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Crowd Evicted at Game

The court wasn’t the only place action could be found during Apache Junction’s girls basketball game against Scottsdale Coronado on Jan. 10. As the game wore on, the bleachers became more boisterous, and, in the perception of the referees, less than cordial. As a result, the Dons came from behind and won the 4A Black Canyon Region game 44-41 before what became a nearly empty AJHS gym.

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Pedestrian-Vehicle Crash

The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) reported that it is investigating a fatal pedestrian-vehicle crash that occurred early January 11 at the intersection of Ironwood Drive and Southern Avenue in Apache Junction. AJPD responded to the accident on Thursday at about 1:00 a.m.

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New ‘Fridge’ at Genesis Project

Mid Carlozzi, president of Genesis Project in Apache Junction, was excited to show off the kitchen’s new walk-in refrigerator/freezer. He was even more excited when he spoke of the generosity demonstrated by Andrews Refrigeration of Scottsdale, who, through a series of fortunate events, came to Genesis and installed the equipment free of charge. “4 or 5 guys from Andrews were here for about 7 days installing the walls, evaporators on the roof and the new equipment,” Carlozzi said.

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Lions Share a Show

On Friday, January 26, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Apache Junction High School Performing Arts Center, you will have an opportunity to enjoy a great evening of music and humor while helping multiple high school students reach their goal of a college education. The 21st Annual Lions/Leos Music and Variety Show will open with the highly acclaimed and decorated Apache Junction  High School Navy JROTC Color Guard, followed by an evening of great entertainment.

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Tips for Hiring Contractors

With many of our winter residents returning to their Arizona homes, some are finding damage due to weather. As a result, residents are seeking out contractors to repair these damages.  Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) would like to remind all of our residents to thoroughly research the contractors before you hire them or any money is exchanged. The Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC) has created a list to guide and protect consumers from becoming a victim of unsavory business practices.

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Lost Dutchman Realty

Charlie Wise and Larry Stover opened Lost Dutchman Realty in April, 2011. The business consisted of two guys, 1,200 square feet and a dream. Unlike so many Dutch hunters, though, Charlie and Larry knew exactly where the gold was: right here in Apache Junction, where they were born and raised. In 2014, the realtors moved their growing business to a new office at 1075 S. Idaho Rd. Four years later, the duo had built one of the largest realty businesses in the East Valley, with 20 licensed agents mining the local real estate market – and they were out of space again.

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AJHS Cheer Wins Regionals

Apache Junction High School is sending one of their sports teams to national competition: Cheerleading! On December 10, 2017, a dozen Lady Prospectors on the Varsity Cheer squad were excited to learn that they had placed first in the regional JAMZ cheer and dance competition and were headed to the national competition in Las Vegas on February 23 and 24. The competition tests the teams’ dancing, tumbling and stunting skills.

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Heritage Days

One of the biggest local events of the year takes place at Superstition Mountain Museum in mid-January each year. Superstition Mountain Heritage Days and Apacheland Reunion will take place this year the weekend of January 13-14, 2018. Each year, this spectacular two-day shindig celebrates the history, lore and culture of the Superstition Mountains and Central Arizona, including the story of Jacob Waltz, the Dutchman, and his Lost Gold Mine.

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Gold Canyon Arts Festival

Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Superstition Mountains, the 18th annual Gold Canyon Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church at 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon, AZ. The festival, a gift to the community from the non-profit Gold Canyon Arts Council and their sponsors, features no admission fee and free parking.

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Community Vets Center

Apache Junction is home to more than 1500 veterans – the single largest concentration of vets in Pinal County. And that doesn’t count the influx of veterans among the city’s winter visitors. When veteran Mike Ferguson decided to cultivate his experience as a national councilman with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) into a service that would be a direct conduit to veterans in Pinal County, Apache Junction was the logical place to be.

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County Sued Over New Tax

A suit has been filed in Arizona Tax Court asking that a recent Pinal County ballot proposal be struck down. Proposition 417, which narrowly passed in November, enacts a transportation excise (sales) tax that is to be collected and spent on roads, infrastructure and other projects over the next 20 years. The Goldwater Institute has challenged the tax as unconstitutional.

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Concerts in the Park

The city of Apache Junction Parks & Recreation department is gearing up to kick off their 2018 Winter Concerts in the Park series! Grab your friends & family, along with a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a nice afternoon outside with some great music! The Winter Series of Concerts in the Park will be bringing you the musical sounds of three different bands! The first concert will take place this Saturday, January 6, and will feature solo artist Rick Ricci.

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4-Day Week for AJUSD Recommended

The guiding principles stressed to the diverse participants in the Apache Junction Unified School District’s Calendar Advisory Committee were: 1) good for kids, 2) good for AJUSD and 3) good for our community. With these ideals in mind and after months of study, the committee’s presentation at the December 12, 2017, AJUSD Governing Board meeting offered two possible options for the 2017-18 school calendar.

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Tragic Crash in AJ

Two vehicles collided at about 9:16 p.m. on December 20 resulting in three fatalities. The Apache Junction Police Department stated in a release that they “responded to a multi-vehicle accident with injuries reported at the intersection of N. Delaware Dr. and Superstition Blvd.  The Superstition Fire and Medical District and the Arizona Department of Public Safety assisted officers at the scene.”

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Earth Heart Park Resumes Artisan Market

This coming January 6, the artisan markets will again take place from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month through March. These artisan markets are free to the public and entertainment Markets, which have traditionally started in October for the past four years, got a late start this year due to working with the city of Apache Junction to lower the fee for the Transaction Privilege Tax license that all vendors need to have in order to participate.

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Crosswalk Safety

On November 30, a 13-year-old student from Cactus Canyon Junior High School was struck by a car as he crossed Southern Avenue at S. Valley Dr. on his way to school. The student suffered a broken leg, and the accident ignited the concern of parents, school administrators, city officials and community members. After studying the accident and monitoring daily pedestrian and motorist traffic, actions are being taken to prevent future incidents.

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AJUSD, Community Team Up to Feed Children

Several community organizations, such as the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Ladies’ Auxiliary, Project Help, the American Legion, the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church and other individuals and companies are stepping up in a big way to help Apache Junction Unified School District’s Feed the Children Program.

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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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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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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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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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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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