Q-and-A with Superstition Fire and Medical District board candidate Gene Gehrt

Three area residents are running for two seats on the Superstition Fire and Medical District Governing Board in the Nov. 6 general election. The Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent e-mailed questionnaires to the candidates. They will be posted online in the order they were received. Name: Gene Gehrt Personal: 70 years old. Retired since 2000. Married […]

AJ Rangers donate funds for Apache Junction team meals

The AJ Rangers donated $500 to go towards the Apache Junction High School for the Touchdown Club to feed hungry football players and coaches before the football games. A check was presented to head coach, Vance Miller by AJ Mounted Rangers Mike Hellberg and Paul Roe.

American Legion Auxiliary Apache Unit 27 members recognized for recruiting

The American Legion Auxiliary Apache Unit 27 in Apache Junction recently recognized members Erma Peterson and Christa Pippett for their role in obtaining 100 percent membership status for the unit. This is the second year at the National Convention Ms. Peterson was recognized for signing up the most new members for Apache Unit 27, thus […]

Longtime Apache Junction Food Bank volunteer Josephine Taylor will be missed

She walked into the Apache Junction Food Bank thousands of times over 20 years completely put together – a stylish outfit with her nails, hair and makeup done. As first impressions go, she gave off a no-fuss attitude of someone who knew the score and could govern the whole place. And truth is, she knew […]

5 essay writers win free horse-riding lessons from Apache Junction Mounted Rangers

The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers chose five children in fourth-12th grades to receive free horse-riding lessons after selecting their essays from a contest. The essay winners are Jesse Gentry, Adelyn Simpson, Ciara Anderson, Carly Jones and Aralyn Brennan. “Congratulations to the essay winners,” Renee Sprecher Wagner Shutts, of the Apache Junction Mounted Rangers, said in […]

Employees, volunteer of the month thanked at Apache Junction schools

Employees and a volunteer at Peralta Trail Elementary School, 10965 E. Peralta Road in Gold Canyon, were honored as the best of the month at the Sept. 11 Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting. They were Diana Grubb, volunteer of the month; Elizabeth Liversedge, certified employee of the month; and Herminio Nazario, classified […]

Apache Junction students of the month for August

The following students were recognized as student of the month at the Sept. 11 Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting: Summer Mittendorf and Payton Elizondo of Desert Vista Elementary Schoo. Daniel Andres Esmeralda Cortez of Four Peaks Elementary School. Joshua Heatley and Sophia Smith of Peralta Trail Elementary School. Kendall Powell and Casey […]

Cornelius Turner new Apache Junction High School head varsity boys basketball coach

Cornelius Turner is the new head varsity boys basketball coach at Apache Junction High School. Coach Turner is a graduate of Dobson High School in Mesa and of Tuskegee University where he played collegiate basketball from 1998 to 2000. Prior to receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Tuskegee, Coach Turner played basketball at Scottsdale […]

Sam Valencia new Apache Junction High School head varsity girls basketball coach

Sam Valenica is the new head varsity girls basketball coach at Apache Junction High School. Coach Valencia has been involved with coaching basketball at the high school level for the last 10 years. He is also the head JV girls volleyball coach. “Coach Valencia’s coaching philosophy centers around a well-rounded athlete,” Sally Marks, public information […]

Donors thanked for contributions to Apache Junction programs

Local organizations, businesses and individuals who have donated money to the city of Apache Junction were thanked at a recent council meeting. “This is the quarterly presentation of donors to the Friends of Apache Junction and various city programs,” Heather Patel, grants administrator for the city of Apache Junction, said. Since November 2016, a total […]