SR 88 intersection in Apache Junction remains closed for roundabout project

An Apache Junction intersection along State Route 88 remains closed as the Arizona Department of Transportation constructs a roundabout that is to enhance safety and increase traffic capacity. The roundabout at SR 88 (North Apache Trail) and Superstition Boulevard is now expected to open before Labor Day. Signs mark alternate routes. West of the intersection, […]

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 […]

Aug. 15 deadline for children to apply for free horse-riding lessons

The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers are giving five children in fourth-12th grades free horse-riding lessons. “Everything is included. All you have to do is be in the Apache Junction school district, write an essay saying why you should be chosen,” according to a release. Submissions must include a permission slip from a parent or guardian […]

Harvey: Candidate missing ‘paid by’ statement on campaign signs

I wish to report a campaign violation by mayoral candidate Dave Waldron. I was a precinct committeeman when I lived nearer to Apache Junction and so I know something about campaign signs. Waldron does not have the state-mandated “paid by” on many, if not all, of his signs. I was in the city clerk’s office […]

Community education classes at Central Arizona College in Apache Junction

Community education classes are offered at the Superstition Mountain Campus of Central Arizona College, 805 S. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. Register at www.centralaz.edu/lifelonglearning. For more information, contact Joel Beck, program coordinator, at 480-677-7721 or joel.beck@centralaz.edu. “We are currently having the community education schedule of classes printed and being mailed out next week,” Mr. Beck […]

4 assaults reported July 22-Aug. 4 to Apache Junction Police Department

Above are the general locations of an assault and aggravated-assault incidents reported July 22-Aug. 4 to Apache Junction Police Department. Incidents investigated by AJPD included: aggravated assault reported at 1:08 p.m. July 22 in the 400 block of South Idaho Road. assault, reported at 2:05 p.m. July 27 in the 500 block of East Navajo […]

4 suspicious-activity incidents reported in Gold Canyon July 22-Aug. 4 to PCSO

Above are the general locations of suspicious-activity incidents reported July 22-Aug. 4 to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for the community of Gold Canyon. Incidents investigated by PCSO included: reported at 3:54 p.m. July 27 in the 7000 block of East Palo Brea Drive. reported at 6:18 p.m. Aug. 1 at South Estrella Road and […]

The salaries and benefits of leadership at city of Apache Junction, fire district

The Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent on May 24 requested that the city of Apache Junction and the Superstition Fire and Medical District provide the total salaries for its department heads and the amounts for benefits. The fire district e-mailed the information. The city of Apache Junction required a Freedom of Information Act request, which was […]

Pension costs increasing as Apache Junction, Gold Canyon grow

The Arizona state program that provides lifelong monthly retirement income to city, fire and school district employees is requiring additional funding from both employers and present employees. In July, city, fire and school district budgets increased funding per employee set aside for pensions. State retirement system The Arizona State Retirement Systems retirement pension provides a […]

Pinal County Recorder Virginia Ross addressing ballot issue

Pinal County Recorder Virginia Ross became aware of a ballot issue for the 2018 election primary. This problem affects voters not registered to a recognized party that are on the Permanent Early Voting List. Arizona law allows non-affiliated voters on the PEVL to select a ballot from a recognized party if they choose to vote […]