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-four years ago this week the top news stories for the June 1, 1972, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce will not shut down during the summer months this year as it has done several times in the past, according to a majority vote of the chamber members made at the May 25 meeting.
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