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AJUSD Nov. 24 provides free nutritious breakfasts, lunches to 18 and under

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended its free meals for kids program through Dec. 31. All children ages 1-18 may eat free breakfast and lunch. The Apache Junction Unified School …
environment

Household hazardous waste collection event Saturday in Apache Junction

The city of Apache Junction will hold a collection event for household hazardous waste, white goods, electronic recycling and document shredding on Saturday, Nov. 21. The event will be held 8 a.m. …
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Houses built on auctioned land could have property tax to pay for new infrastructure

Property taxes could be required for owners of homes built on state land recently sold at auction as part of community facilities districts to pay for roads, sewer and water systems without burdening …
First responders

Vehicle thefts, burglaries reported Nov. 8-14 in Apache Junction

The Apache Junction Police Department took the following reports on vehicle thefts and burglaries Nov. 8-14: Theft of a vehicle, reported at 2:20 p.m. Nov. 9 in the 2100 block of West Apache …
new coronavirus

1,665 COVID-19 cases in Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Queen Valley

The Arizona Department of Health Services on Nov. 18 reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Apache Junction, east Mesa, Gold Canyon and Queen Valley is 1,665 in ZIP codes 85118, 85119 and …
First Responders

2 assaults, other incidents reported Nov. 8-14 in Gold Canyon

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took incident reports of assaults and other incidents in Gold Canyon Nov. 8-14: Non-residential burglary — unlawful entry, reported at 5:07 a.m. Nov. …
First Responders

Routine contact results in Mesa homicide suspect’s arrest

Officers from the Apache Junction Police Department were conducting routine patrol duties in the 2900 block of South Tomahawk Road at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 15 when Officer Keilich, being familiar …
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$160K payday?: City-owned land on East Roosevelt Street to be split, sold

Property at 978 E. Roosevelt St. donated to the city of Apache Junction is to be split into two or three lots and sold, with the $160,000 in estimated proceeds put in the general fund or given to a …

Regulation of recreational marijuana in Apache Junction to be discussed Tuesday

Directing city staff members to create an ordinance relating to the regulation of recreational marijuana is to be discussed at the Nov. 17 meeting of the Apache Junction City Council. The council …
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Design nearly complete for off-leash dog park at Pinal County complex

The design is at 90% completion for an off-leash dog park to be constructed at the Pinal County complex, the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Commission was told recently. The 2.6-acre dog …
Opinion

I’ve been watching the stories on the auctioned property. It just blew me away, the amount that was agreed upon. I’ve never known any builder that could possibly come up with that …

Every school district in the nation is facing new challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe in our community and its ability to respond and solve the hardest of problems. This may be one of …
I just wanted to say that I think that the city and all the businesses and their staffs that participated in the Boo Thru event this year for the kids to enjoy Halloween all deserve a huge "thank …
Neighbors
neighbors

Apache Junction Citizen Leadership Institute plans January-April session

For all those wanting to learn more about the community, the next Apache Junction Citizen Leadership Institute is scheduled for January-April 2021. “This is your chance to learn about how …
neighbors

Artist Liz Nicklus one of the winners in international art contest

Apache Junction artist Liz Nicklus has been selected by Artists Magazine as one of the winners in its annual Best of the Best international art contest. Her mixed media piece, “Man of …
neighbors

Apache Junction employee tapped for Florence economic development director job

The town of Florence has concluded its search for a new economic development director with the hiring of Elan Vallender, the senior economic development specialist for the city of Apache …
neighbors

AJ Cowboy Church service Nov. 22 at Prospector Park

After eight months of virtual services, AJ Cowboy Church will be holding a service on Sunday, Nov. 22, at Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. “Nine years ago I preached …
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Allure of the thrill of iRacing attracts 74-year-old racer to growing esport arena

Local 74-year-old race car enthusiast Jerry Weaver gets behind the wheel every Monday and Tuesday as he races with people all over the world from the comfort of his own home. Mr. Weaver, not your …
Business

Portions of the eastern canal on the south side of the Salt River will be drained Nov. 20-Dec. 20 for annual maintenance and construction activities. This will impact some of SRP’s southside …

A total of 106 unincorporated Pinal County businesses have received a share of $1,189,319.38 in assistance from a two-phase Business Sustainability Program to assist those struggling with the effects …
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