What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Dec. 30, 1970?

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The top news stories for the Dec. 30, 1970, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce has announced a campaign where the chairman will have a crew of volunteer Jaycees picking up Christmas trees in an effort to keep them from being discarded in the desert. Also, a judge issued a conviction on a misdemeanor charge for a Mesa man for maintaining an unsightly area for business at an auto yard in 1he 10000 block of East Boise.

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.

Read more about Apache Junction’s history at https://apachejunctionindependent.com/section/history/

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