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AJUSD Governing Board Opts for 5-Day Schedule

The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board voted 4-1 at the February 13, 2018, Board meeting, to move the district to a 5-day, modified schedule for the 2018-19 school year. The first day of school for the coming year will be July 24, 2018. Jodi Ehrlich, Dena Kimble, Mike Weaver and Cami Garcia voted in favor. Board member Christa Rizzi voted against the change.

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Lost Dutchman Days

The 2018 version of Lost Dutchman Days continues to be “the fun place to be for all ages.” This 54th Annual Event has 3 days of Professional Rodeo action, a Carnival that features 30+ rides, and carnival attractions, the Parade, always a favorite that attracts thousands of spectators entertained by over 150 entries, and don’t forget the Rodeo Dance held at the Elks Lodge 2349.

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Player of the Year

Had Katy Cafaro, the 4A Black Canyon Region player of the year, stayed with dancing, her noteworthy soccer career might not have happened. “I started playing soccer when I was 7. But before that, I took dance lessons for a couple of years,” the Apache Junction sophomore recalled. “I knew that wasn’t for me! I needed something that was a little more aggressive when I was 7, and I’ve been playing ever since.”

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Hikers Stranded Overnight

After spending the night on Superstition Mountain with volunteers from Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association, three stranded hikers were picked up by a Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter last Wednesday morning. According to a Facebook post from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, their dispatch got a call for help Tuesday evening.

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Animal Abuse Conviction

An investigation that began over a year ago by Apache Junction Police Department Animal Control Officer KC Sheahan was adjudicated on February 8, 2018. The investigation began when a dog belonging to a neighbor of Alysha M. Cox (24), 1445 S. Ironwood, was attacked by the Cox dogs while he was walking his dog.

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Waste Collection Event

The city of Apache Junction will be holding its annual free Household Hazardous Waste, White Goods, Electronic Recycling and Document Shredding collection event on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The event will be held at the city’s Public Works operations yard, 575 E. Baseline, from 8 a.m.-noon.

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State of the City

On a beautiful, cool, mid-winter’s night in Apache Junction, the city had an opportunity to show off many of the other reasons residents choose to live here. At the first “State of the City” program, Mayor Jeff Serdy welcomed the community to an evening with city staff, elected officials and dignitaries from the region.

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State Legislators Visit

Arizona Senator David Farnsworth and Representative Doug Coleman from Dist. 16 came before the Apache Junction City Council Feb. 6 to present some of their activities in the current legislative (53rd) session. Senator Farnsworth said that he had been “pondering” an extension of the Valley Metro bus route 30 from Sossaman east to Ironwood Dr.

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Energy Efficient LED Lighting

It’s almost insane, the savings,” declared Steve Ross, co-owner of Flatiron Electric, Inc. He and partner Jim Shields, along with Phoenix Lighting Group (PLG), just completed a five-day lighting refit for Horne Ford at 3400 S. Tomahawk Rd. in Apache Junction. The project replaced the standard light fixtures throughout the business with energy efficient LED lighting.

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Firefighter of the Year

The Superstition Fire & Medical District (SFMD) has recognized Firefighter/Paramedic Ken Simkins as the 2018 Firefighter of the Year. Ken hails from Minnesota, where he worked as a paramedic on an ambulance and volunteered with a Sheriff’s Search & Rescue team. He was hired by SFMD in 2006 (then the Apache Junction Fire District) and has focused his career on excellence in paramedicine and teaching others.

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AJPD Seeks ID Help

The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) has released a sketch and description of a man wanted for questioning about a sexual assault.
According to a release, officials say that at 4:30 a.m. on January 28, AJPD officers responded to a sexual assault complaint from a victim living on E. Junction Ave. in Apache Junction.

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CyberPatriots Move on to National Finals

Last week, the nationally recognized Apache Junction High School Navy Junior ROTC program claimed another kudos as cadets on the CyberPatriot team scored first place in the Silver Division for Arizona. The students are in their second year of competing in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which focuses on computer and internet security.

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Saving Dinosaur Park

Dinosaurs are extinct. But after the Association for the Development of a Better Environment (A.D.O.B.E.) presentation at the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting on January 24, 2018, it seems likely that the Board – and lawyers representing the school district, Pinal County and A.D.O.B.E. – will find a way to preserve Dinosaur Park from the same fate.

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Arrest in Exploitation of a Minor Case

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), in conjunction with the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD), arrested and charged Christopher Roberson, 36, of Apache Junction with 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

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Panthers top ALA-I

Imagine Prep-Superstition concluded its boys basketball regular season in winning fashion on Feb. 9, as the Panthers upended American Leadership Academy-Ironwood 83-47. The win gives IPS a 12-4 league record, trailing second place EVAC by a half-game in the CAA Division III, Region 1 standings. Canyon State Academy is in first place at 12-2.

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Chamber Names New President

The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce announced on Jan. 25 that long-time local businessman Michael Eastwood has been named as the chamber’s new president and chief executive officer. “We are excited to add Michael Eastwood to our team and to our community,” said Larry LaPrise, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors.

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Cami Garcia Wins ‘Spirit of Community’ Award

The first recipient of this soon-to-be annual award is Cami Garcia, who received an engraved plaque in front of an enthusiastic crowd on Saturday. Cami was born and raised in Apache Junction.  She and her husband Joe Garcia have been married for nearly 25 years.

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AJ Knocked From Soccer Playoffs

No. 3-seed Estrella Foothills maintained its undefeated status on Jan. 30, taking advantage of Apache Junction miscues to defeat the No. 14 Lady Prospectors 4-1 in the opening round of the 4A girls soccer playoffs. “Playing a good team like this, they exploited a couple of mistakes we made in the first half,” AJ Coach Norm Hoefer said.

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Home is Lost to Fire

No injuries were reported from a fire in the Palmas del Sol East community last Friday afternoon, January 19, 2018. The Superstition Fire and Medical District and crews from the City of Mesa Fire Department were dispatched to a mobile home fire in the 3400 block of S. Ironwood at about 5:00 p.m.

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AJSD Spelling Bee

What does the word “ventilate” mean? To Nicholas McCracken, a fifth grader from Desert Vista Elementary School, “ventilate” spelled victory at the Apache Junction Unified School District Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the AJHS Performing Arts Center in Apache Junction.

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Council Meeting Summary

The Apache Junction City Council met on January 16. At the meeting, there was a presentation of a proclamation designating January 2018 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Community Alliance Against Family Abuse Director Dorian Townsend accepted the proclamation and told the council that the average age of one who is trafficked is 14 and that the Valley is among the top 20 trafficking spots in the nation.

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Crowd Evicted at Game

The court wasn’t the only place action could be found during Apache Junction’s girls basketball game against Scottsdale Coronado on Jan. 10. As the game wore on, the bleachers became more boisterous, and, in the perception of the referees, less than cordial. As a result, the Dons came from behind and won the 4A Black Canyon Region game 44-41 before what became a nearly empty AJHS gym.

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Pedestrian-Vehicle Crash

The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) reported that it is investigating a fatal pedestrian-vehicle crash that occurred early January 11 at the intersection of Ironwood Drive and Southern Avenue in Apache Junction. AJPD responded to the accident on Thursday at about 1:00 a.m.

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New ‘Fridge’ at Genesis Project

Mid Carlozzi, president of Genesis Project in Apache Junction, was excited to show off the kitchen’s new walk-in refrigerator/freezer. He was even more excited when he spoke of the generosity demonstrated by Andrews Refrigeration of Scottsdale, who, through a series of fortunate events, came to Genesis and installed the equipment free of charge. “4 or 5 guys from Andrews were here for about 7 days installing the walls, evaporators on the roof and the new equipment,” Carlozzi said.

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Tips for Hiring Contractors

With many of our winter residents returning to their Arizona homes, some are finding damage due to weather. As a result, residents are seeking out contractors to repair these damages.  Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) would like to remind all of our residents to thoroughly research the contractors before you hire them or any money is exchanged. The Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC) has created a list to guide and protect consumers from becoming a victim of unsavory business practices.

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Community Vets Center

Apache Junction is home to more than 1500 veterans – the single largest concentration of vets in Pinal County. And that doesn’t count the influx of veterans among the city’s winter visitors. When veteran Mike Ferguson decided to cultivate his experience as a national councilman with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) into a service that would be a direct conduit to veterans in Pinal County, Apache Junction was the logical place to be.

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Concerts in the Park

The city of Apache Junction Parks & Recreation department is gearing up to kick off their 2018 Winter Concerts in the Park series! Grab your friends & family, along with a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a nice afternoon outside with some great music! The Winter Series of Concerts in the Park will be bringing you the musical sounds of three different bands! The first concert will take place this Saturday, January 6, and will feature solo artist Rick Ricci.

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4-Day Week for AJUSD Recommended

The guiding principles stressed to the diverse participants in the Apache Junction Unified School District’s Calendar Advisory Committee were: 1) good for kids, 2) good for AJUSD and 3) good for our community. With these ideals in mind and after months of study, the committee’s presentation at the December 12, 2017, AJUSD Governing Board meeting offered two possible options for the 2017-18 school calendar.

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County Sued Over New Tax

A suit has been filed in Arizona Tax Court asking that a recent Pinal County ballot proposal be struck down. Proposition 417, which narrowly passed in November, enacts a transportation excise (sales) tax that is to be collected and spent on roads, infrastructure and other projects over the next 20 years. The Goldwater Institute has challenged the tax as unconstitutional.

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Earth Heart Park Resumes Artisan Market

This coming January 6, the artisan markets will again take place from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month through March. These artisan markets are free to the public and entertainment Markets, which have traditionally started in October for the past four years, got a late start this year due to working with the city of Apache Junction to lower the fee for the Transaction Privilege Tax license that all vendors need to have in order to participate.

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Crosswalk Safety

On November 30, a 13-year-old student from Cactus Canyon Junior High School was struck by a car as he crossed Southern Avenue at S. Valley Dr. on his way to school. The student suffered a broken leg, and the accident ignited the concern of parents, school administrators, city officials and community members. After studying the accident and monitoring daily pedestrian and motorist traffic, actions are being taken to prevent future incidents.

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Lost Dutchman Marathon

Lost Dutchman Marathon, held this year on Sunday, February 18, 2018, is Arizona’s longest running destination marathon. Not only do people travel from all over the US to run in this race, but from all over the world! If you have not participated in one of the five races they put on, you are truly missing out! Lost Dutchman Marathon (LDM) offers a full marathon, half marathon, 10k, 8k and 2 mile fun run.

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