Pima Medical Institute, East Valley Institute of Technology announce partnership

Pima Medical Institute has announced a new partnership with the health sciences division of East Valley Institute of Technology, aimed at providing students with a pathway from high school onto higher education and into healthcare careers. The dual/early enrollment program is the first-of-its-kind for Pima Medical and will assist students enrolled in allied health certificate […]

Apache Junction, Queen Creek officials stress water safety

Preventing drowning incidents is a year-round effort that is especially on people’s minds as summer approaches and thoughts turn to swimming pools and the lakes and rivers near Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and Queen Creek. There have been no drowning incidents in 2018 in the Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and unincorporated Pinal County areas that […]

Events scheduled at San Tan Mountain Regional Park

The following events are taking place at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek. For more information, call the park office at 480-655-5554 or visit its website. Entrance to the park is $7 a car. Events are included with the cost of admission. Desert Walk and Talk: 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, […]

Actress Debby Rosenthal teaching teens on-camera acting for TV, film

Have a teenager interested in on-camera acting for TV and film? A workshop is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 11-15 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. It is for ages 12-18 and costs $140 plus $10 registration fee per student. Students need to bring a sack lunch. The […]

Scenic photo: Colorful collared lizard

Please enjoy this photograph. 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 with your name to ajeditor@newszap.com. See other scenic Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and […]

Scenic photo: Desert tortoise

Please enjoy this photograph. 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 with your name to ajeditor@newszap.com. See other scenic Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and […]

Art in the Olive Grove Feb. 11 in Queen Creek with Artists of the Superstitions

Artists of the Superstitions invite all to attend a day of fine art, entertainment and wine tasting 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 11, in the park-like setting of the Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road in Queen Creek (off Combs Road). Visitors will have the opportunity to view and purchase fine art from […]

Scenic photo: Ladybug on bronze barley

Please enjoy this photograph. 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 with your name to ajeditor@newszap.com. See other scenic Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and […]

Barney Farms residential rezoning request south of Mesa industrial area

After nine  months of discussions, the Queen Creek Town Council approved motions to move forward the proposed Barney Farms residential community at the north end of the community. The council rejected requests for a continuance by area businesspeople and a local municipality, saying the latter could have discussed their issues earlier, Councilwoman Julia Wheatley said […]

Despite health obstacles, Wilson trains horse for Extreme Mustang Makeover

When 31-year-old horse trainer Wanette Wilson heard that the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition was coming to Queen Creek, she knew she wanted in. Even though an endometriosis diagnosis threatened to hold her back, she applied—and was accepted—as a 2016 competitor for the event, which challenges trainers to transform wild horses into gentle, adoptable companions in just 100 days. After all, Ms. Wilson has been a devoted horse lover all her life with experience doing rodeo, quarter horses, speed events, cutting and more. And ever the fighter, the horse trainer is not letting health issues prevent her from following her dreams.

As a part of the competition, she was paired with a wild mustang who was virtually untouched by humans. Ms. Wilson aptly named him Wish Come True — True for short — and is training him in advance of the EMM event April 22-23 at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek. The competition is a chance to show off True’s skills to potentially help him get adopted after the event.