Look Back on Apache Junction history: April 13, 1972

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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 April 13, 1972, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: A Cessna 150 private aircraft owned by Superstition Flying Service at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa clipped a cactus and crashed north of Apache Junction when it ran out of gas, the pilot, 40, said.

The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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