Code of conduct approved for Apache Junction council, boards, commissions

The Apache Junction City Council on March 5 approved a code of conduct applicable to the council, board and commission members that removed draft language on meeting distractions including not rolling one’s eyes when reacting to an opinion. A draft code of conduct had stated “Members should not roll their eyes, shake their head or […]

Concert-venue retrofit discussed for Apache Greyhound Park

Apache Greyhound Park could become an indoor and outdoor concert venue, a representative of its owner, Delaware North, and a local chamber official said recently. The facility at 220 S. Delaware Drive in Apache Junction, which once hosted live dog racing, now has TVs for simulcast races from greyhound and thoroughbred tracks, a bar and […]

Dyer: State of the City reveals water, sewer, trash top of mind for ‘19

The most moving section of Apache Junction’s State of the City was when the Apache Junction High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Color Guard approached the stage and Iceyss Schmitz, a winner at the 2019 AJ Kids Idol contest, sang the national anthem. Don’t take my word for it. Check out my short […]

Apache Junction development fees to go up in 4 of 6 building types, according to draft plan

Fees per residential unit may go up, while development fees for nonresidential construction would go down, under a proposed development fee land use assumptions and infrastructure improvement plan draft report. The Apache Junction City Council is expected to discuss the new draft report, which would impact development fees for residential and nonresidential construction projects, on […]

Apache Junction water district explains 2 ‘significant’ deficiencies ADEQ found in site visit

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality on a Dec. 12, 2018, site visit to Apache Junction water district facilities found deficiencies — one “minor” and two “significant,” which is the top category of severity, according to online records. An air screen was the wrong size mesh, the water district couldn’t show that its ferric chloride […]

Events, business liquor licenses approved by Apache Junction City Council

A special-event liquor license for the March 16 Brews and Blues at Flatiron Park, 100 N. Apache Trail, was recently recommended for approval by the Apache Junction City Council. The council on Feb. 19 voted 7-0, with Councilwoman Robin Barker on the phone, to recommend that the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control approve […]

History of Lost Dutchman Days

In 2018 we celebrate 54 years of Lost Dutchman Days.

A look through the archives of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent and its predecessor the Apache Sentinel, finds the following about Lost Dutchman Days, from its beginning on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1965, as a one-day event:

Video: National anthem at Apache Junction State of the City

The Apache Junction High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Color Guard approaches the stage at the Feb. 13 Apache Junction State of the City and Iceyss Schmitz, a winner at the 2019 AJ Kids Idol contest, sings the national anthem. The State of the City, hosted by Apache Junction Mayor Jeff Serdy (at […]

Online records: ADEQ finds 2 ‘significant’ deficiencies at Apache Junction water district

[Corrections: The first sentence of this story and the headline incorrectly stated that the deficiencies were found at the Superstition Area Water Plant. They were found at other Apache Junction water district sites. The Independent regrets the errors and any confusion they may have caused. See the latest story at] The Arizona Department of […]

Dyer: Let’s thank our neighbors for their good works

Thank you to all Apache Junction and Gold Canyon residents who made a difference in 2018. They include: Logan Reichwald, 13, of Apache Junction, who earned a position on the Arizona state/provincial National Junior Rodeo team. Alec McDaniel, an Apache Junction High School teacher, who was selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by […]