Pinal County appeals judge’s decision to strike down half-cent transportation tax

Pinal County is appealing an Arizona Tax Court judge’s decision that a half-cent transportation sales tax approved by voters in November violates state law. “The tax judge didn’t take into consideration the will of the people because we actually voted and very unlike a judge to overturn the will of the people,” Chairman Todd House […]

Off-leash dog park location, funding ideas sought for Apache Junction

Finding a place to let Fido run free may become easier as Apache Junction officials are looking into costs, location and amenities for the city’s first off-leash dog park. Previous proposed locations for dog parks have included Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Road; Silly Mountain Park, southeast of East 36th Avenue and South Silly Mountain […]

Aug. 28 election on Apache Junction permanent base adjustment, mayor, council members

Two Apache Junction residents are running for mayor and four for three seats on the council in the Aug. 28 primary election. Voters will also decide if a permanent base adjustment budget is approved in one election that would be adjusted annually by population and inflation. If approved by voters, the adjustment would be $5.5 […]

AJ resident Garrett Cassity qualifies for Spartan Trifecta World Championships

Apache Junction resident Garrett Cassity, 43, has a lot of stamina and has qualified for the Spartan Trifecta World Championships in Sparta, Greece. He’s pushing to raise funds to compete in the three-day world championships in November where competitors will complete one leg of each of the races per day, according to a press release, […]

Apache Junction Police Chief Thomas Kelly completes executive leadership program

Apache Junction Police Chief Thomas E. Kelly on Aug. 2 completed phase two of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The LEEDS program was conceived and developed for chief executive officers of the nation’s mid-sized law enforcement agencies. The […]

Mediacom opens bilingual customer support center, retail store in Apache Junction

Mediacom Communications will officially open its new customer service center and retail store at 1435 E. Old West Highway in Apache Junction on Thursday, Aug. 16. The company continues to hire new employees to fill positions in the newly created bilingual call center. Eleven months after upgrading its fiber-optic network to make gigabit broadband speeds […]

Arizona utilities stress the importance of calling before digging

Aug. 11 was national 811 Day and Arizona Public Service, Southwest Gas and Salt River Project seek to warn customers of the dangers associated with digging into a utility line. They encourage customers to know what’s below by calling 811 before they dig. “Across the state, many shared utility services that communities rely on run […]

Student declining to remove bandana escorted by police from Apache Junction High School

Apache Junction Police Department officers escorted a teenager from Apache Junction High School Aug. 10 after he allegedly refused to remove a bandana from his head, according to a youtube video and a letter from the district. The video can be seen by searching for “Apache Junction High School” at with a filter of […]

Apache Junction man arrested, 174 pounds of marijuana seized by Border Patrol

Nogales Station Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint Tuesday night found almost 174 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of a Chrysler Concorde during a secondary inspection and arrested the driver. “Agents referred the male driver, later identified as a 34-year-old U.S. citizen from Apache Junction, for an additional inspection. During […]

Karyn Burwell new Apache Junction chamber director of events and communications

Karyn Burwell on Aug. 7 began working as director of events and communications at the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce. “I have always had a deep appreciation for Apache Junction, from the history of the area to the community involvement opportunities,” Ms. Burwell said in a release. “I am very excited to become part of […]