Rios: How does heavy drinking impact women?

Recent studies on alcohol misuse show a significant increase in heavy drinking among women. This trend raises concerns because research shows that women face a higher risk of certain alcohol-related health issues compared to men. Alcohol consumption related health issues can occur earlier for women, and at lower levels of consumption. For women, the effects […]

Bisson: Send us your scenic photos for publication

Recent rains have blessed the Arizona desert landscape with lush vegetation. Now’s the time to enjoy hiking in the Valley before our temperatures rise too high. This spring promises blooming cacti and a plethora of wild flowers. My daughter and I enjoyed our first explorations of the Superstition Mountains, taking Peralta Canyon Trail to Weaver’s […]

Gehling: What can Apache Junction residents do about nuisance barking dogs?

Since 1986 I have been a resident of several municipalities here in the greater Phoenix area and have found an issue here in Apache Junction that begs for a better answer. If one happens to reside in a neighborhood controlled by an HOA or an RV park that enforces rules on nuisance barking dogs, all […]

Helfgott: Superstition Mountain Museum fundraiser a success

I would like to take a moment to thank those in the community who helped to make our recent wine tasting and auction fundraiser a success. The Superstition Mountain Museum event was a good time had by all, and as a fundraiser, quite successful.  Next year, it’ll be even better, so keep an eye out. […]

Reveles: 550 attended meeting on Peralta Canyon subdivision traffic system

Attendance at the Gold Canyon community meeting March 28 surpassed the steering committee’s expectations. Over 550 Gold Canyon residents turned out to hear about the Peralta Canyon Subdivision traffic system and its possible impacts on surrounding neighborhoods. Residents’ concerns were voiced during a lengthy question-and-answer period. A panel consisted of Todd House, member of the […]

Gamble: Without Canadian winter residents, waitress’ employment may not exist

My response is directed to the anonymous Apache Junction waitress who is seemingly ungrateful for her Canadian gratuities (“Speak Out: Canadian visitors, tip at least 15% or ‘more if you get great service’”) Despite our Canadian dollar is nearly 35 percent less than the American dollar we continue to be grateful for the opportunity to […]

Dyer: Denied access to Apache Junction records? E-mail me what happened, when

Have you been denied access to public records that the City of Apache Junction retains as a municipality? If yes, please e-mail me at with when it was, what you asked for and what the city said when it denied you access. For a story on out-of-court settlements, I e-mailed the municipality asking for […]

Oborne: State Route 88, Lost Dutchman Boulevard will kill again

Yes, the corner of State Route 88 and Lost Dutchman Boulevard will kill again. Already two deaths in the last nine years, in addition to 20 accidents requiring police attendance. As this is an Arizona Department of Transportation intersection, at the suggestion of the good folks at Apache Junction City Hall, I wrote to our […]

Reveles: Apache Junction Mayor Serdy continues lusting after Gold Canyon’s assets

By seeking to corral volunteers from Gold Canyon organizations, businesses and home owner associations, AJ’s Mayor Jeff Serdy is unashamedly trying to annex Gold Canyon without putting annexation on the ballot. His manipulative move for a “collaborative group” is an ill-concealed power play, setting up so-called “volunteers” to “serve as the voice of the community.” […]

Dyer: State of the City reveals water, sewer, trash top of mind for ‘19

The most moving section of Apache Junction’s State of the City was when the Apache Junction High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Color Guard approached the stage and Iceyss Schmitz, a winner at the 2019 AJ Kids Idol contest, sang the national anthem. Don’t take my word for it. Check out my short […]