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 May 11 1972, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: A delegation of 56 Apache Junction, east Mesa and Mesa residents who attended the Arizona Highway Commission hearing on highway construction heard the commissioners blame the Superstition Freeway delay on drainage problems.
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