Scenic photo: Rainbow with the Superstition Mountains

“A rainbow waterfall spills from the sky above the Superstition Mountains,” Apache Junction photographer Jake Marguerite Chavez said in an e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. Do not use a filter on […]

‘The Polar Express’ slated as Apache Junction’s free movie in park

The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a free Movie in the Park event Saturday, Dec. 8. Residents can bring a blanket and sit with friends and family for an evening outside watching a family movie. This free event will be held at Flatiron Community Park, 100 N. Apache Trail, in downtown […]

‘Superstition Holidays’ museum celebration features special Dec. 8 event

A special “Superstition Holidays” celebration is in full swing at Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail (Highway 88), 3 miles northeast of Apache Junction. The 15-acre site is full of Christmas decorations and attractions appealing to both children and adults, according to a release. “Come and enjoy a step back in time in the […]

17th annual Christmas concerts Dec. 8 at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church

The music ministries of Gold Canyon United Methodist Church will present their 17th annual Christmas concerts at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. The concerts will be in the 1,200-seat sanctuary at the church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road, one block north of U.S. Highway 60 and 4 miles east of Apache […]

First homes subdivision south of Baseline planned in Apache Junction

A subdivision of nearly 260 homes planned south of Baseline Avenue in Apache Junction will be surrounded by undeveloped land, the planning commission was told recently. “We hope that this is the spark which gets finally development south of Baseline going,” Apache Junction Senior Planner Rudy Esquivias said at the commission’s Nov. 13 meeting. “It’s […]

6 Superstition Fire and Medical District captains graduate from battalion chief academy

Six fire captains from the Superstition Fire and Medical District recently graduated from a local battalion chief academy. SFMD captains Alex Dupuis, Geof Shively, Tanner Fox, John Walka, Mark Gomez and Jeff Ehrlich graduated in a class of 55 representing several local fire departments. Hosted by the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association, the academy is designed […]

AJ Mounted Rangers donate $1,000 to Community Alliance Against Family Abuse

The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers on Nov. 13 donated $1,000 to Community Alliance Against Family Abuse. From left are Apache Junction Mounted Rangers Irene White, Joan Felkner and Mike Hellberg; CAAFA Executive Director Ray Villa; and AJMR Acting Capt. Roger Matas. The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers is a volunteer peace-keeping organization that supports children and youth […]

Central Arizona College to hold Alumni and Friends Celebration on Dec. 8

Central Arizona College will host a special Alumni and Friends Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Signal Peak Campus, 8470 N. Overfield Rd., Coolidge. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner served in the new Everingham Student Union (I400). Featured guest speaker, Miguel “Mike” Sauceda, senior producer of Arizona PBS Emmy Award-winning […]

East Valley scenic photo: House finch in Sossaman Estates

A house finch snapped by photographer Tom Schuh in his Sossaman Estates yard. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. Do not use a filter on submitted photos. Send submissions with your name to […]

U-Haul industrial rezoning postponed to February meetings

Changing 50 acres zoned commercial to industrial at U.S. Highway 60 and Idaho Road will be discussed at the Feb. 12 Apache Junction Planning and Zoning Commission meeting and Feb. 19 council meeting. Amerco Real Estate Company and U-Haul International LLC, represented by David Pollock, are proposing to rezone 50 acres of a 78-acre property […]