City of Apache Junction develops 14 steps toward a sustainable future

The city of Apache Junction has developed 14 projects for residents to promote sustainable efforts as part of a wider community effort. The ideas were developed under the Strong Sustainable Community Initiative that encourages residents to participate in promoting sustainable efforts in their neighborhoods. The steps address diverse areas of a better sustainable future. Among […]

Apache Junction Police tech Stephanie Bourgeois helps build house near Kalispell, Montana

Apache Junction Police Department crime scene technician Stephanie Bourgeois went a long way to help build a house – but it was all worth it, she says. “All the support I received to go on this trip will allow three young children and their parents to have what many of us take for granted – […]

Royal Palm area neighborhood meeting July 19 with Apache Junction mayor

Apache Junction Mayor Jeff Serdy will host a neighborhood meeting on July 19 in the Royal Palm area to discuss citizen concerns and address clean-up and beautification efforts in the area. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at St. George Roman Catholic Church, 300 E. 16th Ave. Ideas about landscaping […]

Overnight planned activity on the Fry’s construction site

The city of Apache Junction’s development services folks are informing residents within 500 feet of the new Fry’s construction of planned overnight activities this week and next month.

Old West Marketplace, a shopping center on 18.59 acres, is being built on the northeast corner of Old West Highway and North Idaho Road. The commercial parcel is bordered by Idaho Road to the west, Junction Street to the north, Outpost Road to the east and Old West Highway to the south.

The times for the overnight construction are:

•Midnight-5 a.m. July 6.
•Midnight-5 a.m. July 11.

(The work was also done midnight-5 a.m. June 27-28.)

The general contractor for the new Fry’s building has requested, as allowed in the City Code of Apache Junction, to work outside normal construction hours. During the summer, construction is permitted during the hours of 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Due to the excessive heat normal at this time of year, and the need to make one continuous pour of the interior floor, the city has granted an overnight construction noise permit to Campbell Development for the days and hours noted above.

In an effort to reduce noise, the contractor has relocated the truck washout area to the west side of the project site along Idaho Road and trucks will be exiting to Old West Highway near the new gas station. The majority of the activity will take place inside the walls of the new building, but concrete truck cleanout and other vehicular and equipment movement will occur outside the building. Back-up warning alarms on the cement trucks and other equipment cannot be turned off or disabled per health and safety regulations that protect workers on the job site.

Residents are being told if they have questions or concerns to contact the Code Compliance hotline at 480-474-5112.

Editor’s note: Al Bravo is the public information officer for the city of Apache Junction.

$16,175 donation pays for new kennel doors at AJ Paws and Claws Center

Through the generosity of Art and Betsy Grandlich, the former owners of the Grand Hotel, and numerous other donors, the Apache Junction Paws and Claws Care Center has 38 brand new kennel doors in the shelter, 725 E. Baseline Road. “The kennel has an amazingly new, brighter look after this fantastic project,” Thomas E. Kelly, […]

Apache Junction Parks Director Jeff Bell leaves legacy

  There wasn’t a blade of grass in the name of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation, let alone a ball court or a piece of playground equipment. The city itself was still in its infancy – just a few employees, some trailers that doubled as offices and a used dump truck. That is what Jeff […]

It’s painting cats and dogs

    Carlee Fowler had to step out of her comfort zone. That’s saying something for the high school senior who has been driven by animals and sports. She already has earned a soccer scholarship to a college in Illinois to play soccer but she is also going there to study veterinary medicine. She is […]

AJ police prepare to retire their K-9 officer, Daimont

For the past several years, canine officer Daimont has been an integral part of the Apache Junction Police Department’s K-9 Drug/Search Unit.

The unit, comprised of Daimont and her human companion officer, has proven to be one of the department’s best crime fighting tools.

This dynamic team has been effective in interdicting drugs and detaining drug dealers; searching for evidentiary items, lost persons or fleeing suspects; while still deterring crimes of opportunity.

Unfortunately, due to advancing age and persistent problems with Valley Fever, it is anticipated that Daimont will need to retire in 12-18 months.

Police Chief Thomas E. Kelly has begun to plan for Daimont’s inevitable departure from the department.

The chief has identified a grant program that may provide the funds to secure another canine officer, the cost of such an officer can be from $7,000 to $8,500. Additionally, and unfunded, would be the extensive training that the canine and human companion officer need before being deployed.

Costing approximately $2,500, the intensive six-week training program concludes with both the human and canine officers getting certified in drug detection and search/rescue skills.

The Friends of Apache Junction is assisting the Apache Junction Police Department in raising funds for the department’s K-9 drug/search unit.

This is where the public can help.

By making a minimum donation of $20 you will help the K-9 drug/search unit to secure the necessary training. For your donation, you will receive a stuffed replica of Daimont, our own K-9 hero.