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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, … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I was to go to my mailbox and find a copy of the Mesa Independent. I’ve been an avid newspaper reader since I was in grade school and I’ve … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
I remember when I was first elected to represent District 6 in Mesa. We were just coming out of the recession, and there was hardly any construction taking place. Here we are six years later and Mesa … more
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 … more
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 … more
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, … more
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 … more
While I remain an advocate for precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including mask wearing, this can no longer be a legal requirement in the city of Mesa, based on Gov. Doug Ducey’s … more
Happy March, District 3 neighbors. There are few places better than Mesa, Arizona, in March. The weather is beautiful, spring is in the air and we have exciting things happening in our … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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