Goldstein: AJUSD asking voters ‘to rescue them from their over-enthusiastic budgets’

Once again, the Apache Junction Unified School District is asking taxpayers to vote for a maintenance and operations override and a capital improvement bond. A little history: Voters last approved a bond election in 2004, for which taxpayers are still paying and will continue to pay until 2026. If approved, the projected combined bonds payoff […]

Harshman: Is your child in the right car seat?

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1-13 years old. In 2017, an average of two children per day were killed while riding in motor vehicles while an estimated 376 were injured every day in 2017.  Of the 675 children that were killed more than one third of them were not […]

Rizzi: What launched initial investigation into former AJUSD superintendent

I wasn’t going to comment about the recent indictment of the former Apache Junction Unified School District Superintendent Chad Wilson; however, after reading comments being made about the school board, I have no option but to set the record straight. I do not speak for the other school board members; this is solely about my […]

Struble: Support AJUSD bond, capital override

I am asking the citizens of the Apache Junction Unified School District to vote yes on both the bond election and the capital override election. I see these items as investing in our children, our community and our future. In the last two years we have made significant strides in improving the environment, culture and […]

Botz: Trash, recycling proposal takes free-market choices from all of us

Concerning the sole-provider trash pick-up in Apache Junction (“Apache Junction in negotiations with sole-provider for recycling, trash hauling“): I believe the councilmembers are trying to do what they think is best for the city; however, the fact remains this proposal takes free-market choices from all of us. It doesn’t matter where a letter originated nor […]

Lane-Van Driel: Trash, recycling plan to save residents about $110 a year should be debated openly

The Apache Junction City Council is considering a plan that would save the average resident about $110 a year on their trash bill through a contract with the people who own the Apache Junction Landfill.  That should be cause to celebrate. Unfortunately, some people sent an anonymous mailer spreading tall tales about the plan. They […]

Wilson: Career, technical education available at East Valley Institute of Technology

Over the years, much has been made of the old either/or college-bound vs. vocational education mentality. For too long, educators and communities have pushed students into one lane or the other instead of recognizing the road to success for every student has multiple lanes. But as vocational education has transformed itself into today’s career and […]

Dyer: Annexation of State Trust land bridging gap between Apache Junction, Queen Creek

On a recent morning, I drove south on Ironwood Drive from U.S. Highway 60 on the State Trust land route between the City of Apache Junction and the Town of Queen Creek. Because of the recent annexation of State Trust land by the Town of Queen Creek south of the State Route 24 corridor and […]

Bisson: Independent Newsmedia supports local charities

We believe charity begins at home. Thanks to a generous grant given to us last fall by the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy, we’ve been able to help nonprofit charities across the Valley with marketing campaigns or news stories to promote their worthy causes. Thus far, we’ve provided double the grant’s initial value of $40,000 […]

Ooley: Vote Nov. 5 for $60 million bond, $2 million capital override for AJUSD schools

“Yes, Yes Our Kids, Our Community” is a political action group formed through the actions of the Apache Junction Unified school District’s Superintendent’s Advisory Council which created a recommendation presented to and approved by the Apache Junction Unified School District’s Governing Board. This recommendation contained two initiatives: A $60 million bond that will pay for […]