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Lucy Young passed away last week. In the eyes of many, she passed too soon, but her accomplishments within the community of Apache Junction, AZ, could have filled several normal lifetimes. Her love for this community and, in particular, for the children of our community were expressed through her commitment to many organizations in volunteer, member and leadership positions.
The Apache Junction Planning & Zoning Commission voted 6-1 to approve the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) request by Svaccha, LLC for a Medical Marijuana Dispensary to be located at 1985 W. Apache Trail in Suite 4 of the Palo Verde Plaza. Commission Chair Tess Nesser, Vice Chair Peter Heck and Commissioners Luciano Buzzin, Michael Frank, Willie Howard and Michael McGraw voted to approve the CUP, with Commissioner Robert Schroeder voting no.
Apache Junction’s Ethan Zimmerman had a huge night in Apache Junction’s first football victory of the season, but made it clear to his teammates afterwards that he’s not content to sit back and rest on those laurels. “I’m never satisfied,” Zimmerman said after the Prospectors’ 24-20 4A non-region win over Tempe on Sept. 15. “I want to come out and score 60 points by myself. I just want to play football – old school football where you get in the dirt and just go hard.”
For nearly a year now, a collaboration has been simmering in the soup kitchens at Genesis Project, melding the capabilities of the United Way of Pinal County (UWPC) and the City of Apache Junction with the homeless and at risk outreach of Genesis. Genesis Project is a faith-based 501c3 located at 564 N. Idaho Rd. Suite 5, in Apache Junction, across the street from the county complex. The coalition of local churches that makes up the organization have banded together for the common purpose of aiding the less fortunate.
Four Peaks Elementary School Principal Karl Waggoner was arrested September 5, 2017 on charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation. According to Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, Waggoner was arrested near the school as he was on his way to work Tuesday morning after taking the previous week off for vacation.
Well-known local resident George E. Johnston, 97, passed away on Aug. 29 at his home in Gold Canyon. A resident of the area since 1974, George and his late wife, Kit, were involved in many facets of the community with George serving in a number of volunteer capacities during the more than 40 years he lived here. A native New Yorker, George Johnston worked in New York City in publication marketing and advertising for much of his professional life.
Defense was the name of the game for Apache Junction on Sept. 7, as the Lady Prospectors battled to a four-game high school volleyball victory at Casa Grande over the Cougars. The Lady Prospectors won 25-15, 25-14, 19-25, 25-21. AJ had only nine serve-receive errors, and logged 32 digs. Libero Morgan Farsolas led the Lady Prospectors with 12 digs and 11 service aces to go with one back-row kill.
A water rescue was made last Saturday, August 28, when two vehicles were swept away in the wash that runs past Mountain View Rd. near Southern Ave. in Apache Junction. A strong storm that moved through Gold Canyon and Apache Junction late in the afternoon brought enough rain to make wash crossings dangerous.
The public is being asked to watch for suspicious activity around water main lines outside of local businesses. There have been one theft and three attempted thefts of copper piping in the city on Aug. 23 and 29. The crimes took place in the late evening to early morning hours in the 200 block of South Phelps Drive, the 900 block of North Delaware Drive and the 100 block of North Saguaro Drive.
Along with its many attractive qualities, the city of Apache Junction – like most communities – faces unique sustainability challenges as it continues to grow. It is these challenges that form the basis of a partnership with Arizona State University’s Project Cities program. Project Cities is a university-community partnership where ASU students in designated courses work directly with a local city on sustainability-related projects.
There were 52 suspected opioid overdose deaths in Arizona in a two-week period last June, and the numbers are predicted to climb. Horizon Health and Wellness is working to combat this devastating disease with the launch of “Project STOP”.
Content with his coaching and teaching gig at Apache Junction High School, Ray Figueroa wasn’t looking to move anywhere else when Phoenix North inquired about his availability to fill their opening for a baseball coach. The offer from North – a 6A Metro Division school – not only overwhelmed Figueroa, it forced him to consider a move he wasn’t planning to make.
The Apache Junction & Gold Canyon News staff has received notice that four articles or ads have earned honors in the Arizona Newspapers Association-Associated Press Media Editors (ANA-APME) 2017 Better Newspapers Contest and Excellence in Advertising competition. The News competes in Division 3, which is the largest category for weekly news media in the competition, based on circulation.