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. Forty-three years ago this week the top news stories for the Aug. 10, 1972 Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: A gigantic dust, wind and thunderstorm battered the area for more than two hours, knocking out all electricity Saturday night.
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