New Superstition Mountain Museum director Vaugier is formally introduced

The newly-hired director of the Superstition Mountain Museum was introduced to the Apache Junction City Council. Vicky McLaughlin, president of the Superstition Mountain Historical Society, introduced the museum’s new director, Annie Vaugier during the Tuesday, Dec. 4 meeting at City Hall, 300 E. Superstition Blvd. “I’m sure all of you probably know even more, and […]

AJ resident trains for Spartan Trifecta World Championships

Garrett Cassity, of Apache Junction, is “training like a beast” for the Spartan Trifecta World Championships. With plane ticket in hand, he’s preparing to go to Sparta, Greece for the competition showcasing his strength and endurance. He’s leaving Oct. 31 and racing Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, he says when asked for an update on […]

Gold Canyon Pharmacy fills prescriptions for generations, life’s moments

Having a personal connection with the neighborhood pharmacist is a prescription well filled at Gold Canyon Pharmacy. As the pharmacist Randal Lavern Johnson, 54, fills prescriptions for multitudes of family generations, he recounts the moments in patients’ lives that he’s been a part of, from baby showers to funerals. Being involved in those important moments […]

Apache Junction couple seeks donations to transport for disaster relief

  An Apache Junction couple is seeking donated items and funds for friends and family in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. Daniel and Danielle Greene, of Apache Junction, are preparing to transport needed supplies, nonperishables and more to the East Coast since they, like many in the community, have relatives and friends who will need help […]

Apache Junction horse rescue saves abandoned burro named Jack

When a burro named “Jack” was abandoned at an Apache Junction property a concerned neighbor sought help. Unsure how long Jack was left unattended on a property in the 1000 block of W. Foothill Street, Nancy Spei, a Good Samaritan, contacted the Independent on Tuesday, Aug. 28 after considering the local authorities and rescue organizations […]

Beloved pet’s death causes owners’ grief, sorrow

Experiencing the loss of a beloved pet is inevitable but nonetheless filled with pain and sorrow. Ray and Doreen Benkler, of Apache Junction, still recall the last days of their 9-year-old terrier mix, Georgi, who died this summer after becoming ill. Before the sudden death, Georgi was taken to the closest VCA Animal Hospital. Bloodwork […]

Open for Business: Hold Fast Reptiles & Exotics has furless, featherless animals

Shane Weakley’s store — Hold Fast Reptiles and Exotics — has scaly creatures, critters that blend into its environment and owners’ schedule. “I have always loved working with animals,” Mr. Weakley said by phone on Aug. 8. He opened the new retail exotic pet shop at 1000 W. Apache Trail, Suite 120, in July. Describing […]

AJ resident Garrett Cassity qualifies for Spartan Trifecta World Championships

Apache Junction resident Garrett Cassity, 43, has a lot of stamina and has qualified for the Spartan Trifecta World Championships in Sparta, Greece. He’s pushing to raise funds to compete in the three-day world championships in November where competitors will complete one leg of each of the races per day, according to a press release, […]

Salt River Wild Horse Management Group names rescued colt “Gideon”

Salt River Wild Horse Management Group revealed the name of the orphaned colt on July 19 with voters deciding on “Gideon.” After a call for sponsors of the recently rescued emaciated colt, which is the “smallest foal of the Salt River,” according to Salt River Wild Horse Management Group President Simone Netherlands, a name was […]

Rescued tiny, Tonto National Forest newborn horse needs a name

The tiny, newborn horse recently rescued in the Tonto National Forest will have a home but also needs a name. Anyone who sponsors the 33-pound foal separated from the herd last weekend, hours after birth, will be entered in a naming contest, Salt River Wild Horse Management Group President Simone Netherlands said by phone on […]