Excalibur Charter Schools marks 20 years of operation

When students fill Avalon Elementary in Apache Junction on the first day of school July 29, they will join the ranks of thousands educated by a charter school company that marked 20 years in 2019. The kindergarten through eighth-grade school is run by Excalibur Charter Schools, which started in 1999. “It’s gone by very quickly. […]

$2.3M required for Apache Junction to keep pace with Public Safety Personnel Retirement System obligations

The City of Apache Junction will pay $2.3 million this fiscal year to maintain its annual required contribution payment for funding police employees retirement. The City Council this past June voted to approve a policy for Public Safety Personnel Retirement System pension funding. Some of the objectives of the policy include how the city plans […]

Active-shooter exercise held, with blanks now to prepare for lethal encounter later

Rescue Task Forces — paramedics paired with law-enforcement personnel — on a recent Saturday morning trained in a full-scale, active-shooter exercise at the Pinal County Superior Courthouse in Florence. The Pinal County Office of Emergency Management hosted the event to evaluate the coordination of personnel from the Florence police and fire departments, Pinal County Sheriff’s […]

Apache Junction OK’s aerial-mapping agreement with Maricopa County

The City of Apache Junction is purchasing aerial-map geographic information system data and imagery services through a cost-sharing agreement with Maricopa County. The City Council on June 18 approved the agreement as part of a consent agenda. Apache Junction has been purchasing the imagery annually from Maricopa County since fiscal year 2007-08, City Manager Bryant […]

Officials: Monsoon moisture needed to extinguish Woodbury Fire

Moisture from a monsoon is needed to extinguish the Woodbury Fire burning in the Superstition Wilderness, an official said at a community meeting June 18. “So this fire is going to be going until the monsoons. It’s not going to be put out this week, next week. We have to get monsoon moisture out there […]

Arches Academy charter school opening in Apache Junction

A school centered on self-paced education for each individual student has its first classes starting Aug. 5 in Apache Junction. “Where the rest of the country is more working on standardizing education, we are trying to personalize it and individualize it. We want to make it what each individual child needs to be successful,” Arches […]

Opinions sought on plans for 498-acre Peralta Regional Park near Gold Canyon

A dedicated area for stargazing is planned in a 498-acre regional park to be constructed near Gold Canyon. “Generally a passive recreation program like we have here, which is the goal of the task force, stargazing is part of that,” Pinal County Planning Manager Steve Abraham said of the group guiding the recreation planning of […]

Safety of firefighters, residents No. 1 priority, officials fighting Woodbury Fire say

The human-caused Woodbury Fire burning in the Superstition Wilderness is approximately 11 miles from Gold Canyon, officials said at a community meeting June 12. The safety of firefighters and local residents are the highest priority, Incident Cmdr. Rich Nieto said at the meeting held at 6 p.m. at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. […]

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Stay informed on the goings-on in and around Apache Junction and Gold Canyon with a digital newsletter on what has been posted at apachejunctionindependent.com. Every day dedicated journalists strive to put together a curated selection of news that matters, from education to Pinal County and city government, to business, events, neighbors and local opinions. And […]

$80K in funding for Apache Junction health, human services to be considered June 18

The Apache Junction Food Bank and Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley are to receive the bulk of this year’s $80,000 in health and human services funding from municipal coffers. The Apache Junction City Council at a June 18 meeting is to vote in a consent agenda on awarding contracts to four agencies. […]