What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Jan. 20, 1971?

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The top news stories for the Jan. 21, 1971, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: The principal recently dismissed from Apache Junction High School submitted a letter to the school board seeking reinstatement and that she be allowed to receive a $1,170 additional salary for her work in securing federal funds for the district. Also, the Arizona Bank opened a motorized facility – the Arizona BankMobile – on Power Road just south of Apache Trail until a permanent branch is constructed.

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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