Support local, national blood needs by donating around Independence Day

As local residents approach Independence Day and what will be a long weekend for many, Vitalant — formerly known as United Blood Services — is bracing for a shortfall of nearly 8,500 blood donations across the nation. To help bolster blood supplies, Whataburger has partnered with Vitalant to thank all June 29-July 7 Valley blood […]

Dr. Krista Anderson speaker at Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain

Dr. Krista Anderson, superintendent of the Apache Junction Unified School District, spoke at the June 19 Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain meeting about the November election for a capital-improvements bond issue. There is a great need for updated textbooks, as well as for maintenance at the schools, including repairs to sidewalks, locker rooms, the high school […]

Applicants sought for Apache Junction Youth Advisory Council

Teenagers entering eighth-12th grades in the 2019-20 school year are being sought to apply for the City of Apache Junction’s Youth Advisory Council. Meetings are held run twice a month, with additional meetings and volunteer requirements scheduled as necessary, according to a release.   “Teens: Looking to get involved in your community? In 2016 the Apache […]

Richard Sterba, Elizabeth Rizzo marry in Gold Canyon ceremony

Richard Sterba of Gold Canyon married Elizabeth Rizzo of Hawaii in a private ceremony in Gold Canyon in June. The minister was Anne Levan, chaplain for the Apache Junction Mounted Rangers. Mr. Sterba was the captain of the Apache Junction Mounted Rangers for seven years, according to a release. The happy couple met at Aly […]

Paws 4 Life car wash fundraiser June 8

The organization PAWS Teens is raising money to support Paws 4 Life at a 9 a.m. June 8 car wash fundraiser at Arizona Tiremen Services, 482 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. Donations of $5 or more are being sought, with funds raised purchasing a first-aid backpack for a Harvest Festival raffle, according to a […]

5 women at Apache Junction Police Department earn honors

For the first time in Apache Junction Police Department’s 39-year history, women are occupying the highest honors in all five categories recognized by an awards committee. The categories of awards recognized by AJPD are: Employee of the Quarter, “Joe Sabitus” Volunteer of the Year, Police Telecommunications Officer of the year, Civilian Employee of the Year […]

Airman Josue E. Padilla graduates from USAF basic military training

U.S. Air Force Airman Josue E. Padilla, the son of Tammie and Jose Padilla of Apache Junction, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and […]

Volunteers make 50 bicycles for foster children in Eagle Scout project

Dain Meister, a resident of Apache Junction and student at Smith Junior High School in Mesa, on May 25 worked with volunteers to put together 50 new bicycles for his BSA Troop 451 Eagle Scout project. The bicycles are for Helen’s Hope Chest and will be distributed to children in the Arizona foster care system […]

Summer reading program begins May 28 in Apache Junction

The Apache Junction Public Library is set to kick off its 2019 all-ages summer reading program — “A Universe of Stories.” Sign up for the program beginning May 28 at Read and log 1,000 minutes by July 6 to pick a free book at the Scholastic Book Fair from July 8-13. Free weekly prizes will […]

Summer open gym offered May 28-July 19 in Apache Junction

Apache Junction Parks and Recreation is again holding its summer open gym program.   Children can participate in arts and crafts, sports, board-game tournaments, fitness games and more. The Apache Junction Multi-generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road, and Cactus Canyon Junior High School, 801 W. Southern Ave., sites offer a wide variety of structured activities and […]