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Liza Noland

Noland: Why Local First Arizona launched Pipeline AZ

One of the biggest challenges for Pinal County is the majority of people in the workforce are commuting to Maricopa county to work. When this happens, Arizona’s tax dollars, your local …
Jeff Barlett

Barlett: Picket for public transportation in Apache Junction June 15

The city of Apache Junction will be holding a regular City Council meeting at 7 p.m. June 15 at 300 E. Superstition Blvd. What we plan to do is hold up picket signs to help spread awareness on the …
Steve Edwards

Edwards: Why can’t aviation schools be awesome neighbors?

We live in an awesome area — the Superstition Mountain foothills and wilderness. My neighbors and I enjoy the beauty all around us. We all have several things in common; we prefer the mountains …
Mireya Arroyo

Arroyo: Congress leaders must stand against H.R.3 destructive legislation

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the state of Arizona early last year, we weren’t sure what the impact would be on our community. My entire family caught COVID-19, not because we weren’t …
Teresa Murray

Murray: Getting off the hook of a predatory tow

Many Arizonans can relate to that sinking feeling in your stomach when you return to your parking spot, only to find your car is gone. Was it stolen? Did you forget where you parked? Or was it towed? …
Roberto Reveles

Reveles: Federal funding will help Pinal County

In reference to consent items Q and R, I want to commend and thank our county management team for its timely request of funding under the recently approved American Rescue Plan Act. The disastrous …

Kuzyk: Medical co-pay required before insurance-covered colonoscopy

I want to inform people about a co-pay policy being used by a medical office in the Valley. I am a 59-year-old, five-time cancer survivor living on SSI disability. I barely make enough to survive, …
Dr. Kristen Bishop

Dr. Bishop: Arizona naturopathic doctors are helping improve coverage and care

May 16-22 is Naturopathic Medicine week and therefore the perfect time to shine a light on the important role naturopathic medicine practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of Arizonans. …

Pieper: Easter pancake breakfast proceeds provide gift

Since Easter is the most joyous Christian event, the annual Easter pancake breakfast at Mountain View Lutheran Church is a widely anticipated fun and fundraising event following our Easter Sunrise …
Mallory Kvek

Kvek: Conduct audit of Mark Lamb’s sheriff’s department

I recently read that a number of Pinal County residents are asking the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to conduct an audit of Mark Lamb’s sheriff’s department. I believe there are more …
Braden Biggs

Biggs: Sign petition to keep SSA building in Apache Junction

As one of your Apache Junction City Council members, it is my duty to advocate on behalf of the city and its residents. Today, I am asking for your help in advocating for your community and your …
Steve Edwards

Edwards: How cowboy church came about when Lost Dutchman Days 2021 was canceled

I got the call from Rodney Wayne regarding Lost Dutchman Days with news… Lost Dutchman Days 2021 was canceled and so was the cowboy church that I had started over 25 years ago. Heartbroken, …
Chris Udall

Udall: Let’s invest in system that keeps water flowing

When you are thirsty and hungry, you go to your refrigerator, fill a glass of water and clean your bowl of fruit under running water at your sink. But what if the water does not run to fill your …
Denise Hart

Hart: Chamber hosting Apache Junction ‘Shop Local’ program

The Apache Junction Area Chamber is rolling out the Shop Local program. Designed to help our local area businesses during the slower summer months, and to keep everyone shopping local, the …
Roberto Reveles

Reveles: Audit Pinal County elections department, sheriff’s office

Truth, trust, transparency and accountability are words that are desperately needed to guide all levels of government today. At recent Pinal County Board of Supervisors meetings and throughout our …
Cpl. Marshall Harshman

Harshman: Heat-related illnesses, deaths are preventable

Can you feel it? The temperature is rising. Summer is just around the corner, and soon we will find ourselves mopping the sweat off our brows while silently questioning our life choices. Why in …
Tascha Spears

Spears: Moderna, Janssen COVID-19 vaccinations available in Pinal County

It has always been the principle of Pinal County public health to share COVID information as we receive it and also to be honest about how much remains unknown about COVID-19. For example, new …

McCaulley: Personal and economic side of climate change

This is the time of year that many of us in the Valley start talking about the extreme summer heat and planning how we can escape, if even for a weekend. This is also the time of year that many of …
James Gahar

Gahar: Daily workouts, losing weight and staying healthy

My story is pretty simple. I was a very active young man, running everywhere, and served as a volunteer in an elite Navy unit. After my discharge, I worked as a bouncer in bars from Florida to …
Jon Lyons

Lyons: April 22 is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

My daughter was 10 years old when she first attended Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day at my office At the time, I was working in a role sourcing large contracts, leveraging all of the …

Burdick: Horse racing? Just what AZ doesn’t need

Sorry Ralph Fales (who wrote “Historic horse racing could be a win for Arizona,” page 8, April 1, 2021, issue of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent), you may love your horses but …
Shirley Ooley

Ooley: Rep. Gosar taking credit for bill he opposed

Rep. Paul Gosar pulls teeth but now he’s pulling one over on his constituents. He has been Tweeting and putting out information on how he’s so pleased to inform us that municipalities and …
Connie Van Driel

Van Driel: Former AJ Boys and Girls Club director dies

I sure wish I wasn’t the one writing this email and I am so saddened to have to tell you about the passing of a dear friend. Russell St. John passed away recently from complications brought on …
Rep. Paul A. Gosar

Gosar: Don’t close the Apache Junction Social Security office

The Social Security Administration has made its intention known that it is considering shuttering the Apache Junction Social Security office and moving more than 20 miles away, to the town of …
David Coward

Coward: Follow the Constitution for redistricting

Some are advancing the argument that the 2010 process was flawed because it emphasized “competitiveness.” This is a false argument used to undermine the integrity of the work of the 2011 …
Linda Curry

Curry: We need balanced policies for short-term rentals

About a year ago, my husband and I built an ADA-friendly guesthouse on our property with the expectation that we’ll eventually use it to look after our aging parents. In the meantime, …
Tascha Spears

Spears: Teams administered 132,239 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Pinal County

Pinal County community vaccine teams have administered 132,239 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. A friendly reminder that the state-run COVID19 vaccine sites and some federal pharmacy programs are …

Cussen: This virus is deadly, please take it seriously

Aargh. Why is the easy/simple always corrupted into the hard/complicated? Of course, I am talking about masks. In a supermarket I was subjected to a conversation with a total stranger who wore her …
Tascha Spears

Spears: Initial shipments of Janssen COVID vaccine will be limited

Community partner and public health vaccine teams are continuing to vaccinate with shipments received this week. A new site is available on the ADHS dashboard that indicates how many people have been …
Leonard Kirschner poses near the canyon during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park.

Kirschner: America’s national parks are calling, and you must go post-COVID-19

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed.
Roberto Reveles

Reveles: Citizens gathered at Gosar’s office in protest of his role in attack on Capitol

Residents of Gold Canyon gathered Thursday, Feb. 18, at Congressman Paul Gosar’s district office on Kings Ranch Road in protest of his role in the Jan. 6 violent attack on the Capitol. The …
Chuck Duncan

Duncan: Open letter to people of low character

I have had two of my vehicles damaged in parking lots in the past few months, once at the Ace Hardware and once at Home Depot, costing me over $2,000 in repairs. The people responsible drove off each …
Steve Ezyk

Ezyk: A lot happening with Apache Junction Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Councils are remarkably busy in providing monetary and voluntary man-hour assistance to those in need. The Knights of Columbus is a very worthwhile organization. If you …
Jon Hochschartner

Hochschartner: Violence we inflict on animals is a moral crime

Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema should support public funding for cultured-meat research, with the goal of making the cell-grown, slaughter-free protein competitive with factory-farmed …
Marshall Harshman

Harshman: Watch for ADOT, COVID-19 scams

With all the craziness that 2020 brought us with COVID-19 there are now even more scammers lurking in cyberspace trying to separate you from your personal information and your hard earned …
David Coward

Coward: Can we heal and unify if an insurrectionist is in Congress?

By refusing to recognize the results of a certified election and supporting allegations without evidence Congressman Paul Gosar encouraged the insurrectionists and seditionists on Jan. 6 to disrupt a …
Jon Hochschartner

Hochschartner: Senators should support reallocating subsidies to cultured-meat research

Arizona Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema should support reallocating the billions of dollars a year in subsidies the federal government gives to animal-exploitation industries to cultured-meat …
David Coward

Coward: Sen. Townsend legislative action or inaction?

Our own Sen. Kelly Townsend (R-District 16) has sponsored a resolution (SCR1010) that asks voters to amend the Arizona Constitution to require the legislature to go into a special session for the …
Scott Bordow

Bordow: Apache Junction school district ‘Create a Logo’ contest has $250 prize

A logo can say everything. It can describe and inform. It can be picturesque or profound. It can be full of color or bathed in black and white. In the end, all logos serve one purpose: They …
Stephanie Yoda

Yoda: How do I know I can trust a contractor I am hiring?

Many of us are doing home repairs these days. For the repairs that we can’t do on our own, we have to hire someone to do it for us. Then we end up asking ourselves the question, where do I …
Dr. Jackie Elliott

Elliott, Gonzales, Lambert: 5 ways Arizona can put people back to work, transform higher education

It’s tempting these days to believe that once COVID-19 is contained, the U.S. economy will bounce back quickly, replenishing jobs and incomes lost in the pandemic. Yet there is an early warning …
David Coward

Coward: Why lack of urgency for COVID vaccinations in Pinal County?

At the recent Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting, the head of public health gave a presentation on the COVID-19 vaccination program. The facts presented: 10,000 doses allocated by the end …
Roberto Reveles

Reveles: Death-dealing pandemic calls for bold leadership by Pinal County supervisors

Never in my lifetime have we lived during a more consequential and threatening challenge than today in both our civic and our personal lives. Your federal-legislator counterparts in Washington are …
Christa Rizzi

Rizzi: Thank you Apache Junction mayor and council members

As this year comes to an end for the current Apache Junction City Council I’d like to say congratulations and welcome to our newly elected Councilmembers Kelly Gremmel, Braden Biggs and Tess …
Sally Marks

Marks: Peeling off the label of prejudice and hatred

One of my favorite songs as a teenager was “Only Shades of Gray.” It was more than the harmony; the lyrics of the song drove a deeper message into my youthful psyche. I remember it …
Robert Matsch and Christa Rizzi

Rizzi, Matsch: Local business, nonprofit ‘2 gems in our community’

Every community seems to have those little hidden gems that folks aren’t really aware of. I’d like to share a couple right here in Apache Junction that truly deserve to be recognized and …
Neil Barwick

Barwick: Think about what you voted for if you voted for Biden

Jason Whitlock, a journalist and writer, makes the case that the most important part of the election was that hate won over love. Trump voters voted for Trump because they loved him, even with all of …

Williams: Make people wear a mask to stop COVID-19

Pinal County is a county where people need to wear masks. I had the COVID-19 virus. I am still recovering. You guys are not following the rules. These people need to wear a mask. I got the …
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Independent Newsmedia continues collaborative commenting platform at yourvalley.net

The idea of maintaining civil discourse when debating public issues of the day is more than lip-service at Independent Newsmedia. At Yourvalley.net, which is powered by the work of local …
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