September deadline approaching for senior property-value freeze applications

Pinal County senior citizens have until Monday, Sept. 2, to apply for a senior freeze on their property values for property tax purposes. “The purpose of the program is to assist seniors (65 and older) with lower incomes to freeze the taxable basis value of their primary residence. It does not freeze the property taxes,” […]

Pinal County shelter overcrowding means big sale on dogs and cats for July

There has been an unexpected population increase at the Pinal County Animal Care and Control Shelter in Casa Grande. So much so, that staff members have placed a sign in front of the door telling people they are having a hard time accepting any more animals. “We are approaching desperation mode,” Animal Care and Control Director […]

Learn about transportation safety plan at July 24 meeting

With 530 fatal crashes on roadways within Pinal County between 2008 and 2017, the Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, in cooperation with Central Arizona Governments, Maricopa Association of Governments, and Pinal County, is developing a comprehensive Strategic Transportation Safety Plan for the cities, towns, and tribal communities in Pinal County. “The goal of the study […]

Active-shooter exercise held, with blanks now to prepare for lethal encounter later

Rescue Task Forces — paramedics paired with law-enforcement personnel — on a recent Saturday morning trained in a full-scale, active-shooter exercise at the Pinal County Superior Courthouse in Florence. The Pinal County Office of Emergency Management hosted the event to evaluate the coordination of personnel from the Florence police and fire departments, Pinal County Sheriff’s […]

Opinions sought on plans for 498-acre Peralta Regional Park near Gold Canyon

A dedicated area for stargazing is planned in a 498-acre regional park to be constructed near Gold Canyon. “Generally a passive recreation program like we have here, which is the goal of the task force, stargazing is part of that,” Pinal County Planning Manager Steve Abraham said of the group guiding the recreation planning of […]

Flood control, library, Pinal County property taxes increasing

Property taxes are to increase in three areas approved by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors — the flood control and library districts and the county. The supervisors will hold three truth in taxation hearings during the final budget adoption regular session meeting at 9:30 a.m. on June 19. The meeting will be held in the […]

West Nile Virus mosquito found in Pinal County trap

This week, during seasonal mosquito surveillance, the Pinal County Public Health Services District detected the first West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in the county. Mosquito surveillance is done throughout Pinal County in order to determine the relative risk of mosquito-borne disease to the community. County officials declined to state what community, town or city the […]

Pinal County Air Quality’s annual monitoring network plan available for review

Pinal County Air Quality Control District’s annual monitoring network plan is available for public inspection prior to submission to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The 110-page annual ambient monitoring network review and data summary document presents changes to and data collected from the air-quality monitoring network, including at sites in Apache Junction. The document is […]

Is a tech corridor in Pinal County’s future?

When one thinks of the term “tech corridor” the first thought to come to their mind is Silicon Valley. But Pinal County Economic Development Program Manager Tim Kanavel says that Silicon Valley is not the only tech corridor in the U.S. “There are several tech corridors across the nation,” Mr. Kanavel said. “There is a […]

Adults in criminal justice system to be served by office in Casa Grande

A joint project between Pinal County’s Adult Probation Department and Community Health Associates will offer services to adults in the criminal justice system. A grand opening is slated to be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Integrated Outpatient Office in Casa Grande, 1667 N. Trekell Road, Suites 101-104, according to a release. […]