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Arrests Made at Suspected Drug House

Last week, Apache Junction Police (AJPD) served a search warrant on a house just west of the city limits and seized more than half a pound of suspected methamphetamine, more than 250 grams of marijuana, various prescription drugs and an undisclosed amount of cash. The home at 11430 E. 4th Ave. had been under investigation for the past several months according to an official statement released on December 7, 2017.

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Marching Prospectors to Participate in Fiesta Bowl

The award-winning Apache Junction High School Marching Prospectors received word this week that they have been accepted to participate in the Fiesta Bowl Parade on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Forty-four students will be marching in the parade that weaves through the streets of Central Phoenix in anticipation of the annual post-season college football game.

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Contributors to City Programs Recognized

The Mayor and City Council took some time at their meeting on December 5 to thank individuals, organizations and agencies who have generously donated time and money over the past quarter to community projects administered by the city. Almost half of the meeting was devoted to these acknowledgements.

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Student Hit by Car

A 13 year-old student from Cactus Canyon Junior High School was hit by a car on Thursday morning ,11-30-17, injuring the student’s leg. The accident occurred before dawn, at around 6:30 a.m., when the student was in the crosswalk at Southern Ave and S. Valley Dr. Both Apache Junction Police Department and Superstition Fire & Medical responded to the accident.

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Illegal Dumping Charges

In the past several weeks, the City of Apache Junction has seen an increase in illegal dumping within the City. On November 18, 2017, in the area of Idaho Road and Lost Dutchman Boulevard, a large amount of household trash was dumped on the side of the roadway. The police department was notified of this illegal dumping and later was able to identify and charge Christy A. Evans (29) and Brian M. Disney (56) of Mesa for this illegal act.

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Drug House Shut Down

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two Apache Junction residents in connection with an investigation into drug sales from their home. According to a statement from PCSO, narcotic investigators have been watching a homein Apache Junction over the past several months. The investigation revealed Daniel Rosenkrans, 59, and Erin Milligan, 45, were dealing drugs out of the house.

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AJUSD Transportation

High praise for transportation employees and specific recommendations for procedural improvements, policy implementation and professional development marked the November 28, 2017, Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board’s Work Study Session, as Transportation Consultant Paul Novak presented an in depth analysis of the AJUSD transportation department.

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40 Yrs Ago: AJHS Basketball

Enjoying his retirement, Cy Henry prefers life away from the limelight. But the limelight will find him one more time when Apache Junction’s 1977-78 State Class A boys basketball championship team is honored Tuesday prior to the Prospectors’ season opener against Phoenix Metro Tech. “I was glad they’re doing this,” Henry said. “After 40 years, I think it’s neat that they’re doing that.”

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Mobile Home Fire

The Superstiton Fire & Medical District (SFMD) responded to a mobile home fire in Apache Junction last Wednesday night,  November 29. According to officials, the home, located in the 700 block of S. Lawson Dr., was burning heavily when fire crews arrived at 11:40 p.m.

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GC Bank Robbery

According to a statement released by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 5311 S. Superstition Mt. Drive in Gold Canyon, was robbed on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 1:20 p.m. The bank is inside the Bashas store, and was crowded with Thanksgiving shoppers when an unknown white male suspect approached the teller window and produced a note demanding money.

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Tree-cycling in AJ

A live or freshly cut Christmas tree is a wonderful way to spruce up the holiday season, and it doesn’t have to be detrimental to the environment.  Instead of sending a live tree to a landfill, recycle the freshly cut Christmas tree. The city of Apache Junction is participating in this Christmas tree recycling effort again for 2018, marking 13 years of participation, by providing two free drop-off points in the city.

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Food Truck Inspections

It’s no doubt that food trucks have grown in popularity across the nation.  You see them everywhere you go. From construction sites to NFL games, if there is a crowd, a food truck is more than likely to be there. Food trucks have also grown in sophistication as well. At one time, you could only find a standard fare from hot dogs to fries.

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The Ruth Conspiracy

Many writers have been compelled to address the so-called unsolved mystery of a man’s death in the Superstition Mountains in the summer of 1931. These writers have placed the discovery of Adolph Ruth’s remains in several locations in the region, from Needle Canyon to Peter’s Mesa.

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Fast Start for Lady Prospectors

Opening night for the Apache Junction girls soccer team, on Nov. 27 at Davis Field, was memorable in more ways than one. The Lady Prospectors set not one team record for scoring, but four in their 15-0 rout over Tempe Marcos de Niza. AJ established records for most goals in a match, eclipsing the old mark of 12, set in 2016.

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School Board Report

Included in the Tuesday, November 14, 2017  Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting, was a motion to approve the $3,500 purchase of camera equipment reviewed in a previous work-study session.

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SR 88 Road Work

Drivers who use State Route 88 (the Apache Trail) for travel between Apache Junction and Tortilla Flat should allow extra time starting Monday, Nov. 27, due to work on a $6.5 million improvement project. SR 88 initially will be narrowed to one lane along a 3-mile stretch of the historic roadway starting about 3 miles northeast of Apache Junction, according to ADOT.

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Hedging On the Promise

It’s that time of year when high school seniors and their parents begin getting serious about finding the right college and scholarships to support the trek toward a degree and future career. Since 2001, many Pinal County students have started that journey with two years at Central Arizona College (CAC), cashing in on a pledge they made in 8th grade to stay in school and keep their grades up to a modest 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average.

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Veterans Day Weekend

A weekend celebration in Apache Junction brought together the community to honor its many veterans with a parade and festival downtown. According to parade host Elks 2349, a total of 60 entries made 2017 the largest veteran parade so far. After the parade on Apache Trail, the community gathered at Flatiron Park for the 2017 Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Festival of the Superstitions.

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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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Props 416 & 417 Pass

According to the Pinal County Elections Department unofficial ballot count, Propositions 416 and 417 have passed this week’s county-wide vote. Pending validation by the Board of Supervisors, voters approved the Pinal Regional Transportation Authority plan (Prop 416) with 57% of the votes.

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