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This is my world. All things considered, it’s a pretty good place to be. Last fall, my husband and I decided that, with our home equity finally built to a reasonable sum, we should invest in landscaping our large corner lot and put in a pool. It’s almost done, and it’s amazing. I didn’t real… Read more g

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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… Read more g

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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I remember around 1985 in LA when the mood changed. We no longer would respond in kind or give the finger or honk at reckless, stupid, angry drivers.

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Some of my Que Pasa columns are apparently “foreign” to certain people. And if you say they are “Greek” to you, you are quoting Shakespeare. Four hundred years ago this month, at age 52, on April 23, 1616, William Shakespeare died.

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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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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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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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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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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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Editor’s Note: An ongoing theme around our fair city is the negative perception that seems to stick to our town like stink on skunk, despite numerous awards for livability – for both retirees and families.