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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.
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.
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.
Over the course of the 2017 football season, Apache Junction’s Ethan Zimmerman scored a touchdown from almost every spot on a field – except the interior offensive line. “Maybe we could have sent him out on a tackle eligible play,” Prospectors Coach Vance Miller said. By trade, Zimmerman played primarily in the defensive secondary.
The Apache Junction Police Department announced last week that Auxiliary Lieutenant Wilton (Wil) Haynes was recognized with the Service to Others Award. Governor Douglas Ducey presented the award at the 16th Annual Volunteer Service Awards. on November 2. Lt. Haynes has dedicated himself to outstanding service to Pinal County and Apache Junction as a volunteer since 1973.
Imagine Prep-Superstition not only avenged an earlier loss to American Leadership Academy-Ironwood, the Panthers eliminated the Warriors from the CAA Division III football playoffs on Nov. 4 with a 14-6 opening round victory. The neutral-field victory in a game played at Valley Christian High School earned Imagine Prep a semifinal contest on Nov. 14 against No. 2-seed Phoenix South Pointe, which drew a bye.
Shooting their highest score of the season, Apache Junction High School Navy Junior ROTC defeated Grossmont NJROTC 1025 to 982 last week in the National Air Rifle League. Their fifth win in a row, Apache Junction NJROTC is in first place in their Division with a 5 - 0 record.
Superstition Horsemen’s Association is sponsoring its second annual “Fun Day” practice obstacle ride on Nov. 18 in the Apache Junction Rodeo Arena. Outside the arena there will be a desert obstacle practice ride as well. Bring your horse and practice riding through all the obstacles as many times as it takes to get your horse accustomed to each obstacle.
The City of Apache Junction Parks & Recreation department is hosting their monthly free Fall Concert in the Park event on Saturday, November 18th and will feature One Minute Millionaires performing live. Flatiron Community Park is located at 100 N. Apache Trail in downtown Apache Junction.
A judge for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the wrongful death lawsuit against a Pinal County deputy who shot an unarmed man in Eloy in 2014. The civil suit was filed by the victim’s family after the Arizona Attorney General’s Office cleared PCSO deputy Heath Rankin of criminal wrong-doing for shooting 40-year-old Manuel Orosco Longoria