Maricopa County brings back free parks camping promotion

Beginning Oct. 1, the Buy One, Get One camping promotion returns to several locations managed by the Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department. The promotion allows park visitors who pay the camping fee for one night, or more, at a desert mountain county park to receive one night of equal or lesser value for free […]

Summer reading programs at Apache Junction, Queen Creek libraries

The best way to keep children on track when they go back to school in the fall is to have them read throughout the summer, librarians and parents say. Local libraries in Apache Junction and Queen Creek have summer reading programs for children and are open across county and municipal borders. Apache Junction The Apache […]

Apache Junction coalition accepts award for helping homeless

The Apache Junction Chronic Homeless Coalition received a public partnership award Wednesday from the Maricopa Association of Governments. The coalition and the Community Resource Center, which is housed at the Genesis Project, were honored with a Desert Peaks Award in ceremonies at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix. “We are beyond thrilled to get this […]

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 […]

2-vehicle accident sends 8-year-old bystander to hospital with serious injuries

Injuries sustained Saturday morning by an 8-year-old girl who was struck by a vehicle as it spun out of control at Ellsworth and East Broadway roads remain serious but are no longer life threatening, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred at approximately 7:43 a.m. Saturday, May 19, when a 2011 silver […]

Suspect arrested in connection with East Boulder Drive shooting death, MCSO says

[Update: A family member of the victim said in a Facebook message that Gilbert Hale was 43 and not 39 as previously reported.] A suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a man who was shot in the 10700 block of East Boulder Drive, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said. “Homicide detectives were […]

East Boulder Drive gunshot victim died from injuries, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating the death of a male victim who was shot in the 10700 block of East Boulder Drive, in unincorporated Maricopa County west of Apache Junction. Deputies were called to the scene at about 1:30 a.m. May 14, Sgt. Bryant Vanegas, of MCSO’s public information office, said. The address […]

Opioid addiction community forum events to be held at 3 locations

Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and Valley of the Sun United Way is hosting three community events on preventing opioid addiction. These open forums will be held throughout April to serve as a place where community members can ask questions, express their concerns and get connected with services to help prevent and treat substance abuse issues, […]

Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department fees rise April 1

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved adjustments to a variety of fees at regional parks, including those for day-use entry, camping and special use applications. In addition to the adjustments, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department sought approval to add a new service – a hike/bike/equestrian annual pass aimed at park visitors who hike or […]

Rescue at Siphon Draw in the Superstition Mountains

Crews from Superstition Fire and Medical District assisted Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office with a rescue at Siphon Draw in the Superstition Mountains the morning of Feb. 14. Two hikers spent the night on top of the mountain and needed assistance getting down. They were evaluated by SFMD crews and released […]