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Carpenter: How can builder come up with millions of dollars for land auction?

I’ve been watching the stories on the auctioned property. It just blew me away, the amount that was agreed upon. I’ve never known any builder that could possibly come up with that …
Jodi Ehrlich

Ehrlich: Time on governing board has been rewarding

Every school district in the nation is facing new challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe in our community and its ability to respond and solve the hardest of problems. This may be one of …
Lori Schnieders

Schnieders: Apache Junction Halloween 'Boo-Thru' a success

I just wanted to say that I think that the city and all the businesses and their staffs that participated in the Boo Thru event this year for the kids to enjoy Halloween all deserve a huge "thank …

Brewer: Arizona seniors deserve a future of economic security

Arizona seniors deserve to enjoy a future of economic security and prosperity for many years to come — and it’s imperative that we elect political leaders who have what it takes to build …
Dena Kimble

Kimble: 'School district has stayed busy, positive and productive'

Although the last six months have been difficult for our students, parents, staff and administration, AJUSD has stayed busy, positive and productive. School closings, the cancellation of spring …
Deke Beveridge, CEO at Empowerment Systems Inc. in Apache Junction.

Beveridge: Empowerment Systems reopening office Sept. 28

We are excited to announce that on Monday, Sept. 28, Empowerment Systems will be reopening our office doors. Since closing in March, we switched to a remote work format. Although we continued to …
Jill Bills and Joan Brown ringing the bell at the Gold Canyon Methodist Church last year during Constitution Week.

Barks, Callahan: Constitution Week celebrated Sept. 17-23

Constitution Week is celebrated each year Sept. 17-23. This year our Constitution is 233 years old. It has been in effect longer than any other and is the shortest in the world. The Constitution …
Pam Burks

Burks: Vote for Jerry Walker for Central Arizona College Governing Board

I serve the Gold Canyon community as a volunteer for several organizations and events — Gold Canyon Business Association, Gold Canyon Lions, Gold Canyon Republican Chairman, Gold Canyon …
Joseph Mattera

Mattera: The importance of the client relationship summary form

As we all know during these trying times with the virus, the upcoming presidential election and all the other issues, our country is now facing more bureaucracy. The latest one in the financial …
Kenneth Barton

Barton: Essential workers cleaning our freeways need hazard pay

There are many of us essential workers here in Arizona — some here in Apache Junction. We’ve been out there risking our lives to work and keep certain things operational since this …
David Coward

Coward: Postal service is an old friend in serious trouble

An old and dear friend of ours is in serious, in fact, life-threatening trouble. This friend predates the Constitution and was born before the Declaration of Independence was signed by our founding …
Michelle Lind

Lind: Implementation of tenant/landlord assistance programs is critical

Arizona businesses continue to be affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. Particularly hard-hit are those individuals whose business is the ownership and management of rental homes throughout …
Ed McClelland

McClelland: When it comes to mental health, race matters

As a Black man who has worked in the community behavioral health industry for more than 30 years, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen the struggles that individuals and family members go …
Chelsea Connolly

Connolly: When times are tough, Apache Junction is strong

You learn the most about a community when going through tough times. It’s hard to imagine it will get tougher than it is right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. This disease has altered …
Pam Burks

Burks: Enjoyed interviewing new owner of Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa

I was so pleased to interview Marvin Klinker, a new owner of the Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa, 6100 S. Kings Ranch Road. I found Marvin to be very warm and friendly and he feels connected to …
Dr. Kristen Bishop

Bishop: Our bodies are designed to fight off viruses – and they do it every day

Valley residents are continuing to work through the slight declining trend of COVID-19, many are still concerned about the safety of themselves and their families.

Shufelt: 250+ birthdays celebrated each and every month, even in the pandemic

Through the Birthday Dreams program at Arizona Helping Hands, 1,823 children in foster care have had birthdays made special in 2020. More than 250 boys and girls each month have received gifts …
Braden Biggs

Biggs: Starting Aug. 11, Census poll workers will be hitting the streets

Dear Apache Junction, Now is the time for us to represent and show the county, state, and nation just who we are. Once every 10 years, we are asked to conduct a survey by the federal government …
Shannon Clancy

Clancy: Who is on the front line for families facing homelessness?

Temporary grace and an extension of Arizona’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 31 means we have more time to do our literal “home” work, but there’s no free pass or less pressure …

Brewer: West Coast anarchy could happen in Arizona if we don’t stand against it

The insanity we’re seeing in the Pacific Northwest would have free reign to spread to the rest of the country under a prospective Biden administration.

Pineda: Tips to help older adults stay healthy this summer while in quarantine

While most residents in cities around the country look forward to the summer season, Arizonans try their best to stay cool living through the hottest days of the year, with temperatures rising above …

Elisco: Good things happening despite pandemic

The relentless pace of the coronavirus pandemic has challenged hospital and healthcare workers across the Valley and the country. Long days are spent caring for COVID and non-COVID patients. The …
Justin Loflin

Loflin: Lost your job due to COVID-19? Consider a career as a roofer

Have you been thinking about what career path to take? Have you recently lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Is college not an option for you? If you answered yes to any of these …
Christa Rizzi

Rizzi: Volunteers needed at Apache Junction Unified School District

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can do to support their community or favorite organization. As a volunteer, not only are you supporting one of your passions, but you …
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Independent Newsmedia launches 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 …
Pam Burks

Burks: 'Back the Blue Rally' held in Apache Junction

On July 9 --- 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. --- there was a “Back the Blue Rally,”organized by your District 5 Pinal County supervisor, Todd House, and your Pinal County assessor, Doug Wolf. I …

Sloan: Vote for Jeff Serdy to be our next Pinal County supervisor

I have been a long-time Apache Junction resident and supporter of our city for 24-plus years. Over those years, I have come across very few who give as selflessly as our very own Mayor Jeff …
Whitney Lawrence

Lawrence: McSally will fight to protect people like me with pre-existing health conditions

I think everyone can agree that right now, times are tough. Coronavirus has affected millions of Americans --- most people either know someone who has gotten sick, lost a job, or lost a loved …
Arizona will have its first Excessive Heat Warning of the year on Sunday, April 26.

Harshman: Watch out for the most vulnerable among us during heat wave

It’s going to be a hot one this weekend as temperatures are projected to reach a whopping 114 degrees. That means we all are going need to take steps to stay cool and really watch out for the …
Seema Verma

Verma: Taking action to protect America’s nursing home residents against COVID-19

Nursing homes have become ground zero in the coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 pandemic, with outbreaks causing high rates of illness and death among vulnerable residents living together in close …
Mimi Rogers

Rogers: The crisis of the pandemic on individuals who have intellectual disabilities

COVID-19 poses extreme obstacles for people who have intellectual disabilities and thrive on routine, familiar activities, and people, such as family and friends. So, with everything going …
Deke Beveridge

Beveridge: Why we chose to again temporarily close resource center at Empowerment Systems

Once again, we have chosen to make the difficult decision to temporarily close the resource center and have all Empowerment Systems staff work from home. As much as we want to remain open for our …
Dan Shufelt

Shufelt: Never know when you might need a helping hand

When the work van pulled up in front of Arizona Helping Hands, I recognized the company name. I thought my friend Dale was coming to say hi and tour the Arizona Helping Hands facility where we …
Pam Burks

Burks: Re-elect Todd House for District 5 supervisor

It is with enthusiasm that I endorse Todd House for re-election as Pinal County supervisor, District 5. There is a choice between leadership. He has proven accomplishments such as: lowering taxes, …
David Coward

Coward: Pinal County supervisors wrong to only 'recommend' wearing of masks

Dear Chairman Smith and board members, I’m writing in opposition to your revisions to the draft of Resolution No. 061920-LSE-03 concerning the implementation of mitigation measures for …
Michael Vallante

Vallante: Supporting black-owned small businesses, entrepreneurship

With the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest that has been taking place in some cities, the impact has been felt in every sector of our economy. There has never been a more challenging time for …
Dr. Krista Anderson

Anderson: Working on comprehensive plan to reopen schools July 21

Dear Apache Junction Unified School District parents and families, I want to thank you all for your continued support and patience as we continue to work towards a comprehensive plan for reopening …

Reader: Why few masks worn at June 9 school district governing board meeting?

I was watching the most recent governing board meeting from Apache Junction Unified School District and I had some concerns.The video from June 9 shows that all five members of the school board and …
David Sheppard (Photo courtesy Just Leadership USA)

Sheppard: What Juneteenth means to me as a black man in America

This Friday, we celebrate Juneteenth --- a holiday that receives little attention but holds special significance for me as a black man in America this year. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 …
Jeff Serdy

Serdy: Wearing a mask in Apache Junction 'is up to the individual'

In response to questions as a result of the governor’s announcement yesterday giving localities flexibility in addressing how communities address the use of masks: I’ve stated this is …
Jim Rounds

Rounds: Maricopa County supervisors need to approve project, bring 1,100 jobs to Valley

During difficult economic times like these, nothing is more valuable than a good job. As an economist, I routinely advise community and business leaders on how to recruit and create more of these …

Fassbender: Funds needed for Pinal County Veterans Memorial

The Pinal County Veterans Memorial Foundation is building a memorial in Pinal County to honor all the fallen soldiers who were from Pinal County. The foundation is building this memorial to honor not …

Shufelt: Tragedy befalls an amazing foster family

I met Curtis four years ago. He came to Arizona Helping Hands to receive beds, cribs, clothing, diapers, sports equipment and more to help his family. His daughter’s life had been …

Rhoden: A letter to my kids regarding #BlackLivesMatter

I last wrote a public letter to you six years ago in BKNation. During that time, in 2014, we had just moved to the Phoenix area and I was a recently minted PhD. The world at that time seemed in …
The Jefferson Davis Highway marker, a Civil War memorial roadside marker, on the southwest corner of U.S. 60 and Peralta Road.

Coward: Gold Canyon social-justice event held at Jefferson Davis monument

A summary of the event at the Jefferson Davis monument in Gold Canyon on June 9: For those of you who were not able to join us today at the George Floyd remembrance at the site of the Jefferson …

Taylor: The link between a healthy life and school dollars

In this unparalleled time where our emotional and physical well-being are threatened, staying healthy and maintaining a normalcy has become increasingly challenging. It’s imperative more …
Dan Shufelt

Shufelt: Putting our helping hands together for the dads

I’ve had the honor to meet some amazing dads in my work at Arizona Helping Hands. Foster dads don’t have nine months to wrap their heads around the responsibilities of parenting. They …
Cpl. Marshall Harshman

Harshman: AJPD Officer Kellogg identifies theft suspect from Facebook post

Apache Junction Police Department’s 2019 Officer of The Year may be in the running to hold on to that title for an additional year. Recently, Officer Cameron Kellogg observed a post on a …

Fesler-Butts: AJ requiring 1 trash service an 'HOA treatment'

I wrote a letter some months ago in reference to AJ's Republic Services mandate. We have lived in the AJ area since May 2001 and since then we have had four different trash collections pick-up …
Terrilyn Klucar

Klucar: Dumping, dust, noisy ATVs with open Jacob Waltz, Mountain View roads

I would like to share my thoughts on the latest development of two dirt roads in the City of Apache Junction on State Trust Land ("Opening Mountain View, Jacob Waltz approved by county …
Cami Garcia

Garcia: High school students involved in extracurricular activities are better prepared for the future

When it comes to choosing a high school there are many factors that parents take into consideration. We enroll our sons and daughters in schools that will provide high standards of learning. We …
Signs installed in 2018 to close Mountain View Road.

Wunderlich: Used Mountain View Road to access home after recent fire

Responding comment to "Ruthko: Not in favor of opening Mountain View Road": We are one of the families affected by the closure of these roads to our neighborhood at the base of the …
Robin Schaeffer

Schaeffer: Tips on how to return to public life while minimizing health risks

We get it. After a couple months of relative seclusion, you’re probably eager to see friends and extended family, enjoy a favorite meal out of the house, and finally get that haircut …

Tunstall: Very few Gold Canyon property owners would consider annexation

Question to the candidates ("Apache Junction council, mayor candidates weigh in on pros, cons of annexing Gold Canyon"). Gold Canyon being annexed by Apache Junction? I think very few property …
Mary Lynn Kasunic

Kasunic: Social-distancing can mask elder abuse

In a year with many distractions and stressful events, we must not forget that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. Annually, this day highlights the issues of elder abuse and the 10% of …

Meyer: Apache Junction needs better traffic-violation enforcement

Apache Junction drivers are becoming more reckless and are making driving in AJ more dangerous. Since when does driving a jacked-up pickup make it OK to tailgate and try to push one to …
Jennifer Chau

Chau: Fair funding, representation hinge on an accurate census count

During this pandemic, we’ve seen our communities step up for one another to help flatten the curve. While we continue to practice social distancing, one of the most impactful civic duties that …
Jody Martin

Martin: How to stop the protests

I want to explain how to stop the riots, looting and protests since no one seems to know and no one else is saying it. My son from Nigeria and my Russian/Ukrainian daughter from Ukraine thought it …
Signs installed in 2018 to close Mountain View Road.

Ruthko: Not in favor of opening Mountain View Road

On April 8, Pinal County Supervisors voted 5-0 in favor of accepting two right-of-way easements from the Arizona State Land Department. Both are inside the city limits of Apache Junction on its …
Seema Verma

Verma: Got Medicare? Get a no-cost test for COVID-19

If you have Medicare and want to be tested for coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19, the Trump Administration has good news. Medicare covers tests with no out-of-pocket costs. You can get tested in …
Marcus Johnson

Johnson, Gjersvig: How unemployed Arizonans can navigate health care coverage

The necessity of quality healthcare coverage has become abundantly clear for many Americans over the recent weeks For the one in 10 Americans now unemployed whose health insurance options were …
Dan Shufelt

Shufelt: Even COVID-19 won’t slow down Arizona Helping Hands

The coronavirus has shut down or slowed down many businesses throughout the United States, but the essential services provided to children in foster care by Arizona Helping Hands have continued on …
Marc Lamber

Lamber: Lawsuits expected as Arizona businesses reopen

Now that commerce is resuming across Arizona, business owners are entering into uncharted territory taking a risk that customers and employees will catch COVID-19 at the business. If that happens, …
Nikki Julien

Julien: Less lawn equals more wildlife

Here in Phoenix our summer months are not known as gardening weather but there’s important work to do in the yard this year --- remove your lawn. You probably already consider this every …
Richard Ochs

Ochs: Protect your home from wildfires

The wildfire season is here. The hot summer temperatures will continue to dry out desert vegetation and create a serious fire danger in our local area. The Superstition Fire and Medical District …
Seema Verma

Verma: Thank you to all on the front lines of the pandemic

On behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, I’d like to thank all those who work in nursing facilities --- doctors, nurses, food preparers, housekeepers and others --- for …
Pam Burks

Burks: Don’t let our print media die

Did you know what happened in Gold Canyon, Apache Junction, Queen Creek and the surrounding areas, with detail and accuracy? You would if you are reading your local publications, not just excerpts …
Dr. Christopher Lineberry

Lineberry: Why we are having virtual graduation June 5 at Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds

Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic status in Arizona we have been put in the position of making some very difficult decisions. After listening to Gov. Doug Ducey and Dr. Christ this week and consulting with public health officials, it does not seem plausible that we will be able to have an in-person graduation this summer.
Members of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Program at Apache Junction High School visited the USS Utah at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Williams: Navy ROTC students learned, trained on Hawaii trip

After many years of anticipation in Apache Junction High School’s storied Navy Junior Reserve Officer Corps training program, the day had finally come where I, along with seven of my graduating …
Jan Brewer

Brewer: President Trump's immigration pause is patriotic

Whenever anyone questions the wisdom of allowing large-scale illegal immigration, the first thing we invariably hear from the open-borders left is that it will outrage Hispanic-Americans. More often …
Darius Amiri

Amiri: Supreme Court may vote soon on the plight of 'Dreamers'

While the nation’s focus is rightfully on the COVID-19 crisis, another crisis looming for a large group of young people. Dreamers are living a nightmare as they wait for the federal government …
Sen. Karen Fann

Fann: Why Arizona lawmakers will end session May 8

The Arizona Senate will be returning on Friday, May 8 to sine die. This direction was determined after conversations and communications with members of the Arizona Senate and House. There is a …
Judy Lutes

Lutes: Arizona Winter Visitors Association ceases operations

It’s a sad day for the Arizona Winter Visitors Association. After 28 years we have shut it down because of the virus. We can’t operate with no income; as of Jan. 1 we have not received …
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Serdy: Why I held a 'Rally for Restaurants' in Apache Junction

As you may know, representatives from many of our local mom-and-pop restaurants, myself and nearly 100 concerned and supportive citizens gathered on May 1 in-between Dirtwater Springs and the …

Shufelt: Supporting Arizona's children during Foster Care Awareness Month

Governor Doug Ducey has again issued a proclamation declaring the month of May to be Foster Care Awareness Month. The governor urges “all citizens to do something positive to improve the …
Zach Shaw

Shaw: Caregivers key to fighting COVID-19

Older adults, with diminished immune systems due to aging and with pre-existing conditions, are much more vulnerable to COVID-19 than the general population. In-home caregivers can help prevent …
Sen. Sylvia Allen

Allen: Arizona education and the CARES Act

As chair of the Arizona Senate Education Committee, I passionately work toward bettering the education of every child in the state and I fully support Arizona parents and their school choice rights, …

Wolfe: Keeping peace at home while everyone is online

Now that most of us are working and learning from home, you may be noticing that some websites may be a bit slow to load, and you may experience intermittent buffering when streaming video. While …
Berry Staub

Staub: Virtual tours of homes in Eastmark for health, safety of buyers

Shea Homes Arizona recently "opened" its newest community, Reserves Estates at Eastmark. I say open with a grain of salt, because as you might guess, we’re opening this community differently …
Apache Junction Police Department Cpl. Marshall Harshman

Harshman: Heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable

It is spring in the desert. If you take a walk outside in the early morning you will hear a beautiful Sonoran Desert Symphony-- the sound of gentle breeze rustling the tiny leaves of a mesquite tree; …
Jason Houston

Houston: Some questions for Trump fans to consider before the election

Some questions for Trump fans to consider before Nov. 3: Why does Trump fight with everyone? Why does Trump put his knowledge above the experts'? Why does Trump constantly ignore the …
Aaron Blocher-Rubin

Blocher-Rubin: Potential adverse impact of unemployment claims on self-insured nonprofits

During these uncertain times, the economic impact of coronavirus-driven cancelations, postponements and shutdowns continues mounting. This is especially daunting for many nonprofit organizations …
Diane E. Brown

Brown: APS bill relief? From where it comes matters

Let’s face it. If you are an APS customer, you are likely not pleased with the utility’s last rate hike or that it is now seeking an additional rate hike totaling $184 million. Relief …
Dejan Simurdic

Simurdic: Child drownings are a preventable death

We partner with Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona and we strongly recommend and teach our students and families the same safety measures as they do: Child drownings are a top cause of …
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally

McSally: CARES Act a lifeboat for Arizona’s small businesses

Small businesses are the backbone of the Arizona economy and employ over one million Arizonans. These hard-working Arizonans often put everything they have into building their businesses from scratch …
Seema Verma

Verma: Getting medical care in your home during the pandemic

At Medicare, we understand you may have concerns about going to your doctor’s office during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Like so many Americans, our Medicare beneficiaries …
Jodi Ehrlich

Ehrlich: 3 seats up for election on Apache Junction school district governing board

We continue to find ourselves in unprecedented times. As school board members, school administrators, educators, students, and parents, we are facing situations and decisions that none of us have …
U.S. Rep.  Paul A. Gosar

Gosar: President Trump right to halt immigration to the United States

At a time when millions of Americans are facing unemployment, the very last thing we need to do is import additional foreign labor. I'm grateful to President Trump for halting immigration to the …

Docimo: Three telehealth tips connected to COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to mount, many Arizonans may be considering where to go for care if they develop potential symptoms. One important --- yet potentially overlooked --- …
Dr. Krista Anderson

Anderson: Story was wrong, school district has 3 open positions

I wanted to let you know that Apache Junction Unified School District does not have four open positions. We have three positions open due to vacancies: Executive Director of Busines Services …

Robinson: I have been quarantined with COVID-19 for 2 weeks

If you could get word to the Pinal County powers-that-be who are suing for correct Pinal County numbers of people who have COVID-19 --- I, Heidi A Robinson, have it. Have been quarantined with it for …
Dr. Anne Docimo

Docimo: Tips to help make walking one of your healthy habits

With an increased focus on practicing healthy habits – such as washing hands frequently and staying home when sick to help avoid spreading COVID-19 – it’s important to remain …
Apache Junction Police Department Cpl. Marshall Harshman

Harshman: Thank you to Square One Builders for disinfecting police vans, patrol vehicles

The threat of contracting or spreading the dangerous COVID-19 virus is at the forefront of everyone’s mind these days. The good people at Square One Builders jumped in to help slow the spread …
Portraits for OptumCare

Schnitzer: Tips to help seniors boost their physical, mental health during coronavirus quarantine

There is an ongoing conversation about the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to be prepared. According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, anyone can get …

Simmer: Rotarians provide ideas on how you can help others during pandemic

Rotarians are “People of Action,” and Rotary clubs and their members throughout Arizona are pitching in to help where needed in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic …
Myra Garcia

Garcia: Apache Junction food bank participating in Arizona Gives Day April 7

Empty grocery store shelves, while inconvenient to everyone, create a crisis to food banks everywhere. It’s a crisis because grocery stores, always so generous, now have substantially less …
Patrick Dugan

Dugan: Include unincorporated areas in international dark skies designation

I would like to commend Mr. Schroeder concerning the dark skies article in the paper ("Apache Junction needs International Dark Skies Association designation," page 8, guest commentary by Apache …
Braden Biggs

Biggs: Apache Junction Cares community drive started

The Apache Junction/Gold Canyon community, its social service agencies, faith-based community, businesses, Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce and the City of Apache Junction have come together to …

Brown: Tips for consumers from price gouging to student loans

By now, we have all heard public health experts declare the need to frequently wash our hands and practice social distancing. While we heed that important advice, we also urge consumers to be on …
Robert Schroeder

Schroeder: Apache Junction needs International Dark Skies Association designation

I would like to think that there are hundreds if not thousands of cities and towns across the U.S. with ordinances that protect the night skies from light noise; from street lights and traffic lights …

Shufelt: Navigating through uncharted waters

These are truly unchartered waters. Families are confined to quarters and avoiding interactions with others. Parents are working from home, children are avoiding play dates. All the stresses that …

Newlon: Remote online notarization a critical need in Arizona

To help keep our communities healthy, the need for social distancing is imperative right now. As such, on March 18, two U.S. senators --- Kevin Cramer and Mark Warner --- introduced a bill known …
Jackie Elliott

Elliott: All CAC instruction online for remainder of semester

The Central Arizona College campuses will be closed to the public with essential services moved to online, telephone or virtual formats.Central Arizona College has been closely monitoring coronavirus …
Seema Verma

Verma: Medicare and coronavirus, what you need to know

Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking to help our Medicare beneficiaries cope with the …
Dr. Krista Anderson

Anderson: Teachers creating activities for students to review what was learned at school

Dear Apache Junction Unified School District parents and families, On Friday, March 20, Gov. Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman made an announcement to extend the closure of schools through April …
Claire Louge

Louge: Stay calm, stay connected

After my plane landed in Chicago for a short business trip, the couple sitting next to me got a panicked phone call from their son. He was in Spain on a school trip, and he had heard the news that …
David Coward

Coward: Rep. Kelly Townsend doesn’t listen

Rep. Kelly Townsend was recently quoted in an article on the effects of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the state legislature: “If you asked every single person here what they think, I bet …
Roger Biede

Biede: Keep our community, local businesses healthy

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce is committed to be a community leader and advocate for our business community. As the situation regarding responses and the community's efforts to prevent …
Dr. Steven Gonzales

Gonzales: Why Maricopa County Community College District classes are suspended through April 5

All in-person and hybrid classes are suspended through Sunday, April 5. All current online classes will continue to be held as scheduled. Faculty are currently working on moving existing in-person …
Sally Marks

Marks: School district offering curbside meal service for kids during outbreak

To Apache Junction Unified School District parents, guardians and community members: At AJUSD we are concerned not only with student and staff safety, but ensuring our students remain well fed …
William Shaheen

Shaheen: Why Superstition Mountain Astronomical League canceled events for season

I believe you all know just how much we in the Superstition Mountain Astronomical League love hosting our "star parties" and enjoy engaging with you, our visitors. It has been a source of extreme …
Jackie Elliott

Elliott: Why Central Arizona College campuses will be fully online beginning March 25

Central Arizona College has been closely monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We have provided several updates during the last several days regarding the situation, including actions taken …
Dena Kimble

Kimble: Still time to make tax credit donation to support our schools

With April 15 fast approaching, I just wanted to remind everyone that there is still time to make a tax credit donation to support our schools. The state of Arizona allows people to make a …
U.S. Rep.  Paul A. Gosar

Gosar: Self-quarantining after contact with individual who later tested positive for COVID-19

I have been informed that during the CPAC conference members of my staff and I came into contact with an individual who has since tested positive for, and is hospitalized for, COVID-19. I was with …

Opinion: Our Puerto Penasco community is running into discouraging troubles

We love living in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point). It is our home. We are committed to making this already wonderful place an even better destination for visitors, new residents and businesses. The …

Clarkson: It’s time credit unions paid their fair share of taxes

Before we get all warm and fuzzy about another credit union opening up in front of Fry’s on Old West Highway in AJ ("What businesses are coming to Apache Junction, Gold Canyon?"), does everyone …
Barry Goldstein

Goldstein: What would Founding Fathers think?

During the past couple of weeks I've been viewing two historical documentaries on television, one about George Washington, the other about John Adams. Watching these men and those around them …

Lash: Apache Junction needs dark-skies designation; planet awash in artificial lighting

I am for that ("Dark-skies designation suggested for City of Apache Junction"). Unrealistic human fear drives unnecessary lighting. The streets and freeways could have half as many street …
Ken Parsons

Parsons: Support needed for 'RV Rights AZ' in unincorporated Pinal County

Our group is attempting to educate property owners that reside in unincorporated lands of Pinal County outside cities and HOAs. This1962 Ordinance says that IF complained about an occupied rv you …

Wion: More on 75th anniversary of liberation from camps in the Philippines

I just read your editorial regarding your attendance at the 75th anniversary of liberation from camps in the Philippines ("Dyer: State of the City; and a history not to be forgotten.") I'm …
Cathi Herrod

Herrod: Passing of HB2706 a victory for Arizona girls and women

Girls and women in Arizona scored a big victory the evening of March 3 in the Arizona House, but only by a slim margin. Many house members voted against preserving a level playing field for female …
Mike Colletto

Colletto: Patient care will suffer if HB2823 becomes law

For decades, the Arizona Department of Health Services has done a good job of making sure ambulance service in Arizona is safe, affordable and available to everyone. HB2823 threatens to upend this …
Apache Junction Police Department Cpl. Marshall Harshman

Harshman: Increase in reported scams in City of Apache Junction

When it comes to law enforcement, scams are a regular part of the landscape but recently there has been an increase in reported scams here in the City of Apache Junction. Scammers are continually …

Hanshew: Errors in ‘The American Dream Act’ article

There are several significant material errors in “The American Dream Act” article. California’s Proposition 13 property tax assessment methodology is held out as the benchmark …
Glenn Hamer

Hamer: Bill throws needed sunshine on a legal process

A bill introduced by state Sen. Vince Leach, SB 1459, throws some needed sunshine on a legal process currently hidden from public view. If the bill passes and is signed into law, Arizona taxpayers …
From left are Hayden Pride, Hunter Norris, Brayden Vigil, Brady WIlliams, Chase Adam, and Heather Quirk, all members of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps unit at Apache Junction High School.

Williams: Thank you for support of Apache Junction High School's NJROTC program

As company commander of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps unit at Apache Junction High School and on behalf of the program, I would like to thank the entire community for its support in …
Richard Dyer

Dyer: State of the City; and a history not to be forgotten

Cole Denham, a junior at Apache Junction High School who won “Audience Favorite” in the recent AJ Kid’s Idol talent competition, gave a stirring rendition of the national anthem at …
Adam Garber

Garber: Improved communication needed for food recalls

As consumers, we rely on the food safety system when we buy groceries. And, we expect that if one of our purchases has been recalled our grocery store will warn us. However, a new report by the …
Cate Kortzeborn

Kortzeborn: What Medicare does (and doesn’t) cover

Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare settings. But it doesn’t cover everything, and it’s useful …

Dr. Katz: A healthy lifestyle will be best defense against coronavirus threat

Coronavirus is on the verge of being the next worldwide pandemic. Thousands of people, mostly in China, have contracted the virus. However, at least two Arizonans are suspected of having the …
Daniel Adelman

Adelman, Bendor, O’Grady: Neglect of Arizona schools’ capital needs violates Constitution

School districts all over Arizona are challenged today by aging schools and inadequate funds to repair or replace them. This is a major problem for our educators and for the children they …

Shufelt: ‘My bike saved my life’

This is a quote from Noah Ehlert, and the inspiration for his Discover Your Path tour, a cross country bike trip from California to Florida to raise awareness of the issues faced by youth in foster …
Joe Arpaio

Arpaio: Eliminating the dangers posed by anonymous shell companies is commonsense

Under current U.S. law, when criminal organizations want to hide their money laundering and financing activities from law enforcement officials, they have the means to do so. The result is the …
Kay Bailey

Bailey: Support Medicare Advantage for Arizona seniors

I’m a senior who loves to travel. And my Medicare Advantage healthcare plan gives me the confidence to know I can see a doctor or fill prescriptions no matter where I go in the U.S. All of …

Oborne: Lost Dutchman Marathon volunteer-run, raises money for charities

Your story, map and picture of the runners struggling to finish the grueling 26.2-mile marathon in your February 2020 issue (Page 36) was a nice recognition of this volunteer-driven community event; …
Sandie Russell

Russell: Gifts, food given to families part of ‘putting smiles on kids’ faces’

We had a great time this year for Christmas. With a combined effort from Superstition Mountain Promotional Corp., Apache Junction Elks Lodge No. 2349 and Goldfield Ghost Riders, we were able to help …
Richard Dyer

Dyer: Don’t put off getting required Arizona Travel ID

Getting the new required federally-compliant Travel ID driver’s license recently took me less than 10 minutes at a third-party Motor Vehicle Division office. As it will be required to pass …
Christine M. Thompson

Thompson: Arizona must support the success of all students

Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal begins to address many important funding needs, including a number of the short-term priorities outlined in the Roadmap for P-20 Education Funding. In …
Dana Williams

Williams: Operation Christmas Child thanks Apache Junction volunteers

I am writing to thank Apache Junction residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Apache Junction and …
Cate Kortzeborn

Kortzeborn: Still time to change your Medicare health plan

Did you sign up for a Medicare Advantage health plan last year only to find that it doesn’t meet your needs? Not to worry. You still have time to switch to another Medicare Advantage plan, …
Braden Biggs

Biggs: Empowerment Systems holding series of mental health first aid classes

Beginning Jan. 28, Empowerment Systems will hold a series of mental health first aid classes at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center through a partnership with Pinal-Gila Council for Senior …
U.S. Rep.  Paul A. Gosar

Rep. Gosar: U.S. Navy should name warship to honor Granite Mountain Hotshots

Recently, Fire Chief Light in Prescott reached out to me to see if we could ask the Navy to name a warship after the Yarnell 19, the 19 firefighters that died in the 2013 Yarnell fire. I thought …

Hamer: Gov. Ducey ensuring Arizona’s economic momentum continues

Today’s State of the State address was yet another welcome reminder that Gov. Ducey is focused like a laser-beam on ensuring Arizona’s economic momentum continues.

Fesler-Butts: The HOA of Apache Junction

We do not live within the Apache Junction city limits and I thank God we do not. We in the Superstition Foothills, along with many in Gold Canyon, have refused all attempts to incorporate us into …
Susan Anable

Anable: Your 2020 online data privacy checklist

Over the last 10 years the number of internet users has doubled from two billion to four billion - more than half of the global population. National Data Privacy Day Jan. 28 reminds us that while …
Hank Sheffer

Sheffer: $50 to pick up trash can gouging loyal customers

While I don't know about the whole backstory on this I do know that we have been informed that when the new system of trash pickup comes into play --- which I have no problems with so far --- …
Richard Dyer

Dyer: Annexations, road construction and what else were top items for 2020?

The twin annexations of Arizona State Trust land by the City of Apache Junction and Town of Queen Creek and road construction in the region --- including plans for an interim State Route 24 roadway …

Wiesinger: Trash service charging each customer $50 to pick up their cans

This weekend I sent an email regarding recycling in Apache Junction. The information I received was incorrect, with the contract we do not have to do recycling. Now the new wrinkle is RAD …
Cate Kortzeborn

Kortzeborn: Your Medicare costs in 2020

As we head into the new year, I wanted to let you know how much your Medicare premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs will be in 2020. Each year, Medicare premiums, deductibles, and …
Roberto Reveles

Reveles: Constituents petition Rep. Gosar to defend Constitution

Following is the transmittal of our petition to Rep. Paul Gosar, which I sent to him this morning: Congressman Gosar, Yesterday numerous residents of our 4th congressional district gathered at the Gold Canyon congressional district …

Health care systems are committed to keeping Arizona healthy

Our hospitals and health care professionals have served the people of Arizona in the most critical times — from your most joyful to your most frightening moments, our health systems have been with you, the people of Arizona, on your journey.

Skinner: Not much to newspaper story on school election

I caught with some amusement the tiny little two-paragraph afterthought that the Apache Junction Unified School District override failed. It was tucked away at the bottom-left corner of page 22. …
Apache Junction Police Department Cpl. Marshall Harshman

Harshman: Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Unfortunately, for many families this holiday season, the love and laughter will be interrupted by tragedy and loss. In spite of the stiff penalties, all the public service announcements, and the made-for-TV movies, many people (including some of you reading this article) will still choose to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Puntney: Misinformation in December 2019 issue

I picked up your paper this morning and the article on the front page "2020 Census: What is it good for in AJ?" contains wrong information in the first paragraph. Richard Dyer incorrectly states …