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Apache Junction Police have filed criminal charges against a city resident for Animal Cruelty/Neglect. According to an official news release, Vyle Raven-Greyv (69) kept 4 dogs, 7 tortoises, a pot-bellied pig, 8 ducks, 8 chickens, a pigeon, 2 snakes and a lizard at her residence.
Apache Junction, along with other municipalities across the state, are holding primary elections on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. There will also be a general election on November 6, 2018, for Arizona state and possible local runoff elections. The deadline for registering to vote in the primary is Monday, July 30, 2018.
Overnight Monday into Tuesday morning, July 17, several residents in the southern part of Apache Junction discovered their unlocked vehicles had been burglarized. Officials at Apache Junction Police Department say that many of these vehicles were parked on the street.
Apache Junction Unified School District wants to remind parents that the first day of school for the 2018-2019 school year is July 24. This is a change from the previous year. The district returns to a five-day school week, but with a modified calendar that includes an earlier start date, longer breaks in October, December/January and March, plus a shorter summer vacation.
Yep, let’s agree that we need minerals and that mining employment is good for Arizona and the Apache Junction – Gold Canyon area: the industry generates a $1.25 billion payroll across the state each year.And, we reckon, there’s no denying mining’s picturesque historic appeal, with its genial props – burros, pickaxes, bonanzas gone bust, ghost towns.
A legendary newspaperwoman named Mitzi Zipf wrote the obituary and a story about William A. Barkley, cowman. She started the story with, “Another chapter in the saga of Superstition Mountain ended yesterday with the death of William Augustus Barkley… Tex to his host of friends.”
With 41 years to develop, the legend of Stu Miller’s appearance in the first of two 1961 All-Star Games continues to take on a life of its own. The San Francisco Giants’ right-handed relief ace was merely trying to close out the American League stars when one of Candlestick Park’s trademark gusts of wind created the most famous balk in baseball history, thanks, in part, to headline writers of the day and ongoing embellishment.
Monsoon season officially started on June 15, but powerful and dangerous storms can develop at any time. Some areas within the city and surrounding region are prone to flooding, including washes and neighborhoods that are located in low lying zones. “The predominant natural desert landscape within our community and close proximity to the mountains make the area especially dangerous for flash floods and strong flood currents,” said Shane Kiesow
I am 78, and I don’t want to be a couch potato. I can still do something to make a difference in the world.” Harold Cheeks, Navy veteran and Queen Creek resident, stopped by the office at The AJ/GC News last week, hoping that someone in the office would purchase his book, “Just A Few Smiles To Let You Know That We Care.” and take part in his project that aims to alleviate the loneliness and boredom that many active duty service men and women experience when stationed far from home.
While many law enforcement and fire/medical personnel train each month, the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) partnered with Superstition Fire and Medical Department (SFMD) in June to prepare for a day that we all hope we never see. Active shooter exercises were drilled by all of the officers and paramedics as they spent a day at Apache Junction High School.
When the Pinal County Board of Supervisors had worked their way through to “Item J” on the June 27, 2018, Board meeting agenda, a dozen individuals stepped up to speak for a collective total of nearly 30 minutes in support of the item dubbed the, “Rios Resolution.” Named for District 1 Supervisor Pete Rios who directed the crafting of the statement, it comprised a strong call to Homeland Security, ICE and Border Control to “discontinue” the practice of separating children from their parents at the border.
One winter’s day in 1970, Jack Gold of Columbia’s A&R department, rang up Mark Lindsay with an idea for his next solo single. At least that was the initial intent. “Jack called me up to his office there at CBS and said, ‘Look, I’ve got a new single for you Mark. It’s a wonderful follow-up to ‘Arizona’ and it would be great,” Lindsay recalled. “I said, Okay, what is it?’ He played me ‘Indian Reservation.’” Marvin Rainwater. recorded the first version of “Indian Reservation (Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” in 1959.
The intersection of State Route 88 (Apache Trail) and Superstition Boulevard in Apache Junction will close for 30 days starting Monday, July 9, as the Arizona Department of Transportation constructs a modern roundabout that will enhance safety and increase traffic capacity. Detour signs will direct drivers around the closure.
Everyone knows that strawberries are sweet, and this loving little 2-year-old pit bull is no exception. Strawberry came to the Paws & Claws Animal Shelter in Apache Junction on June 9 as a stray, picked up by Animal Control. Senior Kennel Tech Jenny Flood immediately knew something was wrong with her front left paw; it was very flat and turned inward.
Apache Junction won the Tempe Varsity Prep Softball League championship by defeating Scottsdale Saguaro 9-8 in the title game, played on June 27 in Tempe. In the semifinal round, AJ defeated the Mesa Mountain View Toros 8-6. Overall, AJ finished its Tempe League play with a record of 10-1-1.
The Sacramento County Board of Education inaugurated a novel program called Operation Recognition, which awarded belated – and legit – high school diplomas to veterans of World War II and the Korean War who dropped out to serve in the military. The program also included Japanese Americans who were interned in relocation camps and did not finish high school
The city of Apache Junction and Pinal County —with guidance from the Arizona State Land Department—is closing an undeveloped dirt path in the northeastern corner of the city. The trail, labeled as “Mountain View Road,” has been determined to be unsafe for travel and will be accessible only on foot or by horseback after June 25 as fencing will be installed in the area.
Johnny Ray Bollinger, of Apache Junction, has been sentenced to 160 years on 37 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, 11 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and five counts of involving or using a minor in drug offenses. In March 2017, Apache Junction officers responded to a domestic violence call in the 2000 block of West Greenlee Avenue.
By a vote of 6-1, with Councilman Jeff Struble voting no, council members approved awarding funding contracts between the city of Apache Junction and Apache Junction Food Bank ($33,000); the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley, Superstition Mountain Branch ($29,000); and Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) ($16,000).
The Apache Junction City Council has given formal approval to the city budget for the fiscal year of 2018-19. The budget reflects a general fund increase of about 3 percent over last year, a reflection of some overall economic growth, an increase in costs associated with the public safety personnel retirement system, the re-plastering of the pool deck at Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center and the addition of a second Household Hazardous Waste collection day.
It was oppressively hot sitting in the Apache Junction High School parking lot at mid-day, but Cristi Harris was full of fresh excitement. She is one of several producers of The Unhealer, an independent feature movie that is being created in and around Apache Junction. Harris and her family live in Phoenix and she is a co-founder of Phoenix-based Shared Card Films.
John R. Acton, Justice of the Peace? The term “oxymoron” comes to mind. I assume Mr. Acton decided to run for Apache Junction JP after realizing that his recent 60-day suspension from his elected position as Constable wouldn’t play well in a run to continue his current job.
In an Arizona court last week, U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes sentenced Randall Charles Tucker (22) to 20 months in prison and ordered him to pay $69,331 in restitution for one count of intentional damage to a protected computer. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Tucker pleaded guilty to the charge last April.
A collision with a wrong-way driver on I-40 outside of Holbrook last weekend has left 2 dead and 5 injured. A van carrying members of New Season Christian Fellowship church in Apache Junction was returning from a youth camp when they were struck at around 4 p.m.
Police have arrested a driver who is charged with causing a fatal accident in Apache Junction last December. In a statement from the Apache Junction Police Department, officials say that Cindy Fite (47) was arrested on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at her home in the 8500 East block of Southern Ave. in Mesa.
An Apache Junction 2-year-old was saved last Thursday, thanks to the quick response of first responders. On June 14, 2018, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Apache Junction Police Department responded to a residence in the 900 block of West 21st Avenue, Apache Junction.
In 40 years of playing golf, Helen Haines of Gold Canyon never sank a hole-in-one - until June 12. Haines, 71, earned the first ace of her life playing in the Gold Canyon Women’s League on the Sidewinder Course at Gold Canyon Golf Resort. She aced the par-3, 123-yard No. 10 hole, using a 7-iron.
The Sons of the American Legion Post #27 came to the rescue of Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway in Apache Junction, by donating the $4,267.18 needed to complete the inclusive playground equipment on the west side of the campus.
Those who have recently taken a drive up Apache Trail on their way to the lakes, restaurants, roadside attractions or parks, have seen the extensive construction underway at the road’s intersection with Superstition Boulevard. Passing through the construction zone without delays has been relatively smooth, but soon that will change.
On May 22, I received a call for help from Velma, who is a friend and neighbor in our Gold Canyon neighborhood.Her horse, Lucy, had been down for more than 6 hours and couldn’t get up. Velma and her husband, Curtis, had tried everything they could think of, and even though she struggled to rise, she still could not stand.
An apparent drug overdose was reversed when local first responders were able to administer Narcan to a victim in time. In a statement from Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD), officials said: “On Friday, June 8, 2018, at approximately 3:24 a.m., AJPD was dispatched.
The Youth Empowerment Partners will be hosting their next event on Saturday, June 16, at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and is for high school and middle school age students and an additional track for parents/ guardians and adults.
Students in Apache Junction Unified District’s Gifted/Talented program recently showcased an array of amazing student projects before taking off for summer break. Linda Gering and Robyn Gonzales from the Educational Services Department visited the gifted/talented students at Desert Vista Elementary School to view and evaluate the projects. Both women said the student work was amazing.
Proving there’s something to be said for perseverance, Aiden McIntyre’s late-blooming baseball career will continue. McIntyre, a 2014 graduate of Apache Junction High, was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 6.
This Saturday, Justify will try to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 2015 when he attempts to win the Belmont Stakes. Retired jockey Frank Sorci never rode a Triple Crown winner, but he did work with a racing legend. Sorci was a most successful jockey in the 1940s, and one of his side gigs was working out the famous Seabiscuit.
Steven Fuller, a judge for the Pinal County Superior Court will not be charged on allegations of sexually abusing a minor. According to Alan Goodwin, who leads the special victims bureau at the Pima County prosecutor’s office, prosecutors do not have the level of evidence needed to win a conviction.
Nobody was hurt in a mobile home fire last Tuesday, May 22. The fire occured in the 900 block of North Acacia Road in Apache Junction. Firefighters from the Superstition Fire & Medical District (SFMD) arrived on the scene around 1:00 p.m. to find smoke showing from the home.
The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce held their 2018 Fry’s Food Community Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 24 at Roadhaven Golf & Tennis Resort in Apache Junction. The annual formal banquet honors outstanding small, medium, large businesses, non-profit, volunteer, teachers, firefighter, police officer and professors for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the community.
Logan Reichwald, a seventh grader at Cactus Canyon Junior High School, 801 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, AZ, was named 2018 Arizona Jr. High School Rodeo Association Bull Riding State Champion. Logan has been riding bulls for two years. Before the end of 2017, Logan had won nine championship buckles and was invited to major rodeo and bull riding events for 2018.
Several Desert Vista Elementary School students were recently recognized for winning local, state and national awards in the Junior American Citizens creative arts contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The students designed posters, wrote essays and did other work intended to allow students to express their patriotism through the visual and written arts.
Instead of merely teaching history, Alec McDaniel is making some history of his own. The Apache Junction High School History teacher was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Mr. McDaniel was nominated by a student for showing outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession.
Hundreds of area residents deposited more than 19 tons of hazardous waste during the city of Apache Junction’s most recent Household Hazardous Waste collection day. A recently completed final tally of the event showed that 38,145 pounds of hazardous waste was collected from Apache Junction and Pinal County residents.
Last week, two Apache Junction residents were wounded by a single bullet fired by another person. On May 16, 2018, at about 9:20 p.m., Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) officers were called to a shooting at a residence in the 2200 block of W. Greasewood in Apache Junction.
For the second consecutive year, Apache Junction senior Mikayla Gilgert was selected as 4A Black Canyon Region player of the year in a vote of the region coaches. As a pitcher, the right-handed Gilgert was dominant, fashioning a 17-5 record with a 2.71 earned run average, 12 complete games, 11 shutouts, and a no-hitter. She struck out 205, walked 35 and held opponents to a .233 batting average.
The city of Apache Junction is one of the few municipalities in the state without mandatory residential solid waste collection. Homeowners make their own arrangements to hire a service, gather and dispose of solid waste at the local landfill or burn their waste when local and county restrictions are not in effect.
The Apache Junction High School’s Navy JROTC program received a letter from the Secretary of the Navy that the school’s program was, once again, awarded as a Navy Distinguished Unit. The honor acknowledges the AJHS NJROTC program as one of the best in the nation.
Every year, the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) joins communities across the country that come together during National Police Week—May 13-19. Citizens and law enforcement agencies reserve this time to recognize, honor and remember those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.
On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved Dr. Angela Chomokos as the new Apache Junction High School principal for the 2018-19 school year. Chomokos is currently principal at Chaparrel High School in the Scottdale Unified School District. Board Member Mike Weaver stated: “I think we’re darn lucky and I’m really appreciative that Dr. Chomokos has opted to come here.”
Scott Stansberry discovered recently that on the coaching carousel, not only can one door open after one closes, a preferred opportunity can be found at that same door. Stansberry had unsuccessfully applied for the head boys basketball position at Mesa High School, where he previously served as an assistant to Shane Burcar. Next thing he knew, he was the next man up
Jaclyn Chappel, band director and music teacher at Apache Junction High School, is one of four music teachers in the state of Arizona to receive Lead Guitar’s Teaching Excellence Award. Lead Guitar is an organization that establishes permanent classical guitar classes in public schools with low access to the arts.
The little gem known as Flatiron Community Park was bought out to sparkle last week when Liz Langenbach, director of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation, highlighted its first year. “We have a rough estimate of 10,000 visitors,” she said.
At their work session on Monday, April 30, the Apache Junction City Council began discussions on the proposed 2018-2019 balanced budget submitted by City Manager Bryant Powell. The annual effort by the city’s staff and the professional manner in which the budget is prepared rarely results in controversy of any kind.