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Queen Creek girls softball team wins state

A girls softball team from Queen Creek has won the state championship in their age division. The All-Star Minors team, ages 8-10, of Queen Creek Heat Little League Softball won first place at …
Election 2024

Queen Creek school board election draws six candidates

Six candidates are running for the Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board. Three seats are up for grabs in the Nov. 5 election. Incumbents Patty Campbell, Jennifer Revolt and Matt Riffey …
Election 2024

Pinal County: No elections for Combs, Florence school boards

As it currently stands, school board elections will not be held for the the J.O. Combs Unified School District and Florence Unified School District this fall. At Combs, located in San Tan Valley, …
Back to School

Queen Creek police have back-to-school safety tips

School is back in session on Monday, July 22, and the Queen Creek Police Department is reminding residents to slow down, avoid distractions and obey posted signage. By focusing on the road, …
Hometown Hero

Leader of Tomorrow: Xavier Ellis is July's Queen Creek Hometown Hero

Xavier Ellis has struggled with his grades since he first stepped into a classroom, consigning himself to being a C student. But that all changed the summer before his junior year in high school when …


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Florence supports renaming bridge after late East Valley Boy Scout

The Florence Town Council has joined the Pinal County Board of Supervisors in supporting the renaming of the Gila River Bridge through the town after a young Mesa boy who was killed in an accident …
First Responders

Queen Creek fire crews visit woman saved from heat

Members of the Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department recently had an emotional reunion with a woman whose life they saved in June. On Monday, crews from QCFMD’s Engine 415, Medic 413 …
Fine Arts

San Tan Valley's Combs Performing Arts Center opens new season

The Combs Performing Arts Center starts its new season in August hosting national and Valley musicians, dancers and musicals all the while maintaining its focus on being a venue where students can …

Governor appoints Queen Creek council member to state commission

Queen Creek Town Council Member Dawn Oliphant has been appointed by Gov. Katie Hobbs to serve as a representative on the Arizona Municipal Tax Code Commission. The Municipal Tax Code Commission …

Queen Creek Unified board approves $115M budget

The Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board approved a more than $115 million budget for the 2024-25 school year. The board approved the 0.5% increase over last fiscal year’s budget …
First Responder

Queen Creek fire celebrates promotions

The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department recently hosted a ceremony for employees who have been promoted since July 1, 2023. “This ceremonial promotional ceremony recognizes the …
Things to Do

Teen event, splash pad party in Queen Creek

It’s a big night for families and teens in Queen Creek Friday. As part of its celebration of Parks & Recreation month, the town will be holding its QC Splash Pad Party. The party …
Gateway Airport

Queen Creek mayor named chair of Gateway Airport board

Queen Creek Mayor Julia Wheatley has been appointed to serve as chair of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors. “Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Gateway Airport) is …
Parks & Rec

Expansion of Queen Creek’s Mansel Carter Oasis Park now open

The 13-acre expansion of Mansel Carter Oasis Park opened with a ribbon cutting and tennis clinic on Wednesday. Located at 19535 E. Appleby Road, the new section includes tennis courts, …

SRP launches new battery storage system in East Valley

Salt River Project and Plus Power have launched two new grid-charged battery storage systems in the East and West Valleys. The Sierra Estrella Energy Storage and Superstition Energy Storage …
Election 2024

Two candidates vying for LD 16 Senate seats

Arizona's 16th legislative district is one of 30 in the state, consisting of sections of Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. It was created in January 2022. Meet the 2024 LD 16 state senate …

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A tubing trip down the Salt River in Arizona is a fun and relaxing way to spend a summer day.

Salt River Tubing open seven days a week

Salt River Tubing is open on the Lower Salt River seven days a week Saturday, April 27, through Monday, Sept. 2, weather and water-flow conditions permitting. Note: Beginning Friday, Sept. 6, it …
Members of the Queen Creek Parks & Recreation department meet with teens during a community event. The town is hosting "LINK at the Annex," a pop-up event that will provide teens with a place to hang out on Friday nights in July.

Queen Creek hosts teen events in July

The town of Queen Creek is hosting two pop-up teen events in July. "LINK at the Annex" runs from 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 12 and 19 at the Queen Creek Recreation Annex, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. …
The June 22 Citizens Academy hosted by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office drew its largest class ever. Due to increased interest, another Citizens Academy will be held in July.

Pinal County holding Citizens Academy in July

A successful Citizens Academy in June has the Pinal County Attorney’s Office already planning another class for July. “This marked our largest class yet, with 42 people learning about the …
The town of Queen Creek will be hosting the QC Splash Pad Party on Friday at Mansel Carter Oasis Park.

Teen event, splash pad party in Queen Creek

It’s a big night for families and teens in Queen Creek Friday. As part of its celebration of Parks & Recreation month, the town will be holding its QC Splash Pad Party. The party …
Hometown 4th at Schnepf Farms will have plenty of activities for families or they can just relax and enjoy the holiday.

Celebrate the Fourth at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek

The Fourth of July is fast approaching, and Queen Creek residents have a place to celebrate our nation’s birthday as Schnepf Farms tees up its annual Hometown 4th event. Hometown 4th at Schnepf …
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