AJ Mounted Rangers donate money to Superstition Fire and Medical District

  On Wednesday, March 20, The AJ Mounted Rangers met at Superstition Fire and Medical District to donate $1,000.00 for the April Pools Day Project, which teaches water safety and CPR to 500 adults or children. The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers is a volunteer peace-keeping organization that supports children and youth by providing safety measures […]

Scenic Apache Junction: Female cardinal

“Female cardinal has been attacking the Jeep window all day,” local photographer Kathy Kelley said in an e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. Do not use a filter on submitted photos. Send […]

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 […]

Scenic Apache Junction: Dead cow for a coyote feast

“I am not a photographer but I set trail cameras in AJ and surrounding area. I also have pics of kit fox, roundtail ground squirrel, kangaroo rat, spotted skunk, pack rat, javelina, jack rabbit, to name a few. This dead cow, coyote feast, was found because of circling vultures,” Randy Williams said in an e-mail. […]

Former Apache Junction Parks Director Bell dies

Former Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Bell – the city’s only parks director until his retirement in 2016 – has died after an illness. He was 61. Services are pending. Mr. Bell steered the city’s parks department for 35 years and oversaw the development of more than 2,000 acres of park and open […]

Scenic East Valley: Boat at Saguaro Lake

“My husband and I boat at Saguaro Lake year-round. Super Bowl Sunday we were up to the lake and it was raining ever so lightly, local photographer Theresa Allan said in an e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the […]

Thefts reported in Gold Canyon March 7-9 to PCSO

Above are the general locations of thefts reported March 7-9 to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in the community of Gold Canyon. Incidents investigated by PCSO included: Theft of a vehicle, reported at 2:31 p.m. March 8 in the 10900 block of East Sleepy Hollow Trail. Theft of property from a motor vehicle, reported at […]

Thefts, robbery reported March 7-9 to Apache Junction Police Department

Above are the general locations of thefts and a robbery reported March 7-9 to the Apache Junction Police Department. Incidents investigated included: Robbery, reported at 1:18 p.m. March 8 in the 2400 block of West Scenic Street. Theft, reported at 8:50 a.m. March 8 in the 1100 block of North Grand Drive. Theft, reported at […]

Scenic Apache Junction: Bobcat snoozing on patio at the foothills

“A bobcat snoozing on our patio at the foothills of the Superstition Mountains in the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon area,” local photographer Linda James said in an e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. […]

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.” […]