Barwick: Why don’t teachers do more about student achievement?

The discussion about the teacher walkout tells us all we need to know about the state of education in Arizona. What did we hear for several weeks leading up to the “walkout”? Let me recap for you. Teachers are helping our kids by asking for higher salaries, lower class size, more supplies, lower insurance cost, […]

Suspect arrested in connection with East Boulder Drive shooting death, MCSO says

[Update: A family member of the victim said in a Facebook message that Gilbert Hale was 43 and not 39 as previously reported.] A suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a man who was shot in the 10700 block of East Boulder Drive, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said. “Homicide detectives were […]

State treasurer candidate to attend Superstition Mountain Republican Club meeting

The Superstition Mountain Republican Club will meet 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Village Inn, 575 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. A social hour is to be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. with the opportunity to share a meal and fellowship. The SMRC welcomes everyone seeking to be a more-informed citizen within their community, according to […]

Elks Lodge No. 2349 uses grant to support 4-H Country Kickers

Elks Lodge No. 2349 in Apache Junction used its Grand Lodge promise grant to support the Apache Junction 4-H Country Kickers at the recent Pinal County junior livestock show at the Pinal County fairgrounds. The lodge bought Paden Dillard’s grand champion carcass lamb and Hailey Weese’s 232-pound pig, Dennis Mack, a member of Elks Lodge […]

Dill: How Medicare covers kidney disease

Did you know that one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease? Major risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure, and being age 60 or older. The best way to fight kidney disease is to find it before trouble starts. But if you’ve […]

Arizona Tractor Supply Co. stores donate $11,975 to fund FFA projects

Tractor Supply Co. and the National FFA Organization are supporting Arizona’s next generation of agricultural leaders through the third annual Grants for Growing program. This year, Arizona Tractor Supply stores raised $11,975 through customer donations to fund local, youth-led agriculture projects made possible by the initiative, according to a release. The Apache Junction store is […]

Crislip: Reducing mental-health stigma key to healthy aging

As members of the Baby Boomer generation reach what was once considered their “golden years,” many are re-defining what it means to be an older adult. Instead of retirement and rocking chairs, they’re working longer and living more active lifestyles than their parents ever did. But while Baby Boomers tend to be more physically healthy […]

Dorsey: Citizenship question not needed on 2020 Census

The League of Women Voters is very concerned about the potential impact of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ announcement that the Census Bureau will include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census. Both the national League and the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Phoenix believe that this decision will have a negative impact on […]

Gov. Ducey proclaims April 9-13 as Work Zone Awareness Week

The Arizona State Capitol dome will be lighted orange April 9-13. The week was proclaimed Work Zone Awareness Week in Arizona by Gov. Doug Ducey in an effort to call attention to the importance of being alert when approaching and driving through work zones on Arizona roadways. “We want everyone to make it home safe,” […]

Sections of Loop 202 freeway in East Valley closed this weekend

Sections of the Loop 202 (Santan/Red Mountain freeways) in east Mesa will be closed for part of this weekend while construction crews install traffic technology, including cameras and traffic-flow sensors. Drivers should allow extra travel time and use available detours while the following restrictions are in place: Northbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) will be closed between U.S. Highway 60 […]