What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Jan. 6, 1971?

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The top news stories for the Jan. 6, 1971 Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: A “Pony Express” ride is being arranged from Apache Junction to Scottsdale during a rodeo there to advertise Lost Dutchman Days (it was later cancelled, according to the Jan. 28, 1971 issue). Also, six men from the Church of the Master pushed three grocery carts through parts of Dreamland Villa, asking folks to share some of their canned goods with them for the Deacon’s Cupboard to supply people who come daily to the church seeking food and shelter.

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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