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Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Jack Sellers about the Sept. 24 Senate audit hearing

Members of the Board of Supervisors watched the Senate/Cyber Ninja hearing and the County’s social media team, working with elections professionals, responded to allegations in real time.  …
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Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Sellers about the draft Senate audit report

You don’t have to dig deep into the draft copy of the Arizona Senate/Cyber Ninja audit report to confirm what I already knew – the candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General – did, in fact, win. This means the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters.  That should be the end of the story.  Everything else is just noise.
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Walp: ADOBE rejects Gold Canyon survey questions

Data distributed by Gold Canyon Community Inc. indicates the proposed results of the community survey are hoped to be used to develop a Gold Canyon Plan that will ultimately be placed in the Pinal …
Opinion

Sjolander: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

With Arizona marking September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships, that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans. It has never been more important for us to stay connected to the people we care about.
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Minard: Commission celebrates International Deaf Awareness Week Sept. 20-26

The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing celebrates Deaf Awareness Week September 20-26 to promote and raise awareness about the language, culture and diversity of the deaf community worldwide — “Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities” is this year’s theme.
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Maricopa County Supervisor Chucri: I am resigning effective Nov. 5, 2021

It’s hard to believe I have been involved in Arizona politics now for 28 years. When I first ran for Maricopa County Supervisor in 2012, I campaigned to bring civility, innovation and most …
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Nonpartisan Cartoons

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net does not take political positions. We publish political cartoons because we know readers enjoy them, and we try to present a balanced variety of opinions. We …
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Sandra Zebrowski

Zebrowski: Bringing behavioral health into the spotlight

Behavioral health has always been as important as physical health, and the COVID-19 pandemic brought it out of the shadows and into the spotlight. The tight relationship between behavioral and …
Denise McCreery

McCreery: Supporting Arizona small businesses is our collective responsibility

National Small Business Week is a time to celebrate entrepreneurs and small business owners all across the country. Today, Arizona is home to more than 550,000 small businesses, employing an …
Marian McGill

McGill: Golf is changing and clubs must follow

Two of the biggest topics buzzing around our industry these days are the resurgence of golf and how to make the sport, and private golf clubs, more inclusive. Our core demographic is changing and if …
Laura Sullivan

Sullivan: Make a difference with Jack Sullivan Foundation for Life and Learning

My oldest son Jack is 22 and has profound autism. I am his voice and I type these words on his behalf. Although he is a fantastic typist — and addicted to his computer and Kindle — he is …
Lisa Sanor

Sanor: Supervisors should not refuse $3.4M federal grant

The callous indifference for Pinal County’s most at-risk communities for contacting COVID-19 was exhibited by a recent 3-2 vote by the board of supervisors against accepting a federal $3.4 …

Burczewski: Story advocating for raise in pay for city manager?

I don’t subscribe, but this publication was put into my mailbox. I saw this story (“5 in city government paid $140K-plus: Records reveal Apache Junction’s top 25 highest-paid …

Vargo: Was electric-car business in state plan for land near Gold Canyon?

After reading your article (“Gold Canyon residents reject state land plans,” a cover story in the September 2021 issue), I thought there was more to the state land sale in Gold …
Rep. David Cook

Rep. Cook: We need to meet future water, power, infrastructure needs

Over the last five years, Arizona has been capitalizing on a lot of “ups” — fix up, patch up and catch up — and we have made some significant work to build out our …
June Marie Russo and David Czaplicki

Russo, Czaplicki: Gold Canyon Strong supports health, wellness

Gold Canyon Strong celebrated its one-year anniversary in August. We’re becoming known as a group that brings sunshine to Gold Canyon by offering the community several events each month, …
Andrew J. Kuzyk

Kuzyk: Mesa resident rescues abandoned desert tortoises

In most cases, a pet dog or cat will do just fine. But, how about adopting a pet that could live for 100 years or longer?“Kuzyk Turtle Rescue” is providing good forever homes for …
Pam Burks

Burks: ‘People power’ stopped recent land grab in Gold Canyon

Save the Superstition Mountain wilderness. Stop the reclassification of the Pinal County comprehensive plan from being changed from residential to employment of 11,700 acres of Arizona State Trust …

Barwick: Claims other side in politics has no morals

I have been asked why liberals seem to have an advantage over conservatives when it comes to politics. Liberals seem to do whatever they please even if it is illogical. For example, they are the …
Jeff Serdy

Serdy: State land amendment withdrawn for property east of Gold Canyon

By now, you may know that the Arizona State Land Department’s intent to put up for auction 11,700 acres has been withdrawn at this time. While no concrete reason was given, I speculate that …

LeBreck: Save the Superstition Mountain wilderness

I am reaching out to you today regarding the Arizona State Land Trust’s decision to sell 11,700 acres of pristine desert land in Gold Canyon at the foothills of the Superstition …
Roberta Russell

Russell: Preserve natural beauty of Apache Junction, Gold Canyon

Pinal County major comprehensive plan amendment No. PZ-PA-006-21 is bad for Apache Junction and Gold Canyon. It would change an area of 11,700 acres at the base of the Superstition Mountains along …
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