$39K in gaming revenue sought to pay for Apache Junction senior transportation

A $39,194 grant from Gila River Indian Community gaming revenue is being sought to pay for senior-citizen transportation in Apache Junction. The Apache Junction City Council recently approved a resolution approving the submittal of an application from the municipality for a grant. The initial application was filed in March, Heather Patel, the city’s grants administrator, […]

Former AJUSD superintendent Wilson indicted on felony charges

The Arizona State Grand Jury accuses former Apache Junction Unified School District Superintendent Chad Wilson of theft, a class 2 felony, and three counts of misuse of public monies, class 4 felonies, according to an Arizona Superior Court indictment. He is accused of misusing public funds, including authorizing performance pay (May 1, 2012-May 31, 2016), […]

Gold Canyon Elementary School building to be sold for $1.8M

Gold Canyon Community Church, which has been leasing the site of the former Gold Canyon Elementary School, has until Dec. 31, 2020, to purchase the property for $1.8 million. The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board recently approved an amendment on the church’s lease and a purchase proposal for the former school at 5810 […]

Apache Junction in negotiations with sole-provider for recycling, trash hauling

Of three waste- and recycling-hauling companies that filed proposals with the City Apache Junction to become a sole provider, the municipality’s employees recommended entering into contract negotiations with Allied Waste Transportation, also known as Republic Services. The other two were Right Away Disposal and Waste Management. The City Council at a meeting in August agreed […]

Meeting in the middle: Queen Creek, Apache Junction to share a border at State Route 24

When State Route 24 is constructed east from Ellsworth Road to Ironwood Drive, it will be the dividing line between the municipalities of Apache Junction and Queen Creek. Drivers in Mesa on Loop 202 Santan Freeway can take SR24, the Gateway Freeway, south to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and east to Ellsworth Road, south of […]

Dyer: Annexation of State Trust land bridging gap between Apache Junction, Queen Creek

On a recent morning, I drove south on Ironwood Drive from U.S. Highway 60 on the State Trust land route between the City of Apache Junction and the Town of Queen Creek. Because of the recent annexation of State Trust land by the Town of Queen Creek south of the State Route 24 corridor and […]

Nov. 5 election: Apache Junction school district seeking $60M in bonds, $2M capital override

Voters in a Nov. 5 election will consider authorizing Apache Junction Unified School District to issue and sell $60 million in school-improvement bonds and exceed its budget by the lesser of $2 million or 10% of its revenue control limit. The district’s first override passed in 1999 and was renewed in 2003. Further votes failed […]

Dutch Bros. Coffee at Apache Trail, Thunderbird to open in early 2020

A Dutch Bros. Coffee is planned near the northeast corner of Apache Trail and Thunderbird Drive in Apache Junction and is to open in early 2020. The property has historically been used for the Cobbs Restaurant and shopping center. The restaurant and businesses operated until approximately a year ago. Cole Valley Partners bought 4.14 acres […]

Permit sought to discharge treated domestic wastewater to wash, Siphon Draw

Officials from Apache Junction’s sewer treatment plant are seeking a renewal permit to discharge up to 2.14 million gallons per day of treated domestic wastewater to an unnamed wash tributary to Siphon Draw in the Middle Gila River. Superstition Mountains Community Facilities District No. 1, 5661 S. Ironwood Drive, in Apache Junction, applied for the […]

Dyer: A month’s worth of calendar items in a newspaper with ‘shelf life’

Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent reader Jan Long was surprised to find July 4 event information in the newspaper after the event and e-mailed me with her concern. Her July 10 letter is on the opinions page of this issue (apachejunctionindependent-az.newsmemory.com) with my follow-up e-mail to her and then her response. I checked our daily news […]