Nonprofit expands pet therapy programs, needs volunteers

Gabriel’s Angels, a nonprofit that delivers pet therapy to children, is expanding and is looking for more volunteers. Founded in 2000 by Pam Gaber and her dog Gabriel, the organization plans to increase its base of 225 volunteers to serve more young people. Volunteers with and without registered pet therapy dogs are needed. The pet therapy […]

Summer community education classes at Central Arizona College

Community education classes are offered this summer at the Superstition Mountain Campus of Central Arizona College, 805 S. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. Register at For more information, contact Joel Beck, program coordinator, at 480-677-7721 or Classes by course title (course number), instructor, start and end times and dates, fee, room number and […]

Kiwanis Club of Apache Junction donates to Avalon charter school

The Kiwanis Club of Apache Junction presented a donation to Avalon Elementary Charter School to assist them in purchasing curriculum material for their students. “This is an ongoing effort by the club to enhance the education of our local students and help them to a brighter future,” club member Jeff Struble said in a release. […]

Science foundation award advances welding training at Central Arizona College

The National Science Foundation has given Central Arizona College a $225,000 Advanced Technological Education award to assist in the development of curriculum to prepare advanced welding process technicians. The goal of the project is to encourage students from minority backgrounds in Pinal County to pursue a career field focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, […]

Desert Financial Credit Union shows educators, students how much it cares

The Apache Junction branch of Desert Financial Credit Union, 150 E. Old West Highway, treated the teachers at Four Peaks Elementary School to lunch as part of the organization’s month-long celebration of teachers month in March. Wildflower Bread Co. catered a spread of sandwiches and desserts, along with chips and drinks. Prior to the event, according […]

Fun Van at AJ Library

The Fun Van visits the Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. The Fun Van is a free program for parents and guardians with children 0-5. This class meets for 8 sessions and it is suggested that parents preregister. […]

Students of the month for August honored at Apache Junction schools

The following students were recognized at the Sept. 13 Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting as students of the month for August: Bailey Furrow and Titus Wasson of Desert Vista Elementary School; Ahtziri Armijo Ibarra and Damon Baum of Four Peaks Elementary School; Madison Baker and Nathan Moore of Peralta Trail Elementary School; […]

Dr. Elliott selected president at Central Arizona College

The Pinal County Community College District Board of Governors conducted a special meeting on Tuesday, May 3, to discuss possible actions regarding Central Arizona College’s presidential search. During an executive session, the board reviewed public survey input received from the presidential candidate public forums held throughout the county April 25-27. A vote was made to […]

EVIT students to learn how to build a community

Arizona-based real estate investment and development company Harvard Investments at its newest community, Cadence at Gateway ( and East Valley Institute of Technology are launching a 12-month program that provides EVIT high school students exposure to and understanding of the process for building a large scale, master-planned community. The program launches this fall and will […]

NJROTC visits Pearl Harbor during spring break

During Spring Break, cadets from the Apache Junction Unified School District Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program attended the Annual Military Base Orientation Trip in Pearl Harbor. The Commander for Navy Region Hawaii, RDML John Fuller provided his barge and crew for a private tour of the Arizona and the entire Pearl Harbor complex. […]