Look back on Apache Junction history: June 15, 1972

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Forty-three years ago this week the top news stories for the June 15, 1972, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: Dense clouds of black smoke billowed from the scene of a firefighting demonstration at Williams Air Force Base over the weekend; and negotiations are underway that may make Apache Junction a “working” mine area again, with Bear River Mining Co. considering mining claims along Highway 88.

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.

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

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