What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Dec. 9, 1970?

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The top news stories for the Dec. 9, 1970, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: The efforts of numerous businessmen in Apache Junction to incorporate the area, making it the 70th city of Arizona, were all for naught Dec. 1 when residents turned thumbs down on the fourth incorporation attempt in A.J. There were 297 votes for incorporation and 710 against. Also, a simulate shelter exercise was held at Williams Air Force Base in east Mesa. It was a periodic check of the base’s capability to shelter personnel in the event of a real emergency.

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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