Paris Carlyon selected 2019 Lost Dutchman Days rodeo queen

Paris Carlyon, 17, of Gilbert was selected as the 2019 Lost Dutchman Days rodeo queen Jan. 5 during a day-long pageant competition that included horsemanship events at the Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd. Contestants for queen, senior teen queen and junior teen queen also were judged on public speaking and interviews […]

Scenic East Valley: Quail on a wall

A quail and chick snapped by photographer Tom Schuh, a resident in Sossaman Estates in Queen Creek. 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 submissions […]

Skinner: Passenger rail system story shouldn’t have been presented as journalism

Your Nov. 1 piece entitled, “Passenger rail system mulled over by transportation officials,” is a good example of what I and many others would call fake news. It’s fake because it’s presented as news—as journalism—when in fact it appears to be a press release written by someone or some entity associated with the township of […]

Regional Water Recharge Project partners seeking Apache Junction site

Utilities serving Queen Creek, Apache Junction and Gold Canyon have formed a regional partnership to find and construct a nearby site to recharge groundwater to obtain long-term storage credits. The regional water recharge project is in its infancy, with officials meeting three times since the beginning of the year. Despite remnants of hurricanes Rosa and […]

Committee approves SRP’s proposed Southeast Power Link project

The Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee has recommended approval of a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility for a Salt River Project power line project in the Southeast Valley. The committee’s unanimous approval Tuesday, Sept. 11, is a milestone for the proposed Southeast Power Link project, which includes 7 miles of new overhead 230-kilovolt power lines, […]

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport adds nonstop service to Carlsbad/San Diego

Growth continues at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport as California Pacific Airlines has announced new nonstop service to McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. PMGAA consists of representation from Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Mesa, Gilbert, Gila River Indian Community and Phoenix. “We are delighted to […]

Regional park salutes Santana and Shelly on Tortoise Day

Saturday, Sept. 8, is Tortoise Day at San Tan Mounain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the park will honor its two tortoise “ambassadors,” Santana and Shelly, before fall sets in and they head into their burrows for a winter nap. “We will start with a morning feeding […]

American Heritage Festival comes to East Valley

The 16th annual American Heritage Festival returns to Queen Creek in November. Billed by organizers as the “the largest and most diverse educational living history event to take place in the Southwest,” it will be open to the public Saturday, Nov. 17, at Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 15-16, the event is […]

NAI Horizon professions help in several transactions in Mesa, Queen Creek

The long-term lease of a former movie theater converted to Class A office space in Mesa was part of a series of recent transactions closed by NAI Horizon professionals in both Mesa and Queen Creek. Laurel Lewis, Barbara Lloyd and Lane Neville represented the landlord, Old Town Val Vista, LLC, in a long-term office lease […]

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 […]