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 4 1972, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: Arizona Water Co. in Apache Junction filed a rate increase application with the Arizona Corporation Commission. The last rate increase had been approved Dec. 31, 1968.
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