Meet Batman, hike Silly Mountain, serve on a board and other Apache Junction news

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Library to celebrate Batman Sept. 26
Meet comic book and movie hero Batman during a celebration of DC’s Batman Day from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road. There will be Bat-centric activities for kids and a free photo booth. Meet Batman and his friends from the charity organization Heroes United. The event is presented by the Friends of the Library of Apache Junction.

For information about this event call 480-474-8555 or visit the library website.

Girl Scouts collecting food bank donations through Sept. 16
Girl Scout Troop No. 216 in Apache Junction is hosting a food drive to benefit the Apache Junction Reach Out Food Bank. The food drive will run through Sept. 16.

Donations should be deposited in the collection bins at the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road.

City of AJ seeks to fill board, commission vacancies
The city of Apache Junction is seeking applicants for various boards and commissions. Serving on a board or commission provides an opportunity to work closely with other citizens and the Apache Junction City Council to help make decisions about the future of the city.

Board and commission members are appointed by council after submission of an application and council interview during a work session meeting, according to a press release.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, Sept. 22. Candidates will be interviewed at an October work session meeting.

Appointments are unpaid and serve a fixed term. The length of term varies by board and commission.

Time commitments vary based on the specific appointment; some meet monthly while others meet on an as needed basis.

The list of vacancies that need to be filled are: Board of Adjustment, two positions; Construction Code Board of Appeals, three positions; Health and Human Services Commission, two positions; Industrial Development Authority, two positions; Library Board, two positions; Municipal Property Corporation Board, one position; Parks and Recreation Commission, three positions; and Planning and Zoning Commission, two positions.

All appointments require residency within the city of Apache Junction with the exception of the Construction Code Board of Appeals and the Health and Human Services Commission.

While it is helpful to have some experience or knowledge about the board or commission on which a resident wishes to serve, the desire to contribute his or her talents, ideas and opinions to enhance the community is most important, according to the release.

Applications and additional information are available online.

On Sept. 1, the city streamlined its online application process by introducing a new module to improve the application process for board and commission applicants through partnership with Granicus. Instead of applying for a single board or commission, applicants can now submit a single application for multiple boards and commissions electronically.

Through the technology, the city clerk’s office and other applicable departments will be able to access applicant records online to expedite the filling of vacancies and streamline the selection process. It also allows the city clerk’s office to maintain the city’s board and commission rosters in a centralized place.

With the new system, administrative work is automated and the paper volume with the current processes is reduced.

All new applicants as well as current city board and commission members whose terms are expiring must submit a new application.

Interested applicants who do not have access to a computer can apply online at the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road.

For more information, call Anna McCray, the city’s management analyst, at 480-474–5406 or e-mail her at amccray@ajcity.net.

Three AJ residents charged with drug distribution
On Aug. 26, the Apache Junction Police Department executed a search warrant in the 500 block of S. Main Drive in Apache Junction. The warrant was in support of an ongoing investigation into illicit drug use and distribution at that address. The warrant was executed by the AJPD Criminal Investigation Division and AJPD SWAT.

The warrant resulted in the arrest of three adults as well as the seizure of a quantity of heroin, methamphetamine, miscellaneous drug paraphernalia and a handgun, according to a press release.

According to police, the occupants of the home — Cameron Crabbs, 25; Raylene Lewis, 33; and Kathlene James, 24 — were arrested and charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a handgun during a drug violation and child endangerment.

The suspects were subsequently transported to the Pinal County Detention Center. Ms. James was released on her own recognizance while Mr. Crabbs and Ms. Lewis were held on bonds, according to the release.

This is an ongoing investigation. Police remind the public that persons are presumed innocent until the court finds them otherwise.

Monthly Fit Families event to take place at Silly Mountain
Each month Apache Junction Parks and Recreation offers a its free Fit Families event. In September, participants can take part in a trail walk at Silly Mountain from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Silly Mountain is between Apache Junction and Gold Canyon, off U.S. Highway 60 at Silly Mountain Road. Registration begins at 4:15 p.m.

Participants can learn about the desert’s vegetation while hiking through the trails of Silly Mountain. The park mangers and members of Superstition Area Land Trust will be on hand to answer questions, according to a press release.

Members of Superstition Fire and Medical District will start the evening off by sharing hiking safety tips and will have a display of rescue equipment on-hand for participants to look at throughout the event. See and learn about what the firefighters use to assist an injured hiker off the mountain.

Participants will receive a trail guide with survival and first aid tips as well as coloring pages. Trail mix snacks and water will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to bring water and wear tennis shoes. There will also be prizes raffled off including a month family membership to the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road.

For more information on this program or other programs and services, call Apache Junction Parks and Recreation at 480-474-5240 or visit its website.

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