Superstition Fire and Medical District helps put out fire west of Apache Junction

Superstition Fire and Medical District worked alongside Mesa Fire and Medical Department and Rural/Metro Fire Department officials to extinguish a mobile home fire that spread to vehicles and structures west of the city of Apache Junction. SFMD and Mesa firefighters were dispatched at 2:31 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, to assist Rural/Metro with the fire in […]

Superstition Fire and Medical District extinguishes Apache Junction house blaze

An occupant escaped a June 13 fire in Apache Junction and no one was injured, a Superstition Fire and Medical District official said. SFMD was dispatched at 12:39 p.m. Wednesday to the house fire in the 600 block of South Gold Drive in Apache Junction, Richard Ochs, SFMD assistant chief of planning and logistics, said […]

Historic Mining Camp Restaurant to remain closed, owner Fugate says

Vinton Fugate, owner of the historic Mining Camp Restaurant that was destroyed in a fire last summer, said in a Facebook post May 25 that it will not reopen. Firefighters were called at 3:03 a.m. July 25 to the business, 6100 E. Mining Camp St. in Apache Junction. The official cause of the fire was […]

Superstition Fire and Medical District Governing Board to call for election

A resolution calling for an election of one board member and a board clerk are to be discussed at the May 16 meeting of the Superstition Fire and Medical District Governing Board. It begins at 5:30 p.m. in the district’s administrative office, 565 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. “This resolution is necessary to call […]

Superstition Fire and Medical District Governing Board meets April 18

The interim chief’s evaluation and appointing a fire chief are to be discussed at the April 18 meeting of the Superstition Fire and Medical District Governing Board. It begins at 5:30 p.m. in the district’s administrative office, 565 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. The governing board may also go into a closed-door executive session […]

Firefighter of the year recognized by American Legion Post No. 27

The Superstition Fire and Medical District firefighter of the year was recognized April 8 by American Legion Post No. 27 in Apache Junction. Firefighter/Paramedic Ken Simpkins was awarded with a plaque and other gifts for his honor. “Simkins was chosen as the 2017 firefighter of the year by his peers early this year as he […]

OPINION: Apache Junction and Pinal County need structured growth

Having read the current Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent, it seems like the region is trying to grow. Your front-page article detailed a new clean industrial company moving in and highlighted the city’s Flatiron Park as well as the new location for Fry’s. Kudos for also holding a “State of the City” event. All that being […]

Fire district assessed valuation increased 4.46 percent for 2018-19

The opening of the Fry’s Marketplace Store in Apache Junction may have increased the 2018-19 net assessed valuation used for determining revenue for the Superstition Fire and Medical District, the governing board learned in February. Pinal County and Maricopa County fire district levy limits documents were delivered to the district on Feb. 9, Interim Fire […]

Fire district ends agreement with longtime legal counsel

The Superstition Fire and Medical District Governing Board in a 3-2 vote ended its agreement with an attorney who had worked for the district for more than 20 years. Voting yes at a Feb. 21 meeting were board members Todd House, Larry Strand and Jason Moeller. Voting no were Chairman Jeff Cross and Board Clerk […]

[UPDATE:] Two injured when horse-drawn stagecoach hit vehicles at Lost Dutchman Days rodeo grounds

[Update: The stagecoach accident occurred at approximately 1:40 p.m. Feb. 24, Krysta Paffrath, a volunteer with Superstition Mountain Promotional Corp., said in a Feb. 26 press release. “As the Wells Fargo stage was being presented in the arena with dignitaries and representatives of Wells Fargo, the stage horses did not respond to the driver and ran away with the historic stage in tow. The stage made contact with the entrance gate, shearing it off, and the stage proceeded through the rodeo contestant area and towards Lost Dutchman (Boulevard) through the parking lot. The stage came in contact with vehicles, coming to a stop when the right front wheel of the stage lodged in the back tire area of a full-size parked pickup. The collision caused three of the four occupants on the stage to be ejected. The team of horses (was) not injured in the accident. As of today, Feb. 26, one person remains in the hospital. Rodeo Chairman Denny Walter, Apache Junction, received a substantial head injury. He is currently in the trauma unit ICU of Banner Desert Hospital. He is awake and alert following the instructions of his team of doctors as they dictate his path of care. Others injured in the accident have no comment as of the date/time of this release.”]