What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Jan. 13, 1971?

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The top news stories for the Jan. 13, 1971, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: The contract with the Apache Junction High School principal was terminated by the Apache Junction School Board, in part because she had allotted a $1,170 additional salary for her work in securing federal funds for the district. Also, Valley temperatures plummeted to the low teens and residents who are more used to balmy winters were caught with their mittens off, with no electric heating units available at local stores.

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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