Forty-three years ago this week the top news stories for the April 10, 1974 Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: The Department of Public Safety’s District 11, which encompasses Apache Junction, east Mesa and Florence Junction, has been divided for administrative purposes into two areas of responsibility. The 15 patrolmen in the district will be responsible to two separate supervisors.
Did you know that the Apache Junction Independent is the local Chamber of Commerce’s oldest official member? The Independent, then the Apache Sentinel, published by James Brooks, was launched in 1959 and became a chamber member in 1960. Independent Newspapers purchased the Sentinel in 1971, and changed the newspaper’s name to the Independent in 1983.
Read more about Apache Junction’s history at http://apachejunctionindependent.com/section/history/