0829EVS Barrow Press Conference on Concussions

Dr. Javier Cárdenas, center, a sports neurologist at Barrow Neurological Institute’s Concussion and Brain Injury Center, discusses a statewide concussion-related study of teenagers at a press conference Aug. 26 with student athletes Andrew Wachtel, football, left, and Bianca Feix, volleyball and soccer, right. (Special to the Independent/Barrow Neurological Institute)

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Bud Kenan is a member of the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation adult golf league. The next 13-week league play begins May 3.

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Despite her health issues, Wanette Wilson of Queen Creek has trained the wild mustang she named True with the goal of his being adopted as part of the Extreme Mustang Makeover April 22-23 at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek. (Courtesy of Bana Jobe)

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The visitors center at Lost Dutchman State Park. (Courtesy of Lost Dutchman State Park)

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The Apache Junction City Council on March 1 ratified the promotion of Liz Langenbach, center, as the city’s new parks department director. She will take over March 5 for Jeff Bell, right, who is retiring after 35 years with the department. Present at the meeting were Ms. Langenbach’s parents, Cy and Lydia Henry, far left and second from right; and Ms. Langenbach’s husband, Wayne, second from left. (Independent Newspapers/Wendy Miller)


The Superstition Mountains at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction. (Courtesy of Arizona State Parks Department)


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Runners from the 2015 Lost Dutchman Marathon participated in a 26.2-mile full marathon where the course took them between Gold Canyon and Apache Junction. Participants in it or other running and walking events this year can receive a discount if they register by Feb. 12. (Courtesy of Rick Hardina)

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On Jan. 21, Elks Lodge No. 2349 in Apache Junction received the 2016 Heritage Award from the Lost Dutchman Days Committee for devoting numerous amounts of hours, time and space to help the annual Lost Dutchman Days event. Presenting the award were, from left, committee chairman Denny Walter and committee members Sam Buckingham and Rich Sterba; and Tom Kain, who is Elks Lodge No. 2349’s liaison with the Lost Dutchman Days Committee. (Independent Newspapers/Richard H. Dyer)