…

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So, it seems that when Nike rolled out its attempt at a patriotic shoe for the Fourth of July, Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, took offense, saying the image is racist and connected to a period of U.S. history when slavery was legal. Nike decided to pull the line of…

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I just received a copy of representative Gosar's latest press release decrying the "massive land grab and energy sabotage" of HR 1373 and stating that democrats were putting the interests of well-funded environmental extremists above the interests of the American people. HR 1373 is also know…

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Donald Trump tweets “why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” and doubles-down by then accusing four sitting members of Congress of hating America (referring to Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY; Ilhan Omar, MN; Rashida…

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I recently read the article about the Tonto National Forest resuming control of the firefighting operations of the Woodbury Fire. I am glad to see so much progress in the containment of the fire. We all love this desert that we live in and hate to see it set ablaze. People need to be more ca…

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Well, once again we have a huge traffic jam with traffic back up for miles due to an accident on the 60 near Gold Canyon. Why? Because there is no alternative route in or out of the area. When is ADOT going to wise up and realize there should be traffic alternatives in case of emergencies. A…

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I find it ironic that every year a story appears usually front page, about monsoon season. This year it is called “And Then the Rains Came.” In that story it talks about the need for property owners to make sure all areas on their property are clear of debris. In other words it is important …

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Everything seems political these days, and with good reason. There’s a lot of partisanship and it seems as if there’s no end in sight.

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As a retired senior living on a fixed income, I am so grateful for Medicare; however, people need to know that this safety net is great but doesn’t always cover everything. Many people have found that after an emergency room or urgent care visit, they are startled when months later they rece…

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Many years ago, I received a call from a man in northern California who was interested in Yeti or “Big Foot.” He had heard of the Reavis Valley, a landlocked biotic island high above the Sonoran Desert floor that supported a dense Ponderosa pine forest. He wanted to know how to get to the Re…

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June 11th the AJUSD school board approved a $60 million bond for next election giving citizens little time to voice concerns.

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I would like to give kudos to our Apache Junction Library and the staff that manage it. It is well organized and well stocked with books, CDs and DVS and computers. I have always found the staff helpful when I need to find something. The staff deserves a big pat on the back.

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“It was not until the slave-holders (the job-creators of their day) withdrew from the U.S. Congress that our country was able to move forward economically with widespread development of the technologies developed before the Civil War. The telegraph had been invented and demonstrated in 1844,…

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Over the years former Arizona Attorney General Bob Corbin and I made many trips into the Superstition Wilderness Area checking on various sites associated with the story of the Dutchman’s Lost Mine. We traveled to some of the most remote areas of the wilderness.

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On July 2, it was proven again that you’ll see something at a baseball game you haven’t seen before. If you’re a Diamondbacks fan, it might not be the best memory to carry around.

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A few friends of mine recently told another friend and me about a really good restaurant that had recently reopened under a new name and ownership. It’s the Gold Stallion Restaurant on Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon; used to be the old Wahoo Restaurant. So, on a whim, my friend and I went f…

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The following incident is somewhat strange by modern standards. The Arizona Citizen, on December 7, 1877, reported a case of accidental poisoning at Bear Tanks north of Picket Post Mountain. The story goes something like this.

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The American Civil War began 155 years ago last week. Forces of the Confederacy fired their cannons on Union troops at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, on April 12, 1861, beginning a four-year carnage that left more than 600,000 Americans dead and thousands more wounded and scarred.

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The beauty of the Sonoran Desert in the spring time is fabulous. This past winter has been a very wet season, averaging more than 1.60 inches per month. This precipitation will substantially produce plenty of tinder and much of the older dead growth will provide fuel for the slightest spark,…

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In 2018, the Apache Junction Elks Lodge #2349 implemented Phase One of the Elks’ Connect 360 vision to make an impact on our community, focusing on the needs of Health, Education, and Leadership, beginning at our local junior high.

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Sometimes we think that leaders are people with certain job titles—e.g., manager, director, chair or superintendent. Of course, people with these and other titles should be leaders, but for our workplaces and communities to function effectively, everyone needs to practice leadership every day.

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I started Rock and Roll 101 nine years ago at another station in the East Valley. It’s the type of specialized vintage rock show I’d wanted to try for a long time, and it ran for almost five years until the station manager pulled the plug. Not just on my show, but the whole operation.

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Yesterday, I filled two large boxes and a paper bag of items for Big Brothers-Big Sisters. Thinking I may not get up in time to put them on the curb by 7:00, I set them out last night. Well, they were already gone early this morning. What low-life would steal these boxes that were meant for …

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A couple of letters in the newspaper have really interested me in regards of the AJ Jiffy Lube. In the fall of 2007 was the first winter we spent here. We were snowbirds at that time. We had a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup with a 4 cylinder engine. Oil cacpacity 4 qts. After a haircut in the near…

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Really sad to see what is happening within our community over the Woodbury Fire. So much misunderstanding, miscommunication and mixed messages going around about donations.

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When there is rain in our area, the desert changes dramatically, and this week’s column is about some spectacular scenery along the old Apache Trail during the recent rains.

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By Tom Kollenborn I was sitting around the other day, picking my guitar, when I got to thinking about the many wonderful trips I’ve made back into the Superstition Wilderness during the past sixty years. For a moment I wondered if the time had been wasted. I assured myself it certainly had not been. I…

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Former MLB All-Star Darin Erstad recently resigned as the head baseball coach at Nebraska, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. He had a successful run with his alma mater, leading the Cornhuskers to a Big Ten championship and four NCAA Regional appearances in eight seasons.

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The day I have to explain to a four year old boy that he should NOT lie, deny, blame others, call others names, or just be an ass in general like the president of this country was the day a piece of me died. I feel that as a man, it is my responsibility to teach him the things we ALL learned…

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I have a question as to why there is such a shortage of right-turn-only lanes in Apache Junction? The 3 main north-south roads, Idaho, Ironwood and Meridian are the problems. Meridian is very bad since the opening of the interchange with US-60.

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In just the past month, we have seen some impressive articles about our grand county:

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I found the ADOBE promotional article about the Route 60 bypass in the latest paper to be interesting. It certainly documents what ADOBE has been doing over the past 20 years to attempt to address the Route 60 bypass issue. I appreciate their efforts but with due respect, they seem to emphas…

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch unintentionally brought back memories of the 1948 presidential election results, when the Chicago Daily Tribune erroneously declared on its front page, “Dewey Beats Truman.”

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The Superstition Mountain region has very rugged terrain and many hiding places. Some of the area’s hidden canyons had sufficient water to support illegal whiskey distilling during Prohibition.

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I am writing to acknowledge two good Samaritans that helped me when I fell in front of the Apache Junction post office on May 13, 2019. The gentleman helped me to sit up and the lady, who also saw me fall, was giving me Kleenex for my mouth which was bleeding profusely. The gentleman then as…

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Like many of us we’re finding ourselves as we get older looking out for and assisting our elderly parents. I was packing to leave town for a few days when my 77 year old mom said her car maintenance light was on. Normally I would have serviced her car myself but I had many last minute things…

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It was just wonderful to read one of the deceased, much loved and admired, Ed Barker’s old columns. I miss his wit, knowledge and pure facts about our country and its people.

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Phoenix was the center of a mystery that entwined the apparent prosaic present and one of the well-known legends of early mining in Arizona territory near the turn of the 20th century. Arizona abounds in tales and legends, wild and fanciful, told by storytellers over many a campfire and in m…

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You can’t imagine the surprising and unbelievable stories I have heard over the past three scores of years. The tales of gold and treasure lost among the deep canyons and towering spires within the wilderness of Superstition Mountain are numerous. These tales would stir the souls of young me…

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When we speak of Peter’s Mesa these days, the first thoughts often reflect on the death of Walter Gassler in May of 1984. I worked for the Barkley’s and often hauled salt to the Salt Grounds on Peter’s Mesa. The numerous trips in the late 1950s brought me in contact with a large selection of…

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The Apaches are not known for their stories about Superstition Mountain. Few Apaches have actually ever entered the area. It was the Yavapais who had villages in the area we today call the Superstition Wilderness Area. It was also the Yavapais who were pursued by the Army and their camps destroyed.