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EDUCATION

BBB hosting essay scholarship contest for Valley high school students

Valley high school students can express in a written essay lessons learned in life by overcoming ethical dilemmas for the chance to win a college scholarship.
Business

Mesa Riverview offers free shuttles to Cubs home games during spring training

Mesa Riverview, an open-air shopping center at North Dobson and Loop 202 in Mesa, is offering free shuttle rides every 20 minutes Feb. 23-March 26 during home games to the nearby Sloan Park, spring …
Government

$99K contract approved for updating Apache Junction’s downtown plan

A 14-year-old master plan on how to develop downtown Apache Junction will be updated as part of a $99,000 contract approved recently by the city council. Council on Feb. 20 voted 6-0 to approve …
History

History of Lost Dutchman Days in Apache Junction

In 2024 we celebrate 60 years of Lost Dutchman Days. A look through the archives of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent and its predecessor the Apache Sentinel, finds the following about Lost Dutchman Days, from its beginning on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1965, as a one-day event
First responders

Trespassing, other incidents reported in Gold Canyon Feb. 2-8

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of trespassing and other incidents in Gold Canyon Feb. 2-8: Trespassing, reported at 12 p.m. Feb. 5 at East Peralta Road …
First responders

4 burglaries reported in Apache Junction Feb. 2-8

The Apache Junction Police Department took the following reports of burglaries Feb. 2-8: Burglary from a motor vehicle, reported at 5:20 p.m. Feb. 3 in the 800 block of East Santa Cruz …
$123K purchase

Apache Junction water district to buy land near well

A sale agreement and purchase of land for $123,500 adjacent to Well No. 8 at 2102 S. Coconino Drive in Superstition Villa was discussed at a recent Apache Junction Water Utilities Community …
Land sale

Apache Junction paying $3M for land near old Grand Hotel property

The city of Apache Junction is purchasing 10 acres for nearly $3 million to help develop the property near the site of the old Grand Hotel. The council on Feb. 20 voted 6-0 to approve the …
JOHNNY JOHNSON

Celebrity fisherman joins Lost Dutchman Days Parade as grand marshal

Johnny Johnson, fisherman and TV personality, will be the grand marshal of the 60th Annual Banner Health Lost Dutchman Days Parade on Saturday in Apache Junction. “Fishing with Johnny …
Opinion

Carfield: Ways to help East Valley homeowners maximize kitchen storage space

A tough aspect of moving into a new kitchen is learning how to maximize the storage space. It requires a lot of planning to store the plethora of pots, pans, cutting boards, cleaning supplies and …
Things to do

‘Magic of Mexican Artistry’ at Superstition Mountain Museum March 8-10

The Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 E. Apache Trail (State Route 88) in Apache Junction, presents a celebration of fine art from Mexico at a free three-day event 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8-10. The …
Opinion

Smialek: 4 Superfoods to strengthen your immune system this cold, flu season

As we find ourselves in the midst of the cold and flu season, strengthening our immune system becomes paramount in maintaining optimal health and well-being for the entire family. While practicing …

Christy Kay Johnson

Christy Johnson (nee Schiewe), 71, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away on February 1, 2024. She was born on December 25, 1952 in Salem, OR. Christy was a beloved wife to her husband David …
EDUCATION

Arizona nominations open for Esperanza Latino Teacher Award

Chicanos Por La Causa is seeking nominations across the state to recognize special teachers making a difference in the community.
Things to do

Artists of the Superstitions Spring Studio Tour March 15-17

The Artists of the Superstitions 2024 Spring Studio Tour is March 15-17 in Apache Junction and Gold Canyon. See the work of artists such as Anita Pope, Susan Lowry, Deb Mullins, Diane Cross, …
Road work

Construction on State Route 88 underway

Some Tortilla Flat business owners seem content with the progress of having a connection to the Valley after Arizona Department of Transportation officials announced plans to restore access to a …
$123K purchase

Apache Junction water district to buy land near well

Discussion on a sale agreement and purchasing land for $123,500 adjacent to Well No. 8 at 2102 S. Coconino Drive in Superstition Villa will be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of the Apache …
Holiday

City of Apache Junction sets holiday schedule for Presidents Day

The city of Apache Junction will close all administrative offices on Monday, Feb. 19, in observation of Presidents Day. Emergency services through the police department will not be impacted by …

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OPINION
The Apache Junction Unified School District lists more than 30 jobs available from a link on its website including principals for the 2024-25 school year for Peralta Trail Elementary School and …
A five-building industrial development totaling 492,311 square feet is to be constructed north of Pecos Road on the west side of Meridian Road in Mesa. The 41-acre Meridian 24 …
It is with much sadness that Jim, Carol’s husband, announces her passing on January 26, 2024, at the age of 80. Carol was born on July 7, 1943, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Carol and Jim were …
ENTERTAINMENT & THINGS TO DO
EAST VALLEY ENTERTAINMENT
Learn about the mysteries of UFOs, UAPs, Bigfoot, Star People and other unexplained phenomena with a team of paranormal researchers, investigators and enthusiasts Feb. 19-25 at Superstition Mountain & Lost Dutchman Museum, 4087 E. Apache Trail (State Route 88).

Mysteries of UFOs, UAPs, Bigfoot at Feb. 19-25 event in Apache Junction

Explore the mysteries of UFOs, UAPs, Bigfoot, Star People and other unexplained phenomena with an expert team of paranormal researchers, investigators and enthusiasts Feb. 19-25 in Apache Junction. …
Many of the original western movie actors are gone, but the legends and stories they created live on at the museum.

Western Cowboy Day Saturday in Apache Junction

The Superstition Mountain Museum’s Western Cowboy Day will celebrate local history, cowboy lifestyle, Apacheland Movie Ranch and Native American culture 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at 4087 …
The festival’s 50-acre 16th century European village has 16 stages of nonstop entertainment, music, comedy, falconry, dance, mermaids and acrobatics. Foolish pleasures mix with artisan treasures as you shop, eat and mingle with a cast of nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters.

Arizona Renaissance Festival this weekend in Gold Canyon

Take a unique trip back in time to the Arizona Renaissance Festival Saturdays and Sundays Feb. 3-March 31 at 12601 E. U.S. Highway 60 in Gold Canyon, just east of Apache Junction. The …
Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar & Dancers perform 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2024.

Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar & Dancers Friday in Gold Canyon

The Canyon Sounds Performance Series hosted by the Gold Canyon Arts Council is back with live concerts at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road. Purchase advance …
The 38th Annual Home Tour in Florence will include the Chapel of the Gila, the last remaining Catholic mission church in Arizona. A team that included the town of Florence and the Catholic Diocese of Tucson saved the mission from the wrecking ball in the 1990s.

Follow the 'Heritage Trail' during Home Tour Saturday in Florence

Along with tours of historic private homes in Florence, the tour will also include buildings that help tell the town’s tale. The 38th Annual Home Tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., …
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