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On Sept. 20, 2017, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors (BOS) voted 2/1, to suspend District 7 (Apache Junction) Constable John Acton for 60 days without pay, effective immediately. Supervisors Pete Rios and Mike Goodman voted to approve the suspension, while Chairman Steve Miller voted no, stating, “I think that there’s more to this that ought to be looked at going down the pike.”
Three residents of Apache Junction were sentenced for convictions of filing false tax returns in order to claim tax refunds from the U.S. Treasury. Douglas Charron, Beverly Lock and Judith Eastman were arrested in May, 2016 and found guilty of filing 1,700 fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and fraudulently claiming $18,000 in refunds from tax years 2008 to 2011.
What are Apache Junction’s unique attributes and economic strengths? Where are the greatest opportunities to strengthen and grow Apache Junction’s economy? To what extent does education play a role in maximizing opportunities to grow? These are a few of the questions that a diverse group of local residents grappled with at the Community Town Hall last Friday, September 15.
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.
Higley handed Apache Junction its fourth 4A football loss of the season Friday, a 65-6 rout at Gilbert. The Knights (3-1) jumped to a 37-0 lead after one quarter, building a 51-0 halftime lead. “They’re legit,” Prospectors Coach Vance Miller said. “We competed and battled as long as we could. “Unfortunately, we got a ton of injuries. Now, we have to get healthy and get ready for (Phoenix) Washington next week when we start region play.”
Among the items unanimously passed in the consent agenda for the Sept. 20, 2017, Pinal County Board of Supervisors regular session was a resolution to support a proposal to the AZ State Board on Geographic and Historic Names to rename US 60 through Pinal County as the Rose Mofford Memorial Highway. The proposal was penned by Gold Canyon resident Roberto Reveles, who brought the issue to the attention of the BOS in a Call to the Public last month.
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.
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.
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.
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.