AJ Mounted Rangers donate money to Superstition Fire and Medical District

  On Wednesday, March 20, The AJ Mounted Rangers met at Superstition Fire and Medical District to donate $1,000.00 for the April Pools Day Project, which teaches water safety and CPR to 500 adults or children. The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers is a volunteer peace-keeping organization that supports children and youth by providing safety measures […]

Arizona school tax credit donations can be made to AJUSD

Area residents who are interested in making an Arizona school tax credit donation to Apache Junction Unified School District can do so with their 2018 tax return. Arizona allows an individual taxpayer to contribute up to $200 — or a married couple filing jointly up to $400 — to a public school of their choice […]

Scenic Apache Junction: Female cardinal

“Female cardinal has been attacking the Jeep window all day,” local photographer Kathy Kelley said in an e-mail. 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 […]

Desert Vista Elementary cheese team wins AJUSD tournament

The Desert Vista Elementary School Mustangs made all the right moves and handily won the Second Annual Apache Junction Unified School District Elementary School Chess Tournament with the DVES team winning all but four matches during the season. In a final competition Wednesday, March 6, Four Peaks Elementary School came in second and Peralta Trail […]

Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center announces summer pool hours

The Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave., has adjusted its open swim time and added a third swim lesson time frame. The change, according to a press release, is to handle the heavy volume of evening swim lesson participants. Open swim hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through July 22nd. […]

April Pool’s Day scheduled in Apache Junction

The Superstition Fire and Medical District, Apache Junction Parks and Recreation and the Apache Junction Police Department are teaming up once again to hold the annual April Pool’s Day water safety event Saturday, April 27 at the Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center. The water safety instructors, lifeguards and a variety of vendors will be on hand […]

Scenic Apache Junction: Dead cow for a coyote feast

“I am not a photographer but I set trail cameras in AJ and surrounding area. I also have pics of kit fox, roundtail ground squirrel, kangaroo rat, spotted skunk, pack rat, javelina, jack rabbit, to name a few. This dead cow, coyote feast, was found because of circling vultures,” Randy Williams said in an e-mail. […]

Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club helps raise more than $15,000

Members and guests of Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club joined Gold Canyon Arts Council to raise awareness and funds for its 3rd annual charity event. More than $15,000 was raised at the event to support art and music education programs in local schools, according to a press release. Sponsored by Superstition Mountain, the annual […]

Former Apache Junction Parks Director Bell dies

Former Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Bell – the city’s only parks director until his retirement in 2016 – has died after an illness. He was 61. Services are pending. Mr. Bell steered the city’s parks department for 35 years and oversaw the development of more than 2,000 acres of park and open […]

Apache Junction to receive $175k in community development grant

The City of Apache Junction is expected to receive $175,000 in fiscal year 2018-19 federal community development block grant funds from the Arizona Department of Housing Regional Account. The city also intends to apply for up to $300,000 in CDBG funds from the state special projects account, according to a press release. CDBG funds must […]