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The Queen Creek Unified School District is gearing up to get children ready for kindergarten. QCUSD will be holding its annual “Kindergarten Round-Up!” from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. … more
The Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve a request for a conditional use permit and gave site plan approval for a U-Haul Moving & Storage facility and outdoor … more
Plans for a multibillion-dollar electric vehicle lithium battery plant in Queen Creek remain in limbo. In July, South Korean company LG Energy Solution put the brakes on the proposed facility, … more
If you want to start off the new year with a new addition to the family, a fur baby may be the answer. All About Animals AZ Rescue will be holding a pet adoption event on Saturday, Jan. 7 from … more
The first Queen Creek baby of 2023 seems to have really wanted her birthday to be special. Lennon Thamert was born at Banner Ironwood Medical Center at 1:20 a.m. on New Year’s Day, weighing … more
The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising drivers, area residents and businesses to plan for weekend and overnight closures of U.S. Highway 60 Superstition Freeway in segments between Loop … more

In about six months, area high school students will graduate and move on to college or jobs. But the East Valley Institute of Technology offers them another opportunity — and for some, it might … more
  The Queen Creek Police Department and Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department want to make sure residents' pets are safe during New Year's celebrations.   Fireworks can be … more
As 2022 draws to a close, the Queen Creek Independent looks back on the events that made this year memorable. The mid-term elections resulted in a changing of the guard in the Queen Creek Town … more
Burial services have been scheduled for members of Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb’s family who were killed in a car crash. On Dec. 16, Sheriff Lamb’s son, Cooper Lamb, and the … more
With a change in state law, the town of Queen Creek is now able to have more control over vacation and short-term rentals. The original state law limited a municipality’s ability to regulate … more
The Queen Creek Town Council honored late Mayor Gail Barney, outgoing Council Member Emilena Turley and Town Manager John Kross during a special presentation at the council’s Wednesday, Dec. 21 … more
Pink Floyd fans are in for a treat. The Pink Floyd tribute band, Shine on Floyd, will be performing at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Combs Performing Arts Center, 2505 E. Germann Road. Fans … more

Caroline Patten died Dec. 23, a week after a crash in Gilbert that killed her daughter and fiancé Cooper Lamb, the son of Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb. The sheriff, in a video posted on … more
A boy who has been missing since Tuesday has been found and is safe, authorities said Saturday. The parents of 12-year-old Kelly ‘KJ’ Conklin have been arrested on child abuse charges, … more
The parents of a missing 12-year-old boy have been arrested on child abuse charges, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office announced. “While investigating the disappearance of Kelly … more
Central Arizona College will host “New Student Orientation” sessions in January. NSO is designed for anyone with questions about navigating the college experience. All students are … more
Intel employees in Chandler are spreading holiday cheer to Valley children, seniors and families in need through their annual “Holiday Donation Drive and Holiday Ride for Youth.” More … more
After more than 20 years of leasing state land for its Desert Ridge Marketplace, Vestar, the largest privately held shopping center owner and manager in the western United States, purchased the land … more
Valley real estate investor Michael Pollack partnered with Child Crisis Arizona by making a $20,000 donation to give 20 families a special holiday gift. Pollack, president and founder of Pollack … more

Fireworks come out during the winter holidays, but it is important to know the laws and risks associated with their use. The Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department and Queen Creek Police … more
The Town of Queen Creek offices and Recreation Annex will close on Monday, Dec. 26 in observation of Christmas and on Monday, Jan. 2 in celebration of the New Year. The closures will not affect any … more
Gilbert Police continue to investigate the crash that killed Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb’s son and granddaughter. Meanwhile, two online accounts have been created to raise money for the … more
The academic coaches at the Queen Creek Unified School District help students accomplish goals every day. But they can also be helpful for anyone’s New Year’s goals, whether they be … more
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb’s 22-year-old son and infant grandchild died in the Friday afternoon crash in Gilbert, police said. “It is with heartfelt sadness to report the identity … more
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