Pinal County to suspend issuance of open-burn permits starting in April

Starting April 2, Pinal County Air Quality began issuing only three-day open burning permits. All permits will expire by May 1 and Pinal County will suspend the issuance of all open burning permits on April 27. Burn permits allow for the disposal of plant material by open burning during limited daytime hours, according to a release. […]

Apache Junction, other East Valley communities prepare for Entrepreneur Week

PHX East Valley Entrepreneur Week begins Monday, Feb. 18, with Apache Junction among the communities playing host to a series of free events to help existing businesses grow and get startups off the ground. “Our region has always been known as a hub for entrepreneurial ventures,” stated Denny Barney, president and CEO of East Valley […]

Rodeo: ‘American roots’ to revenue

It’s rodeo time in Apache Junction the end of February and in Queen Creek in March. Rain or shine, it will be a rip-roaring time in the stands watching athletes ride horses and bulls, rope cattle and compete to get the best time in barrel racing. The 55th annual Lost Dutchman Days rodeo is Feb. […]

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 […]