0427aj AJMR Kountry Kickers

(Courtesy of Joan Felkner/Apache Junction Mounted Rangers)

0420aj CLI Graduates

The 18th graduating class of the Apache Junction Citizen Leadership Institute with Apache Junction Mayor John Insalaco, second from left. (Independent Newspapers/Wendy Miller)

0323aj PPE Ballot

Pinal County voters who have not returned their early ballots, such as the one above, for the Presidential Preference Election may drop them off between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 22 at the Pinal County Recorder’s Office at 575 N. Idaho Road No. 800 in Apache Junction. There also will be a polling site in the lobby manned by poll workers. (Independent Newspapers/Wendy Miller)

0323aj Adoptable Cat Named Bear

Bear is an 8-year-old male cat that was available March 17 for adoption as part of the No Tails Left Behind event at the Paws and Claws Care Center in Apache Junction. To inquire if he is still available, call the care center at 480-983-4405 or visit the photo gallery of available pets at www.ajcity.net/pccc.

0302aj AJUSD Montesa wBalogh

Dave Balogh, second from left, director of the Apache Junction High School’s band program, on Feb. 25 introduced some of the residents at Montesa at Gold Canyon who have been helping to raise money for the band inside their classroom. The Montesa residents are, from left, JoAnn Ochs, Julie Shangle and Marian Williamson. They were joined by Mike Weaver, right, a member of the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board. (Independent Newspapers/Wendy Miller)

0302aj AJUSD Band Montesa

Members of the Apache Junction High School wind ensemble were enthusiastic in their appreciation for fundraising efforts on their behalf by residents of Montesa at Gold Canyon. The fundraisers — which have totaled more than $4,000 over the past two years — are the brainchild of JoAnn Ochs, front row standing, second from right. She is helped by fellow Montesa residents Marian Williamson, second from left; and Julie Shangle, right. Mike Weaver, left, a member of the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board, brought the ladies’ efforts to the attention of the school district at the governing board’s Feb. 23 meeting. (Independent Newspapers/Wendy Miller)

0210aj Storm Damage on Wire

Metal slats hang dangerously over powerlines after a powerful wind storm Jan. 31 ripped off an awning over the front porch of an Apache Junction home and sent it flying into a neighbor’s yard. (Special to the Independent/William Bachmann)

0210aj Storm Damage Front of House

A powerful wind storm Jan. 31 ripped off the awning over the front porch of an Apache Junction home. (Special to the Independent/William Bachmann)

0210aj Storm Damage Debris

A powerful wind storm Jan. 31 ripped off the awning over the front porch of an Apache Junction home and carried it to the neighboring yard. (Special to the Independent/William Bachmann)

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