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Pinal County News & Opinion

Saving a life gets a bit easier with new tool

First responders in Florence now have a state-of-the-art tool to help them care for patients in cardiac distress.The new device also protects first responders from COVID-19 infection while caring for …
First Responders

Theft reports in Florence

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area from Nov. 11-18.

COVID cases in Florence climb steadily

The Arizona Department of Health Services on Nov. 11 reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Florence at 1,701 in the 85132 ZIP code. That is an increase of 131 from one week ago. More than 90% …

Florence school bond issue fails

A $75 million bond issue to help Florence Unified School District build new schools was defeated on election day.Proposition 449 lost by 6,196 votes, with 15,585 yes votes to 21,781 no votes.FUSD …

Florence mayoral race decided

More than a week after Election Day, the race for mayor of Florence has been called. Incumbent  Mayor Tara Walter has won reelection by just 38 votes.
Opinion

Halikowski: Traffic incident management requires cooperation from everyone, all-year round

You may have seen this message on our digital message boards statewide: “Fender Bender? Save your rear, Quickly clear.” It was a reminder to move your vehicle safely onto a shoulder or exit and stay out of travel lanes if involved in a minor crash.

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Education
Virtual Q-and-A sessions on how to enroll at Central Arizona College

Jump into spring at Central Arizona College by attending one of the upcoming online informational sessions. Prospective and current CAC students can meet with representatives from the …

Register for spring 2021 classes at Central Arizona College

Central Arizona College graduate being considered for Rhodes Scholarship program

Central Arizona College celebrates Arizona Apprenticeship Week

Entertainmenet
“Crossing,” acrylic on canvas, 16 inches x 20 inches, by Barbara Usey, who will be at the San Tan Artists Guild’s Holiday Art and Gifts Market.

Winter events showcase locally handcrafted artworks

Several art shows will be held in Pinal County and eastern Maricopa County in November and December, including one each in Florence, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon, Apache Junction and Queen Creek.

The man, the myth, the legend: Danny Zelisko tells all

Concert Promoter Danny Zelisko’s rise from everyday Chicago civilian to one of the most influential concert promoters in the southwest is a feat he owes to grit and tenacity. He grew up in a …
The model train at the museum; in the background is the 20-stamp ore crusher that was state-of-the-art technology for recovering gold in the 1800s.

Superstition Mountain Museum shines anew

After a temporary closure in March, April and May due to COVID-19 concerns, the Superstition Mountain Museum grounds is open to the public. A limited schedule of 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Friday, …
Fans will have to wait to see country music acts like Eric Church at Country Thunder in Florence with the postponing of 2020's event to 2021.

Country Thunder postponed until 2021

Fans of Country Thunder will have to wait until 2021 after organizers there canceled this year's event.

Return of the movie theater: A pandemic guide to movie-going in 2020

In a typical year, the time between the Academy Awards and the summer blockbuster season has provided moviegoers with a steady, highly publicized buildup for those big-budget titles soon to draw thousands.
The meeting will take place on Zoom and be live streamed on YouTube.

May 16 San Tan Valley Democrats Club meeting on Zoom, YouTube

Delina DiSanto and Stuart Starky, who are vying to win the Democratic nomination to represent Congressional District 4, are the featured speakers for the San Tan Valley Democrats meeting 10-11 a.m. …

The Arizona Highways Collection presents Photography by Barry M. Goldwater

Since 1925, Arizona Highways has been sharing the history, culture and natural beauty of Arizona with readers around the world. And along the way, it has featured some of the most talented writers …
The meeting will take place on Zoom and be live streamed on YouTube.

May 16 San Tan Valley Democrats Club meeting on Zoom, YouTube

Delina DiSanto and Stuart Starky, who are vying to win the Democratic nomination to represent Congressional District 4, are the featured speakers for the San Tan Valley Democrats meeting 10-11 a.m. …

Parks and rec department shares COVID-19 updates, precautions, suggestions

When Governor Doug Ducey imposed a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a point stressed throughout his March 30 executive order was that while residents should follow all …
The festival is to be on North Main Street, between Ruggles and 11th streets in Florence.

Artists sought for Oct. 3-4 Florence Arts and Culture Festival

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce hosts the Florence Arts and Culture Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3-4 along historic Main Street. "At this event, there are numerous opportunities for …
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